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NFL Undrafted Underclassmen eligilbilty to return to College Football?

May 10, 2016

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Every year it is sad to see. A redshirt Sophmore or true junior leaves college football with a year or even two years left of eligibility to pursue his dream at the NFL at a young age. Maybe this is the time his stock will be the highest. Maybe there is a potential injury concern that is weighing on his conscious, but that is hard to validate as now a player can file an injury insurance policy, see Myles Jack who cashed in on $5 Million for not getting drafted in the first round. For some reason, they weren’t the right fit, were a “tweener”, or didn’t have the mental maturity to make it in the NFL. In 2015 24 underclassmen went undrafted, In 2016 that number was 30. Now yes these players still have a chance to an undrafted free agent, but why not give these players a chance to come back to redeem themselves in college football? Why are they risking their eligibility and chance to better themselves in college football if they are not guaranteed to have a good look at making an NFL roster?

Good report here from Chris Vannini at Coachingsearch.com on the undrafted underclassmen.

In college hockey and college baseball, drafted players can choose to go (or return) to college. Why not let undrafted football underclassmen return? It’s something Bret Bielema is looking into.

Arkansas offensive guard Denver Kirkland went undrafted this year, one of 30 underclassmen who left early and didn’t get drafted. Bielema said on SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly that he’s reaching out to coaches of undrafted underclassmen to get some other opinions on the issue.

“I haven’t touched base with Gus (Malzahn) yet, but he had two that didn’t get drafted. Dan (Mullen) did as well. Ohio State had a couple,” Bielema said. “Those coaches, I’m reaching out to them and trying to put together some collective thoughts on how to approach it. Now, some kids maybe had to move on for academic reasons or personal or their own story. But if you have a guy like Denver who’s on progression to graduate, is doing the right things and needs another year (can we change something?)”

Maybe it could even apply to drafted players.

“Alex (Collins) could be in the same category. I’m glad he got taken, but I know he was planning on the third or second round (instead of the fifth). That’s millions. Remember Darius Philon? He goes in the middle of the sixth round (last year). If he came back and played for us last year, he probably would have been a second-rounder and possibly a first-rounder, the way those D-tackles were going off the board. He’s probably lost, between last year’s draft and this year’s draft, somewhere between $10-14 million that he will never, ever see again. It’s insane.”

Basketball has pushed back its withdrawal date to after the NBA Combine and allows players to declare but not hire an agent. It allows players to have a better gauge of their stock before a final decision. It’s worth noting baseball and hockey have minor leagues and bigger drafts, but should football change its process?

Dan Mullen spoke out last week about football players getting bad advice and being sold a dream, instead of maximizing their chance for success. Not every undrafted underclassman needed to return, as Bielema noted, but it’s a battle they have to deal with.

“There’s a whole mindset now of starting your first contract now so you can get to the second contract,” Bielema said. “They’ve got to play four years of injury-free football in the NFL before that. Most guys don’t make their second contract, but they all live on a hope and a prayer. I don’t have a card invested except their well-being. Now, if Denver and Alex were coming back, we’d probably be rated as one of the better teams in the SEC. Hunter (Henry) was hoping to be a first, but still was a second. Two or three guys could change a season.”

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

Seattle Seahawks 2016 1st Round Draft

April 28, 2016

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The first round of the 2016 NFL draft takes place tonight. Will the Seahawks actually pick tonight or will they trade down to acquire more picks? The team of Pete Carroll and John Schneider have not made made many first round picks because they either trade them away for star talent (ie, Percy harvin, Jimmy Graham) or they have traded the first round pick away for more picks. Their more memorable first round picks are Earl Thomas, Russel Okung and Bruce Irvin. James Carpenter was the most memorable “bust”.

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

Appeals Court upholds Goodell’s Suspension of Brady

April 25, 2016

Deflategate is back! Appeals court have ruled that Rodger Goodell, according the the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, was the correct representative to discipline Tom Brady. Therefore, his 4 game suspension of Tom is upheld. Andrew Brandt, Darren Rovel and other contributors at ESPN have the story.o5uxya-1goodell

A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the NFL Players Association.

“We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness,” the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a 2-1 decision in New York.

Brady, however, is not prepared to accept Monday’s appeals court ruling and is exploring all his legal options with his attorneys, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league’s top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. The Patriots won the contest over the Indianapolis Colts and then won the Super Bowl.

