I don’t know what goes on Limp Bizkit’s set list in 2021, but I’ll find out tonight. Weather permitting, of course.
• Today is a notable date on the NFL calendar, as it is the final day for players given the Franchise Tag to sign extensions with their current teams. If nothing goes down by 3 p.m. CT, then designated players will suit up while under the Franchise Tag. And while the tag pays either the average of the top-5 salaries at a player’s position (or 120 percent of their previous salary), there isn’t a player who doesn’t want the security of a multi-year deal. But as things stand right now, I’ll guess no one who was given the tag is getting a long-term extension:
Seven franchised players — Bucs WR Chris Godwin, Jets S Marcus Maye, Panthers RT Taylor Moton, Bears WR Allen Robinson, Jags OT Cam Robinson, WFT G Brandon Scherff, Saints S Marcus Williams — have until 4:00 today to sign extensions.
No deals likely at this time, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2021
The #Bucs and star WR Chris Godwin are not expected to reach a long-term extension by tomorrow’s deadline, sources say, though the team clearly values Godwin as a core player. They will work to keep him long-term this coming offseason, as they did this past offseason.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2021
• This is all too similar to the Allen Robinson II situation. Remember how much we heard about the Bears valuing Robinson last summer? Time flies. But the big difference is that Tampa has built up some goodwill among fans by winning the Super Bowl. Proving that, once again, winning cures all.
• It is mind-boggling how the Bears have fumbled the bag when it comes to the Robinson situation. And to think, it could get pricier from here. Once the tag deadline passes this afternoon, the Bears won’t be able to negotiate a new deal with Robinson until after the season. Meanwhile, the likes of Davante Adams, A.J. Brown, DK Metcalf, and Calvin Ridley could all jump the market and reset the market a few times over by then. So, what could be a $20 million AAV as fair market value for Robinson could jump a few million in the offseason to come. I’m willing to guess that number could jump to $25 million annually. In other words, the Bears could cost themselves $7 million by not being proactive here and not getting a deal done at this time last year. Ouch, babe.
• As if Robinson needed more motivation, ESPN’s list of top-10 receivers snubbed him. As a reminder, ESPN’s poll is a result of votes from 50+ NFL players, coaches, scouts, and executives. It’s a jury of peers keeping Robinson on the outside looking in on the top-10. I’m obviously rooting for Robinson as a member of the Bears. But on an individual level, I hope he shows out in a big way!
• I’m looking forward to seeing what Tarik Cohen can do once he is back at full strength:
— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) July 15, 2021
• Tarik Cohen racked up 1,169 scrimmage yards in a nice 2018 season. He found the end zone 8 times as a rusher/receiver, threw a touchdown, and led football in total punt returns and yards. The Bears missed that do-it-all dynamics last years. And even though it might be a while until he is at full strength, I’m curious to see what it looks like again when Cohen starts putting on all those hats.
• Here’s to Akiem Hicks continuing to hunt as a member of the Chicago Bears until he decides he wants to hang ’em up:
• Eddie Goldman sure looks like someone who plans on playing in 2021:
Sled workout for Chicago Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman.
Over 1,000 pounds.
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) July 14, 2021
• I’ll be looking forward to this:
22+ minute film room on Fields, Nagy, and the Bears offense in general dropping tomorrow (or technically today, depending on what time zone you're in)
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) July 15, 2021
• Switching positions is all the rage these days:
Veteran ex-WR Jordan Matthews has added 15+ LBs & will work out this weekend as a TE for NFL scouts at the HUB camp in SD. He attended TEU & has been working out in Nashville with a group of TEs including George Kittle & Robert Tonyan. He is repped by noted TE agent Steve Caric. pic.twitter.com/B6JF99jh6U
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2021
• Get well soon, Rich:
• Big facts:
There may never be a Blackhawks player that means as much to the team as Duncan Keith did in his time in Chicago. https://t.co/wX19UePhCs
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) July 14, 2021
• I knew I had seen this move before:
• Ed Howard is Chicago’s very own and I hope the Jackie Robinson West Little League product and Mount Carmel High School grad keeps hitting:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) July 15, 2021