Just when you thought the Patriots couldn't get any better, they do. Today, the Patriots signed middle linebacker David Harris to a 2 year deal. Harris was once a beloved Jet who faced off against the Patriots twice a year for his entire career, but now he joins them after his release from the Jets. Now, Harris will finally get to experience what winning the AFC East division title actually feels like for once. He'll get to win that, and then he'll get to win the AFC championship, and then as long as the Giants don't make it to the Super Bowl he'll probably get to win one of those as well. All the meanwhile he's making millions of dollars, not a bad gig for the guy. I guess he deserves it after spending so many miserable seasons with the Jets.
Anyways, the Patriots continue to add to their arsenal of talent and it's starting to get unfair. I'm not one to usually complain about teams trying to improve, but I'm sick of this bullshit where these old, yet not completely washed up players, take these pay cuts to play for the Patriots to win rings. Obviously it took the Patriots years of success to earn that reputation, but c'mon now, this team just won a Super Bowl, and they added a crazy amount of talent. Is that really necessary. I get it's football and nothing on paper is guranteed, however I can't see this team not making the Super Bowl again this year after adding this many players in the offseason.
For those of you not keeping track at home the Patriots have added Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, Kony Ealy, and Stephon Gilmore to their team this offseason. Those aren't the only guys they've added just the only ones really worth noting. They were also able to keep Donte Hightower, Malcolm Butler, and Alan Branch, something no one thought they'd be able to do. Of course Bill Belichick was able to fannagle his way into creating maybe his best team yet.
Good luck to the rest of the AFC this year, you all thought the Patriots were tough to beat last year, that team will look like a bunch of cupcakes compared to the team they'll have this year. Scary fucking stuff. The thing is as a Giants fan the Patriots getting better actually makes me happier because it means destiny is trying to set up another matchup between the two of us. Giants are the Patriots kryptonite, we only feel the need to win Super Bowls when the Patriots are at their peak, so this should be the year we get part 3 to the historic Giants vs Patriots Super Bowls.
Are the Patriots the clear cut favorites to win the Super Bowl again? Can anyone take them down? Will we get part 3 of Giants vs Pats in the Super Bowl? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
The Chiefs came straight outta left field this morning with the announcement that they were releasing Jeremy Maclin. Maclin was a big time acquisition when they acquired him via free agency for the 2015 season. The Chiefs had high hopes for him to join this offense and be a force to be reckon with, unfortunately it never quite materialized. The Chiefs brought in Maclin to give Alex Smith a real weapon to open up the passing game. Problem being that Alex Smith can't throw the ball down field, so ultimately it didn't matter if he had weapons or not. Now, the Chiefs have a stud in Tyreke Hill and they get to pay him a lot less money leaving them with the luxury of being able to cut Maclin..
At the end of the day this was a business decision like most decisions made in the NFL. The Chiefs save a bunch of money off the cap by releasing him, although they do lose a good weapon in the process. Free agency is basically over so I don't see why they'd bother releasing him now since their roster should be basically filled out by now. All I know is the Chiefs did this solely for financial purposes.
There's a ton of speculation that Maclin will wind up with the Baltimore Ravens. Apparently, he has ties to the offensive coordinator there, but they certainly could use the help so I don't see why it wouldn't be a good fit. Maclin can work out of the slot or on the outside and with Flacco throwing him the ball I'm sure he'll be able to put up big numbers like he did in Philly. Ultimately, Maclin did what he was brought into do in year one, unfortunately he couldn't match that same production for the Chiefs in year 2, and that's why they saw him as expendable.
First things first, rest in peace Calvin Pryor's career. As any football fan knows, the day you join the Cleveland Browns is the day you become irrelevant to the football world. Anyways, Pryor was traded to the Browns for Demario Davis. If the name Demario Davis sounds familiar it's probably because he was on the Jets for 4 years prior to last year. The Jets let him walk in free agency and then a year later they trade a former first round pick to get him back. Granted Pryor hadn't lived up to his 1st round pick potential, but how can this trade not look bad for the Jets.
The Jets had this linebacker already, obviously he wasn't special enough then for them to resign him, so makes him so special now that they were willing to trade for him. I understand the Jets had no place for Calvin Pryor after they drafted Jamaal Adams, although getting a guy they already had and that is only getting older doesn't make much sense. Just goes to show Pryor's trade value wasn't really worth much.
The Browns won this trade without a doubt, got rid of Demario Davis' contract, and they added a young safety at a good price. If Pryor pans out to be what the Jets drafted him to be in 2014, then the Browns are going to be very fucking thrilled with this deal. Peppers and Pryor could make a nice young tandem in the back of that secondary. Finally seems like the Browns have a plan and they're excuting it nicely. As for the Jets, they look as lost as ever with this head scratcher of a deal. They get a solid, yet nothing special linebacker, and they got rid of the "bust" that was taking up roster space. Browns are winners for once, it might be a small step forward, however moving forward is always better than moving backwards.