- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 mins ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's as-yet-untraded episode, we have:
• A breakdown of the current free agent market, one of the best in a long while (0:15 mark)
• Could anybody sign Ray Rice? (7:45 mark)
• What teams have the most to lose in free agency? (20:52 mark)
• How are Denver fans feeling about Peyton Manning? The answer might surprise you! (25:03 mark)
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Chicago Bears have not wasted time moving Brandon Marshall.
According to reports — first from Bear Report's Aaron Lemming, then from ESPN's Adam Schefter — Marshall will be traded to the New York Jets, pending a physical.
Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.
Other reports indicate that the Bears will receive a fifth-round draft pick in return.
The early word is the #Jets traded a 5th round pick for veteran WR Brandon Marshall, per source. Not official until a physical though
The trade can become official when the league year starts on Monday.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It's the end of another era.
In this day an age it's not surprising that a player such as Reggie Wayne won't spend his entire career with the same team, but the news that the Colts are letting Wayne play elsewhere next season still resonates.
Sad day in Colts Nation http://t.co/O77qnpnwEW
The @Colts announce that they will not be re-signing Reggie Wayne (an unrestricted free agent), who will turn 37 years old in November.
On Thursday, the New England Patriots opted not to pick up Vince Wilfork's contract. Later in the day, Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement. And yet another fixture from the 2000s, Wayne won't be back with the only team he knows.
Wayne ranks second to Marvin Harrison in Colts history in both receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345) and receiving touchdowns (82). Assuming Wayne doesn't retire — he turns 37 this year — he is the NFL's active leader in receptions and yards and third behind Antonio Gates and Larry Fitzgerald in receiving touchdowns.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner has compiled information from teams, watched college tape and gathered our notes from the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine to assemble our top 50 overall prospects available in the 2015 NFL draft.
We'll roll our list out 10 players at a time this week, counting backward from 50 (along with those who just missed the cut). Please note: These are the best players available — and not where we think the prospects will be drafted.
11. Louisville WR DeVante Parker 6-3, 209
Missed part of the 2014 season with a broken bone in his foot but came back like gangbusters, hardly showing rust in catching 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in only six games. Carved up an FSU secondary that includes two high picks at cornerback this year and a future star in Jalen Ramsey, catching eight passes for 214 yards. Parker is not a blazer but is excellent after the catch, has exceptional hands and can play above the rim with his height and his 33-inch arms. Although the injury cost him a step and he sometimes has to gear up to top speed, Parker is an extremely natural and graceful receiver who will make plays in almost any kind of passing game.
NFL comparison: Roddy White
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Michael Sam's immediate future may be on the dance floor, as the aspiring NFL player will appear in the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." But according to one sports book, Michael Sam has a better chance at being in the league again than becoming the next Fred Astaire.
According to gaming website Bovada.lv, Sam is currently at 9-to-1 odds to win the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," which includes the likes of Nastia Liukin (a 3-to-1 favorite), Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle. But Shutdown Corner was curious if Sam's chance at a foxtrot title might be as good as any chance he might have of doing a sack dance in the NFL.
The answer, according to the good people at Bovada, is that the NFL's first openly gay player has a better chance of playing in the league and being on a 53-man roster than winning the reality show. That is reflected in Bovada's 6-to-1 line that he will be on an NFL roster for the season opener.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The NFL's 2011 rushing champ, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, decided to hang up his cleats on Thursday.
The sixth-leading active NFL rusher (with 8,167 yards) made the announcement via Twitter, just a few weeks prior to his 30th birthday.
All good things come to an end!!! pic.twitter.com/zl6EJQ5SAE
The mighty-might back had a unique frame, built like a vending machine at 5-foot-6 and 209 pounds, and he had blazing speed that allowed him to be one of the best players in Jacksonville Jaguars history. But after that 2011 season, in which he rushed for 1,606 yards on 343 carries, Jones-Drew fell off precipitously.
In his final two seasons after that with the Jaguars, and his 2014 season with the Oakland Raiders, Jones-Drew combined for 1,313 rush yards on 363 carries over 33 games during which injuries took their toll. Although the man who drafted Jones-Drew, Jack Del Rio, took over the Raiders' head coaching job, JDR and MJD were not meant to have a second act.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
If we're going with the Mount Rushmore bit on judging NFL free-agency signings through history, we're one short.
There have been three earth-moving signings in the history of NFL veteran free agency, and just three. Others signings have worked out tremendously. Deion Sanders was a hired gun for two champions. Kurt Warner turned around his career and for a brief time the Arizona Cardinals franchise. Charles Woodson was great for the Green Bay Packers, as was Curtis Martin with the New York Jets.
But as we get ready for another free-agency period, there are a clear big three that everyone will be hopng to replicate. These three moves didn't just plug a hole for a year or two or make a great team even better. These three moves changed entire franchises and NFL history. Maybe someone like Ndamukong Suh can be the fourth Mount Rushmore face? Whoever signs him can only hope:
3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
The flaw is that Manning didn't finish either of his first three Broncos seasons with a Super Bowl title. But he had as good of a second act in a career as any player has ever had.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Philadelphia Eagles are a fascinating team this offseason, and their big trade this week makes them even more interesting.
Let’s assume Eagles coach Chip Kelly wants to draft University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. That’s a reasonable assumption, considering all that has been said about it. What that ultimately means is that if the Eagles have any chance of moving up to draft Mariota, they have to give up draft picks, and likely draft picks from this season. A team positioned high enough in the draft for the Eagles to take Mariota will want to get better right away.
So if we assume that’s what the Eagles want to do (that's not to say it's a guarantee to happen, of course), the Eagles can’t get better through the draft because they’ll have to give away so many picks. So what do the Eagles have to do? They have to cut cap. And they just got rid of about $10 million of cap charges by trading running back LeSean McCoy.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell was on his way from Atlanta to New York to sign his exclusive rights free-agent contract when the plane he was on skidded off the runway.
Thankfully, everyone was OK. The runway at LaGuardia Airport was snowy and the Delta commercial flight skidded upon landing at about 11 a.m. No injuries were reported, according to the New York Daily News. Donnell was OK, his agent confirmed to the Daily News, and he posted a picture from the scene on his Instagram account. New York Newsday reportedhe was flying to New York to sign his contract tender offer.
Donnell released a statement through the Giants:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Chicago Bears are reportedly trying to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall, according to Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.
The Bears are "exploring trade options" for Marshall less than a week before the start of free agency, and they would clear about $4 million off the books if they're successful moving him.
But coaches from the Bears' former staff, most of whom were let go after last season's disaster, have told Shutdown Corner this offseason that Marshall was a toxic element in the team's locker room last season, that he often refused to take direction from former head coach Marc Trestman and that his Tuesday ritual of flying to New York during the season to tape "Inside the NFL" show irked some members of the organization.