It’s All Orange, Fat Man: 03/27/16

NFL News

RB Trent Richardson reflected on why his career didn’t blossom early and he said he was lazy and he let his family members treat him like he was a piggy bank.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham promises that he is hard at work.

– According to Mike Florio: Thanks to Colin’s offseason injuries, the 49ers may be already stuck with Colin Kaepernick’s $11.9 million guaranteed. Which also means that if he were to get cut and he were to sign with the Broncos for a one-year, $1 million contract, the 49ers would be on the hook for the other $10.9 million.

– Ex Ravens DT Terrance Cody has been sentenced to 9 months in prison on an animal cruelty conviction.

– Three former Oakland Raiders have pledged to give away their brains for research.

– Hundreds of people attended former CB Tray Walker’s funeral.

-This is a great article on how John Harbaugh is a father to everyone in the Ravens organization.

– Bruce Arians is “shocked” that some players took less money to stay with the Cardinals.

– The New York Jets RB Matt Forte was unhappy that the Bears decided to pursue RB CJ Anderson.

NFL Analysis

– When asked, Lawrence Taylor told reporters at the Houston Chronicle that he would put DE JJ Watt in the Top 4 defensive players of all time.

– QB Matthew Stafford said the NFL took it’s toll on Calvin “Megatron” Johnson.

– Danny Shimon reviews some draft options for the AFC North. 

– Chase Stuart studies the curious case of Joe Thomas and pro bowl players who have crappy winning percentages. 

Broncos

– Woody Paige states that QB Dak Prescott would be a good pickup for the Broncos.

– Troy Reanck and Mark Kiszla ask if Talib’s first quarter anxiety is going to cost him an ejection.

– Jeff Legwold argues that because the Broncos cap space is shrinking, this increases Mark Sanchez’s chances to start in 2016.

Sales and Silliness

– Here is former TE Aaron Hernandez’s house now that it is for sale.

– A billboard company in LA tries to make a 5th Grade “We’re better than you” remark to the city of St. Louis.

Preach!

“Until (you) start winning, people will make fun of you.” – Jimmy Haslam

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  • CFD1983

    Happy Easter Bronco fans!!!!

  • Snipe

    Happy Easter! So it sounds like the only way Kaep is coming to us is by trade before April 1. It would be foolish to cut him so they can pay him to play somewhere else. Although foolishness does happen

  • Snipe

    Maybe Dak(ota) Prescott would be OK. Could turn out to be a rich man’s Collin Kaepernick

    • drewthorn

      The downside to Prescott is that footwork issues seem to be the most difficult mechanical issue to fix. It’s also the most potentially dangerous flaw because it has such an impact on ball velocity. Prescott is also somewhat unique in that his feet don’t just deteriorate under duress: he seems just as likely to go with the knee-locked, all arm delivery with lots of time in a clean pocket. I can definitely see why some, like SMA, are so down on him.

      The flip side is that the guy is off the charts everywhere else, although he apparently let consistently poor protection get in his head last season, which caused him to play with less patience and poise in the pocket.

      I’m just gonna roll with the easy out and assume that Denver knows what they’re doing should they pick him.

    • PiperAR

      Woody likes him. That settles it. I want nothing to do with Prescott.

  • Mike Florio’s article is what I have wondered about all along, and is the reason I believe the Niners will stick it out with him for the 2016 season, unless they get a trade offer they can’t pass up. And I seriously doubt Elway is going to bid too high on Kaepernick. If Elway wanted him the badly, a trade offer would have happened by now.

    • Snipe

      Glad to hear it. I would prefer not having Kaep

      • Laces Out

        Would be great competition though and whether he made the team or not would be another question

    • Rhett Rothberg

      The only fly in the ointment is the apparent distaste Kap has for the Niners. So they can keep him, which on the surface seems like the right move, but they’ll have to handle the issues they’ve made with him

      • Jeremy

        But when do the 49ers make the right move. They’ll keep him thinking they can change his ways, right?

        • Rhett Rothberg

          Tough call… I think they don’t know what they want. Kap, I’m fairly certain, wants out because he doesn’t trust the FO… The FO, probably, to some extent wants to keep him….but there are some bridges to cross…

    • Laces Out

      This is news to us but the FO had known about it entirely so I would agree that’s precisely why he’s not currently a Bronco.

      Paying a guy 11 Million to hold a clipboard behind GABBERT would be right up dysfunctional SF’s alley i.e. the Deadforeskins holding RGIII all last season though his salary probably want as high but still a waste of talent and space they end up with nothing for.

    • Broncos777

      I hope they trade for Kap. If he is healthy, I think he would excel in Kubiak’s offense, under a solid coaching staff, surrounded by a talented team, etc. I think his floor is Plummer, and his ceiling is higher. To me, he is even more mobile, passes at least as well, and doesn’t seem to have the motivation issues that Plummer had. I don’t have a read on Kap’s football IQ, but Harbaugh swears that his intelligence, motivation, and leadership are “off the charts.” I tend to believe Harbaugh. If he could really be your franchise guy for the next five years or longer, isn’t he worth a second? Unless the Broncos have doubts about his health or ability, I would think a third or second round pick would make sense.

