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Andrew Brandt

UnSaintly Behavior

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.22.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The discipline handed out to the New Orleans Saints for their systematic program of "bounties" paid to players for injuring opponents from 2009-2011 ranks as one of the most influential stories of the year in football.

Peyton Picks His Place

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.20.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

In the story of the 2012 offseason, the Peyton Predicament is coming to a conclusion. Peyton Manning has agreed to join the Denver Broncos, setting in motion movement to come for Tim Tebow. Here are ten thoughts on Peyton's soft landing in Denver after his turbulent exit from Indianapolis.

Receiver Riches

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.16.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

A talented group of wide receivers made their presence felt throughout the league with a trade and some marquee signings designed to upgrade sluggish offenses. Let's look at some of the new wide receiver riches.

End of an Era

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

We knew this was coming. The Colts will part ways with the face of their franchise for the last fourteen years, their iconic star Peyton Manning.

Tag Time in the NFL

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.01.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The clock is ticking toward Monday's deadline for the application of Franchise Tags (the Tag) across the NFL. I expect a number of Tags, with teams waiting until the deadline to apply them. Here are some answers about the Tag.

The Peyton Predicament: Part 4

Andrew Brandt | Posted 04.24.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

My continuing belief is that the Colts and Manning will part. The Colts know Andrew Luck is their future; moving on with him is a reasonable and understandable business decision. Organizations need to evolve.

The Pro Bowl Problem

Andrew Brandt | Posted 04.01.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

After what can be charitably called some lackluster effort at the Pro Bowl Sunday night, I thought I'd outline a few issues surrounding the game, a game many think should not even be played.

Backs in Action

Andrew Brandt | Posted 03.20.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Arian Foster and Ray Rice are free agents in six weeks and (although unlikely) could find themselves in different uniforms next year. Let's examine.

Frozen Flashback: Giants-Packers Redux

Andrew Brandt | Posted 03.14.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Sunday's playoff game between the Packers and Giants at Lambeau Field evokes vivid memories of January 20, 2008 at the same venue when the same two teams played for the NFC Championship and the right to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl two weeks later.

Packer Nation Mourns

Andrew Brandt | Posted 03.11.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

It is hard to imagine the loss of a son. I feel so sad for Joe and Diane, two solid people who have made a life, a home and a circle of close and caring friends in Green Bay.

NFL Resistant to NBA-style Power Plays

Andrew Brandt | Posted 02.12.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

There is one mantra that sums up the business of the NFL between teams and players: there are so many players, and so few jobs. While the NBA wrestles over who has the ultimate leverage, the NFL continues along with owners securely in control.

Selling a Piece of the Pack

Andrew Brandt | Posted 02.07.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

On Tuesday morning the Packers did something unconventional and wholly unique to Green Bay: they held a public offering -- the fifth in their history -- selling shares of stock in the team. A Cheesehead version of Cyber Monday.

Is McNabb McDone?

Andrew Brandt | Posted 02.05.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The career of one of the NFL's most celebrated quarterbacks in the past decade may have come to a quiet close last week. The Minnesota Vikings -- Donovan McNabb's third team in the last 19 months -- granted McNabb his freedom, placing him on waivers Thursday.

Teal Transfer

Andrew Brandt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

One of the least relevant NFL teams dominated the NFL news cycle Tuesday. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was terminated, general manager Gene Smith was given a three-year contract extension and the team was sold to Illinois business mogul Shahid Khan.

The High Cost of the Suh Stomp

Andrew Brandt | Posted 01.29.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

More than the continued excellence of the Packers, more than the nail-biter between the Dolphins and Cowboys, and more than the Harbaugh family reunion, it is Ndamukong Suh's stomp -- unfortunately for the NFL -- that is the signature moment of the day.

Peyton or Not, Colts Need Luck

Andrew Brandt | Posted 01.22.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Barely a few games into the season, there was less attention paid to the best team than given to the the team that could end up as the worst. The reason, of course, is that the discussion revolves around a player thought to be once-in-a-generation: Andrew Luck.

The End of Entitlement at Penn State

Andrew Brandt | Posted 01.15.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The Penn State scandal points to an unwritten rule there and probably at other top college football programs: there are different rules for football than for other departments in the institution.

Paying the Bill: Ryan's Riches

Andrew Brandt | Posted 01.03.2012 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The Buffalo Bills have surprised us in a couple of ways: (1) despite winning only four games last season, they sit atop the AFC East, and (2) Ralph Wilson, a typically frugal owner, rewarded quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with a hefty new contract extension.

Tebow Time in Denver

Andrew Brandt | Posted 12.13.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

With the Tebow era beginning in Denver and the Orton era winding down, it will be interesting to see if the Broncos can garner value for their now-depreciating asset.

Whither Carson Palmer?

Andrew Brandt | Posted 12.06.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Now a quarter of the way through the NFL season, one of the league's better quarterbacks is under contract yet nowhere near his team as we speak. The relationship between Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals appears past the point of no return. Let's examine.

These Negotiations not Exactly a Brees

Andrew Brandt | Posted 11.29.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Of the elite quarterbacks having neared or reached the end of their contracts over the past year, all but one have re-upped with their team. The last remaining shoe to drop is that of Drew Brees, the signature leader of the New Orleans Saints.

Remembering 9/11

Andrew Brandt | Posted 11.12.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

On a professional level, I will never forget that time as an executive with the Packers, as we were scheduled to play the Giants a few miles from Ground Zero that weekend.

Labor Day in NFL Means a lot Less Labor

Andrew Brandt | Posted 11.06.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

At a time where we celebrate labor in this country, the NFL's labor force is drastically reduced as teams pare their rosters for the opening of the season. Prior to this weekend, there were approximately 2800 players in the NFL; now there are approximately 1900, as a third of the workforce has been scrubbed.

Vick's Vault: Inside the Deal

Andrew Brandt | Posted 10.31.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Michael Vick now becomes the first NFL player to sign two contracts potentially exceeding $100 million. The first one ended badly. Hopefully this deal -- and relationship with the team -- continues to be positive. It appears it has been thus far.

Pryor Restraint

Andrew Brandt | Posted 10.24.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Terrelle Pryor was drafted in the third round of the NFL's Supplemental Draft on Monday and is signing a contract with the team at any moment. The only problem, of course, is the small matter of a five-game NFL suspension.