If the Raiders and Chargers shack up in Los Angeles, the Chargers and Rams may switch places in the AFCW and NFCW, writes Peter King, in his latest MMQB column. Per King, realignment would not be about any competitive issues, but rather an issue of CBS and FOX getting to share the LA market.
According to Tom Pelissero, the NFLPA expects the 2015 salary cap to be at least $143M, fully clear of the NFL's original predicted range of $138.6M-141M.
If the cap is $143M, OTC projects the Broncos to have just under $28.5M in free space, and for Demaryius Thomas's likely franchise tender to be worth $12.797M. Original round tenders for restricted free agents Tony Carter, Steven Johnson, and Aaron Brewer would be $1.539M each, if Denver elects to tender them, but contain no guarantees.
The Broncos and Julius Thomas were close to a contract extension as recently as the end of last August, says Thomas's agent, Frank Bauer, in an interview with the DP. However, the Broncos only offered conditional guarantees kicking in starting in 2015, with no increase to Thomas's minimum $645K salary for 2014.
As Bauer tells it, the two sides were close to a deal on the day of Denver's preseason finale at Dallas - with Thomas preparing to purchase a home in the area - but the team never got back to the agent.
Although the Manning Offense doesn't require a fullback, Gary Kubiak's does, and the new head coach says the Broncos will be looking for candidates this week at the combine. Kubes also mentioned that smaller tight ends have often functioned as fullbacks for him, which brings us to James Casey, who was cut by the Eagles on Thursday.
Indy's trade of a first-round pick in exchange for Trent Richardson seemed somewhat desperate the day they made it. Seventeen months later, it's looking like one of the worst trades in recent NFL history. This is obvious to everyone, including the Colts.
So now, Indy is trying to weasel its way out of paying the guy his $3.184M fully guaranteed salary for 2015, and their justification is that Richardson prioritized a real-life-is-scary-as-shit moment over a sporting event (that he might not have played in anyway).
The Broncos will reportedly meet this week with the agents for pending free agents Demaryius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore. However, they will not meet with the agent for Julius Thomas, according to Mike Klis.
Last summer, Denver had apparenlty offered Thomas a deal worth around $8M per year. But that was before his latest ankle injury caused him to miss three games and practically wiped out his production. Since then, there's been very little to suggest the 26-year old will return to Denver for a fifth season.
As they seem to do every year, the NFL has started to increase its estimate of the yearly salary cap, this time moving their predicted range of $138.6M-141.8M up to $140M-143M. Last offseason, the NFL's first estimate of a $126M cap was woefully shy of the final $133M figure.
Contrary to an earlier report from FOX Sports, Wes Welker has told the Denver Post that he intends to play a 12th NFL season in 2015. The legendary slot wideout is scheduled to hit free agency after making $12M over two seasons in Denver.
Given Denver's caponomic situation, his concussion history, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak - in whose offense #3 wideouts tend not to excel - it would be a surprise to see Welker back with the Broncos in 2015.
Hey, remember that time when the 49ers were supposed to name Adam Gase their next head coach, but then went with Jim Tomsula instead, just hours later? According to a report from Tim Kawakami, the Niners pulled a fast one on Gase, first agreeing to his choice of assistants, but then trying to foist Tomsula on him as his DC.
Per Kawakami, Gase quickly nixed that idea, and the Niners promoted Tomsula.
In 2013, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $35M, which is pretty remarkable, when one really thinks about it. That's a lot of money for someone who appears to be terrible at their job.
The devil's advocate would likely say that Goodell makes his bosses a lot of money and deserves hazard pay for absorbing the public's scorn on their behalf. Instead of hating the 32 owners, fans can direct their ire at Goodell, so the story goes.