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FAB 1. Would The Bucs Commerce For Watson?
Some NFL crew will commerce for Deshaun Watson this yr as soon as his authorized state of affairs stemming from alleged sexual assault/misconduct is resolved.
A report this week from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler steered that Watson is investigating probably taking part in for the Bucs or Vikings. He has a no-trade clause in his contract that offers him management concerning which crew he may very well be traded to. Tampa Bay can also be doing its due diligence on Watson’s authorized state of affairs now that Tom Brady has (allegedly) retired after two seasons in crimson and pewter.
To keep away from any potential tampering costs as a result of Watson is beneath contract with the Texans, his agent advised CBS Sports activities’ Josina Anderson that Watson has not talked to groups a few potential commerce.
I spoke with Deshaun Watson’s agent. He says there isn’t any reality that Watson is eyeing the Bucs, Vikings or any groups forward of free company. “We haven’t had any talks amongst ourselves or with groups about potential locations as we’re targeted on clearing Deshaun’s title presently.”
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 17, 2022
Watson is being accused of inappropriate touching by 22 girls, together with a number of therapeutic massage therapists, and different sexual misconduct together with allegations of compelled oral intercourse. Ten of these girls have additionally filed police complaints in opposition to Watson.
In fact if Watson is criminally charged with indecent assault and despatched to jail then all bets are off. That may possible be the case too if the NFL determined to droop Watson for an exorbitant period of time, comparable to a yr, as a result of violating the league’s code of conduct.
It might be laborious to justify buying and selling a number of premium draft picks for a participant that couldn’t assist the Bucs for an entire season.
Former Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was initially suspended six video games in 2010 over sexual assault allegations. However that ban was decreased to 4 video games. Even former Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston was suspended six video games in 2018 for allegedly groping a feminine Uber driver. However that suspension was lowered to 3 video games when he agreed to not enchantment.
That leads us to the Bucs franchise and the gamers which have had sexual assault allegations levied in opposition to them. Tampa Bay basic supervisor Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith used the primary general decide to draft Winston in 2015 regardless of sexual assault allegations at Florida State hanging over his head.
Winston later settled along with his accuser after being drafted by the Bucs. No legal costs ensued, which was key.
Then the Bucs stood by Winston throughout his NFL suspension in 2018 concerning the Uber driver allegations. That was one other incident the place he settled civilly along with his accuser and averted any legal wrongdoing. Once more, that was key.
Tampa Bay even signed vast receiver Antonio Brown in 2020 with a sexual assault allegation hanging over his head. That civil case was additionally settled, and there have been no legal costs stemming from the incident.
My level is that – proper or unsuitable – the Bucs have taken possibilities with a number of gamers which have had sexual assault allegations levied in opposition to them. It actually can occur once more in Tampa Bay with Watson if he can keep away from being charged criminally.
There shall be some Bucs followers turned off by the allegations of Watson’s 22 accusers if a commerce occurs. We’ll get into that in a second. However Tampa Bay gained a Tremendous Bowl in 2020 and this fan base received awfully used to profitable in a rush. That may occur to a franchise after not making the playoffs for a dozen years.
That’s why a big contingent of Bucs followers are hoping (and praying) Licht and head coach Bruce Arians can swing for the fences and land a big-time quarterback to succeed Brady and hold the nice occasions rolling.
It’s uncertain it occurs with Inexperienced Bay’s Aaron Rodgers or Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Each are NFC quarterbacks and groups sometimes favor to not commerce throughout the convention. However a commerce for Watson may really be extra doable for one huge motive – he’s really on the buying and selling block proper now.
Watson’s Authorized Points Clouds Any Commerce – Proper Now
Houston is seeking to deal Watson after paying him his $10.54 million wage to not play final yr. The Texans are asking for 3 first-round picks and a pair of second-round picks as compensation. Miami reportedly got here near pulling the set off final yr earlier than the commerce deadline.
It’s believed that the Dolphins would have dealt for Watson if he had settled the 22 civil fits previous to the commerce. That didn’t occur and Watson has maintained his innocence. He has not made any identified makes an attempt at settling any of the civil fits to this point.
