Time is ticking for players who are hoping to stay with their previous teams. Players like DeSean Jackson and Drew Brees have already been franchise tagged to their prospective teams with a combined salary of $13.8 million this season. For Brees and his success it’s a lot less than what he deserves and for Jackson it’s another chance to prove himself for a bigger contract next season. Another player who is breathing a sigh of relief is running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch who just signed a 4-year deal worth $31 million with $18 million guaranteed. Along with him is Buffalo Bills wide-receiver, Stevie Johnson and Houston Texans running back, Arian Foster who each signed to long term deals with their teams. Other significant players that have been tagged by their teams are Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Chicago Bears running back, Matt Forte. Since the deadline for tagging just passed less than a half hour ago, I’m sure there are going to be more updates with some players I’ve yet to mention. Stay tuned…
The combine has passed and the numbers are in. As a QB Robert Griffin, III was the best at the 40 yard dash this year at the combine in Indianapolis. Does that change the minds of scouts on picking Griffin before Luck? Only time will tell whether the NFL prospect will go before Luck and be the top QB picked in the draft.
Robert Griffin, III
40 Time: 4.41
The teams in need of a QB have not changed, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and the Seattle Seahawks. Luck although still projected to be picked before him, Griffin has a chance for a close second looking at his performance during the combine. During his Heisman year at Baylor University Griffin completed 291 passes with 402 attempts for 4,293 yards. Griffin has what it takes to survive in the NFL and to bring any team back to its glory days. Primarily, Griffin has no apparent weaknesses and with a strong receiving core around him he can surely be a force to reckoned with. His ability and accuracy are in comparison to last season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton.
Free Agency is a big deal in the NFL. Some of the best players of a team’s roster enter into free agency due to money issues or roster space. Sometimes team’s have to let that player go or offer them a ridiculous amount of money to stay. This offseason there are a few notable players in free agency that may or may not stay with their teams. I’m going to discuss a few free agents that are more likely to stay with their teams, some that are going to leave, and those that are going to get franchise tagged.
#9 QB New Orleans Saints
Brees, despite not making it into this year’s super bowl had one of the most beautiful statistical years of his career. He broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles in a Monday night showdown between the Saints and division rivals, Atlanta Falcons. Brees completed the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, an average of 342 yards a game and passer rating of 110.6.
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