When you look at the New England Patriots roster, there aren’t a whole lot of weak areas that need strengthening before the start of the new regular season. On the back of their fifth Super Bowl triumph, Bill Belichick and his men are preparing to make yet another run at the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
As the 2017 draft edges closer, the Patriots have a couple of very interesting decisions to make. While a large part of the team that secured the championship last season will start the new year with the Patriots, there are some areas where Belichick and his coaching staff will feel they need to tweak before preseason.
It would be fair to say that most Dallas Cowboys fans thought their playoff aspirations were all but over when Tony Romo suffered a serious-looking injury in August’s pre-season clash with Seattle. They needn’t have worried…
Most NFL stars do their utmost to make a positive impression in a contract year but Alshon Jeffery has broken all the rules this season. The Chicago Bears wide receiver is set to return from a four-game suspension in the near future but his presence might not make a huge amount of difference for John Fox’s side.
As of December 12the, the Bears are already out of playoff contention and supporters have placed a chunk of the blame on Jeffery’s shoulders after a disappointing campaign.
Last season, Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings defied the odds to pip the Green Bay Packers to the NFC North title. This year, Mike Zimmer will have to re-think his strategy however after Bridgewater was ruled out for the entire 2016 campaign after a serious ACL tear – and Vikings fans are already adopting a negative outlook to the upcoming campaign.
Bridgewater’s injury has put the wheels in motion regarding a potential trade for a new starting quarterback. The Vikings have been linked with a number of proven veteran signal callers, including Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, but San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick may be the best option; despite his glaring issues both on and off the field. The San Francisco man lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert last season and it doesn’t look like he will be able to convince new head coach Chip Kelly to trust him with that particular role again.
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Love him or hate him Michael Vick has had an impact on what a modern quarterback in the NFL needs in his armoury if he is to be successful in the game and now the playmaker is looking to complete his ‘legacy’.
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Though the initial furore may have faded away – the big question as to whether Jim Harbaugh is staying at the 49ers or going to the Cleveland Browns just hasn’t gone away.
News about Jim’s difficult relationship with general manager Trent Baalke made national headlines last week – so it’s understandable that 49ersfans want to see a line drawn under things.
It’s been an unusual season in Calgary to say the least; even after the weekends defeat to Toronto (33-27), the Stampeders still have the best record in the league (9-3), but the ‘quarterback carousel’ continues to revolve.
The season opened with Drew Tate under center but, through injury, he gave way to Kevin Glenn. Bo Levi Mitchell took over when Tate’s injury resurfaced later in the season.
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Schneider told KJR-AM’s Mitch Levy on Tuesday thatBennett will play with the injury this season, just as he did last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s not a situation,” Schneider said. “Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal.”
While several teams reportedly were interested in Bennett this offseason, the Seahawks were able to get him on a one-year, $5 million contract for what was perceived to be way below his market value. We found out a few days later that the bargain had a price — Bennett’s injured shoulder.
Dumervil’s five-year deal is for a maximum of $35 million. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and $8.5 million for the 2013 season. However, all but $1 million of that will be paid out in a signing bonus, meaning Dumervil’s cap hit for the coming season will be $2.5 million. That leaves the reigning Super Bowl champions with about $5 million of salary cap space to address their other needs, which include a left tackle, middle linebacker and safety.