The Steelers linebacker took to Twitter on Monday to clarify the status of his rehabilitation after a report Sunday stated he had “regained movement in his legs” and “begun a regular walking routine.”
Wentz is a special talent, no doubt. But at the moment, he’s dealing with the base concerns about long-term durability, the first hurdle to a consistent, successful QB career in the NFL. Foles, meanwhile, has the unmistakable glean of the Lombardi Trophy in his hands.
Foles also has the advantage of being drafted when Pederson was the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach in 2012; and of being coveted as a backup with the Chiefs because of his old connection to Pederson; and being traded to rejoin Pederson.
Sure, Pederson was in charge when the Eagles drafted Wentz, but the coach has had more time to see Foles’ evolution and knows exactly what he has in him now. It’s not about comparing what Wentz did earlier in the season and what Foles did late in the season.
It wouldn’t shock me to see the Giants work out a trade to move up one spot, especially if we start to hear reports of the Browns leaning toward the UCLA QB despite his disinterest in playing in Cleveland. The period of time between the combine and the start of free agency is going to be fascinating for this team; imagine if the Giants move up to No. 1 and also trade Eli Manning to a team like the Jaguars during the first week of March.
Structure is everything with NFL contracts, since the deals aren’t fully guaranteed. Any Redskins offer with less than $40 million fully guaranteed at signing won’t be taken seriously by Cousins’ camp. The five-year, $75 million contract the Redskins gave free-agent cornerback Josh Norman last April with a player-friendly structure had $36.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.
Allen indicated that the Redskins are committed to getting Cousins signed before the July 15 deadline that franchise players have for long-term deals. It’s probably going to take a contract in the same ballpark as the five-year extension Andrew Luck received from the Colts last offseason, which reset the NFL pay scale, to lock up Cousins long-term. Luck’s contract averages $24.594 million per year and contains $87 million in guarantees, of which $47 million was fully guaranteed at signing.