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How was your week

Posted: March 28, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season was scheduled to start this past Thursday, but with everything going on not only in the United States, but around the world that didn’t happen. Now unfortunately we knew that this was going to take place, but we did get some news from MLB on what we hope will be the upcoming season.

I don;t know if this was an official statement from the owners or if it was just something a reporter picked up, but it came out a few days ago that the owners want to play close to the 162 game regular season schedule as possible. Now I haven’t heard how many games they’re actually going to try to play, but there have been some numbers thrown out. For almost a month now that 81 game season has been out there, but after the report about what the owner want to do I heard closer to 120 game season with someone actually going as high as 140 games. Now I think it would be next to impossible to get 140 games in, but if they get started soon enough they could be able to get 120 game regular season in.

Now to get any kind of decent umber of games in there would have to be multiple doubleheader played by every team and the owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association got together to come up with a plan. I was actually surprised to hear that they seem to have come to an agreement on some things.

As of right now there is no schedule; so we don;t know when the season would actually start, but the Commissioner’s office will put together a schedule at the appropriate time and the players association will have input before it’s finalized.

The biggest issue for the players association was how service time was going to be handle if the season was shorten or not played at all and they where able to come to an agreement on that.

A regular year of service time is considered to be 172 days. For this season if a player is on the roster or IL for the entire season he will accrue those 172 days of service time no matter how many games they play in the 2020 season.

In what would be the worst case scenario for baseball fans if there is no season players will be credited with the same amount of service time they had for the 2019 season. That means players who are one year away from free agency would become free agents next fall no matter what.

Here are some of the other things they agreed on.

As of yesterday March 27th all transactions are frozen. A date will be decided upon by the players association and MLB on when roster moves can start being made again. Roster expansion was not agreed upon, but it was discussed. There where some reports that roster would expand to 29 players for the 2020 season, but that’s not going to happen right now. It’s possible the issue may be revisited later; so we may see change in roster size.

The MLB draft is currently scheduled for June 10th, but MLB has the option to move that date. Is was set that the draft has to take place before July 20th. The draft can also be reduced to 5 rounds, but MLB has the option to have the draft go anywhere between 5 and 40 rounds.

MLB has also reserved the right to run a combine for amateur players in 2020 and 2021 if the league decides it makes sense to do so.

Drafted players will receive no more than $100,000 of their signing bonuses up front, receiving 50 percent of the remainder by July 1, 2021, and the other 50 percent by July 1, 2022. Undrafted players will be able to receive no more than $20,000 as a signing bonus. Signing bonus values will remain at their 2019 level in both 2020 and 2021, according to terms of the new deal. MLB can also reduce the 2021 Draft to as few as 20 rounds.

There is also a chance that the international signing period will be pushed back. it was schedule for a July 2nd 2020 start, but may be pushed back as far as January 15th 2021. Next years international signing period can also be pushed back if needed. It was also decided that teams will not be allowed to trade draft picks or international bonus slots in 2020 or 2021.

I have to say it was nice to see the owner and the players association actually work together so quickly to get some type of agreement in place for when the 2020 season starts. Of course there will still be a few things to deal with when we finally get a start date for the season, but it’s much better to see them working together than at odds over every little thing.

There was a push by the general managers in the NFL to delay the upcoming draft, but commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee discussed the issues on Thursday and decided that unanimously that the draft will take place as scheduled April 23rd through April 25th.

I believe this was a good choice by the NFL. The NFL was able to conduct free agency while dealing with the Covid-19 virus and the draft should be no different. Now to no one’s surprise all of the fan events and meet and greets that where schedule to take place in Las Vegas at the draft have been canceled. That is just good common sense for the NFL to do that, but that draft can happen without people actually having to get together.

I know there will still be complaints from some general managers, but if I’m a fan of one of the teams that are complaining I’d be stating to wonder why they’re not ready to draft. I guess there could be some physical concerns about a player and I’m not sure if they would be allowed to have him checked medically, but other than a possible unseen injury what else could general managers be concerned about?

Let me know if you think the NFL made the right call in keeping the draft where it is or do you think they should’ve postponed it?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 25, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Originally the XFL season was suppose to end with their championship game being played on April 26th. After that game on April 27th XFL players would’ve been able to sign with any NFL or CFL team that was interested in signing them. Now unfortunately with the issues we’re all dealing with the XFL season lasted just 5 games. Now instead of making their players sit around for over a month before they could sign with the NFL or CFL they did a really good thing for their players and allowed them to start signing with NFL or CFL teams this past Monday.

Honestly I thought there would be more signings once these players became eligible, but so far only six have singed with NFL teams. Let’s take a look at who went where so far.

I’m sure no one was really surprised when the first XFL player signed to an NFL contract was Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker. Walker was clearly the best player through those 5 XFL games and appeared to be on his way to winning the leagues MVP award.

Walker is now a member of the Carolina Panthers where he’ll be reunited with his former college coach Matt Rhule who is the Panthers new head coach.

The Panthers have made quite a few changes at quarterback this off season. They signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent and it appears as though he’ll be their starting quarterback. Kyle Allen who was the starting quarterback for most of last season was traded to the Washington Redskins and then just today the Panthers released Cam Newton. Will Grier who was a 3rd round draft pick last season is the only quarterback still on the roster from last season and it looks like him and Walker will compete to be Bridgewater’s back up.

Now Walker isn’t the only XFL quarterback that’s going to get to go to an NFL camp. Jordan Ta’amu who quarterbacked the St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL will be staying close to where he played his XFL games as he signed a deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs.

Obviously it’s clear that Ta’amu isn’t going to be competing with Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs starting quarterback job, but the only other quarterback Kansas City has on their roster in veteran Chad Henne; so it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Ta’amu found his way onto the Chiefs roster.

Ta’amu has shown some of the same skill set Mahomes has displayed in the NFL and like I said no one expects Ta’amu to be the Chiefs starter this could be a great landing spot for Ta’amu to learn and possibly develop into an NFL quarterback.

