Greg olsen's son gets heart transplant
Starting things off with a feel-good story: Eight-year-old TJ Olsen, son of recently retired tight end Greg Olsen, received a heart transplant over the weekend. He is currently still in recovery but is in good spirits.
TJ was born with a heart defect and has had multiple heart surgeries throughout his life. Olsen's foundation, The HEARTest Yard, focuses on care for children who have conditions like his son. You can find more info or even donate here.
jalen ramsey wishes rams went after julio jones
Los Angeles Rams corner Jalen Ramsey has never shied away from speaking his mind. Now he's questioning why his team wasn't more "in" on star wide receiver Julio Jones before he was traded to the Tennessee Titans over the weekend.
Many players (and fans) can probably relate to this sentiment, especially since the payback for Jones looks to be so cheap in terms of getting said "generational guy." In the Rams' case, they already have plenty of financial commitments to big-name players, including Ramsey. Newly acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford is one of them, along with Aaron Donald. Los Angeles did ask about Jones (likely asked the price, if I were to guess) early on, before saying, "no thanks, we're good."
ja'wuan james signs with ravens
This one is, for lack of better words, puzzling. After filing a grievance against the Denver Broncos for cutting him after he tore his Achilles working out away from the team's facility, the Baltimore Ravens have signed James to a two-year deal, even though he won't see the field this year.
Fans are raving about this and calling it "genius," but they do that with every move the Ravens make these days. I'm still filing this one under "a head-scratcher."
bills have no update on josh allen's contract
Buffalo Bills star quarterback Josh Allen is in the group of QBs due their first "big" contract extension following their rookie deals. While it's something Buffalo wants to get done sooner rather than later, GM Brandon Beane gave no updates on Monday when he was asked about a likely extension.
There are no doubts that this will get done, but I can't lie when I say I'm interested to see these Numbers. With a capital N.
aaron rodgers won't show up for minicamp, as expected
This was expected (at least for me), but Aaron Rodgers is not expected to attend Green Bay Packers minicamp, after no-showing at OTAs.
Everyone from the team to the coaches to the front office crossed all their fingers and toes that Rodgers will swallow it up and show up, but alas. It's a no-go. I'm not going to break down the entire feud between him and the team (if you're reading this, you likely already know), but basically, Rodgers is making a point here.
Green Bay can still fine Rodgers a pretty penny for not attending (over $90,000) minicamp, in addition to the $500,000 workout bonus that was voided when he didn't show up for OTAs. Rodgers is saying he's choosing winning over money and wants to be in on certain decisions and generally just wants to be heard.
will brady be who the nfl listens to when it comes to workout attendance?
As the feud between the NFL and the NFLPA continues on if players should or should not attend offseason workouts versus doing them virtually, someone who is bound to have everyone listen to him when he talks hopped on a conference call on Friday to express his views on the situation. Yep, the Golden Boy Tom Brady himself (the same one who went against COVID protocols last season and organized workouts with his Tampa Bay Bucs teammates when the NFL clearly stated that was a no-no) spoke on behalf of players to keep activities virtual.
As much shit as I'm talking about this, Brady did have a good point.
If it worked fine last season virtually, why can't it work this season? All NFL players work out every offseason anyway, regardless if they're posting Instagram videos or not. They don't need to show up to these things just to say they were there.
stefon diggs says he played through a torn oblique in the postseason
You probably wouldn't have guessed it, but Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stefon Diggs revealed this weekend that he played in the postseason with a torn oblique muscle. Diggs was listed as questionable for the Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts, which they won.
Diggs missed some practice time in the following leading up to the final two games but ended up having no official injury designation for those. Diggs still managed over 300 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason, despite the injury. Which sounds like it fucking hurts, to be honest.
zach wilson already has his quote game down
The New York Jets held their rookie minicamp this past weekend, where the team (and media) got their first look at their second-overall pick Zach Wilson. Wilson was able to get some work in on the field and his first official media availability with Jets media, where he's already showing he's a Pro's Pro at the Quote Game.
When asked about the starting quarterback job, Wilson said all the right things, including this gem: "That position has to be earned. I have to do what I'm supposed to do. That'll take care of itself." I mean, who told this kid to say that?
That being said, that job is pretty much Wilson's whether he earns it (or wants it) or not.
hey did you guys know dk metcalf is fast?
Seattle Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf took to the track on Sunday, once again proving to us that he is, in fact, fast. Metcalf ran a 10.37-second 100-meter dash at the USATF Golden Games. I'm not gonna pretend like I know what that is. Metcalf ended up finishing last in the race, but that doesn't diminish the WOW factor.
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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.
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.
bills up first, justin tucker misses
No, we're not dreaming, but Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed a kick. In the postseason. An easy one, and no, I don't want to talk about it. We are moving on.
Baltimore had a strong first drive, aside from that miss. The Buffalo Bills were able to get down the field thanks to a roughing the passer call but couldn't pull in a touchdown. Kicker Tyler Bass kicked one in from the 28-yard line, putting the Bills on the board, 3-0.
this is ugly
Normally there would be highlights by now, but there are literally none. It is abysmal. The game is tied 3-3 at halftime and that's all I have to say about that.
We have a touchdown!
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs scored the game's first touchdown -- a three-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen to give Buffalo a 10-3 lead over the Ravens.
a 101-yard pick-six? sure, why not
Long story short, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tried to hit tight end Mark Andrews in the end zone and was promptly picked off. Taron Johnson took it to the house in a 101-yard touchdown run bringing the score to 17-3.
lamar jackson ruled out with concussion
As if things could not get any worse for Baltimore, Jackson was ruled out with a concussion, after banging his head on the turf in the end zone. Backup Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson.
If you couldn't tell from the one worthy highlight, the Bills are moving on to the AFC Championship Game, beating Baltimore 17-2. Neither team played particulary well (or up to their standards), but the Bills seemed to be able to make some halftime adjustments while the Ravens continued to struggle. The Ravens have an interesting offseason on deck, while Buffalo is waiting to see if they will face the Cleveland Browns or the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
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