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  • NFL Playoff Preview: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 mths ago

    Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) at Seattle Seahawks (12-4) Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox

    PANTHERS AT A GLANCE

    How they got here: The Panthers had one of the most unusual paths to the divisional round of any team in NFL history.

    Carolina went two entire months between wins. The Panthers beat Chicago on Oct. 5 and didn't win again until knocking off New Orleans on Dec. 7. They suffered through a 1-8-1 stretch. And because the NFC South might have been the worst division in NFL history, a four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season allowed them to steal the NFC South title with a losing record, just the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. The first? The Seahawks, in 2010.

    And if the Panthers needed one more break, they got it, when the Arizona Cardinals and third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley came in and put up an NFL playoff record low 78 yards in 27-16 win.

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  • Minneapolis, with its publicly funded new stadium, wins Super Bowl LII bid

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    New Orleans had a perfect record when it came to Super Bowl bids. But, NFL owners like rewarding cities that build expensive publicly funded stadiums even more than they love the Crescent City.

    Minneapolis will be the home of Super Bowl LII in 2018, beating New Orleans in the final vote on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. The NFL has made it clear that if you build a stadium, as Minnesota is doing with the help of $498 million in public funds, it will do everything it can to get your city the big game. Nothing else matters. Not the fan experience, the weather during the week, or anything else. After all, NFL owners might want their own new stadium someday, and they'll want the tax money to make sure they don't pay for it. Minnesota’s new dome will open for the 2016 season.

    “I think it had a great deal to do with it, and we want to thank our public for giving that support,” US Bank CEO and Minneapolis Super Bowl committee co-chair Richard Davis told NFL Network about how much public tax money led to winning the bid. “It’s $498 million, one of the largest public-private partnerships, I think in the history of the NFL.”

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  • Cornerback Brent Grimes re-signs with Miami Dolphins before he hits free agency

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    Another NFL week started with one more top free agent being taken off the market before other teams had a chance to make him an offer.

    Brent Grimes was set to be one of the top defensive backs in free agency, but Miami never let him get there. The team announced it had signed Grimes to a multi-year extension. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the four-year deal is worth up to $32 million with $16 million guaranteed.

    The team had the option to give Grimes the franchise tag before the deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, but the two sides hammered out a deal to avoid that.

    [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players, and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players]

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  • J.J. Watt pushes around a 1,000-pound tire, reminds us he’s a beast

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    The NFL has some of the greatest athletes on the planet, but how many players in the NFL are more athletic than J.J. Watt? Not too many.

    We've seen Watt do a 59.5-inch box jump. He has a ridiculous vertical leap. His 6.88-second three-cone drill time at the combine is the eighth-best among defensive linemen at the combine since 2006. He can broad jump 10 feet. He does all this at more than 290 pounds.

    That's why the Houston Texans defensive end is the best defensive player in the NFL. He has unworldly physical gifts.

    This is just another example: Watt put on his Instagram page a video of him pushing around a 1,000-pound tire (h/t to the Houston Chronicle). And he said he did it 30 times.

    Oh, and Watt said he did this at the end of his workout. A cool down, if you will. He didn't look like he was struggling with it either.

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  • Report says Jim Harbaugh’s ‘act has worn thin’ in 49ers locker room, but who cares?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    After the 49ers' issues with Jim Harbaugh became common knowledge when it was reported that San Francisco and Cleveland discussed a trade for the coach, one of the themes has been that Harbaugh is difficult to deal with.

    He and GM Trent Baalke don't always get along. He wants to be paid like a top coach and isn't happy San Francisco won't do that for him. And now Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that some 49ers players are sick of Harbaugh too.

    "One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key 'face of the 49ers' type players," Killion wrote.

    High-strung football coach rubs people the wrong way ... stop the presses.

    What do the 49ers value? Winning, you'd think. Harbaugh has done a tremendous job restoring the 49ers as a top franchise in the NFL. Or is it more important to have a nice-guy head coach who gets along with everyone?

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  • No surprise, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to get franchise tag

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    The New Orleans Saints slapping Jimmy Graham with the franchise tag comes as no surprise to anyone. What comes next is where it gets interesting.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that before Monday's deadline, the Saints will use their franchise tag on the tight end. Or is he a receiver?

