Breaking News! Draft News!

Sorry. Not much changing around here or anywhere. We did sign Charger WR Travis Benjamin. A fairly low-production guy who has been various flavors of hurt these past few seasons. But he did have a 68 catch, 966 yard year with the Browns. With Josh McClown as his QB. Shocking. But hey, he’s a cheap vet who is available and decent.

Still think WR is our #1 need in the draft. Go CB at 31. We are 23rd in cap room, so there ain’t a lot there, but we have some flexibility. I’d think Goodwin will be traded/cut to free up a little more room, but we’ll see. I’m sure Lynch and Co have more deals in the works.

The news out there now is that the NFL owners want to postpone the draft instead of having it at the end of April. It has already morphed from the feeding frenzy that would have been Vegas to some sort of online deal, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Frankly for me, it’s a nice diversion from the fucking Coronavirus, so just do it online, and we can all enjoy the fun. Stay safe, everyone, and carry on.

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Too Much Time On My Hands

Well, not really, but it sure feels like it. Still working at this point, but for how long?

Anyhow, if you want to hear the details of why we traded DeFo, it of course had a lot to do with DeFo’s agent. A guy who drives a hard bargain.

https://www.knbr.com/2020/03/18/barrows-explains-how-conversation-with-buckners-agent-led-to-decision-to-trade-him/?fbclid=IwAR1exuegXakDUn69Y_EKRU2UuWg5XxIYhpZpZ3yigb6GuE0-e7Rve-CprJE

Other than that, thinking of posting highlights of various things? Shit, I don’t know.

Just got 4′ of fresh powder in Tahoe, and no one to ski it. This really stinks. I mean, along with everything else.

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Life During Quarantine

Cue David Byrne. Say what you will about sports being cancelled, the NFL is chugging along with a very active free agency period. Beyond our own trade of DeFo for the 13th overall pick in the draft (a necessary evil in today’s NFL), the Tampa Bay Buccos signed 43 year old Tom Brady to a $30 million deal, the Colts signed 38 year old Philip Rivers to a 1 years $25 mill deal, and Drew Brees gets $50 mill for 2 years to stay with the Saints. The Bears get Nick Foles from the Jags for a 4th round (hah!) comp pick. His stock has dropped dramatically, and the Jags will stick with Mustache Minshew. Foles gets a new start for a team that hasn’t had a bona fide QB since the mid 80s. Trubisky is a man without a team, and he likely goes to the Saints as a backup? The Panthers have moved on from Cam Newton by signing Teddy Bridgewater to a 3 year/$63 million deal. Teddy parlayed his stunning subbing into a starting role as Drew Brees was on the mend last year.

Beyond that, the dumbest team in the NFL (hello Bill O’Brien), the Houston Texans, traded DeAndre Hopkins for a worn out David Johnson of the AZ Cardinals. O’Brien went so far as to compare Hopkins to Aaron Hernandez because Hopkins liked to have his kids around the facility. This could very well cost him his job, except that the owner of the Texans, the dead Bob McNair famously said that his fellow NFL owners “can’t have the inmates running the prison.” The Buffalo Bills gave Minnesota a 1st, 5th, and 6th pick in the 2020 draft, and a 4th in 2021, for disgruntled WR Stefon Diggs. Quite a haul for the Vikes.

As for our DT search, Linval Joseph is off the table. He signed a 2 year $17 mill deal with the Chargers.

So, we all may be sequestered in our houses, but at least there’s some actual sports news out there.

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AA And DeFoBu

Signing Arik Armstead is a great move. He gets 5/$85 mill. Love it. He’s the true quintessential down and dirty defensive lineman that does the hard work in the trenches who often takes on double teams and keeps the linebackers clean to make plays. The fact that he got 10 sacks is a testament to his guts and determination.

That being said, trading DeForest Buckner makes no sense to me. He’s the heart and soul of the defense, and has been a mainstay since he got here. The only way it makes sense is that we don’t have to dole out a giant deal to him after the season ends. We do get a high 1st round pick, so there’s the caveat.

I wrote last week that this is how they could have dealt with AA, but they got a pretty good pick for DeFo. These are the tough decisions that guys like Lynch and Paraag have to make to keep the team competitive for more than a year or two. We get a high pick in a year of not many picks, and I feel like we are just getting started in the trading department. Guys like Goodwin and Witherspoon can garner us some more picks, so we’ll see what the future brings. Or if there IS a future. Commence zombie apocalypse . . .

