The Strange Decisions Made on Quarterbacks

The NFL can be a very strange place when it comes to quarterbacks and their contracts. Normally when it comes to contracts most people can at least get a ballpark estimate of value on a player. Age, playing time, and draft status all are basic indicators of free agent success and failure. For the most part very few players sign contracts that are complete surprises and probably 95% of the time you can figure out the rationale behind the way that the signings have gone during free agency even if you don’t agree with the decision. But when it comes to the quarterback almost all logic can be thrown out. Continue reading The Strange Decisions Made on Quarterbacks »

Dolphins Extend Kiko Alonso

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins have signed linebacker Kiko Alonso to a new four year, $28.8 million contract, a report that has been confirmed by multiple others. Per Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post the new contract will have about $18.5 million in guaranteed salary, though I would imagine that the contract has less guaranteed at signing than that figure. The Dolphins and Alonso had reportedly been working on an extension prior to the start of free agency but were unable to get a deal done which led to the Dolphins using a first round restricted tender to maintain their rights to him.  Continue reading Dolphins Extend Kiko Alonso »

Thoughts on Marshawn Lynch Possibly Coming Out of Retirement

This morning a bit of a surprise rumor started concerning running back Marshawn Lynch potentially coming out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders. Lynch, who retired in 2016, still has his rights maintained by the Seahawks who placed Lynch on their reserve/retired list last spring. When a player retires while under contract a team can essentially place their contract on hold by using that designation and maintaining full control of the player’s future if he decides to return. That would mean that Oakland would need to negotiate a trade for Lynch with Seattle if they wanted him on the team or Lynch would need to find a way to force a release from his current contract. So I wanted to look at some of the issues that will possibly come up regarding Lynch. Continue reading Thoughts on Marshawn Lynch Possibly Coming Out of Retirement »

Free Agency Recap- the Cornerback Valuations

Now that the dust has started to settle around free agency I wanted to start to look at some of the bigger contracts and how they fit within the market. I wanted to start with cornerback because it’s one of the positions that did well in free agency this year and also because it can help illustrate some of the ways that one can value a contract as the biggest when in reality the numbers that most often talked about can be misleading. Continue reading Free Agency Recap- the Cornerback Valuations »

Thoughts on Browns Trade for Osweiler

Its been a big two days of free agency and there are plenty of things to discuss, but I wanted to take a little chance today to talk about the very surprising Browns trade for Brock Osweiler. Im a bit late to the party on this one but with the volume of contracts coming in I haven’t had the time to really talk much about the news, but this was the one I found the most interesting. This was something I had spoken about on the podcast a bit and answered in some Twitter Q&A that the only way to move his salary was to give up a draft pick (I assumed a 1 at the time) but doubted anyone would seriously do that. So I was surprised as anyone to see the Browns agree to basically acquire a 3rd rounder for taking on a bad contract. Now they supposedly would like to pay some of his salary and flip him for another draft choice, which I think also seems unlikely, but you never know. So let’s explore the concepts behind this trade. Continue reading Thoughts on Browns Trade for Osweiler »

Patriots to Trade for Dwayne Allen

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have agreed to trade for Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen is just one year removed from signing a stunning $29 million contract extension with the Colts after posting a 109 yard season in 2015.  Not surprisingly Allen did not improve greatly after signing the contract and he pretty much lost his role to Jack Doyle. Doyle signed an extension yesterday which more or less made Allen completely expendable. Continue reading Patriots to Trade for Dwayne Allen »

Examining the Proven Performance Escalator

The eve of free agency carries with it the promise of new fortune. When the annual spending spree launches in earnest tomorrow, it will bring life-changing pay raises to dozens of younger players. A number of other fourth-year players, meanwhile, will enjoy more modest pay increases in the coming season due to an aspect of the collective bargaining agreement called the Proven Performance Escalator.

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