Dallas Sucks - Futbol Edition

Dallas Sucks - Futbol Edition

I don’t know about you, but I am
absolutely sick and tired of all the closet Dallas cock-A-roach fans calling
local sports talk radio yammering on and on about Jeff Cunningham, Heath
Pearce, and Dax McCarty. I’ve had enough of walking down Broad Street and having
to see Dallas jerseys with Ferreira emblazoned on the back. Even Patton Oswalt
agrees that Dallas sucks.

Ok, that may not yet be the case
with our respective soccer teams, but I’d feel that way if it was. Our civic
hatred for all things Dallas moves to the futbol pitch late this afternoon as
FC Dallas comes to the Linc to face the Union (4PM/Live Well HD/Telefutura).
This is the Union’s first home game since the home opener on April 10th,
which was highlighted by Sebastien LeToux’s hat trick in a 3-2 win over D.C.
United.

Since we last saw our local XI on
home turf they’ve dropped five consecutive games. Some of those losses have
been competitive, others not so much (giving up three goals in consecutive
games the last two weeks to LA and Real Salt Lake).

Not coincidentally the recent spell
of bad form has come about since LeToux was injured in the US Open Cup loss at
New York. In his absence they’ve had trouble generating and finishing chances.
The chemistry between Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and LeToux has been missed. The good
news is that LeToux is expected to play this afternoon. They’ll also have
Stefani Miglioranzi back from his red card suspension. Beyond that I think it
is safe to say that Peter Nowak will trot out his default starting lineup
(Seitz, Harvey, Orozco, Califf, Arrieta, Torres, Miglioranzi, Jacobson, Fred,
Moreno, and the listed as probable LeToux).

Dallas comes into the game having
more often than not kissed their sister (2-1-4), which I suppose should not be
surprising considering they’re from Dallas. However, they’ve also been stingy
recently – recording consecutive clean sheets. They feature Dax McCarty, who
despite looking like a brat from an 80’s movie, is one of my favorite players
developed by the US Soccer youth program. He’s played on the USMNT alongside
Heath Pearce, who is helps anchor the Dallas defense. Be wary of Pearce getting
forward and whipping crosses into the box. His service has been excellent in
recent call-ups to the USMNT. Also, David Ferreira should present a challenge
for Jacobson and Miglioranzi in the center of the pitch.

I think consecutive west coast
trips took their toll on the Union. Returning to Philly and actually playing a
home game should energize the team. If LeToux does make it back I think he
provides the spark they’ve been missing. Oh, I almost forgot to include the “Union
player most like to be shown a red card” feature. So, here you go….

This week’s player most likely to see red: Cristian Arrieta, who
was atrocious last week.

Final Score Prediction: Union get back on the good side 2-0

Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

The Eagles are getting salary cap help. Just not quite as much as they expected.  

The NFL Players Association announced the official 2017 salary-cap carryover figures on Wednesday, and the Eagles will receive $7,933,869 in extra cap space this coming year on top of the unadjusted salary cap figure that every team begins the offseason with.

The NFL’s official 2017 salary cap figure hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s expected to be somewhere in the $166 to $170 million range, up from a record-$155.3 million in 2016.

Under terms of the CBA, teams can receive credit in each year’s salary cap for cap space that went unused the previous season. This creates an adjusted cap figure that can vary by tens of millions of dollars per team.

The Eagles under former team president Joe Banner were the first to use this once-obscure technique in the late 1990s. Today, every team uses it to some extent.

The more carryover money a team gets, the more it has to spend relative to the combined cap figures of players under contract the coming year.

The NFLPA originally estimated in the fall that the Eagles would receive $8.25 million in carryover money, so the new figure is about $316,000 less than originally expected.

It’s also the ninth-highest of the 32 teams, although below the average of $9.18 million. That’s because the top few carryover figures are so much ridiculously higher than the average (Browns $50.1 million, 49ers $38.7 million, Titans $24.0 million).

According to salary cap data tracker Spotrac, the Eagles have 52 players under contract for 2017 with a total combined cap figure of $158,040,710.

With an $168 million unadjusted cap, the Eagles would have an adjusted cap figure of $175,933,869.

They have $7,055,933 in dead money, mainly from trading Sam Bradford ($5.5 million) and Eric Rowe ($904,496) but also from departed players such as Andrew Gardner ($250,000), Josh Huff ($138,986) and Blake Countess ($98,678).

Subtract the 2017 contract obligations – the $158,040,710 figure – along with the dead money – the $7,055,033 figure – and that leaves the Eagles with roughly $10.84 million in cap space.

That figure may not include some 2016 bonuses that have not yet been made public. And it doesn’t include, for example, a $500,000 pay raise Peters got by triggering a contract escalator.

So that reduces the $10.84 million figure to $10.34 million.

From there, about $4 ½ million or so will go to the 2017 rookie pool.

So that leaves the Eagles currently with somewhere in the ballpark of $6 million in cap space.

Now, the Eagles will obviously be able to increase that number by releasing players.

They would more than double their cap space just by releasing Connor Barwin, who has a $8.35 million cap number but would cost only $600,000 in dead money for a cap savings of $7.75 million.

Jason Peters ($9.2 million), Jason Kelce ($3.8 million), Ryan Mathews ($4 million), Leodis McKelvin ($3.2 million) and Mychal Kendricks ($1.8 million) would also clear large amounts of cap space.

So for example by releasing Barwin, Kelce, McKelvin and Mathews, they would increase their cap space by a whopping $18.75 million. 

Of course, then the Eagles have to think about replacing those players with cheaper versions while still trying to build a playoff roster.

Whatever happens, the Eagles are in a unique position as they enter the 2017 offseason, with far less cap flexibility than other years.

“Yeah, it's unusual, certainly since I've been here, to have a more challenging situation,” vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said earlier this month.

“But part of our job in the front office is to look at this over a long period of time. So as we sit here today, it isn't like the first time that we are looking at that situation, and we'll do whatever's best for the football team.”

Report: Sixers 'will take a hard look' at Jrue Holiday in free agency

Report: Sixers 'will take a hard look' at Jrue Holiday in free agency

Has The Process come full circle?

The Sixers "will take a hard look" at point guard Jrue Holiday in free agency, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe

Holiday, of course, was the Sixers' starting PG from 2009-13, before he was traded on draft night by then-GM Sam Hinkie for Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick (which became Elfrid Payton, who was traded for Dario Saric).

In four seasons since, Holiday has averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.4 steals for the Pelicans. He's fought injury and missed 122 games since joining New Orleans.

The Pelicans have Anthony Davis but little else. They're going to need to make some tough decisions moving forward and one will be with Holiday.

As Lowe points out, there aren't many teams in need of a point guard — he lists the Sixers, Kings, Knicks and maybe the Magic as players for a PG in free agency.

"[Holiday] fits what [the Sixers] need around Ben Simmons, and the hilariousness of Philly bringing Holiday back after flipping him to start The Process is irresistible," Lowe writes.

Holiday has never been a great three-point shooter but he's been decent from long-range his entire career, topping out at 39 percent and sitting at 36.8 percent over eight NBA seasons.

He's coming off a four-year, $41 million contract, and although he has a lengthy injury history, he'll still command a nice-sized contract in free agency, especially with the cap expected to increase again.