It’s time for Tony Romo to hang it up due to medical reasons:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With news coming out of Dallas today that Tony Romo is having a procedure done to have a plate put in his collarbone, it’s time we do the right thing and look out for Tony Romo. It’s time football insiders and fans start a movement and urge Tony Romo to retire from pro football. Yes we would all like to see Romo out there competing and maybe even fulfill his quest of someday hoisting a Lombardi Trophy for Jerry Jones. At this point though those ambitions are something that should honestly take a backseat to Romo’s long term health. Romo injured his collarbone twice last year. Once early on in the season initially and then once later on in the season when the Cowboys prematurely rushed him back (that is a whole other separate negligent issue). Romo who is 36 years old has endured a plethora of different injuries over his 13 seasons of NFL action. Serious injuries which include a broken back, broken ribs, and a broken collar bone. The long term effects of those injuries do not spell good news for Tony Romo and it’s very likely that at some point he will be in a wheel chair after his playing days are over. Especially when you talk about all the back issues Tony has had over the course of career. Those issues are a big problem that are slightly minimized by Romo’s younger age. When Romo gets up into 50’s and 60’s those injuries are going to become much more drastic and Romo at some point might even regret playing to his age he is now. That is why it’s in Romo’s best interest to walk away from the game of football, accept that he had a great run which most people can only dream of having and spend the rest of his life on a golf course. We all know the competitor in Tony won’t allow him to quit because he wants to get in the playoffs and win so badly. That is why it’s up to his advisers in his corner and the people who care about Tony to step up and urge him to retire immediately. This might not be the popular opinion and it certainly will rub a lot of Cowboys fans the wrong way. However it’s the right thing to do and anyone against this thinking wants Tony Romo to come back for their own selfish reasons.

Charity of the day:  Soldiers’ Angels

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Ranking the top 3 defenders in the NFL:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When you think of the best defender in the NFL what comes to your mind? Most likely you picture JJ Watt ripping past an offensive lineman and laying a massive hit on the opposing quarterback. Truthfully that would be an accurate vision, JJ Watt is clearly the best defender in the National Football League and it’s not even close. Watt has only registered less than 10 sacks once in his 5 year career. Single handedly providing the pass rushing efforts to elevate the Houston Texans. That is why Watt has been nominated the Defensive Player of the Year 3 different times. Since he has joined the league he has been simply unstoppable and clearly earns the ranking of the best defender in the NFL. So who is the second best defender in the NFL? Watt is easily the best, but giving the nod to the second best defender isn’t as easy. However we feel comfortable giving that award to Von Miller. Miller finished the 2015 regular season with 11 sacks but he saved his best football for the big stage. In the playoffs Miller really came alive and helped propel the Broncos to the Lombardi Trophy. Miller finished the postseason with 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. Providing the necessary big play for the Broncos defense time and time again. Not to mention he played sideline to sideline and finished the playoffs with 13 tackles as well. Without Von Miller it’s very likely that the Broncos wouldn’t have won Super Bowl 50. They needed that extra firepower that Miller provides to get the job done. That is why the Broncos franchise tagged him and made sure he couldn’t leave the Denver area. The 3rd best defender in the National Football League right now finished 2nd in sacks during the 2015 season. He ended up being the most talented defender in the 2014 draft and his name is Khalil Mack. Mack has been absolutely stellar for the Oakland Raiders over the course of his 2 season career. He was a little timid as a rookie only registering 4 sacks, however he made huge strides in second season recording 15 sacks. At times Mack was completely unstoppable for the Raiders defense. With Derek Carr leading the Raiders offense, almost all of the Raiders defensive efforts fell upon Mack’s shoulders. Keep in mind he has managed to have all this success without that many talented players around him. At 25 years old Mack still has his best years ahead of him but he has already risen to become the 3rd best defender in the NFL. Keep an eye on these 3 players as they battle it out for the top spot in 2016. Anyone on this list could jump the other guys and become number 1. When it’s all said and done though it’s hard to bet against Watt. The bigger competition will be between Miller and Mack for the number 2 ranking. It’s been an absolute joy to watch these guys play.

