Vlog 12: Hopkins and Stafford get new deals and Haden gets a new home

De’Andre Hopkins signed a five year, $81 million extension with $49 million guaranteed last week, I guess that holdout helped last season.

Matthew Stafford signed a five year, $135 million extension making him the highest paid player in the NFL. $95 million is guaranteed and he received a $50 million signing bonus.

Joe Haden was released by the Cleveland Browns and signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haden signed a three year deal for $27 million.

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Vlog 11: White NFL players join movement

Michael Bennett made the statement that white players needed to join the movement and during the last week they have done it. Justin Britt (Seahawks), Derek Carr (Raiders), Chris Long (Eagles), Seth DeValve (Browns) and others have some solidarity backing their brothers.

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Vlog 9: Michael Bennett makes loud statement

If you have been following the site you know I’m pro Colin Kaepernick and I’m personally cool with that Kaep is bringing light to situations that need more attention. In the first preseason game of the season Seattle Seahawks Michael Bennett followed suite using his platform to bring light to social injustice by sitting for the National Anthem.

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Vlog 8: Watkins to the Rams, Elliott gets six games and quarterback play

Sammy Watkins traded to the Los Angeles Rams, Ezekiel Elliott gets suspended six games, Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson impress in during first game action and Brock Osweiler and Mike Glennon look real bad in first action.

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Vlog 7: Jay Cutler to the Dolphins, should Kaepernick fans be mad about this signing?

The Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury which will likely keep him out for the season. The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler to a one year, $10 million deal with incentives.

I wanted to dig into this move, check out my latest vlog.

Falcons pay Devonta Freeman, will this have an effect on Le’Veon Bell?

Today the Atlanta Falcons extended Devonta Freeman to the tune of five years, $41.25 million with a $15 signing bonus and $22 million guaranteed. With the extension numbers Freeman will be the highest paid running back at $8.25, he also has $1.8 million due from his rookie deal.

Freeman is a two-time Pro Bowl running back who posted back to back 1,000 yard seasons on the ground. Last year he ran for 1,079 yards, 462 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns (11 rushing).

I know people are asking what does Freeman have to do with Le’Veon Bell? With the Pittsburgh Steelers fighting with Bell to set up a new contract, they will likely use Freeman’s deal as a base. Right now they have a franchise tag on him for $12.12 million, but Bell rightfully wants a long term deal and he wants to get paid. Now the question is how much more will Bell get than Freeman? I don’t have the answer to that, but know he wants to get paid like a receiver or close to it because his dual threat ability. Will it be $9, $10, $11 million or more a year?

I vlogged about the Bell situation less than two weeks ago, so when I saw Freeman get the deal I revisited the situation. Freeman is a real good running back, but we all know right now Bell is the best back in the NFL. I know we can argue four or five others, but minus trouble or injuries he is the man and the Steelers are going to have to cut the check or lose him sooner than later.

Gatlin beats Bolt in 100m, in Bolt’s last individual race

Justin Gatlin finally beat Usain Bolt and it happened to come during Bolt’s last individual race. I didn’t get to see it live, but it was posted all over social media so I decided to share. Bolt is one of greatest to ever do it, if not the greatest. Even Gatlin showed Bolt respect after pulling off the upset.

I personally don’t know how many times these two have raced throughout the last decade, but respect to Gatlin who at the age of 35 beat the 30-year-old Bolt.

Gatlin ran a 9.92 second 100m, followed by Christian Coleman 9.94 and Bolt at 9.95.

How much longer should the Cincinnati Bengals/Marvin Lewis marriage last after this season?

I’ve lived in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2001 shortly after I graduated high school (Meadowdale HS in Dayton) I did a short trek down I-75 south to go to school at the University of Cincinnati and I haven’t left sense. I start out the story with that piece of information just to give you some background on where I’m coming from. I also want to add that since I live in Cincinnati, I want them to win because the quality of life in the city is a lot better when the Bengals are playing good, if you live in the area pay attention throughout any season to see the social temperature.

Marvin Lewis was hired as the Bengals head coach in 2003 and still is the coach to this day. Lewis is heading into his 15th year as Cincinnati’s head coach and he has turned around a franchise that was a laughing stock in the 90’s, so we have to give him credit for that. Besides Bill Belichick, Lewis is the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, which is a hell of an accomplishment in the climate of NFL on a yearly basis. Normally coaches can’t stick around two or three years let alone over a decade without some consistent success. He has a career record of 118-103-3 (wins, losses and ties) in the regular season, with 4 AFC North titles, but the elephant in the room is the 0-7 record in the playoffs. They haven’t won a playoff game during his tenure and as a franchise since 1991 so it is easy to say you guys are doing great, but when it counts you are going to fold.

The Bengals seemed to have jumped that hurdle in January of 2016 against their hated rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, but after a couple of penalties by Adam “PacMan” Jones and Vontaze Burfict that went down the drain after the Steelers nailed a game winning field goal.

To tie everything together we all know marriage is like a rollercoaster at Kings Island and you have to roll with the ups and the downs, but being 0-7 in the playoffs is tough to overlook especially with being in Cincinnati for the time that he has, if you flip the coin to Belichick he has won five super bowls during his 16 going on 17th year(s) in New England (cheater or not) and played in seven of the final games.

This current roster has a stockpile of talent, but is Lewis the man to get them over the hump? That is the million dollar question. We all know Lewis has an eye for talent and good assistant coaches (Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson and Jay Gruden are head coaches), but have you ever seen anybody have this much of a safety net without performing in the playoffs? I personally can’t recall any coach besides Jeff Fisher (lol) getting second chance after second chance and Marvin is better than Jeff, but that is for another day.

Bengals fans know Mike Brown is cheap, even non Bengals fans know that, so if Marvin can get his team a playoff win this year he will be safe, but if his teams makes the playoffs and doesn’t win he probably will head on permanent vacation, but who knows these are my thoughts on the situation. Marvin, isn’t Tony Dungy, but is kind of in the same situation the great Dungy was in with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 90’s/00’s only difference is Dungy won a few playoff games (he finally got his Super Bowl win with the Indianapolis Colts).

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