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Dez Bryant Waiting To Sign With A Contender

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It’s been a slow market for former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who may regret turning down a three-year pact from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason.

Bryant is waiting for a contender to come calling, but very little interest has been shown in the decline wide receiver, who was released by Dallas in the spring.

According to Ian Rapport of NFL Network, Bryant is willing to wait.

“He’s being choosy, wants to be with a team that of course can win right away, and the kind of team that can compete for championships and, from what it sounds like, this is a guy who is willing to wait. And we know that because he’s still waiting, so it is quiet.

Dez Bryant could be one of those guys who waits around and in the event of some injury to a top receiver maybe he gets a call and the kind of deal that he’s been waiting for.”

Teams to watch are the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans, and the Atlanta Falcons, who could come calling, but Bryant may not be their first choice.

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Packers’ Jaire Alexander Learning from Early Experience

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander is taking it all in, the NFL experience, training camp, the NFL preseason, practices, and the knowledge that his more experienced teammates, such as Packers cornerback Davon House can bestow.

“I learned a bunch,” Alexander said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Got to experience what a game is like, just trying to pay attention to the calls and the formations. See what the offense likes to run, and things like that. There were a lot of moving parts for me, so I was really concentrating on getting the play call and try to see myself in those positions.”

House notices how Alexander has traits of a veteran, even though her is a rookie.

“He says he can tell that the game isn’t as hard as everyone says it is — from watching it live,” House said. “Jaire isn’t a regular rookie. He’s kind of already in the flow of things.”

“Everyone likes him; very likable kid,” House said. “He’s eager, very coachable. We feed off of him. The energy he brings to the locker room, to the field when he makes plays, it’s always positive.”

Alexander’s conversion into the NFL game has been fluid, but House can understand why.

“It is hard, but it isn’t as hard as what we’re going against in practice,” House said. “You’re going against A-Rod, Davante [Adams], Jimmy Graham, and then you see other teams and it’s not even close to what we go through in practice, which makes it easier.”

House will be with Alexander, mentoring him, along with other veterans, as he prepares for the ups and downs of his first NFL season.

“That’s something we’ve always promoted,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “It makes you proud, but that’s something our guys do a really good job of. … Our younger players closing that gap with the veteran players is vital to the success of our football team and getting ready for [Week 1 against] Chicago, and our guys do a great job of that.”

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Darrelle Revis Announces Retirement

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Darrelle Revis, one of the NFL’s most feared shutdown cornerbacks early in his career, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

Revis, 33, made a name as one of the best NFL defenders during his tenure with the New York Jets, the team he spent the majority of his career with, earning four Pro Bowl nods, and three First-Team All-Pro selections priorto being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2013.

Revis was released after one season with Tampa Bay before landing with the Jets’ division rival New England Patriots, helping them to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

However, Revis would find his way back to New York when the Jets inked him to a five-year, $70M contract with $39M guaranteed, but the deal never proved to be a smart one as Revis’ play declined significantly.

Revis posted the following:

For the past eleven years, it has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world. Today, I am closing a chapter in my life that I once dreamed of as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League,” Revis said in a press release. “The game of football has opened doors for me I once thought were nearly impossible to get through. My passion to play the game at an elite level brought fun and excitement to the term “shutdown corner,” which was nearly on the verge of extinction. Covering some of the toughest assignments in league history was a challenge every Sunday, but also an honor within this game we all love. I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, and mentors who have made a significant impact in my life and helped to create amazing memories that my family and I will cherish for a lifetime. I’m excited as to what lies ahead as I pursue new ventures in different industries. Long live Revis Island.”

While Revis’ elite play will certainly be missed in the NFL, who along with other sports leagues, should be encouraged by the number of high school students that are engaging and participating in high school sports, which are climbing steadily, according to Casino.org.

Football, however, has seen a slight drop and it could theoretically be attributed to all the changes that the NFL has instituted with the game over the past decade, along with social issues, player conduct issues, and their unbalanced punishment system for rule violations that is borderline comical.

With the game’s constant changing, leaning more towards offensive output and hindering defenses, players such as Revis will be harder and harder to come by, making his career that much more special, and important.

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DeMarco Murray Retires

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After not finding a new team on the free agent market, veteran running back DeMarco Murray is retiring after 7 season in the NFL.

Murray, 30, was released by the Tennessee Titans back in March after posting a career-low 659 yards and tying a career low with 3.6 yards per carry in 2017, due mainly to injuries and an obvious decline in his explosiveness.

“It’s bittersweet, but for I think me it’s the right timing for myself and my family moving forward,” Murray said.

“I think you just wake up,” he said of making the decision. “I’ve always heard the saying, ‘When you know, you know, and one day that day will come.’ And for me it’s been the last year or two. I’ve been constantly thinking about this. Working out still, in great shape, feel great, and it’s time. It’s time for me.”

“I feel very confident in myself. Excited for the future. Excited for my future. I know what type of player I am,” Murray said at the time.

Murray ran for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and collecting 307 receptions for 2,165 yards receiving to go along with 6 receiving touchdowns.

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