While everyone was watching the college football crown its conference champions, a few NFL stories trickled through worth mentioning. To take a break from arguing TCU, Baylor, and Ohio State, here a few stories from around the NFL this Saturday night:
- Ravens‘ cornerback Lardarius Webb has not had his best season in 2014, which could lead to a difficult decision for the team this offseason. Given his poor performance, it will be not be easy to swallow his $8MM salary next season, writes Jamison Hensley of ESPN. He is the sixth highest paid corner in the league next year, and with his injury history the team would prefer to see if Webb would accept a pay cut to stay with the team going forward.The team has already reworked the Webb’s contract to clear up cap space this past offseason, The Ravens biggest weakness has been among its cornerbacks, and losing Webb for nothing would only save the team $2MM in cap space and leave them thin in the defensive backfield.
- Adrian Peterson has stated that he believes he will continuing playing in his extended prime for five or six more years. At $13MM in 2015, the Vikings might not be the place where Peterson finishes his career, but he will have his choice of landing spots writes Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling writes that Peterson proved doubters wrong when he returned from a torn ACL to have his best year as a pro, and could be the outlier who continues his success later in his career.
- If the Vikings do move on from Peterson, the obvious suitor for his services would be the Cowboys, writes Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The team has treated DeMarco Murray like a “rented mule” according to Souhan, and all indications are that the team is going to use up Murray in the last year of his contract before looking for a bigger name back like Peterson via trade or free agency this offseason.