Former NFL executive Bill Polian, a regular on ESPN's wholesale jerseys NFL Insiders, suggested during Wednesday's show that the Cleveland Browns lost intentionally during their 1-15 campaign this past season.
Polian: Don't forget next year, in the draft, is a good quarterback year. Shall we say that maybe the (Jets) are reloading with the cheap jerseys china idea that this year may not be a terrific year record-wise?
Adam cheap jerseys from china Schefter: Are they doing a Sixers' thing and tanking, Bill?
Polian: Well, I don't want to say that. I don't want to say wholesale jerseys china that. But we saw the Browns do it, with no repercussions by the way. So, who knows? Maybe it's an objective. It's hard for me to believe in New York. And the moves they've made thus far have been justified without question.
Schefter: cheap jerseys And you believe the Browns tanked this year then?
Polian: There's no question about it. They said it — they didn't care about their won and loss record. They said it and there were no repercussions.
The Browns' only win of the season came against the Chargers on Dec. 24. cheap nfl jerseys The Bengals beat the Browns 31-17 in Cincinnati on Oct. 23 and 23-10 in Cleveland on Dec. 11.
Polian also said earlier this week that former Bengals receiver Terrell Owens does not belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Another cheap nfl jerseys March, another Brock Osweiler stunner.
The new league year opened Thursday with a torrent of team-switching. Free-agent dollars flowed into hitherto underfunded corners of the NFL landscape. The normally thrifty Super Bowl champs uncharacteristically dished out one of the biggest deals of the day. And the wreck of a franchise that plays in our nation's capital went way against the grain and opened the league year by firing its general manager.
But the biggest shock of the day — including even that last bit, which had grown sadly inevitable over the past week — was the NBA-style deal the Cleveland Browns made with the Houston Texans, for a way-too-expensive quarterback neither team in the deal wanted.
It is there that we begin our review of the biggest surprises from Thursday's opening of the NFL league year.
The Texans' take only a $10 million cap hit in trading Brock Osweiler to the cheap jerseys china Browns, who are no worse for the wear if he never takes a snap in Cleveland. Buda Mendes/Getty Images
1. Brock Osweiler to the Browns — for now
In announcing the deal, Browns general manager Sashi Brown made it absolutely clear that the motivation was not Osweiler but rather the second-round pick that comes with him. The deal is a great one for the Texans, who rid themselves of last year's four-year, $72 million mistake with only a $10 million cap hit left over. That doesn't make it a bad one for the Browns, who have both cash and cap to burn, and can therefore absorb the Osweiler deal and just cut him if no one wants to offer them something else in a trade for the quarterback.
Could Cleveland hold on to Osweiler? Sure. It's not as if he'd have to beat out Johnny Unitas to win their starting quarterback job. But that's not their plan at this point. Osweiler and his $16 million guaranteed salary are simply a means to an end. The Browns love picks. They want all the picks. They love having extra second-rounders in case it helps them deal for the quarterback they really want or in case they need to burn one on an unmatched offer sheet for a restricted free-agent with a second-round tender. It's about currency for the rebuilding Browns, and they want as much of it as they can get.
The deal looks weird to the football establishment, but that's the point of the Browns right now. The people running the franchise are not of the football establishment. They're trying to find a new way to do things, since the ways the Browns have done things for years haven't worked. They have baseball people, analytics people, all kinds of different voices in there, and they're trying to figure out a way to build the league's worst franchise into something sustainably good. At the moment, the plan involves overspending. But they have the money, so why not? If the pick that came with Osweiler chained to it ends up producing a Pro Bowler, who'll care what it cost in March of 2017? It's a long way back from 1-15 and probably requires trying out a new side street or two along the way.
2. It's good to be a guard
We figured Kevin Zeitler would set the top of the guard market, and he did, scoring a five-year, $60 million contract to play for the Browns. (Side note: Zeitler's agent, Tom Condon, had a monster day, also wholesale jerseys china securing the four-year, $60 million deal for Calais Campbell in Jacksonville and the five-year, $55.5 million deal for Matt Kalil in Carolina.)
But incumbent Browns guard Joel Bitonio also cashed in big, with a contract extension that added $10 million in cash to his 2017 income and could be worth more than $50 million in total if he were to play it out. Add in the deal Larry Warford got from the New Orleans Saints, the four-year, $35 million deal Ron Leary got from the Denver Broncos, and even the one-year, $8 million deal Luke Joeckel got from the Seattle Seahawks, and it's clear guards have managed to crack into the elite tier of free-agent paydays. They'll never make quarterback money, but they're getting closer at least to cheap jerseys from china cornerback money.
3. The Patriots made a big wholesale jerseys splash
Always on the hunt for value in the middle or at the bottom of the market, the Patriots waded into the free-agent pool with a five-year, $65 million contract for former Buffalo Bills corner Stephon Gilmore. With Logan Ryan on the way out cheap jerseys and restricted free agent Malcolm Butler's future in New England suddenly the subject of doubt, the Pats needed help in the secondary. Still, it felt weird to see them paying new-car prices on the first day.
4. Andrew Whitworth really left the Bengals
Hey, however bad your day was Thursday, it wasn't as bad as Andy Dalton's. The Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback lost two starting offensive lineman — Zeitler and franchise cornerstone Whitworth. In the weeks leading up to free agency, it had become clear that Cincinnati wouldn't retain Zeitler, who was on the hunt for a big payday. But it always felt as if they'd do the right thing and bring back Whitworth, who was such a critical part of the franchise on so many levels. Instead, confident enough in their replacement plans that they didn't want to guarantee him anything beyond one year, they let Whitworth leave for the Los Angeles Rams. Now, a team that made the playoffs five years in a row before its 2016 flameout finds itself rebuilding in a critical area while its window to win ostensibly stands open. Not a lot of left-tackle solutions in this year's draft, either.
