Dolphins Reggie Bush Ready to Test Free Agency Waters

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Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush may very well be looking for a new home after he becomes a free agent at the start of the offseason.

During the 2012 regular season, Bush rushed for 986 yards, hauled in 35 receptions for 292 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. There are several teams that will be chomping at the bit to bring in Bush.

Bush is loaded with speed and is known for his big play ability.

The Dolphins have indicated that they will turn to 2012 rookie Lamar Miller. There’s even been some speculation that Miller has more potential than Bush as an all-around running back.

That remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of interest around the league in bringing in a player like Bush. Oakland and Detroit are just two of the teams that have already shown interest in adding Bush to their rosters.

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– by Travis VanDervort

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Journeyman WR Brandon Stokley Hoping to Stay with Broncos

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Although he didn’t catch any touchdowns coming down the stretch, Broncos wideout Brandon Stokley is hoping to sign on with Denver for at least one more year.

Stokley will be 37-years-old next season, but still believes he has something left in the tank. Peyton Manning was comfortable using Stokely as a slot receiver completing 42 receptions to him to go along with five touchdowns on the season.

Stokley credits Manning for his resurgence and hopes the Broncos are willing to give him another shot.

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Randy Moss – Forever in the Shadow of Jerry Rice

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Let’s forget for a moment that 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss is one of the premier knuckleheads ever to play the game. He’s assaulted game officials, corporate sponsors, traffic cops and has flat out told the media that he plays when feels like it.

But it was still a bit of surprise when he used the Super Bowl media venue to tell the world that he is the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.

The fact is, that’s just Randy being Randy. No matter what he says, no matter how much pot he smokes, he knows he will always be second best to Jerry Rice.

Rice won three Super Bowls and is the all-time touchdowns leader, yards leader and receptions leader and is considered by many to be the greatest football player to ever play the game.

Moss and his statistics are not even in the same hemisphere as Rice and they never will be – Take it easy and let Randy act the fool, he’s been working hard at it since 1995 when Notre Dame revoked his scholarship for fighting in high school.

Randy Moss – Forever in the Shadow of Jerry Rice

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Let’s forget for a moment that 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss is one of the premier knuckleheads ever to play the game. He’s assaulted game officials, corporate sponsors, traffic cops and has flat out told the media that he plays when feels like it.

But it was still a bit of surprise when he used the Super Bowl media venue to tell the world that he is the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.

The fact is, that’s just Randy being Randy. No matter what he says, no matter how much pot he smokes, he knows he will always be second best to Jerry Rice.

Rice won three Super Bowls and is the all-time touchdowns leader, yards leader and receptions leader and is considered by many to be the greatest football player to ever play the game.

Moss and his statistics are not even in the same hemisphere as Rice and they never will be – Take it easy and let Randy act the fool, he’s been working hard at it since 1995 when Notre Dame revoked his scholarship for fighting in high school.

Fractured Fairy-Tale Coming to an End for Ravens Ray Lewis

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You will never find that bloody white suit!

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Ravens Ray Lewis was the “toast of the town.”

Lewis announced his retirement and the media jumped on the bandwagon to celebrate his storied career.

But toss in an allegation of using performance enhancing drugs in October and all the details of Lewis’s checkered past and a double murder from 13 years ago come bubbling to the surface.

To this day, Lewis never produced the key piece of evidence that prosecutors needed to make the case against him. The missing blood covered white suit he was wearing the night of those killings.

Instead of producing the tainted suit to prosecutors, Lewis took the coward’s route and pleaded guilty to “Obstruction of Justice” and the evidence was never recovered. 

It’s no surprise that Lewis is once again taking the “Who me?” approach to this latest accusation of wrongdoing. Lewis did not fail any drug tests and he insists he did nothing wrong.

Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t, but that seems to be part of the Ray Lewis appeal and what made him such a feared figure on the football field. You just never know what lengths Lewis will go to get what he wants.

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49ers QB Alex Smith Searching for New Home

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San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith is expected to request a release from the Niners before March 12, which is when the free-agent signing period begins, according to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com.

Smith was the first overall pick by San Francisco in the 2005 draft.

During his eight-year tenure as the starter, he has played for seven different offensive coordinators before finally getting settled into an offense under current offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Smith had a hot start to the 2012 regular season as he threw for 1,731 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions during 9 games as the Niners starter.

But all of that changed during Week 10 when Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams. 2nd year quarterback Colin Kaepernick came into replace Smith and that’s where the trouble started.

Even when Smith was medically cleared to play, coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stay with Kaepernick for the rest of the season

San Francisco would much rather trade Alex Smith due to the amount of contract money he still has coming his way. Whatever the Niners decide, Smith is determined to find a starting job somewhere else.

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4 Reasons to Put the Pro Bowl Out to Pasture

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Anyone who regularly watches the NFL hopefully had the good sense to turn away from last night’s ridiculous farce known as the Pro Bowl. I tried to keep an open mind, but quickly realized this was another celebrity golf tournament, not a professional football game.

We already know that the Pro Bowl was on life-support and on the verge of being cancelled altogether. The question is whether or not this spectacle was enough to put the game out of its misery once and for all.

I could come up with at least 15 reasons never to watch another Pro Bowl, but I decided to limit my observations to just four.

1) Hugs instead of hits 

When linebackers hug quarterbacks instead of level them, there’s a problem unless your name is Roger Goodell. We know that players want to avoid injuries in the Pro Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the defense has to stop hitting altogether.

Name one good solid pop or hit from last night’s game and I’m not talking about J.J. Watts bloody finger. 

In the first quarter alone, defenders pulled up time and time again to make sure there was no sting or stick on any of their hits. That includes a free shot on Eli Manning that turned into a very generous bear hug instead a trip into the turf.

