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2015 NFL Free Agency Update

March 24, 2015


Through the first two weeks of free agency, there were 153 total signings with $788,491,999 in guaranteed money and $1,802,821,620 in total contract value.

This breaks down as:

  • 97 unrestricted free agents signing with new teams (guaranteed: $644,104,999; total value: $1,413,501,620)
  • 56 unrestricted free agents re-signing with current teams (guaranteed: $144,387,000; total value: $389,320,000)

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club must average an 89% cash spend of the salary cap from 2013-2016.

The four teams which spent the least during the two-year period from 2013-2014 were the Oakland Raiders (80.16%), New York Jets (80.97%), Jacksonville Jaguars (82.24%) and New England Patriots (82.82%).

These four teams have spent the following in free agency thus far:

  • 30% of all guaranteed money
  • 27% of total contracts
  • 24% of first-year cash

*Numbers throughout represent deals for which contracts were received and processed by the NFLPA by 2 p.m. ET on March 24, 2015.

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Seahawks trade for Jimmy Graham

March 10, 2015
Jimmy Graham in a pregame fight with the Seahawks before their playoff game in 2014

Rumor from Jay Glazer that the Seahawks have traded Max Unger and their 1st round pick (31st overall) to the New Orleans Saints for Jimmy Graham and their 4th round pick. Max has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $4.5 Million each. Graham has a cap hit of $8 Million, $9 Million and $10 Million over then next three years respectively. Not much cap space for the Seahawks to make major moves in free agency this offseason. The Carroll-Schneider regime will continue to trade first round picks for proven commodities and rely on their scouting to draft successfully in later rounds.

Las Vegas Casinos have already changed Seattle’s odds to win the Super Bowl from 9/1 to 6/1.

Fore more information consider contacting a Seattle NFL Agent.

Seahawks 2015 Cap Space

March 4, 2015
Schneider, Wilson & Carroll

The 2015 NFL season and free agency begins March 10th. Big story lines are the massive contract renegotiation coming for Russell Wilson and the rumored new contract offered to Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks in the past two years have already reworked bigger deals for Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Cliff Avril, Doug Baldwin and others. After taking care of their Quarterback and runningback the Seahawks, won’t have much cap space for free agents and rookies. Currently Seattle has the 21st most cap space after the Graham-Unger trade. Thanks to for the details.

UPDATED 3/11/2015: Projected Top 51 Cap Space
The estimated amount of space a team currently has to work with when subtracting the projected $142,000,000 + the est. 2014 rollover + the est. maximum draft pool from their Top 51 Cap $.

Team                                     Players   Offense              Defense               Rollover            Top 51  CAP SPACE

