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Well , it’s off to the races and the silly season has started in the world of sports . In the NFL we have the idiocy of Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Mike Wallace is holding out of preseason training camp because he feels that he is deserving of a new a contract . Bear in mind that the player is barely three years into his NFL career and as productive as he has been . The player is now going about his negotiations with the front office in the wrong way . Wallace’s agent , Bus Cook is known to be a very astute agent representing a large clientele of athletes within the NFL and baseball. Certainly, Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney and general manager Kevin Colbert are use to handling such matters away from the prying eyes and the public scrutiny . Instead, Wallace feels it best to acknowledge that he is the midst of a totally unsatisfactory situation . What might be even more asinine are the player’s demands that he be paid along the lines of the best players at the wide receivers’ position !
In the midst of this all while Mike Wallace and his agent continue to play a game of “chicken” with the organization. During their idiocy the player’s teammate, and fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown has signed a 5-year contract extension that sees him being handsomely rewarded for his services to the Steelers . There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things with an organization such as the Pittsburgh Steelers . Perhaps someone ought to remind Bus Cook and Mike Wallace of that fact.
Holdouts will continue to be the boon of professional sports no matter what that sport happens to be. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of their own issues as it relates to a duo of players on the team’s roster . Last season’s rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew seeks a new contract , while there still remains two years on his existing deal , that will see him receive in excess of $9.4 million . Team owner, Shahid Khan and GM Gene Smith have reiterated that they have no intention of renegotiating with the player while there still remains a contract that has to be fulfilled . Adisa Bakari , agent for the Jaguars’ running back insists that his client is deserving of a new deal , one that is comparable to his stature as the league’ s leading rusher . Jones-Drew has seen the likes of Matt Forte and Ray Rice sign highly lucrative contracts that will see both of these productive players become among the top paid players at the position within the NFL.
Troubling as this might seem , the Jaguars without Maurice Jones-Drew are unlikely to achieve that much this season while the team’s quarterback Blaine Gabbert seeks to make further improvements in his game .
the struggles the Jaguars have had their struggles during their history has been well chronicled within the NFL . And certainly Blaine Gabbert would like nothing better than to have the team’s entire offensive arsenal at his disposal this upcoming season . With that in mind , the team’s first round draft pick 5th overall
from the 2012 NFL Draft still remains unsigned. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon before having put on a Jaguars’ uniform has ran afoul of local law enforcement , having been charged with a DUI, as well as failing to comply with team rules set by head coach Mike Mularkey and his coaching staff .
Of the first round draft picks that still remain unsigned , Blackmon is part of handful of players in such a predicament. That aside, this off-season has simply been one of sheer ridicule within the NFL . Roger Goodell is a defendant in a civil suit filed by plaintiff Jonathan Vilma in US Federal Court that seeks punitive damages and his reinstatement to the league, having been suspended by the commissioner for his alleged and perceived actions in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal . Vilma’s lawsuit also charges Goodell with defamation of character , libel and slander. What a trifecta . Could there be anything else that the Saints’ defender could have missed out on ? And while that sordid episode still remains within our midst, so too does the fact that the NFL and NFLPA (union) have yet to address the reasons why they have not adopted their policy agreed to in their collective bargaining agreement concerning the mandatory (in and off-season) testing for HGH , other illicit substances as agreed to , and ratified by the union. The NFL commissioner is and will remain a pompous ass , simply clueless as to <b< what is required of him as the game’s highest ranking executive ! DeMaurice Smith , Goodell’s counterpart as the Executive Director of the union , has sought to be adversarial at every turn concerning this issue. With a congressional committee (House Oversight & Governmental Committee) now calling for hearings with regard to what appears to be a complete abandonment of a mandated agreement , as both the union and league (NFL) coming across and looking like complete idiots ! Never-mind the fact that we now have unintelligent fans trying to suggest that the NFL is on an even keel. The league remains a “cash-cow ” as we have billions of dollars in revenues coming into its coffers annually .
