Draft becoming Mobile?
Chi-Town is Draft Town! The city of Chicago has successfully pulled the Draft away from its home in New York after 50 years in the Big Apple. Plans are in place to expand and grow the annual event within the city to build on the most recent 200,000 visitors that the three day event brings into the city. This may well be undermined by rumblings about making the annual event a fully transferable roadshow. Much in the way that the World Cup, Olympics, and Superbowl are hosted based on bids. The annual draft could be changed to allow different cities to bid for the rights to host for a year. Apparently, part of the deal with the Rams moving to LA was that they would host one of the future Drafts. Bad news for the home town of the Bears, good news for all the other cities that lost out not that long ago.
Goodell backs Chargers in Hometown Gamble
Roger Goodell reiterated his support for the Chargers staying in San Diego over the weekend, at a rally held to raise interest, and register names for the citizens motion to create a new downtown stadium and convention centre in San Diego. With the team needing 67,500 signatures to enable them to put the plan to the city for a vote, Goodell told the crowd that the believed that San Diego was, and always would be, the home of the Chargers. This being said, they still have the option to move in with the Rams in LA, if this move fails to pay off.
Norman goes Native
Josh Norman was formally signed in free agency to the Washington redskins, becoming one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league in the process. With the Panthers rescinding their franchise tag after being unable to agree a contract extension with Norman, the playoff chasers snapped him up in a charm heavy outreach, strengthening their backfield with some heavy coverage.