NFL Rumors: Rounding Up the Latest Offseason Buzz
This is a slow time of year when it comes to NFL news. Police blotters aside, there is no free agency or draft talk to buoy the NFL against the likes of the NBA and NHL playoffs.
Naturally, the NFL is moving the draft to mid-May to ensure it stays in the headlines 12 months a year.
For now, here is the latest buzz from around the league.
Carson Palmer Is in Love
Carson Palmer has not exactly been touchy-feely with management in years past, to the point where he retired so he could avoid playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
He made it back to the NFL with the Raiders, a tenure unmarked by drama on Palmer's part even if the Raiders weren't very good.
He has a new home in Arizona, and a new coach he loves.
"I love the head coach," Palmer said of Arians, a longtime offensive assistant who stunningly earned coach of the year honors after an impressive fill-in stint for the ailing Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis last season. "I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room."
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer praised head coach Bruce Arians after organized team activities.
— Brian Eilering (@brian_eilering) May 25, 2013
If things keep going well in Arizona, maybe the Cardinals are in store for a patented NFC West turnaround this season.
Jay-Z in Trouble with the NFLPA?
Geno Smith had a brutal time at the NFL draft. When he wasn't selected in the first round, he said he was going to go home instead of stick around for the second round.
He recanted, but news broke he would be firing his agent just a few days later. Rumors surfaced he was firing Select Sports Group, but he said it was a number of incidents.
Nearly two months later, Smith has hired new representation, Jay-Z's agency Roc Nation.
Jay-Z Has 99 Problems, But A Quarterback Ain’t One; Smith Signs To Roc Nation | Fanspeak's AFC East Blog: fanspeak.com/afceast/2013/0…— Steve Shoup(@Steveospeak) May 23, 2013
Have a funny feeling that Geno Smith's new football agent at Roc Nation -- @kimmiale -- will gain a few followers now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2013
As expected >> RT @mikegarafolo: Geno Smith says he's hired Roc Nation
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 22, 2013
Things seemed peachy keen for Smith's new agent, Kim Miale, but questions have surfaced about the way Roc Nation recruited Geno Smith.
The union is planning to send a letter of inquiry to Roc Nation Sports agent Kim Miale to gather more information about Jay-Z's involvement in courting Smith. The recently instituted "runner rule" prohibits agents from having colleagues or friends who aren't NFLPA certified agents present for recruiting meetings.
Who knows where this will lead for Smith and Jay-Z. It seems drama cannot be stamped out in the Jets locker room.
Jim Harbaugh Has the Need for Speed
Jim Harbaugh is set to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 later today.
While the former Indianapolis Colt won't be going the speed of an Indy car, the pace car must be fun to drive around the track. Harbaugh had yet to decide how fast he'd go earlier this week, however.
Asked how fast he would allow himself to go, or whether he had a mph limit in mind, Harbaugh said his speed was still to be determined - a game-time decision of sorts.
"I'm awaiting my coaching and instructions, and then ready for practice,'' Harbaugh said after a 49ers organized team activity Wednesday.
This should be a nice distraction from a week that saw the 49ers lose their best receiver, Michael Crabtree, to injury.
Brandon Weeden Safe for Now
Pat Shurmer's and Tom Heckert's days were numbered when Jimmy Haslam III bought the Browns. Being they made the controversial call to draft 28-year-old Brandon Weeden, it seemed like he could be next.
Brandon is a one-year player in the NFL who did a lot more good things than people give him credit for, Turner said before his speech to the Akron Browns Backers banquet at Tangier Events Center. I like his composure, the way he competes, he's worked awfully hard. He's got to be one of the hardest-working guys on our team. So you look and say, "Hey, you hope there's a big upside."
Turner stressed that Weeden's woes and 5-10 record as a starter last season can be attributed to being a rookie surrounded by rookies.
It seems like Weeden will be given every chance to retain his starting gig.
Newsflash: Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III Are Special
Adrian Peterson tore his ACL on Christmas Eve in 2011. He came back nine months later and nearly broke the all-time rushing record.
Now Robert Griffin appears to be on track to get back for Week 1. But this isn't the new norm, says Dr. James Andrews.
The last thing I'd want people to be thinking is people are coming back quicker and quicker, Andrews said at his facility, the Andrews Institute, in Gulf Breeze, Fla. The few individuals that you know of who have come back quickly are what I call "superhuman" athletes . . . There are only a few of those superhuman athletes out there. Their healing potential for some reason is much better than the average patient, but you can't extrapolate their ability to come back from an injury to the average athlete.
Indeed, one need only look at Rashard Mendenhall's lost season, and he was injured just one week after Peterson.
Whether or not this is a harbinger for modern medicine, Peterson's recovery and subsequent performance was a remarkable thing. Griffin could follow in his footsteps.