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).

Charity of the day: Orbis

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The Raiders future lies in Derek Carr’s ability to bounce back from that broken fibula:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Oakland Raiders have had an outstanding off-season signing Jared Cook, and Cordarrelle Patterson two players who can come in and help the Raiders make plays. However none of those additions matter if Quarterback Derek Carr isn’t able to bounce back from the broken fibula he endured at the end of the 2016 regular season. Carr is the backbone of the Raiders success and it was clear how much Carr meant to this team when the Raiders lost to the Houston Texans 27-14 in the playoffs. Had Derek Carr been on the field that day the Raiders would have had a much greater chance to win that game and the Raiders certainly would have scored more than 14 points. Carr had the Raiders riding high all season long before breaking his fibula in a week 16 match up against the Colts. Right away football analysts knew the Raiders Super Bowl hopes had been crushed and that’s why it’s imperative that Carr hits the ground running when it comes to his recovery. Most of the time an athlete needs a full year to get their strength and reflexes back from a major injury like this and that could be a black cloud hanging over the Raiders. The Raiders best chance to win a Lombardi Trophy is right now when they have a roster loaded of talent and things will start to fall apart unless Carr can execute in 2017. It’s already going to be extremely tough to repeat the regular season Oakland had last year but maybe the Raiders can improve on their postseason performance? All Oakland has to do is win a playoff game for that to happen but truthfully this team has higher expectations than that. After missing the playoffs for 14 years, Oakland is a rejuvenated football team and they are going all in when it comes to Super Bowl expectations. That’s why Derek Carr has to be at his best in order to be able to lead this team down the stretch because as the quarterback position goes the team goes. The Raiders are no different.

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Hue Jackson says the Browns won’t trade the number 1 pick, which means Myles Garrett is coming to Cleveland:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Myles Garrett is coming to Cleveland Ohio, Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson has recently stated that the Browns “won’t trade the number 1 pick in the draft”. Which essentially is Jackson’s way of saying Myles Garrett is too good of a player to pass on. Garrett is considered to be the best player in the entire draft by most NFL insiders and that’s a high praise considering how much talent is in this draft class. Jonathan Allen, Leonard Fournette, and Deshaun Watson were all superstars at the collegiate level but Garrett is more prized than all of those players. It’s because Myles Garrett is a 6 foot 5 inch 271 pound freak of nature who can consistently rush the quarterback. Garrett ran a 4.6 second 40 yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine and that’s blazing fast considering how big Garrett’s frame truly is. Most players that size can’t run under a 5.0 second 40 yard dash and Garrett can actually keep up with linebackers and some safeties. Myles Garrett is very similar to Julius Peppers and Jadeveon Clowney so he is certainly a rare specimen of athlete and the Cleveland Browns have taken notice. The Browns were one of the worst pass rushing teams in all of football last year but that will all change April 27th in Philadelphia. This is a no brainer pick for Cleveland, there really isn’t any other player in the draft that has as much potential as Myles Garrett. If Hue Jackson and the front office really wants to change the culture in Cleveland they have to draft the best players available. That all starts off with drafting Myles Garrett right out the gate and then the Browns have to address their other needs as they go. The fans of Cleveland are in for a treat when it’s all said and done, Garrett brought a lot of enthusiasm to the Aggies the last 3 seasons. Garrett recorded 31 sacks during his time in College Station, Texas. Now Garrett will bring that same tenacity to Cleveland which will a great victory for that city. Say it proudly folks “Myles Garrett is coming to Cleveland Ohio.”

Charity of the day: Veterans Assistance Foundation

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Don’t believe the hype Tom Brady has three years left at best:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

