Gronk claims him getting a bucs playbook early was a joke
Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caused a raucous when he mentioned that he had received a current Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook before officially signing with the team, and therefore, was still technically under contract with the Pats. To squash further "Patriots cheating again" rumors, Gronk clarified that this was "just a joke," and posted a picture to prove that he had just recently received his playbook in the mail.
While I love Gronk and want to believe him, I also believe that the New England Patriots just have a copy of every other team's playbook.
corey clement signs with eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles and running back Corey Clement agreed to a one-year deal, bringing him back to the team. You may remember him from Super Bowl 52.
giants pick up options for evan engram and jabrill peppers
The New York Giants announced on Wednesday that they have picked up fifth-year options for both tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers.
Both will remain with the team through the 2021 season.
jay cutler and kristin cavallari to divorce
This is VERY loosely football, but on Sunday on an Instagram post, Kristin Cavallari announced that after ten years and three children together, her and husband Jay Cutlerâ are getting a divorce.
Was it the being quarantined on an island together? Was it the fact that maybe this pandemic made Cutler realize Kristin was a yahoo who didn't vaccinate her kids?
âI need some clarity.
the patriots finally signed a quarterback
Just not in the way that we all thought.
Undrafted free agent quarterback Brian Lewerke signed with the team on Sunday.
âThis... still can't be it, right?
DJ Fluker released by seahawks
After two seasons, left guard DJ Fluker announced on Sunday that he had been released by the Seattle Seahawksâ.
The Seahawks drafted guard Damien Lewis in the second round.
trent williams finally escapes the redskins
The Washington Redskins sent offensive tackle Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers just minutes before the conclusion of the draft. The compensation? A fifth-round pick this year (which they spent on his replacement -- OT Saahdiq Charles) and a third pick in 2021.
Which could only mean one thing...
Joe Staley announces his retirement
Six-Time Pro Bowler and Future Hall of Famer Joe Staley announced his retirement on Saturday, following the acquisition of Williams.
Staley spend all thirteen seasons with the Niners, something that is unheard of lately. It would have been nice for Staley to get a ring, but a Hall of Fame jacket should be on the way.
this smoothie makes me wanna throw up
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected offensive tackle Ben Bartch in the fourth round. But that didn't really make headlines. His smoothie did.
I'll pass, thank you.
the eagles get marquise goodwin from 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers made eight hundred trades on Saturday, one of which was to send wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth-round pick.
Would it be a good time to mention that he has knee issues or?
The Patriots' draft secret is out
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is known for doing things, well..... differently than others. The draft is no different. Check out this exclusive look into the Patriots' war room.
Their secret is out.
the eagles take a quarterback
This one was kind of unexpected, to say the least. With the 53rd overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts.
Reminder: The Eagles and current starter Carson Wentz agreed to a four-year extension just last year. Another reminder: Wentz hasn't exactly been the healthiest player during his tenure with the team. It makes sense to have a good insurance policy for an oft-injured player, but a second-round pick? Hmmm
the bears have one hundred tight ends
The Chicago Bears drafted tight end Cole Kmet. All would be fine and dandy except.... that makes TEN Chicago Bears tight ends. TEN.
roger goodell got comfortable
Listen, we all get tired during these things. Even the commissioner.
Will your favorite team's first-round pick suck or not? Thankfully, you have me to tell you the answer to that.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow - No brainer. The times of Andy Dalton are behind us, thank god. While the Bengals have far bigger holes on their roster than just the quarterback position, this addresses the biggest. As long as he has a great supporting cast, the addition of Burrow puts Cincinnati in the conversation to win the AFC North.
2. Washington Redskins: EDGE Chase Young - Another no brainer. The Redskins still have a question mark at the quarterback position, but a no-nonsense player like Young will make opponents nervous, which is what the Redskins have been missing for about.... twenty years.
3. Detroit Lions: CB Jeff Okudah - This is definitely a Matt Patricia pick here. After trading away top corner Darius Slay this offseason, they not only needed a replacement, but they needed an upgrade.
