Bengals president Mike Brown has never been shy about being the only one in the room to vote against an issue when it comes before his NFL fellow owners. But on Monday morning here at the Arizona Biltmore when they voted by 31-1 to allow the Raiders to move to Las Vegas from their ancestral home of Oakland, he wasn’t the dissenter.
Now that the Cincinnati Bengals are three weeks into free agency, they have a more accurate picture of how the roster will look heading into the 2017 draft. We're taking a look at each position, how it changed in free agency and where it stands now.
Corey Davis knows the knock. He’s heard the criticism. It was spelled across the front of his jersey every game of his college career. He played at Western Michigan. How could a receiver used to playing in MACtion on Tuesdays project to a top ten pick for Sundays in the NFL? After all, this kid from Wheaton Warrenville South High School on the eastern outskirts of Chicago only drew one offer to play college ball.
NFL owners voted 31 to 1 Monday to allow the Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, although the move is not expected to take place until 2019 at the earliest. The 2019 season is the earliest the Bengals could play a road game against Oakland, although the new stadium in Las Vegas is not expected to be ready until 2020.
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The Cleveland Browns have nowhere to go but up -- as in picking their quarterbacks up from the cold turf. Cleveland’s offensive line allowed 4.1 sacks per game, which led the league by one full sack. As a result, the Browns did the sensible thing with their exorbitant cap space and bolstered the interior line. Guard Kevin Zeitler and center JC Tretter signed contracts worth nearly $18 million per year combined, which is necessary money spent, considering the positional woes.
The Browns continue their collection of offensive linemen. On Monday, the team announced they have signed offensive lineman Matt McCants as an unrestricted free agent. He is the fourth offensive linemen the team has added so far in the off-season.
I find myself chuckling when I hear someone use the age-old saying “No one outruns Father Time.” The finality of the saying is true, but it sure seems like Father Time is running as far away from Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison as possible. The 39 year-old pass rusher has embarked on his new two-year contract, and a rigorous workout regimen to prepare him to go against players half his age in 2017.
The Oakland Raiders will soon be no more. On Monday, NFL owners approved the franchise's move to Las Vegas at the league's annual spring meeting by a vote of 31-1, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the report, noting the Miami Dolphins were the lone "no" vote.
Is Colin Kaepernick still unemployed because his asking price is too high? That’s the suggestion in a report from Dan Graziano of ESPN, who cites multiple sources as saying that Kaepernick won’t settle for just any job.
Players make plays. It's the simplest cliche in sports, yet it rings true at every level. Certain individual stand above the rest with a knack for making big plays. In football, playmakers generally refer to the skill positions. The ability to create or stop touchdowns define those who earn the designation, and the more a player can do increases his overall value.
It has been a fast and furious flurry of activity since NFL free agency began on March 9, the first day of the NFL's new year. Even the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, didn't just stand on the sidelines as casual viewers. No, the Patriots have been one of the five most active teams in free agency so far, landing a No. 1 cornerback in Stephon Gilmore, trading for receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen and re-signing linebacker Dont'a Hightower.