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Where in the NFC West Will Darnell Dockett Play?

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An early battle in the NFC West is brewing, but, right now, it’s over the services of defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who was recently released by the Cardinals.

Initial reports state that Dockett is between returning to the Cardinals or joining the 49ers, but is still being pursued by both the Rams and the Seahawks, although he is yet to visit the latter two.

Dockett, 33, was released Friday in order to save $6.8 million in salary cap space. The Cardinals are hoping to bring him back at a reduced price.

Meanwhile, on Monday night he visited with the 49ers. They are interested in Dockett because of the uncertainty of Justin Smith‘s future.

An ACL injury kept the 6-foot-4, 293-pound Dockett out of action in 2014. But he missed only two games in 10 seasons prior to that. He has 459 tackles, 40.5 sacks and four interceptions in his career.

Adrian Peterson Reportedly Interested In Chargers Trade

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“Business decisions” will guide Adrian Peterson to his next NFL destination, whether it be remaining with the Vikings or playing for another team, possibly, such as the Chargers.

Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, says that his son has not requested a trade and isn’t refusing a return to Minnesota, but he has pondered potential trade destinations and would restructure his contract, if necessary.

“There’s no doors closed on anything at this time. … Adrian will come back from this with a vengeance. He plays hard anyway, but he’s got an extra chip on his shoulder. He will bounce back from this,” said Nelson Peterson.

The former MVP of the NFL is reportedly interested in playing for the Cowboys, with the Cardinals, Colts, Chargers and Buccaneers also in the mix.

However, just because he asks for a trade won’t guarantee him one. The Vikings could refuse and just pay him the $12.75 base salary he’s due to make in 2015.

He’d clearly take over as the featured back in San Diego, taking over Ryan Mathews‘ spot and clearly over Donald Brown and Branden Oliver.

Chargers, Raiders To Reveal Plans For Carson Stadium; Los Angeles Move

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In a last-minute effort, the Chargers and Raiders have aligned together to propose a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, preparing for the event that their current cities cannot get a deal done for new stadiums.

Their effort will be put up against that of Stan Kroenke’s Rams, who are trying to build a stadium in Inglewood.

For years both teams have been trying to get a new stadium and have been thought of as candidates to move to Los Angeles.

The rivals are expected to have a proposal readied for Friday.

Kroenke could be in trouble as St. Louis has surprisingly stepped up its effort to try and keep the Rams in Missouri.

If a proposal is accepted the teams would play one final season in their current cities before playing in a temporary home for presumably two seasons before the stadium’s alleged completion in 2018.

Darren McFadden Done With Raiders?

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Running back Darren McFadden‘s time with the Raiders could finally have come to an end as the team appears in favor of moving forward with Latavius Murray instead.

The San Francisco Chronicle says that the “bargain-basement” deal McFadden received last season (of $1.25 million compared to an average of $6.183 million over the three seasons prior) is unlikely to be offered to him again.

At 27-years-old it’s unclear what’s next for the former “can’t miss” prospect drafted fourth overall out of Arkansas.

He gained 534 yards on 155 carries (an average of 3.4 yards/carry) before getting replaced by Murray.

Entering the 2014 season he was behind Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart.

McFadden will likely sign on somewhere as a back up.

Is The Return of The Los Angeles Rams Imminent?

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It’s been about 20 years since Los Angeles has had a football team and now the return of an NFL team is closer than ever.

The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders are all on year-to-year leases with their current stadiums, in which all three teams are possible candidates to relocate to the City of Angels.

Last December NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league would not be accepting relocation applications for the 2015 season.

Has that changed?

On Jan. 5 news broke just before 1 a.m. PST that Rams owner Stan Kroenke had plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which was the first time Kroenke gave a hint of his intentions with the Rams. The proposed 80,000-seat NFL stadium would be able to house two teams and would also be a 6,000-seat performance venue.

Later that week the task force, assigned by St. Louis Governor Jay Nixon, presented a proposed stadium right along the Mississippi River in St. Louis, a project that would cost up to $985 million, with half the money coming from public funds.

The proposed Inglewood stadium was able to gather over 20,000 signatures supporting zoning changes for the plan, which could put the proposed stadium on the ballot this summer.

But will it need to go on the ballot?

Last Sunday the Los Angeles Times reported that the Inglewood City Council could bypass the election and adopt the measure itself due to the amount of signatures that were gathered. The stadium could break ground a lot sooner than expected if this falls in favor of the Inglewood City Council.

Feb. 15 is the relocation application deadline and the NFL announced this week that it has created a committee for the possibility of a team relocation to L.A.

Is it a coincidence that the NFL created a committee right before the relocation deadline even after Goodell announced that the league would not be taking applications?

Kroenke may have swayed the mind of the league with his plan, in which it has been reported that league has given the plan “quite the applause.”

