GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:02:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Report: Texans Parting Ways With Andre Johnson http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/report-texans-parting-ways-with-andre-johnson/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/report-texans-parting-ways-with-andre-johnson/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:06:52 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27168 The Houston Texans are reportedly parting ways with future Hall of Fame receiver Andre Johnson. Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans told Johnson that he would have a reduced role next season, and the seven-time Pro Bowler subsequently requested a trade or his release from the team. […]

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The Houston Texans are reportedly parting ways with future Hall of Fame receiver Andre Johnson.

Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans told Johnson that he would have a reduced role next season, and the seven-time Pro Bowler subsequently requested a trade or his release from the team.

The news comes as a surprise to some, partially because just last Christmas, the Houston Chronicle reported that Johnson was willing to take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2015.

“We understand it’s a business, and we’re willing to deal with that,” Johnson’s longtime adviser Andre Melton said.

“I hope it all works out, where I can finish my career here and hopefully get this organization a Super Bowl before I retire,” Johnson said. “If it doesn’t, then I’d hate to see it end that way. But you have to just keep moving forward.”

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

Photo Credit: HoustonTexans.com

The former 2002 first round pick (No. 3 overall) out of Miami (FL) has hauled in a whopping 1,012 receptions in his 12 seasons in Houston, ninth-most in NFL history. His 13,597 receiving yards rank 12th all-time. And even though he wasn’t the NFL’s biggest touchdown threat, his 64 career receiving touchdowns still have him tied for 58th all-time with Plaxico Burress and Keyshawn Johnson.

Also an awesome role model and active member in the Houston community, Johnson posted a farewell message to Texans fans on his Instagram account Monday evening.

If Houston can’t find a trade partner, Johnson will become an intriguing option on the open market.

Johnson’s impending departure — whether in the form of a trade or release — will save the Texans $8.825 million against the salary cap, giving the team $21.9 million in cap room. McClain notes that the Texans will have to find a replacement on the open market (Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin, Torrey Smith and Michael Crabtree are clearly the top impending free agent receivers) or through the draft. This year’s WR draft class looks almost as tremendous as last year’s, and the Texans would have plenty of appealing options in the middle of the first round.

NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus believes that Johnson “could command a deal similar to the three-year, $12 million deal Steve Smith got last year from the Ravens” if he doesn’t get traded and adds that he would be surprised “if he doesn’t land with an expected Super Bowl contender.”

Johnson turns 34 in July and is coming off his first sub-1,000-yard season since 2005. While age has played a key part in his inevitable recent decline (like it does with all players), Johnson’s decreased production isn’t solely due to getting older. DeAndre Hopkins’ emergence has also played a role, as well as the Texans’ turbulent state at the quarterback position.

Just when the team looked to be on track and headed for the playoffs last season, starting quarterback Ryan Mallett went down with a season-ending injury in Week 12. Three weeks later, Ryan Fitzpatrick and third-string rookie QB Tom Savage suffered the same fate, forcing the Texans to bring back Case Keenum, who was released from the team during final cuts last August.

Mallett is tentatively expected to open the season as the team’s starting quarterback after showing some real promise in his very brief time under center last year in first-year head coach Bill O’Brien’s offense.

Given that Johnson seems to just be searching for a prominent role on a team with a strong chance at heading to the Super Bowl, don’t expect the two-time first-team All-Pro receiver heading to really WR-needy teams like Cleveland or Oakland.

Some of the more cap-strapped teams like New England, Seattle and Dallas seem to make the most sense. though there are some other teams that could enter the mix, like the Chiefs, Chargers or 49ers. Even the Ravens, Packers and Eagles would make sense if impending free agent receivers Torrey Smith, Randall Cobb or Jeremy Maclin take their talents elsewhere.

