Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 10.15.14

By @cleeverizon

- This past Sunday, the Cleveland Browns took two hits on the offense and defense. First they lost Pro Bowl Center Alex Mack with a broken fibula. Best case scenario, he is out 8 to 10 weeks. Worst case scenario is out for the entire season. On the defensive side of the ball, Armonty Bryant is out for the season with a torn right ACL and MCL. According to the newest Browns depth chart, John Greco moves to starting center, and John Hughes is now starting at defensive end.

Now let me clear up this Brian Hoyer contract situation. I do expect the Browns to sign Brian Hoyer to a new 2-year guaranteed contract, with a third-year player and or club option. I believe this deal will be worth anywhere between $6 and $8 million per season. I do not however, believe the Browns will franchise Hoyer for the $18 million that he will be guaranteed. Brian Hoyer will give the Browns a hometown discount and will accept the $6 to $8 million per year contract with the player option and Johnny Manziel will be waiting in the wings ready to go after the contract is all over. Manziel will still sell jerseys and do commercials. He is always just a play away. Gotta keep that in mind.

- Yesterday, the Cincinnati Bengals worked out former Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor. The Bengals also signed former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little. Since Little is back in Ohio, I hope he doesn't meet up with Josh Gordon and we all know what happened with that story.

- Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant has a Jones fracture, which is a broken bone below the small toe off his foot. A simple surgery may only keep him out for 6 to 8 weeks. This all depends on his rehab schedule and how fast he heals. The Thunder want to get him active and into the flow ASAP, but not rush anything.

- Last week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats By Dre headphones during warm-ups. During Kaepernick's most recent interview, he wore the headphones but used athletic tape to cover up the logo. Therefore he found a way to where the headphones without receiving a fine from the NFL. The reason for Kaepernick's latest fine is because the NFL has a contract with Bose as the official headphones of the NFL. The NFL has similar contracts with Under Armor and Nike as the official cleats of the NFL. Athletes may wear other footwear, but if not sponsored by the NFL, they must be covered up by tape or they may face a fine. It's all about the mighty dollar.

- NBA jerseys may become more like soccer jerseys. According to the new NBA TV contract, jersey advertising will be added in the 2015-2016 NBA seasons. According to the deal the NBA logo will be moved to the back of the jersey, above the name and you will see a 2 x 6 advertisement by either Samsung and or Coca-Cola. The details on how much the league will make has not been disclosed as of yet, but the deal is going to be lucrative to the NBA, the NBA teams and the local markets.

- Lastly, before I leave I will like to say happy birthday to my youngest son Nathaniel Christian who turned 10 years old on October 12. I love you buddy I want to learn all about and contribute to what I do at some point in time in life.

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