#StayClassyBuffalo: IK Enempkali signed by Buffalo Bills

There is a certain level of unease that I just got from the realization that IK Enemkpali just got signed by Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills as they are, obviously, in the Jets division. It reminds me of the disgusting feeling that I had when LeGarrette Blount threw a temper tantrum in Pittsburgh and then was rewarded with a Super Bowl ring on a Patriots team that he had just left during the 2014 offseason.

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Michigan Football: Virtual Reality and it’s Potential Impact

Michigan Football: Virtual Reality and it’s Potential Impact

Darren Rovell retweeted this remarkable development from the University of Michigan and how they are using virtual reality during the recruiting process.

The idea that this sparked for me was a general curiosity of “how much of a positive impact could virtual reality have on the development of football?” Continue reading Michigan Football: Virtual Reality and it’s Potential Impact »

@ZackMooreNFL on Russell Wilson’s Contract

Man, no matter what deal the Seahawks gave Russell Wilson there would have been detractors, huh? Some people saying that Wilson is now the most overpaid player in sports, others saying that he didn’t get a record or market setting deal, so there’s something wrong with that for the fourth year pro with two Super Bowl appearances in his career.

I’m here to hopefully dispel all of that and just talk about the contract itself, through my analysis of it. If you want to see what I predicted back in early June, here’s the link, it could actually give you a solid base to get you thinking of how both sides may have been approaching the deal as some of what I discussed ended up in this contract. Continue reading @ZackMooreNFL on Russell Wilson’s Contract »

Cap Number Allocations for Hypothetical Contracts

When amateur capologists write articles proposing contract structures for extension candidates or free agents, they typically use some sort of methodology for determining primary deal points such as total contract value, average annual value, guaranteed money, and three-year cash flow. However, I have noticed, both when engaging in this exercise myself and when reading the work of others, that there does not seem to be an existing methodology for determining how the cap numbers of a hypothetical contract should be allocated once the primary deal points for the hypothetical contract have been determined. As a result, I took a look at a number of active contracts to see how cap numbers have actually been allocated.
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Commitment Index Update (Training Camp Edition)

Now that all of the draft picks have signed and a number of players have agreed to noteworthy extensions, I thought this would be a good time to provide an update as to where each team currently stands with respect to Commitment Index. I will provide the final Commitment Index update for 2015 after final rosters are set, and then at the conclusion of the season I will provide the initial Commitment Index for 2016.

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The impact of GM job security on decision-making in the cap carryover era

The job description of an NFL general manager lends itself to contradiction. On one hand, a GM is responsible for keeping both the present and future of the franchise in mind when making decisions. But GM’s know that if they aren’t successful today then they won’t be around for the future.

This past offseason, six teams—the Eagles, Falcons, Bears, Redskins, Dolphins and Jets—either hired a new GM or rearranged front office roles to effectively put a new GM in place. And this wasn’t an anomaly. Of the 30 GM’s who don’t double as team owners (the Jones’ in Dallas and Mike Brown in Cincinnati), only seven have held their position prior to 2010.

There’s no Expected Contract Value—a tool that places a numerical value on a players future job security based on the analysis of past data—for general managers. Still, it’s safe to say decision makers know when their seat is getting warm, and this can lead to a conflict of interests. Continue reading The impact of GM job security on decision-making in the cap carryover era »