Fastest Players in the NFL Today

There is an ever growing trend that is going around in the NFL today, and it is speed. These men can jump 40 inches, broad jump over 140 inches and run their 40 laser time in under 4.3 seconds and the NFL is finding more players that can do it. With extensive dieting and training, fans can expect this trend to continue to rise and even see more players that can move and react faster than ever. Speed is an ever-growing phenomenon that will be interesting to see grow. Here are the top fastest players in the NFL in 2016, ranking from fast to fastest.

5. Ted Ginn JR.: Carolina Panthers

40 Laser Time: 4.28
100 Meter-Time: 10.50
2016 Top Speed: 22.44 MPH 

Ted Ginn JR has been regarded one of the fastest players in the league since the draft in 2007. He helped his team reach Super Bowl 50 by being a return specialist and a speedy receiver. In high school Ginn Jr. played as quarterback, receiver, defensive back and was a standout track athlete. In his junior year, he was the national champion in the 110-meter hurdles and in his senior year, he won the title in the 200 meters. He decided to put his track career on hold in his freshmen year at Ohio State University to focus on football. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.28 and reached 22.44 mph in-game speed, an NFL best.

4. Julio Jones: Atlanta Falcons

40 Laser Time: 4.39
100 Meter-Time: 11.13 [HS]
Shuttle: 4.25 Cone: 6.66

Even at 6’3″ and 220 LBS, Julio Jones has a 4.39s in 40-yard dash, which allows him to dominate game after game for the Falcons. Jones has been selected for three pro-bowls and in 2015, he led the league in receiving yards. He was a standout track athlete; winning state champion in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and has a personal best in the 100-meter dash, 11.3 seconds, which he achieved when he was only 19.

3. Patrick Peterson: Arizona Cardinals

40 Laser Time: 4.34
100 Meter Time: 10.2
Shuttle: 4.09 Cone: 6.58

Patrick Peterson can be considered one of the best corner-backs in the NFL today; as well as one of the premier return specialist of the game because of his speed alone. He’s made the Pro bowl all five of his years. With his combination of speed and high football IQ has earned him a place at the top of the league’s defensive place.

2. Antonio Brown: Pittsburgh Steelers

40 Laser Time: 4.48
100 Meter-Time: 10.54
Shuttle: 4.18 Cone: 6.98

Considered as an elite route runner and the most dangerous receiver in an open field, Antonio Brown is a superstar for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In high school, Brown was a 2-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash and won the state title in the 4×100 meter relay team. Over the years, he was proved everybody in the NFL wrong who thinks he is a mediocre player.

1. Desean Jackson: Washington Redskins

40 Laser Time: 4.34
100 Meter-Time: 10,5 [HS]
Shuttle: 4.19 Cone: 6.82

It is no surprise to NFL fans that Desean Jackson is the NFL’s fastest man, based on pure in-game speed. Even though he was discounted when he let the Eagles for the Redskins, a lot of people think he is better now with the new start and Kirk Cousins isn’t afraid to let him fly. Jackson is known for his play-making ability and blistering speed. He’s been named to the Pro-Bowl three times and continues to fly past by defenders with his speed and quickness.

Biggest Contracts in NFL History

*Biggest Contracts: Some of the Highest Paid Players within the NFL:

Joe Flacco is from southern New Jersey and is considered a very valuable and talented player. Joe Flacco signed a 3 year contract with the Baltimore Ravens for 66,400.000. In addition to a very generous and profitable contract Joe Flacco also received a 40,000.000 sign on bonus. In addition to all of monies from Flacco’s original contract and sign on bonuses, he is also guaranteed a base salary in 2016 0f 4,000.000.

Of course, over time Joe Flacco will have salary increases and other perks and bonuses. Flacco’s earnings are currently capped at 22,550.000. The money is not too hard to take considering Joe Flacco is under thirty years old.

