Whether you like Jay Cutler or not, he definitely deserves to be on an NFL roster:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With Jay Cutler still unsigned it’s become overwhelming clear that NFL teams are reluctant to sign players if they’re unlikable. Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned because he decided to voice his frustrations with America and Jay Cutler is unsigned because the consensus has decided that Cutler is an unpleasant guy. Here is the catch though, even if you don’t like Jay Cutler he still deserves to be on an NFL roster. Cutler has thrown 208 touchdowns passes and and over 32,000 yards during the course of his NFL career. To blackball Cutler now because the world has conformed to a false preconceived notion just shows how lackadaisical humanity has became when it’s comes to independent thinking. Why determine Cutler’s worth for yourself when you can just follow the status quo and their perceived worth of Jay Cutler? The answer why you shouldn’t just go with the flow and write Jay Cutler off is the fact that Cutler still has an opportunity to produce. A new team and a new system could revitalize Jay Cutler’s spirits and that would likely mean much more production from the 33 year old quarterback. When you also factor in that Cutler never truly had that good of weapons receiver wise in Chicago, you can begin to see how a new home would greatly benefit Cutler. The days of not having a receiver that can go over the 1,000 yards receiving mark should be in the rear view mirror for Cutler and the Houston Texans should go out and get this guy right now. If you don’t think Cutler will put up better production than Brock Osweiler you’re sadly mistaken. Not only that but Tom Savage isn’t going to win you very many games in this league. So if you’re Houston’s front office it’s a no brainer you should sign Cutler and imagine how well the veteran quarterback would do with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Both of those receivers can work the vertical passing game and Jay Cutler has enough arm strength to beat the defense over top. That would be a match made in heaven and it won’t cost the Texans $72 million dollars to make the deal happen. Cutler deserves that opportunity and it will be because of ignorance if he doesn’t get the chance

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Tony Romo announces he will retire from pro football after 13 seasons with the Cowboys:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Tony Romo era is officially coming to an end. Romo has told the media that he plans on retiring from pro football to pursue a career in sports media. It’s been reported that Romo has been exploring contract options with CBS and Fox, meaning you will most likely see Tony Romo on some kind of NFL pre game show next season. While Romo never won a Super Bowl as a player there were still some bright moments for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. Romo was exceptional in the regular season and his best year came in 2014 when he threw for 34 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. When Tony Romo was playing like that he was a quarterback to be feared and opposing NFC East teams will be happy they don’t have to face number 9 anymore. Tony Romo is 36 years old right now so it’s the perfect time to walk away from the NFL. After going through a number of injuries which include a broken back and shoulder, there really wasn’t much left in the tank for Romo. All off-season NFL insiders have speculated that Romo would sign with either the Denver Broncos or Houston Texans but eventually both of those teams withdrew interest in the veteran quarterback. That left very few options for Tony Romo and now we know that the 13 year signal caller anticipates moving on from his playing days. Romo is likely bummed out that he has played his last football game but this gives him a chance to re-evaluate life and find out what the next chapter brings. The sports media route could suit Romo well, who has always been a very likeable person. That gig will also be much more relaxed than the pressure Romo faced while commanding the Cowboys offense. Overall It’s been a great run and we all should take the time to celebrate Tony Romo’s career. He was a first class player.

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The Redskins got a hell of a player when they signed Zach Brown today:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Washington Redskins got a terrific player when they signed former Bills Linebacker Zach Brown today. Brown is one of the better linebackers in the league and he finished last year with 149 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception. The Bills should have done everything they could to retain Brown but Buffalo’s loss is now the Redskins treasure. Zach Brown is only 27 years old so he should have at least 5 years left in the tank. Brown only signed a 1 year $4.65 million dollar contract with the Redskins which means Brown will have to earn a contract extension if he wants to stay in Washington. Based on Brown’s past play you have to expect that will likely happen because Zach Brown is a pure football player when it comes down to it. Brown was a Pro Bowler last season so it seemed like he should have received a multiple year contract. However the Redskins believed a 1 year contract would allow the team to assess Brown’s skill set and see how well he can fit into Greg Manusky’s defense. Brown has an exceptional presence in the middle of the field and he is a strong leader in the locker room, which should help the Redskins improve on their 28th overall defensive ranking. The idea is Zach Brown will come in and clamp down between the tackles while Josh Norman and the rest of the defense will handle everything else. The Redskins needed this move to gain a little ground in the NFC East especially after the Giants, and Eagles had a great off-season. Dallas also has the leading rusher in the NFL, so Brown should help in Washington’s goal to contain Ezekiel Elliott. Overall this is a huge deal and Jay Gruden improves his roster quite significantly.

