What We Learned This Week in the NFL Offseason:
- Kaepernick changing his way of thinking after “incident”
- 49ers exercise option for Aldon Smith
- Browns sign Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen
- Steelers draft picks could fix foundation
Things are about to heat up very fast in the NFL Offseason. The draft is just a few days away and after that it’s just a week until the rookie mini camps will open.
The San Francisco 49ers aren’t having the best offseason PR-wise, especially with their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Last month he was named in an incident report that involved a woman in Miami that so far hasn’t amounted to any charges being filed. His coach, Jim Harbaugh, came out in full support and defense of his quarterback even to the point of calling Kaepernick the “victim” in the whole situation. Last week, Kaepernick spoke publicly for the first time about the incident.
“It’s been put out that I did something wrong. Even though it’s a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I’ve been blessed because it’s changed my way of thinking. It’s made me stronger. It’s made me look at things differently.” – Colin Kaepernick
By comparison, Kaepernick’s “incident” is nothing compared to his teammate, Aldon Smith. The 49ers have decided that a player with multiple DUI’s, pending felonies on weapons charges, and an incident of claiming to have a bomb in an airport is worth exercising his 5th year option as long as they just come out and say they’re “disappointed” with his “off-the-field” incidents. Because of course they did. Furthering the idea the NFL perpetuates the theme that as long as a team considers you valuable, you can do almost anything illegal and face little to no consequences.
On a lighter note, the Cleveland Browns have decided to add some depth to the quarterback position this week when the signed Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen. Seriously. They actually did this. Young, you’ll remember, last played in the NFL with the Eagles in 2011 when he declared the team would become the “Dream Team”. I’d give anything for him to declare the same thing about the Browns just for my own personal amusement. Never change Cleveland, never change.
The Steelers obviously have a lot of work to do if they’re going to keep from going 8-8 for a third consecutive season. Ed Bouchette thinks that with 9 picks in the NFL Draft, the team can arguably fix their deficiencies with a good enough draft. With nine picks the Steelers can address the needs at cornerback, wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker in order to bring themselves back into looking like a team who was just in the Super Bowl a little over three years ago.