The Jolly Roger is expected to get a fat contract extension when the NFL owners meet this week in Phoenix. The fact is that he has earned it. Goodell has delivered on the only metric his bosses really care about—making mountains of money. This will be Roger’s fourth contract extension since he ascended to commissioner in 2006. It may also prove to be his final extension. Goodell is 64. Jerry Jones threw a very public stink and even threatened a lawsuit during Goodell’s 2017 contract extension talks. Lil’ Abner is expected to hold his peace and be a good boy this time.
The Panthers finally appear to have a clue—and a plan. I’ve been very impressed by their offseason acumen. Carolina, of course, holds the top pick in April’s draft, and will certainly take a quarterback. Panthers coach Frank Rich said Monday that he is not ruling out selecting former Alabama QB Bryce Young, despite Young’s lack of height and bulk. I think Reich is bluffing. Bryce Young is not a Frank Reich-style QB. I think it will be C.J. Stroud. Regardless, newly acquired Andy Dalton will be Carolina’s starter to open the season, and that makes perfect sense, something that has not always been associated with the Panthers. Landing veteran PROFESSIONAL receiver Adam Thielen was a savvy move as well. There’s progress in Panther Land.
It appears that now former Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz may have overplayed his hand in Dallas. He’s now a Houston Texan, after signing a one-year deal for nine mill on Monday. It was a good day for the Texans, who also landed free agent running Devin Singletary on a one-year $3.75 million contract. Singletary, who was the Bills’ lead RB last season, will be a nice complement for Dameon Pierce.
But do you really think Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil deserves to be the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league? I’m skeptical.
The more I think about the Cowboys’ acquisition of free agent receiver Brandin Cooks, the more fired up I get. Dallas has had a marvelous month of March.
Coach can be a sappy softy every now and then. I’m pulling for Baker Mayfield in Tampa. And I wish Cam Newton well as he tries to get back in the league after a one-year absence. Newton will throw today at the pro day of his alma mater, Auburn.
Magic Johnson has joined a group that reportedly is trying to buy the Washington Commanders. That’s fine with me. Somebody just please hurry up and get that franchise out Dan Snyder’s filthy hands.
“Congratulations,” St. John’s. Pitino is your problem now. Be careful what you wish for.
This isn’t just March Madness this year, in both the men’s and women’s tournaments. This is Chaos, and it’s fun!
Quite the finish Monday night in Miami as Japan walked off a 6-5 win over Mexico to advance to tonight’s WBC Final against Team USA. Yeah, I’ll take a peek. There’s a chance we could see Shohei Otani face Mike Trout late in the game with the championship on the line.