While discussing his spot on a panel that will discuss possible changes to kickoffs in the NFL, former Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker said he believes the league will ultimately come up with an alternative to a play that’s been linked to a high rate of injuries.
The league took a step to curtail kickoff returns by moving touchbacks to the 25-yard-line a few years ago and the NCAA has adopted a rule this year setting the ball at the same spot after fair catches inside the 25 in a pair of moves that seem to support Tasker’s feeling about a trend toward eliminating kickoffs altogether. Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater sees the same trend and doesn’t like it.
Slater pointed to plays like short yardage attempts that illustrate that football is always going to be a violent sport and wondered what might happen next if the kickoff were to go the way of video rental stores. Many others have raised the same concerns, but that hasn’t put the brakes on moves that threaten its future in football.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers have agreed to terms on a new deal for left tackle Joe Staley which represents a pay increase for the next two seasons.
Elite Youth Earnest Byner Jersey He was due to make $11 million over the last two years of his contract, but will now make $17.4 million, and a bump from $5.5 million to $8.72 million this year.
The 33-year-old Staley is still playing at a high level, which itself justifies the raise.
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But he’s also a stable presence for a young team on the rise with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, which makes him an even more valuable part.
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