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Miami Dolphins Have ‘Real Shot’ At Ndamukong Suh? http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/miami-dolphins-have-real-shot-at-ndamukong-suh/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/miami-dolphins-have-real-shot-at-ndamukong-suh/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:56:41 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27161 The Miami Dolphins have a “real shot” at landing Ndamukong Suh, per ESPN’s Mark Dominik. “State taxes are a big part of it,” Dominik said on SportsCenter on Monday. “When you are talking about state taxes and you’re in Tennessee, Texas or Florida, and you’ve got that up your sleeve, […]

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The Miami Dolphins have a “real shot” at landing Ndamukong Suh, per ESPN’s Mark Dominik.

“State taxes are a big part of it,” Dominik said on SportsCenter on Monday. “When you are talking about state taxes and you’re in Tennessee, Texas or Florida, and you’ve got that up your sleeve, any one of those teams have a real shot.”

Dominik, a former general manager of the Buccaneers with over 20 years of NFL front office experience, also compared Suh to the late Reggie White as a “generational type of free agent” who could draw interest from every team in the league.

Nevertheless, Dominik narrowed the list of teams with a “real shot,” to three, which included Miami.

Photo Credit: Gavin Smith/DetroitLions.com

Photo Credit: Gavin Smith/DetroitLions.com

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Dolphins in the mix for the four-time first-team All-Pro defensive tackle.

Earlier Monday afternoon, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal mentioned Miami as one of the top six landing spots for Suh (along with the Lions, Bears, Raiders, Jaguars, Colts) and included the Browns, Bills, Jets and Giants as wild card options.

“They have cleared plenty of salary cap space and could be in a position to make a big splash,” Rosenthal writes on the Dolphins in his piece on Sun’s potential landing spots. “We wonder if new Dolphins head honcho Mike Tannenbaum will be as aggressive in Miami as he used to be with the Jets. The Dolphins need to rebuild their interior defensive line.”

The Lions have until March 10, the start of free agency and the new league year, to sign Suh to a long-term deal. It’s not set in stone yet, but it seems likely Suh will hit the open market and become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

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Report: Redskins Interested in Signing Ndamukong Suh http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/report-redskins-interested-in-signing-ndamukong-suh/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/report-redskins-interested-in-signing-ndamukong-suh/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:23:48 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27159 The Washington Redskins are reportedly interested in signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. If the Lions can’t agree to a long term extension with Ndamukong Suh, the Redskins are interested per sources with the organization. — Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 2, 2015 This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as […]

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The Washington Redskins are reportedly interested in signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as team owner Daniel Snyder seems to believe games are won in the spring.

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Photo Credit: Gavin Smith/DetroitLions.com

It’s not exactly a pipe dream to think the Redskins could land Suh, who is considered the best defensive free agent to hit the open market since Deion Sanders nearly 20 years ago. But they’re not one of the front-runners.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal mentioned the Lions, Bears, Raiders, Jaguars, Colts and Dolphins as the top six landing spots for Suh on Monday, and included the Browns, Bills, Jets and Giants as wild card options.

According to Spotrac.com, Washington is currently in the middle of the pack in the NFL in terms of cap space with about $25 million to spend this offseason. So they can afford Suh, but signing the former 2010 first round pick (No. 2 overall) out of Nebraska would seriously limit new GM Scot McCloughan’s options to make additional improvements at other positions.

Suh is looking to become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player when he hits the open market on March 10. Texans DE J.J. Watt currently owns that title after signing a $100 million deal last September that included $51.8M guaranteed.

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Jaguars Looking To Make Huge Statement, Upgrades in Free Agency http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/jaguars-looking-to-make-huge-statement-upgrades-in-free-agency/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/jaguars-looking-to-make-huge-statement-upgrades-in-free-agency/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:36:56 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27155 The Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly looking to make a massive statement on the open market. Not only is the team in hot pursuit (along with Oakland and Tampa Bay) for the top-rated impending free agent, Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but Jacksonville also has its sights set on Julius Thomas. The […]

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly looking to make a massive statement on the open market.