Charity of the day: National 4-H Council

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Arian Foster is released by the Houston Texans after 7 seasons with the team:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Arian Foster and the Houston Texans decided to part ways today when the team released the 7 year veteran . Foster was flat out spectacular during his time in Houston although he started to slow down during his last few years with the team. Still no one can argue that when Foster was healthy he was a key piece to this Texans team. During the course of his career Foster rushed for 6,472 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns. Often looking like he was gliding through opposing defenses with a smooth running style that we’ve never seen before. Foster managed to crack the 1,000 yard rushing mark 4 times during his 7 seasons with the Texans. Showing that he was extremely effective in the team’s zone running scheme. The problem the Texans had with Foster was the fact that he only suited up for all 16 games twice in his 7 seasons with the team. Durability certainly became an issue on the Texans behalf and with the money they were paying Foster the team most likely wanted a player who would be on the field for every game. A lumbar injury and an achilles injury would haunt Foster in his last 3 seasons with the team. That is when it became overwhelming apparent that the Texans would be better off with Alfred Blue and company taking all the hand offs from here on out. So what happens next with Foster? It’s hard to say especially since many players are deciding to retire early in this present era. Running back is a grueling position and players at that particular position take a lot of hits over their career. Those hits might be enough for Foster to hang it up once and for all. He has already made roughly $36 million dollars during his time in Houston. There isn’t much urgency to get back out there and continue his career. If he does for some reason decide to play again, look at a team that is desperate at the running back position to give him a chance. Maybe a team like the Titans or Cowboys would be willing to take a chance on the Texans running back. If Foster can get healthy he would definitely be able to help a team out. It comes down to his health and his will to be great again.

Charity of the day: National 4-H Council

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Atlanta Falcons and Roddy White part ways:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Atlanta Falcons decided that it was time to part ways with long time Falcon receiver Roddy White. White was once one of the best receivers in the league especially right after the Michael Vick era in Atlanta. Vick left the Falcons in 2006 and right after White exploded in the Falcons offense for six straight seasons of 1,000 yards receiving. From 2007-2012 there weren’t that many receivers in the National Football League that were better than Roddy White. He certainly paid his dues for a long time to this Atlanta football team and you’d hate to see it end like this for Roddy. At the end of the day though the National Football League is a business and teams have to make moves with the salary cap in mind. Roddy White very well could of been a cap casualty due to the fact the team wanted to save money. Another factor is Roddy White is getting much older and the team would rather develop a young player for the future. Rather than waste reps on an aging vet that only had a couple good years left. That isn’t a slight at Roddy White because every good player has a time when his best days are behind him. It’s just the realistic perspective, Roddy was a great receiver during the course of his career. Not a lot of guys can do what he has done on the football field. It’s hard to say whether or not he will sign with another team or not? However that is not to say it won’t happen. Roddy could easily play a season or two in a place like Carolina. At 34 years old the tank is running low on fuel but could give you one last season of promise. We should know shortly what happens with the 12 year veteran.

Charity of the day: American Heart Association

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Ravens lock up Flacco with a 3 year extension:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Baltimore Ravens got the deal done when it came to Joe Flacco. Signing their starting quarterback to a 3 year extension and ensuring their offense remains intact. Flacco who was drafted by the Ravens and has led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2012. Was sidelined with an ACL injury for the second half of the 2015 season. The team’s offense struggled without Flacco and the Ravens understood how much the team regressed in his absence. That is why it was a no brainer for Baltimore to get this deal done. Baltimore will have Flacco under contract until 2021 and they’ll pay him $66.4 million dollars. They also gave Joe Flacco a nice $40 million dollar signing bonus just for inking the deal. Without a doubt the Ravens appreciated number 5’s production on the field and also the time they shared together with Flacco at the helm. Flacco has throw for 162 touchdowns passes and 28,322 passing yards over the course of his 9 season career. The Ravens have watched this guy grow from a timid rookie into a savvy veteran and now the team will get to see Flacco play out the twilight of his career in a Ravens uniform. Offensively the Ravens were pretty good on offense in 2015 and if they want to help Flacco win more games in 2016 they will have to get him a legitimate defense. 2 of the last 3 Super Bowl winners have gotten the job done with outstanding defense (Denver, Seattle). If the Ravens aim at improving their defense in the draft and free agency they can put up more wins in 2016 and get some good momentum going. The team also needs to get Joe Flacco a big time receiver who can make life on Flacco easier. Steve Smith is still producing at his later age but can’t be counted on for too much longer. Maybe taking a receiver in the second round would be the boost they need to put the final touches on Marc Trestman’s offense. At the end of the day give Ozzie Newsome credit. He knew what he had to do at the quarterback position and he got the job done. That is why he is one of the best in the business.

