By: Alex Kamel
February 27-March 5th
The NFL Combine in Indianapolis
The NFL combine is going to be very interesting this year. We will see talented college athletes, such as Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, and the rest of the NFL prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Deadline for Franchise Tagging Players
The franchise tag is something a team may apply to a player who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Although this is great for a team that wants to hold onto a player they might not retain, it is sometimes hated by the players. Every year there is at least one player that tries a hold out on signing the franchise tag because they wanted to go into free agency or wanted a bigger contract. This year’s victim could be Kirk Cousins because they would rather trade him away then to just let him go into free agency
The New League Year Begins…Free agency begins
Free agency is absolutely NUTS! The players get to choose if they want to go to a ‘contending’ team, or to just grab as much money from a team as they can. The free agency and the draft are correlated because whatever needed positions that were not addressed in free agency will be focused on in the draft.
The Annual Meetings Take Place in Orlando, Florida
The catch rule has been the biggest problem this NFL season. It ended up costing the Pittsburgh Steelers the #1 spot in the AFC and could have completely changed the layout of the playoffs. Roger Goddell has openly spoken about changing the rule and it will be revisited in Orlando.
The NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium
The draft is arguably the best part of the NFL offseason, especially this year. There are three quarterbacks that are projected to go in the top 10 and an NFL ready running back in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. Another year of the NFL draft another year of the Browns having about 10 picks in the first couple of rounds. Let’s hope at least one of their draft picks works out for them at this point.
The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Jerry Kramer, Bobby Beathard, and Robert Brazile. This Hall of Fame Class is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I miss the days of the thumper linebackers such as Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. I am ready to run through a brick wall every time Ray Lewis gives any kind of motivational speech, so I am sure his Hall of Fame speech will be legendary.
OPENING NIGHT OF THE NFL SEASON
The moment we are all waiting for… ONLY 7 MONTHS LEFT TILL KICKOFF!
So, there it is. Mark all these dates on your calendar because this is all we can hold on to until the NFL season comes back.
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