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The Jets Have Interest in Trading for Le’Veon Bell

Disgruntled star Le’Veon Bell has continued his holdout into Week 4 of the NFL season, and the Steelers have had enough. Pittsburgh has made it clear that they are not willing to give Bell the contract he desires, and have decided to explore possible trade options for their franchise player. Three teams appear to be in the running for the halfback, including the New York Jets.

The Jets haven’t had a star running back on their roster for some time now, and could be seeking to acquire Le’Veon to bolster their subpar offensive unit. Bell would undoubtedly uplift the organization’s run game as he is widely considered the best RB in the NFL when he is between the white lines. Bell is a three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro honoree, which only begins to describe his abilities on the football field. He is an extremely patient ball-handler who is able to wait for holes to open up in the opposing team’s defense and attack them with aggression. His combination of speed and elusiveness is unmatched.

If you’re a Jets fan, it’s hard to not get excited when you hear your favorite team is in the conversation for the league’s top running back, but I wouldn’t say it’s time to celebrate just yet. Although it is a possibility, Bell has publicly stated that it would take a lot of cash for him to come to New York. In an interview earlier in the year, he said he would have to receive at least $95 million to join Gang Green.

Whether Bell ends up sporting green and white remains to be seen but only time will tell where Le’Veon continues his already accomplished playing career.

 

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Teddy Bridgewater Traded to the Saints

After Sam Darnold showed signs of excellence in his preseason play for Gang Green, the Jets organization has shown a sign of faith in his abilities as a potential starter by trading away Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints.

The Jets will receive a third-round pick as compensation in the deal, which could go a long way for a franchise that is still trying to assemble a championship contender.

It’s always hard to hear that you have been traded, but Teddy found out he had been dealt in one of the most demoralizing ways possible. The team was on a bus on their way to Philadelphia when he was told he had been traded to New Orleans. At this point, the bus stopped and made him get off. He waved goodbye to his teammates and friends, and the team continued to their destination.

General manager Mike Maccagnan made a statement in regards to the trade, saying that “In his time with us, Teddy was the consummate professional, a great teammate and a tremendous leader. He worked diligently with our medical staff and made tremendous strides along the way. We wish him nothing but success in the future.”

While Bridgewater will remain a backup quarterback behind Drew Brees, the young quarterback could eventually become the 11-time Pro-Bowler’s successor as he will be turning 40 in a few months.

Bridgewater showed his potential early in his career while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his rookie campaign in 2014, the former first-round draft pick threw for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns. This display of proficiency was recognized by many and led to him being named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. He would continue on his path to success in 2015 when he connected on another 14 touchdowns and added 3,231 yards to his career total, earning him a spot on the Pro-Bowl roster. However, an ACL injury left him sidelined for an extended period in 2016 which would eventually make him lose favor in the eyes of the Vikings’ coaching staff, opting to start Sam Bradford and Case Keenum at the quarterback position for the next two seasons.

Now, he will have a chance to get back on track as he heads to NOLA and has the utmost confidence that he will once again be a force to be reckoned with on the football field. “I’m very confident,” said Bridgewater. “I’m confident in myself, confident in the athletic training staff and the coaching staff here that they can eventually get me back to the player I once was.”

 

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Pay Day Coming Soon for OBJ

The Giants have been trying to work out a contract extension with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for some time now, but they have had no success in ironing out the details. This didn’t worry OBJ though, who noted on his Twitter account that “Timing is everything.”

It appears that time is now, as reports indicate that the two parties have “made progress on what is expected to be a record-breaking contract.” It is expected that the specific details of this deal will be done by the time the regular season is underway.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans is currently the league’s highest-paid wideout in terms of guaranteed cash after signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal, and Antonio Brown leads the NFL with a compensation of $17 million annually, but that appears to be chump change to ODB. “I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid, period,” said Beckham.

Odell Beckham Jr. has been the No. 1 wide receiver for the New York Giants for some time now. Despite being limited to four games last season with a nagging ankle injury, he is been extremely effective in his three years prior. In each of his first three seasons in the NFL, Beckham totaled 1,300+ yards and reached double-digit totals in the touchdown department. His best season as a pro came in 2015 when he finished with an astounding 1,450 yards on 96 receptions, including being responsible for thirteen trips to the end zone. He also experienced the longest reception of his career, an 87-yard masterpiece.

His numbers this early in his career are unprecedented not only within the Giants organization but the entire National Football League. He is the fastest player to reach 250 career receptions (38 games), 4,000 career receiving yards (42 games) and has the most receiving yards of any wideout in his first two NFL seasons with 2,744. The list goes on.

What he has been able to accomplish in his first few seasons as a pro is nothing short of amazing. In addition to being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, he is also a three-time Pro-Bowler and two-time Second-Team All-Pro. Keep in mind that Beckham is still only 25 years old. Although he hasn’t played in a preseason game yet, he reminded fans across the country why he is considered to be elite during the New York Giants minicamp.

