NFL News from 02/08 to 02/11/2018
49ers re-sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a 5-year extension worth $137.5 million (per Mike Garofolo)
This contract will make Jimmy Garoppolo the highest paid player on an annual basis. Although it may seem like an overpay for a quarterback with only 7 career starts under his belt, it is actually a very savvy move by General Manager John Lynch and the 49ers front office. With very little money already committed to other players on the roster, the 49ers could afford the massive cap hit this contract will make initially, and after 2 years, they can rid themselves of this contract pretty easily if Garoppolo proves not to be worth it. Now with the quarterback position officially figured out in San Fran, they can focus the rest of their cap and efforts on acquiring as much talent as possible all over the field.
Chiefs release CB Darrelle Revis (per ESPN.com)
This move was fully expected and will save the Chiefs from an $8.8 million roster bonus that was due in March. Darrelle Revis started the 2017 season without a roster, and with doubts on whether or not he would even play again at all. In November, the Chiefs signed him to help their struggling secondary, and while he never blew anyone away, he held his own for the most part and showed that he may still have a place in the NFL if he decides to keep playing next season.
Vikings hire John DeFilippo to be their Offensive Coordinator (per Adam Schefter)
This is a huge get for the Vikings, as John DeFilippo was praised around the league for his work with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles last season as QB coach for the Eagles. He is considered an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks, being pegged by some as possibly the next Sean McVay, although I’m sure we’ll hear that comparison made a lot over the next few years. The Vikings were in need of a new OC after Pat Shurmur left to become Head Coach of the Giants. Shurmur tried bringing his QB coach, Kevin Stefanski, to New York with him to become his Offensive Coordinator, but this move was blocked by the Vikings.
Minnesota is likely looking at the big picture by blocking this promotion by Stefanski. If DeFilippo shows well as Vikings Offensive Coordinator, he could very well be promoted to Head Coach next season, and if that happens, Stefanski will be waiting in the wings, having learned under Pat Shurmur and John DeFilippo. The Vikings have some big decisions to make at QB this offseason, as all of Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford are set to become free agents, and DeFilippo is expected to have a huge role in those decisions.
Lions extend GM Bob Quinn through 2022 (per NFL.com)
Although Bob Quinn has been the General Manager in Detroit for two years now, this has been his first opportunity to handpick his own Head Coach. It made sense that he went with the Patriots’ Matt Patricia, as the two have roots in New England together, and now the two should be tied together for the next five years. With a franchise QB already in place, Quinn and Patricia have all the time and resources they should need to put a competitive team on the field over the next few years, and it’ll be fun to see how that works out for the two.
Colts hire Frank Reich to be their new Head Coach (per Mike Garofolo)
After Josh McDaniels bailed on them last week and announced that he would not be the next Head Coach in Indianapolis, the Colts have to be ecstatic with the man they ended up hiring. A former NFL quarterback from the 80s and 90s, Reich got his start in coaching under the Tony Dungy-led Colts in 2008. His first two years of coordinating experience came in 2014-15 with the San Diego Chargers. He was hired to be Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles in 2016 and 2017 and played an instrumental role in the Eagles Super Bowl run, formulating a nearly perfect offensive gameplan in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
This will be his first head coaching experience. With Chris Ballard as GM, Reich as Head Coach, and Matt Eberflus running the defense, the Colts seem to finally have the right people in charge, capable of turning this team around. All three men should be given a really long leash, as Indianapolis was one of the most talent-deficient teams in 2017 and without a doubt have some rebuilding to do before they can get back to being a playoff contender, with or without a healthy Andrew Luck. As for the Eagles, they watch two talented offensive minds walk out the door in a matter of days, and now have some work to do in replacing them.