Hey folks! It’s been awhile since I had a post. I am still actively working on my special surprise for everyone, but wanted to hop on here quick and share a few thoughts I’ve had about this offseason so far.
RG3 is Good For Me!:
Sources say that the Rams are hardcore shopping the #2 overall pick to any team who wants the next Michael Vick. It sounds like they are expecting a trade similar to the Phillip Rivers for Eli Manning trade, where they get 2 first round picks, a third, and a fifth. My ENTIRE reasoning for wanting Andrew Luck was for this exact scenario to play out. The Rams have had enough top 5 picks in the last 10 years who didn’t pan out. We need a whole slew of picks to put a strong team together and be able to rely on them for 5+ years. With RG3’s outstanding combine and Heismann win, teams are willing to deal for their next franchise QB. I think it’s easy to say that if it weren’t for Luck being the next best thing since sliced bread, that RG3 would be a #1 overall pick. The better he does and the more hype he creates is only good news for the Rams.
Side Note: Not only is he an athletic specimin, apparently the guy is sharp as all get out. He graduated in 3 years, and supposedly has an amazing character. That alone is a selling point in the NFL these days.
Will they “Pey” him to stay?
The biggest offseason story this year is easily Peyton Manning. His deadline to be paid $28 million bonus by the team is a week away. If they don’t figure it out by March 8th, Peyton is a free man. FMQB readers remember how big of a proponent I was of having Peyton end his career as a Colt. Well a lot changes in a few months. I have pulled a complete 180 and am rooting for Peyton to leave. I say there is about a 10% chance that Peyton stays in Indy, realistically it’s more of a 0% chance. That’s right, I said it, 0% chance Peyton dresses in Blue and White next year! I know there are gaping questions of Manning going to a different team. Would there be a need for an offensive coordinator? Or would Peyton be willing to learn a new offense this late in his career? But these questions will need to be addressed, because there’s no way the Colts will pay him $28 million to stay if he has health concerns. And as good a guy Peyton is, it’s hard to imagine him going from the highest paid QB in the league to taking a massive pay cut. So my ultimate prediction is that Manning is on the free market come next Friday, and a week later he gets a major offer from another club. Priority levels below.
1. Dolphins: 25% chance (only if Dolphins don’t go after Matt Flynn or a RG3)
2. Browns: 20% chance (RG3 front-runner, but could go for Manning instead)
3. Jets: 18% chance (Do they finally decide to dump Sanchez?)
4. Chiefs: 15% chance (Cassel is not the answer, but have a strong offense in WR’s and RB’s that would fit Peyton’s fancy)
5. Redskins: 10% chance (but would Peyton fit well with Shanahan’s regimented offense?)
6. Seahawks: 10% chance (kind of a wild card team, but I kind of like it! Strong offensive line, and Marshawn Lynch would be better with Manning. Scary combo in the NFC West which is interesting, but bad for me/Rams)
7. Colts: 2% (ok there is a SMALL chance he could be back with the team)
Special Surprise: TBD
Draft Special: Late April