Free Agent Kirk Cousins: Where does he land?

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar OTFB Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

 

As the free agent period approaches, one of the hottest names and biggest difference makers for a franchise is Kirk Cousins. I think it’s safe to say that, with the signing of Alex Smith, Washington will not be putting a Franchise Tag on Cousins which means he can start looking for his next team on March 14th.

There are quite a few teams desperately searching for a franchise quarterback, but are they all viable options at this point? Do they have the money to pay Cousins the huge contract he wants? Do they have the cap space? Are they the type of organization that he would want to play for? Let’s look at the front runners…

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Jerry Kramer is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

Kate Arhar, OTFB Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2018, was announced this past weekend. As always, my favorite selection is the one from the Senior Committee. These gentlemen have been over-looked and under-appreciated when compared to the modern-era players. And, most importantly, they are the heart, soul, beginnings of this game I love.

They wore leather helmets and pads that were a puny excuse for protection. They got paid so little that most had second jobs during the offseason. They played because they loved the game.

While it was before my time, my dad would tell me stories about these great men and they’ve always stayed with me.  This year I was very excited to see that Jerry Kramer from the Green Bay Packers would finally be admitted into this great hall.

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Patriots come up short in SBLII

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By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

New England fans know what it’s like to lose again. The Tom Brady led Patriots came up short in their 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Favored by almost everyone in the media and everyone polled, the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, with backup quarterback Nick Foles, outcoached and outplayed the defending Super Bowl champions.

Was I surprised? No. The Eagles had a Cinderella feel to this season. When Carson Wentz got hurt and Foles came in, a lot of people counted them out. They never counted themselves out. It reminded me of another backup who ended up coming in after a season ending injury to the starting quarterback and took his team all the way to the Super Bowl – and won.

And now here that same quarterback was, 5 Super Bowl wins later, looking for his 6th. But it wasn’t meant to be – not this year. Continue reading “Patriots come up short in SBLII”

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2018 Senior Bowl – Day 3 practice – South

OTFB Senior Bowl Correspondant

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

As I mentioned in the North piece, the two teams practice differently, with the Texans leaning heavier on Special Teams play. This is a good thing because of the 100 guys here, maybe 40 go top three rounds, the rest will need an extra reason to be drafted over the younger guys who left school early because their talents was seen as better.

This mean for guys on the fringe, special teams is their bread and butter, a way in. Even if it’s only the practice squad, it’s a way to get into the NFL and be noticed by coaches.

 

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Senior Bowl: Day 2 practice impressions

OTFB Senior Bowl Correspondant

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

What stood out today is how much better the wide receivers for the South were over the North. You would think the better group of QBs from the North would help them, but that wasn’t the case today.

The players spent less time on the field giving interviews that on Tuesday, so it was tougher to grab them.

DE Andrew Brown showed off his quickness; he’s a shade under 6’4” so his height could be a concern, however, he has an 82” wingspan. Brown would like to play 3 technique in a 4-3 Defense. He started off playing LT before moving over to defense because he thought that position was boring, he wanted more action. Julius Peppers was his athletic hero.

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2018 Senior Bowl – Day 3 practice – North Team

OTFB Senior Bowl Correspondant

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

North went first and as we continued to see, the Broncos and Texans run things differently. The North spent a good amount of time having the linebackers knock the ball out, while the defensive backs focused on stripping the ball and recovering them.

In addition, when the players did stretching, several coaches walked though watching, including Head Coach Vance Joseph. This shows the athletes that coaches care about this, but also lets them know who’s dogging and who’s not.

Some notes on players from the North: Miami’s Braxton Berrios didn’t have a good day while New Mexico State’s Jaleel Scott and especially Boise State’s Cedric Wilson had very good days. I don’t think Wilson dropped the entire practice.

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2018 Senior Bowl quarterbacks possible landing spots

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

No music or routines are required for this type of audition. There were 109 college seniors who accepted their invitation to the biggest on-field display of talent outside the NFL Combine. Coached by Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, each athlete participated in drills, developed new skills and tips from NFL coaches and mixed it with their own natural talent to leave it all on the field.

There was no Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen to join the Baker Mayfield hoopla. But there were some quarterbacks who flashed some impressive plays under center, improving their draft stock.

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Day 1 Practice, Reese’s Senior Bowl

OTFB Senior Bowl Correspondent

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

Today was weigh-ins and, as usual, most players were off from their college stats. The Process: players step up on the stage in their shorts are measured, and their stats posted on two very large lit up signs for the couple hundred in attendance to see.

Baker Mayfield missed this part, but late this evening his height came back at 6’03, weight was 216 pounds and hands measured 9-1/2 inches. He was swarmed after practice, so I didn’t attempt to interview him.

I did, however, meet with Austin CorbettLuke Falk, Shaquem Griffin, Michael Gallup, Troy Fumagalli, Mike Gesicki, Josh Allen, Harrison Phillips, Brian O’Neill and Allen Lazard.

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2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio, announced the semifinalists for the 2018 Class.  A finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting.

The Schedule of Events for this year’s Enshrinement Festival, click here.

A few announcements were made last August: two finalists from the Seniors Committee and one finalist from the Contributors list. The Senior Committee reviews players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago and the Contributor Committee evaluates people – not players or coaches – who made outstanding contributions to professional football.

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Chicago Bears Fans Unite Under #FireFox Anthem

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by Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

In early October as the football season was in full swing.  There was an outcry from fans to bench quarterback Mike Glennon and start rookie Mitch Trubisky. Hoping that it was just a QB issue, Bears fans were ecstatic when the rookie was started and the organization could start winning games. Even though the Bears won two in a row, it was due to the defense and not the quarterback change.

This led bearsbarroom.com to believe that the crux of the Bears losing display was solely on head coach John Fox. They were hoping that by October 30th, their cries and demands would be heard and he would be gone.

 

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