After a miraculous 25-season playoff streak, the Detroit Red Wings are poised to miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1982-83 season. With pending restricted free agent Petr Mrazek already dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, this year’s trade season might be treated as an early step in a greater long-term rebuild. If so, what other moves should be made right now and planned for the summer?
It’s a good draft class at tight end, so the Jaguars will boost their talent there, too. That means everything is in place for a deep playoff run with the right quarterback. Teams went all-out to stop the run last season because they did not respect Blake Bortles. That won’t happen with Cousins, and the Jaguars’ offense would no longer play second John Jaso Youth jersey fiddle to the defense.
As for the money, the Jaguars have approximately $16.5 million in cap space for 2018. Take away $10 million to sign the draft class and that leaves the team with $6.5 million. The Jaguars can clear $19.053 million by cutting Bortles. Cutting running back Chris Ivory ($3.87 million) and receiver Allen Hurns ($7 million) would help, too. That would leave the Jaguars with approximately $36.4 million in available cap space — more than enough to afford Cousins — and that’s not even adding in any other veteran cuts, salary-cap savings and cap rollover.
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D. J. Wilson Mens Jersey You could set that catch to the Dreams and Nightmares song by Meek Mill that the team treasures so much and it would be perfectly fitting. Everything from the play call, the story of Foles, Pederson’s idea on how to approach the game, the entire Eagles team going toe-to-toe with the Patriots, and then winning their first Super Bowl under all of these conditions, can be summed by the first few lyrics of the song:
I used to pray for times like this, to rhyme like this/So I had to grind like that to shine like this.
It’s cliched but that’s what those magical moments are for. In time it will become worn out: The NFL will endlessly replay it while talking about coaching genius, trusting in your guys, being ready when called upon, thinking outside of the box, waiting for your opportunity, and whatever else they can use to sell the league. It will become nothing more than a marketing tool, no different than the repetitive narrative of Brady being a sixth-round pick who did bad at the combine.