Why the first 3 rounds of the NFL draft are critical for teams

On April 28, 2016, the NFL will hold its annual draft. NFL teams spend millions of dollars on scouting departments
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NFL to Players: “Uh, we owe you about $50 Million”

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Late breaking news from BleacherReport.com:

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What NFL Players Get Paid During Training Camp

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NFL training camps are in full swing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean players are making hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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NFL Top 50 Players Merchandise Sales

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1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

7. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

8. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

9. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

10. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

11. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

12. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

13. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

14. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

15. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

16. Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers

17. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

18. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

19. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

20. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Read the rest of the Top 50 via Yahoo Sports

2015 NFL Free Agency: $1.5 Billion in Contracts Signed by Players

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NFL free agency kicked off on Tuesday March 10th. Numerous players either stayed or left their teams in pursuit of greener pastures. How much in contracts were signed this past week? Sportrac.com has a system set up tracking these numbers and here is the breakdown from studying the signings.

– Over 100 free agents signed

– Average length of contracts is 3 years

– Total amount of all contracts signed (disclosed/undisclosed) tops over $1.5 Billion

– Total amount of guaranteed money NFL teams must pay is $634 Million. The top five contracts account for $170.9 Million of that.

NFL contracts almost never get fully paid out. Each year these contracts are reworked, players cut, retirement or clauses are invoked terminating the amounts paid. Guaranteed money is paid out in full barring any contract clauses not met.

2015 NFL Playoffs: How Much Do the Players Make?

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The NFL playoffs are about to begin and what people do not know is how players are paid for their appearance in these games. Players contracts are set up to pay throughout the season for the sixteen games they play. If they make the playoffs then they are paid the same as every other player on the team.

Here is a breakdown of the last years 2014 Playoffs/Super Bowl payouts. I would expect these numbers to increase for this years by a small amount:

• Wild-card game (division winners): $23,000

• Wild-card game (non-division winners): $21,000

• Divisional playoff game: $23,000

• Conference championship game: $42,000

• Super Bowl winners: $92,000

• Super Bowl losers: $46,000

A player on a division winner that plays in a wild-card game and goes on to win the Super Bowl would receive $180,000 (or $45,000 per game), the largest possible share.

H\T Kevin Manahan