Late on the first day of the free agency negotiating period, the Raiders made their second splash and their first big splash on defense, adding safety LaMarcus Joyner on a 4-year deal.
Brown will land atop an Oakland receiving corps that is sorely lacking in playmakers, and he’ll surely become the focal point of the passing attack. But how exactly will the Raiders deploy their new weapon?
Brown is a giant tackle with experience playing on both sides as a pro. He leans on his technique and power as a pass blocker and can move well enough to make the most of his frame and natural strength. When he gets his hands on a defender its over. The Raiders made a huge upgrade by signing an ascending player who is still only 25 years old.
If there was a perfect balance of a running back for a Gruden it would be Bell. The patience in the backfield, the infuriating running style, soft hands and power. Over the course of his five year career Bell has caught 78.04% of his targets, averages 4.4 yards per carry and 1,599.2 yards from scrimmage in his career.
The Denver Broncos on Monday formally picked up Sanders’ 2019 contract year, all but assuring the recovering wide receiver of his roster spot for next season.
Mathieu, who turns 27 in May, gives the Chiefs the versatile safety they’ve lacked ever since losing Berry to a torn Achilles tendon in the 2017 season opener. He’ll be the rangy center fielder in coverage they’ve lived without, but also a presence against the run.
Carlos Hyde was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars early Friday morning and just hours later, Ian Rapoport was already reporting that the Chiefs planned on signinghim pending a physical. Barely 24 hours after his release Hyde was officially a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers, a team that’s not notorious for making splash signings, might change that this offseason. With there being a glaring need at the free safety position after the release of Jahleel Addae, could Los Angeles have interest in Earl Thomas?
The Chargers had no chance of becoming Los Angeles’ team after playing in San Diego for 56 years, but Spanos could have been the owner of the city’s most popular NFL team if he had left the Chargers’ name, history and logo in San Diego and started anew here.
I was surprised at the initial surprise regarding Foles’ four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars. In a world where tackle Trent Brown parlays his Super Bowl success to more than $36 million guaranteed from the Raiders, is it really surprising that Foles would reportedly get more than $50 million guaranteed?
What is that price point? When does a player’s salary start to outweigh his contribution to the team? And what kind of effect can that have on a team’s ability to build its roster? Those questions have been rattling around my head since Mack signed his deal, which came shortly after Aaron Donald, a similarly dominant and generously compensated player, signed a massive deal of his own. The goal of this series, which we’re calling NFL Moneyball, is to attempt to provide (at least partial) answers to those questions.
Collins, 25, was widely regarded as one of the top safeties eligible to enter the open market, and was ranked No. 5 on NFL.com’s Top 101 free agents of 2019.
The Lions are slated to be adding pass rusher Trey Flowers on a five-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The deal, which reunites Flowers with coach Matt Patricia, is expected to be worth more than $16 or $17 million per season.
It’s a huge, eye-popping payday for the 24-year-old linebacker, whose $13.5 million average tops linebackers like Luke Kuechly ($12.36 million).