In an interview with a local Houston radio station, Texans tailback Ben Tate, who will officially become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, declared himself to be an “elite” running back.
One by one, they are leaving.
Lamar Hunt in 2006. More recently, Art Modell in 2011 and Bud Adams last October. And on Sunday, William Clay Ford, the owner of the Detroit Lions, who passed away at the age of 88, after a bout with pneumonia.
The accent has always been on the first syllable of Sean Payton’s surname. Never, though, has the emphasis been more appropriate, or pronounced, than now.
In the wake of the New Orleans Saints’ roster purge, with more changes promised, the coach really is Sean Payton. If he really is the highest-salaried coach in the NFL, as has been reported, well, the seven-year veteran of the New Orleans sideline (not counting the 2012 season, when he served his “Bountygate” banishment), is going to earn his Payton payday in 2014.
By Clark Judge
If the Baltimore Ravens don't re-sign Eugene Monroe, he not only becomes one of the top tackles on the free-agent market; he becomes one of the top free agents, period. Nevertheless, the Ravens seem conflicted, wondering if they should meet Monroe's top-dollar demands or look elsewhere, and the answer isn't as difficult as it seems.
By Len Pasquarelli
There may be no more cautionary tale that that of Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton (pictured) in explaining why the early senior grades awarded to draft prospects by the two most prominent scouting services employed by NFL teams mean very little as the lottery nears.
By David Elfin
Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Bortles, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play big-time schedules. Texas A&M’s 6-foot Manziel is short. Alabama’s AJ McCarron is seen as a game manager who won in college because the Crimson Tide were almost always more talented than their foes.
His first name, Shaquille, suggests greatness. And in a big way.
But progress for Arizona cornerback Shaq Richardson has come in small doses at times. In recent weeks, however, and particularly with his “pro day” workout, the three-year starter is beginning to demonstrate to scouts that, while he’ll probably never live up to the accomplishments of the former NBA star, he just might be good enough to play in the NFL.
There were three safeties selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, a rarity for the position, and Jimmy Ward of Northern Illinois is doing his best to assure that history is repeated in 2014.
His sluggish 40-yard time at the combine (5.42) was the third worst among the offensive linemen in Indianapolis, and Dakota Dozier also put up only 23 “reps” in the bench press, one of the lowest totals among the top guard prospects.
But the draft stock of the former Furman standout hasn’t suffered at all, it seems, and one of the reasons is that, outside of UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo, the best guards all seem to have some warts. That’s not to say that Dozier – nicknamed “Bull Dozier” by his teammates, for his road-grading, mauling style – is without blemishes.