One Islander in particular was sad to see free agent New York Jets defensive lineman Mike DeVito bolt Gang Green for the Kansas City Chiefs: Acting state Supreme Court Justice Wayne Ozzi, DeVito's uncle.
Sean Smith's Base Deal: Three Years, $16.5 Million from ProFootballTalk
The 2013 cornerback market is worse than previously believed.
The contract signed by Sean Smith with the Chiefs widely was reported as being worth $18 million over three years, for a modest average of $6 million per year. In reality, it's even more modest than that.
Super Bowl Odds Reboot from National Football Post
Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 50/1, Current: 60/1): Surprising, huh? Not only did the Chiefs improve their quarterback situation in the team's trade for former San Francisco 49er Alex Smith, but Kansas City opened up the bank vault to sign cornerbacks Dunta Robinson (3 years, $15 million) and Sean Smith (3 years, $18 million), tight end Anthony Fasano (4 years, $16 million), defensive end Mike DeVito (3 years, $12.6 million) and wide receiver Donnie Avery (3 years, $11 million). And after all that, the Chiefs still slipped from 50/1 to 60/1.
Kansas City Chiefs -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: Fisher was my pick last week and will remain the Chiefs' pick. Nothing they have done in free agency would indicate they are headed in a different direction.
Helmets Preventing Concussion Seen Quashed By NFL from Business Week
The ProCap, which took him eight years to develop, was gaining ground among players until he brought it before the NFL committee dealing with brain injuries. The panel disparaged Straus's invention, prompting the league to warn players they risked death wearing it. The committee was guided in part by the advice of an outside consultant who once testified for Riddell Inc., the league's official helmet maker, in an injury lawsuit.
Now the NFL and Riddell face lawsuits filed by more than 4,000 ex-players, including the family of San Diego Chargers standout Junior Seau, who committed suicide last May. The litigation focuses attention on Riddell's helmets and whether the league covered up the sport's long-term damage to players' brains.
All I Really Need To Know About Parenting I Learned In NFL Draft Prep from The Huffington Post
Between the last snap of the Senior Bowl and Roger Goodell's opening of the NFL draft, small armies of coaches, nutritionists, agents, advisors and physical therapists spend long hours instructing, cajoling, encouraging and prodding athletically gifted 22-and 23-year-old college kids into flipping the switch to NFL adulthood. If all parents had their own personal NFL prep facility, the world would be a better place. Really.