Rams Restructure Contract of Jared Cook for Cap Relief

I had speculated the other day that the Rams needed to restructure a contract in order to execute the trade for safety Mark Barron and as it turns out the Rams did just that. According to Brian McIntyre, the Rams tweaked the contract of tight end Jared Cook this time around to comply with salary cap restrictions.

In the restructure it seems that the Rams reduced Cook’s … Read the rest

NFL Predictions: Week 9 Thursday Night Football

I finished last week with a 9-6 record straight up and 8-7 record against the spread. My yearly record now stands at 80-40-1 and 70-48-3.

Saints (-3) over PANTHERS- While I dislike taking the Saints on the road, I just don’t see a way for the Panthers to compete on offense with New Orleans. Saints games are often going to resemble something of a shootout and its nearly impssible for the Panthers to win that kind of game. The short week should also work in the favor of the Saints who are more experienced in these situations and much … Read the rest

Week 9 FanDuel Fantasy Football Contest

We have another FanDuel league set up for the week if you would like to join in. The entry fee is $2 and its a 10 team league. The league will run even if we have less, but hopefully we get 10 again this week. Prizes go to the top 3 teams and the deadline for entry is a few minutes before the 1PM kickoff on Sunday.

Follow this links for the OTC Week 9 FanDuel League

If you haven’t tried FanDuel out yet its basically a weekly fantasy football league where your team is made up within the constraints … Read the rest

10 Contract Year Players Who Need to Step Up In the 2nd Half via SN

Check out this week’s Sporting News piece where I give my opinions on 10 contract year players who I think really need breakout second halves of the season to get that big contract next year.

Based on recent feedback I’ll keep this post open for comments if there are any so click through the link to read the article first.

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The OTC NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

The Cardinals jumped to number 7, while the Seahawks dropped to 8. I cant recall the last time Seattle did not come out as a top 5 team in these rankings. Sometime back in 2012 I’d guess and one more poor week and I think its time to start being concerned.

On the low end of the rankings, the Buccaneers are proving to be the worst team in some time. There is nothing they do well and its against a pretty easy schedule. Jacksonville and St. Louis are the other teams trending really bad. The Raiders have actually played a … Read the rest

Buccaneers Trade Barron and Casillas

While not much was expected at the deadline the Buccaneers made some noise by selling off former first round draft pick saftey Mark Barron to the Rams and linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the Patriots.

The trade of Barron is the interesting one because again it shows how the new CBA allows first round picks to be traded away rather than being forced to keep an unwanted player on the roster. I would expect more of these in the future.

Barron still has two years remaining under contract, both fully guaranteed, as well as an option year that can be picked … Read the rest