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.
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.
jags fire doug marrone
As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired their head coach Doug Marrone on Monday morning after winning just one game in the 2020 NFL season. If it were up to me, he would have been fired the second he said he would start Mike Glennon. Owner Shad Khan released a statement, thanking Marrone for his "hard work over the past four seasons" in Jacksonville (if you want to call it that):
The Jags have been linked to Urban Meyer as a replacement and are likely to grab top prospect Trevor Lawrence, in the 2020 NFL Draft. Additionally, a slew of draft picks, and some nice weather should make Jacksonville one of the top spots for a new hire (behind the Los Angeles Chargers, imo).
anthony lynn and chargers part ways
Another one that's been brewing for a while: The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Anthony Lynn on Monday morning, adding their name to the growing list of teams with an opening. The Chargers finished at 7-9, which isn't terribly bad, considering the Washington Football Team made the postseason with the same record. -confused emoji face-
The biggest 'plus' this season was the emergence of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, and Lynn does deserve credit for that. Herbert did kind of fall into his lap (flashback to the Tyrod Taylor injection situation where the team was forced at the last minute to start Herbert). Still, the decision to keep him going and his development can be credited to Lynn. Any head coaching candidate is looking at Herbert's abilities as a positive asset when taking the job.
carson wentz doesn't talk to reporters monday
The Philadelphia Eagles cleaned out their lockers on Monday after Sunday night's debacle, and Carson Wentz is just done with it all and refused to speak to reporters. I don't blame him one bit. Head coach Doug Pederson insisted that their relationship was fine (Wentz was a healthy scratch on Sunday and reportedly wants a trade), but I have some slight trouble believing that.
josh jacobs arrested for dui after game
Las Vegas Raiders star running back Josh Jacobs had too much fun celebrating their win on Sunday night. Jacobs was arrested for a DUI at 4:40 am after a single-vehicle crash.
Say it with me: Take. An. Uber!
john elway is giving up his gm role
Add the Denver Broncos to the long list of teams looking for a new general manager. John Elway is stepping away from the role, though he'll remain president of football operations.
Basically the final say in the roster, the drafting, the players signings (aka all the good stuff) is out of his hands now.
darius slay will not play for eagles this week
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay will not play this week due to a concussion and did not make the trip to Arizona. CB Avonte Maddox is also out, which is not what you want to hear when going against Arizona Cardinals star quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Already sounding like t's gonna be a long ass day for Philly on Sunday.
michael thomas heading to ir
New Orleans Saints' top weapon Michael Thomas is heading to injured reserve for the remainder of the regular season. New injured reserve rules require all players to miss at least three weeks, meaning Thomas is eligible to return in the postseason. Thomas has had an ankle injury that has lingered all season, with a quad injury mixed him, which has resulted in an under-achieving season for his standards.
ryan finley will start for bengals on monday night
Despite getting their guy in quarterback Joe Burrow in the draft, it has been, well... a bleak season for the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Ryan Finley will start for the team on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers after an injured Brandon Allen has been "just not ready to play," according to head coach Zac Taylor. It's gonna be a bloodbath; Steelers by 100.
marcus peters fined for spitting at jarvis landry
He swore up and down he didn't do it, but Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was fined a whopping $12,500 for spitting on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry during last Monday night's game. Head coach John Harbaugh also said he didn't do it in his direction, even though a video clearly shows he did. Landry also called Peters a "coward," adding to the drama. He did it, and the NFL obviously agrees with me there.
Tight end Zach Ertz is due an extension just about any day now with the Philadelphia Eagles, and expressed frustrations earlier in the season when they were able to come up with something prior to the season.
Now, apparently, that's the furthest thing from his mind.
It would be a complete understatement to say that the Eagles are not playing great this season, so it's no wonder that Ertz can't think about anything else. With just one touchdown and only a handful of catches through three games, there's still time for the team to get Ertz involved. They need to do something.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, and he is having tests to see how severe the damage is.
The Eagles cannot afford another injury right now, especially to someone who has a significant impact on making their quarterback look good or bad.
The Eagles play the San Francisco 49ers this week, who are dealing with some significant injuries of their own.
In one of the most bone-headed plays from Sunday (and there were a lot, so that's saying something), Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson decided to punt on fourth-and-twelve during overtime, instead of going for it. In hindsight, Pederson admits that that wasn't the best idea.
Pederson's reasoning behind the decision to punt was that it would give the Cincinnati Bengals a chance to win. To me, this says more about the team's dwindling confidence in starting quarterback Carson Wentz than anything else.
Understatement of the century: The Philadelphia Eagles have been disappointing so far this season. Part of that is they're bad, the other part is injuries.
One of the pieces they are hoping to get back, wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, is not done cooking yet.
Jeffrey practiced for the first time this week, which is what sparked the optimism. Jalen Reagor is also out this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles have had numerous issues with their offensive line this offseason. Add another one to the list. Right tackle Lane Johnson had ankle surgery in August. Not great!
I'll never understand why in the NFL, they are just like, "oh yeah, a simple surgery to clean out my knee/ankle." But anyways.
Johnson has since returned to practice this week. Even as a limited participant, that is good news for a team that does not need any more problems as far as the O-line goes. Brandon Brooks and Andre Dillard are both gone for the season with injuries.