The Bucs and different groups are ready for the result of the investigation by the Houston Police Division into the ten legal complaints, which ought to occur throughout the subsequent few weeks. No costs have been filed but and no indictments have been issued.
The legal complaints have gone to a grand jury for investigation and that’s anticipated to conclude in a matter of weeks. It’s believed that the prosecutor could be looking for indecent assault costs, that are a misdemeanor and never a felony, which is nice information for Watson.
There’s additionally the prospect that no matter crew that trades for Watson this yr may need to take care of a suspension within the 2023 season – even when he isn’t charged criminally. NFL insiders John Clayton and Ben Maller have each reported that Watson gained’t be deposed for his civil fits till February 22, 2022.
“As has been reported, Watson gained’t be deposed till Feb. 22, 2022. The courtroom methods in Houston are so gradual that the subsequent step gained’t occur till proper after the Tremendous Bowl,” Clayton wrote. “Maller initiatives that trials gained’t begin till Might of 2022. Despite the fact that Watson might attempt to look to settle the circumstances, his legal professional says that gained’t occur. The circumstances might undergo June and July of subsequent yr.
“Maller factors out the NFL often doesn’t return and make the most of “time served” with regards to suspensions. So if Watson is discovered responsible subsequent yr after the beginning of camp, the league might droop him into the 2023 season.”
So there may very well be a situation the place a crew like Tampa Bay trades for Watson and he’s not forbidden to play in 2022 by the league if no legal costs are filed and his civil fits haven’t reached a conclusion. Ought to these civil fits conclude later this yr or in 2023, then the league might droop him for a number of video games within the 2023 season.
Watson’s Contract Scenario
Watson, who was the twelfth general decide within the 2017 NFL Draft, has performed 4 years within the league earlier than sitting out the 2021 season. He and the Texans signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension on January 28, 2021 – shortly earlier than information broke in March of Watson’s alleged sexual assaults.
Watson’s extension, which runs via 2025, included a $27 million signing bonus and $110,717,123 in assured cash. His contract pays him a mean of $39 million per season. The Bucs paid Brady $25 million per season by comparability.
Watson is scheduled to earn a base wage of $35 million in 2022, $20 million in 2023, and $32 million in each 2024 and 2025. In fact the Bucs – or any crew buying and selling for Watson – might restructure his deal to decrease his wage cap quantity for the 2022 season. Tampa Bay would undoubtedly have to try this upon buying and selling for him to unencumber sufficient cap area to re-sign the likes of vast receiver Chris Godwin and different free brokers.
If Watson is discovered to have violated the league’s private conduct coverage, which is able to possible occur, any assured cash in his contract could also be voided.
Watson’s Match With The Bucs
Rodgers shall be 39 in December. Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins turns 34 in August. Wilson will flip 33 in November. These are the three most talked about quarterbacks with regards to commerce rumors other than Watson.
Watson will solely be 27 in September. He didn’t play final yr in order that saved a yr’s price of wear and tear and tear on his physique. If the Bucs might land a star franchise quarterback beneath the age of 30 it will be fairly a coup, and a pleasant follow-up from Brady.
Watson has a powerful, correct arm that’s able to functioning effectively in Arians’ vertical-based passing assault. He accomplished 67.8 % of his passes in Houston for 14,539 yards with 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
After an 11-5 season in 2018 and going 10-5 as a starter in 2019, Watson had his best statistical season as a professional in 2020 regardless of the Texans ending 4-12. Watson accomplished 70.2 % of his passes for 4,823 yards with 33 TDs and seven INTs.
Whereas he’s thought of to be a pocket passer, Watson brings super mobility to the desk. That’s an added dimension that none of Arians’ beginning quarterbacks actually had. Winston is probably the most cell QB that Arians has coached since Ben Roethlisberger, however even he isn’t the scrambler that Watson is. Watson ran for at the very least 400 yards in every of the final three seasons and has 1,677 speeding yards in his NFL profession. He’s averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored 17 speeding touchdowns.
Watson’s scrambling will get him in some hassle with sacks, although. He was sacked 174 occasions in 4 years in Houston, together with a league-high 62 occasions in 2018. In his final season with the Texans, Watson was sacked 49 occasions in 2020.
