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Agent’s Take: Kyler Murray, DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel headline nine NFL stars searching for an enormous deal or trade


Player dissatisfaction with existing contracts and frustration with the negotiation of latest contracts frequently occurs every offseason. There are alternative ways to handle contract unhappiness. Some players attend offseason workouts as a gesture of fine faith that there shall be a positive result. Others express their displeasure by refusing to attend the offseason workout program, organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. 

The three-day June minicamp camp is the one mandatory offseason activity. Players under contract who don’t attend this minicamp are subject to a $95,877 advantageous under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement this 12 months. It is a $15,980 hit for the primary day missed, $31,980 for a second missed day and $47,936 with a 3rd missed day.

These penalties for missing mandatory minicamp don’t apply to unsigned restricted free agents, franchise and transition players. Their attendance is not required due to the absence of a signed contract. Players under contract are withholding services they’re contractually obligated to perform while unsigned players don’t have any such obligation.

Twelve of the 32 NFL teams (Colts, Buccaneers, 49ers, Giants, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Raiders, Rams Seahawks, Steelers and Vikings) are holding minicamp this week. Seventeen teams may have minicamp next week. The Dolphins had their minicamp last week. The Bengals and Eagles is not going to be holding a compulsory minicamp.

Here’s a take a look at the situations of nine notable players who’re unhappy with their situations, who either need a latest contract or a trade. Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Yr Aaron Donald was going to headline the list. He was threatening retirement until the Rams gave him an unprecedented three-year, $95 million contract, which added $40 million to his existing deal without getting any latest contract years in return, on Monday. Donald becomes the primary non-quarterback to interrupt the $30 million-per-year barrier. He was also the primary to crack the $20 million-per-year mark.


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Murray has been pushing for a latest deal practically ever for the reason that Cardinals lost to the Rams within the wild card playoff round. Erik Burkhardt, Murray’s agent, released a press release in all capital letters in February essentially demanding a latest contract. The Cardinals have not made a suggestion to Murray. Burkhardt recently pulled the offer he had made to the Cardinals. 

When the offseason workout program began in mid-April, Murray was a no-show. This prompted some speculation that Murray could eventually be traded. Cardinals GM Steve Keim stating there’s “zero likelihood” of Murray being traded should end the rumors. The 2-time Pro Bowler has skipped most of Arizona’s organized team activities. Keim sounded optimistic about getting an extension done during a recent appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.

Murray may very well be the beneficiary of the Cardinals not operating on his timetable for a latest contract. No person envisioned quarterback Deshaun Watson getting a completely guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract in connection along with his trade from the Browns to the Texans, especially considering the sexual assault and misconduct allegations he’s still facing. Watson had 4 years price $136 million remaining on the four-year contract extension, averaging $39 million per 12 months he signed in September 2020. Burkhardt pushing for a completely guaranteed contract comparable to Watson’s would not be a surprise. 

A completely guaranteed contract may very well be problematic due to the NFL’s archaic funding rules and the Cardinals aren’t considered a cash-rich team. Teams are required to place into an escrow account the quantity of any guarantees in a contract aside from those only for injury, including ones in future contract years. 

The Cardinals didn’t pay Murray’s signing bonus in a lump sum like 2019 second overall pick Nick Bosa got from the 49ers as $6,839,924 of Murray’s $23,589,924 signing bonus was deferred until March 1, 2020.


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Mayfield, who’s scheduled to play this season under a completely guaranteed $18.858 million fifth-year option, doesn’t need a latest contract and the 2018 first overall pick has asked to be traded. 

Mayfield seemingly became expendable after the Browns unexpectedly gave up 2022, 2023 and 2024 first-round picks, a 2022 fourth-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick to the Texans for Watson and a 2024 sixth-round pick in March.

The largest sticking point in a Mayfield trade has been the quantity of his fifth-year option salary the Browns might want to eat in an effort to part ways with him. A trade to the Panthers during late April’s NFL Draft reportedly fell apart over this issue. In line with the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers wanted the Browns to pay $13 million to $14 million, which might have been converted to signing bonus pre-trade, of the $18.858 million.

