The NFL offseason is known to produce some wacky headlines so while teams continued OTAs on Monday, the headlines of the day included contract negotiations, reality television shows and a former first-round pick being released in the CFL. You know, just a usual June Monday in the NFL.
Victor Cruz has been in the news this offseason as he and the Giants continue to discuss a long-term contract extension, but the wide receiver made the headlines for a different reason on Monday. Cruz is reportedly in talks to become the latest professional athlete to star in his own reality television show. The details of the show are still unknown, although Cruz said it would be "very unique." While the deal is still only in the works, Big Blue View isn't convinced a reality TV show would be the best thing for the Giants wide receiver:
Maybe Cruz, still trying to negotiate a rich long-term deal with the Giants, truly believes he can do both and be can build his off the field brand without having that negatively impact his -- or his team's -- performance. Yet, when he also told the Daily News that "I have got to squeeze in some training in there before the season starts" my first thought was that the comment indicated that perhaps his focus isn't entirely on being the best football player he can be.
Perhaps this is an overreaction. I don't know Cruz -- I have only talked to him once. I have no way of knowing what type of work he is doing in the gym to get ready for the 2013 NFL season. I only know that this news indicates to me that, at least to some degree, Cruz's priorities have shifted. And that is cause for concern.
Sam Shields isn't going to have his own TV show -- at least not that we know of -- but like Cruz, Shields was sitting out OTAs while working on a long-term deal. That may change soon as Shields signed his restricted free-agent tender on Monday and will return to the Packers on a one-year deal worth $2.02 million. The two sides were discussing an extension, but those talks may now have to wait as Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Company wrote:
In order for the Packers to lock Shields up for a long-term deal, he cannot sign his RFA tender. Under the CBA, contracts signed or altered within the last 12 months cannot be renegotiated. Signing the tender is the equivalent of signing a one-year deal. In other words, if Shields signs his tender, the Packers won't get another chance to sign Shields to a long-term deal until he's an unrestricted free agent. If Shields were to reach unrestricted free agency, all of Green Bay's leverage is gone. At that juncture, Shields will likely depart for a bigger contract.
Shields knows where he will play in 2013, but former first-round pick Mike Williams is once again in search of a new team. The former Detroit and Seattle wide receiver was released by the CFL's Toronto Argonauts after just eight days with the team. Williams revived his career in 2010 with Seattle, but it was short lived as he was released prior to the 2012 season. He was out of football last season and his latest comeback in the CFL was also short lived.
Richard Seymour's NFL future is also still unknown as the defensive tackle's talks with the Atlanta Falcons have stalled. The Falcons have shown considerable interest in Seymour, but the 33-year-old defensive tackle is reportedly willing to retire unless the right deal is offered.
- Johnathan Josesph said he's feeling great after playing last season with groin issues and two sports hernias.
- Mike Tomlin said Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery and could be released from the hospital on Tuesday after being stabbed twice Saturday morning.
- Free-agent defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis visited Detroit on Monday and will visit Chicago later this week.
- Former Seattle quarterback Josh Portis is headed to the CFL after signing with the Toronto Argonauts.