he won't go away
greg olsen shares update on son's health
Recently retired tight end Greg Olsen shared an update regarding his son's health earlier this week. He shared that his son TJ may need a heart transplant.
Olsen previously played with the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers, and, most recently, the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen's charity, the HEARTest Yard, focuses on helping children with heart defects get proper health care. You can find out more here.
bucs cut OTas to six sessions
Because Tom Brady said so. Brady urged players to negotiate with their coaches when it came to reporting for offseason work, and it seemed to work in Tampa (shocking). The team is now reducing their organized team activities down to six sessions.
The Bucs will still hold mandatory minicamp in early June, and it's likely a more relaxed schedule will be given for those exercises as well.
Other teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers also negociated offseason work. While the details aren't known, players were able to work virtually and in-person, and players, like Cam Heyward, are appreciative.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told the media on Tuesday that while most veterans stayed away and OTAs were more for the younger players, he also mentioned "for their protection" that players should work out together at team facilities. Aka, "we don't want a Ja'Wuan James situation.
first look at joe burrow's comeback szn
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tore his ACL in late November of last season and is determined to be ready for training camp. While he's still not at 100 percent currently, Burrow still took to the field on Tuesday and even did some throwing. We love to see it.
I know it's only May, but this is still a good thing to see if you're a Bengals fan. But I'm still gonna be keeping an eye on that offensive line as well.
Arthur smith isn't talking about julio jones right now
There's still major drama surrounding Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his (potential) trade, but the Falcons' personnel isn't going to give anything away at the moment. After famously (at this point) saying on Undisputed that he was "out of there" earlier this week, head coach Arthur Smith pulled the "conversations are private" card when speaking of Jones.
A reminder that a trade after June 1 will leave the Falcons with under $8 million in dead cap (before June 1, it would be over $20 million). It's May 26. Tick, tock.
aaron jones says he re-signed with packers regardless if rodgers will be there or not
The rumor mill was turning (and continues to turn) when it comes to the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rumors swirled about that Rodgers told teammates and free agents that he likely wouldn't be back in Green Bay, but running back Aaron Jones said that wasn't the case with him, and he likely would have been back regardless.
It's still up in the air whether Rodgers will be there come September, but another Aaron will be back.
all teams (sort of) cleared for full stadiums
30 of the 32 NFL teams are cleared to return to full capacity in stadiums this fall. The two lone teams are the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts, but their plans should be approved in time for the season to begin.
Masking and vaccination rules will be left up to the teams and local regulations, but things look to heading back to "normal" in the NFL world. NFL teams are still encouraging players, staff and fans to get vaccinated at their earliest convenience.
One of the top free agents is off the market. Offensive lineman Trent Williams signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, early on Wednesday morning (very early), making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. The deal sits at six years, $138.06 million with $55.1 million guaranteed AND a $30.1 million signing bonus.
Williams came to the Niners from the Washington Football Team via trade last season, reuniting him with Kyle Shanahan, his former offensive coordinator. He went on to start 14 games. San Francisco plans to keep him as their left tackle for a long time based on this deal. Williams also discussed deals with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears before deciding to stay with the 49ers.
Williams sat out the 2019 season amid drama with Washington, and returned to Pro Bowl-form with his new team, prompting the signing. Williams has eight Pro Bowls under his belt, the most for any offensive lineman since 2012.
With running back David Montgomery already ruled out for Monday's game, the Chicago Bears need some new blood. Lamar Miller will be promoted to the active roster before Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Miller hasn't played in a game since 2018.
It's someone new every day; today it's the Chicago Bears.
The Bears have closed their facility on Thursday with the result of another positive COVID-19 test. And more bad news: It's another offensive lineman - center Cody Whitehair.
Two other offensive linemen are also on the COVID-19 list (not that the loss of an offensive line will affect the Bears in any way) -- Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs.
The Bears are supposed to play the Tennessee Titans this weekend, and they probably will based on the NFL's total non-concern of the virus.
Chicago Bears defensive tackle John Jenkins will miss some time with a torn ligament in his thumb, NFL Network reported.
The Bears have been looking for defensive line help and were also one of the teams listed as being interested in Damon Harrison.
Jenkins will be eligible to return after three weeks, but it could be longer depending on the tear's severity.
The Chicago Bears want fans back in Soldier Field, and I get it. However, Chicago's mayor says there's a less than 50 percent chance of that happening, as of right now.
The Bears have their first home game on Sunday, and there won't be any fans present, and likely not in the foreseeable future.
In the instances that fans were allowed to attend games, we've had: a fan test positive for COVID-19 and force ten people to quarantine, and a fight break out at a game where the home team won. So, not an excellent track record.
And we're off. One of the biggest position battles (and storylines) of this offseason has officially begun - the Chicago Bears' quarterback competition! -fires gun in the air-
The Bears brought in Nick Foles this year, to (hopefully) light a fire under Mitch Trubisky, and hope that one of them works out. We'll see, but they're currently running, throwing, passing, and all the baby steps required of a QB, so I guess that's good.
They're clearly not doing much here, so there won't be a front-runner for a while. Teams are expected to begin padded practices next week.
I fully expect Trubisky to be the starter for Chicago in Week One, but with that being said -- I think he'll be on a very short leash. The second he has a good, old-fashioned 'pick streak'? It's over for Mitch. Foles has the ability to be a bridge starter if they feel like Trubisky won't get it together, and that's what I expect to happen eventually.
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