- Adam Schefter reports that Dez Bryant would have made $50,000 if he caught 25 passes in Saints’ last seven games, an additional $100,000 if he caught 30 passes, an additional $150,000 for 35 catches, and an additional $200,000 for 40 catches for a total of $500,000.
- Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots were still interested in re-signing CB Malcolm Butler at the right price this offseason, despite benching him for the Super Bowl.
- The Patriots reportedly told Butler’s agent to reach out to them if Butler didn’t get an offer to his liking. Rapoport adds that New England could have paid Butler around $10 million a year.
- Butler elected to sign a five-year, $61.25 million contract with the Titans over offers from the Texans and Bears.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Media spoke with some NFL agents this week who either have a client in position to franchised or could be in line for a second franchise tag who said they were unaware of loophole Le’Veon Bell is taking advantage of by sitting out the season and still getting credit for the tag.
Garafolo suggests players who could be multi-year franchise players could threaten to play under the first tag and sit out the second year if they don’t get a long-term extension done.