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Deion Jones was a big reason the Atlanta Falcons had such a good season last year:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Atlanta Falcons selected Deion Jones with their 2nd round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and Jones had a tremendous impact as a rookie. Deion Jones recorded 108 tackles, 3 interceptions, and scored 2 defensive touchdowns for the Falcons defense. While most rookies struggle to get on the field in their first year of pro football action, Jones instead set the bar high and will be the blueprint for rookie linebackers for years to come. When you actually breakdown what makes Jones so good you immediately notice that he has exceptional speed for a linebacker. Jones can react quickly and fill a gap or he can flow side line to sideline and finish plays off. It’s Jones instincts combined with his fast twitch responses that allow him to be a great linebacker. That skill set has really elevated the Falcons defensively and they needed a player like Jones to set the tempo. Not only is Deion Jones making plays in the running game, he is also an extremely efficient pass defender as well. Jones’ speed allows him to break on those intermediate routes quickly and that’s why we seen Jones intercept 3 passes last year. The majority of defensive backs in the league didn’t record 3 interceptions so that tells you how talented Deion Jones is from a coverage perspective. Finally we have to praise Deion Jones’ big play capability. We talked about how Jones scored 2 defensive touchdowns and that’s 12 points that Atlanta got out of their middle linebacker. If the Falcons can get a few more players that can intercept passes or recover fumbles and take them to house, Atlanta will have a terrific scoring defense. The Falcons also should get a huge boost from signing Donatari Poe, a player that will help keep offensive lineman from blocking Jones. So the future is bright for the Falcons young linebacker and look for him to build upon the success he has had this up to this point. So far so good for Deion Jones.

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The resurgence of Kenny Britt was an interesting story line in 2016:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Los Angeles Rams had a completely dysfunctional offense during the 2016 season but Kenny Britt managed to somehow still be productive. Britt hauled in 1,002 receiving yards and believe it or not that was the first time in Britt’s career that he went over the 1,000 yards receiving mark in a season. Kenny Britt is entering his 9th season so he has had plenty of time to achieve that feat but never was able to do so until last year with the Rams. Kenny Britt actually signed with the Cleveland Browns during the off-season and now the veteran receiver will focus on making plays in Hue Jackson’s offense. With Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt the Browns have two outside receivers that can deliver results near the sidelines. Which means the Browns have a chance to at least threaten opposing defenses through the air in 2017. Losing Terrelle Pryor certainly hurts this receiving core and it would have been nice to have Coleman, Pryor, and Britt for trips sets. However the Brown still have the NFL Draft to improve their roster and we know Hue Jackson is an offensive minded coach. Even though the Browns are going to draft Myles Garrett number 1 overall, they still could take a few offensive players in the draft to solidify that side of the ball. Overall though It’s a good fit for Kenny Britt because Jackson will get the most out of Britt. That could eventually extend Britt’s career and that makes it a good business move for the newly acquired receiver. When you have your best NFL season 8 years into your career you want to capitalize on that success and focus on longevity. Kenny Britt’s agent is definitely thinking that if Kenny Britt isn’t and expect to see this guy in the fold for at least the next 4 years. That’s because Britt signed a 4 year $32.5 million dollar contract with Cleveland and so it’s safe to say he will be in Ohio for the foreseeable future.

