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    The biggest news of the day is, of course, Peyton Manning's official retirement from the NFL. I saw the press conference in Denver and it was pretty much class all the way through including how Manning answered a totally inappropriate (IMO) question about he recent issues over an incident that happened when he was at the University of Tennessee. Manning sidestepped the question by reminding the lady who asked the question, and by proxy everyone else in the room, that this was supposed to be a happy day and he closed out the answer to the question by quoting a line from Forest Gump, "That's all I've got to say about that.". I elicited a laugh from the crowd and gratefully nobody else asked about that issue or his HGH issue. It was a happy day.

    The second biggest news happened just a little bit ago. The Philadelphia Eagles made a deal with the Tennessee Titans that will send DeMarco Murray to the Titans and the Eagles will get..............well, the terms of the deal have yet to be released but it is for sure that Murray will not lose his $21MM in guaranteed money. The Eagles also sent LB Kiko Alonzo and CB Byron Maxwell. It seems as though the Eagles new from office is trying wipe away any semblance of the Chip Kelly era in Philly. Details of that deal are also undisclosed as yet, all that is known is Philly will get some draft picks for the players.

    RGIII is an ex-Redskin. The 'Skins front office let Griffin go today. There are several teams who could be in the market for him. At one time it was thought that he would likely end up in Dallas but recent reports nix that notion. Houston could be a player but apparently the Texans are a serious contender to steal Brock Osweiler from the Broncos. The fit hits the shan Wednesday when the signing period officially begins.

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    Is it the water in Detroit? After all, didn't Barry Sanders retire when he had 4-5 good years left? I don't know how to explain it but another seminal Detroit Lions player has hung up his cleats way too early. That is from the perspective of a fan but after 9 years of getting the hell knocked out of him Calvin Johnson has decided to retire from the NFL. It's weird but just like Sanders who had the opportunity to become the all time leading rusher in NFL history instead of Emmitt Smith Johnson could, conceivably, have ended his career as the all time leading receiver in NFL history. Now, it would have taken Johnson some phenomenal seasons to catch Jerry Rice but it could have been done especially with a QB like Matthew Stafford pulling the trigger. But, sometimes, a man can see the writing on the wall and since the 1950's Detroit's beleaguered football team has not even smelled a whiff of a championship. Sanders must have seen it in just the same way Johnson seems to have seen it. He didn't want to move to another city to play ball but he just couldn't see any hope of winning a ring. Too much turmoil at the top of the ladder in the Lions organization and it's been that way for a long, long time. See ya, Megatron. Loved watching you play.

    The Dolphins are trying like heck to build something in Miami. Earlier this week it was reported that the Dolphin would acquire LB Kiko Alonzo and CB Byron Maxwell those deals will likely become finalized and official today as the free agent signing period begins today. The Dolphins have also apparently struck a deal with former Bills DE Mario Williams. Williams became a salary cap casualty getting released on Monday. At 31 you can imagine that Williams has 3-4 years, assuming he stays healthy, of being a productive player in the NFL. The Dolphin's premiere pass rusher, Cameron Wake, is a free agent but it's being reported that Miami is still in contract discussions with him. If they come to terms with Wake it would appear Miami is in major stockpile mode.

    Jacksonville is starting to make waves in the free agency market. Earlier this week the Jags seem to have come to terms with Broncos DE Malik Jackson. The terms of that deal should become final today. It seems that the Jaguars will add former Jets RB Chris Ivory to their roster. Ivory has been showing flashes of being a very good RB ever since he came into the NFL in New Orleans in 2010. Last season under new head coach Todd Boles Ivory became a front line player becoming the AFC rushing leader in 2015. Ivory is capitalizing on that success. The fact is Ivory probably won't be the AFC rushing leader again because he will be in a running back by committee situation with the Jags young RB TJ Yeldon, who had a nice season of his own before being injured in Week 14 against the Colts, sprained his MCL and was done for the last 3 games of the season. Throw in Denard Robinson and you've got a rather crowded backfield. Ivory may feel like he's back in New Orleans sharing touches with Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.

    Today the starting gun will fire and the free agent frenzy will begin. It remains to be seen who will go where and the biggest concern is, will the Texans and Cowboys be players?

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    Yesterday was Day 1 of the 2016 free agent signing period. I referred to it yesterday as a frenzy and darned if it didn't look like a frenzy. Here's the article of deal made yesterday from NFL.com.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...ard-alex-boone

    From this article I see one potential sleeper pick for the 2016 fantasy football season will be TE Colby Fleener. Fleener was a receiving TE from Stanford that he never really fit into the Colts scheme despite the fact that he played with his college QB Andrew Luck. The Saints turned Jimmy Graham into a super star who completely flamed out after a deal sent him to Seattle. Fleener was a role player in Indy but he has a real chance to be featured in New Orleans.

