Frank Schwab

  • Adrian Peterson complains about contract situation, looks even worse

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Adrian Peterson is an all-time great football player, but he's not coming off well this offseason.

    The rumors that he wanted to be traded didn't come out of nowhere. Let's understand that. But now he's doing a 180 and acting like he never wanted out, that he actually just wanted more stability from Minnesota Vikings and "Go Vikings"and whatnot. Sure. What a coincidence that this turn came after Vikings coach Mike Zimmer basically told him there was no way he was playing with anyone else. 

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    Peterson took to Twitter to try to set the record straight, with a long series of tweets.

    Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?

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  • Denver Broncos suffer huge blow, lose OT Ryan Clady to torn ACL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Denver Broncos' offense needs to protect Peyton Manning and run the ball effectively, and both tasks got a lot tougher when left tackle Ryan Clady blew out his knee on Wednesday.

    In an OTA practice Clady tore his ACL and will likely miss the 2015 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday. The Broncos confirmed the news shortly after. Clady, who has been dominant at left tackle since his rookie year of 2008, has been to four Pro Bowls and has been selected first-team All-Pro twice. Now the Broncos have likely lost him for the 2015 season, months before the season starts.

    The Broncos' replacements seem to be this year's second-round pick, Ty Sambrailo, or Michael Schofield, a second-year player who has yet to appear in an NFL game. The team also signed veteran Ryan Harris, ESPN said.

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  • Retired NFL player needed new path, decided to become a psychologist

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There are more than a few troubling stories of NFL players struggling to find their way once their football careers are done, but there are also many great stories like Kareem McKenzie's tale.

    A fantastic story by Lisa Zimmerman at the NFL's player engagement site tells of how McKenzie, who played in 161 games over 11 seasons with the New York Jets and New York Giants, needed something to do when his playing career was done after the 2011 season. McKenzie was just 32 and even though he had made plenty of money (including a $37 million deal in 2005) and was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, he was really just beginning his life.

    So he decided to become a psychologist.

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  • Ray McDonald gets arrested for second time in three days

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Ray McDonald and the Santa Clara Police Department must be quite familiar with each other by now.

    McDonald, the NFL defensive lineman who was arrested on Monday for an alleged domestic violence incident, was arrested again on Wednesday. This time McDonald was arrested for violating a restraining order that was issued as a result of Monday's incident, the Santa Clara Police Department said. At least this time around there's no NFL team embarrassed by him, considering he was cut on Monday by the Chicago Bears.

    McDonald spent his first eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before the team cut him last December, following an arrest for domestic violence (he wasn't charged) and an accusation of sexual assault.

    On Wednesday, after being informed McDonald had violated the restraining order, Santa Clara detectives found McDonald at a nearby Togo's Sandwiches restaurant. The police report said McDonald was arrested without incident on Wednesday.

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  • Bears chairman George McCaskey addresses Ray McDonald situation

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    When you sign a player with off-field red flags, publicly rationalize the move with bad logic and then the player gets in trouble, you end up in a mea culpa press conference to explain what went wrong.

    Will the Chicago Bears, and specifically chairman George McCaskey, learn anything from the Ray McDonald situation? Maybe. McCaskey certainly spoke like he would, two days after the Bears cut McDonald following an arrest over a domestic violence allegation.

    But, many executives talk like character matters, until they need a pass rusher or red-zone threat.

    The Bears heard what they wanted to hear as they debated whether to sign McDonald, which every team does when it justifies signing someone with off-field issues. The Bears tried to sell the public on bad reasoning, like how McDonald impressed them by buying his own plane ticket for a meeting, and that they talked to McDonald's parents and they vouched for him. It's always tough to tell if a team is trying to fool its fans or themselves in these situations.

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  • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tells Adrian Peterson what his two choices are

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Adrian Peterson saga is leading to one of two conclusions, no matter how many alternate paths are suggested.

    And if there was any ambiguity about the situation, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer laid them out very simply.

    "Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer told reporters on Wednesday, via the NFL Network. "He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be."

    That's it. That's the list. And the "he'll retire" part of that equation seems like the emptiest of threats.

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

  • Colin Kaepernick has social media faux pas, jokes about Houston flooding

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

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    If nothing else, Tuesday's unfortunate joke should teach San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be a little more careful on social media, especially when it comes to a tragic event.

    Kaepernick posted an unfunny and pretty regrettable joke to his Instagram account about the floods in Houston. He referenced his jersey No. 7 in the joke, saying "I warned you the #7tormsComing !!! #Houston." He deleted the post shortly after he posted it but it's not like it's possible to completely erase that from the Internet, given how many people follow Kaepernick (h/t to NBC Bay Area).

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    There has been massive flooding in Houston. According to ABC News, at least five people were dead as of Tuesday evening.

    First, Kaepernick tweeted out a quick apology.

    No disrespect intended! Prayers up!

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  • Lawyer explains Ray McDonald was going to take his TVs after argument

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Ray McDonald was just mad and going to take his TVs after a non-physical argument with the mother of his child, his lawyer said Tuesday.

    McDonald was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, released on $15,000 bail and cut by the Chicago Bearson Monday. The 911 call from McDonald's ex-fiancee's mother, which surfaced Tuesday, said McDonald broke down a door and tried to take his baby before leaving. The police report said that McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby.

    That's just a big misunderstanding, his lawyer told the San Jose Mercury News. 

    "They're arguing and he gets mad and says he's leaving and says he's taking his TVs," DeFilippis said, according to the Mercury News.

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  • The Cowboys' gamble at running back could have a ripple effect

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Last year, the Dallas Cowboys rode running back DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 record and had Dez Bryant's fourth-down catch in Green Bay held up, who knows how far they could have gone?

    So the template was set. The Cowboys could run the ball, control the clock, keep their defense off the field and make sure Tony Romo wasn't asked to do too much. But with Murray being a free agent, who would their running back be?

    They'd certainly re-sign Murray, the NFL offensive player of the year, right? When that didn't happen, of course they'd land Adrian Peterson or sign an established free agent. Nope. So they had to land a running back in the draft. That didn't happen either. The Cowboys did virtually nothing at running back.

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    Every agent of a big-name running back hopes they're wrong.

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  • New York Jets top-10 pick from just two years ago now on roster bubble?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The time an NFL player has to establish himself in the league seems to be getting shorter and shorter.

    Take Dee Milliner. He has gone from a top-10 pick by the New York Jets to an unquestioned starter at cornerback to on the roster bubble in two calendar years.

    "When you look at Dee coming in, you see a guy still kind of working off of an injury, trying to get himself to 100 percent," Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini. "But as we looked at him, we expect Dee to compete for a position on the roster like everyone else. This was a top-10 pick, and we think he has a lot of ability and we expect him to compete."

    It's not good when a defensive coordinator has to pump up optimism about a player competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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