Now Walker wasn’t the only Roughnecks player to sign with an NFL team. Two of his teammates from the defensive side of the football will be in NFL training camps when they open up.

Defensive back Deatrick Nichols who led the XFL in interceptions was signed by the New Orleans Saints. While linebacker DeMarquis Gates has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Even though the Saints defense have improved there have always been question about their secondary. Can Nichols help shore that up? Nichols had 3 interceptions along with 17 tackles and 1 sack for Houston; so we’ll see if he can help the Saints.

Gates was second on the Roughnecks in tackles with 25 and tied for the team lead in sacks with 2 and also had an interception.

Minnesota has two quality linebackers in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks; so it will be interesting to see how they use Gates in their defense.

The New York Giants add to their defensive backfield as they reached out to the XFL and signed Dravon Askew-Henry of the New York Guardians.

The Guardians where thought to be one of the better teams in the XFL coming into the season, but they had a bit of an up and down five games and finished 3-2. Askew-Henry totaled 12 tackles for the Guardians.

When it comes to interesting XFL signings the Los Angeles Chargers may have made the most interesting one. The Chargers have added Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham.

Parham had 24 receptions and 4 touchdowns for the Renegades in those 5 XFL games. If you watched the XFL I’m sure you remember the 6 feet 8 inch Parham running away from smaller defensive backs on his 65 yard touchdown reception.

Parham will be 23 years old when the NFL season starts and with Hunter Henry being signed to the franchise tag there may be some opportunities for Parham with the Chargers.

As of right now these are the six XFL players that have signed with NFL teams. Now I’m sure there will be more to come, but out of these six which one are you the most interested to see in the NFL?

With two quarterbacks from the XFL being brought into NFL training camp it brings up an interesting question. Is it possible the XFL could become a developmental league for the NFL? Especially at the quarterback position.

Think about it. There are very few quarterbacks drafted in the later rounds that become quality starting NFL quarterbacks. Now imagine if there was a league that they could go play in and have the chance to play against actually defenses going at full speed even if the competition wasn’t quite at an NFL level. Or maybe you’re not even a late round draft pick, but a free agent that has very little chance to catch on with an NFL team. The XFL could provide this kind of opportunity for quarterbacks especially.

With the XFL set to return next season it will be interesting to see if veteran guys like Landry Jones and Matt McGloin will be the type of quarterback XFL teams go with or if they’ll look at more of the duel threat quarterbacks like Walker and Ta’amu who could possibly turn into serviceable back up NFL quarterbacks or maybe ever starters.

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How was your week

Posted: March 21, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With every major sport shutdown in the United States I’ve learned one thing about myself. I believe that I have an addiction to sports. I am really struggling when it comes to turning on the television looking for sports to watch. Now I know that there are a lot of games that are being repeated, but I just can’t fully get into them. I can watch them for a little bit, but then I start to have an issue with them for one reason or another.

Now baseball is my favorite sport to watch followed by football. After that I’d have to say that I watch more NASCAR than I do hockey or basketball; so those would probably be my Top 5 sports with basketball being a distant 5th.

Since I am a fan of NASCAR I’m curious about IRacing. You might be wondering like I was earlier in the week; what is IRacing? It is a sim racing game for your PC that organizes, hosts and officiates online racing on virtual race tracks. Their website says they use the latest technology to to recreate a line up of famed race cars and tracks. It is suppose to simulate what a NASCAR driver goes through in the car.

If your interested in see what IRacing looks like you’re going to get a chance to do that this Sunday as Fox Sports 1 is going to show a 90-minute simulated race starting at 12:30 p.m. Central time. The NASCAR series was scheduled to race at Homestead-Miami Speedway; so that’s where IRacing is going to take us tomorrow.

Maybe you wouldn’t be interested in seeing just normal gamers race, but tomorrow there will be drivers from the NASCAR cup series, the NASCAR Infinity series and the Gander RV & Outdoor Truck series. There is a list of the drivers that are scheduled to participate on the IRacing website IRacing.com, but there are a lot of names that you’ll recognize.

Dale Earhardt Jr. is the name they’re using as their headliner, but Kyle Busch, Brad Keslowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliot, Kyle Larsen and Clint Bowyer are listed as appearing.

Not only are the drivers participating in this event, but the Fox NASCAR broadcast team of Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds will be calling the race.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad, but I’m interested to watch this and see what it looks like. Now I’m not what you’d call a gamer in any way shape or form: so I’m just hoping this will help feed my addiction a little bit and help me get through this shutdown just a little bit.

If you’re not interested in watching the IRacing showdown tomorrow, but you’re interested in what I thought about it just tune in to the Monday edition of Sports Time Radio from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Central time and I’ll tell you what I thought about it.

With the Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers deal more or less all said and done there where a couple of top running backs that found new home. One through free agency and the other after being released by his now former team.

I what I thought was kind of a surprise signing the Denver Broncos added running back Melvin Gordon. Denver signed Gordon to a two year $16 million dollar deal.

Gordon turns 27 years old next month and spent the first five years of his career with the first San Diego, but now Los Angeles Chargers. Gordon held out last season and ended up playing in 12 games, but due to injuries Gordon has only played in all 16 games one time in his career.

Gordon has been a solid duel threat as a running back as he averages 4.0 yards per carry and has also caught 224 passes in his career. He had a career high of 58 receptions in 2017.

I am interested to see what Gordon’s role will end up being with the Broncos. Remember Denver already has Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman on their roster. Lindsay handled most of the rushing end of the duo with 1011 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns while Freeman was more of the receiving back as he caught 43 passes. So where does Gordon fit in? Does he take carries away from Lindsay? Or does he take receptions away from Freeman? Or could it be a little of both?

Now it’a always possible that all three of these running backs won’t be on the Broncos roster when the season starts. It’s possible that Denver could deal Lindsay or Freeman possibly for draft picks with the draft being just around the corner.

