Frank Schwab

  • Cam Newton's contract includes largest payout for first three years ever

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Cam Newton's contract is historic. Now the Carolina Panthers will hope his play jumps to historic levels.

    Newton not only got a mega-deal from the Panthers, it's one of the biggest the NFL has ever seen. Newton will make $67.6 million in the first three years of his five-year, $103.8 million deal, according to multiple reports. The deal became official on Tuesday.

    That would be the largest payout over the first three years of a deal in NFL history, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. USA Today's Tom Pelissero said Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held the record at $65 million. The deal includes $60 million in guarantees for injuries, according to reports.

    Newton is very talented and his production has been severely underrated throughout his career, but that's still a heck of a payout based on what Newton has done so far. And it must make the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks a little nervous.

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  • Adrian Peterson feels the love upon his return to Minnesota Vikings

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Either the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson have truly mended all fences or they were at least able to put on a really happy face on Tuesday.

    Peterson reported to OTA practices on Tuesday, after staying away during an acrimonious time. Peterson missed almost all of last year while dealing with a legal situation that stemmed from his young son suffering injuries when Peterson hit him with a switch. There were many reports that Peterson wasn't all that happy with the organization. You wouldn't have known that on Tuesday, when he and coach Mike Zimmer gave their news conferences.

    "I love this kid. I really do," Zimmer said. "I wouldn’t fly down to Houston to see him if he wasn’t important to me and to my program and our coaches and the rest of the football team."

    Peterson said that all of his teammates reacted with hugs and jokes when they saw him. He was asked why he reported now, and he said it was because he "just wanted to." He said it felt like family when he came back.

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  • Washington Redskins taking seats out of stadium yet again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    The Washington Redskins' plight isn't going to be unusual for many NFL teams going forward, it's just that the Redskins had one of the biggest stadiums in the league.

    That stadium is getting smaller, as far as capacity goes. The Redskins have removed thousands of seats from FedEx Field, the third time in five years the team has removed a large number of seats, according to the Washington Post. The Post said seats were gone from the top eight rows of the upper deck during an open house for fans hoping to buy season tickets, and the team said it would reveal full details of the stadium reshaping plan later. Although the team says it has sold out every home game for the past 47 seasons, attendance in the 85,000-seat stadium never topped 81,000 last season, the Post said. The attendance average was 77,964 as the team went 4-12. The team is hoping downsizing will help the fan experience.

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  • Nick Hardwick consumed an insane amount of food to play center in NFL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    When San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick appeared at his retirement news conference, it was shocking. He looked like he was half the size he was for his last NFL game.

    Not quite. But he lost 85 pounds in less than five months. That, of course, prompted speculation on how someone could quit the NFL and look like a new person in less than a half of a year.

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    Hardwick talked about the weight loss in a great story by Emily Kaplan of The MMQB, but the story has to begin with the weight gain. To maintain a body of about 300 pounds to play in the middle of an NFL offensive line, Hardwick's eating habits were mind-blowing. Here's what he told Kaplan he consumed every day:

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  • Chargers rookie, out with hamstring injury, chided for playing dodgeball

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    It should probably go without saying that if you're not healthy enough to participate in NFL offseason practices, it's not the best idea to go all out in a charity dodgeball tournament.

    It shouldn't comes as a surprise that the San Diego Chargers weren't happy to see rookie linebacker Denzel Perryman, who has been sitting out practices with a hamstring injury, getting crazy during the Fox Sports San Diego Dodgeball Tournament along with many other Chargers.

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    The difference between Perryman and his teammates at the dodgeball tournament is that his teammates are healthy enough to participate in their day jobs.

    You can picture the steam coming out of McCoy's ears as you read that.

    Perryman wasn't cleared for any team drills in the four OTA practices through Monday, when McCoy addressed Perryman's cameo with the Globo-Gym team.

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  • If Buffalo Bills won't sign Ray Rice, will anyone in the NFL?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The saga has gone on so long, with no real development for months, that it's easy to forget running back Ray Rice is still trying to get an NFL job.

    Don Banks at Sports Illustrated had an interesting piece last week, polling an array of NFL sources to see if they thought Rice would play again. The answers were roughly split. The most interesting answer from an NFL source to Banks singled out the Buffalo Bills as a potential spot, saying their new coach Rex Ryan " thinks the world of him from their time together in Baltimore [in 2008]. He loves him. He doesn’t like him. He loves him."

    A couple days later, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak shot down that theory. He said there's no interest by the Bills in Rice, who infamously struck his then-fiancee in an elevator last year. Rice was suspended, cut by the Baltimore Ravens and hasn't even been close to signing with another team since.

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  • Cam Newton will finally get his mega-deal from the Carolina Panthers

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Cam Newton is a polarizing figure among NFL quarterbacks, but it's not like the Carolina Panthers had any choice but to pay him.

    Newton was very close on Monday morning to an agreement on a five-year contract extension that was reportedly worth more than $100 million, according to multiple reports including the Charlotte Observer. Newton was slated to make $14.67 million in the last year of his rookie deal this year. His new contract will run through 2020.

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    Newton better be healthy and rebound to the levels of his first three seasons, because the Panthers will be investing in him for five more years. Not that they had any real choice in the matter, but now it's time for Newton to take an even bigger step forward as a quarterback.

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  • Adrian Peterson complains about contract situation, looks even worse

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Adrian Peterson is an all-time great football player, but he's not coming off well this offseason.

    The rumors that he wanted to be traded didn't come out of nowhere. Let's understand that. But now he's doing a 180 and acting like he never wanted out, that he actually just wanted more stability from Minnesota Vikings and "Go Vikings"and whatnot. Sure. What a coincidence that this turn came after Vikings coach Mike Zimmer basically told him there was no way he was playing with anyone else. 

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    Peterson took to Twitter to try to set the record straight, with a long series of tweets.

    Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?

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  • Denver Broncos suffer huge blow, lose OT Ryan Clady to torn ACL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    The Denver Broncos' offense needs to protect Peyton Manning and run the ball effectively, and both tasks got a lot tougher when left tackle Ryan Clady blew out his knee on Wednesday.

    In an OTA practice Clady tore his ACL and will likely miss the 2015 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday. The Broncos confirmed the news shortly after. Clady, who has been dominant at left tackle since his rookie year of 2008, has been to four Pro Bowls and has been selected first-team All-Pro twice. Now the Broncos have likely lost him for the 2015 season, months before the season starts.

    The Broncos' replacements seem to be this year's second-round pick, Ty Sambrailo, or Michael Schofield, a second-year player who has yet to appear in an NFL game. The team also signed veteran Ryan Harris, ESPN said.

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  • Retired NFL player needed new path, decided to become a psychologist

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    There are more than a few troubling stories of NFL players struggling to find their way once their football careers are done, but there are also many great stories like Kareem McKenzie's tale.

    A fantastic story by Lisa Zimmerman at the NFL's player engagement site tells of how McKenzie, who played in 161 games over 11 seasons with the New York Jets and New York Giants, needed something to do when his playing career was done after the 2011 season. McKenzie was just 32 and even though he had made plenty of money (including a $37 million deal in 2005) and was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, he was really just beginning his life.

    So he decided to become a psychologist.

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