‪Will we see any last minute trades? #NFL #NFLDraft2018

The week of the NFL Draft is finally here! The first round begins on Thursday, April 26th. There’s been a lot of speculation about who might trade their picks. The Giants, Browns, Bills, Broncos, and Patriots are just a few teams rumored to be looking to make a draft day trade. While teams might be tempted to make a trade in the draft, they may be better off staying put.

Trading a pick comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Trading up requires a team to give up picks now and in the future, which they could use to build their team. On the other hand, it could allow a team to get a player who can change their franchise. Trading down can get a team more picks, but they might not get a player who makes as big of an impact. Then there’s staying put. A team might choose to roll with what they’ve got and wait patiently. Sometimes it pays off if a player falls, but a team could jump up in front of them and select a player they wanted.

I’ve gone through the draft order and considered what each team needs and who they could be targeting. With those things in mind, I’ve indicated if I think each team should trade up, trade down, or stay with the pick (or picks) they have in the first round.

1. CLEVELAND BROWNS – STAY

For the Browns to get the quarterback they want in this draft, they have to stay at number one overall. It may be enticing for them to acquire more picks, but they’ve been acquiring picks for years now and it’s time to finally use them. They’ve had a productive offseason building the team, so their draft picks this year should be used to continue building now instead of later.

2. NEW YORK GIANTS – STAY

If the reports are correct, the Giants are in love with Saquon Barkley and he’s at the top of their draft board. Barkley would give the Giants a running game they have desperately needed for a long time. Trading out of this spot would put them at risk of not getting Barkley. They likely won’t trade with a team within the top 10. If they trade down that far, Barkley will be long gone by then.

3. NEW YORK JETS – STAY

The Jets traded up to number three to get a quarterback. There’s no reason for them to trade up or down now. Trading to number three indicates they like at least three quarterbacks in this draft because of the possibility of the Browns and Giants drafting one. If that’s true, they should wait and grab the quarterback they want at number three overall.

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS – STAY

This is a popular trade spot in the draft, but I think the Browns should keep this pick. They have a chance to get another top prospect to build their team. As mentioned with their first pick, they’ve been getting picks for years and it’s time to finally use them. Get one of the top talents in the draft like DE Bradley Chubb or DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. Don’t be tempted to continue trading because you can get more picks. More draft picks won’t help you win if you don’t use them.

5. DENVER BRONCOS – STAY

This is another popular trade spot in which I think the team should stay put. If Denver is going to get a long term quarterback, they’ll want to make sure they get the guy they want. Moving down to 12 or 15 or wherever, they likely won’t get the guy they want and possibly not a long term quarterback at all. If they don’t go quarterback, they can get one of the top talents in the draft instead of risking not being able to when the pick they trade for rolls around.

6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – TRADE DOWN

The Colts have already traded down once in this draft, going from three to six. Trading down again would benefit this team because they need a lot of talent. Acquiring more draft picks, especially early round picks, would allow the Colts to build a better team around Andrew Luck.

7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – STAY

I believe the Buccaneers should stay in this spot because they need help in the secondary and have the opportunity to get one of the best secondary players in the draft at this spot. Whether that player is Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward, or Derwin James, the player they could get here will have elite potential.

8. CHICAGO BEARS – STAY

A similar reason to why I think the Buccaneers should stay, the Bears have needs they need to fill. Those needs should be filled by the best player available. The Bears could go secondary, offensive line, or linebacker here. Whichever way they choose to go, the Bears can get an elite prospect with pick eight.

9. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – STAY

Despite having the number nine pick in the draft, the 49ers are looking pretty good going into next season. They finished the season strong last year after having a terrible start. By staying put at number nine, the 49ers can get one of the better players in the draft who can help them continue to build on last seasons late success.

10. OAKLAND RAIDERS – STAY

Oakland needs a lot of help on the defense and can get a player like Roquan Smith or Derwin James at pick 10. Because they need so much help on defense, they should go with the best defensive player on the board instead of trading back.

