GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:12:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Ray Rice, Janay Palmer Make Appearance At Torrey Smith’s Charity Event http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/ray-rice-janay-palmer-make-appearance-at-torrey-smiths-charity-event/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/ray-rice-janay-palmer-make-appearance-at-torrey-smiths-charity-event/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:05:43 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26475

Former Baltimore Ravens running back and current free agent Ray Rice and his wife Janay Palmer made their first public appearance since Rice’s NFL suspension was overturned at a charity event Wednesday evening that was organized by one of Rice’s former teammates, Torrey Smith.

Ray Rice, Janay Palmer make appearance at Torrey Smith's charity event

TMZ posted video of Rice’s appearance at the Toys for Tots drive, which is said to be the third consecutive year that the three-time Pro Bowler has pitched in with the charity.

As you can see in the video, people didn’t shy away from Rice as he walked around the event.

“I just made a horrible mistake in my life but you know, if they truly believe in second chances — they would forgive me,” Rice told a reporter for WJZ at the event.

Only time will tell whether Rice gets another opportunity with an NFL team, but it seems highly unlikely that he’ll find a new home before the start of the offseason.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/ray-rice-janay-palmer-make-appearance-at-torrey-smiths-charity-event/feed/ 0
Report: Michigan Offers Jim Harbaugh Six-Year, $48 Million Contract http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-michigan-offers-jim-harbaugh-six-year-48-million-contract/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-michigan-offers-jim-harbaugh-six-year-48-million-contract/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:45 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26470

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has reportedly been offered a six-year contract worth $48 million to become the new coach at the University of Michigan, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Photo Credit: 49ers.com

Photo Credit: 49ers.com

Harbaugh currently has one year left on his contract with the Niners, but reports have been flying around for two to three months now that his days are numbered and would be fired or traded if the team didn’t make the playoffs. San Francisco was eliminated from postseason contention last Sunday.

It’s abundantly clear now that the Oakland Raiders are the top NFL suitor and Michigan is the top college football destination for Harbaugh at this time, though things can change on a dime.

At $8 million per season, Harbaugh would top Nick Saban as the highest-paid coach in college football if he accepts Michigan’s reported offer.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-michigan-offers-jim-harbaugh-six-year-48-million-contract/feed/ 0
Report: Bears Bench Jay Cutler, Starting Jimmy Clausen http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-bears-bench-jay-cutler-starting-jimmy-clausen/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-bears-bench-jay-cutler-starting-jimmy-clausen/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:42:58 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26465

The Chicago Bears have reportedly benched Jay Cutler and are starting Jimmy Clausen in their upcoming Week 16 divisional showdown with the Detroit Lions.

Photo Credit: ChicagoBears.com

Photo Credit: ChicagoBears.com

This move inevitably adds fuel to the fire of speculation that the Bears will trade Cutler in the offseason.

In fact, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, head coach Marc Trestman — who is reportedly likely to be fired at the end of the season — considered benching Cutler at halftime in Week 12 against Tampa Bay.

[RELATED: Ranking the Most Overpaid Players in the NFL]

Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million contract to be the face of the franchise back in January.

Within three months, Chicago converted $5 million of his 2014 base salary into a signing bonus in order to create $4 million in cap room for their rookie class.

Despite the $5 million reduction in his 2014 base salary (Cutler didn’t actually lose any money in the restructured contract), the 6-foot-3, 220-pound signal-caller still has the highest base salary ($17.5 million) of any player in the NFL.

And now he’s been benched in favor of a 2010 draft bust that holds a 1-9 record as an NFL starter. Obviously, players can turn their careers around with a new change of scenery (Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is a prime example this year), but we highly doubt that Clausen will turn around Chicago’s lethargic offense.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-bears-bench-jay-cutler-starting-jimmy-clausen/feed/ 0
Report: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Suffers ‘Serious Knee’ Injury’ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ifo-ekpre-olomu-suffers-serious-knee-injury/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ifo-ekpre-olomu-suffers-serious-knee-injury/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:26:36 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26461

Oregon Ducks star cornerback and projected 2015 NFL Draft first round pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu reportedly suffered a “serious knee injury” that’s believed to be a torn ACL in Tuesday’s practice.

