KJ Wright won't take a discount to stay in seattle
The Seattle Seahawks have a decision to make with linebacker KJ Wright. Pay him, let him "test" free agency, or let him walk altogether? Wright told Jim Rome that he wouldn't hate staying in Seattle but also will not be taking a discount.
My guess is he'll test free agency and end up taking the best offer -- whether the Seahawks are willing to give him, that is up to them.
Mike Tomlin says his symptoms of covid-19 are 'minimal'
Reports out of Pittsburgh on Monday stated that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was one of a group of staffers sent home from the team's facilities last week due to positive tests. Tomlin tested positive for COVID-19 but remains in good spirits, with "minimal symptoms."
isaiah wilson tweets and deletes that he's 'done as a titan'
First-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson may no longer be with the Tennessee Titans if we believe a tweet he sent late Monday night. The Titans definitely have a decision to make on him, but he may have made that decision for them?
Wilson basically didn't play his entire rookie season, but he still had an eventful one. He was arrested for DUI, suspended, put on the COVID-19 list twice, and ended his season on the NFI list. As of now, Wilson doesn't seem like playing football for the Titans is his top priority, but I'll wait for confirmation from the team on this one.
shailene woodley confirms engagement to aaron rodgers
File this one under "Non-Football But Still Offseason News." Actress Shailene Woodley confirmed her engagement with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Fallon. We all knew it, but the most intriguing element about this conversation is that she literally does not care that he plays football.
I know this, but this is a good reminder that athletes are more than just athletes... they also like to host Jeopardy.
nick bosa confirms he'll be better next season
San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa tore his ACL in Week Two of last season and was one of several injuries on that team. If there is any good thing to come from a brutal injury so early on in the season, it's that there's ample time to prepare for the next one. Bosa confirms that he'll be back, and he'll be better.
Bosa also tore his ACL in high school.
chris godwin talks about free agency
One of this offseason's most notable players eligible for free agency is Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin. Not only did he win a Super Bowl, but he seemed to be in sync with QB Tom Brady almost all season. Godwin discussed free agency here, acknowledging his want to stay with the team he just won with and the need to get a paycheck.
JJ Watt says pump the break when it comes to picking new team
Everyone is sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting for JJ Watt to pick his new team after demanding his release from the Houston Texans. (Funny how that only works for some people.)
It's been over a week, and "reports" have started to arise of which teams are interested, which teams are not interested, which spots he wants to consider/not consider, which spots would be best for a ring -- we've heard about every single scenario by now.
Watt says to chill, and in the words of Cher Horowitz -- "You see how picky I am about my shoes, and they only go on my feet."
Watt clearly wants to play for a contender (who doesn't) and my pick for him is still the Buffalo Bills.
Steelers begin to restructure players' contracts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are beginning to restructure players' contracts to fit under this upcoming season's salary cap, which is expected to be lower than usual. The first one is defensive tackle, Cam Heyward.
The other looming contract that the Steelers absolutely have to restructure in the coming weeks is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's, which is abnormally large (over $41 million for a large aging man seems like a stretch to me).
lots of cam newton quotes today
A lot of Cam Newton quotes are floating around today. He has talked about his bout with COVID-19, his time with the Carolina Panthers, and the likeliness of him re-signing with the New England Patriots. Rather than regurgitating all of those quotes separately, they all pretty much come from this I AM ATHLETE video.
Mike tomlin tests positive for covid-19
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. There were reports last week of the team closing their facilities and sending staffers home due to positive tests. My guess is Tomlin was one of them.
Obviously, I'm wishing the best for my personal top rival team's leader, as well as one of my favorite coaches in the league.
texans re-sign dontrell hilliard
The Houston Texans are actually bringing someone back instead of making them run for the hills. The team is re-signing running back Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year deal.
Hilliard joined the Texans last season after being waived by the Cleveland Browns.
eagles will release alshon jeffrey
The Philadelphia Eagles are clearly working on getting younger at the wide receiver position this offseason. The team will release WR Alshon Jeffrey closer to the new league year. They also cut vet receiver Desean Jackson.
