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The Top 10 stories of the first day of the league year

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after winning Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

1. Brock bolts. Brock Osweiler is the new franchise quarterback of the Texans, having spurned the Broncos’ offer of $16 million a year to make $18 million a year in Houston, on a deal that includes $37 million guaranteed. Osweiler thinks he can win a championship in Houston, but John Elway says the Broncos will be just fine with players who want to be in Denver.

2. Chiefs busted. A year ago, the NFL says, the Chiefs tampered with then-Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin before signing him in free agency. Now the Chiefs have been docked their 2016 third-round pick and 2017 sixth-round pick, and coach Andy Reid and G.M. John Dorsey have both been fined.

3. Quarterback musical chairs. Osweiler was the big story, but there’s much more: The Broncos may try to acquire Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III. Chase Daniel got a good deal from the Eagles. Case Keenum got a first-round tender from the Rams, indicating he’ll be playing in Los Angeles this year. Matt Schaub returned to Atlanta. Matt Moore may head to Dallas. Matt Cassel signed with Tennessee. Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez could be traded, but does anyone want them? Colt McCoy is not available; he’ll back up Kirk Cousins for another year.

4. Champs take hits. The Broncos lost more than just Osweiler: Linebacker Danny Trevathan is now a Bear. Running back C.J. Anderson is expected to leave. Defensive lineman Malik Jackson is heading to Jacksonville.

5. Trust issues. Americans don’t trust Tom Brady. ESPN put too much trust in a fake Twitter account.

6. A Giant defensive spending spree. Defensive end Olivier Vernon got a $20 million signing bonus from the Giants as part of a deal that includes $40 million fully guaranteed at signing. Damon Harrison will be able to buy a lot of snacks after leaving the Jets for the Giants. Janoris Jenkins got $29 million fully guaranteed. Jason Pierre-Paul got $8.5 million guaranteed to stay another year with the Giants.

7. Moving on from Chip. If you were acquired by Chip Kelly, the new Eagles regime wants you out: Philadelphia gave DeMarco Murray away to the Titans, and Murray acknowledged that playing in Kelly’s offense was tantamount to taking a year off. Two of Kelly’s big defensive acquisitions, Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, were shipped to Miami. Kelly was never big on guards, so the Eagles went out and spent a lot on a guard, Brandon Brooks.

8. Running backs can still get paid. No one is getting an Adrian Peterson-type contract this year, but Lamar Miller got a big deal to leave Miami for Houston, Chris Ivory got good money in Jacksonville, and Matt Forte quickly found his landing spot with the Jets. Doug Martin got a five-year, $35 million contract to stay in Tampa Bay.

9. Top players stay put. Of the Top 10 players in our Free Agent Hot 100, only Malik Jackson and Olivier Vernon are changing teams: The other eight have either already re-signed or are restricted with the franchise tag.

10. Plenty of good players still available. Despite all the big news from Day One of the league year, plenty of good players are available on Day Two. Our Top 5 available players are Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, Chargers safety Eric Weddle, Bengals right tackle Andre Smith, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bengals safety Reggie Nelson. Other big names who remain available include Robert Griffin III, Greg Hardy, Aldon Smith, Mike Wallace, Roddy White, Arian Foster, Dwight Freeney and Anquan Boldin. Today should be another busy day. Stay informed right here at PFT.

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30 Responses to “The Top 10 stories of the first day of the league year”
  1. philvil41 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:39 AM

    Aldon Smith can’t sign with anyone until his suspension is over in November. Once it ends he’s going to resign with the Raiders to join their revamped defense that will dominate the NFL .

  2. amaf21 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:15 AM

    So nice to see none of these stories involve the Redskins signing overpriced turds. However, it seems as if the Giants have learned nothing from the Redskins free agent follies. If this doesn’t end up costing Reese his job I don’t know what will.

  3. dumbpollack says: Mar 10, 2016 6:44 AM

    And we(the Browns) continue to hire inept front office people! Thanks, Jimmy.

  4. burfictisabeast says: Mar 10, 2016 6:54 AM

    Amazing how these same teams give huge contracts to players that never really pan out. The fail rate on these “big splash” contracts has to be terrible. Taking a guy who did well in one system and expecting the same results in another seems like a destiny for failure. Yeah we are looking at you south Florida.

  5. Exiled1 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:01 AM

    Osweiler may be a “starting QB” but I think we need to pump the brakes a bit on anointing him a “franchise QB”.

    I’m even going to hold back on calling him a “starting QB” until after training camp and/or we hear it from the powers that be in Houston.

    That said,by no means do I believe that with his hefty new paycheck Osweiler will be holding a clipboard anytime soon. But I think we need to find out what he’s made of before we start clearing a seat for him at the big boy table.

  6. ravensaresuperior says: Mar 10, 2016 7:14 AM

    Bronco’s have to feel that they just got stood up by the prom date.

  7. reapshavoc says: Mar 10, 2016 7:34 AM

    Yes he can sign with a team. He just can’t play until his suspension is up……..

  8. bassplucker says: Mar 10, 2016 7:35 AM

    That “big names” list is basically bad seeds/wackos (Hardy, Smith, Foster, RGIII), chronic underperformers (Wallace), and guys with well over 1ooK on the odometer (Freeney, Boldin, Roddy White). Honestly I wouldnt want my team spending cap and a roster spot on any of them, even at league minimum.

  9. sidepull says: Mar 10, 2016 7:37 AM

    How does America not trusting Brady even make this list? I guess a cheap shot had to find a place right?

  10. kingpel says: Mar 10, 2016 7:37 AM

    As a Ram fan this QB situation really has me bummed out. I hope Keenum proves me wrong.

