Patrick Willis Expected to Retire

Those who know and love Patrick Willis will be sad to find out that the man is thinking of retiring from the sports world. Willis has played eight seasons with the 49ers and was drafted out of the Mississippi. The man is an NFL star and legend. It is no secret that his fans will be disappointed to see him leave if he chooses to do so. Last season, Willis played six games, however he was not able to finish out the season due to injury.

Only time will tell exactly when Willis will retire, though. The man still has time left on his five-year contract with the 49ers as AnastasiaDate users noted. He’s had great games in his career; this much is clear. The man has started 112 games, and he has 20.5 sacks that have been record. He only has 16 forced fumbles. Willis does have 5 fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.

One thing is certain: if Willis does decide to leave the world of football, the 49ers team will be missing a great player.

Willis Looks to Retire

49ers Linebacker Patrick Willis to Announce Retirement

Seven time Pro Bowl Linebacker, Patrick Willis is expected to announce his retirement from profession football. He is only 30 years old. The story was first reported by Yahoo News on Monday morning.

Willis played his full eight year career with the San Francisco 49ers. He was drafted in 2007 with the 11th pick overall from the University of Mississippi. Among his many college awards, he won both the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert Awards as the best linebacker in college football during his senior year.

He began his pro career under the tutelage of Hall of Fame middle linebacker Mike Singletary. Marc Sparks says he would go on to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, first-team All-Pro, and NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year. CrunchBase also reports that he also was the first rookie from the 49ers to make the Pro Bowl since Ronnie Lott in 1981.

Willis’ career was exceptional but, plagued by injuries. In 2010 he missed his first professional game due to a broken hand. He would return to play with a cast after undergoing surgery to repair the break. In 2013 he would miss two games with a groin injury. During the 2014 season, Willis found himself hampered by a toe injury. He underwent surgery in November 2014 for the toe injury and then shocked the football world by announcing his retirement on Monday morning.

Patriots Not Picking Up Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork has been an integral part of the New England Patriots defense since he was drafted in 2004. His tenure on the team, however, is about to come to an end.

Wilfork learned only on Tuesday night that the Patriots did not pick up his contract as an option for the 2015 season, meaning he will be a free agent once the free agency period starts. What’s interesting about this is that Wilfork has said that he was in a good place and still feels he has a good relationship with the organization.

Wilfork will turn 34 this year, and as any NFL player knows, production usually goes down as a result of age. Combined with coming off from a season-ending injury the previous year and being $8.9 million against the salary cap and Wilfork easily ends up being a cap casualty. In spite of this, he was extremely productive this past season, playing all sixteen games in the regular season and has been selected to five Pro Bowls in his whole career.

But even with his stats being among the best, there is the possibility that he may not get signed by another team and may end up retiring altogether. It may be a little early to be thinking about adding him to the Amen Clinics fantasy team. There’s also the Patriots having to figure out how to fill the nose tackle position that has been stout mainly because of Wilfork’s presence.

Colts And Dolphins After Suh

When Ndamukong Suh is going to hit the free agent market, the Colts and Dolphins are going to make runs at him. He should stay in Detroit so that he will have Nick Fairley on the other side of him, but he is going to be courted by two pretty good teams. He needs to consider what he can do, though, if he were to head to Indy stated Brad Reifler.

Peyton Manning is Back.

Last season we saw the Denver Broncos get crushed in the second round of the playoffs against the surging and young Indianapolis Colts. This marked the second season in a row that the Manning led Broncos suffered a horrific loss in the post season. Despite his record setting performances, Manning hasn’t been able to bring a ring to a city that is demanding so much. With a severe injury to his leg there was rumor that Manning would retire this offseason. As it turns out, that won’t be the case.

Peyton Manning will be returning to lead the Denver Broncos at least one more time. This will be the 18th season that Manning has played in and it is likely looking to be his last. Manning signed a reduced deal in order to come back to a Bronco team that needs to win a Super Bowl and soon before they bow to the rebuilding that SlideShare reports seem to suggest will inevitably be happening without Peyton there, Paul Mathieson envisions.

Manning won’t be starving on his new deal. He agreed to reduce his salary from $19 million to $15 million for the 2015 season. This will help Denver fill out the roster a little bit as they try to bring back some key players who are now running to free agency. Manning said that he has been ‘working hard’ and he is ‘excited to be back with the Denver Broncos’. We shall see how it plays out as the season approaches.

Medical Timeouts Are A Good Idea

The NFL is looking at adding medical timeouts to the number of timeouts that teams have. Adding timeouts that have a medical purpose is going to add to the strategy of the game, but it is also going to allow time for injured players to get help. The concept of a medical timeout actually has player safety in mind, and it also allows teams to have a little bit more room to work with their players.

