It has been confirmed that former linebacker of the San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau, 43 committed suicide. Police have also said a gun was found near his body. Some sources claim that concussions that occurred during the NFL season are partially to blame for the list of suicides of NFL players, including Seau.
Seau started his career as a San Diego Charger and then later moved on to the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He leaves behind an ex wife and three children. He will be most remembered for his time with the Chargers and his contributions as one of the greatest defensive players who ever has played the game.
Rumors and speculation have run through the NFL that Matt Leinart would be working out for the Oakland Raiders, but up until now it was only a rumor. The Oakland Raiders have officially signed the former USC quarterback as a backup to starting quarterback, Carson Palmer. Leinart was a 2006 pick for the Arizona Cardinals and has yet to live up to the hype he received after leaving USC. After he was cut from the Cardinals he was signed to a one-year deal by the Houston Texans where he was the back up to starter Matt Schuab. Details of Leinart’s contract have yet to be released.
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)
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.
Wide receiver, Randy Moss has reached a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The receiver went to Santa Clara to work out for the team and coach Jim Harbaugh. It would be a great asset to the team since their receiving core is depleting with the loss of Braylon Edwards in December. Moss will join first round pick Michael Crabtree and quarterback, Alex Smith who has yet to be resigned. The team finished just shy of the the Super Bowl this past season and hope to go for a repeat of going even further. And just maybe Moss will be that missing link to take them to the big game.