4 teams that should consider signing DeAngelo WilliamsBy Harv Aronson
DeAngelo Williams is a man without a team. But, he wants to keep playing despite the Steelers not resigning him. No team has offered him a contract yet, but below is one man's thought on where Williams might end up.
4 teams that should consider signing DeAngelo Williams
By Michael McClymont, theScore
DeAngelo Williams revealed Wednesday there are four teams he wouldn't play for. Though he's currently a free agent, the 11-year veteran still has plenty to offer a team in need of production at the running back position. In light of Williams' no-thank-you list, here are four teams that should give the 34-year-old a call:
San Francisco 49ers
During his reveal to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Williams disclosed that he grew up a 49ers fan. It's the reason the Dallas Cowboys are among the teams he won't play for. In Williams, San Francisco could land the rare player who wants to be part of a rebuild. The Niners are in a weird spot. They're not currently in position to succeed and therefore likely value high draft picks over wins. It may not be conducive to their long-term plan to add a player who immediately makes them better. On the surface, they could use a veteran backup to Carlos Hyde, who missed three games last year and more than half of the previous season. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have been given six-year mandates, but it won't be long before they feel the pressure to succeed. Williams would help the club get results with what limited time he has left in the league.
If any team knows the value Williams can provide, it's the Steelers. As Le'Veon Bell's backup for the past two seasons, Williams played in 25 games and produced 17 touchdowns. As a fill-in starter in 2015, he nearly rushed for 1,000 yards. Bell is the undisputed bell cow in Pittsburgh, but there's always the risk he could miss time. During his four-year career, Bell has missed a number of games due to suspensions and injuries. And a third suspension would force him to the sideline for more than four games. The Steelers know the value of a good backup running back. Williams has proven he can fill that role admirably for Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers own a stable of running backs, but none able to immediately replace what Danny Woodhead, now with Baltimore, brings to the table. Melvin Gordon is the team's top back, with Branden Oliver, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams, and Kenjon Barner behind him, but Woodhead is both an adept rusher and receiver. He registered 755 receiving yards and six touchdowns for the team in 2015. Williams is capable of catching passes out of the backfield and providing Gordon with a veteran backup, in case his inconsistent play resurfaces.
New York Giants
The Giants own a championship roster, but a questionable running game may be their Achilles' heel. With talent throughout the lineup, the G-Men are hoping 2016 draft pick Paul Perkins will pan out as their No. 1 rusher. In the event he stumbles, however, Williams represents a smart insurance policy. A relatively cheap signing could play a significant role in where New York finishes in 2017.
Antonio Brown took to social media this past weekend to hit football fans with the question, "who would you build a team around, Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr.? Cast your vote in the poll below. But more on the topic...
Who would you rather build an offense around: Odell Beckham or Antonio Brown?
By Arun Srinivasan, theScore.com
Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. are unquestionably among the NFL's best wide receivers, both elevating their team's passing games to new heights in 2016.
Beckham has been a bona fide superstar since his first snap, while Brown has been a fixture atop the All-Pro team, with both players acting as a veritable nightmare for cornerbacks and defensive coordinators alike. Brown asked his Instagram followers who they'd rather build a team around, and we pose the same question for you. Below is a case for both players.
The case for Brown
rown produces with unprecedented volume, leading the NFL in receptions during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while finishing second to Larry Fitzgerald in 2016 after recording 106 catches. There isn't a player - perhaps, aside from Julio Jones - who can play at Brown's level while being expected to carry a gargantuan percentage of their team's passing offense.
The 28-year-old showed marked improvement from 2010-2015, culminating in his career-best season in which he recorded 136 receptions for 1,834 yards, both career highs. Although Brown's production dropped off slightly in 2016, he's shown an upwards trajectory for the majority of his career and has never forgotten that 21 wide receivers went ahead of him during the 2010 NFL Draft. It's this type of edge that bodes well for Brown's career moving forward.
Brown might be the NFL's fastest wide receiver and has dominated elite cornerbacks such as Denver's Chris Harris Jr. in the past, while other teams concede defeat against him and place their top cornerback on the Steelers' second weapon. Posing a mismatch across the field, Brown looks to be one of the NFL's best wideouts with no end in sight.
The case for Beckham
It's easy to forget that Beckham is entering his fourth professional season, accruing a lifetime of highlights during his tenure with the Giants. Beckham broke onto the scene with a marvelous rookie season, recording one of the greatest catches of all time, a feat that has been documented in the Hall of Fame. It's only going uphill from there.
Beckham turns 25 in November and is slated to be the NFL's best wide receivers for the next decade, dominating defenders with his outstanding straight-line and lateral quickness. Although he's 5-foot-11, Beckham's catch radius is second to none as he can retrieve balls that would otherwise seem impossible to haul in.
In three seasons, Beckham holds numerous NFL records, becoming the fastest player to surpass several milestones. The Giants, like Brown's Steelers, are a genuine Super Bowl contender this year, and Beckham is well on the trajectory to becoming one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.