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New Meadowlands Stadium, the home to the New York Jets and New York Giants will host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The new stadium, which cost $1.6 billion to build, opened on April 10, 2010. The 2010 season will mark the first season in which the Jets and Giants will play in it. It is also the most expensive stadium ever built. This site beat out locations in South Florida and Tampa for the Super Bowl. It is expected that the Super Bowl here will generate about $550 million in revenue for the local economy. It will also help the stadium gain naming rights, which could be worth $500 million. This location for the Super Bowl goes against the typical warm weather site. At the time of the Super Bowl, it is typically around 30° F. Before the Super Bowl comes to the Meadowlands, it will be held in Dallas, Indianapolis, and New Orleans.
Earlier this morning, a sad story hit the news room, and Ex-New York Giant Lawrence Taylor is in quite the jam. He was arrested and charged with the rape of a sixteen year old girl, who happened to be a runaway. Before anyone comes to any conclusions, we must let the court decide the facts and the validity of them, but it certainly doesn’t look good for Lawrence Taylor. The NFL Hall of Famer apparently waited in is hotel room as a pimp took her to the hotel. The girl was struck when she refused to go in to the room with Taylor, but, when hit again, she went into the hotel room and had sex with him. As of now, Taylor is denying all charges, and a bail was posted at 75,000$. Taylor was just recently bailed out of jail. Taylor’s attorney claims that he did not have any sort of sex with the girl, and was calm during the first arraignment. He is due back in court on June 10th.
The St. Louis Rams selected Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick in last night’s first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Bradford was the first pick despite missing most of his junior season due to a shoulder injury. However, Bradford was able to impress the Rams enough at workouts, prior to the draft, that they still felt he was a dynamic player. Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, is the 14th quarterback to be taken first overall in the last 24 years. Going second to the Lions was Ndamukong Suh, a defensive tackle out of Nebraska. He finished second in last season’s Heisman voting. Following Suh were two of Bradford’s teammates at Oklahoma. The Tampa Bay Bucs drafted defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the Washington Redskins drafted offensive tackle Trent Williams. Eric Berry, the safety out of Tennessee, who has drawn comparisons to Troy Polamalu, was taken 5th by the Kansas City Chiefs. There were also a few surprises late in the first round.
The Denver Broncos selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. While Tebow was an outstanding college player and won two national championships and a Heisman, his NFL potential has been questioned. Draft expert Mel Kiper has said that Tebow doesn’t have the intangibles to play quarterback in the NFL and is not a full-time quarterback. However, the Broncos thought otherwise and took Tebow. Perhaps the biggest shock of the first round was the fall of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, viewed by almost everyone as the second best quarterback in the class. He was not selected by any team in the first round and will almost certainly be one, if not the first player taken when the second round resumes on Friday night. Texas quarterback Colt Mccoy also figures to be one of the first players taken on Friday night. The Bills and Browns are rumored to be trying to work out out a trade to acquire the #33 pick.
The Cleveland Browns traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 draft pick, and a conditional pick in 2012. This trade comes after the Browns signed another quarterback, Jake Delhomme. Delhomme will be reunited with former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who is the President of the Browns. They also acquired Seneca Wallace from the Seattle Seahawks in order to provide backup support for Delhomme. Quinn was a huge disappointment for the Browns. He was benched after 2 1/2 games last season in favor of Derek Anderson, who has also been released. However, he did eventually reclaim his job. He has been plagued by inaccuracy and never amounted into the player that he was expected to be for the Browns. He still can resurrect his career in Denver, where he will compete with Kyle Orton for the starting job. The Broncos reportedly were interested in acquiring Quinn last year in order to replace the departed Jay Cutler, now with the Chicago Bears.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed defensive-end Aaron Kampman to a contract. Terms of the deal were not released to the public. Kampman played eight seasons for the Green Bay Packer and was a two-time Pro Bowler. He moved to outside linebacker in 2009 because Green Bay switched to a 3-4 defense. He recorded 55 tackles and had 3 1/2 sacks last season. However, his season was shortened due to a knee injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, suffered on November 22. Jacksonville’s pass rush ranked last in the NFL in 2009 and they expect Kampman to provide a much-needed boost. Kampman has 592 career tackles in 112 career games. He also has 13 forced fumbles and 4 recoveries. He played his college ball at Iowa, where he was a two-time Academic All-American. He was picked in the 5th round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
The Chicago Bears have signed defensive-end Julius Peppers to a six-year deal worth $91.5 million with $42 million guaranteed. His contract is similar to the seven-year $100 million contract that the Redskins gave Albert Haynseworth last year. Peppers had 10.5 sacks last season for the Carolina Panthers. They offered him a four-year $54 contract last year, which he rejected. With his new contract, Peppers will be able make around $110 million from 2009 to 2016. In Chicago, he will team with Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris to form one of the best defenses in the NFL. Chicago’s defense had an average year last year, largely due to an early season-ending injury to Urlacher. They were ranked 17th overall and tied for 13th in sacks with 35. On The Bears also signed running back Chester Taylor and tight-end Brandon Manumaluena yesterday.
Wide receiver Donte Stallworth has signed a 1-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal comes after Stallworth worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday. The contract is worth $900,000 with an additional $300,000 available in incentives. Stallworth was just released by the Cleveland Browns after being reinstated by the NFL following his 1-year suspension. Stallworth was suspended and served 30 days in jail for striking and killing construction worker Mario Reyes with his car while driving under the influence of alcohol. He pleaded guilty to a DUI vehicular manslaughter charge. This was a violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy. Stallworth was a huge disappointment for the Browns, only playing one season after signing a seven-year, $35 million contract in 2008. He only had 17 catches for 170 yards and 1 touchdown reception in just 11 games. Stallworth has 296 career receptions for 4,383 yards. He has played for the Saints, Eagles, Patriots, Browns, and now the Ravens.