After much speculation it all has come to a reality.Indianapolis Colts team owner, Jim Irsay made an emotional announcement that the team is releasing veteran quarterback, Peyton Manning rather than paying him a $28 million bonus. The quarterback had undergone some recent surgeries on a nerve in his neck that sidelined him during the entire 2011 season. This also caused a damper on the Colts season with a sad 2 wins and 14 losses. But with the release of Manning the Colts are more than likely going to take Stanford QB, Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 draft.
As the decision to release Manning was definitely not an easy task, it comes at a great gift to those teams searching for a quarterback to boost their season. The veteran quarterback will more than likely be a huge buzz around the league and definitely create predictions of where he will go. There are a few places the quarterback could be a great asset in teams like the San Francisco 49ers (who have yet to re-sign Alex Smith), Arizona Cardinals who need a good quarterback to compliment receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and possibly the Washington Redskins who haven’t had a stable quarterback since Mark Brunnell. So it’s going to be a busy next few weeks to see where the veteran quarterback will end up making his home.
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…
Free Agency is a big deal in the NFL. Some of the best players of a team’s roster enter into free agency due to money issues or roster space. Sometimes team’s have to let that player go or offer them a ridiculous amount of money to stay. This offseason there are a few notable players in free agency that may or may not stay with their teams. I’m going to discuss a few free agents that are more likely to stay with their teams, some that are going to leave, and those that are going to get franchise tagged.
#9 QB New Orleans Saints
Brees, despite not making it into this year’s super bowl had one of the most beautiful statistical years of his career. He broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles in a Monday night showdown between the Saints and division rivals, Atlanta Falcons. Brees completed the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns, an average of 342 yards a game and passer rating of 110.6.
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Hey all you football fans out there. This offseason I plan on writing about all the news and controversies that pop up within the next few months, including quarterback controversies, coaching changes, free agency, the combine and NFL draft, etc…
I want to talk about what happens after the Super Bowl Champ is crowned…so come back and stay tuned on what I have to say on all the latest NFL happenings.