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  1. I did some of the same analysis as the original post but the number of resources were less. First time I used 11 sites, this time I used only 5. Rather than posting a list, I just wanted to add a few notes (risers and fallers). The top 20 remained mostly the same with a few exceptions: Walker Little and Albert Okwuegbunam are not appearing in as many mock drafts (no longer considered 1st rounders) Derrick Brown has dropped from ADP 7.6 to ADP 18.8 Raekwon Davis has dropped from ADP 15.6 to ADP 20.75 Jaylon Johnson, Collin Johnson, Paddy Fisher, Trey Smith, Nick Coe, Kenny Willekes have all dropped out of the first round conversation A few risers: D'Andre Swift (RB, Georgia), Tristan Wirfs (OT, Iowa), Jordan Love (QB, Utah State), Julian Okwara (EDGE, Notre Dame), Paulson Adebo (CB, Stanford) Tristan Wirfs seems to have replaced Walker Little as the 2nd OT after Andrew Thomas Jerry Jeudy, Laviska Shenault, Tee Higgins, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs are all set to be first round WRs.
  2. This was from an article over 2 weeks ago but has some good information on AB's contract situation. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/agents-take-what-happens-if-raiders-try-to-void-antonio-browns-guarantees-in-his-contract/ The Raiders seem to be tiring of the drama surrounding Antonio Brown. General manager Mike Mayock expressed frustration with the mercurial wide receiver missing Sunday's practice because of an ongoing helmet issue during a brief impromptu meeting with the media. He issued an ultimatum to Brown for him to be all in or all out. Brown returned on Monday for a team meeting before the Raiders broke training camp. Brown previously left training camp for several days because of an inability to wear an outdated helmet, the Schutt AiR Advantage that's no longer approved for NFL use, and to continue recovering from a cryotherapy chamber mishap that happened before training camp opened that damaged his feet. Brown had been cleared for practice despite the foot issue. The four-time All-Pro also filed a second grievance on Monday asserting that he wasn't given a full calendar year grace period to find a new helmet. Just over a week ago, an arbitrator denied Brown's request to use his old helmet, which he has worn for his entire NFL career. Whether Brown is actually all in with the Raiders remains to be seen. Brown's contract Whenever there is an issue in a business relationship, a natural tendency is for the parties to examine the contract between them. Let's take a look at Brown's contract. The Raiders gave the Steelers third- and fifth-round picks in the 2019 draft to acquire Brown in March. As a part of the trade, Brown got an upgraded contract. He received an $11.2 million raise over the three remaining years of the four-year, $68 million contract extension he signed with the Steelers in 2017. He is scheduled to make $50.125 million over the three years, with the potential of an additional $4 million through incentives. The adjusted contract has $30.125 million fully guaranteed. The guaranteed money is Brown's $14.625 million 2019 base salary, $14.5 million 2020 base salary and $500,000 workout bonuses in 2019 and 2020. The $1 million of workout bonuses are being treated like signing bonus for salary cap purposes and prorated over the three years due to being fully guaranteed at the signing of the adjusted deal. It is standard for NFL contracts to contain language voiding salary guarantees for a laundry list of reasons. The conditions vary depending on team convention, the attention the agent pays to the language and his/her leverage in negotiations. Brown's contract isn't any different than anybody else's. The default language in Brown's contract that controls the voiding of his guarantee reads as follows: "Notwithstanding this Skill, Injury and Cap Guarantee, Player shall report to Club, practice with Club, play with Club, and honor all terms of the Contract, including all addenda thereto. If at any time Player does not report to Club; does not practice or play with Club; leaves Club without prior written approval (including, but not limited to retirement); does not honor any terms of the Contract (including any addenda thereto); is suspended by the NFL or Club for conduct detrimental, violation of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, violation of the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse, or violation of the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances; violates any other agreements between Club and Player; or is injured as a result of a breach of Paragraph 3 of the Contract or as a result of participation in hazardous activities which involve a significant risk of personal injury and are non-football in nature (including but not limited to skydiving, hang gliding, mountain climbing, auto racing, motorcycling, scuba diving, skiing, and any other sports) then Player shall be in default ("Default") and the Skill, Injury and Cap Guarantee shall be null and void and Player shall be only eligible to earn his remaining stated Paragraph 5 salary on a weekly, non-guaranteed basis if Player is on Club's roster for the 2019 League Year and meets all ordinary criteria for earning Paragraph 5 Salary, subject to any applicable fines." This exact language is a part of each salary component that is guaranteed, with a couple of differences. The main differences are "2020 League Year" replacing "2019 League Year" and "Workout Pay" replacing "Paragraph 5 salary" where applicable. The effect of voiding guarantees Brown's actions would seemingly give the Raiders grounds to enforce the voiding of his guarantees. With the guarantees remaining intact, it would be too salary cap prohibitive for the Raiders to release Brown until 2021, when he no longer has financial contract security. For example, Brown's 2019 cap charge would increase by $14.5 million because of the 2020 salary guarantee accelerating onto Oakland's current cap with his release. The Raiders