    The Dolphins have been ramping up the talent on their defense this offseason but the took a big hit when the Giants signed Olivier Vernon yesterday. The Dolphins hit Vernon with Transition tag meaning they had the right of first refusal if Vernon was offered a deal and if they didn't match the offer they would receive a draft pick in compensation. Trouble was the Dolphins retracted their transition tag and they will get nothing for losing their best pass rusher.

    Speaking of the Giants, they have gotten serious in upgrading their defense. Of course they added Vernon to an epic $85MM contract with a huge $52MM in guaranteed money. The also added Damon Harrison along with Jason Pierre-Paul and Jonathan Hankins not to mention signing former Rams DB Janoris Jenkins. Wow.

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    Man, do you think Miami is serious about making up ground on the Patriots in the AFC East? They have made several deals already that have upgraded the talent level on the team. The only bad move was not maintaining the transition tag on DE Olivier Vernon who has now signed on with the Giants. Now, the Dolphins have made an offer to Broncos RB CJ Anderson. Anderson may love relocating to Miami because their new head coach Adam Gase was the play caller for Denver when Anderson had his breakout season in 2014. The Deal Miami offered in for $18MM over 4 years and Denver has 5 days to match the offer of lose Anderson to South Beach.

    On the other end of the scale the Broncos seem to be coming apart at the seams. Peyton retired, Osweiler to Houston, LB Danny Trevathan to Chicago, DL, DE Malik Jackson to Jacksonville (who have been making their own waves with $60MM dollars in cap money they HAVE to spend) and now possibly CJ Anderson will be lost to the Dolphins. Have you ever seen a Super Bowl winning team melt down like Denver is?

    I wonder if Day 3 of the 2016 free agent signing period will be as interesting as Days 1 and 2 were?

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    The Broncos have lost Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler and they have replaced them with....Mark Sanchez? They didn't sign him as a free agent but rather they got him in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Denver gave up a conditional seventh round pick for him. Has John Elway lost his mind or does he see something in Sanchez that nobody has been able to get out of him yet? Denver is also in the market for San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick so who knows what's in the cards regarding Sanchez. It is an interesting signing though.

    You already know this but in case you don't the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is over and because of his self destructive tendencies his career as an NFL player may be over too. Hopefully, Manziel realizes he needs help before he kills someone or dies himself. It's a sad story but one I hope has a happy ending somewhere down the road.

    The Jets are having trouble coming to terms on a deal with last year's QB Ryan Fitzpatrick it's looking like the Jets may have eyes on RGIII. It could be a very interesting fit for Griffin but it won't be as easy for him since the Jets have lost their No 1 RB from last year, Chris Ivory, to Jacksonville.

    Speaking of Jacksonville, they have signed yet another player this week when they came to terms on a deal for former Giants CB Prince Amukamura. The deal is for one year. It looks like the Jags are trying to close the gap between themselves and the rest of the AFC South. They had a lot of money they needed to spend, almost $68MM and they have been big players in free agency this week. Including Amukamura they have signed Denver DL Malik Jackson, Browns S Tashaun Gipson and the Jets Chris Ivory. You have to believe the Jags are not done signing players especially with all the money they have to spend. Plus you just have to know they have a few of their own players who are free agents who I'm sure they would like to resign.


    Here's a link to NFL.com's free agent roundup of the deals that were done yesterday.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...deal-with-jags

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    After the initial 3 days of free agency things have slowed down quite a bit. There are still plenty of guys out there looking for work but most of the big boys (meaning big contract guys) are gone. That doesn't mean there isn't still some noise out there.

    Colby Fleener left Indianapolis for New Orleans as a free agent and in his introductory presser he mentioned that some of the Colts players sort of mailed it in after Andrew Luck was lost for the season. Okay. Without know the full context of the question it's hard to say what prompted him to sort of throw some guys, which he did not name, under the bus so I am not going to pass judgment on him. There is one guy who will and it's another former Colt, LB Jerrell Freeman, who signed with the Bears in HIS presser in Chicago. Freeman took Fleener's comment personally apparently because he tongue lashed Fleener to the hilt. At different points in his response he said Fleener was a coward, a little girl and he said what Fleener did was a (expletive) move. NFL.com is happy to throw gas on the fire by inferring Freeman is the standup guy while Fleener is the man with a grudge against the Colts just to feed the storyline.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...s-coby-fleener

    Man, you just can't catch a break can you? Or is it that you can't deal with life without feeding your head? Who knows why players constantly violate the NFL substance abuse policy and risk losing a dream job playing pro football. Yet another guy is looking at losing it all because of drugs, likely marijuana and that guy is Steelers talented WR Martavis Bryant. He was suspended last season the first 4 games for multiple violations in exactly the same way Dallas' DE Randy Gregory will be. After missing 3 drug tests the NFL will likely suspend Bryant for a whole year. It is not official as yet but unless a miracle happens it likely will be soon.

