Former NC State ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren will play his first regular season game for Indiana tonight, after spending his first 5 seasons in Phoenix. Back in June, the Suns traded Warren to the Pacers, along with the #32 pick for cash considerations. Warren only ended up playing 1 year of his the 4-year contract in Phoenix that he signed prior to last season, worth $47 million. Tony Buckets averaged 18.0 points last year, and shot 42.8 percent shooting from 3-point land.
Warren has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder believing that Phoenix made a mistake, believing that he is worth more than cash.
When I saw it, I looked at it as a business. I’m grateful that the Pacers were able to make that transaction for me. When guys get moved, they want to show and prove the team that moved them wrong. I’m not mad at the Phoenix Suns, but they made the deal and I’m just excited to move on.
I’m ready to show the whole NBA — and not just the Suns for making the wrong decision — that the Pacers made the right decision. I’m worth more than cash considerations. It’s on me to prove it. But the Suns messed up. (Link)
T.J. will start for Indiana tonight as they open the season hosting Detroit at 7pm.
Former NC State All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills
Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.
Bills plan to release RB/RS Nyheim Hines this week, per source. Hines most likely will be back for training camp from the ACL injury that he suffered last summer, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2024
Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.
Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.
— Undercovers Cast (@UndercoversCast) March 3, 2024
Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.
The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson
Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.
Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.
The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.
Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)
By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.
Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.
The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.
It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.
Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday
NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.
“Just being here is surreal”
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) March 2, 2024
Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University
Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.
Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.
After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.
Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.