The Bills also made a big move yesterday by signing SS Aaron Williams, who had 4 INT’s last year, to a 4 year/26 million dollar contract with 14 million guaranteed. Drafted in the 2nd round of 2011, he switched from cornerback and recorded 82 tackles as well as the 4 INT’s, which tied with Byrd for the team lead. The Bills have 1/2 of their safeties back, let’s see if they can get Byrd back too.
The Steelers were a busy bunch yesterday, signing Polamalu and Miller to 3 year deals that lower the Steelers cap number, and releasing Larry Foote, Curtis Brown, and Levi Brown. Foote, a 4th round pick in 2002, has started 104 games for the Steelers. Levi Brown was acquired in a trade with the Cardinals last October but got injured before he played any games. Brown was a 3rd round pick in 2011 but didn’t grow into the corner the Steelers hoped he would. The moves save over 7 million in cap space.
After an up and down, injury plagued season, the Rams will not keep Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan tweeted yesterday that he would be released. The move adds 3 million to the Rams cap. Now without a #2 CB, the Rams enter the cornerback market.
The Vikings, Eagles, and Chargers were not the only ones who made moves yesterday. The released 2 of their own, Carriker and Rocca. Carriker has missed most of the last 2 years due to injuries and did not become the player they hoped he would. They also released pitiful punter Sav Rocca, who averaged just 42 yards per punt and only a net of 34. The moves saves the Redskins over 4 million dollars. The Redskins are now on the hunt for a punter.
With Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin back in the fold, the Eagles did not feel the need to keep the services of Avant. Avant in his career posted 297 receptions, 3646 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He is not a good fit for Chip Kelly’s offense, but he is a much better fit for Andy Reid’s offense. Could the Chiefs pick up Avant? Potentially, but no moves have been made yet. The Eagles could look to their own roster or the draft for a 4th WR.
Here are some highlights of Avant’s 2013 season:
The Vikings decided not to keep overpaid John Carlson, as they released him yesterday. He signed a 5 year, 35 million contract 2 years ago, but injuries and poor QB play led the Vikings to release him of his services. He can still be a quality TE, so teams who need TE’s could sign him. The Vikings still have Kyle Rudolph, so they are not in need. I think Carlson can still play, but because the Vikings gave him too much money and they do not pass very much, they didn’t feel the need to pay him any more.
The Chargers release 3 non-contributors to their playoff run today. Cox, who signed a 4 year, 20 million dollar deal last year vastly underperformed, while Patrick and Mcclain played very little. The Chargers freed up a good bit of money, added to the cash they got by restructuring Eddie Royal’s contract yesterday. I agree with the moves, as they rid the team of some dead weight and allows them to get some better players. With the moves however, the Chargers are expected to now to solidify the corner position, potentially in the draft.(In my Mock I have them taking Jason Verrett).
The Niners made sure their leading receiver didn’t leave. Boldin agreed to a 2 year deal worth 12 million. Boldin gained over 1000 yards on 80+ catches and almost 10 touchdowns and became one of Kaepernick’s favorite targets, although he was shut down by Richard Sherman often. It is a good deal as Boldin is still posting solid numbers even after 30.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Smart move by 49ers signing Anquan Boldin to 2-year deal. Tough, dedicated team leader. Not the fastest on the field but never needs to be !—
Neil Reynolds (@neilreynoldsnfl) March 04, 2014
Here are Boldin’s 2013 highlights:
The Titans helped their defense in a big way today, signing the improved safety to a 2 year deal. Pollard is great versus the run, and while he isn’t as good versus the pass, he had a much more balanced season. The Titans D improved last year and Pollard had a lot to do with it.
The Titans next need is to retain the services of Alteurran Verner.
Here are some career highlights of Pollard:
The Miami Dolphins agreed to a 4 year extension with Grimes today. The deal is worth 32 million. Grimes, 30, was very effective coming off an Achilles injury. The Dolphins D would struggle without the help of Grimes. The Dolphins helped their D with the signing of Grimes.
Here is some fan reaction to the signing:
Sooooo happy the Phins resigned Brent grimes. My dude is a stud—
Alexander The Greenz (@JonHammJr) March 04, 2014
Here are some highlights of Grimes’ 2013 season:
The Eagles have made a flurry of moves this week. They signed Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jason Kelce, and Jason Peters to new contracts. The urgency of the moves, notably the signings of Cooper and Maclin, have some analysts wondering if Jackson will be on another team by the start of 2014 season. Add to that the amount of money the Eagles are spending on receivers and you get a questionable situation. The Eagles have two very capable receivers in Cooper and Maclin, even though the latter is coming off an injury. I think the Eagles could potentially get a 1st round pick if they traded Jackson, but if they were to trade him, they would probably gain a 2nd round pick. With this year’s draft being so deep, a few more mid-round picks could help the Eagles. The Eagles would lose the speed factor, but they could find another speed guy in the draft. The Eagles also have two solid TE’s in Brent Celek and Zach Ertz who could easily split out as receivers and could easily replace Jackson’s production. Do I think they should trade Jackson? I think it would depend on what they can get. If they can get a 1st rounder, or a combination of a 2nd and, say, a 3rd round pick, then I think they trade Jackson. Anything lower than a 2nd and I think they keep him.
Now if he were traded, were would he go? I think one place rises above all others: the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have Eagles ties(Andy Reid), the Chiefs need a WR(Both Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery are either at or near 30), and Alex Smith needs playmakers. There were rumors the Chiefs would try to get Maclin, but those became futile as Maclin stayed with the Eagles. The Chiefs, while without a 2nd round pick, have a 1st round pick. The Eagles could trade Jackson and a 3rd or 4th round pick to the Chiefs for their 1st round pick. The Eagles would get more mid-round picks to shore up their D and the Chiefs would get a speedy, playmaking receiver, a win for both sides. The Chiefs, because of the deep draft, could still fix their areas of need with the extra picks.
