The Patriots already turned down his fifth-year option, meaning that they believed Shelton’s value on a one-year deal was roughly worth a top-100 pick in the draft.
That begs the question: Why did Cleveland move Shelton? Shelton played the second-most snaps among defensive tackles for the Browns last year behind Trevon Coley. Despite playing nearly 200 reps fewer than Coley, Shelton finished with only one tackle at or behind the line fewer. Despite being a hulking nose tackle, Shelton was making plays in the backfield.
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has a dead cap number worth $2.5 million more than his cap hit this year, meaning that after years of not meeting expectations, he somehow still costs more to release than to keep. Williams’ contract situation is why he is still on the 2018 roster while Dez Bryant sits in free agency.
Unfortunately for Dallas, Williams, who posted a career-low 568 receiving yards in 2017, may have to start 16 games for the team. Here are the career receiving yardage totals from the Cowboys’ top veteran receivers:
For Leonard, it doesn’t make sense for the Spurs to trade him (if he’s healthy) or for him to want to leave. From the Spurs’ perspective, he’s too talented to let leave. From Leonard’s perspective, there’s way too much money on the table that only the Spurs can offer him. Unless the relationship is irreparably strained and Leonard doesn’t care about the money, it’s tough to imagine a trade happening. It would be difficult for San Antonio to get fair value back, and the organization has shown in the past it’s not going to simply give away a disgruntled star for pennies on the dollar.
Vinnie Iyer (NFL writer): Although history shows trading players with their unique combination of superstardom and sudden baggage is always difficult, it would be a little easier for the Spurs to move Leonard than the Giants being able to deal Beckham. There’s more tangible and reasonable return for Leonard’s services out there and less question marks about the overall impact he can have on another team. Weighing all the personality, durability and contract issues Beckham has, New York is limiting its suitors with its unreasonable asking price.