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With NBA free agency moving fast and furious I thought it was interesting that there where people out their who thought that the other leagues could learn something from the way it went. Now sadly this plays into a lack of knowledge of the other sports as free agency on the NFL and the NHL move along at just about a fast of a pace as NBA free agency does. I guess no one was paying attention to those other two sports. Now baseball on the other hand they definitely could learn something.

Free agency is much easier to forecast when that certain league has a salary cap. Things are made even easier in the NBA as teams know what the maximum amount of years and money they can offer a player. While the NFL and the NHL don’t have the same contract limits and dollar amount they are still working against a salary cap.

Over in baseball it’s an entirely different story. There is no salary cap; so in reality teams can spend as much money as they’d like, but there is a luxury tax which a team has to pay if their total salaries go over a certain number. I’ve seen quite a few people try to say that the luxury tax is baseballs salary cap, but it’s not even close to that. In MLB it’s completely up to the team if they want to go over the luxury tax while in a salary cap league you have to make roster moves to stay under that salary cap number.

I don’t expect MLB to adopt a salary cap any time soon as it seems that the luxury tax has worked for them. If you’ve noticed these last few seasons most of the higher salaried teams have been doing their best to stay under the luxury tax line.

So while I don’t believe that baseball has to make any moves with their luxury tax I do think they could learn a thing or two about making their off season more interesting. With a new CBA coming up will see if there are any changes made to head that way.

We’re a little past the half way point with games played in baseball and looking at the standings and the way that things have played out I’d have to say that even though they’re 5 games over the .500 mark the Boston Red Sox have been one of the more disappointing teams this season.

Coming off of a World Series winning 2018 season the Red Sox went into the off season trying to stay under or close to the luxury tax we just talked about; so that took them out of the free agent market.

The only off season signings the Red Sox made was of their own players. They brought back World Series MVP Steven Pearce on a one year deal. Then they re-signed Nathan Eovaldi to a four year $68 million dollar deal.

Since the Red Sox where working on the cheap they allowed closer Craig Kimbrell to go into free agency. It was decided that they’d use a closer by committee format and that hasn’t served them very well. Boston has had 34 save opportunities this season and they’ve converted on just 17 of them. Six different relivers have saved at least one game this season with Ryan Brasier leading the way with 7 saves. I can understand the Red Sox not wanting to meet Kimbrell price as he was asking for 5 years and around $15 to $18 million dollars a season, but it appears as though they need a better solution than what they’ve been doing.

As for a better solution will see, but the Red Sox are making a change at closer. Boston has announced that when Eovaldi is reinstated from the 60 day IL he’ll be the teams closer. Now this could be as interesting as it is intriguing since health hasn’t been Eovaldi’s strong suit in his career.

Eovaldi went on the IL after he needed to have what was described as “loose bodies” removed from his right elbow. He is expected back after the All=Star break; when he’ll move into his new role.

In his career that has covered almost eight full seasons Eovaldi has pitched in 160 regular season games, but 152 of them have been as a starter. He has 0 career saves. As a starter Eovaldi has only made 30 plus starts once in his career 2014 and he hit his highest inning total in that same season 199 2/3rds. He has piled up quite a few injuries in his career even missing the entire 2017 season as he recovered from surgery.

Can he really be a guy who can be called on out of the bullpen to pitch two or even three days in a row?

It clear that the Red Sox are banking on the same kind of success as a closer that Eovaldi had coming out of the bullpen last post season, but is that really a reliable way to gauge him as a closer?

It’s clear that the Red Sox have to do something at the end of games as they find themselves 10 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East race. Boston is also 1 1/2 games behind the Oakland A’s for the second American League wild card spot, but aren’t their other options.

The Red Sox have always had a highly rated farm system and you’d have to think they’d be able to turn one of those prospects into an upgrade at closer and their should be some on the trade market.

I’m sure for the right prospect or package of prospects Boston could pick up Brad Hand, Shane Greene, Will Smith or a handful of other closers. It seems a though the Colorado Rockies have soured on Wade Davis and you can understand why with an ERA of 5.76, but he’s done the job before and has quite a bit of post season experience. You also have to think with the struggles Davis has had Boston might not have to give up too much to get him.

It will be interesting to see how Eovaldi fairs as a closer and if the Red Sox will make a deal just to have a guy in the bullpen; just in case. Whatever the Red Sox are going to do they can’t wait much longer or else their chances of repeating will be gone.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 26, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

While most of the reports out of Houston have been about the Chris Paul/James Harden relationship, yesterday things went in a different direction. There are a few reports out there that the Houston Rockets would be very interested in adding Jimmy Butler this off season. Now the Rockets aren’t the only team interested in acquiring Butler’s services, but they’d have to go about it an interesting way.

Butler is a free agent and what the Rockets would like to see happen is for the Philadelphia 76ers to re-sign Butler and then trade him to them. Now the 76ers have express interest in keeping Butler, so the Rockets would have to convince them to deal him.

In return for Butler the 76ers would receive two of these three players; Clint Capela, Eric Gordon or P.J. Tucker. All three are signed for at least four years, so that might be a lot of salary cap money for the 76ers to add. For this deal to get done, a third team might have to be added into it.

If the Rockets can’t find a way to add Butler, they have a list of seven other free agents they’d be interested in. Danny Green, Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez, Kevin Looney, DeAndre Jordan and Al-Farouq Aminu are the players on that list.

If one of these players were to be signed by the Rockets, it would be for the mid-level exception. The Rockets exception would fall somewhere between $5.71 and $9.25 million dollars. This dollar amount may limit them from adding Green, Lin or Lopez unless that player would be willing to take a little less money to sign with the Rockets.

