NFL 2016 Off-season: A Brief Recap

Being the football blogger, we’ve hit another dead spot of the NFL off-season. The first being between the Super Bowl and Free Agency, and now we are in the between area of Free Agency and the Draft.

I plan on doing some Draft recaps, but that’s still weeks away, and I can’t let my fellow bloggers take up all of the spotlight until then.

In the meantime, I’m going to touch base on a few of the off-season things that have happened so far.

Retirements

Here is the list of those who retired from the NFL this off-season so far.

  • Peyton Manning – QB (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos)
  • Calvin Johnson – WR (Detroit Lions)
  • Marshawn Lynch – RB (Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jared Allen – DE (Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers)
  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson – OT (New York Jets)
  • Justin Tuck – DE (New York Giants, Oakland Raiders)
  • Logan Mankins – OG (New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Matt Hasslebeck – QB (Green Pay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jon Beason -LB (Carolina Panthers, New York Giants)
  • Heath Miller – TE (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jerod Mayo – LB (New England Patriots)
  • Rashean Mathis – CB (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions)
  • A.J. Tarpley – LB (Buffalo Bills)

A couple of these guys played full careers such as Manning, Mankins, Allen and Hasslebeck but a lot of these guys still had a lot left in the tank such as Johnson, Lynch, Mayo, Ferguson and especially Tarpley were all no older than 32.

Tarpley retired at the age of 23, stating he’s had concussion issues in the past and they haunted him this season when he got two more, everyone else just felt it was their time to walk away.

I feel we were robbed of more Johnson and Lynch highlights, but who are we to tell a player they’re selfish for retiring?

Also, best retirement announcement goes to Allen, as you can see in a tweet he sent out on Feb. 18.

The Cleveland Browns QB carousel continues to turn

Gone is Johnny Manziel and most likely Josh McCown. In comes the franchise’s next “savior” Robert Griffin III.

I penned a blog a few months back stating that I felt Griffin should try and go to the Houston Texans to play for a QB needy team and a coach who knows how to get the best out of his QBs in Bill O’Brien.

Instead, he’s going where QB careers go to die.

My guess is if he’s not benched by week six due to poor play, he’ll be sitting out nursing an injury, again!

I hope I’m wrong as I feel RGIII is a talented kid, but with over 20 different starting QBs since 1999, Cleveland does not have a great track record of keeping guys in the lineup for long.

The Eagles hit the roster reset button

In 2015 the Philadelphia Eagles acquired DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell, Ryan Mathews, and Sam Bradford through trades and free agency.

Only Bradford and Mathews remain, as the Eagles seemingly did away with the top three acquisitions that were grossly overpaid by then-coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly went on to say that he had nothing to do with the players’ contracts, but he stuck his foot in his mouth throughout the entire season, so nobody’s buying what he’s selling.

The Eagles are going back to the ways of building through homegrown talent, signing contract extensions to TEs Brent Celek and Zach Ertz, SS Malcolm Jenkins and RT Lane Johnson while also bringing in help at safety, cornerback and right guard through free agency.

The draft is on its way and the team still has holes to fill, but they’re not holes worth paying over $60 million for.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen

Amazing how one off-season can make or break a team.

We thought the San Francisco 49ers had a tough 2015 off-season, but I think the defending Super Bowl Champions might be giving them a run for their money.

Manning is retired, QB Brock Osweiller took the money and ran to Houston, OG Evan Mathis signed with the Arizona Cardinals, OT Ryan Clady was traded to the New York Jets, the team released TE Owen Daniels and OG Louis Vasquez and OT Tyler Polumbus retired.

The team signed QB Mark Sanchez, OT Russell Okung and retained RB C.J. Anderson and LB Von Miller, Super Bowl 50 MVP.

A lot of these transactions don’t really speak “Super Bowl repeat” so it’ll be interesting to see if the champs can make another title run or if it’s time for another AFC West team to take the division crown.

R.I.P. Will Smith

Former New Orleans Saints DE and Super Bowl champion Will Smith was gunned down in a road rage incident the weekend of April 9-10.

We here at TailGate Talk Show express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the Saints Organization.

What’s up next?

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 28, so expect a few recap blogs and some podcast discussions from us here at TailGate Talkshow.

The NFL Schedule Release should be approaching soon, and then minicamps begin in June and training camps in July.

I’ll do my best to think of blog ideas between now and September, so bare with me everybody.


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