With the 2012 NFL off season in full swing, one of the leagues most dangerous offensive threats, Wide-Receiver Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers, is not going anywhere. After a while of deciding what was best for his family, his career, and himself, Steve Smith will remain with the Panthers. Smith signed a three-year extension this morning on April 10th. Details are very sketchy about the dollar amount, but team officials said that the details of the contract will emerge either at the end today, or on Wednesday April 11th. In 2011-2012, the Carolina Panthers were in full rebuilding mode, finishing with a 6-10 record, earning them 3rd place in the NFC South Division. They will continue be in rebuilding mode during the 2012-2013 NFL season since the team is filled with young talents at all positions, especially with phenomenon second-year quarterback Cam Newton only in his sophomore season.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Finally! After years of stiff negotiations with the cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers will now look forward to the construction of a brand-new football stadium in Santa Clara, in the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Many people throughout the Bay Area, most importantly 49er fans, are extremely excited that city of Santa Clara gave the green light for the construction of a brand-new stadium. The 49ers football organization has been in the Bay Area since they were first established in 1946. With years of failed negotiations, the team threatened to move out of the Bay Area, which rumors circulated that a possible Los Angeles move was in the works. But, with the green light given for a new stadium in Santa Clara the San Francisco 49ers are going to stay in the Bay Area indefinitely.
No team in NFL history has a had a worse off season than the New Orleans Saints. Last month in March, the Saints were under investigation for implementing a bounty program as an incentive for the defensive players to make big plays. Former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams is the person that implemented the bounty program from 2009 during the Saints Superbowl run, until this past NFL season of 2011-2012. Several top Saints coaches and front office personnel knew that such a program was going on, and they did not try to stop it from happening. Head Coach Sean Peyton, Assistant Coach Joe Vitt, and General Manager Mickey Loomis knew about the bounty program but did nothing to stop it.
The day has finally come for the NFL and millions of fans throughout the country! Last week, on April 3rd, Nike unveiled its newest product: the new official jerseys for the 2012 NFL Season. Since 2002, Reebok had the official licensing rights of the NFL’s official team jerseys, apparel, and merchandise. The company and the NFL had a 10 year contract worth $250 million. In 2011, Reebok and the NFL tried to negotiate a new contract that would continue the company to have the official licensing rights to the NFL’s jerseys and apparel, but a deal was not reached, and the current contract between Reebok and the NFL expired in the beginning of April.
The Peyton watch and saga is finally over, and one team cashed in. On March 19th, almost two weeks ago, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning landed a new gig with the Denver Broncos. After several meetings with the Denver front office, including with President of Football Operations John Elway, Peyton Manning decided that Denver was the perfect fit for him. Manning and the Broncos signed a five-year $96 million contract. Since the signing of Manning, the city of Denver has been in a state of excitement and optimism for upcoming 2012-2013 NFL Season, and many of its citizens believe that the Broncos are going to be a Superbowl contender for next year.