Feb 15, 2011
Despite the labor situation, we have some off-season action right now as teams start to use their franchise tags. Three 2010-11 playoff teams have announced moves, including one of the most important QBs in the league.
Vick, Mankins, and Harris get franchise treatment … All three moves had been reported as pending before, but they’re now
official: the Patriots have placed a franchise tag on G Logan Mankins, the Eagles did the same with QB Michael Vick, and the Jets did the same with LB David Harris. By being franchised, each player will make the average of the top 5 players at their respective position in 2011. That means about $10 million for Mankins, who made the Pro Bowl despite holding out the first seven games of the 2010 season. Vick will make about $20 million – a significant raise from $5.25 in 2010 – after taking the starting job from Kevin Kolb and emerging as the top fantasy player in the league by far (29.7 FPG). Harris will make about $10 million, and this marks the first the time the Jets have tagged someone since John Abraham in 2005 and 2006. The league said teams could begin using franchise tags on Feb. 10, but the situation remains unsettled with the status of them uncertain until a new labor deal is reached. The Eagles also placed a transition tag on PK David Akers, meaning he will be paid the average of the league’s top 10 kickers and the Eagles can match any offer he receives from another team.
Bradshaw undergoes successful surgery … The Giants fought through a ridiculous amount of injuries at the skill positions all season, beginning in training camp. One guy who stayed healthy was RB Ahmad Bradshaw, but he didn’t escape the season unscathed and had “clean out” surgery on his left ankle on Saturday. Bradshaw took to Twitter to declare that “everything went perfect.” With the minor surgery seemingly behind him, more important going forward is a contract, as Bradshaw is headed for free agent limbo without a new CBA. The Giants are expected to make re-signing Bradshaw a priority after he rushed for a career-high 1235 yards and 8 TDs with an impressive average of 4.8 yards per carry. He did all that despite landing in the doghouse at times with a fumbling problem and splitting carries all year with Brandon Jacobs.
Harbaugh lands contract extension … It’s been a nice off-season for the Harbaugh brothers. First, former NFL quarterback and Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh emerged as the hot coaching commodity of the year, drawing interest from several pro teams and his alma mater Michigan before landing a five-year, $25 million with the 49ers. Well, brother John Harbaugh joined in the good news on Monday, as he agreed to a three-year extension worth $12 million. John Harbaugh was entering the final year of his contract after taking over the Ravens in 2008, and the new deal takes him through 2014. He has gone 32-16 in three seasons and is the only coach to win a playoff game in each of those years.
- Top Eagle pass rusher Trent Cole underwent successful arthroscopic elbow surgery on Monday. Cole had 10 sacks in 2010 but didn’t put up great numbers in the second half of the season.
- It’s not been a good week to be Albert Haynesworth. Washington police are investigating an allegation that the Redskins’ DT sexually assaulted a waitress. Haynesworth agent denied any wrongdoing. This comes after Haynesworth was charged Saturday with assault related to an alleged road rage incident.
- Charger WR Legedu Naanee was arrested early Saturday in Indianapolis and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. According to police, Naanee even pulled the “do you know who I am?” card.
- On the positive side of things, emerging Buccaneer QB Josh Freeman already has plans in place for a potential lockout, saying he’s been in touch with his receivers and is ready for March workouts regardless of what happens.