Every agent who represents a head coach should be licking their chops because of what Gruden’s payday means for the market.
Gruden’s salary makes his the second-highest head coach salary in the NFL. It had to be exorbitant to lure him away from ESPN and Monday Night Football, where Gruden was reportedly making upwards of $6.5 million per year.
Jon Tayler: The catastrophe that was Darvish in the World Series—3 1/3 innings pitched, nine runs allowed, zero strikeouts, and enough flat sliders to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool—probably left most GMs wary of handing him $100 million. So, too, will his age (31) and the reconstructed ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. At least one team, though, is familiar with and fond of Darvish: his old club, the Rangers. Should Texas lose out on Ohtani, I expect them to pursue and pick up this winter’s other Japanese ace, bringing him back to the Metroplex to front a rotation in desperate need of a No. 1 starter.?
Gabriel Baumgaertner: Darvish might be the last major free agent to sign. The teams that need him the most (Brewers, Twins) don’t have the money he wants, and the teams that do don’t really need him. In terms of raw stuff, Darvish remains one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball. Unfortunately for him, his abysmal World Series performance didn’t help the idea that he’s a potential star who will never fulfill his potential. My guess is the Phillies, who have a host of promising young prospects, a lot of money, and an awful starting rotation.
He’s become one of the best receivers in the NFL in just two seasons. Part of that has been his hunger for success, and the other part is his natural talent.
The Saints desperately needed to get Drew Brees a fresh weapon on the outside, and took Thomas in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. They struck gold, because Thomas played like a first-rounder.
So, too, did the antics of Russell Wilson, dubbed by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as the “human joystick.” He tore the game open on a third-and-10 play midway through the third quarter, when Eagles defenders say he changed the snap count to get them to tip their defensive call, a cover-zero blitz that sells out to get to the quarterback and keeps no defenders deep. He shifted the protection, kept the tight end in to block and threw a 47-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to the Philly 1, leading to the touchdown that would put the Seahawks up 17–3.