Offensive lineman Andre Smith has had one of the most unique NFL careers of any player in recent memory. After being selected at No. 6 overall by the Bengals in 2009, Smith’s career got off on the wrong foot (see what I did there?).
After getting through various injuries in his first two professional seasons, Smith then began to play at a near-Pro Bowl level at right tackle. Unfortunately, more injuries ensued and he went on to spend another injury-riddled season with Mike Zimmer and the Vikings in 2016.
Cincinnati brought him back one year later, in hopes that he could either become their starting right guard or act as a band-aid at offensive tackle. Things never materialized at guard for him and he was a surprising backup as the season began.
Now, after signing a one-year deal last offseason, Smith is set to be a free agent once again.
Pay cut for Dez? ‘Everyone has to be accountable,’ Stephen Jones says – David Moore, SportsDayIt should be interesting to see who this whole Dez ordeal plays out. The front office certainly values what Bryant brings to the team, but at what cost? David Moore provides some comments from Cowboys Executive Vice President, Stephen Jones about his star wide receiver.
“No one wants to compete and get after it more than Dez,” Jones said from a ceremony for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award. “At the same time, we all know this is a business where everyone has to be accountable.”
Jones would go on to say…
“Certainly, we’re going to be grinding it out and trying to determine what is in the best interest of our business,” Jones said. “Dez understands this is a business.
The Indianapolis Colts have a ton of needs, and very few standouts within the construction of their current roster. A handful of Colts will be free agents as the new league year kicks off March 14th and — for most of them — it appears as though the team will be letting them walk.
Donte Moncrief is someone that will be interesting to see if either he or the Colts still have interest in continuing their relationship, Frank Gore isn’t getting any younger and Pierre Desir played well for them last season in llimited action. So, there are some questions surrounding the group, but the URFA with the most shine is Rashaan Melvin.
The Colts would be expected to re-sign him to a relatively short-term, fair-priced deal considering him having a career year in 2017, but some things have changed.
On Friday, the NFL announced all of the compensatory picks for the 2018 NFL Draft. Compensatory picks are given to teams that lost more assets than they gained in the previous year’s free agency period. The more valuable the free agent lost, the higher the pick. Although the league announced 32 compensatory picks, the Detroit Lions received none.
However, that was expected. Though the Lions lost a few big names to free agency last year—Larry Warford, Riley Reiff, Rafael Bush and Andre Roberts, among others—they were active enough in signing other free agents to compensate for the losses. Particularly, the additions of Rick Wagner, T.J. Lang and Akeem Spence pretty much guaranteed that the Lions weren’t going to be getting any extra compensation from the league this year.
That leaves the Lions with either five or six draft picks for the 2018 NFL Draft.