NFL 2016: Offseason: OTAs / Dead Zone / Gumbie Loves Kickers!

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Maryland's is the best.

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Also, shout out to the draftnik in North Dakota.

This thread needs something to liven it up:

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Bill Barnwell wrote about losing weight, depression and all sorts of fun stuff like that: The Easiest Way to Lose 125 Pounds Is to Gain 175 Pounds

Obv not foozball related, but ...

Jags sign Allen Hurns to new 4-year, $40 mil deal, $20 mil guaranteed.

The time to start using that mountain of cap space to extend their young stars has come, it appears.

That $10 mil/year average will put Hurns at 10th at the position, tied with Randall Cobb.

Time for the cops to arrest Hurns with a car full of coke, eh?

garion333 wrote:

Time for the cops to arrest Hurns with a car full of coke, eh?

NO, that only happens with Jag WRs on their rookie contracts! Never on their second contract. That's why they signed Hurns to contract #2 so fast. They beat the curse!

... uhmm... you guys are signing Allen Robinson to his second contract very soon, right?

And has anyone seen Marqise Lee?

Robert Mays (formerly of Grantland, briefly of MMQB) is back writing for Bill Simmons, this time about Julio Jones. Julio continues to strike me as Megatron 2.0, not just on the field but in his demeanor.

Oh and The Ringer is live now. Looks about 40/60 on sports and culture.

Added to my RSS reader, along with ESPN's The Undefeated.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...

Aqib Talib makes second Denver Bronco that elects to miss White House visit.

Paleocon wrote:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...

Aqib Talib makes second Denver Bronco that elects to miss White House visit.

I know some people really don't like Obama, but getting yourself shot so you don't have to talk to him? That is some serious conviction.

Also, not the last time "Aqib Talib" and "conviction" will be used in the same sentence.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...

Aqib Talib makes second Denver Bronco that elects to miss White House visit.

I know some people really don't like Obama, but getting yourself shot so you don't have to talk to him? That is some serious conviction.

Also, not the last time "Aqib Talib" and "conviction" will be used in the same sentence.

The rumor is that he pulled a Plaxico.

http://thebiglead.com/2016/06/06/bro...

Looks like more reports are coming out that he did in fact shoot himself.

I can't believe this happened more than once in the NFL.

Marshawn confirms he is serious about retirement. Enjoy it, Beast Mode. You done good.

Lynch played in the wrong era. And for the wrong team, for the first part of his career. There's no reason he shouldn't have been posting the numbers he did in his late 20s throughout his early 20s.

*Legion* wrote:

Lynch played in the wrong era. And for the wrong team, for the first part of his career. There's no reason he shouldn't have been posting the numbers he did in his late 20s throughout his early 20s.

Absolutely true. Could you imagine if he played for a team with a real O line when he was just out of college?

In any event, I love the fact that he leaves the game with us wanting to see more of him. I love the fact that he beat the tendency athletes have to go bust. I love the fact that he, at 30, is self aware enough to know that he isn't a prisoner to his upbringing and that he is able to learn from mistakes in life. And most of all, I love that he can live, apparently, without bitterness about it and never turn his back on where he came from.

He gets a lot of crap for not playing the boring "model athlete" at a press conference where they say the same tired crap about "team effort" and "giving 110%". He gets vilified for exposing the farce that the whole "Superbowl Week" pressers are. But in the end, he is, at least in my estimation, a solid human being who I would love to sit on the couch with and have kick my ass in Mortal Kombat.

I just hope he finds something fulfilling to do after football.

ps: and I'm disappointed he never found his way to Baltimore. He would have been a GREAT Raven.

Aqib Tablib may have also violated Texas gun laws. Yes, I was surprised as you are to find out that it is possible to do that.

Texas is a lot more of a nanny state than the wild-west image it projects.

ESPN has set forth the menu of potential criminal charges for Talib: (1) carrying a weapon in public without a license into a place that sells alcohol is a Class 3 felony; (2) possessing a weapon while intoxicated is a Class A misdemeanor; and (3) discharging a weapon in public is a Class B misdemeanor.

Am I the only one who is scratching his head that the carrying it without a license bit is a more serious offense than being drunk and shooting it in public?

Paleocon wrote:
ESPN has set forth the menu of potential criminal charges for Talib: (1) carrying a weapon in public without a license into a place that sells alcohol is a Class 3 felony; (2) possessing a weapon while intoxicated is a Class A misdemeanor; and (3) discharging a weapon in public is a Class B misdemeanor.

Am I the only one who is scratching his head that the carrying it without a license bit is a more serious offense than being drunk and shooting it in public?

The issue is that he carried it into a bar.

If Talib had shot himself in a Walmart or at a backyard cookout, we probably wouldn't be so worried about all the legal ramifications here.

Enix wrote:
Paleocon wrote:
ESPN has set forth the menu of potential criminal charges for Talib: (1) carrying a weapon in public without a license into a place that sells alcohol is a Class 3 felony; (2) possessing a weapon while intoxicated is a Class A misdemeanor; and (3) discharging a weapon in public is a Class B misdemeanor.

Am I the only one who is scratching his head that the carrying it without a license bit is a more serious offense than being drunk and shooting it in public?

The issue is that he carried it into a bar.

If Talib had shot himself in a Walmart or at a backyard cookout, we probably wouldn't be so worried about all the legal ramifications here.

My point is that if he had a license and got intoxicated and shot himself in a strip club, would he only be charged with two misdemeanors?

Truly, the San Francisco 49ers have got it made.

Between Kapernick's anger, Gabbert's skill, and Chip Kelly's personnel acumen, I'm thinking 2016 could be a pretty entertaining season for the 49ers.

Blaine Gabbert is a starting QB in 2016 and for one of Legion's teams...you guys are like soul mates or something

I mean, I've sat through this many Blaine Gabbert seasons already, what's one more?

At least when I get back home from Santa Clara, I'll have Bortles' games to watch to ease the pain.

The worst part is that Gabbert won't be terrible. He'll throw for 225 yards and an 80 passer rating in a nice 28-13 loss.

This isn't something about kickers, Jags or Blaine Gabbert, so this might be OT.

The Panthers signed CB Brandon Boykin earlier this year but cut him pretty quickly.

Turns out he has a degenerative hip condition, which is making it hard to run.

The real reason the Panthers cut him might have to do with compensatory picks.

This makes the salary cap seem simple. Yikes.

That brings up an interesting question. If a UFA is signed by a team during the UFA signing period, then release him, and then later sign him again outside of the UFA signing period (July 22nd this year, I think), does he then fall outside of the compensatory formula, as his new contract was signed outside of the window, or does the fact that the team previously signed him inside the window factor in?

Dirk Koetter sent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins off the practice field because he "didn't know what he was doing".

Another promising young TE on that Martellus Bennett career path. Bennett finally started figuring it out around his 5th or 6th year in the league, not that that helped the team that drafted him any.

To be fair, if ASJ isn't getting hurt while on the field, he's pretty much in unfamiliar territory. He's in his third year, and I had no idea he was a bonehead, because he's never stayed healthy long enough to do something stupid.

So, you know, progress and all.