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• If you were concerned that Kyler Murray would miss much of the Cardinals’ offseason program, this should help: I was told the former first overall pick brought his teammates together for pitching sessions in Texas and Arizona over the past month. , and you’re back. ground in Phoenix one week prior to the team’s report submission date. This, needless to say, is a critical year for Murray in Arizona. After this season, he will be eligible for a second contract, hitting that critical post-Year 3 juncture for first-round quarterbacks, when teams have to make decisions about fifth-year options and, most of the time, if they are on or to your young signal callers. For Murray there is a second layer to this, given that Arizona missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. Another year without a playoffs, of course, could lead to other organizational changes that could affect the guys who invested so much in him in the first place.
• An interesting leader emerged in recent months in the NIL fight, and it’s one soccer fans should be familiar with: Ex-Ohio State, Bills and Chargers QB Cardale Jones. Initially, a friend of his, Brian Schottenstein, asked Jones to testify in front of Ohio politicians about his own experience as a college athlete and the possible results NIL could bring. “Of course, I wish this would happen when I was playing,” Jones said by phone Monday. “That would have been great, with all the opportunities we would have had [after the 2014 national title]. But by not having that, I’m happy that I can play a small role in bringing this to Ohio’s college athletes. These guys go into beautiful facilities every day that were built on the backs of the players, and I’m happy to do something to match that, and now do something for the players that have come after me. “Because of their place in everything This, Jones has also been in a position to mentor some athletes going through the change now – his words of wisdom are straightforward. “First of all, I say to them, ‘Hey, get a team of people around you, some people that they specialize in it, and that they can make sure they don’t take advantage of you, ‘”says Jones.” You don’t want to be caught not knowing your value or tied up in a contract that places unrealistic demands on your time. Get in touch with a professional, maximize your opportunities, but stay on task. Everything is great, but your academic knowledge and continuing to perform in the field come first. ” Jones, for his part, has also joined the business side of it all, serving as Jenloop’s advisor, which we detail in Monday’s column, through an ongoing relationship with NFL agent Neil Schwartz and his son Jesse. Jones even wore a hastily tailored Jenloop shirt. Jesse invited him to stay overnight at the press conference after Ohio passed the NIL legislation.
• A leftover from Jets coach Robert Saleh this morning: I asked him what it takes him the most about being Kyle Shanahan’s coach for the past four years, something he would like to bring with him to Jersey. “The trend is offense, right? Everyone wants to have the next offensive guru, ”Saleh says. “I think what people lose with all these guys is their leadership skills. There is a difference between being able to call plays and actually leading a soccer team, period. And that’s with any coach. And I think where Kyle sets himself apart from all of them is his ability to lead and set a style of play and a standard. When you look at that team, look at the ninersEven last year when you turn on the tape, there are common denominators that you see over and over again, you see the work, the effort, the attention to detail, the energy. He explodes off the tape and starts at the top with Kyle. I’ve been very lucky with Pete Carroll, Gus Bradley, I know he didn’t get the results, but he’s a phenomenal leader above anything else, and having Gary Kubiak as head coach, and then Kyle, I’ve been lucky. . Just to be able to see those men operate and be themselves and create a standard, understand that it’s not just the X’s and O’s that win soccer games, but the big picture, that’s where I think I’ve been very , very lucky to be. able to take a little bit of all of them, but keep it within the things I value. “And therein lies what Saleh hopes will be the foundation of what he’s building.” When the tape goes on, what do you see? “he says. “Many times what you see is the message of the organization. And with what I have been very fortunate, I have been surrounded by guys who inspire people to play football. They are already motivated. This is the perfect line, I heard it. from [Mike] Vrabel onceSoccer players are motivated to play, but can you inspire them to do more? It is absolutely true. They want to play. They are motivated, because they want to make money, they want to play in the NFL, they want to be great, they want to build their name. They want all of that. But can you inspire as an organization? And not just one individual person, the entire organization has to work to inspire these young people to step out of their comfort zone and do more. “
• It’s very interesting to see the Steelers, always homegrown, tattoo Melvin Ingram on Monday. And in a way, it shows they are stepping foot into a market inefficiency that rival Ravens have capitalized on in a big way in recent years: third-contract veterans. For the past two seasons, Pittsburgh has had success with one of those, Joe Haden, and Ingram joins former teammate Trai Turner as examples this offseason. Baltimore likes to do it (Eric Weddle, Earl Thomas, Calais Campbell, Mark Ingram, Kevin Zeitler) because, in general, those guys have predictable results, based on a long history, they have less implications on the selection of competitors, they contribute leadership and are more affordable.
