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Michael Sam will attend the Veteran Combine in Arizona

michael samToday Michael Sam the first openly gay football player will be back in the Combine, but this time it is in Arizona.  The NFL is opening a veteran combine for players and Michael Sam who was drafted by the Rams in the 7th round.

Sam had a shot with the Dallas Cowboys but was later released as well.

Adam Schefter    @AdamSchefter
Free-agent DE Michael Sam has been accepted into NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 in Tempe, AZ, per source.

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Dolphins cut their best wide receiver; Move saves 3.15 million

hartlineToday the Miami Dolphins released Brian Hartline, who in my opinion is their best wide receiver. He is the most consistent and has been a favorite target of Tannehill since he entered the league.

The veteran wideout was due $5.9 million in 2015. The move saves Miami $3.15 million against the salary cap. The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $30.775 million contract in 2013.

Hartline’s role diminished in 2014 with the emergence of Jarvis Landry. The vet caught just 39 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns. His production as a No. 3 or 4 receiver did not match his high salary, so maybe they couldn’t rework a deal.

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Falcons save another 3.5 million dollars by cutting Harry Douglas

harry douglasOne day after releasing veteran running back Steven Jackson, the team has released wideout Harry Douglas, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Steven Jackson’s departure saves the Falcons $3.75 million in cap space, while cutting Douglas trims another $3.5 million off the books.

The Falcons will need to find another receiver, but this could be a very solid option for the Kansas City Chiefs who only have a couple wide receivers under contract.  Douglas will be on a team next year, the question is what team. 

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If I was Dez Bryant’s agent, I would make my client hold out

Dez Bryant has been a guy I see as a huge sleeper this year.  Could he break the top 3 WR's in 2013? (Getty Images)

Dez Bryant needs to just hold out, and force the Cowboys hand. They NEED HIM!!!

Dez Bryant had many incidents over his tenure in the National Football League, but lately he has been a pretty solid person and football player.

Now that Dez Bryant is up for a new contract with the Dallas Cowboys, it seems like the media is trying to bring up his past to blackmail him from getting what he deserves.  If I was Dez Bryant’s agent, I would not panic.  Every piece of evidence that has been brought up against Dez Bryant has been from prior incidents.  We all knew that Dez was not a great person after entering the league.

I mean, Jeff Ireland asked Dez if his mother was a prostitute at the NFL Combine.  Dez has been in trouble with the law before and has made some stupid mistakes in the PAST.  The key word here is Past.

 

Past; adjective

 

1.gone by or elapsed in time:

It was a bad time, but it’s all past now.

 

That is the dictionary definition of the word PAST.  What does that mean?  Just what it says it was from prior incident.  Since those times, Dez has switched agents, he has worked extremely hard to be a top notch wide receiver, and on and off the field has been a good person.  He has not been causing any problems with the Cowboys, and all he wants is a big contract, one that his play has definitely earned.

 

With that being said, I would not panic if I was Dez’s agent.  I would make the Cowboys Franchise tag my client and I would hold out.  Who will hurt more at the beginning of the season?  The Dallas Cowboys without my client, or my client?  After the first couple games the Dallas Cowboys will come running back to give you what you want. I would tell my client stay in shape, work out every day, and don’t talk to the media for nothing.  Stay off Twitter and Social Media, and if you do post something, post pictures of your son and family.  Let the media say what they want to say, because you cannot change a person perception, but at the end of the day remember this motto.

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED ME, BEFORE I NEED YOU – Damond Talbot

 

That motto will never let you down, especially when you know how much you mean to a team.
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It is time for the Steelers to let Troy Polamalu leave; Unless he takes a huge pay cut

troyTroy Polamalu is one of the best safeties in Steeler history, but he turns 34 in April and he has clearly lost a step.  While he does not want to retire, the Steelers are faced with a huge decision.  The eight time Pro Bowler is coming off a season in which he did not intercept a pass or record a sack for the first time since 2007.