The three-time Professional Bowler (2018-20) led the Texans to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019. He’s 1-2 within the postseason with a 22-19 win over Buffalo throughout the 2019 marketing campaign. Watson has accomplished 63.5 % of his passes for 870 yards with 4 TDs and one INT in three playoff video games. And he’s carried the ball 28 occasions for 168 yards (6.0 avg.) with two touchdowns.
What Would It Take To Land Watson?
Texans basic supervisor Nick Cesario and Licht have a superb relationship relationship again to their time collectively within the Patriots group. That might assist any potential commerce talks. Whereas the supposed value of three first-round picks and a pair of second-round picks looks like a steep value for the Bucs to pay, needless to say Tampa Bay picks No. 27 this yr.
With every NFL Draft actually solely having possibly 15-20 gamers with reliable first-round expertise, the Bucs would primarily be surrendering a second-rounder this yr. The hope is that with Watson on the helm, Tampa Bay would change into a perennial playoff crew and that every of these first-round picks that will be dealt to Houston could be late first-rounders.
It might be a unique story if the Bucs picked tenth or twelfth. The Bucs’ late first-rounder may very well be a detriment if different groups with greater draft picks are thinking about taking the prospect and dealing for Watson. These groups may win out within the Watson commerce sweepstakes – ought to it ever materialize. With Houston having Davis Mills at quarterback, Tampa Bay might deal Kyle Trask to the Texans in lieu of a second-round decide. That might create competitors in Houston for the QB job in 2022.
I’m not saying that there’s a nice probability of the Bucs pulling off this commerce. However Tampa Bay is legitimately investigating the state of affairs and may very well be thinking about making a deal for Watson. The Bucs have a pair of “no danger it, no biscuit” guys on the helm in Licht and Arians. The Glazers, the Bucs homeowners, have pulled off a few mega trades earlier than in touchdown Keyshawn Johnson from the Jets in 2000 and Jon Gruden from the Raiders in 2002. And the franchise has a observe report for rolling the cube on gamers embattled in sexual assault allegations.
Watson may very well be Brady’s successor in Tampa Bay – if can keep away from legal costs.
FAB 2. If Brady Didn’t Signal, Bridgewater May’ve Been Bucs QB
The Bucs hit the jackpot in 2020 when Tom Brady was signed in free company.
Have you ever ever puzzled who the Bucs would have signed in the event that they didn’t land Brady? It wasn’t going to be re-signing Jameis Winston, who Arians misplaced religion in after throwing 30 interceptions, together with his NFL-record seventh pick-six simply seven seconds into time beyond regulation in a loss to Atlanta within the season finale. That was the second Arians was accomplished with Winston for good.
So who was the backup plan if Brady didn’t come to Tampa Bay?
In Bruce Arians’ second guide with Lars Andersen, which is known as “A Season In The Solar,” the Bucs head coach revealed that it will have been Teddy Bridgewater. In 2019, Bridgewater went 5-0 for New Orleans in reduction of Drew Brees, who broke his thumb. A type of wins got here in opposition to Arians and the Bucs that season.
“So initially we actually zeroed in on Teddy Bridgewater,” Arians mentioned. “He was going to be our major goal.”
Andersen particulars why Bridgewater was the opposite goal, with the Bucs believing Brees was going to re-sign with the Saints for one ultimate season.
“Bridgewater had began 5 video games for the Saints in 2019, finishing 67.9 % of his passes, throwing 9 touchdowns and solely two interceptions, and compiling a career-high 99.1 passer ranking. Arians cherished the truth that Bridgewater hardly ever threw interceptions: the anti-Winston. Bridgewater was from Miami, Florida, which meant he could be used to taking part in in scorching and humid situations. And he was an correct passer, a ability that Arians has lengthy believed can’t be taught as soon as a quarterback has reached his sophomore yr or so of faculty. ‘You both have accuracy as a quarterback by the point you’re about twenty years outdated otherwise you don’t,’ Arians mentioned. ‘It’s that easy. Certain you possibly can enhance a bit on it, however not a lot. Accuracy is the primary most necessary bodily ability a quarterback should have to me. It’s rather more necessary than arm power.’”
