With the deadline to designate franchise players just two days away, many NFL teams began the process today and designating their franchise players. The official franchise designations were made by the Cardinals, Steelers, and Panthers on Chandler Jones, Le’Veon Bell and Kawann Short. The Giants will also be tagging Jason Pierre-Paul but did not officially place the designation on him. None of the names thus far are a surprise. Continue reading NFL Franchise Tag Season Begins »
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the Steelers and Antonio Brown have come to terms on a massive $68 million contract extension that will make him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL by over $2 million a season on an annual basis.
#Steelers WR Antonio Brown’s contract details: 4-year extension worth $68M. $17M per year over 4 years and $18.5M over 3 years. ???
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2017
The makeover of the Cleveland Browns continues with the release of receiver Andrew Hawkins in what is a sign of the Browns continuing with a youth movement as they overhaul their entire franchise. The Browns released a statement from head coach Hue Jackson praising Hawkins work last season with the teams young receivers that read in part:
“Our young players are going to be better players and better people because of the time they spent with Andrew Hawkins”
Though it did not get much attention, Hawkins signed one of the more interesting contracts in recent memory back in 2014, which I think is worth looking back on. Continue reading Browns Release Receiver Andrew Hawkins »
Discussing this weeks NFL events including Mangolds release, Okungs contract, and all your questions. The podcast cuts out abruptly at the end but nothing important was missed there, so just a technical glitch that caused a quick cut off.
The Carolina Panthers kept one of their pending free agents when they signed DE Mario Addison to a new 3 year, $22.5 million extension.
The #Panthers signed DE Mario Addison to a 3-year deal worth $22.5M, source said. At 29 years old, he had 9.5 sacks in 2016.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2017
The is the second deal in the last few days that I think reflects the expected inflation of the salary cap and need to spend significant money in the current year. Continue reading Panther Sign Addison for 3 Years at $22.5 Million »
The Jets look to be in full rebuilding mode as they will be releasing arguably their best player of the past decade, Nick Manold. Mangold thanked the Jets organization and the fans of the team for all their support through the years which would seem to indicate that he was informed of the move today. Mangold was fifth on my list of possible cuts along the interior offensive line and his release will save the Jets $9.075 million in cap space. Continue reading Jets to Release Center Nick Mangold »
Yesterday’s release of the 2017 compensatory draft picks by the NFL came even earlier than usual this year. However, this is for good reason, due to the fact that this is the first year that compensatory picks may be traded. As several people have suggested (Miguel Benzan being one of the first I saw), it’s only fair and proper that teams should have precise knowledge of all the draft picks they will have before the combine–an event in which trade discussions really start to ramp up. I would expect future official compensatory pick releases to come on or near the Friday before the week the combine starts.
Now that the release out, it’s time to keep me honest and see what I did well in my projection, and what I got wrong. Continue reading Evaluation of the 2017 Compensatory Picks Projection »