- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that Andrew Luck would receive a new deal prior to the holiday weekend. Irsay beat the deadline and didn’t back down from that statement — in fact, he broke the news on Twitter.
Of course, it was lacking some details — you know, such as years, total money, guaranteed dollars, Luck’s full name …
Andrew has signed through 2021
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 29, 2016
The Colts’ official Twitter account backed it up seconds later. They added Luck’s last name in a fancy graphic, which is nice.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 29, 2016
So Jim … about the money?
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
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Johnny Manziel currently isn’t an active player on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t mean — so the league says — that it isn’t trying to help him.
The NFL says it has tried to help Johnny Manziel. But he apparently doesn’t want any now. (Getty Imagine)
We saw Manziel’s salute to his father on Tuesday as he embarked on a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that showed the divide between father, who called him a “druggie,” and son. And even if Manziel’s chemical problems are not as bad as Dad makes them out to be, the out-of-work quarterback still has no job in the NFL and a pending court case that might levy him a suspension in the league even if he should find his way back.
Still, the NFL says it’s helping him. Or trying to.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
(Warning. Do not watch the above video at work, in your place of worship, around children, in the presence of your parents, or anywhere else that you might get in trouble for people saying curse words and implying certain acts. You have been warned.)
Marshawn Lynch in retirement is going to be so much more fun than Marshawn Lynch on the field. (Unless you were a Seahawks fan, of course.) Lynch has already shown his ability to riff on video games with Conan O’Brien, and here, he reviews a few sweet rides with Digital Trends.
We foresee an entire cottage industry for Beast Mode. Reviewing wines. Reviewing movies. Reviewing presidential debates. Reviewing Tinder profiles. The door is wide [censored] open.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
We were treated to some fantastic stories following the death of James “Buddy” Ryan, one of the best defensive coaches of his era and a throwback to another time. It’s safe to say that even in a league with two of his bombastic sons coaching, there will never be another Buddy.
And we hope there will be no other “Buddy’s Watchin’ You” either.
The era of teams making rap videos, from the “Super Bowl Shuffle” to the lost classic, “Let’s Ram It!” is a bygone one. Some things are best left in the past.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit them from time to time and ask, rhetorically, “What in the actual heck was happening here?”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Coty Sensabaugh has had quite the offseason. In March, he signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams, leaving the Tennessee Titans after four years. Then in May, he and fiancee Dominique Jordan were married.
At their wedding in Atlanta, the couple asked guests not to give them gifts; instead, they asked for donations of either shoes or cash for the charity Soles4Souls, which the couple had become involved with.
Then, instead of a traditional honeymoon, Coty, Dominique, and several friends and family members traveled to the Dominican Republic to deliver shoes to needy adults and children.
Calling the trip the #SensabaughMissionMoon, the couple and their companions distributed over 500 pairs of shoes over five days in the country.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
This offseason, Greg Cosell and Frank Schwab will explore key questions for each of the 32 NFL teams in “The Shutdown” podcast, going team-by-team for each division over eight episodes. Links to previous division preview podcasts are at the end of this post.
The final division-by-division podcast is the AFC West, which includes the Denver Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champions who will look a lot different this season (for all of the divisional preview podcasts, they are linked at the bottom of the page).
The Broncos will have a new look on offense, of course, with a new quarterback. They’ve had many defensive changes as well. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a playoff season, and the Oakland Raiders have made many offseason improvements. The San Diego Chargers still have quarterback Philip Rivers and added end Joey Bosa in the draft to help the defense.
It’s an intriguing division, and we go in-depth on each of the four teams here in “The Shutdown” podcast: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL’s past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport’s history.
For many years there has been a connection between pro wrestling and the NFL. But it’s rare to see the two sports overlap as closely as they did at WrestleMania 2.
If there’s a NFL/WWE crossover, it’s usually after a football player’s career is over. Some former football players like Bill Goldberg have become stars in wrestling. Others, like Lawrence Taylor in WrestleMania XI, jump in the ring for a cameo when they are done playing. You won’t often see active players wrestling.
But in 1986, William “Refrigerator” Perry, Russ Francis, Jimbo Covert and Bill Fralic joined wrestlers like Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant and the Iron Sheik in a 20-man battle royal. Perry, Francis, Covert and Fralic were all still active in the NFL. Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Ernie Holmes and former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Harvey Martin, who both had retired at that point, were also in the match.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Just a few months after posting a career-best season, Doug Baldwin has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks.
Via multiple reports, Baldwin’s four-year deal is worth $46 million, with $24.25 million guaranteed.
Undrafted out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin has played in 78 of 80 games for Seattle since signing with the Seahawks, he has started every game each of the last two seasons. Last year, Baldwin had 78 catches (on 103 targets) for 1,069 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns.
At the conclusion of the Seahawks’ mini-camp earlier this month, Seattle coach Pete Carroll called signing Baldwin to an extension a priority for the club, and that negotiations had begun between Seattle and Baldwin’s agent.
- Yahoo Sports staff at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
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Manziel, however, doesn’t do “quiet” well. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback sent somewhat of a postcard to his father, Paul, via Instagram:
style="margin:8px 0 0 0;padding:0 4px;"> @flashgordonxii I won't take this thing off for a week. You my brother FOR LIFE. JUST WAIT ON THIS COMEBACK!!!! #CaboWabo #JoshAintHere #hiDad #HappyBdayDaveEvans @akarambo_
A photo posted by Johnny Manziel (@jmanziel2) on Jun 28, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT
Last week Paul Manziel lamented his son’s downward spiral, calling him a “druggie” who needed jail to get his life in order.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton is reportedly dead at the age of 26. According to Fox 2 in Detroit, Tipton accidentally shot and killed himself at a car dealership in Roseville, Mich.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Tipton, who drove to the dealership Tuesday morning, reportedly to bring his vehicle in for service and pulled out a duffel bag containing two guns. One of the guns went off and, according to police, Tipton was shot in the stomach.
Although he reported to the hospital in good condition and was expected to survive, his conditioned worsened quickly and he later died. A full autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. No one else was hurt in the accident.
Tipton played for the Colts in 2014 and 2015, with 15 rushes for 28 yards and 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown catch over 16 career games. He was from nearby Sterling Heights and played in college at Central Michigan before getting his chance in the NFL with the Colts.
The Colts expressed their sorrow on Twitter after Tipton’s death was reported.