Injuries were a big part of the reason the New York Giants passed on re-signing 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara this offseason, instead showering Janoris Jenkins with a five-year, $62.5 million contract ($28.8 million guaranteed). Amukamara ended up with a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars don't appear to be worried about Amukamara's lengthy injury history.
"He's a guy that we've normally shied away from in terms of the injury history but his injuries haven't been reoccurring," Caldwell told reporters at the NFL owner's meeting on Monday. "They've all been different injuries at points in time of his career; kind of a little freakish to some degree. He just feels like it's a prove-it deal for him and he's motivated to play well and the risk for us wasn't a high risk for a one-year deal."
Precisely. The Giants could not make an expensive, long-term commitment to Amukamara after 25 missed games in five years. The Jaguars could easily make a one-year commitment to a talented former first-round pick.
Now, let's go touring SB Nation and find out what else the other fine football writers around these parts are talking about.
Alfred Morris signs with Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys hope they have the running back they were lacking last season now that they have signed former Washington Redskins back Alfred Morris. The folks at Blogging the Boys are happy to have Morris on a two-year deal.
Morris is considered a perfect scheme fit for the zone blocking scheme that Dallas prefers although the Dallas' offensive line showed they can master any scheme really. Morris sees the hole and hits it with great vision and balance. He's also got that home run mentality as Cowboys fans are all too aware of. Dallas needed more depth at running back and Morris could compete for the starting gig right away if asked to. In only four years in the NFL, Morris has almost 5,000 rushing yards, 29 touchdowns and a 4.4 yard per carry average. Not bad for the Cowboys to grab a player that has often had success against them, especially when you can take him from a team you see twice each year.
Over at Hogs Haven, it seems like folks aren't ready to bridge-jump over losing Morris to a division rival.
In 2016 whoever the Eagles draft may not be the right choice, no draft pick is certain. But not drafting Ezekiel Elliott will be the right choice, no matter who they take.
That's no knock against Elliott. He'll probably be a really good player. But running backs today are not worth first round draft picks, no matter how good they are. The NFL is continuing it's trend of more passing nearly every year, because passing the ball is much more efficient.
Baltimore Beatdown offers an excellent memorial to Tray Walker.
"When you bring in a coach like Rex Ryan, I think at the end of the season, he learned to [be] like, 'I can't be saying a lot more stuff. I can't be saying stuff like I did in the past. I got to really go out and prove that I'm worthy of being a head football coach in the National Football League,'" Thomas said, via ESPN. "So I think this year, coming into it, you're going to see a different Rex Ryan. I think that's gonna be a shocker to a lot of different people around the country.
"But I think he's learned his lesson. You have to perform on the field. And when you talk as much as he did last year, and the performance wasn't there, a lot of people are going to doubt, ‘Are you the right coach for the Buffalo Bills?' And I think now, he's into his second year, I expect him to go to the playoffs. But we'll wait and see on that."