Posts Tagged ‘free agency’

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FOX Sports- Johnny Manziel has been one of the favorites in the discussion of what the Houston Texans will do with the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick. But the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner might end up with the other team in Texas. According to a report by ESPNCleveland.com, CBS Sports NFL announcer Jim Nantz says he has heard that the Cowboys will do whatever it takes to bring Johnny Football to Dallas. “I’ve heard this rumor for a month — the Cowboys will figure out a way to get Manziel,” Nantz told ESPNCleveland.com. “Wherever Manziel goes, there is going to be more clamoring about Johnny Manziel than there would be about Blake Bortles going No. 1 or (Jadeveon) Clowney going No. 1, or anyone else. This is a guy that there’s just a tremendous interest in everything he does.” There’s been talk all offseason about the Cowboys’ possible interest in the Manziel, but it didn’t seem likely with Dallas picking 16th in the draft and quarterback Tony Romo getting a six-year, $108 million contract extension last year. The Cowboys also signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden to a two-year deal last month. But you never know what Jerry Jones will do despite dismissing rumors about Manziel earlier this year. “No doubt in my mind [Manziel] is going to be an outstanding NFL football player,” Jones said on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan. “But we have Tony Romo, and Tony Romo is our ticket.” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones also said that all the Manziel talk is “purely speculation.” Manziel has met with the Cowboys’ owner this offseason and said playing for “America’s Team” would be a dream come true. “Growing up a Cowboy fan … I was born at halftime of a Cowboys game,” Manziel told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in February. “That would almost be a folktale in the correct direction.”
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If you are Jerry Jones how do you NOT want Johnny Football? Yea you gave Romo 108 mil but this is the NFL we’re talking about and that whole thing can be cancelled faster than a Cowboy’s 4th quarter drive. I don’t know how much I would give up to move into the top 10 or even 5 for a shot at the kid but putting him in Dallas would give Jerry everything he wants and needs in JerryWorld. The whole Romo being cool and popular shtick ran out a few years ago, now he’s just the guy who cannot perform in pressure situations. But pairing someone with flash and pazzazz like JF with Dez Bryant will put some asses in the seats and for sure sell a ton of jerseys so it won’t even really matter if Johnny is bad the first year or so. He will make ridiculous plays, show up on Sportscenter with that big star on his helmet, and Jerry Jones will do the Mr. Burns laugh as his bank account continuous to rise.

PS Pretty nice mentioning Brandon Weeden in the article like he matters at all in what the Cowboys do in the draft. Better chance of me making a difference in their plans on taking a QB or not.

-Jesse

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$100 says this was incomplete


Sporting News- The idea that quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s days in Oakland were numbered was something of a foregone conclusion by late last month. The question was when a move would be made, not if. The Raiders made that move on Monday night. Though Pryor would seemingly be happy to be out of Oakland, where offseason acquisition Matt Schaub is set to become the starting quarterback, he’ll be no more than a backup to Russell Wilson in Seattle. Pryor had indicated that he wanted to be cut or traded so that he could have a shot at starting somewhere else — which obviously won’t be happening with the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

Not surprised at all that he is gone but it really does suck for a few different reasons. One is that he could be a Pro Bowl receiving TE or WR if he just forgot about being a QB and spent an offseason running routes. He is 6’6 and runs a 4.3 with hands the size of man hole covers (that’s the classic line, right?). He is built to be a WR but in a world where everyone wants to be a QB, he can have fun backing up someone that is 5’4″. Secondly it’s weird thinking that Al Davis’ last draft pick is out of the building. Not saying he doesn’t have other picks still around (Janikowski, Woodson, etc.) but Pryor was really everything that ol’ crazy Al looked for in a draft pick. Super human athletic freak, zero on field production. Finally just thinking about running a goal line read option with Pryor, McFadden and MJD is cum worthy. Of course if they are all hurt that doesn’t do shit so have fun winning rings in Seattle.

Al Davis Logic
Top 10 pick for a guy that can run a 3.5 but is blind? Draft them ASAP. Tall, somewhat mobile and has a cannon? Yes. But Al he can’t read! That’s fine, take him #1!

RIP Al Davis

Extra PS In a draft this deep I will gladly take a 7th rounder. The Raiders need help in every way so depth is never a bad thing.

