Kevin Fishbain notes that Bears DT Bilal Nichols and C James Daniels received “proven performance escalators” to increase their 2021 base salaries. Nichols salary increases from $920,000 to $2.183 million for next season while Daniels will earn $2.183 million after being slated to make $1.437 million.
Rothstein also points out that Lions’ new QBs coach Mark Brunell had a 19-year playing career despite being a first-time NFL assistant coach.
As for a potential quarterback acquisition to keep an eye on, Rothstein names veteran Tyrod Taylor because of his background with Lynn while in Buffalo and Los Angeles.
Tom Silverstein reports that Packers HC Matt LaFleur will search leaguewide for a new defensive coordinator, but that doesn’t mean DB coach Jerry Gray will not get the job after a number of outside sources are interviewed.
Matt Schneidman of The Athletic takes a look at ten candidates for the Packers’ defensive coordinator job, including Gray, OLB coach Mike Smith, former Rams’ DC Wade Phillips, Wisconsin DCJim Leonhard, assistant coachKris Richard, Texas A&M DC Mike Elko, Steelers’ DB coach Teryl Austin, and Michigan State DC Scottie Hazelton.