June Gloom, Around the NFL

DeSean Jackson has already started a controversy in Eagles training camp.With the end of minicamp in the rear view mirror for most of the NFL, it is time for an update on the latest happenings as the long drought begins until training camp in August.

For the Eagles, there has been much controversy regarding the starting quarterback position. DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick have publicly stated their shared desire for a quarterback to be named, but head coach Chip Kelly has not budged on the subject, and why should he? There is no benefit to naming a starter now as opposed to training camp, except perhaps to quell the fury of a diva wide receiver, and a quarterback with more baggage than an international flight at LAX. Offensive guard Evan Mathis has sided with his coach via twitter, but no one has stated the obvious; The only parties who would benefit from a starter being named would be the Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, and the other twenty eight franchises in the NFL.

A short trip on I-95 North from the sports complex in South Philadelphia brings us to the meadow-lands, home of the New York Giants, who have had a more interesting off-season than any in recent memory.  At the forefront of the turmoil that has been the Giants’ spring, is the ongoing financial struggle between the Giants’ organization and their two star receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Both players are in the final year of their contracts, and neither of the two have made any headway in contract talks. While both Nicks and Cruz missed the teams’ voluntary OTA’s, Nicks did make good on his promise to appear at mini-camp, while Victor Cruz remained absent from all team activities. Both wide outs are considered to be top level talent, and the Giants will have to pull off a financial miracle to keep both men in blue and white after this season.

From one powerhouse in New England to another, the Patriots may have pulled off the biggest surprise of the offseason, as they signed Tim Tebow to their roster and released former Eagles draft pick Mike Kafka. Deemed “the most interesting storyline of the offseason” by the media, Tebow is slated as a third string QB  behind Tom Brady  and Ryan Mallett.

The team that drafted Tim Tebow has made many offseason moves as well,  releasing Elvis Dumervil, being one of the largest, until recently. The Broncos have decided to move on from Willis McGahee as they released the former hurricane, and signed their presumed soon to be starter, Montee Ball. Ball shined at his time in Wisconsin, and will likely lead the rushing attack in Denver, which also consists of Knowshon Moreno, and Ronnie Hillman.

To end where we started off, the Dallas Cowboys have stirred things up yet again, as owner Jerry Jones had decided to relinquish head coach Jason Garrett of his play calling duties, instead going with offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. What a blow this must be for the ego of Garrett, and the confidence of the Cowboys players heading into the season, as the man deemed as their leader, has now been declared as unfit to lead. This could spell the end of the Garrett era in Dallas should the Cowboys struggle again this season, and with many amiable coaching options already under contract, Garrett may be on a shorter leash than ever.

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Benjamin Haley

Ben Haley is the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WVUD. Ben also serves as a sports broadcaster for the University of Delaware. . He is the main Philadelphia Eagles contributor for HighPhive.com! You can follow him on Twitter @BenHaley11.