The other running back finding a new team ended up being Todd Gurley who was cut by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. It didn’t take long for Gurley to find a new team as he quickly agreed to a one year deal for $6 million dollars with the Atlanta Falcons.

Now there where some rumors out there that the Rams where looking to try and trade Gurley, but with the contract he had a four year $57.5 million dollar deal he signed in July of 2018 there was no one interested in making a trade for Gurley. With no trade partner to be found the Rams just cut Gurley instead.

While there where some health concerns with Gurley the biggest reason he was cut was for salary cap reason. If the Rams hadn’t cut or traded Gurley by 3:00 p.m. Central time his $5.5 million dollar base salary for 2020 and his $5 million dollar roster bonus for the 2021 season would’ve been fully guaranteed. Now the Rams had already paid Gurley a $7.55 million dollar roster bonus for the 2020 season as there was a clause in his contract that stipulated that the bonus be paid last season. If the Rams would’ve kept Gurley he would’ve counted for $17.2 million dollars against the Rams 2020 salary cap and they would’ve owed him at least $5 million dollars in 2021. Instead the Rams will owe $20.2 million dollars in dead money on their cap for the 2015 1st round draft pick. Now the Rams will designate the 25 year old Gurley as a post June 1st release and spread that money over two years. The Rams will take an $11.8 million dollar cap hit in 2020 and then an $8.4 million dollar cap hit in 2021. This will be one of the biggest cap hits a team has ever taken.

The Rams anted to cut Gurley’s workload last season because there where concerns about arthritis in his knees and they did that. Gurley carried the football 223 times last season which was the lowest total of his career. Even with a limited number of carries Gurley still scored 12 rushing touchdowns. Gurley’s receptions where also down as he was targeted 49 times catching 31 passes which was his lowest number of receptions since his rookie year.

Now the question is; what kind of Gurley did the Falcons just sign? Will he be closer to the player that was the Offensive player of the Year in 2017? Or will he be more like the player the Rams tried to limit last season?

What do you see Gurley doing next season?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 18, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Just when it was looking like there was going to be no sports news or anything sports related to talk about the NFL comes along and saves the day.

The new NFL year starts today, but interestingly there where a large number of sportswriters be it on television or through social media saying that the needed to push free agency along with tags being assigned to players franchise or otherwise, but I didn’t understand why they where pushing so hard for that.

With the Covid-19 shutting everything down I can understand there being concern about it getting spread, but it’s not like players, agents and teams actually have to meet face to face to get thee things done; so I don’t understand why the media wanted it pushed back.

Luckily the NFL didn’t listen and they went ahead and started free agency and there have been quite a few players headed to new teams.

Of course the biggest free agent move everyone is waiting to become official is Tom Brady becoming a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Yesterday Brady posted a goodbye on social media to the New England Patriots fans. Bill Belichick along with some of Brady’s former teammate responded with the memories and their own goodbye’s on social media as well.

It’s reported that Brady will receive a multi-year deal worth roughly $30 million dollars a year.

Once Ryan Tannehill signed his new deal with the Tennessee Titans and Philip Rivers joined the Indianapolis Colts it appeared to come down to just the Los Angeles Chargers and the Buccaneers. Then last night the it was reported that the Chargers believed they where out of the running for Brady. Right after that announcement Brady had an agreement in principle with the Buccaneers.

Brady inherits and offense that finished 3rd in total yards and scoring last season. Tampa Bay does have a quality set of weapons for Brady to work with. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin posted 1000 yard season at the wide receiver position. O.J. Howard is a former 1st round pick and Tampa Bay has been hoping he’d breakout at the tight end position. Cameron Brate is the Buccaneers second tight end on the roster and has shown he can catch the football. Ronald Jones was the Buccaneers leading rusher last season with 724 yards and it looks like he’ll be Tampa Bay’s #1 running back.

Brady is coming off a down season for him. Even in a down season he threw for 4057 yards and 24 touchdowns. More importantly for Tampa Bay Brady threw just 8 interceptions compared to the 30 interceptions Jameis Winston threw last season. Now Brady did have his lowest completion percentage and touchdowns since 2013, but it appears as though Tampa Bay has better offensive weapons that New England did last season.

With Brady finalizing his agreement to join the Buccaneers it leaves a couple of questions. Where will Winston end up? Will he be a starting quarterback next season? And finally who will be the Patriots quarterback?

Now it doesn’t appear with his gunslinger style that Winston would be a good fit for the Josh McDaniels run Patriots offense, but there are some other quarterback options out there for New England. With the Carolina Panthers agreeing to a deal with Teddy Bridgewater they’ve allowed Cam Newton to look for a trade. The Cincinnati Bengals have made it clear that they’d be willing to trade Andy Dalton. It could also be possible that the Patriots could re-acquire Jacoby Brissett from the Colts now that they’ve inked Rivers to a deal. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of quarterback choices left on the free agent market besides Winston, but if New England can’t work out a trade they could turn to Winston.

Now there is a chance that the Patriots just go with Jarrett Stidham as their quarterback. New England drafted Stidham in the 4th round of last years draft. He played n three games last season. He completed 2 of the 4 passes he attempted for 14 yards and threw 1 interception.

Of course the Patriots do have another option. Just like Stidham last year and Brady back in the 2000 draft New England could find their quarterback that way. I’m not sure if they would trade up in the draft to select a Joe Burrow or a Tua Tagovailoa, but there are some other quarterbacks that might be available for New England in the draft. Justin Herbert is expected to be drafted in the 1st round, but he’s another quarterback New England would have to trade up to get. The Patriots have the 23rd pick in the first round of the upcoming draft and if they don’t move up in the draft to acquire a quarterback it’s possible that Jordan Love could be available.

What do you think the Patriots will do with their quarterback position. Will they make a trade? Sign a free agent? Or draft a quarterback?

