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    Now the NCAA might get cancelled. Player empowerment has risen in the college ranks and now all the elite players are joining in which could also affect the NFL draft next year. The NCAA will have to figure out a way to treat their collegiate athletes like employees or else there will be no college football.

    This is like the PR nightmare for the NFL when Patrick Mahomes had a part in the BLM video. The NFL saw it's darling and Goodell had to respond. Now the NCAA has Trevor Lawrence and others in. Your move, NCAA.
     
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    And the first dominoes fall. The PAC-12 and Big Ten cancelled all fall sports.

    Very unfortunate. The real tragedy in all of it are all the hotels and small businesses that lose out even more potential revenue from traveling teams and their fans coming in and spending money at those places. Even more jobs will be lost without collegiate sports in the fall and winter.

    It’s also a huge loss for the Raiders. As they were set to host the PAC-12 championship at Allegiant Stadium. They lose all their concerts, no fans, and no PAC-12 football. What a way to open a new stadium (same goes for SoFi Stadium).
     
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    Still, I think it's the right decision. College kids are not pro athletes (in the sense that they don't get paid) and this would endanger them for nothing, along with all the fans. The economy will recover, lives lost won't.
     
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    2 years. 17 surgeries. Nearly died. Alex Smith getting cleared is one of the best stories all year. What a comeback, regardless of what happens next.
     
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    Ravens cut Earl Thomas after punching a teammate in practice. Baltimore is going to void the $10 million guarantee on his deal, although Thomas is expected to fill a grievance.

    Here's hoping he loses that money and that the NFL suspends him for at least half of next season. This last part won't happen, but it should. You can be intense and all, fine, but nothing justifies losing control and punching someone. You do that, you're out of a job and suspended. And I love Thomas as a player, but you can be a great player and an asshole. It's not mutually exclusive, in fact, it happens often.

    Baltimore is doing the right thing by cutting him. I really like the Ravens and it's not going to be easy to replace him, not with what they currently have on their roster. But still is the right move, whatever the cost. Of course, Dallas is already considering signing him, which should surprise nobody.
     
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    And another interesting cut, for different reasons this time. Jacksonville cuts Leonard Fournette. Why? Money. The Jags are rebuilding and it made no sense to keep a guy like Fournette, making a big salary (let's remember he's a fourth overall pick back in the day) playing a position without much value and basically on a one-year deal (as they never picked up his fifth-year option). They tried to trade him, but found there was no interest at all (because of his contract, of course).

    Fournette can still be useful on a cheaper deal. I shouldn't take long for him to find a team. And, if it doesn't happen now that we're in the middle of training camp, someone will sign him once their RBs start picking up injuries.

    Just another proof of how tough is to become a star at the RB position.

    Raiders also released CB Prince Amukamanara, and I don't really get this move. He had a cheap, one-year deal, he's a vet that knows how to play and you can't never have enough CBs. Injuries happen. Even if he's not the same he was and someone has beaten him in training camp, I think you have to keep a guy like him just in case you need him during the season.
     
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    Crazy how much the star value of a RB has regressed over the years. Gone are the days of the LT’s and the Priest Holmes and Shaun Alexander’s. Paying big money for a guy who’s career or at least his effectiveness doesn’t enter past 30 years old often doesn’t make sense for teams financially.

    I look at the 49ers’ situation once McKinnon went down. They did a rotation of Mostert, Coleman and Breida. All on cheap deals but still producing at very good levels.
     
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    A couple of interesting signings...

    - Clowney joins the Titans, 1 year, $15 million. Obviously, it's a big deal for the Titans, even tho I think Clowney is a bit overrated (I mean, he's good and complete, but not really dominant). Also, he had an offer from New Orleans for 1 year, $13 million, and I think he would have had more of a chance at a championship there...

    - Adrian Peterson joins the Lions. Kinda surprising, because Detroit needs a lot of help, but RB doesn't seem to be a position of need this year (Kerrion Johnson, D'Andre Swift and a couple more young guys already on the roster) while they kinda have to revamp the whole defense. Surprising signing, although I guess AP didn't have many more options if he wanted to keep playing.
     
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    Apparently, Clowney to NOLA got held up because they were trying to orchestrate a S&T where the team they were working with would get a pick back in a “pay for the pick” type scenario... which I had no idea buying picks is illegal in the NFL.
     
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    I don’t think there’s a QB playing to the level that Russell Wilson is. He has just been elite in 3 games. I could only put Mahomes next to him, but Russ has just taken it way beyond thus far. Great story considering it wasn’t too long ago that his body was seemingly starting to betray him and people wondered if the Seahawks were going to re-up him.
     
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    Niners' Mullens... They scored 36 points. Impressive without their starting qb, bosa and several other key injuries.
    Granted it's the Giants but most had this as a low scoring game.
    Is Mullens a better suited qb for what they want to run?
     
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    The Giants suck. Badly. It was a good win, but this game was not proof of anything. Give him a few more weeks to prove himself.

    Meanwhile, Russel Wilson is going to run away with the MVP by mid-season...
     
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    Yep. The Giants and Jets suck. Plain and simple. So it was not worth throwing Garappolo back out there. Heck, they could sit him again against Philly and Miami if they want to be extra cautious. Mullens is a solid backup that they’re fortunate to have but he’s not their guy when it comes to the more elite teams in the schedule. There are a lot of weapons on this 49ers offense. When healthy, they’ll have Kittle, Reed, Aiyuk, Samuels, Bourne, McKinnon and Mostert.

    They’re weathering the injury storm now and they’re fortunate to have a soft schedule to open because they have the talent to enter that Rams game in a few weeks at 5-1. Losing Bosa hurt, but they have everyone else coming back at some point between now and Week 8.
     
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    Tom Brady alone is the best thing that happened to the Bucs since winning the 2003 Superbowl. In fact, Brady, at 43, might be the best thing that happened to the franchise in its entire history.

    Do you know what it feels to wait all your life for a franchise QB? I don't care if we got him at the tail end of his career. He's a marvel and a joy to watch.
     
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    No doubt. To get arguably the greatest QB of all time regardless of what season he is in his life is feat worth enjoying.

    Tough to lose a very winnable game at home against the Eagles. But tonight should’ve ended any Mullens vs Garappolo debate; not that there should’ve been one in the first place. Mullens is good... as a #2. But under pressure, you get what happened tonight. But hey, they went 2-1 after the injury train came roaring in and they may get Jimmy back this week, if not the following.
     
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    So Le'Veon Bell is a free agent after the Jets release him because nobody wants to trade for his contract.

    This move proves two things: first, if you're in a good situation like Bell was in Pittsburgh, grass is not always greener at the other end of the fence. Be careful of what you want vs what you may lose.

    Second, the Jets are about to start a new rebuilding after failing their rebuilding of the last few years. And the sooner Gase is fired, the better for the franchise. I thought it was a terrible HC choice back in the day, and it has been even worse.
     
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    Bell signs with KC. Not sure if he's going to be able to be the starter for them, but he's going to be a welcome addition to their roster.
     
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    Love Gregg Williams taking shots in the media at HIS OWN TEAM'S OFFENSE.

    I mean, he's right, but I've never seen a DC (or any kind of coordinator, in fact) do that and go public with his criticism. Not the best thing that could happen to a locker room. Maybe he just wants to "get released" as well...
     
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    I mean, at this point... who the heck in their sane mind wants to be part of that organization? It's terribly ran and has been a PR nightmare for over a decade. Maybe they can combine the Jets and Washington Football Team together since both owners have failed as leaders for too long.
     
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    The Failed Eastern Franchise Football Team...
     
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