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Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs


Cap-squeezed Ravens to pay injured Suggs

Last week, we talked about reports that the Eagles were going to cut the salary of left tackle Jason Peters, who tore his Achilles tendon while working out near his home, by 3.5 million. That is the same amount they will have to pay Demetress Bell, the player signed to play left tackle in Peters absence.As noted in the article, the Eagles have every right to deduct the money; in fact, they could have not paid Peters at all since he was injured away from the team facility. They told Peters they were docking his pay for salary cap reasons. The Eagles are about 16.8 million under the cap.The Ravens face a similar situation in regards to linebacker Terrell Suggs. He also tore his Achilles while working out near his home. The NFL defensive player of the year is due 4.9 million in 2012 and according to a report the Ravens are going to pay him all of it even if he cant come back late in the season as he hopes.The Ravens are in a much less comfortable cap position than the Eagles are. As of March 30 they were about 1.7 million under. The Baltimore Sun report gives some reasons why this is the logical move for the organization. Jeff Zrebiec says that docking Suggs pay would send a bad message to the rest of the team, could mar Suggs future with the team and, besides, there is no indication that Suggs did anything wrong.The exact same reasons for the Ravens giving their injured player 100 percent of his pay could apply to the Eagles and Peters, who, like Suggs, is arguably his teams best player.Again, what the Eagles did was perfectly legal according to the CBA. But given that Peters wasnt doing anything high risk like skiing or skydiving when he got injured and that he was jus trying to get in shape to do his job, it doesnt seem quite right.Look at it this way. If you are an NFL free agent and you are deciding between comparable offers between Philly and Baltimore, where are you going to play?

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Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

On Sunday Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins booted five field goals against the Giants, including the game winner with 1:51 left to play. Today he received reccognition for his day. 

Hopkins was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first member of the Redskins to get the honor since Kai Forbath got in Week 8 in 2014. 

Hopkins has not missed a field goal all year, hitting 11 of 11. His 5 for 5 performance on Sunday tied the team record for field goals in a game without a miss, somthing that has been accomplished only five times. 

MORE REDSKINS: Junkies on Beckham Jr.: 'He's a wreck'

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The Sports Junkies on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'He's a wreck'

The Sports Junkies on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'He's a wreck'

On Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. caught seven passes for 121 yards against the Redskins. However, also on Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. got into a fight — and lost — with a piece of sideline equipment, had to be calmed down by Eli Manning and, at one point, looked like he was in tears.

Following the contest, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo made some comments about Beckham needing to become less of a distraction. So, during their Wednesday show, the Sports Junkies gave their take on whether or not the star receiver's behavior was an issue.

To put it simply, they roughed him up like that piece of sideline equipment from MetLife Stadium. 

LURCH: Of course it was... How is it not? How is it not a distraction?

CAKES: He was fighting with the practice net. Of course it's a distraction.

LURCH: He was screaming at everybody on the Giants' sideline.

CAKES: He was crying on the sideline.

E.B.: Why is it always a receiver?

LURCH: That guy's a mess.

E.B.: It's always a receiver.

CAKES: Because they're high-strung divas.

LURCH: He's a wreck.

E.B.: Receivers are the worst.

LURCH: He's a great player, but man, what a wreck he is.

Watch the full segment in the video player above to fully digest the Junkies' disgust, unless you're a Giants fan.