Running back Frank Gore is close to a deal with the Lions, Mike Jones of USA Today reports.
The Lions have spent the past few days entertaining running backs in an effort to improve their 32nd-ranked running game. DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart also visited Detroit.
With teams still not willing to giveers cap-percentage protection, and with the funding rule (which is codified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement at Article 26, Section 9) making teams unwilling to put significant salaries to be paid in the fourth, fifth, or sixth year into escrow, the ideal combination for Cousins became a short-term, fully-guaranteed deal.
That’s what Cousins will get, and it will put him back on the open market at the age of 32. Even if the contract allows the Vikings to tag Cousins, the Drew Brees grievance from 2012 means that Cousins would be eligible for a 44-percent bump over his 2020 cap year (since Cousins has been tagged twice before), making the franchise tag likely too expensive.
Chicago White Sox Kids Jersey The next question becomes whether otherers (specifically quarterbacks) could be able to turn remaining contractual years into short-term, fully-guaranteed contracts, and whether their teams would provide full guarantees for four, five, or six seasons.
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The Cowboys were in hot pursuit of Watkins, who signed a three-year, $48 million deal with Kansas City, getting $30 million guaranteed. Jean-Jacques Taylor of 103.3FM ESPN Radio quoted a source as saying, It was very close… as in money couldn’t have been the reason.
The Cowboys are not expected to re-sign fourth receiver Brice Butler, and Dez Bryant’s future remains in doubt because of his $16.5 million salary cap number.
Watkins would have provided Dak Prescott with another much-needed weapon.
The Bears attempted to address wide receiver, tight end, backup quarterback, cornerback and outside linebacker in free agency, but Chicago still has a glaring need on its offensive line. The Bears’ decision to decline veteran guard Josh Sitton’s option leaves them with a hole along the interior of the offensive line. Chicago may be in for Notre Dame Mike Quick Womens Jersey guard/tackle Quenton Nelson with the eighth overall pick in the draft next month.