Over the Cap http://overthecap.com NFL Salary Cap, Player Contracts, and Related News and Analysis Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:20:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Josh Gordon, Marijuana, and another NFL Lawsuithttp://overthecap.com/josh-gordon-marijuana-another-nfl-lawsuit/ http://overthecap.com/josh-gordon-marijuana-another-nfl-lawsuit/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:17:45 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7969 Josh Gordon will be out for this entire NFL season for having marijuana in his system at some point last season.

Now, he broke a rule, and rules are rules. When you break one, you suffer the consequences. On the other hand, is it a smart rule any longer, given the fact that marijuana is legal in the two states whose teams played in last February’s Super Bowl and an increasing body of research that suggests it is safe or, put differently, has positive effects in certain circumstances?

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Josh Gordon will be out for this entire NFL season for having marijuana in his system at some point last season.

Now, he broke a rule, and rules are rules. When you break one, you suffer the consequences. On the other hand, is it a smart rule any longer, given the fact that marijuana is legal in the two states whose teams played in last February’s Super Bowl and an increasing body of research that suggests it is safe or, put differently, has positive effects in certain circumstances?

Last spring, I went to a Sports Law Symposium at the New York School of Law. An ESPN reporter was one of the panelists on a discussion of PEDs and steroids in sports. During the Q&A session I asked something along the lines of: what do you think about the studies that have shown the potential of using marijuana and/or hormones to prevent and treat traumatic brain injuries?

I’m reading the book Think Like A Freak from the Freakonomics guys and one thing they discuss is our society’s inability to say: “I don’t know.” If we’re unwilling to understand that we don’t know everything, we’ll be unwilling to look for more information, different solutions and ideas.

Recently I heard Dr. Mark Gordon on the Joe Rogan Experience, who has done studies on hormone therapy and treating traumatic brain injuries and has seen positive results. Obviously, there is still more research to be done, but here is something I found on his studies in a quick Google search.

Now, attached here is an ABC News link to a report on a study done at Hebrew University in Israel. The study “shows that a cannabinoid, similar to the active ingredient found in marijuana and produced in the brains of many animals, protects mice from brain injury.” I can find a variety of other articles, but you get the point, there is real research being done on marijuana or THC to treat traumatic brain injuries.

Our media is filled with people who just don’t know what they’re talking about, but are really good at spouting the conventional wisdom or the “settled science”. But science doesn’t always settle like we would like it. Take, for instance, the almost 60 year ban on salt intake and eating meats. Many new studies—and resulting books—from credible sources have suggested that such prohibition may be doing more damage than eating salt and eating meat (not to immoderation, as with all things) Or what to make of the global cooling temperatures since 1997 which were not predicted by the global warming models?

I would have applauded the ESPN reporter  if he said: I don’t know  But he chose to respond  sarcastically instead. Due to the fact that he hadn’t done his research, he thought I was a crazy person for even asking that question.  But why not have a discussion on this?

The NFL is in the middle of a new lawsuit: “about 1300 NFL retirees filed a lawsuit accusing the league of illegally handing out painkillers, sleeping pills and other drugs without informing the players of the risks of health problems and addiction.”

Over the last 30 years or so, the NFL has allegedly been distributing performance enhancers to get their players on the field, Toradal, Percocet, Vicodin, anything that would allow them to keep playing while injured. Now players are suffering from addiction, health problems and a variety of issues stemming from drug use during their playing days.

According to the CDC, 55% of all drug overdoses in 2011 were related to pharmaceuticals; of that number, 74% of those deaths were from opiates like Percocet and Vicodin. Just yesterday, CNN published a story stating that medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses. Dr. Marcus Bachhuber said, “there was about 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on average after implementation of a medical marijuana law.”

The study shows that in 2010 alone, states with medical marijuana laws had approximately 1,700 fewer overdose deaths than would have been expected based on the numbers before the medical laws were passed.

Let me rephrase that, marijuana saved 1,700 lives from overdoses.  Maybe a smallish sample, but a meaningful enough sample to take notice of.  And, gee, one could argue that marijuana is safer than the drugs the NFL and its teams allegedly handed out, no? .

