Many teams returned to work this week in the form of OTAs and in true NFL fashion, players held out and players were injured. The NFL, where there is always stories!
Like brave children who found out their parent got a job overseas, the Field Gulls crew continued to pump out content this week even in the face of Danny's imminent departure.
Evan Hill gets us started by examining whether Michael Bennett has a legitimate contract gripe or not.
Over at SB Nation's NFL page, Danny poses the question of whether the Colts can keep Andrew Luck upright in 2016.
I list three offensive players who could take the next step in 2016, and give you a bonus rookie set to impact that side of the ball.
Joshua Kasparek takes us back to the wonderful wild card victory over the New Orleans Saints in 2011.
Your friends Kenny and Rob were back this week with a scorching hot episode of 3000 NFL Mock Draft, where the duo review the 2016 NFL Draft for a final, final time.
Finally, Kenny and Danny and many others are joined by Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com to talk Wikipedia articles, Seahawks OTAs and more in this week's episode of Real in the Field (Gulls). The episode is worth a listen for Kenny's incredible communism to offensive line transition alone.
Honored Cities and Baltimore, Maryland
The NFL announced the host cities for Super Bowl LII, LIV and LV (53-55) this week, with Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles coming away with victories. Memo to all cities vying to host a Super Bowl: Build it and they will come.
It was a bad week for the Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh, as the team announced they would forfeit a week of organized team activities and both Harbaugh and the team faced fines from the league for the violation.
Well, If You're Not Good Enough for the Browns...
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field this week for the first time since tearing his ACL last August. Benjamin will be crucial in the team's attempt to keep Ted Ginn Jr. far, far away from the passing game.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell confirmed this week that second-year running back Ameer Abdullah is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Per Ian Rapoport, the former Cornhusker underwent the procedure to repair a torn labrum in January.
Former Denver Bronco Knowshon Moreno told TMZ this week that he plans on returning to the NFL. The former first round running back hasn't played since tearing his ACL with the Dolphins in 2014. But hey, TMZ is a good spot to launch a comeback.
Just ask Johnny Manziel.
That ain't tight (end)! Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green is missing the team's OTAs while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, but is expected back for training camp. Meanwhile in Cincinnati, star tight end Tyler Eifert's start to the season is in doubt after he also underwent ankle surgery. Eifert suffered the injury late in the Pro Bowl, which is awful news for the two fans hoping for the game to stick around.
Veteran wide receiver Brian Hartline was released by the Cleveland Browns this week, a career low for anyone, ever.
More Like Wrong Guard, Amirite?
Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has requested a trade according to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt. Leary, 27, was expected to lose his starting position to second-year player La'el Collins in 2016. Leary signed his restricted free agent tender just months ago, ridding himself of any leverage he may have had in a trade scenario.
Tennessee Titans starting guard Byron Bell was lost for the season on the first day of OTAs, as the veteran dislocated his ankle this past Thursday. The former Panther started all sixteen games for the Titans in 2015.
Bubble Wrap ‘Em Until August - Defense Edition
Kevin Dodd, one of the Titans second round selections last month, has undergone foot surgery to repair a stress fracture. Dodd is expected back in time for the team's training camp.
Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney had a pair of visits this past week, first with the Bengals and then with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Colt is entering his fifteenth season and proved last year he still has value in a situational role, posting eight sacks with the Arizona Cardinals in zero starts.
Following the news of a knee injury, Jaguars first-round pick Jalen Ramsey has indeed undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It's May and optimism is in the air, but the ultra-talented Ramsey is expected back in time for training camp.
The news was not so good for fellow Jaguars rookie Jonathan Woodward. The seventh round selection suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss all of 2016.
Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore is skipping the team's OTAs as the team and player work towards a long-term deal. Gilmore has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
David Halberstam's "The Education of a Coach" is a terrific look into the life of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The football obsessed Belichick is a fascinating figure, and this book offers a really interesting perspective on him.
If you don't listen to The Inactives with Matt Ufford and Nick Stevens yet, you're doing something wrong. Come for the puns, stay for the puns.
Icelandic rock band Kaleo kicks some ass, and their self-titled album is a nice summer listen.
Seven more days in the books as we get through slow season together. Come back next week (June!) for more, and Go Hawks!