So with Brady supposedly retiring after 22 seasons, the Bucs are looking out for an additional quarterback to steer a crew with sufficient expertise to make the playoffs for a 3rd straight season. Whereas backup QB Blaine Gabbert stays a beautiful choice as a result of his 4 years in Arians offense and a present chemistry with the Bucs receivers, tight ends and operating backs, is Bridgewater nonetheless an choice?
Bridgewater is a extra correct quarterback. And also you simply examine how necessary accuracy is to Arians. However what’s an appropriate quantity of accuracy for Arians?
Brady, the best quarterback of all time, accomplished 65.7 % of his passes in his first yr in Tampa Bay in 2020. Final yr, Brady’s accuracy improved to 67.5 %. By comparability, Winston accomplished 60.7 % of his passes in 2019, which was his solely season in Arians’ vertical-based offense.
Bridgewater has a 66.5 profession completion share, and accomplished 69.1 % of his passes in Carolina in 2020. However he threw simply 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions whereas going 4-11 as a starter. Final yr in Denver, Bridgewater accomplished 66.9 % of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He went 7-7 as a starter with the Broncos.
So with 33 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and a beginning report of 11-18 as a starter, the bloom has come off Bridgewater’s rose. He’s not as correct as he was in New Orleans, neither is his touchdown-to-interception ratio as favorable. Bridgewater’s report as a starter just isn’t pretty much as good, both. And that’s placing it mildly.
By comparability, Gabbert has a profession 56.3 % completion share, which is decrease than Bridgewater’s. As a starter for six video games in Arizona, Gabbert accomplished 55.6 % of his passes with six TDs and 6 INTs. In his three years in Tampa Bay, Gabbert has accomplished 59.3 % of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions in restricted reduction obligation.
Arians’ final beginning quarterback earlier than he got here to Tampa Bay, Carson Palmer, had a 62.5 % profession completion share. He had accomplished 61 % of his passes in his two years in Oakland earlier than Arians traded for him. He wound up finishing 62.5 % of his passes with Arians in Arizona.
So is Bridgewater nonetheless an choice for the Bucs? Perhaps – if Tampa Bay can’t pull off a commerce for a greater quarterback. It may be a state of affairs the place Bridgewater is signed and Gabbert is re-signed. Then Arians lets each veterans duke it out with Kyle Trask for the best to start out in a camp. That situation will not be excellent for the Bucs and their followers, however it might be a practical consequence in free company.
FAB 3. Brady’s Parting Shot At The Bucs?
Weeks in the past, earlier than Tom Brady made up his thoughts to announce his retirement from the NFL, I speculated that head coach Bruce Arians fired a salvo in Brady’s course when he introduced that he would take over as play-caller if Byron Leftwich left Tampa Bay for a head teaching job after the season.
I believe Arians wished to guarantee Brady that if he returned he would have an skilled play-caller to take care of. Not an skilled coordinator like Kevin Garver or Thaddeus Lewis. Each Garver, the Bucs receivers coach, and Lewis, Garver’s assistant, could be thought of to interchange Leftwich had he landed a head-coaching job.
On final Monday’s “Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Grey” podcast, Brady could have fired a salvo at his personal in direction of Tampa Bay. Brady, who has supposedly retired – with out really uttering the phrases “retired” or “retirement” – could also be sending the Bucs message about “going for it” once more in 2022. Brady spoke in regards to the Rams’ “all-in” method to 2021, which culminated in profitable Tremendous Bowl LVI on Sunday.
“And I believe Matt [Stafford] discovered that within the Rams and so they discovered that in Matt. Matt was a really proficient quarterback and he went to a really aggressive group the place you’ve Aaron Donald there and you’ve got Jalen Ramsey. And I do know these guys are nice rivals. He had Sean McVay who is a superb younger coach. After which they bring about in, in the identical yr, they bring about in Odell [Beckham], they go all in with Odell and he has an ideal first quarter and a half of that recreation. They usually go and so they commerce for Von Miller. I actually consider in that. You gotta go for it.
