The Kansas City Chiefs do have star defensive tackle Chris Jones under team control for the upcoming season after the club placed the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason, but the two sides don't appear to be close on an extension beyond 2020 at all. According to a report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Thursday, there is "not much traction" between K.C. and Jones on a new contract. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has since added to this report noting on Friday that no negotiations or discussions have occurred since the tag was placed on him. Rapoport adds that Jones has not participated and will continue to not participate in any of the club's OTAs. … [Read more...] about Chris Jones hasn’t talked contract with Chiefs since team used franchise tag, per report
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That flies in the face of news earlier this week that the Oakland Athletics, another small market team, will stop paying their minor league players their $400 weekly stipend beyond May 31. Athletics general manager David Frost wrote an email to the club’s minor league players obtained by The Score’s Robert Murray. … [Read more...] about Report: Kansas City Royals to pay minor leaguers
Kittle has 173 catches for 2,430 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons, both Pro Bowl appearances. He set the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377. Kittle is heading into the final year of his rookie contract with a cap hit of $2,207,574, so an extension is in order. … [Read more...] about George Kittle seeking contract separate from tight end market, far apart in talks with 49ers, per report
While a foot injury kept him out for most of the 2019 season, Newton is just two years removed from a 2018 season that saw him complete nearly 68% of his passes with 24 touchdowns. He also ran for four scores while adding to his record for the most career touchdown runs by a quarterback. And while there are outside questions about his durability following last season's injury, Newton's recent posts on his Instagram account appear to suggest that he is healthy and ready to contribute on an NFL team. That team could very well be the Steelers, who would benefit from having a quarterback of Newton's caliber on their roster. … [Read more...] about Three moves the Steelers can still make to be Super Bowl contenders, including signing one former MVP
This is a pretty straightforward situation: the Sabres badly need talent, and their fans sorely need some bright sides to look on. While, yes, a Skinner contract would cause some to worry about worst-case scenarios (particularly those who remember his early-career struggles with concussions), it’s reasonable to assume that far more Sabres fans would be deeply saddened if Skinner walked away instead. … [Read more...] about Is Jeff Skinner worth $9M to Sabres?