As the best wide receiver for the New York Giants and one of the best in the league during the 2012 season, 26-year-old Victor Cruz had a whopping 33 more receptions than re-signed Giants WR Hakeem Nicks.
Despite his ultimate success and being the face of the team, the New York Giants did not renew Cruz’s formal contract for the 2013-14 season.
However, last Monday, Cruz signed with the Giants as a free agent on a $2.879 million tender.
The Giants are delusional, as is Victor Cruz. If the Giants are willing to lose one of the best WR in the NFL, it is obvious that they either feel like they do not need his talent on the field, or they fear that he is taking the fame from quarterback Eli Manning. For example, Campbell’s Soup used Victor, along with his mother, as a spokes person for a new flavor of soup. But if the Giants do not truly want him, I have a hard time understanding why Cruz would want to re-sign with his team. There is no guarantee that he will have near as much, if any, playing time. So, why not go to a team that needs/wants you?
I would love more than anything to see Victor Cruz go to the Cleveland Browns to receive passes from QB Brandon Weeden.
The Browns’ top receiver of the 2012 season was Josh Gordon (who’s that?) who caught a total of 5 touchdown passes all season. QB Weeden had a 57% pass completion rate throughout the 2012 season, helping Cleveland reach further into the losing bracket. (During his senior year at OKState, Weeden had a 72% completion.)
The big difference between Weeden’s college and professional football careers is that his wide receivers at Oklahoma State (Justin Blackmon; Tracy Moore) were able to complete passes.
Now, I am not a huge fan of quarterbacks, and I certainly do not “oooh” and “ahhh” over wide receivers. (I am all about that offensive line.) But the fact that dropped passes reflect on the quarterback’s performance is ridiculous. I have witnessed countless passes dropped, not due to poor placement or an inaccurate throw, but unfocused and untalented receivers who could not handle the pressure of the safety or corner on their heels.
All in all, Victor Cruz may not have the paycheck he desires, but it is very possible for him to become a real star with a bright future in the National Football League by joining forces with the Cleveland Browns and the one and only Brandon Weeden.
Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and 37-year-old Center-Forward Kevin Garnett look to make a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. By the end of the deal, Boston is looking to gain Eric Bledsoe, along with DeAndre Jordan, as well as several top draft picks (due to the fact that Doc Rivers is under contract with the Celtics for the next three years at 21 million). Technically, coaches and players can’t be traded as a “package deal,” but Boston has the right to demand compensation for this epic trade.
All in all, the Clippers are not looking to get rid of Bledsoe. Willing to trade Jordan? Ehh, sure. Give up their draft pick(s) to Doc? Why not. But not a dominating player like Eric.
According to several sources, including NBC Sports blog, Coach Doc Rivers met today with Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge about the trade. (And because things have already gone this far, I don’t see Rivers coming back to Boston.)
With Kevin Garnett, as well as Forward Paul Pierce (age 35), getting up in age, all three (Garnett, Pierce, and Rivers) are looking to make a dramatic exit TOGETHER, but on their own terms.
The loss of the two senior players (as well as veteran Ray Allen who went to the Miami Heat in the 2013 season) leave behind the young(er) Rajon Rondo along with several others. It is obvious that the Celtics need to rebuild.
But wait, there’s more. The LA Clippers are considering an epic trade themselves, not only involving key player Bledsoe, but BLAKE GRIFFIN! And where are they sending them, you might ask? Pssh, just down the highway to the Los Angeles Lakers. AND, out of everyone on the Lakers that the Clippers could possibly want, they choose Dwight Howard.
What?! Yeah, that’s right. The Clippers are willing to exchange the young, athletic all-star Blake Griffin for the old veteran Dwight Howard. Not a smart move, in my opinion.
Let’s face it. Dwight can ball. He’s still got it in him, for the most part. But to give up a talent on both offense and defense that has not only brought you more W’s, but also more fans, is outright moronic. Blake Griffin has put the Clippers back in the running for just about anything. (Given, LA will always be famous for the gold and purple Lakers, but you smell what I’m stepping in.)
All in all, the NBA Championship game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs goes down tomorrow evening, and serious trading is being contracted/discussed. What an epic ending to the National Basketball Association’s 2012-2013 Season.
Brandon Browner Bashes Harbaugh
Brandon Browner Bashes Harbaugh
Controversy between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers continues to rise as wide receiver Brandon Browner “threatens” Coach Jim Harbaugh after Harbaugh emphasizes the Seahawks constant slip ups with NFL illegal substances. Browner, a substance abuser himself, tries to get his point across. The question is, “is his point valid?”
When interviewed, Browner made the point of saying that all he cared about was winning… That point is clear. I mean, he was willing to put his reputation, as well as his career, on the line in order to be “better” to get that win for his team. Knowing the rules, he was well aware that his actions were not legal in his line of work. Therefore, his retaliation to Coach Jim Harbaugh’s simple statement involving a rival team was out of line. Rivalries have been around since the dawn of time with Cain and Abel. Toleration of rivaling teams has reached an all-time low, and feelings that should be rock solid are getting crushed. With all of this being said, I will be looking forward to watching the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers in this upcoming 2013-14 NFL football season.