    Besides signing LB Jerrell Freeman as noted above the Bears have been busy in free agency. The Bears have signed 7 free agents, 3 of them their own guys. The have added former Bronco LB Danny Trevathan, former Arizona T Bobby Massey, former Colts LB Jerrell Freeman and now they have signed 3-4 DE Akiem Hicks away from the Patriots. The Bears actually had the highest offer on the table to former Broncos RB CJ Anderson. You would have thought that Anderson might have followed his former Broncos head coach, John Fox, but instead he went to Miami and former Broncos OC Adam Gase for less money.

    Just in case you give a crap, the NFL draft is 45 days away.

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    ......and the membership in the NFL Knucklehead's Club keeps growing. As I posted yesterday Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was, in fact, suspended for one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Reports are that Bryant will not appeal the suspension which begins today. It's also no surprise that the no-nonsense Steelers are getting sick and tired of Bryant's tune.
    I'm not just talking about Bryant here because former 49'er, Bengal and former Raider Taylor Mays who was a 2nd round draft pick by San Fran in 2010 will miss the first four games of the upcoming season because of violation of the substance abuse policy. Oh yeah, he's a free agent. Think he's getting much of a look? He has been a career backup which isn't good for a 2nd round pick so he wasn't getting a huge deal anyway and now with this suspension NFL teams won't want a player for just 12 games. This suspension could actually spell the end of Mays NFL career. But Mays isn't the only dummy around here. No, there is also former 49er and former Seahawk linebacker Nick Moody. It's exactly the same deal as Taylor Mays all the way down to the free agent bit. The difference here is Moody has only been in the NFL for 3 seasons and he was a sixth round pick by San Fran. Moody has also lost parts of two of his 3 season because he was placed on injured reserve due to injuries. So, the market for a backup LB was probably limited to start with and now he's suspended 4 games. Care to rent a special teams LB for 12 games. Yeah, I thought so. Moody is only 26 and he has shot his NFL career right in the foot.

    Former Chargers S Eric Weddle has signed a 4 year deal with the Baltimore Ravens worth $26MM. He was considered the top rated free agent on the market and the Ravens got him.

    Former Tennessee Titans CB Coty Sensabaugh was signed by the Rams. He got a 3 year deal worth $15MM that could go to $19MM if he meets incentives.

    Former Falcons DT Nick Soliai has signed a 2 year deal worth $7MM to play for the Carolina Panthers.

    So far the Texans and Cowboys have been very quiet in this 2nd week of free agency. The Texans probably blew most of their free agent money wad last week signing Osweiler, Miller and two O-linemen. Dallas has signed one outside free agent in DT for Philly Cedric Thornton. The Cowboys have also signed 6 of their own free agents and may qualifying offers to 2 of their restricted free agents. That means that if they don't sign the offer to play with Dallas and another team makes a better offer then Dallas would get a compensatory draft pick for them. In all likelihood the 2 RFA's, Ron Leary and Jeff Heath will be Cowboys in 2016.