With the Western Conference looking to be wide open next season, if the Rockets add Butler, would a Big 3 of Harden, Paul and Butler be enough to win the West? If Houston ends up falling short in acquiring Butler could they still win the Western Conference with the addition of one of the seven other free agents they’re interested in?

As for the 76ers they have already expressed interest in re-signing Butler, but they also have two other free agents that they have said they’d also like to re-sign. Tobias Harris and J.J. Reddick will both draw interest from other team as will Butler. So it might be pretty tough for Philadelphia to bring all three back, but apparently they’re going to try.

It looks like it’s going to take a 5-year max or close to max deal to sign Butler. The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in bringing Harris back to California. The 76ers acquired Harris from the Clippers last season along with Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. In return the Clippers received Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet and four draft picks. There have yet to be any teams linked to Reddick, but free agency hasn’t even started and in today’s NBA there are going to be teams lining up tp bring in a player who shoots 41.3% from the 3-point line.

If the 76ers do re-sign all three of these players it will put them over the salary cap and put them out of contention for a number of free agents.

Would you like to see the 76ers bring all three of these players back? If not all three which combination of these three players would you like to see brought back? Or maybe you’d like to see them re-sign jut one of these players. Which one of the three would you like to see re-signed?

The Cincinnati Bengals used the #11 pick in this past draft to select Jonah Williams an offensive tackle out of the University of Alabama. The Bengals where hoping that Williams would move into their starting left tackle spot, but now they’re going to have to wait a year to make that move.

It was announced yesterday that Williams had shoulder surgery and is likely to miss the entire season. It seems likely that Williams will be placed on Injured Reserve soon, but Cincinnati hasn’t made any move yet.

With Williams set to take over at left tackle Cordy Glenn was all set to move inside to the left guard position. Now with Williams out Glenn will go back to the left tackle position and Cincinnati will have to find someone else for left guard. Christian Westerman took the bulk of the starters snaps while Williams was out injured during mini-camp should get the first look at left guard. The Bengals also have veteran guard John Jerry in camp; so he’ll probably get some reps at left guard as well.

The Bengals did announce some positive offensive line news. Last years #1 pick 28th overall center Billy Price has had a solid spring after missing most of his rookie season. Price played in and started 10 games for the Bengals last season before being injured.

Will Robbie Gould be with the San Francisco 49ers when the 2019 season starts?

Gould spent his last two seasons with the 49ers and reached free agency after last season. The 49ers put the franchise tag on Gould which means he would earn $5 million dollars next season, but Gould hasn’t signed the franchise tag ad has asked for a trade.

It appeared as though Gould was interested in returning to the Chicago Bears. Gould spent his first 11 seasons before the Bears released him. The Bears kicking situation is a mess and at one point I think Chicago had eight kickers under contract; so adding someone like Gould would quickly clear up that situation.

In his career Gould has made 358 of the 408 field goals he’s attempted in his career and he’s hit on 454 of the 465 extra points he’s attempted. That’s 87.7% on field goals and 97.6 on extra points. Gould made 33 of the 34 field goals he attempted last season; he led the league at 97.1% field goal accuracy.

It’s understandable with how accurate Gould is that the 49ers don’t want to lose him, but Gould has mentioned that he’d like to spend more time at home with his family and they’re in Chicago.

So what do you think; where does Robbie Gould end up playing next season?

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How was your week

Posted: April 27, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems as though no matter who or what the New York Giants do in the NFL draft they’re destine to get criticized.

If you can go back to last years draft just about ever expect said that the Giants had to take a quarterback. Well they had the second pick in that draft and instead of taking that quarterback of the future they went with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and they got crushed for it.

Even though Barkley rushed for 1307 yards with 11 touchdowns and added 91 receptions and 4 more touchdowns he was a bad draft pick. Really?

Barkley was even chosen Rookie of the Year over the five quarterbacks that where taken in the 1st round with him, but he was a bad pick for the Giants. I guess in the pass happy NFL having a running back that doesn’t have to come off the field in passing situations and is a dangerous any time he has the football in his hands isn’t better than having a young quarterback to sit behind Eli Manning.

Now coming into this years draft the Giants had two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and it appeared as though one of these picks would be used to find that successor to Manning. As it turned out the Giants did end up using the 6th pick on a quarterback and they still got killed for it by the experts.

It seemed as tough everyone was under the impression that the Giants would be taking Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with that 6th pick. Instead they used that pick to take quarterback Daniel Jones from Duke. I did see a few mock drafts that had the Giants taking Jones, but the majority and it was a big majority of mock drafts had them going with Haskins.

Obviously the Giants had Jones rated as a better prospect than Haskins; so they went with the guy they liked better and it seems as though they made the wrong choice. Did they?

It was clear that no matter who the Giants drafted had very little chance to play this coming season unless Manning got injured; so Jones now has an entire year to develop. Which is how quarterbacks use to be handled before everyone that was drafted was going to revolutionize the quarterback position.

Now what I can’t figure out is how right now this very minute everyone seems to know that Haskins is going to be the better quarterback than Jones when everything is said and done. How do we know that Drew Lock who was the only quarterback taken in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos or Will Grier who was the only quarterback taken I the 3rd round by the Carolina Panthers won’t turn out to be the best quarterback taken in this draft. It’s completely possible that a quarterback that hasn’t even been draft yet could be the best one selected in this draft; how do we know? Plain and simple we don’t.

After looking and considering all of this; how do we know that the Giants made the wrong pick in Jones.

By the way Haskins only stayed on the draft board until the 15th pick. He’s now a member of the Washington Redskins.

The other interesting story coming into this draft was what would the Arizona Cardinals do with last years #1 pick Josh Rosen who went 10th overall after the Cardinals gave a quite a bit to move up to take him.

It had been reported that the Cardinals where looking for a 1st round pick in any deal they made involving Rosen, but they weren’t gong to get that especially when they used the 1st pick in this draft to take quarterback Kyler Murray.

