The Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins were scheduled to have two days of joint practices ahead of Saturday's final preseason matchup. Not anymore! Due to a stomach bug and players barfing everywhere, Thursday's practice has been canceled, and teams will meet virtually.
The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver and kick returner Jakeem Grant on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season. Grant is confirmed to have torn his Achilles after being carted off the field during Tuesday's training camp practice.
Grant was likely to take up the returner role with the Browns this season, along with some duties on offense. He recently signed a contract extension in March of this year.
New York Jets right tackle Mekhi Becton is likely out for the 2022 season, after suffering a knee injury during Monday's practice. The team is calling it a fractured knee cap, which sounds terribly painful (and terribly confusing as to why they weren't initially concerned yesterday when it occurred).
Becton was a first-round pick in 2020 and hasn't had much good luck since then. Becton missed the 2021 season after suffering a knee injury in the Jets' season opener.
The Cleveland Browns have informed running back Kareem Hunt that he won't be traded after Hunt started skipping team drills in training camp. Hunt, who wants a new contract, is basically shit out of luck at this point. The Browns can fine him for "holding in," and by denying a trade, it doesn't seem like they think the team can get anything substantial in return for him.
Hunt will be a free agent following the 2022 season.
It finally happened. The Carolina Panthers traded for quarterback Baker Mayfield for a Cleveland Browns conditional fifth-round pick.
The Panthers only pay $5 million of Mayfield's 2022 salary, while the Browns will pay more than twice that to get him out of town ($10.5 million). As a result, Cleveland will go into September with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback, assuming Deshaun Watson will be suspended at the start of the season.
And to make things more interesting? The Browns and Panthers play each other in Week One.
Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas unexpectedly passed away at age 33 last December. Doctors at Boston University have now determined that the star WR had stage two CTE at his time of death.
Thomas was known to suffer from seizures in the last years of his life, one of which caused a 2019 car accident. One of the more disturbing quotes stated in the doctors' report was regarding these seizures. "His behavior became increasingly erratic in the last year of his life, which was marked by the memory loss, paranoia, and isolation that are hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits."
While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, it has been stated that Thomas suffered a seizure while in the shower.
Thomas spent eight seasons with the Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl and had four Pro Bowl seasons.
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Is Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers finally going to happen? Reports suggest simply seeing both Sam Darnold and Matt Corral in minicamp is not enough. Throughout this whole fiasco, reports remain set on the fact that Mayfield's next destination is fully dependent on the cost and how much salary the Cleveland Browns are willing to eat to get rid of him. Should Mayfield be Carolina's starter in 2022, it would make sense to get him there as soon as possible so he can get familiar with the system. That's why they're kind of eager to do it now.
While there are many mixed opinions on Mayfield's skill set and ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, he's a definite upgrade over Darnold. If Corral is in the Panthers' future, Mayfield could be the QB who can fill in for the time being until he is ready.
According to several reports, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf was not present at the team's mandatory minicamp this week. Metcalf is currently in the Los Angeles area rehabbing from offseason foot surgery, but his absence is unexcused, costing him more than $90,000 in fines.
Metcalf is in the last season of his current rookie deal, with only a $4.3 million cap hit. Translation: WAY less than what he's worth, and he knows it. The Seahawks have reiterated that getting a new deal done with Metcalf is a priority, but talks between sides are currently at a standstill. Additionally, with the recent departures of both Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner (two of the faces of the franchise), it makes you wonder if Seattle wants to go into Full Rebuild Mode and deal Metcalf for draft picks.
While both sides seem confident they will reach a deal before the 2022 season begins, this is something to monitor closely.
We all know the history between the Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. (and his dad). The common denominator amongst that drams was quarterback Baker Mayfield, and now that it looks like Mayfield will not be a Brown come 2022, is there a chance Beckham could return to Cleveland? It's not such a crazy idea, according to reports stating that the team has discussed his return. Beckham also has had interest from the New Orleans Saints and his most recent team, the Los Angeles Rams.
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