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Is Bill Belichick a secret member of the Let Russ Cook club? Ahead of Sunday night's matchup between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks "Honestly, I think he's in a way underrated by the media and the fans, but I don ' t see anybody better than this player ," Belichick said, via Ben
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The New England Patriots are set to face off against the Seattle Seahawks, who absolutely annihilated the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a nearly perfect passing game from Russell Wilson. When asked about Wilson, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made it clear he's not overlooking the quarterback, saying he is among the most talented passers in the entire league. © David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has high praise for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
"Honestly, I think he’s in a way underrated by the media or the fans, I don’t know," Belichick said. "But I don’t really see anybody better than this player."
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick always showers his upcoming opponent with praise . But Belichick had a unique compliment for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson , who the Patriots are preparing for in Week 2 But I don ’ t really see anybody better than this player .”
Bill Belichick loves every single thing about Russell Wilson 's game, and “ This guy’s a tremendous player . Honestly I think he’s in a way maybe underrated by the media or the fans, I don ’ t know. But I don ’ t really see anybody better than this player . He can do everything. He’s obviously got great
On the one hand, Belichick is absolutely right that Wilson does not get the credit he deserves from most fans and media. Too often, Mr. Unlimited is left out of conversations about the best quarterback in the NFL, getting overlooked in favor of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and even Belichick's old quarterback Tom Brady. He hasn't received a single MVP in his eight seasons, despite leading Seattle to the postseason seven times, including back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.
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Bill Belichick says Russell Wilson is underrated : ' I don ’ t really see anybody better than this player '. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick always showers his upcoming opponent with praise . But Belichick had a unique compliment for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
Bill Belichick says Russell Wilson is underrated : ' I don ’ t really see anybody better than this player '. But Belichick had a unique compliment for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson , who the Patriots are preparing for in Week 2. Wilson is good a "everything," according to Belichick .
But on the other hand, saying Russell Wilson is underrated is almost a cliché among die-hard NFL fans and experts, as countless articles, tweets and podcasts have been made complaining about Wilson not getting enough hype.
Still, just because it's cliché, doesn't mean it's not true, as Wilson has proven himself to be as consistent and outstanding as any other quarterback in the NFL. At least Wilson can take solace in knowing that Belichick is not among those who underrate him, even if he remains underappreciated by casual fans.
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Predicting the division and award winners for the 2020 NFL season
The NFL has thus far navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and is less than a week away from Week 1. With that in mind, here are some obviously spot-on predictions for how the league's 101st season will unfold.
AFC East: Bills stroll to first division title in 25 years
The centerpieces of the Bills' homegrown nucleus were not alive when the franchise last won a division championship. That happened in 1995, Jim Kelly's penultimate season. But the Josh Allen-, Tre'Davious White- and Tremaine Edmunds-led core will give Buffalo a postseason home game -- assuming the playoffs are not in a bubble. Top to bottom, the Bills' roster outflanks the Patriots'. Buffalo sports an intriguing, retooled defensive line rotation, and Stefon Diggs is a top-three NFL route runner. With the Dolphins and Jets non-factors, this well-constructed Bills roster will prevail -- and win the East by multiple games.
AFC North: Steelers re-emergence tests Ravens
With a .438 opponents' win percentage (from 2019), the Ravens have the NFL's easiest schedule. But the Mason Rudolph-quarterbacked Steelers and Freddie Kitchens-led Browns trainwreck contribute to that number. Both teams will be more formidable in 2020. The NFL's highest-variance team, the Steelers return 10 starters from DVOA's No. 3 defense last year. If Ben Roethlisberger looks close to his 2018 version, this is a Super Bowl contender. Kevin Stefanski's Browns cannot be worse than Kitchens'. However, the Ravens now employ Calais Campbell and J.K. Dobbins. They will win a third straight AFC North crown.
AFC South: Colts' front five resurrects Philip Rivers
In an offseason when continuity was paramount, the Colts not only returned their entire offensive line from 2019. This group was Indianapolis' primary O-line in 2018. The Quenton Nelson-fronted quintet enters 2020 as Pro Football Focus' top line. Philip Rivers is making a Baltic Ave.-to-Park Place move, in going from a broken-down Chargers O-line to this one, and the Marlon Mack-Jonathan Taylor ground game will be enough for a balanced Colts team to overtake the Texans and Titans. Houston's embattled defense, which may have gotten worse this offseason, will make it too difficult for Deshaun Watson to drag the team back to the playoffs.
NFC East: Cowboys' talent will break through
The defending division champs are already down four starters -- O-linemen Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard and wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Jalen Reagor. Despite losing All-Pro Travis Frederick and Pro Bowler Byron Jones, the Cowboys are in a stronger position. They do have a new coaching staff -- a dicey prospect in 2020 -- but OC Kellen Moore's return and CeeDee Lamb's arrival give Dak Prescott luxurious amenities Carson Wentz lacks. Mike McCarthy will provide an upgrade on Jason Garrett and leave the Eagles to fend for a wild-card spot. Washington and the Giants do not factor into this discussion.
NFC North: division of closing windows
Each team in this division may be near the end of its respective chapter, and this collection of closing contention windows oddly gives the NFC North a competitive feel. The Packers still employ the division's top quarterback, though Matthew Stafford was pushing for that title last year before his back injury, and have several well-paid defenders. The Kirk Cousins-era Vikings are 1-11 against 10-win teams and will have rookies in key roles in a bad year to do so. Green Bay's continuity, even following a panned offseason, could be enough as Aaron Rodgers begins an audition for a late-30s gig elsewhere.
NFC South: football gods provide belated treat
Shades of Joe Montana moving into John Elway's division 27 years ago, the NFL schedule contains two Tom Brady-Drew Brees matchups. This is a rare opportunity for fans to savor the all-time greats' work. Brees' team has fewer questions, featuring the longest-running QB-head coach tandem -- with he and Sean Payton replacing Brady and Bill Belichick -- and possessing few noticeable weaknesses. The Bucs have done well to surround their 43-year-old passer with big names, but the switch from Josh McDaniels' offense to Bruce Arians -- after a nixed offseason -- may result in the Saints running away with this division.
NFC West: no division looks better
If the Cardinals can make good on their sleeper label, this NFC West iteration could be historically good. But DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray have not shared the field much. The Rams and Seahawks still carry major questions about their respective offensive lines, with the latter again bizarrely testing Russell Wilson with an underwhelming blocking quintet. Kyle Shanahan's team possesses the division's most defensive talent, despite trading DeForest Buckner, and its best rushing attack. It would not be surprising if three NFC West teams made the playoffs, but the 49ers should have enough to secure the "home" playoff game.
Patriots will miss playoffs for first time in 12 years
The 2008 Patriots won 11 games but missed the playoffs. This year's Pats will need about everything to break their way to get to 11-5. Even if Bill Belichick, Stephon Gilmore and Co. give New England its 17th top-10 scoring defense in 20 years, a franchise that has lived off wide error margins no longer has one on offense. Cam Newton has not stayed healthy since 2015, his most recent above-average season, and the Pats have unreliable tackles and mostly unproven receivers. They also face the NFL's toughest schedule. It will be fun to see Belichick's solution efforts, but circumstances do not favor his team.
Beware the hype
These Buccaneers will not flounder like the 2019 Browns, but Tampanians and non-Florida-based Tom Brady supporters will need patience. The Bucs only have six games against teams that finished with winning records last year, but thrusting a 43-year-old quarterback into a new system without much practice time may limit Bruce Arians' team early. Brady's descent from No. 6 to No. 17 in QBR from 2018-19 can be attributed to shaky Patriots weaponry. However, the Bucs are gambling with their big swing for Brady. The Saints will also make the Bucs' push to play all postseason games in Tampa -- the site of Super Bowl LV -- quite dicey.
