Seems like the start of a busy weekend.
Seems like the start of a busy weekend.
Funny how the NFL works now, you have your best season, but are job hunting a month later.
Ah, the weird, wild, wonderous world of the salary cap.Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrisbob
Muhammad has gone to the Bears:
Here's the story
Updated: Feb. 26, 2005, 10:33 AM ET
Muhammad likely to get $10 million in guarantees
By Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- For wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, released Friday afternoon by the Carolina Panthers, the stay in the NFL unemployment line was a brief one.
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
93 1405 16 15.1 51 295
Less than 12 hours after the Panthers terminated Muhammad's contract, rather than pay him a $10 million roster bonus, the veteran wide receiver and the Chicago Bears reached an agreement in principle on a multi-year deal, ESPN.com has learned. There remains some work to be done on contract language and distribution of funds, sources said, but the two sides are in accord on all key parameters of the deal.
Because some details remain, specifics of the contract were not yet available. But it is assumed that Muhammad will receive in the area of $10 million in total guarantees and will earn an average of between $5 million-$6 million in the first three seasons.
The agreement came in the early hours of Saturday morning, around 3 a.m, after a long night of negotiations between agent Joel Segal and Bears officials. The Bears were one of the first teams to contact Segal when his client's availability became official on Friday. Several other franchises checked in with Segal as well but Chicago, which has made the upgrade of its wide receiver corps and offseason priority, moved very aggressively to close a deal.
There has been plenty of speculation here, where teams have gathered for the annual combine workouts, that the Bears would address their wide receiver need in the draft, perhaps by choosing University of Michigan star Braylon Edwards with the fourth pick in the first round. How the acquisition of Muhammad affects the Bears' draft plans remains to be seen.
Adding the nine-year veteran Muhammad provides young quarterback Rex Grossman, who will go to training camp as the starter, a proven and dependable target.
Chicago wide receivers combined for just 111 catches, 1,561 yards and three touchdowns in 2004. The leading wideout, David Terrell, posted 42 receptions for 699 yards and one touchdown. The consensus, even before the Muhammad deal, was that Terrell, a first-round choice in the 2001 draft, would be cut in the offseason.
A former Michigan State standout, Muhammad, 31, is coming off the finest all-around season of his career. He registered 93 catches for 1,405 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Most impressive about Muhammad's 2004 performance was that it came without fellow receiver Steve Smith on the field.
Smith suffered a season-ending broken leg in the first game of the year, taking away the Panthers' premier deep-ball threat. But despite facing weekly double-team coverage in Smith's absence, Muhammad flourished and he led the NFL in receiving yards.
For his career, Muhammad has 578 receptions for 7,751 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has five seasons of 60-plus catches and three years with 1,000 or more receiving yards. Muhammad, who will turn 32 in May, appeared in 125 games, and started in 113 of them.
Carolina on Friday made the difficult decision to terminate Muhammad's contract because it simply was prohibitive for the Panthers. With the $10 million roster bonus, a base salary of $650,000 and some prorated charges, Muhammad carried a salary cap charge of $12.5 million for 2005.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
Most projected the Bears would take a WR with their first round pick. I wonder if that's still in the cards now.
I figured the Bears were a lock for Braylon Edwards, but Lovie may try to shore up his defense a little now. Although, the combination of Edwards (6'3" 208), Muhammad (6'2" 217), David Terrell (6'3" 212), & Justin Gage (6'4" 215) could really create mismatches for smaller nickel and dime backs.Quote:
Originally Posted by NickSeiler
I thought Terrell was a certain cap cut for the Bears.
I still think there is a good chance thay draft a receiver. They want more weapons for Grossman, Muhammad, whilst good, is no spring chicken, so adding a highly touted rookie to go with Muhammad would give the Bears a real good set of receivers. I guess it depends on how they rate the draft crop and if there is anyone else they fell could help as much.
Here's what Muhammad got off the Bears:
-- More Muhammad Contract Details --
Sat Feb 26, 2005 --from FFMastermind.com
AP reports the Chicago Bears will give WR Muhsin Muhammad a $12 million signing bonus with his six-year contract, which is guaranteed money. "I don't think there is one person that's a Superman in this sport that can totally revolutionize or change a team," he said. ""But I have a lot of experience at what I do and I'm going to bring that experience to Chicago. I'm going to bring my leadership skills and hopefully I influence enough people to make the team better." ESPN's Len Pasquarelli adds the six-year contract can be worth as much as $30 million. It includes $12 million in total guarantees, and the first three seasons are worth $16 million.