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    The biggest news yesterday wasn't a free agent signing, it was a trade between the Patriots and Cardinals that raised eyebrows in and around the NFL. New England traded their best pass rusher, 2012 1st round pick Chandler Jones, to the Arizona Cardinals for OG Jonathan Cooper, who was the Cards 1st round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick in this year's draft. Jones has become a force for the Patriots sort of becoming the Pats version of JJ Watt playing DE in the Patriots 3-4 defense. Jones is liable to go bat crap crazy as a DE in the Cardinals 4-3 scheme. The Cards get the pass rusher their defense has lacked while the Patriots get some help on the O-line. Unlike Chandler Jones, Cooper has not lived up to being the 7th pick in the draft. It's unusual for a guard to be picked that high so you can imagine the expectations for him in Arizona were awfully high. When you don't live up to lofty expectations you get slammed by the media who covers the team. I'm sure Cooper is relishing the opportunity with New England where he won't have to listen to how much of a bust he is. The Patriots also get that 2nd round pick which is a big bonus because Roger Goodell stripped the Patriots of their 1st round draft pick this year over the deflate gate mess.
    According to NFL.com's Greg Rosenthal the reasons the Patriots were willing to give up Jones was because they have to do deals with other defensive players, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins. Hightower is a Belichick favorite and Collins is maybe a better player than Jones and, considering the ridiculous money the Giants gave DE Olivier Vernon in free agency, the Patriots could not afford to pay all three guys big deals. Also, according to reports Jones is an inconsistent player not to mention that the week before the Patriots playoff game against Kansas City in January Jones showed up shirtless at a Boston police station after suffering a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. Considering the issues the Pats have had in the past with players off field issues this absolutely didn't endear Jones to Bill Belichick. Last but not least the Patriots need the draft pick. Besides getting Collins the draft pick is a huge incentive to complete this deal especially with the lack of a pick in the 1st round courtesy of Roger Goodell.
    Lastly, Rosenthal supposed that New England could sign a guy like Chris Long to a deal to replace Jones which, as it turns out, is exactly what the Patriots did later yesterday after the trade with Arizona was complete. Long is coming off a couple of disappointing years filled with injury and frustration for Long, it could be a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered.

    One more item about the Patriots. The final showdown between the NFL (re: Roger Goodell) and Tom Brady over the deflate-gate mess is coming soon. Actually, the showdown has occurred as there was an appeals hearing earlier this month before a 3 person panel of judges. The hearing was sort of considered a victory for the NFL but in the end you don't know until a decision is handed down. In this case, the final ruling by the judges won't come until late spring or early summer. The Boston Globe is reporting that the Patriots are bracing for a negative ruling meaning Brady's 4 game suspension will happen this season. The Patriots have already reworked Brady's contract so he will only count $1MM against the salary cap this season and they posted an 8,000 word article on their official website called, "The Background and Myths of Deflategate Separating Fact From Fiction." If Brady loses the appeal he may try to get the case all the way to the supreme court. Brady is pissed off at the character assassination he's endured over this ridiculous farce and even if he loses every step of the way in this suspension case I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't just sue the NFL and Roger Goodell for slander and libel or defamation of character. Regardless of how this ends up the NFL and Goodell have come off looking stupid and they are the real losers in this case.

    Yesterday was the biggest day of Week 2 of free agency with a load of deals going down. Here's the recap of yesterday's moves from NFL.com.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-with-redskins

    Have you ever seen a Super Bowl winning team dismantle like the Broncos have. Peyton Manning retires, Brock Osweiler leaves for Houston, LB Danny Trevathan goes to Chicago and DE Malik Jackson heads to Jacksonville and LT Ryan Harris defects to Pittsburgh. The latest player to depart Denver is S David Bruton who signed with the Redskins yesterday. That's 5 starters and the future starting QB all gone since Denver became world champions.

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    The Patriots are some busy beavers this off season. After the surprising deal yesterday when they shipped ace pass rusher Chandler Jones to Arizona for an offensive guard and a 2nd round draft pick you and then signing DE Chris Long you may have thought the Patriots were done wheeling and dealing. NOT! The Patriots added another offensive weapon yesterday when they acquired TE Martellus Bennett from the Bears. The deal cost the Patriots a 4th round pick. Bennett is a unique individual and Cowboys fans may remember his antics on youtube and many questioned his dedication to football but there is definitely talent there but it would seem it is mostly untapped. The no-nonsense Patriots will find Bennett an interesting guy to deal with but his 6'6" frame gives Tom Brady another big red zone target and will be the most talent the Pats have had since Aaron Hernandez and Gronk worked over secondaries.

    Former Rams MIKE LB James Laurinaitis has signed on to be a New Orleans Saint. Laurinaitis will likely move over the SAM LB spot after Stephone Anthony emerged as a force inside last season. New Saints DC Dennis Allen who took over for Rob Ryan after he was fired in the middle of last season is converting from Ryan's 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme.

    NFL.com has listed the transactions that took place yesterday. There's not that many big names as there were last week but the movement around the league is pretty prolific after a couple of days of relative inactivity.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...s-joins-browns

    Daily knucklehead watch: The Ravens signing of FA S Eric Weddle was a good move for the Ravens defense and it also allowed them the ability to cut ties with S Will Hill who is facing a 10 game suspension for substance abuse violations. Hill began his career with the Giants in 2012 and he played well for them but after a third strike failed drug test and looking at being suspended for 6 games to start the 2014 season the Giants cut him in the 2013 offseason. Hill signed with Baltimore and played for the Ravens the past two seasons but teams just can't trust a guy who seems to value getting high over playing football. Hill is only 26 but he's facing a 10 game suspension and if he doesn't change his ways he will be suspended for at least one year. What I'm saying is a team will have to be desperate to sign a guy who will miss 63% of the coming season and he won't get a long term deal because he has yet to show he can be trusted to grow up and leave the dope alone. If his career in the NFL moves forward it will be on one year deals and that IF somebody is desperate enough to sign him.

