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NFL draft: Tyler Lockett undervalued, Bud Dupree overvalued


Tyler Lockett’s a versatile threat, but he gets lost in a loaded receiver class. Meanwhile, Bud Dupree’s allure is more about potential than production. Daniel Jeremiah redistributes pre-draft hype.

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Former NFL player shares his money mistakes in new book

Former NFL Player Phillip Buchanon Pens ‘New Money: Staying Rich’

Former NFL player shares his money mistakes in new book

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BlackEnterprise.com recently had a one-on-one with NFL vet Phillip Buchanon. Buchanon was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and before retiring from the sport, the athlete played for the Houston Texans, Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. These days he’s exploring new terrains with his brand Octocanon, a name he chose to reflect his multiple professional endeavors.

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The baller turned businessman is the author of a novel, New Money: Staying Rich,  and a children’s book series. In our exclusive talk,  Buchanon opens up about all of his endeavors and his passion for using his mistakes to educate others.

Phillip says it was his aunt who suggested he share the decisions he made as a professional athlete and what he should have done differently. With an injury freeing up his time, Buchanon was inspired to write a novel and complete his education at the University of Miami.

“While I was in school I just started writing,” he says. “I wrote a chapter based on family. I was going in pretty hard on the family, but it’s not to embarrass my family members. It’s to educate other people that are coming into new money.” One of the biggest mistakes Phillip says he thinks professional ballers make is “being uneducated on how to handle money and not understanding how to handle their family.”

Of his time on the field, Phillip says he also found many of his peers to solely trust their financial advisors with their money matters. In New Money: Staying Rich, he stresses that young adults coming into “new money” need to select mentors who have no financial gain by helping them. Financial advisors may or may not have a newly rich client’s best interest at heart, he warns. A trusted mentor can double check the counsel of financial advisors and advise the new professional accordingly.

Other chapters touch on friends, living the Hollywood life, and it wouldn’t be a pro-athlete read if there wasn’t some mention of the ladies.

We found the retired vet to be immensely passionate about using his own wrongs to potentially deter others from repeating similar financial mistakes. Even children, too. Buchanon is developing Little Phil’s Financial Educational Series, a collection of books to teach kids about money. “If I was younger and could have been educated on money, maybe it could have helped me as far as understanding the value of money,” he says.

Still in the works for Buchanon are comic books and board games. The baller has seemingly found his place in what he calls “edutainment” and is running full speed.

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The Veteran Combine was a rude awakening

Several Veteran Combine participants have signed NFL contracts

mikekafkaAPThe Veteran Combine was a rude awakening for some players, who came to the painful realization that they just don’t have it anymore. But for others, the Veteran Combine was a big opportunity.

In fact, several of the participants in the Veteran Combine have already signed with NFL teams, well in advance of the start of offseason work and the filling of teams’ 90-player rosters.

The most recent signing was Brandon Copeland, a free agent linebacker who got a spot on the Lions thanks to his showing at the Veteran Combine.

The Vikings have signed two players from the Veteran Combine, Mike Kafka and Caesar Rayford. The Cardinals signed two as well, Nathan Slaughter and Ifeanyi Momah. The Bucs signed Emmanuel Ogbuehi and Ben Gottschalk.

The Colts signed Deveron Carr. The Chargers added Michael Huey.

Some of the best-known players who worked out at the Veteran Combine remain unsigned. Running backs Michael Bush, Felix Jones and Mikel Leshoure are all still looking for work. Adam Carriker, who is years past the time when he looked like one of the NFL’s most promising defensive linemen, hasn’t signed despite working out and talking openly about how eager he is to get another shot.

And, of course, Michael Sam still hasn’t found a team willing to give him a shot to become the first openly gay player to play in a regular-season NFL game. The Veteran Combine was no guarantee of a job for those who attended. But it was a good opportunity for some.

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Colts are the new Vegas favorite to win Super Bowl 50

The Colts are the favorites to take home the Lombardi Trophy. (NFL)
The Colts are the favorites to take home the Lombardi Trophy. (NFL)

Andre Johnson said he signed with the Colts because he felt like Indianapolis gave him the best chance to win a Super Bowl and at least one Nevada sportsbook agrees with him that Indy has the best chance.

At the MGM Sportsbook in Las Vegas, the Colts have been pegged as the favorites to win Super Bowl 50. MGM must have been listening in on the phone call Johnson had with Frank Gore this week.

“After I got released by the Texans, Frank called me,” Johnson said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “He called me right after it happened and was just like, ‘What are you gonna do?’ I’m like, ‘Frank, I don’t know. I just got released. I don’t know.’ I asked, him ‘Who do you think has the best chance to win a Super Bowl?’ And he was like, ‘Indy.’ And I was like, ‘That’s my same choice too so let’s do it, let’s go for it.’ And they were able to get both of us here.”

The Colts odds improved after Indy went crazy during the first three days of free agency, signing Gore, Trent Cole, Kendall Langford, Todd Herremans and Johnson. Those five players will join a team that only came up one game short from playing in Super Bowl XLIX.

Before free agency started, the Colts had 14-1 to 12-1 odds at most Vegas sportsbooks.

It’s also possible that the MGM really, really liked the fact the Colts dumped Trent Richardson on Thursday.

Overall, the five top favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at the MGM book are the Colts (5-1), Seahawks (11-2), Packers (11-2), Patriots (6-1) and Cowboys (8-1), according to the odds obtained by ESPN.com.

Just because the Colts are the favorites at the MGM doesn’t mean they’re the favorite everywhere though.

The Seahawks and Patriots are 6-1 co-favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, while the Seahawks and Packers are 6-1 co-favorites at William Hill.

At Bovada, the Seahawks are the sole favorite to win Super Bowl 50 with 5-1 odds. The Colts have 9-1 odds at Bovada, an improvement from the 14-1 odds they faced before free agency started.

If you’re now wondering who the longest longshot is, the answer to that questions is Jacksonville and Tennessee. Both teams are facing 200-1 odds to win Super Bowl 50.

One of the most notable drop in odds hit the 49ers, who were listed at 16-1 in February, but have since dropped to 33-1.

Next season’s Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7, 2016, and televised by CBS from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Odds to win Super Bowl 50 from Bovada

Seattle Seahawks 5-1

New England Patriots 6-1

Green Bay Packers 7-1

Indianapolis Colts 9-1

Denver Broncos 12-1

Dallas Cowboys 14-1

Philadelphia Eagles 20-1

Pittsburgh Steelers 20-1

Arizona Cardinals 25-1

Baltimore Ravens 25-1

New York Giants 25-1

Cincinnati Bengals 33-1

Detroit Lions 33-1

Miami Dolphins 33-1

New Orleans Saints 33-1

San Francisco 49ers 33-1

Atlanta Falcons 40-1

Buffalo Bills 40-1

Carolina Panthers 40-1

Kansas City Chiefs 40-1

San Diego Chargers 40-1

Chicago Bears 50-1

Houston Texans 50-1

Minnesota Vikings 50/1

St. Louis Rams 50-1

New York Jets 66-1

Cleveland Browns 75-1

Oakland Raiders 75-1

Washington Redskins 100-1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 150-1

Jacksonville Jaguars 200-1

Tennessee Titans 200-1

Source:  CBS Sports


Super Bowl 50
Levi’s Stadium
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Santa Clara, CA