On Thursday, the same day the Colts placed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserve to officially end his season and the Texans lost their rookie sensation QB Deshaun Watson for the year to a non-contact knee injury.
On the upside, the trade deadline provide some punch, highlighted by the 49ers acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in a trade. With that, here’s a look at The Post’s NFL High Five for Week 9:
Most trades leading up to or during the NFL Draft (April 27-29) are for current or future draft choices instead of veteran players. Draft picks are the most cost-effective players in the NFL. Their salaries are determined by a rookie wage scale that doesn’t pay productive ones anything close to their true worth.
Redskins president Bruce Allen confirmed to The MMQB’s Albert Breer at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in late March that Cousins was offered a five-year extension over the $23,943,600 franchise tag he’s currently scheduled to play under this season. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, this is the same $20 million per year offer with low guarantees that was made around the time of the NFL combine in late February. The offer is below the average of 2016’s top 15 quarterback deals, which is approximately $21.225 million per year.
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Bills: They traded down in the first round from No. 10 to 27 to acquire more picks (a 2018 first-rounder and 2017 third-rounder) and still addressed their biggest needs 锟斤拷 secondary and receiver. They lost CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Robert Woods to free agency, and they addressed CB in the first round with LSU’s Tre’Davious White and WR in the second round with East Carolina’s Zay Jones.
Panthers: Their plan was twofold: A need for speed and more help for QB Cam Newton. The marquee pick was Stanford’s dynamic RB Christian McCaffrey in the first round. He immediately fills three needs 锟斤拷 change-of-pace back, receiving threat out of the backfield and a punt returner. Brooklyn’s Curtis Samuel, another jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon, was taken in the second round. Samuel will line up as a slot WR and replace the departed Ted Ginn Jr.