The Rams claimed running back Larry Rose off waivers from Tennessee.
The New Mexico State product signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent and participated in their rookie minicamp.
Rose was one of New Mexico State’s most productive running backs in recent history. He was a third-team All-American in 2015, along with winning the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year for his impressive sophomore campaign.
In four college seasons, Rose gained 4,563 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns on 771 carries.
Regardless, if Brady is absent for mandatory minicamp June 5-7, the storm clouds will become even more ominous.
Kraft is a great owner and operator who might be able calm the waters surrounding his QB. If not, this offseason drama could be the latest hint that the successful marriage of team and player could end long before Brady’s self-proclaimed goal of playing five more years. And he could gasp finish his career elsewhere.
Though there would be almost no precedent for an NFL team to give a big extension to a player who has three years left on his contract, there is precedent for modification to pacify a situation.
The difference between those three players and Jones is the former three contracts were not in line with the market. Brown was being paid as a No. 2 receiver. Gronkowski had become a transcendent player. Harris had signed a terrible contract that paid him like a middle-tier No. 2 corner, and a run at free agency would have seen him earn millions more per season. Those teams had more logical reasons to make moves with their players than the Falcons have with Jones.
Still, Atlanta should be willing to make a move. The team could do something like what Pittsburgh did with Brown and move $2 million in Jones’ salary from 2019 to 2018. Though the incentive route might be preferred, the Falcons are tight on salary cap space, and given Jones’ production, they would need to have the space this year for any incentives he could earn. They probably can throw in a partial guarantee for next year on his contract to make it look better.