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    Backup Ravens CB Tray Walker was in a wreck on his dirt bike on Thursday when he collided with an SUV at a Miami intersection and he had been in critical condition until he passed away Friday from injuries suffered in the collision. It was reported that Walker's bike had no lights and he wasn't wearing a helmet. He apparently died from his head injuries. Walker was 25 years old.

    Cal QB Jared Goff had his pro day at the University of California this past week and it has been said he did an excellent job and dispelled some of the doubts about him prior to his workout.

    The Cleveland Browns new head coach Hue Jackson was interviewed Friday at the Cal pro day. He told NFL Channel reporters that he is very proud of the direction the Browns are going despite the belief that Cleveland could go winless in 2016. Whether or not Jackson is right about the positive direction will depend on if the franchise is willing enough to be patient to let Jackson have a real chance for Jackson to build his team. That's a big IF considering the Browns have had 9 head coaches since 2000 and 5 since 2009. Cleveland now has had 11 starting QB's since 2011. The Browns missed on sev.eral first round picks including Johnny Manziel, Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn as well as guys like Derek Anderson, Brian Hoyer, Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy to name a few. The thinking is Cleveland will invest in yet another high draft pick on a QB with the 2nd pick in this year's draft. It is likely they will take either Jared Goff or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz. Cleveland will need to address the O-line or it won't matter who Cleveland drafts at QB because he will not have a chance to succeed and the said QB and Hue Jackson will likely be out of job.

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    Browns new head coach Hue Jackson was quoted as saying that RGIII is "...a great talent." This appears to be coach-speak for we looked at him during his visit over the weekend and we think he's a good player. Complimentary but non-committal. The Question is whether or not RGIII will appreciate mentoring a rookie who will likely be drafted with the 2nd pick in the draft this April. Is RGIII a mentoring type? RGIII is young enough to be a franchise QB and he may not want to be a guy who gets another guy ready to take his job. It's a little inexplicable that Griffin hasn't already been signed by someone.
    The Browns GM has said the team is not in negotiations with the 49ers for Colin Kaepernick. Maybe the Browns could throw a monkey in the wrench by signing Griffin if he will accept a team friendly deal and turn around and use the draft pick on a position player instead of a QB. Something might go down like a turd in a punchbowl for the long suffering Browns fans.

    A couple Patriot notes;
    > The Pats are hosting a visit by NT/DT Nick Fairley. Nick Fairley came out of college one of the most highly touted DL in the country. However in 4 seasons with the Lions and 1 season with the Rams he's been inconsistent when on the field and a bit prone to be injured as well. If anyone can turn a sow's ear into a sick purse it would be the Patriots.
    > Patriots owner Robert Kraft has sent a letter to the NFL league office and Roger Goodell in particular petitioning them to consider reinstating the first round draft pick that Goodell stripped the Patriots of because of the deflate-gate affair. Kraft was given the right to appeal the suspended draft pick if new information came to light. Kraft pointed out that the league did not take the ideal gas law into consideration, something the league has admitted to, and Kraft hopes that it's enough to give Goodell a reason to reinstate the Patriots first round draft pick. Personally, besides all the other issues in this case, Goodell was overly penal to the Patriots and I really believe the Patriots should get their pick back.
    > Chargers president, John Spanos, called the Patriots signing of RB Donald Brown a perfect Patriots signing. Despite the fact that the Chargers released Brown earlier this month Spanos indicated that Boston may be the perfect place for Brown to resurrect his career. It's not like he's over-the-hill, he's only 28 but he's been stuck as the 3rd option in San Diego's 3 deep RB situation. The first year he was behind Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead and last year he was behind 1st round draft pick Melvin Gordon and Woodhead. In New England the Patriots have let LeGarrett Blount and Stephen Jackson walk but there are a lot of guys still in the mix. Brown is the most experienced guy by far and the guy who sort of broke out that season was Dion Lewis who's season was cut short on Nov 8 when he tore his ACL. Brown and Lewis could be a really good 1-2 punch for the Patriots IF Brown isn't really washed up and IF Lewis recovers from the ACL.

