Warning: I am about to agree with the Cincinnati Bengals. Well, kind of.
The Bengals don't want to pay first-round pick
For one thing, their offensive line is actually looking pretty good, a very welcome sign after a four-year span in which the Bengals went from having one of the best offensive lines in the league in 2005 to one of the worst in 2008. The Bengals starting line has no true superstars or players making an exorbitant salary, relatively speaking of course. The entire unit has taken on the personality of center
The fact that
If I were running the Bengals and knew I would be unwilling to pay Smith something in between what the 5th and 7th overall selections in the draft were going to receive, I wouldn't have taken him in the first place. I would have found a way to either trade the pick or simply passed until later in the first round. Either that or drafted a player I thought would represent enough of an upgrade that I deemed him worthy of number six overall money.
That said, I don't fault agent
Did you guys bring the heat with the e-mails and tweets this week? Let's find out ...
That's understandable, Dan, and I can certainly empathize. But I think you have to look at the prices for those preseason games as an up-front cost for getting the opportunity to have season tickets for the regular season. In other words, the owners could make the preseason tickets less expensive but they are not going to do anything that would ultimately hurt their bottom line. I think they would in turn just raise the price of the regular season tickets to offset the loss of income from the preseason games.
No thanks. I actually prefer for the most part to watch the games on the television in the comfort of my own home. I wrote that I thoroughly enjoy watching the preseason games, not attending them.
You know what, you are right, that probably does seem hypocritical. And maybe it is to some extent. I think the biggest difference is that I don't believe
I really doubt it. Part of the reason guys like Jones and
No. I don't think that will happen unless he plays poorly in regular season games. As long as he is playing well and the team is winning, I think it will be smooth sailing, even though I know some of the players think he is a bit of a drama queen after his waffling the past two years. If he plays bad or they start to lose, however, it will get ugly.
Some guys can but a lot of guys are better at one or the other. Returning punts is more about quickness and making people miss while returning kickoffs is more a function of pure speed and hitting the seam at the exact right time. Plus, no teams will have two roster spots just for those roles. At least one of them will be a legitimate receiver, corner, or running back who also happens to return kicks.