Today’s Sunday and it appears that the NFL news has come to a near halt. Of course, we know there is always something going on around the league, so I’ll take a quick look at a couple of things that are happening in the NFL.
In case you’re wondering, Drew Brees hasn’t signed a new deal with the Saints yet. The very latest is that the two sides are still negotiating, although the Saints have made a substantially better offer fairly recently, per a source with knowledge of the talks. At this point, it appears to be just a matter of time. Brees should have a new deal by training camp, which is the deadline.
2. Chad Ochocinco back to South Beach?
Rumblings of Ochocinco wanting to play for the Miami Dolphins have been running wild. He’s expected to workout for the Dolphins sometime this week, and then the team will have to decide if they want to offer him a contract. That contract would likely be a one-year deal in the $1-2 million range. Remember, Ochocinco is 34 years old and had a horrible 2011 season.
3. Rob Gronkowski is a happy tight end
The New England Patriots decided to sign tight end Rob Gronkowski to a six-year, $54 million deal. The deal includes $18.17 million in guarantees and is very unusual for the Patriots. Usually, the Patriots don’t give huge contracts to 23-year-old tight ends, but he is the Gronk after all. Gronkowski broke various records last year, so this deal should be a smart one.
4. Josh Freeman embracing run-first approach
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely look to run the ball first in their new system. The good news is that quarterback Josh Freeman appears to be alright with that. “It’s about winning with me,” Freeman said, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “If I go out and stink it up and we win, I’d be a lot happier than if I go out and throw for monster numbers and we lose.”
5. Training camp is closer than you think
Many of the teams are in the process of holding mini-camps right now. But training camp is fast approaching. Training camp is just five to six weeks away and many draft picks have already signed, which should make for a smooth transition. We haven’t had any huge holdout threats and football is getting closer and closer to returning. I know you can’t wait. Trust me, I can’t either.