C.J Mosley has quietly went to three Pro Bowls and now the Ravens have one of the game’s brightest young linebackers:

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The Baltimore Ravens got a heck of a player when they drafted Linebacker C.J Mosley out of the University of Alabama back in 2017. Since becoming a professional athlete Mosley has recorded 474 tackles, 8 sacks, 8 interceptions, and 1 defensive touchdown. Those numbers tell the story and when you average 118 tackles per season people are going to take notice of your efforts. Most insiders around the National Football League are firm believers in Mosley’s abilities and he has already gone to three Pro Bowls. That’s on top of all the collegiate awards Mosely won which includes the Dick Butkus Award (2013), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2013), and two National Championships (2011, 2012). Good fortune just seems to follow Mosley and Ozzie Newsome nailed this pick. Mosley will earn $8.7M for this upcoming season but the Ravens will have to hash out a new contract if they want to keep their talented defender around. It will likely take at least $11 million dollars annually to keep Mosley in the state of Maryland. There’s still a chance that C.J Mosley might simply prefer to leave and play elsewhere. Mosley grew up in the South and would fit nicely into everything the Buccaneers are trying to accomplish. There will also be other teams trying to lure Mosley away as well so it might come down to whoever is the highest bidder? It feels like the Ravens front office will open their checkbook up in hopes of retaining their up and coming star. At the end of the day though Mosley is holding all the cards and he’ll be able to go where ever he would like? Only time will tell and expect this guy to finish up his rookie contract with a bang. A fourth Pro Bowl appearance might even give Mosley a chance to become the highest paid inside linebacker in the NFL. So it’s definitely going to be a big season for the talented Ravens run stopper (Mosley).

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Joe Haden is working hard to prepare for the upcoming season but you have to wonder if the Steelers made the right move by signing him?

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Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Joe Haden wants to have a big year in the Steel City but you have to wonder if the Steelers made the right move by signing Haden? It’s not that Haden is a bad player because that couldn’t be further from the truth. Where Haden has been a failure for Pittsburgh is strictly from a salary perspective. Joe Haden will cost the Steelers $9 million dollars for the 2018 season and $10 million in 2019. Had this deal not been done there’s a good chance Le’Veon Bell would have a fresh new contract in his hands. Not only that but Haden has only recorded 4 interceptions over the past three seasons. So from a production standpoint it’s clear that the game has passed the 29 year old (Haden). Then on top of all of those issues Haden broke his fibula last year and was sidelined for five games. Now does this sound like a player who is really worth $9 million dollars annually? Maybe earlier in his career when he was with Cleveland but right now there’s no way. There’s much better players than Haden that are only making a little bit more money ex. Casey Heyward ($11M), Darius Slay ($12M). Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has done a terrific job for the most part. However he went all in hoping Haden could help this organization get over the hump. That move didn’t pan out and it put this team in the hole because now they’re financially tapped out of resources salary cap wise. The only real chance this ball club has of getting some returns out of this deal is if Haden puts up 5 or 6 interceptions in 2018. It’s a stretch that ends up happening and now this front office should seriously consider cutting Haden just because it will clear up $17 million dollars over the next two years.  Those funds could be used to sure up the run defense which has been lacking ever since Ryan Shazier went don’t.

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The Oakland Raiders intend to pick up Amari Cooper’s 5th year option. That means Cooper will make $14 million dollars for the 2019 season:

