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Archive for July, 2011

NFL veterans robbed Cameron Newton to pay Olindo Mare

Posted by Chase Stuart on July 28, 2011

Olindo Mare gets paid to kick footballs, not to predict the future. So cut him some slack for being wide right on one projection. In March, he said that he would give a hometown discount to Seattle.

I think that whole highest bid thing for me is not quite as important with the four kids.... [On whether he would give Seattle a hometown discount] Oh, absolutely. For sure. I would be stupid not to. The Seahawks gave me an opportunity. I always take that into consideration also. But we’ll see. I have to get a offer first.... What would be great would be is if there was a bunch and it would show that people appreciate what you do, and that’s always flattering. Just to get all your options available. If you signed [for] three, four, five years, that would be your last contract. You want to make sure that everything was done right. But yeah, Seattle will definitely get a home discount.

Mare was operating under the assumption that a few teams would pay him market salaries and he'd sign with Seattle if they were in the same ballpark. In 2008, he signed a two-year contract for $3.25 million, good money for a 35-year-old kicker. Seattle didn't want to give a long-term contract to a 37-year-old placekicker, so they franchised him for the 2010 season, electing to pay him $2.8 million for one year instead of giving him a contract extension. Presumably, in the spring of 2011, Mare was hoping for something along the lines of a three-year, six million dollar deal. That would be a bump over what he signed three years earlier in both years and per-year value, and would be a coup for a 38-year-old kicker.

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2011 Free Agent Tracking

Posted by Mike Kania on July 27, 2011

Now that the NFL is back to business as usual, we've added a free agent tracker with a list of current free agents to be updated as signings happen. The chart lists each player's career AV plus his AV over the last three years & is sortable if you want a quick look at who's the best player available (as long as your definition of "available" includes the perpetually-rumored-to-be-going-somewhere Brett Favre).

6 Comments | Posted in General, Site Features

PFR Improvements (July 22, 2011)

Posted by Neil Paine on July 22, 2011

The owners and players may still be struggling to agree on a CBA, but we're definitely ready for some football. Our new programmer Mike Kania has been hard at work for the past nine weeks, and here are some of the new site features he has implemented today:

  • A better, faster navigation system along the top of all pages (roll-over the "[+]" to expand the menu and get more choices).
  • Fixes to various bugs, especially with regard to Approximate Value.
  • Row summation for player gamelogs -- click the rows of any two games, and we'll display the total stats accumulated over that span.

There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned. And be sure to email us if you have any questions or comments about the site.

16 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Site Features