Sam McDowell: Is Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce still underpaid after big raise?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce and George Kittle are now the two best-compensated tight ends in football, which seems about right since they’re the two most productive tight ends in football.In basically 24 hours’ time, they overhauled the financial market at their position — while Kittle will earn a tad more than Kelce per season, they’re each set to make $4 million-plus more annually than any tight end was earning last week.And yet …Does their compensation fully recognize their value? Are they still bargains to the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, even while earning...
The Kansas City Star
Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett thought about opting out this season. What made him decide to play?
SEATTLE — Tyler Lockett’s elusiveness is one of his best traits on the football field.But when it came to one of the most sensitive questions facing NFL players these days — did he have any hesitation about playing this season as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic? — Lockett addressed it head-on Friday.“Oh yeah, I definitely had a lot of hesitation,” said Lockett, who set a career-high with 1,057 receiving yards last season. He is entering the second year of a contract extension that runs through the 2021 season which will pay him $8.5 million in base salary this year.Lockett had tw...
The Seattle Times
Dalvin Cook says he's focused on Week 1, not his contract status
MINNEAPOLIS — As the Vikings start full-squad practices at training camp, Dalvin Cook remains without a contract extension. Hours before participating the team’s first practice on Friday, the running back said he’ll be “full-go” in preparation for the season, with or without a new contract.Cook said his agent, Zac Hiller, and the Vikings have been working hard on an extension, and Cook is content “letting those guys take as much as time as they can and get a reasonable thing done for me, what I’m worth on and off the field. I was going to be here, regardless of whatever speculation came up (th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jeff McLane: Howard Mudd's star-laden Eagles legacy lives on with Jason Peters and Jason Kelce
Howard Mudd once told a story about Jason Peters — it didn’t exactly reflect well on the Eagles tackle — under the condition that it couldn’t be reported unless Peters confirmed it happened.It wasn’t a simple request. Peters talks about as much as Garbo, strikes an imposing figure, and isn’t often keen on provocative questioning. The interview never occurred, though, because the recording of Mudd — about 45 minutes of pearls of wisdom about Peters and the art of blocking — was somehow erased.Thankfully, Evan Mathis, upon Mudd’s death Wednesday, recalled the anecdote.It was the summer of 2011, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bob Condotta: Will new safety Jamal Adams 'get bored' playing in Seattle? That's up to the Seahawks.
Suddenly, a new question to wonder as Jamal Adams begins his Seahawks career this week — is he going to find himself feeing sleepy in Seattle?The question arose after New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Thursday said Adams “may get bored” in Seattle because of the way the Seahawks use their safeties compared to how the Jets use theirs.As the condensed version of the quote spread on Twitter, it was easy for Seahawks fans to take a shot at, especially considering Williams’ history for verbosity and controversy, such as his involvement in the Saints’ infamous Bountygate scandal....
The Seattle Times
The pandemic could somewhat change this one aspect of the Miami Dolphins' rebuilding plan
Some unsolicited advice to Miami Dolphins players Davon Godchaux, Raekwon McMillan, Ted Karras, Vince Biegel and the rest of Miami’s group of potential 2021 unrestricted free agents:You better be really, really impactful in your roles this season, because money is going to be tight next offseason.And if you’re a player with no 2021 dead money — such as Jordan Howard or Emmanuel Ogbah — you better live up to your contracts over the next five months.Before a worldwide pandemic, the Dolphins were positioned to make another big free agent spending splash next spring, to add pricey players to augme...
Jets appear ready to overcome losses of Jamal Adams and C.J. Mosley
The Jets have two big losses on defense to overcome this year after losing safety Jamal Adams and C.J. Mosley over the course of a week. What was once a sturdy Jets defense a year ago is suddenly filled with question marks.At the very least, the Jets have experience playing through the loss of C.J. Mosley. Mosley missed nearly all of last season, only healthy for the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said that the team’s experience without Mosley last year has prepared the defense for the challenges ahead.“We went through a lot of that defensively her...
New York Daily News
49ers and George Kittle agree to record-setting new extension after months of negotiations
No tight end in NFL history opened a career with a better three years than George Kittle.For that and so much more, the 49ers are rewarding him with a five-year, $75 million contract extension, a league source and coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.“I found out last night and I was able to keep my mouth shut. It’s something we’ve been working on for awhile,” Shanahan told KNBR. “Both sides wanted to get a deal done, and usually it happens, but it’s always a tough deal to work through all that. We finally got it done. Pretty nice, especially before we’re supposed to put on pads and get practicing he...
The Mercury News
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa wears Ryan Fitzpatrick jersey, cherishes learning from veteran QB
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sat down in a chair for his Thursday news conference, hoping the camera broadcasting the Zoom interview could capture his outfit.Tagovailoa slipped on a Ryan Fitzpatrick, No. 14 Dolphins jersey, hoping to channel some of his own charming personality in the manner of one of the NFL’s most affable players.“I thought I could break (the) ice making you guys laugh, wearing a Fitz jersey because Fitz, he’s very personable as well,” Tagovailoa said with a grin.Roughly two weeks after Fitzpatrick shared his affection for Tagovailoa, the Dolphins rookie shared ...
Chiefs, Travis Kelce agree on four-year contract extension
The Chiefs front office has had a productive offseason.After signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive lineman Chris Jones, receiver Sammy Watkins and others to new deals, they agreed on a contract extension Thursday with another of their stars.Tight end Travis Kelce agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth between $14 to $15 million annually, a source familiar with the situation confirmed with The Star.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is worth $57.25 million total and includes $28 million in guaranteed money.Albert Breer of CBS Boston said Kelce won’t receive any additional money ...
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