If you are still questioning whether or not OBJ deserves the kind of contract he is seeking, I challenge you to take a look at the following video and name another player on planet Earth that could make this catch:

If and when Odell returns to full form, Saquon Barkley and himself will likely keep NFL coaches and players up at night wondering if it is even possible to slow this duo down.

 

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Jets Have Interest in Disgruntled DE Khalil Mack

Once upon a time, the New York Jets had one of the best defenses in the NFL. It appears as though they will try to climb their way back to the top by attempting to acquire Khalil Mack.

Mack is not happy with his current contract situation which is why he has been holding out of the Raiders, and several NFL teams have contacted them to gauge a potential trade opportunity, including Gang Green. He is looking for a number north of $20 million a year, an unprecedented dollar amount for a non-quarterback.

While there are obstacles that are blocking a potential deal from being made, Mack could undoubtedly help any team in pursuit of a productive season. He is one of the best rushers that football has to offer, totaling 36.5 sacks in the last three years in Oakland.

His resume speaks for itself. Mack is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time Pro-Bowler, and 2-time First Team All-Pro. What is even more impressive is that in his four years in the NFL, he has yet to miss a single game, a testament to his durability and commitment to winning football games.

The Jets are clearly looking to find a quality pass rusher as they have also expressed interest in Dante Fowler Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have ranked in the bottom 5 in sacks in each of the past two seasons, but getting Mack in the mix would change that rather quickly.

 

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The Jets Will Work Out Kicker Kai Forbath

The Jets are looking to add depth at the kicker position. Correspondingly, they will host former Minnesota Viking Kai Forbath for a workout.

Forbath was released by the Vikings on August 20th after he lost his job to Daniel Carlson. Since he joined the team in 2016, he has connected on 47-of-53 field goals, an 89% success rate. It is also worth noting that half of his misses during those two seasons came on field goal attempts from 50+ yards out. Last year, he even made a 53-yard field goal which was the longest of his career since he was a Saint in 2015.

The placekicker had an excellent start to his career, setting an NFL record by hitting on his first 17 field goal attempts. He carried his ability to perform over from the college setting, where he became the first UCLA player to ever split the uprights 5 times from 50+ yards. Furthermore, he received several recognitions during his time at school, including being honored as an All-American, Second Team All-Pac-10 three times, and being given the Lou Groza Award.

He could act as an insurance policy as the Jets apparently don’t have faith in their current players at that position. New York had two kickers on the roster in Cairo Santos and Taylor Bertolet before picking up Jason Myers off waivers, but they aren’t willing to rest until they find the right man for the job.

 

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Saquon Barkley Decides to Leave Roc Nation for CAA

Saquon Barkley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has left Roc Nation for marketing purposes in favor of the Creative Arts Agency. However, Roc Nation will still represent the former Maxwell Award Finalist in NFL contract negotiations and other football matters.

Roc Nation, founded by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, helped Barkley secure a four-year, fully guaranteed $31.2 million rookie deal with the New York Giants in July following his selection by the organization in the draft. A significant portion of that money, $20.8 million to be exact, came as a signing bonus after rigorous negotiation by the agency.

The CAA is home to some big names in the business, including superstars like Julio Jones, J.J. Watt, and DeAndre Hopkins. They have also represented plenty of accomplished players who are now retired such as Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and David Beckham. These guys certainly saw their fair share of money during their playing careers, and Barkley appears to be following in their footsteps.

This is not to knock the reputation of Roc Nation though. They also have some above average clients like Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley, and Robinson Cano.

Although Barkley has just started his NFL career, he is by all means destined for stardom. On just the first carry of his rookie season, he gave Giants fans a glimpse into the future of things to come.

Barkley’s decision to team up with the CAA will likely give him the best of both worlds as Roc Nation will use their expertise to maximize his earning potential while the CAA maintains his image and reputation both on and off the playing field.

 

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Jalen Simmons Suffers Concussion in Win Over Lions

Jalen Simmons, a running back from South Carolina State University, suffered a concussion during the Giants’ preseason win over the Detroit Lions and was immediately placed on concussion protocol. He left the game with eleven yards on six attempts.

He took a knee to the head which caused him to hit the ground hard, unable to move his upper body as he fell to the turf. However, he was still able to move his legs as trainers rushed to his aid.

Eventually, Simmons was able to rise to his feet and walk off the field (slowly) as fans applauded the running back for his toughness.

He has been very effective at times during the 2018 NFL preseason. In Week 1 vs. the Cleveland Browns, Simmons totaled 38 yards on seven carries, including a rather impressive eleven yard rush in the process. He also managed to punch the ball through the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, this injury could not have come at a worse time for Simmons as he attempts to earn a roster spot with the Giants. New York currently has six running backs on their roster, including two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley and 2015 Pro-Bowl halfback Jonathon Stewart. These two are basically guaranteed roster spots along with two-time Second Team All-ACC honoree Wayne Gallman, leaving very little wiggle room for Simmons to squeeze his way onto the team by the time the regular season rolls around. After sustaining this injury, he will lose valuable time to prove his worth to the organization.

Hopefully, Simmons will recover quickly and get back to the field before its too late.

 

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