NFL Notes: C.J. Spiller, 49ers, Browns, Patriots, Titans


C.J. Spiller

Jason Fitzgerald of offers some clarity regarding C.J. Spiller‘s contract and player option for next season.

The prior CBA agreement allowed teams and players to negotiate a sixth year for players taken in he top portion of the draft.

According to Fitzgerald, the sixth year of these agreements are essentially  a “dummy year” that worked as a salary cap placeholder for prorated money from an option bonus paid in the second year of a player’s contract.

However, the sixth year is voidable once a player reached the minimum playtime threshold, which according to Fitzgerald is around 45 percent of the team’s snaps  in any year thereafter.

Other players with similar voidable years include: Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, Eagles OLB Brandon Graham, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and Titans DE/OLB Derrick Morgan.



  • HC Mike Pettine told reporters that “we don’t know where we are at the quarterback position.”
  • Pettine added that QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) will rest today. (Mary Kay Cabot)



  • Titans signed CB Ri’Shard Anderson to their practice squad.

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