Former Duck Players: Contracts, Roles and Injuries

Some former Duck players are having better off seasons than others.  Here are some tidbits detailing Duck alum NFL related story lines.

First off,  Jairus Byrd is at a contractual impasse with the Buffalo Bills.  Byrd has his sights set on taking Troy Polamalu’s title as the highest paid safety in the NFL (Polamalu makes $9.125 million per year) but the Bills refuse to pay him that kind of cash.  Byrd is the only player in the NFL not to have signed an offered franchise tender, which if signed, would keep him in Buffalo for another year.   If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, Byrd might opt to sit out all of training camp and may miss part of the season.

After an impressive rookie campaign and an injury riddled next few seasons, Patrick Chung looks to start anew, under none other than Chip Kelly, for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Chung looks to have the inside track at obtaining the starting strong safety position considering he has the most lucrative contract of any Eagle safety (3 years, $10 million), he is the only strong safety on the Eagles depth chart other than rookie Earl Wolff, and he obviously has some history with Coach Kelly.  Hopefully he can remain injury free this year.

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera is not sure whether Duck alum Jonathan Stewart will  be ready for July 25th, which marks the beginning of training camp.  However, Rivera is optimistic that he will make it to camp by the middle, or at least the end, of training camp.  After being one of the most productive backup running backs in the NFL and only missing two games his first four seasons, Stewart had a down year last year missing seven games and recording his lowest yards per rush average.  But Stewart is tough and will likely get past this adversity, stronger than ever.



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