NFL Stock Down: Week 14

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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.

Brian Hoyer– Two weeks in a row here for Hoyer, who is probably near the end as a starting QB. It was a great opportunity for the Browns who played great on defense and seemed to catch the Colts on an off day. They nearly won in spite of Hoyer who posted a QBR of just 31.4.  Even an average game would have had the Browns winning by 10 points.  If Hoyer gets a chance to start next year it will only be as a stopgap for a team with a young QB on the bench.

Jason McCourty– A few years back I thought it was pretty questionable when the Titans gave McCourty a pretty large contract and that contract is at the point where releasing him is now a reasonable option. He was torched on Sunday by the Giants and considering the state of affairs in Tennessee I’m not sure they will see it as reasonable to pay him $6.8 million in 2015.

Mark Sanchez– On Thanksgiving Sanchez was the talk of the NFL. By the end of Sunday’s game the announcers were discussing if he should be replaced by Nick Foles when Foles is healthy enough to play. Sanchez didn’t crack 100 yards and threw a critical interception right after a turnover that gave the Eagles some life. That was what he would do on his bad days with the Jets and its those bad days that saw few teams interested in his services last March

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New Contract Disappointment Of The Week

Colin Kaepernick– You always worry when you extend small sample players to big contracts and right now the 49ers have to be worried. Kaepernick looks like he really needs to learn the position, which is not supposed to happen to a guy who has been in a Super Bowl.  There is no denying his athleticism, but that isn’t going to win enough games in the long term. You almost get the feeling the 49ers staff is forcing him to sink or swim to either force him to change or get a firm idea that he cant be the long term solution rather than protecting him with their run game.

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  • Dan Kunze

    I am a dunce, so I figured Kaep would be a lock for a big day against the lowly Raiders for my FanDuel team. I watched some of the game and he looked totally lost. That contract will end up hurting the Niners unless something big changes, and fast.

    • NW86

      I was right there with you.

  • buk

    Kaep’s agent took a lot of criticism(PFT) for lack of guarantees he negotiated in that deal, but based on his performance this year i’d say it was smart to sign that deal. A new coach and OC will want a crack at developing Colin and there is no alternative. As for Cam Newton he is taking a beating even in good performances.
    I’d be reluctant to pay him franchise money but for a top talent in their 20s you have to believe they can improve while age finally catches up with other top 10 QBs like Brady,Manning,Romo,Brees and Big Ben.
    Luck,Kaep,Wilson and Newton are all 25ish or younger with no serious injury history except Newton.