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Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

If the Giants draft Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick, he'll need to be one of the league's very best running backs right away to justify his compensation. If drafted at that spot, Barkley would be the fourth-highest-paid running back in terms of average annual value (AAV), according to draft slot contract information from By comparison, Bradley Chubb would be the 21st-highest-paid defensive end in terms of AAV, and a quarterback at that No. 2 spot would be the 25th-highest-paid QB assuming the Browns select a quarterback first overall.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay was asked at a press conference today whether it was hard to part with the No. 23 overall pick for WR Brandin Cooks. "If you told me I'd be getting that player at 23, I'd be throwing a pool party. And I don't even have a pool."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Former C Nick Mangold said goodbye to football on Tuesday, signing a one-day contract and retiring a Jet. At a news conference, he told reporters he didn't miss football last season as much as he expected. "That's when I knew I'm in a good spot," said Mangold, who sat out 2017 after being cut by the Jets. Former teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Willie Colon, Brandon Moore and Ryan Fitzpatrick attended. So did John Schmitt, the center on the Super Bowl III team.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Can confirm that the Rams have exercised the fifth-year options for RB Todd Gurley and CB Marcus Peters, both no-brainers. Gurley is projected to make $9.63M in 2019; Peters at $9.07M.


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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals will announce their draft picks on Saturday from Winslow, Arizona. Former Cardinals WR Frank Sanders and kicker Neil Rackers will announce the fourth-round pick "The Corner." Arizona's picks in the fifth and sixth rounds will be announced by Winslow Mayor Robin Boyd and the Winslow High School football team. Two Cardinals season ticket holders will announce their seventh round pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson typically is in the war room for the draft. He also visits with many of the players brought in for a visit. This year may be different with Richardson selling the team and under investigation by the NFL for alleged sexual and racial workplace misconduct. GM Marty Hurney said he's not sure what Richardson's plans are for the draft on Thursday night.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM learned a lot watching the draft as a non-participant the last five years. One thing he assured, "I can tell you we're not going to be trading next year's first [round pick].'' Hurney did that a few times in the past and it didn't work out well.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he's still talking to Derek Anderson, who has been Cam Newton's backup since 2011. Also said he believes in the philosophy of taking a quarterback in the draft to develop for the future. Just don't expect that to be with an early pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney hasn't ruled out trading up or down the draft. “In this draft at 24, we'll probably get calls either way,'' he said. “What we do will depend on how the draft has gone.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers on Tuesday exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Shaq Thompson. The team's 2015 first-round pick started a career-high 14 games and had a personal-best 75 tackles with six quarterback pressures and two sacks this past season. There never was a debate on whether the option should be used.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Sebastian Janikowski's $1.015 million base salary with the Seahawks is the minimum for a player who's been in the NFL as long as he has, but a $600,000 signing bonus seems like a sign the team feels good about his progress from the back injury that sidelined him in 2017.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks will carry a $3,740,520 cap hit in 2018 after signing a 5-year, $50 million contract extension last week. Kendricks' future cap hits are as follows: $6.6 million in 2019, $9.6 million in 2020, $10.6 million in 2021. Minnesota has $16.866 million left in cap space in 2018, according to ESPN's Roster Management System.