If the NFL Draft Scouting Combine in Indianapolis is the league’s annual convention, the League Meetings are its Spring Break. Here in Phoenix, owners lounge by the pool with their grandkids, coaches eat nachos with their assistants, agents puff their chests and writers mill around the lobby in polo shirts and khaki shorts, looking for the next big scoop. In addition to seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick chat with Marvin Lewis, you can see Greg Schiano, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, and Mike Shanahan having lunch — as they did on Monday. Here were Day 1’s 5 Biggest Takeaways: 1. The Oakland Raiders are headed in the right direction. Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is excited about the future of the Oakland Raiders. Seriously. And after speaking with McKenzie on Monday, he’s got reason to be optimistic about the team. In signing free agent linebacker Nick Roach, the Silver and Black added a player that McKenzie’s had his eye on since he was in the Green Bay front office. “Anytime you can add a good, solid football player. That’s what we’re looking to do. It’s not all about ‘the guy.’ It’s about how you’re going to make that defensive unit a team…. Read full this story
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