Rams GM Les Snead joins the program to break down the successful offseason in St. Louis. Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are now wearing a different shade of blue and gold, but can they fortify the receiving corps QB Sam Bradford needs?
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland joins Mike Florio to discuss how the 2013 Dolphins were built and what we can expect from them next season. Ireland breaks down the stadium renovation fallout and how it will, or won’t, affect daily football operations. The GM also grades the offseason in Miami and says, while they didn’t acquire every player they wanted, “we did a very good job of attacking, not sitting back, and being aggressive.”
Two of the biggest moves in the first round were trades into the top 10 by the Dolphins and Rams and we’ve got the general manager from each team joining us on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live.
Rams General Manager Les Snead will join Mike Florio to talk about the decision he made to trade up to the eighth overall pick and take wide receiver Tavon Austin. They’ll also discuss Snead’s other first round trade, a move down from the 22nd overall pick that wound up recouping some of what was spent on Austin while also netting the team linebacker Alec Ogletree.
Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland will also drop by the show to talk about trading a second round pick to move up nine spots for the right to draft defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan. We’ll hear how the Dolphins envision using Jordan and touch on some of the other big moves the Dolphins have made during a busy offseason. We’ll also see if the stadium squabbles in South Florida are having any impact on those outside of the executive suites.
You can watch it all live at noon ET.
After 16 years in the NFL, CB Ronde Barber has hung up his cleats. Barber’s durability and leadership will most likely be two of the adjectives that are used when people describe Barber’s career.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will need a fourth surgery on his right forearm that he initially broke in November. Gronkowski has had a lingering infection in the injured forearm for weeks. The Pats are hoping that this is the final procedure Gronk will need on his right arm.
Jets WR Santonio Holmes joins Erik Kuselias to discuss the state of his injured left foot. Holmes missed the last 12 games of the 2012 regular season with the injury and said that he wouldn’t be able to play if the season started this week. Besides rehabbing his foot this offseason, Holmes is spending some of his time finishing up his degree at Ohio State University.
Mike Florio runs down the hottest news of the NFL offseason. The Jacksonville community is publicly pleading with the Jaguars to bring in Tim Tebow, but Florio says radio ads won’t be enough to sway the front office. Cam Newton vows to his team and himself to improve in year three with the Panthers, and Florio lies to rest the thought of a connection between Rob Gronkowski’s partying ways and his nagging forearm injury.
With lucrative contract extensions in the books for QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press breaks down the possibility of Detroit cutting ties with DT Ndamukong Suh in 2014. Ziggy Ansah is labeled as a boom or bust candidate, but Birkett believes his promise outweighs his uncertainty.
Mike Dempsey of 1010 XL joins the show to talk all things Jaguars. Anything fans in Jacksonville want to talk about is Tim Tebow, and Dempsey says true, NFL-minded fans are not clamoring for Tebow because they know his skillset cannot help the team.
Offseason programs are well underway around the league and we’ll check in with a couple of teams during Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press will join Mike Florio for a look at where the Lions are right now. The team drafted defensive end Ziggy Ansah in the first round and added cornerback Darius Slay in the second round, although Slay will be sidelined for rookie minicamp after having surgery to deal with a torn meniscus. We’ll find out what the Lions have planned for those rookies and how much pressure there is on coach Jim Schwartz to produce a winner this season.
Mike Dempsey of 1010XL in Jacksonville will also drop by to talk about the Jaguars, whose General Manager Dave Caldwell recently made another statement of non-interest in quarterback Tim Tebow. Dempsey and Florio will talk about what the Jags will be doing at quarterback while touching on the other big developments in the first offseason with Caldwell and new coach Gus Bradley in place.
You can watch it all live at noon ET.
Steelers safety Ryan Clark said the Patriots have taken a step back and Tom Brady is easy to rattle. Mike Florio appreciates good trash talk every so often, but says Clark now needs to watch his back on the field.
If you’re looking for an endorsement of Mark Sanchez’s position on the Jets, don’t ask owner Woody Johnson who simply said the QB is “under contract.” Mike Florio breaks down the biggest hindrance behind why the Jets won’t cut Sanchez, and it always comes down to money.
The Giants continue to engage in a “slow but steady” contract negotiation with WR Victor Cruz. Owner John Mara tells fans not to worry, saying drawn-out contract talks are not atypical for a star of Cruz’s caliber.
The Falcons released John Abraham in March, but have been keeping tabs on the defensive end since. Abraham reportedly doesn’t want to hear what Atlanta has to say, and Mike Florio wonders if Abraham is willing to take less somewhere else to spite his old team.