Photo Credit: GoDucks.com

Photo Credit: GoDucks.com

It looks like the Ducks’ national championship aspirations just took a big hit in advance of the new first-ever four-team college football playoff.

The Heisman-winning Marcus Mariota-led Ducks will battle last year’s Heisman Winner Jameis Winston and the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.

The winner will then face the winner of the Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1 at 8:30 p.m.) between Alabama and Ohio State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ifo-ekpre-olomu-suffers-serious-knee-injury/feed/ 0
Jets Owner Favorites Tweet Calling For GM John Idzik’s Firing http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/jets-owner-favorites-tweet-calling-for-gm-john-idziks-firing/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/jets-owner-favorites-tweet-calling-for-gm-john-idziks-firing/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:35:47 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26457

The New York Jets (3-11) will likely make sweeping changes at the end of the 2014 season. It’s widely expected that parting ways with head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik will be part of those changes.

During Sunday’s battle with the Tennessee Titans (2-12) — which the Jets went on to win 16-11 — one fan decided to express his displeasure by telling Jets owner Woody Johnson via Twitter to fire the team’s GM.

As noted by DeadSpin, Johnson “accidentally” clicked the favorite button on the “#FireIdzik” tweet.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com

The Jets owner apparently noticed on Monday night that he had inadvertently favorited the tweet.

It’s also worth noting that a plane carrying a “Fire Idzik” banner actually circled the Jets’ practice field for the second time in six weeks on Wednesday, per ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/jets-owner-favorites-tweet-calling-for-gm-john-idziks-firing/feed/ 0
Photo: Chicago TV Station Tells Bears To ‘Cut Jay Cutler Or Cut Your Wrists’ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/photo-chicago-tv-station-tells-bears-to-cut-jay-cutler-or-cut-your-wrists/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/photo-chicago-tv-station-tells-bears-to-cut-jay-cutler-or-cut-your-wrists/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:37:51 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26454

Things are getting out of hand in the Windy City following Monday night’s ugly loss to the New Orleans Saints.

On top of the avalanche of denial or delusion coming from Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman — who is reportedly likely to be fired at the end of the season — a local Chicago TV news station decided to air the following message regarding quarterback Jay Cutler: “Cut him or cut your wrists.” No, seriously.

ABC Sports 7 anchor Mark Giangreco added some brutal (but possibly true) remarks during the broadcast.

“When your $50 million dude doesn’t lead, doesn’t inspire, isn’t respected and doesn’t seem to care, that certainly affects a lot of the other guys…”

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/photo-chicago-tv-station-tells-bears-to-cut-jay-cutler-or-cut-your-wrists/feed/ 0
Report: Ray McDonald Being Investigated For Rape http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ray-mcdonald-being-investigated-for-rape/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ray-mcdonald-being-investigated-for-rape/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:33:01 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26451

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald is reportedly being investigated by the San Jose Police Department for the rape allegation that surfaced on Monday.

According to police, at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Tuesday police received a call from a local hospital regarding a possible sexual assault victim who was receiving treatment. Officers responded and made contact with the adult female victim. The victim said she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior. The preliminary investigation revealed the alleged suspect was Ray McDonald.

Ray McDonald presser - 49ers

The 49ers stood by their eight-year veteran over the summer when he was arrested on felony domestic violence charges (which were eventually dropped), but that could change in light of this investigation.

McDonald, 30, has recorded a total of 210 tackles with 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception since entering the league as a third round pick (No. 97 overall) of the 49ers in 2007 out of Florida.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-ray-mcdonald-being-investigated-for-rape/feed/ 0
Report: Marc Trestman Likely To Be Fired http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-marc-trestman-likely-to-be-fired/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-marc-trestman-likely-to-be-fired/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:42:10 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26449

The Chicago Bears suffered yet another ugly loss at home on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, falling to 5-9 on the season. Now Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago reports that Bears head coach Marc Trestman will likely be fired following the team’s Week 17 battle at Minnesota, while GM Phil Emery‘s fate remains “undecided.”

Photo Credit: ChicagoBears.com

Photo Credit: ChicagoBears.com

There was some optimism in Chicago after Trestman’s promising first season last year, but the Bears’ offense has gone in the tank as of late and the defense now ranks dead last in the league in points allowed.

 

And a firestorm of controversy spread through the Windy City last week when offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer admitted to serving as an anonymous source ripping quarterback Jay Cutler.

