Wednesday, March 21, 2012
No guarantees? Sometimes that depends
By Mike Sando
Tying up loose ends on a frenetic Wednesday in the NFL:
- No Tebow around here: The St. Louis Rams did not become players for Tim Tebow, who is now headed to the New York Jets after all. The Rams remain in the market for a backup quarterback. Tebow was never close to becoming a Ram.
- Smith's guarantee: News that Alex Smith's contract with the San Francisco 49ers included $9 million in guaranteed money diverged from news the deal included $16.5 million guaranteed. The word "guaranteed" isn't always applied consistently. A year ago, reports suggested Arizona had signed Kevin Kolb to a deal with $21.5 million guaranteed. Kolb was likely to receive that $21.5 million, but the team could have avoided $9.5 million of it by releasing Kolb last week. In general, players receiving substantial signing bonuses will receive their first-year base salaries, whether or not those base salaries are guaranteed. It's tough comparing Smith's deal to, say, Matt Flynn's deal based on reports that might not apply the word "guaranteed" exactly the same. I'll take a closer look once the numbers are on file with the NFL and comparable through league sources.
- Seattle's new lineman: The Seahawks agreed to terms with former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, the team announced. Omiyale projects as a backup tackle behind starters Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung. The recently re-signed Paul McQuistan provides depth at guard and showed last season he can start if needed -- even at tackle, should circumstances warrant.
Enjoy your Wednesday night.