Regardless of how things turn out with Murphy, Difo showed last season that he can be productive no matter where he plays on defense. Thanks to a changed plate approach that bucks the current trend of striving for maximum launch angle, Difo hit.373 in July and.324 in August while filling in for shortstop Trea Turner.
Of the candidates the Giants have brought in since Pierce, Ogletree is certainly the most likely to succeed, but it’s hard to argue that the former Georgia star is likely to return value.
Ogletree forced 10 fumbles over his first two seasons, but he has been responsible for only two strips in the three years since.
He made tackles on 16.1 percent of Los Angeles’ run plays last season, a rate that ranked 60th in the league among players with 200 run snaps or more.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team moved $16 million of Miller’s $18.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. That opens up $12.375 million in cap space for this year while bumping up the cap hit in the remaining three years of the deal. Those cap numbers are sizable, but will be easier for the Broncos to swallow as long as Miller remains in the form that’s produced 48.5 sacks over the last four seasons. It will also be easier to swallow if the newfound space is used to vault the Broncos back into contention after two years out of the playoffs.
Thanks in part to Sammy Watkins’ somewhat surprising departure, Austin is instead sticking around. The wideout has agreed to restructure his contract with the Rams, which has four years remaining on it, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore.