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Odell Beckham Jr. Headed to Cleveland

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman took the podium on Feb. 27 addressing the rumors swirling around their star wide receiver. The Giants signed Odell to a five year, $90 million extension in August 2018. “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him,” Gettleman said. On March 12, only 13 days later, the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for first and third round picks and safety Jabrill Peppers.

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Antonio Brown Traded to the Raiders

In making this trade, the Steelers are passing up the opportunity to keep one of the five best wideouts in football on their roster. They cleared up $22.2 million of cap space for the opportunity to eat $21.1 million in dead money on their 2019 cap letting Antonio Brown play for someone else. Organizations only eat that sort of dead money when they have a player commit some serious off-field indiscretion or if they’re rebuilding and dumping underwater contracts from the previous regime.

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Le’Veon Bell Contract Hold Out

Steelers’ RB Le’Veon Bell did not travel with the team as they went to Cleveland to face off against the Browns on Sunday due to a contract dispute. The game ended in a 21-21 tie which shocked everyone including Bell who tweeted the “monocle” emoji. In a second tweet Le’Veon Bell clarified that there was no shade thrown he explained that he had just never witnessed a tie before.

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Is Football Too Dangerous at a Young Age?

There is a lot of talk to today that tackle football is causing too many long term injuries in players. Is that necessarily true?

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Here are some reasons why football would be too dangerous for young kids. There are a number of things that can go wrong according to whyy.org. Things such as concussions, crippling diseases and even Alzheimer’s disease just from playing the game. One reason football is too dangerous is because of CTE which is a deadly brain disease that is a result of repetitive hits to head. Many kids start the game of football at an age of as low as 4 years old. At that age, the child’s brain is not fully developed which can the brain more likely to be damaged. With more and more young people playing football, the risk of early childhood disabilities is becoming greater. Depression, erratic behavior, and headaches are some long term effects of the brain injuries. There are no helmets that keep kids 100% safe from head injuries. Researchers tested different brands of helmets and there was virtually no difference in the concussion rate between them. The percentages for Xenith helmets are 6%, Riddell has a 9% concussion rate, and Schutt has 8% concussion  rate. These numbers may not seem low but they add up over time when your child is constantly getting hit. The final reason that your child shouldn’t play football is that there is a critical build up of proteins in your brain that has been linked to Alzheimer’s. This has been proven to be 5 times more likely in people that have suffered concussions and memory loss. There has yet to be a drug to prevent this from happening so if your child has played football and gotten a concussion as well as suffered from memory loss, they are at risk.  Continue reading Is Football Too Dangerous at a Young Age?