- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Here's some real talk for you, post-draft: Not all the first-round picks made last week are going to be NFL stars.
We're reminded of this now every year around this time when NFL teams must make decisions on the first-round picks they made a mere three years ago. Optimism was high then, even for what looks like a putrid draft now, but in many cases it's back down to earth with news trickling in for which teams are picking up those players' fifth-year options.
In short: The 2013 draft was pretty awful. And right now, it's really sinking in as teams are now having to admit to a lot of their mistakes.
The 2011 CBA allowed NFL teams to sign first-rounders to four-year contracts with a fifth year at the team's discretion (to be decided before the start of the fourth season). That salary is based off an average of the top players at their positions, with top-10 picks making a higher average.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Many NFL fans remember - or perhaps more accrately, would like to forget - May 2, 2012, the day legendary linebacker Junior Seau took his own life in his San Diego-area home. No one was more impacted by Seau's death than his family, including his four children.
His only daughter, Sydney, posted a remembrance to her father on Twitter on Monday:
Four years later and I still can't help but hope you'll walk through the door one last time. I love you, always. pic.twitter.com/uf8ozDyfrx
"Four years later and I still can't help but hope you'll walk through the door one last time. I love you, always," Seau wrote, along with an adorable photo of herself with her father at the beach.
According to her bio on Twitter, Seau is a senior at the University of Southern California, so she will be graduating within the coming weeks.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs 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.
It sounds like that was the Seahawks' plan all along.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk made a silent - but loud - statement on Friday night as he read the Patriots' third-round draft picks from the NFL Draft in Chicago wearing a No. 12 Tom Brady jersey in support of his friend and former teammate, who remains embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL over Deflate-gate.
While Patriots fans all over loved Faulk's move, standing there proudly as the NFL's Troy Vincent introduced him, they weren't the only ones.
On Saturday night, after the conclusion of the draft, New England coach Bill Belichick was asked about Faulk's choice of attire.
"He always makes good decisions," Belichick said with a big smile. "He looked sharp out there."
De-facto general manager Nick Caserio said something similar about Faulk, who is one of three finalists for the franchise's Hall of Fame this year: "That's why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. We all love Kevin Faulk."
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Oh, you thought it was too early to grade the 2016 NFL draft class?
What about giving you some top draft names for 2017? Yes, we’re a bit sick in the head. But we know you’re already — somewhere deep in the backs of your minds — thinking about next year.
So here is a rough list of the top prospect for next year’s draft class. Spoiler alert: It will change between now and then. Just a bit, we suspect. Also: Not every good college football player is listed here. We know that.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Though he didn't sound 100 percent convinced, the lawyer for new Miami Dolphins tackle Laremy Tunsil says he does not believe Tunsil's estranged stepfather was behind the draft-night hacking of his client's social media accounts.
"Initially, that would be the low-hanging fruit," attorney Steve Farese told SiriusXM. "But it's so counter-intuitive that if that were the case it didn't make any sense. Now I've drifted away from those thoughts and don't believe he had anything to do with this."
So it doesn't sound like they have proof that Lindsay Miller, Tunsil's stepfather, wasn't involved, but as he continued talking to host Lance Meadow, it didn't sound like Farese had many answers at this point, and isn't pursuing the truth very aggressively.
If it wasn't Miller, Meadow asked Farese, then who was it?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Football coaches crave practice time. If you read anything claiming this or that problem with the game is because training camp practices have been restricted a bit, odds are it's coming from an angry coach who feels the need to be on a practice field every waking moment.
That's why new Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase's approach to rookie minicamp is really interesting. There won't be any practice.
Instead of getting on the field, as all other teams do, the new Dolphins will be in a classroom setting learning everything from schemes to nutrition, Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero reported. They won't go out on the field to practice any plays, which must give some coaches the shakes.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Conspiracies unravel in the most unlikely of ways. Watergate exploded when a security guard noticed tape on doors. Deflate-gate began when a Colts equipment manager happened to test a ball's pressure on the sidelines during the 2014 season's AFC Championship. And now, in the space of 28 seconds, a random Jacksonville Jaguars fan has just blown the lid off the Greatest Conspiracy In NFL History:
Whoa. Those are some explosive allegations in that News4JAX report. Let's break them down here:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
We've capped the proverbial red pen for another year's worth of final draft exams. The good news: Some teams did really well. The bad: Others, not so much.
The grades are in for the 2016 NFL draft, and we fully admit how incomplete it is to stamp a judgment on every team's draft a day or two after it's complete.
Talk to us in a year or three. Or better yet, bookmark this page, revisit in in that time and have a good laugh or two. Today's "underachiever" is likely tomorrow's Pro Bowler, and anyone we labeled a "good value" is sure to be out of the league before their 25th birthday.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Chicago Bears did not draft a quarterback over the seven rounds of this year's selection meeting, but not long after it ended, they signed a veteran to backup Jay Cutler.
Chicago has signed Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, general manager Ryan Pace confirmed to reporters on Saturday evening. There was no immediate word on financials.
Hoyer, who spent last year with the Houston Texans, had visited with both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. But the Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round on Thursday night, ending their pursuit of any other quarterbacks (they had also discussed trading for Colin Kaepernick and Sam Bradford), and the Jets took Christian Hackenberg in the second round.
"When he's played, he's been productive," Pace said of Hoyer.
With inexperienced second-year quarterbacks Matt Blanchard and David Fales also on the roster, Hoyer becomes the clear No. 2 in Chicago behind Cutler.