Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Semipro Football: Piranha leave GDFL, will play 2015 season in WFF

The Central Penn Piranha are leaving the Gridiron Development Football League and will play in the World Football Federation this season, the team announced.

Several GDFL conferences have changed this offseason, which would have resulted in the Piranha traveling farther than they can afford during the playoffs.

"We are not in a financial spot to take that jump with the league," team co-owner and head coach Tom Laubach said in a statement. "We wish (league commissioner) Charles Thompson and the GDFL the best of luck for the 2015 season."

Co-owned by Laubach and former NFL player and Super Bowl champion Raheem Brock, the Piranha have won over 250 games (including playoffs) since being founded in 1995. The team claims to be the winningest team in minor football history.

Central Penn is coming off an 8-1 season in the GDFL that culminated with a 21-19 victory over the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters in Gridiron Bowl V. The Piranha are switching to the WFF for the league's inaugural season.

The upstart league has three familiar foes for the Piranha in the Albany Metro Mallers, New England Soul, and local rival Lancaster Lightning. Central Penn outscored the Soul and Lighting by combined scores of 86-14 last season. Contests against the Mallers were more competitive.

Central Penn faced Albany three times last season. The Piranha won 52-31 at home and lost 41-13 on the road during the regular season before defeating the Mallers 21-10 in New York during the playoffs. They are expected to play Albany again this season.

The Piranha's season opener will be played at home (Warwick High School) on July 11th against the Lightning. The team's complete schedule is still being finalized by the WFF.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Free agent quarterback Tim Tebow worked out for Eagles today

Philadelphia's crazy offseason took another surprising turn Monday.

The Eagles worked out free agent quarterback Tim Tebow today, according to numerous reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.

Within minutes of Schefter's tweet going live, #TebowTime became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter across the United States.

Tebow (6-3, 236 pounds) has not played in the NFL since being cut by the Patriots prior to the 2013 season. Since then, he has been a college football analyst for ESPN's SEC Network.

Monday, March 2, 2015

How much salary cap space do Broncos have? $150 million, NFLPA says

Graphic: Spotrac.com
The Denver Broncos have a 2015 salary cap of $150,066,024, the NFL Players Association announced Monday.

This year's salary cap is $143.28 million. Teams that did not use all of their cap space in 2014 can roll that space over into 2015. Denver rolled over $5.87 million from last year.

Denver has the eleventh-highest adjusted salary cap this year. Jacksonville tops all teams with $168,486,107.

The Broncos currently have $133,475,312 invested in current player contracts, according to Spotrac.com. That leaves Denver with $16,587,712 to use in free agency this offseason.

On Monday, the Broncos used their franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The tag will pay Thomas $12,823,000 this season.

Denver's next order of business will be re-signing players and targeting free agents across the league. Broncos set to become free agents include defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, safety Rahim Moore, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, and tight ends Julius Thomas and Virgil Green.

Potential free agent targets for the Broncos include tight end/fullback James Casey, offensive lineman Mike Iupati, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and return specialist Jacoby Jones.

The Broncos can begin negotiating with players on March 7. The new league year — and the free agency signing period — will begin at 2 p.m. MT on March 10.

This story has been updated to reflect corrected salary cap numbers. Incorrect numbers from Over The Cap have been updated with numbers from Spotrac.