So much for trading for former Detriot Lions CB Darius Slay. The compensation was right. Philadelphia gave up a third and fifth-round pick, though those were in this year’s draft. The money wasn’t close. The Eagles made Slay the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers aren’t in a position to make anyone the highest-paid cornerback, so that was a pipe dream.
The Eagles were also in on former Jaguars pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, who put on his Instagram story “Vulture” with a bird emoji. That could be for Philly, but it could also mean he’s headed to the NFC West. Ngakoue had a picture of him at Seattle’s airport on Wednesday. Get it done, Philadelphia. Yannick is a good player; I’m not sure he warrants giving up a first-round pick, though. Someone close to the Jaguars believes that the deal doesn’t happen today.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Rams are currently in discussions regarding a possible trade of RB Todd Gurley. Whichever team is doing that, stop. Do not save the Rams from that contract. Gurley signed a four-year, $57.5 million extension in 2018. Gurley has a $17.2 million cap number for 2020. If traded, the Rams have to eat $12.6 in dead money. I imagine the Rams would attempt to make the other team pay some of that. League spies say there was almost a deal done for Gurley on Monday. I’m not sure who the team is, but it’s someone with the available cap that doesn’t have to pay any of Gurley’s guaranteed money to make the trade doable. Another report said Los Angeles could release Gurley on Friday. Oh, Rams.
Best of the rest
- Adrian Colbert re-signed with the Dolphins on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. Colbert started the final five games of the season for Miami. Good for him.
- Bengals signed CB Makensie Alexander to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
- Former 49ers CB Rashard Robinson was recently re-instated after a 10-game suspension and is eligible to sign a deal with any team.
- Rams have also made WR Brandin Cooks available for a trade.
- The Browns signed DT Andrew Billings. I would have liked the 49ers to make a run at him.
- Joe Flacco has been released in Denver.
- The Cardinals are signing LB De’Vondre Campbell to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million
- Kevin Johnson to the Browns on a one-year, $3.5 million deal