On Maclin, he was released. Not traded. It surprised me, just like it did most of the Chiefs apparently. I realize the Chiefs needed cap relief _ they didn't have enough room to sign their draft picks before he was released But I think a healthy Maclin will bounce back this year. He could've provided a veteran presence to a Chiefs team that I think is still on the cusp of the Super Bowl. Somebody besides Kelce and Hill need to step up in the receiving corps.
I like them both _ a lot. Winston is as competitive as they come in my mind. He never feels like he's out of a game. And he's not afraid to take chances. The Bucs throw downfield more than most teams in what has become a dink and dunk league. But I like Mariota just a little bit better because of his mobility and accuracy. I think he has great leadership ability..
I'm not telling you anything _ this is obviously a sink or swim year for him. But what's their Plan B at QB this year if Bortles struggles? Henne? Allen? Maybe Allen, but they may have to go looking all over again.
Yeah, but with each owner getting what is it _ $50 million plus? _ in relocation fees, I think the owners don't really care about that.
Austin has turned out to be a decent gadget player, with occasional big-play ability. Now if you took a guy like that, in say, the third round, you'd say OK, OK. But he was as you know, the No. 8 overall pick and a guy the Rams traded up to get. I'm not gonna lie, I liked the pick at the time. But it's not the first time I've been wrong on a player. He just has trouble getting open downfield. And this deep into a career that's probably not going to change.
With the offensive line the Cowboys have, I think they'll still get pretty good production out of McFadden & Co. Not the same as having Zeke out there, but still pretty good production. But even without the suspension, expect teams to have a better idea on how to game plan Prescott. I can guarantee you, the Giants, Redskins, and Eagle were breaking down his tape in the spring, getting a bead on his tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. And I know it was just one game _ and a preseason game at that _ but Kellen Moore looked awful.. I don't think the Cowboys have another Dak Prescott waiting in the wings if their starter goes down this year. (And yes, I know the third-stringer Cooper Rush looked pretty good against the Rams.)
Agreed. Depth could be an issue. As was the case last year.
From what I've heard, Jeff Fisher is planning on coming back next year. As to whether he'd be willing to come back as a coordinator, that's a good question. I kind of doubt it. It's hard to see another team taking a chance o him as a head coach, but stranger things have happened.
For that to happen, the Rams need 1.) A revived Gurley: 2.) A healthy Whitworth and Sullivan on the o-line; 3) a healthy Watkins; 4.) Minimal injuries to their front-line players on defense; 5.) a much-much improved Goff. I'm not saying that's impossible. But it's a lot of ifs.
No problem. Yeah, imagine how surprised Maclin was.
Without a doubt. Mahomes-mania is in full force here in KC. From what I'm told, Mahomes still needs to work on his footwork and get a grasp of the offense. But he's got the arm strength, mobility, and has been a quick study so far. Looks like it's going to take an injury. Maybe a regular-season injury, for Kaepernick.
Well, there are plenty of cities in the NFL that have lost teams. LA for one. (It's happened 3 times there.) Cleveland. Baltimore. Houston. And now Oakland and San Diego. And I think there's an awareness that St. Louis had a pretty good offer on the table as well, and that this thing may have been preordained just to get back into LA.
I hear you. Look at the Arizona Cardinals. They had years of being a laughingstock and then Michael Bidwill took over the day-to-day operations and things changed. So it can happen with the Rams and Kroenke, and probably will at some point. Law of averages. But I don't think it'll be this year.
You know, I watched every episode of the Rams last year. And I like the series. It does give you at least a little bit of a peek behind the curtain. But I've been on the road so much with my camp tour and Canton trip this year I haven't had a chance to see any of this year's series.
Yeah, it does seem like more and more of the extensions are coming earlier in the contracts.
Pretty confident about that lawsuit, eh?
Not really. I think the St. Louis attorneys are busy responding to motions by the Rams/NFL attorneys right now. Things should really heat up in the fall. When I wrote about the A-team _ and thanks for reading _ I didn't mention that they were actually in town. Only that they had been assembled.
St. Louis has had an NFL team in 48 of the past 56 years. There is still interest in the league. There are dozens of St. Louis area players all over the league, as well. As I've kidded in the past with our baseball writers _ it may be a baseball town, but it's a football nation.
As is usually the case with those things, it's a group effort.
His base salary this year is guaranteed ($3.5M), and his 2018 base salary ($3 million) is partially guaranteed at this point. If I'm reading the contract correctly, a $5 million roster bonus paid in 2018 already is guaranteed. But after the '18 season, none of his money is guaranteed. (And his base really jumps up those final 3 years _ it's $9 million-plus in 2019, '20, and '21.)