titans shopping isaiah wilson
After a tweet-and-delete from Tennessee Titans first-round pick Isaiah Wilson surfaced, saying he was done playing football with the team, the Titans are trying to trade Wilson, or at least exploring what they could possibly get in return for him.
Due to his troubling 2020 season, it's crazy to think that Tennessee will get much for him in return. But, I guess it's better to get some scraps for a first-rounder, rather than nothing.
I could see a situation where TEN gets a conditional pick if he stays on a roster for the entirety of the season, or x amount of games.
KJ Wright doesn't think russell wilson is leaving seattle
The internet exploded yesterday with stories and rumors of QB Russell Wilson wanting to get as far away from the Seattle Seahawks as humanly possible. Among those extreme rumors, there were also mild sprinkles of "he's not leaving," here and there. Linebacker KJ Wright is among the latter, insisting that Wilson isn't leaving.
Deandre hopkins is still talking about his trade
... And I don't blame him one bit. Everyone has been pointing and laughing at the Houston Texans for a while now, but none other than former wide receiver, and the product of the most bone-headed trade of all time, DeAndre Hopkins. I'll let this tweet speak for itself.
julian edelman unsure about his status for 2021
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was limited to just six games last season, due to a lingering knee injury that never really seemed to improve. Apparently not much has changed. He wants to play, but his knee may stop him from doing so. It's only February, so that cannot be a good sign.
Chris Godwin says brady's mentality changed the team
In completely shocking news, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has had nothing but good things to say about Tom Brady when it comes to winning Super Bowls, probably because he's done it a million times before.
Godwin explained how Brady's "we got this" mentality helped the team during their championship run and changed the team for the better.
Raiders could cut marcus mariota, as trade interest has cooled down
Lately, it seems that every quarterback alive is available for a trade this offseason, and that includes Las Vegas Raiders back up Marcus Mariota. Mariota played well for like five minutes this season, and that always makes teams jump quickly.
But the trade talk isn't as hot as it once was, and the culprit could be that big cap hit.
Mariota will land somewhere -- as I said, teams jump at the chance with these types of guys. That cap hit, though, especially with the status of this season's salary cap, could be the reason why teams want to sign him on their own terms.
Jurrell casey released by broncos
The Denver Broncos are releasing defensive tackle Jurrell Casey as of Thursday.
Casey is a likely salary cap casualty, as he was set to count almost $12 million against Denver's cap for 2020. He missed most of last season with an injury.
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.