Pat McAfee almost retired a year earlier than he did

Colts punter Pat McAfee surprised everyone a year ago by retiring early from the NFL. In a visit to Friday’s PFT Live, the Barstool Heartland personality explained that he nearly retired a year earlier.

Coach Chuck Pagano talked McAfee out of leaving after the 2015 season, during a flight back from an overseas USO Tour. After 2016, McAfee left even though his mortal enemy, G.M. Ryan Grigson, had finally been fired.

He just said that my tape from last year, the last game till now, that I’ve improved a significant amount, he said. Even from the last time he saw me in person till now, I got a lot bigger, faster, stronger, stuff like that. So they are gonna watch my tape as a staff and reach out tonight.

Devera already holds offers from five mid-majors — BUffalo, UMass, Old Dominion, Miami (Ohio) and Howerd — of which Miami of Ohio and Old Dominion stand out most. But there are other school also barking up the tree.

UNC, coach Baker from Rutgers wants me to come down there, Devera said. He says I’ll love it down there. Air Force too. Air Force is really close, and Kent State.

The end result is that the Eagles have their first-round pick (No. 32), a fourth-round pick from the Vikings in the Sam Bradford trade (No. 130), their fourth-round pick (No. 132), their fifth-round pick (No. 169), their sixth-round pick (No. 206), and three seventh-round picks (one from the Seahawks, their own, and a compensatory pick).

Absent further trades for example, a deal to send Nick Foles to another team, the Eagles will see 98 players drafted from when they’re on the clock to end Thursday night until they’re back on the clock on Saturday afternoon.

Apart from the fact that the Eagles need more draft picks is the reality that Foles, through his agents, may soon be clamoring for a chance to play this year, and to be paid accordingly. When the Eagles traded Bradford two years ago, the Eagles otherwise intended to put him on the field. Foles is slated to be the backup, and to make a mere $7 million; surely, he’s interested in not being a backup and not making only $7 million.

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