Now that Brady has found a new home will the media attention on NFL free agency die down. The focus has really been on what Brady was going to do and now that he’s off the free agent board; who’s the top remaining free agent target out there.

With Brady joining the Buccaneers and Bridgewater joining the Panthers how will the NFC South play out. Drew Brees resigned with the New Orleans Saints and Matt Ryan will still be quarterbacking the Atlanta Falcons. Brees and the Saints have controlled the division the last few seasons, but with a couple of new quarterbacks in the division will that continue? Who do you have as the early favorite to win the NFC South? Do you like the Saints to repeat? Or can Brady or Bridgewater lead their new team to a division title? Of course don’t forget about Ryan and the Falcons who aren’t that far removed from a Super Bowl appearance.

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I’ve been watching sports for a long time and this is the first time I can remember that everything is completely shutdown. There’s been a few times that a game has been postponed do to a non-weather event, but nothing like this. I guess to be fair not every sport is shutdown. In the warmer weather areas the horse racing season has started and while they’re not allowing spectators in to watch the races you can still bet and watch them online or there’s actually a channel on most cable system that shows horse races from around the United States.

What I found strange was how quickly some of the people who talk about sports on television jumped allover the NCAA. These people believed that the NCAA wouldn’t cancel the men’s basketball tournament. They called them greedy and talked about how they really don’t care about the players. Now as we now know the NCAA not only canceled the men’s basketball tournament, but the woman’s basketball tournament was also canceled. I believe that every conference basketball tournament was canceled as well. So it appears that the NCAA did the right thing in this situation and yet I still haven’t heard the people who just destroyed them on television acknowledge this.

I’m not saying that the NCAA is a great organization, but under these circumstances they seem to have made the correct call and I believe they’re owed an apology. Now I know that’s never going to happen, but it should.

It was odd how quickly these television sports commentators attacked the NCAA for talking about holding games with limited people allowed into the building. At the time the NCAA talked about doing that the PGA and NASCAR where both going to continue their events this week under the same guidelines, but neither of them got a mention from the people who dumped all over the NCAA. I get that it’s very, very clear that these certain sports personalities don’t like the NCAA and I can see that there are reason for this, but they put the cart way before the horse here and they ended up looking incredibly stupid. Of course I may have been the only one paying attention to that.

Luckily we have the NFL still moving along as it’s their off season and they can do business that doesn’t require fans to attend anything or even people to have contact if they choose not to.

Yesterday there where four players give the franchise tag by their teams and there were also a number of bigger names cut to try to make salary cap room for teams.

Let’s start with the franchise tags.

The Baltimore Ravens used a franchise tag on linebacker Matt Judon. He was the Ravens leader in sacks last season with 9 1/2 which was also a career high. Judon is coming off what some people have called his best season.

The Denver Broncos used their franchise tag on free safety Justin Simmons. He led Denver in interceptions with 4 which was also a career high and he was second on the team in tackles with 93.

Now we knew this franchise tag was coming, but the Jacksonville Jaquars made it official and tagged Yannick Ngakoue. He was second on the team in sacks with 8 and he also added an interceptions which he returned for a touchdown.

Ngakoue has made it clear that he doesn’t want to stay with Jacksonville; so will have to see if this could turn into a hold out.

The final franchise tag used yesterday was by the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers franchise tagged tight end Hunter Henry. He has always been looked at as someone who would develop into a top receiving tight end, but injuries have limited him.

Henry has never played 16 games in a season and missed all of 2018 with an injury. Last season in 12 games Henry caught 55 passes and scored 5 touchdowns.

With NFL free agency getting ready to start next week teams are looking to make salary cap room; so not only along with tagging players cuts where made to try to get those teams in position to either try to resign their own free agents or to pursue new ones.

You probably have heard of some of the players that have been cut the last couple of days.

The Cincinnati Bengals cut offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. He played in 6 games for the Bengals last season staring 5 of those.

The Chargers not only used their franchise tag, but they also cut linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

Last season was Davis’ first with the Chargers, but his 14th in the NFL. He started all 16 games for Los Angeles last season. He had 112 tackles and 1 interception last season. Mebane missed three games last season with an injury, but he started the other 13. He had 27 tackles and a sack last season.

The Minnesota Vikings cut defensive back Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Linal Joseph.

Rhodes was a 1st round pick of the Vikings on 2013. He made three Pro Bowls while with Mnnesota and played in 104 games starting 97. He has 10 career interceptions, but didn’t record one last season. Rhodes did post a career high 63 tackles last season.

Last season was Joseph’s 10th in the NFL; the last six being with the Vikings. He recorded 3 sacks, 44 tackles and 6 tackles for loss and he also recovered a fumble. Joseph played in and started 13 games for Minnesota last season.

The Tennessee Titans made a four cuts the last two days of players who’s names you should know. Running back Dion Lewis, tight end Delanie Walker, defensive end Cameron Wake and kicker Ryan Succop where all released by the Titans as they try to clear salary cap space.

Lewis spent two seasons with the Titans and played in every game while with them. Last season with the emergence of Derrick Henry Lewis’s touches where way down. He had 54 carries for 209 yards and caught 25 passes for 164 yards and 1 touchdown.

Walker has spent the better part of the last two season injured. In 2018 he played in just 1 game and last season he played in 7 games starting 4 of them. Walker caught 221 passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns 14th NFL season.

Wake was signed by the Titans as a free agent last off season after spending 10 years with the Miami Dolphins. It was hoped that Wake would add pass rush to the Tennessee defense, but injuries limited him to 9 games and he recorded just 2 1/2 sacks. He did record a safety last season.

Last season was Succop’s 6th with Tennessee after spending 4 years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Succop missed 10 games with an injury and made only 1 of the 6 field goals he attempted last season.

The Green Bay Packers decided to part ways with tight end Jimmy Graham. He was with Green Bay for two seasons and last season he caught 38 passes for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns. Graham has played 10 seasons in the NFL, but he has yet to find the success he had with the New Orleans Saints at the beginning of his career.

