Today is the day that hundreds of declared college athletes have been waiting for. It’s the start of the 2012 NFL Draft. While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffith, III are shoe-ins for the top two picks, there are many others who have been dreaming of the NFL since they were in diapers and today could be the start of that dream for all. The draft will take place over the next three days with Round 1 being today, Round 2-3 tomorrow and Round 4-7 on Saturday. Who is your team going to choose for their upcoming roster?
Yesterday evening the 2012 NFL Schedule was released for the general public. The season starts off with a match up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on Wednesday, September 5th. It’ll be the first time the season would start on a Wednesday. And the Monday Night Football match ups will be a double-header with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens then the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The start of the season will definitely be something to look forward to. Some more great match ups coming up through the season will be conference championship rematches between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants along with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, those games are definitely going to be must see TV.
- 2012 NFL Schedule: Playoff Rematches You Must Not Miss (bleacherreport.com)
- Monday Night Football Schedule: Ravens and Bengals Reportedly Open MNF Slate (bleacherreport.com)
Raiders Safety, Matt Giordano has been resigned to the Oakland Raiders. Giordano had a great showing last season when he started in the last eight games with 70 combined tackles, one sack, and five interceptions. Giordano played in 15 games, but didn’t stand out until late in the season.
Considering the Raiders lack in defense, ending 29th in points allowed and yards allowed, Giordano is definitely a benefit for the team in helping their secondary.
- Raiders bring back Matt Giordano (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Oakland Raiders Free Agency: Raiders Re-Sign Matt Giordano (bleacherreport.com)
Drew Brees and former Saints linebacker, Scott Fujita and players union head, DeMaurice Smith met with NFL officials today to discuss the Saints bounty program that led to the suspension of head coach, Sean Payton as well as possible punishments against players that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says will occur. Goodell says there are about 22-30 players who were involved in the program including Fujita and linebacker, Jonathan Vilma. Punishments that have occurred already include the suspension of Payton, a fine of $500,000, stripped of two draft picks, general manager Mickey Loomis suspended for first eight games, and interim head coach, Joe Vitt who will be suspended for the first six regular-season games.
- AP source: Brees, Fujita, Smith meet with NFL (kansascity.com)
- Drew Brees and Players Union To Meet With NFL Over Bounty Scandal (inquisitr.com)
Saints Head Coach, Sean Payton’s appeal has been denied. He was recently punished for the bounty scandal that has been plaguing the team for weeks now. His punishment was being banned from his team for the 2012 season for simply knowing about the bounties that were occurring with his defense. According to Roger Goodell, Payton’s suspension will begin April 16th.
At around 8:59am this morning, I was woken up by one of my SportsCenter alerts confirming that Peyton Manning has instructed his agents to start negotiations with the Denver Broncos. Being a Raiders fan this news is very disheartening, but what would I have rather had? Manning as a 49er or a Bronco? Honestly I think I was hoping for neither, but it’s looking as though Manning will be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Where does that leave Tim Tebow? Well sources say that Tebow would ultimately be traded when the deal with Manning becomes finalized. I don’t like Tebow much at all since I see him as a running back posing as a quarterback. But I guess I would’ve took the lesser of two evils and had Tebow stay in Denver seeing as how the Raiders defense is in the rebuilding stage. This day following Peyton Manning and what he may do is going to get more interesting as the hours go by.
- Peyton Manning Broncos Deal Imminent, Will Tim Tebow Be Traded? (blippitt.com)
- Report: Peyton Manning Chooses Denver Broncos (bleacherreport.com)