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Looking at the coming waves of quarterback deals

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When it comes to quarterback contracts, the player’s circumstances tend to have much more relevance to the final numbers than the broader market at the position. On Thursday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr combined his status as a second-round pick entering the fourth and final year of his contract along with a clear message that he’s willing to do the franchise-tag dance into a long-term contract that nudges the bar a little higher than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did a year ago.

As each franchise quarterback signs, attention turns to the next wave. Or two. Or three. Here’s a look at each of the foreseeable waves of major quarterback deals.

1. The Next Wave.

Kirk Cousins.

The twice-tagged Washington quarterback will either sign a long-term deal by July 17 or posture himself for one of several options in 2018: (1) a long-term contract with Washington signed after the season ends; (2) the transition tag of $28.7 million; (3) the franchise tag of $34.47 million; or (4) a shot at the open market, either with an offer sheet under the transition tag or as an unrestricted free agent.

His risks of letting it ride for a third straight year are simple and clear — serious injury or complete and total ineffectiveness. Either way, he will have made $44 million over two years, and at a minimum someone will pay him $5 million or so to serve as a backup in 2018, if for some reason he badly regresses this season.

What he’d make on the open market remains to be seen. The 49ers are believed to be interested, given the presence of former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Rams have hired the coordinator who helped Cousins throw for more than 4,900 yards in 2016. If head coach Sean McVay decides that he both wants Cousins and hopes to keep him from Shanahan, Cousins could be in position to sit back and allow the NFC West rivals to bid the package higher and higher.

Matthew Stafford.

Stafford has a $16.5 million salary in 2017, the last year of the extension he signed with two years left on his rookie deal. With a 2017 cap number of $22 million, his franchise tender for 2018 would be $26.4 million. For 2019, it would move to $31.68 million. That’s a bare minimum of $74.58 million to be paid out over the next three years, and thus the starting point for another extension.

Bottom line? He could (should) soon eclipse Carr as the highest paid player in NFL history.

Jimmy Garoppolo.

A second-round pick from 2014 (like Carr), Garoppolo has been the subject of plenty of speculation regarding trades, franchise tags, and bridge deals aimed at paying him a lot of money to wait behind Tom Brady. For now, coach Bill Belichick merely wants to keep Garoppolo in place as insurance against a Brady injury. Come 2018, a decision will need to be made.

Some believe that Brady could retire after winning a sixth Super Bowl, especially since his wife seems to be steadily nudging him to walk off into the sunset. If that happens, the Patriots would then have a limited window for negotiating a long-term Garoppolo deal, with the franchise tag as the fallback against Garoppolo hitting the market.

The real question is whether the tag also would be the starting point on a long-term quarterback. For most quarterbacks, it is. But Garoppolo: (1) plays for the Patriots; and (2) is represented by Don Yee, the agent who has signed off on multiple below-market Tom Brady deals. Some think the Patriots will be able to get Garoppolo to take less than top dollar, like Brady has done. Others think Yee is determined to do with Garoppolo that which Brady refused to ever do.

If Brady refuses to retire after 2017 (and if the Patriots choose to keep him in place as a 41-year-old starter in 2018), they could tag and trade Garoppolo (see Matt Cassel), keep him under the tag for a year, sign Garoppolo to a short-term deal aimed at keeping him in place to take over for Brady, or let Garoppolo hit the open market and enhance their haul of compensatory draft picks in 2019.

Drew Brees.

Brees has one year left under contract, and a clause prohibiting the team from using the franchise tag to keep him in place the following year. Whether he stays or goes, Brees will count for a minimum of $18 million under the New Orleans salary cap next year.

He has said he won’t extend the deal, which means he’ll either sign with the Saints  after the 2017 season ends and before the launch of free agency or he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, like he did more than 11 years ago.

So what is a 39-year-old franchise quarterback worth on the open market? We could find out within nine months.

Sam Bradford.

Yes, Sam Bradford. The last No. 1 overall pick of the pre-rookie wage scale era, who made $78 million on his first six-year deal and enters the final season of the two-year, $36 million contract signed in Philadelphia last year. Now the starter in Minnesota, the Vikings can pay him a lot of money now or even more later, if forced to use the franchise tag to keep him in place.

The wildcard as to Bradford is Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings could end up choosing to keep him instead, if he recovers sufficiently from the devastating knee injury that compelled the Vikings to trade for Bradford last September.

A.J. McCarron.

Yes, A.J. McCarron. Other teams have been interested in trading for him, but the Bengals have wanted too much for the man who nearly helped Cincinnati nail down the No. 2 seed — and who did everything in his power to win a 2015 wild-card game against the Steelers — after Andy Dalton broke his thumb. Will someone break the bank for McCarron? He’s due to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

2. The Second Wave.

Matt Ryan.

The Falcons quarterback has two years remaining on his current deal, with a 2018 cap number of $21.65 million. This means that he’d make $25.98 million, at a minimum, under the franchise tag in 2019. With $35 million in cash due to be paid out over the next two seasons, the Falcons could approach Ryan about trading it in for a long-term deal that puts north of Carr in annual average, or Ryan could wait for the market to keep going up — and in turn for his leverage to increase.

