Welcome to The Morning Time Out and on today’s bite-sized agenda is trade speculation surrounding Philip Rivers, Michael Crabtree signing with the Oakland Raiders and Ike Taylor’s retirement after 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So let’s take a look at those headlines with my opinions thrown in for good measure!
Could the Chargers trade Philip Rivers?
There is growing speculation that the San Diego Chargers could trade Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers is signed with the Chargers for one more season and has made it clear he has no time for the proposed move to Los Angeles. The Chargers have worked out Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“The Chargers have won 19 regular season games and one playoff contest over the past two seasons and Rivers has proven himself to be a top 10 quarterback. San Diego’s problems do not lie at the quarterback position and I don’t think the team needs to make this trade. A trading of Rivers remains unlikely – but didn’t we all think that about Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints? Watch this space.”
Raiders sign veteran WR Michal Crabtree
The Oakland Raiders have signed former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million. Crabtree can earn another $1.8 million through incentives. The 27-year-old caught 68 passes for 698 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2014 – his first full season back after suffering a torn Achilles.
“This is a ‘prove-it’ deal for Crabtree and the Raiders are wise to test the water with this talented wide out but not dive all the way in with a long-term deal. Crabtree has significant injury concerns and I don’t think he is the best locker room guy in the world. The Raiders’ receiver depth chart now includes Crabtree, James Jones, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, which leads me to think they take Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft.”
Ike Taylor retires
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has followed the lead of his defensive back team-mate Troy Polamalu in retiring after 12 seasons in the NFL . Taylor played all 12 of his years with the Steelers and won two Super Bowls.
“Ike Taylor enjoyed quite the career with the Steelers and most notable to me was the fact he played a dozen years in this era of player movement with the same club. His best years were clearly behind him and that was evident in 2014, so this move makes sense to me. But that’s quite a leadership void gone from the Pittsburgh defense with Brett Keisel also joining Taylor and Polamalu in retirement.”
Thinking out loud…
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron is currently preparing for his second season in the NFL and clearly has a lot to learn about playing the game at the highest level. And that applies to off the field, as well as on the gridiron. Ebron recently became embroiled in a Twitter rant with internet trolls and I can tell you all from personal experience that is a fight that cannot be won. I’ve fallen into the trap of replying to abusive messages in the past and your reply can only intensify the problem. In the end, a dignified silence is your only option. My advice to Eric is this… either ignore the Twitter messages or shut down your Twitter account all together. And then concentrate purely on what the Lions drafted you to do – catching passes from Matthew Stafford in a much-improved 2015 campaign.