Greg DePalma and new analyst Jamal Murphy, writer for CollegeHoopsDaily.com and proprietor of TheBlacketologist.com, take another look at how the NCAA Tournament field is taking shape heading into the final weekend before the major conferences hold their tournaments. There’s also a little NFL free agency and combine discussion.
Dan Shonka, general manager of Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services, sits down with Greg DePalma to update the latest news from the NFL combine and look ahead to the start of the free agency signing period.
Greg DePalma tracks the NFL’s latest roster moves ahead of the free-agent period, including franchise tags places on a pair of former Michigan State teammates in QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins) and RB Le’veon Bell (Steelers), along with Mark Ingram (Saints) and Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants). There’s also an offseason report on the Cincinnati Bengals and a nightly college basketball update.
The Bengals run of five straight playoff berths ended and they’ll need to have a good off-season before things get worse. Since President Mike Brown prefers to build through the draft, we probably won’t know how well their doing until they start making picks in April.
Greg DePalma analyzes the latest New York Jets free agent and draft news, including the release of C Nick Mangold to free up cap space. Now the question is which free agents ought to be top targets, with WR Cordarrelle Patterson and QB Mike Glennon the consensus choices.
Greg DePalma is joined by PSN motorsports analyst C.J. Radune to recap Kurt Busch‘s victory at the Daytona 500, using a last-lap pass to win on his 17th try. There’s also college basketball bubble talk, while the tour of NFL rosters and offseason needs lands on the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens are not that far off from contending for another Super Bowl run. They have an excellent head coach (John Harbaugh), a quality signal-caller (Joe Flacco) and a top-10 defense. And most important they have a very good general manager (Ozzie Newsome) that can get things done.
Without a first-round pick (Traded to Philadelphia for QB Sam Bradford) and substantial cap space, the Vikings will have to cancel some contracts and get creative in free agency. Their top priorities should be to find adequate lineman to protect Bradford and a talented young runner to replace a legend.
Greg DePalma previews college basketball’s next-to-last weekend before the big conference tournaments, including a bubblesphere showdown between Providence and Marquette along with chances for Michigan (vs. Purdue) and Miami (vs. Duke) to solidify their positions with the selection committee. Also, the NFL offseason reports continue with analysis of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
G. M. Ted Thompson has some tough decisions to make including how to keep both T.J. Lang and Nick Perry. He also has to decide what to do with the running back position. Because with time running out on Aaron Rodgers prime, Thompson needs to remember why they won that 2011 Super Bowl and it starts with getting tougher on defense.