The Carolina Panthers are one big surprise for me. I didn't see them going undefeated and I certainly didn't see them being two games ahead of the Saints. They have the possibility of winning the NFC South if they can hold off the Falcons and if the Saints don't pick themselves up and get rid of the rust. They are another surprise. The Saints looked great parts of last year and I thought they would have a great season this year, but they've got some improvements to make, especially on defense if they want to get in the playoffs.
Week one is in the books. I think we had some surprises from teams and some dissapointment from others. Obviously the big news has to do with Ray Rice and him being cut from the Ravens. When we look at this purely from a football point of view, the Ravens will be greatly hurt by this move. It was a move that they had to make, however. The Ravens may just circle the wagons and have a great season, but with little experience at the running back spot I don't see that happening without some sort of trade to upgrade at that spot.
The NFL has been incredibly popular in the US and around the world for many years. While the rules might differ slightly from the ones we saw fifty years ago; much of the game is still the same as it always was. As you will discover throughout the course of this short article, the NFL has a long and interesting history that most people are unaware of. With that in mind, we ask you to get comfortable and take a look at the timeline we've included below. We've done our best to ensure all the major milestones are listed in this article, so you're going to learn some pretty cool stuff.
Green Bay will play Seattle in the opening game on Thursday. Green Bay will prove to be tough for Seattle, but Seattle has the defense to hang with Rodgers and company, while their offense continues to put up enough numbers to win. This will be a tight one with Seattle coming out on top. New Orleans will play Atlanta on Sunday. Atlanta should improve in the run game, but I don't think they can put up enough points against New Orleans.
There's good news for retired players looking to get treatment from the NFL for injuries suffered during their professional careers. The NFL and retired players have agreed to a renewed settlement in the ongoing concussion lawsuits. The initial settlement, which was turned down by the federal courts, put a cap on damages at $765 million dollars. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you take into account how expensive and intensive treatment for concussions and other head injuries can be, it wasn't really enough. The settlement was supposed to last for 65 years, and it seems highly doubtful that it would be enough money to cover every retired player for that long.
The Cleveland Browns finally finalized first-round quarterback Johnny Manziel’s contract, signing the ex-Texas A&M player to a four-year deal worth about $8.25 million, plus a fifth-year team option. With Manziel under contract, the rookie quarterback with the best chance of starting in 2014 is now fully ready to begin working out with the team. While the Browns management continues to insist Brian Hoyer will be the starting lineup, Manziel’s talent and the expectations of being a first-round pick, will likely see him behind center sooner rather than later.
This year, HBO's fantastic documentary series, Hard Knocks, will be coming to Atlanta to cover the attempted rebuilding effort for the Atlanta Falcons. There were rumors and scuttlebutt that the NFL would try to get the St. Louis Rams to be on the show to document Michael Sam's attempt to make an NFL roster. The thought was that the NFL cancelled Oprah's planned documentary in order to control the story themselves.
The San Francisco 49ers may have found a new model for future quarterback contracts. The 49ers recently re-signed Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract extension worth $126 million dollars. That would make Kaepernick the highest-paid quarterback of all time, with an average salary just under that of Aaron Rodgers.
Duringthis offseason, Eric Decker was amongst the abundance amount of talent in the wide receiver free agency category. There were many big name WRs such as Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, AnquanBoldin, and Hakeem Nicks. These players did in fact "receive" a "wide" contract. However, ex-Bronco's wide receiver Eric Decker got the most attention when he parted ways with the Broncos Franchise.
How do you accidentally sue someone? A day after headlines trumpeted a new lawsuit against the NFL led by Dan Marino, it turns out that Marino had somehow seen his name accidentally added to the list of plaintiffs. He has since withdrawn. The lawsuit accuses the NFL of concealing information and misleading players as to the lasting effects of brain injuries, but Marino now claims he suffers no ill-effects from head injuries.
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