While Tom Brady isn’t slowing down at all stats wise it’s hard to believe New England’s quarterback can play for another seven years. Brady put together a terrific season in 2016 throwing for 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions but it’s Brady’s declining health that will eventually push him out of pro football. Tom Brady is 39 years old right now and you can tell he is slowing down a little bit just by his in game movements. Brady is still a functional quarterback however sooner or later he is going to lose a step athletically. On top of that as you get older your bumps and bruises take much longer to heal. That means Brady will be at serious risk of injury as he ages above the 40 years old mark. So it’s easy to see when you weigh all the angles that it’s a little bit of hyperbole when Robert Kraft says “Brady wants to play six or seven more years.” We all know Gisele is going to be in Brady’s ear telling him to retire that way he walks away from pro football with no long term injuries. Eventually that pressure will weigh on Tom Brady and he will realize that his family is his top priority in life. What’s really going to be difficult for Tom Brady is the fact that he will have to walk away from pro football while still being able to compete at a high level. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning were worn out when they eventually stepped away from the NFL. Tom Brady on the other hand will still be able to win football games when he does decide to hang it up. That will put Brady’s competitive nature in a tough position but sooner or later all runs must come to an end. There’s no reason for Brady to stick around another six or seven years because there’s not much left for him to achieve. All the records and stats are great but Brady has three children at home that need his attention. You can tell Brady understands this already and being a father has helped Brady mature as a player. Look Tom Brady has it made, he doesn’t need to hang around the league and continuously prove his worth. Brady wants to be the greatest football player of all time but he has already achieved that mark. That means Tom Brady has three pro seasons left at best and truthfully who can blame him? He has earned the right to ride off into the sunset because he has forever left his mark on this league.

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Ezekiel Elliott will get away with his off the field antics as long as he is able to produce on the football field:

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Author: jon Kuzma

Ezekiel Elliott has had a hell of a run just one year into his professional football career. Elliott led the entire NFL with 1,631 rushing yards and capped off his season by leading the Dallas Cowboys back to the playoffs. It’s no secret Elliott was the catalyst to the Cowboys success in 2016 and that’s why as long as Elliott produces he will have free range to live it up off the field. Elliott is facing scrutiny from many NFL insiders for pulling a girl’s top down during a parade. While many have suggested that the league might come down on Elliott for performing the act, don’t expect that to happen. Ezekiel Elliott is one of the brightest young stars in the National Football League and he is carrying the NFL brand like a torch. The last thing the National Football League wants to do is turn Ezekiel Elliott into a negative character because Elliott is crucial to the NFL’s marketing and because Elliott’s story will sell greatly for the league. The NFL has a lot of good momentum because of young stars like Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. Therefore Roger Goodell will deal with Ezekiel Elliott in house and don’t expect to hear much about it publicly. Elliott knows as long as he comes out and puts up record breaking numbers, he will get a little bit of leniency as far as his ethics and morals go. The question for Ezekiell Elliott is whether or not he reels himself in before he does something that he regrets? It’s alright to live it up to the fullest and this league has seen plenty of players do so. Broadway Joe Namath owned a night club and sparred with the league on a number of occasions. Ultimately though you have to understand that playing in the National Football League is one of the greatest gifts in the world. It’s alright to have a life outside of football but you have to be careful about the decisions that you make. Ezekiel Elliott is a great player and we all love his game. To be honest he seems like a cool person too but you have keep in everything in perspective and truthfully you have to lay low in today’s era. The media will tear you apart the first chance that they get and it’s not worth the risk if you’re a pro athlete.

Charity of the day: One Acre Fund

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NFL owners have no loyalty for the cities that support their teams:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With news breaking out of California that the Raiders are officially leaving Oakland for Nevada, one has to wonder if NFL owners have any loyalty for the cities that support their teams? In the last three years we have seen the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams all skip town on cities that have hosted their football teams for decades. While the Raiders won’t officially leave Oakland until 2020 this is still a brutal move for the black hole fans who showed up every Sunday to support their team. One has to believe that all of these teams who choose to relocate are leaving a bad taste in fans mouth’s and the NFL has to be careful about allowing relocations to happen. Three relocations in three years is already too much movement happening and it’s hard to rebuild that trust once the bridges are burned relationship wise. This is the second time that the Raiders are bailing on Oakland (they also left the city in 1982) and it’s hard to believe the silver and black will ever make it back to the Bay Area. Nevada has never had a pro football franchise (the XFL doesn’t count) and that excitement will drive plenty of sales and hype around the brand itself. That means the Raiders will be in Vegas for the foreseeable future or at least until a better offer presents itself. The really scary thing is the precedent all of this relocating sets for the other teams in the league. Suddenly every single city is at risk of losing their team especially if the finances aren’t there. Could you imagine the Bills or the Bengals skipping town on Buffalo and Cincinnati because both locations present a challenge as far as recruiting talent and turning profits goes? It’s very possible with all the changes Roger Goodell has allowed but one owner is taking a stand against the NFL’s latest changes. Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross has taken action to keep the Dolphins in Miami for the next 30 years. Ross has used over $500 million in private funds to revamp the Dolphins stadium and Ross has also expressed concerns over allowing too many teams to move. So with all the teams that are leaving for greener pastures it’s good to see the Dolphins doing everything they can to oppose the disloyalty these NFL owners have shown. Someone needs to hold them accountable and clearly Roger Goodell won’t.