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Gold Standard: Markus Golden put together a remarkable 2016 season

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Arizona Cardinals struggled in 2016 but Markus Golden sure did shine individually. The Arizona outside linebacker had a terrific year recording 51 tackles, 12 and a half sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. That’s a huge amount of production for the 3rd year linebacker out of the University of Missouri and the Cardinals have to be pleased with Golden this far. After showing glimpses of success in 2015 with 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, Golden made huge strides in 2016. Those are marquee player stats that Golden recorded and now we have to respect Markus Golden as one of the top tier linebackers in the National Football League. One big season like that means Golden has arrived at the party, now Golden has to build upon his legacy. You do that in the National Football League by consistently putting up big numbers (seasons of at least 10 sacks if you’re a pass rusher) and now that should be the mark each year for Markus Golden. With the National Football League full of talented quarterbacks Golden is exactly what the Cardinals needs to keep those QB’s on their heels. When you watch tape on Markus Golden you immediately notice that he plays with a tenacity and the other players around him feed off that energy. Golden gives maximum effort on every play and his motor never shuts off as a defender. Those are some of the best things you can say about a defensive player and you can definitely win some games with this guy on your roster. When one defender gives you 12 sacks on the year it makes life so much easier for that defensive unit as a whole. Golden consistently brought a wicked pass rush in 2016 and now we have to look out for Markus Golden like we do with the Von Millers, Khalil Macks, and JJ Watts of the league. One more big season and Golden could emerge into that class and that’s high praise when you consider how good those players truly are. It’s safe to say the Cardinals have an outstanding player in Markus Golden.

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Now that Case Keenum has signed with the Vikings, Jared Goff will be front and center in his second NFL season:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With news breaking today that Case Keenum has signed a one year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, that means Jared Goff will be front and center in his second NFL season. If you don’t remember the Rams drafted Goff number 1 overall in the 2016 Draft and then Keenum beat out Goff for the starting job. Eventually Jared Goff dethroned Case Keenum at the end of the season and it appears now there is no looking back for Goff. With Keenum in Minnesota Goff will be the day one starter in Los Angeles and it’s about making strides if your second year quarterback. Goff struggled in his first year of professional football lacking awareness and often looking out of sync. This second season will be a great opportunity for Goff to prove his worth and shake off those rookie season jitters. That means Jared Goff has to first and foremost do a better job with his execution. If you don’t remember Goff struggled taking snaps under center and didn’t grasp the pro style offense very well. In Goff’s defense he has always operated out of spread formations but that can’t be an excuse when you’re expected to be the leader of this football team. Jared Goff also struggled with his overall production throwing only 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The Rams are going to need a lot more than that out of Goff in 2017 because there is no Case Keenum to relieve the young QB if he struggles. The Rams tried to bring in as many free agents as they possible could in free agency but the moves weren’t enough to put Jared Goff in a “good situation.” If Los Angeles has any shot at competing in 2017 it will be because of Goff’s progression and the sophomore signal caller has to be the polar opposite of what he was last season. It’s officially Jared Goff’s time for better or worse in Los Angeles.

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Vance Joseph is ready to leave his mark on the Denver Broncos:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Ask any NFL Insider about Vance Joseph and you’re likely to get a similar response. “He has a fire about him”, “he is extremely competitive”, a “great coach” is just some of the feedback we’ve heard about Joseph and it’s clear the guy has a deep understanding of football. The Broncos are Joseph’s 10th stop on the coaching carrousel and his first gig came as a grad assistant back at the University of Colorado in 1999. It’s been 18 years of coaching at the collegiate and professional level that have prepared Joseph for his first NFL head coaching job and now Joseph will look to lead the Broncos back to the promise land. The Broncos won a Super Bowl just 2 seasons ago but Denver failed to make the postseason in 2016. If Vance Joseph wants to prove he can be a successful head coach in this league, he needs to first and foremost get the Broncos back to the playoffs. Denver won 9 games last year so they weren’t a terrible football team but the AFC West is loaded with talented teams. Kansas City and Oakland are both emerging football teams and even the Chargers are improving. That will put a lot of pressure on Joseph but keep in mind Joseph got the job for a reason. His passion runs deep and it’s clear he truly loves the game. That should resonate with the Broncos players and don’t get it twisted this a good hire for John Elway. Joseph has a personality that naturally draws people to him. That makes Vance Joseph a terrific charismatic leader and the Broncos should get a boost from Joseph’s enthusiasm. Joseph is a defensive minded coach so he will try to mold Von Miller, Aqib Talib, and the rest Broncos defense to his vision. Denver’s defense still has a lot of talent on that side of the ball, so Joseph should be able to yield some positive results from that unit. We will get a better glimpse of what Vance Joseph is when training camp rolls around. That’s when we will really see Joseph’s stamp placed on this team.