    Graham lined up as a traditional tight end on only about 33 percent of plays, according to ESPN and Pro Football Focus. The Saints will argue that he's a tight end, and the projected franchise tag for tight ends is about $6.8 million. For receivers it's about $11.8 million, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. That's obviously a huge difference.

    The Saints would be smart to make one of their best players happy, but it's also understandable if they can win the battle and get the $5 million discount. Then one has to wonder if Graham will try to hold out.

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  • Richie Incognito getting treatment for ‘severe mental stress’

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    After the Ferrari-bashing incident and a weird, rambling interview with a Phoenix television station, Richie Incognito is getting help.

    NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said the Dolphins guard is being treated at a facility in Arizona after "severe mental stress" caused by the fallout from the Jonathan Martin ordeal.

    After a very long few weeks, I can report Richie Incognito has accepted professional help in wake of severe mental stress from Wells report.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 28, 2014

    Incognito is currently being treated at a facility in Arizona after what has been some very stressful times for him & those closest to him.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 28, 2014

    That comes right after Incognito's bizarre interview about bashing his Ferrari.

    Incognito welcomed them in. The station's story said he was polite.

    His explanation of why his $300,000 car got knocked around with a bat was a little odd.

    "So what happened?" the reporter asked.

    "To what?" Incognito asked.

  • 2014 NFL free-agent rankings (offensive players)

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    At 4 p.m. ET on March 11, the spending spree began. That’s when NFL free agency officially opened. Teams had their wallets ready, with the salary cap increasing past $130 million, and hundreds of free agents available to drop millions on.

    Every team hopes that pass rusher or wide receiver they just dropped eight figures on will be the one to push them to the playoffs. There’s a little something for everyone this year, between instant stars and fine young bargains at almost all positions.

    Here’s the ranking of every significant offensive free agent (you can find the defensive free agents here) who teams will be clamoring to sign in hopes of building a winner for 2014:

    TIER 1

    1. Michael Vick: He's 33 and that 2010 revival season with the Philadelphia Eagles is getting further in the rear-view mirror. But he's still the most exciting player of this group.

    4. Chad Henne (RE-SIGNED): He's not exciting, but he has recent starting experience. The Jags are bringing him back for a two-year, $8 million deal.

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  • Who is the highest paid retired NFL player? The answer will likely surprise you

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    There's no Michael Jordan among retired NFL players, a player who can sell just about anything many years after his playing career is done.

    There's no Pele either, with global icon status, or Arnold Palmer, who has a refreshing drink named after him that he can make money off of.

    In Forbes' list of highest paid retired athletes, no former NFL player cracked the top 10. Michael Jordan, to the surprise of nobody, was first at $90 million last year.

    But who was the top earner among former NFL player according to Forbes? You might guess Jerry Rice, who has stayed in the spotlight after his career. Maybe Steve Young, because Joe Montana really didn't seem interested in publicity after retirement. Michael Strahan seems to be on our televisions all the time. John Elway had a chain of car dealerships in Denver and a pretty nice job with the Broncos, so maybe him?

    Nope, none of them was the top earner among retired football players last year. Any guesses?

    Well here it is:

    Bet not many of you guessed Roger Staubach.

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  • Richie Incognito reportedly bashed his own Ferrari with a bat

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    Richie Incognito owns a Ferrari, and apparently he took a baseball bat to it while it was parked in his front yard.

    Sadly, we're getting to the point with Incognito where that story isn't even really all that surprising.

    Incognito, the Dolphins guard who was suspended from the team and was blasted in Ted Wells' report for his harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin, has a history of erratic behavior. We've seen that in the Wells Report from the sudden shifts in tone of his text conversations with Martin. His Twitter feed, which is full of sudden rants and quick backtracking, has been another window. For example, he seemed to fire his agents on Twitter and then shortly after he tweeted that he would never fire them. Perhaps it's all an inside joke, but it's strange to see.

    Incognito is dealing with a lot. He was publicly shredded over the Martin issue. He's still in his playing prime at age 30, a top-end offensive guard, but is a free agent and even if the NFL doesn't suspend him, it's far from a guarantee that any team would want to sign him after everything that has happened.