February 2017


Nine days before the free-for-all begins, Adrian Peterson was told his $18 million option would not be picked up by the Vikings, and Jamaal Charles was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday. Yes, Peterson has Hall of Fame credentials and Charles might have had them had he not been so injury prone, but neither is likely to get a lengthy contract. Certainly there will be some interest, particularly in Peterson, who came back from a devastating knee injury to rush for 2,097 yards and win league MVP honors in 2012.
In a move that shows he has recovered from a serious hand injury sustained in a fireworks accident in 2015, the New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants announced the move Tuesday, a day after telling Pierre-Paul and his agent that he would be franchised. It marked the second time in three years the Giants placed the tag on Pierre-Paul.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota's all-time leading rusher and a first-team All-Pro pick in four of his 10 seasons with the Vikings, will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when the market opens next week. The Vikings as expected said Tuesday they will not exercise their option for 2017 on Peterson's contract, which called for him to make $18 million. The Vikings left the door open for Peterson to return to the team that drafted him in 2007 with the seventh overall pick, only at a much lower price.
Star running back Adrian Peterson could leave the Minnesota Vikings this year after the club announced Tuesday they would not exercise a contract option for next season. The Vikings' move means Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, allowing him to listen to offers from other NFL teams. Minnesota however have left open the possibility of negotiating a new deal with Peterson under different terms.
In a move that seemed the most likely at this point in the odd dance between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, the team placed the exclusive franchise tag on the starting quarterback on Tuesday. The Redskins announced the news one day before the deadline for assigning tags to players. Coming off a pair of statistically impressive seasons, and a nearly $20 million salary under the franchise tag last season, Cousins is now in line for a one-year salary of about $24 million.
(The Sports Xchange) - Adrian Peterson's days with the Minnesota Vikings might be over. On Tuesday, the Vikings announced they would not exercise the seven-time Pro Bowl running back's contract option for the 2017 season. Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 9.
Adrian Peterson's days with the Minnesota Vikings might be over. On Tuesday, the Vikings announced they would not exercise the seven-time Pro Bowl running back's contract option for the 2017 season. Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 9.
Players hate the franchise tag, but it’s a necessity for NFL teams. Instead of letting their best players hit free agency, teams can use the franchise tag. An exclusive franchise tag means their player can’t even negotiate with anyone else (NFL.com set out the rules of the game in detail here, and here were the estimated tag costs for each position).
The Steelers signed Brown to a new five-year contract, following through on a promise the club made last summer to take care of the perennial All-Pro as soon as he had just one season left on the six-year deal he signed in 2012. The team also placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on Bell, opening the negotiating window to reach a long-term agreement with him by the start of training camp. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Giants have told defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he will be made a franchise player.
The Los Angeles Chargers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram on Monday night. Ingram is a pass-rushing dynamo with 18+ sacks over the past two seasons, and he also excels as an edge rusher for the Chargers. The South Carolina product has spent his entire career with the Chargers, who drafted him in the first round in 2012.

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