In the year 2022, Joe Flacco will have earned “free agent” status. Flacco is fortunate to have become a household name at such a young age due to his talent and abilities. Flacco is one of the highest paid within the entire industry.

Michael Vick is an American Football Quarterback and is currently a free agent. Michael Vick started out playing College football in Virginia. Vick eventually went on to play for the Eagles, New York Jets as well as the Steelers.

Vicks talents did not go unrecognized. Although Vick had undergone a few suspensions throughout his career it did not seem to affect him financially. Acting as free agent, Michael Vick is guaranteed a salary in 2016 of 975,000.00. The salary will of course increase over time. However, Vick is one of the highest paid free agents within the NFL.

In 2014, Vick was paid a guaranteed salary of 4,000.000 as well as a sign on bonus in the amount of 2.5 million dollars. It is quite evident Michale Vick was paid quite well for his contributions to the NFL over the years.

In early 2016 Calvin Johnson announced his retirement. Johnson had played for the Detriot Lions. Johnson was obviously recognized as a dedicated and talented NFL player. In 2016 Calvin Johnson was receiving a base salary of 15.5 million dollars.

A contract the Johnson signed in 2012 included a sign on bomus of 16 million dollars. The monies that Calvin Johnson was offered is paid out over a 5 year period. Calvin Johnson is currently one of the highest paid players within the NFL.

Calvin Johnsons talents as a wide received served him quite well while playing with the Detroit Lions. When Calvin announced his retirement team members were saddened because telent such as Calvin Johnson can never really be replaced.

Andrew Luck is another highly paid NFL player. Luck has certainly demonstarted his talents within the game of football. Andrew Luck most recent contract guarantees 122, 970.000 over a period of five years. Luck has been a valuable asset to the Indianapolis Colts.

In addition to the fabulous salary, Luck also received a 32 million dollar sign on bonus with the most recent contract. Regardless, Andrew Luck is guaranteed an annual salary of 24 million dollars. In 2017, it is said that Andrew Luck will receive a base salary of about 12 million in addition to a sign on bonus of 18 million dollars.

Andrew Luck at the present time has more money than he will probably ever spend within a lifetime. Luck is an American NFL Quarterback who was born in Washington D.C. Luck was the number one pick in the 2012 draft. The Colts got one of the most talented and ambitious players when they selected Andrew Luck.

Football players in general receive some fabulous salaries and bonuses. Some argue that professional athletes are over paid for what they do. However, I am sure these top paid NFL players feel they are deserving of the monies in which they receive on a regular basis.

Is Drew Brees the Most Under-rated QB in NFL History?

Drews Brees is not the most underrated quarterback of all time, but he is on a short list of those who are not given their due. This article shares five men who are not given their due as Brees is, and the reader may choose the player they believe is simply not given enough credit. Fans of certain teams will find their man to be the one scorned the most, but the objective fan will find the trouble with the way players are perceived over the course of a career.

#1: Archie Manning

The other great Saints quarterback tops this list as he was a hall of famer on a bad team. Anyone who watched Archie Manning play will testify to his greatest even though the Saints were a terrible team. He persevered many times over, fought through injuries and built a career that took him to Canton. He hardly had a chance to win a Super Bowl, and his lack of playoff success is why those who do not respect him say he is not all that great.

#2: Terry Bradshaw

A four-time Super Bowl winner is on this list because he is not seen as the reason his teams won any titles. He was the man who handed the ball to Franco Harris or passed it to John Stallworth and Lynn Swann. He did not play on the Steel Curtain defense, and he was not the coach. Terry Bradshaw ends up with the short end of the stick because he was not a superstar as his teammates were. Anyone who loves football knows that Bradshaw is one of the best at his position in history, and the fans who discredit him are missing the point.

#3: Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts helmed one of the great offenses of all time. He threw to the man who some believe is the best tight end of all time in Kellen Winslow, and he was so productive that he became an analyst who broke down tape on offenses every week on TV. Dan Fouts is a hall of famer, but he did not go to or win a Super Bowl. His lack of postseason credibility stunts his case for greatness, but anyone who saw him play knows he was amongst the best.

