Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rivers addresses his situation in San Diego, sort of


On Wednesday, Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco said the it’s the team’s “plan and intent” to keep quarterback Philip Rivers.  On Thursday, Rivers essentially said it’s his plan and intent to stay.
Thanks to the magic that is Twitter, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report shared a message from Cameron Curran of The Classical Academies, who says that in a visit to the school Rivers told the assembled crowd “he’s playing in San Diego and not to believe the media.”
In this case, “the media” includes former Rivers teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, who has said that he believes Rivers wants out of San Diego.  “The media” also includes U-T San Diego, to which Rivers said last month that he’s not inclined:  (1) to extend his contract before it expires after the season; or (2) to move his family to Los Angeles.
It’s entirely possible that the chatter about a potential trade arises from posturing regarding the quarterback’s next contract.  But with Telesco not clearly and unequivocally dismissing the possibility of a trade and declaring that Rivers will remain with the Chargers for the rest of his career and acting as if even the mere question of a possible departure is an affront to Telesco’s intelligence, the door remains open for Rivers to walk out of town.

Source: PFT.com
Author: Mike Florio
Photo: UPI, Terry Schmitt

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vikings remain intent on keeping Peterson, unless blown away by an offer



When it comes to running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings have three options:  (1) keep him and try to make him happy; (2) keep him regardless of whether he’s happy; or (3) trade him.
The Vikings have adopted the position that they’ll keep Peterson regardless of whether he’s happy, and it doesn’t appear to be a ruse aimed at coaxing a greater offer via trade.  The Vikings want Peterson, and they’re confident that the passage of time will smooth over any ruffled feathers.

That said, it’s possible that someone will make them a trade offer that gets Minnesota’s attention — under the same theory pursuant to which any player on any team is, in theory, available via trade. If another team puts enough picks and/or players on the pile, even an untouchable player will be asked to pack his bags.
In this case, that’s not expected to happen.  A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that a recent report that they’d want a first-round pick and a starting cornerback isn’t accurate, which suggests it would take even more than that to even begin to get the Vikings to consider making the deal.

 And for good reason.  Absent a package that will have the same impact on the Vikings that Peterson could have in 2015, given an improving defense and a young franchise quarterback distributing the ball to a respectable complement of receivers, the Vikings have no reason to make a deal.

Look for plenty of noise and agitation about a possible trade over the next 10 days, with the possibility that someone will decide to put together a modern-day Herschel Walker-type package.  Absent that, the Vikings likely will keep Peterson’s rights and hope that he eventually realizes that his best move will be to honor his contract, accept $13 million, and resume his chase for the all-time rushing record, which remains 8,165 yards away.

Which requires five seasons of, on average, 1,633 yards per year.  That’s a total Peterson has surpassed only twice in his career.
Based on how he performed in 2012 after tearing an ACL on Christmas Eve of 2011, it wouldn’t be wise to ever bet against Peterson.  But if he plans to prove the doubters wrong and if the Vikings plan to keep him for the next three seasons, Peterson’s best bet will be to stay put and to play hard.

Source: PFT.com
Author: Mike Florio
Photo: Pro Football Weekly

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gates says he’s not looking to play less


Chargers tight end Antonio Gates recently said that, instead of playing “the whole game” in 2015, he’s more likely to play only in those situation where he’s likely to get the ball.  He now says he didn’t say what it sounded like he said.
“For me, to put in all this work in all these years and have the opportunity to play and say I don’t want to play, I don’t know where people got that from,” Gates told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
They got it from his own words:  “With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,” Gates told TheMMQB.com.  “I was playing the whole game.  How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing.  I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations.  That’s what my contribution is at anyway.”
“It was probably a misquote or a misunderstanding,” Gates explained to Gehlken.  “I ain’t asking to play less.  Every time I’m in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play.  Why would I want to be on the sideline?  That defeats the purpose.  The only way you can contribute is by being in the game.”
So Gates doesn’t want to play less in 2015.  Regardless of whether he said he does.

Source: PFT.com
Author: Mike Florio
AP Photo

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Raiders officially announce signing of Michael Crabtree


Michael Crabtree doesn’t have to move very far.
The former San Francisco 49ers receiver officially signed a new deal with the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.
The deal is reportedly worth $3 million for one year with incentives available as well.
Crabtree spent the first six years of his career with the 49ers, where he appeared in 79 games with 77 starts. Crabtree had 347 receptions for 4,327 yards and 26 touchdowns over that span with an additional 40 catches for 516 yards and four touchdowns in eight postseason games.
His best season came in 2012 when he racked up 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. However, an Achilles injury derailed most of his 2013 season and Crabtree posted the worst full season numbers of his career in 2014.
As a result, the free agent market for Crabtree was somewhat lacking and it took close to a month for interest to truly pick up.
Crabtree joins James Jones, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater as options in the passing game for quarterback Derek Carr in Oakland.

Source: PFT.com
Author: Curtis Crabtree
Photo:  Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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