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By Marc Lawrence — NFL teams have scooped up more than 70% of the ESPN’s original top 100 free agents this week, either through market signings or by using the franchise and transition tags. That doesn’t mean the well is dry, however. The contention is 15 of the best players are still remaining. As always, this list is focused toward the philosophies of most teams rather than simply 2019 production or skill level in a vacuum. Age is crucial as teams attempt to project future performance – 26 and 27 are the sweet spots – and certain positions are always higher priorities. Here are two that rank near the top: Jadeveon Clowney Edge: Rented (cheaply) for the season by the Seahawks, Clowney reaffirmed most existing impressions of him: He is a difference-maker when healthy. But the market hasn’t formed as some thought it might, possibly because of his injury history … Jameis Winston, QB: All you need to know about Winston is that in 2019 he became the first player in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in the same season. His downfield explosiveness is undeniable, but his turnover rate is totally out of sync with today’s passing-friendly league. It had been 31 years since a quarterback threw as many as 30 interceptions in one season… Click here to see more

Show Me The Money
I tweeted this out yesterday: Central Florida DC Randy Shannon, former head coach at Miami, became the highest-paid assistant coach among Group of 5 programs after pay bump from $300K to $1 Million. He also received a one-time $300K retention bonus. The Knights will pay their assistants $3.5 million this season.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 Playbook Football Preview Guide Magazine: A Football Fast Fact worth its weight in gold: When the Carolina Panthers signed star XFL QB P.J. Walker it marked a reunion between Walker and Matt Rhule, his head coach at Temple. Walker was a 4-year starter and led the Owls to consecutive bowl games. He was also 5-0 with the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL.
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