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The NFL has never been stronger Authentic Ziggy Ansah Jersey , and now we’re about to hit a potential jackpot with not one, but two new football leagues. If you’ve been following along, you should be no stranger to new leagues. The FXFL, or Fall Experimental Football League, attempted to become a developmental league for the NFL but folded in 2016 after only two seasons. In 2020, we’re going to witness the rebirth of Vince McMahon’s XFL, but before that happens the Alliance of American Football will be fielding eight teams with around 500 players, and one team in particular will have several coaches that should be familiar to Lions fans. The San Diego Fleet, one of the eight franchises the new league will be launching, will hit the field with their new head coach, Mike Martz. Martz was the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before getting fired after the team’s collapse following a 6-2 start that season. With Martz now at the helm, San Diego should prepare itself for about one hundred seven-step drops a game, am I right, fellas? (Editor’s note: please remove references that will appear dated to modern fans).Former Lions quarterback, and Mike Martz disciple, Jon Kitna will be the team’s offensive coordinator. Considering the beating he took under Martz, maybe he’ll quash the seven-step drop altogether, but that remains to be seen. Kitna is joined by his brother, Mike, who will act as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. The inclusion of both Kitnas opens the door to some potential drama, since they were both involved in some pretty crazy shenanigans as high school coaches recently. Former Lions Pro Bowl defensive back Dre’ Bly will also join the Fleet, acting as defensive backs coach. Bly, an All Pro in 2003, was a fan favorite during his tenure with the Lions, and even attempted to make a comeback with the team in 2010, though it was unsuccessful. This isn’t Bly’s first foray into the coaching arena, but it will be his first time doing so with professionals at any level. On the other side of the ball, former Lions receiver and the first Lion to score a touchdown at Ford Field, Az-Zahir Hakim, is taking over as the Fleet’s wide receivers coach. A college receivers coach, Hakim is also making his first jump into the professional arena. One of the more electric receivers to play in Detroit, Hakim was a fan favorite when he played for the Lions both for his receiving ability and for his work as a punt returner. If you’re interested in seeing who they’ll be coaching, including former Lions pre-season linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton, check it out here. So what else will the new league bring to the table besides some long-retired Lions? Well Womens Michael Roberts Jersey , as detailed here, kickoffs are gone. Instead, teams will start at their own 25. Late in the game and wish you could go for an onside kick? Sorry, you can’t, but teams have the option to instead start at their own 35 on fourth-and-10. Extra points, also gone (Kickers in the AAF are apparently not people, too). Instead, teams will be forced to do what NFL teams should have been doing all along anyway, go for two every time. There’s a shorter play clock, so uptempo offenses are likely to be more prevalent.Players won’t be going at this thing for free. As noted by ESPN:With the recent legal changes in the United States regarding gambling, the AAF isn’t screwing around, instead putting all their chips into the betting markets. Banking on the appeal of big-named former players (other teams landed former NFL stars like Michael Vick) and exciting local talents in their charter cities, the league is hoping to give opportunities to football players who may have simply missed their first shot at the NFL, while giving others a chance to develop into players that could appeal to the granddaddy NFL. With Charlie Ebersol leading the charge and Bill Polian pulling talent, this new league may be a lot of fun. They’ve already released their rosters and coaching staffs but also showcased some pretty sweet logos and team colors for their inaugural squads. It’s an interesting, but workable financial model for the players, and when adding in the gambling stuff, we’re probably not going to see a USFL type of collapse. I’m just excited to have football starting in February, which is normally when we mourn the end of football for half a year.The Detroit Lions should trade Golden Tate I love Golden Tate. If you are a Lions fan, you probably do too. Since coming to Detroit, the electric wide receiver has played in every game, scored 22 touchdowns, and has made defender after defender look completely silly. Tate’s effort against the Cowboys last Sunday was a perfect example of exactly what he can do with the ball in his hands.When Tate signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions before the 2014 season, it had the potential to be a steal. Indeed, his $6.2 million average annual value puts him at just 38th among NFL receivers this year. For a player who is borderline top 10 at his position, Detroit made one of the best signings in the league.However, as this contract comes to an end, it is impossible to ignore the future. With under a month until the NFL trade deadline, the Lions need to