Dear Aaron Rodgers: Ask for a piece of the gross revenue
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t like me very much. Which is fine. I still think he’s a great quarterback, and I still would like to see him get much more than $22 million per year from the Packers, especially with the Falcons now paying Matt Ryan $30 million per year.
Rodgers won’t say that, of course. He knows it wouldn’t be received very well by fans who are far more inclined (inexplicably) to side with the billionaires who don’t play the game over the millionaires who do. So when he spoke about his contract to Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America, Rodgers chose his words very, very carefully, grossly downplaying a contractual situation that has become glaringly embarrassing.
Will Le’Veon Bell show up for training camp?
In listing the options available to Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, I forgot to include one possibility that may not be as remote as many would believe.
Wilkins leads the long list of Clemson defenders (six in all) on our countdown, primarily because of the multiple roles in which he can be a game-changing force. He’s a 6’4, 300-pound defensive tackle on paper, but upon request he can be an end (where he started last season), a passing game disruptor (14 deflections in 30 starts), a field goal block artist, a fake punt secret weapon and even a safety. While some of his linemates may go a pick or two before him in next year’s draft or outpace him in the team’s major stat categories in 2018, there’s just no one else like Wilkins. He’s no slouch in the traditional stats, either—most defensive linemen would take the 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 11 quarterback pressures that he had as a redshirt sophomore in 2014.
The Cowboys remain interested in dealing for Thomas, a native Texan who played at the University of Texas. As long as Thomas remains unhappy with his contract — and presumably absent from the Seahawks — the trade talk isn’t likely to diminish.
The Seahawks safety, who skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp, asked for either an extension or a trade in an Instagram post Monday.
Always been the underdog ain’t nothing new, Thomas wrote. Extend . . . if you don’t want me let’s make a trade happen. I understand it’s a bizz.
Thomas, 29, is scheduled to make $8.5 million in the final year of his current contract.