There are plenty of rumors floating around media row this week at the Super Bowl in Miami. Some may be true, and others not so true. In this weekly rumor mill article, I will touch on those rumors and whether or not I believe them to be true or false.
The first rumor that came out was from well-respected NFL insider, Jay Glazer. He reported that the Los Angeles Chargers are going to move on from Phillip Rivers. In all honesty, I saw this one coming. They hold the number six pick in the upcoming draft and have Tyrod Taylor to be a bridge to whoever they draft. There was a lot of smoke about Rivers potentially going to Tennessee during the season. That was before Tannehill played well and the Titans committed to him. I do not know where Rivers ends up but it seems like he’s done in LA.
Another rumor that is floating around is that Tom Brady is reportedly interested in going to Miami. This actually makes a lot of sense for quite a few reasons. One, he is familiar with the staff and the system they run. Two, he is familiar with the division. Also, who wouldn’t want to live in Miami? I think this is more feasible than him being a Las Vegas Raider.
To add onto the Brady rumor, there is also speculation that he is interested in purchasing the Dolphins after his playing days are over. I always saw Peyton as a guy who would own a team, but not Tom. If he does decide to go that route when his playing days are over I am sure he would be a great owner.
There is plenty of buzz in the scouting community as well as we lead up the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The main thing that caught my attention was Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is getting hype to be the second tackle off the board behind Jedrick Wills of Alabama. Another OT, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is reportedly falling due to concerns of length and athleticism. This offensive tackle class will be an interesting one to monitor with five players in the mix to be first round selections.
Another position group that is getting plenty of attention from scouts is the Tight End group, but not in a good way. As scouts dig into Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet they are finding flaws. Those are athleticism, lack of ball skills, and some are questioning his blocking ability. He is more than likely a late second or early third round pick. With a good week at the combine, Dayton tight end Adam Trautman could vault himself to be the first tight end off the board. In a time where both super bowl teams boast elite tight ends, teams are looking for that difference maker at the position.
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