-Jesse

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The biggest item in the NFL by and far is that DeSean Jackson has been released by the Eagles. Not traded for draft picks or another veteran player, not traded for cash, just released into the wind for absolutely nothing (other than cap space). Nearly every team should be calling his agent but a lot won’t because there has been a leaked story that DJax is somehow involved with the Crips in California. This would’ve meant nothing before but thanks to Aaron “I Murdered 30 People” Hernandez this is now something that teams will be looking into. Did DeSean throw up a gang sign? Did he name his rap label Jaccpot instead of JacKpot because Crips don’t put a C and K together because it stands for Crip Killer? Does he hang out with Lil Terrio because somehow that morbidly obese child is actually 45 and a Los Angeles drug lord? Who knows. Most ‘tough guys’ want to act like they are in gangs, throw up the signs, wear red or blue and claim they are super hood. But they also don’t give back to the community and donate as much time/money as someone like DeSean. Sure he could be funding the whole fucking thing for all I know but I don’t care, bring him to Oakland and make this team better.
This is all you need to see to know any team can benefit from his services

Can’t be in a gang and shout out Whoopi GoldBIRD and Barbara Walters…
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That brings me to the Raiders. Right before the weekend they signed Maurice Jones-Drew for a 3 year deal (aka an NFL minute). So in total this Free Agency the Oakland Raiders have signed Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley, Antonio Smith, Terell Brown, James Jones, Donald Penn, Charles Woodson, Matt Schaub and now MJD. If this were 2009-10 I would be the happiest guy on earth. The NFL probably wouldn’t have even let this happen if it was back then. But this is 2014-15 so we basically have collected every player that has been released by their former team because they have moved on to younger players who outperform the vets. Do I like the leadership and the collection of Super Bowl Ring wearers now wearing Silver and Black? Sure it will be a great locker room dynamic. Do I like that most of these guys are averaging 30 years of life and roughly 8-9 years of NFL time? Not at all. I know they are trying to get a good base team to build from but if this all crashes and burns in about 2 year when the contracts end we are FUCKED. So good luck guys!
All of the Raiders ineptitude set to a Justin Timberlake song

Is he a ginger black guy?

Is he a ginger black guy?


ESPN- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting that it’s a matter of time before the team reaches a long-term contract extension with Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. The Saints used the one-year franchise tag with Graham on March 3. Both sides have been in continued negotiations, and Payton is confident a deal will be complete before the July deadline. “It’s hard to put a timetable on it,” Payton said Wednesday. “But I would say very similar to Drew [Brees’ contract], I think all of us feel like it’s just a matter of not if, but when. I don’t know if there’s nervous anticipation.” Graham is a core player in New Orleans. He led the Saints in receptions (86), yards (1,215) and touchdowns (16) last season. However, New Orleans has issues with the salary cap that must be addressed. There has been some debate on position classification with Graham. He plays tight end but wants to be designated a wide receiver, where more money involved. Payton said that could make things tricky but may not be a huge snag in the grand scheme of negotiations.

When you have a player like Jimmy Graham, you start stacking up the Benjis until he smiles and signs the contract. “It’s not an if but when” Sean? How about you just throw a ton of dough at this guy and pray he stays with your team. He is easily the best TE in the game since Gronk can barely stay healthy through a game of beer pong and Aaron Hernandez is awaiting trial for like 15 murders. The Raiders have adopted this whole ‘conservative’ style to building a team but for Jimmy Graham I say give the Saints a 1st rounder and the whole team gets jerked off by the cheerleaders for a month. The Saints can move the ball around to a lot of different receivers but without Sproles, Jimmy is really the key guy for Brees to connect with. Do the right thing, pay that man his money!

-Jesse

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Deadspin- In the worlds of both sports and television, the NFL is a behemoth. But is there something uniquely and grossly profitable about pro football that it can continue to grow indefinitely, or has it hit its ceiling? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the end is nigh. Speaking to reporters ahead of last night’s Mavs game, Cuban predicted the bursting of the NFL bubble within the next decade, hastened by a recent cash grab that may overexpose the product. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said. “When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.” Cuban is referring specifically to the NFL’s new TV deal with CBS, which will bring in hundreds of millions a year for the right to broadcast half the league’s Thursday games, and see the return of at least two Saturday games a year. Cuban believes the league is overextending itself, and overestimating the public’s appetite for week-round football.

Most people will hate to hear it, but Mark Cuban is spot on. The guy knows a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to raking in the cash. He streamed college basketball games online and made a fucking mint. The Mavs were a fucking joke and now they are the 5th most valuable basketball team thanks to his business expertise. So trust him when he says having football on all the time is going to one day just be too much for the viewers and the NFL will end up losing money. The trend really starts with people not going to as many games due to the high cost and dealing with the bullshit traffic in and out of the stadium. So unless you are the Packers and people think they own the team (wink wink) or Seattle and there is nothing to do there other than cry and drink coffee, you aren’t selling out a stadium. Add to the fact that you make football something you have the chance to watch almost everyday during the week, people won’t HAVE to watch. Make something unavailable and they want it. When you are single no chick wants the dick. When you have a girlfriend for 45 seconds every model in the world thinks your hairline is amazing and your beer belly is sexy. So NFL listen up, Mark Cuban and myself have a plan..
Games only on Monday and Sunday.
Lower the ticket prices or the beer prices. Either one will cause people to cum in happiness but both would be too much.
Offer speedlanes to leave the stadium for an extra cost kinda like the Speedpass at Universal or Disney.
Make the Raiders the Super Bowl champs or their fans will murder you.

