Reports say that the Indianapolis Colts and superstar quarterback Peyton Manning are soon going to end their fourteen year bond. The Colts organization is expected to release the future Hall of Famer after the 2-14 season they suffered with Manning out with a neck injury the entire season. Even though rumors have been swirling about Manning’s workouts looking promising, the team seems now to be headed in a new direction with the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. The common belief is the Colts will select either Stanford’s phenom quarterback Andrew Luck or the speedy slinger from Baylor University, Robert Griffin III.

Reports say that the Indianapolis Colts and superstar quarterback Peyton Manning are soon going to end their fourteen year bond. The Colts organization is expected to release the future Hall of Famer after the 2-14 season they suffered with Manning out with a neck injury the entire season. Even though rumors have been swirling about Manning’s workouts looking promising, the team seems now to be headed in a new direction with the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. The common belief is the Colts will select either Stanford’s phenom quarterback Andrew Luck or the speedy slinger from Baylor University, Robert Griffin III.

NFL Mock Draft updated 03/04/2012

Jordan’s two-round mock draft is now ready for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

What happens if the San Francisco 49ers are unable to re-sign Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers? Well, there are certainly a few options the 49ers could explore in free agency. Brandon Carr seems to be a solid fit, though there is concern he may re-sign with Kansas City before the March 13 open market begins. One free agent sleeper that could make an impact in the Bay area is Terrell Thomas. The New York Giants had a very good, young talent playing the #2 cornerback position before going down with a season-ending injury. The Giants have a star corner in Corey Webster and potential star in last year’s first round pick Prince Amukamara. Thomas would be a great addition to the young group in San Francisco. The 49ers could also look to the draft for help at the position. The team is expected to take a wide receiver at pick 30 in the upcoming NFL draft on April 26, but if a top tier corner falls to them, do not be surprised to see the Niners cement their top ranked defense by grabbing a game-changer in the secondary.

What happens if the San Francisco 49ers are unable to re-sign Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers? Well, there are certainly a few options the 49ers could explore in free agency. Brandon Carr seems to be a solid fit, though there is concern he may re-sign with Kansas City before the March 13 open market begins. One free agent sleeper that could make an impact in the Bay area is Terrell Thomas. The New York Giants had a very good, young talent playing the #2 cornerback position before going down with a season-ending injury. The Giants have a star corner in Corey Webster and potential star in last year’s first round pick Prince Amukamara. Thomas would be a great addition to the young group in San Francisco. The 49ers could also look to the draft for help at the position. The team is expected to take a wide receiver at pick 30 in the upcoming NFL draft on April 26, but if a top tier corner falls to them, do not be surprised to see the Niners cement their top ranked defense by grabbing a game-changer in the secondary.

Click the picture for link to ESPN’s article on the Saints using the exclusive-rights franchise tag on Drew Brees.
Should New Orleans pay Drew Brees his requested $23 million a year for the first three seasons of his contract extension? Saints fans may be on the fence with this situation. The star quarterback that led the franchise out of the cellar since his arrival in 2006 is definitely deserving of a big payday, but without a first round pick and other big name free agents such as Marques Colston, Carl Nicks, and Robert Meachem still unsigned, the team must decide in which direction they are headed.

Click the picture for link to ESPN’s article on the Saints using the exclusive-rights franchise tag on Drew Brees.

Should New Orleans pay Drew Brees his requested $23 million a year for the first three seasons of his contract extension? Saints fans may be on the fence with this situation. The star quarterback that led the franchise out of the cellar since his arrival in 2006 is definitely deserving of a big payday, but without a first round pick and other big name free agents such as Marques Colston, Carl Nicks, and Robert Meachem still unsigned, the team must decide in which direction they are headed.

The Washington Redskins are reportedly finishing up a deal that includes sending two first round draft selections to the St. Louis Rams for the rights to the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The consensus thinking behind the potential trade is the Redskins are going to take Robert Griffin III (shown above), the Heisman trophy winning quarterback from Baylor. The Redskins have had troubles the past couple seasons trying to establish a permanent starting quarterback. Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, and John Beck were not able to secure the position which may have driven the ‘Skins to seek this deal.

The Washington Redskins are reportedly finishing up a deal that includes sending two first round draft selections to the St. Louis Rams for the rights to the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The consensus thinking behind the potential trade is the Redskins are going to take Robert Griffin III (shown above), the Heisman trophy winning quarterback from Baylor. The Redskins have had troubles the past couple seasons trying to establish a permanent starting quarterback. Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, and John Beck were not able to secure the position which may have driven the ‘Skins to seek this deal.

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson.

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed their franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the team announced Thursday.

The deadline for teams to use their franchise tender is Monday, March 5. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13, when the period for transactions begins at 4 p.m. ET. - Credit to ESPN.

The rumors had been swirling about DeSean Jackson’s tenure in Philly potentially coming to an end, and there is no question that the talented wideout and return man would have drawn quite a bit of interest this offseason from teams looking to add a speedy deep threat had he hit the open market. Jackson’s performance has been exceptional since being drafted in round two of the 2008 NFL Draft, most recently recording 58 catches for 961 yards and four touchdowns in the 2011 campaign. Jackson was named to the 2010 and 2011 NFC Pro-Bowl rosters as a result of his offensive and special teams play for the Eagles. This move by Philadelphia locks up the star receiver for at least one more year while buying them some much needed time for contract negotiations with the former California Golden Bear. Philadelphia can now turn their attention towards the start of the free agency period on March 13 and retaining the team’s remaining unrestricted free agents.

