The New Orleans Saints will play in the preseason Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5, a league source confirmed. As first reported by FOXSports.com, the Saints volunteered to play in this year’s annual preseason opener because it will coincide with offensive tackle Willie Roaf’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame that weekend.
OK, Who Dat Nation, you get to play Mickey Loomis for one day. Let’s say the GM of the New Orleans Saints doesn’t re-sign free agent Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks and now the team has to go out on the open market to find a comparable replacement, assuming that player is not on the current roster. Here are the eligible free agent guards as of Feb. 22:
It’s no secret the most important position on the field is the quarterback. The Dolphins understand that, and general manager Jeff Ireland has made it the franchise’s first priority. “It doesn’t have to be a long-term solution, it could be short term,” said Ireland, who was asked how they look to address the team’s glaring need. “My job is to build a team for today.”
Big business can’t have big heart.” Jim Irsay shared his revision of Claudia McDonnell’s well-known ethics question with Hannah Storm in a recent ESPN interview.
Peyton Manning’s 2012 media utterances include: “I feel very close to a lot of these guys and we’ve done great things together. It’s hard to watch an old friend clean out his office.”
Doesn’t sound much like a shot across the bow, does it? But this interview with Indianapolis Star writer Bob Kravitz only fanned the embers of a relationship already.
As the NFL has become more of a passing league in recent seasons, the wide receiver position has gained more relevance in fantasy football. Just ask anyone who rode Calvin Johnson or Victor Cruz to a fantasy championship in 2011. In fact, it was those two players who were owned (Johnson – 22.9 percent, Cruz – 21.3 percent) on the most fantasy teams that won a league title on NFL.com. That can’t be considered a surprise, though, as teams threw the football 57.1 percent of the time – that was the highest percentage in the last five seasons.