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Happy Friday, everyone!
Hockey? Never heard of it.
NHL? What does that stand for?
Bruins? Are you talking UCLA?
I don’t know what this hockey thing is that everyone is talking about. Quite odd. Anyway, time for football.
The final result is in for the Robert Griffin III trade between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. Like the famous Herschel Walker Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys trade in the 1980s this is as one-sided as it gets. For the Redskins they got a dynamic quarterback who had a horrible second season as he was rushed back from a knee injury and this year is a huge turning point in his career.
For the Rams, this is the final haul:
DT Michael Brockers
CB Janoris Jenkins
RB Isaiah Pead
G Rokevious Watkins
LB Alec Ogletree
WR Stedman Bailey
RB Zac Stacy
OT Greg Robinson
That is not just a haul, it is just plain highway robbery. The Redskins traded up for RG3 (three first round picks and a second round pick) which St. Louis turned into eight players and five picked in the top fifty picks. While running back Isaiah Pead is the weak link of the deal, Zac Stacy looks like a steal in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. It was a great deal for St. Louis even if they did nothing with the picks and just stayed put. The NFL Draft at the end of the day is about maximizing the picks and the Rams are back in the NFC West race with San Francisco and Seattle thanks to the Redskins.
The best part of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has been the elimination of the rookie holdouts (for the most part). With cutting another two weeks off the rookie playbook learning and coaching time to have the NFL Draft on during primetime during sweeps week to increase revenue for NFL Network and the 4-Letter Network, holdouts take on more of a sense of urgency to get to work. It is nice to see that many first, second, third, etc round picks are already signing. There really is not anything to negotiate, so these kids can get into the facility and get learning ASAP.
Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson, Travis Benjamin, and Miles Austin. What is missing? Cleveland star receiver Josh Gordon. With the news leaked he is potentially up for a one year suspension (what an idiot!) Cleveland is back to “Droppy”, “Ordinary”, “No Speedy”, “Punt Returny”, and now they brought in “Injury-Proney”. Somehow that does not do much to inspire the masses in Cleveland as they try to replace Gordon, aka the best receiver (ok, Detroit, maybe second best) in the NFL.
The NFL Draft was also historic as it had the most special seventh round draft pick in defensive end Michael Sam who was drafted by Rams. Sam--as most all of the country now knows--is the first openly homosexual player to be drafted in the NFL. For Sam, I said good for him for being comfortable enough with himself to come out to his teammates. Now can we just move on and get to football?
Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez is back in the news being indicted for killing two men prior to his current alleged murder incarceration. While it may help keep him off the streets (which is good) if his high-priced legal team finds a technicality to exploit, it is no help for the Patriots salary cap. Mike Florio indicates over at NBC Sports that had the Patriots made the league suspend Hernandez and did not cut him they could recoup the money.
I remember writing about it at the time somewhere, but I still agree with the Patriots decision cut him. For a team to do the morally wrong thing to save money on the cap is so wrong. The Patriots made a statement about their organization’s moral code and actually put their money where their mouth was so to speak. The team could have kept him on the team suspended, but they did the right thing...they got rid of a mistake.
Speaking of the Patriots, there was a brief period of time this week where social media blew up because there was a rumor Houston was looking to trade wide receiver Andre Johnson (or, more likely he was upset about being on a rebuilding team. For Houston (and first year coach Bill O’Brien) they have no reason to trade Johnson. They added no one. he is cheap this year (under $7 million cap charge, and they have a chance to bounce right back and challenge the Colts.
One last Patriots note: former receiver in 2006 Reche “Catch the Damn Ball in the AFC Championship and its New England beating the crap out of the Bears in the Super Bowl” Caldwell was arrested for the second time this year. This week was possession of a controlled substance (amazed he retained possession since he DROPPED THE DAMN BALL WHEN WIDE OPEN!) and earlier this year he was arrested for running an illegal gambling option (shocking since he was such a poor GAMBLE in 2006!). Wow, lot of set-up for just releasing some pent-up rage that was almost a decade old.
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OK, that’s all for this week. Thanks as always for stopping by and have a super weekend!