As for the stadium plan in St. Louis? It has also gained some steam over the past week, but is St. Louis too late to the party? After all, Kroenke has yet to agree to pay for one-fourth of the total project that the task force is asking him for.

Super Bowl XLIX Roundtable: Seahawks vs. Patriots

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Contributors: Mark Fabrick, Jonathan Garza, Waleed Hawatky, Carlos Marical, Henry Montemayor, Anthony Yniguez

The game of games is near kickoff as the Seahawks and the Patriots get ready to do battle to find out who reigns supreme for the 2014 NFL season.

Seahawks’ Path

Arguably football’s hottest team, the Seahawks won six straight games to finish the regular season, and nine out of 10, after starting the season 3-3.

It will continue to be debatable, but, the Panthers used their home-field advantage to unseat the Cardinals, but then ran into Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

And when Cam Newton and bunch felt there was a chance of coming back in Seattle against the Seahawks and the 12th man, Kam Chancellor picked him off and took it back 90 yards to seal Carolina’s fate 31-17.

Then the following week they would overcome a 16-0 deficit against the Packers, outscoring them 28-6 in the second half and overtime as Jermaine Kearse took a 35-yard pass from Wilson to the house for the win.

Wilson overcame four interceptions to find himself in his second straight Super Bowl.

Patriots’ Path

A throwaway game (in which Tom Brady did not play) against the Bills in Week 17 makes the Patriots’ 12-4 record look a lot weaker than it really is. It’s hard to believe that this team lost Week 1 against the Dolphins.

The Ravens have traditionally been an Achilles heel for the Patriots, and this year looked to be no different as they held a 14-point lead twice. But, Brady and company, name Rob Gronkowski, helped to get New England back on its feet.

A 51-yard touchdown pass by Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola would even things up before a TD pass to Brandon LaFell in the fourth quarter finished off Baltimore.

Then deflate-gate happened.

And the Patriots plastered the Colts 45-7 behind three LaGarrette Blount touchdowns. Even offensive tackle Nate Solder got into the scoring column, catching a TD pass from Brady.

Our team of panelists will have a look at this year’s matchup and give their prediction.

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Broker: Super Bowl Tickets Are Crazy Expensive This Year

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Looking to go to the Super Bowl? Prices to the big game will set you back at least $8,000 according to ESPN.

Resale brokers are really hiking up the prices, and won’t disclose the locations of the seats until the Wednesday before the game. Although websites like TiqIQ require these brokers to choose the exact seat locations or cancel the sale.

What some brokers do is take money from buyers when the prices are higher, and then actually purchase them days later as prices start to come down.

One ticket broker told WCB Sports that he believes that the number will come down toward $7,000 to get in to the big game. He believes that the market will be unlike ever seen before.

 

NFL’s Internal Review Reveals Fewer Concussions in 2014

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Concussions and torn ACL injuries were down in 2014 according to the NFL’s internal review.

Concussions
2012 2013 2014
261 229 202
Torn ACLs
2013 2014
57 49

No number was disclosed for the amount of concussions that went undiagnosed.

A thought is that players are becoming more aware of ways to better conceal these injuries.

Among other numbers discussed in the review was that helmet-to-helmet hits were down 28 percent from last year.

The number of torn MCLs are actually up.

Torn MCLs
2013 2014
136 138

 

Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Marcus Mariota No. 1?

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There is a “real sense” that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have set their sights on drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall draft pick in April’s NFL Draft.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that many NFL scouts and executives believe that Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the best pro prospect at the position.

Bear in mind though that there is still the NFL combine, pro day, several interviews and tons of investigations into Winston’s past that could haunt him or help his stock.

Mariota’s Ducks defeated Winston’s Seminoles in the 2015 Rose Bowl 59-20 on New Year’s Day in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff before they were defeated by the Buckeyes of Ohio State 42-20 in the National Championship.

The dual-threat QB won the Heisman trophy this past season, while Winston was the recipient of the award the previous season.

With the second pick in the draft the Tennessee Titans are surely salivating at whichever QB does not go with the first pick.

News: Potential Rams NFL Stadium Going To Inglewood Ballot In June

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Football could be one step closer to returning to Los Angeles, as the city of Inglewood plans to ask voters in June to approve plans for a $2 billion NFL-ready stadium at Hollywood Park.

The Orange County Register reports that the proposed 80,000 seat stadium will be on the ballot in time for the June 16 election.

It would make things clearer for St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to bring the team back to the city it called home from 1946 to 1994.

While Inglewood would benefit greatly from the new stadium, it isn’t unfamiliar to hosting a professional sports franchise, as the Lakers called the Great Western Forum their home from 1967 to 1999.

A stadium would be ready for the 2018 NFL season.

Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. said to the voters: “Understand (that) this is a once-in-a-lifetime (opportunity) in one place, and that place is Inglewood right now.”