4. New York Giants: OT Andrew Thomas - Something the Giants had been missing was help on the offensive line. With a new quarterback like Daniel Jones and a star runner like Saquon Barkley, that was their top priority. They got probably the best offensive lineman in the draft, who has the ability to be a long-time starter.
5. Miami Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa - I cannot believe the Dolphins did this to Josh Rosen AGAIN. But, despite a lot of injury history, being a top-5 pick and the second quarterback off the board, they have the potential to build around Tagovailoa. But they're dead to me.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB Justin Herbert - No one actually thought the Chargers were heading into the season with only Tyrod Taylor right? This is a smart pick for them, with the option of him sitting and developing a little bit before throwing him to the wolves aka right into that tough division. Step 1: Build around him.
7. Carolina Panthers: DT Derrick Brown - The Panthers were left with huge holes on defense this past season and they 100% got better in that area with Brown. He's HUGE.
8. Arizona Cardinals: LB Isaiah Simmons - The X-factor for Simmons is his versatility. With the Cardinals almost guaranteed to have a fire offense next season, the upgrade on defense was a no-brainer. Also, can we talk about this?
9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB CJ Henderson - I said last week that the only way Henderson was going in the top 10 was if the Jags took him, and look what happened. With the absence of Jalen Ramsey and now Calais Campbell, Jacksonville needed a threat on defense desperately. And Henderson can cover.
10. Cleveland Browns: OT Jedrick Wills - The Browns are stacked (on paper) but the one thing they lack is OL. They felt Wills was their best choice, and Baker Mayfield should be smiling somewhere.
11. New York Jets: OT Mekhi Becton - Again, huge need, and they felt he was their best choice. And yes, Sam Darnold should be happy about this one.
12. Las Vegas Raiders: WR Henry Ruggs III - I thought CeeDee Lamb was the best receiver in this draft, but the Raiders chose to go with Ruggs here. He has the speed they're looking for, so I will give them that. But who tf is gonna throw to this kid is still in question.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Tristan Wirfs - This team has been in the news lately with the acquisitions of both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but those two players have a short shelf-life currently. The best thing to do? Protect them while they can. They're doing that here.
14. San Francisco 49ers: DT Javon Kinlaw - They needed to replace DeForest Buckner, who they traded to the Colts. I thought they were going receiver here, but this spot was also a huge need.
15. Denver Broncos: WR Jerry Jeudy - Of course this fucking team gets a bomb receiver after they get rid of Flacco. But whatever they see in Drew Lock... whatever. Woo hoo
16. Atlanta Falcons: CB AJ Terrell - I think the Falcons would have been smarter going with a pass rusher over a corner, but I guess maybe they're playing to the division, which makes sense. Still not great.
17. Dallas Cowboys: WR CeeDee Lamb - Lamb was one of my favorite players in this draft, and while I was worried about Jerry Jones doing this all by himself, this is a monster pick. They didn't really need a receiver desperately here, but if a player like Lamb is left on the board, you can't not take him. Cowboys are stacked.
18. Miami Dolphins: OT Austin Jackson - Eh. Could have gone elsewhere with this pick, but I don't care about them.
19. Las Vegas Raiders: CB Damon Arnette - This pick has Mayock written all over it. You can never have too many good corners, but I would have gone linebacker here, I think.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson - The Jaguars are actually having a very good draft. Who would have thought? I like this pick for them a lot.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: WR Jalen Reagor - The Eagles desperately needed a receiver, and they got one with a huge upside. His speed has to translate to the NFL, but I think that's an area that will come with time.
22. Minnesota Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson - This is their replacement for Stefon Diggs, and I thought he was going to be one of the first WRs taken.
23. Los Angeles Chargers: LB Kenneth Murray - The Chargers gave up picks to move up for him, and I don't think it was worth it. But, he has the potential to be a great player, I'm just not sure it's going to happen right away.
24. New Orleans Saints: C Cesar Ruiz - I wanted this guy on the Ravens, as they've been needing a solid center since Matt Birk. This pick made the Saints just that much better which is very scary (for that division).
