Posted on March 13, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
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NFL Free Agency is off to an INSANE start. So far we’ve seen Nick Foles to the Jaguars, Le’Veon Bell to the Jets, Mark Ingram to the Ravens, and Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns – and we’re only 48 hours in. Some of these decisions are bringing in strong reactions from fans and athletes alike, and we’re practically sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next.
It’s clear that a driving force behind these decisions is each team’s salary cap. It seems like just about every year, a new quarterback gets to hold the title of highest paid in the league, until someone comes along with a better agent to one-up them and get a better deal. With the cost of these contracts on the rise, the amount of cap space dwindles more and more for every other position. How can we be so sure about this? There’s a reason that every time a new deal is signed, guys like Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano are following up with the changes in a team’s salary cap.
The Giants will carry a $16 million dead money charge on their salary cap for Odell Beckham this year.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 13, 2019
Yesterday we mentioned that New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas shared that he didn’t want to see teammate RB Mark Ingram leave. And now, it looks like nobody has publicly welcomed Ingram’s replacement, Latavius Murray, to the team. So fans, in a situation like this, what will you expect from your players? Will you expect them to show respect to the new guy on the team, even if they don’t like the decisions you, the front office, made to get him there? Do you expect your team to give a tearful farewell to their departing teammate before welcoming in a new one? You’re the ones calling the shots for your team, so let us know what your expectations are!