The Los Angeles Rams need $500M to complete their new stadium:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

According to Yahoo Sports the Los Angeles Rams have requested an additional $500M from the NFL. That money is needed to complete their new stadium and that explains why Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews haven’t got paid. All of the Rams funds are tied up in the construction of this project and they’re scraping every dollar that they can. To make things even more complicated this pandemic could prevent fans from attending the games in the fall. So Los Angeles could be crunching their budget for a long time. If there’s any good news it’s the fact that this state of the art facility should be able to bring in some big acts once everything gets off the ground. But it’s been a challenge with the lack of resources, several workers testing positive for covid-19, and the possibility that the stadium might not be done in time. Another problem is that the Chargers don’t have much support in L.A. They’re partners with the Rams on this project and if they can’t pull their weight it’ll create even more uncertainty. Let’s face it there’s always risk involved when a $5B stadium is being built. The coronavirus didn’t help that situation at all and that’s one of the reasons why debt is racking up quickly.

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An arrest warrant has been issued to DeAndre Baker for armed robbery. Which means he was a complete waste of time for the New York Giants:

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Dave Gettleman struck out again. This time it was with former first round draft pick DeAndre Baker. Apparently Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar robbed a bunch of guests at a party in Miramar, Florida. Baker and Dunbar were playing cards when they decided they were going to steal from everyone at the gathering. Eventually those two guys pulled out guns and took everyone’s money and jewelry before making their getaway. But now they have to be regretting their decision because their freedom and careers are both in jeopardy. Baker seems to be the ring leader of this whole situation and that’s why he’s got eight counts pending against him for armed robbery and aggravated assault. It’s going to be hard for Roger Goodell to overlook those charges and it’s unlikely that Baker steps onto the field again. That’s the right decision and he should be incarcerated for at least five years. Dunbar should also be released by the Seahawks and he’s got to be looking at some jail time as well. With everything these guys had going for them this is the dumbest course of action they could’ve taken. However now Baker and Dunbar have live with the choices they’ve made.

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Dirk Koetter’s comments about Todd Gurley were unfair and completely unnecessary:

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You’d think with Dirk Koetter being a former head coach that he’d understand the meaning of “coach speak.” Sometimes coaches dance around questions so they don’t put themselves in a bad situation. Unfortunately Koetter failed to do that when he said this about Todd Gurley. “The main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?” To be honest saying something like that is completely unfair to Gurley. And the reason why is because he gets enough of those kind of questions from the media. Koetter is Gurley’s offensive coordinator and that’s supposed to be someone that he can lean on. It’s pretty obvious that Gurley is already frustrated that he went through those health issues. But when people on your own team are questioning you it makes it much more difficult. The funny thing about this whole situation is Todd Gurley is a more important piece to the puzzle than Dirk Koetter is. If Gurley is at his best then the Atlanta Falcons will make a big jump. We also can’t forget that this guy has 29 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. So to sit here and act like he’s been sidelined with an injury the past two years is completely ridiculous. It’s a shame that Koetter didn’t have his player’s back. However it says more about Koetter than it does Gurley.

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It’s hard to believe that the Cleveland Browns passed on a trade for Russell Wilson:

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According to Chris Simms the Seattle Seahawks tried to trade Russell Wilson to the Cleveland Browns for the 2018 first overall pick. To be fair at that time Baker Mayfield had a lot of hype working in his favor. So Cleveland probably went with Mayfield because he was younger and cheaper. But looking back at that opportunity the Browns have to be second guessing themselves a little bit. The reason Mayfield struggled last year is because Cleveland didn’t have very good blocking from their offensive line. However Wilson can throw on the run and survive by playing outside of the pocket. There’s no doubt that Wilson is way better than Baker Mayfield when it comes to that style of play. There’s also a big gap between these two in the leadership category. Wilson is a professional and that would carry more weight with his teammates. Mayfield is still maturing and he understands that he must get better. But he still has a long ways to go before he’s on Wilson’s level. So just off those few things alone the Browns are probably regretting their decision to pass on Wilson. It almost feels like there’s no way this report is true. Because you know you’d get more from Wilson opposed to a rookie QB. Unfortunately for Cleveland though there’s no way to go back in the past. They have to cross their fingers and hope Mayfield can fulfill his potential

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Saquon Barkley has the best offensive line he’s ever had in New York. Things are about to get interesting:

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Saquon Barkley is one of the most athletic players in the entire NFL. But let’s be honest the New York Giants aren’t the most talented team in the world. Sometimes that‘s held Barkley back because there hasn’t been very good blocking in front of him. However that’s all about to change for the Giants. Andrew Thomas should bring some toughness to this offensive line. And if you’re Saquon Barkley that’s a dream come true. With more holes opening up it’s going to lead to more production from Barkley. And we could finally see New York establish a downhill mentality. Which is difficult to achieve in the NFL because the defenses are so good. Daniel Jones should be a little bit better too. Therefore we could see him be more effective on those dump off passes out of the backfield to Barkley. The bottom line is Barkley is great when he gets the ball in space and Jones needs to tap into that. With both of these phases of the offense clicking. We could see the best version of Barkley yet. There’s more talent around him and it’ll make everyone raise their level of play. So it’s easy to see that this is the moment that Saquon Barkley has been waiting for. The Giants are getting closer.

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