1 Jacksonville Jaguars 69 $46,971,851 $48,606,049 $21,768,205 $103,382,330 $65,103,777
2 Oakland Raiders 65 $41,744,858 $34,863,288 $7,400,000 $90,525,171 $61,347,585
3 Tennessee Titans 57 $48,017,212 $53,607,378 $11,254,828 $107,833,347 $46,520,231
4 Cleveland Browns 65 $47,611,457 $70,234,586 $18,908,285 $121,425,903 $40,341,497
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 64 $46,504,252 $50,194,996 $1,063,033 $111,077,634 $33,832,255
6 Chicago Bears 53 $57,753,058 $46,262,172 $1,545,934 $113,881,712 $31,286,722
7 Atlanta Falcons 62 $70,577,682 $32,037,857 $2,845,290 $115,116,200 $31,132,615
8 Cincinnati Bengals 61 $47,521,543 $68,431,477 $8,697,310 $122,355,933 $29,774,502
9 New York Jets 61 $65,857,581 $57,496,184 $12,619,394 $130,181,926 $25,967,468
10 St. Louis Rams 59 $40,972,367 $65,544,809 $0 $118,859,342 $25,814,045
11 Philadelphia Eagles 64 $67,216,973 $51,707,934 $15,715,700 $134,830,542 $25,041,836
12 Green Bay Packers 60 $55,438,053 $62,108,048 $7,791,106 $126,599,371 $24,871,735
13 San Diego Chargers 61 $64,630,256 $41,127,249 $1,500,000 $118,542,506 $24,430,106
14 Washington Redskins 73 $70,581,994 $42,610,497 $108,621 $122,986,190 $23,605,555
15 Indianapolis Colts 69 $56,086,548 $61,528,794 $7,699,867 $129,751,609 $22,671,783
16 Houston Texans 60 $43,603,320 $67,870,646 $966,613 $125,618,753 $20,406,993
17 Arizona Cardinals 66 $56,433,114 $62,408,855 $4,256,919 $128,485,329 $20,030,537
18 Minnesota Vikings 70 $73,438,374 $54,575,282 $5,723,960 $129,600,915 $20,027,045
19 San Francisco 49ers 71 $62,971,047 $50,972,142 $4,206,936 $131,462,256 $18,393,724
20 Denver Broncos 68 $69,731,144 $55,399,414 $5,870,000 $131,921,080 $18,144,944
21 Seattle Seahawks 68 $44,425,919 $72,435,610 $4,825,000 $131,470,919 $16,786,819
22 Buffalo Bills 67 $49,995,459 $69,937,377 $2,647,907 $130,066,602 $16,007,282
23 New England Patriots 63 $69,638,888 $44,838,256 $6,442,054 $130,136,131 $14,441,953
24 Miami Dolphins 58 $54,594,905 $66,910,403 $7,770,411 $139,506,658 $13,420,279
25 Carolina Panthers 67 $66,928,668 $51,324,633 $4,939,773 $136,972,990 $12,398,647
26 New York Giants 77 $63,579,645 $52,849,771 $151,000 $131,482,309 $11,929,574
27 Baltimore Ravens 59 $57,500,305 $51,568,042 $5,791,927 $135,188,518 $9,942,609
28 Detroit Lions 62 $68,275,033 $48,256,253 $939,171 $135,205,145 $9,112,846
29 Dallas Cowboys 61 $75,298,723 $46,545,807 $3,260,740 $139,876,245 $8,702,068
30 Kansas City Chiefs 68 $62,550,701 $63,181,915 $2,246,790 $141,149,785 $4,994,415
31 Pittsburgh Steelers 65 $64,085,997 $61,157,580 $778,469 $140,080,320 $3,978,149
32 New Orleans Saints 64 $76,663,875 $45,535,320 $1,710,130 $143,083,847 $2,008,583

Free Agents
The total number of free agents a team currently carries, including the amount of Unrestricted Free Agents in parenthesis. (Click this to load the complete list).

2014 Rollover
These figures represent the estimated unused cap dollars each team is currently able to rollover from their 2014 roster. The Rams are currently the only team without available rollover money.

The league-provided adjustment based on factors from last year’s cap.

Adjusted Team Cap
The teams’ new salary cap including Rollover + Adjustment + $143,280,000

Signed Players
The number of players currently with a 2015 contract.

Top 51 Cap $
The combined cap total for the 51 largest contracts on a team’s roster. Teams will be expected to get this figure under the finalized cap figure by March 10, 2015 (4PM EST). For now we’re estimating that figure to be $142 million.

Estimated Draft Pool
The maximum amount of estimated cap dollars a team will need to spend to sign all of their upcoming 2015 draft picks (assuming the rookie scale mimics the 2014 scale, though it may increase slightly if the overall team cap rises more than expected).


Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals cleared $12.75M with the restructured extension for WR Larry Fitzgerald, and now have more than $5M in space per our estimates. DL Darnell Dockett should be the next order of business in helping to clear cap space.

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta sits in nice shape heading towards the free agent period, with more than $22.6M currently available. They can add another $3.75M to that by releasing RB Steven Jackson, one of a few expected cap casualties this offseason.

Baltimore Ravens

With just $2.78Min estimated space, Baltimore will be making noise in the coming weeks. LB Arthur Brown, and DE Chris Canty are among the early bubble players, and would clear a combined $3.75M in 2015 space.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills can use plenty of their $30.4M+ in estimated cap space to make up for their lost 1st round pick in free agency this offseason and appear to be starting their offseason by trying to lock down pending free agent pass-rusher Jerry Hughes, and RB C.J. Spiller. They’re execpted to be actively seeking offensive linemen, defensive backs, and maybe even a free agent QB.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers stand at a healthy $13.8M in space after a few minor moves, and appear poised to add to that by releasing 9-year RB DeAngelo Williams. They’ll likely designate the move a Post -June 1st release, clearing $2M in space (but cannot officially do so until March 10th).