Charity of the day: One Acre Fund

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What are the odds Brock Osweiler will be the Browns starting quarterback when the regular season rolls around?

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Cleveland Browns were expected to release Brock Osweiler after trading for the 26 year old quarterback earlier this month. Apparently the Browns traded for Osweiler just to acquire the 2nd round draft pick, and 6th round draft pick that were also part of that deal. The Browns are rumored to be shopping Osweiler for a 3rd round draft pick but so far no deal has materialized for the quarterback. The Browns announced as soon as they acquired Brock Osweiler that several teams were interested in his services. That could have been Cleveland trying to drive the price up for Osweiler because we haven’t heard any news of what will happen with the former Texans quarterback. In fact today Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson went in the completely opposite direction and stated that the Browns will treat Osweiler like all the other quarterbacks on the roster. Jackson then elaborated stating Osweiler “will have a chance to compete”, which essentially means Brock Osweiler is officially in the running for the Browns starting quarterback job in 2017. Now most football fans are going to anticipate Osweiler performing poorly like he did in Houston. However sometimes failure can be the beginning of success, and you know that terrible season isn’t sitting well with Osweiler. Right now Brock Osweiler has all the motivation in the world to come out and prove everybody wrong. That will definitely benefit the 6 foot 7 signal caller but he also has to improve in other areas as well. Osweiler struggled with his decision making in his first full season as a starter. That has to improve and Osweiler should also work on his mechanics a little bit. If Osweiler can work with a quarterback coach and make his throws more fluent that should also help him deliver the football. The final step for Brock Osweiler should be getting in the best shape of his life. Too many times quarterbacks focus solely on getting their arm in shape and neglect to improve their overall athleticism. If Brock Osweiler can get his body in peak physical shape that will help him stay health and it will also help him build some confidence too. That’s the formula for Brock Osweiler and we will see if he can beat out Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan the two other quarterbacks on Cleveland’s roster. Out of those three guys believe or not Brock Osweiler is the most polished.

Charity of the day: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

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Waiting Game: The best free agents that are still available

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With the NFL Draft quickly approaching it’s time to look in the rear view and see which NFL free agents are still available on the market. It’s no secret that there are several quality NFL players who still remain unsigned most notably Adrian Peterson, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, and Colin Kaepernick. With that being said it’s pretty clear that several quality NFL quarterbacks could enter training camp without a gig but that should change as time moves forward. Every season injuries pile up and quarterback depth becomes scarce, that means teams will eventually look to sign these players to give their team a better chance to succeed. If you have to start a 3rd string quarterback or you could bring in Jay Cutler, truthfully it’s a no brainer you want Cutler leading your team. So expect the team’s struggling with quarterback play to examine all options when it comes to signing players. Even Johnny Manziel has garnered some interest from the New Orleans Saints so you have to expect that the other players will find a job at some point too. If there is any players out of the 4 guys mentioned above that could be passed over it might be Adrian Peterson and Tony Romo. Romo is being recruited by CBS to join the sports media world, that could eventually lead Tony Romo to hang it up. Especially since he has struggled with so many injuries over the course of his career. Peterson has also struggled recently with injuries and that could cause Peterson to walk away from pro football. There have been rumors that the Raiders will reach out to Adrian Peterson but so far no deal has materialized. Believe it or not Colin Kaepernick has a decent shot at getting signed because he threw for 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions last season. If it wasn’t for Kaepernick’s political stances he would already have a job but that’s the risk you take when you choose to be outspoken in the National Football League. As far as Cutler goes, you have to anticipate that some team will reach out to the 33 year old quarterback. The Houston Texans would get a huge lift from Cutler compared to the output they got from Brock Osweiler last season. Regardless though team’s are still reluctant to sign Cutler because he lacks toughness. You have to have grit in order to play in the NFL and Cutler’s durability and mental resilience have been questioned at times. When it all comes down to it though, eventually these players will have a real shot an NFL roster. They all have a solid track record in this league and that won’t be forgotten. It will just come on the team’s terms and when they have a need that needs to be fulfilled. It’s part of the business and inferior players go through the same challenge all the time. It’s just rare that you see marquee players going through that same process like we have this off-season.

