“You look at the hand motions, the mouthing off. бн Listen, he’s not Johnny Manziel, but that failure (of Manziel in the NFL) will make you caution this,” the GM told Sporting News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. (NFL GMs are not allowed to comment publicly on current college players.) “There aren’t as many red flags there (as there were with Manziel), but (Mayfield) is not showing what you want from a quarterback in the NFL, someone you theoretically build your franchise around. Things like this past Saturday, yeah, it’s going to hurt him come the draft.”
Jones’ intransigence, which has included the threat of a lawsuit against owners and the league, is seen as his response to Goodell suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Jones has been adamant that Elliott did not deserve a ban. Elliott dropped his appeal Wednesday and will begin serving the suspension in Week 12.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ($2.27 million), Miami Marlins ($1.74 million) and Seattle Mariners ($1.57 million) are the only other clubs with available bonus pools of more than $1 million.
Under the terms of the new system, the Fighters will receive a $20 million payment for posting Ohtani, even though his signing bonus will fall well short of that amount.
Ohtani, who underwent surgery on his right ankle in October, is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in five seasons with the Fighters. He has a .286/.358/.500 slash line with 48 homers and 166 RBIs over 403 games during that span.
But he has consistently expressed a desire to test himself against top competition regardless of the financial ramifications.