It is a very entertaining idea to see D-Jax getting traded to the Chiefs, but it as of right now it is still an idea.
Here is some fan reaction to the rumor:
Is Philadelphia seriously trying to shop around DeSean Jackson? I'm with it.—
Shaq (@ShaqMitchell) March 02, 2014
Lol bring desean Jackson to the Ravens please—
Slam Chancellor (@GrindTimeSterlz) March 02, 2014
Here some highlights of DeSean Jackson’s 2013 season:
On Thursday the Ravens helped Joe Flacco and the offense by re-signing TE Dennis Pitta to a 5 year deal worth 32.5 million dollars. The deal comes after a year where Pitta missed most of the year due to an injury he suffered in the offseason. Pitta did finish with 20 receptions, 169 yards, and a TD. This was a big move by the Ravens, who a few days before were ”far apart” in deal talks. Pitta gives the Ravens a nice seam threat as well as a good slot receiver. I think Pitta can become a very good TE, and a full offseason will help him fully recover.
Here are some highlights of Pitta’s 2012 season and what the Ravens missed in 2013:
The Saints were expected to tag the super-star TE, and that’s exactly what they did. The Saints are still working on a long term contract with Graham, and in the meantime tagging him keeps around for another year. The tag price Tight Ends is 7 million, while the tag price for a receiver is 12 million. 86 receptions for 1215 yards and 16 touchdowns are receiver numbers, and this is what the Saints and Graham are stuck on. Graham would like to be tagged as a WR, while the Saints wouldn’t mind tagging him as a TE. I believe he should be tagged as a WR, because he does some much on the outside. The Saints have other free agents, so this could drag deep into the off-season. If they were to lose Graham, that would be a huge loss for the Offense, but they don’t want to give him too much money.
Here is some fan reaction to Jimmy Graham:
We DO NOT need jimmy graham…we won da super bowl wit Jeremy shocky old tough ass…jimmy is a luxury NOT a necessity—
T.J. Henderson… (@UCASUCKMYWINGS) March 02, 2014
Here are some highlights of Jimmy Graham:
The Panthers made another move today, re-signing Kicker Graham Gano to a 4 year, 12.4 million dollar contract today. The deal comes after a year in which Gano was 24-27 on FG’s, including a perfect 6-6 attempts from 50 or more yards. With a very good offense, Gano will continue to have very good seasons. He joined the Panthers 2 years after spending the last three with the Redskins.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Graham Gano got a new contract today too? BLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!—
Stchamp98 (@stchamp98) February 28, 2014
Panthers Franchising Hardy & resigning Graham Gano limits budget retain FAs Mike Mitchell & Munnerlyn. Won't sweat watching LaFell leave—
NFL_DRAFT_Bites (@NFLDraftBites) February 28, 2014
Soon to be free-agent stud DE Greg Hardy was given the franchise tag today. The projected franchise tag for DE’s is somewhere around 13 million dollars. The Panthers not afford to let Hardy go, so right now he is with them for at least another year. There is hope, however, that Hardy will be signed long term. This is a big move for a team moving in the direction. .
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Here are some highlights of Hardy’s tremendous season:
The Seahawks cut some dead weight today as Rice and Bryant were released by the team. Cutting Rice, who spent most of last year on injured reserve, frees up 9.7 million dollars and cutting Bryant freed up 8.5 million dollars. With Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin, and Golden Tate doing so well, there was no need to keep the underperforming Rice. Bryant was no longer a need with Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel in the middle. Teams with WR needs will look at Rice, and teams with DT needs will look at Bryant.
With the release of Bryant, some Chiefs fans have already started discussing whether or not to sign Bryant:
It's bad enough Teams have a hard enough time blocking 5 he beast Donteri Poe and Super Human Straight Mike Devito add in Bryant—
TerrorheadChiefs (@TerrorChiefs137) February 28, 2014
Having to block Poe Bryant and Devito unblockable! That would be an Offensive line Worst Nightmare 3 guys hard to block nasty!—
TerrorheadChiefs (@TerrorChiefs137) February 28, 2014
Here are some highlights of Sidney Rice:
The Patriots release S Steve Gregory today after 2 years with the team. Gregory showed promise last year until suffering an injury in Week 9. The release of the 31 year old Gregory saves the Patriots 2.85 million dollars. The Patriots now have to find a replacement to fill the void, either Duron Harmon, a rookie, or a free agent signing. Gregory could still possibly start for a team that needs a safety, and this move might set up a potential return to the team that drafted him, the San Diego Chargers.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Thank god Steve Gregory is gone—
Jack (@jackturo) February 28, 2014
Good havin ya, Steve Gregory. Looks like Duron Harmon is gonna step up—
NOTtheRealBeest (@TheProBeest) February 28, 2014
The Eagles continued locking up their own free agents as they signed WR Jeremy Maclin to a 1-year, 6 million dollar deal with 3.5 million guaranteed. All the speculation on whether he would or wouldn’t return to the Eagles due to the emergence of Riley Cooper and his terrible injury last offseason must now come to an end as Maclin will return t the team that took him in the 1st round back in 2009. The teams that were looking to sign Maclin(notably, the Chiefs), must now look elsewhere for WR help. Nick Foles will now have yet another solid WR to throw to next year, as this will also be Maclin’s first with Foles as the starter.
There was a report that he turned down a five year deal from the Eagles.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Here are some highlights from Maclin’s 2011-2012 season:
The Ravens created more cap space yesterday as they released FB Vonta Leach and LB Jameel Mcclain. The FB was not as involved in the Ravens run game as before as they faced more deficits this year and they experimented heavily with the 1-back pistol. The Ravens did release a statement saying they might bring them back, but currently they are not with the team. The move opened up 4.1 million dollars in cap space.