It wouldn’t be a shock if the Bears replace Cutler, Kromer, Trestman and Emery at the end of the season, but as of right now, the fate is only crystal clear for Trestman and Kromer.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-marc-trestman-likely-to-be-fired/feed/ 0
Tony Dungy Calls Marcus Mariota the Next Aaron Rodgers http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/tony-dungy-calls-marcus-mariota-the-next-aaron-rodgers/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/tony-dungy-calls-marcus-mariota-the-next-aaron-rodgers/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:33:09 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26445

Former Super-Bowl winning head coach and current NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy is apparently a big fan of Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. In fact, he likes the Heisman Trophy winner so much that he’s now comparing him to Green Bay Packers star signal-caller and 2014 NFL MVP front-runner Aaron Rodgers.

“Marcus Mariota is a fantastic player,” Dungy said on Monday in his weekly appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. “He’s gonna be a great pro. He can throw from the pocket. I watched him in practice. I watched him in training camp for three years when my son was at Oregon. Not only is he going to be a great quarterback, he’s gonna be a great person [and] the face of the franchise.

“I think this is Aaron Rodgers in the waiting,” Dungy said.

Photo Credit: GoDucks.com

Photo Credit: GoDucks.com

Dungy clearly sees a stark contrast in the two latest Heisman winners, as he revealed back in September that he wouldn’t draft Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston.

Dungy doesn’t believe that Mariota, who won the Heisman Trophy over the weekend in a near-historic landslide, will have any problem dealing with all of the attention that comes from being the face of an NFL franchise as a result of his very humble, “shy” and mild-mannered demeanor as long as he doesn’t end up “in a market that eats up like New York or Philadelphia.”

When asked what he would do if he was the Buccaneers’ general manager and in possession of the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, Dungy replied: “I’m taking Marcus Mariota in a heartbeat.”

Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions and leads the nation in passing efficiency at 186.33 heading into the College Football Playoff.

The Heisman Trophy winner has also rushed for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns on 117 carries and could have two more games to go, with a date with Florida State at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 and potential battle with Alabama or Ohio State in the national championship on Jan. 12 in Arlington, TX.

Earlier in Monday’s show, Mariota, a redshirt junior, said he hasn’t made any decision yet about whether he’ll stay at Oregon for another year or take his talents to the NFL in the spring of 2015.

However, Mariota is widely expected to forego his final season as the front-runner for the No. 1 overall pick. Dungy’s comparison has to put a smile on Mariota’s face, particularly because Rodgers is the guy he wants to emulate most in the NFL.

Last week, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Mariota “has all the tools to be a dynamic offensive weapon” in the NFL and believes his performance against Florida State’s pro-style defense will weigh heavily on his draft stock.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for news and analysis on the NFL, College Football and Fantasy Football.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/tony-dungy-calls-marcus-mariota-the-next-aaron-rodgers/feed/ 0
Report: DeMarco Murray Undergoing Surgery http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-demarco-murray-undergoing-surgery/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-demarco-murray-undergoing-surgery/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:03:24 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26441

Dallas Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray is reportedly undergoing surgery after suffering a broken bone in his left hand in Sunday night’s hard-fought win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

This is scary news for Cowboys fans, as the team’s playoff (and Super Bowl) aspirations rest quite heavily on Murray’s health and success out of the backfield.

Murray is specifically dealing with a broken fourth metacarpal. Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Emmitt Smith only missed one game after suffering a similar injury during his career. So this clearly isn’t a long-term concern, but not having him in the backfield could be devastating for their chances of beating Indianapolis in Week 16.

Murray hasn’t been ruled out for the game, but fantasy owners should consider him day-to-day and have a backup plan in place. If Murray sits out, expect a committee from Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle.

An impending free agent, Murray is the NFL’s rushing leader by a wide margin this season with 1,687 yards and 11 TDs on 351 carries. Le’Veon Bell is a distant second with rushing 1,278 yards.

Stay tuned to GridironGrit.com for updated news and analysis on the Cowboys and the rest of the NFL.

Also follow @_MichaelGartman on Twitter and be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook.

pixelstats trackingpixel]]>
http://gridirongrit.com/2014/12/report-demarco-murray-undergoing-surgery/feed/ 0