Charity of the day: American Heart Association

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Josh Norman won’t be leaving Carolina just yet:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Carolina Panthers weren’t going to let Josh Norman leave town this offseason. After speculation whether or not the team and the fourth year cornerback were going to strike a deal The Panthers decided not to press their luck and franchised tagged the Pro Bowl defensive back. Norman was really excelling his fourth year for the Panthers. He finished the year with 4 interceptions and looked outstanding against top tier wide receivers all season long. With Normans skill set still trending upward the Panthers wanted to at least keep him around long enough where the team could negotiate a long term deal. That is why the Panthers decided to franchise tag Norman and also because he was one of their best players in 2015. Behind Luke Kuechly Norman is certainly a leader on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. If he would of finished the play on a few of the balls he broke on in the Super Bowl. The Panthers might have had a better shot of winning Super Bowl 50. Still on those plays you could see just how well Josh Norman reacted on the football when the ball was in the air. Showing how truly talented he was playing the cornerback position. Which has often been referred to as one of the toughest positions to play in all of sports. It’s clear that the Panthers didn’t want to break up the nucleus of that young defense. That is why the team chose to pay Norman the 13.9 million a year for the franchise tag. With their main cover guy coming back in 2016 the Panthers will now look to add to their 2015 Super Bowl roster. Without having to replace any major losses, this offseason will be key in whether or not the Panthers can make the necessary adjustments and get back to Super Bowl. Keeping Norman around is a very good start.

Charity of the day: Witness for Peace

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Von Miller is staying home after Broncos franchise tag their best player:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Denver Broncos were adamant about not letting their best player walk out the free agency door. Von Miller who was flat out dominant in the Super Bowl for the Broncos recording 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He was inked to a one year deal with the Broncos when Denver decided to place the franchise tag on him. Miller publicly stated that he would like to return to the Broncos however at the end of the day “money talks.” Meaning Miller wants to stay with the team but he want to earn the most money he can over the course of his professional career, also making it clear that was a serious goal of his. With the Broncos placing the franchise tag on Miller he will make around 14.1 million dollars in 2016. The Broncos would of liked to avoid these circumstances and really wanted to come to a long term deal with Miller. Yet the two sides were apparently just two far apart and letting Miller hit the open market was just out of the question for the Denver Broncos. The team will pay a big price for Miller but the team was going to pay highly for Miller one way or another. Miller proved his worth on the field as one of the most dominant defensive players in the league. Outside of JJ Watt you could could easily consider Von Miller a nominee for the second best player in the league. The guy has been absolutely stellar over the course of his career. Whether it be sacking the quarterback, forcing fumbles, or helping Denver win a Super Bowl. Not to mention Miller was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl 50 and his two force fumbles both led to Denver touchdowns. The Broncos made the right decision because letting Miller walk away means the Denver defense aren’t Super Bowl contenders anymore. Von Miller is not only the best player on that defense but he is also the best player on that team as well. Letting him leave Denver was clearly out of the picture for John Elway and that is why Elway is one of the best G.M’s in the business.