However it plays out, another major payday is coming for Ryan. There’s currently no reason to think Ryan will push it to the brink and force the Falcons to play the franchise-tag dance.

Jameis Winston.

Winston won’t approach free agency or the franchise tag until after the 2019 season, but he’ll be eligible for a second contract after 2017 . Given that the Buccaneers have never (never) given a second contract to any quarterback the franchise drafted, they may want to make a statement by committing to Winston as early as possible — and possibly at a number far lower than it would be if he’s closer to the franchise tag.

Marcus Mariota.

Mariota, the second pick in the same year Winston was drafted No. 1 overall, also becomes eligible for a new deal after the 2017 season. The Titans will need to decide whether to move quickly or let it play out a bit, with Mariota under contract through 2019, once they pick up the fifth-year option. The decision could, in theory, hinge on how quickly the Buccaneers extend Winston, and vice-versa.

3. The Third Wave.

Aaron Rodgers.

Some would say Rodgers should be in the first wave. But here’s the rub: He doesn’t seem to be inclined to complain about his current contract, even though he’s woefully underpaid. It’s the Jo(h)n Voight Phenomenon; Rodgers did a bad deal, committing himself for seven full seasons in 2013 without accounting for potential spikes in the salary cap. As a result, his aging $22 million-per-year contract doesn’t compare well to new Derek Carr’s $25 million annual deal.

In March, as rumors and reports grew that the Bears would be giving Mike Glennon $15 million or more per year in free agency, Rodgers said as to whether this would compel contract talks for him, “I think it has to.” In response to the PFT item on the issue, Rodgers downplayed the obvious implications of his words and brushed our interpretation off as “#fakenews.”

Interpretation of the reaction to the interpretation? He plans to keep driving the LeBaron once owned by Jon Voight the actor, resisting any and all suggestions that it was actually owned by John Voight the periodontist.

Russell Wilson.

As Wilson entered the last year of his rookie deal in 2015, the Seahawks rewarded Wilson for a pair of Super Bowl appearances (and avoided the franchise-tag dilemma) with a four-year extension worth $21.9 million per year. Wisely, Wilson ensured that he’d get back to the market sooner than later, which likely puts him in line for another extension after the 2018 season, when once again approaches the final year of his current deal in 2019.

Dak Prescott.

The fourth-round phenom becomes eligible for a new deal after the 2018 season, and 2019 will be the fourth and final year of his rookie deal. The Cowboys will need to decide whether to do a top-of-market deal before Prescott approaches the franchise tag, or risk inheriting a Kirk Cousins conundrum. How he plays, and what the team achieves, over the next two years will be critical to answering that question.

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NFL releases calendar for 2017-18, with draft site still TBD

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The NFL released its 2017-18 calendar Tuesday. It still must decide where to hold the 2018 draft on April 26-28, with the site listed as TBD on its schedule. The Cowboys and 13 other teams are interested in hosting the draft. The league could announce the site of the draft later this summer.

Important dates include:

Oct. 17-18 — Fall league meeting in New York.

Oct. 31 — Trade deadline.

Dec. 13 — Winter league meeting in Irving, Texas.

Feb. 20 — First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players.

Feb. 27-March 5 — NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

March 6 — Deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players.

March 12-14 — Two-day free agency negotiating period opens.

March 14 — The 2018 league year begins, free agency opens and the trade period begins.

March 25-28 — Spring league meetings in Orlando, Florida.

April 26-28 — NFL Draft, TBD.

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True superstars are few and far between in football

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Giants receiver Brandon Marshall recently dubbed new teammate Odell Beckham Jr. the “biggest superstar our game has ever seen in the history of football.” While there’s not much agreement on who deserves that title, most believe it’s not Beckham.

Superstardom can mean various things, and longevity of that status may not necessarily be one of the key ingredients.  Former Raiders running back Bo Jackson became a two-sport superstar for a brief but brilliants stretch, before a freak hip injury derailed his career. Former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was indeed a true superstar, albeit for a matter of weeks.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath was arguably the original superstar, a crossover celebrity who brought football into the mainstream as effectively as anyone ever has. Following him, though eventually a pariah, was Bills running back O.J. Simpson, and others who have reached that status for portions of their careers were Bears running back Walter Payton, 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, and even Bears defensive lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry, who became a household name for a portion of 1985 based on his household-appliance alter ego, his size, and his periodic forays into the offensive backfield.

Other superstars included players like Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, carpetbagging cornerback Deion Sanders, Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose excellence has been on display for 17 years — and who seems to be getting better as he gets closer to 40.

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Is progress being made toward paying players a percentage of the salary cap?

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During the 2016 offseason, we explained that nothing in the labor deal prevents players from getting paid a percentage of the salary cap. This approach would protect great players against significant jumps in the spending limit (and, in turn, the market) creating the impression that the player is being underpaid in the latter years of the contract.