have approximately $17.2 million of 2019 cap space, according to NFLPA calculations. The only 2020 cap charge for Brown would be $666,667 relating to the proration of the workout bonuses. The guarantees have an offset so the Raiders would get cap relief from whatever deal Brown signed to play this season with another team. The Raiders would have much more flexibility with Brown by voiding the guarantees. If released before the start of this regular season, the Raiders' only 2019 cap obligation would be $333,333 of bonus proration since Brown's now unsecured $14.625 million base salary wouldn't be paid. The 2020 cap charge would be likely $166,667, with Brown's $14.5 million 2020 base salary and $2.5 million game day active roster bonuses ($156,250 per game) coming off Oakland's books and a $500,000 cap credit from the unpaid previously guaranteed 2020 workout bonus. Brown's 2019 base salary would become fully guaranteed through the NFL collective bargaining agreement's termination pay provisions with the guarantees voiding provided he was on Oakland's 53-man roster for the season opener against the Broncos on September 9. The Raiders would need to demonstrate that Brown failed to give a good faith effort after a written warning to try to invalidate any termination pay claim. Practically speaking, the impact of voiding the guarantees probably wouldn't potentially come into play until next offseason since the Raiders have been expecting Brown to be their primary weapon in the passing game this season. A subpar performance or continued drama throughout this season would put his roster spot for 2020 in jeopardy. The Raiders' 2020 cap relief would be the same as if released this year. Brown would surely file a grievance to collect the balance of the guarantees if released after the Raiders enforced voiding. This could be a dispute over as much as $29.625 million depending on the timing of Brown's release. The Trent Richardson case Grievances over the voiding of guarantees are a rarity. There was one involving 2012 third-overall pick Trent Richardson relating to less egregious conduct than Brown's. Richardson has been a disappointment since the Colts gave the Browns a 2014 first-round pick for him early in the 2013 season. He was a healthy scratch in the 2014 AFC divisional playoffs and was given a two-game conduct detrimental suspension for missing a walk through the day before the AFC Championship Game without alerting the team beforehand of his absence, which was due to a serious family emergency. The Colts voided the guarantee for Richardson's $3,184,062 2015 base salary because of the suspension. Richardson promptly filed a grievance over the guarantee claiming that his actions didn't qualify as conduct detrimental after the Colts released him in March 2015. The grievance was eventually settled with Richardson receiving $561,893, which equaled three weeks of his 2015 salary. The NFLPA lost a similar challenge in 2013 with cornerback Eric Wright over his $7.75 million 2013 contract guarantee voiding because of his performance enhancing drugs suspension during the 2012 season while with the Buccaneers. Final thoughts Conventional wisdom suggests that Brown's latest grievance is a Hail Mary, which will likely fail. Ideally, Brown would accept a second unfavorable decision so he could focus on having his seventh straight 100-catch season. The Raiders have been exercising restraint and patience with Brown. Highly productive players such as Brown are typically given more leeway than lesser talents. If Mayock is true to his word, the Raiders may be rapidly getting to the point where exercising contractual rights will be more important than pacifying Brown.
  3. The details of the new Ezekiel Elliott contract are now in. First reports cited six new years at $90 million, added on to the already existing two years. Now, there’s more insight into how exactly the reported $50.5 million in guarantees is actually structured. As reported first by ESPN’s Todd Archer, here are the details of the agreement. The deal has just over $28 million in true guarantees, including a $7.5 million signing bonus, and an option bonus worth $13 million in 2020. His first two seasons of base salary are both guaranteed, too. Ezekiel Elliott: 6 New Years, $90M 8-yr, $102.9M total value 2019 Signing Bonus $7.5M 2020 Option Bonus $13M Year Base Salary Total Bonus Cap Hit 2019 $752.137 $1,500,000 $6,339.653 ($4,087,516 from rook deal) 2020 $6.800,000 $4,100,000 $10.9 million 2021 $9,600,000* $4,100,000 $13.7 million 2022 $9,725,000 $4,100,000 $16.5 million 2023 $10,900,000 $4,100,000 $15 million 2024 $10,000,000 $2,600,000 $12.6 million 2025 $15,400,000 2026 $16,600,000 TOTAL $82,452,137 $7,552,137 g’teed $20.5 million $107,039,653 If Elliott is on the Cowboys roster on the 5th day of the 2020 league year, his 2021 salary becomes guaranteed. If Elliott is on the roster on the 5th day of the 2021 league year, his 2022 salary will be fully guaranteed. Those are what I term escape hatches which afford Dallas some protection if things go sideways, either by conduct or by injury. More on that later. Richest running back ever Elliott went into the negotiation looking to surpass the money that Los Angeles gave Todd Gurley prior to 2018. Gurley was in the exact same situation; a fourth-year back and former first-round pick who had one year, plus the team-activated fifth-year option, two years of team control remaining. In total value, fully guaranteed money, total guarantees, average annual value, new money value, contract length, everything except value over the first three years of the deal, Elliott beat out Gurley. In February, prior to free agency and the signing of LeVeon Bell by the New York Jets, I predicted what Elliott’s contract should look like. A little over six months later, things came out almost exactly on par with that projection. https://cowboyswire.usatoday.com/2019/09/05/dallas-cowboys-ezekiel-elliott-contract-extension-breakdown-jerry-jones-todd-gurley-comparisons/
