FeaturedThe Friday 5

The Friday 5: March 1st

By March 1, 2024 No Comments

Friday 5 – March 1, 2024

Marcus Maye and the New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are on a quest to get salary cap compliant, with ESPN reporting that the latest move is to release safety Marcus Maye.

Maye signed a three-year, $28,5 million contract with New Orleans in 2022, meaning his tenure with the Saints will be less than two years. He was due a $7 million base salary this season. The release saves the team $1.1 million against the cap. 


More Releases

Per multiple reports, the Philadelphia Eagles are parting ways with safety Kevin Byard, who was with the team for only 10 games.

Byard came to Philly via a trade with the Tennessee Titans this past October. Per Over the Cap, the Eagles will save $13.031 million against the cap by releasing the safety.

The New England Patriots are releasing CB J.C. Jackson, freeing up $14.375 million in cap space.

This business is a tough one, my friends.


NFL Combine Quarterbacks

The NFL combine is well underway in Indianapolis, and on Friday, we heard from some of the top quarterbacks. Let’s see what they had to say.

Caleb Williams on potentially going No. 1: “It’s not a thought in my mind. I don’t think that I’m not going to be No. 1. I think I put in all the hard work, all of the time, effort, energy into being that. I don’t think of a Plan B. That’s kind of how I do things in my life. I don’t think of a Plan B, stay on Plan A and then when things don’t work out, find a way to make Plan A work.”

Michael Penix Jr. said he felt good about his medical exams with all 32 NFL teams and any health questions are a thing of the past. 

J.J. McCarthy (aka my most favorite QB) will be focusing on an important stat when talking to prospective teams: “You know, like, stats for me aren’t really the big thing, and all I really cared about was being the best teammate I could be and being the best quarterback I could possibly be. And the only stat I cared about was W’s, and we did pretty good in that category.” So good, they won the National Championship. Go Blue!

Quarterbacks will throw on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Kool-Aid McKinstry

Per reports, Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry is dealing with a Jones fracture in his right foot. The injury was discovered during medical evaluations at the combine. The potential first-rounder is looking to participate in Alabama’s pro day this month and then have surgery, with the expectation of being fully ready by training camp.

Since most of us are not doctors, a Jones fracture in a bone break on the pinky toe side of the foot. Ouch.

In 42 games at Alabama – yes, the same Alabama that lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl – McKinstry had 93 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and 23 PBUs. In other words, he’s very good.


No More Dollar Dog Night in Philly

If you can’t enjoy dollar dog night at your best, please don’t make it your wurst (sorry, I had to).

Philadelphia Phillies fans are going to have to enjoy the dog days of April without the decades-long tradition of Dollar Hot Dog Night. After a game last season turned into fans throwing their hot dogs every which way, the team decided it was time for a change, and the promotion will now be a 2-for-1 deal at two April games.

Never change, Philly fans. Never change.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.