Rasheem Green

Contract Details: Phillips, Green, Buckner

Here are some of the details on a few deals reached recently around the league:

  • Jordan Phillips, DE (Bills): One-year, $3MM. We received some new details on the deal, thanks to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2. We now see that the $1.22MM of guaranteed money is composed of a $500,000 signing bonus and $720,000 of Phillps’s base salary (worth a total of $1.81MM). He’ll receive a per game active roster bonus of $35,000 for a potential season total of $595,000, as well as a $100,000 offseason workout bonus. Additional money can come through incentives based on playing time ($750,000) and sacks ($850,000). The sacks incentive is broken down as follows: $200,000 for 3.0-4.5 sacks, $600,000 for 5.0-7.5 sacks, and $850,000 for eight sacks or more.
  • Rasheem Green, DE (Bears): One-year, $2.5MM. The deal, according to Wilson, has a guaranteed amount of $850,000 consisting of a $350,000 signing bonus and $500,000 of Green’s base salary (worth a total of $1.5MM). He can make an additional $250,000 through incentives and $150,000 in a workout bonus. A per game active roster bonus of $29,411, worth a potential season total of $500,000, pushes the maximum potential value of the contract to $2.75MM.

We also got some details recently on a newly restructured deal:

  • The Colts reached an agreement with defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to reduce his salary cap impact for the coming season, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The team converted $5MM of salary into a signing bonus in order to clear $2.5MM of cap space. Buckner is reportedly still set to earn $19.75MM in 2023, all of which is fully guaranteed.

Bears, DL Rasheem Green Agree To Deal

The Bears passed on big-ticket defensive line additions in free agency, but the organization will add another rotational option to Matt Eberflus‘ unit. Rasheem Green agreed to terms with Chicago on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

A former Seahawks and Texans pass rusher, Green will sign a one-year deal. The sixth-year edge rusher will follow DeMarcus Walker to the Windy City. While the Bears should be expected to use one of their early-round picks on a sack artist, they have added two experienced options since free agency’s outset.

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Green will come over from Houston, where he recorded 3.5 sacks in 2022. His most productive year came in 2021 with the Seahawks, who used the former third-round pick as a starter. That season, Green totaled 6.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits. That campaign marks the only time Green started more than five games in a season; mostly, Seattle used the 6-foot-4 defender as a backup. Green, however, has topped a 50% defensive snap rate in each of his past four seasons. The Bears will see if the USC alum, who played in a 4-3 scheme as a Seahawk, can replicate that form in Eberflus’ 4-3 setup.

Last season brought a step back for Green, who played nearly 300 fewer defensive snaps compared to his 2021 Seattle contract year, when he logged 846. Green totaled 24 pressures in 2021; he finished last season with 12. The Texans have now let Green and Obo Okoronkwo depart in free agency, lining DeMeco Ryans‘ team up for significant edge additions in the draft. Okoronkwo signed with the Browns.

Going into his age-26 season, Green will join Walker as modest investments for a Bears team that broke up its high-priced Khalil MackRobert Quinn edge duo last year. The team finished last in the league in sacks in 2022. As should be expected, edge-rushing additions will be targeted. Green appears more of a flier than a solidified front-four presence, but he presents an interesting depth option for the rebuilding squad.

Contract Details: Jarrett, Akins, Green, Verrett, Smith, Trubisky

Here are some details on deals recently reached around the NFL:

  • Grady Jarrett, DT (Falcons): Three-year, $50.47MM. The contract, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, includes a guaranteed amount of $34.47MM consisting of a $16.5MM signing bonus and the full amounts of the 2022 and 2023 base salaries worth $1.47MM and $16.5MM, respectively. The deal includes roster bonuses of $1MM each due on the fifth day of the 2024 league year and the 2025 league year. Jarrett’s base salary for the 2024 and 2025 seasons will see an increase of $500,000 each if he makes the Pro Bowl in the 2023 or 2024 seasons, respectively.
  • Jordan Akins, TE (Giants): One-year, $1.09MM. The deal, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, is composed of a base salary of $1.04MM with a signing bonus $50,000. Under the veteran salary benefit, Akins will only have a salary cap hit of $945,000.
  • Rasheem Green, DE (Texans): One-year, $3.25MM. The contract, according to Wilson, includes a guaranteed amount of $1MM consisting of a $500,000 signing bonus and $500,000 of the base salary worth $1.5MM total. Green will receive a $500,000 workout bonus and a per game active bonus of $44,177 for a potential season total of $750,000.
  • Jason Verrett, CB (49ers): One-year, $1.04MM. Verrett’s deal has an injury waiver which leaves none of the money guaranteed for the 30-year old who has spent his fair share of time on the injured reserve during his career. Under the veteran salary benefit, Verrett will only have a salary cap hit of $895,000.
  • Geno Smith, QB (Seahawks): Refiled one-year, $3.5MM. Original details posted here. The deal, according to Wilson, has a signing bonus of $500,000 and a base salary of $1.26MM. The contract lists a roster bonus of $1.69MM and a workout bonus of $50,000. Additionally there is a Week 1 roster bonus of $585,000 due to Smith on September 15. Smith will receive a per game bonus of $30,000 whether active or inactive with that bonus increasing to $65,000 if Smith is active for a low season total of $510,000 and a potential season total of $1.12MM if Smith spends the entire season on the active roster. We mentioned Smith’s $3.5MM worth of potential incentives in the first post, but Wilson details that those incentives will be based on playtime, playoffs, passing yards, and whether or not Smith is voted to the Pro Bowl.
  • Mitchell Trubisky, QB (Steelers): Incentive details for two-year, $14.29MM contract. Original details posted here. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the incentives are as follows: in 2022, Trubisky is due $1MM if he hits 60% of the team’s playtime, $1.5MM if he hits 70%, $2MM if he hits 80%, $2.5MM if he hits 70% and the Steelers make the playoffs, and $4MM if he hits 80% and the team makes the playoffs. He’ll earn an additional $250,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl. If Trubisky hits the 60% mark of playtime in 2022, he’ll earn a roster bonus in March of 2023 worth $1MM. That roster bonus elevates to $4MM if he triggers the 70% bonus from 2022. The same playtime, playoff, and Pro Bowl incentives will be in place for the 2023 season, as well, just without the following year roster bonus.

Texans Trade CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. To Chiefs

Lonnie Johnson Jr.‘s stint in Houston has come to an end. According to Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus (on Twitter), the Texans have traded the cornerback to the Chiefs. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), the Texans will receive a 2024 conditional seventh-round pick.

Johnson was a 2019 second-round pick by the Texans, but he failed to establish himself as a starter during his three years in Houston. The defensive back ultimately saw time in 44 games (19 starts) for the Texans, collecting 172 tackles. He seemed to take a step forward in 2021, as the 26-year-old finished with 55 tackles, three interceptions, and six passes defended.

The Texans weren’t done making moves today. Per Kyed (on Twitter), the Texans signed defensive Rasheem Green and waived/injured running back Scottie Phillips. Green, a 2018 fourth-round pick, spent his first four professional seasons with the Seahawks, including a 2021 campaign where he finished with a career-high 6.5 sacks in 17 games (16 starts). Phillips spent two years in Houston, collecting 38 yards from scrimmage.

The Texans have also added defensive end Mario Addison, per Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston (on Twitter). Addison is inking a two-year deal, according to Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com (on Twitter). Following a long stint with the Panthers that saw him collect 55 sacks in 111 games, Addison spent the past two seasons with the Bills, where he added another 12 sacks in 32 games. The lineman played under current Texans defensive line coach Jacques Cesaire in Buffalo.

Finally, the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Tytus Howard (per Rapoport on Twitter). Howard has started all 37 of his appearances in the NFL, but he’s missed 12 total games through his first three seasons. Howard has shown plenty of versatility during his NFL career, spending time at both tackle and guard.

Texans To Sign Rasheem Green

The Texans didn’t add much to their defensive line during the draft, but they are set to bring in another piece to that position group in free agency. Houston is signing defensive end Rasheem Green to a one-year deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link). 