Who knows, in a few years, we all might look back and conclude that the NFL had better things than marijuana use to monitor and worry about. Maybe we won’t. But, at the very least, we and the NFL should be discussing the potential benefits researchers ascribe to certain usages of marijuana rather than simply spouting the conventional wisdom and punishing according to it.

 

Zack Moore

@ZackMooreNFL

www.AllAmericanHustle.com

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Perspective on Michael Sam Being Cuthttp://overthecap.com/perspective-michael-sam-cut/ http://overthecap.com/perspective-michael-sam-cut/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:28:29 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7956 I was inspired to comment on this story as so many in the Twitter-verse are either commenting that Michael Sam got cut because he’s gay or they’re saying “I told you so bro, he’s just not good enough to play in the NFL.” Both statements are wrong.

The Rams drafted Michael Sam because they saw him as the best player on the board in the 7th round, but they were also pretty well stacked at the defensive end position. They’re paying their top three defensive ends Chris Long, William Hayes and Robert Quinn about $18 million combined this season, … Read the rest

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I was inspired to comment on this story as so many in the Twitter-verse are either commenting that Michael Sam got cut because he’s gay or they’re saying “I told you so bro, he’s just not good enough to play in the NFL.” Both statements are wrong.

The Rams drafted Michael Sam because they saw him as the best player on the board in the 7th round, but they were also pretty well stacked at the defensive end position. They’re paying their top three defensive ends Chris Long, William Hayes and Robert Quinn about $18 million combined this season, so what they were looking for was a low cost option for their 9th defensive lineman spot. The Rams have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL, so Sam had an uphill battle from the day he signed with the team.

During camp Michael Sam did very well, but he was outplayed by the surprise of the NFL preseason in Ethan Westbrooks and there just wasn’t enough room on the Rams roster. Westbrooks registered one sack, three QB hits and five hurries, which helped him grade out as Pro Football Focus’ #1 4-3 defensive end this preseason. Michael Sam’s biggest highlight this preseason was sacking the other main storyline of the preseason, Johnny Football and by all accounts, Sam had a great camp on top of his play in the games.

One thing I want to communicate in this article is that this is how the business of football works. For the last decade, I’ve been watching NFL special teamer Blake Costanzo bounce around from team-to-team living out his NFL dreams. I took special interest in his story because he graduated from Ramapo High School six years before I did and since that time he’s become a friend.

 

Blake was an undrafted free agent out of Lafayette College, he spent a couple years bouncing between the NFL Europe’s Reign Fire and NFL training camps. He was cut three times at the beginning of his career before he became an All-Pro caliber special teams player during his 2011 season with the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, he’s currently recovering from a knee injury, but he’ll be ready to go for the 2015 season.

 

Another local standout from Don Bosco Prep, Justin Trattou, was an undrafted free agent out of Florida. He signed with the New York Giants and bounced between the practice squad and the 53-man roster all during the 2011 season and even got himself a Super Bowl ring. He suffered an ankle injury during training camp in 2012 and was placed on the Giants injured reserve. Justin resigned in March of last year, but found himself as the odd-man out when the Giants needed running back help during that losing streak that started their season.

Two weeks after being waived by the Giants, Justin signed with the Vikings and was then waived and resigned one more time by the Vikings last season as they needed to make some roster moves.

This August, Justin has had a great training camp, but again finds himself on the outside looking in (UPDATE: He has since been added back to the Vikings practice squad). Just yesterday, I was talking to his personal trainer Mike Guadango from DeFranco’s Gym, we were all commenting on how good he looked on film and how good he looked physically leaving for camp this year.

Justin has a great attitude of controlling what he can control as seen by this comment with the West Central Tribune:

“It’s a business,” said Trattou, who majored in sports management. “Sometimes you can play your best and do well enough and sometimes it’s still not good enough. For another team, it might be. I just focus on what I have to do personally and not worry about anything else.”

Michael Sam has the same attitude as he tweeted out:

“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

 

Up in Buffalo, another DeFranco’s Gym guy, an undrafted free agent named Chris Hogan is settling himself into an increased role as a wide receiver and special teamer. The rest of the league is about to see what we’ve known for four years now, Chris Hogan is one of the most athletic wide receivers in the NFL, I’m predicting right now that he’s going to have a Miles Austin-type breakout game this year.

