This week there have been many rumors about possible big-name players who could, will, or have already been cut or traded, I mean Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, Darrelle Revis formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers.
The rumors started on Sunday afternoon with Chris Johnson, no surprise after coach Ken Whisenhunt and Ruston Webster the General Manager began promoting him among different teams. Johnson has given poor results and costs a lot of money (8M $ actually) that affects the availability of the Salary Cap, Johnson, the former figure in Nashville said he would not accept to take a pay-cut to keep playing with the Titans franchise, if Tennessee doesn’t get anything for the RB, he will be cut, Ian Rappoport of NFL Network and Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean reported. Continue reading
As good as the Denver Broncos were in 2013, they ultimately came up short of their goal of a World Championship. For some a 43-8 defeat in the Super Bowl would leave them in a state of depression for months. Apparently it had the opposite effect for Broncos Vice-President of Football Operations, John Elway. On the first day of NFL free agency, Elway pushed all of his chips to the middle of the table again.
The Broncos were a great offensive team last season but their defense, especially their pass defense, left a lot to be desired. With that in mind, Elway set out to fix the problem in one day and he may have done it.
The day started with the signing of former Cleveland Browns safety, TJ Ward. Ward is the safety the Broncos have been looking for since Brian Dawkins retired. The difference is, with all due respect to Dawkins, that Ward is just entering the prime of his career. Ward is what they call a “thumper” in the secondary, the guy that makes receivers think twice before coming across the middle. He’s also a player that brings a toughness and an attitude to a Broncos defense that has been too soft in recent years. Continue reading
Over the past 36 or so hours, fans of the Patriots have experienced both extremes of the emotional spectrum. On the first day of free agency, last season’s conquerors the Denver Broncos went on a spending spree which included the acquisition of Aqib Talib, the Patriots best cornerback last season. Just before that was confirmed, the reports were going around that he was close to returning to the Patriots making the defection ever harder to accept. In the immediate aftermath, Belichick was lambasted for being ‘cheap’ and refusing to pay market value. Barely 24 hours later though, those fans would be signing an entirely different tune.
Talib’s average annual value of just under $10million was certainly within the Patriots financial capabilities to match, however the 6 year deal was simply too long for the team to be comfortable with, especially given Talib’s medical history. To replace one of the top cover corners in the league, they went out and got the top option at that position, Darrelle Revis. Per Pro Football Focus, Revis graded out as the top overall player at his position last season, ahead of Richard Sherman who was his main competition. Continue reading
It has been recently reported that the Carolina Panthers are attempting to trade Steve Smith, here are some teams I feel that would trade for him:
The St. Louis Rams- Call me crazy but I think he would be a good fit for this team, and the Rams do have 2 first round picks if in fact Carolina is asking for that high of a pick for him. He would instantly upgrade this offense and help Tavon Austin grow as a player as well. I would not be surprised to see the Rams go after him.
The New England Patriots- Why not? The Patriots need help at the receiver position, Amendola is injured often, their rookie receivers looked like rookies last year and Julian Edelman may not be back. This would help Brady out big time, Smith plays taller than his height and I think he and Brady could have instant success. Imagine if Smith got traded here and Talib came back, might they then squash their beef? Continue reading
The Texans are in need for a franchise QB, someone who will lead them to win games and reach the playoffs. I think this draft is a unique opportunity to find that kind of player the Texans are seeking not only because they have the first selection in the draft but the class this year is way too talented and deep. They can find a quarterback who can be successful in the NFL someone like Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr or even A.J McCarron, also remember they’ve got the first selection in each round. So, what should the Texans do with the first overall pick?
There are plenty of options like trading it to a team like the Browns for their two first round selections (and maybe next year first round selection too) and pick the LB out of Buffalo Khalil Mack at fourth pick and select a talented QB at number 27. Continue reading