• The Packers’ local revenue, which fell from $ 210.9 million in 2019 to $ 61.8 million in 2020 (remember, that’s revenue, not profit) should illustrate the losses that teams across the league suffered on last year. No, all teams weren’t the same: Some teams put more fans in the stands than the Packers (only in the playoffs) could last year, while others don’t have the additional reach to generate income outside of games than Green. Bay has, but those numbers can give you a general idea of where all 32 of the season came from. And while no one is shaking the couch for exactly twenty-five cents, the owners of the other 31 didn’t get rich by not aggressively tackling situations like this. Bottom line: The NFL’s determination that all games be played on time, in order to deliver its inventory to networks, was driven in part by a desire to establish monster broadcast deals after the season. Getting them was a way to mitigate losses, as was going to 17 games. Cutting payroll was another way teams and the league accomplished that. And overall, I think it has worked to accelerate some money-generating projects that the NFL was planning ahead of time. It will be interesting to see, then, if that happens with teams’ efforts to cash in on legalized play. The NFL’s stance in the past was that they would wait a long time until sports gambling was legal in every state with a team. It wouldn’t be surprising to see that change.
• I hadn’t seen what Adrian Peterson told Sports Talk 790 in Houston – “I’m ready to play ball” – before presenting my column this morning, but it brings me an amazing fact that is hidden there: With the retirement of Ted Ginn, if Peterson plays in 2021, he will be the last non-specialist in the 2007 draft class left in the league. That’s after nearly 3,500 taps, and while employing a punchy, Jim Brown-style running back. It is very clear that Peterson is not what he once was. But that he’s still here and capable of producing 4 yards per carry? Pretty crazy.
• Interesting to see the Jaguars award Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne a key contract concession on their rookie contracts: Neither deal has compensation language, making them the only two of the 27 first-round players. signed on to score that (Justin Fields has partial compensation). In simple terms, it basically means that if either of them were cut in the next three years, they would collect the remaining guarantees on the contract (and first-round contracts are fully guaranteed) and could sign elsewhere without being awarded their new contract. compensated for it. It’s basically a worst-case clause. And the Jaguars have relented on this before, but not with picks outside the Top 10, which at least makes me wonder if there’s a reason behind this, tied to what has long been a creed of Urban Meyer’s shows. : Make the players work at the base, but treat them first class if they give you what you ask for.
• While we’re there, only Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Rashawn Slater, Ali Vera-Tucker and Greg Newsome remain unsigned among the first rounds. All players selected in rounds 4-7 are signed, and 27 of the 32 second-round picks are under contract. That leaves the third round, where only 14 of 41 players are signed. That’s traditionally where things are a little slower, because there is more leeway in negotiating whether a team maximizes player space or not (and Texans doing it with Nico Collins at the end of the round made other players / agents will strive for the same type). treatment).
• We have only six teams left that actually “go” to training ground. Those six: Chiefs (St. Joseph, Missouri), Colts (Westfield, Indiana), Cowboys (Oxnard, California), Panthers (Spartanburg, SC), Rams (Irvine, California) and Washington (Richmond, Va.). And the Colts are really about 15 minutes from hometown facilities, and Washington is only going to Richmond for five days. I understand this trend, of course. Without two a day, and with time limits they can spend together and mandatory days off, there is less need to hijack teams; And there is so much infrastructure required to run an NFL team (technology, sports science, training, etc.), it is much more difficult to get back on track and move the operation than it used to be. Still, I’ll miss the days of Flagstaff and Mankato and Bethlehem and, for this year at least, Latrobe. Even if I know those days probably won’t come back.
• Michael Irvin’s tactics for trying to encourage players to get vaccinated, at their root, are the same as the league’s: if you are not going to do it for health reasons, you will make things difficult for yourself and, to the extent, your team (weight room restrictions for unvaccinated players is one area where coaches believe an impact can be felt) for the next six months. I’m just afraid we’re at a point where the league and individual teams have done so much to try to work with the players that the guys who aren’t yet vaccinated just won’t. Like we said this morning, the league is talking to the union about adding a few more incentives in potential benefits for teams getting over 85%, and I think that’s great. But if a player hasn’t moved yet, there isn’t much to move them from their spot now.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.