Chris spent his first two years in the NFL bouncing between the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins before finding a home in Buffalo. He has since learned, matured, and grown into the role he finds himself in now.

 

Like I said in the article about an NFL D-League, this is the toughest time of the year seeing so many guys get cut, but it’s also the time when an agent has to get to work. It’s up to you to find the best opportunity for your client to succeed. It’s now time for Michael Sam’s agent to go out and find him the next opportunity and I’m sure he will.

ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that between 1994 and 2013, only 47% of 7th-round picks made Week 1 rosters, so the situation Sam finds himself in is to be expected. It’s all about where he goes from here, like the old cliché, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. I look forward to seeing where Sam goes from here, he’s gotten a course in playing in the NFL, it’s now time for him to get bigger, stronger, faster, work on his weaknesses, and just keep getting better one day at a time.

It takes a special individual to lead the lives these guys lead, it takes someone with the ability to keep the faith and continue towards their goals in the face of a lot of adversity. Meanwhile, the Twitter-verse making fun of them for getting cut from the NFL saying stuff like, “so and so just isn’t good enough,” when it’s so much more complex than that. The amount of high-quality, mentally tough individuals I’ve been around during my time around this game is inspiring, guys willing to do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality. That’s the kind of stuff that gets you fired up in the morning.

 

And I, of course, want to make one more statement to close this out…

 

Our society, by and large, has improved so drastically over the last fifty years. Martin Luther King made his “I Have a Dream Speech,” 51 years ago this week, and we’re in the middle of the second term of a black president. Whether you agree with his politics or not, it’s still a cool demonstration of our societal progress. Some of the richest people in the world are black, Jay-Z and Oprah should be a quintessential part of any entrepreneur’s education.

 

Over the last two years, we have seen an NBA player come out of the closet in Jason Collins, an NFL player in Sam, as well as former NFL players. This spring at Villanova’s Sports Law Symposium, I watched Collins’ agent, Arn Tellem break down crying as he discussed the courage it took for his client to come out.

 

In Sam’s case, something that really impressed and inspired me, was the way that Missouri and then the St. Louis Rams’ handled Sam’s situation. Last fall, the Missouri coaches divided the players into small groups for a team-building exercise. While some teammates just discussed their hometown or their family, Sam came out of the closet to his teammates. So for about 6 months before Sam made it public, every single person in that Missouri football family kept it quiet, that’s a brotherhood.

 

As a college football player, I saw the way a good team comes together as a family to strive towards a common goal, people from all different kinds of backgrounds come together to strive for a common goal. Our 2010 Rhode Island football team went 5-6 and 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association, we beat national ranked powerhouses like New Hampshire, Villanova, and UMass, and we did it because our team was a family.

 

I say all this because we can all learn something from the Michael Sam story. Wade Davis, the former NFL defensive back who has recently come out, stated that Rams coach Jeff Fisher called him up very soon after signing Sam to have him speak with the guys. Davis was happy to see a receptive audience with the Rams players, their first question was “how do we make Michael Sam comfortable here?”

 

The Michael Sam story, football itself, is a beautiful example of people of different backgrounds coming together for a common goal and it’s something that our country needs to learn from. While the media blows up stories about racial division like Ferguson or we’re talking about the divisive politics on display in Washington DC, we’re missing out on all the positive news.

 

Every single day people from all backgrounds come together in locker rooms across the country to work towards their dreams. College football teams are filled with players of every color, religion, ethnic background, socio-economic situation and sexual orientation, but every fall these teams figure out a way to get along and become a family. There’s not a coach in this country who cares what your skin color is when he’s recruiting you and as the Rams showed us, the NFL doesn’t care who you love either.

 

Michael Sam already has one victory, but the rest of us football fans have a victory as well, we’ve shown the country how to treat people. This is how a country is supposed to behave, treat others like you want to be treated, give them the freedom to live their life as they so choose, that’s America. Seriously, that’s what the Constitution’s all about, I’ll take care of myself, my family and my responsibilities, you do the same and we’ll be fine. Our Founding Fathers were hemp farmers…God bless America indeed.

 

Now, my next article will be touching on Josh Gordon’s year long suspension over smoking marijuana. This is all going on while the NFL is in the middle of a lawsuit with about 1300 former players over illegally providing painkillers to mask serious injuries. This is the next social issue our society needs to address and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and reading your comments as well.