#4: Warren Moon

Warren Moon threw for 70,000 yards in his career, and he won five Grey Cups in Canada. The Grey Cup is not familiar to American sports fans, but it is the trophy given to the winner of the CFL every season. He won five straight titles in Canada before coming to the NFL after going undrafted. He previously won the Rose Bowl at Washington, and he became the black quarterback everyone wanted. He paved the way for men like Randall Cunningham, and he is not given any credit because he did not win a title. This is a travesty of justice that proves titles are overrated in some cases.

#5: Randall Cunningham

Randall Cunningham carried the Eagles and the Vikings to playoff success, but never a Super Bowl. He is the black quarterback modern players are modeled on, and he proved to everyone that his game could stand up to the scrutiny. He finished his career with the Super Bowl ring so many crave, and that left him with a sour taste in his mouth. He was left behind even though his career changed the NFL for the better.

Every man on this list deserves praise for his play, but these men cannot be held to account for a lack of titles. Each one was great even though he does not wear a Super Bowl ring.

2016 San Francisco 49ers Predictions

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a disappointing 2015 season in which they finished 5-11, good for last in the NFC West. Vegas expects a similar win total again this season: Most sportsbooks are offering over/under odds at 5.5 wins, with a much stronger payout on the over. On paper, the 49ers are a really bad team. They lack talent on offense and experience on defense, and unless they can manage close games and catch some opportunistic breaks, it looks to be another very long season for the storied franchise.

The 49ers enter the 2016 season with the toughest strength of schedule in the entire league. Unfortunately, they made few moves in the offseason to improve their roster. Outside of the signing of veteran guard Zane Beadles to replace the departed Alex Boone, the most significant move they made was to fire head coach Jim Tomsula and hire former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, whose unique and controversial approach to running an NFL team, along with the recent media circus surrounding former franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick, should make for an unpredictable and entertaining start to the season.

Kelly employs a no-huddle offensive scheme predicated on pressuring the defense through pace. This style should benefit their top offensive player, Carlos Hyde, and likely no one else. Hyde is a talented running back – somewhere in the top 10-15 in the league in terms of ability – and though he will be targeted as the one offensive player on the 49ers who defenses will look to shut down, he should have a productive season based on the sheer number of touches he will get. He is also reportedly in outstanding shape, a must for any lead back in Kelly’s supercharged system. Unfortunately for Hyde, however, the 49ers return the majority of an offensive line that ranked near the bottom of the league in run blocking.

After Hyde, it gets grim fast. Newly minted starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is a former top-ten pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 35 career starts, he has thrown for 33 touchdowns, 31 interceptions, and has lost nine fumbles. Wide receiver Torrey Smith is a serviceable number two receiver masquerading as a number one. The rest of the receiver corps is made up of no-names who would be no better than the fourth or fifth options on most other NFL teams.

On defense, there is reason for optimism. The 49ers boast three-time All-Pro linebacker Navarro Bowman, and three-time Pro-Bowl safety Antoine Bethea returns from last year’s season ending injury. First round draft pick DeForest Buckner is a defensive end with tremendous promise. The team also used three picks from last year’s draft to address holes in their secondary, which should pay dividends in the future. Though the defense has potential and could easily show improvement from a season ago, they are likely a year away from taking a significant step forward.

The 49ers are a strong bet to finish last in their division and have very little shot of making the playoffs. Though Kelly had some early NFL success when he won a division championship in his first season with the Eagles, he did so with the aid of explosive playmakers in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. There is a growing consensus among NFL insiders that Kelly’s innovative offensive scheme and preferred style of play doesn’t work long term in the NFL, especially without the right personnel. It will be fascinating to follow that story-line to see how it plays out.

I personally would be surprised if the 49ers won more than four games, and would be shocked if they made the playoffs, but, hey, it’s the NFL, and anything can happen. That’s why we watch the games.