Some of the past week(s) news around the NFL
- Brady last player from 2000 draft class still on same team.
With 39 year old kicker Sebastian Janikowski release from the Raiders, Tom Brady remains the only player drafted in 2000, on his original team the Patriots. Janikowski has enjoyed 18 years on the Raiders in oakland having a fruitful career, and now will seek a challenge elsewhere. Brady looks to win his sixth super bowl in history, still with the Patriots.
- AJ McCarron will become a free agent.
Once one greatest college QBs of all time is now an NFL backup. Having thrown for less than 1000 yards and been on the Bengals for three seasons, he now wants to seek a challenge elsewhere, most likely in a starting role. He won 2 national titles at Alabama, threw for over 9000 yards and 70+ TDs. He is expected to leave to only backup another quarterback elsewhere, with only Cleveland looking like they will give him the starting role.
- Aqib Talib will be leaving Denver.
Talib used to be one of the best corner backs in the game. He still is good do not get me wrong, but he is far from the greatest. After four years on Denver which brought him a Lombardi Trophy, he is ready to leave and free up a chunk of salary cap for the Broncos. During his time in Denver he averaged a PD (pass deflection) per game and racked up 11 interceptions, returning SIX of them for TDs! He will be missed but the Broncos do have the depth to back him up as they already have Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby, and Michael Hunter.
- Can the Steelers tie down Le’Veon Bell
Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL currently, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will need him in the future. Le’Veon will not resign with Pittsburgh and is showing a few signs that he wants to leave. Another option would be a franchise tag, where they pay him an average of the top 5 players at his position, which would be a lot BUT he would be forced to accept it. If Big Ben is to retire soon, the front office should attempt to keep him for life after Rothlisberger.