“Our role is not to determine for ourselves whether Brady participated in a scheme to deflate footballs or whether the suspension imposed by the Commissioner should have been for three games or five games or none at all. Nor is it our role to second-guess the arbitrator’s procedural rulings,” Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote in the majority opinion. “Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act.”

The 2nd Circuit said the contract between players and the NFL gave the commissioner authority that was “especially broad.”

“Even if an arbitrator makes mistakes of fact or law, we may not disturb an award so long as he acted within the bounds of his bargained-for authority,” the court said.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell insisted that the suspension was deserved.

“We are pleased the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Commissioner properly exercised his authority under the collective bargaining agreement to act in cases involving the integrity of the game,” the NFL said in a statement. “That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA for the past 40 years.”

The NFLPA expressed disappointment in the ruling in a statement and said it will review its options.

“We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA said.

The NFLPA and Brady can petition for a re-hearing in front of the same panel and then the entire 2nd Circuit Court or take their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, though either move is unlikely and would be a steep, costly and time-consuming climb. They would have to request a stay of Brady’s suspension during an appeal.

The NFL has the option of implementing the full suspension or attempting to reach a settlement and avoid further appeals.

Brady could miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins,Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. He would be eligible to make his regular-season debut in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

Ticket market-tracking company TiqIQ said that ticket listings for at least one of the Patriots’ first four games was down almost double digits since news of the Deflategate reversal broke.

Listings for the Sept. 22 game at home against the Texans were down 8.22 percent on Monday, to an average of $430. Listings to the Miami and Buffalo home games were also down about 5.5 percent from Monday morning up until 3 p.m. ET.

Jimmy Garoppolo is only other quarterback currently on the Patriots’ roster. He threw four passes in five games last season, completing one for six yards.

The Patriots had no official statement when reached by ESPN.

In Las Vegas, the Patriots, who were the consensus favorite to win Super Bowl 51 at 6-1, are now the co-favorites with the Seattle Seahawks at 8-1, according to sportsbook operator CG Technology. The Green Bay Packers (9-1), Pittsburgh Steelers (9-1) and Carolina Panthers (10-1) are deemed to be the next most likely teams to win the title game.

The appeals ruling follows a September decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension. In his ruling, Berman cited “several significant legal deficiencies” in the league’s handling of the controversy, including no advance notice of potential penalties, the refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first-ever discipline of a player based on a finding of “general awareness” of someone else’s wrongdoing.

The panel on Monday said the league’s discipline was properly grounded in the collective bargaining agreement and that Brady was treated fairly. Chief Judge Robert Katzmann dissented.

“I am troubled by the Commissioner’s decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension,” Katzmann said. “The Commissioner failed to even consider a highly relevant alternative penalty.”

The appeals court settled the issue well before the start of the 2016 season, avoiding the tension that built last year when Brady didn’t learn until a week before the season that he would be allowed to start in the Patriots’ opener.

At oral arguments in March, appeals judges seemed skeptical of arguments made on Brady’s behalf by the NFLPA.

Circuit Judge Denny Chin said evidence of ball tampering was “compelling, if not overwhelming” and that there was evidence that Brady “knew about it, consented to it, encouraged it.”

The league argued that it was fair for Goodell to severely penalize Brady after he concluded that the prize quarterback tarnished the game by impeding the NFL’s investigation by destroying a cellphone containing almost 10,000 messages.

Parker said the cellphone destruction raised the stakes “from air in a football to compromising the integrity of a proceeding that the commissioner had convened.”

“So why couldn’t the commissioner suspend Mr. Brady for that conduct alone?” he asked. Parker added: “With all due respect, Mr. Brady’s explanation of that made no sense whatsoever.”

Parker was also critical of the NFL at the arguments, saying Brady’s lengthy suspension seemed at “first blush a draconian penalty.”

Brady signed a two-year contract extension during the offseason that dropped his 2016 salary from $9 million to $1 million. That could save Brady almost $2 million in lost salary during a four-game suspension.

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

 

Seahawks Free Agent Signings

March 10, 2016
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In the first official day of free agency, there is already a whirlwind of signings to keep updated on. As of 3/11/2016 as 10:40 AM PST.

