We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Andrew Luck’s injured calf is not getting much press but is a situation to monitor. Beat reporter, Zak Keefer tweeted last week, “At this juncture, I'd be surprised if Andrew Luck plays in the preseason. He's still got time to get ready for Week 1, but this calf strain – an injury the Colts initially said was minor – has now lingered for three and a half months. Odd. Really odd” and “Time to panic? No. It’s not. If Luck returns to work the week before the Bears, he’s fine. He’s making progress, per Reich. And remember: He’s calling the shots on this, and won’t return until he’s 100% pain free. Wants the calf in the rearview mirror.” George Bremer chimed in, “Reich said Andrew Luck continues to gain strength in the calf, but still is experiencing pain at a level he’s not comfortable with. QB is not likely to practice in the next three days before the next break Tuesday. Will re-assess then. #Colts.” There is a legitimate chance that Jacoby Brissett starts the opener. It is troubling that Luck has been sidelined for such a long time.
Much ink was spilled on Tom Brady’s new contract. Contract expert, Joel Corry tweeted on the topic, “In trying to figure out missing components of Tom Brady's new deal paying $23M this year while lowering his 2019 salary cap number by $5.5M, I get $20.25M as signing bonus & $2.75M in salary. Hopefully, Brady had his $1M of 46-man per-game roster bonuses converted to base salary” and “Tom Brady's $36.75M & $38.75M salary cap numbers for 2020 & 2021 aren't real. The $30M & $32M base salaries are gone when the contract voids on the last day of 2019 league year (3/18/20). There will have to be a negotiation of a real 2020 contract year before then to prevent voiding.” Field Yates offered context, “To further this: the two years of Brady’s extension are void years, per source. This deal is about 2019: Brady gets a raise, while the void years allow the team to create cap space this season.” Beat reporter Mark Daniels added, “Brady’s ‘extension’ was simply a placeholder for the 2019 season that gives the QB a raise and the Patriots more cap space.” Ian Rapoport offered an important detail that was not discussed much, “Sources: #Patriots QB Tom Brady’s new deal includes a provision that does not allow NE to franchise or transition tag him for the 2020 season. The final two years automatically void on the last day of the 2019 league year, but he cannot be tagged. Brady will be a free agent.” So, the extension is just to give the player more money and the team more cap flexibility in the short term, plus the star quarterback cannot be slapped with the Franchise Tag. Nick Underhill tweeted a breakdown of the contract, “Here’s how Tom Brady’s contract breaks down:
- Base: $1.75 million (fully guaranteed)
- Signing bonus prorated: $6.75M
- Renegotiated signing bonuses: $7M and $5M
- Roster bonus: $62.5K per game active
- Cap number: $21.5M
The 2020 and 2021 seasons automatically void on last day of 2019 league year.” This “extension” is more about 2019 than about future years.