“Nobody’s gonna hand ship you these trophies. I believe so many individuals within the NFL assume that their time will come. And the truth is you gotta make it occur. You gotta go on the market and also you gotta do no matter it takes to get the job accomplished and to place your self within the positions to win Tremendous Bowls, as a result of these items are actually laborious to earn. You may’t purchase ’em, you gotta go earn ’em. And whenever you watch the Rams method and, you already know, they may go the opposite means, nevertheless it’s not from lack of effort. That’s a corporation that’s decided to go on the market and win Tremendous Bowls, and I’ve a whole lot of respect for that.”
Is Brady sending a message to the Bucs that they should “go for it” in free company and make some actual energy strikes after which he’ll contemplate returning in 2022? I’m certain the crew would love some assurances from Brady that he would contemplate returning to Tampa Bay this summer season for coaching camp, after he spends a while along with his household in the event that they have been aggressive within the offseason. If not, the Bucs want to arrange for all times with out Brady. Transfer on and discover a new quarterback for 2022 and past.
FAB 4. Former Bucs In The Information – And Not For Good Causes
A few former Buccaneers made the information not too long ago. I didn’t have the prospect to handle these debacles on the Pewter Report Podcast. So I figured I might achieve this on this week’s SR’s Fab 5 column. Take pleasure in!
Houston, YOU Have A Drawback
The Texans employed former Bucs head coach and Illinois head coach Lovie Smith to interchange David Culley, who lasted only one season. What a fully terrible rent. The Texans, Lions and Jaguars are all within the operating for the worst franchise within the league. Houston may need simply taken the lead.
The final time Smith was a superb head coach was again in Chicago in 2012. That was a decade in the past. He had a disastrous two-year run with the Bucs. He was really worse than Greg Schiano, the coach he changed. Smith went 2-14 in 2014, together with a doubtful 0-8 mark at house. The Bucs went 6-10 in 2015 earlier than firing Smith after a horrible 8-24 report in Tampa Bay.
I used to be the primary to name for Smith’s firing after the Bucs blew a 24-0 lead at Washington. Tampa Bay misplaced, 31-30. I dubbed that recreation the “collapse on the capital.” That loss dropped the Bucs to 2-4 on the season. I then doubled down on my name for Smith to be fired after dropping to Chicago, 26-21 within the second-to-last recreation of the season.
Smith then went to the faculty ranks, the place he suckered Illinois into hiring him. In 5 years at Illinois he had a report of 17-39, profitable a mean of simply three video games per season. His greatest yr got here in 2019 when he went 6-6 earlier than dropping the Redbox Bowl to Cal, 35-20. The Preventing Illini did upset No. 6 Wisconsin, 24-23, that yr. That was Smith’s signature win – however his crew nonetheless completed with a dropping report at 6-7 following its bowl defeat.
So why did the Texans rent Smith? Effectively, he was their defensive coordinator in 2021, and clearly Houston wished some continuity. Heck, the Texans have achieved continuity – that they had back-to-back four-win seasons. Houston went 4-12 in 2020 and 4-13 in 2021 beneath Culley and Smith.
Anybody who dares name Smith a defensive guru ought to have his or her head examined. Smith was a defensive guru again when the Tampa 2 scheme labored. Now there are such a lot of offenses which have “two-beaters” of their playbook. The Tampa 2 can solely be used as a change-up protection – not a staple.
Together with his job on the road, Smith kneecapped defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in 2015. And he took over Tampa Bay’s protection that season. The Bucs completed with the Twenty sixth-ranked scoring protection, permitting 26 factors per recreation.
So how did Smith fare in Houston final yr in his first season again within the NFL? The Texans had the twenty seventh ranked scoring protection, permitting – you guessed it! – 26 factors per recreation. Houston additionally ranked thirty first in yards allowed. Smith’s protection couldn’t cease the run both, rating thirty first in speeding protection.
Good luck, Houston. For those who wished to go the defensive route, Todd Bowles would have been a a lot better rent.
Hargreaves’ Tremendous Blunder
It’s virtually unimaginable that probably the most boneheaded play in Tremendous Bowl LVI got here from an inactive participant.
It’s virtually unimaginable that an inactive participant can draw a penalty throughout the Tremendous Bowl – or any NFL recreation.
But it occurred to former Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. After Bengals security Jessie Bates picked off a move in the long run zone earlier than halftime he was mobbed by teammates.
