Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Brandon Marshall On The Move

According to FOXSports.com Jay Glazer the Miami Dolphins traded wideout Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. The Bears will send a pair of third-round picks to the Dolphins for 2012 and 2013.

The move will reunite Marshall with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler where they paired together with the Denver Broncos before both were traded.

The Dolphins who like Marshall as a player but were fed up with his attitude and behavior at times. In Miami he averaged 83 receptions and and 4.5 touchdowns in two seasons.

The Bears hope with a healthy Cutler and a motivated Marshall they can replicate his numbers in Denver averaging 103 receptions and over 8 touchdowns a season.

Marshall is set to make $27 million over the next three seasons and the move saves Miami $5.8 million

From The Sports Mind Of RB:
Marshall has immense talent and everyone knows that but this is his third team since being drafted in 2006. At some point his talent has to do more of the talking then he does. Now with Cutler he probably has a quarterback he could believe in.

Randy Moss Unretired?

The San Francisco 49ers have decided to sign free agent Randy Moss to a one-year deal. Moss who retired before the start of last season worked out with the team before being signed to the contract.

The six-time Pro Bowler said of the move to come out of retirement "It was a no-brainer for me. I'm very passionate about what I do."

Moss last played for the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans before being cut by the Titans back during the 2010-2011 season. Those who watched Moss workout said he looked great and were blown away by his speed.

The 49ers heading into the off-season had a glaring need for a deep threat wide receiver after losing in the NFC Championship game in which one pass was completed to a wideout.

"We are pleased to add a player with Randy's wealth of experience to our receiving corps," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

Moss ranks 5th in receiving yards, 5th in touchdowns and 3rd in receiving touchdowns all-time in NFL history.

From The Sports Mind Of RB:
The 49ers definitely needed help at wide receiver but I hope they don't think Moss will be the answer. His last season in the league was not that good. And what happens if the team gets off to a bad start, will he just mope and quit? The Niners are taking a gamble but hope it will pay off in the end.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Play Of The Week

I didn't think I would ever see this. I did not seem real until the replay was shown on the Jumbotron. Blake Griffin was blocked by Kris Humphries but what made it more impressive was that it was on an alley hoop. I don' think Griffin has ever been blocked in his life and if he has I want video footage. This game just gave me goosebumps all over.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rubio Goes Down, As Timberwolves Try To Look Forward

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has suffered an apparent ACL tear to his left knee thus ending his rookie campaign.

Rubio was averaging over 10 points per game, 8.2 assists while shooting 36% from the field in 41 games this season, starting 31 of them. The 21-year-old suffered the injury in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

His tenure with the Wolves did not get off to a great start after being drafted 5th overall back in June of 2009. He elected to play for his club team in his native Spain for two years before making the jump to the NBA this season.

The team will look to veterans Luke Ridnour and JJ Barea to pick up the point guard duties in his absence. The injury will also end his participation with the Spanish team in the Olympics this summer.

The Timberwolves have been a resurgent team this season as they are only a half game out of the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference at 21-20.

From The Sports Mind Of RB:
This just sucks for the Timberwolves and Rubio. He has played well this season and the it was looking like a playoff spot was within reach. They still have a shot to make it but now the the energy is definitely not the same.

Super Bowl Champion One Day, Released The Next

The New York Giants have decided to part ways with running back Brandon Jacobs releasing him on Friday. Jacobs was slated to make close to $5 million this upcoming season.

As a 4th round pick out of Southern Illinois Jacobs was drafted to be a change of pace back to Tiki Barber's elusive running style. Jacobs was not only known for his menacing presence at a hulking 6'4'' and 256 pounds but also for his brash attitude. He got into an on-field argument during a Giants win over the New York Jets this past season with head coach Rex Ryan, who is also known for not holding his tongue.

General manger Jerry Reese said on the Giants website "Brandon has truly been a great Giant, ...we don't know what the future holds for Brandon, but we wish only the very best for him and his family."

In 7 seasons with the team Jacobs played in 100 games with over 4800 rushing yards with 56 touchdowns and 80 receptions for 730 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is first in franchise history for rushing touchdowns, fourth in yards and fifth in attempts.

Coach Tom Coughlin said of Jacobs via the Giants website “He always did what was in the best interest of team. No matter what you asked him to do, he performed and played in whatever role we asked him to perform. He really was a team player." Coughlin is alluding to Jacobs not only restructuring his deal last off-season to help resign fellow back and close friend on the team Ahmad Bradshaw but also sharing carries with him.

The 29-year-old Jacobs helped the Giants win two Super Bowls, both against the New England Patriots. Last season in 14 games he rushed for 573 yards and 7 touchdowns and started a handful of games down the stretch when Bradshaw missed time with a foot injury.

Jacobs expressed interest in returning  to Big Blue but the two sides could not work out a deal. Jacobs said on the team's website “It’s been a great ride, it’s a great organization, a standup organization. I had fun. Won two Super Bowls here. I accomplished a lot in my career as a professional athlete here. That’s it. It’s been a good ride. Time to move on.”

From The Sports Mind Of RB:
I had a love hate relationship as a Giants fan with Brandon Jacobs. I saw him as a back that could destroy linebackers and defensive backs who tried to tackle him but that was not always the case. He had issues with fumbling and I felt that he should have been a better back then he was. But with all that said thank you for the memories and good luck to you as you move on.