    At the NFL owners meetings in Florida there are reports that there could be NFL games in Germany in 2017 and China in 2018. The trip to China is 20 hours minimum and I can't imagine anyone on an NFL team would like to make that trip. Germany is about the same distance time-wise as London, maybe an extra hour or so, but that still means that the teams that travel will get a bye week the next week. Teams going to China may want back-to-back bye weeks. If they go to Beijing they want were gas masks because the air pollution in the Chinese capital is brutal. It's probably just good business trying to push the NFL's boundaries outside the continental US but the logistical nightmares are hard on the coaches and players.

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    RGIII is not unemployed any more. He came to terms on a deal with Cleveland this morning. It is a 2 year deal worth $15MM. Griffin will make $7.5MM in 2016 and he got a $3.5MM as a signing bonus. According to NFL.com's Mike Mayock signing RGIII should not affect the Browns in the draft. It has been widely expected that Cleveland, who has the 2nd pick in the draft will take either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. Considering Wentz is a big athletic QB like Griffin it would make more sense to draft him if QB is the way the Browns go. For the first time in his career RGIII will play for a coach who is a perfect fit for him. Hue Jackson has done wonders for every QB he's coached. But, according to ESPN player guru Greg Cosell Jackson will need to really work some special magic on Griffin because of the troubles he's had with former coaches Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, the beatings he's taken trying to run the read-option offense and the humbling experience he faced being benched and most inactive on game days last season when he never played a single down. Having a full year off to heal show handle the injury concerns but his mental state of mind and his confidence has been called into question. That is why drafting Goff or Wentz with the 2nd pick is still very much on the table. Goff is the most NFL ready of the two QB's who Cleveland could draft which is okay if Griffin falls flat in training camp but Wentz, who most experts say could use a couple of years to sit and learn the pro game, would benefit if Griffin does do okay which would enable Wentz to sit and learn. If Cleveland then doors open wide for the Cowboys at pick 4. They could take Wentz and allow him to sit and learn behind Tony Romo or they would have the means to trade down with a team who wants a QB. Trading back would mean Dallas would still get a good player and also get extra draft picks. Either way it's win-win for Dallas.

    The owners meetings in Florida this week have yielded some rule changes and some could make for some interesting discussion.
    1. For certain unsportsmanlike fouls, after the 2nd time a player is flagged for one or more of the infractions, it means the player will automatically be ejected.
    2. The spot of the ball after a touchback on a punt or kickoff will be the 25 yard line.
    3. The chop block is illegal in all cases. It doesn't mean that you can't block low if you are facing the opposing player it eliminates hitting low when an opposing player is already engaged with a blocker. A lot of defensive linemen have been hurt when locked up on a block with someone and a 2nd player comes in a "chops" the guy at his knees.
    4. The horse collar tackle extends to the name plate on the back of jerseys. (I think this is bullsquat.)
    5. A team will be flagged for delay of game if they try to call a time out when they are not allowed to. This situation came up last season in a game Dallas was playing. They were deep in the opposing team's territory with a 3rd and less than 5. The defense, to avoid being called for an illegal substitution called for and was erroneously granted a time out. After some discussion the play was a do-over because the illegal substitution penalty went away with the time out call. Dallas failed to get the first down and had to settle for a field goal. If the same circumstance occurs next season either the illegal substitution penalty would be called or the delay of game penalty will be called. Either way Dallas gets a first down and continues their drive.
    6. Formerly if a receiver goes out of bounds and re-establishes himself inbounds and he touches a pass he would get flagged for illegal touching and his team would be penalized 5 yards. Now the 5 yard penalty goes away and it is a loss of down.
    7. The NFL has eliminated "multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession." (I don't know what this means)
    8. Communication between the QB or the defensive captain on the field can be either from the sideline or the coaches booth. Previously, all communication with the players on the field could only be done from the sideline.
    9. Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay announced Wednesday a tweak to the injury reserve-designated to return rule. Now, teams do not have to designate a player to return when they place him on injured reserve. Players still have to be on IR for at least six weeks before they can come back and play.

    The draft is still 35 days away.

