big story: Ravens trade orlando Brown Jr. to kansas city
The Baltimore Ravens are sending their Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs in a long-awaited trade that has seemed inevitable for months. Brown aired to the world that he was a LEFT tackle, and the writing was on the wall ever since then.
Here are the trade details:
The Ravens get some picks, and Brown likely wasn't going to sign there next season anyway when he became a free agent, so it's beneficial for them to get something for him now. However, trading a Pro Bowl player (a young one) to one of their biggest rivals and, in turn, making them even better is ... questionable for me. I'll leave it at that.
Going forward, the Ravens have significant holes in their offensive line, which is concerning considering their offense is exceptionally reliant on that position being solid. They'll likely sign former Pittsburgh Steelers OL Alejandro Villanueva in May, draft some younger linemen, and hope everyone stays healthy. On the optimistic side, Baltimore could pick up another Pro Bowler with one of those draft picks used in this trade, but that's to be determined.
small story: Browns exercise baker Mayfield's fifth-year option
This is important because it's an extreme rarity for Cleveland Browns quarterbacks. How rare?
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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.
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.
chiefs hit first
As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs have struck first against the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's matchup. And yes, quarterback Patrick Mahomes made it look easy as pie with a one-yard touchdown run right into the endzone.
travis kelce can levitate
The Chiefs keep it rolling, which shouldn't be shocking to anyone. Mahomes ran Kansas City's first touchdown in, and threw the second. The recipient was tight end Travis Kelce, who literally went airborne over the goal line for a 20-yarder. The score gave the Chiefs a 10-point lead over Cleveland in the second quarter.
Mahomes has a toe injury
Pretty much everything is going perfectly so far for the Chiefs in the first half, but Mahomes has a toe injury limiting his running ability. The good news is that Kansas City is still up 16-3 after a 50-yard field goal from kicker Harrison Butker. Does he need two feet? We'll find out.
can we talk about this?
First of all, Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is playing his ass off, while the rest of the team, well, isn't. Things looked like they might be turning around as Rashard Higgins caught a pass and looked like he was about to get in the endzone. -record scratch- It turns out he fumbled, it was ruled a touchback, and the refs missed a clear helmet-to-helmet hit. Infuriating? Yes.
patrick mahomes is hurt again
Mahomes was already dealing with a toe injury when he headed into the locker room in the third quarter after a nasty-looking hit. Mahomes got up slowly and was unsteady on his feet, and had to be helped off the field before independently walking to the locker room. The team says he is being evaluated for a concussion. Backup QB Chad Henne is in his spot. I'm not joking.
UPDATE: Mahomes was later ruled out of the game with a concussion.
what's happening here?
Aside from on-the-field action, there appears to be something going on off the field as well. CBS cameras captured wide receiver Tyreek Hill pushing receivers coach Greg Lewis before cutting to a commercial.
Could have been playing around? Who knows.
chiefs lose their qb, still move on
Mahomes remained out of the game with a concussion, but Kansas City is moving on to the AFC Championship Game anyways, thanks to..... Chad Henne. No, seriously.
The Browns deserve some props as well, taking the defending Super Bowl champions down to the wire, and having a stellar season that led them out of the NFL's basement.
The Chiefs have to hope Mahomes is well enough to return next weekend for the AFCCG, where they will face Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
Urban Meyer and the jags inch closer towards a deal
After about a week or so of constant rumors, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are taking more steps towards making him the latest head coach of the team. The two parties met again on Wednesday, and it's looking like the rumors could morph into reality any minute now.
The Los Angeles Chargers were also rumored to have contacted Meyer, but they had no formal interview with him for the position. Adam Schefter says above that the Jags seem to be the only choice for Meyer.
Meyer would get the chance to transform the Jacksonville franchise and (maybe) utilize the actual talent on the roster (and incoming talent) correctly, something the team has been missing for a long while.
kevin stefanski back with browns
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski missed last week's playoff game after testing positive for COVID-19 but is now back with the team on Thursday.
I'm just as surprised as all of you that the Browns could pull off a win last week without their head coach, who is my pick for Coach of the Year. They're up against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, which is a whole different ballgame as far as playoff games go.
The Browns also activated Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson off of the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Will they win? Check out my picks for this week on Patreon.
Jared goff will start for rams on saturday
After not starting for the past two weeks, quarterback Jared Goff will start for the Los Angeles Rams in Saturday's divisional-round against the Green Bay Packers. Backup quarterback John Wolford is out with a neck injury that he suffered in last weekend's win.
Goff had thumb surgery a few weeks ago and played most of last weekend's game, despite not starting. With a full week of practice and is listed as a full participant, it looks like he'll be more prepared this week. Blake Bortles will serve as the backup.
kevin stefanski tests positive for covid-19
The Cleveland Browns have made the playoffs for the first time in almost twenty years annnnnd -fart noise-
The team announced that head coach Kevin Stefanski (and arguably their most significant asset when it comes to their success this season) has tested positive for COVID-19, along with two assistant coaches, a wide receiver, and an offensive lineman. The facility will be closed Tuesday. Not great!
All coaches and players who tested positive today will be absent in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as "acting head coach." And I'm sure the NFL still plans to play the game as scheduled because... NFL.
UPDATE: Three-time Pro Bowler and longest-tenured Browns player left guard Joel Bitonio, and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who have tested positive.
stefon diggs dealing with oblique injury
Something Buffalo Bills fans DO NOT WANT: wide receiver Stefon Diggs (and Josh Allen's literal life-line) is dealing with an oblique injury and was limited in Tuesday's practice. The good news is, it's only Tuesday. The bad news is, WR Cole Beasley is still out of practice after injuring his knee in Week 16. Beasley also missed last week's game and is considered "week-to-week." Pls, cross your fingers.
2021 Hall of fame finalists announced
The NFL announced 15 finalists for this year's 2021 Hall of Fame class. The headliners include Peyton Manning (no-brainer), Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Reggie Wayne, and Jared Allen. The full list is below:
texans hire nick caserio for gm position
The first of many general manager positions has been filled. The Houston Texans have hired Nick Caserio to be their new GM.
Caserio has spent the past 13 seasons with the New England Patriots as their director of player personnel.
First order of business: Get Deshaun Watson some fucking help. Please. Love, all of us.
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