The 49ers excused quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who likely shall be traded once he resumes throwing a football after undergoing right shoulder surgery in March, from this week’s minicamp. The Browns followed suit on Wednesday, excusing Mayfield from next week’s mandatory minicamp, CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson confirmed.


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Samuel showed up for this week’s minicamp after missing all of San Francisco’s other offseason activities. He has not participated in practices. 

Samuel requested a trade earlier within the offseason. His reasons for wanting out of San Francisco have never been revealed. There is theory that Samuel doesn’t wish to proceed in the twin role as a large receiver and running back he took on last season. 

49ers general manager John Lynch rejected all overtures from other teams about Samuel prior to this 12 months’s draft. Last week, Lynch said he can be a idiot to trade Samuel, who earned All-Pro honors last season while emerging as one in every of the NFL’s most dangerous offensive weapons.

Samuel led the league with 18.2 yards per catch. He caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards with six touchdowns. Samuel was also a threat out of the backfield. He performed at a Pro Bowl level as a running back when the 49ers began utilizing him in that capability due to injuries. Samuel rushed for 365 yards on 59 carries (6.2 yards per carry) and scored eight touchdowns on the bottom. His 1,770 yards from scrimmage (combined rushing and receiving yards) were third within the NFL last season.

My experience as an agent was that cash could cure most ills with clients. If that holds true for Samuel, the 49ers ought to be prepared to top the deal fellow 2019 second-round pick A.J. Brown signed when traded to the Eagles in the course of the first round of the draft. The Eagles gave Brown a four-year, $100 million extension containing $57,220,471 of guarantees.


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Metcalf skipped the primary day of minicamp after attending portions of the optional offseason workouts although he was rehabbing from foot surgery. His minicamp absence is unexcused. 

Metcalf ought to be wary about playing out his contract given Seattle’s quarterback situation. Either Drew Lock or Geno Smith shall be replacing Russell Wilson, who was traded to the Broncos in March. The drop off at quarterback ought to be appreciable.

Brown’s deal may very well be of particular importance to Metcalf. They were teammates in college at Ole Miss, chosen 13 picks apart in 2019’s second round. Metcalf is the more completed of the 2. He set a Seahawks franchise record in 2020 with 1,303 receiving yards. 


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Schultz had been a participant within the Cowboys’ offseason workouts until this week. Frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations for a latest contract, Schultz is not attending the remainder of OTAs. Whether he’s willing to subject himself to the 95,877 advantageous for missing next week’s minicamp stays to be seen. Schultz quickly signed his $10.931 million tender after the Cowboys made him a franchise player in March.

The franchise tender creates more of a way of urgency along with his contract negotiations. The deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals is July 15 at 4 p.m. ET.

The Cowboys cannot be blissful concerning the latest data point within the tight end market. The Browns recently gave David Njoku, who was also franchised, a four-year, $54.75 million contract price as much as $56.75 million with incentives. The deal comprises $28 million in guarantees, of which $17 million was fully guaranteed at signing.

Njoku’s $13,687,500 average per 12 months should function a salary floor for Schultz especially since Njoku doesn’t measure as much as him statistically. Schultz had a profession 12 months in 2021 with 78 catches, 808 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He was more productive last season in 17 games than Njoku was during the last two seasons combined within the 29 games he played. Njoku caught 55 passes for 688 yards with six touchdowns. Schultz has 23 more receptions, 120 more receiving yards and two more touchdown catches than Njoku.

The last two times the Cowboys let someone play a season under a franchise tag, it cost them much more to eventually sign these players long run. The identical dynamic would likely apply to Schultz with a productive 2022 season.

The Cowboys definitely would not have needed to sign defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a five-year, $105 million contract, averaging $21 million per 12 months, if a deal had been done in 2018. On the July 15 long-term-deal deadline for franchise players, the $20 million-per-year non-quarterback didn’t exist.

