2017 Potential Cuts: Offensive Tackle

Keeping up with our look at potential cuts around the NFL we turn our attention today to the offensive tackle position, where a number of players took one year contracts with an option to hopefully cash in next season.  

1. Ryan Clady, Jets
Cap Saved: $10.5 million/Cash Saved: $10.5 million

The Jets took a chance that Clady, who was once an elite player, could shake off a few years worth of injuries and play at a high level but it never happened. Clady performed poorly with the Jets this year and then landed on IR, his third time in four years he finished the regular season on the injured list. At this point Clady will be viewed different than a Jake Long type who has the name value to carry them to another contract but an injury history that makes them a high risk. The Jets technically have an option on Clady which they clearly will not exercise, in effect cutting him and making him a free agent. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Offensive Tackle »

Looking at Tyrod Taylor, Rex Ryan, and the Buffalo Bills

It was another busy day in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills firing head coach Rex Ryan and subsequently benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in large part because of his contract. Taylor, a favorite of Ryan’s, had been rumored for some time to have fallen out of favor with the organization, who would have preferred to evaluate other players. Taylor had been on my list of likely quarterback cuts and may have been the most controversial selection on there since many in Buffalo believe he is the team’s best player. So let’s look a little closer at the Bills and Taylor’s situation. Continue reading Looking at Tyrod Taylor, Rex Ryan, and the Buffalo Bills »

2017 Potential Cuts: Tight End

1. Julius Thomas, Jaguars
Cap Saved: $4.7 million/Cash Saved: $7.1 million

This is one of the worst contracts in the NFL for a team and one that has been typical of the many problems the Jaguars have had in rebuilding via free agency. Thomas had never played in 16 games in his entire career, twice finishing with under 10 yards and once under 500 yards, when the Jaguars made the bold move to make him one of the highest paid tight ends in NFL history. Not surprisingy he has failed to reach 500 yards or 16 games in either of his years in Jacksonville. Thomas has the fifth largest cap charge and 3rd largest salary among tight ends in 2017. The one thing that might prevent his release is that the Jaguars included an additional $3 million injury guarantee for 2017 that becomes fully guaranteed five days after the Super Bowl. If Thomas is unable to pass a physical the Jaguars will owe him that money in the event he is cut at a later date. Still the team needs a complete makeover and losing $3 million is better than sinking $7 million in a bad investment. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Tight End »

2017 Potential Cuts: Wide Receiver

Our look ahead to potential cuts in 2017 turns to the wide receiver position.

1. Victor Cruz, Giants
Cap Saved: $7.5 million/Cash Saved: $7.5 million

Teams often get a reputation for being heartless when it comes to contract decisions, especially with players off injury, but the Giants have done pretty well by Cruz who has struggled with injuries over the last two years. Cruz never matched his production off his breakout 2011 season and this year has seen some of his playing time and targets be eaten up by rookies as the season as worn on. It’s possible the Giants will lean more on Cruz in the playoff stretch, but barring a miracle finish to the year it would seem likely that this is the end of his Giants career. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Wide Receiver »

Breaking Down the Pro Bowl Rosters

With the Pro Bowl rosters now finalized I’ll do our annual financial assessment of the rosters. While the Pro Bowl is certainly not the best measure of who are the best players in the NFL it can at least help us look at some trends among those who receive votes.

The average annual salary of players selected to the Pro Bowl is $7.764 million. The highest salaried player to make the team was Aaron Rodgers at $22 million. The highest salaried non-quarterback selected was Von Miller at just under $19.1 million. The lowest cost player is Kyle Juszczyk of the Ravens who earns just over $615,000 a year. The lowest cost veteran was linebacker Lorenzo Alexander of the Bills at $885,000. Alexander came out of nowhere to have a stellar season. He and fullback Mike Tolbert are the only veteran position players to be under $4 million a year. Continue reading Breaking Down the Pro Bowl Rosters »

Looking at Brock Osweiler’s Contract

In March the Texans shocked the NFL when they signed Brock Osweiler to a four year, $72 million contract with $37 million guaranteed. Osweiler had started all of 7 games in his career before being benched for the playoffs by the Broncos in favor of Peyton Manning, whose arm had retired about 20 games before Manning himself officially hung it up. Somehow the Texans, who had been desperately searching for a quarterback, deemed him the answer and made the bold signing that paid Osweiler $21 million this year, including a $12 million signing bonus. 14 games into the season the Texans benched him in favor of Tom Savage and his $600,000 salary. The question now is can the Texans do anything to get out of this contract? Continue reading Looking at Brock Osweiler’s Contract »

Looking at Rob Gronkowski’s Contract and Injuries

The NFL can be a funny place. One minute everyone sings your praises and the next everyone questions your future with the team. It happens on all levels from GM to coach to player. Amazingly I saw that talk filter to Rob Gronkowski who has gone through another season of injuries the latest of which landed him on IR for the remainder of the season.  It’s quite the turnaround from last year where many of those same people were saying he deserved a raise for his level of play. I know it’s easy to get caught up in the “Patriot way” of doing business which has seen superstars traded or allowed to walk in free agency without a second thought, but I don’t see that as the case here. Continue reading Looking at Rob Gronkowski’s Contract and Injuries »