The Chicago Bears leaned defense on the first day of free agency. Defensive end Lamarr Houston, linebacker D.J. Williams, safety Ryan Mundy, and special teamer/linebacker Jordan Senn will don the blue and orange next season and add depth to a team desperate for it. On the same day, the team also cut defensive end Julius Peppers. The move saves the Bears $9.8 million this season.Follow paulmbanks
Jonathan Babineaux, was considered on of the better DT prospects in this year’s NFL free agent class. He’s ranked #53 overall by CBS Sports in this year’s free agent class. DT is definitely a position in need for the Chicago Bears, so it stands to reason that they may have had an interest in Jonathan Babineaux. However, he’s signed a three year extension to stay in Atlanta.Follow paulmbanks
Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will retire. Yes, at the tender age of 26. How’s that for a surprise to kick off NFL free agency?
UPDATE: Rashard Mendenhall explains his retirement decision to HuffPo
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter first reported this development. Mendenhall battled turf toe for much last season. When he finally got to be 100%, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games. Rashard Mendenhall was “kind of a big deal” coming out of Niles West high school. As a five-star prospect, he was rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois by Scout.com. He committed to Ron Turner and the Illini where re-wrote the Illinois single season rushing record book.Follow paulmbanks
At first the comparison made no sense. Keith Olbermann of ESPN referred to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the farm club of Manchester United. Yes, I know they’re both owned by the Glazer family, but I still don’t get it. It’s a different league, country and sport. Where’s the parallel?
We’ll get to that, first watch the video below, it’s funny!:
Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, here’s our biggest winners and losers. Or three stock up and three stock down. Here’s three who came to Indianapolis without a first round grade, but now stand a very good chance of hearing their names called on draft night. Conversely, three who fell out of the first round with a bad performance.Follow paulmbanks
The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 preseason in the NFL Hall of Fame Game Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC. T
The game will be played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio one day after the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 is formally enshrined. Two of the seven members of the Class of 2014 have ties to the participating teams.Follow paulmbanks
This could come as surprise news, but it seems that it was close to happening. Last week there were many reports suggesting that the San Francisco 49ers could have get rid of Jim Harbaugh by trading him for high draft picks to the Cleveland Browns. Luckily for the 49ers fans and for the entire organization, nothing happened and they still have their coach, one of the best in the entire league.
Before analyzing why the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers maintained conversations about a possible deal involving Jim Harbaugh, let’s see what the coach means to the red and gold. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Amber Theoharis formerly of MASN, and the Baltimore Orioles replaced Kara Henderson on NFL Network. Theoharis was a sports talk radio host for WJZ-FM, and from late 2011 to April 2013 was a sports reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland. With the NFL Scouting Combine just completed, Amber and the rest of her NFLN crew ran the 40 yard dash last night on the network’s flagship program.Follow paulmbanks
Select NFL cheerleaders will run the 40-yard-dash at this year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Yes, this is an extension of NFL Network personality Rich Eisen’s tradition of running the 40 in his suit and tie. This promotion is about “running the 40 in your work clothes.” And NFL cheerleaders from numerous teams will be participating/have participated. The video after the jump gives you all the information.Follow paulmbanks
Kain Colter testified today at day one of the NLRB hearing that will rule on the status of CAPA as a valid labor organization. His comparisons of football to the military are getting some backlash. Even though the sport of football is rooted in military traditions. Some pundits are deriding Colter for comparing football training to military training. That’s understandable as football is just win or lose, not life or death. However, here I provide a history lesson on football being literally a “war game” in order to provide proper context of this discussion.
First here’s what Colter said:Follow paulmbanks
The excitement and the fan interest about the 2013 NFL season and the Super Bowl is now over, after the Seattle Seahawks smashed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. However, the entire NFL world is now turned towards the offseason and all the potential moves and trades that it could involve. Let’s break down some of the best free-agents of the 2014 offseason. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Since Sunday night everyone has written about Michael Sam. And with this media crush comes the idiotic and bigoted takes on Michael Sam. We knew Rush Limbaugh would say something offensive and stupid. That’s not news. Anytime Rush Limbaugh says anything racist, insensitive, homophobic, moronic, socially regressive etc. It’s not news, it’s just expected.
That’s who Rush is, it’s what he does. What is unexpected, is that Rush would use the exact same bit on Michael Sam that got him fired from NFL Countdown on ESPN.Follow paulmbanks