Not only is the team in hot pursuit (along with Oakland and Tampa Bay) for the top-rated impending free agent, Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but Jacksonville also has its sights set on Julius Thomas.

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Photo Credit: Jaguars.com

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end is NFL.com’s No. 7 overall free agent, and four of the guys listed ahead of him (JPP, Justin Houston, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas) just received the franchise tag.

Thomas, 26, has dealt with some ankle injuries and doesn’t bring much to the table as a blocker. However, he’s been to back-to-back Pro Bowls after hauling in 108 receptions for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns through 27 games (24 starts) over the past two seasons. Some argue his numbers are inflated because Peyton Manning’s been throwing him the football.

While that’s a reasonable argument, Manning also spread the ball around to prolific wide outs Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Emmanuel Sanders, so it’s uncertain that “Orange Julius” couldn’t continue to produce even better numbers in another place like Jacksonville, where he would be surrounded by less dangerous and productive options out wide.

A former 2011 fourth round selection (No. 129 overall) out of Portland State, Thomas is a nightmare mismatch for opposing defenses due to his incredible frame and terrific ability to create space over the middle of the field and rack up yards after the catch. He’s a difference-maker who is clearly in the prime of his career and would be a welcome addition for quarterback Blake Bortles, who looks to take a second-year leap.

The Jaguars are expected to be armed with the most cap space in the NFL when free agency kicks off on March 10. Jacksonville’s defense needs some improvements, and Suh could certainly help take the unit to the next level.

But the offense should be a bigger focus this offseason after the team scored the fewest points in the league last season and finished next-to-last in passing yards. There was an injection of optimism in Jacksonville last spring on the heels of an impressive finish to the 2014 season and a rock-solid performance on the open market under the guidance of general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley.

But the club failed to progress last season and Caldwell and Bradley could both be entering the 2015 season on the hot seat after posting a 7-25 record in their first two seasons. Making major upgrades through the draft and free agency is a must for the Jags.

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Raiders Prepare For Big Changes, Part Ways With Pro Bowler http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/raiders-prepare-for-big-changes-part-ways-with-pro-bowler/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/03/raiders-prepare-for-big-changes-part-ways-with-pro-bowler/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:08:30 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27152 The Oakland Raiders are releasing Pro Bowl edge rusher LaMarr Woodley, CSNBayArea.com reports. Woodley, 30, was a major bust with the Silver and Black. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound hybrid edge rusher looked out of gas, grading out negatively as a pass rusher and run defender (per Pro Football Focus) and posted […]

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The Oakland Raiders are releasing Pro Bowl edge rusher LaMarr Woodley, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Woodley, 30, was a major bust with the Silver and Black. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound hybrid edge rusher looked out of gas, grading out negatively as a pass rusher and run defender (per Pro Football Focus) and posted just five tackles through six games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending biceps tear.

A former 2007 second round pick (No. 46 overall) out of Michigan, Woodley signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Silver and Black last March. While GM Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders front office made some excellent picks in last year’s draft, they inevitably missed big on several free agent acquisitions.

Woodley’s release comes as no surprise, as the Raiders didn’t want to fork over his impending $1 million roster bonus, which was scheduled for March 14. The moves also saves Oakland $5.187 million against the cap, and no dead money is included in the transaction.

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Photo Credit: Raiders.com

The news comes on the heels of the release of Tyvon Branch, an injury-prone standout strong safety.

Oakland was already flushed with cap space, so the club is clearly preparing to make a statement on the open market. Don’t be surprised to see the team make a strong push for Ndamukong Suh (Terrance Knighton looks to be Oakland’s fallback option at the position), Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas, among other high-profile impending free agents.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Woodley land a dirt-cheap contract on the open market at some point this offseason, but he’s clearly way past his prime and could contemplate retirement.

A one-time second-team All-Pro and Super Bowl XLIII champion, Woodley’s best play came during his second, third and fourth season in the league (2008-10), when he collected 172 tackles with 35.0 sacks, six forced fumbles and three interceptions, one of which was a pick-six.

