Evan Silva of Rotoworld writes that former Seahawks tight end, who received a five-year, $25 million deal from Minnesota, $9 million of which was guaranteed, was the most overpaid player in free agency.
Carlson did not play a down in 2011 because of a torn labrum in his shoulder that he suffered during training camp, which required season-ending surgery. The Notre Dame product was productive in his first two seasons in Seattle, but struggled in 2010 because he had to stay in and block more. And he also dropped a few more balls than usual that year.
Seahawks defensive tackle Red Bryant (five years, $35 million, $14.5 guaranteed) also makes an appearance on the list.
Silva: Carlson's five-year, $25 million deal made him the NFL's 12th-highest paid tight end in terms of annual average. While his $9.1 million in guarantees were more reasonable and put Carlson a few notches lower in the league's tight end contract rankings, it's still quite a pricey sum for a guy who didn't play a down last year and lacked an impressive track record in previous seasons.
Carlson ran a 4.89 forty at the 2008 Scouting Combine and has struggled mightily as a blocker in the NFL. He has a history of concussions and tore a labrum in his shoulder last August. While Carlson will be 100 percent for OTAs, his first four seasons suggest Carlson stands little to no chance of meeting the expectations set forth by the money he's making. Especially once 2011 second-round pick Kyle Rudolph easily surpasses him as Minnesota's go-to option at tight end.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down safety play in a cover 2 defense.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in his latest mock draft.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Seattle selecting South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has Seattle selecting Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
With New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton scheduled to go in front of league commissioner Roger Goodell for his appeal on the bounty scandal today, Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports has a story on former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams speech before his team’s NFC
Championship playoff game at San Francisco. It’s a profanity-laced pep talk recorded by documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon that has some pretty specific references about his defensive guys trying to injure Niners’ players, which you can listen to here.
To be honest, except for the specific references to injuring players, I’ve heard similar speeches growing up playing football. But I don’t think this is going to help Peyton any.