The first wave of free agency has passed and we now head into Week 2. There’s still a healthy load of talent out there that could help your team and we’ve ranked them from 1 to 75 to give an idea of the options that remain. Here’s our Top 75 for the available free agents, updating as we go … (As of March 23rd, 8:48am ET)
The New Orleans Saints owner has pledged his full support to General Manager Mickey Loomis and Coach Sean Payton, despite their implication in the NFL bounty scandal. Benson’s loyalty should surprise no one. Loomis and Payton have led the franchise to unprecedented success on and off the field for the past six seasons. Along the way, they’ve earned lucrative raises and Benson’s implicit trust.
The bottom line is that even though the NFL is trying to act like player safety is its No. 1 priority with many lawsuits on the way (just like Bud Selig hated the impact steroids had in reviving baseball), it doesn’t matter. Conveniently, the NFL can play both sides and get away with it. The league is not a democracy. So the bottom line for Black-and-Gold fans is, where do the Saints go from here? Some are ready to close the window on the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era, but this run doesn’t have to suffer a crash landing. There are two very different ways of looking at the franchise’s future either. And like so many situations like this, reality will probably end up somewhere in the middle.
New Orleans has begun picking up the pieces. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday three current assistants are strong candidates to take over in Payton’s absence: Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced its plans.
We’ve heard ad nauseum from the New York Jets that, despite their trade for Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez definitely remains the team’s starting quarterback. Ok, that’s fine, but what does Tebow think? A report has surfaced that Tebow is heading to New York not intending to be a backup and thinks he can beat out Sanchez for the job. Oh, this is going to get good.
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