  11. kmgpop says: Mar 10, 2016 7:39 AM

    I thought that we would have seen Manziel cut by the Browns by now.
    What is taking them so long? I can’t eleven see Jerrah trading for him now.

  12. mrneto72 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:54 AM

    Welcome to Raider Nation Sean Smith…

  13. snowdood163 says: Mar 10, 2016 7:58 AM

    philvil41 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 5:39 AM
    Aldon Smith can’t sign with anyone until his suspension is over in November. Once it ends he’s going to resign with the Raiders to join their revamped defense that will dominate the NFL .

    – says raider fan literally every single year

  14. jgedgar70 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:04 AM

    If Eric Weddle is being truthful when he says the only thing he wants is a ring, he will sign with Carolina. Now that Greg Olsen has shaved, there is enough room in the locker room for Weddle’s beard.

  15. jimnsota says: Mar 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    And the silence you here is Lambeau field. Teams that are actively trying to improve are inside the free agency shopping mall. TT and his legion of owners are outside licking the windows as usual.

  16. kissmysandwich says: Mar 10, 2016 8:37 AM

    Someone explain to me why RGIII is a “big name”? Because Subway thinks so? The guy is garbage and has a terrible attitude. He’ll never be a legit starter in this league. It only took you dolts 4 years to get over Tebow. At least he was a nice guy. Christian Ponder has better stats than RGME.

  17. nhpats says: Mar 10, 2016 8:51 AM

    Weddle should sign with the Pats

  18. whatjusthapped says: Mar 10, 2016 8:53 AM

    jimnsota says:

    And the silence you here is Lambeau field. Teams that are actively trying to improve are inside the free agency shopping mall. TT and his legion of owners are outside licking the windows as usual.

    ==============================
    With 7 straight playoff appearances, One Lombardi trophy, among the youngest teams year in and year out, and plenty of cap space to sign their best players, maybe the Free Agency spending binge is not the best strategy after all.

    I seem to recall the Eagles proclaiming themselves as the “Dream Team” one spring and then promptly laying an egg the following season. Among the various fan bases, the Viking trolls are most famous for claiming paper championships each spring. Each FA signing is the missing piece for the Vikings, each draft choice is destined for Canton, Ohio. And the sad part is, much like Charlie Brown missing the kick each time Lucy pulls it back, the Viking troll truly believes this is the year.

  19. whoknowsnothing says: Mar 10, 2016 8:55 AM

    Broncos should go get Matt Mcgloin from the Raiders, sign him to a 3 year deal. He has looked better than some of the QB’s out there given their limited games played.

  20. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Mar 10, 2016 9:07 AM

    Mike Wallace and the phrase “good player” do not belong in the same paragraph.

  21. gbjax says: Mar 10, 2016 9:13 AM

    jimnsota says:
    Mar 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    And the silence you here is Lambeau field. Teams that are actively trying to improve are inside the free agency shopping mall. TT and his legion of owners are outside licking the windows as usual.

    ___________________________

    I believe the word is “hear”. Not sure what the post means otherwise, but the teams that practice restraint in free agency (i.e., don’t overpay for duds) usually consistently contend.

  22. NFL Sage says: Mar 10, 2016 9:18 AM

    amaf21
    Mar 10, 2016, 6:15 AM EST
    So nice to see none of these stories involve the Redskins signing overpriced turds. However, it seems as if the Giants have learned nothing from the Redskins free agent follies. If this doesn’t end up costing Reese his job I don’t know what will.
    ——————————————————————————
    Reese is already one step away from the unemployment line. This is his last chance to try to prove his worth. That said. The Giants’ signings make more sense than anyone else east of Oakland. (Both of who had boatloads of cash that they had to spend.)

  23. caligoldrush says: Mar 10, 2016 9:35 AM

    no.5 seems a little out of place on this list

  24. laces out says: Mar 10, 2016 9:38 AM

    As a Giant fan, I can’t remember having lots of capacity to sign free agents. Being out of cap hell is foreign territory to me.

  25. ckradio1079 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:43 AM

    For perspective on the Broncos, look at the Patriots. Build a player to be great and coveted while on a winning team, until they demand stupid money. You let them walk and build another one. Julian Edelman said himself last year he’ll be in NE until Belichick finds someone else who can do what he does for cheaper. Love or hate the Patriots, that’s their model off success and exactly what the Broncos have adopted since Elway took over.

  26. fb96 says: Mar 10, 2016 9:49 AM

    jmnsota–as a Bears’ fan who hates gb as much as anyone, I have to say that the best way to build a team is through the draft, and they’ve been pretty consistently good at doing that. That said, I like the Bears’ approach under Pace–filling multiple needs with solid players, but not overpaying for big names.

  27. BigAlHeBDMan says: Mar 10, 2016 9:55 AM

    No one has mentioned Marques Colston who got cut after 10 years as the Saints all time leading receiver. I haven’t heard that he has retired?

  28. bigbluenationdb says: Mar 10, 2016 10:04 AM

    I find it comical people are killing the Giants for spending money. What are they suppose to do with all the cap space? Sign no one. They addressed areas of beef with all signings. While the numbers are big the only piece that matters is the guaranteed money. More then likely after 3 years these contracts will be reworked. They signed young players not old veterans and didn’t give up any draft picks.

  29. jimmysee says: Mar 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    Jimnsota — we learned the difference between “here” and “hear” in third grade. Where were you?

  30. badburro says: Mar 10, 2016 10:57 AM

    gbjax says:

    “…but the teams that practice restraint in free agency (i.e., don’t overpay for duds) usually consistently contend.”

    Unless the team is the Niners…

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