Now these where just the cuts that where made in the last couple of days. I’m sure that there where more cuts made before this, but I didn’t want to search the entire waiver wire; so I went with the most recent ones. I hope that acceptable to you.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 11, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

NFL free agency starts in a week and there’s still a lot of talk about where Tom Brady will end up. Now I’ve been one of the now few people who believe when it’s all said and done he’ll be back in New England with the Patriots, but there may be other options for him.

Any team that has an opening at quarterback would be interested in bringing in Brady, but you have to think that he’s only going to go to a team where he has a chance to win the Super Bowl. Brady will be 43 when the season starts and if he s truly going to try to play until he’s 45 like he’s said he’s not going to spend the final couple of seasons with a team that doesn’t have a chance to win a Super Bowl.

Now this kind of narrows down possible landing spots for Brady and let’s see if there’s a way we can narrow it down even more.

There are a lot of people who think that the Tennessee Titans have a good chance of signing Brady. Mike Vrabel is Tennessee’s head coach and is a former teammate of Brady’s; so that might give them a small edge. Unfortunately Tennessee is going to have to find a way to sign Derrick Henry. Henry is coming off easily his best season in the NFL as he led the league in rushing yards with 1540. Henry also tied with Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers for the lead in rushing touchdowns with 16.

Henry is 26 years old and this will be his only chance to get a big contract in the NFL. You have to think that Henry will be looking to be paid similarly to the likes of Todd Gurley or Le’Von Bell. That means somewhere between $15 and $17 million dollars a season on probably a four or five year deal.

Henry isn’t the only free agent that the Titans are going to have to look into possibly resigning. Right tackle Jack Conklin is a free agent and if they do add Brady you’re going to want the best possible offensive line in front of him. Brady isn’t going to be able to roll out or escape pressure like Marcus Mariotta or Ryan Tannehill did for Tennessee last season. The perceived market value for a tackle like Conklin is $15 million dollars a season.

Do you think that Tennessee would be able to sign Brady and bring back Henry and Conklin all while staying under the salary cap?

While we’re in the AFC South there has been some talk that the Indianapolis Colts might be interested in trying to sign Brady.

Now the Colts do have Jacoby Brissett, but he is only signed for one more season and it’s at a very affordable price; so if they wanted to sign a top free agent quarterback they could be able to.

The Colts like the Titans have a top offensive lineman going into free agency. Anthony Castonzo will probably be one of the most pursued free agents on the market. He’s a quality left tackle in a league where that is the most valuable offensive line position to have. Even at 32 years old Castonzo is probably going to get a multiple year deal for around $15 or $16 million dollars a season.

Indianapolis gave up just 32 sacks last season and they’ll need to keep a quality offensive line together if they sign a quarterback like Brady. Phillip Rivers name has also came up as a possibly free agent target for Indianapolis and they’d still need that same quality offensive line in front of Rivers. Will have to see if the Colts have a preference in veteran quarterbacks.

The Los Angeles Chargers are another one of the teams that always seem to come up whenever you hear Brady’s name.

The Chargers went just 5-11 last season, but in 2018 the Chargers were a 12-4 team. Would the addition of a quarterback like Brady put the Chargers back on track to being that 12-4 team again?

Tyrod Taylor looks to be the Chargers starting quarterback at this moment, but will they stay with him? Or will they be adding another quarterback like Brady in free agency?

The Chargers just resigned running back Austin Ekler to a multiple year deal, but they haven’t really hinted one way or another on what they’ll do with there other free agent running back Melvin Gordon. With Gordon holding out last season Ekler showed that he can handle the #1 running back spot and with Justin Jackson as the change of pace back there’s a chance that the Chargers will allow Gordon to sign elsewhere.

It appears as though the Chargers biggest free agency decision now that Ekler has been resigned is what to do with tight end Hunter Henry. Henry has shown that he has talent, but he has yet to play all 16 games in a season and missed all of the 2018 season with an injury. Henry will turn 26 years old during the 2020 season and he has a project market value on the free agent market of just under $9 million dollars. Brady has had great success in his career working with a quality tight end; so you’d have to think if the Chargers are seriously interested in signing Brady they’ll do everything they can to bring Henry back.

Looking at some of the other teams who’s names have come up in the Brady sweepstakes.

There’s the Miami Dolphins and while their head coach Brian Flores was a former member of the Patriots coaching staff I don’t think the Dolphins are close enough to being a Super Bowl contender for Brady to go there. Miami also currently holds the 5th pick in the upcoming NFL draft and it appears that they use that pick to find their quarterback of the future.

The Las Vegas Raiders have came out and said they have no interest in signing Brady, but for quite a while they where linked to him; so you never really know with this team. The Raiders where 7-9 last season and they would have to do something with Derek Carr before bringing Brady in. Josh Jacobs showed he can be a #1 running back in the league and Las Vegas does have a quality tight end in Darren Waller, but if they did add Brady would that make them a Super Bowl contender?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for a quarterback, but they haven’t been linked to Brady at all. That actually makes quite a bit of sense as I don’t think that Brady has the arm strength required to throw the football like Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians likes to.

There are some of the better options for Brady along with some names that have been linked to him that I don’t think he’ll end up. Where do you see Brady playing next season?

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How was your week

Posted: March 7, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the start of Baseball’s regular season right around the corner it’s starting to look like the American League East might be a division decided by which team is the healthiest.

We’ve mentioned here before that the New York Yankees will be starting the season without Giancarlo Stanton in their everyday line up and pitcher James Paxton out of the rotation. As well Luis Severino will miss the entire season after it was decided that he’d undergo Tommy John surgery.

It looks like you can add one more injury to the list for the Yankees. This time it’s outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge had been dealing with some soreness that at first the Yankees medical staff couldn’t identify. Yesterday it was finally reported that Judge has been dealing with a cracked rib.

