1. Will stars sit out with contract disputes?
Tom Brady and Darelle Revis could both hold out when their respective training camps open later this week.
It’s hard to blame them, considering Brady is due to make just $3.5 million in base salary this season, while Revis will get a paltry $1 million. The Patriots have a strict policy not to renegotiate contracts, but it seems a bit radical in this case. Last year’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year led the Pats to three titles.
2. Will anyone show T.O. some love?
Terrell Owens is no longer an All-Pro, but the 36-year-old is still the best free-agent receiver out there.
Owens caught just 55 balls for 829 yards and five touchdowns last season. Those numbers don’t seem as sour when you consider they came with the Bills, who fired their offensive coordinator right before the season then fired their coach during the season. We’re still wondering why the Rams aren’t biting on him. This is a team that promoted a practice squad receiver to its No. 2 spot last season.
3. Can Washington shake up the NFC?East?
The Redskins added Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan, but we still don’t think anyone can hang with Dallas.
McNabb gets a fresh start, and for the first time in his career won’t be carrying the weight of a franchise on his shoulders.
4. Is this Jeff Fisher’s last year in Tennessee?
Another season, another controversy for Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
Last year Fisher drew flak for wearing a Peyton?Manning jersey at a fundraiser. This season he has to deal with Vince Young’s nightclub shenanigans and losing his running backs coach days before camp to the “unprofessional” Lane Kiffin and USC.
If the Titans can’t find their way to the second round of the playoffs, expect the franchise to release the NFL’s longest tenured coach.
5. Will the Jets become the most hated team?
The Jets, who open camp Aug. 1 in Cortland, are only widening the target on their backs.
Rex Ryan’s loud-mouth personality has rubbed off on his players, such as Kris Jenkins, who referred to former teammates as “women.”