11. MIAMI DOLPHINS – STAY

I originally had the Dolphins as trade up, but then I changed them to stay because I believe someone they’re targeting will be available here. I believe Miami wants a quarterback, and although there’s going to be an early run on the quarterbacks, one should be on the board when they pick. I think Josh Rosen will fall, which is great for the Dolphins because they seem to like Rosen a lot.

12. BUFFALO BILLS – TRADE UP

We all know the Bills want a quarterback. Who that quarterback is remains to be fully known, but whoever it is, they’re probably going to have to trade up to get him. Having the 22nd pick in addition to pick 12 sets the Bills up nicely to be able to trade up, which I think they’ll be able to do on draft day.

13. WASHINGTON REDSKINS – STAY

Defensive line, corner, and offensive line are some of the Redskins top needs heading into the draft. Looking at mock drafts, the players projected to go before the Redskins pick mostly aren’t those positions. The top players at the Redskins positions of need will still be available when they’re on the clock.

14. GREEN BAY PACKERS – STAY

A similar situation to the Redskins, the Packers will have some of the top players available at their positions of need when their pick comes around. They could grab one of the top receivers, a top corner, or one of the top offensive lineman. Really any position that isn’t quarterback or linebacker will have a top player available based on what I’ve seen in mocks.

15. ARIZONA CARDINALS – TRADE UP

Having Sam Bradford will be good for the offense, if he can stay healthy. That’s the problem. Sam Bradford will most likely get hurt and miss time this season. He hasn’t played 16 games in four years and has a fifth year of his career where he missed time. It’d be smart of the Cardinals to target a long term quarterback option in this draft, but I don’t think they’ll be able to get one this far back.

16. BALTIMORE RAVENS – STAY

Unless the Ravens sign Dez Bryant before the draft, they’re most likely going to draft a receiver. Even if they do sign Dez, a receiver might still be in their plans. The top receivers aren’t going to be off the board at this pick, so the Ravens can stay put and probably get a guy they like.

17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – STAY

Some of the Chargers top needs will still be on the board when they pick. Staying put and selecting who they like at one of their position needs is what I believe they should do. Unless they’re targeting a quarterback to groom behind Rivers, there’s really no reason to trade up.

18. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – TRADE DOWN

If the Seahawks stay put and make their pick in the first round, they won’t pick again until the fourth round. With so many needs, Seattle should trade back in the first round and pick up an additional pick in either the second of third rounds.

19. DALLAS COWBOYS – TRADE DOWN

Jerry Jones will be tempted to trade up in the draft because it’s in his house and he wants to excite Cowboys fans everywhere, but that’s not the smart choice. Dallas has pressing needs at receiver, guard, defensive tackle, and linebacker. If they trade down a few spots they can still get a talented player to fill a need and get an additional pick or two to help them fill their other needs. Trading down may not excite people, but winning does. Get more talent Jerry.

20. DETROIT LIONS – STAY

I don’t think the Lions are targeting a player who’ll be gone at this point in the draft. They can stay put and still get a very talented player. Depending on who’s there when they pick, they could trade down, but for now I think staying is the best option.

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS – STAY

Cincinnati already traded down once in the first round, so I don’t think they should move again. They should make sure they get who they want, which trading down may not allow them to do. Already moving down from 12 to 21 indicates they’re not targeting a guy in the early first round, so I’ll rule out trading up.

22.  BUFFALO BILLS – TRADE UP

This pick for the Bills will likely be packaged with pick 12 if the Bills move up earlier in the draft. I believe they will, so trading up with this pick was an easy choice.

23. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – STAY

Many reports have said the Patriots are targeting Josh Rosen or another quarterback in the first round. I don’t think a top quarterback will be on the board here, so they’d have to trade up to get one. Looking at what the Patriots have done in the past, drafting a first round quarterback isn’t like them. I think they’re more likely to go after a guy like Mason Rudolph in round 2 or Kyle Lauletta later on.

24. CAROLINA PANTHERS – TRADE UP

Carolina is likely targeting a receiver. The problem is, they pick behind teams like the Packers, Ravens, and Cowboys, who could all draft a receiver in the first round. If the Panthers want to make sure they get their guy, trading up might be what they have to do.

