There is becoming a clearer divide

  •  This will be one of the biggest takeaways from next season as we see greats like Tom Brady consider retirement and young stars like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continue taking over as the NFL’s newest elite athletes. Next year’s postseason could be the best ever if things go down as expected. Sure John Cominsky Jersey , some upsets may alter the following list. But that’s what makes the NFL so great. Things don’t go as expected. But by the end of the 2017 regular season, you’ll be seeing a very similar lineup leading to the 2018 Super Bowl.The NFL is tough to predict. Who could have guessed the Cowboys were going to be the best regular season team in the NFC last season? Probably not many of you. But there are teams like the Patriots or the Packers who are nearly a 100 percent guaranteed playoff team. There will be upsets that will affect these predictions, but those are what makes the NFL fun to watch. But the teams at the top keep strengthening. The teams at the top of the NFL are so good and they keep getting better. The divide is getting bigger between playoff bound teams and the rest of the league. The good teams are just continuing to separate from the rest of the pack and that will be more evident than ever next season. With this divide, it's becoming easier and easier to predict the teams who will be playoff bound following the regular season.But this list doesn't just account for the teams that will be in the playoffs. Here we predict ever game for the NFL's 2018 postseason. From the Wild Card matchups to the Super Bowl champion, here's an early look at next seasons playoff picture.Note: recordsProjections of team regular season also included. Pitcher Wade LeBlanc is guaranteed $2.75 million under a new contract with the Seattle Mariners covering 2019, a deal with three options that would be worth $31.3 million over four years if he pitches 180 innings or more each season.

     

    A left-hander who turns 34 next month Qadree Ollison Jersey , LeBlanc gets a $300,000 signing bonus and a $2 million salary next year under the deal announced Tuesday. Seattle has $5 million options for 2020, 2021 and 2022 that could become guaranteed, each with a $450,000 buyout.

    His 2020 salary would become guaranteed if he pitches 160 innings in 2019, and the 2021 and `22 options would become guaranteed if he pitches 160 innings in the previous season or 310 innings in the two previous seasons combined. The options would become guaranteed only if he does not have an injury to his left arm.

    LeBlanc could earn $2 million annually in performance bonuses based on innings: $100 Ed Oliver Jersey ,000 each for 90 and 100, $150,000 apiece for 110 and 120, $200,000 each for 130 and 140, $250 Cody Ford Jersey ,000 apiece for 150 and 160, and $300,000 each for 170 and 180. His following season’s salary would escalate by the total of any performance bonuses earned.

    He would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2020 World Series.

    LeBlanc is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 12 starts and five relief appearances this season, leaving his career record at 34-35 in 10 big league seasons. He is with his eight big league organization, signing with Seattle late in spring training following his release by the New York Yankees.

    LeBlanc has a $650,000 base salary this year and a provision for $25 Devin Singletary Jersey ,000 bonuses for 10 and 20 starts. He also earned $96,000 in termination pay with the Yankees.