Monthly Archives: April 2018

Report: Peyton Manning could get up to $10 million per year from FOX or ESPN

Twenty years ago, as a rookie quarterback in the NFL, Peyton Manning signed a contract that paid him $8 million per year. Soon, he could be making 25 percent more than that as a rookie broadcaster.

Michael McCarthy of SportingNews.com reports that ESPN and FOX are prepared to pay Manning up to $10 million per year to work as the primary analyst on Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football.

The guy looked like a top-15 NFL quarterback. And he is. Except he isn’t.

The footage was of Colin Kaepernick throwing on a small field in Houston. My belief—and it’s an educated one—is that the video release was tactical. Kaepernick, who is embroiled in a collusion case against the NFL, was reminding everyone of two things:

In the wake of the Jets’ blockbuster decision to trade three second-round picks to the Colts so they could move up from No. 6 to No. 3 in this year’s draft, we’d like to offer this cautionary tale.

In 1980, the Jets traded two first-rounders to move into the second overall slot, where they drafted Texas receiver and Olympic sprinter Johnny Lam Jones.

As Cousins and his next employer prepare to negotiate and sign a multi-year contract, the 44-percent rule becomes a factor in the team’s planning for the year after his contract expires. The Drew Brees grievance against the NFL and the Saints from 2012 established that franchise tags stack from one team to the next. Thus, if another team ever tries to apply the franchise tag to Cousins, he’ll be entitled to a 44-percent increase over his cap number from the final year of the deal.

For that reason, his next team could try to structure the contract to have a reasonable cap number in the last year of the contract, cognizant of the looming 44-percent jump. Barring that wrinkle, chances are that Cousins will, for the rest of his career, not have to worry about being franchise-tagged, because no one will be able to justify giving him a 44-percent bump over whatever he’s due to make in the final year of whichever contract he’s completing.

Tyler Devera could be in line for an offer following a standout performance in front of the Rutgers staff.

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The Giants will be trying something different with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie this season.

Rodgers-Cromartie has spent his 10-year NFL career as a cornerback, but year No. 11 will see him taking on a new position. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Saturday that Rodgers-Cromartie will be moving to safety. Rodgers-Cromartie confirmed he’ll be on the move and told his colleague Kimberly Jones that all I need is a chance.

Rodgers-Cromartie will compete with Darian Thompson for playing time at free safety with Landon Collins installed at strong safety. Rodgers-Cromartie played 15 games in 2017, missing one while serving a team-issued suspension arising from a dispute over his role in the defense.

And while the free-agent market has been sluggish for safeties, the Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu, and longtime Packers safety Morgan Burnett is signing with the Steelers, according to Rapaport.

Meanwhile, two leaders of one of the greatest social movements in sports history remain unsigned.

Per a source with knowledge of the process, one team (and it takes only one team) asked for Jackson to work out as a receiver when his jersey number and position were called out during a meeting with Scouting Combine officials that occurred early in the week. It’s possible that other teams would have made the request; however, once one team does, the process moves on.

Then, the scout assigned to that player’s group communicates to the player the request to work out at a different position, and the player responds with a yes or a no. In this case, the group scout asked Jackson to work out as a receiver, and Jackson declined.

So why did Jackson deny that he’d been asked to work out as a receiver? Specifically, he said that [n]o team asked me to try out at wide receiver. Which is true — no team asked him to do it. One team made a request that was related to Jackson in the form of a scout employed by the Scouting Combine asking Jackson to do both.

It’s possible Jackson didn’t realize that the request came from a team, and that the Combine officials were simply acting on, for example, Bill Polian’s ongoing notion that Jackson should play receiver.

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Getting to the bottom of the Lamar Jackson wideout workout request

NFL teams asked Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to work out as a receiver. Unless they didn’t.

PFT has uncovered the final answer: Both.

So there it is. No team directly asked Jackson to work out as a receiver, but at least one team made a request that was communicated on a second-hand basis to Jackson, and he passed.

The 6’3, 252-pound defensive end is fluid and flexible off the edge, yet he’s not powerful at the point of attack. As a result, Landry isn’t a consistent edge-setter. This may prevent a team from making him an every-down player early in this career. Plus, there are health questions after he suffered an ankle injury in 2017.

The Lions offense remains intact with quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. The defense will be remade in Patricia’s image. The head coach’s vision should include a pair of talented pass-rushers.

The predraft trade between the Bengals and Bills could result in a pair of new offensive line starters in the Queen City. Left tackle Cordy Glenn will step in after the Bengals lacked a competent blindside starter.

With Rodgers-Cromartie moving to safety, it would seem to increase the chances of Eli Apple sticking with the team. Coach Pat Shurmur said this week that Apple has a clean slate after a rough 2017 on and off the field.

Richard Sherman, who signed with the 49ers last week, isn’t.?During his introductory press conference Tuesday, Sherman touched upon?Reid’s situation:?

He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. … So, there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. … If he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.

Throughout free agency, a bevy of unremarkable quarterbacks have signed deals. The Bengals signed Matt Barkley for two years. The Cardinals signed Mike Glennon to a two-year, $8 million contract, according to?Ian Rapoport?of NFL Network. They also gave Sam Bradford a one-year, $20 million deal with a $20 million option in 2019, per?Rapoport. The Bills signed AJ McCarron. The Broncos traded for Trevor Siemian. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is 35, re-signed with Tampa Bay.?The Raiders signed quarterback Josh Johnson, who hasn’t thrown a regular-season pass since 2011.?

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Former Nets coach taking Alabama to new heights

It sounds impossible because it seems impossible: Alabama basketball once was better than Alabama football.