Any team looking for a quarterback pretty much had the Cardinals over a barrel as there was no way they’d go into camp with both Rosen and Murray on the roster.

In the end the Cardinals got more for Rosen than I thought they would. Rosen was sent to the Miami Dolphins for a 2nd round pick #62 overall and a 5th round pick in the 2020 draft. Arizona used that 62nd pick to select wide receiver Andy Isabella from the University of Massachusetts.

I was a little surprised to see that it was the Dolphins who ended up being the team that dealt for Rosen. Remember Miami signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two year deal this off season and he looked as though he’d be the starting quarterback.

There had been some reports that the Dolphins would go with Fitzpatrick under center and just take their lumps this coming season. With the pan being that Miami would find their quarterback in the 2020 draft when it’s suppose to be a better quarterback daft than this one.

So was Miami the team you saw Rosen going to? and do you think he’ll be the Dolphins starter in Week 1?

Now the draft isn’t over as we still have three rounds to get through today starting at Noon. Arizona will start things off with pick #103 and the Cardinals will also end the draft as they hold the final draft selection #254 as well.

We’ve only seen the four quarterbacks selected; so where will guys like Ryan Finley, Jarrett Stidham and Tyree Jackson end up. There are also players like Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love and Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley who are some of the best players available and should get their names called in this draft.

There are always a lot of players found in these rounds of the draft that turn into Hall of Fame players; so you just never know what a player drafted in these rounds will end up turning into. That’s one of the things that makes the NFL draft so interesting. Can your favorite team find that late round gem to fill out their roster this year?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 24, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I hope you’re ready for the NFL draft because it kicks off tomorrow with Round 1.

Now there are a lot of ways to watch the draft if you aren’t in Nashville to see it live. ABC along with ESPN and ESPN Deportes will be covering all three days for Disney while the NFL Network as you’d expect will also cover all three days of the NFL draft.

The Arizona cardinals have the first pick in the draft and even though they selected what they thought was their franchise quarterback last season it appears that with the coaching change they made in the off season they’ll also bring in a new franchise quarterback as it appears as though Arizona will select Kyler Murray with the first pick. There where some rumors earlier this week that the Cardinals where considering going with another player at #1, but I’m sure that was just  smoke screen to try and draw some interest in Josh Rosen; who was the quarterback they took in the first round last year.

There are a couple of teams out their where Rosen would be a nice fit, but I don’t think that they’re willing to give the Cardinals what they’d want in a trade for him. Rosen was the 10th pick in last years draft; so you’d have to think that Arizona would like to get a late 1st or early 2nd round pick in return for him, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

Rosen played in 14 games last season and started 13 of those games. He completed 55.2% of his passes while throwing for 2278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Arizona went 3-10 in the games Rosen started. Rosen also rushed for 123 yards, but was sacked 45 times. Rosen also fumbled the football 10 times losing 7 of those fumbles. Now Rosen’s numbers weren’t great, but remember the Cardinals are picking first because they had the worst record in the NFL; so he wasn’t playing for a very good team.

Including Murray most experts expect three to four quarterbacks to be selected in Round 1 of the NFL draft. Is it possible that one of those teams that is expected or interested in drafting a quarterback would make a trade for Rosen?

The New York Giants have two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and everyone expects them to select the quarterback they see as the successor to Eli Manning. Is it possible the Giants would trade a later round pick for Rosen and let him sit behind Manning for a year before taking over as the starter?

The Washington Redskins are sitting with the 15th pick in the 1st round and with the terrible injury to Alex Smith last season that could be career ending the Redskins look like they might take a quarterback in Round 1. Maybe the Redskins are the team that deals for Rosen.

The Denver Broncos could be a bit of a wild card in all this. Denver has the 10th pick in the 1st round and there are some mock drafts that have them taking a quarterback with that pick. Now Denver did bring Joe Flacco in to be the starter, but they’d like a young guy behind him. Could that young guy be Rosen?

There has also been some speculation that with a new head coach the Cincinnati Bengals will draft a quarterback. The Bengals have the 11th pick; so there will be somewhere there when they pick, but it might make more sense for then to fill another need with that pick and see if they could acquire Rosen for a 2nd or maybe even a 3rd round pick.

All signs point to the Miami Dolphins needing a young quarterback to develop, but it seems as though they’re fine with going though this season with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter and finding that young quarterback in the 2020 draft.

Ben Rothlisberger is 37 years old and entering his 16th season. Not so much last season, but the couple of seasons before last Rothlisberger had talked about retirement; so maybe that crops up again. Even though there are reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Rothlisberger are trying to work out a contract extension he is only officially signed though the 2019 season.

Pittsburgh has the 20th pick in the 1st round and depending on how long they think Rothlisberger is going to play; could they draft a quarterback? Or are they a possible trading partner with Arizona for Rosen?

I even heard some talk that the New England Patriots might be interested in dealing for Rosen. Now Tom Brady is planning on playing until he’s 45 years old; so Rosen would have to sit behind him for a while, but could New England make this deal?

I fully expect the Patriots to trade their 1st round pick which is the final pick in the 1st round #32, but I don’t think it will be for Rosen. My guess is they’ll more down and acquire more draft picks like they’ve doe so many times in the draft.

Where do you see Josh Rosen ended up? and what do you think the Cardinals get for him?

Prior to tomorrow’s draft the Seattle Seahawks added some draft picks by trading their top pass rusher from last season Frank Clark for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In return for Clark the Seahawks will receive the Chiefs 2019 1st round draft pick which is 29th overall. The teams will also swap 3rd round picks in this draft and the Seahawks will also receive the lower of Kansas City’s 2nd round picks in the 2020 draft.

