Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick still on the market. Status quo on Tony Romo and Jimmy Garappolo. There are still some dominoes to fall at QB. Obviously, the market hasn't materialized as maybe Cutler expected. I can't see one logical landing spot at this point.
Lynch's agent said Monday that Lynch still hasn't reached a decision on whether or not he wants to return to football. And he's still under contract with Seattle, so he'd have to be either released or traded. Given the circumstances, it's difficult to see the Seahawks just releasing him. And with such a strong running back class in the draft, that could depress demand for Lynch
Right now, I don't know of any lobbying campaign that will get Shad Khan out of Jacksonville. He seems pretty committed to that market at this time.
Yeah, I'm sure 4-12 had to be more than a little bit of a reality check.
With regards to Barnes, he was scheduled to make $3 million in 2017, far from an exorbitant amount. (There were also variety of incentives in the contract that could have added an additional $1.75 million in 2017.) But if I'm reading the contract correctly, the Rams actually are on the hook for $750,000 in a roster bonus that was guaranteed (and now stays on the books as dead money). So although the Rams realize some savings by releasing Barnes, this seems like a move that was driven more by the desire to get someone better at center.
Oh wow. I've seen him play some very good games in the past, particularly when he was with the Bears, but it's hard to see him being the answer as a starter.
Most of the guaranteed money in these deals comes in the first two or three years of the deal. So if a player doesn't perform up to expectations in those early years, teams are more than willing to cut their losses. It seems like more teams are structuring contracts with roster bonuses rather than signing bonuses, which lessens the impact of dead money if the things don't work out.
The late, great Bud Carson could be pretty blunt. Not much finesse there. He was a good man that I admired greatly.
Well, there's no set time. It's not as if you're sticking a frozen pizza in the oven. But you would think in a year or two it would happen, in terms of becoming a cohesive unit. The Rams obviously feel they can do better at center. It's interesting _ as I've pointed out on couple of occasions _ Barnes was rated internally as the team's top offensive lineman after both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. But different staffs have different views, and that obviously was the case here.
Yeah, if Marshall Faulk was the best trade in "St. Louis" Rams history, the Jerome Bettis trade probably rates as the worst.
I always thought I should've gone out for the wrestling team instead of playing basketball, where I was the seventh man in a six-man rotation for the Longhorns. (Varsity career point total _ 23; with a single-game high of 9 vs. St. Francis de Sales.)
At 190 pounds, he's going to have to get on the Jim Thomas diet.
I think the biggest concern in all this for the NFL is continuing to fill stadiums. Unless a team is really good, why spend all the money for tickets, parking, concessions when you can watch the game in the comfort of home? As for the commissioner, as long as the TV ratings are there, he can do no wrong in the eyes of the owners. And yes, the ratings were down last year. But let's see if that was a blip, or a trend, going forward.
Probably not, unless he agrees to a multi-year contract with his new team. Otherwise that $16 million-plus cap count as the Rams' franchise players goes against the cap of his new team.
Not that I've heard. But keep in mind, the contracts of most members of the scouting department run through the draft. So if there are changes there, they wouldn't come until early May.
It's difficult to fathom isn't it? And by the way Jim, it was good to see you at the Combine. Hope things are well with the Bengals.
I think the connection with Woods is Aaron Kromer, the Rams' new offensive line coach, who was with Buffalo. Yeah, he did get overpaid, but that's what happens the first few days of free agency.
Thanks for the input. . . .
There's enough of it in college. And there are also enough 240_, 250-pound college edge rushers that move around well enough and are athletic enough to drop into coverage occasionally. Also even 3-4 base teams frequently move into a four-man front in passing situations.