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.
- Chargers mourn for legend Junior Seau (espn.go.com)
- Junior Seau dead after shooting at home – report (suntimes.com)
- NFL Star Junior Seau Found Dead in His Home (hollywood.com)
It has been reported today that former linebacker of the San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, CA home. There is speculation that Seau committed suicide, but this has yet to be confirmed. More details to come…
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.
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)
Wide receiver, DeSean Jackson has signed a five-year $51 million dollar contract to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson was franchise tagged at the beginning of free agency and it was determined that he would have made roughly $9.4 million this season under the tag. According to NFL.com Eagles coach, Andy Reid is elated to be able to keep his star receiver.
Jackson, at the beginning of last season decided to hold out since he would only make $500,000 for the entire season. For the numbers he was putting out there during the past three seasons, he deserved a lot more than that. But as of today he should have no complaints as to getting the amount he deserves.