Chicago Bears

The Bears need a new defense, and have a $5.7M draft pool, and $23.7M in current cap space to do so.Current QB contract withstanding, it’s a big offseason for the new regime in Chicago.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are actually in a pretty nice spot in terms of space ($35M), and parting free agents (14). Overall the Cincinnati defense underachieved in 2014, and DE Robert Geathers might become a casualty of it. Doing so would clear $3.05M more in cap space.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns are a bit of a mess. Their starting QB is about to hit free agency. Their 2014 1st round-selected QB can’t stay out of the bars. Their top offensive weapon in WR Josh Gordon is facing a suspension for the entire 2015 season. Silver lining: Cleveland holds two first round picks, and more than $50M in projected cap space.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys hold two of the more notable free agents in WR Dez Bryant and RB DeMarco Murray. With a little under $15M in est. space to work with as of today, it’s unlikely they’ll get both back in the fold next year. Restructuring the contract of Tony Romo seems likely.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos have 7 2014 starters set to hit free agency. While they currently possess north of $26M in cap space, it seems unlikely that all will return, especially with the use of the franchise tag (likely to Demaryius Thomas).

Detroit Lions

No team has a bigger (and costlier) decision to make this offseason than the Lions do with DT Ndamukong Suh. With just over $15M in space, they’ll need to clear space to have a chance to keep him in the fold.

Green Bay Packers

After nearly finding themselves in the Super Bowl, the Packers are in excellent shape heading into the offseason, carrying more than $27M in space. Notable free agents include RT Bryan Bulaga, and WR Randall Cobb.

Houston Texans

Houston should be busy early on freeing up much needed space (just $11M currently). They have plenty of needs (including QB), and not enough capital to work with as of today. Restructuring WR Andre Johnson, and trading/releasing CB Johnathan Joseph may be options.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have made swift work in trimming their unnecessary pieces heading into 2015, and have now accumulated nearly $43M in cap space. They’ll add another $3M to that by releasing the now non-guaranteed salary of RB Trent Richardson, and should look to sign back a chunk of their 15 unrestricted free agents.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Oh to be the GM in Jacksonville this offseason, who currently has just under $60M cap dollars to “play with” – and that’s after accounting for a $7.3M draft pool. They can add to that figure by cutting ties with RB Toby Gerhart and backup QB Chad Henne. We expect to see plenty of new faces in a Jaguars uniform in the coming months.

Kansas City Chiefs

Somewhat unexpectedly, the Chiefs are in poor shape heading into the 2015 league year. With less than $3M to work with Kansas City will need to be creative in the coming weeks to put themselves in a position to get better. Restructuring LB Tamba Hali, and cutting ties with underachieving WR Dwayne Bowe could be priorities.

Miami Dolphins

With just $1.8M in estimated space, change is coming in Miami. No team has more rumored “cap casualties” thus far than the Dolphins, who might seemingly cut ties with WRs Brian Hartline & Brandon Gibson, LBs Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, while also shopping the high-paid Mike Wallace.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings will be a team to watch this offseason, as we await the future plans of RB Adrian Peterson. His outright release or trade would clear $13M in space, bringing their total space up to more than $30M. They can add even more to that by removing borderline pieces (QB Matt Cassel, G Charles Johnson, WR Greg Jennings).

New England Patriots

The Patriots -$4.7M in space is a bit deceiving, as it includes a $25M option for CB Darrelle Revis. The notable pending free agent list contains S Devin McCourty, RBs Shane Vereen/Steven Ridley, and K Stephen Gostkowski. Cutting ties with WR Danny Amendola can clear up to $4.5M in space.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints used every trick in the book to get themselves under the cap in 2014, and they’re in just as much trouble so far in 2015. New Orleans currently sits at a whopping -$23.3M in the hole heading into the new league year. The cap mess probably means the end of Marques Colston in a Saints uniform.

New York Giants

New York boasts just over $16M in space after draft allocations, which might make it difficult to bring back DE Jason Pierre-Paul (though the franchise tag appears to be in play). Restructuring QB Eli Manning by way of a long-term extension would be a nice way to free up some immediate room.