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    There is a wide receiver you have never heard of who could be the biggest sleeper in the this year's NFL draft. The guy is a physical beast at 6'4" tall and 225 lbs he can run the 40 in 4.39 seconds. Do I have your attention? The guy is young, 22 years old, and he's raw because he's only played football for 4 years. Last season he was rookie of the year in his first professional season. The guy's name is Moritz Boehringer and he's a German who played in the German Football League last season. What he did was totally unexpected because the coaches for his team told him they would bring him along slowly. Boehringer caught 70 passes for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns in the 19 game GFL season. He had a 20.9 YPC average and he lined up at both WR and TE. He has been working out in Boca Raton, Fla with guys like Anquan Bolden and Pierre Garcon at the XPE Sports Academy in preparation for his pro day that will happen today at Florida Atlantic University. In February a countryman, Anthony Dable, was signed by the New York Giants after a single workout. Dable is 27 and was not eligible for the NFL draft. Dable's measurables are: 6'5" tall and 215 lbs and he was impressive enough that the Giants snapped him up. Check out the video in this article which also feature's a nice cover of the old Ten Years After tune, "I'd Love to Change the World". Notice in the video that Boehringer catches the ball with his hands, he's not a body catcher. He also is comfortable lining up in different spots. He lined up wide, in the slot and at tight end. He is not afraid to go over the middle and he's good with YAC. He even went up on a jump ball and he got the ball at it's highest point and made the catch. He looked like a man amongst boys in the video and it would be interesting to see if he can do the same against NFL caliber talent.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...ggest-sleepers

    There are two guys in this year's draft who are considered to be elite level talent but issues make them very questionable. The first is Myles Jack the LB from UCLA. He's still considered a top 5 talent but that could change after his April workout. Jack is coming off a major knee injury that cost him all of last season at UCLA. He dropped out of school to concentrate fully on his rehab which he is still ongoing. If his physical is good in April and his private workout is good he will be a top five pick. IF. The next guy is Mississippi State DL Robert Nkemdiche. He's a guy who is touted at being another top 5 talent but concerns over him have nothing to do with an injury. Nkemdiche fell out of a 4th floor window at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta at Buckhead hotel this past December. In his room was found marijuana and he was eventually charged with possession of drugs. Nkemdiche wasn't injured in the fall but he was taken to a nearby hospital for observation. Nkemdiche was suspended by the team and did not play in the 2016 Sugar Bowl. You wonder just what the hell is going on with college players these days and their infatuation with weed. Randy Gregory was a highly touted DE in last year's draft when he failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine of all things when they found mary jane in his system. Since the draft last year when Dallas took a chance on Gregory in the second round Gregory has failed 3 more drug tests, all for marijuana use, and will be suspended the first 4 games of the upcoming season. Teams see that and they will not take a chance on wasting a 1st round pick on a guy they maybe can't trust. Nkemdiche, like Gregory before him, has cost himself a lot of money because he can't leave the weed alone. Can Nkemdiche turn himself around like Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathew did. The Honey Badger was kicked off the LSU football team for repeated drug violations. The Cards took a chance on him and he's proven to be a good NFL player and he hasn't had any more issues with failed drug tests. Or will Nkemdiche go the way of Gregory and continue to shoot himself in the foot. Gregory is a couple of violations away from being suspended 10 games and if that doesn't do it the next violation will an indefinite suspension that will be at least one year. It's hard to fathom how a guy can just throw away a lucrative dream job to smoke weed. That's the dilemma teams face when looking at Nkemdiche.

    It's only 28 days until the NFL draft.

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    Yesterday I posted some info on a WR named Moritz Boehringer from Germany who played in the German premiere football league. He's 6'4" and weighs 225 lbs and runs a 4.3 forty. He has lined up all across the front line from WR to TE to the slot. After working out in Florida and participating in Florida Atlantic's pro day he is no longer a mystery he worked his way into a full fledged prospect. It was thought that because of his superior workout yesterday he has vaulted himself to as high as the fourth round of the NFL draft. Check out his article from NFL.com's Andy Fenelon.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...r-on-nfl-radar

    The Patriots have signed veteran nose tackle Terrence Knighton to a one year $4.5MM deal. Knighton will fill the hole left by Vince Wilfork when he left for Houston as a free agent last year. At 6'3" and 355 lbs Knighton will plug the middle of the Patriots defense. He was a 3rd round pick by Jacksonville in 2009 and he spent 4 seasons with the Jags. In 2014 he played with Denver and last season he was with the Washington Redskins.

    This offseason the talk is that Denver had interest in getting Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers but the main requirement Denver had was that Kap had to agree to restructure his contract and take a pay cut. That is something Kaepernick refused to do. Yesterday was the deadline for funding the guaranteed money due Kaepernick. The deadline passed and he will get all the money due him in 2016 which is $11.9MM and he will still be a 49er.