25. San Francisco 49ers: WR Brandon Aiyuk - This is one of those instances where the player is such a perfect match with the team. Perfect pairing with Deebo Samuel.
26. Green Bay Packers: QB Jordan Love - This is where things got wild. I realize that it's better to take a QB too early than too late. I realize that it's smart to prepare for life after Aaron Rodgers. But this team needed so much more -- receiver, defense, you name it. With so many good players still left on the board, this was a brain fart on the Packers' part.
27. Seattle Seahawks: LB Jordyn Brooks - The Seahawks could have taken offensive line help here, but this isn't a bad pick either.
28. Baltimore Ravens: LB Patrick Queen - How many YAS QUEEN purple shirts are we gonna see next season? The Ravens' biggest need was addressed in the first round, and they're great at picking out defensive stars. There was talk about them moving up, but instead, they let a guy fall to them. Classic Ravens draft.
29. Tennessee Titans: OT Isaiah Wilson - Perfect build-upon-last-season type pick. I had them taking a cornerback, but this works as well.
30. Miami Dolphins: CB Noah Igbinoghene - Please take a second to pray for all of your favorite Dolphins writers. Between this guy and Tua, they're gonna have a hard time on the spelling front this season. This is a strong pick for them, however. The Titans are gonna be mad they passed this one up.
31. Minnesota Vikings: CB Jeff Gladney - Minnesota needed a corner badly, and they get good value with Gladney.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - The first running back off the board with the last pick. Honestly, the Chiefs don't really need much. This pick makes their already explosive offense even more explosive.
percy harvin back?
Former NFL receiver Percy Harvin appears to be the latest player to want to come out of retirement. Harvin originally retired in 2016, and at 31 years old, wants to play again.
Harvin last played for the Buffalo Bills, and retired due to injuries, including chronic migraines. So, methinks, coming back to play a game where you are at high risk for head injuries, may not be the greatest idea here.
two goats are gonna be golfing
One is retired and one probably should be retired, but that's not gonna stop them from playing golf against each other. A-list golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are joining quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady at a game of golf to promote COVID-19 relief.
The event will air on TNT, with a location and time to be announced. Listen, I can't watch golf, but at this point, I'll take any live sports I can get. I'd even watch bowling right now.
kyle shanahan gives us a tour of his draft room
The NFL Draft is tonight (Thursday, depending on when you're reading this), and this will be one to remember regardless of who your team picks. Everyone is doing this from home, including the big guns. The "war room" is no more. Plenty of execs, coaches, general managers, etc. have been giving us tours and photos to give us a glimpse of how they plan to make their picks this evening, including San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
With that quarantine beard, I highly doubt Shanahan's wireless will go down. Can't say the same for others (hint: Jerry Jones).
patriots trade rob gronkowski to the bucs
We kinda thought this might happen, but it was a wouldn't-believe-it-till-we-saw-it type deal. The New England Patriots traded retired tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It happened.
Literally ten minutes before this, reports began to circulate that Gronk was interested in playing again, but only wanted to play with his former quarterback Tom Brady. And then the wheels began to turn. Quickly.
These two are out to prove that they can win in another spot, without head coach Bill Belichick. They might get a chance to do that, but on the realistic side of things -- it's not a secret that Brady is getting up there. Further, Gronk's retirement was due to various health and injury-related issues, none of which ever really go away.
I do know one thing -- if COVID-19 robs us of seeing this spectacle, I will never forgive it.
lamar jackson will be on madden 21
This is what I thought yesterday's biggest news was going to be before the Gronk story dropped. Baltimore Ravens quarterback, and 2019 NFL League MVP Lamar Jackson announced during a Zoom presser that he would be gracing the cover of Madden 21.
Cue the "Madden Curse" takes. Although, Jackson made sure to say he isn't worried about any curses. Famous last words.
what's going on with jadeveon clowney?
It's one of the biggest questions going into this draft. Clowney remains a restricted free agent, although the Seattle Seahawks stated that they made an effort to re-sign the defensive end, to no resolve. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider did his best to clarify the situation.
