Richard Sherman's time in Seattle is running out whether you want to accept it or not. His big contract and big mouth have run their course in Seattle and now they're looking to move on. Whether it's this summer or next Sherman will be leaving the nest to start his next chapter in the NFL. I'm sure the Seahawks would trade him this year at the right price come draft day, it'd free up a ton of cap space for them, and they'd probably get a decent return of picks for him. Not sure the value they'd get would match his production this year, but in the long haul it'd be worth it. That sounds nice and dandy, although here's a couple reasons why I don't see it happening this year.
The Seahawks aren't going to get an offer that blows them away for Sherman that they can take and feel comfortable with. That's the first thing. The second thing is the Seahawks defense needs him if they want to stay at this elite status to compete for a Super Bowl this year. Sherman is falling off slowly and come this time next year he'll be headed towards the Darrelle Revis route, however he's not done being a top 10 corner just yet. Also, with free agency basically being over in terms of top rated players still being available, having that extra money now wouldn't make much sense. Next off season if they cut Sherman it'll free up around $10 million in cap space, so why not just do that.
Sherman was an easy target especially since he brings a lot of unecessary attention to the team with his controversial comments all the time. His feelings got hurt now since the rumors began gaining some traction, so now Sherman doesn't seem thrilled about this situation anymore. With the personality of Sherman shit can certainly hit the fan quick. If this gets out of control look for Sherman to be moved, other than that Sherman will probably be in Seattle one final year.
Well, Greg Hardy won't be starting his football-comeback in Utah, as the fans of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles voted to not have the team sign the noted domestic abuser and drug user. The vote was as close as it gets, a 50-50 split for the Yes-No option, but since it was a tie, that meant the team would not sign Hardy (thank god).
The Screaming Eagles are known for their fan-friendly approach to the game of football, where they allow fans to vote on anything from playcalls and stadium food, and in the most recent vote, they thankfully decided not to have the team bring in one of the biggest losers in NFL history, Greg Hardy. Hardy can't find work anywhere, and for that, I am grateful. Hardy is truly one of the worst human beings to ever put on an NFL uniform, and in a time where every move by a professional athlete is under a microscope, Hardy has done everything he can to stay in the headlines - and not for the right reasons.
I am actually disappointed that the vote was as close as it was, and although I understand a player of Hardy's caliber would most really benefit an Indoor Football Team, the fact of the matter is still clear as day, he's not someone you want to represent your franchise, no matter what level. With this opportunity being squashed, I hope that this could be the last time we ever hear Greg Hardy's name, and that he will quietly fade out.
The NFL absolutely needs to blacklist Hardy at this point, because with the consistent criticism that the league faces for the way it handles certain players arrests' and criminal behavior, a player with this much negative baggage, no matter how good, should not be able to find work anywhere.
Settle down, settle down, Geno Smith will never be the starting quarterback for the New York Giants(Unless any major injuries sideline Eli Manning). Ben McAdoo however did say today when asked if Geno Smith could be the replacement for Eli Manning when he retires, " I can't see why not." Scary for Giants fans to hear, even though it's certainly not going to happen.
Smith was a very cheap backup option, an insurance policy for if an aging Eli had to miss sometime throughout the season due to minor injury. Smith is way better than Ryan Nassib, although that's not saying much, he'd actually give us some hope of being able to win a game at least. Geno Smith is what most quarterbacks are in this league, average, and unfortunately average doesn't quite cut it anymore at the quarterback position. Also, it's not like Geno Smith is a young talent waiting to bloom. He'll be 27 this season and by the time he'd be taking over for Eli, he'll be 30. Not worth it at that point, especially since you don't know what you're getting.
His career numbers with the Jets aren't pretty whatsoever, 57.9 CMP%, 5,962 yards, 28 TD's, 36 interceptions, and a 72.4 QB rating in 33 games. Nothing to write home about for sure, especially nothing to tell the media about him being your team's future QB. McAdoo obviously said it because he's not going to shoot down one of his players dreams and initiative to work hard everyday. Smith has a one year deal with the Giants he can leave after this season if he wants to look for a place to potentially start at QB. Geno Smith might not be in the league when Eli Manning is retiring, so to predict he can be our future franchise QB is just plain blasphemy. Eli Manning has at least three years ahead of him, that's what his contract has left on it, and I know Eli will honor the contract. Don't even stress the haters that are going to give you shit about Ben McAdoo's comments because they mean nothing. Geno Smith will never be the starting quarterback of the New York Giants.