Jeffrey is 31 and should still be able to garner some interest from a team looking for receiver help or depth. Cough cough BALTIMORE. He fits them perfectly -- older guy, cheap. Match made in heaven.
Pittsburgh doesn't commit to bringing back Big ben
I've gotta tell ya; I've been waiting for this for a long time. It's sweet.
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said that he is not committing to Ben Roethlisberger at the quarterback position going into the 2021 season.
Roethlisberger is due over $40 million this season, and if your joints are held together by toothpicks like his are, that's not worth it. He has said he is willing to restructure his deal, which will have to be done, or else he'll risk getting cut. Ain't no one gonna trade for that.
Roethlisberger is at the stage of his career where you can still win with him under two conditions: 1) he stays healthy -- very big IF; and 2) if his defense plays top-notch and also stays healthy. No. 2 is what we saw last season when they were undefeated before being hit by injuries and general fatigue and then started to fall off.
Just how lucky can they get again?
speaking of the steelers' defense
There has been tons of talk about JJ Watt to Pittsburgh, based purely on the fact that his brothers both play there. Colbert was also (of course) asked about the potential add of Watt to join their already strong defense.
There's no way, right? This team doesn't even know if they'll be able to retain one of their own in Bud Dupree, so there's no way they're adding someone else. Plus, they don't have the cash.
which brings us to jj watt
Watt is in his first (and probably, only) round of free agency, and here's what he has to say about it.
He's doing this to tease us. My top spot for him continues to be the Buffalo Bills, followed by the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers.
where are the broncos on deshaun watson?
I've been a long-time subscriber to the notion that I think the Denver Broncos dubbed Drew Lock "the guy" way before they should have. It seems I may have been onto something there. Reports are flying that Denver will absolutely be in on QB Deshaun Watson, who will be their starter over Lock, should they decide to trade him.
Not sure I love the wording of this, but I do love the potential drama.
girl injured in britt reid crash wakes from coma
I don't wanna spend a lot of time on this because I don't want to make it seem like I'm using this tragic story for clicks. But any good news is great news lately. Ex-Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid (and son of head coach Andy Reid) was involved in a drunk driving accident, where he critically injured a five-year-old little girl. The latest update from the family's Go Fund Me page (which has raised a ton of money for her) says she has woken from her coma.
You can donate here.
Jags add a director of roster management
The Jacksonville Jaguars' main objective this offseason is to, well, transform the entire organization. They've hired their new head coach, they're on their way to getting a brand new quarterback, and a.... director of roster management, Trip MacCracken.
First of all, what a name on that guy.
Second, while this sounds like a made-up position, it's something the Jags' front office has struggled with in recent years. Having someone with experience (MacCracken worked mostly in salary cap management before this) will hopefully benefit this front office, who needs all the help they can get.
dolphins sign jason sanders to extension
The Miami Dolphins are planning on keeping kicker Jason Sanders around for a while, signing him to a five-year, $22 million extension on Tuesday.
Usually, I'd say it was silly to sign a kicker to a deal like this, but 2020 has shown us all how important it is to have a competent kicker on your roster.
cardinals aren't bothering larry fitzgerald about retirement decision
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a big decision to make regarding his future this offseason. Still, the team isn't pressing him on the issue (at least, as of now). Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson elaborated on his stance to just leave Fitzgerald be:
If there's anyone who deserves this kind of respect when it comes to making such a vital decision, it's Larry.
trevor lawrence's surgery is dunzo
Presumed first pick in this year's NFL 2020 season, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence's surgery on his injured shoulder (his non-throwing shoulder) was scheduled for today, Tuesday. It has now been completed, and everything went as planned. Lawrence should be ready to go by training camp.
We've all seen the video of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady tossing the Lombardi Trophy across a large body of water, where it was later caught by his teammates. Fast-forward to the other video you've probably seen of the trophy designer's daughter complaining about it, saying she wants an apology from Brady, and just all-around looking for some attention.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht is just like us, in that his eyes are rolling all the way back in his head.
