Patriots Tender RB LeGarrette Blount

Yesterday was decision day in the NFL on the use of the “May 9 tender” for all remaining unrestricted free agents. For those unfamiliar with this tender, which was commonly known as the June 1 tender, basically it is an offer that can be extended to a veteran free agent who has yet to sign a contract with a new team. When the offer is made the team maintains some level of control of the free agent as well as rights to a compensatory draft or blocking someone from gaining a comp pick by waiting to sign a free agent. Continue reading Patriots Tender RB LeGarrette Blount »

Should La’El Collins Move to Right Tackle?

The Cowboys are reportedly hoping that La’El Collins, who had played guard the last two seasons, will win the right tackle job and replace the retired Doug Free according to Bryant Crews of the Cowboys Wire. It makes sense that Dallas would consider the move, but if I was Collins and my option was guard or right tackle I think I would prefer to remain at guard and “lose” the right tackle competition due to the financial implications.

The way the NFL market values linemen generally goes in the order of left tackle, right guard, left guard, center and then right tackle. Here is the average salary for the top 10 players at each position:

Left Tackle$12,260,000
Right Guard$8,498,231
Left Guard$7,985,695
Center$7,908,016
Right Tackle$6,782,500

Looking at those numbers I am not sure why any player would voluntarily aim to play right tackle if he can play, and play well, at any of the other positions on the offensive line. The NFL looks at the RT position as inferior to pretty much anyone else on the line (one could make an argument about center as its a top heavy position) and year after year that continues to manifest itself in free agency.

Last season the best right tackle (Ricky Wagner)  scored a $9.5 million per year contract and he is the only player above $8 million a season. The best available (Mitchell Schwartz) the year before earned $6.6 million a year and extensions last year for the best players were just above $6 million a year.

On the other hand Ronald Leary, who played with the Cowboys last year, landed a $9 million a year contract in free agency and while he may have been best available he was not the best in the game. A few extensions have topped $10 million a year and a top 10 guard is probably going to earn $8 million a season and a top 20 player is going to earn at least $6 million. Those are the numbers for the top right tackles in the NFL. So I’m not sure the benefit that exists for Collins if he indeed could be the starting guard for the team.

Collins will be a restricted free agent after the season and is already eligible for an extension, but if he can play guard he should make certain that Dallas treats him as such when an extension talk comes up. There are a handful of players (Lane Johnson and Kelechi Osemele) that have been able to leverage their ability to play other positions (in both cases left tackle) into getting contracts that paid them as if they played a different position. Collins needs to make sure he falls in that same category.

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 »