As the Jets attempt to change their franchise, many of the old players will have to go. One of them might be Santonio Holmes. Reports coming out of New York are that the Jets will release Holmes very soon. Holmes missed most of last year with an injury and with the Jets expected to target offensive playmakers, Holmes is not expected to be around. I am not surprised by the reports, as Holmes has not done much over his time in New York. Geno Smith needs young, productive weapons. Holmes doesn’t fit that mold.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Bad teammate. Horrible captain. Runs his mouth. Expensive. Prima donna. Injury prone = Santonio Holmes. Peace—
I Bleed Jets Green (@bleedjetsgreen) February 27, 2014
Here is some highlights of Santonio Holmes:
The Browns released the 7 year veteran Wednesday after Jackson and the Browns reportedly couldn’t agree on a restructured contract. D’Qwell Jackson has recorded over 100 tackles in each of the last three years. With younger, cheaper options in free agency(Brandon Spikes, Akeem Jordan, Jonathan Vilma), the Browns should find a decent replacement. The thing I’m concerned with is why they released him when they have plenty of cap space. Still, the Browns will need to find a replacement before the start of the regular season.
Here is some fan reaction to the move:
Im so pissed that the Browns released D'Qwell Jackson. Why the fuck would you do that? He was one of our leaders on defense.—
John Fisher (@fisherj_96) February 28, 2014
D’Qwell Jackson has received interest from multiple teams and he is meeting with the Titans and Broncos, both of whom could use a solid 43 MLB.
The Eagles continued to keep the core of their offense together, as Peters was signed to a 5 year deal worth 51 million dollars. One of the best tackles in the game, Peters is a cornerstone on the line and the team. Nick Foles and LeSean Mccoy couldn’t be more truly happy about the moves the Eagles have made. The Eagles are pulling ahead of the NFC East and free agency hasn’t even started. The Eagles were the best team in the NFC East last year and one of th best in the NFC, and they are working on going even higher this year.
And here is some fan reaction to the move:
Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Riley Cooper all resigned. YES—
Chris Raw (@Get0ffTheD) February 27, 2014
Here are some highlights of Peter’s season:
The Eagles made another crucial sign today as they locked up star center Jason Kelce with a 6 year, 37.5 million dollar contract with 13 million guaranteed. Part of an offensive line that helped the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing yards per game(160.4), the Eagles kept the continuity and youth on their offensive line. Also, the sign ensures that Nick Foles will have solid protection for as long as he is the Quarterback. One of the rising stars, this a big win for the Eagles organization.
Here is some fan reaction to the deal:
Jason Peters, Jason Kelce, Riley Cooper all resigned. YES—
Chris Raw (@Get0ffTheD) February 27, 2014
Jason Kelce best center in the league—
THA DOCTA (@YouCallMeRock) February 27, 2014
Here are some highlights of Jason Kelce’s amazing season:
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Wide Receiver Riley Cooper to a 5 year, 25 million dollar deal with 8 million guaranteed. Cooper set career records in receptions(47), yards(835), and touchdowns(8) in 2013. Cooper immediately became one of Nick Foles favorite targets in the passing game. With Jeremy Maclin also becoming a free agent, signing Cooper was a top priority. Now that he is signed, the Eagles can focus on other potential free agents.
Eagles sign Riley Cooper to a $25m 5yr. contract—
NFL News (@nflfanupdates) February 27, 2014
And here are some fan reaction to the deal
Riley Cooper got $25 million. He's at best a 3rd WR. I guess the Eagles didn't google Miles Austin before they paid Cooper.—
Brian Langford (@BrianAintLyin) February 27, 2014
And here are some highlights from Cooper’s 2013 season:
Now that the combine is officially over, I will break down the good and bad of the top players at the combine and tell you if they should move up, move down, or stay where I had them in my pre-combine mock(http://thefactsbehindthenumbers.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/2014-nfl-mock-draft-pre-combine/)
Riser: Jace Amaro
The superstar TE was the top performer at his position for most of the drills, and while his 4.74 40 might raise concern, his 33 inch vertical and 28 bench reps show his strength and explosion. With so many teams taking athletic, move TE’s, Amaro possibly enters the top-20.
Riser: Eric Ebron, TE
Mock: 2nd Round
I don’t even have Eric Ebron in the 1st round of my mock, yet Ebron did show a little at the combine. His 4.6 40 was second among TE’s and 118 inch broad jump led TE’s, which showed his speed and explosion. While I don’t have
Riser: Jace Amaro, TE
Ebron over Amaro, Ebron might have done enough to sneak into the 1st round.
Faller: Cyrus Kouandijio, T
Despite being highly touted coming out of Alabama, he failed multiple physical’s for multiple teams. He might not fall too far because he is from Alabama, or he might fall very far because team’s might be scared of his conditioning. Either way, he’s falling.
Riser: Logan Thomas, QB
Mock: 4th-6th round
While he wont go in the top 3 rounds, Thomas had a wonderful combine. He had a 4.6 40, 35.5 inch vertical jump, and a 118 inch broad jump. I could see him going to the Bengals, a team with a starter but completely committed to him.
Riser: Henry Josey, RB
Mock: 6th-7th round
Despite not being talked about very much coming into the combine, he had a pretty good time. He posted a 4.4 40, 4.1 in the 20 yard shuttle, and an 11.6 in the 60 yard shuttle. At 5’8, he will probably just be a change of pace back, but with good quickness and speed, he might be a very good change of pace back.
Faller: Kelvin Benjamin, WR
A national champion coming in, Benjamin didn’t quite wow anyone with his combine numbers: a 46 40, 13 bench reps, a 32.5 inch vertical jump, 119 inch broad jump, and a 12.08 in the 60 yard shuttle. He is still one of the top WR prospects, but you have to wonder whether this was just a bad day or assign of things to come.
Riser: Odell Beckham J.R
He outperformed a lot of 6’0+ WR’s, and he’s only 5’11. He had a 4.4 40, a 38.5 inch vertical, and a 122 inch broad jump. As one of the best WR’s in the nation, Beckham could go as early as 22 or 23.
