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Russell Okung's vision of guaranteed NFL contracts - Eric Williams
"It's pretty simple: How much risk are NFL players taking on in correlation to how much money that we're actually getting that's real cash?" asked Okung. "I think sometimes people are so swayed by whatever is put out in the media, and you sort of have this little caveat next to it that says guaranteed money. But even with that, there's tons of ways for teams to offset guaranteed money so that it's not guaranteed.

Top NFL training camp position battles: One to watch for all 32 teams -
They signed Caleb Sturgis to a two-year, $4.45 million deal in free agency, including $1 million in guaranteed money. But so far, he has missed five field goals during training camp, while former Bucs second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, whom the team signed to a reserve/future deal in January, has been more consistent, with just two misses so far during camp.

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: quarterback tiers - Jeff Ratcliffe
Let the late-round quarterback drafting begin. Rivers leads this tier after posting yet another top-10 fantasy finish last season. You don’t get a particularly high ceiling with Rivers, but his weekly floor makes him an ideal safe option in the late rounds

NFL quarterback rankings: PFF ranks for every team's QB entering 2018 - Steve Palazzolo
After an excellent 2013 season, Rivers slowly started a decline over the next three years, perhaps in part due to a terrible offensive line situation. He bounced back nicely last season, grading at 80.4 overall to rank ninth in the league. He was one of the league’s most accurate passers in the short (0-9 yard) range and he’s still a solid intermediate passer (10-19-yard range), ranking eighth in PFF grading last season.

Fantasy football rankings: Sorting the dynasty RBs into tiers - Curtis Patrick
Gordon is somehow ranked at RB11 after consecutive seasons in as top-seven PPR back. The season-ending injury to Hunter Henry should help insulate Gordon’s receiving game work, as the team hasn’t added any legitimate help to the roster.

The familiar injury big is hovering over Chargers camp - Travis Wakeman
First-round pick Derwin James was hobbled to start camp and rookie wide receiver Dylan Cantrell suffered a bone bruise that at one point, had him on crutches.

On Tuesday, things nearly took a devastating turn when Joey Bosa, arguably the best player on the team, left practice with a foot injury. Initial reports have stated that luckily, it doesn’t seem to be anything serious.

Under-the-radar rookies to watch – AFC West - Mike Johnson
The Chargers had the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL last season with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III. The two combined for the most pressures in the league in 2017 with 151 and will remain fixtures on the defensive line this season, when healthy. Although Nwosu could have limited opportunities rushing the passer during the season, the former Seminole will have an impact as a key depth piece on the edge and at linebacker.

Fantasy football rankings: Sorting the dynasty QBs into tiers - Curtis Patrick
One thing to note about this group is it may be better to avoid if your league penalizes heavily for interceptions. Rivers, Roethlisberger, and Ryan all ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in interceptions in 2017 and Brees typically finishes there as well.

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: wide receiver tiers - Jeff Ratcliffe
Finally healthy for an entire season, Allen exploded for 102 catches and nearly 1,400 yards. He’ll continue to see heavy volume for the Chargers.

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