Robert Kraft hired both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick as his head coaches. Parcells took the Patriots to one Super Bowl and Belichick took them to eight more. Belichick’s teams won five Lombardi Trophies.
Dez Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015 but did not manage 1,000 yards or 10-plus touchdowns in any of the three seasons since agreeing to his new deal. The Cowboys were not getting the expected bang for their bucks, so Bryant became a salary-cap casualty.
The Denver Broncos have lived and died by their pass rush in recent seasons and GM John Elway gave it a little more teeth when he selected the draft’s best pass rusher, Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State, with the fifth overall pick.
The Packers missed the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record in large part because their perennial MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with a fractured right collarbone. He’s healthy and back on the field in 2018.
You’re John Dorsey. You’re the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. You have the first overall selection of the 2018 NFL draft. You’re on the clock. Who do you take? Do you go quarterback? Running back? Pass rusher? That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – who should John Dorsey claim …
The Carolina Panthers selected Star Lotulelei with the 14th overall pick of the 2013 draft and he supplied the wide body in the middle that helped Carolina finish in the Top 10 in run defense in four of his five seasons there.
Richard Sherman intercepted career bests of eight interceptions in back-to-back 2012-2013 seasons, leading the league in 2013, and has 32 career interceptions. He signed as a free agent with the 49ers a day after the Seahawks made him a salary-cap casualty.
Paul Richardson played in the shadows of wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse during his first three seasons, catching only 51 passes. But with the trade of Kearse to the Jets in 2017, Richardson became a starter and caught 44 passes for 703 yards with six touchdowns.
In his three years there as a starter in Buffalo, Tyrod Taylor passed for 8,857 yards and 51 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also won more games (23) than he lost (20).
Jordy Nelson caught 98 passes in 2014 and 97 in 2016 but slipped to 53 in 2017 when his quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with an injury. But, like Michael Bennett, he’s 33 this season so the Packers released him.
Saquon Barkley’s size (5-11, 233) and productivity (three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in college, 51 career touchdowns) set him up as the top running back in the 2018 NFL draft. But his showing at the combine might have put him in play for the first overall pick.
The NFL passed on a combine invitation to Antonio Gates in 2003 for an obvious reason. He was a basketball player and a very good one. He led Kent State to back-to-back Mid-American Conference championship in his final two seasons and was an honorable mention All-America power forward.