Anwar S. Richardson
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has joined the growing list of players and coaches who are hoping to get a raise. Where does general manager Trent Baalke begin?
Davis is skipping the 49ers’ organized team activities this week because he wants a new deal, according to CSNBayArea.com. Davis signed a five-year extension in 2010, which included a $10 million signing bonus and averages $7.35 million annually through the 2015 season. According to CSNBayArea.com, his average salary ranks third among tight ends behind New England’s Rob Gronkowski ($8 million) and Dallas’ Jason Witten ($7.4 million).
Davis is forfeiting his annual $200,000 workout bonus to take a stand. Davis was slated to earn $5.3 million (before forfeiting his workout bonus) this season and $4.95 million in 2015 in salary and bonuses.
The Miami Dolphins are continuously making headlines for everything non-football related.
Richie Incognito’s alleged mistreatment of former teammate Jonathan Martin became a national story last year. Mike Pouncey, who was accused of teaming up with Incognito to bully Martin, recently said he did have any regrets about what occurred last season. Dolphins defensive back Don Jones was disciplined by the team for expressing homophobic views about St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam during the NFL draft on Twitter.
Miami’s controversy has moved to the front office.
Former Dolphins scout Nate Sullivan sent an intent-to-initiate-litigation letter to the team and league, reports Fox Sports' Alex Marvez. Sullivan claims his firing violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant wants to sign a long-term contract extension before this season.
He definitely has earned it.
"Yeah, I deserve it,"Bryant told ESPNDallas.com. "I deserve it. I feel like I do. I put the work in. But I let that kind of stuff take care of itself. It is what it is. I let my agent talk about it and give me some feedback."
The only feedback Eugene Parker, Bryant’s agent, should relay is how much his client will earn and when the contract can be signed. Outside of that, there really is not much to talk about.
Bryant has emerged into one of the NFL best receivers after the past two seasons. He has compiled 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns since 2012. Bryant has missed only two games during that time span. Overall, Bryant has 4,104 yards and 40 receptions in four NFL seasons.
Johnny Football is now Johnny Middle Seat.
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel created a firestorm after enjoying himself in Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend. Some NFL observers disapproved of a 21-year-old enjoying being single and enjoying himself in a party city. Maybe he should have stayed home and caught up on Game of Thrones instead?
Well, there is a normal side to the popular football player.
Manziel was forced to sit in a middle seat during a recent flight on Southwest Airlines. Maybe Manziel was too busy studying his playbook to check-in early.
I know of one woman in Vegas who obviously didn't care he was there. pic.twitter.com/0M75qpX3Oy
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is portraying himself as a guy who just does not get it. Maybe he does and does not want to admit it publicly.
Pouncey was one of the Dolphins players accused of harassing and bullying former teammate Jonathan Martin. Richie Incognito was the biggest violator named in the Ted Wells report, but Pouncey was accused of contributing to an unprofessional work environment that led to Martin leaving the team last season. Martin was traded to San Francisco, Incognito is still a free agent and Pouncey is still with the Dolphins.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Pouncey must undergo a mental evaluation before being allowed to play this season. Pouncey was asked about the NFL’s decision on Tuesday and voiced his displeasure with the resolution.
“I have no clue, but I don’t think I need that. I don’t think I do,” Pouncey told the Miami Herald.
Pouncey was later asked if he had any regrets about last season, and he definitely did not fall on his sword.
Kansas City coach Andy Reid is confident his organization will figure out a way to lock up quarterback Alex Smith.
Honestly, it is not like the Chiefs really have a choice.
San Francisco traded Smith to Kansas City for a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional pick in 2014 that became a second-rounder once the Chiefs won eight games last season. The 49ers were ultimately able to obtain five players from that trade. It ended up being a great transaction for San Francisco, a team that was not going to play Smith over Colin Kaepernick.
Smith is slated to earn $7.5 million this season, and will become a free agent in 2015. The Chiefs are currently negotiating a contract extension with Smith. Reid was a guest on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show on Tuesday and believes Smith will be re-signed.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will face two misdemeanor charges and not the felony counts he was initially facing after his arrest in March, according to FOX59.
Irsay has reportedly been charged with “with one count of operating while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor, and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substances or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor.” FOX59 said the substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.
If Irsay is convicted, each misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of 60-days in jail and a $500 fine.
However, most first-time offenders like Irsay do not receive jail time, according to IndyStar.com.
Here is a statement from Irsay's attorneys:
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick was expected to compete for a starting job against Geno Smith this offseason.
It appears that competition is over.
Vick informed reporters on Thursday the Jets will not have an “open competition” at quarterback this offseason, according to NYDailyNews.com.Last year, Vick competed against Nick Foles in Philadelphia, but does not believe he will have the same opportunity this season.
“Going through the competition with Nick, we knew both of us coming in that it was open competition and the best guy was going to win the job,” Vick told NYDailyNews.com. “Pretty much cut and dry This situation is different. It’s kind of unique. Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”
In fact, Vick said if he and Smith are equal, his competitor will probably will start.
“Yeah I would assume that Geno would be the starter (in that case),” Vick told NYDailyNews.com.
It is hard to believe Vick is ready to throw in the towel right now.
President Barack Obama might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he did not have enough influence to persuade running back Marshawn Lynch to travel with the Seattle Seahawks to the White House on Wednesday.
Obama honored Seattle’s Super Bowl team, and Lynch was the most notable absentee during the ceremony.
"I am sorry that Marshawn is not here, because I just wanted to say how much I admire his approach to the press," Obama said. "I wanted to get some tips from him. It’s about the action."
Despite Lynch’s absence, the majority of players from that Super Bowl championship team were in attendance, and Obama even displayed a 12th Man banner to honor Seahawks fans.
"We can’t talk about the Seahawks without talking about the 12th Man," Obama said. "Last season, ‘the 12s’ set a record not once, but twice, for the loudest crowd noise in history. Now, history is a long time, so that’s really loud. So loud on multiple occasions, they’ve actually created minor earthquakes, which is disturbing. And you should think about that.
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is the kind of person many guys would like to have a beer with.
Manziel is not opposed to having a good time. He hangs out with celebrities. Johnny Football definitely has an ego. Some guys would love to be his wingman.
Dave Robison may not have a beer with Manziel, but he was willing to have one made in the quarterback’s honor.
Robison produced a very creative beer label called the Johnny Man’Z Ale (a slogan he should trademark immediately). It is easy to laugh, but at least his idea was much betterthan Crystal Pepsi.
Robison also explained how he developed the idea:
@darrenrovell A friend of a friend made it. You pick a recipe to brew your own type of beer and you make your own lable. They may have...