Some have tried to get there, starting with former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in 2010 and, more recently, continuing with Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins last year. To date, no player has gotten that sort of term.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report recently noted that “[s]ome agents and people within [the] NFLPA are increasingly suggesting” that star players tie their contracts to a percentage of the cap. It’ll happen only when a great player has maximum leverage, presumably upon hitting the open market and creating a land rush for his services. It probably also needs to be a franchise quarterback.

While most big-money, long-term deals are meaningless beyond the first couple of years, a franchise quarterback tends to continue to play every year of his contract, until it’s time for another. To date, however, no true franchise quarterback has tried to get the out-year protection that comes from tying compensation to cap percentage. Not Aaron Rodgers (who refuses to admit he’s underpaid because to do so would be to admit he did a subpar deal four years ago), not Peyton Manning in 2012 (when teams were lining up to get him), not Tom Brady at any time, not Ben Roethsliberger, not Drew Brees, not Russell Wilson, not Andrew Luck (who may not be a true franchise quarterback yet, but who had plenty of leverage when he did his second deal), not anyone.

There’s still no guarantee that a player would get that term. It’s believed that the highly-influential Management Council has encouraged teams to resist, which makes the refusal to tie wages to cap percentage arguably collusion, if there were ever a paper trail to prove it.

Cole mentions Odell Beckham Jr. and Derek Carr as current star players who potentially could get a piece of the cap to account for future spikes, but Beckham is two years away from having his best leverage (unless he’s willing to hold out from mandatory activities and ultimately skip games) and Carr has one more year before he can put the Raiders on the verge of the Cousins-style year-to-year franchise-tag dance.

It’s really not all that controversial of a term, which makes the refusal of teams to do it even more confusing. The team and the player would set the salaries and guarantees for the first two or three years of the contract, and then starting in the third or fourth year of the deal he’ll have a set salary along with a roster bonus or some other payment aimed at bringing his total pay for the year to a certain percentage.

For example, if the Raiders were to sign Carr to a contract worth $25 million per year (which would represent 14.9 percent of the 2017 salary cap of $167 million), Carr’s contract would ensure that, come 2019 or 2020 (and beyond) he’d always be making 14.9 percent of the total cap.

If Rodgers had included such a term in his 2013 contract worth $22 million per year, which represented 17.8 percent of the $123 million salary cap in the year it was signed, he’d be making $29.72 million this year. Instead, he’s making $13.65 million.

Accounting for his signing bonus, Rodgers actually is at $20.3 million this year. Still, that’s nearly $10 million lower than where he could have been if the deal had fully accounted for what has become a 35.7-percent hike in the cap since Rodgers signed.

Of course, a term like that could make a team more likely to squeeze a player to take less or to simply cut him in latter years of the deal, given his overall cash and cap burden. But getting a crack at the open market because the team thinks the player is making too much is always better than being tied to a team by a contract that doesn’t pay nearly enough, and having no way to improve the situation without alienating fans who always applaud owners for trying to make more money and consistently chastise players for doing the same.

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NFL 2017 preseason schedule

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This is the full 2017 NFL preseason schedule. All times Eastern.

Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
Thursday, Aug. 3: Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (NBC)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
Wednesday, Aug. 9: Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 8:00 PM

Friday, Aug. 11: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM
Friday, Aug. 11: San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 9:00 PM

Saturday, Aug. 12: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 12: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 9:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 12: Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 10:00 PM

Sunday, Aug. 13: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM
Sunday, Aug. 13: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 8:00 PM

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21

Thursday, Aug. 17: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 17: Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM ESPN

Friday, Aug. 18: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 10:00 PM

Saturday, Aug. 19: Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 3:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: New England Patriots at Houston Texans 8:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 10:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 10:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 19: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 10:00 PM

Sunday, Aug. 20: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 20: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 8:00 PM

Monday, Aug. 21: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM ESPN

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27

Thursday, Aug. 24: Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 24: Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM

Friday, Aug. 25: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 25: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 8:00 PM CBS

Saturday, Aug. 26: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 8:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 8:00 PM CBS
Saturday, Aug. 26: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 8:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 26: Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 9:00 PM

Sunday, Aug. 27: Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday, Aug. 27: Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday, Aug. 27: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 8:00 PM NBC

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31

Thursday, Aug. 31: Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 8:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 8:30 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 9:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 10:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 31: Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 10:00 PM

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Mike Mayock doesn’t hide his contempt for draft’s circus atmosphere

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There was a time when it went without saying that the NFL draft was only for the hardest of hard-core football fans: Who on earth would spend a spring day watching football players’ names being called except people who live and breathe football?

But that time has passed, and not everyone who lives and breathes football is happy about it.

Now the NFL has turned the draft into a massive event, one that draws tens of thousands of fans in person and several million viewers on television. Just as the Super Bowl now includes musical acts that hard-core football fans don’t care about, the NFL draft now includes picks being announced from locales around the world and even in outer space, all in an effort to make the draft a bigger event that appeals to more than just the hard-core fans who have always watched.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, about as hard-core a football fan as there is, got fed up with it today. As the Colts’ picks were announced with help from an orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo, Mayock ripped his employer’s attempt to inject some levity into the proceedings.

