Who broke the bank: G Kevin Zeitler (Browns), T Andrew Whitworth (Rams), T Matt Kalil (Panthers), T Russell Okung (Chargers), T Rick Wagner (Lions), G Ronald Leary (Broncos), C J.C. Tretter (Browns), G Larry Warford (Saints), T Riley Reiff (Vikings)
Cleveland made Zeitler the highest-paid guard ever, spent well on Tretter and gave a big extension to its other guard, Joel Bitinio. That’s a ton of cash for a cap-rich team to spend on interior line play. All those guys listed above combined for a total of $150 million in guaranteed money.
As for the tackles, it didn’t matter that Whitworth is old, or that Kalil or Okung are hard-fading first-rounders with durability issues. Reiff was involved in that carousel as well, as Minnesota was MLB Jerseys China as desperate as Carolina and San Diego to find shaky solutions on the left side. Wagner is the only guy who got paid the right way as a right tackle.
This year, the Los Angeles Rams were one example. Franchising cornerback Trumaine Johnson for the second straight year was one of the more questionable moves of the offseason. The 27-year-old cornerback is a good player, but he had a down year and isn’t worth the $30 million-plus he’ll have made from 2017-17 — especially when the Rams need to do more to help Jared Goff on offense.
Signing a player like Manziel smells like a desperation move, and the Saints are anything but with Brees behind center. The acquisition would give the team a contingency plan should the veteran’s play suddenly drop off, but comes at the steep price of potential never-ending distractions — though one of those distractions would be to pull eyes from the team’s inability to land top-notch defensive help in free agency this spring.
Even so, all we have to go on connecting the two sides is Manchester United Cheap Jerseys a breakfast date between coach and quarterback. Until anything more concrete leaks, it’s tough to take the relationship seriously.