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Peyton Manning Heads NFL 2012 Free Agency List
Photo - QB Peyton Manning
The Colts made the inevitable personnel move by releasing Peyton Manning this week prior to a bonus clause condition in his current contract began due. Manning has been the elite QB in the game for over a decade, setting countless NFL and Colt records. His resume includes a Super Bowl win and game MVP award, in addition to four MVP seasonal honors.
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Manning becomes the leading ‘Street’ free agent this year in a designation within Free Agency that has become the key additions to the open market just prior to the opening. Free Agency begins March 13th, though the ‘Street’ free agents are open to negotiate with every team now. Most ‘Street’ players are veterans with huge bonus clauses kicking in on their current contract that was back loaded. These veterans look for one more contract bonanza at the end of their careers.
Manning will command a huge contract with several clubs like the Dolphins, Redskins, Jets, Seahawks and Cardinals. His presence automatically makes his new team a Super Bowl contender if he checks out medically after four neck procedures. He will have to impress at workouts over the next few weeks and he has made definite progress in his condition over recent months. He does not have to throw a pass in anger until August/ September and is expected to be ready and give it his all for the NFL 2012 season.
The opinion here is that Manning will land in Miami and become the catalyst for a struggling Dolphin offense that has some key components – WR Marshall, RB Bush and LOT Long already in place. Several other FAs could follow Manning to Miami if he signs there like WR Reggie Wayne and center Jeff Saturday.
Manning heads the free agent QB class that should see a few command huge contracts. Other than Manning, Matt Flynn should be one of the biggest winners this offseason with a few multi million dollar contract offers. He has been Aaron Rodgers backup in recent years though he had two impressive games when asked to start. He should parlay those two games into the mega contract with teams not signing Manning in the forefront like Miami and Washington.
Franchise Quarterback: $14.4 million (down from $16.1 million in 2011, $16.4 million in 2010)
2012 NFL Unrestricted Free Agents
Peyton Manning - Colts
x - Drew Brees - Saints
Matt Flynn – Packers
Alex Smith – 49ers
Kyle Orton – Broncos
Jason Campbell – Raiders
Donovan McNabb – Vikings
Rex Grossman – Redskins
x - Exclusive Franchise Tag Player
Brees Heads Record List of Franchise Players
Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints
A record total of 21 NFL teams used their franchise tags before Monday's deadline. Here are the top free agents who received tags. A record 6 kickers received Franchise tags with 3 WR, 3 DB, 3 DE, 2 RB, 1 QB and no OL.
QB Drew Brees received the only Exclusive Franchise designation which means only the Saints can negotiate with him this offseason. All other franchise tagged players can speak with all clubs, though their current team will be compensated if they do not return to their present team.
Teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to apply the franchise tag on a player and keep his rights for the 2012 season. Here's a team-by-team breakdown:
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Team / Franchise tag
Arizona Cardinals - DE Calais Campbell
Atlanta Falcons - CB Brent Grimes
Baltimore Ravens - RB Ray Rice
Chicago Bears - RB Matt Forte
Cincinnati Bengals - K Mike Nugent
Cleveland Browns - K Phil Dawson
Dallas Cowboys - LB Anthony Spencer
Denver Broncos - K Matt Prater
Detroit Lions - DE Cliff Avril
x - Indianapolis Colts - DE Robert Mathis
Jacksonville Jaguars - K Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs - WR Dwayne Bowe
New England Patriots - WR Wes Welker
* New Orleans Saints - QB Drew Brees
New York Giants - P Steve Weatherford
Oakland Raiders - S Tyvon Branch
Philadelphia Eagles - WR DeSean Jackson
San Francisco 49ers - S Dashon Goldson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - K Connor Barth
Tennessee Titans - S Michael Griffin
Washington - TE Fred Davis
x - resigned with current club
* The formula for the exclusive-rights tag is the same as it was in the old collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players, meaning Brees is scheduled to earn the average of the top five quarterback salaries in 2012. For that reason, Brees' exact salary won't be calculated until the free-agency period is over this summer.