New York Jets

The $48.3M in cap space might be one of the lone bright spots surrounding the Jets right now. With a $10.5M cap, WR Percy Harvin may be on the roster bubble as well, meaning New York has the money to buy/obtain pretty much anyone they wish this offseason.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders can add to an already impressive $49.7M in cap space by cutting ties with RB Maurice Jones-Drew and QB Matt Schaub, though the latter could easily make the 2015 roster. Look for new head man Jack Del Rio to poach some of his former Broncos free agents this offseason.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are an interesting team right now. They may add a few pieces and try to push the current team into the postseason. They may also blow the thing up and start over this offseason, which may include cutting ties with highly-paid RB LeSean McCoy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The removal of longtime defensive coordinator could signal a rebuild of an aging defense in Pittsburgh. This may include the release of S Troy Polamalu, which can clear $6M in space (currently -$1.3M).

San Diego Chargers

San Diego carries $25M in space into the offseason, but holds a list of fairly notable pending free agents to lose as well. They can add another $5M in space by releasing the underachieving LB Jarret Johnson.

San Francisco 49ers

Two years removed from the NFC Championship game, this team is now in total flux. The Niners only have around $1.5M in space when accounting for current contracts, dead cap, and projected draft pick compensation. They can begin to dig out by moving on from OLB Ahmad Brooks, restructuring/releasingWR Stevie Johnson, and restructuring the majority of QB Colin Kaepernick’s $10.4M salary into signing bonus.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have combined strong drafting with timely extensions to keep their cap tables flexible and well-structured. They’ll carry $23.8M of space into an offseason that should include a monster extension for their worthy quarterback.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams have actually allocated themselves into cap trouble thus far for the 2015 season (currently an estimated $1.4M in the hole). They can free up more than $13M in space by cutting ties with C Scott Wells and OT Jake Long.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs not only hold the first overall selection in the upcoming draft, but an additional $27.6M in cap space to work with as well. They’ve already released QB Josh McCown, and might soon do the same withDE Michael Johnson in the coming weeks, a move that would clear $2M more.

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee carries more than $39M in cap space to play with right now, and should add to that with the removal of S Michael Griffin ($4.5M in savings) and RB Shonn Greene ($3.35M in savings). Their 21 pending unrestricted free agents is tied for most in the league.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are in “decent” shape right now, with just north of $12M in estimated space to work with. They’ll likely add to this by moving on from G Chris Chester ($4M in savings), DE Stephen Bowen ($5.5M in space), and possibly DB Tracy Porter ($2.8M in savings). It’s likely the majority of their 14 UFAs walk this March.

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NFL Combines Fastest 40 Times

February 20, 2015
Chris Johnson still holds the record for the fastest 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine at 4.24 seconds

The NFL Combine is here and the workouts have begun. With every fraction of second measured it is great to know the difference in timing methods HH, ET and FAT. Below are is also a list of the best recorded time in combine history. Frank Cooney from has more.

In a long-overdue change that could end years of conflict and confusion at the annual scouting combine, NFL Network — and affiliated league media — plans to display real-time clockings of the celebrated 40-yard dashes during live telecasts of workouts starting Friday.

Although NFL Media’s extensive press release on this year’s dynamic coverage failed to note it, The Sports Xchange learned that Zybek Sports synchronized its technology with NFL Network, which, in a first, will be able to show 40-yard results in real time.

“We’re going to show the clock on the screen,” NFL Media’s Alex Riethmiller confirmed to The Sports Xchange in a phone call.

This seemingly simple action could bring an end to decades of secrecy and years of confusion surrounding the combine’s 40-yard dashes, by far the most popular event despite disputes over its relevance in gauging a player’s football ability. But that’s another issue for another time.

However, the NFL combine’s long-overdue decision to share 40 times so openly will not eliminate controversy.

The decision to reveal results recorded by only one of the three timing methods will complicate, if not sever, the connection for historical comparisons to the 40 times of iconic stars of the past, such as Auburn multisport star Bo Jackson, who was timed in 4.12 seconds in 1986 by a hand-held stopwatch. The best time announced at a combine this century, however, was by running back Chris Johnson of East Carolina in 2008, when he clocked a 4.24 by hand-held and electronic methods — more on that later.

As fans and participants rev up for this year’s runs at the combine, nobody is expected to beat either of those times, but the best candidates to get closest are:

• Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett of Miami, who has a verified 4.37 and an unverified 4.29.

