This Freakonomics feature on NFL.com can be a little tough to chew through, but if you can navigate through the experience, youll be rewarded with a couple of familiar faces on the list of the biggest bargains in the NFL from this past season.
The Raiders had left tackle Jared Veldheer on the best bargains list. Veldheer took in 405,000 in base salary this past season, while his cap hit was 628,750. The site describes Veldheer as a better run blocker than pass protector at this point but still only surrendered four sacks in 2011.
Meanwhile, from the 49ers perspective, its linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The site notes that Bowman earned 580,000 in base salary in 2011, with a cap hit of 756,062. For that price, the Niners were rewarded with an All-Pro season from the second-year linebacker, who finished with 143 tackles and two sacks.
Do you agree with these choices as the best bargains on the Bay Area teams? If not, who do you think would have been a better choice? Also, any thoughts on the rest of the list, which included big names like Aaron Rodgers, LeSean McCoy, Victor Cruz and Rob Gronkowski?
A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.
The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:
"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."
Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.
After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.
The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.
News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.
In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.
"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.