The franchise figure for QBs in 2012 is between $16 million and $17 million, but that likely will be affected by what happens with any potential Peyton Manning deal.
The Saints' decision to use their tag on Brees adds another chapter to a difficult round of negotiations between the team and their leader. Brees broke Dan Marino's NFL single-season passing record this past season and led New Orleans to its only Super Bowl championship just two years ago.
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NFL Combine 2012 – Winners and Losers
Griffin, Hill, Cox and Poe Have Huge Workout Performances
NFL Combine 2012 - Feb. 22-28, 2012 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In
Photo - DT Fletcher Cox - Miss St.
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NFL Combine 2012 Workout
QB * Robert Griffin III of Baylor ran in the low 4.40s and interviewed very well. He elevated his stock and probably goes off the board #2 overall with a good Pro Day throwing the ball. QB * Andrew Luck of Stanford had a strong performance, showing fine athleticism and football smarts to compete for early NFL playing time. RB Doug Martin of Boise St had a very good showing and is a complete back who will push for immediate pro playing time. RB *Lamar Miller of Miami ran in the low 4.40s and caught the ball well. He helped his cause nicely. RB David Wilson of Virginia Tech tested off the charts in most drills and helped his cause as expected. WR * Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech had an outstanding effort that included a sub 4.40 time and over a 11’ broad jump and just under 40” vertical leap. Scouts will do extensive work on him going into his Pro Day. WR Chris Owusu of Stanford ran well and helped himself. At interviews he stated he is still interested in football despite multiple concussions.
OT *Matt Kalil of Southern Cal and OG * David DeCastro of Stanford were both impressive and solidified their #1 selection. Both are NFL ready and will be off the board early in the first round. OG Amini Silatolu of Midwestern St (Tx) had a strong week that a small college lineman needs to show his level of development. He combines quickness and power and grades out a starting interior lineman.
DT * Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St had a big performance and helped his stock significantly. He has a great combination of power and quickness with the versatility to play in either front. DT * Dontari Poe of Memphis was simply awesome at 346 lbs. and running a sub 5.0 time. Cox and Poe head an outstanding defensive tackle class that will highlight the NFL Draft 2012. LB Mychal Kendricks of California displayed top athleticism with speed, quickness and strength. He is smaller than the prototypical backer and needed the effort. Two junior cornerbacks Josh Robinson of Central Florida and Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina ran very well. Robinson was a little known corner who tests better than he plays. Gilmore is a fine athlete with speed and size and could warrant a late #1 pick off the strong performance.
Two receivers that fell significantly were junior Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers and senior Kendall Wright of Baylor. Both ran poorly. Sanu ran over a 4.65 time. He is not a burner, though he was expected to hit at least the mid 4.55 time area. His March 21st Pro Day at Rutgers is huge for him to establish himself as a Day two prospect. Wright was overhyped on TV as a possible sub 4.40 sprinter. Nonsense. He is probably a sub 4.50 and will probably prove it at the Baylor workout. He is a legitimate vertical threat but putting him in elite class is bad scouting. TE * Dwayne Allen of Clemson ran in the 4.90 time area that makes his Pro Day vital for him to earn a top 100 selection.
LB * Vontaze Burfict of Arizona St continues his descent that has developed over the 2011 season that culminated with a bowl game suspension. He ran poorly and looked average in drills. His stock is in a free fall that only a strong Pro Day corrects. Junior CB Cliff Harris of Oregon is another athlete who came up very short of expectations. His final season suspension was a red flag and a poor performance in Indy leaves huge questions about his pro playing career.
QB * Robert Griffin III - Baylor
QB * Andrew Luck - Stanford
RB Doug Martin - Boise St
RB *Lamar Miller - Miami
RB David Wilson - Virginia Tech
RB * Ronnie Hillman - San Diego St.