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The Oakland Raiders don’t plan on letting Amari Cooper go anytime soon. Oakland’s General Manager Reggie McKenzie intends to exercise Cooper’s fifth year option which will pay the talented wide out $14 million dollar in 2019. It also gives us the indication that Cooper is looked at very highly within the organization and that is despite the fact that Cooper had a down year last season. Cooper recorded career lows in receptions (48) and yards (680) but did manage to put up more touchdowns in a single season than he’s ever had (7). There was also times Cooper was plagued by drops but Jon Gruden and McKenzie still see this guy as part of the big picture. Since entering the National Football League three seasons ago Amari Cooper has shown a lot of promise averaging just under 1,000 yards per season. Which means Cooper’s first two seasons were really the selling point for him and this front office believe his best football still lies ahead. Gruden’s offensive savvy is another factor which could tap into Cooper’s skill set and yield huge results. By putting in a scheme that is much more detailed concept and route wise the Raiders are going to be serious about doing damage through the air. Amari Cooper thrived when he was in Nick Saban’s well structured program and Gruden has a similar approach. Then when you also take into account that this team went and picked up Jordy Nelson, it feels like Oakland is gearing up to make a run. The AFC West is tough with Kansas City, and Los Angeles playing some really good football of recent. So Amari Cooper has to do his best to make plays and help the Raiders claw back into contention. The situation will definitely be one to keep your eye on and expectations are high for Cooper heading into his fourth professional season.

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Antonio Brown is going to end up in the Hall of Fame someday and it’s because he is excellent in every phase of the game:

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Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown has had a terrific career after coming out of Central Michigan University back in 2010. Since then Brown has had 6 1,000 yard seasons and clearly this guy is one of the best players doing it right now. Brown has already passed fellow Steelers Hall of Famer Lynn Swann in yards and touchdown receptions but then again the game is a lot more pass oriented in today’s era. Still though Antonio Brown has been consistently dominant and when you actually watch number 84 play it’s easy to see why. Brown is very fast and can get vertical on a defender quickly. Then there’s his abilities when he has the ball in his hands after the catch. A.B is lethal as a returner on special teams and those skills translate over to the receiver position in the YAC category. So many times on tape the 29 year old (Brown) should have went out of bounds but he changed directions and added 20 more yards or so to the play. You’ll also notice that defenders are repeatedly getting crissed crossed and tend to get lost when they’re trying to tackle Brown. Therefore it’s apparent that the Steelers have a receiver in Brown that can evade opposing players at a very high rate. The final trait that makes the Miami native elite is his hands. Antonio Brown rarely drops a pass and if you follow him on social media you know just how much effort he puts into his craft. That hard work mindset allows Brown to be a cut above the rest of the competition and that’s surprising consider he’s only 5’10 186LBS. There’s no way Brown should be the best player at his position but there is something special in some people and nothing will deter them from being great. Antonio Brown is one of those people and now we get to watch him catch passes all the way to Canton. It will certainly be a lot of fun to watch.

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Best Defenders: The New York Jets are keeping Leonard Williams around for the next couple of seasons

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2016 Pro Bowl Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams will stay with the Jets at least until the end of 2019 after having his 5th year contract option picked up by the team. Williams has only been in the league for three seasons but has already made a splash. Clearly the Jets front office thought highly of Leonard “Big Cat” Williams and the team will probably retain him after 2019 too. Williams is a high motor defensive lineman and gives maximum effort on every single snap. It’s nice to see a defender that doesn’t take plays off and Todd Bowles has often spoken highly of Williams’ attitude. That’s why New York is willing to pay Williams $14.2 million dollars in 2019 and that’s going to be a huge pay raise over the $2.9 million he’ll make this season. Now that Williams is going to end up making the big dollars he needs to accept the responsibility that comes with that larger role. Williams has to be a strong voice in the locker room and get his teammates to buy into the vision. Then Big Cat has to take it even further and play some of the best football of his life. Whether that’s inside at nose tackle or at defensive end Williams must wreak havoc and prey on opposing quarterbacks. The former USC alum has a career high of 7 sacks in a season and he has to come out and match that. That would set the tone for Williams heading into his contract year (2019). Then if this guy can go for 8 or 9 sacks a couple of seasons from now then the Jets are going to re-sign him to a massive payday. We’re talking Ndamukong Suh money which will certainly make Leonard Williams one of the faces of the league. It’s been an impressive run so far and Williams is only 23 years old.

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Best Defenders: The Jets picking up Leonard Williams fifth year option and that’s a smart move.

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