It's about that time of year when teams are starting to cut and sign players. This is a catch all thread for any non Jet signings.
First contract of note is Riley Coopers deal with Philly:
This from overthecap.com
I think most are aware by now of the particulars of Riley Cooperís $22.5 million extension with the Eagles. Cooper received a $4 million signing bonus, a fully guaranteed $1 million salary in 2014, and $3 million of fully guaranteed salary in 2015. He can earn an additional $1 million in fully guaranteed salary in 2015 and in 2016 by being on the roster the 5th day of each respective League Year. He can also earn up to $2.5 million in escalators based on performance.
To me what is more interesting about the deal is what this might say about the receiver market. The contract itself is very team friendly. In essence this is a two year $9 million contract where Cooper has to prove he belongs as a secondary target. In terms of annual value Cooper ranks well behind Brian Hartline ($6 million) and Danny Amendola ($5.7 million) the two who seemed to be the standard bearers for the secondary WRís last year. His guarantees are about what Amendola received.
There is little upside in the contract for Cooper outside of avoiding the uncertainty of free agency. If he develops into a better receiver he will be locked into tier two money for the next five years. If this is the type of contract that the Eagles are offering Jeremy Maclin it would explain why Maclin would prefer taking a prove it type of contract from Philadelphia or another team.
For players such as Golden Tate and Emmanuel Sanders, who are free agents this year, the Cooper contract does little to give confidence that they can move past Hartline in terms of contract value in free agency. Despite the rumored increase in cap room he came towards the lower end of the WR2 marketplace. Odds are thatís a sign of how most teams will be viewing these players when free agency begins.
Suddenly, backloading deals isn't such a dumb idea as it used to be.
True, given all the issues and questions surrounding the CBA in the last few years, the cap has stayed relatively flat and teams have been forced to be extremely careful in how they structured deals. Now it appears we will see the cap grow appropriately year over year.