5. Tony Romo wasn't cut at 4 p.m. ET
At this writing, Romo is still with the Dallas Cowboys, mainly because it appears they convinced themselves during the day they might be able to get something for him in a trade. The Osweiler move makes it feel as if Houston was opening a spot for Romo, but that's apparently not a done deal yet, and you wonder what kind of leverage Jerry Jones might have that would justify the cap hit he'd take by trading Romo instead of designating him as a post-June 1 cut.
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«They didn't know,» Cameron said. «I want to say wholesale jerseys I hope they didn't know the serious implications of these things. I feel like it was just starting, just on the brink of this coming to light and all the seriousness of these things. Now I feel like seven years later people know how serious this can be. Unfortunately it takes people dying to figure that out. That's the saddest thing in the world to me.»
Cameron credited his family for the support he received while playing and dealing with brain injuries, calling that support vital. He also said he regularly visited and talked with Dr. cheap jerseys china Michael «Micky» Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He feels good, he has no symptoms and he said he's in the best shape of his life.
«The main things they would say cheap jerseys from china is they're treatable,» Cameron said. «That what people don't realize.»
Cameron has no immediate plans for his future. He did well enough in the NFL that he can take time off and ponder the best path. He feeds his competitiveness by playing a lot of basketball near his home in Newbury Park, California. He might start coaching high school players or perhaps go back to school to become a teacher. He also knows that Tristan has approached him about playing football.
«Let's be cheap nfl jerseys real here,» he said. «Football is the greatest sport. I really believe that. It's the most difficult. You learn the most about yourself in football. It's a hard sport. You have to be very comfortable with being uncomfortable.
»All that being said, I really do not want him playing. If he's playing the right way and he's playing in pee wee and high school, that's fine. But I know what goes on and the hits you take. Everything past the high school level gets more serious, and it's not as much, cheap jerseys I would say, fun anymore after high school."
Takeaways from Day 2 cheap jerseys from china of NFL free agency…
1. Analytics win again: The Browns were spot-on on their assessment of the free agent market for receiver Terrelle Pryor. They offered him $8 million a year, per a source, with $17 million in guarantees. He turned it down. cheap jerseys The Browns wasted no time in giving the deal (four years, $32.5 million) to Rams free agent Kenny Britt. Pryor moved on to the Redskins and accepted a one-year “prove it” deal for $6 million, with another $2 million in incentives. That had to be a blow to Pryor’s pride. Some reports had him asking the Browns for upwards of $14 million a year. The Browns thought the gap was too wide to negotiate further and revisit a one-year deal. This isn’t the first time Pryor has been humbled, of course. His career as an NFL quarterback came to an end, forcing a transition to receiver, and then no team signed him after the Browns released him in 2015. Now, Pryor can pick himself up again in Washington and follow up his 1,000-yard receiving season and post bigger numbers with Kirk Cousins at the helm of Jay Gruden’s offense for the third consecutive season. With Pierre Garcon (49ers) and DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) bolting the Redskins, Pryor looms as Cousins' No. 1 receiver and will divide targets with tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. Pryor can then revisit free agency in 2018. As for the Browns, this played out similarly to their negotiation with tackle Mitchell Schwartz in 2016. They won the negotiation, and lost the player. Pryor was one of the hardest workers on the team last year, played with the most passion and was one of their few elite physical athletes. The Browns quibbled with Pryor over a few million dollars, yet had no problem bailing out the Houston Texans and paying $16 million for a second-round draft pick in 2018.
2. RG one and done: The Robert Griffin era in Cleveland started with the ground moving beneath the feet of Hue Jackson, cheap jerseys china so stated in the definitive NFL.com story of Griffin’s two-day workout with the Browns’ coach a year ago. It ended with a four-sentence statement from the Browns terminating Griffin’s contract with a year left. Griffin started the 2016 opener, broke a bone in his left shoulder when he collided with an Eagles defender running out of bounds, missed the next 11 games and started the final four, posting the team’s only victory in Game 15. Of the 26 Browns quarterbacks who started a game since 1999, Griffin joins a group of five with one career win for the Browns: Griffin, 1-4; Seneca Wallace, 1-6; Doug Pederson, 1-7; Jason Campbell, 1-7; and Josh McCown, 1-9.
3. Whither Brock Osweiler?: Griffin’s release leaves the Browns with a quarterback roster of Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. Whether Osweiler even makes it to the beginning of the club’s offseason program next month is a question mark. After completing the salary-dump trade with Houston, the Browns told two national reporters that they hoped to trade Osweiler, if not release him. A trade may still be possible but it’s doubtful after those news leaks. Then, in the team’s confirmation of the trade, EVP Sashi Brown chose to de-emphasize Osweiler when he said, “We’re really excited to acquire a second-round draft choice in this trade.” He added at the end that he looked forward “to having Brock come in and compete.” Unless the Browns have another plan to acquire a veteran quarterback, bringing Osweiler to camp wouldn’t be the worst idea. Osweiler, who is 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, won five of seven starts subbing for Peyton Manning in Denver’s 2015 Super Bowl season. Afterwards, he spurned GM John Elway’s three-year, $45 million offer for a whopping $72 million deal over four years from the Texans. He bombed in Houston — winning 8 of 14 starts with a great defense and laying an egg in a playoff loss to New England and causing the Texans to trade a second-round pick wholesale jerseys to wipe his salary and cap number from their books. Since 1999, Cleveland has been the NFL city where quarterbacks go to die. But usually they get on the field, first.