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Colin Kaepernick Files Collusion Claim Against NFL

The Colin Kaepernick story takes another unexpected twist when he filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion. 

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The Colin Kaepernick story takes another unexpected twist when he filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion.  Well, does he have a legal leg to stand on or is this just another grasp at attention and money?  I don’t think he would have filed this claim if there wasn’t some form of validity.  It’s not like people were talking about Kaepernick any less, he is still trending, so this doesn’t feel like an attention grab.

 

What exactly is collusion?

Collusion requires cooperation between multiple people or organizations in an attempt to victimize someone.  Well, it would seem like the NFL owners did collude with each other to prevent Colin from obtaining work, but can he prove it? This is the hardest thing, it may be a widely believed premise, but if it can’t be proven, it doesn’t matter.

Colin needs a smoking gun, an email or a taped conversation between at least two teams so there is factual evidence, not just hearsay, and speculation.  So, maybe he has some evidence and that is why he is now filing a claim, or it could just be another attempt to get on a team.  although continuing this drama will certainly not help him get on any roster.

Just because Colin may be better than many of the quarterbacks in the league doesn’t itself prove collusion. So, that defense is tossed out the window…

Just because these teams are actively doing what President Trump is saying doesn’t prove collusion either.  Since Trump isn’t affiliated with the NFL, he can’t collude against Kaepernick.

What would happen if Colin actually won a collusion case against the NFL?

Well, it is a long shot but if he did, in fact, have a smoking gun against the NFL, he could expect millions in return.  They would pay him however much the arbitrator believed Kaepernick would have made on the job, plus damages.

Usually, triple the original amount, so if he was awarded $10 million, he would get $30 million!

Now that Green Bay lost their star QB Aaron Rodgers for the season, Colin Kaepernick may get a call for a job interview.  The NFL is a private business so they have the right to hire and fire whoever they wish, it’s just a shame that these stupid issues have to be at the center of it all.

Well, honestly, I just wish some team would take a flyer on Colin so we could actually worry about the real issues and not someone kneeling for an anthem.  Maybe we can work on racial injustice and inequality, or gun control or mental health issues or obesity or a million other more important issues…

However this drama unfolds, I just hope we can become a less divided people and focus on making our planet and world a better place for all…

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Cowboys Release Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys have officially released wide receiver Dez Bryant after 8 seasons with the team.  

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The Dallas Cowboys have officially released wide receiver Dez Bryant after 8 seasons with the team.

Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones release a statement saying, “As an organization, we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit, and contributions to this team for the past eight years. He will always be a valued member of our family.” The move will save the Cowboys $8 million in salary cap space, which is likely the main reason it was done.

Bryant had a well-documented career in Dallas with plenty of highs and his fair share of lows. Like many high-profile receivers, he was known for his passion, intensity, and, at times, sideline outburst. But his talent and, more importantly, his production on the field is undeniable. For most of his time in Dallas, he was one of the best receivers in the NFL. In case you disagree, let’s take a look at the numbers.

He played in a total of 113 games for the Cowboys. In that time he recorded 513 receptions, 7,459 yards (5th in franchise history) and a franchise-record 73 touchdowns. Those are numbers any team would be happy with. And despite today’s decision, it’s safe to assume that the Cowboys were.

“This was not an easy decision,” Jones added. “It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We arrived at this crossroad collectively with the input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction.” And that new direction could be waiting for them in the upcoming NFL Draft.

 

There are a handful of receivers in the 2018 draft that the Cowboys might now go after, including Maryland’s D.J. Moore, Oklahoma State’s James Washington, and the biggest name of all, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. Could we see one of them wearing a Cowboys jersey next season? Time will only tell. At least we know that #88 is available.

