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June 21, 2022 3:14 pm

Rich reacts to the breaking news that all but 4 civil lawsuits against Deshaun Watson have been settled and says what this means for a likely suspension for the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

Rich weighs in on the latest PGA Tour defection with 2-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka joining the LIV Golf series and laments that the upstart Saudi-backed tour is “destroying the game of golf.”

NFL Network Analyst Daniel Jeremiah tells Rich why he’s expecting a big leap by the young but talented New York Jets, which NFL rookies will shine the most next season, why the Bengals’ Super Bowl run was no fluke, if this is Tua Tagovailoa’s year to fully blossom with the Dolphins, and weighs in on if Baker Mayfield is truly done with the Browns, how much pressure (if any) is on Aaron Rodgers, if the Dallas Cowboys will be better or worse next season, if the 49ers have passed the torch from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance, and if the Raiders can top the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos to win the AFC West. 

Rich comments on the Yankees’ and Aaron Judges’ arbitration hearing and says why his Pinstripes are “out of their mind” by squeezing the slugger for $4 Million this year.

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That's 877-ASK-DELL to save up to 48% on our latest technology. Today's guests, NFL Network analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, co-host of Top Gear America, actor Rob Corddry, plus your phone calls, latest news and more. And now, it's Rich Eisen. Well, hey everybody. Welcome to this edition of the Rich Eisen Show. 844-204-RICH is the number to dial. Lots to discuss here on this busy Tuesday.

On the longest day of the year, happy summer solstice to everybody. In 2022, I am Rich Eisen. 844-204-RICH, number to dial here on NBC Sports on Peacock, on NBC Sports Audio Sirius XM Channel 85. This Rich Eisen Show terrestrial radio affiliate coast to coast. There's also that Odyssey app if you want to listen to us wherever you are. Our podcast available as soon as we're done through the Cumulus Podcast Network. Where all podcasts can be acquired, just pick us up. slash Rich Eisen Show for anything that you're going to miss over the next three hours.

But hopefully this content will be so compelling you can't at all miss a thing. Good to see you over there, Christopher Brockman. How are you? Hey Rich, what's your favorite season on the first day of summer?

Wow, didn't expect that sort of Lord Charles, Doc Gooden's 12.6 one right off the bat. I like summer. Yeah, sure. Summer's great, but fall is when there's football. Good point. And that's always great.

Change of temperature, leaves turn. How are you, Jay Felley? Good to see you, sir.

I am great. I got gifts from both guys this morning. Feeling good. What are the gifts about? Is it your birthday today?

No, it's Jewish Christmas. Happy to see them. Okay, good to see you over there, TJ Jefferson. How are you? What a weird start to this program.

The candle's lit. Good to see you over there. What's up, man? How you guys doing? Well, we have breaking news.

There is a boy. I mean, how many times have we gum on the air and news is broken, certainly in the world of football. Breaking news. Tony Busby, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the Deshaun Watson case. The 24 civil lawsuits that have been filed against Deshaun Watson. The lead attorney for all of the lawsuits, Tony Busby, just put out a statement about 10 minutes ago that all the cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have been settled. He talked about the brave and strong women. One of them that got it all started, Ashley Solis is her name. And Busby said at the time of that one phone call over a year ago, she was just one of hundreds of calls seeking legal assistance.

And our firm gets weekly. She mentioned the case about Watson. They felt offended by the response from Watson's original lawyer. He said that the law firm was convinced to try and help her as a result of Ashley's lone but brave voice. Soon, many women who had allegedly experienced the same conduct were emboldened to step forward.

He talked about the dreadful experience, the vile criticism and fanatical ignorance that they have endured throughout this entire process. The truth is, without her courage and willingness to come forward, the NFL wouldn't currently be contemplating discipline. There would be no examination of how teams might knowingly or unknowingly enable certain behavior. Sports teams wouldn't be reviewing their personnel screening processes.

And this important story wouldn't have dominated the sports headlines for more than a year. Today, I announced that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have settled. We're working through the paperwork related to those settlements. Once we've done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential.

We won't comment further on the settlements or those cases. As stated, Ashley Solis is one of the heroes of this story. Her case is not settled and thus her story and that of the other three brave women will continue. I look forward to trying these cases in due course, consistent with other docket obligations in the court's schedule.

That is Tony Busby on that. Ashley Solis was the first woman to step forward well over a year ago. Her case certainly has made headlines. A lot of the details from the depositions, including the one that Watson gave, have certainly created headlines. Watson noticed that Solis was crying at the end of their session, their massage session. Watson said in his deposition he didn't know why she had cried. Solis said Watson intentionally touched her during the massage with a body part that shall remain nameless.

But I think we can all assume what it is here, just afternoon time on this day. Asked why he sent an apology. The text was, sorry about you feeling uncomfortable.