“If we’re going back to the zoo, I’m walking off the desk,” Mayock said. “I’ve about had the zoo, OK? Enough. Enough. I mean, is this good TV?”

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen introduced the zoo segment with some sarcasm, saying, “If we don’t go to the zoo, the world will stop spinning.”

When the orangutan revealed the Colts’ selection of defensive tackle Grover Stewart, Mayock indicated he thought it was unfair to Stewart to turn one of the most significant moments of his life into a circus.

“I think we’ve got to be a little respectful,” Mayock said. “It’s a big day for Grover Stewart, and rather than talking about that chimp, let’s get back to some football here. It’s a big day for him.”

As NFL Network went to a commercial after that, Mayock could be heard saying, “At some point we’ve got to be able to talk about this.” It wasn’t clear if he was saying that to the audience or if he thought the commercial break had already begun and was saying it to his colleagues. Either way, he raises an important point: The NFL wants to grow the draft, but as it does so, it risks leaving its most passionate fans disillusioned.

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Gareon Conley calls allegations “untrue, wrongful, and malicious”

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Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, who faces a rape accusation only one day before the draft, has responded with a strongly-worded statement reiterating the denial previously articulated by his lawyer.

The six-paragraph statement comes under the headline “Statement of Gareon Conley Regarding Untrue, wrongful, and Malicious Allegations.” It reads as follows, in full:

“The allegations against me concerning the night of April 8/9 that have recently been reported in multiple media outlets are completely false. I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime.

“I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field. The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don’t fit my character at all. I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name and the NFL Draft.

“These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my family. There were several witnesses including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place. I am upset but realize that I am powerless when false accusations are made and people try to convict you in the court of public opinion. It’s sad that your neighbor can get dragged through the mud based upon untrue and malicious allegations alone.

“I am completely confident that as the facts actually come out my name will be cleared.

“I was excited about participating in Thursday’s draft but I have decided it would be selfish of me to stay and be a distraction to the NFL, the other players, and their families who have worked just as hard as me to enjoy the experience so I will not be in attendance.

“I hope and look forward to the honor of being an NFL player and working to be the best representative, player, person, and teammate I can be for the team and the community I will be in.

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PFT’s one and only money-back-guaranteed mock draft

I’m not a big fan of mock drafts, for a variety of reasons. First, everyone has one — and most have enough versions that, statistically, one of them is destined to seem prescient. Second, it makes no sense to project the picks before free agency, when some needs are addressed and other needs may arise. Third, every mock draft is immediately dubbed the “worst mock draft ever” regardless of how it’s configured.

With all that said, we now do one per year. I get the bulk of the input directly from folks who make their living evaluating players, and I only make a handful of revisions.

We’ve projected only one trade, but for the most part that’s even more of a crapshoot than picking players. (I’ll be watching to see whether the Bengals trade down and still get their projected pick, whether the Titans trade the No. 18 pick to the Seahawks for Richard Sherman, whether any of the teams with aging franchise quarterbacks move up to get a rookie at the position, and whether the Saints eventually send the No. 32 pick back to the Patriots for cornerback Malcolm Butler.)

So here it is. Dismiss it, demean it, disregarded it. It doesn’t matter to me; I can now check the box and move back to real news instead of fake draft boards.

1. Browns: Myles Garrett, defensive end, Texas A&M.

2. 49ers: Solomon Thomas, defensive end, Stanford.

3. Bears: Jamal Adams, safety, LSU.

4. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, running back, LSU.

5. Titans (from Rams): Jonathan Allen, defensive lineman, Alabama.

6. Browns (projected trade from Jets): Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, North Carolina.

7. Chargers: O.J. Howard, tight end, Alabama.

8. Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, running back, Stanford.

9. Bengals: Reuben Foster, linebacker, Alabama.

10. Bills: Marshon Lattimore, cornerback, Ohio State.

11. Saints: Haason Reddick, linebacker, Temple.

12. Jets (projected trade with Browns via Eagles): Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Alabama.

13. Cardinals: Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Clemson.

14. Eagles (from Vikings): Derek Barnett, defensive end, Tennessee.

15. Colts: Charles Harris, linebacker/defensive end, Missouri.

16. Ravens: Malik Hooker, safety, Ohio State.

17. Washington: Jarrad Davis, linebacker, Florida.

18. Titans: Mike Williams, receiver, Clemson.

19. Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, running back, Florida State.

20. Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, tackle, Wisconsin.

21. Lions: Corey Davis, receiver, Western Michigan.

22. Dolphins: Cam Robinson, tackle, Alabama.

23. Giants: David Njoku, tight end, Miami.

24. Raiders: John Ross, receiver, Washington.

25. Texans: Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Texas Tech.

26. Seahawks: Garrett Bolles, tackle, Utah

27. Chiefs: Davis Webb, quarterback, Cal.

28. Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, linebacker, UCLA.