25. TENNESSEE TITANS – STAY

I don’t see a reason for the Titans to trade up. They can stay put and still get a talented player who fills one of their needs. There will be plenty of players for the Titans to choose from who can help them.

26. ATLANTA FALCONS – STAY

Defensive tackle is the position being consistently mocked to the Falcons. There should still be a top defensive tackle prospect on the board when the Falcons pick if they stay put. Unless they want to get the top defensive tackle, the Falcons should stay.

27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – STAY

Tight End is a frequently mocked position to the Saints at pick 27. If the Saints do select a tight end in the first round, they’re going to have their pick of who. I don’t see a tight end going off the board before this pick.

28. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – STAY

Much like many teams picking late in the first round, the Steelers won’t be able to get a top guy at a position of need, but they can still get a very good player. A guy like Rashaan Evans or Derrius Guice might be on the board when the Steelers make their pick.

29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – STAY

The players available to the Jaguars here might not be the top guys at their position, but very good players at linebacker, offensive tackle, receiver, and corner will still be on the board for the Jaguars to choose from.

30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS – TRADE UP

Minnesota needs to protect Kirk Cousins the best they can. There will likely be offensive tackle and guard prospects on the board here, but I think they should trade up to ensure they get their choice. They have a big investment in Cousins. If this was me, I’d do whatever I had to do to protect that investment.

31. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – TRADE DOWN

With their second pick in the first round, it might be smart for the Patriots to trade down. If there’s a team selecting early in the second round, the Patriots can move down a few spots and still have plenty of quality players on the board. They can also pick up an additional pick to help them fill some holes.

32. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – TRADE DOWN

Same situation as the Patriots. If a team want to get back into the first round to select a player, the Eagles can move down to the early second round and pick up an additional pick. There will still be a lot of players who can help the defending champs when they pick in the top of the second.

Report: Tom Brady has not committed to returning to Patriots for 2018 season

Quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to rejoining the New England Patriots for the 2018 season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter called Brady’s retirement “seemingly unlikely,” and noted people close to Brady believe he will play. However, Brady has yet to announce “privately or publicly” that he intends to play in 2018, per Schefter.

Brady has yet to report to the Patriots offseason program and is expected to participate in a limited fashion — if at all. Instead, he will work with his body coach Alex Guerrero and spend time with his family.

 

While Brady had missed the team’s offseason programs from 2008 to 2010, the circumstances were different. Brady was based in Los Angeles, and was overseeing the construction of a mansion while helping raise his first son Ben, whose mother, Bridget Moynahan, lived in LA.

Brady has long said he intends to play into his mid-40s, and even asked the media during Super Bowl week: “Why does everyone want me to retire so bad?

However, Brady’s tune changed after he lost Super Bowl LII. The Patriots quarterback opened up about his future with football during the final episode of “Tom vs. Time,” a documentary series about Brady’s 2017 season in pursuit of another Lombardi Trophy.

“This offseason is going to be about my family, and they deserve it,” Brady said. “There’s more to think about than just me. And I think that’s what you commit to when you have a family. And they commit a lot to me. It obviously goes both ways.

“It’s a big commitment. Sitting here, laying here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb. And you go, ‘What are we doing this for?’ You know? ‘What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You’ve got to have answers to those questions, and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction, then you probably should be doing something else.”

Danny Amendola: ‘Not easy’ playing for Bill Belichick, who is ‘an a–hole sometimes’

Danny Amendola: ‘Not easy’ playing for Bill Belichick, who is ‘an a–hole sometimes’

By Stewart love NFL

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In a cruel twist of fate, Patriots playoff legend Danny Amendola — after repeatedly taking pay cuts to remain in New England — is now a member of the Miami Dolphins. Amendola was one of many free agents to depart New England this offseason, and he’s not the first to open up about his tough playing experience under arguably the greatest coach of all time, Bill Belichick.

After former Patriots and current Giants left tackle Nate Solder described playing for the Patriots as “cold” and “very businesslike” on Thursday, Amendola called Belichick an “a–hole” sometimes and said that playing for him is “not easy” on Friday. But Amendola, like Solder, intended for both of those things to be taken as compliments in a certain way, because at the end of the day, he knows that Belichick’s tough approach gets results, as in Super Bowls.

