Schneider is right when it comes to the ever-churning carousel of NFL roster management. Still, it’s hard to overlook what has been the biggest renovation project of the Schneider-Pete Carroll era in Seattle. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Lane and Paul Richardson are among the notable players who’ve left over the last month. Cliff Avril’s neck injury has jeopardized his career, and it remains to be seen if Kam Chancellor’s neck injury will continue to be an issue moving forward.
With the team parting ways with some highly valued veteran talent, can the Seahawks improve on last year’s 9-7 mark in the highly competitive NFC West It’s hard to say, but Schneider will be leaning on a new generation of players to make it happen.
The Alabama All-American joined Oakland as the fourth player picked in the 2015 NFL Draft. He became the third player in NFL history to produce seasons with at least 70 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two years in the league.
But in 2017, Cooper fell into the general downturn experienced by the Raiders, as they followed their 12-4 showing of 2016 — Oakland’s first winning record since 2002 — with a 6-10 record.
Cooper’s production dropped to 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns.
Injuries got the blame for the falloff. Cooper missed two games because of a concussion and ankle injury, and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr said Cooper was out there playing on one foot.
Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, New York would seek a first-round pick and then some if they were looking to deal their star player. Given that hefty price tag, and the massive contract extension a team would then have to dole out to Beckham, a trade seems unlikely.
The move comes one day after NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported DRC was asked by the new Giants regime to take a “significant pay cut” from his $6.5 million salary for the 2018 season. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that Rodgers-Cromartie was also asked to move to safety, but the corner will instead test the open market as an outside cornerback.
Former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman spent just one day on the market before signing an incentive-laden deal with the San Francisco 49ers . Sans Sherman, Malcolm Butler , Trumaine Johnson , Bashaud Breeland , E.J. Gaines , Brent Grimes , Morris Claiborne and Prince Amukamara lead this season’s free-agent cornerback class. Of those top talents, the 31-year-old?DRC is older than all of them but Grimes.
What does this mean for the Bills? : It wasn’t difficult to see Taylor’s departure coming. He was a candidate to be cut last spring before restructuring his contract with the team. The writing on the wall got even darker when he was benched for Peterman in Week 11 despite a 5-4 record. While Taylor would return to mark 14 starts on the season and help get the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the franchise’s lack of faith in him meant his days in New York were numbered.
The Chargers have great edge?rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, plus?a shutdown corner anchoring their secondary in Casey Hayward. Their 3-4 defense, however, is one speedy,?playmaking linebacker away from being truly elite. Evans?would be a huge?asset against?the pass, both in coverage and in blitz packages.
The Seahawks need to end their nightmare of duct-taping the offensive line and trying to solve problems by?moving players around. McGlinchey’s athleticism will allow him to be a rock of a right tackle for the long haul.