Welcome to the Afternoon Fix! It is so rare that we have one of these. They usually only pop up a few times a year as most of our fixes happen in the morning. When we do have an afternoon fix, you can be sure that one of two things has occurred:
1. Patrick had way too much to drink the night before
Young does not have a football team to play for, but he is unmistakably a football star. Which is why a fundraising event for a State of Texas-sponsored organization called Generation Texas, billed as a “grassroots movement” to impress upon youngsters the importance of going to college, can become a place to get starstruck, if you’re so inclined. A handful of other NFL players with varying degrees of recognition turned out, too. Former Texas star Derrick Johnson, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, generated the most buzz.
Maybe some other team will see that potential, and pay Edwards what he wants. This year’s crop (which is still to be determined, thanks to the lockout) could potentially include Tamba Hali of the Chiefs, Cullen Jenkins of the Packers, Charles Johnson of the Panthers and Mathias Kiwanuka of the Giants.
Hali is the cream of the crop, he was a outside backer in Kansas City’s 3-4 and he finished 2010 with 14.5 sacks and he’s only 27 years old. Jenkins and Kiwanuka are in similar situations as Kampman and Vanden Bosch. And Johnson is a young player, like Edwards, who has shown at times he can sack the passer — Johnson had seven sacks last year. Edwards is somewhere in the middle of that group.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen