Both players are nearing the end of their careers, but they were very productive in 2015. Palmer had 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, although most people will probably remember him struggling in the playoffs. Fitzgerald had 109 catches, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. Palmer and Fitzgerald are big reasons the Cardinals are Super Bowl contenders this season. Depending on how the extensions are structured, it should create some cap space for the Cardinals, perhaps to lock up recently-acquired defensive end Chandler Jones to an extension. Jones will be a free agent after this season.
Cardinals fans might be concerned about Palmer and Fitzgerald slowing down soon. But they don’t need to worry about them suiting up with another team for the next couple seasons.
1 to 10 percent: Aqib Talib spent the first five years of his career wandering through Tampa before finally finding his way in New England. … Chris Harris Jr. is perpetually one of the 10 best corners in the league without ever threatening to be the best (at least thus far).
Demaryius Thomas had one of the quieter 100-catch seasons you’ll ever see last season, but he has now produced four seasons in a row with 90 or more catches and 1,300 or more receiving yards. (The two prior seasons involved Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.) Thomas has made it to three Pro Bowls in six years, but the concern is simply the sheer number of great receivers flooding the AFC. I don’t think this will be the case, but Thomas might only be the third-best wideout in his own division in 2016, and that wouldn’t even be a knock on his skills. Given the presence of Emmanuel Sanders on the opposite side of the field for another year, Thomas might not enjoy his real breakout season until 2017. 35 percent
Von Miller’s fascinating five-year career has included huge highs and troubling lows. We’re obviously on one of those highs right now, but we’re only two years removed from a season in which he was suspended for cheating a drug test and subsequently tore his ACL. On talent and performance alone, Miller’s on the path to the Hall of Fame. It just feels like there’s a little more risk here than there typically is with similarly productive superstars. 75 percent
DeMarcus Ware has been a first-team All-Pro four times, posted a 20-sack season and won NFC Defensive Player of the Year. His performance in last year’s playoffs was just icing on the cake. 98 percent
Could the Buffalo Bills be without their top two 2016 draft picks when the season opens?
Second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland went down during Friday’s practice with a non-contact knee injury while chasing down running back Reggie Bush.
The Bills are unsure of the extent of the injury, but coach Rex Ryan said he’s “very concerned,” per WKBW’s Joe Buscaglia. As of now the team doesn’t believe the injury involved ligament damage.
Ryan’s concern is foreboding. There will certainly be an update to come on Ragland’s status soon.
Rex added that Ragland’s injury “looked odd” because he wasn’t hit. “But sometimes those can be the worse ones,” he said, via ESPN.