Washington set for seminal decision
Despite the Jaguars' purported tank operation, the Washington Football Team ends up with the 2021 No. 1 overall pick. Washington's lack of weaponry outside of Terry McLaurin and issues up front beyond Brandon Scherff end up minimizing the impact of its defensive line success. Ron Rivera will be in position to draft Trevor Lawrence, a near-lock to declare after his junior year, or trade the pick to the Jags, Panthers or someone else for a bounty of picks that could help salvage Dwayne Haskins' career in Washington.
Coach of the Year: Frank Reich
Kevin Stefanski guiding the Browns to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years will warrant consideration; so will Sean McDermott's Bills winning an AFC East championship. But Reich mounted a strong Coach of the Year case in 2018, when the award went to Matt Nagy. Reich piloting his team to the AFC South title will put him on the precipice. Philip Rivers rebounding at age 39 will cinch up the award for Reich, who is on his third starting passer in three Indianapolis seasons.
Comeback Player of the Year: Ben Roethlisberger
Finally given a reliable defense again -- something he has lacked since the early 2010s -- Roethlisberger has a chance to have a major say in the AFC playoff race. All accounts are Big Ben has recovered from the elbow injury that stopped his 2019 season two games in, and the Steelers' contention hopes rest almost solely with their 38-year-old quarterback. Roethlisberger may have four starter-caliber receivers, with second round size-speed freak Chase Claypool added to the mix, and Eric Ebron to target. The 2018 passing leader will do enough to reposition the Steelers as contenders and win this award.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Passing-game assimilation will be difficult, raising the bar for rookie quarterbacks and wide receivers. The coronavirus-altered landscape points to running backs having an easier time hitting their professional stride by comparison, and none is in better position than Edwards-Helaire. The No. 32 overall pick will play for the NFL's premier play-caller and its best quarterback; the Andy Reid-Patrick Mahomes tandem will turn the LSU product into an instant success. The Chiefs' bevy of aerial weapons will make Edwards-Helaire's tasks easier, and the tackle-eluding dynamo could make a big difference for the defending champs.
Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Watt
Somewhat quietly, the Steelers have led the NFL in sacks in each of the past three seasons. Last year, that resulted in a defensive resurgence. At the center of the ascent: the youngest of the NFL Watts. T.J. Watt has registered 27.5 sacks and forced 14 fumbles over the past two seasons, and the Steelers franchise-tagged Bud Dupree to keep Watt's wingman around. With Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt representing handfuls up front, Watt is again in position to dominate. The 2019 All-Pro will help keep the Steelers as a difference-making defense and claim a fourth DPOY award for the Watts.
MVP & Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick Mahomes
No need to separate an offensive player of the year, because Mahomes is positioned to approach or surpass his stunning 2018 season. Now in his third year as a starter, Mahomes has the NFL's best set of weapons and the league's premier offensive architect. Andy Reid will have options at his disposal he did not have in 2018 or '19, with his 24-year-old superstar having proven himself through two full seasons and on the biggest of stages. With more ways to vex defenses than Lamar Jackson possesses, Mahomes is poised to match Kurt Warner by winning two MVPs in his first three QB1 seasons.
Barring playoff bubble, AFC will go through Baltimore
Seeds: 1. Ravens; 2. Chiefs; 3. Bills; 4. Colts; 5. Steelers; 6. Titans; 7. BrownsWild-card round: Chiefs over Browns; Bills over Titans; Steelers over ColtsDivisional round: Ravens over Steelers; Chiefs over BillsA Week 3 win over a Chiefs team that will be missing multiple defenders due to suspensions breaks the AFC's 13-3 tie in the Ravens' favor. The Bills pick up their first playoff win in 25 years, and Ben Roethlisberger moves to 2-0 over Philip Rivers in the postseason. Despite the Bills' superior defense, Josh Allen cannot keep pace with Patrick Mahomes in Round 2. Baltimore takes advantage of the solo-bye format to advance.