In eight NFL seasons with the Steelers (2007-13) and Raiders (2014), Woodley has recorded a total of 304 tackles with 57.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles and five INTs for 40 yards and a score.

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Report: Mike Wallace Interested in Returning To Steelers http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/report-mike-wallace-interested-in-returning-to-steelers/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/report-mike-wallace-interested-in-returning-to-steelers/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:15:18 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27148 The Miami Dolphins have already placed Mike Wallace on the trade block. Now CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Pro Bowl wide receiver is interested in returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wallace, 28, spent his four NFL seasons in Pittsburgh before taking his talents down to South Beach […]

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The Miami Dolphins have already placed Mike Wallace on the trade block. Now CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Pro Bowl wide receiver is interested in returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wallace, 28, spent his four NFL seasons in Pittsburgh before taking his talents down to South Beach and landing a five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins in the spring of 2013.

The former 2009 third round pick (No. 84 overall) out of Ole Miss has been productive over the last two seasons, amassing 130 receptions for 1,792 yards and 15 touchdowns (10 of which came in 2014).

But he hasn’t come anywhere close to fulfilling Miami’s ROI as the highest-paid player on the team.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

The Miami Sun-Sentinel reported on Thursday that Wallace is unwilling to restructure his contract, which is set to pay him $9.9 million in 2015 and a total of $32.9 million over the next three years.

Displeased with the conservative approach of the Dolphins’ offense, Wallace would rather test the open market than re-work the details of his contract, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

It’s important to notice when owners of other NFL teams — unprovoked — are using your contract as an example of a high-profile player who was significantly overpaid in free agency.

Mike Wallace got $10 million,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said this week. “I don’t think anyone thinks that was a good deal.”

Wallace is either in deep denial about his market value and convinced he can land a contract in free agency that would pay him anywhere near the $9.9 million he’s currently set to make in 2015, or he just really wants to get out of Miami.

Wallace is very talented, durable (started 76 of a possible 80 regular season games over the past five seasons) and still in his prime, with game-changing skills as a field-stretching deep threat to boot.

But he also carries a contract that makes him very difficult to trade, in addition to some locker room concerns. Wallace famously benched himself in last year’s season finale, which led to a shouting match with head coach Joe Philbin. After the game, several of Wallace’s teammates told NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington they “felt like he abandoned them.”

And another key factor to Wallace’s diminished market value is the fact that there are good options in free agency (Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin, Torrey Smith and Michael Crabtree), as well as the draft.

The 2015 NFL Draft WR class is almost as tremendous as last year’s, which featured Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Jarvis Landry and Jordan Matthews.

The Dolphins have already released WR Brian Hartline, who also signed a big contract two years ago.

Miami would save $6.9 million against the cap with $5.2 million in dead money in 2015 by releasing Wallace with a post-June 1 designation, according to OverTheCap.com.

This is mere speculation on my part, but it’s conceivable that a WR-needy team with loads of cap space (like the Raiders or Jets) could be willing to take on Wallace’s contract in a potential trade, but take that with a grain of salt.

In six NFL seasons, Wallace has caught 375 passes for 5,834 yards with 47 touchdowns with the Steelers (2009-12) and Dolphins (2013-present). He’s also rushed for 200 yards on 27 carries.

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49ers Release Stevie Johnson http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/49ers-release-stevie-johnson/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/49ers-release-stevie-johnson/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:25:50 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27142 Dianna Russini of NBC 4 in Washington reported Saturday morning that the 49ers are releasing Stevie Johnson. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has since reported that Johnson is still on the team and will be asked to take a pay cut. That doesn’t mean that Johnson, 28, won’t find his way […]

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Dianna Russini of NBC 4 in Washington reported Saturday morning that the 49ers are releasing Stevie Johnson.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has since reported that Johnson is still on the team and will be asked to take a pay cut.

That doesn’t mean that Johnson, 28, won’t find his way onto the open market this offseason.

