RG3 to the Browns is looking more and more realistic:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Robert Griffin the 3rd apparently met with the Cleveland Browns organization and seem to be impressed with the quarterbacks state of mind at this point in time. Browns new head coach Hue Jackson stated that Griffin owned up for his shortcomings in Washington and really had a great interview with the team. The positive feedback could be a sign of Griffin’s maturity and a step in the right direction for the 4th year quarterback. After fizzling out in Washington and eventually losing his job to Kirk Cousins, Griffin remained optimistic about his future and that could be a huge factor in him landing his next gig. That opportunity looks like it very well might be with the Cleveland Browns and Hue Jackson is an outstanding offensive play caller who could certaintly help Griffin get his career back on track. In fact even though Griffin lost his job, he still has managed to throw for 40 touchdowns and 23 touchdowns over those 3 seasons that he has played. Showing that in the right circumstances he could certainly become an effective football player again. The key for Griffin will be working on his foot work, making sure he sticks to his footwork when the pressure is in his face, and taking the next step when it comes to reading the defense. In the NFL playing quarterback is as much as a mental battle as it is a physical battle. If Robert Griffin can understand the responsibility that comes with being a quarterback mentally he could easily improve his situation. While the Browns are the laughing stock of the league, they are trending in the right direction under Jackson and maybe Griffin can help turn around that team. It won’t be easy by any means but that isn’t to say it can’t happen. It will be interesting to see if the Browns do indeed sign Griffin and if they do, whether or not the draft a quarterback in the draft next month? If they do than that says Griffin is an insurance policy to either Wentz or Goff. If they don’t then maybe Jackson believes Griffin can lead his football team moving forward.
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Dallas Cowboys solve their running back issues by signing Alfred Morris:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Dallas Cowboys had a need at the running back position but the team did all they can to eliminate that problem today by signing Alfred Morris. Morris comes to the the Dallas Cowboys from the Washington Redskins. So the Cowboys effectively hire a guy away from their NFC East rival the Redskins, and at the same time get a player who has rushed for 4,713 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns over the course of his career. The risk for the Cowboys is the fact that last year Morris has his worst year as a professional only rushing for 751 yards and 1 touchdown in 2015. When you put Alfred Morris next to Darren McFadden in the Cowboys backfield though, you suddenly have a position that is now a strength on this team. When entering the offseason it was clearly a weakness. So it was a great move for the Dallas Cowboys to sure up their running game and it’s a great opportunity for Alfred Morris because he will get a fresh start in the league. Sometimes a fresh start can be rejuvenating for an athlete and running behind that strong Dallas offensive line has to excite Alfred Morris. When you combine how good the Cowboys truly are upfront with a great athlete like Alfred Morris good things are certainly going to happen. One thing is for sure when it comes to the game of football Alfred Morris can play the game. He has had big time success in this league and that bolds well for Dallas, especially since they should be leaning on the running game while Tony Romo gets back in form. Jerry Jones has to be thrilled about this acquisition and suddenly the Cowboys are making moves in the right direction again. After a lackluster 2015 season they will get all their players healthy again in 2016 and will get a chance at trying it all over again.

Morris will earn $3.5 million on the 2 year contract. He can make up to $5.5 million if he excels on the field.