I can't imagine pretending to be outraged by fun.
texans know they have work to do without jj watt
JJ Watt may have been the only thing holding the Houston Texans together. So, now that he's gone, where do they go from here? Defensive end Charles Omenihu acknowledges that the defense has to take what Watt gave them and use it to make them better.
Understatement of the century.
patriots add to coaching staff
The New England Patriots are adding Bo Hardegree to their coaching staff. Hardegree previously worked with Adam Gase. What an upgrade.
ronald jones having pin removed from pinky
Bucs running back Ronald Jones is having a pin removed from his pinky on Tuesday, due to an injury he sustained in December.
Jones missed minimal time with the injury, and went on to win the Super Bowl, so I guess it's worth it.
packers restructure david bakhtiari's contract
The Green Bay Packers create more cap space after restructuring a portion of tackle David Bakhtiari's contract. This move saves the team about $8.3 million against the cap, which is a pretty good chunk of change.
We'll likely be seeing more of these types of moves with the expectation that this year's salary cap will be reduced.
For the Packers specifically, get your "JJ Watt to Green Bay" takes ready to fire off.
stefon diggs is riding the 'jj watt to buffalo' train
While I stated yesterday that the spot that fits Watt best was the Buffalo Bills, it seems that wide receiver Stefon Diggs agrees with me.
jalen hurts plans to work with eagles receivers
New (??) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (I'm talking like Carson Wentz is gonna be up and outta there sometime soon) is getting started on the 2021 season early, by planning to work out with his wide receivers in the coming weeks.
That seems like confirmation enough that Hurts will be Philly's "guy" going forward. Now, we sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting on Wentz' future destination.
the Race for JJ watt is on
After officially becoming a free agent on Friday at 4pm, former (we can now say it) Houston Texans defensive star JJ Watt now has basically his pick of NFL teams. So far, at least twelve teams have reached out to Watt's people, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills, and the Cleveland Browns.
Pittsburgh is an obvious pick because (if you didn't know) Watt's two brothers, TJ Watt and Derek Watt, both play there. That's probably where the pull ends because the Steelers don't have the cap space (or the need, really) for a player like JJ.
The Browns do have a need and have space. Tennessee tried to make Jadeveon Clowney happen, and it didn't work, plus Watt is familiar with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel from his time in Houston.
The most likely spot (to me, anyway) is the Bills. Watt fills a desperate need that seemed to be lacking when they went up against the Kansas City Chiefs last month. And if Watt is chasing a ring now like I suspect, Buffalo is the perfect spot to do it. They're close.
We'll know more in the coming days where Watt intends to land.
brady is gonna do it again isn't he?
As expected, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took about two and a half days off after winning the Super Bowl, and now he's back to work prepping for the next one. How annoying.
Brady is expected to have minor surgery on his knee this offseason, but I guess we should expect him back shortly after that, working with teammates and gearing up for his inevitable eighth ring. Ugh.
They've needed a quarterback for about ten seasons, but the Atlanta Falcons are one of the teams who will be involved in Trevor Lawrence's Pro Day on Friday.
According to Pro Football Focus, edge rusher Haason Reddick was the Arizona Cardinals' most improved player for the 2020 season.
The Baltimore Ravens are delivering donuts and coffee to healthcare workers at a local hospital this week. A good deed, check.
The Buffalo Bills could lose linebacker Matt Milano this offseason in free agency.
The Carolina Panthers are one of the teams to watch during this year's quarterback frenzy... but do they have a plan at the position?
Mike Pettine is joining the Chicago Bears as a senior defensive assistant. Pettine was previously with the Packers and was also the Browns' head coaching experiment No. 432.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to be adding a Ring of Honor. Next up, having some players good enough to be in it!
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski earned Coach of the Year with these examples of exceptional leadership.
Could the Dallas Cowboys be one of the teams considered for a big quarterback move?
Deshaun Watson to the Denver Broncos? Running back Phillip Lindsay says it's not his job to go there: "It’s one of those hard subjects where it’s not up to you. So, there’s no reason to even think about it because you’re not the one that has to go in there and make the offers for the man to come here.”