29. Packers: Tim Williams, linebacker, Alabama.

30. Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, safety, Michigan.

31. Falcons: Taco Charlton, defensive end, Michigan.

32. Saints: Adoree Jackson, cornerback, USC.

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Fifth-year option tracker for 2014 first-round picks

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Here’s a look at the status of the fifth-year options for each first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft:

1. Jadeveon Clowney: Option picked up by the Texans.

2. Greg Robinson: Option not picked up.

3. Blake Bortles: Option picked up by the Jaguars.

4. Sammy Watkins: Option not picked up.

5. Khalil Mack: Option picked up by the Raiders.

6. Jake Matthews: Falcons plan to pick up his option.

7. Mike Evans: Option picked up by the Buccaneers.

8. Justin Gilbert: Has no fifth-year option because he was already released.

9. Anthony Barr: Option picked up by the Vikings.

10. Eric Ebron: Option picked up by the Lions.

11. Taylor Lewan: Option picked up by the Titans.

12. Odell BeckhamOption picked up by the Giants.

13. Aaron Donald: Option picked up by the Rams.

14. Kyle Fuller: The Bears announced they won’t pick up his option.

15. Ryan Shazier: Option picked up by the Steelers.

16. Zack Martin: Cowboys will pick up his option.

17. C. J. Mosley: Option picked up by the Ravens.

18. Calvin Pryor: The Jets did not pick up his option.

19. Ja’Wuan James: Option picked up by the Dolphins.

20. Brandin Cooks: Option picked up by the Patriots.

21. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Option picked up by the Packers.

22. Johnny Manziel: No option to pick up because he has been released.

23. Dee Ford: Option picked up by the Chiefs.

24. Darqueze Dennard: Option picked up by the Bengals.

25. Jason VerrettThe Chargers plan to pick up his option.

26. Marcus Smith: The Eagles are not expected to pick up his option.

27. Deone Bucannon: Had his option picked up.

28. Kelvin Benjamin: Option picked up by the Panthers.

29. Dominique Easley: Has already been released by the Patriots and signed with the Rams, so he has no option to pick up.

30. Jimmie Ward: 49ers plan to pick up his option.

31. Bradley Roby: Broncos will pick up his option.

32. Teddy Bridgewater: Vikings reportedly told him they won’t exercise option.

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NFL 2017 preseason weekly schedule

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NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 3
Dallas vs. Arizona (NBC)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 10-14
Atlanta at Miami
Dallas at LA Rams
Denver at Chicago
Detroit at Indianapolis
Houston at Carolina
Jacksonville at New England
Minnesota at Buffalo
New Orleans at Cleveland
Oakland at Arizona
Philadelphia at Green Bay
Pittsburgh at NY Giants
San Francisco at Kansas City
Seattle at LA Chargers
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Tennessee at NY Jets
Washington at Baltimore

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
Atlanta at Pittsburgh
Baltimore at Miami
Buffalo at Philadelphia
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at Arizona
Denver at San Francisco
Green Bay at Washington
Indianapolis at Dallas
Kansas City at Cincinnati
LA Rams at Oakland
Minnesota at Seattle
New England at Houston
New Orleans at LA Chargers
NY Giants at Cleveland (ESPN, 8/21)
NY Jets at Detroit
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (ESPN, 8/17)

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
Arizona at Atlanta
Buffalo at Baltimore
Carolina at Jacksonville
Chicago at Tennessee (FOX, 8/27)
Cincinnati at Washington (FOX, 8/27)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Green Bay at Denver
Houston at New Orleans
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Kansas City at Seattle (CBS, 8/25)
LA Chargers at LA Rams (CBS, 8/26)
Miami at Philadelphia
New England at Detroit
NY Jets at NY Giants
Oakland at Dallas
San Francisco at Minnesota (NBC, 8/27)

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1
Arizona at Denver
Baltimore at New Orleans
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Chicago
Dallas at Houston
Detroit at Buffalo
Jacksonville at Atlanta
LA Chargers at San Francisco
LA Rams at Green Bay
Miami at Minnesota
NY Giants at New England
Philadelphia at NY Jets
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Seattle at Oakland
Tennessee at Kansas City
Washington at Tampa Bay

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Owners approve 8 new rules, 4 new bylaws, 1 new resolution

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The below playing rules, bylaws and resolution proposals were adopted by NFL clubs today at the annual meeting:

Approved 2017 Playing Rules Proposals

— Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.

— Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

— Keeps in place the change of the spot of a touchback after a kickoff to the 25-yard line for the 2017 season.

— Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

— Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

— Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.

— Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

— Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

Approved 2017 Bylaw Proposals

— Liberalizes rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club’s facility for one year only.

— Changes the procedures for returning a player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness to the Active List to be similar to those for returning a player that was Designated for Return.

— The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.

Approved 2017 Resolution Proposal

— Permits a contract or non-contract non-football employee to interview with and be hired by another club during the playing season, provided the employer club has consented.

