The Jacksonville Jaguars went to the AFC Championship without Allen Robinson. That might cause the Jags to move on from the star wide receiver:

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It wouldn’t be right to say Allen Robinson is expendable because he has been such a big time player such coming into the league back in 2014. However the Jacksonville Jaguars were very close to going to the Super Bowl without Robinson and that could cause the front office to move on without the former Penn State alum. The cost of franchise tagging Allen Robinson would be around $16 million dollars for 2018. That’s a very steep price considering Jacksonville only has $25 million in cap space at the moment. It just makes more sense for this team to use that money on several affordable players, rather than paying top dollar for one superstar who is coming off an injury. Here is a list of free agents that could be signed for $25 million dollars based off what they earned last year. Julius Peppers, Sammy Watkins, Taylor Gabriel, Davon House, Eric Decker, Malcolm Butler, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Jordan Matthews could all be signed for that amount if they got paid exactly what they did last season. When you put that in perspective the Jaguars would clearly be better going with a package deal of several free agents over just signing Allen Robinson. Ultimately that leads us to the question of where Robinson will wind up? Well if AR15 wants to be paid be there’s definitely a mega-contract waiting for him in San Francisco. The 49ers have almost $120 million dollars in cap space. Not only that, they didn’t have one receiver who went over the 1,000 yards receiving mark. Adding Robinson would be a great addition for Kyle Shanahan’s emerging team. If John Lynch can retain Jimmy Garoppolo and pair him up with Allen Robinson good things are destined to follow. Only time will well tell how this situation plays out but it feels like a new team will be in Robinson’s future.

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Derek Carr’s late game heroics help the AFC win the Pro Bowl 24-23, Delanie Walker also had a big day with two touchdowns:

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The NFC was winning the 2018 Pro Bowl for most of the game but that’s when Derek Carr took over with time winding down. Carr threw a late touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to score the game winning touchdown. Down the stretch of this contest it was obvious that Carr was a little bit better than the NFC’s Jared Goff. While Goff was settling for checkdowns, Carr was converting big time throws into points. Ultimately that ended up being the difference maker in the match up. Which resulted in the AFC earning the winner’s payout of $64,000 dollars. Alex Smith also had some bright spots for the American Football Conference he ended up throwing for 131 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. LeSean McCoy punched in a rushing touchdown for the red side too. While Walker was the most impressive player for either team, the Titans tight end finished the day with 2 touchdown receptions. Drew Brees was also sharp during his limited time in the contest. Brees ended up throwing for 66 yards and 1 touchdown throw. Adam Thielen was the recipient of that 8 yard TD strike and really that was the biggest offensive moment that the NFC had. Von Miller recorded a game clinching fumble recovery in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Miller recorded 3 tackles and 1 sack as well. Terrell Suggs continued to impress in his 7th Pro Bowl appearance he chalked up 7 tackles in the win. Deion Jones was the top guy for national side he contributed 6 tackles when things were all said and done. Patrick Peterson was the other big winner in the Pro Bowl even though his team lost Peterson grabbed 2 interceptions which will help add to his strong legacy. Despite there being limited contact in this annual all star bout it was a fun experience because it involved the most talented players on the planet. Give the Mike Tomlin led AFC credit for finding a way to pull out a win when the pressure was on. That’s why you play the game to the final whistle.

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With Robby Anderson’s future in doubt the Jets are completely depleted at the wide receiver position:

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With the recent news that New York Jets Wide Receiver Robby Anderson will face several criminal chargers including two felonies. The Jets find themselves completely tapped out at the wide receiver position. New York failed to produce a single 1,000 yard receiver with Anderson in the line up and now this team is looking into oblivion with their top guy’s future in doubt. There’s a few pass catcher that are slated to hit the open mark this off-season most notably Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, and Jarvis Landry. Really the Jets need at least two receivers to be competitive so they have to either solve those issues by signing free agents or by drafting players at that position. This team could sign one player and draft the other too, as long as they put together some kind of plan action to address their wide out needs. Sammy Watkins and Calvin Ridley would be a nice little combination to add to Gang Green’s roster. Even though Todd Bowles needs to eventually find a quarterback, if he can re-sign Josh McCown for one more season and add those players on the outside. New York will at least have an identity heading into the future which better than what they’ve had in a while. McCown threw for 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last year so there’s a little bit there you can work with. Not only that but Josh McCown understands Todd Bowles’ expectations and that will help the veteran QB improve in his second year at the helm of the Jets. From there the front office has to do their part by getting playmakers that can stretch the field and help move the chains more consistently. If this franchise fails to address these needs it will end up being a dreadful 2018 season in New York. There’s just not enough talent right now to truly be competitive.

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Carlos Hyde will be one of the best free agent running backs should he hit the open market:

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The San Francisco 49ers are up in the air when it comes to re-signing Running Back Carlos Hyde and other teams should keep an eye on the situation. Hyde is a dynamic player that can add a spark to any franchise looking to bolster their rushing attack. When you look at organizations like Detroit, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Miami it becomes clear that they would all benefit greatly from adding Hyde because they’re all kind of desperate at the moment. Establishing a strong running game makes every other phase of the game easier because of factors like time of possession and limiting the opposing team’s scoring opportunities. Carlos Hyde racked up 938 yards and 8 touchdowns so we’re talking about a player who is right on the cusp of being elite. Not only that, Hyde’s play has improved the last couple of seasons so he is trending in the right direction and is definitely worth the risk for someone who is depleted of ball carriers. When you actually plug in the tape and watch this guy play it becomes obvious that he is a very explosive player. Beyond that Hyde is extremely shifty, he does a great job of running to daylight which comes from having exceptional vision. Even though Carlos Hyde has yet to crack the 1,000 yards rushing mark in his career it feels like he will do so eventually and there’s still enough production there to be a solid addition. It’s surprising San Francisco isn’t more optimistic about retaining the 26 year old. It feels like that could comeback to haunt the 49ers down the road but the NFL is a business and sometimes tough choices have to be made. Don’t be surprised though when Hyde ends up making a splash in 2018 regardless of who he plays for. Carlos Hyde’s abilities are better than most players at his position.

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Earl Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks days together seem to be winding down. It feels like Thomas is ready to have a fresh start with a new team:

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Seattle Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas made some unusual comments last season when he told Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett to “come get me when the Seahawks kick me to the curb.” Thomas is a Texas native and probably grew up dreaming about being a Dallas Cowboy but it doesn’t seem like America’s Team will have the cap space to get Thomas should he leave the Seahawks. A much more logical destination for Thomas would be the Houston Texans who are hovering around $58 million dollars in cap space at the moment. Even though Thomas still has one year left on his deal the 6x Pro Bowler has stated that “money talks” if Seattle would like to keep him. It feels like Pete Carroll wants to get younger and keep his salary cap down so expect Thomas to be out of the state of Washington shortly. Thomas actually went to high school at West Orange-Stark which is less than two hours from Houston. The opportunity to play right in your own backyard is a compelling offer for a lot of athletes and ultimately that could be a realistic destination for arguably the league’s best safety. The Texans have a bright future with Deshaun Watson coming back from injury and leading the show. Why not load up in the secondary by adding Earl Thomas and do your best to put together a significant run? Earl Thomas will bring a lot of takeaways to Houston and he will also be a disruptive pass defender. All of those abilities are going to result in positive outcomes for Bill O’Brien’s team and really this is a no brainer. Sign or trade for Earl Thomas and watch how much of an impact he brings to the back end of this franchise’s defense. Nobody plays the pass better than the former Texas Longhorn.

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