NFL Stock Down: Week 10

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Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Stock Down

Darren McFadden– McFadden signed a one year contract in hopes of proving to someone in the league that he had enough talent to warrant a multi-year contract. 7 carries for 20 yards isn’t going to convince anyone of it.  McFadden has basically been useless for two weeks and his career may be grinding to a halt.

Marques Colston– Colston has been an invisible man in the Saints offense this season unless you catch a glimpse of him dropping passes that he never would have dropped earlier in his career. Colston’s high salary cap charge in 2015 will likely seem him released and his free agent value drops every week.

Mathias Kiwanuka– The Giants are in freefall and likely ready to blow things up with Kiwanuka being one of those likely released. He was invisible in the game against the Seahawks registering just one tackle while the Seahawks racked up a ridiculous number of rushing yards.

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New Contract Disappointment Of The Week

Jay Cutler– The whole Bears free agent/extension group deserves a collective vote for this one, but Cutler is the QB and his lack of caring about anything is pretty evident in what he does. The Packers killed the Bears and Cutler gave them no hope. He needs to do better because they are stuck with him for two more years.

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  • buk

    Trestman went from genius to hot seat in just a year. Cutler is 1-10 lifetime against Packers and he has enough body of work to realize this is who he is at this point. Record notwithstanding, i’d rather take another year of Idzik/Rex vs Emery/Trestman because the Jets are not locked into any bad contracts they can’t get out of.

  • Dan Kunze

    My Bears. What a trainwreck. On paper, I had them at 11-5 before the year started, and now this.
    On a different level, these are very interesting times for the office at Halas Hall. Emery and Trestman both have multi year deals and it is highly unlikely that the Bears management will eat all of that money. I imagine that Mel Tucker, the D Coordinator, will have to fall on the sword at the end of the year as a sacrificial lamb.
    Like buk said, the Bears are sort of stuck. We have the Cutler deal and a few others to deal with. So unless there are some rabbits that are going to be pulled out of hats, I would look for another year or two or three of status quo, get out from under all of the coaching and existing contracts, and then re-boot. I honestly don’t see any other way out.
    I like Trestman, as a guy though. I know that wins and losses tell the tale, but he is a good person and takes responsibility for the mess.
    In the end, the Bears had a plan, and executed it. It is now a plan gone awry, and we need to look to the future a bit. I don’t blame them for at least trying. I thought the plan would be decent as well, but obviously there are serious issues.