Charity of the day: Witness for Peace

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Alshon Jeffery will be staying in Chicago after Bears franchise tag him:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Alshon Jeffery is a big factor in the Chicago Bears passing game and the team made sure he wasn’t going to leave the Windy City. The Bears franchise tagged Jeffery today to ensure that he won’t leave town via free agency. Jeffery is the Bears most talented wide receiver and the front office knew he was an essential piece to the puzzle moving forward. Jeffery will be in Chicago for at least one more season and the Bears will certainly try to negotiate a deal to keep him from leaving next year. The franchise tag essentially means the Bears retain Jeffery on a one year deal but they will be paying top price for the receiver. The amount Jeffery will make in 2016 is $14.599 million dollars. Not a bad paycheck for just one season of action, although Jeffery would most likely prefer the security that a long term deal entails. Regardless Jeffery has earned his respect as one of the better receivers in the league. He has caught 24 touchdowns over his 4 year career and has was also able to go over the 1,000 yard receiving mark two times in his career. Those contributions were enough for the Bears to covet Jeffery as a good enough player to apply the franchise tag to. With the Bears going 6-10 last year with Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery on the roster, the team would of been in trouble losing both players. They minimized the damage by placing the tag on Alshon Jeffery and you have to consider this a win because ultimately he doesn’t leave town. By keeping their top receiver around it allows the Bears to get additional help for Jay Cutler in the offseason. Without having to replace the teams number 1 receiver, which would have set the Bears offense way back. Now the team will be able to build around Jeffery and find other pieces that will elevate Cutler. Too sum it up this was a really good move for Chicago.

Charity of the day: Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Tom Brady will be in a Patriots uniform until 2019:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New England Patriots are doing all that they can to ensure that Tom Brady will retire in Foxborough. The Patriots inked Brady to a two year extension that will keep Brady in New England until at least 2019. Brady will be 42 years old when his contract expires in 2019 and one has to wonder how many years he could play beyond that age? Brady has stated he would like to play 10 more seasons during 2015. While that may be a stretch one thing is for certain, the way Brady plays which is to sit in the pocket and trust his offensive line. Allows him to minimize the damage that he takes throughout a season. Brady focuses on quick decisions and getting the ball out of his hands as fast as possible. For the most part that philosophy has led to Brady being healthier over the course of his career than most quarterbacks. Brady was only seriously injured during the 2008 season when he missed 15 games to a ACL and MCL tear. When you consider that other QB’s around the league like Tony Romo, and Jay Cutler are often injured. You begin to realize just how protected Brady has been during his 17 seasons with New England. The next question seems to be who will go first, Tom Brady or Bill Belichick? Both have been paired at the hip since Brady came into the National Football League. You have to wonder how much the duo have left in them? They’ve already managed to bring four Lombardi trophies back to Massachusetts. There isn’t much left Belichick or Brady have left to prove, other than continuing their dynasty and maybe winning a couple more Super Bowls. Sooner or later though the grind of going to every practice and traveling to every game will be too much to handle. That likely won’t happen for at least two more seasons but you never know how things will pan out in the NFL. People usually get out a little sooner than expected and with Manning set to retire this offseason. Brady might not be that far behind him. The two will finish as two of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen and they changed the league from a running game to a passing league. That transition is something that made the game more entertaining and played a huge role in the growth that the NFL has made today.

Charity of the day: Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Sam Bradford: The best option at the moment for the Eagles

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Philadelphia Eagles are doing whatever they can to retain quarterback Sam Bradford. Including offering Bradford a larger offer than they initially offered their starting quarterback of the 2015 season. Bradford who came to Philadelphia in a trade for Nick Foles. Managed to go from a player who was unwanted in St. Louis to now a player who is being coveted by the Eagles. Much of that comes down to necessity, the Eagles are clearly better off with Bradford on their roster. That is why the Eagles sweetened the pot and did their best to keep Bradford in town. With free agency looming and no deal between the two sides. Bradford is slated to test the open market and could very well end up leaving the Eagles. Doing so would leave Philadelphia in a very dire position, and the team would have to make due with Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. In a surprising twist there has even been rumors that the Eagles would look to trade for Nick Foles and with the intention of bringing him back to Philly. Foles who was shipped off by Chip Kelly had a Pro Bowl year for the Eagles in the past and there has been speculation that the team would like him to return. Clearly the team feels limited on options and doing everything they can to retain Bradford is the best choice. Bradford threw for 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the regular season. Looking good at times on his throws. However there was also times Bradford struggled handling the pressure and looked timid in the pocket. The Eagles are hoping that by giving him another year at the helm taking all of the snaps, that he will continue to progress in 2016. That would be ideal for the team if they do manage to strike a deal. It looks like Bradford is adamant about be able to choose his next location though. It would be unseen if he does indeed re-sign but then again anything is possible when it comes to business side of things. It also has to be a kind gesture that the Eagles are willing to do all they can to bring back the 7th year signal caller.

Charity of the day: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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