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Everything You Need to Know About NFL Free Agency

It’s the free agency signing season once again. It is considered the first phase of the NFL offseason, making it crucial for roster building purposes.

NFL fans wait for this glorious moment in the league, and for sure, you have questions. You can be confused or curious.

NFL Communications has always been well-prepared with answers.

Things to know about NFL free agency

When is the NFL free agency signing period?

The two-day signing period happens in March. This 2020, it will be officially on March 18. However, the teams may negotiate with the free agents or their certified representatives starting on March 16.  

Self-represented players are not permitted to participate in the window.

When an NFL player becomes a free agent?

When the player has played out his contract, which is usually four or five years, he becomes a free agent afterwards. He can be on the open market.

What are the categories of free agents?

Free agents can be restricted or unrestricted free agents. A restricted free agent is eligible for a “qualifying offer.” Either the restricted or unrestricted free agent can be contracted by the last club to be its franchise or transition (tag) player.

Restricted agents 1) have three accrued seasons and 2) received a qualifying offer while unrestricted agents have four or more accrued seasons. Unrestricted free agents have no standing contract, making him free to negotiate and sign with any club.

An accrued season refers to at least six regular-season games. 

How much will the salary cap be?

Indeed, there will be a salary cap of between $196.8 and $201.2 million, which applies to all 32 teams. The clubs can use this cap on acquiring free agents or re-signing current players on free agency.

Unused salary cap space can be carried over to the next season. However, the club needs to notify the NFL. The notification must include information on the amount that the team decides to carry over. With this, a team can carry over 100% of the salary cap space.

Which NFL teams have the highest salary cap space in 2020?

Teams with the biggest salary cap space coming into 2020 NFL offseason include:

  • Miami Dolphins ($89.3 million)
  • Indianapolis Colts ($86.1 million)
  • Buffalo Bills ($80.1 million)
  • Tampa Buccaneers ($79.8 million)
  • Dallas Cowboys ($77.2 million)
  • Denver Broncos ($61.9 million)
  • New York Giants ($61.8 million)
  • Houston Texans ($55.1 million)
  • Las Vegas Raiders ($54.9 million)
  • Arizona Cardinals ($53.6 million)

How much is the guaranteed money for the signing free agent?

Guaranteed money depends on three factors: skill, cap, and/or injury. If the money is protected (as outlined in the contract), the agreed amount is fully guaranteed to the player at signing. If money is guaranteed for skill or cap only, then it is partially guaranteed.

  • Skill guarantee happens when the club terminated the contracted player if the player does not perform or deliver as expected. This is more so if the reason is that he doesn’t have the required skill set. Nonetheless, he is entitled to the money the skill guarantee protects. 
  • Cap guarantee occurs when the contracted player was terminated so the club may sign or re-sign a player so it won’t go over the cap. The player is entitled to the money the cap guarantee protects.
  • Injury guarantee applies when the contracted player was released due to an injury that made him unable to perform any football duties. He will receive the sum the injury guarantee protects. 

As such, guaranteed money is only partially guaranteed.

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Who is Super Bowl 2020’s MVP Patrick Mahomes?

Super Bowl 2020 is over and done, and Patrick Mahomes won as the MVP (Most Valuable Player).

Who is Patrick Mahomes?

Patrick Lavon Mahomes II was born on September 17, 1995, in Tyler, Texas, US. His parents are Pat Mahomes, an MLB pitcher, and Randi Mahomes. His father gave him the nickname “Showtime.”

He went to Whitehouse High School where he met his would-be long-time partner Brittany Matthews. They now live in a $1.92 million-home located in Kansas City, Missouri. They bought it in 2018.

Mahomes played baseball and football in his first year at Texas Tech University. He later dropped baseball to focus on football. A few years down the road, he became the first alumni to start the Super Bowl.

He founded 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of children. The Foundation supports various charitable initiatives through giving $15,000 grants to 15 charities in Kansas.

Mahomes as a QB to Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes is a right-handed quarterback to Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs drafted him in the first round, making him the tenth overall pick. 

On his rookie year, he was a backup QB to Alex Smith. After Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes became the starter. He wears jersey number 15.