• Wide receiver Sammie Coates of Auburn is expected to be in the low 4.3s.

• Wide receiver Devin Smith of Ohio State has extensive training in track, and should be a workout warrior with one of the best 40 times based on his 28.2 yards per catch average as a senior.

So why are there comparisons to Johnson and not Jackson at 4.12?

There’s the rub.

Until 1990, 40-yard dash times for NFL prospects were measured by starting and stopping a stopwatch by hand, which is called hand-held timing (HH). It is not the most accurate method, but remains a source of fabled sprints — such as Jackson’s — and the one still used most often in high school and college timings.

Not coincidently, it almost always yields the fastest times.

In the 1990s, a system was added that started the time by hand and stopped it when the runner crossed a beam at the finish. That is referred to as electronic timing (ET), despite the fact it is actually only half electronic and half human intervention. For the past five combines, results were also created by fully automated timing (FAT), with the clock starting electronically when a runner lifts his hand and ends when he crosses the beam.

The time NFL Network will show live on their broadcast is the hybrid electronic time that is slower than the hand-held but faster than the fully automated method. To be clear, the National Invitational Combine (NIC) group that runs the event records times via all three methods — hand held, electronic and, for the past five years, fully automated.

For decades, combine officials did not reveal times directly to the media. But 11 years ago, NFL media, including NFL Network and, began covering the event and needed to announce something to the audience immediately after a run. Until this year, that time was recorded by Charley Casserly, a former general manager with Washington and Houston, who did his best from a seat in the stands.

Despite calling that early clocking unofficial, it still caused a stir if the time was close to or bettered a record, and that stir was turbocharged by the advent of social media. Invariably, another time handed down from combine officials up to an hour later was much slower.

This year’s real-time broadcast not only should minimize confusion, but also probably shows a shift in power from those who run the combine to the money-making power of NFL Media on television, online and through a new app.

“NFL network is in charge of that, you will have to call them,” was the response to a phone call asking NIC officials to verify that the 40 times would be televised real time.

Riethmiller, who works for NFL Media in Los Angeles, confirmed that they “didn’t want to have Charley Casserly trying to give times from a seat in the stadium; we needed something that worked better.”

So Michael Weinstein, founder of Colorado-based Zybek Sports, which has provided state-of-the-art timing equipment for several years, worked with NFL Network to synchronize times for real-time broadcasting.

“The plan is to display the 40 hand start and laser finish times real-time on the TV through the NFL media,” Weinstein told The Sports Xchange. “We have it programmed and tested and everything works. On the TV, you will see the running clock, the 10-yard split and the 40-yard time.

“We are coordinating directly with the NFL media. Although these will still be called the unofficial times until they are official, I doubt there will be any changes.”

Riethmiller explained that, despite being able to televise the clocking in real time, there may be a delay before declaring it official. Weinstein said a review of last year’s data shows that the screen output was exactly the same every time compared to what was announced as official.

OK, now let’s go back to comparing various 40-yard times over years and decades.

Based on empirical data from thousands of 40-yard dashes compiled by Zybek Sports, the hand-held times are invariably fastest, with the electronic hybrid (ET) adding an average of .175 seconds and the fully automated (FAT) adding .24 seconds.

But never underestimate the impact of human intervention. As it turns out, Johnson’s best time in 2008 of 4.24 seconds was the same via hand held and electronic. Make what you want of that, but it was a statistical and historic anomaly.

Speaking of history, the challenge now for interested runners and fans is whether to put Jackson’s time in perspective with those after 1990, or vice versa?

Weinstein notes that football fans are sensitive to the slightest differences in times for the 40-yard dash that is not only popular, but extremely important at all levels. His goal to create a standardized timing method that is used to equalize 40-yard results from high school through the pros in all sports.

After an extensive analysis of 40-yard times, Weinstein quantified their impact.

“There are 6.9 million high school athletes in the United States that are competing for 450,000 College positions,” Weinstein wrote in the conclusion to his study. “Presenting accurate and consistent data from standardized combine testing is increasingly important as the number of competitors continues to grow and as modern training methods are expanding the bounds of athletic potential.