Never worthy intentions. Let me know if you want to work in the future. My apologies. Watson testified he sent the apology because she was teary-eyed and I was trying to figure out what was going on. So I assumed that she was uncomfortable in whatever reason. We talked about working in the future and so I said we can work in the future.

Just let me know and then I sent my apologies as to whatever reason she was teary-eyed for. So that will be moving forward and three other cases will be moving forward. And I guess other cases can be filed if I'm not mistaken.

There is a two-year statute of limitations on this. So now again the four other cases in the NFL will be on the clock here. And Watson has taken 20, I guess, of these cases and he's going to be talking about it. And he swore he wasn't going to settle, but he has. And I think the court of a public opinion is ruling every single day, banging a gavel I know I have here on this set. And for him, that means for 20 of the cases, the questions asked of him, he's like, they have been settled.

I can't comment on it, as opposed to the word salad that's come out of his mouth and made things far worse for him. And the question is, has he lied to the league? Is he lied to the Browns in any way, shape, or form? And if that's the case, or if he's dissembled, or he's avoided the truth, then he will hear about it. But he swore he wasn't going to settle, but there is a settlement.

So that's the latest on that. And we now await how everything else will fall into place from the league and what might come of that. But I don't think just the mere settling is going to have him avoid any subject matter from the league to suspend him.

As you know, the league has said that they believe it's going to be significant, and I believe it should be, based on everything that you see here. And I should mention again, no criminal charges have been filed in the case. But these are civil cases that are still outstanding, and so is a ruling from the league on how few games Deshaun Watson will play this year.

Another story that came out today. The U.S. Open is in the books. The Live Tour is back on the docket this week.

They're in the state of Oregon. They're playing in the United States. And a United States Open champion, a couple times over, has said he's in. Brooks Koepka, last week, who didn't want to discuss any of this for fear of overshadowing the U.S. Open or not giving it its due, clearly was thinking about it.

Clearly something was on the table. Clearly something was afoot, and I don't blame him for coming out right at the U.S. Open and saying, I'm out of here. Kind of a tough spot, but that's what all of these players are in, and I guess that's what you're taking the big bucks from the Live Tour and the Saudi Investment Fund. And the PGA Tour now loses another big name player. And what it looks like to me is the PGA Tour is going to take all these hits, and I don't know how many of the events over the next few months on the PGA Tour Brooks Koepka was going to play anyway. He was supposed to play this week at the Travelers.

The Live Tour in Oregon is on the 30th. It's next week. He's supposed to play. He's still on the docket. And you know, the PGA Tour didn't actually suspend any of the guys until they took a shot in it.

Right, so Brooks might still play this week in Connecticut at the Travelers. We don't know. Well, he hasn't made any announcement.

This was just a report from the worldwide leader in sports. Wild. I am not going to sit here and say these guys are anything but out for themselves. That's it.

An insane amount of money is being put on the table, and I would proffer to say anybody who's out there would have to think real hard before saying no about it. Brooks' brother is on the tour as well, the Live Tour as well. But it's not real tournament golf with what they're playing. It's 54 holes.

It's a shotgun start. There is no cut. It's an exhibition tour, and I guess that will be something that the Live Tour will bristle about being an exhibition tour.

But that's what it is because there's no history to it. And even if they do it for five years, in the history of the Live Tour, there hasn't been a single player that's missed a cut. There's no pressure. There's no pressure except, you know, not playing well. You're not going to see anybody snap a club in half and throw it because if they did, there's more money where that came from in order to replace it on the spot. There's no intensity to it.

There will never be any intensity to it. It'll just be a fun tour for these guys to go around and cash insane checks that none of the fans of golf can actually relate to. And I know the purses are going up, and on the PGA Tour as well, the U.S.

Opens responded when they had a $3 million prize for first place this time around and jacked it up. But all this is going to do is just serve to take fewer players away from the PGA Tour and put them on a tour that'll be difficult to find with no real stakes to it. And the person who will lose out is the fan of professional golf who wants to see the best players play against the best players with stakes on the line. Where if you don't play well, you miss a cut and you are also getting your game ready for the majors because you are playing intensely pressurized golf against the best players.

I mean, that's what the tour is for. Now there'll be fewer of those players and fewer viewers of interest. So when you hear any of these players say they're just trying to grow the game of golf, all they're doing is basically destroying it or watering it down. And living out the dream of a very seemingly bitter, angry guy and Greg Norman who wanted to take a piece out of the tour and finally found a partner in the Saudis who were going to bankroll it. They're on like the Greg Norman Revenge Tour as he stares people down and everyone avoids the responsibility for who they're taking the money from. Why would I want to watch what they're doing? With the weird team rules that I have no idea what they are and those avatars for what, the 15 year olds on TikTok who are interested in the live tour?