Faller: Jadeveon Clowney
Not that he had a bad combine, but for a defensive end his 21 bench reps were outdone by 11 other defensive ends and by a punter!(Pat O’Donnell of Florida had 23) and people are beginning to question his work ethic and his heart. While he might not go number one overall, he will still go in the top 10.
Riser: Aaron Donald, DT
Coming into the combine, he was probably the 2nd or 3rd best DT. Coming out, he had arguably the best day of any defensive lineman not named Clowney. He ran a 4.6 40, had 35 bench reps, and a 32 inch vertical jump. I was shocked at how well he moved at Indy. He goes no where but up.
In the final part of my series, I preview the top special teamers who are in the final year(s)of their contract.
Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
One of the best kickers in the NFL will become a free agent next year. The Patriots have quite a few quality free agents in 2015, including Gostkowksi, and with the constant flow of good kickers, the Patriots might choose to move on from Stephen.
Here are the top defensive players that are in the final year(s)of their contract.
J.J Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Arguably the best DE in the NFL, Watt is in the final year of his rookie contract. No question here, the Texans must re-sign this guy.
The Houston Texans and J.J. Watt Have Not Discussed a New Contract Yet:
Robert Quinn, DE, St.Louis Rams
After a 19 sack season, Quinn is in the final year of his rookie contract. Like Watt, the Rams have to re-sign this young star.
Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
After leading the Saints in sacks and helping them improve on their horrendous defense, Jordan is a budding star and should be paid like one. The Saints could not afford to lose such a good player.
Saints have to be careful in contract terms to Jimmy Graham. Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette & Akiem Hicks will have new deals real soon.—
Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) February 18, 2014
Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots
His injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as Wilfork will be a free agent next year. With such a deep pool of DT’s this year, Wilfork might be in his last years in New England.
Detroit Lions DT’s
One of the best DT’s in the game, Suh is in the final year of his contract. With his partner-in-crime Nick Fairley also a free agent, the Lions will important decisions to make along their defensive line.
Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
One of the most dynamic pass-rushers in the game today, Miller is in the final year of his contract. That makes his injury even worse. Still, the Broncos should be quick to lock up Miller long term.
Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Cincinnati Bengals
After putting up over 150 tackles in 2013, in 2015 the leader of the Bengals D will be a free agent. Add to the fact he isn’t even 26 yet means that he is in line for a big payday, and if the Bengals are wise, that should be them.
Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
One of the best corners and return men in NFL deserves to be paid like one of the best, and the 2015 CB free agent class(Joe Haden, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell) will push his prices up. The Cardinals should lock this guy up.
Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns
Another of the top corners in the NFL, Haden is one of the stars of the Browns. A lockdown guy, the Browns would do severe damage to their defense if they were to lose Haden.
Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
The best corner in the league will get paid, and it would be a travesty if it weren’t the Seahawks. Period.
Earl Thomas, FS, Seattle Seahawks
Again, the best safety in the league needs to be paid. And it would be another travesty if it weren’t the Seahawks. Period.
Devin Mccourty, FS, New England Patriots
Another very good safety, Mccourty is in line for a big payday. Sadly, the Patriots “really don’t pay”, so he might have to look elsewhere if he just wants money.
Troy Polamalu, SS, Pittsburgh Steelers
He was one of the best safeties. Now at 32 and a deep draft class coming up, the Steelers might choose not to re-sign him next year. Worse yet, he might get cut this year to free up cap.
Antrel Rolle, FS, New York Giants
Coming off a career year in tackles(98) and interceptions(6), the leader of the Giants secondary is in line for a decent pay day. He wont get as much as, say, Mccourty or Thomas because he is 31.
Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
The 35 year old corner will become a free agent next year. With the Broncos needing to get younger at the position, I don’t think they keep Bailey.
While the combine is going on and free agency draws near, players in the final years of their contract are looking for new deals. Here are the players in the final year(s) of their contract that could be extended.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith, coming one of his best seasons in the NFL, is due for a contract next year. With the Chiefs tight on cap space this year, look for the Chiefs to try to extend their franchise guy long term.
Cam Netwon, QB, Carolina Panthers
Coming off of his first playoff season, the uber-talented QB will be a free agent next year. With the Panthers moving in the right direction as a team, they would be foolish not to lock up their franchise guy.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
After another playoff loss, many question the team’s commitment to the TCU QB. Dalton puts up great numbers during the regular season, but falls apart in the playoffs. The Bengals might potentially draft a QB in the later rounds this year to push Dalton
Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ners
The 49ners made it the playoffs for the 3rd straight year, but they lost in the playoffs again. Like Dalton, many question if Kaepernick is the future of this franchise, but many believe with a few more years and some weapons, ”Kaep” could take this team to the next level.
Frank Gore, RB, 49ners
The 30 year old back continues to produce, but with young backs like Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and Marcus Lattimore behind him, the 49ners might choose to move on from Gore. The 49ners offense has run on Gore’s legs for most of the last 5-6 years, it might be time to move on.
New Orleans Saints Running Backs
The NFL’s record-holder for most scrimmage yards in a single season, like Gore, Sproles is at the age where running backs begin to decline. While Sproles is still extremely productive at his age, the Saints have other more important needs, and with younger backs underneath him, the Saints could let him walk. Mark Ingram is also a free agent next year. After getting drafted late in the first round 2 years ago, he has yet to rush for 1000 yards in a season. Many say he is a bust, while other say it is because the Saints pass so much. Ingram could post better numbers if he played on a more run-oriented offense. Finally, Pierre Thomas is also a free agent.
Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego Chargers
After a very productive, resurgent year, Matthews becomes a free agent next year. With no real challenge behind him, the Chargers could make it a priority to re-sign Matthews.