There's been a lot going around that Clowney is simply asking for too much money, which could be true. I tend to lean towards the notion that he's in the group that's currently getting screwed big time for coming off of injuries and not being able to take a physical.
the chargers are the latest team to get new uniforms
And the wait was worth it. The Los Angeles Chargers revealed their new uniforms on Tuesday (why does it feel like they get new uniforms every season?), and they were the lone team whose new threads actually lived up to the hype.
The lightning bolt on the side of the pants is truly... wait for it.... electric.
notable signings (not gronk):
rumor: Texans shopping kenny stills
With the recent trade acquisition of Brandin Cooks, it is rumored that the Houston Texans could be looking to trade or release wide receiver Kenny Stills, according to The Athletic.
I can almost guarantee this will not happen, but you can't count out the Texans from doing... oh, whatever the hell they feel like doing on any given day.
jared goff open to restructuring contract
In the midst of a Zoom chat with local reporters, Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff said he was open to restructuring his (extremely expensive) contract to create more cap space for the team.
"I'm all for it. I don't see why not," Goff said.
A little late for that, no?
the bucs are looking to trade oj howard
A draft week trade, perhaps? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly open to trading tight end OJ Howard.
And you know what that means? Start up your engines folks, we're getting Rob Gronkowski is coming out of retirement to play with Tom Brady again rumors all week long! (Price is Right voice)
philly wants to trade up, unless they don't
According to Philadelphia radio host Joe Tordy, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade up in this year's draft, because general manager Howie Roseman is "in love with" wide receiver prospect CeeDee Lamb.
This would clearly be a good fit for Philly, but around this time of year the most important thing to remember is this: Everyone lies. Take this "rumor" with a grain of salt, until the clock starts.
joe mixon prepping for a holdout
Here we fucking go again. Another running back wants to hold out. This time its Joe Mixon. The (expendable) RB is preparing to hold out if no long-term deal is reached between himself and the Cincinnati Bengals.
I have a hard time believing this will actually happen -- we've all seen how stupid this is. Just stop.
jay glazer hyped some 'big news' and it ended up being a player getting the rona
So, lets start at the beginning. FOX Sports' NFL dude Jay Glazer hyped this supposed ground-breaking HUGE GIANT news on Tuesday night, teasing that he would drop the bomb in 24 hours. It left everyone speculating what it would be about -- a huge trade? An OBJ trade? A cancelled season? A season without fans? -- and it ended up being something completely fucking stupid. His BIG HUGE news was that Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen was the first NFL player to rest positive for COVID-19.
Don't get me wrong -- I hope Allen makes a full recovery and gets well soon and all that jazz, but why are you hyping up someone's illness during a pandemic for your benefit? Something's off.
mike mayock is donating $1,000 per draft pick
During his pre-draft presser, Las Vegas Raiders (I'm gonna be calling them Oakland Raiders for at least a year) general manager Mike Mayock vowed to donate $1,000 per draft pick he makes toward support for fighting COVID-19.
The money will go to the Clark County Delivering with Dignity Program, which helps families in need in and around the Las Vegas area. The Raiders currently have seven picks -- which could increase or decrease due to trades, so... you do the math.
With so much uncertainty in sports -- will there even be a season, being the biggest question -- it's good on Mayock to use one event that we know for sure is going to happen -- the draft -- as an example to help people.
Christian Mccaffrey gets record-breaking extension with panthers
Carolina Panthers running back, and basically the entire team at this point, Christian McCaffrey agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the team, making him the highest-paid running back in the National Football League.
Being that he's basically a running back and a wide receiver in one, I'm not sure there's another running back in the entire league that is worth that much money. The problem with paying a back a giant contract is that they're so easily replaceable (see: the Pittsburgh Steelers and their situation with Le'Veon Bell and James Conner). But, McCaffrey is the exception and is well worth the dollars.
rip tavaris jackson
Former Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills quarterback Tavaris Jackson was killed in a car accident on Sunday night. He was 36.
Plenty of former teammates and coaches offered their condolences and shared memories on Twitter. Jackson was most recently working as the quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State.
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