The Yankees are saying that Judge will rest for two weeks and then be reevaluated. You have to believe that even if Judge is healthy after his two weeks of rest he’s not going to be ready to go when the Yankees open the season March 26th in Baltimore.

With the exception of Severino the Yankees should get  their other injured players back with plenty of regular season games to play, but this is setting up very similar to last season for the Yankees and while they handle those injuries well enough to win the A.L. East the question will be if this season goes like last season can they do it again.

Now the Yankees aren’t the only team in the A.L. East that is dealing with injuries to key pieces of their team.

The Boston Red Sox are reporting that it spears Chris Sale will avoid Tommy John surgery as his injury has been diagnosed as a flexor tendon strain. Sale will be shut down for a week and then resume throwing and the Red Sox will go from there.

The Red Sox had already planned to have Sale start the season on the Injured List as he’s been recovering from pneumonia; so this shouldn’t hurt how Boston was going to set up their rotation to start the season.

Sale is coming off the worst season of his career and only made 25 starts in 2019 because of injuries. Sale went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season. He also threw a career low 147 1/3rd innings since becoming a starter.

Even with the trading of Mookie Betts the Red Sox should still be a factor in the American League playoff race either as a contender for the A.L. East title or in the wild card race, but they’re not only going to need a healthy Sale to do that they’re also going to need Eduardo Rodriquez to pitch like he did last season and they’ll also need Nathan Eovaldi to stay healthy and give them quality starts.

The Red Sox did have another injury as they put 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injury list a week or so ago.

Pedroia has been dealing with a knee injury that has allowed him to play in just 9 games the past two seasons. Pedroia played in just 3 games in 2018 and he appeared in 6 games last season before reaggravating that injury.

Pedroia is a former Rookie of the Year (2007) as well as a former MVP (2008) and you have to wonder at 36; he’ll turn 37 in August if it’s time for him to just walk away. He’s been a pivotal member of a World Series winner and you have to wonder if he’ll ever be healthy enough to contribute like he has in the past.

Pedroia does have this season and next season on his contract with a total of $25 million dollars in salary; so if he did decide to retire he’d have to come to some kind of agreement with the Red Sox on his contract. I doubt that money is the motivating factor that keeps Pedroia trying to return since he’s made approximately $115 million dollars over the course of his career.

Do you see Pedrioa being able to comeback? And if he comes back; what kind of player do you think he’d be?

With free agency approaching for NFL teams they’re going to have to make decisions on if or who they’ll use their franchise or transitional tags on.

There have already been a couple of teams that have placed their franchise tag on players. The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs used their franchise tag on defensive tackle Chris Jones while the Jacksonville Jaquars put their franchise tag on defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

Ngakoue has already come out and said that he doesn’t want to stay with the Jaquars; so will have to see if a trade happens or if he’ll possibly sit out next season. By being tagged it means that Ngakoue will be paid between $17.7 and $18.1 million dollar next season if he can’t agree to a contract with Jacksonville or a team that he would be traded to.

As a defensive tackle Jones is entitled to a little less under the franchise tag than a defensive end gets. If Kansas City is unable to sign Jones to a new contract they’ll pay him between $16 and 16.4 million dollars.

I understand that players want that big money and long term stability that a contract brings, but for one year at that kind of money you’d like to think they’d be set for life.

While it hasn’t been made official yet it’s being reported that the New Orleans Saints will use a 1st round tender tag on free agent Quarterback Taysom Hill.

This means that any team that would sign Hill would have to give the Saints a 1st round pick for that signing. This tag also allows the Saints the right to match any offer Hill might receive from another team.

The Saints have made it pretty clear that they want to resign Hill, but you can’t blame them for wanting to handle the situation this way. While I’m not sure that Hill has been a high priority for teams looking for quarterbacks this off season the tag shows Hill how much New Orleans wants him to return.

By placing this tag on Hill I think it’s almost certain that he’ll return to the Saints. I’d be shocked to see another team give up a 1st round pick for him.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 4, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Not surprisingly there are still a out of Tom Brady rumors out there, but for some reason the one that seems to be picking up some momentum has him going to the San Francisco 49ers.

Now San Francisco is coming off of a season where they just went 13-3 and made it to the Super Bowl. They did end up losing in the Super Bowl 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs, but all in all it was a big improvement from the 2018 season when they went 4-12.

Going into the 2018 season Jimmy Garoppolo was going to be San Francisco’s staring quarterback and he was for three games until he was injured. It was the first time in his career that Garoppolo was named a teams starting quarterback. In 2019 Garoppolo came back healthy and started and played in all 16 regular season games plus the three 49ers playoff games. Garoppolo had a good season and there was some talk early in the year that he could win MVP. He ended up throwing for 3978 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 69.1% of his passes.

It seems that most of the people who are talking about Brady replacing Garoppolo has to do with the playoff numbers Garoppolo put up. In three playoff games Garoppolo completed just 63.8% of his passes for 427 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. It will also be pointed out that not only did Garoppolo struggle in the Super Bowl against a low rated regular season defense, but in the NFC Championship game he only had 8 passing attempts. Garoppolo’s Super Bowl numbers where solid, but everyone is going to point to the 2 interceptions that he threw.

So you might be able to see that there’s a reason to see San Francisco making a change at quarterback, but are they really in that bad of a position at quarterback and the big question is; would Brady really be that big of an upgrade?

While Garoppolo is never going to be mistaken for a running quarterback his mobility is much better than what a 43 year old Brady has. Garoppolo was only sacked 1 time in the Super Bowl.

It seems that most people think that Brady had issues last season because he didn’t have any weapons to throw to on offense. Would the situation be any better with San Francisco?

San Francisco does have one of the best tight ends in the NFL on their roster in George Kittle, but who’s their best wide receiver?

