In the National Football League, there is only so much a team can do when it comes to circumventing the league’s salary cap. Unlike other professional sports leagues, where willing teams are allowed to pay a luxury tax for having a total payroll that exceeds their respective salary cap, NFL teams are subject to fines, a loss of draft picks, and voided contracts for violating the league’s strict salary cap rules. As a result, teams are constantly forced to restructure contracts and make the difficult decision of releasing some of their most popular players to ensure that they remain in good salary cap standing.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants don’t like each other. They never have and they never will, but that doesn’t mean they can’t respect each other. Although it’s usually trash talk flying across the lines, Eagles safety Rodney McLeod took things in a different direction this week, offering his praise for Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Asked about Philly’s toughest wide receiver challenge within the NFC East, McLeod chose Beckham Jr. over both Dez Bryant and DeSean Jackson. “Odell Beckham,” McLeod told 247 Sports. “The guy’s explosive, has the ability to take a five-yard slant and turn it into 60 yards just like that in the blink of an eye. His ability to catch the ball is great,
4.) A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals. After five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start his career, Green missed six games and finished with only 964 yards and four touchdowns. I see a bounce back year from one of the game's elite playmakers. Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has 7,135 receiving yards, trailing only Brown, Jones and Demaryius Thomas. 5.) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Evans is coming off a monster year where he led the NFL in targets and first down receptions. The third-year receiver made his first Pro Bowl after posting career-highs in catches (96), yards (1,321) and touchdowns (12). Jameis Winston routinely gives the 6-5, 230-pounder opportunities to make plays with multiple