7.26.2014

Cavs Sign Wiggins, End All Rumors Of Wiggins Being Traded For Now


Will the rumors of Cleveland trading their top draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, please end now. The Cavaliers signed Wiggins, ensuring that he cannot be traded for 30 days. So even though Wiggins cannot be traded now, it doesn't mean that the Cavs won't wait to make a deal in a month.

Wiggins continues to be the Cavs biggest bargaining chip when it comes to the Kevin Love sweepstakes. As long as Love is being dangled out there by Minnesota, there is always a chance Wiggins could be included in part of a blockbuster deal.

To me it would be stupid to trade Wiggins. Here you have a rookie that can learn a great deal from playing with LeBron James. Sure, it would be great to have Love on the roster alongside James, but think of the upside you could have with Wiggins latching on to every bit of teaching James can offer. Alongside Kyrie Irving and James, Wiggins could blossom into a great player that compliments both of those All-Stars. Love is already an All-Star and already is used to being the guy. Cleveland does't need anymore number one scorers and instead needs a big body down low that will grab boards and defend. While Love is a great rebounder, his defense is suspect at best. Keeping the duo of Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao at the four and five and Wiggins at the two is a much smarter way to go in my opinion.

I'm not saying Love is not a great player because he is. I'm also not saying that Love wouldn't be a great addition to Cleveland because he would be. I am just saying that getting rid of Wiggins as well as a handful of other players for Love is a much bigger risk than keeping this team in tact.

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Packers Get Smart, Extend Jordy Nelson's Contract


The Green Bay Packers did one of the smartest things they could have done this offseason by signing receiver Jordy Nelson to a four year, $39 million contract extension. The deal includes a $11.5 million signing bonus and $14.2 million guaranteed. 

Nelson, 29, has been nothing short of a stud for the Packers and has emerged as Aaron Rodgers number one target. The receiver took Green Bay's low ball offer in 2011 just to stay with the Packers, but it's nice to see the team return the favor.

Look for Rodgers and Nelson to continue to tear up NFL defenses for at least four more years.

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7.22.2014

Former Vol Chase Headley Traded To New York


The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula. The move could potentially give the Yankees some much needed offense for the second half of the season.

Headley and the Padres have struggled to agree on a contract over the past couple seasons, so unloading him seemed like the smart thing for San Diego to do.

The 30-year-old has struggled this season, hitting .229 with only seven homeruns and 32 RBIs. Headley had a breakout campaign in 2012, where he batted .286 with 31 homeruns and 115 RBIs.

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7.21.2014

Is Marcell Dareus Another Albert Haynesworth?


When Buffalo Bills pro-bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, 24, reported to training camp last week, he failed his conditioning test. Sound familiar? I can hear all of the Washington Redskins fans grumbling about a former pro-bowl defensive tackle on their roster, Albert Haynesworth. While it is early to say whether Dareus’ best years are behind him, but the events leading up to now can’t help but bring up the comparison to Haynesworth.

This offseason, Dareus was arrested twice. Once for drag racing and another time for possession of synthetic marijuana.

Haynesworth had his share of off the field troubles and was indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges after a crash that seriously injured another driver. The case was eventually dismissed after Haynesworth agreed to a settlement with the victim.

While Dareus is considered to be one of top defensive tackles in football, he needs to keep focused, or he too can find his career derailed.