- Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com writes that the Cardinals would be smart to sign DB Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal, as it would prevent them from a possible fight over whether he would qualify as a cornerback based on where he lined up.
- Pro Football Focus mentions that Mathieu played 68 percent of his snaps at cornerback in 2015, despite many assuming that he’s mainly a safety.
- The franchise tag for a cornerback in 2016 was $13.95 million comparted to just $10.81 million for a safety.
Packers president Mark Murphy told reporters on Thursday that they have applied to host the NFL Draft in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
“We think it’d be great for the league to have the draft here and celebrate the smallest market in the NFL,” Murphy said, per Rob Demovsky.
- Murphy also mentioned that they’re not interested in playing an overseas game in China: “I didn’t even go to Ted (Thompson) on it.” (Jason Wilde)
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett admitted that he’s still unhappy about his current contract.
“I just want to be fairly compensated with the top guys in the league,” Bennett said. “I’m definitely one of the top five defensive ends.” Bennett went on in more dramatic language. “It is never-ending,” Bennett said, via The Huffington Post. “Especially when people are getting new contracts every day. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Damn, really?’ I’m just to the point where it’s kind of like, if you don’t think I’m valuable, then just get rid of me.”
Bennett is currently the 27th highest-paid defensive lineman in the NFL and in the third year of his four-year, $32 million contract.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said they play to address Bennett’s contract at some point.
“We’re gonna make an effort,” Carroll said. “An effort so he remains a Seahawk.“