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02 Mar 2015, 10:00pm by Vincent Verhei

Texans Grant Johnson Permission To Seek Trade

Andre Johnson is second behind Reggie Wayne among active players in both receptions and receiving yards, but it appears two-time NFL receiving champion has reached the end of the line in Houston. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have given Johnson permission to seek a trade, and if no deal can be made, they will cut the best player in franchise history.

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4 comments, Last at 3:13am by Mr Shush

02 Mar 2015, 06:04pm by The Outsiders

Open March Salary Cap Cut Thread (LATEST: Finnegan, Walton, Moore)

This will be a running thread to discuss and announce major salary-cap related player cuts before teams all need to be under the 2015 salary cap on March 10. (Click to read more.)

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43 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2015, 8:54pm by chemical burn

02 Mar 2015, 02:53pm by Vincent Verhei

Franchise Tags (LATEST: Gostkowski, Clay Tagged)

We wil update this thread throughout the day with franchise tag news. Some of the early stories:

  • The Denver Broncos have used the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. This guarantees Thomas $12.8 million in 2015 salary. It also means that tight end Julius Thomas is almost certain to hit free agency.

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27 Feb 2015, 06:33pm by Matt Waldman

RSP Film Room: QB Coach Will Hewlett on Jameis Winston

Hewlett has consulted with NFL, UFL, and NCAA coaches and continues to work with quarterbacks in the SEC, ACC, Big 10 and other conferences. He joins Matt Waldman in the RSP Film Room.

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27 Feb 2015, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

The Combine Survivor Effect

For years now, analytics people have been attempting to find some sort of correlation between NFL combine results and success in the league, so we can use the combine to provide some guidance on who should be drafted, and when. For the most part, these studies fail to find any connection. Even when we play around with combine results here at FO, we don't really get good forecasts unless we blend them with college game stats, as in Playmaker Score and SackSEER. This is a really interesting theory from Brian Burke over at Advanced Football Analytics explaining why this is.

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2 comments, Last at 28 Feb 2015, 1:43pm by Mr Shush

24 Feb 2015, 02:16pm by Vincent Verhei

How Madden Ratings Are Made

Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight has a look at the folks at Electronic Arts who determine which players get a 95 and which get a 94, and then deal with the fallout from unhappy NFL stars. Includes a brief look at the history of football video games, including the phenomenally under-rated Front Page Sports: Football Pro, which had the best playbook editor I've ever seen.

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17 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2015, 7:00pm by Lance

24 Feb 2015, 07:48am by Matt Waldman

RSP Boiler Room: UGA WR Chris Conley

Chris Conley blew up the Combine. He looks good on tape, too.

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23 Feb 2015, 10:46am by Matt Waldman

Conversion Program: OT T.J. Clemmings

Eric Stoner gives an excellent primer of o-line footwork while profiling his pet project in this year’s draft, a former defensive lineman converted to offensive tackle.

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19 Feb 2015, 11:02am by Andrew Healy

One Play Away: Most Influential Plays in NFL History

After a wild postseason that included the most influential play in NFL history (by a mile), here is an updated version of some analysis that I've done at Football Perspective, a list of the 25 most important plays in the Super Bowl era.

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33 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2015, 2:31pm by Travis

16 Feb 2015, 05:45pm by Aaron Schatz

Introducing Expected Contract Value

Great series over the past week on the website OvertheCap.com featuring a new metric by Bryce Johnston. The idea here is to come up with a metric for measuring the value of a contract that gives us the most accurate accounting of how much of the contract is likely to be earned by the player. Johnston used regression analysis to determine that roughly 80 percent of the decision-making about when to cut NFL players is driven only by the numbers of the contract, not the actual value of the player.

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17 comments, Last at 24 Feb 2015, 2:33pm by Never Surrender