Bad news for Cleveland fans; Robert Griffin III has been placed on the IR with a shoulder injury. According to Ian Rapport on his twitter account, “The #Browns are placing QB Robert Griffin III on Injured Reserve with a fractured coracoid bone. No surgery. Reevaluated in 3-4 weeks.” It looks like Josh McCown will take over the starting job for the Browns, who are trying to finish not only with a winning record, but to end a playoff drought that has roughly lasted about 10 years. The Browns have went through numerous coaching changes throughout the years, and still haven’t found a long term answer at QB.
After spending his last season (playing sparingly) with the Jets, the 35 yr old veteran QB signed with the Steelers after visiting them on Tuesday. The Steelers sign Vick to a one year deal after backup QB Bruce Gradkowski went down with a hand injury and was placed on season-ending IR. Not everyone agrees with the signing as some fans are actually protesting it. According to the 24/7 Sports link, fans could be outraged with the signing due to Vick’s criminal past. How can anyone forget that he served jail time for dog fighting, but was later released in 2009. The article goes on to say that: “While it’s been six years since he left prison, it appears many in Steelers Nation haven’t forgotten, and haven’t forgiven the quarterback for his horrid mistake.” Before he served time in jail, Vick was the number 1 overall draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft of the Atlanta Falcons. Vick has thrown for over 22,000 yards and rushed for over 6,000 yards in his 12 year career. In conclusion, one can only wonder how Vick will play this year and if he will play with “Big Ben” at the helm?
*Update*- An article was published today by Fox Sports on how there’s already been 20,000+ Steelers fans who have signed a petition to rid the field of new backup QB Michael Vick. According to the article, the originator of the petition had this to say about why he created the petition: “‘Michael Vick is a convicted felon and no-class piece of crap. He is also a terrible QB which is why he has no team. Let’s united as Steeler fans – as NFL fans – and stop him from playing on our team! Steelers fans united! Sign to keep Vick from ever wearing the coveted Steelers uniform!!'”
Today Forbes released its annual 50 Most Valuable Franchises list, and unsurprisingly 20 of 32 NFL teams made the list (8 of which were in the top 20). Here is the list of NFL teams who made the list according to 24/7 Sports:
2) Dallas Cowboys: $3.2 Billion
T6) New England Patriots: $2.6 Billion
T9) Washington Redskins: $2.4 Billion
T12) New York Giants: $2.1 Billion
16) Houston Texans: $1.85 Billion
T17) New York Jets: $1.8 Billion
19) Philadelphia Eagles: $1.75 Billion
T20) Chicago Bears: $1.7 Billion
T22) San Francisco 49ers: $1.6 Billion
T24) Baltimore Ravens: $1.5 Billion
26) Denver Broncos: $1.45 Billion
T27) Indianapolis Colts: $1.4 Billion
T29) Green Bay Packers: $1.38 Billion
T32) Pittsburgh Steelers: $1.35 Billion
35) Seattle Seahawks: $1.33 Billion
T37) Miami Dolphins: $1.3 Billion
T42) Carolina Panthers: $1.25 Billion
45) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $1.23 Billion
48) Tennessee Titans: $1.16 Billion
T49) Minnesota Vikings: $1.15 Billion
What is probably the most surprising rank? Number 1 on the list was Real Madrid worth $3.26 billion. The NY Yanks were tied for second with Dallas as being worth $3.2 billion. Barcelona ($3.16 billion and Manchester United ($3.1 billion) wrap up the top 5. If anyone is interested in seeing the entire Forbes list, please visit this link.
Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor has finally found a new home in Cincinnati. Pryor was released by the Chiefs earlier in the week, but was invited to a Cincinnati Bengals minicamp and afterwards signed him to a contract. Pryor will be battling A.J. McCarron and Josh Johnson for a spot to backup Andy Dalton. In 2011, the Raiders took a chance to draft Pryor in the supplemental draft, but was later traded to the Seahawks and released following the 2014 season. 4 months ago he was signed by the Chiefs, but then released a few days ago. At his time in Oakland, Pryor made an appearance in 15 games with 10 starts, and compiled a 56.3 pass completion percentage; he also had 1,953 passing yards, 9 TD’s, 12 Int’s, and had 627 rushing yards with 3 TD’s. One can only wonder if Pryor will finally land a roster spot?
