The majority of talk overheard at the Combine last week was uncharacteristically rational.
So far, anonymous scouts are still mostly dormant as far as character assassination goes. Hype for individual players focused more on the total package, guys like Vic Beasley or Byron Jones who could perform a package of drills with incredible results. Seven players clocked in under 4.4 seconds in the 40, but the most discussed 40 at the Combine this year was easily Rich Eisen’s.
Doesn’t anyone love speed anymore, sprinting for the sake of sprinting? Of course they do, but since Al Davis left this earthly realm almost four NFL Drafts ago, 40 times just don’t attract the same level of attention for individual players, not after becoming synonymous with Oakland’s myriad draft busts over the years.
The Oakland Raiders have released safety Tyvon Branch, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com. Branch dealt with injuries the past two seasons and only played in five games during that span. With his release, the Raiders free up $3 million in cap space.
The Philadelphia Eagles released guard Todd Herremans, who was one of the longest-tenured players on the existing roster, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. The 2005 fourth-round selection started 124 games in 12 seasons with the team. He was healthy until Week 8 of the 2014 season before a torn biceps caused him to play injured in Week 9 and eventually sit out the remainder of the season.
The move will save Philadelphia roughly $2.8 million in cap space. Bleeding Green Nation has the full story.
Veteran tight end Anthony Fasano is the Kansas City Chiefs’ latest salary cap casualty after the team released him on Thursday. He appeared in 24 games that included 22 starts over the course of two seasons with Kansas City in 2013 and 2014. The emergence of Travis Kelce made the move possible. For his career, he has totaled 253 catches for 2,799 yards and 31 touchdowns.