Today is an unbelievable day. Not just because it’s Pi Day. Not just because we’re one day closer to the field of 64 starting, but it’s the official End of Legal Tampering Day.
NFL teams are still unable to officially sign players until 4 pm Eastern today, but at the rate deals are being announced, there won’t be anyone left by the time the clock hits 4 pm. Whoever thought that legal tampering would be so awesome?!. Rosters are chopping, changing, and turning over every minute. Nothing is official until 4 pm ET, but here’s a quick rundown of the latest moves and it runs like a list of school cancellations on a snow day.
Everyone already knows about Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson, but then there’s Paul Richardson to Washington and Albert Wilson to Miami.
Darren Fells to the Browns
Carlos Hyde to the Browns
And yes, that is the same Carlos Hyde who tweeted “Cleveland sports are horrible lol”
Whatever. It was nearly seven years ago. And they were horrible. Now, everything’s different. Whatever you do, don’t delete that, Carlos. It was a strong take.
Jonathan Stewart to the Giants
Jerrick McKinnon to the 49ers
Chase Daniel to the Bears
Sam Bradford to the Cardinals
Mike Glennon will be cut by the Bears
Mike Glennon will be signed by the Cardinals
And no, losers, I don’t know if that deal requires that the stadium roof always be open, just like I’m not interested in your zingers about safari parks in the Phoenix area. None of that makes any sense, and it sure as hell doesn’t make this show better so keep your giraffe smack to yourself. Or your scope. Or your YouTube show. Or Facebook live. Just keep that crap away from me and my show.
And now, The New York Jets won’t be signing Kirk Cousins; they didn’t get the guy, but they got pretty much everyone else:
Teddy Bridgewater to the Jets
Josh McCown back to the Jets
Trumaine Johnson to the Jets
Avery Williamson to the Jets
Spencer Long to the Jets
At this point, I could just start making up names and announcing that they signed with the Jets and nobody would stop me.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have lost Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Danny Amendola, and Dion Lewis. And don’t even get me started on the Packers. Well, actually, do get me started on the Packers, but that’ll happen in a second. Their moves have been so dramatic; they’re getting their own take.
Everything that happened yesterday was so dramatic that Adrian Peterson was cut by the Cardinals and it barely made a sound.
By the time the clock actually hits 4pm and guys can officially sign, there will be nobody left who hasn’t signed. Well, nobody who isn’t AJ McCarron. That guy has had one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. It was just a few weeks ago that he’d won his legal battle to be a free agent – yeahhhh! And now he’s a free agent and he still hasn’t signed NOOOOO!
The musical chairs metaphor has been played out, but the music is slowing down and my man McCarron isn’t even in the room. And that sucks. Saying something sucks is not a take, but that flat out sucks. Because it wasn’t that long ago that it looked like he was about to cash in and now who knows what’s going to happen. Then again, at the rate things are going, the Jets will sign him because they’ll want a 15th free agent and a seventh quarterback.
Once again, teams are free to start legally signing guys at 4pm eastern. That is, if there’s anyone left to sign. In the meantime, hit me up: what do you think about what’s gone down so far. So much for the Packers never, ever doing jack in free agency. They do now. Bringing in tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Muhammed Wilkerson, a couple of big swings. Packer fan, do like the move to switch out Jordy Nelson for Jimmy Graham. More importantly does Aaron Rodgers like it? Have to think so. There’s no way they make a move like that without checking with him first. And the Vikings are about to make Kirk Cousins the highest paid quarterback in the league. The question is, is he really that much better than Case Keenum. And the answer is yes. And are they overpaying a guy who has never won anything significant. Again, the answer is yes. And they’re right.
If you think you’re a q.b. away, you have to that big swing. And given the defense, offensive weapons, offensive line and the coach the Vikings have, they are just a quarterback away from playing in the Super Bowl. No, Cousins is not a top five q.b., but he’s better than what they had, and will be better than what he was in Washington. Minnesota is right to go all in with him.
I love my life. I wouldn’t change a thing. But if I could be anyone other than me, it would be Sam Bradford. Because Bradford reportedly gets a one year, $20M dollar deal with the Cards. 20 mill coming off a year where he played just 6 quarters. 20 mill after missing more games than he has played in over the last 5 years. Games where he was .500 quarterback when he did play. Good work if you can get it. And good for you Sam. If you can spin it even a little and are standing up right, you’re going to get paid. Of course, that’s always the issue with Bradford, will the guy still be standing after week 1.