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I don't care what anybody says, football is a year-round sport.
As soon as the Super Bowl is over, the offseason begins and the drama follows.
As soon as I say the words offseason and drama, I'm sure Brett Favre entered the minds of most of you.
I refuse to talk about Brett Favre and this article will be Favre-free, well at least the rest of it.
I will talk about Terrell Owens however, as T.O. just recently found himself a team with the Cincinnati Bengals.
I hope Carson Palmer has his Tylenol ready because the combination of Owens and Chad Ochocinco will give any quarterback headaches.
Making headlines everywhere this offseason was the continuation of the Tim Tebow saga.
Denver drafted Tebow in the first round of the NFL Draft. I think drafting Tebow was a good move, even if they took him too high.
All Tebow does is win and stay out of trouble, unlike other NFL quarterbacks (Jamarcus Russell, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick, etc.)
The Broncos not only got Tebow in the offseason but re-vamped their defensive line with the additions of Jarvis Green, Justin Bannan and Jamaal Williams.
In other news this offseason, the king of drama queens, Pete Carroll, has made his way back to the NFL as he became the Seattle Seahawks head coach over the offseason.
Carroll has made a few offseason moves by reuniting with LenDale White and drafting Golden Tate.
Even though I'm very critical when it comes to Notre Dame players, I'm a big fan of Golden Tate. Tate is a tremendous athlete, and I think he'll do well in the NFL.
It wouldn't be the NFL offseason if Washington wasn't out signing old guys to multi-million dollar contracts.
The Redskins picked up a great quarterback in Donovan McNabb, but picked up a couple of has-been running backs in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.
I tip my hat to the Redskins for hiring Mike Shanahan as their head coach. Let's see if Shanahan can make things interesting in Washington again.
The teams that made the best moves of the offseason are the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens.
The Jets add a proven target in wide receiver Santonio Holmes to their offense, along with another proven vet in running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Will this be the year L.T. finally wins a Super Bowl? Tomlinson just might be the biggest winner of all in the offseason as he finds himself on one of the best teams in the league.
The Jets added another running back in the NFL Draft by selecting Joe McKnight, and the Jets made their defense even more scary when they acquired cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
The Dolphins' offseason began when they placed running back Ronnie Brown on a first-round tender. The Dolphins then signed Arizona's ultra-talented linebacker, Karlos Dansby.
Miami traded draft picks for Brandon Marshall and got rid of inconsistent wide receiver, Ted Ginn Jr.
The Chicago Bears added a very good running back in Chester Taylor to the offense, along with one of the fiercest defensive ends in the NFL in Juluis Peppers to their defense.
Baltimore strengthened the weakness of their team in the offseason by picking up wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth.
Saints fans will be glad to know that New Orleans has had a pretty good offseason, as well.
I say pretty good because they had several players that could have left as free agents and were able to bring back the majority of those players.
The Saints cut Charles Grant and lost Scott Fujita to the Browns, along with Mike Bell to the Eagles.
The Saints had a pretty good draft and picked up former Chicago Bear defensive end Alex Brown to add to their pass rush.
I like the Saints offseason moves and come February the Saints could very well be saying "two-dat."
A couple of teams that have had not as good offseasons are the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cardinals picked up safety Kerry Rhodes from the Jets, but the players they lost will hurt them tremendously.
They lost two of their best players on defense in Dansby and Antrell Rolle. They also lost a dynamic playmaker in Boldin, not to mention the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner.
The Steelers have had some offseason woes as well as they lost Holmes, who made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history, to the Jets.
That, plus the whole Ben Roethlisberger situation, has got head coach Mike Tomlin in a hole early.
The NFL offseason is like a build-up to the most anticipated fight of the year.
As the days count down, fans around the world await to hear the voice of broadcasters all over America say "we are underway!"
The preseason games are the prelims and the main event is the Super Bowl.
But it all starts with the offseason hype. And we certainly have had plenty of that this year.
Jake Martin is a summer intern with the Concordia Sentinel. He will be a sophomore at Nicholls State University this upcoming school year and serve as Sports Editor of the Nicholl's Worth.
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