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  1. This all comes down to how highly you value Barkley Some rankings will claim that Barkley is a top-5 pick in a dynasty start up league. He hasn't proven anything yet, but still. I have seen others where Thomas and Barkley are fairly close in the rankings. If you are starting two QBs per week obviously that enhances the QB value. If this trade did not include your future 2 I'd probably do it. With you giving up 1.01 this year and passing on Barkley and then giving up your 2nd next year, I would ever so slightly lean against it and not do the deal. But that is just me. It is also because I have a good amount of faith in Barkley and from a dynasty perspective, I will be curious to see how long Brees lasts before calling it a career. Once he is gone there is a chance that Thomas' value starts to fall just as Barkley is in his prime.
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    Gurley gets paid -- 4 years, $60m

    Very very true. He also is only one year removed from a season where he put up a measly 1200 total yards and only 6 scores and 3.2 yards per carry. My only point is that if he cashes in on one elite year and gets $15M annually, then the guy who has put up around 1800 total yards and double digit or so scores in 3 of the last 4 years has a strong leg to stand on that he deserves at least the same. I totally understand the NFL trend to not pay RBs, especially aging ones. I don't fault the Steelers one bit. I just also will always side w players trying to maximize their earnings when you consider these guys have such short careers and they make crazy bank for their teams. I am happy Gurley got paid and I hope Bell has a great year and then someone pays him what he is worth as well.
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    Gurley gets paid -- 4 years, $60m

    I could be totally wrong, but i thought his guarantee was only his signing bonus which was under $15M and that he got something like $30M in the first two years but that if he hypothetically got hurt or sucked this year that next year's salary wasn't guaranteed and his only guarantee was his signing bonus and whatever he'd make this season. If that is true then he is smart to have held out for more based on what Gurley just landed. If he legit had $30M+ guaranteed for sure at signing, then he should have taken it. Even w what Gurley just got.
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    Gurley gets paid -- 4 years, $60m

    If nothing more it adds a tiny bit of cred to Bell's stance. Gurley is younger but Gurley also basically just had his first truly elite year. And he is getting the $15M annual average that Bell seemed to be trying to set the pace at. That and he got $45M guaranteed where Bell got what? Was it only $15-$20M guaranteed on his offer with maybe $30M in the first two years? He looks justified. And apparently he has essentially tweeted as such too.
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    Tre Boston explains his Colts visit

    It also is implied that Boston wanted both the red carpet treatment AND a big contract offer in order to feel valued. He never said anything about the money offered to him by the Colts (if any offer was made at all). But he did criticize our visit and commended Arizona rolling out the red carpet for him. But then he said he was disrespected by the Cardinals likely offering him something close to the veteran minimum The problem here is that if he and Reid and Vaccaro really thought they would be $7-$9M a year players as he said to Ed McCafferey, then they were completely duped by their agents or anyone that let them think that. That would make them top-12 safeties by annual average. Honey Badger got $7M. Otherwise all the guys that signed singed for less. Burnett signed for under $5M a year and he is a more well known guy than Boston generally speaking. Based on what most of these guys signed for, there is no way Boston and Vaccaro and Reid and others were going to get even $4M a year. The guys that signed early in free agency, which is when the most dollars are spent to sign guys quickly, went for $4-$5.5M The best these guys can hope for are contracts in the range of Mike Adams or HaHa Clinton-Dix or even Reggie Nelson. That is $2-$2.5M a year. If Boston thought he was gonna cash in at $7-$9M then he is probably * that he is getting offered around 1/3 of what he thought he'd make. That is because he got some bad intel if he really thought he would make that. I think Boston is a good player, but I doubt the Colts would go out and pay him more than they are paying Hooker. And since Hooker is making around $3.1M annually, he couldn't have expected to get crazy bank from us. I just think if these guys want to play they are going to have to play for whatever their market is. You don't want to make $1-$3M because that is a slap in the face, then you sit the year and make nothing. Harsh reality but that is what these guys are faced with.
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    Tre Boston explains his Colts visit

    I wonder if Vaccaro got the same treatment? Didn't they both visit at the same time/day? If Boston did not meet w any of the big-wigs, did Vaccaro? Maybe Boston was just brought in as an alternative to Vaccaro to try to get one of them to sign at a discount. Sounds like Boston wants to get paid based on him claiming the Cardinals offer was "disrespectful". All along, it seemed like the Colts were just meeting w folks to keep options open in case Hooker or Geathers do not recover well (which is still possible, especially w Geathers not being ready). I always saw their visits the same as Austin Howard. Kick the tires. Get to know them. See if they are a fit. If or when the time and money is right, bring them in if we need them and they need us.
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    Saquon Barkley's fantasy projection

