Asked if Newton might fight the decision to take away some of his running opportunities, Rivera replied jersey:
“Oh yeah, without a doubt. I promise you that’s going to happen. He wants the football. But again, we have to be very dogged in terms of what we are going to do with him and how we are going to do it. We have to pick and choose. It’s got to be the right situations and circumstances. But again, him, he wants to succeed, he wants to do things that help this football team to win.”
The move was expected, with coach Ron Rivera jersey conceding earlier this month that Carolina would likely need to designate Short, who finished last season as the NFL’s third-highest graded interior defender.
» Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: The Redskins have enacted phase one of the Cousins conundrum. Washington placed the exclusive franchise tag on the quarterback, the team announced Tuesday. By opting for the exclusive designation, the Redskins have ensured that no other team can negotiate with Cousins absent Washington’s permission. Because he’s drawing the tag for a second consecutive season, Cousins’ tender is valued at $23.94 million — 120 percent of his 2016 salary.
» Melvin Ingram, LB, Los Angeles Chargers: The Bolts placed the non-exclusive tag on Ingram on Monday. The two sides have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year contract. If no agreement is reached, Ingram will play under the linebacker tender worth $14.55 million for 2017.
From the start of free agency and the trade period (March 9) to the NFL Draft (April 27-29), we’re about to see a lot of players signed, released and drafted. That also means a whole lot of speculation on where some of the best free agents and rookies will land in the weeks and months to come. Far be it from me not to join in on the banter with a bunch of my own predictions and prognostications as they pertain to the wonderful world of fantasy football, so here are 20 potential scenarios that would benefit fantasy fans ahead of the 2017 NFL season.
Some of them are wishful thinking, some are just out of this world and highly unlikely to happen (but would be fun), and others might just actually come to fruition.
Addison was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, but is now under contract in Charlotte through 2019.
“Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team statement. “He consistently affects the quarterback, and we envision an increased role for him in our defense.”
Carolina is looking to fill a hole created by the impending departure of unrestricted free agent Ted Ginn, and faces the potential of losing two of Cam Newton’s targets with Corey “Philly” Brown entering restricted free agency. Both Cruz and Ginn are speedy wideouts, though Cruz is the better receiver, and with Carolina’s estimated salary-cap space in excess of $50 million (per contract-monitoring site Spotrac.com), Ginn’s estimated market value of more than $4 million makes Cruz a more attractive option. Carolina could also use a sure-handed wideout opposite Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, especially in the slot, where the Panthers have harbored a minor weakness.
Either way, this should play out less chaotically than last year’s tag drama in Carolina. After franchising Josh Norman in 2016, the team ultimately rescinding the designation and cheap jerseys and released the All-Pro cornerback amid ugly and stalled contract talks.
This time around, look for Carolina and their tagged player of choice to stick together for at least one more year.