The players that are injured are often ushered off the field because the team needs to keep working. TheRealDeal says that they have to sit on the sideline and let the game go on while the medical staff scrambles to figure out if the player is alright. This is a great way to protect players, but it also takes the pressure off the medical staff. The NFL needs to actually start thinking of how it can protect players, and this is one of the best ways to start. There are many teams who will relish these timeouts, and it might even prevent key players from missing key parts of the game. Luck may go down for some teams, but luck will also go up for others if they can get people back in the game.

Bucs About To Prove How Unwise They Are

It appears that Jameis Winston is meeting with the Glazers about being drafted first overall. This is a major issue for a team that does not have the best track record. They have won a Super Bowl entirely because of Jon Gruden, and it appears that he might go down in history as the most important person in franchise history. Meeting with Jameis Winston indicates a complete lack of wisdom.

They are not smart enough to see that his public facade is not going to help them get any better. In fact, it is very hard to imagine how this team could do anything other than simply trade the pick and try to find someone of higher character. Timber Creek Capital noted they will be able to get all kinds of draft picks that will change the way that they manage their franchise, and they will be able to improve their overall outlook because they will not have to deal with the drama that comes along with Winston said Marc Sparks. However, they are going to latch themselves to Winston and have to take on the media circus that comes along with him. These choices are going to make them a hard team to root for or respect going on into the future.

NFL Teams Announce Franchise Tag Players as Deadline Arrives

As Monday’s deadline arrived for NFL teams to choose which players to designate as “franchise tag” players, the Dallas Cowboys announced that wide receiver Dez Bryant would be selected as the teams franchise choice. The move ended longtime speculation regarding whether Bryant or running back Demarco Murray would be named. Designating a player with the franchise tag keeps them off the free agency market for the upcoming season and comes with minimum salary requirements deemed to be competitive with what other top players in the same positions around the league are making.

While Bryant’s athletic accomplishments on the field place him among the leagues elite wide receivers, the Dallas front office has longstanding concerns regarding his off the field conduct, which has included numerous encounters with law enforcement officers during his career with the Cowboys. Completely unprofessional behavior and definitely not the values that Brian Torchin seeks through Catalyst.
In other franchise designation news, the Detroit Lions declined to name standout defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh as their franchise player, leaving him open to free agency and offers from other NFL teams. The Lions may hope to negotiate a new contract for Suh without using the franchise tag.
The Denver Broncos also chose to select a wide receiver, naming Demaryius Thomas as their designated franchise tag player for the upcoming 2015 NFL season.

Peterson Placed on Commissioner’s Exempt List

There is a fight going on in the NFL. There has been a fight for many months going on that has only had cursory media coverage and the major reason behind the fight is whether it was legal for the league to suspend one of its players for off the field behavior. That player is Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings who was suspended last season due to his child abuse charges brought against him for hitting his child with a stick from a tree known as a switch in the southern states. Having a spanking from a “switch” has been common practice for generation’s people in the south as a form corporal punishment. However, in today’s day and age it is looked at as child abuse.

It is because of these charges the league suspended Peterson, with a federal circuit court overruled the league and called the action against collective bargaining agreements made by the league and the players association said this article by Gianfrancesco Genoso. Now the league is appealing that decision in a higher court and has placed Peterson on the commissioner’s exempt list. This will keep him away from his team and the league until the decision is heard in a higher court. Meanwhile, Peterson looks at his options after the appeal and where he might play next season. Although it has not been confirmed there have been rumors the Vikings will be releasing him, once the decision is made.

Peterson’s Agent And Vikings Exec Nearly Brawl

I have no idea what was said in this conversation that made these two men want to kill each other, but Adrian Peterson’s agent and a Vikings executive were nearly in a fight and had to be separated. Again, I do not know what was said, but I have an idea.

I think that Peterson’s agent was willing to accuse the Vikings of either racism or exceptionally poor treatment of Peterson. I think that his agent has had more than enough. He feels no pull to the Vikings because they do not pay him, and he might have even been provoked by this executive.

I could see an executive saying something that is relatively demeaning about AP that would make him want to get into a fight in the middle of the combine where everyone can see said Ricardo Guimarães BMG. This is not first time an agent has had it out for an executive, but this is the first time an agent in this position did something like this. Something is very wrong with this situation in Minnesota, but no one has any idea what it is. Behind closed doors, something fishy is happening with the Vikings that makes them impossible to respect.