The Cleveland Browns remains one of the league’s biggest disappointments and I firmly believe that they will continue to be so for the foreseeable future ! This is a franchise that remains in turmoil without any clear direction as to where they should be heading. Randy Lerner , the team’s owner has now publicly revealed that he is now in the final stages of selling his majority shareholder’s stake in the franchise . It is sold on the proviso, that the new owner will keep the Browns within the state of Ohio. Other than the football program of the Ohio State Buckeyes , this program might be the most beloved sports’ entity within the state , and that is with due respect to the Cincinnati Bengals .
Lerner the billionaire entrepreneur is now at a crossroads as it relates to the NFL franchise after repeated disappointments , he must now feel that there is a need for a fresh influx of idea from a reinvigorated owner . Team President Mike Holmgren , and the de-facto general manager of Browns has tried to resurrect the fortunes of this franchise . Head coach Pat Shurmur , and his coaching staff will be asked to get this young team vying for the NFC North . However , the real issues for this franchise has and will remain the ongoing health the team’s quarterback Colt McCoy . The young quarterback has a troubled career in trying to remain consistent as well healthy. And this may well have been one of the reasons why Shurmur in conjunction with Mike Holmgren saw fit to draft Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State . The player was taken in the first round of this year’s draft as the 22nd overall pick and the fourth of the four quarterbacks taken in the initial round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
A quarterback controversy is likely to unfold as the Browns’ two most prominent quarterbacks will vie for that starting position. The team’s preseason schedule may well dictate who the victor may well but I would put more credence in what Colt McCoy has been able to do for the Browns when healthy and complemented with a full offensive arsenal . And the team’s regular season schedule which starts off with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on the 9th September, 2012. Whether or not Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy can prove themselves worthy of the starting role for the team will be predicated upon not only their playing abilities but also the leadership skills shown on the field of play. Any doubters, out there as to my thoughts on this issue ? Then please feel free to offer up a comment .
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The NFL preseason may well offer up some interesting questions and perhaps one or two answers . A great deal of that will be predicated on what we desire to see, and what we apparently will see . Andrew Luck , Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson as the top three players taken in this year’s draft will come under the microscopic eye , as their every move will be scrutinized and assessed by the NFL analysts and fans alike . It should make for a great water cooler topic as we somehow become the Monday morning quarterback . Can we remember how the rookies of 2011 fared , if at all ?
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(1) Antonio Brown (84) of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Doug Pensinger /Getty Images North America ….
(2) Wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs by defenders Chris Gocong (51) and Joe Haden (23) of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images / Mark Sullivan …
(3) Steelers’ wide receiver Mike Wallace who remains a holdout from the team’s training camp who seeks an improved contract . The player and his agent Bus Cook are seemingly trying to paint the front office of the Steelers as being intransigent. AP Photo / Gary James ….
(4) Famed agent Bus Cook , an astute professional but somehow his handling of Mike Wallace may well be doing more harm than good for the player’s image amongst the diehard Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans. AP/REUTERS/ Garry Gibson …..
(5) Maurice Jones-Drew (32) of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball past Dwight Lowery (21) of the New York Jets for a first quarter touchdown on November 15, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Getty Images / Jim McIsaac ….
(6) Cleveland Browns’ team President Mike Holmgren , left , is seen here with team owner Randolph L “Randy” Lerner . The billionaire business owner and philanthropist is selling his majority stake in the NFL franchise for an undisclosed sum . The deal will need the final “seal of approval” from the NFL hierarchy led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . Paul Johnson / Cleveland Plain Dealer …..
(7) Colt McCoy (12) is seen here alongside the Browns’ first round draft pick Brandon Weeden (3) at the team’s practice facility . Team President Mike Holmgren and owner Randy Lerner seem intent on Weeden being the opening day starter at quarterback for the team . This has further alienated McCoy and his future with the organization . AP Getty Images / Paul Ronson …. ….
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