What are we doing? I heard that about Kepka and I'm like, I guess I'll miss him in Bay Hill and the Travelers and whatever. I guess you'll miss him. But he doesn't play that much anyway. That's why I was saying major events, but he's always a fun and compelling watch.

Of course, in the majors when he's healthy this year, he really hasn't been healthy and hasn't been competing that well in the majors. So they make the tour, they get their name, they get their fame and they get their history making career and then bail when somebody waves a bigger check at him. I guess that's free agency.

I guess that's again what a lot of us would do. And I understand it's their choice and they've made it, but just don't give me the we're growing the game of golf thing. That's not what you're doing.

What you're doing is you're acting out somebody's revenge tour is really what it is. And he's getting his piece, man, because they are getting big name players. I guess Kevin Van Valkenburg, our friend from ESPN who called in a couple weeks ago, says the Saudis are putting up two billion. They've got a pool of two billion dollars to spend. There's no competing with that. So I just don't want to hear that we're growing the game of golf.

As a matter of fact, what you're doing is watering it down. And I don't know what the PGA Tour is going to do, except at some point either wait this thing out. And see what the ratings look like, see what the partners of the of the sport think. You know, and and and assume that once football rolls around in four weeks, we're not talking about the live tour. I mean, when when training camps open up and Baker Mayfield is going to go somewhere or not, or Deshaun Watson is suspended or not, assuming he will be, the Cowboys are going to be starting up their training camp and then preseason games happen and college football begins. We're not talking about the live tour. I mean, that's what the PGA Tour is going to be banking on.

And then all of a sudden, what? They get four or five, six other significant players, and then we're going to start seeking out on on the Internet what it looks like. Yes, I mean, this is going until the end of October.

I mean, the last event of the year is October 27th through the 30th. Yeah. Guess what? That's that's.

This is what I'm sure the PGA Tour is banking on to. Give me that. Give me that date again. So there was an event coming up this week, June 30th, the second event, the eighth event in the final one of this year is October 27th to the 30th in Miami.

Hang on a minute. October 27th, that's when they're there will be Miami. Yeah. Final event of the year.

Got it. That's also the night the Ravens are at the Bucks on Thursday Night Football. Yep. Dolphins are going to be at the Lions that week, so I guess they have the stage themselves sports wise that year.

Patriots at Jets, Steelers at Eagles, Niners at the Rams, Packers at the Bills. Geez. Yeah.

See ya. I don't even know what's in college football. I think that's the weekend Michigan and Michigan State usually play late play in the last week of goodbye. I mean, whatever.

So that's what they're basically banking on. We're talking about it now because we're in the middle of June. There's nothing really going on.

Well, I mean, outside of, you know, the Tampa Bay Lightning taking a piece of the Avalanche final, you know, and the Yankees coming back from a loss. So how many losses do you have? 17. So you're going to go 145 and 17. Congratulations.

Thank you, sir. Well, I mean, again, that's what I guess they're banking on is that the live tour at some point and the PGA Tour will endure because they have decades of history and experience. And a competition where there's no shotgun starts. There's this there's actual more holes after a 54th. Yeah.

And people get cut. 844-204-rich number. Daniel Jeremiah. Let's talk some ball. OK. Kevin Clark wrote about this subject matter live and PGA Tour for the ringer. And in our number three, one of our favorites, he's been around on this show multiple times. Rob Corddry is back here on this program. He has got season two of Top Gear America's start.

Top Gear Motor Trends at Top Gear America. That's streaming starting on July 1st. He's here in studio. He's a diehard Patriot fan and that's Rob Corddry.

So that's an hour number three. TJ Jefferson, you are focusing on the NFC South today, correct? Yes, sir. For your best players in the history of each franchise.

Yes, indeed. The NFC South. I can't wait to hear if you have Tom Brady a Buccaneer. Oh. That would be fascinating to me if you choose Brady as your Buccaneer.

There's a short list and he may have been on it. Very, very good. That's coming up here on this edition of the Rich Eisen Show. When we come back, we'll talk some ball with Daniel Jeremiah, who is locked in on everything involving professional pigskin.

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Makes everybody smarter. And he's a diehard Padre fan, so we're going to mix a little bit of sports with a beautiful June summer solstice day when Daniel Jeremiah chimes in on the Mercedes-Benz fans phone line. How you doing there, DJ? I'm doing fantastic. Look, congratulations to the Yankees.

Yes. I mean, that's phenomenal, Rich. I think for all the jet stuff that you endure, you deserve the Yankees. And then I would say, you know, if you'd have told me before the season, no tattoos. Blake Snell has been terrible.