RB Chris Rainey - Florida
WR * Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech
WR Chris Owusu - Stanford
OT *Matt Kalil - Southern Cal
OG * David DeCastro - Stanford
OG * Adam Gettis - Iowa
OG Amini Silatolu - Midwestern St (Tx)
DT * Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St
DT * Dontari Poe - Memphis
LB Mychal Kendricks - California
LB Bruce Irvin - West Virginia
CB * Josh Robinson - Central Florida
CB * Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina
CB Dwight Bentley - Louisiana-Lafayette
WR * Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers
WR Kendall Wright - Baylor
TE * Dwayne Allen - Clemson
OL Markus Zusevics - Iowa
LB * Vontaze Burfict - Arizona St
LB Travis Lewis - Oklahoma
CB Josh Norman - Coastal Carolina
CB * Cliff Harris - Oregon
CB Leonard Johnson - Iowa St
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a player consultant for Player Agents for the NFL Draft and veteran Free Agency. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-tar Bowl time.
NFL Combine 2012 Workouts
The NFL Combine 2012 is completing workout drills Monday/ Tuesday for over 300 athletes at the week long event.
Photo - QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor
The NFL Combine process should establish what you should already know on 80-90% of the athletes after a long scouting resume begun on prospects as underclassmen. The Combine must verify those facts and which players fail to show the skill sets necessary to make the jump to the pro game. The 10-20% variance on performance is the work that leaves NFL clubs with quick homework on prospects who either over or under performed from their norm. That’s what makes the NFL Draft process what it is.
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NFL Combine 2012 - Player Performances
Baylor QB Robert Griffin had an outstanding NFL Combine performance that probably guaranteed a top 2-3 selection this April. Griffin ran an excellent 4.41 time in the 40-yard sprint and also posted a 10’ broad jump and a 39” vertical jump. He was impressive in interviews and a kid with the athletic and mental talent to become a highly rated NFL passer.
He may not pass blue chip passer Andrew Luck in the draft process, but will probably cause much discussion among top five clubs with a trade highly probable in the top three selections. Luck had a good workout that included a 4.67 time with a 36” vertical leap that duplicated Cam Newton’s performance at the NFL Combine 2011. Neither Luck or Griffin threw at the event and will wait until their Pro Days in late March.
DT Dontari Poe of Memphis had an excellent workout. He was time in the 4.98 time and did 44 reps in the lifting after weighting in at 346 lbs. at just under 6’5” He did an amazing 1.70 time in the ten year split and also did a 29.5” VL and 8’9” BJ which is incredible for the size. He is a kid who solidified a top 25 selection with many clubs back tracking on the redshirt junior from Conference USA. Poe fits both fronts and is a fast rising prospect. DT Kendall Reyes of UConn had an outstanding performance that included a 4.95 time with 36 reps, 34.5” vertical leap and 9’5” broad jump. DE/LB Melvin Ingram of South Carolina had a strong workout and is one of the more diverse defenders in years. He ran a 4.79 time at 264 lbs. and under 6’2”. He had a 34.5” VL and 9’7” BJ with reps in the lifting. The 3-4 defensive clubs are working overtime on this prospect. This is a kid who can play both up and down and gives a DC a unique athlete to create different pre snap fronts to give a defense a huge advantage.
NFL Draft 2012 First Round Selection Order
Dolphins & Chiefs Win Coin Flips!
NFL Draft 2012 – ‘The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!
Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford
The NFL office held the coin flips for the first round ties at the NFL Combine on Friday. The Dolphins and Chiefs won the coin tosses. Miami will select 8th overall with the Panthers now at the 9th choice of the first round. The Chiefs will now pick 11th overall with the Seahawks holding the 12th choice in the first round. This completes the first round order entering the NFL Trading period in mid March. Two teams, the Patriots and Browns hold two #1 selections after trades during the first round of the NFL Draft 2011 last April.
The Colts hold the first overall selection and are the only team that can negotiate with any prospect in the country. The Colts made major changes with the signing of new GM Ryan Grigson and first year head coach Chuck Pagano this postseason. Grigson was a former Eagles executive who had an excellent track record as a personnel evaluator. He takes over an aging roster that has been an annual playoff club until the poor 2011 season. Pagano was the Defensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. They have ranked in the top 5 to 10 annually in most key defensive categories.
