While I am certainly in the camp that believes it is foolish to heavily invest in a running back there is also the reality that it could happen in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott. First round draft picks basically get one chance in five years to threaten a hold out and it seems Elliott may do it this year which makes this an interesting case to take a look at as Dallas comes off a playoff season that I am sure many credit to Elliot’s presence on the offense. With that in mind lets look at the financial risks for the Cowboys and why, if they do plan on extending him at some point, they should just do it now rather than waiting. Continue reading Thoughts on the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott »
With NFL training camp just a few weeks away we begin the period where more and more players begin to open up about the potential of holding out if they are not offered a new contract. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is the most recent on to state he will hold out and demand a trade if he does not receive a new contract. Continue reading Thoughts on the Contract Impasse Between Melvin Gordon and the Chargers »
A few days ago the Eagles and Carson Wentz agreed to a reported $128 million contract extension that would potentially tie Wentz to the Eagles through the 2024 season. The contract became official either on June 10 or June 11 and the numbers began to trickle in via a series of tweets by ESPN’s Field Yates which has led to a bunch of confusion surrounding the contract. Yates later added more details as did MMQB’s Albert Breer who indicated that the contract was so complex his head hurt trying to figure it out. With those details in mind (and knowing that the numbers may not be 100% accurate) I’d like to try to clear out most of the confusion surrounding the contract. Continue reading Carson Wentz’ New Contract and the CBA »
The change in NFL accounting for the 2019 season is now official with June 1 officially in the books. For those not familiar with NFL salary cap accounting the league makes a distinction between the way they handle the salary cap charge for players released after June 1. For players released from multi year contracts all accelerated salary will now count towards the 2020 salary cap rather than 2019. In addition four teams used a June 1 designation on players this offseason and now those players will no longer count in full on their former team’s salary cap. Here is a quick look at the players and the cap space gained by the teams they used to play for. Continue reading June 1 Salary Cap Rules are In Effect »
With the Legion of Boom no longer patrolling the Seahawks’ secondary and Marshawn Lynch years removed from playing in the Pacific Northwest, the Hawks have inarguably become Russell Wilson’s franchise…at least for now. Rumors have swirled for months with respect to Wilson’s future with the team, as the star quarterback’s contract expires after the upcoming 2019 season. With Wilson’s camp making it clear that they want a new deal done now or otherwise to put talks on the shelf until the next offseason, let’s work out contract extension terms that should work for both sides. Block out all the noise, and the teams have a reasonable path to getting an agreement done.
One of the biggest points of discussion during the NFL combine was whether or not the Cardinals would draft Kyler Murray with the number one pick. The main argument for why they should not do this is because last year the Cardinals traded the 79th and 152nd pick in the NFL draft to move up five spots and select Josh Rosen at number 10 in the 2018 draft. Rosen struggled last season, but that isn’t uncommon for rookies especially ones on a team as poorly constructed as the current Cardinals. So since they have a player already on the team at the position that they are developing why select another? This is a topic I’ve touched on before and I think it is one worth discussing again since its more of a real topic at this point in time. Continue reading Why the Cardinals Should Draft a Quarterback »
Every year we look at salary cap space as the barometer for who is expected to be the big spenders in free agency but today I wanted to take a different look at things and instead look at cash budgeting. While cap space certainly makes it easier to fit contracts under the salary cap under team friendly structures it is nothing more than an accounting tool. For the most part anyone can make the salary cap dance in a given year or two to fit players in, but actual cash is generally tighter and what should drive spending in the NFL. Continue reading Projecting 2019 NFL Spending »