For me, a vacation is a few days away. Let’s take some notes here…
• Be one of those who stare at Dan Snyder’s lawyer that the timetable conflict and the bizarre idea that a virtual testimony would prevent his attorneys from attending prevent him from appearing before the House’s Supervisory Committee on Wednesday.
A committee spokesman told ESPN on Monday: “If Mr Snyder had really been committed to cooperating with the committee’s investigation, he would have accepted the committee’s invitation to testify. Commanders“The workplace has been more than receptive – even allowing Mr Snyder to testify remotely from France. His refusal to testify sends an unmistakable signal that Mr Snyder has something to hide and is afraid to appear before the American public and deal with the NFL.” The Committee does not shy away from investigating the truth about the misconduct of Washington commanders in the workplace.
Now it’s time to call Snyder what he’s been for the last two years – completely stomachless.
Because the once-proud franchise he bought more than 20 years ago has been disgraced over the past two years, Snyder has been completely invisible in refusing to publicly address a change in nickname, accusations of a toxic work culture, accusations made against him personally, or anything else that has happened. I can’t imagine there is an owner in the sport who has done more to damage his team’s brand (although I think the Knicks Dolan family may be racing) than Snyder has been since 1999. His lack of responsibility makes it worse.
In this regard, I am excited to see Roger Goodell deal with this in his testimony.
• I hate seeing Trae Waynes Geary and Stein told the Sports Show podcast that “in my head, I’m ready.” And believe me, I’m not saying this because he thinks to walk away – because I think it’s healthy that players now feel more free to make that decision earlier in their lives. This is sad for another reason, because it seems that Waynes’ career could fall victim to COVID.
Two years ago, in March 2020, the former Viking agreed on a three-year deal worth $ 42 million. Bengal, but did not arrive in Cincinnati fast enough to complete the deal before the world closed. Waynes moved his wife and two children to Cincinnati this May, in part because Bengals was one of the teams at the time that did not allow third-party individuals to enter into contracts. He thought that if he arrived in the city early, even when the crew was closed, he could arrange for the crew doctor to meet with him outside the location to do physical work.
Bengals did not, so his contract was not signed and Waynes changed his regimen to avoid injury until he was able to complete his deal – a $ 15 million signing bonus hung in the balance. So really, he wasn’t prepared to communicate as usual. He finally got his physical and signed a contract the same July. He broke up at a training camp in early August, skipping the entire 2020 season and all but five of last year’s games (although he was able to play for Cincinnati in the playoffs).
In the end, Bengals spent $ 31 million in two years and got five games and four starts from Waynes. And Waynes, who had played 74 of the 80 games in Minnesota for five years, saw his love of football doomed to a parade of injuries that could have been avoided if there hadn’t been a physical quarrel.
There are no winners here.
• Although we are dealing with COVID, I think it is quite plausible that Crows may end up with a very real No. 1 receiver Rashod Bateman. Things got funny with his draft shares after a weird last year in Minnesota (he gave up, then chose back, then gave up again) and the spring bustle. But before the start of the 2020 season, he was perhaps considered the best host of college football.
And together Hollywood brown should have many options.
• This morning, we reviewed the Hunter Renfrow contract, and as it was excavated, I saw a three-year, $ 80 million extension. Cooper Cup signed Rams. Here is a summary of it…
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$ 20 million
2022: $ 10 million
2023: $ 15 million (vests next year)
2024: $ 15 million (vests next year)
2025: $ 12.5 million
2026: $ 14.85 million
List bonuses (payable in March)
2023: $ 5 million
2024: $ 5 million
2025: $ 7.5 million
2026: $ 5 million
If you add it up, you get $ 109.85 million over five years, the remaining two years, and $ 29.85 million left over from his old deal. So what’s interesting here? Really, a few things. First, only $ 35 million is currently fully guaranteed (his signing bonus, base, and next year’s list bonus). But another $ 35 million was vested in a guaranteed injury in March next year – his base salary for 2023 and 2024 and a 24-year bonus. And $ 5 million in his 25th year bonus will be guaranteed in March 2024. Why do it? This keeps the amount of money that the owner Stan Kroenke has to put in the escrow account low (and it is zero for a while), and from the player’s point of view, his guarantee is as long as he is on the list in nine months. $ 70 million. And in order for the team to pay out $ 75 million, they have to leave, paying $ 70 million for its first two years.