Just when I finally begin to think the end was near, Dallas signs future hall of famer Jason Witten to a 4 year extension that'll keep him with the team until 2021. As a Giants fan I wanted to curl up in the fetal position and cry as this news broke today. Jason Witten has tormented the Giants for over a decade now, you'd think after torching us twice a year for decade we'd learn to cover him, but no every game against us he's wide open on what seems like every big down. Turns out, that's how it goes with most teams he faces, he's just an incredibly talented tight end.
Not sure how the money situation is worked out in this deal, I'd be surprised if Dallas didn't do this to free up some cap space to sign some defensive players. If they didn't then I really don't see the point of this extension right now, or the length of it. Witten is 34 years old, that means by the time he's in the final year of his contract he'll be 38. Not sure if his body will be able to last quite that long, although Witten has been exceptionally healthy throughout his career. Still, even the great like Shannon Sharpe, who have an unreal physique and diet, didn't last to 38. Tony Gonzalez who played longer than he probably wanted to chasing a ring only played to 37, and he's arguably the greatest to ever do it at that position. If those guys couldn't last to 38, I don't see Witten lasting to 38. Like Gonzalez, Witten's only mission at this point is to win a Super Bowl, and Dallas right now gives him the best shot at doing that. If the Cowboys win one within the next 4 years I bet Witten will just ride off into the sunset.
Until then though, he'll continue to ruin the lives of Giants fans everywhere. I'm fine with that, as long as the Cowboys aren't winning a Super Bowl giving him the opportunity to retire happy, I'm okay with getting killed by Witten a few more times. Nothing would be worse than after all these years he finally gets a ring, that'd just be a slap across the face.
NFL.com- "Blocking field goals or extra points just became more difficult.
NFL owners passed a rule to prohibit players from leaping over offensive linemen during kicks, the league announced Tuesday. It was one of the several rule changes owners approved via a vote at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix.
The Philadelphia Eagles proposed the rule change, which was backed by the NFL Players Association with player safety in mind.
"The jumping over on the field goal, I think, is just leading to a really dangerous play for everybody," offensive lineman Eric Winston, the NFLPA's president, said earlier this offseason, via the Washington Post. "If you jump over the center, the jumper is in a really bad spot. He can land on his head. I think the guys that are getting jumped over are going to end up getting hurt, with those guys landing on them. So I'll be very interested to see what they'll do there. I think something probably needs to be done."
Defenders leaping from the second level over an offensive lineman, usually the long snapper, has led to exciting plays. Players like Seattle Seahawks Kam Chancellor have impacted games by blocking multiple kicks. Denver's Justin Simmons famously changed the outcome of last season's contest versus the New Orleans Saints by leaping over and blocking a would-be go-ahead extra point, which was returned for two points, giving the Broncos a 25-23 win.
Of the combined 41 blocked field-goal attempts and PATs in 2016, three came from players jumping over the line, per NFL Research. Seattle's Bobby Wagner blocked a field-goal attempt against the Cardinals; New England's Shea McClellin had a field-goal block against the Ravens and Denver's Justin Simmons stymied a Saints PAT try.
Many players might be upset with the rule change, but both the NFL and NFLPA endorsed it for safety reasons."
The NFL removing quite possibly the cheapest and most bullshit field goal blocking tactic of all time is the best rule change they've made this offseason. Of course watching Kam Chancellor create this trend by doing it the first time was awesome and was incredibly athletic move on his part. However, it has gotten completely out of control. A game earlier this season was decided because someone blocked a kick by doing this then returned it for 2 points off the extra point attempt. Now these special teams coordinators have players practicing it and it's becoming too easy and once they're over there's no stopping them. I'm glad the NFL nipped this in the butt before it got too big because then it would've been a much bigger issue. It's already hard enough for these kickers to make the extra points now that they're moved back and field goals of 40+ yards are always uncertain of going in, so why make it any harder than it already is.
The NFL and NFLPA saying that is a safety concern though, total bullshit. In a sport that full grown men get a 40 yard head start running down the field to collide with other grown men running full speed, and a little game leap frog is all of the sudden a huge safety concern. Shut the hell up, no one wants a game of leap frog deciding football games, that's the real reason this rule change was needed. First of all, these guys jumping over the line to block the kicks are incredible athletes, them not being able to vertically jump over a crouched over man shouldn't be much of a physical test. I'm pretty sure if they couldn't make it they wouldn't do it, so the safety thing is complete garbage. The only safety concern should be for the kicker or place holder that is just a sitting duck for whatever physical specimen jumps over that line with a free shot at them. Good rule change by the NFL just a horrible excuse to back it up.
ESPN- "Could New England Patriotsquarterback Tom Brady really play until he's 46 or 47 years old?
That's the target range Brady highlighted in a recent conversation with owner Robert Kraft.
"As recently as 2-3 days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play 6-7 more years and at the level he performed," Kraft said Monday at the NFL's annual meeting. "There's no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base."
Uh oh, just when you might've thought the reign of terror by the Patriots is over, Bob Kraft reassures everyone that it's not. Unfortunately, it looks like it's not even close to over and if that's the case we need to start testing more throughly for steroids because this is not fucking possible. For the last 15 years, Tom Brady year in and year out has been a 50/50 shot to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, totally asinine. I might not be able to take 6 or 7 more years of knowing the Patriots are a shoe-in for the AFC championship game and a coin flip from a Super Bowl every year. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts and whatever other sorry states are considered to be apart of New England, are going ballistic right now receiving this news. I mean who wouldn't be happy about having the GOAT leading your franchise for another 6-7 years.
One person comes to mind actually, Jimmy Garoppolo. If this is actually true, and not just Bob Kraft blowing smoke up the fans asses, then Jimmy G's days in New England are numbered. My best guess would be he gets traded on draft day, or a couple days before, all I know is he won't be in New England for long.
As for for the Patriots future, as long as they have Brady and Belichick they'll be competing for championships. With that being said this 6-7 more years thing is ridiculous, no way Tom Brady can play that much longer I don't care how crazy his nutrition and workouts are, no person can withstand the nature of the NFL grind for that long, simply not possible. Unless Tom Brady is a super human, which he very well might be, he won't be playing until he's 46-47. My best guess would be that Brady plays another 3 years and then calls it quits after he wins his 6th Super Bowl or whatever number he's at come that period in time.
In just a few months the Raiders to Vegas project went from buried 6 feet under to an actual reality, crazy. Mark Davis wanted this move done badly, he's made that abundantly clear from the beginning , and hats off to him because when times got tough he got tougher, ultimately resulting in this deal getting done. Oakland fans for sure aren't going to be happy with this, they're losing their football team, no one goes quietly when that happens. The worst part about it, the Raiders are going to continue to play in Oakland for possibly the next 3 seasons, so how is that going to boil over with the fans. I can't see Raider nation not breaking out into a riot and burning down the coliseum. At the very least they'll just trash the place after the last home game ever and that should be encouraged. Those lunatics are the reason the Oakland Raiders weren't the worst franchise in football the last 20 years, the product they put was way better than anything the Raiders put out on the field.
Anyways, time to get into the specifics of the move. Originally Goldman Sachs and Sheldon Aldeson were the key investors that were making this relocation possibly. Although, just a few months ago they backed out and the deal looked dead. No fear, Bank of America swoops in and saves the day backing the whole original investment, and the money is now in place for the deal to get done. The vote by the owners passed 31-1, meaning all owners except 1 agreed on the Raiders move to Vegas. The Dolphins owner being the only one to turn the move down. He believed it was more important to stay in the communities that brought them to that point and supported them through thick and thin. I actually really respect that stance by Stephen Ross, if only more owners thought big picture for the fans and not just about their wallets getting fatter. Yes, all the owners will benefit from this Vegas move, padding their wallets with a cool $50+ million in relocation fees that the Raiders will have to pay off in upcoming years.
As for the fans, Mark Davis has been really cool and understanding about their frustrations with the team's move. He has offered a refund to any season ticket holder who no longer wants to pay to support the Raiders in light on the news that they're leaving for Vegas. Now any fan that feels betrayed doesn't feel like they got ripped off at least. I'm sure it doesn't heal the wound, nevertheless it's a nice gesture by Davis.
Raider nation will live on with or without Oakland. They were originally from Los Angeles, however the legacy of the Raiders is in Oakland. Now, it's time for a new destination to experience what this football team and the aura that surrounds has to offer to a new city. By the way Raiders fans you'll have your team for at least two more seasons, and the way they played last year before Carr went down, I wouldn't rule out a Super Bowl run before the Raiders time in Oakland is up to add to that legacy one last time. However, only thing that would be a worse kick in the nuts to the Oakland natives would be if the Raiders won the Super Bowl their first year in Vegas. Let's pray that doesn't happen or they may be a war on our hands between Oakland and Vegas.
Saints are reportedly interested in Johnny Manziel according to @RapSheet on twitter. This happens several months after we saw Johnny Manziel go on his party tour around the US via Snap Chat, doing all sorts of illegal drugs and not focusing on football whatsoever. Well, not too long ago he took to twitter to announce he was trying to make a comeback, I blogged it, and I believed(READ HERE). Now he's likely to land with the Saints and learn from future hall of famer Drew Brees, not many better people to have mentor you in this league than Drew Brees. Sean Payton being your head coach doesn't hurt either, having two people that know the quarterback position better than most people in the NFL is a nice thing to have going for you. If Johnny can land the gig as the backup QB for the Saints it'll be the best thing to happen in his NFL career. It might even be the move that saves him from being labeled a bust.
Manziel is still suspended by the NFL for failing to obey the NFL's drug policy. So, if Manziel were to be signed by the Saints he'd miss the first four games of season. None of this really matters since he won't be starting anyways. If there's any situation out there that can get Manziel on track, it's this one. Perfect QB to learn from, offensive minded head coach that is great with QB's, and the Saints aren't the most dysfunctional organization in the world like the Cleveland Browns. My only fear is New Orleans is quite the party town, I'm sure Johnny will be on shortest of leashes, however with his demons all around him it may be hard to avoid. Regardless, I'm pulling for the Johnny Football comeback story, so I hope this is his first step towards rekindling his success as a football player.
Is beast mode looking for a potential rebirth in the league?Several reports came out today that the Raiders were actively pursuing Marshawn Lynch, in order for this to happen a lot would need to take place, though. First, Lynch would have to come out of retirement. After that he'd have to be traded or released by the Seahawks since he's technically still under contract with them. Then, the Raiders would have to probably pay him a pretty penny since it wouldn't be cheap to bring him out of retirement. If they can manage to do all that, they'll be able to bring their already great offense to a whole new level. I'd even go as far as saying they'd be my favorite to win the AFC. That's if they were to get Marshawn Lynch.
Unfortunately, Marshawn Lynch isn't going to be a Raider because he isn't going to play football again. Lynch has already been out of football for a year and the longer you're out the harder it is to comeback. Especially when you're still technically under contract with another team. I'd give this move to the Raiders about a 1% chance. The 1% being he's from Oakland so I'd say that's about the only place he'd really feel the need to play for at this point. However, I stand by what I said before, I cannot see this move actually happening.
Lynch is sitting on his couch counting cash and eating skittles, you think he wants to give that up to take another run at a second act in the NFL? I'm certain he'd be able to still dominate, he's not old whatsoever, and he retired at the top of his game if you take away the injury issues he was having, the thing is though, I think Marshawn likes his new life. He's in commercials, on tv shows, he's just a character that everyone loves. I think he's going to keep it that way, he doesn't have much to gain from this move, so why bother. Plus, the Raiders front office is going to need that cap space to sign back Carr and Mack very soon, so it's in their best interest to keep the extra cap space. Have to love these crazy NFL offseason rumors though, definitely the best sports league at getting wild rumors during the offseason to stay relevant.
As the days of NFL free agency pass a lot of rumors of players all around the league regardless of skill level get mentioned in rumors that they're meeting with teams. One player that hasn't received any attention is Colin Kaepernick. This doesn't make much sense from a football standpoint since he's a young quarterback that has shown a lot of promising traits at the quarterback position, so why does he get no attention. Oh yeah, that's right, he kneeled for the national anthem and Goodell and co. didn't like that, so now no team is calling Kaepernick's phone.
Please don't try an act phony saying Kaepernick just isn't good and that's why teams don't want him because that's just not true. Kaepernick has a better resume and bigger upside than arguably any QB that has hit the free agent market this offseason, so to say he isn't drawing interest from a lack of talent standpoint is ridiculous. Kaepernick has never thrown more than 10 interceptions in a season, so he doesn't turn the ball over much, which is a pretty important component of playing the quarterback position. Kaepernick played very well for the 49ers up until Jim Harbaugh left, the offensive line became horrendous, and their wide receiving core was the worst in the league, some of you still wonder where it all went wrong, though.
Kaepernick can still do what he did his first 3 seasons, which is play winning football at his respective position. If a team like the Broncos or Texans would give him a shot I think they'd be pleasantly surprised with the return they get off their investment. Too bad that'll never happen since Kaepernick is being black-balled by the NFL. No one will sign him due to the media firestorm that comes with him, even though he's more than deserving of a spot on an NFL roster. Political bullshit that gets in the way per usual, he knew the ramifications of his actions before he took part in his protest, guess he had more faith in the people running the front offices than he should've.