Chiefs Release Jaye Howard

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Chiefs have released defensive tackle Jaye Howard.

Howard was set to count for $6.375 million on the Chiefs salary cap, but his new cap number will be $5 million, which is the total of the money remaining from his signing bonus and a $2.5 million salary guarantee. Howard’s contract contains offsets so if he signs with another team the Chiefs should recover some of his salary. That money would be credited to the Chiefs 2018 salary cap. Continue reading Chiefs Release Jaye Howard »

Raiders Cut Dan Williams

The Raiders released defensive tackle Dan Williams this afternoon freeing up $4.5 million in cap space. As far as releases go this isn’t very notable though I thought the Raiders might keep him to try to recapture some return on their investment, so why am I writing about it?  The basic reason I am writing on it is that I saw online a number of people wondering why it took Oakland so long to release him. Its not like Oakland needs the cap room nor are there any free agents available at the position and the draft is still a few days away. So I figured why not make a little topic out of this. Continue reading Raiders Cut Dan Williams »

Kawann Short Signs $80.5 Million Extension with Panthers

The Carolina Panthers locked up their star defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five year, $80.5 million contract today. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Short will receive $35 million fully guaranteed at signing and $45 million in total guarantees, which are certainly pretty big numbers that place him among the highest compensated interior defensive linemen in the league. Short had been designated a franchise player and was set to earn $13.387 million for the season.  Continue reading Kawann Short Signs $80.5 Million Extension with Panthers »

Can Seattle Really Justify a Sherman Trade?

With more and more trade rumors out there about Richard Sherman I thought this was a good time to look back at some of the drafting concepts I’ve worked on before on OTC and use that type of methodology to see the pros and cons of trading for Sherman. This is a pretty unique topic because you are talking about trading a top of the line player who will be 29 and soon looking for a new contract for a complete unknown in the draft. It would be hard to replace Sherman with any rookie. Continue reading Can Seattle Really Justify a Sherman Trade? »

JR Sweezy (sort of) Reworks His Contract with the Buccaneers

Last offseason J.R. Sweezy was one of the big offseason signings notching a surprising five year $32.5 million contract with $12 million effectively guaranteed at signing and another $2.5 million guaranteed for injury. Sweezy never played a down for the Buccaneers last season as a back injury kept him on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the entire season. Just one season later, according to Field Yates and Jenna Laine of ESPN, he has reworked his contract to account for that injury in a manner that sounds like it accomplished much more than it really did. Continue reading JR Sweezy (sort of) Reworks His Contract with the Buccaneers »

Desmond Trufant Signs $69 Million Contract Extension

Desmond Trufant has joined the ranks of the top paid cornerbacks in the NFL after inking a new five year, $69 million contract extension according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post. According to Schultz, $42 million of the contract is guaranteed. Trufant was drafted with the 22nd pick of the 2013 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. Trufant has been injured this past season and only appeared in 9 games, but the Falcons were confident enough to extend the contract at a pretty high figure rather than having him play out the season on his $8 million option year. Continue reading Desmond Trufant Signs $69 Million Contract Extension »

Problems Created with Contract Restructures

I wanted to jump into a bit of a different topic today and one that I guess would be aimed more at either agents who are representing players or students/professionals who are pursuing a career in sports representation. The topic is about salary conversions into bonus money and the negatives that are attached to it by just maintaining the status quo, default contract language used by most teams. Ive spoken a bit on this on the podcast before and I believe I touched on it in the book too but what reminded me of the topic was Tony Romo’s release and the following tweet by Joel Corry

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