And we're 15 over 500, about 70 games in, tied with the Dodgers. I'll take it. You signed for that. When is tattoos coming back? What do you got for me on that? Do you have any inside information on that one? We've got to get another scan. So we're waiting for the next scan. He's been really close, but they've been very cautious. And I think the fact that they're doing so well is probably allowed them to be even more cautious with him. But I mean, I think you probably, I'm guessing he probably comes back, you know, at or around the All-Star break.

Probably a little after the All-Star break would be my guess. Machado, gosh, he took a spill the other day. That was, that will make you a little nervous. But then it looks like not even a high ankle sprain, a low ankle sprain.

So he should be okay. All right, you're Padres, man. That's got to be exciting.

It's just, they're an exciting team. By the way, I've been to four games, Rich, 0 and 4. So I might... You're the mush. Are you the mush? Are you the mush? Terrible.

Terrible. I'm sure it would be the same for Brockman if he ever went to a Red Sox game just because they don't win very often. Oh, Chris is the cooler.

He's been a cooler, like he's... I went to two games in Anaheim, one and one, we split. One and one? Yeah, we split. That's not bad.

No, that's not bad at all. Why would you say the Jets, you know, have given me so much grief and I deserve the Yankees for it when you, I saw you, I saw you on flight 2020, 2022 on the Jets, you know, hard knocks, if you will. I saw you talking about how the Jets have finally, this is the win it now button for them, right? I spoke to Robert Salah yesterday. They seem ready to roll.

Correct? Yeah, they, I think the clip that they used in that show, I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but, you know, kind of using that Braveheart reference of they kind of built up for this, this off season and kind of saved up for it in terms of draft capital and cash. And then they just unloaded it. So, you know, the schedule, which is brutal, as I'm sure you've seen, but man, they have so many good young players. It's like the, you know, I'm not saying they're the Seahawks, but you remember the Seahawks got to the point where it's just, you just have too many good players.

You can't help but win. Like it's going to happen. There's just too, there's too much talent. I think they're, they're not to that point yet, but they're, you know, they're getting there and it's going to be fun to watch. You know, there's going to be weeks where you're going to see Garrett Wilson do some awesome stuff and then you'll see Breech Hall, you know, make big plays the next week. And you've got some, some young stud D Lyman. I mean, Quinnen Williams kind of in a, you know, pay for play year type deal. He could, he could have a monster year.

They got some guys around him finally. So are you saying the Jets are potentially like the 2013 Seahawks? Is that what you're saying? Year two for Zach Wilson?

You're making that comparison? I'm saying, I think, I think, I'm not saying they're going to go to the Super Bowl, but I'm saying that I think that there's a big leap. I don't think this is going to be, you know, kind of a win a couple more games in the next year, a couple more games.

I think this was such an influx of talent that I think they could make a pretty sizable leap this year. Daniel Jeremiah here on the Rich Eisen Show. What's your sense now that we're two months clear of a draft and we've seen a little bit of OTAs, who would be your peg for Rookie of the Year on either side of the football this year, Daniel? Yeah, no, that's, that's a great call.

To me, not, not surprised, not surprised. You'll hear me say this, but just looking back, Kyle Hamilton, 14th pick to the Ravens, like, you know, he's going to have a monster year. Like this stuff happens to them all the time. So you take some of the, one of the best players in the draft, he's going to fall in their lap. They're going to plug him into that system where they're ultra aggressive and he's probably going to pick off, you know, six or seven balls and be the defensive Rookie of the Year. Like it's just, that's bound to happen. So you like him as a defensive Rookie of the Year.

What about offense? What do you think? I know it's like, I know it's, I know it's like throwing a dart at a dartboard, but give it a whirl anyway. Yeah. I mean, I, I really like Bruce Hall.

I mean, I know, uh, I'm not just trying to patronize here. I just think he's gonna, you know, he's going to be an awesome combination with Michael Carter. I think he'll probably get more of the, the goal line touches. So you'll be able to pile up some touchdowns.

He can catch the ball. Um, that would be probably my favorite. And then I would look at Drake London just because of the, the number of targets he should get there. I mean, it's basically him and pits, right? Right.

Um, I, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say they may be trailing a little bit, uh, in some games. So he might get a chance to have some volume there. What about Olave? I mean, we're, we're kind of forgetting about him since he was not even the first Ohio State receiver taken and he's sitting down there.

And I know, I know we're, we're still just kind of wondering who the saints are going to be. What about him? What about his possibilities? He's ready to go.

Like polished, polished, polished, maybe more so than any of the rookie receivers. So I think he's got a chance to come out the gate and make an impact. It's just hard to kind of, I want to see what happens with Michael Thomas and kind of see what this offense looks like.

