According to the National Football League Players Association, the average NFL career lasts only 3.3 years. Whether that is because of injury, skill level, or desire to play, the bottom line is that NFL players have the shortest average career length of any of the four major professional sports. While quarterbacks tend to rank among the longer lasting, the average also includes kickers and punters, which somewhat skews the number.
After a protracted standoff, the Giants and Victor Cruz recently have finally come to a deal, with Cruz signing his $2.879 million tender. Now, Cruz can at least show up to camp, after skipping the entire offseason program.
All the coverage on positional battles this offseason seems to revolve around the quarterback position – will it be Sanchez or Smith in New York, will Matt Flynn hold onto the starting job in Oakland, is EJ Manuel ready for prime time. But it turns out other positions also have battles – I know, I'm as shocked as you are. It's not always the teams at the bottom of the standings, either – even good teams are struggling in OTAs, trying to figure out who will replace key starters at key positions.
This week, the NFL mourned the passing of a true legend of the game. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, Los Angeles Ram legend – the man who came up with the word "sack" to describe his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks. Deacon Jones died in his home Monday night, from natural causes. He was 72 years old.
The Jets aren't the only team locked in a quarterback controversy this offseason. But while they're dealing with trying to decide between a disappointing known quantity and some new hope for the future, the Oakland Raiders find themselves with three giant question marks, trying to figure out which unproven player will fit best in their offense in 2013.
Mark Sanchez has not had the best offseason. When teammates are coming out of the woodwork to say that, while you're still a good guy and all that, "there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance,"well, that's not a good thing. When your team goes out in the draft and takes the top-rated player at your position, it may be time to start hitting the classified ads. And, when, with all the media around you, you are picked off three times in eleven throws in OTAs, you're going to find yourself in trouble.
It had to happen. The San Diego Chargers saw outside linebacker Melvin Ingram tear his left ACL in OTAs, and be set to miss essentially the entire 2013 season. Now, this isn't the biggest blow in history, as he only scored one sack in his entire rookie season, but Ingram is a good player with a bunch of athleticism to spare, so his loss is going to hurt. Making it worse was the player behind him – Larry English, the 2009 draft bust, was penciled in as the backup after Shaun Phillips left for Denver. The Chargers had no depth, so they had to make a move.
Dan Snyder sure knows how to handle awkward situations, doesn't he? When confronted with the issue of his team's name, brought to the forefront for the nth time by a DC councilman attempting to pass a non-binding-resolution that would force the team to abandon "Redskins" in favor of "Redtails", he came out guns blazing – the Washington Redskins will never change their name.
These days it is very common for rookies to come into summer camps and find themselves competing for starting jobs or solid playing time. Many rookies over the past few seasons such as Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, AJ Green, and Luke Kuechly have come into the league looking like star veterans from the beginning. This year’s draft figures to have some star rookie talent as well. I have broken down the draft round-by-round to predict which stars will have the biggest impacts this fall.
Last week, we looked at the best remaining offensive players left – now, let's go to the defensive side of the ball and check out what players are left on that side of the ball.
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Who else will be a Chicago Bear in 2012? So far, the Bears have made a few nice moves this offseason picking up Brandon Marshall, Eric Weems, Jason Campbell, and Michael Bush to go along with resigning Tim Jennings and Kellen Davis.
What are the Consequences of NFL Bounty Programs? The NFL's investigation into the New Orleans Saints' bounty program under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is all over the news. What are the consequences of NFL bounty programs? Hint: not good....
2011 NFL Preview With the lockout ended, it's time for football. Here's our 2011 NFL preview.
No Trust? No Football The NFL and its players are like polar-opposite conjoined twins: they are attached to one another irrevocably and need one another to survive but they share no love or trust. Trust is the big problem at the moment.
Best Player in the 2011 NFL Draft The best player in the 2011 NFL draft is someone you may not have even heard of. We think it's Missouri's quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Let's see if the pro scouts agree.
NFL Draft Early Impact Prospects The biggest names in the 2011 NFL draft (like Cam Newton) likely won't contribute much to their teams this year. But here's a list of the prospects we think most likely to impact their new teams immediately.
Steelers - Packers 2011 Super Bowl Preview Look for a great Super Bowl with a late score to win it. We're picking Pittsburgh to win an NFL record 7th Super Bowl. Here's our Steelers - Packers 2011 Super Bowl Preview.
Super Bowl XLV Review Congratulation Packers!!!! Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV. Here's our Super Bowl XLV Review.
Are the Old Patriots Back? The Patriots are currently the best team in the NFL but they lack a lot of true superstar performers. That's because this group isn't like the 2007 Patriots; this group has the chemistry of the first dynasty a decade ago.
NFL Salary Cap Carnage Professional football is back in business, but look out for the NFL salary cap carnage all around.
Top Tight Ends in 2011 NFL Draft The class of 2011 provides several intriguing prospects at the TE position. The top talents in this class excel primarily in possession situations, displaying …
Cowboy Tradition? Can Jason Garret bring back the Cowboy tradition? He has proven he can win some games and that he can get the team to play harder. Can he get the old …
Ranking the NFL's Top 10 Quarterbacks Not rated yet The position of quarterback is the most important on the field. They are the leaders and the ultimate playmakers that can either will their team to victory, …
Redskins Will Beat the Cowboys! Not rated yet The Redskins are going to win on Sunday because the Cowboys are coming off a close game in New Orleans. The Cowboys are excited from almost beating a Super …