NFL Owners Meeting To Decide Super Bowls
NFL owners are meeting soon and will determine the site for Super Bowl L and LI. The 50th Anniversary contest is down to South Florida or the Bay area. The San Francisco 49ers new stadium is set to open in 2014. The league has a recent history of putting its showcase event in new facilities. State legislature in Florida vetoed a bill that would make improves to the Miami Dolphins Stadium. That bodes really well for the San Francisco bid. Miami has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with New Orleans for the most ever.
The loser of the L bidding will compete with the Houston area for LI. Houston hosted the game in 2006. Hosting a Super Bowl means several millions of dollars in tourism revenue. Hotels get booked for years and the entire NFL universe relocates to that city for a week. All the cities have the capabilities, but the renovations not happening severely cripples Miami's chances at hosting an Read More..
Freeney Agrees To Terms With Chargers
Dwight Freeney gets the opportunity to chase down Peyton Manning for two games next season. Freeney agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. It will be for a base salary of $8.75 million over the length of the deal. The incentives could be worth up to $4.5 million over the two years. Freeney leaves the Indianapolis Colts. he holds the career record for sacks for the franchise, 107.5. He and Manning were longtime teammates in Indianapolis. He will likely be used as a situational pass rusher on third downs.
The Chargers use a 3-4 defense, but few teams still use that exclusively. San Diego former first round pick Melvin Ingram will miss the season after an ACL tear during organized team activities. The Chargers lost Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes this offseason. They needed pass rushing help. Manning tried to lure Freeney to the Denver Broncos, but he picked a divisional rival. Read More..
Garrard's Retirement Opens Doors
David Garrard had hoped to be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets this upcoming season. His lingering knee problems resulted in Garrard's retirement instead. It leaves Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith as the likely candidates to start for the Jets this upcoming season. The Jets had hoped at keeping Garrard around to mentor Smith. It was also believed that general manager John Idzik had been shopping Sanchez or they would cut him. Sanchez will likely get the starting job under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Many believed that Smith will be pushed into the starting role, but the second round pick isn't expected to perform well. Sanchez was expected to be moved, with Garrard in a mentor role. Garrard's knee couldn't hold up for an entire season and the Jets quarterback situation gets clearer. It still will make for an interesting story heading into training camp. Read More..