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Atlanta Falcons gained some offensive firepower by landing Mack and Sanu:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Atlanta Falcons started 2015 red hot under first year head coach Dan Quinn. That was until they started to cool off in the second half of the season and eventually ended up missing the playoffs. With Atlanta being so close to getting there last season, the front office knew they had to make a splash to get over the hump and get back to the postseason in 2016. They did so by landing Alex Mack of the Cleveland Browns and Mohamed Sanu from the Cincinnati Bengals. Both players have been sound football players up to this point of their professional careers and both players come to Atlanta looking to make an immediate impact for the Falcons. Alex Mack is one of the best centers in the National Football League and he will do a great job of protecting Matt Ryan from opposing pass rushers. Not to mention Mack will give the Falcons a boost in the running game as well and should open some nice holes for Devonta Freeman. Mack has been in the league for 7 sevens seasons and has managed to make the Pro Bowl 3 different times in his career. Landing Mack was an excellent move for the Atlanta and they will pay the snapper $45 million dollars over a 5 year duration. Not to mention $28.5 million of that contract is guaranteed money, which makes Mack the highest paid center in the league. Mohamed Sanu is another player the Falcons hope will raise their offensive production. Sanu had some good moments in Cincinnati but has to get back on track after a lackluster 2015 season in which he didn’t record a single receiving touchdown. Still at points in time with the Bengals Sanu was a very effective football player and he has managed to record 11 touchdowns over his 4 year career. The Falcons are hoping he can come in opposite of Julio Jones and provide slightly more than Roddy White could at this point of his career. With Mack improving the line and Matt Ryan tossing Sanu passes, things could certainly pan out in Atlanta’s favor in 2016. Give Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff credit for making the right moves this offseason and putting his team in a position to succeed. Expect the dirty birds to have some success next season. Although it will be tough to get pass the Panthers in the NFC South.

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Jaguars hire Monte Kiffin as a defensive assistant:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their outstanding offseason by landing brilliant defensive mind Monte Kiffin. Kiffin who is 76 years old has been one of the most prolific defensive coordinators around the league for a long time. Kiffin has made a number of coaching stops during his time including teams like Dallas, Tampa Bay, Green bay, New Orleans, and the New York Jets. Kiffin is often referred to as the creator of the Tampa 2 defense and it was with that scheme that he was able to wear opposing offenses down time and time again. The guy has been on the football sidelines since 1966 and now he comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars with a wealth of knowledge to give the team. With all the talent that the Jaguars acquired this offseason, bringing Monte Kiffin aboard just seemed like a no brainer. He will help coach Gus Bradley’s staff iron out all the wrinkles and give the Jaguars a chance to have success that they haven’t seen in a long time. Keep in mind Blake Bortles going against a Monte Kiffin influenced defense everyday in practice will also help him elevate his game, so you can see how the coaching addition has a ripple effect throughout the team. This is just another case of the Jaguars making the right move this offseason. With the team being the laughing stock of the league for some time now, the Jags finally have all the pieces to be a serious contender. Now the team is banking on additions like Monte Kiffin to come in and help put the puzzle together. Don’t be surprised to see Jacksonville make a serious push at the AFC South division title. Last year the Texans won that division and with the Jaguars gaining serious ground on them this offseason things could easily change in 2016. Especially with Monte Kiffin calling some plays for the Jaguars defense.

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Travis Benjamin will give the Chargers a dynamic playmaker:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Travis Benjamin had a very solid year of football in 2015. The former Cleveland Browns receiver finished last season with 966 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Showing that he can effectively contribute in the National Football League and also showing he could do so on the awful Cleveland Browns. That effort was enough for the San Diego Chargers to recognize that acquiring Benjamin would do wonders for their football team. That is exactly what the Chargers did this offseason when they handed Benjamin a 4 year $24 million dollar contract. Benjamin goes from a situation where he had Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel throwing to him. To San Diego where he has the prolific Philip Rivers tossing him passes. The difference between the two situations is like night and day and expect Benjamin’s number to significantly improve now that he is playing with Rivers. Having a much better quarterback just means so much for a talented wide receiver and that is why you seen players like Travis Benjamin and Mike Wallace choose to pursue those talented signal callers in free agency. The results of a receiver playing with a high profile quarterback can be so drastic that the receiver’s value himself can skyrocket or diminish with how many passes he hauls in. Expect Benjamin to top the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the first time in his career in San Diego and that would mean Benjamin’s value would continue to rise giving him new opportunities to make revenue through endorsements and other opportunities. At the end of the day the Chargers get a player who can contribute not only in the passing game but also in the kick return game as well. While Benjamin gets to play in sunny southern California with a much more talented team around him. It was a win-win scenario for both sides.

