Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been suggested since his reinstatement that Ray Rice is too toxic to be signed anytime soon.
But as always, talent and need trump all other issues in the NFL, and according to Adam Schefter, at least four teams have expressed interest in Rice.
Indy had been floated as Rice's likeliest destination, but the Colts have apparently backed off any possible pursuit of the former Raven.
Schefter says the Saints are among those interested, owing to their injury-depleted running back corps and the always welcome opportunity to flip Roger Goodell the bird.
Quite understandably, the Saints and their fans have never forgiven Goodell for his ironfisted handling of the team's bounty scandal, when coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year. As with the Saints case, Goodell's indefinite suspension of Rice followed no precedent, instead appearing arbitrary and aimed at satisfying a public thirst for blood.
With his severe judgments, the commissioner tried to show that the NFL cared about player safety and domestic violence, issues to which they had only paid lip service before.
It would be the ultimate GFY message from the Saints to Goodell, highlighting the parallels between the two situations and his bungling of them.
Of course, as noted over at KSK, a Rice signing would underscore the hypocrisy of a league run by men who love to suggest Michael Sam is too big of a distraction to sign.
Troy Renck says Julius Thomas will be a gametime decision, and that Aqib Talib looked good during Friday's practice.
Brandon Marshall admits he feared his NFL career might have been over when the Jaguars cut him for a third time.
Mike Klis chronicles C.J. Anderson's Bay Area upbringing.
Mark Kiszla thinks John Fox will be fired if Denver fails to win SB 49, while Ben Hochman thinks they must at least reach the game for Fox's job to be safe. As for claims that Jake Delhomme is proof of Fox's greatness as a a coach, let's recall that Jon Gruden and Brian Billick have been out of the league for six and seven years, respectively, and they won Super Bowls with Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer, respectively.
Woody Paige catches up with Al Carmichael, the oldest living ex-Bronco.
Terez Paylor studies tape of the Chiefs' use of packaged plays.
Adam Teicher doesn't expect newly signed wideout Jason Avant to play a whole lot tonight.
Randy Covitz predicts a narrow Chiefs win.
Jason La Canfora says Payton is likely to fire DC Rob Ryan after the season.
As usual, Jeff Pash's memo defending Goodell's honor misses the entire point of Judge Jones's decision to overturn the Rice suspension.
You know, it's one thing to criticize John Idzik for his personnel moves. It's wholly something else to suggest he's just a beancounter and isn't a "football guy," as Gary Myers writes. Idzik has held multiple coaching jobs, was an assistant NFL GM, and held many different NFL gigs prior to becoming the LOLJets GM. That's not to say Idzik is qualified or any good, but what Myers put forth is just a collection of thinly veiled, meatheaded criticisms, probably from Rex Ryan himself.
Greg Cosell lauds the Patriots' pass defense and discusses wideouts Josh Gordon and Odell Beckham, Jr.
Andrew Brandt thinks Goodell won't really lose any power despite his bungling of the Rice case.
Andrew Healy examines New England's perennial late season greatness.