Mike Rodak notes that $2.5 million of Bills DE Trent Murphy‘s salary is now fully guaranteed for the 2019 season now that that fifth day of the league year has passed. Murphy also received a $500,000 roster bonus.
Rodak says this “virtually ensures” Murphy will be back for the 2019 season, unless Buffalo wants to eat $6.5 million in dead money.
Bills DE Jerry Hughes was also paid a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year, per Rodak.
New Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick told reporters on Tuesday that other teams were interested in signing him and the financial terms “were similar.” (Armando Salguero)
However, all of the other teams had starters “penciled in” so the Dolphins were his only chance to start.
According to Greg Bedard, the Browns are not and won’t be an option for Patriots free agent K Stephen Gostkowski, which leaves New England with the only other kicker vacancy.
Mike Reiss reports that DTMike Pennel‘s contract with the Patriots is a two-year deal that carries a base value of $5 million and includes playing-time incentives that increase the maximum value of the agreement to $8 million.
Reiss says Pennel projects as a starter next to Lawrence Guy for the Patriots.