Steelers to release WR Hines Ward.

PITTSBURGH — Hines Ward's constant, ear-to-ear smile tucked behind a black facemask has been a lasting image for Pittsburgh Steelers fans the past 14 seasons.

They won’t see it again.

At least, not in a black-and-gold uniform.

The franchise’s all-time leader in just about every meaningful receiving category will be released sometime in the next two weeks said president Art Rooney II on the team’s website on Wednesday. - Credit to ESPN

What is next for the former star WR from the University of Georgia? Well, certainly teams will look to add the veteran to their WR corps. Ward’s production has gone downhill the past few seasons due to Ward’s diminishing role in the teams offense with the emergences of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders. Teams looking to provide a great mentor to their young wideouts seem to be the best fit for Ward. No team is going to pay him number 1 or even number 2 wideout money, though Ward may have the ability to work towards getting back to his old form by signing a one-year deal with a team that should offer incentives. Teams that come to mind are: Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All of these teams have a young group of talent at the WR position that may benefit greatly from the addition of Hines Ward. The veteran receiver has a lot left in the tank and will hopefully settle into a system that can bring him back to his “glory days” in Pittsburgh.

02/29/2012 NFL Scouting Combine Wrap-Up Pt 2

As I stated before, I have returned to finish my personal assessment of the results of the combine. A few more names that really improved their stocks are Michael Egnew TE, Missouri, Stephen Hill WR, Georgia Tech, and Robert Turbin RB, Utah State.

 Michael Egnew looked very solid in his workout. Egnew the 6’5 TE from the University of Missouri ran an impressive 4.53s 40-yd Dash and showed some strong hands in the pass-catching drills. One aspect of the position Egnew seemed to have flaws was in his run blocking. A lot of teams may actually have lowered him on their draft boards due to this issue, though his size and speed will witout a doubt intrigue teams looking for a huge red zone threat similar to the Saints Jimmy Graham and the Patriots Rob Gronkowski.

 Robert Turbin looked like a WWE superstar with his huge upper body and a very intimidating swagger. Turbin the 220lb running back from Utah State flashed sneaky speed in the agility drills and surprised everyone with an impressive 4.46s 40 time. Turbin may have drastically improved his stock with his impressive workout at his size. Look at Turbin to be off the board in the early to middle portion of day two.

Stephen Hill the wideout from the option based offense of Georgia Tech blew away the competition at this years combine. He ran a blistering 4.37s 40-yd Dash and was a top performer in almost every drill. He boasts a strong 6’4 215lb frame and will be a huge matchup problem at the next level. The big concern for Hill is he is not from a pass heavy offense and may be a little raw. Do not be surprised if a team takes a leap of faith on him in the First Round.

02/28/2012 - NFL Draft Scouting Combine Wrap-up Pt 1

The NFL Scouting Combine has been interesting to say the least. These past four days we have seen a lot of surprising developments regarding the performances of some of the prospects we were either expecting, or not expecting to have great workouts and measureables. Overall I feel as this year’s studs were a bit of a disappointment in the drills, but we did see a lot of underrated talent rise to the occasion. Let’s take a quick rundown of what I have observed:

-CB Josh Robinson from the University of Central Florida really boosted his draft stock with a strong showing at this morning. Robinson arguably had the most impressive combine of any of the participants. He showed blazing speed with his 4.33s 40-yard dash and his athletic ability with these monster numbers 38.5” Vert Jump, 11’1” Broad Jump, 6.55s 3-Cone Drill, and a 3.97s 20-yd Shuttle. The UCF stud really impressed and may have found his way off the board early on day 2 of the draft.

-Baylor QB Robert Griffin III did nothing to hurt his case as the #2, possibly the best, QB in the class. RG3 made scouts drool with his 4.41s 40-yd Dash and really just dominated the drills in which he participated. Though he is waiting for his pro day to demonstrate his passing skills, the Rams #2 pick is more expensive than ever after the conclusion of the combine. 

-WR Kendall Wright, the favorite target of the fore-mentioned Griffin, was lackluster in his performance. After watching his tapes, NFL scouts really expected him to blow away the competition in the 40-yd dash, but Wright could only manage a sluggish 4.61s official time. Maybe he just isn’t a track speedster and his speed is only on the field…for his sake let’s hope so.

There were plenty more standouts (Robert Turbin, Stephen Hill, Michael Egnew, etc.) and underachievers (Dwayne Allen, Most DB’s) that I will go over tomorrow, but for now I am out. See you all tomorrow friends! To be continued…

28 February 2012 - The beginning of Jordan’s Sports NOW!

Today marks the ”Opening Day” of Jordan’s Football NOW! NFL and NCAA Football are the main focus of discussion in Jordan’s blog. I am very excited to share my thoughts with all of you! My favorite part of sharing them with you is hearing your feedback so please, do not be shy! This blog contains the opinions of Jordan, a true passionate sports fan, and in no way reflects the interests of any sportswriters, athletes, or organizations. Thank you for being a part of this experience and I look forward to sharing our opinions on various sports topics together! Let the fun begin!

- Jordan Dean