Like it or not Womens Marcus Cannon Jersey way With Earl Thomas getting hurt for the season, it got me thinking about how the Patriots handle players at the end of their deal. The Patriots have been highly criticized for the treatment of players on expiring deals, including this year with people saying they should’ve kept Brandin Cooks instead of trading him away. There were 3 teams in similar situations to the Patriots this offseason, they handled things much differently, let’s take a look at how that worked for them. The biggest news of the offseason was the Raiders trading away the former Defensive Player of the Year, Khalil Mack, to the Bears. The Raiders got back 2 first round picks and a 3rd rounder, in exchange for Mack and a 2nd rounder. The media and fans have been killing the Raiders for this move, but I don’t think it was a bad decision. I do think they should’ve tried to hold onto the 2nd rounder they traded away, but their thinking was sound. They decided they didn’t want to pay Mack, and maximized their asset instead of letting him walk for a compensatory pick. Disagree if you want, but it’s better than what the next two teams did this year. First is the Steelers. They LeVeon Bell situation is an absolute disaster this year. He doesn’t want to play under the franchise tag, and is refusing to show up. The Steelers obviously thought he was bluffing and didn’t take his threats seriously. Turns out he wasn’t bluffing. Now the Steelers are stuck with him because no one is going to give up anything of significance for a guy whose contract runs out at the end of the year. Because it’s a franchise tag, Bell can’t negotiate a new contract until next season. What the Steelers should’ve done is traded him during the offseason. The team that acquired him would’ve been able to negotiate a new contract with him, and the Steelers would’ve gotten a haul back for him. Yes, it looks like they’re getting him back in week 8 Womens Devin McCourty Jersey , but what kind of shape is he going to be in? And how long can he go without getting injured? I’m not sure I want to roll the dice on thatI would’ve traded him in the offseasonThis brings us back to the Seahawks and Earl Thomas. Thomas, who is on the last year of his current deal, had been holding out because he wanted a new contract. He was clearly unhappy with the team, but decided that he should show up and play so he didn’t get fined game checks. Thomas broke his leg this weekend, and now not only does Thomas lose the opportunity to cash in with a big deal, the Seahawks lose the chance to trade their asset and get a good return for him.The Patriots have no problem trading players on the final year of their deal. They did it with Richard Seymour (1st rounder; turned into Nate Solder), Chandler Jones (2nd rounder; Malcolm Mitchell and Joe Thuney), Brandin Cooks (1st rounder; Isaiah Wynn), Logan Mankins (Tim Wright and 4th rounder; Trey Flowers, ever heard of him?). And that’s just in the past few years. They haven’t hesitated in trading away players a year or two earlier, and, for the most part, it’s paid off for them. When a team refuses to trade a player who is unhappy with their contract situation, it often ends up being a negative for both the player and the team. In the Thomas situation, both the team and player lose out because he got injured. In the Bell situation, the Steelers have started 1-2-1 http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-david-andrews-jersey , and it’s clearly been a distraction for them. Bell is going to have to come back and play for a team he has been vocal about being upset at, and go into a locker room that has been vocal about their unhappiness with him. It’s a toxic situation to say the least, and one that could’ve easily been avoided. No matter how bad you think the Mack trade was, there’s no doubt both the Seahawks and Steelers would rather be in their position right now(other than the fact that they’re team is awful). The one memorable time the Patriots have put themselves in that position is with Malcolm Butler last year. He was never right all year, playing poorly all year long, and was unfocused enough the week of the Super Bowl that Belichick felt the need to bench him for the entire game. Something tells me the Patriots won’t be making that mistake again any time soon. Like it or not, based on the results, it seems that what the Patriots have been doing might be the best way to handle players with expiring contracts. Pat is the host of the Weekend Warrior Podcast Interact with him on Twitter @wtplane Sam Darnold rolled right and made a rookie move, lobbing a football across the field that was picked off and returned for a touchdown.It might've been his only mistake all night.Darnold made a stellar debut after throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap, and the New York Jets intercepted five passes and also scored on special teams in a 48-17 rout over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and looked his age on the first play."Licking my chops a little bit too much, I think, on that play," he saidQuandre Diggs intercepted his ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown 20 seconds into the game."On that interception, I was pretty nervous," Darnold said. "After that Youth Rob Gronkowski Jersey , I put it behind me."The former USC star, drafted No. 3 overall, shook off the nerves and finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns . He is the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info."He didn't flinch," Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "He didn't even blink."Darnold helped the Jets set a franchise record for points on the road, surpassing the 47 they scored in 1967 against the Boston Patriots.He also outplayed 30-year-old Matthew Stafford.Stafford threw four interceptions — one shy of his career high — and left the game briefly in the third quarter after being hit from the front and back by the swarming, hard-hitting Jets."We wanted to make sure we came out and made a statement in this game," New York linebacker Darron Lee said.Stafford was 27 of 46 for 286 yards and a TD pass to Golden Tate early in the third quarter to tie it at 17. He was mercifully taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by Matt Cassel with Detroit down 31."Story of the game's turnovers, you know?" he asked. "We had too many of them, I had too many of them."The Jets dominated in all phases.They scored 31 straight in the third quarter to pull away, sending Detroit's fans for the exits and setting off a jolly green party in the Motor City. It was the highest-scoring third quarter in team history and trailed only the 34-point second quarter the Brett Favre-led team scored in 2008 against Arizona.New York scored on the ground and through the air, on defense and on a punt return by former Lion Andre Roberts. The Jets could've piled on even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock. Darnold flipped the ball to a referee after the final kneel down, and the official gave it right back before shaking the rookie's hand. Darnold was still holding the ball while talking briefly with Stafford on the field.Detroit coach Matt Patricia, meanwhile, will want to forget his debut as an NFL head coach."We've got to coach this a lot better than what we did," he said. "We've got to go out and execute a lot better on the field. It's a team game Youth James White Jersey , and it starts with me."New NFL head coaches dropped to 0-6 in Week 1, with Oakland's Jon Gruden the group's final hope for an opening victory in the Monday nightcap.ROADIESLate in the game, just before Cassel threw an interception, hundreds of New York fans chanted: "J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS!" A crew clad in green and white filed into seats in four sections along the New York sideline and appeared to outnumber Detroit fans who stuck around for the bitter end."That was awesome to be able to see them doing their thing," Darnold said.STREAK STOPPEDThe Jets had played an NFL record 73 games, dating to 2013, without a defensive TD before Lee returned one of his two interceptions 36 yards for a score in the third. Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne and Jamal Adams also picked off passes in a strong start for the Jets self-proclaimed "New Jack City" secondary.THREE'S COMPANYDarnold joined Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston (2015) and Brett Favre (1991) as quarterbacks who had their first pass intercepted and returned for a score.INJURIESJets: CB Johnson (head injury) and CB Buster Skrine (rib) returned to play after leaving the field with injuries. Johnson was evaluated after he intercepted a pass and fumbled after taking a hard hit from Detroit receiver Kenny Golladay.Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah, who has struggled to get and stay healthy, left the game with a shoulder after making four tackles, including a sack. OG T.J. Lang left the game with a back injury. CB Darius Slay returned to play after leaving the field to be evaluated for a concussion.UP NEXTJets: Host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
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