It's no secret that I hate the Steelers. I hate Pittsburgh and the best thing to come out of that city was Dance Moms and I will die on that hill until the end of time. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hasn't been quiet about how he wants a long-term, big-money contract after playing under the franchise tag for the past two seasons. Now he's subtweeting the entire city and I'm so for it.
Steelers' brass has said that Bell will play in Pittsburgh in 2018, though it seems like he thinks all eyes are on him to be the villain in the situation. While we don't know exactly what the hell he's talking about (most of the time we don't), it's most likely referring to the narrative that Bell is asking for too much money. Bell hasn't yet signed his franchise contract for this season (granting him $14.56 million) as he's holding out for that long-term deal. It wouldn't surprise me if he goes elsewhere in 2019 to a team that's willing to pay him more cash; regardless if he truly deserves it or not isn't up to me. I can't wait for those tweets. Just get him out of my division and we're golden!
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Tight end Benjamin Watson reunited with one of his former teams on Wednesday, signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Previously with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, Watson was not only their Man of the Year candidate (and finalist), but he led the team with 61 catches for over 500 yards and four touchdowns. This is both surprising and not. It's surprising because Watson is old as shit. It's not surprising because the rest of the team either forgot how to catch or didn't know how to in the first place.
Baltimore didn't seem that interested on signing Watson back, even though they need a tight end like I need to breathe. Every single good Ravens tight end I can think of has been littered with extremely bad luck - making me think they're in some sort of cult, or just didn't send out their chain letter emails. At tight end the Ravens currently have Nick Boyle (good blocker but loves Adderall), Maxx Williams (hurt every three seconds) and Vince Mayle (made a good play once or twice).
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Today is a day that will forever hold purpose and meaning to my life. I will cherish this date forever.
Everyone just have a great day. A fantastic day. This is the opposite of Friday the 13th for me. Just a day that proves that even when you think you're gonna have to get a tattoo of Matt Ryan's name in a heart - the world has a funny way of turning things around.
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The Curious Case of Odell Beckham, Jr.
Not everyone likes the "outspoken players," for whatever reason, but they happen to be my favorite kind of players. Some people have this assumption that NFL players aren't like us - they don't do the normal things we do because they have this "job" where they play a game for a living. In reality, it's incredibly hard for NFL players (the big stars, at least) do to the same things we do. I won't get into all of that right now, but you get where I'm going with this.
So where does Odell Beckham fit into this? He's outspoken (which I love). He's immature (which I don't love). But who's to say you wouldn't be in the same position as he is if you were in his shoes? You'd like to say that you'd act more mature. That your job will be above all else, that you'd never be caught dead on a boat with your teammates during an off week. You'd be in the film room, you'd be in the weight room.
But at the end of the day, you've had a moment when you've called out of work just because you're hungover but you told them you've been throwing up all night, someone died, you have a fever, etc. We've all done it. I would never do it now, but when I was young, had less responsibilities, and the means to do it - you did.
Now before you say the two things aren't related - before you say that that's no excuse - I agree - when you're that high at your game, you should be giving it your all. You should be working just as hard (if not harder) than the guys at your level.
I love Odell. I just think his time to be immature is running out.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and the only good ginger QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14 last season in the middle of a league MVP-type season. He posted a video on Monday, back on his feet and throwing a football. Big if true.
The foot movement is a great sign, especially after only 3 months post-surgery, but until he starts running it shouldn't be guaranteed that he can return in time for the 2018 season opener.
The New York Jets have traded their 6th, 37th, and 49th picks for this year's draft, as well as a second-round pick in 2019's NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts for their number three pick. The Jets are finally getting a quarterback (we think).
It would seem that after years of dealing with the Ryan Fitzpatricks and Josh McCowns of the world, the Jets have finally put all their eggs in the "Young QB" basket.
The Jets DID re-sign QB Josh McCown - picking him over others like Teddy Bridgewater - for a reason. New York did give up an awful lot for not being guaranteed the guy they want - but at number three they'll have plenty of young quarterbacks to choose from.
The Colts also benefit from the trade, gaining a ton of picks for a ton of holes that the team currently has. They seem to be confident in their quarterback, Andrew Luck, and are missing plenty of talent at other positions.
For what it's worth, I'm thinking the Jets go Baker.
The Baltimore Ravens finally have a notable wide receiver. The team announced they were signing former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider Michael Crabtree on Friday.
After the sketchy failed physical-fiasco re: ex-Washington Redskins receiver Ryan Grant, Crabtree was only a free agent for 24 hours before signing with his new team. In the past three seasons with the Raiders, Crabtree not only topped all of Baltimore's wide receivers' stats, but came away with over 2500 yards and 25 touchdowns.
While I'm down with the Crabtree signing, I hope this isn't an excuse for the Ravens to do what they did last year in the draft - take all defense. It's not a secret that this team salivates over defensive players. If Baltimore does go strictly defense, it solidifies the notion that the mediocrity of the offense will continue.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but this Crabtree signing is eerily similar to Jeremy Maclin of last offseason. So much expectation for someone who was obviously an upgrade over the previous season, who failed to live up to their expectations. I'd loooooove this time to be different, as Baltimore desperately needs it to be.
It's also alarming how someone in the front office thought that insane contract for Ryan Grant was acceptable in any sense of the word. Almost $30 million over 4 years for a guy I've never even heard of.
Ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was released in 2017 and has been without a team since. While I'll let you argue amongst yourselves as to the reason why that is, Kaepernick's devotion to activism has stayed his main focus, regardless of his being on an NFL team or not.
This past week, videos surfaced of Kapernick's private workout in Houston, Texas. Judge for yourself if he can still play -
The day when free agency is supposed to start is really no fun because you already know what's going to happen. In other news, March Madness starts today, so in keeping with the Ravens' theme of the past few months - I'm ready to lose in great fashion!
aliens are real.
So, this is crazy. In a nutshell, this dude went to space and when he came back, his DNA was all screwed up and SEVEN PERCENT of his genes were altered from being in space for a year. WHAT THE HELL MAN?!
So he was an identical twin and now him and his twin have some different genes now instead of identical ones? I was so bad in this type of stuff in school, so I'm just gonna stop reading there and have my mind be blown here. I don't even want to know the real truth.
Notable free agency news.
As I mentioned before, free agency SUCKS today because we know everything that already happened. But here are some things that we might not have known:
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So, around 11am yesterday morning I began to feel extremely nauseous and by the time 3pm rolled around, I had a full-blown fever. I'm pulling through it - slowly. No appetite for pizza or wine - that's how you know.
Peyton Manning news day.
Peyton Manning was in the news a few times today for two things that are un-related - at least I think so.
Richard Sherman is as good as gone in Seattle.
Richard Sherman's (former) Seattle Seahawks teammates dropped the ball and let it slip that Sherman is on his way out.
It appears he'll be released or traded. While he is 30 years old and is coming off of a major injury in 2017, he should still be an asset to a team and should still have a few years left of competitive play.
Which brings me to the next thing....
Michael Bennett traded to the philadelphia eagles.
The rich get richer in Philadelphia, and gain pass-rusher Michael Bennett. The Legion of Boom is officially broken up and honestly probably just wanted to get away from Russell Wilson's yahoo self.
The Seahawks traded 33-year old Bennett to Philly for a 5th-round pick and WR Marcus Johnson. Philly is now STACKED on defense, plus get CB Sidney Jones back in 2018 as well as QB Carson Wentz.
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