Zaslal: čt Kvě 16, 2019 8:28 Předmět: Eddie Goldman: Possible camp Bears extension?
The Chicago Bears and general manager Ryan Pace have had a busy off-season. Starting with hiring head coach Matt Nagy Mike Singletary Jerseys 2019 , followed by an impressive Free Agency and draft haul. Despite such an active off-season, they find themselves sitting around $24 million in cap space to play with, even after eventually completing the final rookie contract in eighth overall pick Roquan Smith.Each year it seems as if Pace prefers to take around $20 million into training camp for in-house extensions, or even last minute signings like Josh Sitton. Regardless, the fourth-year general manager has done an impressive job of maintaining salary cap flexibility as well as quality amounts of rollover space into the following year.When Pace was asked about a potential extension in the coming weeks, he said there was no official update. However, he did say he’s pleased with the progress of potential talks.Over the past two seasons, the team has given out three contract extensions before week one, with two of those coming last season in the way of Charles Leno Jr. and Akiem Hicks. In the coming weeks, the same opportunity will be available to lock up a key player or two. Their focus may be on the more important of those two, nose tackle Eddie Goldman.Reasons to ExtendWith the current 90-man roster, the Bears have roughly $71 million tied up on the defensive side of the ball, in comparison to the $91.4 million invested on the offensive side.Currently, the team’s defensive line ranks fourth in positional spending on the roster. The only big contract comes in the way of Hicks at the position, which allows for another reasonable expense. With a collection of young talent behind Hicks at the five-technique position, they have plenty of flexibility within the overall budget to extend the 24-year-old.Over his first three years in the league, it’s been no secret that the Bears defense is at their best with him on the field, and there’s a sizable drop off without him in the lineup. It’s also worth noting that Goldman’s role in the nickel was expanded. This makes him more of a three-down defensive linemen White Gale Sayers Jerseys , compared to some of the others players that could be on the market next March.Reasons to WaitI’ve thought long and hard about any reason why the Bears might want to wait on an extension to Goldman, but much like Akiem Hicks last year, I couldn’t find one.The reality is quite simple — He’s an ascending talent who has shown the ability to be a three-down player that finally stayed healthy for 15 of the their 16 games this past year.If the Bears choose to wait on a deal, they’re likely to regret it. Obviously, this is just speaking of the team’s decision, not Goldman’s preference — who may also choose to test the market for a higher pay day in March.Pace drafted Goldman, and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has had all three years with him, so it’s more than likely that they know what they have in him. It’s also more likely that their value of him is close to what Goldman’s camp will have, as well.Determining ValueGoldman’s value may be somewhat hard to gauge due to the difference in perceived value of a 3-4 nose tackle, versus the more traditional 4-3 one-technique.Contrary to that distinction, the average price of a top 10 defensive tackle is hovering right around $13 million per year. Things could get interesting, even for a nose tackle that averages less than 60% of snaps per game.The large difference between players like Fletcher Cox, Jurrell Casey, Hicks and the Bears’ young run stuffer, is simply sack production and snap percentages on a yearly basis.While someone like Goldman could rack up more sacks as a five-technique, his biggest value comes from stopping the run as a two-gap defender up the middle. Especially with the recent draft pick of Roquan Smith (who will thrive when the defensive line is keeping things clean in front of him).Goldman’s age, combined with his upside, will help him cash in Gale Sayers Jerseys 2019 , but the fact that he has yet to play a full 16-game season heading into his fourth year is also something that must be taken into consideration, especially when looking at a long term deal.Here’s an idea what to look for on the high and low side of an extension this summer:High point: Brandon Williams (Ravens) - 5 years/$52.5 million with $33.75 million guaranteedPhoto by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesWilliams’ deal was signed last off-season, as he tested the early Free Agent market but opted to return back to the Baltimore Ravens on a deal averaging $10.5 million per season.At the time of the deal, he was 28-years-old, but a more proven commodity than Goldman (at this point in his career).Even with the cap rising another $10 million since this contract was signed, this is likely the most Goldman would see in a deal. Especially given Williams plays the same exact role in the same front, as a more established producer.Low point: Nick Fairley (Saints) - 4 years/ $28 million with $14 million guaranteedPhoto by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesSadly for the former Detroit Lion, he was never able to play football on this deal. Shortly after signing, a critical heart condition was discovered and he failed to play another snap