Patriots Running Backs
Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden are both free agents next year. Ridley and Vereen were both productive, but Ridley struggled with fumbles and Vereen missed a lot of time due to injury. With Blount being a free agent this year, the Patriots might have to keep Ridley and/or Vereen for at least one more year. Bolden, a 3rd string back, might not get re-signed next year.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
The Bears offense has reached new heights as of late, and a lot of it had to do with the production of Marshall. At 29 years old, he still has some production left in him, and he will get some looks next year.
A.J Green, WR, Bengals
The mainstay of the Bengals offense, Green is one of the best Receivers in the NFL. Only 25, Green will see a lot of looks and big money this time next year, although the Bengals would be fools not to re-sign him.
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
A consistent pass-catcher, Daniels is one of the better Tight Ends in the NFL. Sadly for him, he is 31 and Texans have another good pass-catcher in Garrett Graham who just happens to be younger. It is way too early to tell, but the Texans might choose to go young at TE next year.
Nate Solder, T, Patriots
Despite being for the most part relatively unheard of, Solder does a pretty good job of protecting Tom Brady’s blind side. Despite his occasional lapses, he is a talented blocker and good teammate. Unless someone better creeps up, I see the Patriots work to lock this young man up.
Mike Iupati, G, 49ners
Now one of the best guards in the NFL, Iupati is on the last year of his rookie contract. With the Niners being a run-first team, I don’t think they will hesitate to sign this guy long term.
Rodey Hudson, C, Kansas City Chiefs
After missing most of 2012, Hudson played in almost all of 2013 and helped the Chiefs run-block for Charles and pass-block for Alex Smith. Versatile and young, he will get offers from other teams with declining, aging centers, but the Chiefs should fight for one of their better offensive linemen.
Who is Andrew Helmick? Most don’t, and neither did I. He’s not a big name or the top overall prospect, he’s not the top scorer in fantasy football either. So who is this Andrew Helmick, and what does he offer to the Kansas City Chiefs?
Born in Kansas City, Andrew Helmick is a Wide Receiver and Kick Returner from Lindenwood University. Helmick finished his collegiate career as Lindenwood’s all-time leader in receptions with 153, receiving yards with 2828, and touchdowns with 32. For someone nobody knows about is pretty darn good, that’s better than some of the better known draft prospects. Helmick was then signed as an undrafted free agent by the Rams, where he was part of the Rams first cuts last year.
Still, what does this have to do with the Wide Receiver needy Chiefs?
I was talking to one my favorite Chiefs mom’s and one thing led to another, and this how I found him.
Jeanie @JeanieSmiles971 · Feb 1
@Ariggs24 me too! #GroundedinChrist! My kid is an NFLFreeAgent. It’s a rough start. Proud he claims God in each success and challenge
Chiefs Fan For Life @Ariggs24 · Feb 1
@JeanieSmiles971 if its Gods will he will more than make it!
@JeanieSmiles971 · Feb 1
@Ariggs24 back on his grind proving he’s healthy. if the chiefs would take a look his way they could have a sure handed receiver and returner
@ChiefsWill · Feb 1
@JeanieSmiles971 Can he replace Bowe? Lol
Jeanie @JeanieSmiles971 · Feb 1
@1ChiefsWill lol he catches the ball and doesn’t drop but functions more as a slot. Owns all receiving records at his college
11259150 @1ChiefsWill · Feb 1
@JeanieSmiles971 Wow. He must be something. I’m gonna have to look this guy up.
Frankie JG @grrrzie17 · Feb 1
@JeanieSmiles971 @1ChiefsWill who?
11259150 @1ChiefsWill · Feb 1
@grrrzie17 her son Andrew Hemlick
Jeanie @JeanieSmiles971 · Feb 1
@1ChiefsWill it would be awesome! He is an amazing slot. Runs a low 4 40 hands that are sure and able to break open does not drop
So, this is how a found out about Andrew Helmick. The straight up baller son of a wonderful, believing mom.
That got my head thinking. He is a dominant player in the slot and the Chiefs need receivers;IT SEEMED LIKE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. Then I looked at the Chiefs current WR situation. Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery are either at or near 30, Junior Hemmingway and A.J Jenkins are up and coming, and Dexter Mccluser is a free agent. We signed Canadian slot star Weston Dressler a few weeks ago.
I then thought: Have Bowe and Avery on the outside, and then have Dressler and Hemlick in the slot, with Jenkins or Hemmingway as our 5th WR. The Chiefs have already made it clear they want to give Alex Smith more weapons. What better weapons to give a QB in a West Coast Offense than slot freaks? Hemlick and Dressler are both cheaper than Mccluster, and given our current cap situation, this works. While both Dressler and Helmick would have to get through all the cuts, training camp, and potential competition, both are proven stars, whether in this country or another.
Andrew Helmick. Unkown, small-town kid. Cool guy. Amazing receiver and return man. Kansas City native.
Reading about Andrew Helmick, watching his videos, and talking to his awesome mom, I learned something important. I learned that it doesn’t matter who much or how little someone knows you or what your measurables are, its about your immeasurables. Its about your heart, its about what you believe. If you believe you can do something with all your heart, you can do it. That’s what Andrew Hemlick has done. Not many know about him, and that’s fine. He had something in his heart that told him he could do this, and he is doing it and will continue to do it. You go, Andrew Helmick, you’re an inspiration to all of us.
Like everyone at this point on the NFL schedule, I am releasing my Mock Draft, where I think the top prospects will land and how that impacts that team and the players already on them.
1. Houston Texans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
A team that has so much star talent needs a franchise leader to bring it all together. The Texans don’t appear to be committing to Case Keenum or Matt Schuab, and the free agent class doesn’t offer the future of any franchise. The Texans could take Jadeveon Clowney, but they have JJ Watt and don’t need another DE. While Manziel doesn’t have the size of the average NFL starter, his playmaking ability is sure to light a fire in the Texans offense.