And I’m NOT very happy about DeAndre Hopkins going to the Cardinals. He is a stud of the highest order, and he’s a guy I would love to have on our team. He’s gonna be a major pain in the ass for the next few years.

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The Day the Sports Died

Bye bye, Miss American pie. Drove my Lexus to the nexus but the nexus was dry.
Them good ole’ boys are drinking whiskey and rye singing this will be the day that sports died. This will be the day that sports died.

Looks like this virus shit is getting very real as a couple NBA stars, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, test positive for the Coronavirus. The NBA’s response was swift and decisive as they have suspended the NBA season immediately and indefinitely. I’d think the NHL will follow suit, and baseball probably isn’t too far behind, depending on what happens these next couple weeks.

Spring training games have been rolling merrily along, but I’d think with the travel and close quarters conditions they they deal with, someone will test positive for it. As far as the NFL goes, they got their combine in, and there’s not too much scheduled for them now anyway, so the impact should be fairly minimal. And if it came down to getting rid of the insane hype around the draft, so be it. That would actually be a blessing. Bring back the days where Pete Rozelle stands at a chalkboard and writes down who picks who and the whole thing is done in an afternoon.

As far as social distancing goes, I’m of the Charles Bukowski school of thought.

I don’t hate people, i just don’t seem to like it when they are around.

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What to do about Arik Armstead (and Free Agency is in a Week)

What looked like the deepest position on our team at the start of the season, the defensive line, has some major problems to iron out. Elk Grove High’s own Arik Armstead, the guy who grinded away in relative obscurity as De Fo shined, and the rest didn’t, is suddenly on the edge of either being franchised, franchised and traded, or given a hefty deal to remain with the team.

After a flat start to his NFL career under DCs Eric Mangeniuos and Jim (who?) O’Neill, Robert Saleh saw enough in AA’s ability to hold off linemen and set the edge that he was signed to his 5th year option despite only playing 6 games in 2017. The gamble paid off in spades as AA anchored a defense that wasn’t spectacular, but was making headway to being respectable. He went from little production to 48 tackles, 12 QB hits, and 3 sacks. With the addition of Bosa, Ford, and Alexander, among others, AAs sack total jumped to 10 with hios 18 QB hits and 58 tackles.

Thing is now, the rest of the line is banged up pretty bad. And those that aren’t banged up are free agents. Ronald Blair amd Jullian Taylor are both likely to remain on the sidelines as they deal with their ACL tears. K Street, who has been a ghost with his knee injuries, doesn’t look to be much more that a spot back-up, and Damontre Moore, who looked great coming in for Blair isn’t under contract. DJ Jones at least is under contract one more year, and looks to recover from his ankle injury, so there’s that.

So, the interesting thing to look at now I suppose is, do we go after edge rushers when the free agency market opens up next week? If we go hard after some guys, I guess that means we aren’t looking to keep Blair, who is a free agent as well, and may not get the deal he wants while he rehabs.

Armstead? He played such a pivotal role last year, that it would be hard to replace him. Then again, he benefitted wildly from the guys we added around him. Like Aldon Smith with Justin Smith in front of him, there’s a point to be made that we could tag and trade AA for much-needed draft choices. Simply plug in another guy who can benefit from our other superior linemen.

Sounds good, but I’d rather lose Blair, find another backup, and keep AA.

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Well, Here’s Something . . .

The rumor that won’t die apparently is the rumor that Jimny G and Tom Brady will switch teams. Tom gets a 2 year deal while Bill Belichick gets his QB back that he didn’t want to lose in the first place, and laughs his way back to prominence with a young stud QB while we have a 43 year old guy who is at the end of his run.

Great idea, amirite?

Jesus, please don’t do something this ridiculous. If this comes to pass, I’d put John Lynch in the front of the CTE line. This makes absolutely no sense on any level. Jimmy G’s first full season, one where he took a lot of hits, faced a lot of pressure, and brought the team back in the 4th quarter a bunch of times. So, yeah, let’s get the 43 year old to replace him.

If this comes to pass, I’d have to rethink my fandom. Seriously. This would set the team back at least 3 more seasons, and we’d have to hope BD Nick Mullens is really the guy to take us somewhere for the next 2 seasons.

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