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Kirk Cousins could easily leverage a trade, if he wants to

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It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in 2017 for Washington or San Francisco. Earlier in the day, Mike Silver of NFL Network suggested that, as of right now, it’s more likely than not that Cousins will play for the 49ers.

So how would that happen? Unless Washington rescinds the franchise tender (more on that to come), a trade would be the only way. With Washington likely expecting a major return for Cousins — and with Cousins likely expecting a significant haul on a long-term deal — it could be too hard for San Francisco to put it all together.

That said, there’s a way for Cousins to force Washington to be reasonable as to its expectations. If Cousins, who has yet to sign his $23.94 million franchise tender, were to declare that he won’t be signing it until the week preceding the regular-season opener, Washington would have to decide whether to take whatever San Francisco is offering to get the deal done now or to launch a multi-month game of chicken, with the team embarking on the offseason program and then training camp and then the preseason without Cousins and Cousins risking that the $23.94 million tender will be yanked at any time.

But if the 49ers keep a roster spot, cash, and cap space on hold for Cousins, they could sign him promptly after the franchise tender is removed. They’d risk not having him for the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason, but if the tender is yanked that late they would get him for no compensation to Washington. (Also, Sam Bradford did pretty well in Minnesota last year, despite showing up on Labor Day weekend.)

If Washington doesn’t rescind the tender and doesn’t trade Cousins, he would earn $23.94 million for 16 games. After boycotting the entire offseason regime, however, Cousins surely would not be tagged again (franchise or transition) in 2018. At that point, the 49ers could sign him.

It’s unknown whether Cousins will implement this strategy. However, he still hasn’t signed the tender. Until it does, it’s possible that he uses the failure to sign it as a way to make a trade happen under terms with which the 49ers could live.

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PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100

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The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2017 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. Players expected to be released won’t be added until the transaction is official, and the list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

1. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (got the franchise tag from the Steelers on Feb. 27).

2. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (got the exclusive franchise tag).

3. Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (got the franchise tag from the Chargers on Feb. 27).

4. Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (got the franchise tag from the Panthers on Feb. 27).

5. Chiefs safety Eric Berry (signed a six-year deal to stay with Chiefs).

6. Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (initially got the franchise tag, then later agreeed to an extension with the Cardinals).

7. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (got the franchise tag).

8. Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (agreed to a rich contract with the Jaguars).

9. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (signed a new deal to stay with the Patriots).

10. Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Jaguars).

11. Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Browns to become the league’s highest-paid guard).

12. Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (agreed to terms with the Eagles).

13. Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Buccaneers).

14. Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson (reportedly plans to sign with the Ravens).

15. Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams (signed a long-term deal to stay with the Ravens).

16. Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (will reportedly sign a rich contract with the Patriots).

17. Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (got the franchise tag).

18. Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (signed a one-year deal with Washington).

19. Packers guard T.J. Lang (signed with the Lions, his hometown team).

20. Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (signed with the Rams).

21. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (agreed to a two-year deal with the Dolphins).

22. Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (signed a one-year deal with the Falcons).

23. Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry (signed a deal to stay with Green Bay).

24. Ravens offensive tackle Rick Wagner (reportedly has agreed to terms with the Lions).

25. Cowboys guard Ronald Leary (reportedly agreed to terms with the Broncos).

26. Lions guard Larry Warford (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Saints).

27. Patriots safety Duron Harmon (agreed to a deal to stay with the Patriots).

28. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (restricted, got the first-round tender)

29. Washington defensive end Chris Baker (agreed to a deal with the Buccaneers).

30. Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (signed with the Packers).

31. Jaguars cornerback Prince Amukamara (signed a one-year deal with the Bears).

32. Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Vikings).

33. Packers safety Micah Hyde (signed with the Bills).

34. Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (signed a new deal to stay with the Dolphins).

35. Patriots outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (signed with the Colts).

36. Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (signed with the Titans).

37. Packers offensive lineman JC Tretter (reportedly will sign with the Browns.

38. Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (signed with the Bears).

39. Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger (agreed to a three-year deal with Washington).

40. Cowboys safety Barry Church (signed with the Jaguars).

41. Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (signed with the Chargers).

42. Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (agreed to terms with the Jets).

43. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (agreed to a deal to stay with the Bengals).

44. Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter (signed with Bengals).

45. Texans outside linebacker John Simon (signed a three-year deal with the Colts).

46. Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan (signed with the Chiefs).

47. Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley (signed a long-term deal to stay with the Saints).

48. Bills linebacker Zach Brown. (signed with Washington.)

49. Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. (signed with Colts.)

50. Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon (signed with the 49ers).

51. Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso (restricted, got the first-round tender).

52. Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady.

53. Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (announced his retirement).

54. Jaguars safety Jonathan Cyprien (signed with the Titans)

55. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (signed with the 49ers).

56. Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (signed a new deal to stay with the Bills).

57. Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (signed a four-year deal with the Panthers).

