With the hiring of new head coach Jon Gruden, many fans in Oakland were expecting a change. Taking a look at the social media comments by some Raiders players and some in Raider Nation, I’m not so sure that they were expecting this kind of change.
Saturday morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) sent shockwaves throughout Raider Nation when he was first to report the news that the Raiders and Bears were finalizing a deal that would send Mack to the Bears.
The consensus from Raider Nation was that the move made the Raiders worse, not better.
Reports are the Bears are giving up two 1st round picks to acquire the all-star pass rusher from Oakland. The NFL rumor mill is buzzing with news that the Raiders never even tried to negotiate with Mack. A trade for the 27-year old has reportedly been the plan for the Gruden-led Raiders since February. Khalil Mack had 10.5 sacks and 78 tackles last season. He had 11 sacks and 73 tackles in ’16, and 15 sacks and 77 tackles in ’15. It’s pretty hard for me to see how any two first round picks will make up for this type of consistent production this season. Maybe the Raiders are looking toward the future and planning to tank this season? What do you think?
WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have reached an agreement on a new deal for the all-star receiver. OBJ and the Giants reportedly agreed on a 5-year $95 million max contract. ESPN (@espn) reported, $65 million of that is guaranteed money. The staggering amount of guaranteed money is enough to make anyone say “Damn!” I agree….but I’m also saying damn for a whole different reason.
As a Philadelphia Eagles fan it’s my duty to stay in tune with the “haps” in the NFC East. The Giants have always been an issue for me, even during seasons they were bad. The Giants have always had a very strange habit of coming out of nowhere and making some major noise in the division. A happy (and paid) OBJ can become a huge problem for the NFC East and probably the rest of the league too. Even with the “human trash can”, that is Eli Manning throwing him the ball, OBJ is a major threat. He can single-handedly make the Giants offense extremely dangerous. A guy with Becham’s skill set doesn’t necessarily need the ball in his hands to make a difference. Defenses need to double team OBJ on practically every play. This leaves one-on-one’s all over the field. Even Eli “The Trash Man” Manning will find it difficult to f*ck that up!
Make no mistake about it, the Giants are a team we need to keep our eyes on this season. OBJ has always put up BIG numbers, especially against us. Most of this happened when he was upset or unhappy about one thing or another. Imagine a healthy, focused, and most importantly, happy OBJ out there on Sundays. So, Congrats to OBJ and the New York Giants on the huge deal, but this could turn out to be a bigger deal for the rest of the NFC East….and not in a good way!
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tyler Honeycutt, who was a standout player at UCLA and had a short stint in the NBA after being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, was found dead in his home of what police say was an apparent suicide, after he engaged the police in a brief shootout.
TMZ (@tmz) reports, officers were called to Honeycutt’s home in Sherman Oaks by a woman who said Honeycutt had been acting erratically. That woman turned out to be Honeycutt’s mother. Police went to Honeycutt’s home at around 5pm on Friday evening to check on the 27-year old. Upon arrival, Honeycutt reportedly opened fire on the police. Cops reportedly fired back, but did not hit Honeycutt with any of the shots fired. Honeycutt barricaded himself inside of the home for hours. SWAT finally entered the home early Saturday morning and found Honeycutt inside and unresponsive. The Fire Department declared Honeycutt dead at the scene.
LAPD reported that Honeycutt had not been hit by any police gunfire in the shootout with the police, but did say his injuries “were consistent with a self-inflicted wound.” No cops were hit in the brief shootout either. Police say they recovered a weapon at the scene.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Just three days after Lebron James announced that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Lakers and hitting the free agency market, the King has reportedly signed on to join the LA Lakers. News of the signing broke by multiple sports outlets this evening. The sports agency that represents James reportedly put out a press release and the news took off like a wildfire. James’ team reportedly met with the 76ers just this afternoon. The meeting was likely just a formality as James had likely made up his mind to play in LA next season awhile ago. With James going to LA and Paul George resigning with the Thunder, the only big news left in NBA free agency is where will Kawhi Leonard land? I expect we will find out shortly. I expect the Lakers to be making a move to grab another big free agent signing. I’m pretty sure Lebron didn’t go to LA just to have to carry another team full of misfits and undesirables. He could’ve stayed in Cleveland if he wanted to do that again.