      At the same time, I really like Dak Prescott too. Rick Neuheisel said this week that Dak is “very close” (talent wise) to Russell Wilson. If that is true, I wonder if he would even make it to the end of the second round and whether Denver would use their first/or trade back from their first to take him. That being said, I think they if they are willing to wait until the end of the second for Dak, I am convinced that DT Chris Jones will be their pick in round 1.

      • Russ

        I don’t think people are questioning Dak Prescott’s skills. Comparing them to Russell Wilson is probably pretty accurate, but Wilson’s head and leadership capability is off the charts compared to Prescott. That’s the main difference between the two. Dak, along with every other prospect had a three month window to lay low, work on their skills and prepare themselves for the draft. I have no sympathy for anyone who, with literally millions of dollars on the line, still make ridiculously dumb decisions to put that in jeopardy. I’m gonna throw up in my mouth a little of the Broncos put their future in someone like that.

        • Broncos777

          From what I have read, Dak’s leadership and intelligence are excellent–some of his greatest strengths. I’m not aware of any other off the field issues, and I don’t expect the DUI to impact his draft status.

    • MarsLineman

      Very interesting. But maybe I’m missing something- I’m not sure why this makes a pre-draft trade less likely. I never actually understood the reasoning behind the Niners cutting him outright when there were trade offers on the table. Would there have been additional salary cap relief for the Niners by releasing him versus trading him?

      Unless I’m missing something, it still seems possible that the Niners decide to trade Kaepernick before the 2016 draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if Elway has made a standing offer (94th pick?), and the Niners are deciding internally whether to take it. Especially if they’re trying to evaluate Kaepernick’s recovery from injury, it seems like they would wait as long as possible to decide.

    • BlackKnigh

      My bet would be that Kaep stays put. They need a backup QB anyway – even though there is a real downside.
      Denver will probably draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round. I doubt they will try to move up. I see the competition between Siemians and Sanchez. If everything is working the way Kubes would like it to – this should work out OK for the Broncos.

  • Yahmule

    After signing a four-year, $20.5 million contract with the Browns, multiple people asked Richardson to buy them cars. He obliged. Five different people came to him with sob stories about how they couldn’t pay for a family member’s funeral, and so Richardson picked up the tabs for five different funerals, each costing more than $12,000. Richardson took family on a week-long trip to Disney World, not that they were grateful.

    “And people still had the nerve to complain about the trip,” Richardson said.

    Think about this the next time some athlete says he wants a huge money contract to support his family. Imagine what it would feel like to have your own mother stop talking to you because you’re sick of supporting every cousin who came crawling out of the woodwork with some bullshit scam.

    • Nick

      I really hope agents, the union, or someone is working hard to try to prevent these stories from repeating, but it may be a task too difficult to completely vanquish.

      • Yahmule

        There’s not much anybody from the outside can do except give the player advice and maybe some kind of support system when people start turning their backs on him. Tyron Smith is basically estranged from his entire family now. He got tired of buying houses for everybody.

        • Laces Out

          Then he’s better off. Life is all about who YOU chose to let in and share it with. Unfortunately, most people don’t deserve to be in it and sometimes that includes people in your family

      • Jeremy

        Watch the ESPN 30 for 30 for film broke. Really eye opening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt3HnpJzKAw

        • Laces Out

          Just like public school, almost zero content is taught about money management, credit, or the repercussions of making mistakes early.

          Gov’t needs average Joe’s in the worst way

          • In defense of them, I think some school districts require that students take a “personal finance” class in order to graduate. That is a step inbthe right direction albeit, is not addressing the problem in full like you suggested.

          • drewthorn

            My daughter’s second grade class room is an economy, where she earns ‘money’ for doing the right things, has the opportunity to earn extra ‘money’, but she also has to manage her money because she has to pay rent on her desk at the beginning of each month, and has to pay taxes on her books and community school supplies. She even has to rent a pencil or text book for the day if she forgets hers at home. The teachers who came up with this concept also provide a school store at the end of.each month, so the kids who have earned, saved and managed.their money well can buy cool kid stuff or snacks and treats.

          • Laces Out

            Lucky…theyre the exception. Its on the parents if not then and the general public fails at it even as adults.

          • Jeremy

            It was interesting, I came from a school district (Poudre school district in Fort Collins for those in Colorado) that required a class called critical skills. It taught things like badic personal finance, interview skills, resume building, learning styles, etc.

            The class was widely regarded as a “joke”, was incredibly “easy”and received a lot of criticism. Many students tried to get out of it. While I think the class and curriculum could have been taught a lot better, looking back, i’m glad I took it. I think it’s interesting that something I’ve seen so many people talk about the need for, was rejected so much at the time.

