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NFL free agency starts in earnest Saturday when teams can start contacting players. By Tuesday, they can even start signing them.
What does it all mean? Well, it means a lot of money is about to change hands. And SI.com thinks those who buy on a couple of guys with local connections could regret it.
The site lists former Gophers WR Eric Decker as the No. 1 potential offensive "bust."
It lists Vikings DE Jared Allen as the No. 2 potential defensive "bust."
Eric Decker: Perhaps the most obvious candidate of all, really through no fault of his own. Decker is coming off a career-best 87-catch season, which sets him up to break the bank and claim No. 1 receiver money. The problem, of course, is that he’s not really a true No. 1 receiver — Seattle wiped him off the mat in the Super Bowl and even Decker recently admitted that (former?) teammate Demaryius Thomas is on another level by comparison. Decker will be the top WR available, assuming he does not re-sign with the Broncos. And that status coupled with his 24 TD catches over the past two seasons might encourage some team to deem him their go-to guy. His game may not be built for such responsibility.
Jared Allen: Allen has played every game since 2008 and averaged 14.25 sacks per season in that timeframe. In other words, he’s durable and still can wreak havoc in the backfield. His “bust” potential will grow exponentially, though, if a team asks him to take on more of a role than that of a pass-rusher. Allen, 32 next month, should not be counted on as an every-down force anymore.
Neither of those assessments is overly harsh, but we also see both players as remaining productive years into the future. So busts? Probably not.
Brett Favre looks like he could still throw a football over those mountains.
Wait, check that. Brett Favre looks like he could throw a football over the North Pole!
Check out this photo of Favre from Green Bay's Reddit page.
Remember, it was barely four years ago when this man almost led the Vikings to the Super Bowl.
Is he doing nothing but whitening his beard and lifting weights these days?
The NFL Competition Committee has discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer -- much longer -- extra-point try. According to one member, the committee's meetings this weekend included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick -- which would make it a 43-yard attempt -- rather than the 2-yard line, where it is currently placed.
Of all the things being discussed, this seems to be the weirdest. But what do we know?
Underwood shows up on those "all-time draft bust" lists for good reason, but the human element of what happened nearly 15 years ago came flooding back to us recently with the saga of another similarly troubled player. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune:
The former San Diego State running back who went missing this week after leaving the NFL Scouting Combine for religious reasons has been found safely, telling friends he spent days alone in a Florida airport because God advised him to, sources said Friday.
Adam Muema was found Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, ex-Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson said.
The airport is near the athlete performance facility where they spent the past two months training for the NFL. Muema had been there since Monday, when his Southwest flight from Indianapolis landed at about 1:30 p.m. ET.
Muema called Nelson on Thursday to ask for a ride. When Nelson arrived, he said Muema was still dressed in NFL-issued combine gear. When asked to describe Muema’s demeanor on Thursday, Nelson said the running back seemed “focused, cheerful and very wise.”
“He said he was at the airport for three days straight,” Nelson said. “He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don’t do anything. Just stay there. That’s what he did for three days straight.
"On the fourth day, he told me he couldn’t do it anymore. He decided to call me.”
Maybe it's just us, but if there is one encouraging thing between Underwood and Muema, it is this; there seems to be more compassion with the story now than just a quick-trigger football reaction. We'll try to avoid being too cynical in attributing that to the fact that Muema hasn't been drafted yet.
PGA golfer Steve Elkington might enjoy building a time machine and going back 20 years to a point where A) he was a relevant player and B) his jokes had a marginally better chance of being deemed funny by, say, 3 percent of the population.
Instead, he's stuck in 2014 and he's getting hated on -- rightfully so -- for this tweet:
ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine.... No one else expected to throw today— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014
If you'll recall, Elkington is the same golfer who had a really FUNNY tweet about a fatal helicopter crash. Hey, Steve, maybe just sit out the next 10-20 years of social media?
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