NFL is learning the hard way

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At one point in time the National Football League Players Association thought that an uncapped year would be a gold mine for the players.  Well players are learning the hard way that it is the complete opposite.

In addition to players whose contract expires that have less than six years of service losing their chance at unrestricted free agency, some of the veteran players are learning that an uncapped year was the worst thing possible.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, there are still a ton of solid veteran players that are still available.  Some of the names include linebacker Antonio Pierce, center Kevin Mawae, wide receiver Terrell Owens, and safety Ken Hamlin.

Some of them will be signed to fill holes that were not addressed in the draft, but not a lot as the main reason that many of them aren’t signed is due to the final eight plan that prevents the last eight teams eliminated in the playoffs from signing a unrestricted free agent until they lose one.

In the end, it is going to be a long offseason for these veterans.

Good night and good luck.

The Secrets to the Patriots drafting

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For many years now the National Football League world has been wondering what is the secret to the New England Patriots drafting. Well the secret is out now.

Most NFL teams when preparing for the draft have the names listed of every available player according to their grade by the team.

According to the Denver Post, via ProFootballTalk.com, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick uses a short board, which means he only has the players that fit the schemes on the board.

That is a brilliant thing to do as team in the NFL are always tempted to draft a player that falls in the draft, because of the value it would bring due to the grade of the player versus where the pick is.

The best example of that from the Buffalo Bills would be quarterback Trent Edwards as the Bills took him in the third round of the 2007 Draft due to that very scenario.

Several years later Edwards is not a good fit due to his passive persoanlity as the Bills need a quarterback who has a gun slinger mentality due to the weather.

In the end, its a copy cat league and the Bills would be smart for once to copy the Patriots.

Tebow’s stock is soaring

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Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is the most intriguing prospect in the upcoming National Football League Draft. Its to the point that Tebow’s stock has him soaring up draft boards.

After each visit with a team the head coach of the team would go on to rave about Tebow. Now, you can add Washinton Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

“Wherever he ends up playing he will do a good job. He is such a worker. How are you going to use him? How long will you give him to develop? He is such an athlete. You know he is going to work. Maybe you put him on special teams. He has the size of a linebacker or tight end. He is not afraid of hitting people. It’s a way to use him more and early on the 45-man roster. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that,” Shanahan said.

The Redskins don’t have a second round draft pick after they traded it to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That makes you wonder if there is a possibility that Shanahan will use the fourth overall pick on Tebow.

The only other major need the Redskins have is a left tackle as long time starter Chris Samuels just retired. However, that could bne addressed before the Draft as Redskins general manager Bruce Allen admitted in Sirus NFL Radio that he has had contract with Allen.

If the Redskins were to sign Allen Tebow would fit perfectly into their plans as he needs a couple of years to fix his throwing motion and other mechanics.

That would then allow McNabb to possibly play out the remaining years of his career as he will turn 34 years old in November and with his histroy of injuries he probably has four more years left.

In the end, the way it is going if the Bills want Tebow they have to do it at ninth overall if he is there.