The NFL free agency season kicked off at midnight on Friday without a salary cap and Lebron James has reportedly already received big-money offers from all 32 NFL teams.
"Lebron is our No. 1 priority," said Browns general manager Tom Heckert. "We don't want him to leave Cleveland and we are fortunately not constrained by a salary cap like the Cavaliers or teams in the NBA. We have the first opportunity to get him, and it's our intention to do that. Browns fans have been through too much. We owe them this."
James was an All-Ohio wide receiver at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, before quitting football after his junior year to focus on basketball. But it's not so much his accomplishments on the field that make him attractive to NFL teams.
"Think about it Tim Tebow is a good football player and he had a 38.5-inch vertical leap at the combine," said Raiders scout Mike McKinzie. "Lebron can jump even higher than that, so we're basically talking about what would have been a multiple Heisman winner. And who knows how fast he could run the 40. He has really long legs. Maybe 3.5 seconds? Maybe 2.5? Wow."
The Raiders have offered James the largest contract so far 15 years, $400 million, with all but the final year guaranteed but James' advisor, Maverick Carter, says the Cavaliers star will look for more than just money.
"Lebron knows the only thing missing on his resume is a ring," said Carter. "He wants to sign with an NFL team that can win a championship. So then he can also sign a basketball contract with the Knicks and lose for a ton of money and not feel bad about it."
The NFL Draft hype has just begun. While scouts will break down every little thing about each player how fast he runs, how high he jumps, how he conducts himself in an interview they should not forget to mine the valuable football information that comes from photos.
Today SportsPickle presents the photo scouting report on Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.
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Noted performer and entertainer Chad Ochocinco announced today that he will play in the National Football League in 2010, a role he will prepare for as soon as his upcoming run on a dancing show comes to a close.
"Many people don't know this, but football is something I've been messing with for years," said Ochocinco, who will suit up for the Cincinnati Bengals. "It allows me to show a different side of myself."
But those close to the entertainer fear he is spreading himself too thin and diluting his brand.
"I realize that playing football every Sunday opens Chad up to a new audience," said fellow entertainer Diddy. "But is it really worth doing that with all of the other time commitments he has? And in Cincinnati, Ohio of all places? No one will see that show. He should have gotten with a football team in New York or L.A."
Perhaps most concerning for Ochocinco's friends in the entertainment industry is the performer's insistence that he plans to play a significant amount with the Cincinnati-based football squad.
"I am okay with Chad doing this if that's what he wants to do," said actor Denzel Washington. "But there is a right way to do it. Look at Kim Kardashian's boyfriend. He's a good-looking kid, he's known around Hollywood, has a future here. He's dabbled in football, but he doesn't play much and it's obvious he doesn't take it too seriously. That's the model Chad should follow. He needs to remember where his bread is buttered."
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis say he is happy to get the performer any way he can.
"I've only met him a few times," said Lewis. "But he seems like a nice guy and is pretty down-to-earth for a big star. I know the people of Cincinnati are excited to get someone in town as famous as Chad Ochocinco, even if it's only a brief stop onto bigger and better things."
The NFL draft hype has begun. While scouts will break down every little thing about each player how fast he runs, how high he jumps, how he conducts himself in an interview they should not forget to mine the valuable football information that comes from photos.
Today SportsPickle presents the photo scouting report on Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
February 26, 2010 Column
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University of Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard made a statement today when he pulled up to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis behind the wheel of a $270,000 John Deere 9860 STS combine the crown jewel of the company's combine line.
"It's a style, a lifestyle, an attitude that I'm trying to project," said Gilyard, who is expected to be among the first receivers taken in the April draft. "If you want to be big time, you have to carry yourself big time. This thing is pimped out. It's got everything engine air scoop, high-torque variable drive feederhouse, a folding auger, the StalkMaster Corn Head Chopping System, John Deere's patented Bullet Rotor technology, and 12 flat screens."
Gilyard's purchase, using an advance from his agent, has definitely turned heads in Indianapolis.
"You don't drive a sweet piece of farm equipment like that into downtown Indianapolis without creating a stir," said Colts general manager Bill Polian. "All the other tractors, bailers and smaller combines pulled aside and let Mardy pass. He earned instant respect."
While Gilyard's purchase has impressed some general managers with its brash confidence, others are worried the former Bearcats receiver needs to work on his priorities.
"He's not the first guy to show up at the combine in an expensive vehicle," said one front office exec who wished to remain anonymous. "But it's the kind of vehicle he showed up in. It's not an Escalade or something. It's a huge piece of farm equipment. Is he trained to drive that? A lot of people don't know this, but Ryan Leaf showed up here in 1998 driving a grain thresher. He accidentally tore off the arm of a Cleveland Browns scout. And he was never the same after that."
The NFL combine has begun. While scouts will break down every little thing about each player how fast he runs, how high he jumps, how he conducts himself in an interview they should not forget to mine the valuable football information that comes from photos.
Today SportsPickle presents the photo scouting report on Tim Tebow, QB, Florida.