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Topic: Peyton, Bounties, Free Agent News, and this Week's Thoughts
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 03/08/12 14:16
Some thoughts this week:
 
*-The Colts finally released Peyton Manning and he's now free to sign with anyone. It's been reported that 12 teams contacted the Manning camp as soon as it became official, and I'm sure about another 12 would like to. I've already penned my opinion on the 6 best places for Peyton Manning to land in, but one team that keeps coming up is the Miami Dolphins. I can see parts of why, but the mass media is making it sound like the Dolphins are a QB away from being a Super Bowl contender. REALLY? They went 6-10 and were the team to blame for Tim Tebow-mania. For 56 minutes they were kicking the Broncos butts and led 15-0. Then in the last 4 minutes, they allowed a touchdown, an onside kick, a second touchdown, and a 2 point conversion. They then lost in overtime which created the legend of Tim Tebow. Yeah. Miami's a team that is only a QB away from being legit (insert sarcasm).
 
*-As much as I respect Peyton Manning and think him one of the top 2 QB's I've seen in my lifetime (Joe Montana being the other), I simply can't believe him when he says he has no idea who's interested in him, or what to expect now that he's a free agent, or that he hasn't given any thought to where he will play in 2012. I'm sure Tom Condon must have prepped and kept him apprised at least a little. With all the media spinning his father, Archie, does, I can't believe the elder Manning hasn't mentioned anything to Peyton.
 
*-I give props to both Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay for their press conference. This situation could have become real ugly; especially after all the media mini-battles they appear to have had the last 2 months. Instead, they met, they focused on the fact that even though the situation wasn't going to work between them that each owed something to the other, and they made a decision to not have a brutal divorce, but instead have a mutual respectful parting of ways. No matter where Peyton ends up playing, I can easily see him going back to Indianapolis after retiring and being part of the organization in some capacity. 
 
*-Reggie Wayne wants to play with Peyton Manning and sign with whoever Manning signs with. While I understand a player wanting to stay with another player with whom he's had great success with, it also makes me wonder if Wayne himself wonders if he could have success without Manning.
 
*-Glad to see Arian Foster get paid. Houston didn't have to offer him what they did as he was a restricted free agent, but Foster also didn't have to accept a deal (5 years, $43.5 mil) that is less than what other top RB's probably would have settled for. Foster has proven to not only be the best RB in the NFL (and fantasy football), but also one of the more humble guys you actively cheer for. I hope he stays a stud RB beyond this contract and gets a second big payday.
 
*-I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect from Robert Griffin III before the NFL combine, but he blew away every expectation I had. While I'm glad the Rams will get a king's ransom for the #2 pick in the April NFL draft, I'm also kind of wishing St. Louis wasn't as sold on Sam Bradford as they are as I want to cheer for this kid and think he'll be very successful in the NFL.
 
*-Randy Moss reportedly looked great at his workout for the New Orleans Saints. A motivated Randy Moss could still be amongst the most dangerous WR's in the game. I wouldn't be surprised if by the time fantasy football draft rankings come around, Moss is in the top 30 WR's if he's in the right situation.
 
*-Drew Brees reportedly is very upset at being tagged with the exclusive rights Franchise tag. Tough oats Drew! If other reports are to be believed, the Saints are offering around $20 million per season. Not sure what the specifics of that deal would be, but I have to believe making more than Tom Brady and less than what Peyton Manning was supposed to get is a fair deal.
 
*-The Peyton Manning circus has at least stopped the media bloodletting of the Saints bounty scandal. I posted in my fantasy football blog last week about my initial reaction to hearing about it, but since then I have heard many former NFL players speak about it and while they try to flower it up, it comes down the fact it's a common practice, just not commonly participated in by the coaches. And that it isn't supposed to be about seriously injuring a player; just injuring him enough so he can't finish that particular game. I understand football is a sport where hitting someone is part of the game every play. And you want to do everything to help your team win as the ultimate prize is to win a Super Bowl and you increase your chances by getting opposing team's star players out of the game. My contention is that if that's the way it is, then don't complain about the fact your career's are usually shorter than players in other sports because of the higher likelihood for injury.
 
*-And for those fans who can't get why men who make hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars would put up $1,000-$5,000 for bounty need to understand that these athletes get the same thrill from winning money from their friends and co-workers as anyone else does. Why do we make $5 bar bets? Or take part in fantasy football leagues where the cash winnings are minimal or non-existent? We do it to brag and get the feeling of increased self-esteem. We do it for fun. Why should athletes be exempt from that feeling just because they have more money? It's not about the money; it's about the game played to get it. Besides, $1,000 dollars could mean a night out with the boys or the wife for them. Who among us wouldn't like someone else to pay for that?
 
*-I can't wait for next week when free agency begins in earnest. It's coming up on that first time when we football fans begin to have hope for our football teams getting better and competing in the 2012 season!
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 Throwball Heroes_118522
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Post Date: 03/10/12 13:56
I still cannot bring myself to be sold on Randy Moss any longer. I don't believe he is the same WR we have seen in the past. He has lost a step, his attitude has gone downhill and his effort is laxidasical at best. Change jersey colors doesn't change what is going on in his head. If he is added to one of the top offenses in the NFL, it will just be further confusion for fantasy owners as who to own. Personally, I am not quiet sure ANY owner/GM would want to take a chance on this guy any longer.

As for the Peyton Manning circus. Wow, this guy wants to chance his health for further fame? I think that defines the word stupid. Peyton is already set for life, a HOFer and could probably end up being a very good coach or TV guy in the future. I know we can say this about anyone but one hit on Manning could end more than just his NFL career. Not sure I would take a chance on a damaged commodity, especially knowing it will take a pretty penny to get him in.
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 03/13/12 10:02
The Manning situation continues to linger. After reportedly wanting to have a decision by today, it now could be that Manning doesn't sign with anyone until a few more days have passed. He met with Miami Monday and is meeting with Tennessee today.

Not sure if I think he's damaged goods, but as long as the doctors say he's okay, he's worth the risk for any team in my opinion.
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