    RGIII signed with Cleveland earlier this month and it has come out that a major supporter of Griffin was his former head coach Mike Shanahan. This is the same Mike Shanahan who benched Griffin after a disappointing 2013 season which caused a major rift between the coach and player. Disfunctional is a mild way to describe how their relationship ended up. However, as free agency progressed it was Shanahan who was one of Griffin's majors supporters saying that under a system similar to the one run in Washington when Griffin was a rookie RGIII could be a resounding success. Griffin appreciates Shanahan's support and is grateful for his endorsement during his free agency. Now, all that remains to be seen is if Griffin and Hue Jackson can forge a relationship. Already Jackson has made comments about Griffin that indicate he has confidence in Griffin. In other words it may be the first time as a pro RGIII has had a coach who had his back and wanted him. Shanahan didn't necessarily want Griffin when Washington drafted him and Kirk Cousins back in 2012 draft. Griffin was Rookie of the Year in 2012 but things started going downhill on him after the injuries started piling up. Kirk Cousins has become the #1 guy in Washington and Griffin and new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden didn't see eye to eye and Gruden elected to go with Cousins over Griffin. Cousins led a surprising Redskins team to a 9-7 record and the NFC title with a home playoff game. This was amazing considering the Redskins were forecast to finish dead last in the division in the preseason. Griffin has a new opportunity in Cleveland under a head coach who actually wanted him. Don't be surprised if RGIII isn't the comeback player of the year for 2016.

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    Colin Kaepernick got his 2016 fully guaranteed by the 49ers last week when the date came and went which looked like the Niners and Chip Kelly were going to try to make a go of it. The rumors of a deal with Denver would just not go away though and the last thing reported was the Broncos and Kaepernick had come to terms on a deal but the 49ers were not going to agree to pay $4.9 MM of the guaranteed part of Kaepernick's deal. Kap is scheduled to make $11.9 MM all of which is guaranteed this year. The Niners could lose $7 MM off their salary cap by agreeing to the trade but they don't want to pay that $5 MM and get nothing for their money. I don't blame the Niners especially if Kaepernick clicks in Kelly's offense. If he does then the 12 mil will not be an issue. The Niners don't have to eat anything if they don't want to and Denver is the one who only has Mark Sanchez to play QB this season. Even if the Broncos end up with a top QB in the draft, Paxton Lynch the most likely to fall to Denver, Lynch won't come in a lead the defending Super Bowl champs in the defense of their title. Rookies just don't do that. The Broncos have lost a lot of their players to free agency this off season and I believe it's in no small part because they know they don't have a QB going into the 2016 season. The Broncos are in deep do-do and could end up last in the AFC West if they are not careful. First to worst is not what you want to happen--ever.

    TE Scott Chandler was let go by the Patriots this off season because he will need yet another surgery on his knee. Now, NFL.com is reporting that Chandler is afraid that his career may be over. Chandler showed flashes of being an elite level tight end all the way back to his days with Buffalo but injuries have kept him from reaching his potential. Chandler tore his ACL during the 2015 season with the Patriots and he admitted over the weekend that he will miss the 2016 season as a result of the surgery and rehab. It is his second torn ACL in this knee, the first coming in 2012 while with the Bills. Chandler is 30 and won't be available to play again until he is 32 which means teams will not be looking for an aging free agent tight end to sign.

    Michael Vick will be turning 36 years old soon. Hard to believe isn't it? NFL.com reported that Vick wants another crack at playing in the NFL this coming season even though the odds aren't great he will get the chance. Last season he was the backup in Pittsburgh and he actually got to play until he was injured and Landry Jones came in an outplayed Vick. If was as if the handwriting was on the wall, Vick was done as an NFL QB. Vick had to wait until late August before being signed by New England and it may be a situation of a team needing an experienced backup before Vick gets his chance to play. If he doesn't he says he's not going to lose sleep over it because he's had a good career despite losing several years because of his arrest and conviction for participating in dog fighting. Vick seems to have turned his life around and he also seems to come out the better for the experience.

    This may have been better posted on the Cowboys thread but the Jets have signed a one year deal with former Cowboys and Jets LB Bruce Carter. Carter was good in spurts for Dallas and he was a serviceable enough LB for him to get a free agent deal with Tampa Bay last season. Carter's deal with Tampa was for 4 years and $17 MM but he was cut March 6th and will save the Bucs $4.25 MM in cap space this season. Carter became expendable when he lost out to rookie sensation Kwon Alexander and his price tag was just too big for a backup player. The reason why Dallas didn't resign Carter was pretty much the same reason, his play wasn't worth paying him the money he received from Tampa as a free agent.

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