The 49ers opted to pick up the so-called fifth-year option on Arik Armstead’s contract, meaning the former first-round pick from Sacramento is under contract through the 2019 season.
All draft picks are signed to four-year deals as rookies. When it comes to first-round picks, however, teams have the option of picking up a fifth year at a higher number that is based on the player’s position and where he was taken in the opening round.
In the front seven, Carolina will replace Star Lotulelei’s snaps with free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler. Outside of that swap of defensive tackles and Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension, the front seven should continue to roll through the NFC. The team’s secondary is what could hold it back on defense.
The Panthers should be on the fringe of both the NFC South and NFC wild-card races this season, but they’ll need time to get back on track after past decisions have tied the offense’s hands.
The Chicago Bears have a tough schedule this season. On top of playing the rest of the NFC North鈥攖he Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions each could be in playoff contention鈥攖hey also have to play the NFC West, including the fast-rising聽Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
Cleveland nabbed Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, while the New York Giants stayed at No. 2 and took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
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The MMQB’s聽Albert Breer聽and Robert Klemko added that the Pats were denied a meeting with Mayfield until after they acquired the No. 23 overall pick as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.
New England entered the draft owning selection Nos. Womens T. J. Oshie Jersey 23 and 31, but it likely would have needed to offer much more to get to No. 2, including next year’s first-round pick.
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On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady officially committed to聽play in 2018.
Brady was the NFL MVP last season and turned in a dominant performance in New England’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with 505 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he will be 41 by the time the 2018 season begins.