San Francisco traded for Emmanuel Sanders to try and upgrade the wide receiver core last season. Sanders caught 36 passes with 3 touchdown receptions in the 10 games he played for San Francisco, but he’s a free agent; so they’ll have to make a decision on if they’ll try to re-sign him. Deebo Samuel was San Francisco’s leader in receptions for wide receivers with 57 and yards with 802. Kendrick Bourne led all San Francisco wide receivers in touchdowns receptions with 5. Samuel will be 24 years old and Bourne will be 25 years old heading into next season; so it looks like the 49ers have a couple of young wide receivers to try and develop, but I don’t think you can consider them weapons just yet.

San Francisco’s running game is very similar to the New England Patriots running game. Neither team relies on just one running back as the main ball carrier, but they use multiple players in certain situations. Would having Brady at quarterback open up the running game?

It would be interesting to see what San Francisco would try to do with Garoppolo if they did sign Brady. Garoppolo has three years left in his contract. He has a base salary of $23.8 million dollars this coming season. In 2021 his base salary jumps to $24.1 million dollars and then in 2022 his salary increases just slightly to $24.2 million dollars.

Now there are a lot of teams out their looking for a quarterback, but would Garoppolo be of any interest to them and what would San Francisco want in return for him. It seems obvious, but you’d have to think that San Francisco would have to trade Garoppolo before signing Brady otherwise it would kill any trade value Garoppolo might have.

The people who are backing the Brady to San Francisco rumors seem to think that New England would step right up and be ready to take Garoppolo back. When it comes to New England you can never be sure of anything. The Patriots always seem to be above or maybe ahead would be a better word than the other NFL teams and if Brady signs somewhere else New England may already have a plan in place.

So what do you think. Do you see Brady signing with San Francisco? If you do have brady joining the 49ers; where do you see Garoppolo playing next season? Also let me know if you don’t think any of this will happen.

With the draft coming up teams are going to start looking at their rosters and try to make decisions on what they want to do with the current players they have. Will see which teams use the franchise tag on which players, but will also see some trades. Which we did yesterday.

The Jacksonville Jaquars sent cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos. In return for Bouye the Jaquars will receive a 4th round pick in the upcoming 2020 draft. Now this trade can’t become official until the new league year starts on March 18th.

Bouye has two years remaining on his contract with a base salary of $13 million dollars in both seasons.

The Broncos weren’t the only team that showed interest in trading for Bouye, but Denver was a preferred landing spot for Bouye; so it seems as though Jacksonville obliged with that request.

The trade for Bouye appears to mean that the Broncos will move on from cornerback Chris Harris who is a free agent. Harris has been with the Broncos since they signed him as undrafted free agent in 2011.

Harris will join a group of notable cornerbacks that are headed into free agency. Josh Norman, James Bradberry, Logan Ryan and Byron Jones are some of the cornerbacks that Harris will be on the free agent market with.

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How was your week

Posted: February 22, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, football, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I know that I’ve mentioned a time or two here that the three of us who host Sports Time Radio Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu and myself all live in the Chicago suburbs. I understand that from time to time we’ll get caught up with a sports story that might not seem mainstream, but has a Chicago angle. This story however while maybe not the biggest sports story is significant enough to be considered a large story. You’ll have to let me know what you think.

There’s been a rumor that the Chicago Bears have been quietly looking for a quarterback and it appears that they are interested in David Carr of the now Las Vegas Raiders.

Now for this to happen the Bears and their general manager Ryan Pace are going to have to admit that Mitchell Trubisky is a bust. Pace not only spent the 2nd pick in the 2017 draft on Trubisky they actually traded up a pick to get him. Some how the San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch convinced Pace that there where teams willing to trade up ahead of the Bears and select Trubisky. The Bears gave up a 1st round, a 3rd round and a 4th round pick in the 2017 draft along with a 2018 3rd round pick just to move up that one spot and select Trubisky. That’s a lot to give up to move up just one spot in the draft, but if you where getting a franchise quarterback it could possibly be worth it.

Pace had already announced that Trubisky would be the Bears starting quarterback next season. In three seasons with the Bears Trubisky has started 41games and has a winning record at 23-18. After what looked like a breakout season in 2018 Trubisky regressed last season and that’s when the questions started.

Now looking at the situation this might not only be a question about Trubisky, but a question about Pace himself. In the four years Pace has handled the draft for the Bears he’s selected Kevin White at #7 in 2015, Leonard Floyd at #9 in 2016, Trubisky at #2 2017, Rouan Smith at #8 in 2018 and in 2019 the Bears didn’t have a 1st round pick as it was traded to the Raiders as part of the Khalil Mack deal. The Bears 2020 1st round pick is also owned by the Raiders; so the Bears won’t have a 1st round pick unless they make a trade for one.

White played three season with the Bears and caught 25 passes. The Bears released White after the 2018 season. He went to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals, but didn;t make the team and was out of the NFL last season.

Floyd was looked at as a pass rush specialist and the Bears where hoping he’d post large sack numbers for them. It looked like they might be right as Floyd had 7 sacks as a rookie, but since then Floyd’s sack totals have continued to go down. Last season Floyd had just 3 sacks.

Smith looks like he might be the best of all the 1st round picks Pace has made. Smith played in 12 games last season and was still the team leader with 101 combined tackles and assists. He also had an interception and 2 sacks.

You have to wonder if Trubisky was never going to be a franchise quarterback and it was Pace who made a poor call on taking him as early as they did. Is I the quarterback that needs to be replaced? Or is it the general manager that needs to go?

If the Bears do decide to make a change at quarterback is Carr the answer? In 6 seasons with the Raiders Carr has started all but two games for them. Carr’s record hasn’t been very good though as the team is 39-55 in those starts.

Even though the Raiders went 7-9 Carr had a solid season. He posted the highest career completion percentage of his career at 70.4%. He threw 21 touchdowns and 8 interception while throwing for the second most passing yards in his career 4054.

After looking at Carr’s stats from last season you have to wonder why the Raiders would be as interested as they seem t be in moving on from Carr. I know there are rumors that the Raiders are interested in Tom Brady, but is it really the best idea to move on from a soon to be 29 year old quarterback for a 42 year old quarterback.

