Over the past few seasons, I’ve watched the Chicago Bears struggle in stretches with regards to moving the ball down the field consistently. A lot of the blame has been attributed to the inconsistent play of the o-line and deservedly so. However, another weakness of our team is the core of wide receivers. Both Johnny Knox and Devin Hester have speed at the position, but neither guy can stretch the field or make enough plays where the opposing defense has to make them a focus. In addition to that, both players struggle when they play against physical defenders who can jam them at the line of scrimmage.
Watching Jay Cutler get sacked over 50 times in the 2010 campaign along with the downward spiral of the offense once he suffered a broken thumb last season, left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least. Every fan in Chicago has stated that the Bears need a number one receiver, a player who is capable of changing the outcome of a game. In acquiring Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins for two future third-round picks, it appears the new general manager was listening.
Not only does Marshall bring play-making ability to the position, he also brings instant chemistry because he and Cutler played together in Denver for a few seasons. With Jay Cutler having a receiver like Marshall to throw the ball to, the offense will definitely have a different look in the 2012 season. Opposing teams will no longer have the luxury of stacking eight or nine players in the box to stop the run because of what Marshall brings to the table. It has been a decade since we had a player who caught for over 1000 yards in a season (Marty Booker 2002), but with Marshall in the fold, that streak will hopefully come to an end.
Of course there are two sides to every story and this one is no different. It is no secret that Marshall has had some problems off the field during his career, including an incident that took place not too long ago where he allegedly hit a woman, giving her a black eye. Whether the story is actually true or not is uncertain. However, whether you’re a celebrated athlete, or a regular Joe like myself, mistakes are going to happen at one time or another. What matters is the lessons that we learn from them to the extent of not repeating the behavior in the future.
The acquisition does have potential risk, but if the talented wide-receiver can produce on the field, while staying out of trouble outside the lines, he will be an asset to the organization for a number of years to come.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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