big story: Sponsors dropping Deshaun Watson left and right
After a damning press conference where a statement was read by the first accuser, sponsors are dropping Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Nike announced earlier today they were suspending all endorsements with Watson and Beats By Dre was next, completely dropping him from campaigns. Reliant Energy, the company behind the naming rights to the Texans' stadium, NRG Energy also cut ties with Watson, saying they will no longer partner with him as an ambassador.
The dominoes are falling, and things like this are likely to continue. Reminder that Watson is innocent until proven guilty. Also reminder that women should be believed when it comes to reporting sexual assault. This situation is disturbing in every facet and there is no real winner in a situation.
small story: draft prospects to attend draft in-person
With things slowly getting back to our "new normal," the 2021 NFL Draft will be holding festivities in Cleveland this year. And that includes inviting prospects to the draft itself. While some have turned down the invite, most notably presumed first pick Trevor Lawrence, a good handful of those top guys are expected to attend.
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That's right y'all. Gettin vaxxed baby.
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jj watt signs with cardinals
Amidst several rumors, JJ Watt has finally found his new home. The Arizona Cardinals signed him to a two-year deal, worth $31 million, with $23 million guaranteed. And he made sure to report the deal himself.
Watt reunites with former Houston Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins and former defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. After being linked to the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills (which was my personal pick), and the Green Bay Packers, he chooses neither of them, with the Cardinals being the dark horse.
And the Cardinals play the Texans in 2021. Of course they do.
Joe Lombardi excited about expanding Justin herbert's skillset
One of the best stories of the 2020 NFL season was the arrival of Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. The Rookie of the Year winner was thrown to the wolves by accident after a self-inflicted injury of then-starter Tyrod Taylor and shocked the entire NFL world with how well he adjusted to life as a starter. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi had nothing but good things to say about Herbert and plans to expand his skillset heading into his sophomore season.
washington expected to move on from alex smith
The Washington Football Team is set to release quarterback Alex Smith soon, according to NFL Network.
As the winner of this year's Comeback Player of the Year Award, Smith defied all odds after returning from a devastating leg injury, almost losing his leg and life. No one is taking that away from him. However, there's also no denying that we all watched through our fingers when he took the field this season, hoping everyone just stayed the hell away and he stayed upright.
An intriguing spot for Smith, should he choose to continue playing, is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith could reunite with head coach Urban Meyer and serve as a mentor for probable first pick Trevor Lawrence.
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.
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.
jags announce trent baalke as new general manager
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the hiring of Trent Baalke as their new general manager on Thursday.
Baalke was named the interim general manager when Dave Caldwell was fired in November and will take on the full-time role. He was also the GM for the San Francisco 49ers 2011 to 2016, with some winning under his belt -- something the Jags aren't quite used to.
The challenge for Baalke will be to recreate the culture in Jacksonville and potentially start the transition from a "losing team" to a "winning one." Baalke will have a lot to work with (and high expectations) with new head coach Urban Meyer and (probably) quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
dwayne haskins visiting pittsburgh
Former Washington Football Team and 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. An interesting potential home for him.
Haskins was let go (I'll put it nicely) by Washington earlier this season, after a mix of not playing well and a video surfacing of him partying mask-less ended up being the final straw. Haskins also visited with the Carolina Panthers.
Pittsburgh has an opening at third-string quarterback, with Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph taking up the top two spots. Devlin Hodges and Josh Dobbs are likely no more (not dead, just out of Pittsburgh). Haskins is a guy with a lot of baggage that will probably get him a low-type deal -- low risk if he doesn't work out, high reward if he ends up genuinely turning over another leaf and proving people wrong. I'm in the camp that this is the perfect opportunity for Haskins to learn something from his time in Washington and salvage his career if he wants to.
UPDATE: Haskins is expected to sign with Pittsburgh. How about that.
eagles hire nick sirianni as head coach
The Philadelphia Eagles have found their head coach. Former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni gets the nod in Philly.
Sirianni has spent the past three seasons with the Colts as their offensive coordinator. The Eagles fired Doug Pederson at the end of the 2020 season after attempting to tank (don't act like this isn't the real reason). The only remaining head coach opening in the NFL is the Houston Texans, and ain't nobody wanna go there. Let's be honest.
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.
dez bryant grabs his first touchdown since 2017
The Baltimore Ravens blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars in a comfortable 40-14 blowout win. Quarterback Lamar Jackson started the game off with an interception, but that was the only bad thing. Wide receiver Marquise Brown had his best outing all season, finishing with six catches for 98 yards. The highlight of the day was vet receiver Dez Bryant grabbing his first touchdown in three years, and of course, throwing up the X.
ryan tannehill had five touchdowns on the day
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns and ran in for two, giving him a total of five for the day (math) against the Detroit Lions. They remain atop the AFC South and sit on a 10-4 record for this season. But it wouldn't be a Titans win without a good, old-fashioned Derrick Henry stiff-arm.
new england eliminated from playoff contention
The New England Patriots have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. While I have been waiting for this for such a long time, it doesn't seem satisfying now that Tom Brady is elsewhere. Division rivals, the Miami Dolphins ended their playoff hopes on Sunday with a 22-12 win. New England hasn't missed the playoffs since 2008.
texans fumble in the end zone, handing the colts a win
As the Houston Texans were trying to tie it up with the Indianapolis Colts, they fumbled away those chances in the end zone, handing Indy a win on a silver platter.
the falcons blew yet another lead
It's truly remarkable how they keep doing this, but they never let me down. The Atlanta Falcons headed into blowout territory in the first half, up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-0. The final score ended up being 31-27, Bucs. You just can't write it any better. The biggest highlight was Antonio Brown scoring his first touchdown as a Buccaneer.
the jets won a game
No, really. In Week 15, the New York Jets have officially won their first game of the 2020, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in probably the biggest upset of the season.
The bigger story with this one is that they may have missed out on their next franchise quarterback if they choose to move on from Sam Darnold. The Jags take over as having the number one pick in next year's draft.