“The error from hand timing results in a minimum of 0.1 to 0.25-second difference from electronic timing should be considered if hand timing is being used for ranking athletes. Finally, accurate and repeatable testing data provides a training metric that can be used for improving the combine scores. Minor improvements in an athlete’s score can make a big difference in their future.”

So, as the NFL combine enters a new age of transparency, here is a look at the best 40-yard times this century. There are two lists, one sorted by the best electronic (ET) time and another by the best hand-held times.

While Johnson is No. 1 on the list of best electronic times (ET), it is interesting to note differences in the list of hand-held times, especially that four players were clocked faster than Johnson’s 4.24, including a 4.16 by Kent State wide receiver Dri Archer last year, although his ET was a full tenth of a second slower, good for second place at 4.26.

Top Testing Scores from 2000-2014 NFL combines
Fastest 40-yard hand/electric times (Started by hand, stopped by beam)
Time starts on player’s first movement

ET Time,(HH time) Player, Position, College, Year, * – Underclassman

4.24 – (4.24) Chris Johnson, (RB), East Carolina – 2008
4.26 – (4.16) Dri Archer, (WR), Kent State – 2014
4.27 – (4.21) Marquise Goodwin, (WR), Texas – 2013
4.28 – (4.22) Jacoby Ford, (WR), Clemson – 2010
4.28 – (4.25) Demarcus Van Dyke, (CB), Miami – 2011
4.30 – (4.25) *Darrius Heyward-Bey, (WR), Maryland – 2009
4.32 – (4.26) Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton – 2005
4.33 – (4.29) *Fabian Washington, (CB), Nebraska – 2005
4.33 – (4.28) Mike Wallace, (WR), Mississippi – 2009
4.33 – (4.29) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, (CB), Tennessee State – 2008
4.33 – (4.29) *Josh Robinson, (CB), Central Florida – 2012
4.34 – (4.21) Trindon Holliday, (WR), LSU – 2010
4.34 – (4.28) Ryan Swope, (WR), Texas A&M – 2013
4.34 – (4.28) Tavon Austin, (WR), West Virginia – 2013
4.34 – (4.28) Onterio McCalebb, (RB), Auburn – 2013
4.34 – (4.29) Johnny Knox, (WR), Abilene Christian – 2009
4.34 – (4.30) Darrent Williams, (CB), Oklahoma State – 2005
4.34 – (4.31) *Patrick Peterson, (CB), LSU – 2011
4.35 – (4.30) Yamon Figurs, (WR), Kansas State – 2007
4.36 – (4.28) *Stephen Hill, (WR), Georgia Tech – 2012
4.37 – (4.27) C.J. Spiller, (RB), Clemson – 2010
4.37 – (4.31) Justin Gilbert, (CB), Oklahoma State – 2014
4.39 – (4.27) Stanford Routt, (CB), Houston – 2005
4.40 – (4.30) Mike Thomas, (WR), Arizona – 2009
4.43 – (4.31) Taylor Mays, (FS), Southern Cal – 2010

Fastest 40-yard hand-held times (Started, stopped by hand)
Time starts on player’s first movement

HH Time,(ET time) Player, Position, College, Year, * – Underclassman

4.16 – (4.26) Dri Archer, (WR), Kent State – 2014
4.21 – (4.27) Marquise Goodwin, (WR), Texas – 2013
4.21 – (4.34) Trindon Holliday, (WR), LSU – 2010
4.22 – (4.28) Jacoby Ford, (WR), Clemson – 2010
4.24 – (4.24) Chris Johnson, (RB), East Carolina – 2008
4.25 – (4.28) Demarcus Van Dyke, (CB), Miami – 2011
4.25 – (4.30) *Darrius Heyward-Bey, (WR), Maryland – 2009
4.26 – (4.32) Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton – 2005
4.27 – (4.37) C.J. Spiller, (RB), Clemson – 2010
4.27 – (4.39) Stanford Routt, (CB), Houston – 2005
4.28 – (4.33) Mike Wallace, (WR), Mississippi – 2009
4.28 – (4.34) Ryan Swope, (WR), Texas A&M – 2013
4.28 – (4.34) Tavon Austin, (WR), West Virginia – 2013
4.28 – (4.34) Onterio McCalebb, (RB), Auburn – 2013
4.28 – (4.36) *Stephen Hill, (WR), Georgia Tech – 2012
4.29 – (4.33) *Fabian Washington, (CB), Nebraska – 2005
4.29 – (4.33) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, (CB), Tennessee State – 2008
4.29 – (4.33) *Josh Robinson, (CB), Central Florida – 2012
4.29 – (4.34) Johnny Knox, (WR), Abilene Christian – 2009
4.30 – (4.34) Darrent Williams, (CB), Oklahoma State – 2005
4.30 – (4.35) Yamon Figurs, (WR), Kansas State – 2007
4.30 – (4.40) Mike Thomas, (WR), Arizona – 2009
4.31 – (4.34) *Patrick Peterson, (CB), LSU – 2011
4.31 – (4.37) Justin Gilbert, (CB), Oklahoma State – 2014
4.31 – (4.43) Taylor Mays, (FS), Southern Cal – 2010