2. St.Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
The Rams don’t have to take a QB at 2 because they also select 13th overall, so here they shore up the offensive line. While Sam Bradford has had his own list of troubles, the offensive line has not been great. They signed Jake Long last year and drafting Jake Matthews would make their lines of the best in the NFL.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Many have the the Jags taking Jadeveon Clowney here, but the Jaguars need a Quarterback. They could go Bridgewater here, but because of his frame he would struggle behind the Jaguars porous offensive line. Bortles is more mobile and would survive longer.
4. Cleveland Browns: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Browns don’t have to take a QB, as like the Rams they also have 2 first round picks. The Browns D is already good, but Clowney would make it dominant and OLB’s Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger would reap the benefits. He could easily make the Browns D one of the best if not the best.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
While many will say the Raiders need a franchise guy, lets not forget what Matt McGloin did at the end of last year. He showed what he could do with a limited offense. The Raiders love speed, and a guy with speed and so much more would not pass by the Raiders.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn
The Falcons have the franchise QB and the offense around him, but they struggle to protect him. While Robinson isn’t a gifted pass blocker as say Matthews or Taylor Lewan, he has good strength and decent footwork. The Falcons MUST do better protecting Ryan versus the NFC South 43 Ends.
7. Tampa Bay Buccanears: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The buccaneers need a Derrick Brooks: A guy that can rack of 100+ tackles per season, get a couple sacks, and impact the short to medium passing game. Enter Khalil Mack. He can cover, run sideline-to-sideline, and make impact plays. The Bucs cannot pass up this guy.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville The Vikings let Matt Cassel go and I don’t see them going backwards to Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman. They also have some offensive weapons Greg Jennings, Cordarelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph. To go with these weapons, they have All-Star back Adrian Peterson. These will allow Bridgewater to grow as a Quarterback.
9. Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills have struggled on offense outside of Stevie Johnson. Both Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods are young and one-dimensional. The Bills need a go-to guy on the outside, and at 6’5 and 225 lbs, the Bills could upgrade their offense big time with the selection of Mike Evans.
10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Detroit Lions play in arguably the most pass-happy division in the NFL. They have lacked a quality cover corner for a very long time, and Gilbert would give them a physical presence to match Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, and Jordy Nelson.
11. Tennessee Titans: C.J Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Titans were much better on defense this year, but they lack a presence a presence at linebacker. CJ Mosley gives them that presence. Mosley is a run-stopper and would give the Titans a solid tackler as well
12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
The Giants turned it over a lot and couldn’t consistently run the ball. While a lot of that was on Eli, his receivers, and the OC, a lot of their failures also had to do with a struggling offensive line. Justin Pugh struggled as a rookie and the guards weren’t much better. Taylor Lewan, one of the best tackles in the nation, would immediately improve their line and in doing so, their Superbowl chances.
13. St.Louis Rams: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Rams D is already good, but the while the secondary is above average, it is missing physicality. Dennard, short but tough, would provide this toughness of give the NFC West another playmaker in the secondary.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock (on Darqueze Dennard): His toughness (impressed me the most) and a lot of people really don’t appreciate …—
Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) February 21, 2014
14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Flordia State
The Bears were dead last in RYPG allowed last year. Quite frankly, they sucked against the run. Jernigan, a big bodied pile mover, would help the Bears versus the run in a division that features solid rushing attacks.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Steelers are another team that needs a DT. As a 34 D, they need a space-eating body in the middle, something they lack. Dix would change that.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, FS, Albama
The Dallas Cowboys secondary, while not terrible, is not very good either. The current Cowboys safeties are below average and in a division with high-flying offenses, safeties are at a premium. Dix is too good to pass up here.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens struggled along the entire offensive line last year, and a mid-season trade for Eugene Monroe did not help. Zack Martin, who has good feet and strength, would be an excellent addition to a below average unit.
18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Jets offense showed flashes of potential last year, although overall they struggled to score points or move the ball. Added to the fact Geno Smith was a rookie, they have an average WR corp. Enter Marqise Lee. Despite standing at only 6’0, Lee has great speed and solid hands. A good route runner, he would give Geno the catch and run WR he had in Tavon Austin.
19. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandji, T, Alabama
The Miami Dolphins offensive line was horrendous last year, if the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito fiasco wasn’t enough. They struggled to run and pass block, leading to miserable rushing attacks and too-early passes by Tannehill. Cyrus would give the Dolphins a tough, physical run blocker and an above average pass blocker the Dolphins desperately need.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Morgan Moses, T, Virginia
The Cardinals are a solid football team, but the unit tat could use the most help is the offensive line. With Matthews, Robinson, Lewan, Martin, and Kouandjido gone, the Cardinals take the next best tackle. An athletic guy, the Cards could get youth and versatility along their ine.
21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
This was one of my easiest picks. The Packers need help on the backend, and who better to help it than a strong, big-hitting safety like Pryor? He gives the Packers the strength of Charles Woodson, and the youth to be a franchise cornerstone.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Eagles are an improving team, which is why they got to the playoffs. The reason they got knocked out is because of bad secondary play. The corners and safeties struggled to cover top notch Wide receivers and Tight Ends, which led to multiple shootouts. Roby, a solid man corner, could help the Eagles. His ability to cover a wideout anywhere on the field is a positive the Eagles need to swoop down on.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Stephen Tuitt, Defensive End, Notre Dame
Given the Chiefs lack of pass rush over the second half of last year, the pass rush is a need. While Hali, Houston, and Poe did great work last year, Tyson Jackson did not create any singles on the outside for them. Add to that Tyson is a free agent, and you begin to ask if KC will draft his replacement. Tuitt, big and strong, would command double teams, and with Poe, who ALSO commands double teams, would make KC’s pass rush deadly.
24. Cincinnatti Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
With Michael Johnson being a free agent and un-likely to be re-signed, the Bengals will more than likely have an empty spot there. To fill it, the Bengals take Ealy. Strong versus both run and pass, he would give the Bengals youth and cheapness at a highly demanding and expensive position.
