Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill explained that he has concerns about the logistics of an NFL team being located in London and the impact it could have on players health.
“We’re getting a lot of support for the NFL over here, but I think one of the big things is going to be the travel; the different time zones and how it might impact the athletes playing here and traveling to play here,” Bidwill said, via Sophie Morris of Sky Sports News. “One of the things we really care about is our players’ health. We want to see how this is going to impact the athlete and we want to make sure that there is no competitive imbalance.”
Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is far more optimistic about a London-based team and fully expects there to be franchised in the U.K. at some point.
“Now we play four games a year in London and sell tickets to 80,000 people and we’re going to have a team in London,” Kraft said, via New York Post. “We’re playing the Raiders in Mexico and have plans to play in Germany, Canada and Brazil and China. I don’t know why not France?”
- Kevin Bowen of Colts.com mentions that Indianapolis has five notable players who are in the final year of their contracts including CB Vontae Davis, WR Donte Moncrief, OL Jack Mewhort, RB Frank Gore and K Adam Vinatieri.
- Bowen believes this could be Davis’ last opportunity to get paid, given where he is in his career.
- In regards to Moncrief, Bowen expects him to a have huge 2017 season for the Colts before setting himself up to be a free agent next year.
- Bowen considers Mewhort to be a critical piece of the Colts’ offensive line and believes he’s a future building block for the Colts.
- Gore’s future with the Colts may come down to how rookie RB Marlon Mack looks this year, according to Bowen.
- Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic considers Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and Maurice Harris to be “locks” to make the team at receiver.
- Receivers on this roster bubble this summer, according to Tandler, include Ryan Grant, Robert Davis, and Brian Quick.
- In regards to Quick, Tandler mentions that despite signing him as a free agent this past March, he’ll likely need a strong camp to make the team, considering that he disappointed in offseason practices.
- This leaves Kendal Thompson, James Quick, Matt Hazel, Levern Jacobs, and Zach Pascal as “long shots” to make the 53-man roster, per Tandler.