think about the team’s plans going forward and how Tate fits in. As exciting as he can be, it would be in the team’s best interest to trade him now while they still have a chance.Re-signing makes little senseTate will be 31 at the start of next season but will command a salary much higher than his current contract. While age might be a factor in term length, he will certainly look at what his peers are getting paid and look for something similar. Right now, top-15 wide receivers are seeing at least $13 million in AAV, while top-20 receivers are all making over eight figures.It is possible he could take a hometown discount Womens LeGarrette Blount Jersey , but given the fact that he has vocally celebrated every big receiver contract, it seems clear where his heart lies. This is perfectly normal—players should absolutely maximize the paychecks that they earn. Though he has mentioned wanting to stay in Detroit and retire as a Lion, asking and hoping for Tate to take a smaller cut just to help out the team seems foolish and unfair.Not spending upwards of $10 million a year on Tate will give the Lions flexibility to spend elsewhere. Detroit has massive needs along the defensive line and linebacking corps, both of which are much higher priorities than wide receiver, where they already have two very capable options. There is no logical reason for the Lions to spend at a position of strength with gaping holes existing on the other side of the ball.Get draft capitalLosing Tate at the end of the year will likely trigger a compensatory pick, but knowing where that pick will land is tough to tell. There is a chance it could end up in the third round, but that depends on whether the Lions sign any top free agents in the offseason and what other players are on the move. There is an argument that Tate would net the team a third-rounder, but this is more of a guess than a statement of fact.I am not going to spend much time speculating about a possible return for Tate in a trade because that would absolutely be guessing. However, the NFL has shown that the wide receiver market to be profitable, with players like Brandin Cooks netting at least a first-round pick on two occasions and Sammy Watkins bringing home around a second-rounder. Those players are younger than Tate and had different contract situations. I include them here only to show a rough idea of how teams value top receivers and that teams are willing to part with good picks for good players. A first-rounder is very unlikely, but a second-round pick seems right within his range, and would be a clear improvement over a compensatory selection the Lions would get for not trading him.The offense will be fine...The Lions made Matthew Stafford the highest quarterback at the time of his extension. They have committed millions and draft picks to the offensive line. They went out and snagged Marvin Jones. They drafted Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson in back-to-back years. Lions fans know that this offense has enough weapons to do everything it needs to do.Tate is a unique player with tons of talent, but the team can survive without him. As the running game continues to develop, there is no reason to expect a huge drop off from the offense with Tate to the offense with whoever replaces him. Most likely, his targets are simply going to Jones and Golladay. I can only see good things happening as those two continue to be fed the ball....but if not, it does not matter right nowAt 1-3, the season is not over for Detroit, but the on-field product should cause some hesitation. Do the Lions look capable of winning the division? Do they look like they can even hang around the Wild Card hunt? The reality is that everything needs to go right for the Lions to even have a chance at the No. 6 seed in the conference; that would be the best-case scenario.The more plausible outcome is that the defense continues to struggle and the Lions have no ability to stop opposing running games. Stafford and the offense should be able to sneak out a couple wins, but even with Tate, the ceiling is probably around .500. There is no harm in losing Tate right now, as this is not a competing season for the Lions anyway. In fact, it probably helps them with their draft position for next year. Losing potentially the best skill player on the offense will have an impact, but in terms of season outcomes, the variance will be minimal.Making the difficult choiceAgain, it is impossible to know what other NFL front offices are willing to surrender for Tate, but if general manager Bob Quinn gets a competitive offer, he should seriously consider making a move. It will hurt to lose Tate, one of the few constants over the past four seasons, but his production is going to wind down sooner or later. It makes sense to let someone else make the mistake of overpaying him and getting out now.A second-round pick and additional cap space, plus the team’s own picks—which will likely be high in draft order—will go a long way in helping the Lions fill out the roster. The offense might take a slight step back, but that sacrifice is more than worth it to see the defense take huge leaps forward. Thank you for your service, Golden, but the hardest choice is the right one in this case. It is time to move on.
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