Vikings Hall of Famer Bud Grant Passes, Teams Scrambling for Cap Space, and Other NFL Bullets
The Minnesota Vikings and the NFL lost a legendary face of the game today. Hall of Fame head coach Bud Grant has died.
- Grant was 95. The former Vikings head coach led the Vikings to four Super Bowls. Grant actually started his athletic career in the NBA, where he won a championship with the Minneapolis Lakers. Grant played in the NBA, NFL, and CFL. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL). At the age of 29, Grant took over as the coach of the Blue Bombers and won four Grey Cups before taking over for Norm Van Brocklin in Minnesota in 1967.
- While in Minnesota, Grant led the Vikings to Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, and Super Bowl XI. Grant coached the Vikings in 1983. He ended his NFL coaching career with a 168-108-5 record.
- The NFL world is reacting to the loss of Grant his afternoon. Here are some clips and tweets that I found interesting:
- With the start of free agency barreling down upon us, teams continue to scramble to create cap space to work with. For example, the Los Angeles Chargers freed up $25.99 million in space with restructures of Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack’s contracts.
- ESPN’s Field Yates reported the restructures of Bosa and Mack’s deals. Khalil Mack’s cap hit for 2023 will now be $16.6 million, and Bosa’s will be $15.8 million.
- Yates also reported that the Raiders reworked Maxx Crosby’s deal, opening up $7.53 million in cap space.
- The Denver Broncos were also busy on Friday. Denver released multiple players, including guard Graham Glasgow, running back Chase Edmonds, and cornerback Ronald Darby. Denver’s moves has them up to $33.13 million in cap space heading into free agency this week.
- As expected, the Rams released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd on Friday. The Rams also released TE Roger Carter, DB T.J. Carter, WR J.J. Koksi, TE Jared Pinkey, WR Jaquarii Robinson, WR Jerreth Sterns, and DT Brayden Thomas.
- As of this morning, Over the Cap has the Rams at -$9.08 million in cap space.
- However, Friday’s biggest story involved the Bears, and was a HUGE story! The Bears traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to the Carolina Panthers for a haul that includes two firsts, two seconds, and wide receiver DJ Moore!
- The Bears will move back to No. 9 this year and get a second-round pick from the Panthers. They will also receive their 2024 first-rounder (which could very well be a top-five pick) and a 2025 second-round pick. Plus, they land DJ Moore, who is under contract for three more seasons.
- Even while vacationing in Florida, Luis was all over the blockbuster trade.
- Enjoy your Saturday!
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