Tuesday’s roundup: Lions among top free agents
Pro Football Talk’s list of the top 100 NFL free agents this year includes five who played for the Lions in 2015.
Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is the highest-ranked Lions player at No. 38.
He is followed by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at No. 52, linebacker Tahir Whitehead at No. 61, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus at No. 76 and running back Joique Bell at No. 95.
Bell, who played at Wayne State, was cut last week.
The other four players are prospective unrestricted free agents. PFT’s top 100 list includes players of both categories. PFT’s list did not include players expected to opt out of their current contracts, or players likely to be cut.
The top three on the list are Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) is No. 9, and former Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley (St. Louis) is No. 43.
The NFL’s salary cap will get an additional boost of more than $1.5 million per team next season following an arbitration victory by the players union.
An additional $50 million or so will be available for teams to spend. The official salary cap has not been determined, but before the ruling it was expected to rise by at least $10 million from the $143.5 million ceiling of last season.
The arbitrator’s ruling was made last week but not announced until Tuesday.
NFL officials call the adjustment a technical accounting matter.
The NFL Players Association contends the league miscalculated or was hiding money due the players.
A new salary cap figure will be announced before the NFL’s business year begins March 9. If it increases by more than $11 million, it would be the biggest rise since 2006, when the cap went from $85.5 million to $102 million.
... The NFL competition committee is considering a rules change that could lead to more ejections for personal fouls.
The committee also has discussed the rule on catches, though no changes are expected this year.
Officials say video of Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. apparently refereeing a fight between his girlfriend and the mother of his child includes “disturbing images.”
Fowler took responsibility “for everything that happened” in the 30-second video released by TMZ on Tuesday.
... Quarterback Robert Griffin III likely will be playing for a new team next season, Washington president Bruce Allen said.
“I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team,” Allen told the Dan Sileo Show on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego, via ESPN.com.
... The 49ers signed tight end Garrett Celek (Michigan State) to a four-year extension.