Wide receiver Riley Cooper said it was great to be back at practice Tuesday, four days after the Philadelphia Eagles excused him from training camp after being seen on a video using a racial slur.
The "Shutdown Countdown" is down to the final two teams. In addition to previewing each team, Shutdown Corner will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Seattle Seahawks. 2013 Adjusted Cap Number : $136.704 million (6th-highest in the NFL in 2013) 2013 Cap Room Remaining : $3.352 million (25th in the NFL, as of Aug. 2) [Related: Seahawks still elite despite Percy Harvin injury ] Best Bargains : There are quite a few bargains on the Seahawks, but the biggest is clearly quarterback Russell Wilson, who will earn $526,217 in base salary in 2013. In terms of cash, Wilson's base salary has him ranked 85th out of 120 active quarterback contracts in the NFL. Among likely starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season, only Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles ($520,000) is set to earn less cash on the field than Wilson. Wilson has plenty of company. Wide receiver Golden Tate caught 45 passes for 688 yards with seven touchdowns and was 18th among NFL wide receivers in Football Outsiders' receiving DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) last season. With Percy Harvin undergoing hip surgery, Tate should have a major role in the Seahawks' offense this season, which will have the 2010 second-round pick out of Notre Dame earning the league minimum base salary of $630,000. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is also a steal with a $555,000 base salary and $600,606 cap charge in 2013. There are 110 cornerbacks in the NFL with base salaries larger than Sherman's, including two who will earn more per week than Sherman will make all season. One of those is Darrelle Revis, Sherman's social media sparring partner who'll take home $764,706 per week during the 2013 season. Staying in secondary, Earl Thomas is one of best safeties in the NFL and will earn a modest $2.15 million in base salary and workout bonuses with a $2.921 million cap number. Both numbers rank outside the Top 15 among current safety contracts. Potential Camp Cap Casualty : It's somewhat of a long shot now that Harvin is out until November/December, but wide receiver Sidney Rice and his $8.5 million base salary belong in the cap casualty discussion. Given his injury history coming when he was signed by Seattle, his five-year, $41 million contract has always been somewhat ridiculous. Rice's first season with the Seahawks was derailed by injuries, including a few concussions, but he rebounded to lead the 'Hawks in the three main receiving categories and was 14th among NFL receivers in FO's receiving DYAR metric last season. This week, Rice spent 25 hours (round-trip) on a plane to Switzerland for a 20-minute procedure to alleviate tendinitis in his knee. $3.5 million of Rice's base salary is guaranteed for injury, but the $5 million that is non-guaranteed and the Seahawks' willingness to make bold and surprising moves when trimming down to 53 players is what has Rice in this discussion. In Pete Carroll and John Schneider's first season in Seattle, they released wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and his fully guaranteed $7 million base salary before the start of the regular season. Last summer, they axed tight end Kellen Winslow, a decision the tight end has not gotten over . The difference is that Carroll and Schneider had nothing or little invested in Houshmandzadeh or Winslow, whereas Rice was a priority free agent signing after the 2011 lockout who has pocketed over $15 million from the team in the last 24 months. Other cap casualty candidates in Seattle include cornerback Antoine Winfield, whose $1 million in guaranteed money might not be enough to secure a spot in what is a deep secondary. The projected starters on the right side of Seattle's offensive line — guard Paul McQuistan and tackle Breno Giacomini — are also vulnerable. According to Football Outsiders Almanac 2013, Giacomini led all right tackles and was second among all offensive linemen in blown blocks. Giacomini was second in the league in penalties, including four for "unnecessary roughness". McQuistan tied for the league lead with 11 blown blocks on running plays. McQuistan and Giacomini are each due over $3 million in non-guaranteed base salaries in the final year of their contracts.
Aug 2 (The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia Eagles do not plan to release wide receiver Riley Cooper who has been excused from all team activities as he seeks counseling because of his recent actions. "There has never been any question of cutting Riley," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "His status with us is not in question." Kelly said a team meeting was held on Friday without Cooper present, and the coach said no Eagles player said he would refuse to play with Cooper. ...
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday that they excused wide receiver Riley Cooper from all team activities as he seeks counseling because of his recent actions.
News in the NFL on Thursday was dominated by reaction and fallout from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper's use of a racial slur. Oh, and Aaron Hernandez is a prison pen pal . The good news is that we're two sleeps away from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, three sleeps away from the Hall of Fame between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, and in one week, 12 NFL teams will open their 2013 preseason schedule. • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a "slight" fracture in his right hand, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Willis will wear a cast for now, but the perennial Pro Bowler is not expected any time during the regular season. Let's be honest: Willis would play, and play well, with a severed hand. In other 49ers injury news, cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a left knee during a one-on-one punt coverage drill on Thursday. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Culliver was undergoing an MRI on Thursday afternoon. • Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton is undergoing an MRI on a hip injury, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. • Increased depth at the wide receiver position on the Buffalo Bills is allowing Stevie Johnson to work out of the slot , writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. • Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing is making good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL. Cushing, who is in his contract year, participated in 7-on-7 drills on Thursday. Running back Arian Foster could make his practice debut on Sunday. • ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Dallas Cowboys have interest in veteran guard Brian Waters, a free agent who lives in the Dallas area. Nothing appears imminent, however, as the Cowboys signed rookie offensive linemen Jeff Olson and James Nelson to provide depth for Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins. • Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Love, a 2011 sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, has yet to play a single snap in the NFL after spending his rookie season as a game day inactive and the 2012 season injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. The four-game suspension will cost Love $130,588 in base salary. • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was cleared to practice for the first time this summer. • New York Jets first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson missed another practice after undergoing a root canal on Wednesday. • In a surprising transaction, the Carolina Panthers terminated the contract of veteran center/guard Geoff Hangartner on Thursday. Hangartner was scheduled to earn $1.575 million in base salary this season, which will come off the Panthers' salary cap. Here's a spin around Thursday's NFL personnel notice:
It’s a good thing for Kerry Collins that Twitter wasn’t around in the late 1990s. The 17-year NFL veteran was the first player selected in the history of the Carolina Panthers franchise, but he’s perhaps best known for something that happened off the field. In 1997, at a party held to celebrate the end of training camp, Collins directed a racial epithet at second-year receiver Mushin Muhammad. Mike Freeman, now of CBS Sports and then of the New York Times , wrote that Collins had the kind of relationship with some of his black teammates where some of those teammates were not offended by whatever word was used (you can certainly figure it out). But Muhammad was not one of those teammates. A fight nearly broke out, and that story followed Collins through the rest of his career. He threw for over 40,000 yards and appeared in Super Bowl XXXV with the New York Giants, but some will only remember Collins as the guy who called his teammate an unacceptable word. That’s how long such a thing can follow you. One stupid, thoughtless utterance in that regard, and you’re going to carry it with you for a long, long time. ''Kerry apologized and everything is fine now between the two,'' Collins’ agent, Lee Steinberg, told Freeman back then about Collins and Muhammad. ''These are real human beings who interact with each other on a daily basis. But Kerry definitely has no problem with black people.'' Maybe Riley Cooper has no problem with black people, but he’s going to have one hell of a time convincing anyone of that now – including and especially his own teammates. The Philadelphia Eagles receiver, projected to move up the depth chart after the recent injury to Jeremy Maclin, was caught on video at a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field in June, saying to an African-American security guard that "I will jump that fence and fight every [N-word] here" during an altercation. Adding the threat of violence to that implicit racism makes it even more reprehensible, but it’s the one word that Cooper will have to get over. And it doesn’t really matter if Cooper has never uttered that word in anger before, which he said during his Wednesday press conference/apology. That’s extremely difficult to believe – a look at the video shows a guy who seems pretty comfortable with that particular term. What those people who work with Cooper in the game of football will have to do is to decide whether it’s something they can get past. Quarterback Michael Vick seems to have done so, at least publicly. "He apologized for what he did, and as a team we understood," Vick said on Wednesday evening . "We all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don't mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him."
July 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, tore the ACL in his right knee in a noncontact drill on Saturday and is expected to be out for the season. It happened during a seven-on-seven drill when Maclin took a few steps off the line of scrimmage and dropped to the ground, writhing in pain. The injury is especially bad timing for both Maclin and the Eagles. The team's first-round draft pick out of Missouri in 2009 (19th overall) is entering a contract year. ...
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, tore the ACL in his right knee in a noncontact drill Saturday and is expected to be out for the season.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, tore the ACL in his right knee in a noncontact drill Saturday and is expected to be out for the season.
The transition from professional football the life after the game can be difficult for many players, and none more so that those who face an uncertain future with the aftereffects of head injuries suffered during their time between the lines. Former NFL running back Dorsey Levens has combined two concerns to try and so some good. Levens, who played in the NFL from 1994 through 2004 with the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants, has become very involved in film and theater over the last few years. He's now working on a documentary called "Bell Rung," about the post-football concussion effects athletes must endure. To extend the movie from 48 minutes to the projected final length of 90 minutes, Levens has turned to the increasingly popular method of crowd-funding. In 2011, crowd-funding platforms raised an estimated $1.5 billion worldwide. In 2013 that number is projected to exceed $5.1 billion. Indiegogo has established itself as an industry leader by raising millions of dollars a week for campaigns across 24 categories. For example, through Indiegogo (the company Levens is using), the HONY & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser generated three times its original goal, resulting in nearly $320,000 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. When we recently spoke with him, Levens had a lot to say about his film, and the ways in which the NFL deals with (and has dealt with) concussions. Shutdown Corner: How did you get involved in crowd-funding? Dorsey Levens: We were trying to raise funds for about a year, to try and extend "Bell Rung" from 48 minutes to 90 minutes. I met up with i ndiegogo -- they hit me up on LinkedIn, and they said, 'Listen -- we have a platform.' I had heard of Kickstarter, but I hadn't heard of indiegogo, though they're right there in the same network. So, we traded messages and talked on the phone, and I thought it would be a good idea. The other stuff wasn't working, so it was time to try something new and see what we could come up with. We had tried to reach out to investors -- I have a lot of friends in Los Angeles with a lot of connections, and we bounced that around. We have a distribution deal in place, but we need to finish the film and get it released. SC: Standard negative answer: Football players have all this money; why are you asking for money from the public? Your response? DL: Well, I don't have all the money in the world [laughs]. It's funny, because I went to the Tribeca Film Festival this summer, and Whoopi Goldberg had raised some money on Kickstarter for a movie she's doing on Moms Mabely. And she got the same response: 'You're Whoopi Goldberg; why do you need money?' But this stuff is expensive. And that's the way it's done, most people don't spend their own money. You go out and get investors -- people with money and knowledge of the industry. SC: Let's say this film comes out and makes $10 million above cost. What do your public investors get in return? DL: They get perks -- once you make a donation, the perks run from DVDs to autographed photos to helmets, and a trip to Lambeau Field for a Packers game with me. SC: Before we get into the film, let's talk about concussions, and where things are. You're a part of the larger series of lawsuits brought by former NFL players against the league, and I'm just curious -- how many concussions would you estimate you suffered during your NFL career?

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