 

Sorry for the delay on the next segment of the NFL Agent series I’m doing, but I’ve been a little lazy this week as I’m waiting for my new computer to come in the mail. This computer takes about 30 seconds to load anything, so now that I see the light at the end of the tunnel with that new computer being only days away, I can’t stand the delay.

 

Be American,

 

 

Zack Moore

@ZackMooreNFL

www.AllAmericanHustle.com

Supplements: Onnit

P.S. If you want to see someone who’s freaking out about the Michael Sam news today, check out @EdgeOfSports on twitter.

Apparently the NFL is full of hateful bigots, I, personally, just haven’t met any of them yet.

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The Salary Cap Rules are Changing…Who Is Impacted the Most? via SNhttp://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-08-28/nfl-salary-cap-trouble-rams-lions-chargers-logan-mankins-patriots-buc-lardarius-webb-ravens-contracts http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-08-28/nfl-salary-cap-trouble-rams-lions-chargers-logan-mankins-patriots-buc-lardarius-webb-ravens-contracts#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:10:32 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7954 In this weeks piece for the Sporting News I look at the changes in salary cap accounting that take place next week and what teams may need to make moves just to comply with the salary cap.  Click through to read the full piece over at SN… Read the rest

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In this weeks piece for the Sporting News I look at the changes in salary cap accounting that take place next week and what teams may need to make moves just to comply with the salary cap.  Click through to read the full piece over at SN

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Details of Vontaze Burfict’s Contract Extension with the Bengalshttp://overthecap.com/player/vontaze-burfict/208/ http://overthecap.com/player/vontaze-burfict/208/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:54:54 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7952 Read the rest

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Patriots Agree to Trade Logan Mankins to Buccaneershttp://overthecap.com/patriots-agree-trade-logan-mankins-buccaneers/ http://overthecap.com/patriots-agree-trade-logan-mankins-buccaneers/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:24:13 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7950 The Patriots are no stranger to surprising late summer roster moves and this year’s edition sees them moving long time Guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Tim Wright and a draft pick.

Mankins, our pick for worst contract on the Patriots over the last two seasons, signed a monster contract in 2011 that he had little chance to live up to. His contract remains the top valued contract among Guards and he is still a top five earner in cash salary, four years into the deal. He carried a $10.25 million cap charge in 2014 for … Read the rest

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The Patriots are no stranger to surprising late summer roster moves and this year’s edition sees them moving long time Guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Tim Wright and a draft pick.

Mankins, our pick for worst contract on the Patriots over the last two seasons, signed a monster contract in 2011 that he had little chance to live up to. His contract remains the top valued contract among Guards and he is still a top five earner in cash salary, four years into the deal. He carried a $10.25 million cap charge in 2014 for the Patriots which was the 2nd highest in the NFL at the position this year.

Mankins still had $8 million in dead money remaining in his contract, but because this move was made after June 1 the Patriots will split that cost across two seasons. Mankins also earned a $250,000 workout bonus so his cap charge for the Patriots this year will be $4.25 million, a savings of $6.25 million. In 2015 he will count for $4 million against the cap.

Tampa Bay will assume Mankins remaining salaries in his contract. Those figures are $6.25 million in 2014 and $7 million in both 2015 and 2016. I did read in a few places the suggestion that Mankins could retire rather than accept the trade, but if that were to occur the Buccaneers would have the rights to try to recover the $8 million in signing bonus money left in his contract. This situation occured years ago when the Denver Broncos traded Jake Plummer to the Buccaneers and Plummer did not want to play in Tampa Bay.

I’d consider this a pretty classic salary dump. Nobody knows how long this trade was being discussed but since the Buccaneers brought in Richie Incgnito for a visit yesterday I would tend to think that may have gotten the Patriots thinking they found a team desperate enough to take Mankins off their hands.  The money saved this year will improve their future salary cap position to help extend good players who were drafted in 2010 and 2011 and are up for extensions.