Polamalu is still under contract with the Steelers for two more seasons, but he is due a base salary of $6 million in 2015. There is no way the Steelers can keep him on the roster at that price.  He is in a constant decline and while you would love to have the veteran safety on your roster, the Steelers will be forced to make a decision, because they need to get Big Ben under a contract.

Cornerback Ike Taylor told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that Polamalu is already training with the intent of playing next season, and while that is good news for his fan base, the Steelers need to really think about this decision.  They need to go to Polamalu and tell him to take a pay cut.  If he doesn’t want to take a pay cut then the Steelers might be forced to released the former USC standout. While it will be hard to see Polamalu in a different uniform, the Steelers need production out of their safeties, not just a leader. 

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Patriots Shane Vereen denies the report he wants 5 million a year

shane vereenShane Vereen is a realist and although many rumors have been floating around about him wanting 5 million dollars a year, he made sure to shoot down those rumors last night via twitter.

Shane Vereen    @ShaneVereen34
Haha not true but who wouldn’t be?!?! RT @_D_Flo: “@jeffphowe: Source: @ShaneVereen34 hopeful for $5 … http://t.co/GMrXQZenQU

Vereen understands that the market is bad, and to be honest with all the veterans out there I would be shocked if he could get 4 million a year.  The market is going to be very deep and the position is very deep in the draft.  Someone will be getting some very high quality players via free agency at the running back position.

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Former NFL player wants his Mother, Child and Nephew’s killer executed

kermitKermit Alexander the former NFL star wants his families killer executed. The Rollin 60 Crips gang members murdered his mother, sister and two nephews in 1984 that he prowled the streets of Los Angeles.

His mother, Ebora Alexander, was still living in Watts. She was sitting at her kitchen table, drinking coffee in her nightgown and slippers, when two members of the Rollin’ 60 Crips stormed in and shot her in the head.

Her 23-year-old daughter, Dietra, was shot between the eyes while she sat up in bed and screamed. Two grandchildren, 8-year-old Damon Bonner and 10-year-old Damani Garner, were asleep when the assassin put bullets in their head.

The police eventually did find the gunman, who was convicted and sentenced to death. But three decades later, Tiequon Cox is still alive, along with 750 other California killers whose executions are bogged down in endless litigation and political opposition. No other state has more inmates on death row.

So Alexander, 74, decided that once again, he would take matters into his own hands — this time with a lawsuit demanding the state put in place an execution protocol and end Cox’s life with a lethal injection.

Earlier this month, he notched a victory when a Superior Court judge ruled he had standing to bring the action, paving the way for a hearing on the merits of the unusual suit in the coming weeks.

This is a very sad story, but at the end of the day this is a very sad story. It is a true story, many will never pay for their actions. Alexander is getting older, and he hopefully will get closure before he dies.

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Are running backs a dime a dozen? The price tag should be cheap this year

petersonReggie Bush, Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams were the latest reported salary-cap casualties this week. And at some point, Adrian Peterson could also wind up joining a free-agent class that already includes DeMarco Murray, Mark Ingram, Frank Gore, Ryan Mathews, Justin Forsett, C.J. Spiller, Shane Vereen, Knowshon Moreno, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden and several other mid-level guys.

On top of that, many analysts including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. believe that this year’s draft class is deep with running backs in the middle rounds — a cheaper route that more and more teams have started to take in recent years.

“There are a lot of guys out there [in free agency] that are proven entities, but they also have a lot of tread on the tires,” Kiper said. “I’d always go the rookie route. I would not take a running back in the first round, but I would from the second round on.”

With that being said, could the price tag for a running back be dirt cheap this year?  Remember Knowshon Moreno and Ben Tate were the best running backs available last year, and neither received a big pay day.  Now with the market flooded with guys, could the price tag keep getting lower for the position that takes the most damage on the field?  It is starting to look like the running back position is a dime a dozen, do you agree?

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