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A good draft would go a long way for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Buffalo Bills finished the 2015 season with a 8 and 8 record and they found themselves on the outside looking in when it came playoff time. Head coach Rex Ryan did some good things for this team especially when it came to philosophy. Rex brings a ground and pound philosophy on the field which led to LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams’ talents being optimized. Off the field Rex brings a lot of enthusiasm for the game of football, and that passion naturally draws people to the team. By utilizing Rex’s talents the Buffalo Bills have made themselves an attractive destination to play football at. Not an easy thing to do when you consider how mediocre the Bills have truly been after the Jim Kelly and Marv Levy era. Rex Ryan has truly breathed life into this franchise and now with the draft coming up he’ll have another chance to build the roster to his vision. You’d have to think that Ryan does that by improving on the defensive side of the ball in the draft. The team lost Mario Williams and will have to replace his pass rushing rushing efforts. On top of that the Bills slightly regressed from 2014 to 2015 defensively under Ryan. You know that doesn’t sit well with Rex Ryan and he will look to add a dynamic play to that defensive front this offseason. Doing so would give the Bills a chance to be flat out dominant upfront defensive and that is something that Ryan will certainly pursue. Also look for the Bills to add a few more players to their offense particularly at the wide receiver position. Sammy Watkins has emerged into a legitimate playmaker and Tyrod Taylor is a rising star at the quarterback position. Landing another wide receiver who can really contribute would go a long way in adding to Watkins, and Taylor’s efforts. That would give the Bills a big shot of challenging the New England Patriots in the AFC East and getting back to the playoffs. Those are the moves to look out for and don’t be surprised when the Bills front office takes that course of action. Still give the Bills credit they are closer to the postseason than they’ve been in a long time.

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The Lions are looking into the NFL abyss again:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Detroit Lions find themselves in rough shape after Calvin Johnson decided to retire this offseason. The team goes from having one of the best wide receivers in the league to desperately trying to find their new identity. While the team signed Marvin Jones to try and fill the void left by Johnson. You have to keep in mind that Johnson alone puts up about double the production that Jones does. Losing that threat on the outside could really hurt Matthew Stafford’s chances to succeed in 2016. On top of that the Lions haven’t nearly made the splash in free agency that they have to in order to be great next season. Bad deals like the Haloti Ngata deal will certainly hurt this team’s chances and you have to wonder if Jim Caldwell was partial on that particular decision. Ngata who is an aging player only recorded 24 tackles, and 2.5 sacks in 2015. Proving that that his best days are clearly behind him. Yet the Lions front office awarded Ngata with a brand new contract that is worth 2 years and 12 million dollars. The fact that Ngata is making 6 million dollars a year when his production is going to clearly keep declining is why this franchise is on the verge of completely imploding. Most football insiders understand that the game is a young man’s game and that a team’s best chance for succeeding is by constantly landing youthful players who will contribute and grow within their roles. The Lions went the exact opposite route of that thinking and paid a guy who really is only going to provide limited to returns in the next two seasons. The truth is Ngata didn’t play good enough when he was dubbed Ndamukong Suh’s replacement last offseason. Now the Lions get an older and less productive Ngata for a big price and it’s moves like that, that have this team looking into the NFL abyss which can easily consume teams and leave them in disarray for years to come. Certainly something to keep an eye on in 2016.