New Orleans atop stacked NFC field
Seeds: 1. Saints; 2. 49ers; 3. Cowboys; 4. Packers; 5. Seahawks; 6. Buccaneers; 7. EaglesWild-card round: 49ers over Eagles; Cowboys over Buccaneers; Seahawks over PackersDivisional round: Saints over Seahawks; Cowboys over 49ersTom Brady's Bucs finish well behind the Saints in the NFC South, and the Cowboys -- who feature fans at their stadium all season long -- end Year 1 of the "Tompa Bay" experiment. The Seahawks avenge last season's Round 2 defeat, while the Eagles' depleted offensive line cannot handle the 49ers' pass rush. Dak Prescott, however, outplays Jimmy Garoppolo a week later to give Dallas its first NFC championship game berth in 25 years.
AFC championship: new QB rivalry has definitive favorite
The Chiefs' low-level investments at cornerback do not cost them against the run-reliant Ravens, who are more dependent on a certain game script than the other AFC powerhouse. In this reality, Baltimore has defeated Kansas City on a Week 3 Monday night in Maryland, but Patrick Mahomes moves to 3-1 against Lamar Jackson in this potentially 2020s-defining series. Armed with a layered passing attack -- and reliable tackles in Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher -- the Chiefs move to their fourth Super Bowl.
NFC championship: single-bye setup lifts No. 1 seed
The ability to rest starters in Week 17 and having earned the lone January bye -- thanks to the new seven-team bracket -- proves key for a Saints team built around a now-42-year-old Drew Brees. Mike McCarthy was 1-3 in NFC championship games in Green Bay. Although Sean Payton's team has endured some of the NFL's most crushing playoff defeats in NFL history over the past 10 years, the deeper Saints -- whose offensive line houses three Pro Bowlers and an emerging standout in center Erik McCoy -- move past the Cowboys and into their second Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LV: years-long quest produces championship
The Saints' stellar 2017 draft class helped reopen their Drew Brees-created Super Bowl window, but a historic misplay and a season-defining officiating mishap cost previous dominant New Orleans editions. The NFL's best roster finally puts it all together in Tampa, edging the defending Super Bowl champions in a tactical shootout between Sean Payton and Andy Reid. New Orleans' Emmanuel Sanders addition pays off, with the veteran -- who has already played in Super Bowls with three different teams -- giving Brees the WR2 he has lacked since the Saints traded Brandin Cooks three years ago.
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The next likely jersey retirement for every NFL team
The NFL's 32 franchises treat jersey retirements differently. With that in mind, here are 32 predictions (well, 29) on who these respective teams will choose to honor next.
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald
The Cardinals have retired two jerseys of players from their Chicago days, two from their St. Louis stretch and one since moving to Arizona. The franchise retired Pat Tillman's jersey shortly after his death in 2004. Fitzgerald's No. 11 will be the next to be taken out of circulation. Now second on the NFL's receptions and receiving yards lists, Fitz has accomplished just about everything a player can. While a championship has eluded him, Fitz nearly carried the Cards to a title in a record-setting 2008 playoffs. The NFL voted the 37-year-old star to its All-Century team last year.
Atlanta Falcons: N/A
In their 54 years of existence, the Falcons have not retired a jersey yet.
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis
The Ravens have yet to retire any numbers. While Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden and Ed Reed would qualify to have Nos. 75 and 20 retired, Lewis was the face of the franchise for more than 15 years. The 1996 first-round pick became the NFL's best linebacker for many years, winning two Defensive Player of the Year honors, a Super Bowl MVP award and being named to seven All-Pro first teams. If the 24-year-old franchise gets into the jersey-retiring game, No. 52 will start it.
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Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith
Both Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton would make sense one day, but when the Panthers decide to retire their second number (after linebacker Sam Mills), their 14-year wide receiver standout should be the choice. Smith's 14,731 receiving yards rank eighth in NFL history. The former third-round pick remained a productive wide receiver into his mid-30s and amassed his numbers -- for the most part -- without the luxury of Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback play. Some fence-mending may need to take place, considering previous Panthers GM Dave Gettleman cut Smith in 2014, but the play-making wideout deserves such a ceremony.