2) Kansas City Chiefs Dominant Defense?

It was hard not to notice that the AFC’s defense was made up almost entirely of Kansas City Chiefs defensemen with the notable exception of J.J. Watt.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Kansas City finished off the 2012 season with the 20th ranked defense in the NFL after giving up a whopping 425 points in just 16 games.

It’s no wonder that the NFC piled up 62 points to go along with almost 500 yards of total offense.

 3) Seven sloppy turnovers in one game??

I get it, these guys don’t really play together, so there’s bound to be some confusion out there, but SEVEN turnovers??

I guess the amazing Adrian Peterson set the tone when he fumbled the rock on the very first play of the game. Everyone out there (except Peyton Manning) was playing relaxed and casual football.

That’s why the best players in the game tallied four interceptions to go along with three lost fumbles.

4) NBC Sports asleep at the wheel

Before the game even started, it was obvious that even NBC wasn’t terribly interested in the game they were about to broadcast.

The National Anthem is nearing its’ climax when you hear the scream of military jets. The players look skyward in awe of the passing formation. NBC misses the shot entirely and decides to leave the picture up to the imagination of the television audience.

The most exciting event to take place during the entire game and we never saw a thing, just a gaggle of players with their uplifted heads shifting right to left. Now that’s entertainment!

4 Reasons to Put the Pro Bowl Out to Pasture

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Anyone who regularly watches the NFL hopefully had the good sense to turn away from last night’s ridiculous farce known as the Pro Bowl. I tried to keep an open mind, but quickly realized this was another celebrity golf tournament, not a professional football game.

We already know that the Pro Bowl was on life-support and on the verge of being cancelled altogether. The question is whether or not this spectacle was enough to put the game out of its misery once and for all.

I could come up with at least 15 reasons never to watch another Pro Bowl, but I decided to limit my observations to just four.

1) Hugs instead of hits 

When linebackers hug quarterbacks instead of level them, there’s a problem unless your name is Roger Goodell. We know that players want to avoid injuries in the Pro Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the defense has to stop hitting altogether.

Name one good solid pop or hit from last night’s game and I’m not talking about J.J. Watts bloody finger. 

In the first quarter alone, defenders pulled up time and time again to make sure there was no sting or stick on any of their hits. That includes a free shot on Eli Manning that turned into a very generous bear hug instead a trip into the turf.

2) Kansas City Chiefs Dominant Defense?

It was hard not to notice that the AFC’s defense was made up almost entirely of Kansas City Chiefs defensemen with the notable exception of J.J. Watt.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Kansas City finished off the 2012 season with the 20th ranked defense in the NFL after giving up a whopping 425 points in just 16 games.

It’s no wonder that the NFC piled up 62 points to go along with almost 500 yards of total offense.

 3) Seven sloppy turnovers in one game??

I get it, these guys don’t really play together, so there’s bound to be some confusion out there, but SEVEN turnovers??

I guess the amazing Adrian Peterson set the tone when he fumbled the rock on the very first play of the game. Everyone out there (except Peyton Manning) was playing relaxed and casual football.

That’s why the best players in the game tallied four interceptions to go along with three lost fumbles.

4) NBC Sports asleep at the wheel

Before the game even started, it was obvious that even NBC wasn’t terribly interested in the game they were about to broadcast.

The National Anthem is nearing its’ climax when you hear the scream of military jets. The players look skyward in awe of the passing formation. NBC misses the shot entirely and decides to leave the picture up to the imagination of the television audience.

The most exciting event to take place during the entire game and we never saw a thing, just a gaggle of players with their uplifted heads shifting right to left. Now that’s entertainment!

Wrist Surgery Knocks Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham Out of Pro Bowl

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had wrist surgery earlier this month effectively keeping him out of this weekend’s Pro Bowl. In fact, Graham is barely expected to make back in time for Saints spring training camp.

Graham played with the left wrist injury for most of the regular season and details about the actual surgery have been limited. Graham was also hampered by a dislocated ring finger towards the end of the season that led to an uncharacteristic 15 dropped passes on the year.

Despite Graham’s injury issues, he finished the season as the number one ranked tight end in fantasy football with 982 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns and should put up even better numbers next season.

Vikings receiver Kyle Rudolph also pulled in 9 touchdowns during the regular season and will take Graham’s place on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster.

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Lions Wide Receiver Titus Young Tosses Common Sense to the Wind

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The NFL has no shortage of selfish players and it’s also no secret that many young players in the league have very questionable judgment. But Detroit’s wide receiver Titus Young is pushing the role of knucklehead to new heights.

After threatening on Twitter never to play football again earlier this week (equivalent to I’ll take my wagon and go home) Young is once again taking social media pot shots at the Lions.

“Oh I’m not done, if y’all going to cut me let me go. I’m tired of the threats,” Young posted on Twitter.

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This is coming from a player who has been thrown off the team at least three times that we know of for a laundry list of offenses.

Young kicked things off in style during his rookie year before the 2012 season when he sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas. (Always a good way to strut your stuff.)

Then Young stepped things up during his sophomore season when he reportedly lined up in the wrong position against the Packers because he wasn’t getting the ball enough. This led to a screaming match with Detroit’s receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline and another exile from the team.

Young has been accused of being a disruptive force in the locker room and has a long history of being late to team meetings.

This selfish and childish behavior only seems to be growing in magnitude as Young takes to Twitter to further poison his own reputation.

It’s unlikely that the Lions will put up with much more from Young, but life is full of second chances in the NFL. The troubled young receiver will eventually land with another team to spread more of that glorious juvenile nonsense.

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