Andy Reid: No mandate from owner to trade Marcus Peters
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid faced questions about the impending trade of cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams on Wednesday, but there was only one of them he was willing to talk about ahead of the deal becoming official on March 14.
Not long after Dave Gettleman took over as general manager, his first player transaction was to get rid of Hart, the young but inconsistent right tackle who was deemed to lack the professionalism needed to succeed as an NFL offensive lineman. On Saturday, the Giants released Wing, who was an excellent punter for two seasons but regressed badly in 2017. Now Rodgers-Cromartie is gone. Three players who the previous coaching regime thought were expendable at midseason are no longer employed by the Giants.
This new coaching staff would have taken Rodgers-Cromartie back, but not for the price tag he carried. He had a salary-cap hit of $8.5 million and his release will save the Giants $6.5 million on the cap. Heading into free agency, the Giants were only about $14 million under the cap, with many holes to fill. This inflates the cap money to about $20 million and the Giants are likely not done paring their roster. Brandon Marshall, the veteran receiver coming off ankle surgery, could be next to go if he does not accept a pay cut.
Reports surfaced at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Giants were moving Rodgers-Cromartie to safety, but those reports proved false. A 10-year NFL veteran, Rodgers-Cromartie, who turns 32 on April 7, was moved from his preferred outside cornerback spot in 2016 to the inside slot corner role to accommodate rookie Eli Apple a move many of his teammates did not understand or appreciate, given Apple’s many lapses.
According to Vic Tafur of the Athletic, the Raiders have submitted an initial contract proposal to Khalil Mack and his representatives regarding a contract extension.
Mack is already scheduled to make $13.85 million this season after Oakland picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last year. While the initial proposal probably won’t be the final proposal, it’s a significant step in the process toward getting Mack under contract for the long term with the Raiders.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t confirm the existence of a proposal, but made it clear they absolutely want Mack as a part of their future.
I’m not going to get into contracts, I never do, McKenzie said. But make no bones about it: We want Khalil to be a Raider. We’ll leave it at that.
Mack won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016 and followed it up with 10.5 sacks last year.