The Seahawks had placed the franchised tag on Clark, but he had yet to sign the $17.128 million dollar tag. With being traded to the Chiefs Clark also agreed to a five year $105.5 million dollar deal with 63.5 million dollars in guaranteed money.

In four season with Seattle Clark had 35 sacks with the 13 sacks he posted last season being a career high. Clark also made 33 solo tackles assisted on 8 other tackles had 10 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hits last season. Clark recovered 2 fumbles last season while forcing 3 fumbles and he also snagged his first career interception last season.

Clark should help the Chiefs replace Justin Houston who was released by Kansas City in March and is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 27, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re just one day away from the Major League Baseball season starting. I know, I know there where two games that counted, but we’ve been over this before and you know how I feel about that. Tomorrow all 30 teams are in action and that’s opening day!

Now I’ve seen a lot of predictions for the upcoming season and at Sports Time Radio we have made our picks as well. I decided that I’m going to do something different with our picks this season. Instead of building one giant blog just our picks I’m going to do individual posting of our picks. We had five different people make predictions for the upcoming baseball season and we would have or might have six people if Mr. Fantasy’s predictions show up before I get everything posted. I’m going to try and get them all up here by this weekend; so you’ll be able to see what we think will happen this coming season.

If you’ve made any predictions that you feel like sharing go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll add them in with our predictions.

I saw a couple of interesting or some people might say surprise moves as teams finalized their rosters for the start of the season. Instead of sending their top prospect down to the minors to push back that players arbitration clock both the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres decided to start the season off with their best prospects o the major league roster.

With an injury to Jon Jay the White decided that Eloy Jimenez would be on the opening day roster. Of course now that the White Sox have Jimenez signed to a contract and they know he’ll be with the team for the next 8 years I’m sure this decision became much easier for them. Jimenez hit .250 in spring training with 2 home runs. Jimenez is just 22 years old and it will be very interesting to see how he’ll do as an everyday major leaguer.

In San Diego the Padres decided that 20 year old Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the opening day shortstop. I’m sure that it helped Tatis’ cause that Manny Machado has lobbied for him to be on the opening day roster. Tatis had a solid spring hitting .265 with 2 home runs.

It will be a big step as a 20 year old for Tatis to be the everyday shortstop, but he has a lot of veteran support in the Padres infield. Not only will Tatis have Machado next to him at 3rd base, but Ian Kinsler will be at 2nd base and Eric Hosmer will be the 1st baseman. All of these players have won Gold Gloves and will be able to help Tatis.

As big of a surprise as it was that Tatis will be on the San Diego’s opening day roster the fact that Luis Urias was the player who was sent to Triple-A to make room for Tatis.

Urias struggled in spring training hitting .213 with 2 home runs. Urias also struck out 16 times in 47 at bats. Urias played in 12 games at the end of 2018 for the Padres. He hit .208 with 2 home runs, but in 48 at bats he struck out 10 times.

There was some questions on why the Padres kept Jose Pirela and Greg Garcia on the roster instead of Urias. You’d have to think that’s it’s better for Urias to be getting full time at bat at the Triple-A level than sitting on the bench in the majors behind Kinsler.

Urias is just 22; so if he figures things out at Triple-A it probably won’t be long before he’s back in the major leagues.

Here’s a list of ever opening day starting pitcher in the order of the games start times.

Andrew Cashner-Orioles, Masahiro Tanaka-Yankees, Jacob deGrom-Mets, Max Scherzer-Nationals, Miles Mikolas-Cardinals, Jhoulys Chacin-Brewers, Julio Teheran-Braves, Aaron Nola-Phillies, Jordan Zimmerman-Tigers, Marcus Stroman-Blue Jays, Zack Greinke-Diamondbacks, Hyun-Jin Ryu-Dodgers, Justin Verlander-Astros, Blake Snell-Rays, Jon Lester-Cubs, Mike Minor-Rangers, Trevor Cahill-Angles, Mike Fiers-A’s, Madison Bumgarner-Giants, Eric Lauer-Padres, Corey Kluber-Indians, Jose Berrios-Twins, Kyle Freeland-Rockies, Jose Urena-Marlins, Jameson Taillon-Pirates, Luis Castillo-Reds, Carlos Rodon-White Sox, Brad Keller-Royals, Chris Sale-Red Sox, Marco Gonzales-Mariners.

Don’t forget to adjust your fantasy line ups for your weekly leagues and you’ll have to start doing your breakdowns for who you’ll start in daily fantasy tomorrow.

Clem Daniels passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Now that name might not mean a lot to people, but if you take the time to look into Daniels you’ll find out that he was the all-time leading rusher in the AFL.

In shot the AFL was the American Football League that was founded in 1959 and went head to head with the National Football League from he 1960 season until the 1970 season before he leagues merged.

Daniels played 9 season in the AFL. He started with the Dallas Texans in 1960, but had just 1 carry that season for -2 yards. In 1961 he joined the Oakland Raiders and sent the next seven seasons in a Raiders uniform. Daniels wrapped up his career after the 1968 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers after one season with them.

Daniels best season was in 1963 when he rushed for 1099 with the Raiders. Now remember they only played 14 games in a season then.

In his career Daniels had 5138 career rushing yards on 1146 carries; so he averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his career. He played in 110 games in his 9 year career and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. Oddly out of those 110 games Daniels only started in 29 of them. Daniels was also a solid receiver as he caught 203 career passes for 3314 yards an average of 16.3 yards per receptions and he had 24 career touchdown receptions. Daniels also spent some time as a return man. He returned 57 kickoffs for 1206 yards and 8 punt for 103 yards. Daniels retired at the age of 33 after the 1968 season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 13, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well NFL free agency is going strong, but wat might’ve come as a bit of a surprise was the trade that was made later in the day.

