Interesting twist to Pats dealing for Cordarrelle Patterson: They traded the 29th pick in 2013 to the Vikings, who took Patterson there. In return, NE got picks that became Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan and Josh Boyce, and a 7 they used to deal for LeGarrette Blount.
Justin Pugh’s deal with the #Cardinals is for 5 years and $45 million with $20 million guaranteed, per source. Quality haul. Weston Richburg was also paid (5-$47.5m). Ex-Giants OL were well regarded around league.
#Dolphins FA C Mike Pouncey visits #Chargers today, so worth noting: Miami is trying to improve its culture, but cutting Pouncey wasn’t part of that: He got rave reviews for leadership & toughness. He was cut because MIA paid 2 players (Sitton/Kilgore) what it was paying Pouncey.
Details on Jimmy Graham's 3-year, $30 million deal with #Packers: He got an $11M signing bonus, due $13M total in 2018. Trigger: a $5 million roster bonus due next March. $300K each year is tied to per-game roster bonuses. An extra $250K incentive each year he makes Pro Bowl.
Ndamukong Suh tells me that his visits w/both the #Saints and #Titans went well. While he has yet to speak w/Drew Brees, he really enjoyed Sean Payton and DC Dennis Allen. Also realizes how much TENN has to offer as a playoff team w/a formidable D-Line. Both teams were impressive
Source: Confirmed that Chiefs met with DT Xavier Williams and RB Thomas Rawls this weekend, and RB Damien Williams also coming in this week. The RBs could provide depth as Spencer Ware recovers. Xavier, a local kid, could potentially help at NT.
Jordan Schultz on Twitter: "Just spoke with #Suh: Money has not been discussed at this point, as he shrewdly wanted to respect each organization and see what both the #Saints and the #Titans had to offer aside from sheer dollars. He knows the $$$ will come.…"
Since entering the league, in 2010, Bradford has targeted slot wide receivers on 24.8 percent of his aimed throws, which ranks behind only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson over this stretch. @PFF
Which event would have had a bigger butterfly effect in the NFL today of it would have happened? Dez catching the pass in the playoffs vs the Packers or The Seahawks running the ball in superbowl 49 on the goal line
Highest-Paid Free Agent RBs: #49ers JMcKinnon 7.5M/year, #Browns CHyde 5.08M, #Titans DLewis 4.95M, #Lions LBlount 4.5M, #Jets ICrowell 4M, #Giants JStewart 3.45M, #Patriots Burkhead 3.25M, #Bills CIvory 2.75M
Sam Darnold is prepping for his pro day today (it's four days out). His throwing motion remains unchanged, which tells me it's not something that concerns the teams interested in him (video via @JwPalms)
This is the 4th time the Jets have traded up into the Top 5 picks of the NFL Draft. The players chosen by the Jets the previous 3 times (QB Mark Sanchez, DT Dewayne Robertson, and WR Johnny "Lam" Jones") combined for 0 Pro Bowls.
The #Colts moved from No. 3 to No. 6... and I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved back again. There are enough teams with QB needs that they can make it work. Just keep collecting picks and players.
Free-agency factoid: Jets paying former Rams’ CB Trumaine Johnson $26 million this season. Rams paying Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Sam Shields and Lamarcus Joyner on franchise tag a combined $25 million this season.
[Rapoport] The Jets explored all options for this trade... including possibly going up to No. 1. In the end, they settled on No. 3. ... Meanwhile, the Colts fielded calls from other QB-needy teams, but felt good about moving to No. 6 and dealing with the Jets.
[Rapaport] The #Patriots are signing S Patrick Chung to a short-term contract extension, sources say. He was due $2M in 2018, the last year of his current deal. His impressive second stint with the team continues.
WR Jarius Wright said #Vikings had let him know that he might be released to create more cap room. "It wasn’t a big surprise,’’ he said. “They had come to me and let me know that it was a possibly with some of the contracts they were looking at. They kept me updated.’’
Jets’ GM Mike Maccagnan has attended pro days of Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen. He's also planning to attend pro days of Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold. One of those QBs will be a Jet.