Re-Signed:

  • Jeremy Lane (Reported 4 year deal worth $23 Million with $11 Million guaranteed).
  • Ahtyba Rubin (reported 3 year deal worth $12 Million with $5.5 Million guaranteed).
  • Jermaine Kearse (Reported 3 year deal worth $13.5 Million with $6.3 Million guaranteed).
  • Jon Ryan (Reported 4 year deal worth $10 Million with $2.4 Million signing bonus).

Signed with another team:

  • Bruce Irvin signs with the Oakland Raiders (Reported 4 year deal worth $37 Million with $14.5 Million guaranteed).
  • J.R. Sweezy signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Reported 5 year deal worth $32.5 Million with $6.5 Million  guaranteed).
  • Brandon Mebane signs with the San Diego Chargers (Reported 3 year deal worth $13.5 Million worth $5.5 Million).

Other Seahawks to re-sign or watch:

  • Russell Okung

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

Seahawks 2016 Salary Cap Space

March 8, 2016
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The official start of the new 2016-2017 National Football League year begins tomorrow. Free agency will be officially open. Team have already started beginning to sign their own restricted free agents, tendering exclusive rights free agents and trading players to other franchises. The league-wide base salary cap jumped out $10 Million to $155,270,000. Franchises can carryover unused money from the year before. Below are the updated salary cap space figures for every team as of (updated) March 11th. Seahawks are currently 22nd in salary cap space after resigning Ahtyba Rubin. Figures compiled by overthecap.com

Base Salary Cap: $155,270,000

Team Cap Space # Team Salary Cap Active Cap Spending Dead Money
Jaguars $66,935,391 72 $189,740,110 $122,515,981 $288,738
49ers $61,613,487 66 $176,020,334 $107,790,381 $6,616,466
Browns $43,923,387 62 $176,124,694 $130,587,479 $1,613,828
Titans $37,656,372 62 $175,796,226 $131,804,604 $6,335,250
Buccaneers $36,395,430 64 $160,576,766 $123,791,099 $390,237
Bengals $32,786,207 58 $162,115,952 $129,136,474 $193,271
Bears $30,145,356 60 $156,027,279 $119,395,126 $6,486,797
Raiders $27,994,722 54 $167,771,153 $139,356,095 $420,336
Rams $24,282,132 59 $155,103,589 $124,361,732 $6,459,725
Vikings $22,734,076 61 $156,353,117 $133,133,655 $485,386
Panthers $21,416,131 63 $157,431,541 $127,224,407 $8,791,003
Giants $20,853,541 64 $166,758,559 $136,199,387 $9,705,631
Lions $20,761,739 56 $158,029,616 $122,616,583 $14,651,294
Colts $20,547,793 58 $160,047,429 $129,484,899 $10,014,737
Redskins $19,194,187 65 $161,402,474 $136,960,123 $5,248,164
Packers $19,142,706 56 $162,877,689 $143,056,390 $678,593
Dolphins $18,859,187 66 $166,205,719 $137,527,105 $9,819,427
Broncos $17,271,446 51 $153,533,441 $131,030,357 $5,231,638
Chargers $16,843,366 59 $156,213,167 $130,164,961 $9,204,840
Texans $15,665,389 62 $156,624,480 $135,514,509 $5,444,582
Falcons $14,581,814 50 $158,240,071 $124,844,011 $18,814,246
Eagles $14,472,858 68 $161,008,762 $132,463,696 $14,072,208
Cardinals $13,710,151 73 $158,406,816 $144,444,616 $252,049
Seahawks $12,263,186 63 $153,961,327 $138,420,097 $3,278,044
Patriots $12,014,799 60 $159,080,851 $144,667,652 $2,398,400
Ravens $9,970,677 62 $154,617,155 $142,695,120 $1,951,358
Chiefs $9,858,708 67 $157,394,330 $138,101,974 $9,433,648
Cowboys $6,581,213 60 $158,699,683 $151,217,394 $901,076
Jets $5,671,841 60 $156,967,134 $148,926,559 $2,368,734
Bills $4,043,472 68 $156,814,131 $139,443,716 $13,326,943
Steelers $3,487,727 72 $157,067,378 $149,632,128 $3,947,523
Saints $2,539,086 60 $155,000,462 $127,489,531 $24,971,845

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

NFLPA Audits NFL Finances

February 23, 2016
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Many times I have read through the 318 pages of the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement established in 2011. A provision that I was not aware of nor the NFL Player’s Association was aware of made a huge impact. Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report has the details.