in the NFL.This contract is just a year old and he was 27-years-old when signing. Granted he’s more of a pass rusher than Goldman is, but he was an ascending talent with a similar ceiling.When looking at lower contracts, the drop off from $8 million per year to $5 million per year came quick. So, this makes projecting the low side a bit more difficult. What Goldman Should Expect to SeeJust look at the deals signed over the past two off-seasons from similar players in similar roles, and you’ll see the going rate for a rising and/or proven nose tackle averages around $9-10 million per year. For Goldman, that price won’t be any different, even with an early extension.It’ll pay in the long run to lock Goldman down now, even if the price doesn’t seem like much of a discount in August.Projected Deal for Goldman:5 years/ $47.5 million with $26.5 million guaranteed Vance McDonald arrived in Pittsburgh on the eve of the 2017 regular season, far too late to have any say in his locker assignment.And the tight end hardly complained about being placed at the end of a long row of offensive linemen.Still, he made a request going into 2018. He wanted to move. More specifically White Walter Payton Jerseys , he wanted to move to a locker right next to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger."I like Ben, Ben likes me," McDonald said Thursday. "It's kind of hard to communicate. I'm not going to exactly go out of my way to talk to someone. So a lot of back and forth chit-chat happens casually in the locker room and vicinity and I wanted to be next to him."Unfortunately for the Steelers, the locker room is the only place where McDonald and Roethlisberger have been side by side. McDonald missed almost all of training camp while dealing with an undisclosed foot injury.He finally returned to practice this week only to spend Wednesday and Thursday catching passes from backup quarterback Josh Dobbs while Roethlisberger gives his aching right elbow a rest."I keep teasing him, just about the time we get Vance back practicing, all the guys back practicing, Ben's not practicing," offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said. "There's not been one day since fall camp ... that we have practiced as a full unit. That isn't an excuse. It's never going to be an excuse."Instead, it's been a frustrating reality, particularly for McDonald. The Steelers acquired him from San Francisco at the end of training camp in 2017 enamored with both his size (6-foot-4, 267 pounds) and his speed.It didn't take McDonald long to showcase the latter. Pittsburgh visited Chicago in Week 3 last fall when McDonald chased down Bears defensive back Marcus Cooper on the final play of the first half after Cooper blocked a Chris Boswell field goal.McDonald knocked the ball loose just before Cooper crossed the goal line for a touchdown. The Steelers ended up losing in overtime, but McDonald's hustle play made an immediate impression.The trouble is, McDonald struggled to build on it. The list of issues that limited him to six games and 14 receptions in the regular season included a bruised knee, a sprained ankle and a shoulder problem. Still, he finished with a flourish, posting career highs in catches (10) and yards receiving (112) during a playoff loss to Jacksonville.The Steelers hope it is a sign of things to come at a position that's been steady but not spectacular since Heath Miller's retirement in February 2016.Ladarius Green lasted just one season before being released in the spring of 2017 after dealing with ankle surgery and the lingering effects of a concussion. Jesse James continues to evolve from a fifth-round pick into a regular contributor, but isn't considered a downfield threat.That's not a problem for McDonald, who averages a healthy 13.5 yards per reception."He's got explosion at the position Walter Payton Jerseys 2019 , he's got playmaker ability, no doubt," Fichtner said.Getting that explosiveness onto the field consistently has proven tough. He left practice on July 29 with a foot injury, forcing him to stand on the sideline and watch while trying to absorb the transition from former offensive coordinator Todd Haley to Fichtner. McDonald admits he could feel his muscles twitching while watching the tight ends go on without him."You're going through those muscle patterns just to get the reps because you can't do it physically," he said. "It's huge, it's key."How much McDonald plays against the Chiefs is uncertain. He hasn't taken a hit from an opposing player in nine months and he's cautious about doing too much too soon. He's also aware, however, that the Steelers need another threat to take some of the pressure off wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, particularly with running back Le'Veon Bell — the NFL's 10th-leading receiver in 2017 — still away from the team waiting to sign his one-year franchise tender."We all know AB is a great player, established and JuJu is a rising up and comer he's going to continue to develop," McDonald said. "So it's whatever you can do to help the offense roll."NOTES: In addition to Roethlisberger, RG David DeCastro (fractured right hand) and CB Joe Haden (hamstring) also did not practice. ... DT Tyson Alualu (shoulder) was limited. ... DE Cam Heyward (knee), who missed practice on Wednesday, was a full participant.
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