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NFL Cutdown Day 2015 Part I: Salary Cap Considerations

Its not often that the first cutdown day in the NFL brings with it much news, but over the last 24 hours there have been a few moves with cap implications and there may be more to come as teams need to reach 75 players by Tuesday at 4PM. I’ll keep this as a running thread for updates on some of the name players that are moving on from their teams over the next day so to discuss the cap implications so check back every now and then for updates. (more…)

Bears to Release Tim Jennings

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Bears are going to release veteran cornerback Tim Jennings in the first suprise, big name release of the preseason. It is a somewhat surprising move because Jennings had his entire $4.4 million base salary guaranteed for the year and the Bears will be on the hook for that money once they cut him. His guarantees do have offsets, meaning the Bears obligation will be reduced by the amount he is paid by another team, but most likely that amount will be for the minimum.  (more…)

Falcons and Julio Jones Agree to Mega-Contract Extension

The Falcons have extended the contract of receiver Julio Jones to the tune of $71.25 million over five years according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The extension had long been rumored and the $14.25 million per year average salary will make him the second highest paid receiver in the NFL. Mortensen reported that $47 million of the contract is guaranteed but it is likely that the full guaratee is less than that and in line with the $32 and $35 million guarantees earned by Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.  (more…)

Quick Look at RGIII’s Contract

According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, Washington has made the decision to start Kirk Cousins over Robert Griffin III in the season opener.

So of course that now brings up the question of what is next for RGIII so lets take a quick look at his contract to see what options Washington has moving forward. (more…)

Explaining the Important Dates of the Preseason via SN

For this week’s SN piece I look at the important upcoming dates as we close out the preseason. I’ll explain roster cuts, injury settlements, waiver, and cap changes that hit on each date. If you have any questions post them here and Ill do my best to clarify.

Important Preseason Contract Dates via SN

Quick Thoughts on Mychal Kendricks $29 Million Contract

On Monday the news broke that the Eagles extended the contract of inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks to the tune of $29 million over four years. Of course the immediate reaction was where the contract ranked among the hierarchy of linebacker contracts and how it was a pretty big deal for Kendricks, especially given a logjam of players at the position. Reuben Frank of Comcast Sportsnet was the first with the details of the contract which can help us look a little more at the line of thinking the Eagles may have used in extending Kendricks and why its a solid deal for the team.


49ers Trade Derek Carrier and the Cost of a Draft Pick

The 49ers trade of tight end Derek Carrier to the tight end needy Washington Redskins for a conditional 5th round pick became official this afternoon. While trades of players with a minimal future with a team is somewhat common, and the 49ers had a number of tight ends on the roster, what stood out to me with this trade was that the 49ers had extended Carrier in early March to a two year extension that guaranteed him an additional $400,000. While a $400,000 bonus is certainly not protection from release, it is much more rare to see a team extend a player who was on a minimum contract and then turn around and trade him just a few weeks into camp. That kind of reminded me of this post over at Chase Stuarts site (Football Perspective) about trading draft picks for dollars. Though this was not exactly the scenario that Chase was talking about (that scenario was more about specifically making the signing with the intent of trading) I thought it did paint some idea about the cost of a draft pick Chase was discussing. (more…)