Matthew Stafford details the many injuries he dealt with during his last season as a Detroit Lion: “I had the partially torn UCL in my right thumb, I tore my UCL on my left elbow on the second to last play of the Houston game that nobody knew about, trying to stiff-arm a guy. That’s why I started wearing a sleeve on my left arm because I had all sorts of tape underneath it, just to hold it in place. I broke my cartilage on my eighth rib in Green Bay. I also tore something [in the back of] my left knee. And then I had a subtalar, right ankle sprain.” Sounds like a lot.
One of the Green Bay Packers' most significant needs is cornerback.
The Houston Texans are still out here insisting that Deshaun Watson is their quarterback. Ok, sir.
As the offseason begins for the Indianapolis Colts, the team addsten new coaching hires.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced their brand-new coaching staff. Just in time for Trevor Lawrence's throwing sesh tomorrow.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had surgery on his lingering turf toe on Wednesday, and all went well. While we're not playing the 'blame game' here, that seems to be one of the main reasons for the SB flop. Onward and upward.
The Las Vegas Raiders are one of the teams interested in current Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. While there's still an issue there at QB, in my opinion, Smith-Schuster is an upgrade at the receiver position.
The Los Angeles Chargers announced their 2021 coaching staff, headed by head coach Brandon Staley.
Matthew Stafford says he's with the Los Angeles Rams now for one reason, and one reason only -- to win: "I've always wanted to play in those big games, I feel like I will excel in those situations. I wanted to shoot my shot."
The Miami Dolphins are leaning towards signing kicker Jason Sanders to an extension. Sanders earned an All-Pro nod in 2020 and was 36-of-39 for field goals. As we've seen this past season, kicking is a lost art.
Minnesota Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff got his contract re-worked, giving him a $1 million bonus. Reiff was expected to earn that bonus in incentives last season (based on playing offensive snaps) but just missed it due to being on the COVID-19 list during his final game. Reiff got that bread anyways.
A look at the most improved players for the New England Patriots in 2020. Chase Winovich for the win.
A case for the New Orleans Saints to sign wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
New York Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has nothing but good things to say about his job: “This is my dream job, being the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. It’s a great opportunity to be able to stay here and the commitment they’re showing me. But the fact is, it’s the NFL. I still got a ways to go. We’ve got to perform better than this past year. That’s my goal. But I love being here.”
Heading into his third season, New York Jets corner Bless Austin is ready to take a substantial leap: "I want to make the big plays and be one of the best in the game. Last year I was saying it, but now this year, I'm saying it, and I can feel it. I can feel it in my heart truly that I need to make that big gain. I feel like I'm going to make it, no doubt."
The Philadelphia Eagles hired Tyler Brown as special teams quality control coach. Brown is the son of Baltimore Ravens special teams coach Randy Brown.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could be on his way out, and that leaves a hole in the offense for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The San Francisco 49ers announced their new coaching hires and promotions within the coaching staff on Thursday.
The Russell Wilson-Seattle Seahawks drama continues. A day after I said that I highly doubt anything happens here, I'm starting to become a believer myself that there could be something there....
As one does, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White celebrated his team's Super Bowl win while riding around on a horse.
Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George knows what it's like, clearly, and doesn't see Derrick Henry's workload getting any lighter: "So, I don't buy into the theory that he is getting the hell beat out of him by looking at all the carries he has. It is the quality of carries, and he is not getting bludgeoned; he is not getting beat up in between the tackles. With that being said, now it's just about him showing a level of consistent moving forward. But it's not one of those situations where I expect him to slow down."
While we'd like another happy ending for quarterback Alex Smith, his time with the Washington Football Team may be up.
Could Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan be the next 'big QB' to be traded this offseason?
Kurt Warner says the Arizona Cardinals need to go where Kyler Murray takes them.
The Baltimore Ravens have yet another hole in the offensive line -- Orlando Brown Jr. does want to be traded, just like his tweets have suggested. Baltimore has plenty of holes in the offensive line already, so another isn't exactly great for them. However, Brown is good enough of a player where they can get something significant for him.
