He was once one of the most recognisable faces in the entire NFL. A once in a generation receiver who's supreme talent was matched by his charisma and bravado.
Now, he's going to spend some time behind bars.
Quite a fall from grace for the artist formerly know as 'Ochocinco'.
Johnson was sentenced to 30 days behind bars on Monday for violating his probation, stemming from a domestic violence case involving his now ex-wife, reality star Evelyn Lozada. Johnson pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada last August, for which he received the initial probation. He failed to meet with his probation officer on two occasions and didn't enrol in a batterers intervention program and was forced to turn himself into the authorities in May.
Three times in the last six years, the Chicago Bears have spent their top draft choice on an offensive lineman. Now, for the second time in that span, one of those draft picks is heading out of town after an injury-plagued start to his pro career.
As reported by ESPN Chicago, the Bears have traded third-year man Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chicago will get only a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for the former Wisconsin star, who played a grand total of 18 games in a Bear uniform.
Carimi, who’s been rehabbing the balky knee that hampered his performance a season ago, was expected to have a tough time finding a spot on the depth chart in a crowded pool of guards. Even so, it’s hard to see how the Bears benefit from pulling the trigger on a trade at this point in the offseason.
Impressive. Workmanlike. Attentive.
Words you don't normally associate with the career of JaMarcus Russell.
Yet during a recent workout with the Chicago Bears, Russell demonstrated the type of skill-set that saw him drafted number one overall in 2007.
Could one of the biggest busts in NFL history be set for a turnaround in fortune?
It's a small step, but a step nonetheless.
Russell's story has become the benchmark of how not to approach life in the NFL. It is as sad a story as you are likely to find anywhere, yet there is still hope he can resurrect his career, albeit a slim one.
The Minnesota Vikings concluded their second week of Organised Team Activities today at Winter Park, the team's practice facility. The importance of OTA's is sometimes played down but for this core group of young players it is essential. It gives them a chance to get to know one another better, for the new additions to familiarise themselves with the Playbook and the coaching staff.
So, these sessions will be invaluable down the line. Head Coach Leslie Frazier will learn a great deal about his players as he formulates plans for the gruelling training camp period.
Here are some observations from the Vikings' first set of off-season workouts:
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is aiming to be named this season's NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Orakpo declared he is targeting the award in an article by USA Today's Jim Corbett.
It is a bold ambition for Orakpo, but one still within his reach. He missed 14 games in 2012 due to a torn pectoral muscle and has been rehabbing throughout the offseason.
According to Corbett, the rehab is clearly paying dividends, as Orakpo has impressed in OTAs. When healthy, he is an extremely talented pure pass-rusher.
Orakpo is the one player on the Redskins defense opponents should tailor their blocking schemes towards. As a rookie in 2009, he tallied 11 sacks and followed that with 8.5 in 2010.
Orakpo posted nine sacks in 2011 and his edge-rushing skill was clearly missed last season. Without Orakpo, the Redskins lacked a credible and consistent pass rush.