58. Raiders running back Latavius Murray (signed a three-year deal with the Vikings).

59. Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (signed a deal to stay with Carolina).

60. Ex-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (announced his retirement).

61. 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges (signed with the Bills).

62. Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch (agreed to a deal to stay with the Patriots).

63. Jaguars offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (signed with the Jets).

64. Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (restricted, got the second-round tender from the Browns).

65. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (signed with Eagles).

66. Packers running back Eddie Lacy (signed with the Seahawks).

67. Rams safety T.J. McDonald (signed with the Dolphins).

68. Colts tight end Jack Doyle (reportedly agreed to a new deal with the Colts).

69. Eagles offensive lineman Stefen Wisnieswki (signed a new deal to stay with the Eagles).

70. Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (signed a two-year deal to stay with the Steelers).

71. Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk (signed with the 49ers).

72. Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (signed with the Cardinals).

73. Ex-Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (signed with the 49ers).

74. Packers tight end Jared Cook (signed with the Raiders).

75. Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald (signed with the Seahawks).

76. Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (restricted, got the second-round tender).

77. Ex-Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (agreed to a deal with the Giants).

78. Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (agreed to a four-year deal with the Browns).

79. Ex-Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner.

80. Rams defensive tackle Dominique Easley (Signed restricted free agent tender with Rams).

81. Cowboys defensive end Jack Crawford (agreed to a three-year deal with the Falcons).

82. Titans tight end Anthony Fasano (reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Dolphins).

83. Ex-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (signed with Saints).

84. Ex-49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (plans to sign with the Eagles)

85. Washington center John Sullivan. (Signed with the Rams.)

86. Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden.

87. Ex-Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (signed with Broncos).

88. Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (plans to sign with the Raiders).

89. Dolphins tight end Dion Sims (reportedly agreed to a deal with the Giants).

90. Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (signed with the Panthers).

91. Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox (agreed to terms with the Buccaneers).

92. Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (agreed to a new deal to stay in Houston).

93. Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (signed with the Rams)

94. Seahawks linebacker Michael Morgan.

95. Ex-Jets center Nick Mangold.

96. Ex-Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy

97. Vikings offensive tackle Andre Smith (signed with the Bengals).

98. Browns offensive lineman Austin Pasztor.

99. Chargers safety Jahleel Addae (agreed to a deal to remain with the Chargers).

100. Ravens defensive end Lawrence Guy (signed with the Patriots).

101. Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (signed with the Ravens)

102. Raiders outside linebacker Perry Riley.

103. Ex-Jaguars defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

104. Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (signed with the Ravens).

105. Buccaneers center Joe Hawley (signed a new to stay in Tampa Bay).

106. Packers outside linebacker Datone Jones (signed with the Vikings).

107. Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (signed a one-year deal to stay in Seattle).

108. Colts safety Mike Adams (signed a two-year deal with Carolina).

109. Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (signed with the Colts).

110. Ravens running back Terrance West (restricted, signed tender).

111. Packers outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (restricted, signed a one-year deal to stay in Green Bay).

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Looking at the teams that could be/should be interested in Jay Cutler

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If you watched or listened to Wednesday’s PFT Live, you saw or heard (or both) a discussion about the teams that could be or should be interested in Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. And while Cutler has the power to essentially scare away any potential suitor, it doesn’t get to that point unless and until potential suitors emerge.

So which teams could be or should be interested in adding Cutler via trade or, if he’s released, as a free agent? Here’s the list that Stats and I discussed on Wednesday’s show.

49ers: This one makes a lot of sense, for various reasons. First, the cupboard is largely bare. Second, new G.M. John Lynch called Cutler a “once-in-every-15-year-type talent” after the Broncos traded Cutler to the Bears eight years ago. Third, the father of new coach Kyle Shanahan drafted Cutler 11 years ago in Denver. And while Shanahan has said he’s not interested in a short-term fix at quarterback, Cutler at the age of 33 could, in theory, have five or more years left.

Jets: Last year, the Jets reluctantly paid Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 million to be the starter. This year, they could trade for Cutler at $12.5 million (plus up to $2.5 million in per-game roster bonuses). That comparison, along with the presence of Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, makes Cutler a potential arrival in New York — even though ESPN.com reported in the aftermath of the hiring of Jeremy Bates, a twice-former Cutler tutor, as quarterbacks coach that the Jets won’t be pursuing Cutler.

Bills: If they decide not to guarantee $27.5 million to Tyrod Taylor, the Bills need a quarterback. Enter Cutler, who arguably would walk through the door as the best signal-caller since the days of the Doug Flutie/Rob Johnson rigmarole. But a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since Johnson and Flutie were on the roster should think twice about embracing a quarterback who hasn’t been there since 2010 — especially since Cutler may have no interest in spending his final years playing second fiddle in the AFC East to Tom Brady.

Chiefs: Adding Tony Romo makes sense because it can be argued that Alex Smith has taken the Chiefs as far as he can. That’s still farther than Cutler would possibly take them. Given Cutler’s personal playoff drought and his own durability questions, Cutler wouldn’t be the potential upgrade that Romo could be.