A look at the Buffalo Bills' opponents in 2021.
Many think the quarterback position should be at the top of the Carolina Panthers' needs list this offseason.
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery had some fans thinking he was on the way out on Wednesday, before he said what he actually meant.
The Cincinnati Bengals could be saying goodbye to both AJ Green and Geno Atkins shortly.
A look at some new talent at pass rush for the Cleveland Browns this season.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is just like us! He buys his wine at the gas station! (I buy my wine at Winc - click here for $22 off four bottles.)
The Denver Broncos are releasing cornerback AJ Bouye as of Wednesday. This move, while a little surprising, saves the team about $13 million in cap space.
New Detroit Lions running backs coach Duce Staley had nothing but good things to say about star RB D'Andre Swift. "I’m just happy to be a part of his growth and his development for the next couple years I’m excited about that."
The Green Bay Packers need an inside linebacker.
Houston Texans employees continue to leave the building. President Jamey Rootes resigned from his position on Wednesday, pointing us even further in the direction that the entire organization needs to be blown up. Something that was rumored for a while, is now official.
A mock draft has the Indianapolis Colts taking defensive end Kwity Paye.
Four teams that could be a fit for Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew in a trade.
The Kansas City Chiefs placed outside linebackers coach Britt Reid on administrative leave after the incident from this past week. It's too heartbreaking for me to talk about, but the GoFundMe is here.
Add another quarterback (maybe) to the offseason QB carousel: The Las Vegas Raiders are receiving trade offers for backup QB Marcus Mariota. He played pretty well in one game this season after starter Derek Carr went down, despite eventually losing the game.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie of the year Justin Herbert talks about building on his superb first season, and proving the team right for choosing him.
The Los Angeles Rams have six players on PFF's Top Players list.
The 'Super Bowl Streaker' is actually a Miami Dolphins fan. It's starting to make sense. That must be rough.
New Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell sees similiarities between himself and Jimmy Smith during his playing days, and his receviers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. “I was just like, ‘You guys are similar to myself and Jimmy Smith. You guys push each other and have fun playing with each other.’
A case for starting Jarrett Stidham at quarterback for the New England Patriots in 2021.
A look at Marshon Lattimore's 2020 season with the New Orleans Saints.
The New York Giants are said to have an interest in re-signing Leonard Williams.
The New York Jets are hiring Leon Washington as a special teams assistant. Washington was a fourth-round pick for the Jets in 2006.
Our eyes are STILL on Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. When's it gonna happen?
A look at if the Pittsburgh Steelers could add another quarterback this offseason.
Yikes: The San Francisco 49ers have a whopping 40 impending free agents this offseason.
Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Brandon Marshall is adding sticks to the "Russell Wilson wants to be traded" fire. "Russell Wilson is beyond frustrated. I think Russell Wilson is trying to figure out how to move on in a classy way. That’s what I truly believe."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't have their traditional Super Bowl Parade on Wednesday, but they held a boat parade, which is a good idea, until you realize it involves water. QB Tom Brady made sure to get in one last highlight for the 2020 season with this pass, that made my heart jump into my throat.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry got custom sneakers from Nike for his 2,000 rushing yards in 2020.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke signed a two-year deal with the Washington Football Team on Wednesday. While I don't think this is "the answer" at QB for the team, this is a good depth move/possible bridge situation should the team draft a brand new QB. I'll keep my eye on a trade, however.
washington hires jennifer king as assistant rb coach
On Tuesday, the Washington Football Team announced that they had hired Jennifer King as their new assistant running backs coach, making her the first black woman to be named an assistant coach in the National Football League. She is also the second woman to be an assistant coach behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. The team released this statement announcing the hire.
King spent the 2020 season as a coaching intern for Washington. She also spent time with current head coach Ron Rivera while he was with the Carolina Panthers in 2018, where she worked as an intern.
While some still continue to live in the 1950s and (wrongly) think women do not belong in sports, hires like King will pave the way for many in the future.