Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier showed at Wednesday nights Pittsburgh Penguins game that he is continuing to make progress in recovering from the severe spinal cord injury he suffered last season.
According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Rams restructured the contract of punter Johnny Hekker. The move converted $1.21 million of Hekker’s 2018 base salary to a signing bonus paid immediately. It saves the team $968,000 in cap space this season while pushing an additional $242,000 in cap commitments to each of the next four seasons of his deal.
The Rams currently have the least amount of salary cap space of any team in the league, according to NFLPA numbers. The team will have to find the space needed to accommodate Donald’s impending deal, though the year one cap hit could potentially be pretty negligible depending on how the contract is structured. Hekker’s contract restructure is one way for the Rams to get the space needed so they can take care of the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Robinson was decently disruptive as a pass rusher, generating 27 pressures, but lacked plays in the backfield. He finished the year with a half-sack and five total tackles behind the line.
Joining Robinson are a couple of free-agent additions and a developmental project.
The Lions inked Akeem Spence to a three-year deal last offseason. In his first year with the franchise, he flashed some ability as a pass rusher, tallying three sacks and 29 quarterback pressures. Ideally a rotational piece, he was thrust into a starting job in the middle of last season when Haloti Ngata was lost to a season-ending elbow injury.
Ngata is gone now, having signed with Philadelphia this offseason. To fill the roster hole, Detroit reached a one-year deal with former first-round pick Sylvester Williams. More of a space-eating nose tackle with plenty of experience defending two gaps, the personnel swap points to a schematic shift up front under incoming coach Matt Patricia and coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.