Green, 25 at the start of the season, visited the Texans last week, so a contract comes as little surprise. He had a limited role during the first three years of his time in Seattle, though he flashed potential with a four sack 2019 campaign. By far his best year, however, came in 2021; he set career highs in starts (16), sacks (6.5), tackles (48) and quarterback hits (15).

That generated plenty of interest as he hit free agency for the first time. The USC product met with the Ravens in March, and the Panthers in April. While that signalled a departure was likely, it was reported at the time that he could still re-sign with the Seahawks. Ultimately, the third meeting was the charm for him to find his new NFL home.

In Houston, Green will join a defensive front which – like most of the rest of the roster – is lacking in veterans and long-term, expensive commitments. If he can replicate his level of play from last season, however, he should be able to continue his upward trajectory and help the team’s rebuild.

DE Rasheem Green Visited Texans

The Texans hosted a free agent pass rusher earlier this week. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), defensive end Rasheem Green visited the Texans on Monday.

The USC product was a 2018 third-round pick by the Seahawks, and he ended up seeing time in 53 games during his four seasons in Seattle. After starting only eight games through his first three seasons in the NFL, Green took on a bigger role in 2021, starting 16 of his 17 appearances. The 24-year-old finished the year with 48 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 15 QB hits.

While Green still hasn’t found a new home, he’s been a popular name. The defensive end met with the Ravens earlier this offseason and later visited the Panthers. The pass-rusher has also been in contact with the Seahawks about a potential reunion.

Considering Green’s breakout 2021 campaign (and limited track record), he’d be a logical fit for a Texans squad that’s looking to make the most of their resources during their rebuild.

Panthers Host Rasheem Green, Ryan Switzer

Much of the talk around the Panthers right now is related to the upcoming draft, but the team is still combing through the free agent market. Carolina hosted defensive linemen Rasheem Green yesterday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link). The day before, they worked out wide receiver Ryan Switzer (Twitter link via ESPN’s Field Yates). 

Green, who will be 25 by the start of the season, enjoyed a breakout campaign last year, the final one on his rookie contract with the Seahawks. In 17 games (including 16 starts), he posted 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Along with that production, he demonstrated the ability to play at various positions along the defensive line which made him a highly-touted third-round pick.

Green already visited the Ravens in March, so this meeting with the Panthers shows the interest he has generated. Rapoport adds, however, that the USC alum “has remained in contact with Seattle” regarding a new contract there. The Seahawks have added the likes of Shelby HarrisQuinton Jefferson and Uchenna Nwosu to their front seven this offseason, and met with Mario Addison as well.

Switzer, 27, has bounced around throughout his career. Traded twice in the 2018 offseason (from the Cowboys to the Raiders, then to the Steelers), he has only made 50 catches in 41 career games. He is most known for his return ability, with a nearly 22 yard-per-return average and three touchdowns to his name running back kickoffs. He signed a reserve deal with Cleveland last January, but hasn’t seen the field since 2019. In Carolina, he would add depth to a WR room headed by D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, and which also features the likes of Terrace Marshall and Rashard Higgins.

Ravens To Meet With Rasheem Green

The Ravens are set to meet with Rasheem Green (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). We haven’t heard much about Green in recent weeks, but the former Seahawks defensive lineman could be on the verge of finding a new home.

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Green enjoyed a career year in 2021 with 6.5 sacks, nearly doubling his previous career total. He also added to his highlight reel by turning a blocked XP into a two-point conversion against Washington. No longer a seat warmer, Green started in 16 of his 17 games and showed himself to be one of the most impactful defenders in Seattle.

That’s the kind of production the Seahawks were hoping for when he fell to them in the third round of the 2018 draft. In his last year on campus, the USC product was deployed mostly as a defensive tackle, but he still managed ten sacks for the Trojans.

After losing much of his 2020 to injury, Green put it all together last year as he notched 34 quarterback pressures. He also proved his versatility, moving from defensive end to defensive tackle to outside linebacker whenever needed. Green won’t turn 25 until May, so teams like the Ravens believe that he has plenty of room to grow.

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/7/20

Here are Saturday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team