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Adrian Peterson has been training with Jameis Winston which could be a sign that Peterson is headed to Tampa Bay:


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Author: Jon Kuzma

Adrian Peterson and Jameis Winston were recently working out together with legendary trainer Tim Grover. Peterson and Winston were taking part in a number of different training exercises but this could have been a session to see how well Peterson and Winston mesh. It’s no secret Winston has a ton of pull when it comes to the Buccaneers decision making and we seen that when Winston campaigned for Desean Jackson. Soon after the Bucs signed Jackson and it became clear how much trust Tampa Bay has instilled in Jameis Winston. Now Winston is training with Adrian Peterson and that means we need to take the possibility of the Buccaneers and Peterson seriously. Tampa Bay got a decent amount of production from Jacquizz Rodgers after signing him in September of last year. However with Doug Martin’s future in question due to a suspension the Buccaneers might want to seriously consider bringing in Peterson. That would solidify that offensive backfield and it also would be a splash for this organization. The players on the roster want to see the front office take risks and signing Peterson on a 1 year deal would help a lot production wise and morale wise. Peterson is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game and if he can find his stride in 2017 that would be a huge boost for Tampa Bay. First the Bucs need to make a commitment to Peterson and offer a contract. Once you get Peterson’s name signed on the dotted line the rest of things will fall in place from there. Also keep an eye out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are slowly improving each year. The Buccaneers had a 2-14 record before drafting Jameis Winston, since then the Bucs have went 6-10 and 9-7. Adding Peterson to the mix could make this team a playoff contender and it’s a no brainer move if you’re the Buccaneers front office. Sign Adrian Peterson immediately and then draft the best players available in the draft.

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Richard Sherman isn’t going anywhere unless some team significantly overpays for him:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

There have been rumors all off-season that the Seattle Seahawks were entertaining offers for four time Pro Bowl Cornerback Richard Sherman. With Head Coach Pete Carroll confirming that a number of a teams have indeed inquired about Sherman it’s time to discuss whether or not Sherman will get dealt? Richard Sherman is currently 28 years old and still has two seasons left on his contract. If you’re the Seahawks and you’re looking to make a deep run in the playoffs, you definitely need Sherman in the picture to make that happen. On the opposite end of that argument if you’re looking to move on from Sherman before having to re-sign him to a big contract at 30 years old now is the time. So it’s clearly a situation that can go either way but keep in mind the Seahawks don’t have a lot of depth in their secondary. Shipping Richard Sherman out would leave the Seahawks with a question mark at both cornerback positions and Seattle is in no place to let Sherman walk at the moment. Skip Bayless recently suggested that Dallas should trade their 28th overall pick for Richard Sherman, which believe it or not might not be that bad of a deal for either team. Dallas lost both of their cornerbacks and could use Sherman for the next two years. That trade would also leave Seattle with the 26th pick in the first round and Dallas’ 28th pick in the first round, which both could be used on cornerbacks if the Seahawks felt it was necessary. If the Seahawks can get a first round draft pick for Richard Sherman then the situation would have to be deeply considered. However it’s hard to believe that Dallas would miss out on a young player with a ton of upside to trade for an aging Sherman. It could happen but it’s not necessarily in the Cowboys best interest longevity wise. It feels like it will take a first round pick to get this deal done so we will see if any team is willing to give that up for Sherman who is still one of the best corners in the league. It’s possible but don’t expect it happen, Sherman is too vital for the Seahawks when it comes to their short term goals (winning the Super Bowl).

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