No Sean Payton. And, um, you know, how does, how does James come along? It's just some unknowns there. So it's hard to predict what he's going to do. But I think you're onto something there just in terms of a guy who's, who's pretty paid. I mean, he's, he is a pro.

He's ready to go. Daniel Jeremiah, my buddy from NFL Network, Move the Sticks podcast, co-host with Bucky Brooks here on the Rich Eisen Show. What are we not, what are we not talking about?

What, what are, what are, what's a talent evaluation community or analyst community talking about that's not really at the forefront of everyone's mind? Daniel? I was at the game, Rich. I believe you were there as well in the Super Bowl. It was played in Los Angeles and I know the Rams won that game.

Yes. And I know there's been like movies made about the Rams and I know that Matthew Stafford and, and Coach McVayor and every commercial that you see on TV. There was another team there.

I'm quite certain I remember it. And, and I think it was the Bengals, but I'm not sure because literally nobody said one word about him the entire offseason. So we're not looking at the Bengals right now is what you're saying. Have you heard anybody talk about the Bengals? I mean, even inside that division, they were in the dang Super Bowl. They're the fourth most discussed team in their own division. Cleveland for obvious reasons has been a topic of conversation. Pittsburgh, who's going to win the quarterback job. That's, you know, that's a big deal with them having a, you know, to start the era without Ben Roethlisberger and the Ravens.

You've got Lamar and his contract situation. You know, can they stay healthy? They're good. They're the team everybody's pointing to that didn't make the playoffs.

It's gonna jump right back into it. And I'm like, the Cincinnati Bengals were in the dang Super Bowl with a superstar young quarterback, you know, maybe the most fun offense to watch in the league when they get rolling. They had a crappy offensive line. They rebuilt the entire thing in the offseason.

And I just feel like nobody's talking about him. What is a year or two to year three leap for borough look like? What could it possibly even look like in your mind, Daniel? I think it's another year removed from the knee. So I think you see him and hopefully doesn't have to run around for his life, but he's going to be able to use his legs more.

You know, it just, you know, to be selectively aggressive, to be able to take off and get you, you know, for what you think about my homes, how many third and fours have you seen my homes? You know, just take off and go get seven yards and get down, save himself. I think you're going to see a little more life in the legs of Joe Burrow. You know, we know what he does from the neck up and how quickly he can process and throw the ball accurately. And I think now you're going to see some more of that athleticism show out now that he's another year removed.

Daniel Jeremiah here on the Rich Eisen show. What do you think of the Dolphins? And because we just talked about how the Bengals are not even the most talked about team in their division or fourth most talked about team in their division. And then they get lost in the conference conversation because of the AFC West and how loaded they are.

And then so many are talking about the Dolphins because of Tyreek Hill's addition and Mike McDaniel being there and how fast they can be in the matchup problems as if Tua and the Tuanon believers are right and how well they could perform. What do you think, DJ? First of all, have I been living under a rock? Is this a thing? Are they calling the Tuanon? Oh, it's huge. Yes.

DJ, it's huge. Tuanon is very real. And they get very angry if you say anything slanderous towards Tuanon. Yes.

Tuanon. Yes, sir. Oh, that's great. That exists. I've been watching too much baseball.

I've missed that one. No, look, the thing about the Dolphins, I love what they did from a coaching standpoint. I love the speed with Waddle and Tyreek Hill and run after catch and Tua is very accurate underneath.

I think that works. I think people are thinking, okay, how about the big arm to be able to get the ball to the top? I don't think that's what this offense is really going to be. So I like all that stuff.

The thing that I don't like and I'm very up in the air on, let's hold off. Let's see how this offensive line comes together. And they were atrocious. I know they brought in Armstead.

That's an obvious upgrade. There's a lot of other question marks in that group. So I'm curious to see how that all comes together. And Kasicki is a phenomenal athlete. Probably one of the best, most athletic tight ends we have in the league, but not really an inline guy. So how is he going to fit into this offense and into this system? So there's still some question marks there for me.

I'm not ready to go completely all in, but they're definitely going to be fun to watch, intriguing to see what this offense looks like. So Daniel, Jeremiah here on the Rich Eisen Show. Let's spend our remaining time with you checking my work.

So many, many folks out there may not know, and I'll admit this, Chris, I don't even know if you guys know this, but whenever I come up with my top five lists every now and then, I'll float it by Daniel. We'll see if I'm, if I'm, you know, my work is checked. Like I make sure that I get a red pencil from Daniel Jeremiah first. That's how much I respect and adore you, DJ, is I run these things by you first.

I don't think I did this, though. So I came up with a list of my top five items that I've talked myself into believing prior to the NFL season on this program. OK, and you tell me if I'm right. Do you have them, Mike Hoskins? Do you have them ready for me here? OK, put up the first one, if you don't mind. Number five is Baker Mayfield has played his last down for the Browns.

