Heading into the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Rams were one of the most exciting teams in the league. Their busy offseason bolstered an already strong roster, giving them a truly elite offense under Sean McVay.
As of now, the Cleveland Browns look like a similarly hyped team. After adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, and building on the success found with Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb, the Browns could be playoff contenders. The Rams will pay them a visit in Week 3 on Sunday Night Football, checking in to see just how legitimate the new-look Browns are.
Aqib Talib knows they look good on paper, but he’s still skeptical. On NFL Network’s “Total Access” segment titled “Buy, Sell or Hold,” Talib said he’s holding on Cleveland.
“I’m gonna hold. As of right now, I think it’s still on paper,” Talib said. “I’d like to see it with my own eyes, on the field, on TV or something – more than just on paper. As of right now, they had a losing record last season, so I gotta hold and see it with my own eyes, and then I’ll buy it.”
That’s a reasonable take from Talib. It’s hard not to be intrigued by the Browns after they put together a solid 2018 season behind Mayfield, but there’s no guarantee they’ll be successful next season.
The talent is absolutely there, but like Talib said, it’s still on paper. Games aren’t won and lost in March or April. There’s still a long way to go before the regular season begins in September, and until that point, Talib will have reservations about the Browns as AFC North contenders.
The slow period of the NFL offseason is officially winding down. The draft is right around the corner, and Wednesday night we’ll know the Los Angeles Rams’ full schedule for the 2019 season.
The league is releasing the schedules at 5 p.m. PT, pulling back the curtain on all 256 regular-season games. The Rams already know who their opponents will be, the only thing left to figure out is when they’ll be playing each one. The Rams have plenty of big games on their schedule, but perhaps the biggest one is a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game against the Saints.
The game caused a huge uproar, of course, because of the controversial non-call in the final few minutes. That non-call was the impetus for the league to change its rules and make pass interference calls reviewable.
The Saints have been hyping up the rematch for a while now, and are very much looking forward to their chance for revenge. It’ll be one of the most anticipated matchups of the entire NFL season, and Saints pass-rusher Cameron Jordan said recently he didn’t want it to happen too early.
“Let me get a couple games in so give me time for our unit to be super cohesive, know we’re battle-ready, sharpened up. I’m going to say game, like, five or six,” Jordan said.
Aqib Talib disagrees. The Rams cornerback did an interview on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday and said he doesn’t want to wait.
“They want to play us, we ain’t have no problem playing the guys, so let’s start it off Monday night or however,” he continued. “Put us under the lights and let’s get to it.”
Talib made it clear that the Saints aren’t the only ones looking forward to the rematch. New Orleans might be looking for revenge, but the Rams will be highly motivated as well. A lot of people tried to put an asterisk next to the Rams’ win because of the non-call, which surely angered many members of the team.
Talib isn’t one to back down from a fight, and he clearly wants to make a statement right away. He essentially one-upped the Saints and their trash talk, and it’ll be interesting to see if the schedule makers agree with Talib. General NFL fans will be hoping the matchup comes sooner rather than later. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.
Aqib Talib has spent 11 years in the NFL and will make it a dozen in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams. He’s earned about $64 million in his career, which is obviously a huge sum of money. If he remains with the Rams through next season and retires in 2020, he’ll have made about $72 million.
When you compare that figure to the contracts some MLB players are signing, it looks significantly smaller. Just this offseason, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year deal worth $330 million, all of which is guaranteed. Mike Trout also signed a 12-year, $430 million contract with the Angels, making him the richest player in MLB history.Aqib Talib has spent 11 years in the NFL and will make it a dozen in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams. He’s earned about $64 million in his career, which is obviously a huge sum of money. If he remains with the Rams through next season and retires in 2020, he’ll have made about $72 million.
When you compare that figure to the contracts some MLB players are signing, it looks significantly smaller. Just this offseason, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year deal worth $330 million, all of which is guaranteed. Mike Trout also signed a 12-year, $430 million contract with the Angels, making him the richest player in MLB history.