Texans: It makes no sense to add Jay Cutler at his current salary or anything close to it, especially with Brock Osweiler getting $16 million fully guaranteed in 2017. It makes plenty of sense to consider Cutler as a backup, at backup-quarterback pay, if it gets to the point where no one wants Cutler as a starter and the Texans want a viable break-glass-in-emergency option if/when Osweiler fails during his second season with the team.

Broncos: I love good stories (because clickety-click-click), and a Cutler homecoming to Colorado would be a great story. It also is plausible, given that the football regime has completely changed since he was run out of town by Josh McDaniels and in light of the current in-house options. Last year, an effort to trade for Colin Kaepernick cratered because Denver didn’t want to pay $12 million for one year. How much would John Elway and company be willing to pay Cutler? Ultimately, that could be the key to a potential reunion.

Washington: The case against tagging Kirk Cousins is a simple one. At $23.94 million for 2017 under the franchise tag, Washington could get someone nearly as good as Cousins for a lot less money, with the rest going to other players at other positions. Cutler, at roughly half the amount Cousins would cost, therefore makes sense to consider, if Washington is seriously considering not keeping Cousins.

Dolphins: I’m throwing this one in here primarily to troll Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Cutler had a strong season in 2015, when Dolphins coach Adam Gase ran the offense in Chicago. But as became clear during the 2016 season and the trade deadline approached, the Dolphins are all in with Ryan Tannehill, and they won’t be adding Cutler.

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Gary Myers explains the Terrell Owens snub

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[Editor’s note: Earlier this week, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News contacted me via email to explain his case against putting Terrell Owens in the Hall of Fame. We exchanged several messages on the topic, and I eventually asked Myers whether his views are “on the record.” He said that they were not, but he offered to summarize his position with an express invitation to use any, some, or all of it. In fairness to Gary, I have decided to post his entire approved message below. Subsequent PFT posts may use portions of his message.]

I’ve been reading your posts on the Hall of Fame and the controversy over Terrell Owens not getting elected again this year. Just want you to know I would have absolutely no problem revealing my ballot. I believe in full transparency. Nothing to hide. I usually publish my vote in the Daily News.

I know you don’t agree with the statement I made a year ago on Dan Patrick’s radio show (Ross Tucker was hosting that day) that teams could not wait to get rid of T.O. Once he became a problem or cancer in the locker room, I think it’s clear they could not wait to dump him. It just took longer in S.F. than Philly or Dallas.

I did vote for Owens in the cut from 15 to 10 two years in a row but honestly had not made up my mind if I would vote for him either year if he had made the cut to five. Unfortunately for him, he was eliminated each year in the cut to 10.

There are some very smart journalists in that meeting room. I can only speak for myself: I have opinions. I don’t have an agenda. I’ve been covering the NFL since 1978, longer than just about anybody in the room except maybe four or five people out of the 46 media members. This year, HOFers Dan Fouts and James Lofton were added, increasing the number of voters to 48.

I think I know what a Hall of Famer looks like. T.O. will be in the Hall of Fame. Just because he didn’t get into the HOF the first or second year doesn’t mean the process needs to be overhauled. Michael Irvin didn’t get in the HOF until his third year and I could easily make a case he was a better player than T.O. For sure, if I had a choice of having one of them on my team, I would take Irvin. Not even close in my mind.

Owens signed a seven-year deal with the Eagles after he was acquired from the 49ers. In his second training camp with the Eagles, he wanted a new contract and became a tremendous pain and blew up the defending NFC champs. He had played one year of a seven-year contract. I know contracts are one-way in the NFL,  but even for Owens, that was a bit much, complaining just 14% of the way through the deal for a team he wanted to play for and in a city that embraced him.

First, he was such a problem he got thrown out of camp by Andy Reid and later in the season, he was thrown off the team. The Eagles finished in last place with a 6-10 record. I know a lot is made of his courageous Super Bowl game and it was pretty amazing. But the Eagles won two playoff games without him to get to the Super Bowl that year and then lost the Super Bowl with him.

As far as the comparison to Irvin, just as far as their playing ability, Irvin played on three Super Bowl championship teams. He was a leader and a winner. He had much better hands. Owens dropped an awful lot of passes. Irvin imposed his will on games while Owens was carrying a Sharpie in his sock and eating popcorn with the cheerleaders.

I was not on the committee when Irvin was a candidate, but my guess is his off the field problems are why it took him three years to get in, although the mandate from the HOF is not to consider issues away from the field like arrests and drug use. In the case of Owens and others who were considered distractions, the locker room is considered an extension of the field.

All that being said, I think Owens is a HOFer. There’s some great players who had to exhibit patience before they were elected. In my opinion, the case for Owens being a first or second ballot HOFer would have been strengthened if he played on a Super Bowl championship team.

I know the voting process has become an issue you are passionate about. I would really suggest you contact Joe Horrigan at the HOF and ask to be added to the committee when there is an opening. You would be a valuable voice in the room.

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