Earl Thomas Age: 29 Height: 5-10 Weight: 202 Experience: 9 seasons Potential Suitors: Cowboys, Chargers, Chiefs, 49ers, Packers, Falcons Free Agent Profile Instincts. Range. Ball skills. Centerfielder. Enforcer. Earl Thomas is all of it wrapped into a 5-10 frame. One of the best safeties of his era, Thomas is the only player with 25+ interceptions... Continue Reading →
Below is a brief history of free agency, and at times the lack thereof, in the NFL. The Reserve Rule (1920-1946) The reserve rule allowed teams with right to resign a player in perpetuity. Players could not move on to another team by choice. Players really had three options: play for the same team, get... Continue Reading →
Aaron Donald missed Week 1 last season over a contract dispute. Could he soon be the NFL highest-paid defensive player?
After being franchise by the Lions, what will it take Ziggy Ansah to agree to a long-term extension in Detroit?
Every player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft will automatically have a Fifth-Year Option added in his contract. This option cannot be separately attached to the player contract. The option allows a team to retain a player’s rights for five years rather than the standard four, which is the bonus of selecting... Continue Reading →
An option bonus is similar to a roster bonus. However, rather than receiving money for remaining on a team on a certain date, the team has the “option” to pay the bonus or terminate the player’s contract. When an option bonus is exercised, it is subject to probation like a signing bonus. If the option... Continue Reading →
A signing bonus, as the name suggests, is an upfront payment a player receives to sign his contract. When it comes to salary cap accounting rules, signing bonuses and P5 salaries are completely different. The amount a player gets to sign can be prorated or spread across the life of the contract (up to a... Continue Reading →