Afterahalf-dozen reportedly passed on being the subject for the documentary-style series "Hard Knocks", HBO has found a destination.The premium cable channel will be taking its talented film crew to South Beach.Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told reporters on Monday that the team will be the subject of the behind the scenes series. Of course he did so right after I piggybacked on an NFL.com post where the site asked its cadre of analysts and writers to come up withtheir ideal team for the 247-esque show. Whether intentional or not, nineselectors led to nine different final selections. Nobody picked the Dolphins.Even though this could be a trying season for Miami, there are some interesting angles. The Dolphinshave their own first-round quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Too bad he has almost no viable receivers to play catch with. Reggie Bush looks topost a second straight solid seasons (plus there will be the gratuitous Kim Kardashian references). Year onewith a new head coach, sure, why not.For me,I'd love the Patriots, but I cannot fathom Bill Belichick agreeing to have cameras follow him around; there are only so many ways he can say nothing. Beyond the dream of having 247 access with the hoodie and the hair (Tom Brady),my preferred list was as follows...3) Jaguars - I agree, if you're going to go with a Florida team, better Miami over Jacksonville. However, after hearing the Jaguars were openly pushing for the show,it seemed logical for theleague to get its least popular team some press.Spending a few weeks in Jacksonville, even on television, does not soundterribly appealing, though in this caseI blame that mostly on a roster devoid of starsoutside of the human bowling ball Maurice Jones-Drew. Then again, this level ofcoverage would bump up the team's Q-rating and likely my interest in checking their regular season games outduringthe season for reasons beyond fantasy football or the generic office pool. Personally, I am intrigued aboutthe quarterback battle between Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and DavidGarrard. Guess I'll have to monitor the internet for such things.2) Colts - Even though owner Jim Irsay recently said onTwitter his team may not be ready for the spotlight, this could have worked.The post-Peyton Manning world shouldmake for terrific TV, with the madcap Irsay leading the way. There isAndrew Luck's first NFL training camp. A brand new coach is taking over and thisone (Chuck Pagano) appears to be alive unlike his predecessor, the zombie-facedJim Caldwell. Plus, I am dying to know why on earth Reggie Wayne chose to stayin Indy.1) Lions - From historically inept to playoff contender. The Matthew Stafford-to-Calvin Johnsonconnection. Jim Schwartz (hopefully) chasing down more NFL head coaches headedto their postgame locker room. Nick Fairley's growing rap sheet. JahvidBest's recovery from a serious concussion. Betting on whether Eminem or KidRock makes the first Motor City bad boy singerrapper cameo. Ndamukong Suhdoing Ndamukong Suh things. Seeing if by the time preseason ends the team'stotal number of offseason arrests is greater than the number of Matt Millenjokes made during the series. The Lions were the team for me, but you never heard anyone complain about hanging in Miami over Detroit. I won't be the first.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
If you have to restructure Kerrigan to get an extension done for Preston Smith you do it. But 1st year cap hits on extensions off of rookie deal generally low. https://t.co/WIvIp5PoBw— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 18, 2018
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.
Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.
The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her.
The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.
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Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.
The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.
The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.
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