Daily News Live: Tebow signs in Philly

The Daily News Live panel discusses Tim Tebow getting a second chance in the NFL with Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.


Bears dealing Marshall to Jets more about money than makeup

USATSI_8030723_110579513_lowresThe Chicago Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets this offseason had more to do with money than his makeup, according to reporter Kristian Dyer (April 20).

“A source on the Bears, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells Metro New York that Marshall was not shipped off the to the land of the green and white because of any character concerns. Rather, the source said, ‘it was money, pure money,'” Dyer wrote.

Last season, Marshall had 61 receptions for 721 yards and eight touchdowns and multiple injuries, including two broken ribs and a collapsed lung Dec. 4 in a loss to the Cowboys. It was the first time in eight seasons Marshall did not have 1,000 receiving yards.

Marshall also reportedly had a contentious relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler as the Bears’ season imploded under former coach Marc Trestman, who was fired and replaced by John Fox. The Tribune reported Marshall also had a confrontation with kicker Robbie Gould and took to Twitter to challenge Lions center Dominic Raiola and a Detroit fan to fights.

This would be third time Marshall (6 foot 4, 230 pounds) has been traded in his 10-year career. Denver traded him to the Dolphins for two second-round picks in 2010. The Bears acquired him in 2012. New Jets coach Todd Bowles was a Dolphins assistant while Marshall was with Miami.

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It is not outside of reason to think that Marshall was traded because of some of his baggage, but the stuff Marshall does now compared to who he was when he entered the league is night and day.  And for a team who took him on after some ugly incidents in Miami, sparring with the team’s kicker is not going to get Marshall given a one-way ticket out of town.  It always had to be something else.

With the Bears under new management, it makes sense that they had to make some decisions about the cap.  Due to Jay Cutler’s $29 million cap number (yes you read that right) Marshall became a casualty who could actually recoup them something in a trade.  While the Bears clearly preferred to rid themselves of Jay Cutler, they had to make do by trading Marshall and cutting players like Roberto Garza since there were no takers on the exorbitantly priced Jay Cutler.

WR Breshad Perriman visiting Jets

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Perriman has been rocketing up draft boards over the last month since he ran a scorching 4.25 second 40 time at his Pro Day.  Perriman has that rare combination of size (6’2″, 215 pounds) and top-end speed with suddenness to break off defenders that are possessed by the top receivers in the NFL.  While Perriman has shown some inconsistency with drops during his time in college, it might be overblown and it can be argued that Perriman is a “discount” version of WVU WR Kevin White.

Perriman’s physical traits big play skillset should will likely drive him higher than anyone expected just three months ago.  Drafting him at number six overall would be perceived as a reach, but no more than drafting Bud Dupree should there be a run of skill players before the Jets pick and many of the “top” DE/OLBs are sitting at the top of the Jets board.  I would expect the Jets would feel much more comfortable drafting a player like Perriman after the top ten, which means normal due diligence before the team would feel comfortable trading back and making such a selection.  While Perriman might go earlier than expected a few months ago, it shouldn’t overly deter teams from drafting a potential playmaker like him at some point the first round.

Tebow to sign with Eagles

USATSI_6412976_110579513_lowresTim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn’t been finalized.

Tebow hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.

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Jets Nation: Trading up in Draft

The Jets Nation panel debates whether or not the Jets should trade up in the draft for a chance at landing Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.

ICYMI: TJB Podcast — Trader Jets

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett continue their road to the NFL Draft. This week, they fire up the TJB Trade Maker (17:40), which sets up five different deals in which the Jets trade out of the 6th spot. From up, down, and all around — the guys break it down.

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Updated 4/18: Podcast re-cut due to ending too soon on the last version.

BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Running Backs

Welcome to the 11th instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ve been sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered safeties, but today we move on to the running back position.

After the jump, I’ll be considering whether the Jets have a need at this position and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class. (Note: This does not include fullbacks, which were considered along with tight ends a few weeks ago).

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