Packers Close to Resigning Aaron Rodgers

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In an offseason that’s included lengthy contract extensions to franchise quarterbacks like Joe Flacco, Tom Brady and Tony Romo, the Green Bay Packers are close to making Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history.

Rodgers has taken his team to the playoffs four years in a row and is arguably the best quarterback in the league. The 2011 MVP had a solid season last year (39 TD’s, 4,295 yards) despite losing in the divisional round 45-31 to the 49ers.

Rodgers is due $9.5 Mil in 2013, but an extension would likely put him closer to $25 million per season. That’s $5 million more than reigning Super Bowl champ Joe Flacco, who recently became the highest paid quarterback in the league. The Packers seem eager to change that.

Rodgers is just 29 years old, and could be starting for another decade in the league. Green Bay will do what they have to do to hang on to him and make sure he doesn’t suffer the same fate of his predecessor, Brett Favre.

Packers Close to Resigning Aaron Rodgers

QB – Aaron Rodgers –

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In an offseason that’s included lengthy contract extensions to franchise quarterbacks like Joe Flacco, Tom Brady and Tony Romo, the Green Bay Packers are close to making Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history.

Rodgers has taken his team to the playoffs four years in a row and is arguably the best quarterback in the league. The 2011 MVP had a solid season last year (39 TD’s, 4,295 yards) despite losing in the divisional round 45-31 to the 49ers.

Rodgers is due $9.5 Mil in 2013, but an extension would likely put him closer to $25 million per season. That’s $5 million more than reigning Super Bowl champ Joe Flacco, who recently became the highest paid quarterback in the league. The Packers seem eager to change that.

Rodgers is just 29 years old, and could be starting for another decade in the league. Green Bay will do what they have to do to hang on to him and make sure he doesn’t suffer the same fate of his predecessor, Brett Favre.

Kevin Kolb Signs 2-Year Deal with Bills

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It didn’t take Kevin Kolb long to find a new home after being cut by the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. The Bills closed a two-year, $13 million deal with Kolb on Saturday, which puts him in line to be the new starting quarterback in Buffalo.

Kolb isn’t really an upgrade from Ryan Fitzpatrick and may even be considered a downgrade. Kolb is fragile and has never come remotely close to playing a full season in the NFL because he’s always banged up and on the sideline.

Kolb certainly isn’t a long-term solution for the Bills who still need to draft a young quarterback to have any hope of success during the 2013 season. Kolb has never been worthy of consideration in any fantasy format and likely never will be.

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Detroit Seals the Deal with Justin Verlander

It only took $180 million to get the deal done between Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.

It’s a ton of money to pay to pay a 30-year-old who’s logged as many innings as Verlander has, but when you have a pitcher who’s an annual threat to win the Cy Young Award, you have to pay the price or risk losing him in free agency.

The Tigers secured Verlander for the next five seasons with a vesting option for 2020.

Verlander’s contract is the most lucrative pitching contract in baseball history, edging out the $175 million extension Felix Hernandez signed with the Mariners earlier this offseason.

Verlander is worth his weight in fantasy gold and should be the first pitcher taken in all fantasy formats.

Detroit Seals the Deal with Justin Verlander

It only took $180 million to get the deal done between Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.

It’s a ton of money to pay to pay a 30-year-old who’s logged as many innings as Verlander has, but when you have a pitcher who’s an annual threat to win the Cy Young Award, you have to pay the price or risk losing him in free agency.

The Tigers secured Verlander for the next five seasons with a vesting option for 2020.

Verlander’s contract is the most lucrative pitching contract in baseball history, edging out the $175 million extension Felix Hernandez signed with the Mariners earlier this offseason.

Verlander is worth his weight in fantasy gold and should be the first pitcher taken in all fantasy formats.

No-Go for Ahmad Bradshaw in Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Steelers went 8-8 in 2012 –  A season characterized by injuries to key players at key positions, especially at running back. So the Steelers are in the market for a durable, yet effective running back.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw showed for a job interview in Pittsburgh sporting a walking boot. That doesn’t leave a good impression for a team hunting a durable running back.

Bradshaw is only twenty-seven and was a major contributor in the Giants two Super Bowl championships. That’s why the Steelers brought him, but Bradshaw’s temperamental right foot is the main determining factor in whether or not he puts on the black and yellow jersey next season.

While his Super Bowls rings are impressive, the Steelers have to make sure that Bradshaw will be able to hold up for an entire season before they seriously consider offering him a contract.

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New England Signs Sluggish Wideout Michael Jenkins

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Can somebody please tell me what’s going on with the New England Patriots?

