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1 minute ago, IHEARTFF said:

Bill gettin busy wow

As I posted in the Patriots thread yesterday, with the cap surplus they had for 2021 and so few players signed past this year, NE had $211M worth of projected cap room for the 2022 season. They literally could create an entirely different roster for next year. They also have opt-out guys they can drop or renegotiate without big penalties, so they can open up even more space.

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2 hours ago, IHEARTFF said:

Why wouldn’t the LAC keep Henry? They have the space and Herbert. I suspect they will but who else would have the room? Seattle?

They should have franchise tagged Henry instead of picking up Mike Williams 5th year option but I'd look out for Colts and Jags with Henry, teams with need and space.

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21 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

As I posted in the Patriots thread yesterday, with the cap surplus they had for 2021 and so few players signed past this year, NE had $211M worth of projected cap room for the 2022 season. They literally could create an entirely different roster for next year. They also have opt-out guys they can drop or renegotiate without big penalties, so they can open up even more space.

That's crazy

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Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL

Ex-Colts cornerback-kick returner Tremon Smith joining Texans 

 

Texans should have a good kick return game next season. They're cornering the market. 

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Just now, ffmail4me said:

Can't remember Bill spending this kind of dough before. Must have been a humbling experience sucking last year and missing the playoffs. 

During the season in an interview BB basically called 2020 a reset year due to the dead cap money they had on the books, a lot of high priced veteran contracts that were winding down, and the COVID situation. Now that they have cap room, they can actually sign some players. Whether they end up with the right players at the right price is a different story, but they are at least bringing in some new blood.

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3 minutes ago, ffmail4me said:

Can't remember Bill spending this kind of dough before. Must have been a humbling experience sucking last year and missing the playoffs. 

BradyBucs winning the Super Bowl was a ploy to motivate Bill Belichick

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6 minutes ago, nittanylion said:

BradyBucs winning the Super Bowl was a ploy to motivate Bill Belichick

Unfortunately for Bill he signed Cam Newton to be his QB. 

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2 minutes ago, Grahamburn said:

Unfortunately for Bill he signed Cam Newton to be his QB. 

This remains to be seen in terms of whether Cam remains their starting QB and for how long. They are paying him backup money and they could be drafting their QB of the future in the draft. 

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1 minute ago, Anarchy99 said:

This remains to be seen in terms of whether Cam remains their starting QB and for how long. They are paying him backup money and they could be drafting their QB of the future in the draft. 

In fact, the glove will be built. 

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1 minute ago, Anarchy99 said:

Seeing blurbs about G Joe Thuney to the Chiefs. 5 year deal. $80 million.

Smart. And if they can swing it, they should sign Trent Williams too. We all saw how average the offense looks without good blocking 

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1 minute ago, ffmail4me said:

Smart. And if they can swing it, they should sign Trent Williams too. We all saw how average the offense looks without good blocking 

IMO, Thuney is good but not worth that amount of money. He was the 2nd highest paid guard last year and ranked as the 14th best at his position by PFF. 

Spotrac projected his market value at 4 years, $54 million. He got 5 years, $80 million (if he sees it all).

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16 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

Seeing blurbs about G Joe Thuney to the Chiefs. 5 year deal. $80 million.

Huge upgrade for KC in a much needed area, although giving top-5 OT money to a guard is a little wild -- they still have 0 proven starting-caliber tackles. Must be pretty high on Lucas Niang.

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Per Tom Pelissero, the Chargers are expected to sign all-pro center Corey Linsley. The longtime Packers standout has a new home on a deal expected to make him the NFL's highest-paid center.

ETA: 5 years/$62.5 million

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1 hour ago, ffmail4me said:

Can't remember Bill spending this kind of dough before. Must have been a humbling experience sucking last year and missing the playoffs. 

Obviously they had cap space in a year many did not but at some point I wonder how much having a head coach and owner approaching 70/80 respectively is making them try and speed up the rebuild timeline.

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3 minutes ago, menobrown said:

Obviously they had cap space in a year many did not but at some point I wonder how much having a head coach and owner approaching 70/80 respectively is making them try and speed up the rebuild timeline.

The issue is their drafts have been very bad so they really did not have a choice...this is not a go for it free agency but a building a foundation free agency.

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3 minutes ago, menobrown said:

Obviously they had cap space in a year many did not but at some point I wonder how much having a head coach and owner approaching 70/80 respectively is making them try and speed up the rebuild timeline.

Kraft the owner will be 80 in a few months, but from what I can tell he isn't that actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the team all that much. It's his son that is the one that is more involved. I think a better question is how likely would BB want to stay involved with a team that wasn't very good, so he is the one pushing to get the team back into contention. TB12 winning the SB has given him more motivation to win.

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WFT has what top 6 most money to spend and not a single signing yet. What a huge difference from the Vinny/Allen years where we would have overpaid and had 2-3 big signings already. Still hoping either JuJu or Samuel signs to run opposite McLaurin. 

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Just now, ffmail4me said:

WFT has what top 6 most money to spend and not a single signing yet. What a huge difference from the Vinny/Allen years where we would have overpaid and had 2-3 big signings already. Still hoping either JuJu or Samuel signs to run opposite McLaurin. 

Somewhere along the line today, I saw a Tweet that mentioned that JuJu told his teammates he won't be returning to PIT. So there's hope.

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15 minutes ago, caustic said:

Huge upgrade for KC in a much needed area, although giving top-5 OT money to a guard is a little wild -- they still have 0 proven starting-caliber tackles. Must be pretty high on Lucas Niang.

think they do like Niang....and they get Duvernay-Tardif back as well

LT-TBD

LG-Thuney

C-TBD

RG-Duvernay-Tardif

RT-Niang

obviously still some work to do in FA.....some have KC attacking OT in first few rounds including the first....gut says what was a nightmare situation will be ok by the time the dust settles.....don't think they can afford to make a huge splash at LT in FA but we will see...

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1 hour ago, massraider said:

Thuney to the Chiefs.

Cut both OT, and sign the most expensive OG?  Hmmmm

The thing is, the two guys they cut were both coming of injuries. Fisher tore his Achilles in the AFC Championship game, so his availability for 2021 was really iffy (and expensive).

And Swartz missed a large part of the season with a bad back and recently had back surgery (and he was also really expensive).

Those were moves they HAD to make. 

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4 minutes ago, IHEARTFF said:

Chargers official tweet just now is amazing. Pasting here doesn’t do it justice. 

I get what they're going for. I mean, who hasn't been there? Well, not me. Not as a woman. But I don't get that fully. Is that a meme?

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27 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

Per Rapoport, Yannick Ngakoue is close to signing with the Raiders. 

Done. Five years, $92M.

ETA: Weird. Shefter saying 2 years and $26M. Wonder where the first numbers came from. 

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