Get an agent Duante

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Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper has acted as his own agent for a while now.  However, with the way things are going this offseason for him the man really needs an agent.

According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, via ProFootballTalk.com, Culpepper is making the rounds in Orlando, FL as he drove up from his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Last year for the Detroit Lions Culpepper was 89 for 157 for 56.7 percent throwing for 945 yards passing with three touchdowns and six interceptions in five starts and three more additional appearances.

Culpepper is far from the player that he was when he was the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.  That doesn’t mean though he couldn’t start for another National Football League team.

In the end, Culpepper will be on a roster come September as you can never have enough good quarterbacks.

Good night and good luck.

NFLPA executives are idiots

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The National Football League and television networks struck a new deal earlier this year and word broke out shortly after that the NFL would get money no matter if there is a season or not.   Ever since the National Football League Players Association has been complaining about it, which has gotten to the point where they are now looking like a bunch of idiots.

According to Peter King of SI.com, via ProFootballTalk.com, “Management has aligned with the networks,” said Mawae, the longtime NFL center, “and that concerns the players. It’s upsetting. If FOX and CBS and NBC, for instance, are going to finance the lockout, why should we give them free access to our players? We don’t get paid to do interviews for the networks. We don’t get paid to do production meetings. We are taking a hard look at our players’ availability for the networks that choose to pay the league in the event of a lockout.

First, the NFL has to repay the money back as the Networks are not going to just give the league free money.

Secondly, players already make enough money, so to boycott production meetings would only make them look greedy.  That would of course play right into the owners hand.

Finally, NFL fans are not idiots and can discern when someone is trying to pull the wool over them.

In the end, if looks like a pile of crap, smells like a pile of crap, and comes out of one of the NFLPA executive’s mouth it’s crap.

Is defenseless player rule good or bad?

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With National Football League owners meeting in Orlando, FL comes recommendations from from the Competition Committee.  One of those recommendations is standardize protection of defenseless players, which would include a defensive player being flagged for a 15 yard penalty if a teammate has a running back in the grasp.

The question is this rule good or bad?

The rule is good in the sense that defensive players cannot pile on and push a running back, wide receiver, or tight end backwards when a player’s forward progress is stopped.  Stopping running backs have gotten so out of control to the point that a group of defensive players will keep pushing back until the running back falls down.

The bad aspect of it is that if one of these offensive players that is carrying the ball becomes in the grasp of the defensive player the play will be whistled dead.  That means the ball carrier will not be allowed the chance to break free from the grasp of the defender, which occasionally happens.

The rule should be stated that a play will be called dead when a second defender comes within a certain distance, while in the grasp of a defender.  That will allow the ball carrier a chance to break free.

In the end, if this rule passes there will be many frustrating moments for NFL fans when ball carrier of their favorite team breaks free, and goes for a touchdown.

Help is coming for retired NFL players

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Lost in the fray of the National Football League ownership meetings is some good news for retired NFL players.  That being some help is finally on their way with the passage of the Health Care Bill in congress.

In the Health Care Bill people cannot be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions when applying.  That has been a major problem as health insurance companies for years have been denying retired football players for years due to preexisting conditions.

Of course upon seeing the passage of the bill I called one guy.  That being the one and only Joe Delamielleure who has been a tireless advocate of the retired players fight for better pensions and disability reform.

“I am hopeful, but there are still questions,” Joe said about the new bill in regards to the possibility.

The one thing that blew me away was the point that there are no doctors on the board that determines disability claims for former NFL players.  The board is comprised of agent Tom Condon, former Atlanta Falcon Jeff Van Note and former Chicago Bear safety Dave Duerson.

How can these men decipher medical records and figure out if a person is disabled or not when they have no background in the medical field.

There are former players that are only getting $100 a month.  One of them is Rich Saul who played in the NFL for 12 years and is only getting $131.

In the end, hopefully this is finally a step in the right direction as I myself know all too well the struggles of life after football with injuries.

Bills get in on the act

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NFL.com has been for a while now trying to figure out the top draft pick of all time.  That has in turn prompted the Buffalo Bills to create a micro-website to determine the teams All-Time draft picks, which will be revealed at a draft party April 22nd.

Bills fans have to choose 10 of the All-Time Bills draft picks, which are sorted out by round.

What Bills fans need to remember the site is geared toward who are the All-Time draft picks and not the All-Time Bills.  The reason being that when people are going through it Bills fans will be wondering where are tight end Pete Metzelaars and wide receiver Steve Tasker.

Those two players were not original draft picks by the Bills.  Metzelaars was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and Tasker was drafted by the Houston Oilers

As Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com pointed out the interesting aspect of this is the weighing of what round a player was selected in.  For example, former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Howard  Ballard was selected in the 11th round of the 1987 National Football League Draft and Ballard made two consecutive Pro Bowls in 1992 and 1993 when the Bills were in the midst of their four consecutive Superbowls, which is the reason he is on my list.

So, who were my other nine?

Those would be of course quarterback Jim Kelly, defensive end Bruce Smith, running back Thurman Thomas, outside linebacker Darryl Talley, offensive tackle Will Wolford, wide receiver Eric Moulds, guard Joe Delamielleure, defensive end Aaron Schobel, and wide receiver Lee Evans.

In the end, let the debate begin.