 

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The NFL Salary Cap and Super Bowl Champions Part IIhttp://overthecap.com/nfl-salary-cap-super-bowl-champions-part-ii/ http://overthecap.com/nfl-salary-cap-super-bowl-champions-part-ii/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:51:09 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7944 In Part I of our look back at the salary cap spending of Super Bowl Champions we looked at spending on the top spots of the roster. In this one we want to look at the positional breakdowns of those top roster spots on the champions. Just as a quick reminder we are not including the 97 and 98 Broncos due to salary cap violations nor the 2010 Packers since the 2010 season had no salary cap. All figures are based on percent of the teams adjusted salary cap to adjust for the differences in salaries over the large time … Read the rest

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In Part I of our look back at the salary cap spending of Super Bowl Champions we looked at spending on the top spots of the roster. In this one we want to look at the positional breakdowns of those top roster spots on the champions. Just as a quick reminder we are not including the 97 and 98 Broncos due to salary cap violations nor the 2010 Packers since the 2010 season had no salary cap. All figures are based on percent of the teams adjusted salary cap to adjust for the differences in salaries over the large time period.

Top Player Breakdown

top cap Position

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that quarterback dominates the top salaried player on the team as 8 of 17 champions have spent the most money on the QB. I would have expected to see a few more pass rushers on the list, but only Terrell Suggs was the top salary cap player on his team. The highest average spending came on cornerbacks, but those were both the huge numbers spent on Ty Law by the Patriots. The two strange ones were Guard and Tight End. The high priced Guard was Alan Faneca on the lower spending Steelers team and he would not have been anywhere near the top of almost any other team except the 2000 Ravens. Zach Miller took the top spot on the Seahawks, whose roster construction was very different than almost anyone else of the Super Bowl era.

Top Three Breakdown

Top 3 Position

We move up to 11 QB’s once we expand to the top 3 cap charges on a team and now we get more of those pass rushers that I thought would be in the top spot. Offensive tackle also makes a big leap, which I think would be expected since teams with a high priced QB should be paying big money to protect his blindside. Five of the seven tackles who made the top three also had a QB in the top 3 in salary. Those teams were  the 1994 49ers, 2006 Colts, 2007 Giants, and 2008 Steelers .

Top 5 Breakdown

Top 5 Position

Once we extend to 5 teams we have almost every position represented (punter and kicker are missing). 15 out of 17 teams had the QB as one of the top 5 paid players on the team which is basically telling everyone that you won’t win without a reasonably compensated QB. Wide Receiver, which was almost non-existent in the top of the roster cap charges sees a massive jump to 12 players. So while teams may move away from paying them the biggest money they are certainly not shy from paying them big money. Another interesting takeaway here was the lack of running backs. Though the league was not considered a “passing league” until the last 6 or 7 years, the runners on the SB champs have not been big money earners. The 4 runners that make the list are split between the 90s era and the more pass happy era.

Top 10 Breakdown

Top 10 Position

QB drops out of the top spot since there is only one spot available per team, but does remain the highest compensated. The only team that did not have a top 10 paid QB win the Super Bowl was the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. The most popular positions are the Defensive  End and Linebacker positions. Some of those linebackers are pass rushers, so I think its sf to say most teams want to wind up with a strong pass rush. In fact every team had at least one “pass rusher” make the top 10 salaries on the roster.

Five teams did not have a top 10 paid cornerback on the team. Those teams were the 1996 Packers, 2005 Steelers, 2006 Colts, 2008 Steelers and 2013 Seahawks.  Only five teams did not have a high priced running back on the roster, all of whom won before 2008. The teams were the 1994 49ers, 2001 Patriots, 2004 Patriots, 2006 Colts, and 2007 Giants. Only four teams failed to have a high cap tackle on the payroll- the 1996 Packers, 2002 Buccaneers, 2004 Patriots, and 2012 Ravens. Just two squads did not have a top 10 paid WR. Those teams were the 2000 Ravens and the 2011 Giants.

Positions on the lower end of the salary scale did not make many appearances on the list with multiple teams passing on spending much space on centers, defensive tackles, guards, tight ends, safeties and special teamers.  In general these are all the lowest salaried positions in todays NFL, though safety is becoming more and more valuable.

Offensive/Defensive Breakdown

Overall there is a pretty even split between offensive and defensive positons making up the top 10. 83 of 170 positions were defensive players and 85 were offensive players, but teams skew towards offense first and defense second. 13 offensive players are the top cap hit for a Super Bowl champ to just 4 defensive players. When we look at the top three it balances out to 26/25. When we get to the top 5, though, again we get the heavy offensive investment- 49 offensive players to 36 defensive players- before it balances out again when we look at the top 10.