Dak Prescott doesn’t sign a $40 million-per-year contract in March 2021 with an agreement reached in July 2020. There’s an excellent likelihood Prescott’s would deal would have been under the $35 million-per-year extension Wilson signed with the Seahawks in 2019. Watson didn’t get his $39 million-per-year extension from the Texans until right before the 2020 regular season began.


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Bates reportedly has no intention of playing under his $12.911 million franchise tag. Sitting out the season if a long-term deal is not reached by July 15 can be surprising. The franchise tag is greater than twice as much what Bates constructed from his four-year rookie contract that expired after the 2021 season. Bates’ profession earnings so far from his NFL player contract are only over $6.225 million. 

It’s a rarity for franchise players to miss a season. Last time it happened before Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell in 2018 was with Chiefs defensive lineman Dan Williams in 1998.

The Bengals probably don’t need to pay Bates any greater than the $14 million per 12 months Marcus Williams, who was designated as a franchise player by the Saints in 2021, received from the Ravens on a five-year deal in free agency this 12 months. Bates likely has his sights set on the highest of the protection market. The Broncos made Justin Simmons, who was on his second straight franchise tag, the league’s highest-paid safety at $15.25 million per 12 months in March 2021. That was before Jamal Adams reset the protection market with a four-year, $70 million extension, averaging $17.5 million per 12 months and value as much as $72 million through incentives and salary escalators, from the Seahawks last August.


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McLaurin hasn’t been around for any of Washington’s offseason activities. The 2019 third-round pick shall be the beneficiary of the exploding wide receiver market should he get a long-term deal this 12 months. When the offseason began, there have been only 4 wide receivers with contracts averaging at the least $20 million per 12 months. There at the moment are 10, with more on the way in which.

During McLaurin’s three seasons in Washington he has practically averaged 74 receptions, 1,030 receiving yards and five touchdown catches without quarterback stability. Offseason acquisition Carson Wentz ought to be the most effective quarterback McLaurin has had in Washington.

A franchise tag evaluation could also enter the equation. The 2023 wide receiver number ought to be within the $20 million range. A second franchise tag in 2024 at a CBA mandated 20% raise can be around $24 million. The $22 million average of two projected franchise tags may very well be a crucial benchmark in McLaurin contract discussions.


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Moore ended his offseason absence by showing up this week for the Colts’ minicamp. The 2021 Pro Bowler has two-years left on the four-year, $33.3 million extension price as much as $39.355 million through salary escalators he signed in 2019 to primarily be a slot cornerback. The opposite original ballot 2021 Pro Bowl cornerbacks on veteran deals have contracts averaging at the least $16.5 million per 12 months. This is nearly double the bottom value of Moore’s extension, which is $8.325 million per 12 months.

The Colts normally don’t address contracts with two years remaining. Retired quarterback Andrew Luck, offensive guard Quenton Nelson and offensive tackle Braden Smith didn’t sign deals until in a contract 12 months. Nelson is the Colts’ top signing priority. The 2018 first-round pick and three-time All-Pro is scheduled to play the 2022 season on a $13.754 million fifth-year option.


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The Bills are unsure whether Poyer shall be at next week’s minicamp. He has skipped Buffalo’s offseason workouts up to now. 

Poyer is entering the ultimate 12 months of a two-year, $19.25 million extension price as much as $20.75 million with incentives signed in March 2020. He recently switched agents to Drew Rosenhaus in a push for a latest deal that may allow him to complete his profession in Buffalo.

Poyer was named an All-Pro by the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America last 12 months. The identical can’t be said for the league’s three highest-paid safeties: Adams ($17.5 million per 12 months), Harrison Smith ($16 million per 12 months) and Simmons ($15.25 million per 12 months).

At 31 years old, Poyer’s age would likely be held against him if he hit the open market next offseason. Three-time All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu, at age 30, had a softer than expected market in free agency this 12 months. He didn’t sign a three-year, $27 million deal price as much as $33 million through incentives with the Saints until early May.

Poyer’s best deal will likely come from the Bills. The Vikings took care of a 32-year-old Smith last preseason with a four-year, $64 million extension. Attempting to get similar money from the Bills can be an especially ambitious undertaking by Poyer.

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