The Patriots continue to baffle the rest of the league with the signing of the sluggish Michael Jenkins, an ineffective and sluggish receiver from the Minnesota Vikings who can’t seem to find the end zone.

In his last five seasons with the Vikings, Jenkins managed just ten touchdown catches. For you math whizzes, that averages out to two scores a season. 

After losing the team’s top two receivers earlier this season, the Patriots got some relief when they signed Danny Amendola. But signing Jenkins really does nothing to help Tom Brady. Jenkins caught just two touchdown passes last season and didn’t even reach 500 receiving yards.

Jenkins is a decent blocker but is widely regarded as “Molasses Mike” due to his lack of speed. The Patriots are going to need much more than a good blocking wideout with their pass-heavy offense that revolves a pair of talented tight ends who can’t seem to stay healthy. Factor in Amendola and his injury concerns and the Patriots are a mess.

With wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Julian Edelman still chilling on the free agent market, Brady must be scratching his head wondering why he bothered to take a pay cut in the first place. If Lloyd and Edelman come back, perhaps Belichick’s reasoning behind signing Jenkins will no longer come into question.

Until then, the Boston media will continue to badger one of the most successful teams in the NFL that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2004.

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New England Signs Sluggish Wideout Michael Jenkins

WR – Michael Jenkins –

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Can somebody please tell me what’s going on with the New England Patriots?

The Patriots continue to baffle the rest of the league with the signing of the sluggish Michael Jenkins, an ineffective and sluggish receiver from the Minnesota Vikings who can’t seem to find the end zone.

In his last five seasons with the Vikings, Jenkins managed just ten touchdown catches. For you math whizzes, that averages out to two scores a season. 

After losing the team’s top two receivers earlier this season, the Patriots got some relief when they signed Danny Amendola. But signing Jenkins really does nothing to help Tom Brady. Jenkins caught just two touchdown passes last season and didn’t even reach 500 receiving yards.

Jenkins is a decent blocker but is widely regarded as “Molasses Mike” due to his lack of speed. The Patriots are going to need much more than a good blocking wideout with their pass-heavy offense that revolves a pair of talented tight ends who can’t seem to stay healthy. Factor in Amendola and his injury concerns and the Patriots are a mess.

With wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Julian Edelman still chilling on the free agent market, Brady must be scratching his head wondering why he bothered to take a pay cut in the first place. If Lloyd and Edelman come back, perhaps Belichick’s reasoning behind signing Jenkins will no longer come into question.

Until then, the Boston media will continue to badger one of the most successful teams in the NFL that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2004.

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Fantasy Baseball – Three Pitchers Expected to Falter in 2013

     1. Josh Beckett (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett finished the 2012 season with a bloated ERA of 4.65, along with 7-14 record and 132 strikeouts in 170.1 innings pitched.

Beckett is surprisingly being seen by many as a comeback player in 2013, but his low strikeout totals suggest that the aging right-hander may be past his prime.

Consider the 32-year-old a low-end option in mixed leagues as his career seems to be on the decline.

      2. Tim Hudson (Atlanta Braves)

Atlanta Braves veteran pitcher Tim Hudson has never been much of a high-end fantasy pitcher during his 14-year career due to his dismal strikeout totals.

During the 2012 season, Hudson racked up only 102 strikeouts in 179.0 innings pitched.  He managed to counter this poor number with 16 wins and a 3.62 ERA.

Consider the 37-year-old a low-end option in mixed leagues headed toward draft day. His durability is a major question considering his age and it’s very unlikely that he will match his win total from last season.

     3. Mark Buehrle (Toronto Blue Jays)

Toronto Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle finished the 2012 season with a record of 13-13, to go along with a 3.74 ERA and a WHIP of 1.17.

Buehrle is the 65th ranked overall pitcher headed toward the start of the 2013 season, according to ESPN.com.

The 34-year-old racked up only 125 strikeouts in 202.1 innings pitched, which is a major knock on him in all fantasy formats.

Consider Buehrle a risky pick in mixed leagues, but he can be used in most leagues during his two-start weeks.

Cowboys Lock in Tony Romo Through 2019

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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo inked a 6-year deal with the Cowboys on Friday worth $108 million. Romo’s contract includes $55 million guaranteed, which is very generous considering the Cowboys haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009.

Romo led the league with 19 picks last season, but was often under duress because of an offensive line that was unable to protect him. The Cowboys have obviously adopted a “Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword” philosophy.

Dallas stamped Romo with a vote of confidence and will either win with him or continue to go down in flames.

From a fantasy standpoint, Romo is almost always a top-ten quarterback – but tends to have bad games during the fantasy playoffs. There’s no question that Romo is packed with talent, but he’s established himself as a player that chokes when it matters the most.

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