The New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. In return the Giants will receive a 2019 1st round pick, a 2019 3rd round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. It’s clear that the Giants got much, much more that the Pittsburgh Steelers did when they traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, but I guess the question still is; did they get enough in return for Beckham?

Beckham has missed some games with injuries the last two seasons, but he’s still considered one of the best if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. In 12 games last season Beckham put up 1052 yards on 77 catches with 6 touchdowns. With the exception of the last two seasons when injuries cost him a few games Beckham had been putting up 1300 plus yards and 10 plus touchdowns in his first three seasons.

In Cleveland Beckham will reunite with his former college teammate Jarvis Landry who was the Browns leading receiver last season. Landry had 81 receptions, 976 yards and 4 touchdowns. By adding Beckham it should draw coverage away from Landry and up and coming tight end David Njoku; who where Cleveland’s top two receivers last season.

The Browns have added two top offensive weapons in Beckham and running back Kareem Hunt. Of course will have to see what kind of suspension the NFL gives Hunt for his issue last season that the Kansas City Chiefs cut him for. Even without Hunt the Browns will still have Nick Chubb. Chubb took over as the #1 running back when Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaquars and ended up leading the team in rushing with 996 yards. He also led Cleveland in rushing touchdowns with 8.

It looks like the Browns are set up for success after years of being the laughingstock of the NFL. If Baker Mayfield makes positive strides in his second year under center the Browns might even dare to say make the playoffs. If that does happen for Cleveland it will be the first time in 16 seasons that they’ll be in the post season.

It might be a little early for you to make a prediction, but with the Moves the Browns have made; do you think they’re a playoff team right now?

If you’re a fan of the New York Jets you woke up this morning to the news that the Jets have signed Le’Von Bell to a 4 year $52.5 million dollar deal. The deal includes $35 million dollars in guaranteed money.

As I’m sure everyone knows by now Bell sat out all of last season rather than sign the franchise tag which would’ve pad him $14.4 million dollar. It was the second straight year that bell had the franchise tag placed on him by is now former team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell will be an interesting case study. There haven’t been a lot of players who have taken a year off and came back and played well, but Bell has some things going for him. Bell is jut 27 years old and while he did miss 10 games in 2015 due to injury; which I believe was a recurring hamstring injury. So Bell hasn’t suffered a serious injury.

Bell is definitely a workhorse type of running back and with his receiving skills he doesn’t have to be replaced in passing situations. Bell has three 1200 plus yard rushing seasons with 35 career rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.3 yards per carry in his career. Bell has caught over 80 passes twice in his career and has 312 career receptions for 2660 yards and 7 touchdowns.

With the addition of Bell the Jets backfield is quite crowded. Bilal Powell is a free agent; so you have to think the Jets will just let him sign elsewhere, but that leaves Isaiah Crowell, Trent Cannon and Elijah McGuire on the roster. You’d have to think that Crowell is probably the odd man out here and that he’ll end up being released. Cannon and McGuire are both 24 years old and should be able to contribute on special teams either as return men or just cover guys. At this point in his career I’m not sure if Crowell sees himself as a special teams player.

The Jets have been busy this off season. They re-sign two of their own players defensive end Henry Anderson and cornerback Darryl Roberts. They’ve added two free agent wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder as well as signing linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets also acquired guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders in a trade over the weekend.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has been very busy, but will have to see if these moves pay off and if the Jets have improved enough to compete with the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

How vastly different are the NFL off season and the MLB off season. The new NFL season hasn’t even officially started, but teams are allowed to negotiate with players and agreed to deal; so things more very quickly. Now in the MLB it’s a very, very different story. Free agency drags and drags to the point where I was sick and tired of hearing about it. Even right now with the season 15 days away; not counting those two games in Japan there are two top players Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrell that are still unsigned. I think the Major League Baseball could really learn something from the way the NFL off season is handle and bring some excitement to there off season instead of everyone just sitting around for months at a time with nothing to report. I seriously doubt that baseball will do anything or try to do anything about it, but if you’re a fan of both sports you can’t tell me that you enjoyed the MLB off season more than you’ve enjoyed this NFL off season. Don’t forget tat the NFL still has the draft coming up as well.

Please MLB learn something!

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How was your week?

Posted: March 9, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the baseball season not quite started and the NHL and NBA seasons winding down the NFL should have a chance to really dominant the media’s attention this week.

The new NFL league year starts on Monday, so all of the trades that where agreed upon will become official. Then on Wednesday free agency starts and even though teams haven’t been allowed to negotiate with players there always seem to be a lot of signings right off the bat. Let’s take a look at some free agents and possible landing spots.

Let’s start with Le’Veon Bell. He sat out all of last season and wants a big contract that would be precedent setting at the running back position. Bell brings wide receiver skills to the running back position and while I doubt he gets the contract he’s looking for, he’ll still end up with a deal that will put him in the upper echelon of running back contracts.

As for fit and who can afford Bell. Well the Indianapolis Colts have the most salary cap space and Bell would be an upgrade in the backfield for them. The New York Jets are right behind the Colts in free cap space, so maybe they’ll take a shot at signing Bell. The Jets went after quite a few top free agents last off  season but didn’t have any luck signing them. Maybe Bell changes that for them. It’s difficult to find a place where Bell wouldn’t fit but it’s just a matter of who has the cap space to sign him. About the only team with a lot of available cap space that might not have an interest in Bell could be the Cleveland Browns. Otherwise I’d look for a lot of teams to talk contract with him.

I was a little surprised to see the New York Giants let Landon Collins go into free agency. To be fair there are a lot of veteran safeties on the free agent market this off season but Collins is the youngest of that group. He should draw quite bit of attention.