The Most Non-Traditional Teams

Seattle was the only team without a top priced QB, had a top 5 paid running back and tight end, and had a top 10 defensive tackle and center. There were no cornerbacks or linebacker in their top 10. All things considered that was probably the most non-traditional built team from a salary cap perspective of all time. A very unique team that will be very hard to duplicate.

The 2006 Indianapolis Colts spent the most on offensive talent with 7 of their top 10 cap positions being held by offensive players.  The opposite end of the spectrum was the 2004 Patriots with just two offensive players in the top 10. They had 7 defensive players and a kicker to round out the list.

Next week we’ll look over the current rosters in the NFL and see what teams are and are not built like most of the Super Bowl teams of the salary cap era.

Read Part I of our Super Bowl Series


 

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Over The Cap Fantasy Football Leaguehttp://overthecap.com/cap-fantasy-football-league/ http://overthecap.com/cap-fantasy-football-league/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:29:55 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7941 Jason and I have discussed the possibility of having a fantasy football league for the staff with Over the Cap readers. We think there is some crossover between salary cap issues and fantasy football, so we could find a way to make some points along the season through fantasy football, but we also think it would be a fun experience.

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Jason and I have discussed the possibility of having a fantasy football league for the staff with Over the Cap readers. We think there is some crossover between salary cap issues and fantasy football, so we could find a way to make some points along the season through fantasy football, but we also think it would be a fun experience.

Please tweet @Jason_OTC or myself, @ZackMooreNFL, if you’re interested in joining the league!

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Reviewing NFL Roster Cuts and Transactions for August 24http://overthecap.com/reviewing-nfl-roster-cuts-transactions-august-24/ http://overthecap.com/reviewing-nfl-roster-cuts-transactions-august-24/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:08:29 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7937 Teams have until Tuesday to bring their rosters down to 75 players and a few teams have already made many of their decisions and begun the process of releasing players. Most of the moves that occur are not noteworthy but there are always a few surprising cuts to go along with some bad injury news for certain players. Lets go over the bigger news stories of the day.

The St. Louis Rams announced that quarterback Sam Bradford suffered another ACL injury and would miss the entire 2014 NFL season. Bradford’s college and NFL career has been marred by injury and … Read the rest

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Teams have until Tuesday to bring their rosters down to 75 players and a few teams have already made many of their decisions and begun the process of releasing players. Most of the moves that occur are not noteworthy but there are always a few surprising cuts to go along with some bad injury news for certain players. Lets go over the bigger news stories of the day.

The St. Louis Rams announced that quarterback Sam Bradford suffered another ACL injury and would miss the entire 2014 NFL season. Bradford’s college and NFL career has been marred by injury and this would unfortunately look to be the end of the line. I had written about Bradford last year and suggested that the Rams offer a pretty significant paycut based on the fact that he only played 33 games in three years, but unfortunately for the Rams they did not take that approach. Bradford will continue to count for $17.61 million against the salary cap while on injured reserve, unless some contract tweak is done for cap relief. The Rams currently have the tightest cap position in the NFL and will likely need to rework a deal or two before the season. This was to be a big year for Bradford who will have a cap hit $16.58 million in 2015, his final year of his rookie contract. With just $3.595 million in dead money if cut next year it should be impossible for him to survive on the contract this time around, putting him in a position to decide if he wants to take a low cost “prove it” contract or to retire from all the injuries. Bradford will make around $65 million by the end of this season, the final byproduct of the old CBA rookie contract system.

The Buffalo Bills released defensive tackle Alan Branch just eight monts after signing him to a three year contract extension in which he received a $3.1 million signing bonus. Branch will be another in a growing list of strange contract decisions made by the Bills in which they release players after recent decisions to pay the players. Branch did not seem to fit in with the new Bills defense and his recent arrest seemed to make the decision much easier for the Bills. Branch should have earned a $100,000 workout bonus this year and will count for $875,000 against the Bills cap, a savings of $1.8 million. He’ll also have a $1.55 million cap charge in 2015. Overall the Bills will lose $625K in cap room over two years despite the fact that he played in no games under the extension seasons of the contract.