Chicago Bears: Mike Singletary
Modern-era Bears greats have waited a while. The franchise has retired numbers at will; 14 are out of circulation -- including two in the 50s (Dick Butkus' 51 and Bill Hewitt's 56). NFL offseason rosters can include up to 90 players, leaving an issue for the storied Midwestern organization. However, Singletary was the centerpiece of the most celebrated defense in modern NFL history. The Bears have not retired a number from their 1985 defense. They were hesitant to give out Singletary's number for decades. If they move off their "We're taking a jersey-retiring break" stance, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year is first in line.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Anthony Munoz
Ninety-eight Bengals numbers are in circulation. Only No. 54 -- Bob Johnson, the franchise's center at its inception -- is out of the mix. Were the old-school franchise interested in a lavish ceremony to add a second jersey, there is only one choice. Munoz is arguably the best to ever play the left tackle position; he is far and away the greatest Bengal ever. The nine-time first-team All-Pro retired after the 1992 season.
Cleveland Browns: Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023, when he becomes eligible. Although there are other Browns Hall of Famers whose jerseys are not retired, it would make sense for the franchise to honor a Browns 2.0 standout. Predictably, each of the Browns' five retired numbers came from the pre-Ravens glory days; none of those players played into the 1970s. Thomas, however, was arguably the best left tackle in football for many years. His ludicrous iron-man streak -- 10,363 consecutive snaps -- and refusal to be traded out of Cleveland should warrant consideration when he is enshrined in nearby Canton.
Dallas Cowboys: N/A
Like the Falcons, the Cowboys do not retire numbers. Were that to change, they would have a lot of work to do.
Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson
The Lions have hung up six numbers. Multiple Hall of Fame Lions' jerseys are not among that sextet. But the likes of Night Train Lane, Dick LeBeau and Yale Lary played more than five decades ago. However, Johnson presents an interesting opportunity for a long-downtrodden franchise to honor a modern Lion. Megatron is not a Hall of Fame lock, but the three-time All-Pro and 2010s All-Decade-teamer has a case. The Lions and Johnson will have to make peace before that happens, due to a financial dust-up. But this franchise retired Bobby Layne's number after a notable breakup. Anything can happen.
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
Whether Aaron Rodgers departs Green Bay in 2021 or '22, he will certainly be most known for his Packers years. The franchise could turn to its number of Vince Lombardi-era Hall of Famers, but like some other teams, it has had extensive time to make such decisions. Rodgers would follow Bart Starr and Brett Favre as Packer quarterbacks to see their numbers retired. The two-time MVP has towered over his teammates in terms of prestige for most of his career and will almost certainly see his No. 12 retired at some point soon after he hangs up his cleats.
Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
No Texans jerseys are out of circulation. All due respect to Andre Johnson, Watt is the only choice to go first. He and Lawrence Taylor -- the greatest defensive player in NFL history -- are the only men to claim three Defensive Player of the Year honors. On and off the field, Watt has been an icon for a franchise that has not carried the fanfare of its in-state rival and one that has yet to venture to the AFC championship game. Despite his injury-prone status at age 31, Watt is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and will make Texans number options stop at 98 when he retires.
Indianapolis Colts: No. 88
Two Colts who appeared on the NFL's All-Century team (Marvin Harrison and John Mackey) wore the same number, presenting a dilemma for a franchise that has seen all but one of its jersey-retirement occasions center around a Baltimore-based athlete. Although Mackey died in 2011, retiring No. 88 would be a way for the Colts to honor their Baltimore and Indianapolis years. Mackey is in the greatest-tight end-ever conversation, while Harrison is an all-time receiver great. Both are Syracuse alums as well, which would help this admittedly weird scenario.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tony Boselli
If Hall of Fame voters induct Boselli after a Terrell Davis-based push, he has the best case for being the first Jaguar to see his number retired. In an era with dominant left tackles -- from Orlando Pace to Jonathan Ogden to Walter Jones -- none bumped Boselli off an All-Pro first team from 1997-99. Boselli's three such honors -- in a six-year, injury-shortened Jaguars career -- remain the most in the franchise's 25-season history. If they pass on Boselli, it might be a while -- like a Trevor Lawrence-in-the-2040s wait.