This is a spot where a team like the Browns could jump in but also expect the Green Bay Packers to show some interest in Collins. He should also get some interest from the Cincinnati Bengals and possibly the Dallas Cowboys. The question here may be, would a team play top dollar for Collins when you might be able to get an Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu for a little less.

The quarterback market should be an interesting place this week. There really isn’t a franchise changing type of quarterback on the market but there are three solid veteran guys and one of them has won a Super Bowl.

There have been a lot of reports out there that when free agency opens on Wednesday Nick Foles will sign with the Jacksonville Jaquars. This makes sense as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator is John DeFlippo, who was Foles quarterback coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles isn’t a fit for every NFL offense and landing in a comfortable spot would be the best thing for him.

If reports are true and Foles signs with Jacksonville, where might we see Teddy Bridgewater ad Tyrod Taylor end up?

It appeared that Bridgewater landed in a good spot with the New Orleans Saints but in his one start last season he didn’t look very good. To be fair though it was the last week of the season and the Saints sat some starters. Before he got injured Bridgewater looked like he’d be the Minnesota Vikings franchise quarterback. Maybe there’s a team out there that still sees him as that.

Taylor started the first 3 games of last season for the Cleveland Browns. Of course when the team your with spends a #1 draft pick on a quarterback you know your time is short. Taylor threw for 473 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions bu t completed just 49.4% of his passes. Taylor is a threat as a runner as he averaged 7.8 yards per run last season and scored a touchdown.

It looks like there might be just one starting spot open after Foles fills that role with Jacksonville. The Miami Dolphins could be in the market for a starting quarterback. If you’re the Dolphins would you go with Bridgewater or Taylor?

There aren’t a lot of top pass rusher on the free agent market this season; so teams may have to decide between Trey Flowers and Ezekiel Ansah.

Flowers posted a career high 7 1/2 sacks last season in 15 games while Ansah played in just 7 games last season and recorded 4 sacks. Flowers is just 25 years old and may have his best football ahead of him. Ansah is 29 and did have 14 1/2 sacks in 2015.

If a team isn’t willing to pay Flowers or Ansah maybe they’d be willing to take a chance on Dante Fowler Jr. He’s just and was the #3 pick in the 2015 draft. Fowler Jr. hasn’t really lived up to his draft hype though; so a team would have to hope that he’d reach his potential with them.

Without that top pass rusher on the free agent market this off season we might see teams try to find one on the trade market. There have been some reports that the Kansas City Chiefs might be willing to trade either Dee Ford or Justin Houston.

If your team is looking for wide receivers there are a couple available in free agency. Tyrell Williams seems to be the one getting the most attention, but Devin Funchess and veteran Golden Tate are also free agents.

Williams caught 41 passes and scored 5 touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers last season. Williams did have a 1059 yards in 2016, but was never a #1 receiver for San Diego.

Funchess was in a bit of a crowded receiving corp with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 44 passes for 4  touchdowns after having a career year in 2017 where he had 63 receptions. 840 yards and 8 touchdowns. Could more targets equal more production?

Tate will be entering his 10th season in 2019, but he has four seasons where he’s caught 90 plus passes. Last season he played 7 games with the Detroit Lions and 8 games with the Philadelphia eagles. He caught 74 passes and scored 4 touchdowns combined last season. Tate might not be that #1 receiver that he use to be, but there’s a team out there that he’ll be able to help.

After Bell the running back market seems a little thin, but there are a couple of players that can help a team.

Mark Ingram was a solid contributor to the New Orleans Saints offense for 8 seasons. He had back to back 1000 yard seasons in 2016 and 2017, but last season he ran for 645 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ingram is 29 and could probably be able to carry a teams rushing workload for a couple of seasons if that’s what they need. A team that misses out on signing Bell could benefit from bringing Ingram in.

Tevin Coleman had always been looked at as a 3rd down change of pace back, but when Devonta Freeman went down with an injury last season Coleman was able to step in as the #1 running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman had a career high 167 carries last season; he rushed for 800 yards and 4 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Coleman has always been a threat in the passing game and last season he caught a career high 32 passes for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns. Could Coleman be more than a change of pace back if given the chance?

Well there’s a look at some of the free agents available right now. Who do you think will sign where?

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How was your week?

Posted: February 23, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

How different will the Pittsburgh Steelers look next season?

Now everyone knows that there’s turnover on an NFL roster between every season but when was the last time a team had to replace it’s top two offensive weapons? I’m trying to think when was the last time an NFL team lost two players as important to their offense as it looks like the Steelers will this off season. What will the Steelers do to replace these players?

As I’m sure you figured out, I was talking about Le’von Bell and Antonio Brown. It does appear as though the Steelers have the players they think can help fill the void when these two players leave but are they correct?

Of course the Steelers had to figure out how to replace Bell this past season as he sat out the entire season after being franchised tagged for the second season in a row.

James Connor stepped in for Bell at running back and I believe he ended up putting up better numbers than most people thought he would. Connor played in 13 games last season starting 12 of them. He carried the football 215 times for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns. Connor also caught 55 passes for 497 yards and 1 touchdown. Missing three plus games with injury prevented Connor from putting up a 1000 yard rushing season. So it looks like he’s a capable replacement in the running game for Bell but can he fill his shoes as a receiver?

The passing game is where Bell’s biggest contention in his pay seems to be. Bell is one of the few running backs in the NFL that a team doesn’t have to take off the field in obvious passing situations and in the NFL receivers are paid much better than running backs are. Bell wanted to be paid not only as a top tier running back but also as the top receiver that he is. In 2017 Bell caught a career high 85 passes for 655 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his 5 year career Bell has caught 312 passes and that’s including 2015 where he played just 6 games due to injury.

Bell was second on the team with those 85 receptions in 2017 behind only Antonio Brown but to be fair to Connor, he was 3rd on the Steelers in receptions last season behind Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Bell appears to be a special combination of a running back who has top flight receiving skills. Do you think that this will get high the contract he wants? Where do you think he’ll end up playing next season?

