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Monday, May 29, 2017


Michael Vick not actually in talks to retire with Falcons

Michael Vick

Michael Vick may have jumped the gun when he said that he was in talks to retire as a Falcon.

Vick was interviewed on Friday and asked about retiring with the Falcons, and the retired quarterback said the idea was “in discussion.” But when pressed about the matter further by another reporter on Sunday, Vick somewhat backtracked.

“Well, I haven’t talked to anybody about it specifically,” Vick told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure Sunday. “It’s something that I’ve really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day — is that what I want — and I said, ‘Yeah.'”

Vick was speaking from his V7 Elite Playmakers Showcase Series when he made the comments.

It doesn’t sound like anything is actually in the works here, but what helps Vick’s case is his relationship with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, which remains positive. Blank invited Vick to the final game at the Georgia Dome. The two talked then, and it sounds like Blank was open to the retirement possibility.

“When I spoke to Arthur, we talked about various other things,” Vick told McClure. “Like I said, [retiring as a Falcon] is something that can happen down the road, and I think we both know that. What’s already understood really don’t have to be explained. You let time work everything out in between.”

Maybe Blank had told him this was a possibility if they give things more time. Over time, there’s a greater chance of having less backlash related to Vick’s criminal past that still stings some and makes him a divisive figure. Or maybe this is a matter of Vick wanting something more than the team does.

Roberto Aguayo in danger of losing kicker job with Bucs

Roberto Aguayo

Roberto Aguayo could be in danger of losing his job as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ placekicker a year after the team moved up in the draft to select the kicker in the second round.

Not only did the Bucs sign Nick Folk for $750,000 guaranteed to bring some competition at the position, but The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud says Folk was also better with some kicks during the week.

According to Stroud:

Aguayo made 1 of 4 field-goals Tuesday on the narrow goalposts (8½ feet wide instead of the regulation 18½ feet), then connected on 4 of 5 from 35-40 yards on the regulation-sized uprights Thursday. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Folk was 9-for-9 from the same distance.

As a rookie last season, Aguayo was just 22 of 31 (71 percent) with a long of 43. He also missed two extra points. All the extra scrutiny caused by the Bucs trading up to get him seemed to affect Aguayo mentally, leading to misses early in the season.

Folk is a career 81.3 percent kicker. He made 27 of 31 kicks (87.1 percent) last season with a long of 51. He also missed two extra points.

Stroud believes it’s “hard to imagine” what Aguayo will have to do to keep the job.

Brandon Jacobs vows to expose Jim Harbaugh, get him fired

Jim Harbaugh reaction

The public feud between retired NFL running back Brandon Jacobs and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh took some nasty twists and turns this week.

While appearing on the “Tiki and Tierney Show” on CBS Sports Network this past Thursday, Jacobs ripped his former coach, essentially saying he knew nothing about football.

“I enjoyed my time [with the San Francisco 49ers], but we didn’t see eye to eye,” Jacobs told the hosts. “I knew more about football than they led on. Going somewhere where they didn’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd. They were just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won. Let’s be real.

“They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim was throwing slants into cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man.”

In response to Jacobs, Harbaugh directly tweeted the two-time Super Bowl champion and provided a biblical quote about not hanging onto anger and bitterness.

Jacobs wasn’t interested in getting philosophical, however. And mere hours after Harbaugh’s tweet, Jacobs was back at it again and took things to an entirely new level.

Jacobs continued by saying, “love the support, but stop the Super Bowl talk. I will expose him, Michigan will fire him when I am done.” That tweet has subsequently been deleted.

For now, Harbaugh has not engaged further, but given what we’ve already seen, it’s only a matter of time before he does.

This strange feud appears to be a long way from over.

Danny Amendola reportedly on roster bubble with Patriots

Danny Amendola recently agreed to take a pay cut with the New England Patriots for a third straight year, but that does not make him a lock to make the 53-man roster.

With the Patriots having signed veteran wide receiver Andrew Hawkins last week, Mike Reiss of speculates the battle for the final receiver spot in training camp will come down to Hawkins and Amendola. New England typically carries six wide receivers, and newly-acquired Brandon Cooks is considered a lock to make the team along with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and special teams captain Matthew Slater.

Amendola caught just 23 passes during the regular season last year, but he has built up a level of trust with Tom Brady that Hawkins will have to work hard to match. Amendola caught 10 passes in the postseason last year and was a key player in New England’s offense during its two recent Super Bowl runs.

Hawkins, who at 31 is the same age as Amendola, was not much more productive with the Cleveland Browns last season, catching 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It’s safe to assume Amendola has the upper hand early on.

Tom Brady files a series of oddball ‘TB12’ trademarks

Have you ever wanted some Tom Brady bed sheets? How about a Tom Brady medicine ball or a Tom Brady meal kit complete with fresh fruits and organic seeds?

If any of those things interest you, good news — you’re in luck!

The New England Patriots superstar quarterback has continued his recent run of TB12 trademark filings, this time including the aforementioned materials along with sleepwear, athletic wear, specific attire, kettle bells, jump ropes and just about anything else you can think of.

The filings and applications were officially made by Yee & Dubin Sports, a Los Angeles-based company run by Brady’s agent, Don Yee, as recently as the fall. They only add to the massive number of previous TB12 trademarks, which include anything from a nutrition manual to the TB12 Sports Therapy Center located at Gillette Stadium.

Brady and Yee have also filed a trademark for TB12 educational services, which will provide seminars certified instructors, athletic trainers and nutritional experts.

Many of the products can be purchased at the official TB12 store, which will soon include a new round of inventory following these filings.

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Colin Kaepernick hat backwards

Did Spike Lee break some news about Colin Kaepernick signing with the Seattle Seahawks, or did he jump the gun?

The filmmaker posted a photo on Instagram Saturday of him with Kaepernick. In his caption, Lee said “big love shoutout” to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll for signing Kaepernick.

Not long after posting the photo, Lee deleted it.

The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta was moved to weigh in and said that Kaepernick has not signed with the Seahawks.

Kaepernick had a visit with Seattle during the week that reportedly went well.

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Michael Vick

Free agent quarterback Michael Vick said earlier this year that he has officially retired from the NFL. The quarterback even threw a retirement party at the Super Bowl.

Now that the 36-year-old is retiring, Vick says he’s talking with the Atlanta Falcons about signing one of those one-day deals in order to retire as a member of the team. He talked about it during an interview with Jon Chuckery on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta Friday.

“Hopefully soon. It’s in discussion,” Vick said of the possibility of retiring with Atlanta.

Vick was asked if he would want to retire as a Falcon.

“Yeah. I think everybody knows that,” he said. “I don’t think I identify with any other team I played with, even though I enjoyed my time in other cities.”

Vick was drafted No. 1 overall by the Falcons in 2001 and entered the league with a ton of hype. Though he flashed plenty of excitement on the field, because of injuries and more he didn’t really live up to the hype in Atlanta. Then he went away to prison due to his dog fighting charges and missed two full seasons before returning with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick spent five seasons in Philly after that, including a very successful 2010 season. He finished his career with the Jets and then the Steelers.

Atlanta was where it all began for Vick, so retiring as a Falcon would make plenty of sense.

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