Frank Schwab

  • With Marshawn Lynch's retirement official, is he a Hall of Famer?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    Because Marshawn Lynch can be an unpredictable guy at times, the fact that he hadn't filed retirement papers this offseason and the Seattle Seahawks never put him on the reserve/retired list seemed to leave the door open just a little bit for a comeback.

    Not so much anymore. On Thursday the Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve/retired list, for all realistic purposes putting an official end to a fantastic career.

    But was it a Hall of Fame career?

    Because the Pro Football Hall of Fame puts a maximum number on each class and there are so many great players who will be eligible by the time Lynch can be considered, it will be tough. Lynch also has very good but not undeniable career numbers. His 9,112 career rushing yards places him 36th all time, between Ahman Green and Terry Allen on the all-time list.

    However, Lynch's argument for the Hall of Fame is pretty strong, as any Seattle fan will gladly tell you.

    The best Hall of Fame argument for Lynch might be the comparison to Earl Campbell, who is in the Hall: 

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  • Days before Bengals tryout, LB charged in homicide investigation

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Antonio Longino was supposed to participate in a minicamp tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he found himself in serious legal trouble in connection with a homicide investigation before he ever hit the field.

    Longino, who played linebacker at Arizona State, was arrested on Wednesday in Cleveland Heights and charged with tampering with evidence in a homicide investigation according to WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland.

    According to the WEWS story, a vehicle with two bullet holes was towed from Longino's aunt's house. Also, a search warrant was served and "several bags of evidence" were taken from the home.

    There was a homicide at the Sunny Spot Lounge in Cleveland Heights on Tuesday morning, WEWS said, and Longino's tampering arrest is in connection with that case.

    Longino posted a $100,000 bond and was released Thursday morning, WEWS reported.

    Its crazy bc this was never given 2 me Cincinnati thnk you 4 givn me ths opportunity and when I say itspersonal thts a under statement

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  • Yo, QB, let's kick it: Tom Brady and Vanilla Ice hang out

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Tom Brady was about 13 when Vanilla Ice hit No. 1 with "Ice Ice Baby," so it makes sense that the New England Patriots quarterback would be hanging out on stage with the rapper and reality television star.

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    At an Under Armour event, Vanilla Ice took this selfie and posted it to Twitter. What do they say about a picture saying a thousand words?

    What a great day at #ArmorDay chilling with Tom Brady

    Vanilla Ice also was feeling the love from Lindsay Vonn and Jordan Spieth.

    Ultimate photo bomb by @JordanSpieth! @lindseyvonn

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  • RG3 poses as mannequin to surprise high school football players

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The kids at North Ridgeville High School in Ohio got new helmets presented to them by Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Cam Erving, a first-round pick last year, and that's a pretty full day on its own.

    It got better.

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    When one of the players was asked to take the helmet off the "mannequin" onstage and show it around ... well, see for yourself:

    😱😱😱 Watch @BigErv_75 and @RGIII pull off the biggest surprise ever at @NRHSSports!#Give10

    Not every day a Heisman Trophy winner helps pull off a prank at your school.

    That's a pretty good story they'll be telling for a while.

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  • Who had the best NFL offseason? Let's check what Vegas' odds say

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There are many ways to judge an NFL offseason, including the grades we all love. But what about checking in with the oddsmakers in Las Vegas? They get paid to figure this stuff out, after all.

    The sportsbook at the Westgate in Las Vegas is one of the most best known in that city, and it put out Super Bowl odds on Jan. 10. That's way too early, but why not? It constantly updates those odds, and tweeted out the changes in the odds from Jan. 10 to May 1, when the draft came to a close.

    Here's a disclaimer: Changes in odds aren't necessarily reflective of what an oddsmaker thinks of a team's offseason. The Broncos went from 20-to-1 to 16-to-1, and it would be hard to find anyone who thinks they're better now than they were on Jan. 10. But plenty of bettors probably saw that 20-to-1, figured it was good value, and the Westgate presumably changed the odds because plenty of people were betting on Denver. So a change for good or bad isn't necessarily a reflection of a team's offseason. It's not a scientific approach to rank offseasons based on odds moves.


  • Bills make Cordy Glenn highest paid left tackle, per year, in NFL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Cordy Glenn should thank the people in the Buffalo Bills organization who saw him as a left tackle, and not the guard some viewed him as coming out of the University of Georgia.

    Glenn is not only making left tackle money, he's making more money than all the left tackles. He signed a five-year extension on Tuesday worth $65 million, including $36 million guaranteed and $30 million in the first two seasons according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. According to Spotrac, the $13.6 million annually makes Glenn the highest paid left tackle in football, based on average per year. Although Glenn hasn't made a Pro Bowl, he is considered one of the best tackles in the NFL. He has the paycheck to match now.

    Along the line, left tackle is still viewed as the most valuable position, and the contracts given to some top left tackles reflect that. Glenn cashed in, and probably reset the market for the position in the NFL.

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  • NFL says Laremy Tunsil will have evaluation for drug program

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    And that's not all.

    Because the infamous video showed Tunsil taking a bong hit, it has drawn the attention of the NFL. There was a report that said Tunsil would start his career with a clean slate in the NFL's substance abuse program, but the leaguetold USA Today on Tuesday that isn't necessarily the case. Tunsil will have to be e valuated by clinical professionals before any determination on his inclusion in the drug program is made, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported. 

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    Here's what NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to USA Today:

  • Promising Raiders tight end Clive Walford hurt in ATV accident

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    An ATV accident will knock Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford out of the team's offseason work, which he could have used as an up-and-coming second-year player.

    Walford injured his knee in an accident, Fox Sports first reported. The team is hopeful Walford will be back for training camp, perhaps for the beginning of it, the story said.

    According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the injury happened "a while ago" and involved a "big gash" on one of his knees. It's still just speculation on what exactly the injury is, though it's severe enough that it's keeping him out of action for at least three months.

    Instead of preparing to take on on a prominent role with a Raiders team that might be on the verge of a breakout, Walford is recuperating from an ATV accident. Doesn't really seem worth it. 

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  • What will Peyton Manning do in 2016? Not TV, apparently

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

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    Before and after Peyton Manning's retirement, pretty much everyone speculated on what the all-time great quarterback would do in retirement. Because he seemingly had so many different options available to him, it was fun to guess.

    The most popular choice was moving into broadcasting, where he'd be a natural and likely an instant superstar calling games or offering analysis in studio. But networks have been told he won't be pursuing that option, at least this year.

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    The New York Daily News said Manning's representatives told the NFL's network television partners he will not be part of any of their broadcast teams this year.

  • Seahawks say nobody will wear Marshawn Lynch's No. 24 this season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Seattle Seahawks aren't officially retiring Marshawn Lynch's number yet, but nobody will wear it for at least this season.

    You want to know how much the Seahawks respect what Lynch has meant to the franchise through the years? Look at Doug Baldwin's plea to coach Pete Carroll via Twitter: 

    Dear @PeteCarroll, We are thrilled with the new teammates. One condition. Nobody wears #24 for years to come. Sincerely, The Players

    Lynch, who announced his retirement on Twitter during the Super Bowl a few months ago, took a break from riding camels or whatever else he's up to this offseason to endorse that idea. 

    I'm wit that!RT @DougBaldwinJr: Dear @PeteCarroll, We are thrilled with the new teammates. One condition. ...

    It sounds like that was the Seahawks' plan all along.

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