Big name players get paid big money


Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is set to become a restricted free agent if the Bears decide to not pursue a deal.

Gracie Thies, News Editor

     The offseason has just begun and NFL teams are already jumping into the pool of free agency. March 9 is the official date that free agency will begin, but some teams and players want an early jump.

     Franchises can start by placing the franchise tag on any of their players that are set to hit the open market. The tag last for up to a year or until the team and player come to terms on a newly expensive contract. So far the tag has been utilized for the following players: Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, Chargers LB Melvin Ingram, Cardinals LB Chandler Jones, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Browns RB Isaiah Crowell, and Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

     Some big name players have also been negotiating contracts and coming out with some big money. Eric Berry and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a six-year, $78 million deal with $40 million in guarantees.This contract makes him the highest paid safety in the NFL ahead of Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Minnesota’s Harrison Smith. A well deserved payday was also finalized for Steelers WR Antonio Brown. Brown agreed to a four-year extension worth $68 million that runs through 2021 and includes a $19 million signing bonus. That makes him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.Looks like business for AB is boomin.

     It was also announced that a few players would not be returning to their original team or were released. The Minnesota Vikings said on Tuesday they will not exercise Adrian Peterson’s option for 2017. That means that Peterson will be set to become a restricted free agent on March 9. It comes as a shock for fans that would like to see Peterson finish off his incredible career with the Vikings. The Chiefs released RB Jamaal Charles just after signing a deal with Eric Berry. Charles is a 30-year old running back that is the all-time leading rusher for the Chiefs with 7,260 rushing yards, but has been plagued by injuries for the past two years. Charles will not last long on the open market as he is a natural back. New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis was informed of his impending release after five criminal charges stemming from a physical altercation in February. Revis had a rough season as it hasn’t nearly compared to early in his career. The former Jet is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl XLIX Champion.

     “Darrelle is the consummate professional and one of the greatest to ever play the cornerback position,” said Jets coach Todd Bowles. “His combination of talent, preparation and instincts is rare and helped him become one of the most dominant players of his generation.”

     There is a long list of potential players that are set to become free agents like Panthers DT Kawann Short, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell, New England Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower, Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson, and Green Bay Packers G T.J. Lang. All of these players can make a direct impact on an franchise willing or in need of a veteran with a great track record.

     Not only is free agency about to begin, but the NFL Scouting Combine is approaching as well. It will be held from February 28 to March 6. The NFL Draft will follow on April 27.