“It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an a–hole sometimes. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him,” Amendola told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.”I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player. It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the [Super Bowl] ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.”

Nobody should be making their shocked face. After all, this is a coach who once celebrated a championship by leading a “No days off!” chant at a Super Bowl parade. Future Hall of Fame receiver Reggie Wayne once tried to finish his career by chasing a ring with the Patriots. He ended up quitting before the season even began, reportedly because it was “too tough” and “not fun.” Wayne denies he quit for those reasons, but the point remains that everyone in the football world knows that Belichick is a demanding coach. Just look at the recent retirement rumors surrounding Rob Gronkowski, who is reportedly worn down by the “Patriot way.”

And then of course, there’s what happened to Malcolm Butler at the Super Bowl. Just before the Patriots’ heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, Belichick benched his starting cornerback and former Super Bowl hero. Nobody knows why — not even Butler, who has since landed with the Titans in free agency. Belichick’s never given a reason to explain his decision in the two months since.

Amendola, who called Belichick the “best coach to ever coach the game,” also has no clue what went down.

“I have my thoughts about it because I was out there putting my blood, sweat and tears out on the field that night, and one of our best players wasn’t on the field,” Amendola said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t know why. I did ask, but I didn’t get any answers. I can’t make decisions like that, so I don’t necessarily worry about it, but I know Malcolm is a great player and he could have helped us win. For whatever reason, he wasn’t out there. He’s going to play more football in his career, and he’s going to be a great player for a long time.”

When he was asked if he sensed if Butler’s benching hurt his Patriots teammates, Amendola said, “Yeah, I did, honestly. Nobody really got an explanation for it. He’s a brother of ours. He was a brother of ours that year. And I hate to see a guy who worked so hard throughout the season not get a chance to play in the biggest game of the year and really get no explanation for it. With that said, I don’t know how the business aspect went into that decision. I don’t know how the personal aspect went into that decision between him and Bill. But as a friend, I would have loved to see him on the field that day.”

But as Amendola noted, Belichick’s unrelenting approach has led to a tremendous amount of success. Unfortunately for Amendola, Belichick’s uncompromising mindset extends to free agency, where he almost always refuses to overpay players out of loyalty. This offseason, the Patriots let Dion Lewis, Solder, Butler, and Amendola leave in free agency. Amendola ended up sticking around in the AFC East by signing with the Dolphins, who handed him a two-year deal worth $8.25 million guaranteed and $12 million with incentives.

Amendola admitted that he fell victim to thinking that Belichick — who has spoken highly of Amendola in the past, once saying “When you look up ‘good football player’ in the dictionary, his picture is right there beside it” — might break his rule for him. That obviously didn’t happen.

“I came in with an open mind,” Amendola said. “I understand Bill [Belichick] runs a tight ship, and he hasn’t been known to pay his players, really. I understood that I gave money back to him so I could play for him and play for my teammates and fulfill my side of the contract, and at the end of the day, I had faith that he was going to give me an opportunity to stay.”

“When free agency broke, I came to the realization that he wasn’t going to really come close to any of the other offers I had,” he said. “I had to make a decision for my family and go down to Miami and continue my career there.”

In Miami, Amendola, 32, will get paid more, which is probably the most important aspect at this stage of his career, but he’s unlikely to see the same amount of overall success that he experienced in New England. With the Patriots, Amendola served as one of Tom Brady’s most trusted pass catchers for five seasons, catching 230 passes for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. More importantly, he always had a knack for coming up with big-time plays in the moments that demanded them. He caught 57 passes for 709 yards and six touchdowns in 13 postseason contests.

Now, Amendola will function as Ryan Tannehill’s security blanket coming out of the slot. Chances to catch passes will be had, but he shouldn’t expect to get much of an opportunity to add to his playoff narrative. The Dolphins, who are coming off a 6-10 season, have made the playoffs three times dating back to 2001, which is when the Patriots won their first of five Super Bowls under Belichick.