25. San Deigo Chargers: Jason Verett, CB, TCU
It seems to me that more defensive players are getting selected the closer we near the end of the 1st round. Anyway, the Chargers found out the hard way how much a good secondary is needed in this NFL. To help, the Chargers should take TCU’s Jason Verett. Good size and speed is a rare trait at the corner position, and one they couldn’t afford to miss.
26. Cleveland Browns(from Indianapolis Colts): David Yankley, G, Stanford
The Browns are working on keeping Center Alex Mack, and they already have an outstanding Left Tackle in Joe Thomas. Now, they must work on the interior offensive line. Yankley was one of the main reasons why Stanford led the nation in rushing last year. If the Browns wish to lead on offense this year, it all starts up front.
27. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
Now that they’ve cut Will Smith, the Saints need a full-time starter opposite Cameron Jordan. Dee Ford, despite being under 6’3, plays the run well and is a very good pass rusher. With some top-flight QB’s in the NFC South, you can’t have too many good pass-rushers.
28. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Panthers have a chance to take one of the more physically gifted WR’s in the NCAA. At 6’5, he will out-jump almost every defensive player and also has tremendous after the catch speed. With Steve Smith on his last legs, Newton to Benjamin could be in the Panthers future.
29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
With Gronkoski injury riddled and Aaron Hernandez still in jail, the Pats need a TE to take over the role previously held by the aforementioned stars. Amaro, who checks in at 6’5, is taller than most safeties and linebackers and would give Tom Brady the sure-handed seam-threat he once had.
30. San Francisco 49ners: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
When you run a 34 D and play the Seahawks twice per year, you need to be solid up the middle. They struggled to contain Lynch last year, which got them knocked out of the playoffs. Aaron Donald is big and strong and would help the 49ners inside, which could impact the future of this rivalry.
31. Denver Broncos: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
With Decker an impending free agent and Wes Welker not getting any younger, the Broncos should invest in a WR. Beckham, while only 5’11, has good hands and isn’t afraid to lay out for a catch. The Broncos offense that is already potent would allow Beckham to produce immediately.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Alen Robinson, WR, Penn State
With Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin impending free agents and Sidney Rice to likely be cut, the Hawks could become very empty at WR. Enter Allen Robinson. At 6’3, he is taller than most of the defenders in the division, and with his speed after the catch, he would give Russell Wilson a #1 target.
The Seahawks completely shut down the Denver Broncos #1 Offense, rolling up 36 points before the Broncos even sniffed the End Zone. The Hawks scored on a safety on the very first play, and didn’t look back. They scored on a Marshawn Lynch TD run, 2 Russell Wilson TD passes, a Percy Harvin return TD, and a pick-six by MVP Linebacker Malcolm Smith. Even though ”Beast Mode” didn’t even rush for 40 yards, the Seahawks didn’t need much rushing, as they forced 3 Broncos turnovers which led to 14 Seahawks points. Peyton Manning completed a Super Bowl record 34 passes, but had 2 interceptions and only 1 touchdown pass. Demaryius Thomas also set an NFL record by catching 13 passes, but it wasn’t even close to being enough as Seattle rolled on all cylinders. Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, and Wes Welker had a few nice plays, but were mostly non-factors for the entire game. The Hawks played efficiently on Offense and didnt make too many mistakes. Percy Harvin, the biggest X-Factor, rushed for 30 yards, caught a pass for 15, and had an 87 yard kickoff return for a TD.
Am I surprised? That would depend on what I would be surprised by. I was surprised how at well Percy Harvin played. Sitting on the bench for most of the year, I would not have predicted, which I didn’t, that he would tap into his old, dynamic self. I am not surprised that Peyton Manning gave the game away. He routienly chokes in the biggest games. He has now done it not once, but now twice, and that’s just for Superbowls. That doesn’t include the playoff games. Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, a progressive OC, and a pretty darn-good Running Back, and you can only score 8 points?
On defense, who is surprised? Denver’s D isn’t that good, and on both of Wilson’s 2 TD passes, Seattle WR’s broke multiple tackles. The Broncos are a one-sided team, and versus a complete team like Seattle, of course they are going to get shutdown. The Broncos have a lot to work on this offseason, as they have some quality Free Agents as well as aging players that might not return. For Seattle, it was a season much less hyped than Denver, but they got the bigger reward in the end. Great coaching and management as well as tremendous play all culminated in the franchises’ first Super Bowl victory.
On Sunday, January 2nd at 6:00, the Broncos and Seahawks will kickoff in the 48th Superbowl. The Broncos #1 offense will face off versus the #1 defense, the Seattle Seahawks. In this post, I breakdown both teams and give my predictions for a game that will surely go down to the wire.
Seattle Seahawks Leaders
Russell Wilson 257-407, 3357 Yards, 26 TD, 9 INT, 101.1 PRTG
Marshawn Lynch 301 Rushes, 1257 Yards, 12 TD
Golden Tate 64 Receptions, 898 Yards, 5 TD
Steven Hauschka 33/35 FG, 3/3 50
Bobby Wagner 119 Tackles
Michael Bennett 8.5 Sacks
Richard Sherman 8 INT, TD
Despite losing Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley to Jacksonville, the Hawks D didn’t lose a beat under Dan Quinn, and they actually got better. Richard Sherman had 2 more INT’s, and Free Agent acquisitions Cliff Avril(8.0 Sacks) and Michael Bennett(8.5 Sacks)hunted Quarterbacks relentlessly, and when they could get the ball off to the receiver, they had to get through the Legion of Boom, who had 4 Forced Fumbles. The Hawks Offense, despite having limited contributions from Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, they still posted 7.70 Yards Per Pass, 4th best in the NFL. Russell Wilson, despite falling stats over the last part of the year, made the plays the Seahawks needed to win. The Hawks offense runs through Marshawn Lynch, AKA ”Beast Mode” and Wilson makes they key plays downfield to his unheralded receivers and Tight Ends. Wilson will have to continue making his key plays to win a game of so much magnitude, but he wont be alone. The Hawks D will look to shut down the red-hot Broncos Offense, and that starts up front. The pass rush has been phenomenal all year, sacking the QB on 7% percent of QB dropbacks. If they do get it off, the Legion of Boom will be lurking around. Many people thought they would fall off after Brandon Browner was suspended, but Byron Maxwell stepped up big, holding Anquan Boldin most of the NFC Championship. They will have the task of covering Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas.
