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Drew Brees drug tested twice after saying he wants to play until he’s 45

Drew BreesThere have been enough entertaining stories about random drug testing in the NFL over the years for us to know it is not truly random. Drew Brees believes he became an example of that over the weekend.

When speaking to reporters from New Orleans Saints training camp on Friday, Brees said he feels as good as he ever has despite being 35. He also said he wants to play for another decade.

“If I tell myself I’m 25, then I’m 25,” Brees said. “That’s honest to God my mindset. I can play for another 10 years. That’s my goal.”

And then this happened:

Coincidence? We’ll never know. What we do know is that punters have been “randomly” drug tested after hitting incredibly long punts or sticking opponents with monster hits. I’m not buying this whole random thing.

Ray Rice’s wife reportedly pleaded with Roger Goodell for light punishment

Ray Rice girlfriend fiancee Janay Palmer

Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for his involvement in a domestic violence incident with his wife Janay Palmer at a casino over the winter. Given that the public was shown a video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator and police reportedly had footage of the Baltimore Ravens running back knocking her out, many felt a two-game suspension was far too light.

Palmer, who was Rice’s fiancee at the time of the incident, has been nothing supportive of Rice since his indictment. In fact, Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Palmer pleaded with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to go easy on Rice.

Rice’s wife, a source said, made a moving and apparently convincing case to Goodell during a June 16 hearing at Goodell’s office in Manhattan — attended by Rice, GM Ozzie Newsome, club president Dick Cass of Baltimore; and Goodell, Jeff Pash and Adolpho Birch of the league — that the incident in the hotel elevator was a one-time event, and nothing physical had happened in their relationship before or since. She urged Goodell, the source said, to not ruin Rice’s image and career with his sanctions.

Plenty of people feel that Rice should have been suspended for at least four games, as evidenced by the change that was made to his Wikipedia page last week. Was Palmer the reason Rice got off with what seems like a slap on the wrist?

Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post confirmed that Palmer met with Goodell and company, noting that her “impassioned plea” was “instrumental in limiting the length of Rice’s league suspension.”

If there was no video of the incident, I could understand Goodell being influenced by Palmer’s apparently convincing speech. But there is footage of some of the assault, and it makes Rice look really, really bad. There’s no question he is fortunate to have escaped with a two-game ban.

H/T Black Sports Online

Bernard Pollard trolls Zach Mettenberger with ‘roll Tide’

Zach Mettenberger LSUIt’s bad enough that former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has to hear “roll Tide!” when he goes out in public. As many of you know, Mettenberger was sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville last weekend. Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard must have found it pretty funny.

During training camp over the weekend, Pollard apparently gave Mettenberger a hard time about the sucker punch incident.

Don’t worry, Beanie was just messing with the rookie. When asked about yelling “roll Tide!” at Mettenberger, Pollard smiled and said he “had to let him have it.” He then issued a warning to the guy who allegedly threw the punch.

“Mettenberger is our brother,” he said, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean. “And I’ll be the first to say it: If we see that sucker who punched him, it’s on. We are always going to have out brother’s back.”

That’s more like it.

Jim Irsay hands out $100 bills to Colts fans

Jim Irsay Bills

In case you didn’t already know it, Jim Irsay is pretty rich.

The Colts owner showed up at his team’s training camp practice on Saturday and handed out $100 bills to some of the fans in attendance like he was Steve Nash handing out high-fives to teammates.

Pretty cool, huh? Show up to training camp and you have a chance at $100? Sure as heck beats a misspelled T-shirt giveaway.

As cool as it would be to get a bill from him, what does this say about Irsay?

Does he think handing out money to his fans will make them forget about his DUI? Does he think handing out $100 bills will justify him being stopped by police with $29k cash on him? Someone tell Irsay he can’t buy his way out of every problem. Only his problems with Roger Goodell.

H/T The Score

Drew Brees wants to play until he’s 45 years old

Drew BreesDon’t expect some of today’s top quarterbacks to pass the torch onto the up-and-comers any time soon.

Drew Brees said Friday that he believes he can continue playing for another 10 years and that playing until he’s 45 is a realistic possibility.

“No doubt. There’s no question,” Brees said Friday via NFL.com. “I’m not getting ahead myself, like it’s a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I’m having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn’t I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?”

Brees explained that being able to play until he’s 45 is about having the right mindset. He cited guys like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as evidence that quarterbacks can play at a high level. Brady has also recently said he plans to play past the age of 40.

If Brees does play another 10 seasons, you figure he’d be able to break some of Brett Favre’s records. The Saints quarterback is fifth all time in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns. The only problem is he might still be chasing Peyton Manning, who is close to Favre on the charts.

Browns reportedly ‘alarmed’ by Johnny Manziel’s behavior, alleged cocaine picture

Johnny Manziel rolling bill bathroom money

The Cleveland Browns have been “alarmed” by some of Johnny Manziel’s behavior and the rookie is losing ground in the starting quarterback race, according to a report.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group says the Browns feel deceived by Manziel, who told them he would leave behind his frat-boy ways from college if the team drafted him. Instead, he’s been out partying frequently since being drafted, spending weekends in Las Vegas, LA, Houston and other cities.

Cabot says the photo of Manziel with a rolled-up bill in a Las Vegas bathroom — a photo that implies potential cocaine use — is just one thing that has the team concerned. But that’s not the only reason the Browns are supposedly worried.

Here’s what Cabot writes:

Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, and some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook.

Team officials had bought into Manziel’s pre-draft promises to tone down the partying and leave his frat-boy lifestyle back in College Station, Texas, and they’ve been stunned by his non-stop antics, sources said.

Manziel has stood up to some of the criticism about him traveling/partying by saying he could study his playbook while also enjoying himself. Some with the Browns apparently feel otherwise.

[Related - Mike Pettine: I told Johnny Manziel to have fun in Las Vegas]

Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine has plans to announce a starting quarterback by Week 3 of the preseason. Brian Hoyer will end up being the starter in all likelihood; Pettine has said Hoyer is the team’s starter for now.

Though the Browns have concerns about Manziel’s behavior, the rookie supposedly has been working hard. He’s been working out and practicing with his private quarterback coach George Whitfield, according to Cabot’s report. There is also the belief that he will be more focused and plugged-in now that camp has started.

I find the timing of this report extremely interesting. The Browns went from supporting Manziel and defending his behavior to now saying Hoyer is the starter. Is it possible they also let this story out because they’re trying to scare Manziel straight? It’s not a stretch for me to believe that could be the case.

Robert Griffin III takes jab at Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinRobert Griffin III is relieved to not be playing under Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan this season. We know that because the former Baylor star has alluded to it a number of times. RG3′s most recent shot at the Shanahans came when he was speaking to reporters on Thursday about his struggles last season.

Griffin had a fantastic rookie season before falling victim to a brutal sophomore slump. He threw only 16 touchdowns passes and 12 interceptions in 13 games last season. He finished 2013 with a passer rating of 82.2. Some blame a slow recovery from ACL surgery, but it sounds like Griffin blames the coaches.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Griffin has a big year in 2014. The fact that he is healthier than last year will certainly help, but so will having a good relationship with Jay Gruden. As a first-year head coach, Gruden will likely give Griffin more freedom. The confidence RG3 and Gruden have in each other should translate to success on the field.

If nothing else, it seems like RG3 will be much happier heading into the season. That has to count for something.