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Photo Credit: 49ers.com

The 49ers acquired Johnson in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last May for a 2015 fourth round draft pick. In 13 games (one start), he hauled in a very meager 35 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite being limited due to injury and playing 42 fewer snaps than 33-year-old wide out Brandon Lloyd this past season, Johnson was efficient when he was on the field. As Niners Nation notes, Johnson ranked 16th at Pro Football Focus in yards per route run among all wide receivers that appeared in at least a quarter of the team’s offensive snaps.

Perhaps Johnson will reunite with new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound wide out had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2010-12) when Johnson played under Gailey in Buffalo.

A former 2008 seventh round pick (No. 224 overall) out of Kentucky, Johnson is renown as a solid possession receiver and crisp route runner with good hands. Despite the question marks the 49ers face at wide receiver heading into the offseason (Lloyd and Michael Crabtree are both impending free agents who very well could find new homes on the open market), Johnson wasn’t solving the 49ers’ WR woes. San Francisco desperately needs to find a field-stretching receiver to line up opposite Anquan Boldin.

Fortunately for the 49ers, they’ll have some nice options in free agency and the draft.

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Cleveland Browns Sign Josh McCown To Three-Year Contract http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/cleveland-browns-sign-josh-mccown-to-three-year-contract/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/cleveland-browns-sign-josh-mccown-to-three-year-contract/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:35:16 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27137 The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal. Cleveland is giving former Buccaneers QB Josh McCown a 3-year deal, per source. Cleveland went after him hard. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2015 McCown also reportedly drew interest from the New York Jets, […]

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal.

McCown also reportedly drew interest from the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.

Josh McCown, Bears presser

The addition of McCown allows the Browns to move on from impending free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer.

An NFL journeyman, McCown, 35, thoroughly exceeded expectations under former Bears head coach Marc Trestman (now the Ravens’ offensive coordinator) in 2013. Through eight games (five starts), McCown connected on 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards with a remarkable 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler.

That brief head-turning success compelled Lovie Smith and the Bucs to sign McCown to a two-year, $10 million contract last March. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound signal-caller struggled mightily in Tampa Bay, completing 184 of 327 passes (56.3 percent) for just 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions through 11 games (all starts).

He was cut by the Bucs back on February 11, saving the team $4 million against the cap.

McCown has previously spent time with the Cardinals (2002-05), Lions (2006), Raiders (2007), Dolphins (2008), Panthers (2008-09), the UFL’s Hartford Colonials (2010), as well as the 49ers (2011) before taking his talents to the Windy City (2011-13).

Despite his lackluster career numbers (978-of-1,664 for 11,033 yards with 61 TDs and 59 INTs) and lack of accolades, McCown, a former 2002 third round pick (No. 81 overall) out of Sam Houston State, has been able to live his childhood dream for well over a decade, playing the game he loves and making a great living in the process.

While the Browns expect Johnny Manziel to be ready for the start of training camp, it’s unclear whether he’ll open the season as the team’s starting signal-caller. But this move is interesting and makes it seemingly less likely that Cleveland will try to trade up and take Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

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Report: Eagles ‘Determined’ To Draft Marcus Mariota http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/report-eagles-determined-to-draft-marcus-mariota/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/report-eagles-determined-to-draft-marcus-mariota/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:47:12 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27131 There’s been a mountain of recent buzz indicating that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade up in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft to select Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota. Despite the level of risk and difficulty in making the move, “the Eagles are determined to get their guy,” according […]

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There’s been a mountain of recent buzz indicating that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade up in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft to select Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Despite the level of risk and difficulty in making the move, “the Eagles are determined to get their guy,” according to PhillyVoice.com’s Jimmy Kempski, who has previously been skeptical of the news of a potential trade-up for Mariota.

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported a week and a half ago that the Eagles are going to “do whatever it takes” to reunite Mariota with his former college coach, Chip Kelly in Philly.