Of course the other offensive star who wants out of Pittsburgh is Brown, but will be able to force his way out vis trade? Brown has a large social media presence and has already said goodbye to the Steelers fans on that platform. He also had a meeting with Steelers owner Dan Rooney and it appears that both sides seem to think that trading Brown is the teams best options.

Brown will have some big receiving numbers to replace. He has caught at least 101 passes in a season since 2013. Over those six seasons he’s led the NFL in receptions twice and yards twice. Last season his 15 touchdown receptions led the league. Brown has seven 1000 yard season in his nine year career.

Brown’s numbers last season where very good again as he caught 104 passes for 1297 yards and those 15 touchdowns, but for the first time in six seasons Brown wasn’t the Steelers leaders in receptions or yards. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team with 111 receptions and 1426 while adding 7 touchdowns.

After Brown and Smith-Schuster the next wide receiver; Ryan Switzer had 46 receptions. Of course tight ends Vance McDonald with 50 receptions and Jesse James with 30 receptions also help in the passing game.

It doesn’t appear that Switzer would be the guy to take over for Brown as a starting wide receiver though. There have been reports that if the Steelers don’t use a high draft pick on a receiver, that James Washington would be the guy they turn to take over as the starting wide receiver opposite Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers took Washington in the 2nd round, 60th overall of the 2018 draft. Washington played in 14 games starting 6 of them. He caught 16 passes for 217 yards and 1 touchdown.

Can Washington step up as a second year player and help shoulder the load that Brown carried in the Steelers offense? Or could he at least provide enough help so that Smith-Schuster can ascend to the top eschelon of NFL receivers.

What do you see the Steelers doing; will they go with Washington as their #2 receiver next season? Will they use a high draft pick on a wide receiver? Or is it possible that they’ll try to sign a free agent to help replace Brown?

One thing is for sure if the Steelers want to return to the playoffs next season which they missed out last season for the first time in five years. They’re going to need both Connor and Smith-Schuster to take that next step into NFL superstardom.

We didn’t even get into the Ben Rothlisberger discussion and I’m not talking about the stories that have come out in the media this week but the fact that Rothlisberger is in the final year of his contract and he’ll turn 37 years old in March.

Rothlisberger himself has mentioned retirement the last couple of off-seasons and you have to wonder if the offense struggles next season with new pieces being put in place for Bell and Brown if Rothlisberger might just walk away.

The Steelers do have three other quarterbacks under contract. Do you think that Mason Rudolph, Joshua Dobbs or Brogan Roback is the heir apparent to Rothlisberger?

Without Brown and Bell the Steelers will look different on offense next season. If Rothlisberger walks away after the 2020 season imagine how much change the offense will go through.

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How was your week

Posted: February 9, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well the NBA trade deadline came and went and Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Now that Davis will be with the Pelicans for the rest of this season the question became if New Orleans would play him. Now the NBA does have a rule regarding “rest” of a player and they reminded New Orleans that a violation of that rule carries a $100,000 fine.

Davis player for the first time since January 18th and had played well as the Pelicans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-117 on Friday night. Davis played 25 minutes in the game, but sat out the entire 4th quarter. In his return Davis ended up scoring 32 points. Davis shot 11 of 15 from the floor; missing the only 3-pointer he took. He was also 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Davis added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocked shots to his stat line.

I’m sure with Davis on is way out the door at the end of the season that the Pelicans would prefer to land in the draft lottery and take their chances there, but sitting at 25-31 New Orleans is just 5 games out of the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot. Now I don’t expect the Pelicans to make an actual effort to get into the playoff, but they do have a chance to get into them. my guess is if they start to trend upwards that Davis minutes will decline, but will have to wait and see how they play that and him.

So who was the biggest star traded at the deadline? I guess you’d have to pick between Tobias Harris or Marc Gasol unless you’re an Otto Porter Jr. guy.

Harris was the first one in that group dealt. Harris went to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. In return the 76ers sent Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a lottery protected 2020 1st round draft pick, a 2021 1st and 2nd round pick and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Washington Wizards where able to move Porter Jr. and his big contract to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabri Parker and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Memphis Grizzlies had talked about moving their top two players before the trade deadline expired, but in the end they only moved one of them. Memphis sent Gasol to the Toronto Raptors for Jonas Valanciunias, CJ Miles, Delon Wright and a 2024 2nd round pick.

While he was playing on Wednesday night Harrison Barnes was traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.

Now depending on which report you want to believe either Barnes was notified by the Mavericks that this could happen and he wanted to pay or he was caught completely by surprise while have was playing. Now it’s not the first time a player has ever been traded during a game, but for some reason LeBron James decided to chime in about the situation on his Instagram page.

Here’s what James wrote: “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???”. He added: “Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”

Now it’s clear that James wasn’t defending Barnes in any way shape or form, but was trying to get his point across about Anthony Davis. Is there actually anyone out their that thought this post was about Barnes?

Since about the July 31st trading deadline last season there has been speculation that the Miami Marlins would be trading catcher J.T. Realmuto and while it took about 7 months it finally happened.

On Thursday the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Realmuto from the Marlins for catcher Jorge Alfaro and two pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and left hander Will Stewart. The Marlins also picked up an International signing slot worth $250,000.

Realmuto is coming off a season where he posted a career high in home runs with 21 and RBI’s with 74. With the move to a more hitter friendly Citizen’s Bank Park for 81 games this season he may post another career high in home runs this season.

Sanchez was the top pitching prospect in the Phillies organization, but has had injury issues. Sanchez pitched 46 2/3rd innings last season due to injury and has never thrown more than 95 innings in a season. He did go 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in high Class A last season. Sanchez is just 20 years old and is headed into his fifth season; so the Marlins have time to develop him.