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Challenges for an NFL Agency

February 17, 2015
NFL Combine Training at EXOS can cost over $30,000 for one client.

NFL Combine week is here and is the most important week of the year for an NFL agent. Many hours and dollars have been spent recruiting and training clients, and careers can be made or broken off of a fraction of a second.  Darren Heitner of Forbes has more on the challenges of a growing NFL Agency

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin February 17 and will continue through February 23.  After only 7 months of existence, Atlanta-based startup sports agency Element Sports Group is sending 6 of its 7 rookie clients to the event.  Founders Michael Perrett and Kevin McGuire, former employees at competing Atlanta-based sports agency, SportsTrust Advisors, are admittedly overwhelmed with excitement for their first NFL Combine on their own despite their combined decades of experience in the industry, understanding that they have many sleepless nights ahead of them and depletion of their bank accounts due to the exorbitant costs attached to preparing players for the important experience ahead of them.

“It’s Wednesday to Sunday, non-stop, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.,” explained Perrett while discussing the NFL Combine.  ”By the time Sunday hits, you just want to get on a plane and head home.”

Perrett and his partner McGuire represent South Carolina offensive lineman A.J. Cann, tight end Rory “Busta” Anderson and quarterback Dylan Thompson, Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates and running back Cameron Artis-Payne, Florida center Max Garcia and Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant.  All but Thompson have been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Sending 6 rookie clients to the Combine is no short task.  It is also an expensive venture.  All 6 players, as well as Thompson, have been preparing for the NFL at training facilities with costly fixed fee retainer agreements in place.  Element Sports Group sent 3 of its clients to EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance), 1 client to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, another player to XPE Sports and two clients toGoldin Athletic Training Association (GATA) in Atlanta.

“As business owners, the costs rise every year,” added Perrett.  ”That’s an investment we are willing to make.”

Perrett would not state exactly how much money he and McGuire have spent thus far to prepare his players for the Combine and NFL Draft, but he did say that his startup company has paid a significant amount of money.

“It’s not just training,” explained Perrett.  ”It’s housing, meals, physical therapy, rental cars, if a guy wants to fly home for a weekend to visit mom or have girlfriend come visit him.  It’s a major investment we are willing to make.  You want to be in the business of representing top players, this is just what it is.”

The expenses tied to preparing their clients are coming to a close.  Now Perrett and McGuire are focused on what will take place during the sleepless days and nights that await at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.  They have their rookie clients to take care of, but also will be hard at work trying to get deals done for their veteran clients before free agency arrives.

“We’re seven months into this, but we have 27 clients, 7 of which are rookies,” said McGuire.  ”To be in its infancy with so many clients, it shows what kind of success we’ve had and what kind of success we hope to maintain going forward.”

NFL veteran clients of Element Sports Group include Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson.

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Seahawks Look for an Innovative New Deal for Russell Wilson

February 12, 2015
Breakdown of a potential innovative max contract for Russell Wilson

In 2010, when the Pete Carroll and John Schneider regime began, they made an astonishing 284 player transactions to overhaul the roster. Seattle’s brain trust has been the most unique front office in the NFL and this off-season we will sea if they can pull off an unprecedented move.The NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement locks in all rookies drafted between rounds 2 and 7 will have a 4 year contract with the ability to renegotiate after the 3rd season. Quarterback Russell Wilson has just completed his third season and is due for a big increase in salary. The Seahawks in the past two years have already reworked bigger deals for Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Cliff Avril, Doug Baldwin and others. The NFL’s salary cap will make it extremely difficult for the Hawks to give Russell a ‘max’ contract and been competitive in free agency this off-season. If there is any front office in the league that can be innovative and create a new way for a Quarterback to receive over a $100 Million contract without greatly hurting the team’s cap space, it is the Carroll-Schneider duo. We will see how creative they can be. Kipp Adams of 247 Sports has more on the story.