In the early years of the 21st Century, while Mike Shula was struggling to put together winning seasons with one of the most storied programs in the nation, Mark Gottfried was treating the largely indifferent Tuscaloosa campus to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an unlikely run to the Elite Eight as a No. 8 seed in 2004.

The 27-year-old Long steps into the middle of a line that had some struggles last season. The Jets wanted to upgrade from center Wesley Johnson and view Long as that upgrade. They had interest in some of the top centers on the market, like Weston Richburg and Ryan Jensen, but Richburg went to the 49ers and Jensen might be too expensive for them.

The Jets tendered restricted free agent wide receiver Quincy Enunwa at the second-round level, meaning he will have a salary of $2.9 million this season. Enunwa is recovering from neck surgery that cost him all of last season. He had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He was a sixth-round pick by the team in 2014. If a team wants to sign Enunwa away from the Jets, they would have to give up a second-round pick, something that is not happening.

General manager Mike Maccagnan attended Oklahoma’s Pro Day on Wednesday where the star was quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Giants were also well represented, with offensive coordinator Mike Shula and four scouts in attendance. Broncos GM John Elway and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis were also there.

Some contract details emerged from the Jets’ early signings.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson received a whopping five-year, $72.5 million deal with $34 million in fully guaranteed money and another $11 million in injury guarantees, according to a source.

Linebacker Avery Williamson will sign a three-year, $22.5 million contract, according to his agents.

Running back Isaiah Crowell will sign a three-year, $12 million with $6 million in guarantees, according to a source.

The full details of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s one-year deal are not known, but it is believed the base is around $5 million. Several reports said it could reach a maximum value of $15 million. That is surely only if he hit a lot of incentives.

The Jets lost two of their own free agents Wednesday when LB Demario Davis signed a reported three-year, $24 million deal with the Saints and K Chandler Catanzaro signed a three-year, $9.75 million deal with the Buccaneers, according to reports.

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Josh McCown’s ‘whirlwind day’ as Jets backup plan

Josh McCown’s kids are on their spring break from school in Texas this week, but he told them it might be a wild one if he had to take free-agent visits.

Instead, they can all relax after McCown agreed to a deal on Tuesday to return to the Jets. A source said it is a one-year, $10 million deal.

McCown said now he hopes to bring the family to some NCAA Tournament games in Dallas this weekend and get to some fun spring break activities.

It’s hard because you feel like you want to know more because you have the same agent, but you want to respect that process,McCown said.

It was kind of a whirlwind day,McCown said. It was moving slow because we were kind of waiting for the other dominoes to fall, so to speak. Once those things started getting squared away, it’s weird because it goes from quiet and 0 to 100. All of a sudden you’re on the phone right and left, trying to track down things and make decisions.

The Jets also agreed to a one-year deal with Teddy Bridgewater Tuesday night. That occurred after McCown spoke to The Post, but he knew it was a possibility. A source said McCown will be the starter to begin the offseason. McCown would not confirm that.

I’m just excited about coming in and getting back to work,McCown said. We’ll see whatever decisions they make. That’s for them.

I think Josh Gordon is a physical freak, Dorsey said in the interview, as partially transcribed by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. I’ve sat down and talked to him, had numerous conversations, and my message to Josh Gordon is, ‘You know what? As long as you’re behind the Cleveland Browns 100 percent, I’m 100 percent behind Josh Gordon.’

That’s my mindset. He and I have communicated, and there’s some things that I’ve helped him with and we’ve sat and discussed. But right now, I love where he is right now. I think he’s in a good place right now, but we’ll see how this thing moves forward.

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon returned to the Browns last year, appearing in five regular-season games to end the season. He hadn’t played at all since the conclusion of the 2014 season.

In 2013, Gordon generated 1,646 receiving yards. In 2018, he could be a guy who helps the Browns win some games. Or at least one game.

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Report: Seahawks to cut Richard Sherman today

It seemed obvious that something was up with Richard Sherman the other day, when he was telling his teammates goodbye.

Now, the inevitable end has come.

As far as the rules devaluing kickoff returners, that’s true. But the Patriots do a better job of that against guys like Patterson than a lot of other teams seem to be able to. I still think Patterson can be a weapon on kickoffs he has five career TDs and a 30.2 avg. especially in games late in the year in Foxborough where teams aren’t going to be able to drive it through the end zone or even control it short. Certainly $3 million is nothing to sneeze at, but a team like the Patriots consistently pays guys similar money to play primarily special teams and that’s an area where Patterson has and can excel. And I think he’ll be a complementary player on offense.

Ran into Fitz in the airport yesterday. He’s a GREAT recruiter! Cousins wrote.

Cousins ending up in Arizona seems like a long shot, as the Cardinals have less salary cap space than other quarterback-needy teams. But Cousins has indicated that his decision will have to do with more than just money, and he’ll be looking for the right fit. Perhaps Fitzgerald can convince him that Arizona is the place to be.

Hekker is almost universally regarded as the best punter in football, and this two-year extension came with four years already remaining on his current deal. It won’t technically hit the books for the Rams until 2021. The Oregon State product is one of just a handful of players signed through the 2022 campaign. King, meanwhile, inherited the biggest three-year contract title after Dustin Colquitt’s contract expired following the most recent season. The Raiders paid King $5.3 million during the 2016 season alone, which was more than Carr and Mack combined.

The Tennessee punter made his first Pro Bowl in 2017 and enters the fourth year of a five-year, $15 million deal this campaign. At 32 years old, Kern should be in line for an extension after the season.

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