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NFL Waiver Priority For Week 4

Starting today, the NFL’s waiver claim order will be reflective of 2021 records, rather than 2020, as ESPN.com’s Field Yates tweets. As is the case with the NFL Draft, the order of priority is inverted based on win/loss record.

[RELATED: The NFL’s Waiver System, Explained]

In cases of ties – and there are many at this stage of the season – they are broken by the cumulative record of the team’s previous opponents. For example, the Jaguars and Jets’ (0-3) opponents have a combined record of 7-2; they have priority over the Colts and Lions, whose opponents have a combined record of 6-3. If two teams with the same record, and same opponent record, happen to claim the same player (as would be the case with the Jaguars/Jets, Colts/Lions, and so on), the dispute is settled with a coin toss.

With that in mind, here’s the full rundown of every team’s current waiver priority as we get set for Week 4:

  • T-1. Jaguars
  • T-1. Jets
  • T-3. Colts
  • T-3. Lions
  • 5. Giants
  • T-6. Bears
  • T-6. Steelers
  • T-8: Chiefs
  • T-8: Dolphins
  • T-8: Vikings
  • T-11: Eagles
  • T-11: Texans
  • 13: Washington Football Team
  • T-14: Falcons
  • T-14: Patriots
  • T-14: Seahawks
  • T-17: Buccaneers
  • T-17: Saints
  • 19: Cowboys
  • T-20: Chargers
  • T-20: Packers
  • T-20: Ravens
  • T-20: Titans
  • T-24: 49ers
  • T-24: Bills
  • T-24: Bengals
  • T-24: Browns
  • 28: Raiders
  • T-29: Cardinals
  • T-29: Panthers
  • T-29: Rams
  • 32: Broncos

How NIL Rights For NCAA Athletes Impact The NFL

In case you hadn’t heard, college athletes are now able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Late last month, the Supreme Court issued a landmark (and unanimous) decision that essentially held that the NCAA cannot limit education-related benefits student-athletes receive for playing sports. Though the opinion did not specifically address NIL rights, it is clear that any effort the NCAA makes to restrict such rights would be construed as a violation of this country’s antitrust laws.

As such, the NCAA voted to suspend its NIL-related amateurism rules, thereby allowing student-athletes to monetize their NIL rights without fear of being declared ineligible. There are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered with respect to these issues — for instance, there is not yet a federal law that governs student-athletes’ NIL rights, so each athlete’s specific rights are dependent upon the state in which he or she attends college — but for our purposes here at Pro Football Rumors, there are two major takeaways.

One, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe details, the NFLPA has issued a memo to agents making it clear that while they are free to enter into marketing deals with collegiate players, such deals cannot include inducements for those players to sign with the agent when they elect to turn pro. In fact, agents are not even permitted to have discussions with the player about future representation. That will be a difficult rule for the union to enforce, but it’s worth noting nonetheless.

Also, there may now be some players who elect to remain in college longer than they would have before, as they may be able to make more money off of NIL rights as a collegian than they would from an NFL contract. Of course, prior to the developments of the last several weeks, the primary factor in a student-athlete’s calculus was whether staying in school would improve his draft stock. Now, that decision is a little more complicated.

It is true that the stars and slam-dunk first-round picks who will land rookie contracts worth millions of dollars probably will not see their decision as to when to turn pro impacted too much. However, players who are popular on-campus figures but who project as late-round draft choices will certainly have a great deal to think about.

Said agent Ron Slavin (via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com), “I think guys that might stay back in school are (popular) skill-position players that aren’t top-100 picks, who can make more money staying in school than going into the draft for a $250,000 signing bonus and maybe make a roster, when they can go back to their school, be the superstar, and maybe make 500 grand to a million.”

We will have to wait until next year’s draft cycle to see how all of this plays out, and more legislation could certainly be passed in the meantime. Until then, fans who are interested can access the Supreme Court opinion here, and they can review a summary of the current state of NIL rights via this piece from The Athletic College Football Staff.

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This Date In Transactions History: Rams Sign Jared Goff

Five years ago today, the Rams officially signed No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. The Rams were happy to sign the promising young Cal product to a four-year, $28MM deal in accordance with his slot, though they paid a hefty price for the right to draft him in the first place. 

After a classic Jeff Fisher middle-of-the-pack season, the Rams came into the offseason with the No. 15 overall pick and a major crush on Goff. A couple weeks before the draft, they pried the top choice away from the Titans with a Godfather offer, a package that included two 2016 second-round picks, plus 2017 first- and third-round choices.

Goff wasn’t everyone’s preferred quarterback in that class, but the Rams saw Goff as a more polished passer than North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. It was hard to argue with Goff’s potential – he threw for nearly 8,700 combined yards and 78 touchdowns during his final two college seasons. And, in his final year, he established new personal watermarks by completing 64.5% of his passes and throwing for 4,714 yards and 43 TDs.