The top overall selection should be QB Andrew Luck regardless if the Colts retain the pick or trades the selection, most likely within the top ten overall choices. Luck will not throw at the NFL Combine and will wait until later this spring with the Stanford Pro Day set for March 22nd.
First Round Selection Order
# Team - W-L - Opp W-L %
1 Indianapolis - 2-14 - .539
2 St. Louis - 2-14 - .590
3 Minnesota - 3-13 - .559
4 Cleveland - 4-12 - .531
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 - .551
6 Washington - 5-11 - .477
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 - .500
8 Miami - 6-10 - .504
9 Carolina - 6-10 - .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 - - .520
11 Kansas City - 7-9 -.512
12 Seattle - 7-9 - .512
13 Arizona - 8-8 - .469
14 Dallas - 8-8 - .473
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 - .488
16 NY Jets - 8-8 - .500
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 - .504
18 San Diego - 8-8 - .516
19 Chicago - 8-8 - .527
20 Tennessee - 9-7 - .461
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 - .492
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 - .480
23 Detroit -10-6 - .535
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 - .492
25 Denver - 8-8 - .520
26 Houston - 10-6 - .453
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 - .441
28 Green Bay - 15-1 - .457
30 Baltimore -12-4 - .477
31 San Francisco - 13-3 - .449
31 New England - 13-3 - .449
32 NY Giants - 9-7 - .520
Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:
1. The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last.
2. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule.
If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time.
NFL Free Agency 2012
Franchise-Tag values by Position
Figures for next season by position and top players who could be impacted. NFL Free Agency begins March 13 - Teams must be under the salary cap by this date.
Photo - QB Drew Brees – Saints
Quarterback: $14.4 million (down from $16.1 million in 2011, $16.4 million in 2010)
Players - Drew Brees, Matt Flynn
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Running back: $7.7 million (down from $9.6 million in 2011, $8.2 million in 2010)
Players - Matt Forte, Ray Rice
Wide receiver: $9.4 million (down from 11.4 million in 2011, $9.5 million in 2010)
Players - Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson*, Steve Johnson, Mario Manningham, Wes Welker
Tight end: $5.4 million (down from $7.3 million in 2011, $5.9 million in 2010)
Players - Fred Davis, Jermichael Finley
Offensive line: $9.4 million (down from $10.1 million in 2011, $10.7 million in 2010)
Players - Ben Grubbs, Carl Nicks
Defensive end: $10.6 million (down from $13 million in 2011, $12.4 million in 2010)
Players - Cliff Avril, Calais Campbell, Jason Jones, Mario Williams*, Robert Mathis
Defensive tackle: $7.9 million (down from $12.5 million in 2011. $7 million in 2010)
Players - Red Bryant, Paul Soliai*
Linebacker: $8.8 million (down from $10.1 million in 2011, $9.7 million in 2010)
Players - Stephen Tulloch
Cornerback: $10.6 million (down from $13.5 million in 2011; tag was $9.6 million in 2010)
Players - Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes, Brandon Carr, Aaron Ross, Tracy Porter
Safety: $6.2 million (down from $8.8 million in 2011, $6.5 million in 2010)
Players - LaRon Landry, Tyonn Branch, Deshon Goldson
* Player who'd receive more money because it'd be his second year in a row on the franchise tag, meaning he'd make 120 percent of his 2011 salary
NFL Scouting Combine 2012
NFL Combine - Feb. 22-28 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In.
Photo - DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St
This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine week long event.
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General Player Schedule
February 22nd-28th, 2012
22nd-25th Day 1 Arrivals*: Grp 1(PK, ST, OL), Grp 2(OL), Grp 3(TE)
Wednesday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Thursday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Friday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, *PK/ST Workout*, Interviews
Saturday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
23rd-26th Day 2 Arrivals*: Grp 4(QB, WO), Grp 5(QB, WO), Grp 6(RB)
Thursday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Friday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Saturday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
24th-27th Day 3 Arrivals: Grp 7(DL), Grp 8(DL), Grp 9(LB)
Friday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Saturday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
25th-28th Day 4 Arrivals: Grp 10(DB), Grp 11(DB)
Saturday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Tuesday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.