Las Vegas Raiders: N/A
Like the Falcons and Cowboys, the Raiders do not retire numbers. Though, Hall of Fame center Jim Otto's 00 is not on the current menu.
Los Angeles Chargers: Antonio Gates
Both Gates and Philip Rivers appear likely to join LaDainian Tomlinson as modern Chargers to see their numbers retired. Gates, however, will beat Rivers to the Hall of Fame -- if the latter ends up making it -- and is on the short list of greatest tight ends of all time. Gates played 17 seasons in San Diego and Los Angeles -- more than any Charger non-quarterback or long snapper -- and holds the tight end record with 116 touchdown catches. This should not be complicated.
Los Angeles Rams: Aaron Donald
Sixteen years after Kurt Warner's Rams exit, his jersey is not retired. Neither is Torry Holt's primary number, which tight end Gerald Everett now wears. Holt did wear both No. 88 and No. 81, creating some confusion, but with both Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce's numbers retired, it is odd their "Greatest Show on Turf" mates' jerseys are not. If the Rams are taking a break on ceremonies for their St. Louis-era stars, might they wait for Aaron Donald's historic career to conclude? The five-time All-Pro already appears a Hall of Fame lock and has been by far the best L.A. Rams 2.0 player.
Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
Only three players -- Bob Griese, Larry Csonka and Dan Marino -- have seen their numbers retired. Multiple Miami Hall of Famers -- like Paul Warfield or Jason Taylor -- might be deserving, but this franchise may have higher standards. If the Dolphins wish to hold their players to that, it might take Tua Tagovailoa becoming a top-flight NFL quarterback for the franchise to budge. The Dolphins eyed the Alabama superstar in his final two college seasons, and he is the centerpiece of their long-overdue rebuild effort.
Minnesota Vikings: Randy Moss
While it is odd Carl Eller's No. 81 was never retired -- and given to game-breaking wideout Anthony Carter -- the Vikings' next such decision figures to come down to Moss vs. Adrian Peterson. Moss was a Viking for seven memorable seasons (1998-2004) and one forgettable slate (part of 2010), while Peterson spent eight memorable campaigns and two forgettable years in Minnesota. Moss, second on the all-time receiving TDs list, retired and became a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The record-setting Patriots season notwithstanding, he is best known for his Vikings dominance. He should be next, with Peterson following.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
Obviously. None of the Bill Belichick-era Patriots will have their numbers retired before Brady. When the six-time Super Bowl champion's Buccaneers career ends, a jersey-retirement ceremony of the highest order will commence in Foxborough. The more interesting question, regarding this subject, pertains to which other Brady-era Pats will have their numbers retired. Rob Gronkowski may be the top candidate, but he has a Tampa tour of duty to complete too.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
Two strange selections populate the Saints' off-limits jerseys. Hall of Famers Doug Atkins and Jim Taylor did not contribute much as Saints, making their respective marks for the Bears and Packers. Both were on the original Saints team, however. The franchise has not retired the jersey of anyone who has played in the past 50 years. It would seemingly have no choice but to make an exception for Brees -- the greatest player in Saints history by a gargantuan margin. The NFL's all-time passing kingpin changed the trajectory of the franchise upon arriving in 2006 and will surely be the final No. 9 in team history.
New York Giants: Saquon Barkley
Flush with retired numbers, the Giants may press pause after they announced Eli Manning's No. 10 will be off limits going forward. The team has had decades to retire Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson's uniform, and Manning was the 14th player in the club. Barkley is one of the most talented running backs in NFL history. He has a long way to go, but the 2018 No. 2 overall pick has a Hall of Fame ceiling. At 23, Barkley -- barring injury, an obvious risk at this position -- should have several seasons left to make his mark and become one of the best Giants ever.
