Tim Tebow hasn't played too much in the NFL since being drafted in 2010, but he's racked up millions of dollars along the way while being followed by millions of eyeballs. Once lauded by Jon Gruden as being a guy that could "revolutionize" the game of pro football, more often than not, his news headlines have been centered around controversy or drama.
And right when the Tebow dust starts to settle, it's stirred back up. News has surfaced that the devout Christian quarterback will be visiting a megachurch in Texas as a guest speaker this April, and it's a church that has made controversial headlines of its own. Read more about their anti-gay, anti-Semitic history HERE.
Moving on to Tebow's former stomping ground, Denver, news surfaced that All-Pro offensive tackle Ryan Clady will have the franchise tag applied for 2013, as the team and his agent were unable to work out a long-term contract. Senior VP of Football Operations John Elway said that the two sides would still be working on a long-term deal, but for 2013, Clady will earn a respectable $9.66 million. For teams who had been hoping to upgrade their left tackle position via free agency, scratch that name off your list.
Speaking of being paid, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a hefty paycheck for 2011. He raked in nearly $30 million for 12 months of work, thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and new television contracts. Most of 2011's income was bonuses and incentives, and you can read HERE more of the details on how his pay was broken down. The man might not be the most popular figure when it comes to player relations, but he certainly knows how to get paid.
It's been a while since we've heard anything about an NFL team possibly being moved to Los Angeles, but now there's chatter about Texas governor Rick Perry opening the door for the San Diego Chargers to move to the Lone Star State should things "not work out" for them in California. He says the Alamodome could more than accommodate the team, and I'm sure would welcome the additional revenue that an NFL franchise would bring to his state. Something tells me he shouldn't be holding his breath.
Another big headline this week was the Green Bay Packers' release of All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson. The 36-year-old is a perfect definition of 'cap casualty', as he would have been due upwards of $10 million in 2013. Woodson will be looking for a landing spot, but who will the suitors be? There's a lot of info in THIS article from Louis Bien, and some strong reactions from Packers fans HERE.
Dwight Freeney will not be re-signed by the Indianapolis Colts, ending an 11-year run with the team that drafted him back in 2002. He is their all-time leader in sacks, and will be inducted into their Ring of Honor. Is he finished playing? No way... Freeney will be picked up by someone during free agency, and he will get to choose his landing spot. Stay tuned to Stampede Blue for future developments.
An update on Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin: General Manager Rick Spielman has 'no intent' on trading Harvin, who is under contract through the 2013 season. With that said, Harvin has stated that he wants a big pay increase, in the area of $10 million+ per season, and the Vikings aren't likely to shell out that kind of money. Ted Glover over at Daily Norseman reads between the lines HERE.
Once considered a probable 1st round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree may find himself slipping further and further down the line after his latest controversy. Ogletree was arrested for driving under the influence last weekend. This is not the first issue that Ogletree has had off the field, and it could end up costing him big time on draft day.
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