NFL Notes: Cardinals, Dolphins, Seahawks, Vikings


  • Mike Jurecki points out that the Cardinals are putting a larger emphasis on compensatory picks when it comes to losing and signing new free agents.
  • As of now, projects the Cardinals to receive a third-round pick for DL Calais Campbell, a fourth-round pick for S Tony Jefferson and a fifth-round pick for DB Marcus Cooper.


Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Dolphins have removed the final year of DE William Hayes‘ contract, which means he’ll be a free agent next offseason.

According to Yates, the Dolphins almost immediately restructured Hayes’ contract shortly after they acquired him in a trade with the Rams last week.

Hayes was set to earn a $2 million roster bonus on March 11 to go along with a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2017 season with $1 million of this being guaranteed and another $5 million in 2018 (non-guaranteed). However, Hayes’ new contract gave him a $2 million signing bonus to go along with a $2.7 million base salary fully guaranteed.

In total, Hayes’ 2017 compensation is reduced to $4.75 million from the $5.5 million he was set to make. The Dolphins essentially gave Hayes $1.7 million of his contract guaranteed for a small reduction in pay and the removal of the final year.

Hayes, 31, is a former fourth-round pick of the Titans back in 2008. He spent four years in Tennessee before signing on with the Rams in 2012. In 2016, Hayes appeared in 14 games for the Rams and recorded 43 tackles and five sacks.



  • According to Ben Goessling, the Vikings expressed “cursory interest” in QB Nick Foles before he agreed to two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday. (NFLTR)

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