New York Jets: Darrelle Revis
Jets jerseys are displayed from the Joe Namath era, the 1980s "New York Sack Exchange" period, and Curtis Martin represents the franchise's 1998 NFC championship game run. The Jets' 2009 and '10 seasons do not constitute an era, but they won four road playoff games -- Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Revis towers over his teammates of that era for talent and accolades, earning five Pro Bowl nods -- and three first-team All-Pro honors -- as a Jet. His New York return was rocky at best, but Revis Island was the main reason for the Jets' most recent success.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Peters
The Eagles' championships from the late 1940s and 1960 are represented in the franchise's retired jerseys, and Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins have the Andy Reid years covered. At least one player should be so honored to carry the banner for Philadelphia's 2017 Super Bowl title. Even if Peters did not play in Super Bowl LII, the left tackle's seven Pro Bowls and two All-Pro honors as an Eagle should be enough to retire No. 71. Fletcher Cox should have a decent chance at this honor as well, but Peters will retire sooner -- perhaps after this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Shazier
The Steelers have only retired the numbers of Ernie Stautner and Joe Greene. Ben Roethlisberger is not automatic here. Shazier is a special case. The talented linebacker was on his way to a Pro Bowl-laden career and a lucrative second contract. His frightening spinal cord injury changed everything, and the 28-year-old confirmed last week he will end his comeback effort. The Steelers supported Shazier following his 2017 injury, having kept him on their roster so he can earn a player's salary. And the resilient figure should continue to be a presence around the team. No. 50 could well be retired soon.
San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis
This could well be Frank Gore's slot, but Willis was better. And he nearly played as many seasons with the 49ers (10-8). The dominant linebacker made seven Pro Bowls in his eight seasons and was the leader of a defense that sparked the 49ers' 2010s turnaround. Having only played for the 49ers helps Willis, who should begin to garner more consideration for the Hall of Fame in the coming years. The 49ers have the 50s free, though some of their other sectors (the 30s and 70s, to name two) are rather crowded.
Seattle Seahawks: Bobby Wagner
Considering the Seahawks' franchise apex came not that long ago, multiple members of those teams will see their numbers retired. It may come down to Wagner or Richard Sherman as the first one -- unless, of course, the Seahawks wait for Russell Wilson. Though Sherman is two years older, at 32, Wagner may retire as the second-best Seahawk ever. Now a five-time first-team All-Pro, the sideline-to-sideline tackling maven should have at least a few seasons left to play in Seattle. That may get him to the front of the line, given Wilson's pledge to play well into his 40s.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Lynch
The Buccaneers' jersey retirement policy has been simple: Hall of Famers make qualify. The only three Bucs to see their numbers retired have been enshrined in Canton -- Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. A nine-time Pro Bowler and an essential performer on the 2002 Bucs' all-time defense, Lynch has knocked on the Hall of Fame door for years. The accomplished safety and current 49ers GM should see his number displayed alongside teammates Brooks and Sapp fairly soon.
Tennessee Titans: Robert Brazile
Hall of Famers who spent their entire careers as Houston Oilers -- Elvin Bethea, Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchak -- have seen their numbers retired, among some other Oilers. Eddie George and Steve McNair represent the Titans. Brazile, an ahead-of-his-time outside linebacker, should follow at some point. The seven-time Pro Bowler was inducted to the Hall in 2019 and played all 10 of his NFL season in Houston.
Washington Football Team
Stingy about jersey retirements, Washington could use some good publicity. Its former team name, the Daniel Snyder-related scandals and the bad headlines that came out of Bruce Allen's tenure as team president should push the franchise to be more flexible. Washington, after all, has won three Super Bowls and two more NFL titles in the pre-Super Bowl era. Until Bobby Mitchell's death in April, Sammy Baugh's No. 33 was the team's only retired jersey. Green would be ideal. The blazing-fast corner played 20 Washington seasons, was voted to the NFL's All-Century team, and Washington already restricts his No. 28 from usage.
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