He has a stellar season as a starter after he threw for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns. Mahomes was the only QB to ever did that—throwing for more than 5,000 yards as a college and NFL player.

Also, he was the only one in two NFL players who threw for over 5,000 yards in one season. The other being Peyton Manning.

The epic Super Bowl LIV win

He currently earns $645,000, although it is expected to go up after this historic Super Bowl 2020 win for the Chiefs. The Chiefs waited for 50 years to bring home their first Super Bowl.

The Chiefs were down 10-20 against San Francisco 49ers in the last quarter with only 8:53 on the clock. It was actually the third consecutive match where the Chiefs had a 10-point deficit,

Mahomes changed everything when he ran 21-0, throwing 286 yards and two TDs before rushing for another 29 yards and one TD. The epic win was regarded as the second-biggest comeback in the history of Super Bowl.

Mahomes was one in four African-American QB to win the MVP award. And he could also be the first to land a $200 million contract when his five-year deal with the Chiefs expired in 2022.

Also, when he won the NFL MVP award in 2019, he was the first Chiefs ever to take home the trophy. Mahomes was the youngest to receive such a prestigious award.

Mahomes in stats

  • 1 NFL MVP
  • 1 Super Bowl championship
  • 1 Super Bowl MVP
  • 1 All-Pro First Team selection
  • 2 Pro Bowl selections
  • Best NFL Player ESPY Award (2019)
  • Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
  • Bert Bell Award (2018)
  • Fastest passes at 60 mph
  • 1st player to reach 3,000 (in 10 games)

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Super Bowl 2020: A Rundown of Fun Facts

Much like every NFL fan, we also want to know who will win Super Bowl LIV. 

And with Patrick Mahomes in the defensive line of Kansas City Chiefs, the point spread is lenient to them. But of course, the Niners, led by Jimmy Garappolo, won’t let that happen, well at least that easy.

Let them do what they have to. 

Now, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about Super Bowl 2020

  • Super Bowl 2020 will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida on February 3, 2020, 6:30 pm. This will be the sixth big game to be played at the stadium and eleventh in South Florida. Miami ranks first among host cities. 
  • Super Bowl LIV will be played between Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. This is their first Super Bowl meeting. 
  • It is the seventh consecutive season wherein the teams to play in the Super Bowl are the top two seeds.
  • The Chiefs will represent the AFC and the 49ers, the NFC. Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24, while San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers, 37-20, at their respective championship games.
  • The Chiefs last played in a Super Bowl match on January 11, 1970, making this year’s appearance 50 years in the making. The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy against Minnesota Vikings.
  • The Niners would appear in the Super Bowl for the seventh time. The franchise won its first five Super Bowl matches from 1981 to 1994. It played in the finals in 2012 but lost against Baltimore Ravens.
  • If the 49ers will win the 2020 Super Bowl, it would be their sixth Vince Lombardy trophy. The team will tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots with most trophies.
  • Andy Reid, Chiefs coach, is the 24th head coach in the history of NFL to appear in more than one Super Bowl. On the other hand, this is Kyle Shanahan’s Super Bowl debut.
  • San Francisco’s strength is defence while that of Kansas City is the offence. The  49ers rank first in defence in the playoffs and second in total pass defence in the regular season.
  • Patrick Mahomes is the favourite to win the Super Bowl MVP. In 2018, he threw 50 touchdown passes. He is known for his startling throws at peculiar angles. Mahomes wears No. 15.
  • Mahomes contribute significantly to the Chiefs because the franchise has never lost a game by seven points with him as a starter.
  • Because of Mahomes, the Chiefs became a passing-oriented franchise in NFL. San Francisco 49ers, on the other hand, targets more running than passing. This time because of Raheem Mostert.
  • Jimmy Garappolo already has two Super Bowl rings. However, he obtained those while being a backup to Tom Brady. Super Bowl 2020 will be his first ‘real’ ring.
  • This is the first time the two means has red as their primary colours. To avoid confusion, the Chiefs will wear their traditional red jerseys and white pants while the Niners will rock their standard white jerseys and gold pants.
  • Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headling the halftime performance. 

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