If you’re the Bears would you rather have Carr or Trubisky as your quarterback? Then as far as the Raiders go would you prefer to have Carr or Brady as your quarterback?

The NASCAR season move into week two of their season and the best news they received this week was Ryan Newman walking out of the hospital after the crash he had at the end of the Daytona 500 last week. As of now there is no timetable for Newman to return to the #6 car; so for this week in Las Vegas Ross Chastain will be behind the wheel of the Rousch Fenway Racing Ford.

Chastain has 72 career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series with one top-10 finish. He has five total wins at the NASCAR national series level and was part of the Championship 4 field in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. His first career national series win came in 2018 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Chastain is the full-time driver of the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series for the 2020 season.

Qualifying for the race is this afternoon in Las Vegas, but in final practice last night Jimmie Johnson had the fastest posted speed at 179.432 m.p.h. Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick all posted speeds over 179 m.ph. in final practice.

Martin Truex Jr. looks to be the top pick among fantasy players this week. Harvick along with Brad Keslowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are also favorites among fantasy players this week.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 19, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

John Beilein started his coaching career in Junior college with SUNY Erie. In four years there Beilein went 75-43 and never had a losing season. Beilein then moved up to NCAA Division III with the Nazareth Golden Flyers. In his one season there Beilein went 20-6. Beilein’s next stop was Le Moyne an NCAA Division II school. In nine years at Le Moyne Beilein went 163-94 and had just one losing season. Beilein got his first of what turned out to be the first of his four NCCA Division I jobs at Canisius. Beilein took Canisius to two NIT appearances and one trip to the NCAA tournament. After five years at Canisius Beilein compiled a record of 89-62 before moving on to the University of Richmond. In his first year at Richmond Beilein took the Spiders to the NCAA tournament; Richmond also made two NIT appearances with Beilein as head coach. Beilein compiled a 100-53 record in his five years at Richmond before heading to the West Virginia University. Beilein took the Mountaineers to two NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NIT. West Virginia won the NIT tournament in the 2006-07 season. Beilein spent five seasons at West Virginia with a record of 104-60. Beilein’s final stop as a college coach was at the University of Michigan. Beilein spent 12 years at Michigan and took the Wolverines 9 NCAA tournament appearances and finished as tournament runner up twice. Beilein out together a record of 278-150 while at Michigan.

Then on May 13th 2009 Beilein signed a five year deal to become the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Beilein headed to Cleveland with an outstanding college coaching resume, but after just 54 games and a 14-40 record Beilein and the Cavaliers have agreed to part ways. The Cavaliers currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second worst record in the NBA.

Beilein has always been looked at as a coach that likes to run a constant motion offense with precision shooting. Is this a style that will work in the NBA? Apparently not in Cleveland. Now obviously it’s not just the fault of the offense the team was running. Remember that the Cavaliers where stuck with a couple of big contracts; Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson and the team is also still paying J.R. Smith. That’s why it was a bit of a surprise when the Cavaliers traded for Andre Drummond who’s on a max deal for this season and next season. Now Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova are in the last season of their contracts; so that will help the Cavaliers get some salary cap relief. Even with some salary cap room you have to wonder if there’s a free agent out their that would be interested in signing with Cleveland.

J.B. Bickerstaff will be taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers. Bickerstaff has had two other head coaching stints. He coached the Houston Rockets for 71 games going 37-34 in 2015-16. Houston was eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs that season. Bickerstaff took over the Memphis Grizzlies for the final 63 games in 2017-18 going 15-48. The Grizzlies decided to keep Bickerstaff as the head coach for the 2018-19 season, but was fired by the team after they went 33-49 and missed the playoffs.

Bickerstaff will make his debut as Cavaliers head coach on February 21st against the Washington Wizards. Bickerstaff’s career starts off with two back to back road games as the Cavaliers will play the Miami Heat on February 22nd.

Bickerstaff isn’t inheriting the best of coaching situations and it’s unclear right now if Cleveland is interested in keeping him around after these final 28 games of the season. Bickerstaff was the Cavaliers associate and assistant head coach; so he’ll just move a spot up on the bench.

Now with the changes the NBA made to the draft lottery there’s no guarantee that the Cavaliers will get the kind of player that can help them as a rookie. Can Cleveland land a game changing player in the draft? And if they do land that player; how much of a difference will that player make?

Greg Olsen is changing teams. On February 3rd the Carolina Panthers decided to release Olsen after nine seasons. After 13 seasons in the NFL there was some talk that Olsen might retire and move into a commentators role. Olsen has been a booth analyst for Fox Sports during this XFL season.

Well it looks like Olsen will be playing next season as he signed a one year $7 million dollar deal to join the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks do have two veteran tight ends on their roster; Ed Dickson and Will Dissly, but neither has the pass catching resume that Olsen does. Jacob Hollister was the Seahawks top tight end last season with 41 receptions and 3 touchdowns. You’d like to think that a healthy Olsen will be able to surpass those numbers easily.

Olsen has always been a viable offensive target when healthy. He has had to seasons of 80 plus receptions as well as three seasons where he put up 1000 yards receiving. Olsen posted a career high 7 touchdowns in 2015 with Carolina.

Olsen has dealt with his share of injuries the last three seasons, but last season was the healthiest one he’s had. In 14 games Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and 2 touchdowns with a long receptions of 41 yards. The concern for the Seahawks is if Olsen has a repeat of 2017 where he played 7 games or 2018 where he played in 9 games. If Olsen can just repeat the numbers he put up last season or improve them just slightly it would be an upgrade for the Seahawks.

With Olsen off the free agent tight end board it looks like Eric Ebron and Hunter Henry will be the top free agents on the market. There are a lot of veteran tight ends available in free agency with Jason Witten heading up that group. Witten has said that he’d like to play next season even if it’s not for the Dallas Cowboys. Will see if the Olsen signing possibly gets the market started and will see some signings soon.

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