So here, from Kup’s point of view, this is how you want to look at it. Rams have $ 35 million a year or $ 70 million a year. If you think it’s unrealistic for them to pay so much in year 24 and not stick to it, then you understand why it makes sense for him. In addition, it would mean that cutting after one of these years would be a 29- or 30-year-old free agent. After 23 years, things are converging. The cup has to pay $ 70 million in three years, and the team would owe him $ 5 million in the 2025 bonus if he left at that point. This can be realistic if the Cup falls by then (because the Aries have paid $ 25 million).
And another interesting detail – the Cup’s $ 75 million guarantee of about $ 60 million is not reimbursed, which means that the rams are responsible for that money and the Cup could be watered twice (received by another team and rams) when it has been cut. This is part of a deal that Rams regularly makes for players to waive their full guarantees when entering into a contract.
Of course, doing things that you pay for requires you to do it right. Rams has had hiccups there before, but I would say they’ve been doing well in the area lately, and they’re pretty sure the guys they’ve just picked up again will continue the series.
• One surplus from last week’s conversation with Texans QB Davis Mills – I asked Mills if he had heard people say that if he had returned to Stanford last year, he would have been the first quarterback and perhaps the first general. , In the draft of 2022. He replied that yes, it was.
“It’s not too big a deal for me,” he said. “I’m where I am. I was called to Houston and I’m a Houston quarterback right now. I’m not trying to pay too much attention to it. I think it’s more of an explosion of media than a concern for me.
However, there are financial consequences. Mills signed a four-year, $ 5.22 million, $ 1.16 million contract last year as Option 66. This year’s first choice, Travon Walker, signed a four-year, $ 37.4 million contract in the spring. The result for Mills would be to get a second contract a year earlier and a free agency two years earlier than if he had left school. It is also worth considering how the poor management of the Pac-12 in the 2020 season may have influenced Mills’ decision.
• The more I heard about Christian Watson in North Dakota in the fall, the more it reminded me of what people said about the deceased Vincent Jackson when he came out in 2005 – from how raw Watson is to his size / speed potential. . holds its non-FBS roots. And I’m told he had a real strong spring Packerswhich only reinforces this idea.
I think he could become a real man Aaron Rodgers. The question is how quickly this will happen.
• Average consumption: I’m not sure if people take it Steels seriously enough and too much of it is based on the idea that they are taking a step back as a defender. Did these people see the version of Ben Roethlisberger that Pittsburgh released in 2021? I honestly don’t think it’s even a big leap to get out of either Mitch Trubisky or Kenny PickettPittsburgh may be better this year than last.
And when that happens, there’s still talent.
• Don’t be surprised Richard Sherman leaves the door open for return. We said it a few weeks ago and I’ll say it again – the plan is for Sherman to get his feet wet as a broadcaster and then a stretch to see if there is a chance to help the team out. in December and January and reached the playoffs. So maybe in a few months, he may be on the team Eric Weddle.
• Dusting Tony Bosell / Bruce Smith is stupid. Smith is outraged that people are using the way Boselli played against him in the 1995 playoffs as a reason to enter the Hall of Fame for him. I am not a voter, but I never saw it as a factor. I think Boselli is good enough for induction, and whether or not he escapes depends on the value of your longevity. So when Terrell Davis stepped in, the door of a man like Bosell was open.
• MAQB will take a break for a few weeks as my vacation begins. The next time we’re back here is July 25th. But don’t worry – I have another mailbag for you, GamePlan and MMQB, before I leave.
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