NFL Huddle: Carlos Dunlap gets paid, Forbes ranks the NFL teams


The franchise tag deadline has come and gone with just one player -- the Broncos' Ryan Clady -- inking a long-term deal, the Bengals surprising a few folks with a long-term deal for Carlos Dunlap and lots more from SB Nation's NFL blogs on Tuesday.

The deadline for franchise tag players to ink long-term deals came and went on Monday afternoon. Only Ryan Clady ended up signing a deal with the Broncos. The rest -- including the Bills' Jairus Byrd -- saw no action.

There were two important happenings in Cincinnati on Monday. First, DE Michael Johnson did not come to an agreement on a long-term deal with the Bengals ahead of Monday's deadline, despite a reported five-year, $40 million offer. Second, after Johnson reportedly declined that deal, the Bengals paid Carlos Dunlap to the tune of $40 million over six years.

The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable NFL team, according to Forbes.

How old is your offensive line? Bleeding Green Nation broke down the age of every projected offensive line in the NFL.

Eli Manning ends up sixth on Ron Jaworski's QB rankings. Big Blue View writes it was a classic case of Good Eli vs. Bad Eli. "Manning threw for 12 touchdowns and 11 picks through the Giants' first 10 contests and 14 touchdowns and four picks in the final six."

Sage Rosenfels retires from the NFL. Did you know that he is the third winningest QB in Texans history?

Morgan Burnett gets paid. The Packers safety inks a four-year, $24 million extension.

The Rams tried out Google Glass. See the video here.

About that "Free Hernandez" hat ... Maurkice Pouncey apologized. "I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions."

Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J has repaid their customers.

This is cool: "Ray Lewis will be inducted into the Ravens ring of honor on the same day that Ed Reed makes his return to Baltimore as a member of the Houston Texans."

We hear a lot about big arms in the NFL. What exactly does that mean and what are the characteristics of big armed quarterbacks?

The Jets could use Geno Smith as a change-of-pace QB? Gang Green Nation's reaction: "Sound stupid? That's because it is. In 245 rushing attempts at West Virginia University, Smith gained 342 yards. That's not what you'd normally call a dynamic runner."

Do the Bucs have a marketing problem? Bucs Nation investigates.

Broncos executive John Elway spoke about the punishment handed out to two other Broncos executives who were hit with a DUI recently. "Look at it three ways," Elway said, via Mile High Report. "1) The embarrassment of the organization so the punishment was set out 2) is we gotta look -- and that's to me where we get better we look at our policies from within and to try to get our policies to where it doesn't happen again 3) and then also the compassionate side where we have to be concerned with Matt and Tom and get them in the evaluation process and make sure that for their lives they get the evaluation for where they are."

Attention Redskins fans: The football nerd in you will want to read these film breakdowns from Hogs Haven.

The Raiders as a team had just 4.5 more sacks last season than Texans DE J.J. Watt had all by himself. Suffice to say, Oakland's pass rush needs to improve. Silver and Black Pride asks which Raider will lead the team in sacks this season.

In 12 games against the Falcons from 2006-2011, Saints head coach Sean Payton is 10-2.

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