In keeping with team tradition, the Rams also signed the rest of their entire 2016 draft class on this same day. Thanks to the blockbuster deal to get Goff, the Rams’ next pick didn’t come until the fourth round at No. 110 overall, when they selected the troubled-yet-talented Tyler Higbee, a tight end out of Western Kentucky. Higbee panned out — the rest of the class was spotty, including Goff.

With Goff under center, the Rams reached the Super Bowl following the 2018 season. After Goff threw for 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in the regular season and brought them to a snoozer of a championship game, the Rams rewarded him with a four-year, $134MM deal with $110MM guaranteed. That’s when things went south — Goff finished 22nd in Total QBR in 2019 and 23rd in 2020. Then, in January of 2021, the Rams swapped him — and a ton of draft capital — for Lions QB Matthew Stafford.

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  • Ability to follow the site’s style and tone.
  • Ability to analyze articles and craft intelligent, well-written posts summing up the news in a few paragraphs. We need someone who can balance quick writing with thoughtful analysis. You must be able to add value to breaking news with your own insight, numbers, or links to other relevant articles.
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Former NFL QB Colt Brennan Passes Away

Truly tragic news to pass along, as former NFL quarterback Colt Brennan has passed away at the age of 37, his father Terry Brennan told Stephen Tsai of the Star Advertiser.

He was doing so well, the spark was back in his eyes, and he was healthy and doing great, and it happened,” the elder Brennan said, explaining his son had been in the fifth month of a program at an inpatient rehab facility. ““He had been doing really (well),” Brennan said. “These guys were no-nonsense guys. It just got away from him. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain it better.

Brennan shined on the football field, becoming a superstar in college and elevating Hawaii’s program to heights nobody thought possible. In his record-shattering 2007 season, he led Hawaii to a perfect 12-0 record and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Between the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he threw for nearly 10,000 yards and 96 touchdowns. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2017.

After wrapping up his decorated college career, Brennan was drafted by Washington in the sixth-round in 2008. After a couple of years with Washington he had a brief stint with the Raiders, and then in the UFL, CFL, and AFL.

All of us here at PFR are sending our thoughts to Brennan’s family.

Browns Haven’t Ruled Out Sheldon Richardson Return

Sheldon Richardson became the latest high profile cap casualty when the Browns released him last week to save $11MM in space.

While Cleveland wanted to clear a hefty salary off the books to help make room for Jadeveon Clowney‘s contract, it didn’t mean they were unsatisfied with Richardson as a player. In fact, when speaking to the media this week, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski left the door open for Richardson to return, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes.

I hope there’s a scenario,” where Richardson comes back, the second-year head coach said. “Sheldon in particular played really productive football for us. He played through injuries, and he took great pride in getting to the playoffs for the first time in his career. He was a big part of that,” Stefanski raved.

Those are the hard decisions that are made. I really want to point out that Sheldon was such a big part of what we did last year.” Richardson spent the past two seasons with the Browns, never missing a game.

He’s still only 30 and won’t lack for interest on the open market, but it sounds like a reunion is a real possibility if he’s willing to come back at a reduced price.

NFL Sets RFA Tender Prices

Although much of the NFL’s restricted free agent news will be overshadowed in the coming days, teams have until March 17 to tender their RFA crops. The prices for such moves are now set.

Here is how much it will cost for teams to tender RFAs, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter).

  • First-round tender: $4.766MM
  • Second-round tender: $3.384MM
  • Original-round tender: $2.183MM
  • Right of first refusal: $2.133MM

Restricted free agents are players who have three accrued seasons. With draftees’ rookie contracts running four years, this glut of players usually comes from the undrafted ranks. The PFR Glossary has more on this topic.

In the coming days, teams like the Broncos (Phillip Lindsay, Alexander Johnson, Tim Patrick), Chiefs (Charvarius Ward, Andrew Wylie), Patriots (J.C. Jackson) and others will need to make tender decisions. Were the Patriots to place a first-round tender on Jackson, they would be entitled to a first-round pick back if they refused to match an offer sheet. Were they to tender Johnson or Lindsay at the second-round level, they would receive a second-rounder back if they passed on matching an offer.

Restricted free agents can sign offer sheets through April 23 this year.

Raiders Host A.J. Bouye On Visit

A.J. Bouye‘s free agency tour is underway. On Monday, the veteran cornerback traveled to Las Vegas to meet with the Raiders, as Mike Klis of 9News tweets

Between his shoulder injury and PED suspension, Bouye was limited to just seven games last year after coming over from the Jaguars. The cornerback has two games to go on his ban, so he won’t be able to suit up for his next team until Week 3.

Bouye went from a UDFA in 2013 to one of the league’s highest paid defensive backs. After some solid seasons with the Texans, he scored a five-year, $67.5MM deal from the Jaguars in 2017. Unfortunately, Bouye didn’t live up to expectations in the long run — to be fair, most of the Jaguars’ defensive players were lackluster during that stretch. The Broncos agreed to take him on last year, in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Bouye did impress in his first Jacksonville season, earning second-team All-Pro honors with six interceptions. There’s reason to believe that Bouye could pan out on a low-cost deal, especially since he’s still only 29, but he won’t get that chance in Denver.