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dead money

dead money  n.— «Feeley was scheduled to make $2.4 million in contractual salary from the Eagles in 2009 if he made the roster. If he were to be released prior to the season opener, he would receive a $1 million buyout in what is known as...

combine

combine  n.— «Welcome, to the scouting combine, which is more like gym class than a football game. Players go through a battery of tests from a standing broad jump to vertical leap to a shuttle run.» —“NFL Scouting Combine: Welcome to...

Bye Week

Time for a sports question! If an NFL team has a week without having to play a game during the season, it’s called a bye week. But a caller says he’s also heard bye week refer to a week in which a team draws no opponent. Which is correct...

toe pick

toe pick  n.— Note: From the name of the teeth on the front of an ice-skating blade. «Linebacker Lance Briggs was all smiles after the first 2-interception game of his NFL career, even when he discussed the second pick, when it looked as...

camp arm

camp arm  n.— «The other is the fourth-string Preston Parsons, a “camp arm” in NFL parlance, who is needed to help execute the voluminous passes and handoffs required during the summer but who has little chance of making the...

draftnik

draftnik  n.— «The 1970s saw the rise of a small but fervent wave of writers, known to many as draftniks.» —“No formula for becoming an NFL draft expert” by Childs Walker Baltimore Sun (Maryland) Apr. 22...