So far, the biggest news of the 2012 NFL off season has been the New Orleans Saints “Bounty Program” scandal. As every week passes there has been a new development each time. The New Orleans Saints organization has been under the radar since the scandal broke out in February 2012. All levels of the organization have been rattled by this growing scandal, from Owner Tom Benson, General Manager Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Peyton, Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt, and the “poster boy” of the scandal, former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. With suspicions from the NFL from 2009, the leaked controversial audio-tape of Gregg Williams, allegations of wire-tapping by General Manager Mickey Loomis, and full player involvement in the “Bounty Program.” The situation gets worse and worse as each day passes. Only time will tell what other evidence will come to light about the “Watergate” style scandal of the NFL.
Its been two weeks since the 2012 NFL Draft has ended. Still, many people throughout the NFL are excited and talking about all the players that were selected in this year’s draft class of 2012. Many teams scored major picks and some did not draft as well as they have in the past. Coming into the draft five names stood out the most, which were Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil, and Justin Blackmon. For months these five individuals were talked about as being the potential top 5 NFL draft picks of the 2012 draft, and in the end they were. Every year the NFL draft is a time of happiness, frustration, and sadness, because some players are drafted early, and some are drafted in later rounds by teams. The 2012 NFL Draft was a draft in which the new generation of college players are now bigger, stronger, and faster. The NFL and Commissioner Rodger Goodell are very excited for the future of these players and for the league.
On May 2nd, 2012, the NFL world was shocked and saddened to hear that longtime NFL great, and future hall of famer, Junior Seau died at the age of 43 from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Seau was arguably one of the best linebackers to have ever played the game of football, and he was for sure going to be a member of the NFL Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio in the near future. Seau’s death is being ruled as an apparent suicide. Many of his family members, friends, former teammates, and fans are completely shocked and saddened by Seau’s sudden death. Many players throughout the NFL are still to this day in disbelief that Seau would take his own life. His death comes as a shock, because Seau did not show any symptoms, signs, or even clues of depression or any stress in his life. If there was something wrong with Seau, many people could not tell, because he kept it very secret. Seau had three children, two sons and a daughter.
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.
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.