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Michael Thomas’ Contract Negotiations: How the Franchise Tag and Rookie Wage Scale are Garbage

Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints are about four million apart on average per year according to Jeff Duncan from NOLA.com. Thomas and his representation team led by Andrew Kessler of Athletes First are asking for $22 million per year, while the Saints are offering $18 million for the wide receiver going into his fourth season of a second round rookie contract that sees him set to earn just $1.15 million in salary this upcoming season.

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Patriots Quick Passing Offense, It’s Implications in Regard to WR Value, and What Play Callers Mean to Offenses

I was on Twitter spit-balling on the idea of the Patriots drafting Hunter Renfrow in the sixth round, then the potential of having him and Braxton Berrios together as Julian Edelman moves closer to retirement (thought not seeming to slow down now). This is of course if they were to be successful and make a Patriots roster together, or have one beat out the other one in this imaginary scenario.

I joked that, we might see Renfrow and Berrios have success for the next decade together with various talking heads still like: “HOW DO THE PATRIOTS DO IT WITH NO RECEIVERS?!” With my response being a tongue-in-cheek kind of, “don’t you get it? These short dudes are receivers too.”

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Kyler Murray Has the Potential to Make Much More Money in the NFL

To lead off, who cares what the public thinks about Kyler Murray’s decision. I see a lot of people questioning the decision or saying this is the better decision for him, so I’ll cover the financial side of the decision, but I just hope that Murray chooses the sport that he is most passionate about because that will likely lead to the best path for him, one he will be less likely to second guess. The word is that he’s chosen football, so hopefully that aligns with what is most important to him.

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Offseason Plans for the Giants, Jets, and Colts

Last week I appeared on ESPN New York with Anita Marks to discuss the offseason plans for the Giants, Jets, and Colts. We talked about the Colts quick turnaround as an organization and got into what the Giants are doing at quarterback. You can listen here.

Zack Moore is a writer for OverTheCap.com and author of the recently released book titled, “Caponomics: Building Super Bowl Champions,” which is now available on Amazon. You can follow him on Twitter @ZackMooreNFL. 

Looking at the Browns Past QB Trades That Built The Roster They Have Now

Next week I will be appearing on my friend Jack Duffin‘s podcast titled, “The Paul Brown Show,” so I’m looking over some of his questions for the upcoming episode to prepare. I hope you’ll be able to listen, I love talking about the Browns and the process they’ve gone through over the last few years; I’ll post a link on my Twitter when it’s up. 

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Predicting Odell Beckham’s Extension with the Giants

In early April, I wrote an article on the Odell Beckham Jr. contract situation that has since led to the opportunity to work with Pat Leonard at the New York Daily News on an article later in April and I had a conversation with Anita Marks on ESPN New York a couple weeks ago on the topic, so I thought I’d expand on this topic here.

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Team Building Notes for the NFL Draft

I wanted to just give you guys some notes to consider when watching the draft. When considering what your team should do with its draft picks, it’s important to understand some of the thoughts behind these picks and the things that impact the decisions a team should be making.

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