Jets Bench Muhammad Wilkerson

There were a lot of things that were supposed to be bad about the Jets season and to their credit they were able to make the most out of what looked like a bad situation, but the one issue that still remains is the relationship with star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson signed a monstrous $17.2 million per year contract just last year and was expected to be the leader of the defense if not the team. Things have gotten so bad that Wilkerson has more or less been suspended by the team for the game against the Saints after he missed another team meeting. Continue reading Jets Bench Muhammad Wilkerson »

Introducing the Contract Utilization Index

I wanted to introduce a new feature at OTC which well be looking to make live in the future called the contract utilization index.  The CUI is a simple metric that looks at playing time for a player and uses that playing time to adjust a player’s annual contract value accordingly. While this doesn’t necessarily tell us about the players level of play it does identify if the teams most expensive players are seeing the field or if there are a lot of wasted dollars on the bench. Basically it helps see if teams are getting good or poor basic returns on their investment. Continue reading Introducing the Contract Utilization Index »

Questions and Answers on Kam Chancellors Contract

The question I seem to be getting over and over these days is regarding Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks and his status going forward. Rather than just emailing or tweeting back I thought it made more sense to do a post on the subject that I can refer everyone too from now on. So lets do a quick Q&A on Chancellor’s contract. As always these answers are based on my interpretations of the CBA and the way I have seen other similar situations play out.  Continue reading Questions and Answers on Kam Chancellors Contract »

Why Are the 49ers Hesitant to play Garoppolo

Had an email question yesterday regarding Jimmy Garoppolo and what the 49ers are doing. This question came before the 49ers were forced to bring him in for two or three plays late on Sunday due to injury. I had a few comments on Twitter about this a few weeks back when they made the statement that they might not play him and I think my feelings remain unchanged since then. Continue reading Why Are the 49ers Hesitant to play Garoppolo »

Thoughts on Guaranteed NFL Contracts

One of the hot topics in the NFL is always the concept of guaranteed contracts and when it comes to questions I receive it’s near the top after things like what is team X’s cap space or what might player X get on a new contract. I’ve written about it before but I wanted to touch on the topic again and why the fight for guaranteed deals is really a waste. Continue reading Thoughts on Guaranteed NFL Contracts »

The Biggest Spenders on NFL Contracts in 2017

It’s a bit of a weird season in the NFL. Normally by Thanksgiving you have a good handle on who the playoff teams likely are and who are the bottom feeders, but this year it’s a bit wacky with the AFC a complete disaster to the point where you can’t count anyone out except the Browns. That makes it a little harder to really identify the teams that did poorly with their money this year since it wouldn’t be shocking if a team like the Dolphins made the playoffs even though the team is awful by any metric. That said we’ll try just that by looking at what teams spent in new money in 2017 on player contracts and make some judgments anyway. Continue reading The Biggest Spenders on NFL Contracts in 2017 »