Short version: All Signing bonuses that would have been amortized for cap purposes over the length of a contract, get accelerated onto the present year cap of the original team. For example, if Chandler Jones had signed a 5-year contract 2 years ago with a $25M signing bonus (NB: numbers made up for simple math), the cap hit on that signing bonus would be $5M per year. With a trade, the two years remaining get accelerated onto this year, so that this year's cap hit to Arizona changes from $5M to $15M.I believe the Cardinals would take a rather significant cap charge if they traded Chandler Jones. They would be at least on the hook for the $9M of signing bonus remaining; not sure how the 2018 guaranteed salary ($12.5M) gets pro-rated in this case. Pats would be saddled with a $16.5M guarantee for 2019 which may be difficult to restructure. Don't need to go into too many details to realize that Jones is with the Cardinals through 2019.
Jamie Collins was mentioned upthread. Biggest issue there is how to squeeze his 2018 salary of $10.6M into the Pats current salary cap space. Seems tight.
It's funny - I would say TE is not a top five need for the team.Safety isn't even like a top 5 need on the team. Maybe going forward after this year. Landon Collins just doesn't strike me as a great fit anyway -- guys like him are always valued more by just about everyone else than they are by Belichick.
I'm pretty okay with the Pats sitting tight unless a TE or LB comes on the market.
He’s a vested vet, no waivers I believe.I expect he won't clear waivers -- lots of teams need a pass-rusher and know the Pats will be appealing if he clears. But if he does make it through...
Sam Bradford released by Cards. Would anyone prefer him to Hoyer? I know the realistic approach is to say that if Brady gets hurt it’s ovah...and that’s probably so. And yes, Hoyer fits with Brady and knows the system.
I guess for me it’s still worth the medical exam. May be done arm-wise, but a little interesting to me.
I see no point because he won’t take over backup duties from Hoyer due to not knowing the system and he will never be good enough to take over long term. Pass. I guess he might be familiar due to McDaniels but it’s not enough to make up for the lack of reps with this team IMO.
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25167705/arizona-cardinals-release-benched-quarterback-sam-bradfordBradford signed with Arizona as a free agent in March and received a $10 million signing bonus, about $2.5 million in base salary and another $1 million in playing-time bonuses for a total of $13.5 million.
He was scheduled to earn a total of $5 million in base salary in 2018 while being eligible for a $312,500 roster bonus for each game he was active. He also had an option for 2019 that would have been worth a maximum of $20 million. Any team that claims Bradford off waivers will inherit the 30-year-old's Cardinals contract.
Not sure what you mean by "tenable long-term." It's doubtful that BB thinks that having two RBs on the roster and active is the long term answer or operating model. It seems that he's waiting out Michel and Burkhead and getting by with the mixture of White, Barner, and changes of pace with Patterson and some end-arounds (Edelman et al.). And if more guys go down or are done for the year, he will sign someone. Meanwhile, that group did just fine last night.The Pats' RB situation is a mess. Develin obviously isn't really a RB. Barner is simply a last-resort body. That leaves, right now, White. That's it. They've had to put Patterson in that role and he's been pretty effective, thankfully, at least in terms of running the ball. I actually thought in the fourth quarter they should have used him more because of the success they had with him that one drive. One thing they could do is use him in the passing game out of the backfield. Imagine getting Patterson isolated on a linebacker?
But all that said.... he's not really a RB. It's amazing that the Patriots have been able to be successful with such a decimated RB corps. Hoping that they get Michel and Burkhead back this season to fortify the position later in the year. They'll need it. I don't think their current situation is really tenable long-term, and certainly it's a huge risk if White were to actually get hurt (which he looked banged up last night).
I watched a lot of him for ITP last draft cycle. I really liked him. He's huge and he tested off the charts, but he's a little of a Tweener - not really FS speed / urgency / instincts but also not your classic SS thumper. He tackled effectively but isn't a hammer; he was more of a consistent wrap tackler. I really liked how he ran the alley and broke down; a lot of guys fly in out of control and blow past the ballcarrier but he did a nice job keeping his feet and making a solid tackle. His best fit IMO is a D that plays a lot of two-high. The Raiders tried to convert his length and athletic tools into CB and uh, it did not go well:
As Ordway says, you are making my point.Not sure what you mean by "tenable long-term." It's doubtful that BB thinks that having two RBs on the roster and active is the long term answer or operating model. It seems that he's waiting out Michel and Burkhead and getting by with the mixture of White, Barner, and changes of pace with Patterson and some end-arounds (Edelman et al.). And if more guys go down or are done for the year, he will sign someone. Meanwhile, that group did just fine last night.
Yep. As the Pats have older safeties now, taking a flier on a 2nd round pick with his physical tools when there is zero risk whatsoever, seems pretty smart.Obi is definitely a physical specimen. Absolute freak of nature athlete. He seems to have been a bit snake bitten, but he doesn’t have an injury riddled past, which suggests he’s just had some bad luck.
He’s probably a better fit at SS, coming downhill and playing more towards the line of scrimmage. Not an ideal fit as a FS. Certainly someone worth taking a flier on, as guys with his physical ability don’t grow on trees. Smart pickup for New England, IMO. Basically zero risk and might thrive with good coaching.