Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Big Ben Bell

It was interesting to hear LeVeon Bell's comments about his tenure with the Steelers and QB Ben Roethslisberger. Apparently, he feels that Ben runs the team and controls it all.

There was no way Ben could keep Le'Veon and Antonio Brown happy with the way the ball was distributed in the offense.

When players leave a team, they usually just move on. In the world of social media, it's so easy to let your thoughts go viral.

This situation isn't anything new in the NFL. It's just so easy to share things like this now.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fitz In Sun

It was inevitable that the Dolphins would sign a veteran quarterback since they already has two unproven ones on their roster.

Ryan Fitzpatrick agreed to a two year/$11 million contract. The 36 year old will be joining his eighth team since being selected in the seventh round of the 2005 draft.

His previous stops with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets and Buccaneers have been as a starter and backup. He holds a career record of 50-75-1.

He will serve as a placeholder for whoever they select in the draft with the 13th overall pick. He will become the 21st starting quarterback for them since Dan Marino retired in 1999.

The team is rebuilding this year, but Fitzpatrick will prove why he has lasted this long.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Manning Money Day

Giants QB Eli Manning received a $5 million roster bonus today. He appears to be the starter, but how long will that last for?

GM Dave Gettleman is gutting the roster with the trade of Odell Beckham Jr and letting Landon Collins walk to free agency.

The team is in a transition. Manning probably never though it would end this way in light of winning two Super Bowl.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Man of Many Chances

Johnny Manziel has been around the NFL and CFL since 2014. Both leagues have dismissed him. He now has a chance with the AAF.

It's a great move by the league and team to sign him just to attract interest. It's cheep and just a marketing ploy, but the league needs viewers to survive.

The Memphis XPESS will be his landing spot. It will be interesting to see how he does with Hall of Famer Mike Singletary as his coach.

If it doesn't work, he will probably get another chance next year in the XFL.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Dollars For Dez

WR Dez Bryant must be wondering if he will ever get a big contract again after seeing the money given to Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown.

Bryant tore his Achilles during his first practice last season with the Saints. The team wants to bring him back, but has not been in a hurry to sign him.

He needs a big year if he ever hopes to score big financially.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Really Only Two years

We are seeing some huge dollar amounts on the various free agent contracts. Players are all about getting the most money in the form of a signing bonus.

For the most part, these contracts are two year deals. Nobody ever sees the full amount of money because of its impact on the team's salary cap.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bill Getting Sun

Some Pats fans are going crazy that the team hasn't blown huge amounts of money on overpaid free agents. Coach Belichick has been vacationing in Barbados during the start of free agency, according to reports.

Fans are already concerned about the 2019 roster. So many players will come and go before we get to the first game of the season.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Brown Late As Usual

WR Antonio Brown basically got himself traded to the Raiders after being a huge disruption with the Steelers. In the process, he scored a new contract with a pay raise.

In his typical fashion, he was late for his introductory press conference. He probably had a good reason, but it's not a good start.

How long will it be before he starts to show some of his selfish and boorish behavior?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Giant Trade

The trade of Odell Beckham Jr from the Giants to the Browns will certainly have a huge impact around the league.

The Browns get a gifted, but high maintenance player in exchange for their 2019 first and third round picks as well as safety Jabril Peppers.

How will this work out for the teams? The Giants get extra draft picks and move on from a player who had his issues. The Browns get one of the best receivers to pair up with QB Baker Mayfield.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Money Gone From Table

With the pending start of free agency, we are already seeing large amounts of money being given to players. The numbers sound very impressive, but most don't ever see it all.

Former Pats LB Jamie Collins is a great example. The Brown released him in a salary cap move with two years remaining on his contract.

He left the Pats for a four year/$50 million deal after the 2016 season. In the end, he collected about $27 million from the Browns. He might never get another deal like he had, but he certainly isn't broke.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Michael Bennett

The Pats added a little insurance, in light of Trey Flowers being a free agent, when they traded with the Eagles for DE Michael Bennett. They gave up a 2020 5th round draft pick and received Bennett and the Eagles 7th round pick in the same year.

Bennett comes with no guaranteed money, but has a good shot at making the team. Will this bring his brother Martellus out of retirement? The former tight end for the Pats has often spoken about being on the same team with his brother.

As in the case of Jason McCourty, players still need to make the final roster for their dreams to come true.

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Time To Move On

The Steelers are in a real bind after trying to trade WR Antonio Brown to the Bills. Word is that Brown said that he would not report to the Bills if traded.

Brown still has three years left on the 4 year/$68 million contract that he signed before the start of last season.

The Steelers are facing a massive salary cap hit with all of the dead money on the books once Brown is no longer part of the team.

Since Brown has his own list of teams he would agree to report to, the Steelers should just release him, take the cap hit and move on.