Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

 
Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

by Amy Lignor

 

Now that the Patriots have (once again) walked away with the Super Bowl title, it is time that the NFL teams focus on the draft and what free agents they need to most definitely keep on their roster.

Now that the Patriots have (once again) walked away with the Super Bowl title, it is time that the NFL teams focus on the draft and what free agents they need to most definitely keep on their roster.The Pittsburgh Steelers always seem to be on all the “experts” lists to make it to the end and finally get back to the Super Bowl’s main stage. Unfortunately, the Steelers can’t seem to get past those pesky Patriots. In order to do so, there is one Steelers’ free agent that most definitely needs to be re-signed by the Steelers; and that is running back Le’Veon Bell. You are talking about a player who missed a quarter of last season, yet still ranked third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage. At only 24 years-old, Bell earned his second career Pro Bowl visit and the Steelers literally cannot let him hit the open market and wave goodbye. “Valuable” is a term to definitely describe Bell, especially since QB Ben Roethlisberger has shown he does not have much time left on the NFL stage. Bell is needed and the Steelers can definitely afford his salary.

 

Another name being bounced around is the Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. Now, yes, he has failed to lead the team to a playoff victory, but Cousins certainly has gotten them farther than their previous QB (who we won’t mention). Posting winning records in his two seasons at the helm, Cousins ranked in the top 10 in terms of completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating. Consistency is Cousins problem more than anything else, yet his salary is something that the Redskins can afford, and losing him to free agency is something they most definitely cannot afford.

 

The Kansas City Chiefs are also in the headlines when it comes to free agency and a name they really should (and most likely will) keep on their roster. Safety Eric Berry is what most would call a man in the prime of his football career, and is one of the NFL’s best safeties out there. Just as important is the fact that this is an NFL team that has only recorded one playoff win this century. The Bears, Colts – even the Tennessee Titans are drooling for this player; three teams that desperately need to make some impact in their divisions. So…who will sign him? There looks to be a 100% chance that the Chiefs will find a way to keep him no matter what.

 

When it comes to these high-impact players, there is one position (as always) that is desperate to be filled by many teams in the NFL. Bill Belichick, of course, is one coach who does not have to worry about this position, seeing as that he already has the “best QB to ever play the sport” in Tom Brady. What Belichick also has, however, is the biggest bargaining chip in a good, long time. QB Jimmy Garoppolo had the chance to prove his skill and talent (and did just that) when Brady was not able to play. He will also be at the very top of the free agent list, even though Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are also likely to be available to the QB-needy teams out there.

 

Garoppolo would be the youngest of the three if used as a bargaining chip by Belichick. His presence in free agency would have many teams clamoring for him, and will most likely involve having to give up a first- or second-round pick by any team that grabs him from Belichick. But when you look at the Bills, the 49ers, the Bears, (who will definitely give up their QB Jay Cutler because of his continuously bad performances), a QB is needed by many and “picks” will fall by the wayside in order to fill that position. Heck, even the Tennessee Titans may clamor for Jimmy, seeing as that they signed Brock Osweiler (who was supposed to be a “stellar catch” because he showed immense talent when backing up Peyton Manning on the Broncos) for $16 million last season. Although beloved Dallas QB Tony Romo would make sense staying in Texas and playing for the Titans, his price tag would be undoable for the Titans at this point, meaning Jimmy may just be the answer to a $16 million-dollar mistake.

 

In the end, the “stars” look as if free agency will do nothing but offer them more money from the teams they already play for, seeing as that their current teams need these players more than they need them. And, once again, Bill Belichick will most likely receive the biggest prize by getting a first-round pick and adding yet another awesome talent to the Patriots’ roster.

 

Source:  GIG News

What is in the Water in New England?

 

What is in the Water in New England?

by Amy Lignor

 

“There won’t be much left in our season.”

 

“Doesn’t feel good.”

