NFL News — 08/30/2017

Matthew Stafford

Largest NFL Contract in History

Matthew Stafford. When you hear the name you think of a quarterback who has won less playoff games than Tim Tebow. But Stafford has been one of the more consistent shot callers in the league. Since 2011 he has averaged 4,500 passing yards per year. Matthew Stafford has one of the best raw arms in the league and he deserves to be recognized for that.

Yesterday was a big day for Stafford and all other quarterbacks with expiring contracts. He signed a 5 year, $135 million contract with the Detroit Lions. That also includes a $50 million signing bonus and $27 million annually making him the highest paid NFL player, in history.

Honestly, good for Matt. The dude has stuck around a franchise who cant win a playoff game and a front office who just cant seem to get him the pieces to win the NFC North. He deserves this more than anyone. With that being said, who is next to get paid the big bucks? My bet is on Mr. Kirk Cousins. He has proven that he can hang in this league and its only a matter of time before he gets a long term max deal.

Cleveland Browns Release CB Joe Haden

Early this morning the Cleveland Browns sent out this tweet officially announcing the release of two-time pro bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

Their next tweet included the statements from both Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown.

After aggressively trying to trade Haden for weeks on end, the Browns decided to release the 28-year-old. Cutting him cleared $6.7 million in salary-cap space for Cleveland. The New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys have showed great interest in signing Haden. According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Joe Haden should reach a new deal by Thursday afternoon.

Matt Forte

Jets Shopping RB Matt Forte

At one point in his career, Matt Forte was a pivotal piece of the Chicago Bears offense. He never averaged more than 84 ypg, but he was always a threat. After a poor 2015 season in Chicago and another below average 2016 for the Jets, he is now on the block. The New York Jets are looking to trade the 31-year-old. It seems as though they have a better option at RB1 in Bilal Powell who bursted onto the scene last year averaging 5.5 ypc.

The issue with trading Forte is his contract. He is guaranteed $4 million and well, he isn’t worth that anymore. If the Jets want to trade him, they will most likely be paying a majority of that contract, which would not make sense for them. I personally don’t expect to see Forte move because of the lack of interest for a 31-year-old running back.