Archive for July, 2012


Two of the biggest named players in the NFL are holding out until they get new contracts.

The Pittsburg Steelers and star wide out Mike Wallace are having a break from each other as Wallace who is a restricted free agent didn’t report to yesterdays training camp and doesn’t intended to until the two sides have reached an agreement. It doesn’t seem to be getting better either as sources told ESPN that the talk between the two sides was minimal in the last few days, although the Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin have both said the intentions are to sign him to a long term contract. Wallace lead the Steelers in receiving TD’s, yards , and caught passes last season.

Among the newest of the hold outs is Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones who is not a restricted free agent still has two years left on his contract which is worth about 9 million. Jaguars owner Shad Khan says he has no intentions of giving Jones a new contract as of right now.

The difference between the two players is that Wallace cannot get fined because he isn’t under contract while Jones can get fined a maximum of 30,000 dollars a day for every he doesn’t report to camp.

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After months of hearing Dwight Howard plea to be traded to the new Brooklyn Nets so he could form a trio with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, has seemed to come to a screeching halt. As of last night The Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic have stopped trade talks. Now yesterday Espn sources said that if a deal was going to get done between the two to move Howard it would have been by later that night or nothing was going to happen. So when i was watching this thing closely I saw that the Nets signed Brook Lopez to a 61 million dollar contract for four years, the thought that Howard was going to the Nets grew because they didn’t have enough players to send over to Orlando to cancel out his contract and this was a way to do just that. Then after waiting for hours to see what I was bound to happen, didn’t. So where is Howard going to land now? Will they even trade him? And if he decides to stay in Orlando will the fans take him back?

Well if he is going to be traded (Which I doubt will happen) it seems as if the L.A Lakers will get him. Yet, Howard has clearly stated that he wants no part of bring in L.A (even with the addition of All-Star point guard Steve Nash). So is it worth it, if he only plans to stay there for one year? Well, not for L.A if they are to give up their All-Star in Andrew Bynum, because after one season Howard will be on his way out of there and to Brooklyn. Then you think well Bynum already doesn’t like head coach Mike Brown and we saw him retaliate late last season when Brown told him to stop shooting three’s and those words went through one ear and right out the other of Bynum head. So could this be Bynums last straw with L.A?

The Magics GM Rob Hennigan is only on his second week of the job and is faced with the situation involving Howard wanting out of Orlando. As the Bleacher report calls Hennigan “crazy” as he tries to get Howard to stay in Orlando, but do people not realize that Howard is going to be the only one on that team who can lead the Magic to the playoffs. Hennigan is thinking he can make a new start with Howard  and the Organization since they are under new management, his management. Yet, we also have to see things from the fans point of view. Do they even want him anymore? I’d say its a 50/50. Yes they want a super star but they don’t want his baggage and as I’ve heard many times before, you can’t have your cake and eat it to. So yes it seems only logical for the Magic to get someone in return (preferably someone of the all star caliber) for Howard and build around them and I think eventually he will be traded the real question is when will Howard be traded? Before the season starts? Before the trade deadline? or will they lose him next summer? Where will Superman take his talents?