Today, multiple NFL teams including the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Chicago Bears made some key roster moves to help bolster their roster and hope to compete strongly throughout the rest of the season and near future.
First off, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars rewarded outside linebacker Telvin Smith a mega deal that is worth $44MM that could reach up to an even $50MM over the next four seasons.
The 26-year old tackling and turnover producing machine has recorded two interceptions, one forced fumble, and 46 tackles in seven games this season to help put his team in a winning record of 4-3.
Next, the Seattle Seahawks needed to find pass rush help with Cliff Avril out for the remainder of the season and Michael Bennett playing with a bad foot, so they reached out to the spin master Dwight Freeney. Adam Schefter reports that his deal is only for the remainder of this season.
Freeney is 37 years old and seems that he does not want to hang up his cleats yet. He played last year for the Atlanta Falcons and produced three sacks and recorded a 26.5% pressure mark, which was not bad as he only played in roughly a third of Atlanta’s defensive snaps.
Furthermore, the Lions continue to spend money on their special teams by extending Matt Prater to a three-year deal worth $11.4MM, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. If the veteran kicker reaches his bonuses, he could make a maximum value of $12.15MM in his deal. The deal, which could keep Prater in Detroit through the 2020 season, also includes a $3.6MM signing bonus.
Prater has not slowed down at his age, which most kicker nowadays do not, plus he owns the four longest field goals in Detroit’s history.
In addition, Prater has made 84 out of 98 attempts in a Lions uniform, which gives him a solid 85.7 field goal percentage.
On the other hand, the Houston Texans receive great news with starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz returning to practice after suffering that nasty concussion against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week one.
The 26-year old Iowa product, was a major part of the Texans’ offense in 2016, where he procuded a career year by piling up 54 receptions for 559 yards and four touchdowns.
However, we have a trade to announce that could help Mitchell Trubisky for this year and possibly next year. The Chicago Bears traded for a reliable target in Dontrelle Inman, who the Chargers traded to the Bears earlier today for a conditional seventh-round pick in the deal, based on Inman production this season, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Also, The 28-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2016, with career-highs in receptions (58), receiving yards (810), and touchdowns (four), but when the team selected Mike Williams in the first round this year and seeing Keenan Allen return to full strength, it marked mostly an end to Inman’s playing time as a Charger.
Finally, Inman should receive playing time instantly with the receiving corps being lackluster and headlined by Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright.
Note: If Inman plays well for the rest of the season, expect the Bears to retain his services.