Stewart is 21 years old and doesn’t seem to be considered a prospect, but he went 8-1 with an ERA of 2.06 over 20 starts in Class A last season. Stewart threw 113 2/3rd innings last season and had 2 complete game shutouts. I’m not sure why Stewart isn’t considered a prospect, but if he keeps putting up numbers like he did last season he’ll find his way into the big leagues.

By dealing Realmuto the Marlins needed a catcher; so Alfaro was put into this deal. Alfaro played in 108 games last season. He hit .262 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI’s. The issue with Alfaro like a lot of players today is that he strikes out a lot. Last season he struck out 134 times in 344 at bats. Alfaro is looked at as a good defensive catcher and he threw out 26% of runners trying to steal last season.

Of course the first question that came up was; did the Marlins get enough for Realmuto. It seemed as though the Marlins where asking for a lot more than the other teams looking to deal for Realmuto than they ended up getting from the Phillies. I guess will have to wait and see how this deal turns out.

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How was your week

Posted: February 2, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, NFL picks, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Thursday it was announced that LeBron James would miss his 18th straight game with a groin injury, but after this announcement came out something changed and James ended up playing.

The Lakers went 6-11 with James on the shelf, but got off to a good start in his return as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-120 in overtime.

James played 40 minutes in his return and just missed a triple-double. James scored 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Not surprisingly James led the Lakers in all three of those offensive categories.

James was 9 for 22 from the field and did struggle from behind the 3-point line where he was just 1 for 6. You have to think there was a little rust in James game since this was the first time he has been in a game since Christmas day.

The Lakers really needed James to return and to return at 100%. While James was out the Lakers fell into the 9th spot overall in the Western Conference; so they’d be out of the playoffs. Now even with the win on Thursday the Lakers are still in 9th place, but they’re just 1 game out of the 8th spot and just 2 1/2 games from being in the 6th spot. As long as James is and can stay healthy you have to figure the Lakers will be a playoff team, but I don’t think they would be without him.

James returns just in time for the Lakers marquee match up against the Golden State Warriors Saturday night. The game will be telecast in prime time on ABC with a scheduled tip off of 7:30 p.m. cst.

Golden State will be hosting the Lakers, but the Warriors did just have their 11 game winning streak snapped at home by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night 113-104. Is it possible that the Warriors saw that James had returned and where looking ahead to their Saturday night match up? Of course Philadelphia isn’t the type of team anyone should be looking past and if that’s what the Warriors did it cost them their wining streak.

Both teams had Friday night off: so there should be no scheduling issues as they face off tonight. Can the return of James give the Lakers the momentum to beat the Warriors? Or does the Lakers winning streak with James quickly end at 1 game?

Even though we didn’t end up talking about it much this week on Sports Time Radio and to be honest I didn’t hear as much buzz about this game as I normally do the Super Bowl is going to be played on Sunday.

Just like we do for ever NFL game we have made picks and I even reached out to a couple of knowledgeable sports fans and got their picks as well. With the exception of Mr. Fantasy who’ll make his pick on the live edition of Sports Time Radio Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. cst. Anyway; here’s what we came up with.

Now for the Super Bowl we not only pick the winner of the game, but the score and who we think will win MVP.

Dan the Man likes New England 42-34 with Tom Brady winning the MVP.

Schaumburg Stu likes New England 27-14 with Rob Gronkowski winning MVP.

I am also going with New England 39-30 and I also have Gronkowski as my MVP.

Here are the picks from the two friends I reached out to.

Ken is on the New England bandwagon and has them winning 40-30 with Brady as MVP.

Right now Hank is the only one going with the Rams. He has it 34-30 with Todd Gurley winning the MVP.

That’s what we’re going with for tomorrow. Feel free to leave your pick in the comment section and let me know who you think will win with the final score and your MVP pick.

In non-Super Bowl football news I’m pretty sure we had a future Hall of Fame player retire on Friday as Julius Peppers called it a career at 39 years old after 17 NFL seasons.

Peppers spent 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers four seasons with the Chicago Bears and three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Carolina made Peppers the 2nd pick in the 2002 draft and h played there the first 8 years of his career. The Bears lured Peppers away from the Panthers with a 6-year $91.5 million dollar deal when he was a free agent. After four season in Chicago the Bears cut Peppers and the Packers quickly signed him to a 3-year $30 million dollar deal. After his contract with the Packers expired he returned to Carolina for the final two years of his career.

Now I called Peppers a future Hall of Famer and it starts with the fact that he has 159 1/2 sacks in his career which is good for 4th all-time in NFL history. Peppers finished just 1/2 a sack behind Kevin Greene for 3rd. Peppers also has 11 career interceptions; four of which he returned for touchdowns. He also recovered 21 fumbles in his career and scored on two of those recoveries. Peppers played in 266 games and started 244 of them. He finishes with 724 combined tackles, 557 solo tackles, 167 assists on tackles and 175 tackles for loss. Peppers also recorded 186 quarterback hits which is a stat they just started keeping in 2006. You can add the 2002 AP Rookie of the Year award, 9 Pro Bowl selections and 3 All-Pro selections to Peppers resume.

Do you think Julius Peppers will be in the NFL Hall of Fame?

Who do you think will be the most sought after NFL free agent this coming off season? Do you think pass rushers Ezekiel Ansah or Demarcus Lawrence will be hot commodities? Or could a running back looking for a full-time work load like Latavius Murray or Mark Ingram be a guy teams target? Maybe you think that Golden Tate is the best wide receiver on the free agent market and he’ll be the player to cash in.

Of course their will be players added to this list as teams make adjustments to their rosters, but right no these payers look like they could be some of the top players on the upcoming free agent market.

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