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Photo Credit: GoDucks.com

It’s uncertain how Mariota would adapt and perform in a typical pro-style offense if he gets drafted by the Buccaneers, Browns, Titans or Jets, but there’s no question he could thrive in Kelly’s offense.

“He might be the fastest guy on the field, but his mind is even faster,” Kelly said before Oregon’s National Championship game against Ohio State last month. “(He) thinks like Peyton Manning.”

Loaded with tremendous athleticism and work ethic, Mariota put on quite a show in Indianapolis at the scouting combine, not only in the drills, but more importantly during the interview process.

Often compared to Ryan Tannehill and Colin Kaepernick, Maritoa also boasts a strong arm and impressive poise in the pocket, but he does need to prove he can deliver the football into tight windows.

His biggest obstacle, however, will be working in a huddle, which Mariota acknowledged before the combine.

Mariota’s quiet and calm image has been cited on numerous occasions, often as a negative, but it very well may be helping him in the interview process and could help him on the field in the NFL.

While he’s most often compared to Tannehill and Kaepernick, Mariota’s cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor may most resemble Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson. While neither of them are elite, Flacco and Wilson are both franchise quarterbacks who have won a Super Bowl and often excel in the clutch. If Mariota can follow in their footsteps, it will be worth it to the Eagles to trade up to get him.

Forecasting trade compensation is very difficult, especially since we don’t know how high the Eagles would need to move up to get him. The Buccaneers are widely expected to draft Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston.

The remaining possible landing spots for Mariota are with the Titans at No. 2, the Jets at No. 6, the Browns at No. 12 (and again at No. 19) and the Eagles, who currently sit in the No. 20 spot.

If betting on prospects’ landing spots was a thing, I’d probably put my money on Mariota going to the Jets or Eagles. The Titans and Browns are also still likely in the mix to draft Mariota, however.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News recently suggested a blockbuster trade between the Jets and Eagles.

Although the trade value chart devised by Jimmy Johnson in the 1990s provides a numerical representation of the value for draft picks, there are no hard-and-fast rules for what constitutes a reasonable swap. Fairness is in the eye of the beholder.

A win-win for the Jets and Kelly: The Eagles give up 2015 and 2016 first- and second-rounders for the No. 6 pick.

Although the Eagles need to make defensive upgrades (see: secondary), Kelly would land his ideal quarterback to run Philly’s up-tempo offense.

“If he’s in Chip’s system, he’ll be a problem for teams from Day One,” one personnel director said. “Mariota may be the missing piece for them. If he plays in any other system, he’s at least one year away.”

 If Foles thrives in Chan Gailey’s offense, the Jets could sign him to a long-term deal after this season. If he struggles in 2015, the trade would have still been the right move for the Jets given the three additional premium picks acquired to move down 14 spots this year.

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Rex Ryan Gets Awesome New Bills-Themed Truck http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/rex-ryan-gets-awesome-new-bills-themed-truck/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/02/rex-ryan-gets-awesome-new-bills-themed-truck/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:36:26 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27128 Rex Ryan vowed to build the Buffalo Bills into a bully when he was hired as their new head coach in mid-January. It seems the brash and bold coach is committed to keeping his promise and endearing the fan base in the process. A photo of a new truck with […]

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Rex Ryan vowed to build the Buffalo Bills into a bully when he was hired as their new head coach in mid-January.

It seems the brash and bold coach is committed to keeping his promise and endearing the fan base in the process.

A photo of a new truck with a Bills-themed paint job, supposedly owned by Ryan, surfaced on Twitter on Thursday.

Rex Ryan's new truck with Bills-themed paint job

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News confirmed it’s Ryan’s truck and added that Ryan actually showed him pictures of the design.

Ryan went 46-50 (.479) during his six-year stint as the head coach of the Jets (2009-14), with a 4-2 record in the playoffs.

Despite the uncertainty at quarterback and lack of a first round pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, we expect the Bills to have a real chance at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought in 2015.

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