He is not going to play another down for them, regardless of what happens with Deshaun Watson. What do you think? Well, can we go through all of them? So if you, if you, as Brockwood knows, he's a big baseball card guy. If you send in a card to get graded and it's like PSA 10 or PSA 9, like what kind of shape is it? So I'm writing down your stuff here and then I'm going to give you the DJ graded number. OK, that's number five. OK, very good.

I appreciate you doing that. Here's number four. Number four on the list. There is zero pressure on Aaron Rodgers this season. Keep keep on hearing over and over and over again that he's got pressure on him. He's one of the quarterbacks with the most pressure on him. I'm like, there's zero pressure on Aaron Rodgers this season. The guy has back to back MVPs. I know there's no Devante Adams, but I think his place in his mind is secure.

Of course, he'd like another ring, but he's cool. And that's my opinion on that. Number three on the list. The Cowboys have absolutely taken a step back this year.

I do not believe that they are improved. They might not even win their division. I think the Cowboys have absolutely taken a step back this year.

Number two on the list. I'm really going down the 49ers of Trey Lance's team now. OK, like the whole business that Jimmy G still there is because he's hurt.

Not any insurance that Lance may not be ready. The Niners are ready to finally live and die with every snap with this kid and get him ready. That's number two. And then number one is the Raiders are going to win the AFC West. I like Devante there. I think Josh McDaniel's being there with this new offense. We just talked to Waller yesterday who says that if Adams is double covered, there's him.

And then there's Renfro in the middle of the field spinning around, making people look foolish, he said. And I like Chandler Jones being added. Daniel, Jeremiah, I've now given you all five. What do you think? OK, we're going to start with the first one.

Baker, Dunn and Cleveland. I had initially a D.J. graded 10, which is a perfect condition, but I dropped it down to a nine just for the sake. If if an announcement were to come, you know, in the next couple of days that it was a full year, maybe that causes them to to reconnect for for the better of both parties. And they could just kind of give him, you know, this year and he would be OK with that. But I don't see any scenario if Deshaun is suspended six, eight, 10, 12, if he's going to be there and play a football game this year, I don't see any chance that Baker Mayfield is going to want to be a part of that.

So the only way I would say it's possible is if it's a full year suspension or a full year plus and Baker says, OK, I'll suck it up and come in here and do this. So I give that a nine. No pressure on Rogers.

I'm going to give I'm going to grade that as an eight. I agree with you from the standpoint of, you know, you take the receiver out, he's about as chill as it gets when you see him in the golf event the other day. He is a very relaxed dude. He does not have the appearance of somebody that's under pressure. But I think once they find their way into the tournament and then the talk starts again about the Super Bowl, he hasn't won.

I think he could get a tiny bit of pressure. So I'm with you up to the level of eight, also a level of eight on the Cowboys taking a step back. I would say I don't know that they're better.

I don't know. They're going to be a ton worse. So I think they're kind of a neutral. I'm gonna give you an eight on that one.

I think some of those young pieces, when you look at Parsons is only scratching the surface, which is scary. You know, they're going to take the football away. So I'm going to say eight on that one. The 10 is this is Trey Lance's team.

I am going to give you a 10 on that one. A hundred percent. It's his team. It's go time for him. I don't know. By the way, I didn't know. It's so weird to me that so many people that have not been to a 49ers practice on the outside have lobbed criticism.

They're assuming because we haven't heard this, that or the other, that he's not ready and that he's not any good. Never has so much been made without any eye contact of what's going on in San Francisco. A million percent. Yes, I'm with you.

No, you don't digress. You are actually spot on giving me 10 out of 10 on that. OK, so what about number one, Mr. Charger? Well, I understand that, but I mean, I know I'm talking to you.

I mean, I'll be honest with you, Rich. Yes. In my inbox this morning was my updated two year contract with the Chargers. Full disclosure, I cannot go over a seven until the ink is dry. So that's inside seven with the Raiders. Full disclosure. I love it.

I love it. So the Cowboys, you think that they're. Come on, man. I mean, Gallup is hurt. Cedric Wilson was terrific for them last year.

He's gone. Right. I mean, the offensive line. Did they improve it?

Did they did they actually improve that thing for them? Tyler Smith. Tyler Smith's a good player.

You can play guard. I think there'll be an adjustment period there. I think it's you know, you got the old guys, you know, how you know, how are how is their health? Randy Gregory's gone.

Randy Gregory's gone. Like they they have not improved. And then and then like, you know, Jerry Jones says Sean Payton, it's just a bunch of air. There's no there there. Right. There's none that McCarthy is absolutely equipped to win the Super Bowl this year.

It just seems there's always something here. Let me give you that. Let me give you the. So you gave a very compelling case of why it's going to take a step back.

