NFL off season week 1 review

Welcome to the first of my off season NFL reports.  This is where each week you can check in and see a brief run down of the weekly goings on across the pond in the worlds most competitive sport.  I will aim to include some rumors and the things we don’t always get to cover on the podcast (which you can listen to here or download via itunes).

*Where better to start than with my beloved mis-firing St Louis Rams who seem ready to hire their new GM to start the re-build along side new Head Coach Jeff Fisher.  Les Snead seems to be the man chosen to lead the Rams charge to the promised land.  Snead, who has yet to be confirmed in the role, has been with the Atlanta Falcons for the past 13 seasons working his way up the organisation.  He is currently regarded as one of Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroffs top assistants after starting his career as a scout for Jacksonville Jaguars.

*Hines Ward seems to have had caught his last pass as a Pittsburgh Steeler, after a year in which he has lost his staring job the organisation seem to have chosen to release the player in order to not pay him a bonus in March and 4 million over the last 2 years of his contract.  Ward stated via his facebook page that he wants to retire a Steeler and would be happy to renegotiate his contract.   Ward who is 36 next month had a year below his own standards but a year in which he became the 8th player in NFL history to have 1000 receptions.  Outside of Football Ward has a burgeoning career in show biz after winning dancing with stars and a cameo appearance in the new movie Dark Knight Rises.

*After winning the Super Bowl the Giants have lost their QB coach to Tampa Bay Buccaneers as, Mike Sullivan has taken a forward step in his career taking the vacant Offensive Coordinator role in the new staff in Tampa.  Sullivan who had spent 8 years at the Giants (6 as Wide Receiver coach and 2 as QB Coach) will work with former Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano who take over the youngest squad in the league for the last two years.

*Tennesse Titans have reached deals with 3 of their potential free agents.  They have reached agreements with TE Craig Stevens and OT Mike Otto while most recently agreeing a multi year deal with receiver Lavelle Hawkins.  Hawkins has made 66 catches in his 4 seasons and last season had 47 for 470 yards and 1 touchdown.

*San Francisco 49ers have made the move of strengthening their organisation by tying down  GM Trent Baalke’s to a new 3 year deal.  The 49ers who had a breakout year moving from a team who finished the 2010 season 6-10 followed up with a 13-3 season under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.  In other 49ers news the NFL owners also approved a $200 million loan for the 49ers to build a new stadium.

*Seattle Seahawks have re-signed OL Breno Giacomini on a two year deal.  The NFL Players Association stated that the deal is for $1.5 million in 2012 and $3 million in 2013. Giacomini played 15 games this season making 8 starts.

*New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hand surgery this week on his left ankle.  The ankle which he injured in the Championship Game against Baltimore was an obvious restriction when Gronkowski played in the Super Bowl.  The recovery time for the op is expected to be about 10 weeks meaning that he should be ready to play in plenty of time for next season.  Gronkowski who was named Yankin Off MVP after smashing all previous receiving records for a TE, 90 receptions for 1327 yards and 17 td’s.

*Victor Cruz who himself had a breakout year has made a move for a new contract after a season in which he broke the Giants franchise for receiving yards in a season.  Cruz who went undrafted was signed to a $490,000 per season deal in 2010 has just one year left on that contract.  Cruz who is due to hand out an award tonight at the Grammy’s with teammate Mario Manningham has been on a whirlwind media tour and was quoted as saying “Honestly, with what I did this year, statistically and the records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I feel like naturally there should be an increase in pay,” while signing autographs at Steiner Sports.

*Carolina Panthers have resigned long snapper JJ Jansesn to a 4 year deal.  The Panthers who have their franchise QB in Cam Newton are no looking to build a team around him in order to compete for the playoffs on a regular basis.

NFL Crime Watch

As we know no NFL off-season never passes without the players going out and spending their massively inflated salaries on high priced lawyers to get them out of the sticky situations being an NFL player seem to attract.  This is where we will update you on which players are facing what charges:

Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden has agreed to perform 50 hours of community service in order to resolve disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charges brought against him.  The charge will be removed entirely as long as Walden stays out of trouble for 12 months.

Cincinnati Benglas LB Rey Maualuga has been charged with assault after an incident in a downtown bar.  Police investigated allegations by an employee of the bar that Maualuga punched him in the face.  Maulauga has an arraignment scheduled for February 17th.

Well thats my review of the 1st week of the off season check back here for more information next week.  The only place you need to go for your NFL News.

Im Matt and I know nothing

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