Peter King is discussing what most NFL fans have been either hoping or knowing since the the draft last month. The New York Jets could rid themselves of Mark Sanchez if Geno Smith wins the starting quarterback job. No more this? Jets fans rejoice! The Jets are apparently “smitten” with Geno.
Speaking of the Jets! NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch shared his opinion on the disservice that was Tim Tebow going to the Jets.
Manti Te’o hopes to earn the respect of his teammates by displaying some hard work ethic. I’m sure this is very important to Manti. He needs to be seen as a football player. Not a guy that can be easily duped. Check out this story from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Matt Barkley hopes to be the Philadelphia Eagles starting QB. He is confident he can do it too. Stop laughing! Check out this story from CSN Philadelphia.
Check out this interesting post from SBNation on why the NFL makes for such bad media.
Buddy Nix is transitioning out of his role as general manager of the Buffalo Bills to a role as special assistant with the team. Check out this from the Bills site. Doug Whaley is expected to take over as GM according to SBNation Buffalo Rumblings.
Happy March, everyone. Just 12 more days until the beginning of the new National Football League year and the start of free agency.
Here’s your Friday morning blitz with news from around the league.
The NFL’s salary cap is a huge issue for teams, resulting in many “cap friendly” restructures league-wide, including Patriots QB tom Brady.
NFL Raises 2013 Salary Cap: The NFL announced on Thursday that the 2013 salary cap will increase to $123 million dollars, up $2.4 million from 2012. The 2013 salary cap will also include a new per team minimum salary benefit of $900,000, setting total player compensation at $123.9M per team.
There were some rumblings that the 2012 cap might be carried over into 2013, so the tiny increase will be good news for many cap strapped teams, including the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys, among others.
Female Kicker Set For NFL Regional Combine Tryout: Former University of Wisconsin soccer player Laura Silberman will become the first female kicker to ever try out at an NFL regional scouting combine. Silberman will attend the regional scouting combine – which was created in 2011 to showcase the players that weren’t invited to the league’s main combine - at the Jets facility in Florham Park, NJ on Sunday. The NFL will hold nine additional regional combines around the country.
The league has announced that they will look into the prospect’s claims, saying ”teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws.”
NFLPA DeMaurice Smith also released a statement on the investigation. “I know that the NFL agrees that these types of questions violate the law, our CBA and player rights,” he said. “I hope that they will seek out information as to what teams have engaged in this type of discrimination and we should then discuss appropriate discipline.”
When you think of an NFL quarterback who is elite … Who comes to mind for you?
Peyton Manning? Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers? … Joe Flacco?
A lot of people think they are elite. That just because they win a Super Bowl, they are worthy of being paid the most money in the league at their given position. Maybe they are? Maybe they aren’t. Enough of that… We want to know … Who do you think IS MOST ELITE! Here’s a poll. Answer it! And… comment below. Let us know why you think this guy is most elite! Thanks!
The Washington Redskins claimed linebacker Bryan Kehl after the Kansas City Chiefs released him. He played three games for the Chiefs and was with Washington for the preseason but did not make the cut. The Redskins released linebacker Mario Addison to make room for Kehl.
Redskins LT Trent Williams and LB London Fletcher did not practice on Wednesday but they are probably to play on Monday against the Giants.
The Redskins have ended right tackle Jammal Brown’s season after he was placed on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list at Tuesday’s deadline to activate him. He suffered a set back after having left hip ligament surgery.
Redskins vs Giants
Monday, 7:30 pm CST
Robert Griffin III has been a great rookie quarterback for the Redskins especially over the last two games.
The New York Giants suffered a loss last week when RB Andre Brown broke his fibula. Safety Kenny Phillips should be able to play despite suffering a knee injury and offensive tackle David Dehl is questionable for Monday night after leaving the game with neck pain.
The Redskins need to watch out for Hakeem Nicks. He looked pretty healthy in the game against the Packers last week as he caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
When the Redskins and Giants met in Week 7, they had trouble containing the Giants defense of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora. They sacked RG3 three times in that match up. They will definitely have an impact on the Redskins running game if they play the same way they did in Week 7.
This game will be a close one. Tune in Monday night to see the outcome.
This is the week when you realize you over-reacted to a random loss here and there if you are the other people ranking teams. I was told two weeks back that the Giants were undeserving of being ranked in the top 5. Any questions now?
1. Houston (10-1): Although showing a few cracks in the armor, and dealing with more than few injuries on defense, they will win this division, and probably be the number one seed in the AFC.
2. Denver (8-3): After surviving the hard part of the schedule with a respectable record, they can now coast to a division title.
3. Baltimore (9-2): I still see a few flaws in this team, but if they defeat Pittsburgh this weekend the division is theirs.
I’m an avid New York Giants fan, so watching that game against the Cincinnati Bengals could be explained in 1,000 words. Words including sickening, disgusting, heart-wrenching, and depressing. Here are some gifs from my favorite TV show Scrubs to help me out.
The Giants win the coin toss and elected to defer and the Bengals received. Andy Dalton only threw the ball to AJ Green, who eventually burned by Giants corner Corey Webster and scored a 56-yard touchdown.
Andy Dalton had an amazing game for the Cincinnati Bengals. And it was about time! The Bengals defeated the New York Giants 31-13.
Dalton was 21 of 30 passing for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns – including ones to A.J. Greene, Andrew Hawkins, Jermaine Gresham and Mohamed Sanu.
The Bengals D also had an impressive showing holding Eli Manning and the Giants to 13 points. Carlos Dunlap had a sack and a half on Manning. Nate Clements nabbed an interception on Eli. Wallace Gilberry sacked Eli once. Robert Geathers had a sack on Manning Domata Peko had a half sack. And Pat Sims had an interception.
Next up for the Bengals are the Kansas City Chiefs in KC.