Charity of the day: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

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It’s safe to say that Sterling Shepard was an impact rookie:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New York Giants knew they were getting a good player when they drafted Sterling Shepard in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft. However it’s easy to believe that Shepard still outperformed the Giants expectations. While Shepard failed to record 1,000 yards receiving which is the standard of a quality NFL receiver. Shepard still managed to haul in 8 touchdown receptions, that stat alone is impressive as a rookie and now Shepard has a chance to improve on both totals in his 2nd NFL season. The Giants recently acquired Brandon Marshall so that will add more depth to New York’s receivers. The result could be a much more potent overall offense or Marshall could take away receptions from Shepard. It will be interesting to see how that dynamic works out but regardless you have to applaud Jerry Reese for putting together an elite roster. Reese knew he had to load up on weapons for Eli Manning and he landed a quality player when he drafted Sterling Shepard. Clearly Reese can identify talent and Shepard was another prime example of this. We haven’t even talked about Odell Beckham and the impact he has had on this offense, so it’s easy to see that the Giants are looking better than they have in a long time. Expect to see Shepard, Beckham, and Marshall terrorizing NFL defense in 2017 and it’s going to take a talented secondary to limit that group’s production. The Giants are going to be extremely competitive out of spread formations and now it will be up to the lineman and pass protection to hold up. If the Giants can block and they can compliment that with a decent running game, they will be one of the top teams in the NFC. It already feels like they are a better team than a season ago and it’s because of players like Sterling Shepard who came in and outperformed expectations. The Giants have players like that on both sides of the ball right now.

Charity of the day: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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Don’t believe Dave Gettleman’s smoke and mirrors:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Carolina Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman is trying to convince Panthers fans that trading Kony Ealy to move up just 8 spots in the draft was a good move. While it’s clear to see what Gettleman’s long term plan is, which is to cut down on salary cap and put himself in a better position draft wise. Gettleman is still acting as a snake oil salesman and trying to pull the sheet over our eyes a little bit. Gettleman let Josh Norman walk last season which was a salary cap move, and now Ealy slips away to New England (via Gettleman trade to the Patriots). That Ealy move only saved the Panthers less than $1 million dollars on the cap and it shipped a player who has had 10 sacks over the last 2 seasons out the door. In return the Panthers will only get a slightly better position in the draft and it’s getting to the point where Gettleman is running key pieces out of town. Gettleman has somewhat put the Panthers in a better position for the future (cap lowered) but not enough to cover up the letdowns he has had by depleting this roster of talent. Trading Kony Ealy to move up 8 spots in the draft is a failure on the Panthers behalf and don’t let anyone else tell you differently. Carolina could have used Josh Norman last season and they will undoubtedly miss Kony Ealy in 2017. Carolina hasn’t done enough to get better this off-season like the other teams in the league have either. That means the Panthers will most likely fall behind and it could be some time before we see Carolina playing winning football. The only chance Carolina has would be Cam Netwon having a career year, last we’ve heard from Newton though he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Dave Gettleman is going to regret not being more active in free agency, he is going to regret letting so many good players walk, and eventually he is going to kill Cam Newton’s energy. Signing an aging Julius Peppers isn’t enough to turn this team into a contender and Gettleman’s leash is going to be extremely short in 2017. Dave Gettleman needs to get some good momentum on his side soon because he has lost a step over the last 2 seasons.

Charity of the day: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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