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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Articles tagged: Riley Reiff

Video: Referees missed blatant Vikings holding penalty in overtime

Riley Reiff holding

New Orleans Saints fans are already upset about a no-call on the Kyle Rudolph pushoff in overtime to win the game. Now they can add another missed call to the list.

The Minnesota Vikings had a first-and-10 at their 44 in overtime and Kirk Cousins, under pressure, threw incomplete to Dalvin Cook for a busted screen play. At the top of the screen, you can see left tackle Riley Reiff blatantly hold Trey Hendrickson.

On the next play, Dalvin Cook gained 11 yards on a pass from Kirk Cousins. The play after that was the big 43-yard gain to Adam Thielen to set up the Vikings’ eventual touchdown in overtime.

Had a holding penalty been called, the Vikings would have been pushed back 10 yards to the 34 and had a first-and-20. That might have changed some things in the extra period.

Each NFL team’s worst contract

Ndamukong Suh

NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.

Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end

The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.

Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end

Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.

Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback

When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.