There were a number of veteran cuts including Broncos‘ tackle Winston Justice ($1.0625M cap savings), Bears‘ safety Adrian Wilson ($570K cap savings), Patriots’ defensive tackle Tommy Kelly ($1.205M cap savings), and Patriots’ defensive end Will Smith ($585K cap savings). Sometimes you can’t read too much into veteran releases as 90% of the time such players would not be asked to participate in a fourth preseason game and many of the veteran players who are on the bubble will not be signed until week 2 of the season. The reason for the late signing is to avoid a full base salary guarantee. The CBA guarantees the salary of any veteran player who is on the week 1 roster, but just 25% of his contract if signed after the first game.

Neither Justice nor Kelly can be signed to minimum salary benefit contracts this season. The Patriots had given Kelly a $100,000 signing b0nus when he renegotiated his contract this season and the Broncos gave Justice a $75,000 bonus. Both numbers disqualify both for such treatment. In hindsight the $75,000 bonus for Justice may have been shortsighted.

Other teams who made a number of cuts include the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. This is of course a busy time of year for us at OTC to keep up with all the transactions so bear with us over the next two weeks as we get the cap pages down to 75 and then down to 53 next week.


 

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Podcast: Discussing Andrew Brandt’s MMQB Article on an NFL D-Leaguehttp://overthecap.com/podcast-discussing-andrew-brandts-mmqb-article-nfl-d-league/ http://overthecap.com/podcast-discussing-andrew-brandts-mmqb-article-nfl-d-league/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:40:32 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7935 As a part of my work here at Over The Cap, I want to share with you my thoughts through podcasts. Currently, I am not skilled in the technological know-how to put my podcasts on iTunes and such, but that will be done within the next few weeks.

On Friday, I shared my thoughts on this article by Andrew Brandt: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/08/21/nfl-development-league/

As someone who played with guys who were in the un-drafted free agency pool, trained with these kind of players at DeFranco’s Gym as well as clients that I’ve been involved with, I’ve seen first hand how much the … Read the rest

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As a part of my work here at Over The Cap, I want to share with you my thoughts through podcasts. Currently, I am not skilled in the technological know-how to put my podcasts on iTunes and such, but that will be done within the next few weeks.

On Friday, I shared my thoughts on this article by Andrew Brandt: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/08/21/nfl-development-league/

As someone who played with guys who were in the un-drafted free agency pool, trained with these kind of players at DeFranco’s Gym as well as clients that I’ve been involved with, I’ve seen first hand how much the league, and the players, would benefit from a developmental league. So below is a “podcast” on this topic, you can download it through mp3ify.com and listen to it on your iTunes if you want as well.

Ah…whatever, you guys will figure something out, thanks for listening and I hope to make this MUCH more convenient for you in the near future.

 

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The Agent’s Role in NFL Contract Negotiationshttp://overthecap.com/agents-role-nfl-contract-negotiations/ http://overthecap.com/agents-role-nfl-contract-negotiations/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:30:38 +0000 http://overthecap.com/?p=7930 Okay, so now let’s get into the services you need to provide your athletes. I’m going to break it down into four major categories:
1) Representation
2) Business Services
3) Brand Management
4) Total Human Optimization to use a phrase coined by Onnit.com.

Keep in mind, that there will be some crossover with these.

Today, I’ll discuss the representation aspect, as this is the first and most important tenet of being an agent. Like I’ve previously said, negotiations on rookie contracts aren’t what they used to be due to the new slotted contract figures since the 2011 CBA. Of course, … Read the rest

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Okay, so now let’s get into the services you need to provide your athletes. I’m going to break it down into four major categories:
1) Representation
2) Business Services
3) Brand Management
4) Total Human Optimization to use a phrase coined by Onnit.com.

Keep in mind, that there will be some crossover with these.

Today, I’ll discuss the representation aspect, as this is the first and most important tenet of being an agent. Like I’ve previously said, negotiations on rookie contracts aren’t what they used to be due to the new slotted contract figures since the 2011 CBA. Of course, negotiations in future contracts are still very important.