Let me make the case for why it could at least be as good as it was last year. C.D. Lamb's a freak show. So he's a legit number one receiver. You look at Dak being a little healthier.

That should help with him coming forward. I think when you look on the defensive side of the ball, you know, this is the name. We didn't talk about it much because there were some major off the field stuff. But Sam Williams, the pass rusher, they put that Ole Miss right. He would have been a top 20 pick if he didn't have a litany of issues off the field. So the talent is there. So I think you'll see him have an impact. And I think, you know, when you look at the potential of having a probable quarterback and maybe I don't know, is there a more dynamic defensive player, more versatile player in the NFL right now than Micah Parsons? He's a star. And they've got and they've got a coordinator in Dan Quinn, who I think is good at defensive coordinators. We have you've got continuity with Kellen Moore on the offensive side.

I just have a hard time seeing him taking a major step back. Daniel, Jeremiah, greatly appreciated. Congrats on that new two year deal with you calling games the Chargers. I love hearing that.

That makes me happy if that makes you happy. And it was great seeing you at the symposium the other day. Were you there when Jenny Garth stepped out along with Tori Spelling?

I mean, talk about two names I never thought would ever be associated with an NFL network media summit. But they were there. Were you there for that one? I was there and I had a I had a question in the queue ready to go. But then I didn't know.

Is this appropriate? What was it? I just wanted to know how upset were they when Emily Valentine burned the float because it just seemed like such an over-aggressive move on her part. But I didn't ask it. I didn't have the nerve. That's your evaluation. It was over-aggressive. Did that raise a red flag in your evaluation, is what you're saying? It was a bit much.

It was a bit much. Daniel, you be well, sir. Thanks for the time.

Let's do it again in the summer. Great to see you. Appreciate you, buddy.

Look forward to seeing you soon. Right back at you. The only Daniel Jeremiah. One and only.

It's Trey Lance's team, people. I told you that. That's a 10 out of 10. I got inside info that Kyle Brandt asked the first question of Jenny Garth and Tori Spelling. I'm sure he had nine more.

I'm sure he did. As well. Well done.

All right. Let's take a break. Here's here's the one I saw this today before the show. And I'm like, I got to talk about it. I got to use this platform to talk about it, because this is the one thing that could derail what's going on with the Yankees in their 50 wins out of their first 67 games. I saw this.

I'm like, you've got to be kidding me. That's coming up next here on The Rich Eisen Show. Back here on The Rich Eisen Show, terrestrial radio out for Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk.

I added him to the mix in hour number two. He's going to join us to discuss Deshaun Watson, settling 20 of his 24 civil lawsuit cases. Brian McCarthy, who's been a spokesman for the NFL ever since I joined it, said that it does not affect the collectively bargained process of investigation.

This doesn't affect it at all, is what he said. Let's take this phone call. David Norlando, Florida. You're here on the program. What's up, David? Hey, Rich, how are you doing today? What's going on?

Normally I don't call him, but I'm taking a page out of TJ's book today because he's a cowboy fan. The LIV tour. Most people don't realize that Jack Nicklaus years ago, with Arnold Palmer and a couple others, broke off with the PGA America and started the PGA tour. And if you take it and look at it kind of like the NIL deal, these guys are just going to play for the money. I have no problem with that. I love the fact that we're getting more golf because there is not enough golf on TV.

And I know when football season's over, the one thing we clamor for is more football, more football, more football. So it's a little different with the shotgun start, but if you look at it this way, all the golfers are on the course at the same time. So cost effectiveness, they only have to have the volunteers out there for a certain amount of time. They only have to pay the announcers to be out there for a certain amount of time. So it's very, very cost effective.

So to get started, this is probably the way they're offering it. So are you going to seek out, are you watching LIV golf? You're definitely going to watch it? You're going to take the time instead of the travelers watch it? Or I guess instead of whatever's two weeks from now on the PGA tour? Being that I work for a living and I have multiple screens going on my computer at home, what's multiple TVs? I have golf on one channel, have the LIV tour on the other channel or off the computer. Thanks for the call, David.

Greatly appreciate it. There you go. I mean, LIV tour loves hearing that. I don't think the Saudis are concerned with cost effectiveness. They're not. They're not. It's got nothing to do with money.

It's got to do with what they want to do with their world and their business and try and take people's eye off whatever part of their business they don't want eyeballs on. And Greg Norman wants to take a piece out of the PGA tour and make a boatload of money so he could build another superyacht. I don't know. Kevin Clark wrote about this for The Ringer.

He's going to be joining us at the top of the next hour to discuss this a little bit more. I had no idea about this. The lockout for baseball because of it. It caused arbitration hearings that normally are held in February between clubs and players to be held throughout the season. Arbitration is ancient material, folks.