  4. Prior to his run with the Bears, Kelly spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos. He held the title of Assistant Director of Pro Personnel with the organization while also serving as a scout and Assistant Coordinator of Pro and College Scouting at one point. It was during his time in Denver he had the opportunity to work with Jets head coach Adam Gase. - https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Champ-Kelly-Jets-GM-job-132058727/ One of the unsung heroes of the Chicago Bears and their rise from the ashes of the past five years is Champ Kelly. GM Ryan Pace brought him over from Denver in 2015 to become their Director of Pro Scouting. A job he excelled at, helping them to secure names like Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan in free agency. This work earned him a promotion in 2018 to Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Since then the team has enjoyed arguably its two best offseasons in over a decade. Among their slew of acquisitions include Mitch Trubisky, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Roquan Smith, Anthony Miller, and Khalil Mack. Kelly played a prominent role in both the scouting and moves to secure all of those names. His importance to their success cannot be understated. Chicago Bears connections to Jets run deep for Champ Kelly Few coaches have a better understanding of who Kelly is than Adam Gase. The Jets’ new head coach had a relationship with him that began over a decade ago in Denver. Then the two of them both came to Chicago in 2015 and have seen their careers take off since. Gase earned his head coaching stripes after one season and Kelly was later promoted. It would make perfect sense for the coach want somebody he knows and trusts for the GM position. Similar to what Bill Belichick has done with Nick Caserio and Jon Gruden did with Mike Mayock. Whether Kelly will want to take a position where he’s unlikely to have ultimate say in the roster composition? That’s impossible to predict. Unfortunately, in these sort of situations, a man is almost guaranteed to garner attention from other NFL team. That appears to be the case as Kelly has emerged as a prominent name in the New York Jets’ search for a new general manager according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Still, given the lack of minority GMs in the league these days, it seems like it would be a hard offer to pass up. If that were to happen, it would be a tough loss for the Bears. Heart Power Inc - https://heartpowerinc.org/ Anthony “Champ” Kelly, President Anthony “Champ” Kelly serves as President of the Board of Directors of Heart Power, Inc. Champ just completed his first season as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Chicago Bears. In his current position, Champ is responsible for the evaluation and acquisition of free agents, in addition to advance scouting and compiling research for the club. Champ began his NFL personnel experience with the Denver Broncos where he served in both the college and pro departments. He spent his last five seasons as the club’s Assistant Director of Pro Personnel. Champ was hired by the Broncos after working as the general manager and wide receivers coach for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football during their 2007 campaign. Champ previously worked for IBM, and is proficient in computer programming and software development. Champ is a graduate from the University of Kentucky, where he received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and his Masters Degree in Business Administration. Champ is married to Stephanie and they have three beautiful daughters, Claire Alaina, Chloe Grace, and Caroline Elise.
  5. Jeremiah has great insight into the players that enter the draft. If the Jets hired him, I would be sad as Move the Sticks is one of the few pre-draft podcasts worth listening to. His mock drafts are more from what he hears teams will do. But he does an episode right before the draft on what he believes teams should do. He does a great job on that segment. I don't think he is cut out to be a GM, but the rumors are that he would play a prominent role in the front office which would be great. Jeremiah paired with Joe Douglas would be a good start to changing the front office culture with the Jets.
  6. They have a lot of defensive linemen on that list.
  7. A $10 million year is actually a bit of a step down for Bundchen — it landed her in a tie for fifth place with Cara Delevingne on Forbes’ list. Bundchen, who officially retired from the runway in 2015, finished in first place on Forbes’ list for 10 consecutive years from 2007 to 2016, and placed second in 2017 when she earned $17.5 million for her modeling. https://www.boston.com/culture/celebs/2018/12/14/gisele-bundchen-highest-paid-model-2018
  8. Looks like Gase's offense is trending to rely more on the inside receivers. Supposedly Gase's offense is innovative and maybe he has adapted to the players and schemes in the NFL. Hill, Allen, Fitzgerald, Thomas, Edelman, Thielen, Smith-Schuster, Boyd all produce out of the slot. 
  9. It would be great if Crowder could put up numbers like Landry but I agree he probably won't get targeted 130+ times. Landry was targeted: 166 in 2015, 131 in 2016 and 161 in 2018. Crowder probably won't move around the formation as Landry did nor will he get the targets. Albert Wilson split time with Amendola and I see no one that will eat into Crowder the way Amendola did. During the same span, Amendola had 30 receptions on 38 targets for 294 yards. Someone like Burnett may have 1-2 receptions a game but I'd expect to see Crowder getting 80-90% of the slot targets. So maybe his projection should be closer to 90 receptions, 900 yards (Landry's yards per reception was 10.1 and Jamison's is 11.9). Landry's 4-year average was also 6.3 receptions per game and 63.1 yards per game. So Jamison may be a little under that.
  10. The Eagles seem like a good option for a trade but perhaps for Rasul Douglas or take a chance on Jordan Mailata.

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