The Patriots have 30 players on expiring deals this year, as CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran writes. That group includes notables such as linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, defensive ends Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard, defensive backs Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon and Malcolm Butler (restricted free agent), and special teams ace Matthew Slater. Ultimately, it all adds up to a complex puzzle for Bill Belichick & Co. as they look to retain their best players.
- Brian Hoyer‘s one-year, $2MM deal with the Bears includes $750K in guaranteed cash, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Hoyer’s deal has a $250K base and could also bring him a $500K Super Bowl bonus. Click here for more on what Hoyer’s signing means for Chicago.
- Panthers guard Trai Turner has hired agent Ron Butler for representation, tweets Rand Getlin of NFL.com.
- Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald questions the Dolphins‘ willingness to continue to trust agent Jimmy Sexton, noting that the team has “been burned multiple times by Sexton doing what is best for his clients.” Sexton negotiated Ndamukong Suh‘s deal with the Dolphins last March, and also represents head coach Adam Gase and new draftee Laremy Tunsil, among others. So, as Salguero points out, the agent has been involved in plenty of franchise-altering decisions.
Luke Adams contributed to this post.