Denver Broncos Leaders
Peyton Manning 450-659, 5477 Yards, 55 TD, 10 INT, 115.1 PRTG
Knowshon Moreno 241 Rushes, 1038 Yards, 10 TD,
Demaryius Thomas 92 Rec, 1430 Yards, 14 TD
Matt Prater 25-26 FG, 6/7 50+
Danny Trevathan 125 Tackles
Shuan Phillips 10.0 Sacks
Chris Harris JR. 3 INT
For the Offense, it was record-breaking Week 1, as Peyton Manning threw 7 TD’s on opening night. 16 weeks later, he broke Tom Brady’s Td record as he found Eric Decker for his 51st TD. 5 Broncos(Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno)had double-digit TD’s, another NFL record. For the defense, it was far from record-breaking, but it was enough to keep opponent’s from scoring too many points. Now, they will face their biggest test yet, and, like the Hawks, it starts up front. Terrance Knighton, aka “Pot Roast”, will lead the charge against Beast Mode. They will also have to pressure Wilson, and keep him from making key runs and passes. On the offense, they will have to protect Peyton Manning and open holes in the run game. If they are unable, Manning will either have to suffer sacks, or force the ball into coverage, where the Seahawks lurk, waiting for the big play.
Keys to victory
Seahawks: Run the ball, keep Manning off field
The Seahawks don’t have the offense to keep up with Manning just in case their D can’t stop Manning, so their best defense will be their offense. Marshawn Lynch will have to run, run early, and run well for the Hawks to lift the Lombardi.
Broncos: Dont test Richard Sherman
Sherman has shut down the likes of Larry Fitzgerald twice, Victor Cruz, Vincent Jackson, the list goes. Not to say those guys are better than Demaryius Thomas, the one will lining up versus Sherman, but Sherman takes out your top threat. Manning must look else where, although that wont be easier.
The Seahawks are playing well, and most importantly, Russell Wilson is playing well. It doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but it shows in the win column. Seattle has a top-notch D, and the Broncos Offense does have lapses at times, like ones versus Indianapolis, San Deigo, and New England. I think Seattle’s D will force Manning into mistakes, which will give the Hawks their first ever Superbowl victory.
Seahawks 30 Broncos 23
For the first time, the Pro Bowl was unconferenced and alumni captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders selected their teams. It was more like an old-school Pro Bowl, as Team Rice won 22-21
Team Rice Stats
Alex Smith 9-22, 116 Yards, TD, INT
Philip Rivers 8-13, 94 Yards, TD, 2 INT
Drew Brees 9-19, 81 Yards, TD, INT
Matt Forte: 6 Rush, 31 Yards
Demarco Murray: 4 Rush, 25 Yards
LeSean Mccoy: 3 Rush, 14 Yards
Josh Gordon: 6 Rec, 66 Yards, TD
Jimmy Graham: 5 Rec, 51 Yards, TD
Tony Gonzalez: 3 Rec, 50 Yards
Cam Newton 8-17, 95 Yards, INT
Nick Foles 7-10, 89 Yards, TD
Andrew Luck: 5-7, 80 Yards, TD, INT
Jamaal Charles: 5 Rush, 43 Yards
Eddie Lacy: 7 Rush, 14 Yards
Alfred Morris: 2 Rush, 4 Yards
Alfred Morris: 4 Rec, 69 Yards
DeSean Jackson: 3 Rec, 40 Yards, TD
Antonio Brown: 1 Rec, 39 Yards
I thought it was a pretty good game, I think the new format ensures future success as the game was more physical and more effort was shown than in previous games. I loved the shots defensive teammates were taking, and I loved the energy this game provided. The huddle sound was also very intriguing. I think they should leave the Pro Bowl as is. There was a combined 9 sacks in this game with no blitzing, and 7 turnovers, so there was clearly a greater effort than in past Pro Bowls.
The next-to-last post in this series, I breakdown the top free agent Cornerbacks and Safeties.
Pros: Size, Man Coverage, Height
Cons: Speed, Injuries
Aqib Talib is one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL, and his size allows him to go up against the taller Recievers in the league. He does have an injury history, but because he is so good, you would be dumb not to at least pursue him.
Possible Teams: Patriots, Chiefs, Browns, Vikings, Raiders, Bills, Jets
Best Fit: Patriots
Pros: Ball Skills, Hands, Consistency
Cons: Age, Speed
Brent Grimes is a pretty solid Cornerback in the NFL, despite his age(31). Coming off a major injury, he gave the Dolphins a lockdown cover man who could taken out the opponent’s top Reciever. While his age will ensure he doesnt get a big contract, he might a 1 or 2 year contract.
Possible Teams: Dolphins, Patriots, Ravens, Steelers
Best Fit: Ravens
Pros: Ball Skills, Hands, Youth, Coverage
Cons: Price Tag
Byrd is arguably the best safety in the league, and he expects to get paid like it. He is young, and has a lot of ball ahead of him. He has a nose for the ball and is a very good zone guy. Expect Byrd to get a big contract this off-season.
Possible Teams: Bills, Raiders, Redskins
Best Fit: Redskins
Pros: Coverage, Youth, Ball Skills, Toughness
Cons: Price Tag
TJ Ward is one of the other top safeties in the NFL. Unlike the other top Free Safeties, he is a much harder hitter, which makes him much better in run spport. He can cover just as well as the others, so he is an all-around guy, putting him in line for a big payday.
Possible Teams: Browns, Raiders, Redskins, Vikings, Panthers
Best Fit: Panthers