With the Giants reportedly applying a price tag to a potential Odell Beckham trade and with Beckham reportedly interested in being traded (to the Rams, maybe elsewhere), momentum continues to build toward a deal being done.
So if a deal is done, which team would be the best team to make that deal?
“Football is a violent sport and it can be scary but I know what I’m signing up for,’’ Cravens said. “I think we all do. I’m well aware of my situation and this is my decision to continue to play. I’m not going to second-guess my decision to go out there and play. I’m planning on making plays and being the same physical player I’ve always been and I’ll live with the consequences because this is my choice to do so. Every man, every woman, they have a choice they can make. This is my choice.’’
If he plays like he did in 2016, the Broncos will be happy he made that choice. But the possibility of another concussion — and possibly another decision to stop playing — will loom, especially if Cravens plays with the kind of physicality he intends to display.
The 2011 labor deal revamped the compensation system at the top of the draft, implementing a rookie wage scale that prevents busts from absconding with millions. Unfortunately, this keeps the non-busts at the top of the draft from getting proper compensation until their teams decide to give them a second contract.
Those who arguably have earned a new deal (given that their fith-year options were exercised) but who are still waiting for a new contract include Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack, Falcons tackle Jake Matthews, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Titans tackle Taylor Lewan, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Cowboys tackle Zack Martin, Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James, Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks, Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett, Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon, 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby.