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  • Brock Osweiler might be most interesting figure of NFL offseason

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Quarterback Brock Osweiler didn't want to talk about his future before Super Bowl 50, which was understandable, but seemed to indicate after the game to the Denver Post that he wants to come back with the Denver Broncos.

    Osweiler is slated to become a free agent.

    "Every single guy on this team embraced me, and that is something I think they all know how thankful I am for that, but this is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room," Osweiler told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

    That comment can be interpreted a few ways, and the headline (which many others around the Internet picked up) saw it as Osweiler wanting to return to the Broncos. He didn't seem to explicitly say that, but even if we assume that's true and Osweiler wants to return, it's still not that simple.

    Podcast: Our Way-Too-Early predictions for the 2016 NFL season:

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  • 'I Win My Way': Cam Newton thanks Carolina Panthers fans

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Cam Newton has been talked about more this week than the players from the Denver Broncos team that actually won Super Bowl 50.

    Newton has been ripped up and down, from not diving on a fumble late in the game to a postgame press conference that was cut short to his " Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser" comment a couple days after the game. And through it all, the Carolina Panthers MVP quarterback has stayed the same. Many have tried to shame him into an apology, but that's not going to happen.

    As he said in an Instagram message on Friday thanking Panthers fans, Newton will stay true to himself.

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  • Matt Forte says his Chicago Bears career is done, so what's next?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

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    Matt Forte wanted to return to the Chicago Bears. He wasn't in the team's plans.

    So with that, Forte will move on. He was scheduled to be a free agent and the team told him this week that it won't attempt to re-sign him, Forte said on his Instagram account. He announced that his time with the Bears is done and thanked the fans:

    That wraps up a very good career for Forte in Chicago.

    With 8,602 yards, Forte is second all-time in Bears history to just Walter Payton. He also had 4,116 yards receiving as one of the most versatile backs in the NFL. Jeremy Langford got a chance to play more when Forte was out last season with an injury, and he did a solid job. Langford was good enough that the Bears didn't want to invest again in Forte, who made a little more than $7 million last season. So Forte is done with the Bears after eight productive seasons.

    Forte should have a lot of enticing options when he hits free agency. And unless there's a huge U-turn in Chicago, he will hit free agency. It's a reminder that nothing is forever in the NFL.

    Podcast: Our Way-Too-Early predictions for the 2016 NFL season:

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  • Oakland Raiders return to O.co Coliseum for at least 2016

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Remember all the emotion at the final home games for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers last season? Get ready to do it all again in 2016.

    The Chargers announced they're staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, and the Raiders came to an agreement on Thursday to play at least one more year at O.co Coliseum, the team announced. The Raiders said there are also two years of team options at O.co Coliseum. 

    That the Raiders are staying in Oakland at least one more season is not a huge surprise. After the Raiders were the odd team out in the Los Angeles sweepstakes, they needed some place to play. Oakland's stadium is probably the worst in the NFL, but it'll do for another year while the Raiders figure things out.

    We thought for a while there would be a massive shift, with three of the 32 NFL franchises moving. Only one did, for now anyway.

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  • Jeb Bush: I rooted for the Broncos because Peyton sent me a check

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It's not as ridiculous as then-Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina saying she'd root against her alma mater in the Rose Bowl in hopes for a couple more votes in Iowa, but Jeb Bush's sports loyalty was purchased fairly cheap.

    Bush, a current Republican presidential candidate, told a crowd during a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, S.C. that he was rooting against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. At least give the former Florida governor points for being honest. The reason? Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a contributor.

    “I know that y’all probably maybe had some leanings toward Carolina,” Bush said, according to the News & Observer. “I was for Denver, not because of the Broncos, but because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.”

    The News & Observer reported that according to campaign finance records, Manning gave Bush a $2,700 contribution last August.

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  • L.A. relocation story reminder of Jerry Jones' power among owners

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    If you ever wondered who the NFL's most powerful owner is, ESPN.com's behind-the-scenes story about the league's relocation to Los Angeles is a good place to start.

    The answer, if you didn't know it already, is that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely finishes first in the owner power rankings. The ESPN report makes it clear that he was the most influential of the league's owners in making sure Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to move to Inglewood was the winner, even though that was up in the air until the last minute.

    The entire story, written by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, is worth your time if you care about what happens among the power brokers in the NFL. It's a complex story of alliances, double-crosses, hurt feelings and suspicions of league favoritism. It paints Kroenke as the aggressor in the L.A. story, and San Diego Chargers CEO Dean Spanos as the league loyalist who got the short end of the stick.

    And Jones, it appears, had a huge say in steering the league toward the Inglewood plan that Kroenke had.

  • Andy Dalton needs help finding luggage that fell out of his truck (updated)

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Success! Andy Dalton's luggage was found and returned to him and his wife:

    #bagsearch2016 is officially over! Thankful that Robert found our bags. The power of social media is real! pic.twitter.com/3lzPnef0FL

    Here's to story of what happened to them:

    Twitter can be used for many things. Mostly, these days, it's used to gin up faux rage over something for a few hours until someone's life is ruined and the mob moves onto something else.

    On Wednesday, however, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found a whole new use for the social media outlet: trying to find his luggage that fell out of his truck in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

    Even NFL quarterbacks can have really bad days like that.

    If anybody in DFW traveling from 75-635 towards the airport finds 2 black suitcases on the road please contact me. Fell out bed of our truck

    Rough start to the morning...

    Thanks for those spreading the word. If you happen to have them, send a pic. And trust me...I know this is a long shot. #bagsearch2016

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  • NFL Power Rankings: The way-too-early 2016 edition

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case. 

    This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.

    No matter which tough decisions Elway makes, this will be a much different roster next season.

    Elway has done a great job as a GM, and he'll do fine in reshaping Denver going forward. But you can't just pencil the Broncos in as the team to beat next season. Not yet, anyway.

    32. Cleveland Browns (100-to-1)

    31. Tennessee Titans (75-to-1)

    30. Jacksonville Jaguars (50-to-1)

    29. San Francisco 49ers (50-to-1)

    28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55-to-1)

    24. Chicago Bears (35-to-1)

  • Why the face? Eli Manning explains his non-reaction at Super Bowl

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Eli Manning probably should have known better.

    Manning should have known that the television cameras would be peeping into the Manning family box at Super Bowl 50, and that any and every reaction he had as brother Peyton Manning was playing for the Denver Broncos would be dissected.

    Was he excited enough? Was that blank facial expression proof that he's jealous of his brother? This is all kind of dumb when you think about it, but it's no surprise the clip, after Denver's game-clinching touchdown, went viral. The Eli Manning reaction Vine passed 60 million views on Tuesday morning. Because, obviously, we can all tell from a quick glance what Eli Manning is thinking and feeling.

    TMZ Sports ambushedEli Manning at the airport to explain his reaction that went viral — with the line that Eli was " finally breaking his silence " ... welcome to 2016, everyone — and he gave a pretty understandable answer.

    Eli would have been better off if he just gave a quick fist pump after the touchdown. He wouldn't have become a trending topic.

  • Bill Romanowski apologizes for calling Cam Newton 'boy'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While many took to social media to blast Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after Newton's short and agitated media conference following Super Bowl 50, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took it too far.

    The word "boy" has negative racial connotations when used toward a black man. Romanowski, who is white, had a history of racially related controversy when he played. He spit in San Francisco 49ers receiver J.J. Stokes face in 1997. Stokes is black. That incident was a hot-button racial issue within the Broncos locker room. Romanowski said he did not spit on Stokes because he is black.

    Sports Illustrated claimed in 2000 that Romanowski used racist remarks, including the n-word, something Romanowski emphatically denied.

    And now this.

    Romanowski tried to explain himself after the initial tweet about Newton, which was deleted.

    Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!

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