February 10, 2012 3 Comments
The great thing about the NFL is that it never stops. Even after the Giants thrilling Super Bowl victory, there are still many headlines and many things to look forward to from a fans perspective.
Also, as if the NFL needed any more marketing power, for the 16th straight year 5 different teams made the playoffs. Parity is at an all-time high in the NFL and it starts all over again with free agency and the NFL draft.
It really is the best sport in the world.
Now to the NFL Offseason Headlines!
Regardless if he gets cut or stays with the Colts, Manning will be the top headline this offseason. It looks more like Manning will be cut by the Colts. If that does happen, this will be the first time ever in my opinion, that a quarterback of his caliber will be on the open market.
The quarterback position is at a premium in the NFL, you NEED great quarterback play to win the super bowl. What makes this so intriguing is Manning’s injury. It is no secret Manning is a preparation fanatic which is what has made him so great over his hall-of-fame career.
Manning has not practiced for a year, than you add the possibility of a new team with players he does not have timing with and you get one of the biggest risk or reward free agents in NFL history.
For more on where Peyton Manning will play, check out my article exclusively talking about it.
There are many free agents that can improve their team and can be the addition to make them a playoff/championship caliber team.
Besides Peyton Manning, another quarterback that will be highly pursued is Matt Flynn.
Flynn has looked good in Green Bay and has made the most of his playing-time opportunities. Flynn capped his career in Green Bay with a record-setting performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 17.
Flynn’s box score against Detroit: 31/44, 480 yards, 6 TD’s and 1 INT.
Setting the passing touchdowns record in a game is a pretty good way to go out I would assume?
Other quarterbacks that could make noise in the open market:
Kyle Orton and Alex Smith
Drew Brees is also a free agent, but I find it almost impossible seeing him leave New Orleans.
There is an abundance of talent here and this is where I believe teams can really improve themselves. The NFL is a passing league now, so having a great receiving core is a must-have.
The Free Agent list includes:
Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Bowe, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Llyod, Pierre Garcon, Robert Meachem, Mike Wallace (Restricted), Laurent Robinson, and Mario Manningham.
Pretty solid group?
Mike Wallace can be signed if the Steelers do not match the offer given by the other team.
The defensive side includes players such as:
Mario Williams, Robert Mathis, D’Qwell Jackson, Curtis Lofton, Anthony Spencer, Stephen Tulloch, Brent Grimes, Carlos Rogers, Cortland Fineegan, LaRon Landry, Dashon Goldson, and Tyvon Branch.
There are many above average free agents in the 2012 class, which will your team sign?
The NFL Draft:
Last but not least, the NFL Draft.
This is my favorite of all the offseason activities.
The pre-combine story lines of the draft are headed by two quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Robert Griffin III (Baylor).
Both quarterbacks posses the talents to succeed at the NFL level.
As for Luck, it is set in stone where he is going which is #1 to the Colts. However, “RG3″ situation is much more complex. The Rams hold the #2 pick and are in a great spot to trade out and acquire more picks from other teams in order to draft Robert Griffin III.
The draft will have suspense and excitement early and often, look for teams to try to trade up to get Robert Griffin and look for the Patriots to be very aggressive they have two 1st and 2nd round picks, if they wish to continue their dominance they MUST hit with these picks.
This draft class has everything.
Top-tier quarterback prospects, great offensive and defensive line prospects, great receiver and cornerback prospects, this is a MUST SEE for any football fan.
My Draft Guides for your favorite team, stay tuned!