Easy peasy, Japanesey.
-Jesse

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Well some good things happened and some great things happened, at least in my world. The Raiders finally opened up their check books for football players who know how to play and don’t get hurt every other down. Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley are going to be great additions to the team for a couple reasons. One is obviously they are better than what we had. Sure Lamar Houston is younger but he didn’t want to be there and only had 6 sacks last year (Tuck had 11). But secondly they are veteran leaders and can help recruit others who may have steered clear of Oak-town previously (ahem Jared Allen and Hakeem Nicks). Either way I’ve stepped back from the ledge but I am still near by incase they do something stupid. I was really hoping Jason Hatcher would also sign but he ended up on the Cowboys’ rival Redskins so good job for him choosing the lesser of the two evils.
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Jared Allen is still somehow unsigned but I’m guessing that will change within the next 24-48 hours. He has earned the right to be choosy so go right on ahead Mr. Mullet.
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The Browns dropped Brandon Weeden like a bad habit, sadly just two years too late.
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Steve Smith and Vince Wilfork demanded and are going to be granted releases from their teams and Julius Peppers is also a free agent. So this basically is the year where if you were the face of the franchise 3 years ago, you’re gone.
I don’t think any of the 2nd tier WRs (Hakeem Nicks/Julian Edleman/Santonio Holmes)have been picked up so I expect that to happen on this Friday as well as Donald Penn from the Bucs. He is the best LT out there and should be scooped up immediately.
The Cromartie Brothers are still unsigned and I don’t actually think they are related. Dominic could in fact be the son of Antonio, but I will check into that later.
And finally Brandon Pettigrew resigned with the Lions giving them one of the best offenses (on paper) in the NFL.

-Jesse


“So here’s a list of players who aren’t returning our phone calls.”
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Shutdown Corner-The Cleveland Browns are on a tear this offseason. They seriously are a beat writer’s dream.

From firing coaches and front-office personnel to admitting prior draft mistakes to making more flashy signings, there is always something to write about.

And now there’s this.

As GM Ray Farmer was coming out of the press conference to announce the signings of three defensive free agents they signed on Wednesday, someone snapped a picture. Behind Farmer was a whiteboard with the names of several prospective free agents.

This is amazing stuff. Even if some guy on a tour of the Browns’ facility came in and scribbled those names up there, we still can have fun with this.

Alterraun Verner’s name is crossed off; he signed with Tampa Bay. But he has brackets (or are those French braces?) around his name, as does the Bills’ Arthur Moats and the Patriots’ Julian Edelman. Hmm, two good players.

But good lord …

What in the world is Rex Grossman’s name doing up there? The Browns just cut Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell today … and they are going to replace one of their spots with Grossman? If someone made that joke, sans photo, on Twitter they’d be ridiculued for being overly fatuous and dated. But good lord, this is real life! The fact that Grossman is in the same column as Darrelle Revis’ name is just gut-bustingly awesome.

Is this fucking happening for real?! Are we required by law to be retarded? There MUST be a deal in place with the NFL that the Browns have to do the most incompetent and comically inept thing at any given time. We’re not talking about a bonehead lineman leaving his playbook at the Crazy Horse or the QB (if we had one on the roster) telling ESPN our game plan against the Steelers (try not to lose by 21.) Nope, this is just the dumb ol’ management letting a picture of their free agent board get posted on the fucking internet. Why does it matter you ask? They could have Joe Montana and Barry Sanders written on that board but it doesn’t matter because neither would set foot in the state, and to that I would say: “You’re right, it doesn’t matter.”
But the point is now everyone in America gets to make fun of you some more for being stupid. Stop being stupid! Stop being an easy target. I feel like the poorest kid in town who let his wish list to Santa get out in the open and now everyone in school feels bad for you for being a poor unrealistic loser who doesn’t understand that Santa skips over the poor kid’s shacks because their parents don’t love them as much. The Browns don’t love me because they never tried to do better for me! I wish I was never born!!!

-Ken

UPDATE: In a move that no one could have seen coming if they were only consulting the free agency board, the Browns have signed TE Jim Dray. I’ll be printing t-shirts soon for you to buy. Don’t worry.

Only size available will be 3XL. Sorry all you skinny  and slightly obese losers.

Only size available will be 3XL. Sorry all you skinny and slightly obese losers.