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.
Taken from a list off of Yahoo! Sports
Arizona Cardinals: Calais Campbell, defensive end
Atlanta Falcons: Brent Grimes, cornerback
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice, running back
Chicago Bears: Matt Forte, running back
Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Nugent, kicker
Cleveland Browns: Phil Dawson, kicker
Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Spencer, linebacker
Denver Broncos: Matt Prater, kicker
Detroit Lions: Cliff Avril, defensive end
Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis, defensive end
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Scobee, kicker
Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe, wide receiver
New England Patriots: Wes Welker, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, quarterback
New York Giants: Steve Weatherford, punter
Oakland Raiders: Tyvon Branch, safety
Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson, wide receiver
San Francisco 49ers: Dashon Goldson, safety
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Connor Barth, kicker
Tennessee Titans: Michael Griffin, safety
Washington Redskins: Fred Davis, tight end
For the most part there were many key players who were franchise tagged giving the team another year to work out a contract, but there also some very important players who weren’t franchise tagged and could be left to test free agency or in works with a new contract.
Mario Williams (OLB, Houston Texans), Matt Flynn (QB, Green Bay Packers), Vincent Jackson (WR, San Diego Chargers), Carl Nicks (G, New Orleans Saints),Brandon Lloyd (WR, St. Louis Rams), Cortland Finnegan (CB, Tennessee Titans), Marques Colston(WR, New Orleans Saints).
From what is being said around the league both Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston are going to test their luck in free agency to take their talents elsewhere to another team.
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The Oakland Raiders are my favorite team and a question I ask myself a lot during the offseason is, what’s going on? Raiders are known for outrageous contracts and using free agency as the draft to sign players who used to be good but are no longer up to par.
But since so many changes have come up after the horrendous showing against San Diego, a game that would have pushed them into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. So what’s in store for the 8-8 team? The first thing done was wiping out most of the coaching staff from last season including head coach, Hue Jackson and replacing him with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen. Allen would be the first defensive minded coach since Raiders hired John Madden for the job in 1969, bringing the franchise a Super Bowl victory in 1976. Does that mean history will repeat itself, bring the franchise to glory once again? Only time will tell. Keep Reading There’s More…
So it’s been going around that wide receiver, Randy Moss is coming out of retirement to try and play again for a team. Supposedly there are teams like the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, are interested in the 35 year old receiver. My biggest question to this is who actually believed that Moss was seriously considering retirement because he wasn’t picked up last season? This in my opinion was inevitable. Moss, being a great receiver already is an athlete, an athlete with fire in him to still play the game. He has that competitive spirit to want him to keep going since he feels he still has some game left in him. Not only that, let’s take a look at the receivers stats and accomplishments, over the course of his career, Moss had at least one catch for 50-plus yards every year with catches for over 70 yards in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Keep Reading There’s More…
There has been so much talk about this. And I can see it from both sides of the story. So to explain to those who haven’t heard about this recent “scandal.” Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen had been taped criticizing the Patriots’ receiving core for all the dropped balls from the Super Bowl. She said that, ” [her husband] husband cannot f–king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time,” and “I cannot believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
So what I have to say about that is on one side, Bundchen should stay out of football business because she was not on the field during the game. She was not in the huddle so she should just stay out of it. Also, Brady could catch some hell from his own players, so it was better if she would have kept her mouth shut until she had some kind of privacy to herself or Brady himself. But on the other hand she has a point because she is defending her husband and just voicing her opinion on what she saw. She has a right to come to her husband’s defense and interpret what she saw.
Other players’ wives have come to her defense as well as some Patriots’ players. The situation should really be a non-issue
It’s been almost 24 hours since the New York Giants were named Super Bowl Champs and the media buzz that’s more intriguing is the missed opportunities made by the New England Patriots which caused them a fourth championship. The dropped balls, the interception, the sacks, had all attributed to the Patriots loss. So who was to blame? Was it Wes Welker‘s dropped pass that he makes al the time at every game? Was it the intentional grounding pass Tom Brady threw that caused a safety?There were many mistakes made by the team, but to the media and myself there was one play put the nail in the coffin. Wes Welker.
Wes Welker was pretty much alone with a clear shot at either a first down or a possible game winning touchdown with four minutes left in the game. Welker is one of the elite widereceivers of the league with 122 receptions for over 1500 yards and nine touchdowns. So how could a receiver that good blow such a huge opportunity? At this point it is neither here nor there because after the confetti falls, Welker and his teammates have to take that long trip back to their prospective homes without a championship ring. Keep Reading There’s More…
The NFL now has its Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants, who despite being the underdogs of the game made a huge impact by beating the New England Patriots. Going into this game it could appear to others and the media that the Patriots would be a shoe in for the victory.
But Eli Manning proved otherwise as he handed the ball off to Ahmad Bradshaw for a touchdown with 57 seconds left in the game for a five point lead. Though the Giants two-point conversion wasn’t a success it left Tom Brady with under a minute to make a comeback. Unfortunately this comeback did not happen a sack and dropped passes by the receivers. Which meant the NFL had its champs, the New York Giants and quarterback, Eli Manning as the Super Bowl XLVI’s MVP.
Being a lover of the game of football, I’d have to say that the game turned out a complete success. It was exciting with no clear cut favorite for the MVP trophy. Though I was rooting for the Patriots for this one, I have to give credit where credit is due and give a big hand clap for the Giants doing what they needed to do to come out with a victory. In the end, Congratulations to them.
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