In terms of representation, you want to focus on building your skills in a few fields especially:
• Negotiations
• Understanding team’s salary cap issues and team needs
• Knowledge of player values
• Understand the Free Agency market each year and each upcoming year
• Understanding contracts

This is a subject I would like your feedback most on as readers because it’s the field I’m, admittedly, most unfamiliar with as I haven’t been in the industry yet as I’m still a student. These are all issues that I go to Over The Cap for as it’s been a great asset for my eduation, Spotrac is a good site as well. My advice is to just keep reading up on contracts and articles on contracts. Take notes, understand the details of the deals, understand the values of players, create your own systems and processes for analyzing contracts. Feel free to send me your thoughts on these systems as well.

I took a negotiations class this spring and it’s most easily summed up by a need for you to understand your needs, the other side’s needs, and working out the best deal for everyone involved. You also need to understand the marketplace, the industry, and the any other details surrounding the negotiation. You have an ongoing relationship with these teams and by building a strong, fair relationship with them from the start, you’ll build trust and complete better deals. You’ll also have their ear whenever you call them about a client of yours that you believe in.

I look at being an agent like you would any sales job. You want to sell a product, a player, you believe in. This is like an B2B (business-2-business) sales, it’s all about your relationships. What do people think about when they see that you’re calling them? Do they get excited to see what you want to talk about or do they grimace and sigh?

One idea I’ve thought about a lot is the fact that you do not want to get your player a contract that they can’t live up to, an unfair deal, you don’t want them to be on a contract that severely hurts their team’s chances to win. That kills a player’s reputation with the team’s town and across the league. Fans hate players who waste their team’s money, so you’re hurting their brand.

The next tenent I’ve created for being a good agent is an understanding of each team’s salary cap and their needs. As a salesman, you find your target market for your product and as an agent, you find the best team for your client. If you’re representing a guy who can be a great slot WR for the right team, you wouldn’t try and sell him to the New England Patriots or the Denver Broncos. You’d find a team with the right offense and the right team needs for your client to succeed.

An agent’s job is to understand the market for each of your player’s services, you don’t want your player to be somewhere he isn’t needed and a team is less likely to give him the money he deserves if they don’t have a specific need at that position. You create value for your client by finding them the best chance to succeed, the team that needs them the most. You also build a strong relationship with management of these teams by helping them build their roster in a manner that will help them succeed.

One thing Jason and I have both research is what it takes to build a championship football team. I broke down last season’s team cap spending by each position, then I looked at the amount of money 12-plus win teams spent on positions and 12-plus loss teams spent on positions. To make it something I could use for future seasons, I also looked at the percentage of the cap they spent on each position. This is something Jason has done really well with his new Super Bowl Champion cap spending series.

My goal as an agent will be to put my players in the best position to get the most value they can get, while also putting them in a position to succeed. I’d love to get a running back an Adrian Peterson type salary, but is that the best thing you can do for the success of the team and in turn your player’s brand? Can you get more of the money in a signing bonus, so they get the money they’re worth, but want them to have a manageable contract for their team. Of course, you want to get them their market value allowed by the free agency market, I’m just raising some questions that, I think, are worth asking.

Making sure your clients are on a winning team or a city where they can build the personal brand is a real concern as players begin to build these brands off the field. It’s great to make your money on the field, but it’s also great to be able to put “Super Bowl Champion” next to your name for the rest of your life.

I will also work to get my client’s the most value I can get for them, but I also want them to succeed statistically and in the win column. Russell Wilson is a great quarterback, but he isn’t the Russell Wilson brand he is right now without being on a great team. Put Wilson on the Jets (sorry Jason) and he’s not signing endorsement deals with Microsoft.

You also want to understand the upcoming marketplace in free agency. Understand who else will be on the market during any given offseason, a deep knowledge of the marketplace gives you an advantage over other agents.

These are all a part of what it takes to handle your role as a representative and negotiator for your client and his NFL contract. I’m sure we’ll discuss some other issues in representing your clients in future articles here, but that’s enough for today.

Coming next, we’ll discuss the role of the agent in the arena of business services. This is something I can expand on in a better manner than negotiations as I haven’t sat across the table from a team yet. Much more to come in this series.

As always, #BeAmerican out there my friends.

Zack Moore
@ZackMooreNFL
www.AllAmericanHustle.com
Supplements: Onnit

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