Someone you do not want to make angry -- Randy Gregory. And apparently he is angry with the NFL.
Gregory is awaiting a response on his reinstatement application, which he hasn't seemed to receive as of now. And because you can't really leave a Yelp review about the NFL, Gregory went to Twitter to express his frustrations, which is also a firm tactic to use when you're pissed off at a company.
Listen, I get how things are backed up everywhere due to COVID and everything like that. But this man has been waiting a long ass time, and just wants to get back on the field here. Further, the new CBA says that players can't be suspended for marijuana any longer (just fined, which is also a problem but I'm not getting into that fiasco right now), so what are we waiting for exactly?
Gregory missed the entire 2019 season, and frankly, deserves a chance at 2020.
The Buffalo Bills moved some money around on Stefon Diggs' contract on Tuesday. I am not one for contract speak or money speak (numbers are the enemy) -- thankfully we have Twitter for that.
Not saying this is the case here, but I'm surprised we haven't seen more of the "pay me more money or I'm gonna opt out" situations. I know the players don't have too much leverage as far as that goes, but moving money around to benefit the player to play during a pandemic seems like it could be an option for teams, if they have the ability.
Things definitely will be different this year, from the contracts behind the scenes to on the field, if we get that far.
I don't put this past Bruce Arians at all.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to have a "voluntary bubble" situation for players during the regular season.
This should happen to every team, but while I realize you can't make all players do this, Tampa has one thing all other NFL teams do not - Tom Brady. All he has to do is tell them to all do it, assure them that they'll win a Super Bowl at the end of this season, and viola! A Tampa Bay Bubble. The one thing I can see players straying away from this one is if they have families, and/or children. It would be very hard to pick between the two. Can you imagine being away from a baby or small child and missing all of their milestones to play a game? I can't.
On the flip side, what if Brady does not elect to do this? How can he, as the 'leader' of the team, expect other players to do the same?
With all these players opting out left and right (it seems), some are still unsure if they're comfortable playing in the NFL amid a pandemic, which is a valid concern.
One of those players is Buffalo Bills corner Tre'Davious White.
This is a totally valid concern and a normal way to go about it. I just talked about how Odell Beckham Jr. had concerns earlier on in the year, and since coming to camp and the facility, felt more comfortable with his decision to remain on the team. This could be the case for White, or he could decide he is just not comfortable with it, and that's okay too.
Players have until 4pm tomorrow (Thursday, August 6) to opt out. There are conditions that allow them to do so later on, such as, if they develop a high-risk condition as the season progresses, or if a family member becomes ill.
I'm told to expect a wave of opt-outs tomorrow, but we shall see.
Another Miami Dolphin is opting out of the 2020 NFL season. This time, is wideout Albert Wilson.
He announced his plans for the season on Twitter.
Just yesterday, receiver Allen Hurns opted out as well, so the wide receiver room in the Dolphins' facility is dwindling.
Oakland Raiders NOPE Las Vegas Raiders quarterback (it's gonna take me a while) Derek Carr met with reporters on Tuesday, and when he was asked if he thought about opting out of the 2020 season, he had an interesting response.
First of all, that's not what they asked. Second, ever since his broken leg in 2016, Carr hasn't really looked like he has pre-leg break.
Not trying to be hater here... I swear. I just think actions speak louder than words in this instance. No one wants to hear you talk about how you feel disrespected when you're asked if you thought about opting out. He could have just said, "I always intended to play in 2020," or something along those lines.
Something is different this season though (other than the obvious) -- Marcus Mariota is behind him, and if Carr struggles, I have no doubt Mariota will be in there with something to prove as well. Carr always says he doesn't care what anyone thinks, clearly he does. Don't talk about it, be about it.
Here is... yet another.
The first Arizona Cardinals player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season is right tackle Marcus Gilbert.
This is a big one in terms of team production. I fully expect quarterback Kyler Murray to have that "all-star sophomore season" that we've seen from guys like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.
Having your right tackle opt out could definitely put a damper on that. However, not only do I respect his decision, but Kliff Kingsbury is a guy that truly believes in the 'next-man-up' approach. Kyler can still have that season.
The Miami Dolphins officially have their first player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season - it's wide receiver Allen Hurns.
Hurns explained his decision in a Twitter post.
Hurns explained his decision was made for family health reasons, citing the soon-to-be arrival of a baby boy.
Nothing but respect in putting family first, and doing what's best for himself. Please remember that when you're being a fake Twitter tough guy and responding "seems you've opted out for the past 3 seasons, brah."
Veteran running back LeSean McCoy signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, and there was an obvious reason why: Tom Brady is there.
I mean, duh. If you're asked who the best bet is to win you a ring, you're nine times out of ten either going to say Joe Flacco or Tom Brady.
McCoy told reporters on Tuesday, that while he continued to monitor the Philadelphia Eagles, and weigh other options, Brady and the Bucs eventually won out. The palm trees and sunshine nonstop can't really hurt either, I get it.
After agreeing to terms with former New York Jets guard Brian Winters, the Buffalo Bills are planning to release offensive lineman Spencer Long.
Long looked to be the replacement for offensive lineman Jon Feliciano when he tore his pectoral muscle during a workout, but the acquisition of Winters has knocked him out of that spot for the time being.
Long's release saves almost $2.5 million against the Bills' salary cap.
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