John Glennon updates us on why Kendall Wright remains unsigned as we get closer and closer to the opening of training camp. The sticking point (which PFT essentially covered a few months ago) is a fluky discrepancy in how much guaranteed money he is entitled to at the 20th slot in this draft. Here's the gist:
In 2011, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked defensive end Adrian Clayborn at No. 20 and they signed him to a fully guaranteed four-year contract of $8.2 million.
So it would make sense that, Wright, taken 20th this year by the Titans, would also want a fully guaranteed four-year deal.
But it's not quite that simple.
In the weeks after Clayborn signed last year, three players who were selected before him in the first round - tackle Nate Solder (New England at No. 17), defensive lineman Corey Liuget (San Diego at No. 18) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (New York Giants at No. 19) - all signed contracts that were fully guaranteed for only three years, with only part of the final year guaranteed.
So the Titans can certainly claim that Clayborn's four-year guarantee at No. 20 last year was an aberration, perhaps the result of Clayborn being the very first first-round pick to sign a deal under the new CBA.
That opinion would seem to be backed up so far this year, as the 17th, 18th, 19th and 21st picks have already signed - and none have received completely guaranteed four-year contracts.
Kenny Britt made a good showing in PFF's three-year Yards Per Route Run for WRs, and now Jared Cook pops up (to much less acclaim) as the 13th overall TE by the same metric. Much like Britt, though for different reasons, Cook has one of the lowest total routes run of the group, and it's really his strong showing over the past two seasons that puts him in the top half of the rankings.
Paul K reviews Scouts Inc.'s offseason grades, including the Titans' mark of C.
Arian Foster turned full-bore vegan this offseason, which is going to take an unreal level of discipline to keep up as an NFL running back. Of course it's not as hard as those unfamiliar with vegan options may think, overcoming the palate fatigue that comes with having such limited options for such mass quantities of protein takes a lot of will power.
We stole Kendall Wright right from under the nose of the Browns in the draft, so now they're sniffing around another Baylor WR, Josh Gordon. Gordon will be one of the star players eligible in the supplemental draft on Thursday.
Former Titan Lance Shulters was charged with domestic assault in Nashville last Monday. Shulters was let go by the Titans back in 2005, and bounced around the league until he retires in 2008.
The only reason I'd be for the current incarnation of Van Halen playing at the Super Bowl is to put the final nail in the coffin of any argument that David Lee Roth is, or ever was, even a serviceable live performer. He's the worst, and I mean that. I love those early albums, but DLR on stage is a sad, delusional clown who they have to bury in the mix because he can't physically sing 2/3 of the lyrics of any of their loud songs. Sammy is a tequila-slinging clown on stage these days, but at least he can still perform without lapsing into vaudeville pantomime, jazz hands, unintelligible dialogue or waving a sword for ten minutes while the band stalls the opening of a song waiting for Dave to start singing (all of which have happened pretty regularly over the past few years, I promise you).
Ron Perlman and Spectral Motion, FTW. It's times like these I love that the Internet exists.