It’s been a long four weeks without PFT Live on NBCSN. That’s about to end on Monday.
Although PFT Live remained on NBC Sports Radio throughout the Olympics, PFT Live has been on a one-month hiatus from TV. That ends on Monday.
We’ll be back on Monday, and we’ll be live for two hours every weekday until the offseason program ends in June. That means Chris Simms will be back, too, sharing his views on anything and everything about football from the contract given last week to the quarterback he puts at No. 70 in the league to the player he thinks should be the first quarterback taken in the draft.
None of the star players will be on the trip.
9 hot Yankees, 9 cold ones in final week of spring training
Their $21-million-a-year reserve outfielder will be there … unless something else happens before the Yankees depart Steinbrenner Field.
This will be the second scheduled return for Jacoby Ellsbury, who was going to return from his early spring training oblique issue last weekend until he came down with the flu.
He’s finally ready to go.
Good cornerbacks are hard to come by in the NFL, and a good cornerback like Johnson is always going to make a lot of money in free agency. But if other cornerback-needy teams had acquired Talib, Peters or Shields, that might have made them less likely in entering the bidding war for Johnson.
With the Rams hoarding cornerbacks, there’s an even smaller supply for the rest of the league. The next-best cornerback on the board is Kyle Fuller, but he has the transition tag, which means the Bears can match any offer for him. Teams that need a cornerback would likely rather make a big push for Johnson immediately than sign Fuller and then wait to see whether the Bears match the offer. After Fuller, the next-best cornerback available is Malcolm Butler, but after the Patriots benched him in the Super Bowl for reasons that remain unclear, teams may hesitate to make him a big-money offer as well.
The bottom line is that Johnson is by far the best option among the available cornerbacks, and the Rams have taken away three potential fallback options for any team that doesn’t get Johnson. That means multiple teams will want to make Johnson a very rich man a good position for Johnson to be in when free agency opens next week.
While Ronnie Harrison may seem redundant following the addition of Burnett, he isn’t.