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Jordan Reed has no ceiling entering the 2016 season:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Jordan Reed has emerged into an outstanding football player. After being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. The former Florida Gators tight end successful transitioned into a premier pro football player. Reed only scored 3 touchdowns over his first 2 seasons with the Redskins, but he produced 3 times that production in his 3rd season alone. That season was last year in which Reed hauled in 11 touchdown passes and 952 yards receiving. Ultimately making Reed a huge reason of why the Washington Redskins were able to win the NFC East division and get back to the playoffs. Now entering his fourth season of NFL action Reed will look to build upon the success he had last year. One goal you have to think Reed set for himself is to get over the 1,000 yard receiving mark. Reed came just shy with 952 yards last season and with that being the bar for quality wide receivers you have to think Reed would like to be in that club. Here is the kicker though, Reed is a tight end not a wide receiver. Typically tight ends have less receiving yards than wide receivers do so when you get that kind of production out of your tight end, it shows just how good of player you have at that position. Keep in mind Tony Gonzales has only caught 1,000 yards 4 times in his career, and Antonio Gates has only caught a 1,000 yards in a season twice in his career. So if Reed is able to do that he will be with some great company. Regardless expect this guy to have a great career especially since Kirk Cousins is back in the fold for Washington. The two have developed a great quarterback receiver chemistry and that should yield some great results for the Redskins next season. When it’s all said and done there isn’t much Jordan Reed can’t do on a football field. That is why he enters next fall with no ceiling on how high he can soar and one of the best tight ends in the game.

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The Cardinals are gearing up for a championship run in 2016:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Bruce Arians is doing all that he can do to bring a championship back to Arizona. The head coach traded for Chandler Jones the New England Patriots top pass rusher in 2015. Then Arians signed Evan Mathis a veteran guard who played with the Denver Broncos last season. Both moves bring in players that can come in and immediately contribute to the good momentum that the Cardinals have established under Arians’ reign. The Cardinals had a tough exit from the playoffs when they were rolled by the Carolina Panthers 49-15 last season. In order to gain on the Panthers the Cardinals had to put together a series of moves that would make them more competitive in the later rounds of the playoffs. Adding Mathis might be an upgrade over the recently departed Jonathan Cooper, and adding Chandler Jones is certainly a huge boost to the teams pass rushing efforts. If the Cardinals can get Dwight Freeney back in the mix in 2016, they will have some serious firepower when it comes to rushing the quarterback. You have to think that the Cardinals will look to add offensive lineman in the draft as well. Carolina did a great job of getting to Carson Palmer in the NFC championship game and even though the team added Mathis. They need to add some good young talent to the line to set the tone for the future. The team will also get a boost from getting Tyrann Mathieu back from his injury and having him in the line up once the postseason rolls around. The team lost a playmaker on the backend when he went down and having a healthy honey badger could mean Super Bowl for the Cardinals in 2016. One thing is for certain, with a 34 and 14 record the Cardinals are in good hands under Arians command. Don’t be surprised if a Lombardi Trophy heads back to the dessert before his run is over.

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Patriots will have an outstanding two tight end set after trading for Bennett:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New England Patriots made another big move. After trading away Chandler Jones just a day ago for Jonathan Cooper and a 2nd round pick. The Patriots kept their name in the spotlight by landing Martellus Bennett in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. The move gives the Patriots another two tight end set that is to be feared. Bennet is one of the premier tight ends in the league and when you pair him with Rob Gronkowski in that two tight end offensive set, it really puts pressure on opposing defenders. That is because the linebackers on defense have to focus on two extra blockers being in the box. Then those same linebackers have to worry about both tight ends beating them on quick throw to their hook zones, and up the field. That formation really puts defenses in a bad position because the Patriots have the personnel to attack you successfully in so many different ways. We seen the two tight end set used before in the past with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. That formation produced great results for the Patriots and the team is now trying to repeat that success with Bennett and Gronkowski. Another point that must be stated is the fact the Patriots only gave up a 4th round pick to acquire Bennett. That is a steal for the Patriots because they add a player who can yield great returns but only lose a mid level draft pick in the exchange. Essentially keeping the Patriots early rounds picks to be used to benefit the team in the draft in April. Bennett has accumulated 23 touchdowns and 3,586 yards over his 8 year career. He’ll be playing with the best quarterback he has ever played with this year, and he is in a system that can truly optimize his talents. Belichick is showing why he is the best in the business this offseason. He is doing everything he can to get another ring before Brady retires.

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