 

The above are quotes made by the top echelon – the robotic twins, if you will, of the NFL –  after their win. Yes…I said, win. For the sixth straight season the New England Patriots have won their divisional match-up and are headed on to play the AFC Championship Game in their own hometown – on their own home field. Making them, once again, the team to bet on. So…why the dismal quotes?

New England Patriots, NFL, AFC Championship, Super Bowl, bucket of humility, Armageddon, Brady, UCONN, New EnglandIf you missed the end of the Patriots versus the Texas Titans football game  (because you were frankly quite bored of it all), the Patriots won the game 31 to 16. (Gasp!) I know. What a horrible score, right? I can’t tell you how many QB’s in the NFL wish that their ‘bad day’ ended in a division win that landed them in the championship game to go to the Super Bowl. But if I were a betting fool, I would say all of them. Just ask Russell Wilson of the Seahawks. I bet he wishes he had a ‘bad day’ like that on Saturday. (People are already stating that the ‘Legion of Boom’ that turned to ‘Doom’ has now gone ‘Kaboom’ and is officially dead in the water.)

But when it comes to the perfect Patriots, it was just embarrassing to QB Tom Brady to have thrown as many interceptions in one quarter on Saturday as he has this entire season. And for Coach Bill Belichik, it must literally feel like Armageddon is coming when he has to watch his players give him a win that most definitely did not look up to Patriots’ snuff. They will go back to the locker room and bang their heads against the walls and brutalize themselves for not being the perfect “looking” team that they’re always supposed to be. Brady will most likely spend the next week, 24/7, going over every play to see what he did wrong and how he can improve. After all, if the Titans were able to get close by only three scores, chances are Brady’s next visitors to Foxboro may just be able to get close by two scores. (Double Gasp!!) Oh, the humanity!

 

Lighten up, Tom and Bill; even a higher power made some mistakes. Ever seen an ostrich? That poor creature had a really bad day. Who knows? Maybe they’ll both break a smile if they win the Super Bowl. At least for a minute…before getting to work on how they hang their heads in shame next season.

 

But that’s not the only team in New England that either has immersed themselves in a bucket of humility, drank very odd water that only runs through New England, or has a massive obsession with having a flaw. There is another. And this one happens to be in the realm of collegiate basketball. Bring on the UCONN women’s basketball team.

 

The Huskies have broken a record. They have won 91 straight games. (No, that’s not a misprint – they are only 9 away from getting to one hundred wins.) And the record they broke was the record set by…them. The Connecticut Huskies broke the NCAA record of 90 straight wins they set six years ago, when they chalked up their 91st straight win on Saturday with an 88-48 romp over SMU. (Triple Gasp!!!) They only won by half? Now that’s embarrassing. Talk about not even trying to be good, aye?

 

They move to 16-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. You wonder if the games would be more fun and interesting if the Huskies just sat out the first half, allowed their opponents to stand on the court, shoot the ball and see how many points they could put on the scoreboard, before going in and playing the second half and shooting straight by them to achieve their 92nd win.

 

What did their coach say? He basically alluded to the fact that this was…well, no biggie. “It feels just like it does after winning ten straight.” Yup. That’s it. Such a ho-hum thing to do. Perhaps they should suit up at Foxboro and Brady and the gang should head to UCONN to play a little B-Ball.

 

Humility is nice and all, guys and gals of New England. Believing that you can always be better and try harder is also a goal that everyone should set for themselves. But after a while, watching this ultimate perfection play out makes the humble, self-deprecating speeches afterwards a little ridiculous.

 

Who will win the AFC Championship? The New England Patriots.

Who will win…eternally and make the women’s college basketball realm look like it’s made up of only one team? The Connecticut Huskies.

Could there be an upset? Sure.

 

Will there be? Nope.

 

If you think there will be, just remember what Robert Redford said in one of the greatest movies of all time: “You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at.”

 

Source:  GIG News