        • Nick

          Oh, I was very eager to watch that when it came out. One of 30 for 30’s best works.

    • GmanS05

      It is the story as the guy hitting it big in the lotto and being broke in 5 years.

    • Snipe

      Elect Bernie Sanders and you won’t need to ask rich relatives

      • Yahmule

        I’m very proud of Bernie. He’s been running against Hillary, the DNC and the national media and he’s still holding his own. I always kind of viewed him as the point of the spear, though. Someone to finally push the conversation back to the left after 40 disastrous years of governing the other way.

  • Yahmule

    LT says the reason so many former players from his era don’t watch football (is this even true?) is because they’re basically jealous of the money guys are making today. This idiot made $50,000,000 playing pro football.

    • Jeremy

      Don’t think it was anywhere close to that. Guy played for 12 years. (1981-1993) Here’s an article in 1990 where it says he signed for 1.6 mil/year to become the highest paid player. Even if he made that for all 12 years, he would have only made 19 million. And I’m sure salaries were significantly less in the 80’s than they were in the early 90s, so I’m guessing he was closer to the 10-12 million dollar mark.

      http://articles.latimes.com/1990-09-05/sports/sp-807_1_highest-paid-defensive-player

      12 million is a third as much guaranteed money as Osweiler got after making 6 or 7 starts.

      Don’t get me wrong, 10-12 million is still a shit ton for playing football, but salaries have exploded, and I don’t blame former NFL players for holding resentment, especially since the health risks they went through were much, much worse than they are today.

      • Laces Out

        All relative…Taylor did everything he could to rob himself of his career before and after…

        Rape, drugs, you name it. ..

        No sympathy for any one that can’t do it the right way

      • Yahmule

        In 1981, when LT came into the league, the average salary was $90,000. Taylor made almost triple that amount before playing a snap, as he cashed a $250,000 signing bonus. He also made a lot of money from endorsements in his early years before his off the field reputation became unsavory. Taylor also began complaining about his deal as soon as his second year in the league and he had a contract with the USFL Generals ready for signature when the Giants tore up his old deal. So, he was unhappy with his money right from the start.

        I think the part I find most galling is that the generation right before Taylor actually did make relatively poor money. The average NFL salary in 1970 was $23,000 and a lot of those guys drove beer trucks or sold life insurance in the off season. Back then, NFL players made roughly four times what the average person made and if you left a game with a concussion everybody pretty much concluded you were a pussy. Now they make 50 times as much and the system, while still barbaric, is much better.

        Finally, there was so much empirical evidence of LT spending money like a madman, plus filing a fake IRS return, among other indiscretions. Parcells literally said his primary job in coaching LT was simply making sure he was on the field on Sundays.

      • Snipe

        These football salaries ( and other sports) essentially numb people to the amount. Only 535k to play sixteen to nineteen football games? That’s terrible! Not

        • Jeremy

          Yes and no. When you consider how much players (and their families) sacrificed in hs and in college, that taxes and union fees will take a significant chunk, the health problems you’ll have for the rest of your life, the social pressure you’ll face to provide for your mom, your dad, your veteran teammates, your third cousin, your baby sitter, etc., Suddenly all that money doesn’t seem like that much. And it is no where near enough to set you up for life.

          When you consider that most players were forced to neglect their college education and any training for a traditional job due to the time constraints of their football practices, it’s easy to see why so many people struggle.

          I don’t think the solution is just more money, but a change in the way college athletes are treated and how they view their education, better health care, a safer game, and a culture change with how players view their money.

    • babsonjr

      Interesting that today’s links (thanks Dubs!) contain the antithesis of LT’s view on players loving the $$$, jealous of others with higher salaries. The two Cardinals, Chris Johnson and their TE (Gresham?) turned down substantially higher offers from other teams, multiple million$ more, to stay with the Cards. And we know we have the same here with CHJ, Wolfe and others who could have made more money elsewhere, but declined to stay with the Broncos, content with quality of life here.

      Chasing top dollar isn’t the only factor driving life and career decisions for many players. Whether all these guys could be classified as good or bad guys, I don’t really know. All I know is I become more of a fan when I hear stories like this, LT be damned.

      • Alaskan

        Yeah, just ask Oz about $$.

  • Yahmule

    I’m absolutely thrilled to see Terrence Cody is being held accountable in some small way for his sadistic and horrible treatment of an animal in his care. I’ve heard previous stories of dogs starving to death behind the gates of some wealthy athlete’s mansion, but this is the first time I’ve heard that one of these bastards has had to answer for their cruelty.

    • ElwayIsGod7

      This is why I always say “NO UPDYKES”

      • Laces Out

        Truth he said it of Henry…fyckin’ updykes

  • Yahmule

    This kid is reportedly 2.5 months old. His name is Izzy.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/i0nFFUR88Y8/mqdefault.jpg

    His hair is kind of freaking me out. I’m thinking best case scenario is anchorman, worst case is televangelist.