After being arguably the NFL’s best bargain for the past three seasons, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is close to getting a big-money contract extension.

But like any franchise quarterback, the challenge for the Seahawks front office is how to pay Wilson without sacrificing a chance to maintain a Super Bowl caliber roster around him. Not every big-money quarterback contract is the same – like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees got huge guaranteed salary, while others like Colin Kaepernick and Andy Daltonwho got pay-as-you-go contracts.

During a segment Tuesday on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the front office might eschew traditional quarterback contracts when extending Wilson’s deal.

“I will say this, first-and-foremost there’s really no handbook for this job that we have, other than the fact that we are going to do what’s best for this organization,” Schneider said. “That’s the No. 1 thing, I think Russell Wilson wants to win championships. We talk about being a consistent championship caliber football team – that means thinking outside the box a lot of times. We will do that with Russell.”

What exactly this outside-the-box approach means is not known. Maybe Seattle gives Wilson a lower annual salary, say $16-18 million per season, but fully guarantees the entire contract, something that rarely occurs past the second season in a new deal. That would put the Seahawks at risk, in case Wilson is injured or his play declines, but would also allow them to get a more cap-friendly deal with quarterback salaries pushing over $22 million per season.

“Russell knows there are certain dominoes have to fall in line or fall in place,” Schneider said. “I have talked to his agent now, much like several of our unrestricted free agents. He knows – he gets it – he wants to win and he wants to win for a long time.

“We are going to do what’s best for this organization moving forward first and foremost. That does not mean that you just do exactly what everybody else has done around the league. I think we have proven that we do things in the manner that we want to attack it.”

Giving Wilson a seven-year contract with $116 million fully guaranteed would still give him the biggest contract, when it comes to most guaranteed salary in NFL history. And it would definitely be outside the box.

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CTE strikes another NFL Legned

February 9, 2015
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Tony Dorsett endured years of punishment as an NFL running back

There was no shortage of controversies last season for the NFL. Domestic violence issued swirled around two of it’s biggest stars, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Drug abuse continued to follow rising star, Josh Gordon. And cheating conspiracies again tainted the NFL’s currently most successful franchise. Still what has not been discussed as heavily as it should be, is the NFL’s biggest problem, CTE. Junior Seau, inducted into the Hall of Fame last week, took his life due to the depression and pain brought on by this terrible disease. It’s time the NFL focus on its biggest issue.

Report from Dallas has more info on Tony Dorsett’s struggles with CTE.

Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, who was diagnosed with having signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 2013, said he is “in a battle” and that he had no idea “that the end was going to be like this.”

CTE is a degenerative condition many scientists say is caused by head trauma and is linked to depression and dementia. It is indicated by a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.

Dorsett was diagnosed along with Joe DeLamielleure and Leonard Marshall in November 2013 after undergoing brain scans and clinical evaluations at UCLA.

“I signed up for this when, I guess, I started playing football so many years ago,” Dorsett told 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “But, obviously, not knowing that the end was going to be like this. But I love the game. The game was good to me. It’s just unfortunate that I’m going through what I’m going through.

“I’m in the fight, man. I’m not just laying around letting this overtake me. I’m fighting. I’m in the battle. I’m hoping we can reverse this thing somehow.”

The 60-year-old Dorsett, the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner who played with the Dallas Cowboysand is the NFL’s eighth all-time leading rusher, has struggled with his memory and has said in the past that he had trouble controlling his emotions and was prone to outbursts at his wife and daughters.

“It’s very frustrating at times for me. I’ve got a good team of people around me, my wife and kids, who work with me,” he said. “When you’ve been in this town for so long and I have to go to some place I’ve been going to for many, many, many years, and then all of a sudden I forget how to get there. Those things are frustrating when it comes to those things.

“I understand that I’m combating it, trying to get better. But, you know, some days are good. Some days are bad.”

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