The NFL reportedly kept a significant amount of money from the NFL Players Association, according to Matthew Futtermanof the Wall Street Journal.

Citing Futterman, Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports noted that “arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled last week that the NFL withheld about $120 million in ticket revenue from a shared pool, which the report said kept about $50 million in salary from players.”

Continuing to cite the Wall Street Journal, Schwab wrote that “the dispute came from a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to exclude money from the shared pool from personal seat licenses, premium seating and naming rights to stadiums.”

That income is frequently used to finance new stadiums, and the NFLPA discovered the withheld money during an audit of the NFL’s finances.

“They created an exemption out of a fiction, and they got caught,”NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said, per Futterman.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the issues arose from a “technical accounting issue under the CBA involving the funding of stadium construction and renovation projects,” per Futterman.

Schwab noted the Wall Street Journal reported the revenue the league returns to the shared pool will “add about $1.5 million to the 2016 salary cap for each NFL team.”

While that is not much when it comes to player salaries, it will be helpful for squads looking to make additions when free agency opensat 4 p.m. ET March 9. If nothing else, it gives teams extra flexibility as they look to add difference-makers and provides players with the opportunity to make slightly more money on upcoming contracts.

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

2016 NFL Combine Workouts Don’t Necessarily Translate to On Field Success

February 18, 2016
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It is that time of year again as the NFL combine is next week. NFL prospects have been grinding for at least 6 weeks for which will be the biggest interview of their life. Even players who didn’t get invited to the combine are preparing to put up their best possible numbers at their school’s pro day. It’s always crazy to see a prospect’s value can be determined by a tenth of second when they have years of college tape that can be analyzed. We have personally seen the different approach that New England takes in scouting players and how they try to put prospects in more realistic football situations. The combine workouts show off how athletic a player is, but a three cone drill doesn’t necessarily show how effective a linebacker will be when the pads come on. Chase Goodbread of College Football 24/7 has more on the NFL Combine.

NFL clubs have something of a “buyer-beware” mentality when it comes to results from the NFLScouting Combine, where elite athletes have been known to improve their draft stock to an over-inflated level.

Bill Belichick has another thought: seller beware.

The New England Patriots coach suggested back in July that draft prospects do themselves something of a disservice by spending January and February training for combine events rather than doing more football-specific training.

“I think that’s a huge mistake that a lot of those players make, but I’m sure they have their reasons for doing it,” Belichick said, per the New England Sports Network. “We’re training our players to play football, not to go through a bunch of those February drills. Yeah, our training is football intensive. We train them to get ready to play and ultimately that’s what they’re going to do. Maybe for some of those guys another activity in between or a pro day or whatever it is, but in the end, they’re going to make their career playing football. We already know that with our guys, and we don’t have to deal with any of that other stuff. We just train them for football. I think it’s huge.”

Belichick went on to decry the football value in combine training, and he suggested that prospects would be better served doing something else.

“I think there are a lot of players and I think a lot of players learn from that, that they look at their rookie year and feel like, ‘I wasn’t really as physically as well prepared as maybe I was in college or what I will be in their succeeding years in the league,’ and train more for football and train less for the broad jump and three-cone drill and stuff like that. I think a lot of those guys hopefully learn that lesson and intensify their physical football training after they’ve had that year of, in a lot of cases, I would say non-football training or very limited training for actually football.”

Belichick’s argument that excellence in combine drills doesn’t necessarily foretell excellence on the football field is most certainly on the mark. But as for his suggestion that prospects should be doing something else with their time in the weeks before the combine, who is he kidding? In January, most of them are just coming off a 13-game season following a bowl appearance. If they take just a week off to recuperate, they’re then looking at a six-week window before the combine. It’s a competitive environment to impress 32 NFL clubs and stake as much of a claim as possible to millions of dollars in rookie salaries.

For many, pro football is a short-term career that might not pay at all beyond the first contract signed. For some, excelling at the combine is the only chance to be drafted at all, much less flourish as a pro. So forgive them if they’re more concerned about draft position than anything else at this time of year.

They’ll be focused on football training soon enough.

For more information contact a Seattle NFL Agent.

 

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