It was an exhibition game, sure, but the beginning of football season is supposed to feel good.

That feeling started earlier in the day. Baker helped dedicate the new stadium and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village with Tom and Gayle Benson, 2017 Hall of Fame enshrinee Morten Andersen and several other community leaders.

Benson helped renovate the stadium with an $11 million donation, $1 million more than the amount for which the Hall of Fame asked. It’s an intimate stadium positioned in the buckle of the Rust Belt that is just another can’t-miss attraction for visitors. There’s more to come in the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, including a luxurious Hall of Fame Hotel. The project’s completion is scheduled for 2020, which links with the NFL’s 100th season.

Tony Romo: It’s almost unimaginable that a team — other than the one coached by Cutler’s old coordinator — wouldn’t have chased Romo before Cutler if they were in need of a quarterback who could immediately start. That’s despite the fact he’s in much the same boat as Cutler: retired, aging, beat up and in transition at a new job.

Shaun Hill: Started the Vikings’ opener last season while late trade acquisition Sam Bradford got up to speed. That’s another non-Kaepernick option teams would surely employ in an emergency, by the way: Deal for a quarterback rather than sign a free agent, as the Vikings did when they lost Teddy Bridgewater. Speaking of …

Teddy Bridgewater: The still-rehabbing Bridgewater set off a brief flurry Jerseys From China of speculation when he liked a Dolphins tweet last week. It’s not unreasonable to see a team take a flyer on him, with Got Cheap Jerseys the Vikings declining his fifth-year option and with secrecy still shrouding his health.

Brock Osweiler: The Bradford/Bridgewater scenario applies here. Who’s to say a free-agent flop of epic proportions wouldn’t be deemed as a “safer” move than signing Kaepernick? The Browns sure did.

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