It's it's wild. Baseball is the only sport where if a player hasn't yet to reach free agency yet and they they're eligible to have their salary increased. The team and the player doesn't get together and can't figure out what a salary is. They go in front of an arbiter and they they give a figure. The team gives a figure, the player gives a figure, and then the arbiter decides which one which one wins. And the problem with this process is it it's not conducive for relationship building because a team's number is less than the player's number.

And the team, in order to make sure they win and give less money to the player, essentially denigrate the player. Players are like, I deserve this much. No, you don't. You deserve less than because you didn't do this. You didn't do this.

You didn't do this. It doesn't. It's not a positive.

It's not a positive process. Player goes through arbitration, hates it. Sure, a team doesn't love it either. But I don't know why the hell the baseball still does this, but they do. And for some reason, because of the lockout, they're doing it during the season. There's one last arbitration case on the docket.

You know whose it is? Tomorrow. It's slated for tomorrow. Aaron Judge. According to John Heyman, the New York Post, they're still scheduled for an arbitration hearing tomorrow. No sign of talks yet. The Yankees want to give them 17 million. Judge wants 21 million.

Hey, Yankees. Are you out of your minds? Four million bucks?

How's got that in the ashtray? Are you kidding me? The Yankees don't have four million dollars to just hand over to Judge as a thank you for the first start of this season. He's an MVP player for your team.

So what are you going to do? You're going to go in tomorrow and say, because you can't use these stats. Judge can't use these stats in the arbitration hearing this year. In the same way that the team wouldn't be able to use it to the detriment of the player. If Judge did what most New York athletes under this situation, who turned down 30 million dollars a year over seven years prior to the season because it's not enough, they normally get eaten alive. They don't put out an MVP season, a clear MVP season for a team that wins 50 of their first 67. So Aaron Judge is doing all this with arbitration hanging over his head to just give him the four million.

What are you out of your minds? What are you going to grind Aaron Judge in the middle of the season for four million dollars? I think they need to really think about postponing this and stretch this out all the way through September.

Yeah, I think end of September maybe sounds like a good day. Yeah, maybe before game one of a playoff series you finally get your four million bucks back from Aaron Judge. You don't want to pay him? Pay that man his money.

Damn straight you do. What are you doing? Man, he's going to look so good on the Angels next year. Well, that's the point too is that the Yankees are probably figuring like, we'll give him the generationally enriching contract that he's looking for next year and we'll forget all this stuff. But in the meantime, there's a season to go win. Everybody's feeling good. They're feeling great. Judge looks amazing.

And you're going to grind him in arbitration in the middle of the season? I read that. I'm like, you've got to be kidding me. Hey, how? Sell more of those nasty Nestor T-shirts and give them money to judge.

Those Yoda bobblehead dolls. I'll buy one. Give it a judge.

What are you doing? Again, stretch this out a little bit. No need to come to a settlement right away. Arbitration in the middle of the season with Aaron Judge? And you're like, there's no talks of a settlement yet?

What are you trying to say? Split it in the middle and save the two million? Judge is so far in front of the MVP betting right now. Minus 125, Trout and Otani are plus 500. The Yankees have their own television network. Forget about the stadium and the revenue the team generates. And they got that business with Jerry Jones selling stadium signage deals for other teams and other leagues and other countries.

They do the PSLs. And it's not like the NFL or the NBA where there's a cap. You go over it. No cap. There is. Well, I mean, there's a luxury tax.

I don't even know what the rules are. Would this go over the luxury? Who cares if there's a luxury tax? Right. That's the Warriors owners, if they care about a salary cap. That's why the Warriors are going that they've been dominant and they're going to be.

Yeah. Because Joe Lakob isn't sitting there going, well, can we really re-sign him? Are we really going to give the max to Andrew Wiggins at some point? Because we're going to go over the tax.

And you know what? They're already 50. They were 50 million over the cap this year. They don't care.

Don't normally. And if there's any team that could do that, it's the Yankees. George M Steinbrenner, the third, would tell Aaron Judge, here's your four million bucks.

And if I give you the four million bucks, you better win the World Series. And that would put the pressure on the player a little bit more. But it appears Aaron Judge would say, OK, I gotcha.

He'd give him a check in the Calzone. And I know we're arguing between, hey, he's going to be offended 17 million bucks. But in order for them to get him the 17 million, they've got to tell an arbiter he's not worth the 21 million. And that's what makes arbitration stink on ice.

A team has got to tell a player who they, I'm assuming, adore and the fan base loves. You're not that good. You think you're that good? Well, we think you're not.

And here are the statistics that show that you're not. And you'll have to hear that and like it and continue to be the MVP player in the middle of an incredible season. Hello. Cut it out. Give him the money, son of George.

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