    I'm a huge fantasy football guy but have almost no shot at Saquon in any of my leagues. That being said, the Giants' top 4 RBs last year combined for 368 carries. I'd pencil in Barkley for about 75% of that and that is if they dont run more. So I'd say 275 carries. If Darkwa and Gallman can average a combined 4.4 ypc last year, then Barkley should at least match that. So that's 1200 yds on the ground The Giants RBs totaled 97 catches last year. Let's say Barkley gets even 40% of that. That's 40 catches at a minimum of 6 yards per catch (that's what Darkwa, Gallman and Vereen averaged). So that's roughly another 250 yards. And I agree that he is around a 10 or so total TD guy. I think his floor (if healthy) is 1450 total yards, 40 receptions and 10 total scores. If he did that he would be an immediate top-15 RB and he would be knocking on the door of top-10 if they ride him even harder or if he outperforms the averages of last year's Giants' RBs. Since their line has improved, their offense will open up more w Beckham back, and the Giants did not take this man in the first round in the top 5 to sit him, I think he could approach 1750 total yards and 12 scores. That would make him around a top-8 or so RB based on last year. Sky is the limit for this kid.
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    Mychal Kendricks released

    Looks like Kendricks chose Cleveland. So surely the idea of being close to contending was not the driving force. Good for them.
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    Mychal Kendricks released

    I honestly gave that some thought too. But if so, you don't visit the Browns. A team that is coming off an 0-16 season w a rookie QB is not exactly the type of team you visit if you are only looking for your best chance to win. So I believe we have not reached out or that if we did we did not like what we heard. Either way it doesn't seem like he is destined to be here.
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    Mychal Kendricks released

    The only thing i can remotely make of it is that Reich has weighed in and said something about not wanting or needing him. Otherwise the dots connecting him to us made too much sense. Maybe there was a reason the Philly staff kept him parked on the bench a lot of the time, despite what the PFF analysis says about how well he did during his time on the field. I would have liked for us to entertain him, but if we aren't I have to assume Reich has weighed in and we have purposefully decided not to pursue him. Which, if so, I am OK with.
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    Mychal Kendricks released

    Looks like Kendricks is visiting the Vikings, Raiders and Browns. I would have liked to kick the tires on him, but if he really is supposed to make a decision this week, it looks like it would be one of these three in all likelihood.
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    Mychal Kendricks released

    Absolutely. Would love to see him in the fold here. He would be a solid nickel guy and could pretty much play any of the 3 LB spots. He has mostly played WLB and SLB recently I believe. But I know he came in as an inside LB too. Would definitely be a solid addition if we decided to pursue him.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    All i can think of with this is that we essentially brought in two guys at the same time for one of two reasons: 1) to have them in at the same time to see them essentially side by side and see if one of them was a better fit than the other in terms of their answers, wants, etc 2) to see if one of them blinks when knowing there is competition in the building and takes a below market deal Honestly I was skeptical w all the recent visits in thinking that the Vaccaro and Boston and now Breeland visits were done to just gather info and kick the tires on guys. Basically find out what they are about and then see if they are willing to come in at our number after they linger longer and longer. Austin Howard visited and left without a deal only to sign w us after the draft when the dust settled. This could be so that if these guys are willing to sign bargain deals, we know what we need to know so we can pounce or it can be to simply have profiles on these guys and their fit based on their visit, interviews, interactions, etc in the event that injuries happen or guys like Geathers, Hooker, etc have health issues that require acquiring another vet down the line.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    Absolutely. I enjoy really any set of rankings for entertainment and conversation purposes. I just have grown to dislike PFF more and more because people are starting to use them as gospel and as the end-all be-all of rankings to say how good a player is or isn't. Some of that is on the NFL, though. They started using PFF rankings in their intros on primetime games where they show how a guy ranks at his position during his intro using the PFF system. My biggest issue is a lot of times the "eye test" doesn't coincide with the PFF ranking. I can sit there and say "Player A had a good game" or "Player B had a great season" and then when i check their rankings it basically says what I saw was wrong and that some other guy (sometimes even on the same team) vastly outperformed Player A or B. I know that's how it goes with subjective rankings, but still it can be frustrating. Either way, in terms of Breeland, I feel comfortable at least saying that I feel he would be the best CB on our roster if we did sign him. That we be based on just my opinion and no actual rankings or metrics. But i would feel better w him in the fold for sure.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    Additional stuff on Breeland rankings for folks asking. I hate PFF rankings, but they are something to simply nonsense and start conversations about so people often quote them. Interesting that Bleacher Report (another ranking I am not super fond of most times) had Breeland as the 21st best outside Corner https://www.stampedeblue.com/2018/5/16/17361592/colts-visiting-with-former-washington-cornerback-bashaud-breeland-today Edit: My bad. Didn't see that SM posted this before. Sorry for the duplicate. Must have posted while I was responding.