 

Bryant will now begin the process of looking for a new team. And while someone will definitely sign him, some teams might not be as excited to sign him as he may like. In the last few seasons, he has missed significant time thanks to a broken foot in 2015 and a tibial plateau fracture in 2016. So there is definitely a risk there. But it’s not far-fetched to think that Bryant still has at least a couple good seasons left in him. And it’s not at all far-fetched to think that no matter who he signs with, he will be going into next season with the biggest chip that his shoulder has ever seen.

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Ravens Sign Robert Griffin III To A One-Year Deal

The Baltimore Ravens announced via Twitter earlier today that they have signed former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal. 

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The Baltimore Ravens announced via Twitter earlier today that they have signed former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal. Griffin last played for the Browns in 2016. Sadly, his season was riddled with injuries and he was not brought back. So, despite his previous status as a star, this seems like a strange move by the Ravens to sign a quarterback that didn’t even practice with a team last season.

All signs point to Griffin backing up longtime Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco. But this could be the perfect situation for RG3, as Flacco is quickly approaching retirement and could easily be looking at a make-or-break season in Baltimore. Maybe this is just the chance Griffin was hoping for and we’ll be seeing a lot of him this coming season. And while getting that chance would be great for Griffin, no one, not even Baltimore, has any idea how such a scenario would play out.

When Griffin burst onto the NFL scene with the Washington Redskins in 2012, he immediately started to put up big numbers and, more importantly, win games. He quickly became the saving grace for a franchise that had been struggling for a while. He ended up throwing twenty touchdowns and only five interceptions as part of an impressive rookie season that won him the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But the season ended in pain and heartbreak as he came back from a knee injury too quickly and made the injury even worse. No one could have guessed it would be his only successful year in the NFL. The injuries kept piling up and slowly but surely Kirk Cousins began taking snaps away from Griffin. By 2015 Cousins was the starter and Griffin spent the entire season as a backup.

After that season, Washington made the not-so-difficult decision to release Griffin and he signed with the Browns. It was supposed to be a fresh start for the once highly touted quarterback. He was going to revive his career and he was going to take one of the longest struggling franchises of all time with him. But that never happened. In fact, just the opposite did.

Injuries continued to plague Griffin and he played in just five games in a season in which the Browns didn’t win a single game. At the end of the season, the Browns took a play out of the Redskins book and made the similarly not-so-difficult decision to release him.

Now, once again, Griffin has a chance to revive his career. Let’s just hope, for his sake, he gets a chance to prove that he’s still got something left in the tank. And, maybe more importantly, let’s hope that his knees let him.

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Gronkowski Set To Return Next Season

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington has reason to believe that Rob Gronkowski will be back next season, according to communications with people close to Gronk.

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Rob Gronkowski is one of the most famous and recognizable stars in the entirety of the NFL thanks to his career spent with Tom Brady and the always successful New England Patriots. But following the Patriots Super Loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski revealed that he was already considering retirement despite his young age.

We can’t blame Gronkowski for thinking about it. He’s a huge guy so he’s already putting a lot of strain on his body just working as hard as he does. But on top of that, his success on the field has led to teams doing whatever they can to punish him every time he comes across the field. So these days, especially with all the focus on CTE and other brain damage that can come from the game, it makes perfect sense that he’s considering retirement.

But ESPN’s Jeff Darlington has reason to believe that he will be back next season, according to communications with people close to Gronk. There has been no official statement made from Gronkowski’s team as of yet, but all signs point to him returning, assuming Tom Brady does the same.

The other major factor here that can’t be ignored, is Gronkowski’s social media presence. He’s regularly seen partying hard all around the world, which has to bother both owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. But more recently he has sent out some bother tweets, including one to Danny Amendola that read “Be FREE, Be HAPPY” after he signed a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Implying that Gronk doesn’t feel either free or happy in New England.

There were also reports during last year’s training camp that Gronkowski wasn’t happy and was already considering retirement back then. So regardless of if he comes back next season or not, it seems like tensions between him and the Patriots organization are already high. But assuming both he and Brady are back next season, it’s safe to assume they will yet again be at the top of the league all year long.

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