PFR Originals: 5/31/15 – 6/7/15

The original content produced by the PFR staff during the past week:

  • Luke Adams examined how Cam Newton‘s five-year, $103MM extension will affect negotiations between both Andrew Luck and the Colts and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Given the latter two’s production, Luke writes that neither should have a problem topping Newton’s AAV, and could easily surpass Aaron Rodgers‘ $22MM per year.
  • Luke looked at the top 2015 cap hits among offensive players, noting that one player — tight end Jimmy Graham — appears on a list twice, as he’ll account for $9MM of dead money on the Saints’ cap, while counting for another $8MM on the Seahawks’ books.
  • I delved into the extension cases for the Ravens’ starting guards, Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele, noting that while Yanda is probably more of a sure thing given his track record, Osemele could push for the larger contract due to his youth and the fact that he plays on the left side.
  • With the date in question passing last week, Luke provided an updated explanation of post-June 1 cuts.
  • Earlier today, Rory Parks asked about the fates of three veteran pass-rushersDwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora, and John Abraham — all of who remain on the free agent market. The voting is tight, but readers narrowly believe that Freeney has the best chance to get another opportunity.
  • Luke wondered whether Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas (slapped with the franchise tag) will ultimately sign a long-term deal with Denver. Nearly two-thirds (64.36%) of voters believe Thomas will not reach an extension with the club.
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