Lynch Negotiations Should Be Smooth
No problems are expected when the Buffalo Bills begin contract negotiations with first-round selection Marshawn Lynch. In fact, representatives from Lynch's camp feel it will be a quick process and the running back should be in camp on time. Last year, the Bills offered first-round pick S Donte Whitner a fair contract yet his agent decided to hold him out, which was a poor decision. Lynch is expected to challenge for Rookie of the Year honors this season, an incentive which could be written into his contract.
Speaking of incentives, last year's second pick overall, New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush, has some interesting ones in his contract.
A league source points out Bush would get a $200,000 bonus if the Saints win a Wild Card game, $300,000 bonus if the team wins a game in the Divisional round, $500,000 if the team wins a Conference Championship, and another $500,000 for a Super Bowl win in any year of his contract. Bush would also have to meet some minor playing time requirements to meet those incentives.
Woodley To Line up Outside
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use second-round selection DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley in the same role former Steeler OLB Joey Porter played for many years. But some league insiders wonder if this is Woodley's best NFL position as some feel he is better suited on the inside of the Steelers 3-4 alignment. The majority do believe that, in the short term anyway, Woodley's best results will come at outside linebacker. And the team could transition to a 4-3 scheme in future seasons.
Moss Could be Back Soon
After being signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, RB Tyrone Moss was soon waived after he suffered severe swelling to his surgically repaired knee during their post-draft minicamp. The injury, which hampered the one-time highly rated senior throughout the '06 campaign, required a second surgery. He is expected to be healthy in a next few weeks and could again be pursued by both the Browns and the Chicago Bears.
Early Signing Notes
There is some consternation in the agent community about several of the early contracts handed out.
Take for instance defensive back Kevin Payne, the fifth-round choice (167th selection) of the Chicago Bears who was recently signed to a four-year deal. While Payne's representatives are claiming they received a contract that was eight percent higher than the 167th selection in last year's draft, some agents are fuming about the deal.
Payne was the 30th pick in round five this year. The 167th pick of the '06 draft was TE Charles Davis. The Pittsburgh Steelers used the 35th pick in round five to select Davis as compensatory selections made him a later round pick. When Payne's contract is compared to the 30th pick in the '06 draft, OL Michael Toudouze who was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts, the numbers don't look good. Payne's contract was barely a 1 percent improvement compared to the one Toudouze agreed to while his signing bonus was just $1000 more ($150,000 for Payne versus $149,000 for Toudouze).
Brown Still Unemployed
Despite reports to the contrary, veteran LB Chad Brown remains a free agent.
Brown told Sirius NFL Radio Friday that the two teams that have shown the most interest in him so far are the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brown spent the first four years of his 14 seasons of service with the Steelers then returned for a second stint last season. He played for the Patriots two years ago.
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Lynch Negotiations Should Be Smooth