Together with Hargreaves, who dashed onto the sector from the sidelines carrying a hat, cut-off hoodie, shorts, socks and slides.
What have been you pondering, Vernon?!
What a fully dumb-ass transfer!
Hargreaves drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that backed the Bengals as much as their 10-yard line. Cincinnati picked up a primary down, however needed to punt on fourth-and-14 from its personal 17-yard line.
Antonio Brown wasn’t the one NFL participant who ought to have been fired on the sidelines of a recreation this yr. If I have been Zac Taylor, I might have reduce Hargreaves on the spot.
Hargreaves was Tampa Bay’s first-round decide in 2016. He allowed probably the most receptions (80) and probably the most yards (1,065) of any cornerback within the league that yr. Hargreaves was reduce after a 30-27 win in opposition to the Cardinals within the 2019 season as a result of he was loafing.
It’s honest to say Hargreaves gave nice effort and was hustling throughout his finish zone celebration within the Tremendous Bowl. That may be the final time he steps foot on an NFL discipline after that blunder, although.
FAB 5. SR’s Buc Pictures
• WHO WOULD BUCS BE COMPETING WITH FOR WATSON OR ANOTHER QB ON THE TRADE MARKET? With a number of lowly groups like Jacksonville (Trevor Lawrence), the New York Jets (Zach Wilson), Chicago (Justin Fields), and San Francisco (Trey Lance) investing first-round picks in quarterbacks final yr, and the Giants committing to Daniel Jones for an additional season, which groups could be competing with Tampa Bay to commerce for Deshaun Watson or one other veteran QB? The groups to regulate are New Orleans, Carolina, Denver, Washington and Pittsburgh. Different groups that might half methods with their present starter to hunt an improve on the QB place could be Indianapolis, Cleveland, Miami and probably Las Vegas.
• MOST BUCS FANS POLLED WOULD FAVOR A TRADE FOR WATSON: The Athletic’s Greg Auman put up a Twitter ballot asking Bucs followers how they might really feel in regards to the crew buying Deshaun Watson. A majority (47.3 %) of the 6,277 respondents mentioned they might assist it. Subsequent was 27.3 % of the respondents saying they weren’t certain. Solely 25.4 % mentioned they might be against it.
As a fan, how would you’re feeling in regards to the Bucs buying Texans QB Deshaun Watson?
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 16, 2022
In an identical ballot carried out on our PewterReportTV YouTube channel that has over 650 votes to this point, 53 % of Bucs followers would assist buying and selling for Watson with 33 % opposed and 14 % unsure. Be at liberty to go to the ballot and solid your vote.
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• IS TAMPA READY FOR BANDIT BALL 2.0? For those who already miss soccer and don’t wish to wait till NFL preseason video games kick off in August, the USFL has been reborn and begins play in April. The Tampa Bay Bandits are again with an identical brand and crimson, white, black and silver uniforms. The Bandits have been one of many newer USFL groups when the league started in 1982 with Tampa Bay’s franchise beginning in 1983. Coached by Steve Spurrier, the Bandits completed with a 35-19 report in three seasons earlier than the league folded in 1985.
Again within the early ’80s, the Bandits have been fairly well-liked, drawing tens of hundreds of followers to the outdated Bucs stadium. Actor Burt Reynolds was one of many minority homeowners, and nation music legend Jerry Reed sang the Bandit Ball theme music.
The 2022 Bandits, who shall be coached by Todd Haley, are considered one of eight groups within the new USFL. The others are the Michigan Panthers, Pittsburgh Maulers, Philadelphia Stars, New Jersey Generals, New Orleans Breakers, Houston Gamblers and Birmingham Stallions. The league launched the uniforms for the Bandits and the opposite groups on Thursday, February 17.
The issue with the USFL is that every one video games shall be performed in Birmingham, which is the place the league is headquartered. There gained’t be any video games in Tampa Bay or the opposite crew cities. Within the first yr, the league is making an attempt to cut back bills for journey, so all eight groups shall be stationed in Birmingham. Not a good way to foster curiosity in a brand new league in different markets. We’ll see how lengthy the USFL lasts, or if it folds shortly just like the XFL did a couple of years in the past.