Here is the UFA signings of the AFC North :
Cleveland Browns- I want to begin on a special note: *special note for Tennessee Fans”: Justin Worely, QB, Tennessee: Justin Worley hasn’t been officially signed yet, but he was invited to a mini camp for the Cleveland Browns. Anyway, here are the UFA’s that Cleveland signed: Northern Illinois OT Tyler Loos, USF K Marvin Kloss, Tennessee State CB De’ante Saunders, Old Dominion LS Rick Lavato, Oregon State DE Dylan Wynn, Northwestern WR, Kyle Prater, LSU C Elliot Porter, Kansas S Cassius Sendish, UNLV CB Kenneth Penny, Texas Tech LB V.J. Fehoko, South Carolina WR Nick Jones, Miles College CB Travis Lee, Iowa WR Kevonte Martin-Manley, Kentucky OT Darrian Miller, and Arizona State TE De’Marieya Nelson.
Baltimore Ravens: Ohio State OT Darryl Baldwin, Colorado State-Pueblo DE Darius Allen, Oklahoma CB Julian Wilson, USC S Gerald Bowman, Michigan LB Brennen Brewer, BYU OL De’Ondre Wesley, Sacramento State WR Deandre Carter, Northern Colorado DT Lexington Smith, Mississippi State OT Blaine Clausell, San Jose State OL David Peterson, Alabama LB Trey DePreist, Alabama S Nick Perry, Harvard OL Nick Easton, Iowa State LB Cory Morissey, Rutgers OL Kaleb Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe K Justin Manton, Troy OL Terrence Jones, LSU RB Terrence Magee, and Prairie View A&M QB Jerry Lovelocke. *special note* Former TN and EKY FB/LB Channing Fugate was invited to attend the Baltimore Ravens mini camp.
Cincinnati Bengals: Washington WR Kasen Williams, UT-Martin LB Tony Bell, Miami QB Ryan Williams, Iowa RB Mark Weisman, UW-Whitewater WR Jake Kumerow, EKY TE Matt Lengel, Louisville C/G Jake Smith, Texas A&M Safety Floyd Raven, Nebraska LB Trevor Roach, Asuza Pacific RB Terrell Watson, Memphis WR Joe Craig, Clemson DT DeShawn Williams, Youngstown CB Troy Hill, Concordia-St. Paul, K Tom Obarski, Duke DL Dezmond Johnson, and Marshall C Chris Jasperse.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Utah State OT Kevin Whimpey, Texas A&M TE Cameron Clear, Lafayette RB Ross Scheuerman, Saint Augustine’s DT Nigel Crawford-Kinney, Liberty DE Dominique Davis, Louisville WR Eli Rogers, Penn State C Miles Dieffenbauch, Kansas State C B.J. Finney, Illinois State DE Brandon Prate, Boston College QB Tyler Murphy, Auburn G Reese Dismukes, Indiana G Collin Rahrig.
Here are the UFA signings of the AFC West:
Denver Broncos:Clemson DL Josh Watson, Nebraska LB Zaire Anderson, Boise State WR Matt Miller, Rice WR Jordan Taylor, Mississippi State C Dillon Day, Nevada OL Kyle Roberts, Clemson OL Kalon Davis, Wyoming OL Connor Rains, Oklahoma NT Chuka Ndulue, and Auburn CB Trevon Reed.
Kansas City Chiefs:Utah TE Westlee Tonga, Pittsburgh State CB Devante Bausby, UT-Martin OT Charles Sweeton, Gardner-Webb WR Kenny Cook, Northwest Missouri State CB Travis Manning, Mississippi State CB Justin Cox, Vanderbilt LS Andrew East, Akron LB Justin March, Iowa State DL David Irving, Pitt TE Manasseh Garner, Harding WR Donatella Luckett, Texas A&M Commerce DL Charles Taamu.
Oakland Raiders: Purdue TE Gabe Holmes, Nevada QB Cody Fajardo, La Tech OL Mitchell Bell, UNLV LB Josh Shirley, Utah LB Jacoby Hale, BYU CB Daniel Robertson, Northwestern LB Jimmy Hall, Fresno State WR Josh Harper, Florida DT Leon Orr, Miami (Ohio) QB Andrew Hendrix, La Tech DB Terell Pinson,
San Diego Chargers: Arkansas WR Demetrious Wilson, Clemson QB Cole Stoudt, Western Oregon WR Tyrell Williams, Northwestern LB Chi Chi Ariguzo. Boston College CB Manuel Asprilla, Albany TE Brian Parker, Mississippi State G Ben Beckworth, West Virginia RB Dreamius Smith, Minnesota DE Cameron Botticelli, Kansas State LB Ryan Mueller, Iowa S Johnny Lowdermilk, Cincinnati OT Tyreek Burell, Western KY OT Cameron Clemmons, Central Michigan WR Titus Davis, Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards, Cal-Poly SLO LB Nick Dzubnar, Marshall TE Eric Frohnapfel, Ohio State LB Curtis Grant, Texas A&M K Josh Lambo, Sacred Heart DB Gordon Hill, Nevada LB Brock Hekking.
Look for my next UFA post with UFA signings from the NFC South and NFC West. Happy reading!