After leaving the NFL, Matt Leinart did what a lot of retired athletes do: He became a television sports analyst.
That’s still his weekend job at Fox during football season, but now he’s trying his hand at something a bit further afield. Last April, he passed his real estate exam on the first try and became a licensed agent.
We could come close to an NFL record this year before any players take a snap. There are five quarterbacks who could come off the board on Day 1 of the draft, which would tie the 1999 draft for the second most since the merger. The only draft to post six first-rounders is the legendary Class of 1983, which delivered a trio of Hall of Famers in John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.
As much as the league seems to be struggling to pick between the prospects in this year’s class, though, the coaches and executives of 1983 weren’t able to separate the wheat from the chaff until well after the fact. Elway was the first overall pick, but the Chiefs still managed to draft Todd Blackledge seven picks before Kelly. Blackledge threw 29 career touchdowns. Kelly topped 29 in 1991 alone. Tony Eason was taken one pick after Kelly and 12 picks before Marino, who would post the greatest passing season in league history to that point during his second campaign.
The plan is for Luck to take part in all offseason activities and be ready for the season.
Giants co-owner John Mara backed off his once-definitive declaration that Beckham would get his money to be a long-term Giant when he said last month no player on the team was “untouchable. ” The Giants promptly received trade inquiries about Beckham, most notably from the Rams.
In response, Beckham’s camp let it be known that he does not plan to take the field again without a long-term contract, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
With that news, talk of a holdout — see: Le’Veon Bell with the Steelers in 2017 or Michael Strahan with the Giants in 2007 — heated up.
If Beckham’s feelings are hurt over a sense that he is not wanted or valued by the Giants — he reportedly told Rams players he would like to join them — and Giants’ brass still is angry over his decision-making , this week could be a chance to repair the relationship.
Beckham was given a clean slate by Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, but he scuffed it in March when he was seen in a viral video with a woman later identified as a French model and what looked like drugs.