NFL agent poll: Redskins, Bruce Allen get low marks on preparedness, trust

USA TODAY Sports NFL columnist Jarrett Bell and NFL reporter Lindsay H. Jones have been polling agents this year to get a sense of how they view the league’s teams, executives and its issues, particularly those linked to labor relations and collective bargaining.

A total of 25 agents responded to a series of questions, with some choosing to abstain to certain portions of the survey. But most did provide opinions when asked which teams were most prepared during free agency, which decision-makers commanded the most respect (and the least), and more. Here is what their answers revealed:

Saints at Vikings

Oct. 28, 8:20 p.m. A rematch of last season’s thrilling divisional round showdown — the so-called Minnesota Miracle, in which Vikes receiver Stefon Diggs won the game on a walk-off 61-yard TD catch after New Orleans safety Marcus Williams failed to tackle him — this figures to be another back-and-forth battle. These are likely playoff teams, so it could have NFC seeding implications once the season wraps up.

Packers at Patriots

Nov. 4, 8:20 p.m. There’s nothing quite like watching the top quarterbacks in the NFL — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers — battle. Factor in that these are two legitimate Super Bowl contenders who meet only every four years makes it that much more intriguing.

Here are six contenders that must navigate the toughest regular-season schedules in order to make the postseason after the 2018 season. Andy Reid is breaking in new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a brutal stretch early in the season. It starts with the Chargers and Steelers in consecutive road games.

Brandon Marshall isn’t embracing the notion of fellow wide receiver Dez Bryant joining the New York Giants. Marshall, in fact, took to social media to voice his displeasure with Bryant’s comments about possibly suiting up for the Giants. Sorry baby bro no room, Marshall posted on Instagram along with a screenshot of Bryant’s comments. Marshall has since deleted the comment.

Bryant, who was released by the Cowboys last week, was asked about possibly joining the Giants during an interview with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. The Giants, Bryant said, got a hell of a defense, they’re going to pay OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.), so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard), the tight end (Evan Engram), (quarterback Eli) Manning? Crazy…. draft (Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick)? That’d be crazy! While Bryant included a lot of names in that quote, one that was missing was Marshall.

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Griffin has been with the Cavs since 2010 and became the GM in 2014.

Surround them with at least two shooters some combination of Klay Thompson, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and/or Green gives them all the spacing they need in the half court ‘ and it puts the defense in an incredibly delicate position.

Even so, the Cavaliers need to have a plan when it comes to how they’re going to try to contain it because it’s something the Warriors can go to when they desperately need a basket. It certainly would’ve helped them down the stretch of Game 7 in the 2016 NBA Finals, and it could help them if they find themselves in a similar situation in the 2017 NBA Finals.

Griffin has been with the Cavs since 2010 and became the GM in 2014. He was part of a Cavs front office that drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011 and lured LeBron James back from Miami in 2014 while adding All-Star forward Kevin Love the same year. The Cavaliers are coming off three straight trips to the NBA Finals, including the franchise’s only championship last year.

After losing in five games to the Warriors’ so-called super team, the Cavaliers want to figure out how to beat Golden State to claim another NBA title. Griffin’s departure does not seem to be a decision influenced by James, who had been on record speaking in support of Griffin to be given a contract extension.

If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1??

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