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+ Peter King initially broke the story Monday evening that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signed a three-year extension worth $27 million in an effort to free cap space for the New England Patriots during free agency.
And that's exactly what it did.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Patriots will "pick up" $8 million in cap room for 2013 and another $7 million in 2014 before the goes "up big in 2015".
Don't worry. Tom Brady and wife won't be resorting to paper plates anytime soon to help his team acquire new talent. According to Albert Breer with the NFL Network, if you combine Brady's old deal with the new one, the contract essentially becomes a five-year deal worth $60 million with every penny of that guaranteed.
+ According to SportsCenter, the top-nine projected cap values of quarterback contracts heading into 2013.
We're not sure where he ranks among the NFL quarterbacks, but we do know that Andy Dalton's $1.4 million cap number is outside the top-40.
+ Speaking of pricey contracts, reports are surfacing that the Oakland Raiders are going to either restructure Carson Palmer's contract and it's not out of the question they end up parting with Palmer all together. Palmer is scheduled to earn $13 million in 2013 and you've already noted his cap number above.
And the Bengals still have Oakland's second round pick. Perhaps draft a running back with that pick and allow Hue Jackson to coach him. Talk about poetry.
+ According to what Jason La Canfora is hearing, the salary cap could be anywhere between $122.5-$123 million. Franchise tag numbers can't be finalized until the salary cap is determined. This matters for the Cincinnati Bengals, who could be using their tag on either defensive end Michael Johnson or offensive tackle Andre Smith.
+ Reports are also surfacing that with Brady signed through 2017, the New England Patriots are putting quarterback Ryan Mallett on the trade market. For those you "throwing this out there", we know that Mike Brown favored Mallett over Andy Dalton, but don't expect a move to be made here. The last thing Dalton needs is someone looking over his shoulder that's in the same uniform. He's having enough issues of that from opponents.
But more reasonably argued, Dalton will be a free agent in two years, roughly the same time Mallett would be. Acquiring Mallett would suggest you're finished with Dalton and the Bengals aren't.
+ For local fans, Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer details why Walter Fields with the University of Cincinnati wasn't allowed to workout at the NFL Combine this weekend.
Keith Fields, who is Stewart's foster father, said that Stewart was informed around 2:30 a.m. Monday that he would not be allowed to take part in Monday's workouts for defensive linemen and that he was red flagged medically. Stewart was born without the posterior arch of his C1 vertebra, which was discovered after he suffered a neck injury in UC's Oct. 13 win against Fordham. Stewart though did take part in interviews with teams.
+ The Boston Globe released a study over the weekend that explored just how much the charity organizations created by professional athletes actually give back. For example:
Some athletes are almost as good at bringing attention — and money — to important causes as they are at their sports. A nonprofit founded by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, for instance, raised $839,244 between 2008 and 2010 and spent 91 percent of the funds on scholarships and grants to help foster teens attend college and transition to adulthood.
Other organizations aren't so charitable or transparent at least:
A foundation started by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status. Yet the group’s website still tells visitors the A-Rod Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization.
We advise caution when reading into something like this. Nonprofit organizations created by professional athletes doesn't mean that said professional athlete is even actively involved (they have others do it). Athletes mainly just use their name to help bolster donations for their respective organizations.
+ Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested in Miami Sunday after allegedly going to a neighbor's house, wasted out of his god-loving face and caused a ruckus.
Now he has the mug shot of mug shots. Just. Wow.