Cowboys to Release Kyle Orton

According to, the Dallas Cowboys will finally move on from backup QB Kyle Orton and grant him his desire to be released. Orton’s situation was a strange one, which I had discussed a few weeks ago. He was paid as one of the top backup quarterbacks and Dallas was going to rely more on him this season with Tony Romo recovering from injury. When Orton informed the team of his desire to retire Dallas fought back and claimed they would force him to repay signing bonus money that they had paid him to honor a three year commitment … Read the rest

What Now? Graham Camp All But Out Of Options

Note: I will be talking about the Graham situation on WWL New Orleans (AM870, FM105.3) at 7:20PM EST tonight. You can listen live here 


The franchise tag—a staple in the NFL CBA since the early 1990s—benefits the owners and handicaps the players.  This is not a revelation nor classified information; both sides are fully aware of what the tag can do.

Yet over the past twenty years, the true force of the tag has never been fully realized. The reason for this is that while the tag locks a player into a one-year deal, that player is at … Read the rest

A Survey Request from Friend of OTC Part II

Last year you guys did a great job helping out one of my long time Twitter followers, and fellow Indiana University alum, with a survey involving athletics and Twitter. Matt asked again if I could help out with his research and this time around the survey takes another look at Twitter and this time the relationship with a specific athlete, who currently is contracted to the New York Jets.  The survey only takes a few minutes and I hope you guys are willing to take part to help him out. Thanks!

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Continuously Updated Free Agent Analysis


This list will be continuously updated, and we will hopefully have a breakdown of every significant free agent signing when all is said and done. You can find updated player contract pages for 2014 free agents here.



Henry Melton (DAL)

Contract Details

Four-year contract worth $27.5 million. He received a $1 million signing bonus, which is the only guaranteed portion of the contract. His 2014 base salary is $1.25 million provided he completes workouts in the offseason. If he fails to attend these workouts, his base drops by $500,000 (standard procedure in every “name” Cowboys contract). … Read the rest

Use of the Roster Bonus in Free Agency

The use of the roster bonus is something to keep an eye on as we enter the free agency period. It’s a good tool for teams who have available cap space to use.

It’s been noted that the Jets GM John Idzik has used this method in recent signings of guys like Jeff Cumberland, Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster. Although the guaranteed money in these signings only isn’t very significant (the total is only about $1.5 million), keep an eye on Idzik (or other GMs with cap space—Oakland’s Reggie McKenzie, Cleveland’s Ray Farmer and Jacksonville’s David Caldwill) using this method … Read the rest

Recapping Monday’s Pre-Free Agency Transactions

Nobody is safe this time of year.  Yesterday’s free agency eve was as busy as it gets in terms of transactions—there was movement all over the league.  Below is a summary of what went on yesterday (and some of this morning). The site will be constantly updated throughout the day.  Updates will be provided later on once free agency shifts into full gear (officially at 4pm, but seemingly has already started). Remember to follow Jason or myself on Twitter for salary cap updates.

Note: The NFL will charge every team $504,000 for workout money today. These charges are already accounted … Read the rest