National Football League News & Notes

February 17, 2020

Antonio Brown is trying to get back to the NFL. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Photo: Lynne Sladky | Antonio Brown is trying to get back to the NFL

Antonio Brown spent 2019 forcing his way off two teams and being released by a third team. So far, he’s spent the first two months of 2020 apologizing for his recent actions as he looks to resume his NFL career. While Brown still must overcome a legal hurdle (his civil suit accusing him of sexual misconduct and rape), the former Pittsburgh Steelers star continues to train in hopes of being on an NFL roster in 2020.

2020 NFL Draft rumors: Dolphins remain front runners for Tua Tagovailoa, but Justin Herbert could rock the boat. It’s set to be one of the more interesting NFL off seasons in recent memory, because it’s not often the league sees such a flood of top quarterback talent hit the free agency market at the same time.

Shortly after Steve Keim indicated the Cardinals were confident, they’d retain D.J. Humphries in free agency, Arizona’s left tackle has agreed to terms to stay with the franchise that drafted him.

The Carolina Panthers hold one of the top assets in this off-season’s layered quarterback market, but Cam Newton ‘s place as a trade chip cannot be fully known until a clearer picture of his recovery from Lisfranc surgery emerges. But the Panthers believe that recovery is going well.

The NFL and NFL Players Association are working toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement not because a new league year is coming but because something far more significant is in the pipeline: A new round of TV deals.

The New Orleans Saints are hoping to bring Teddy Bridgewater back in 2020, but it is starting to look like the quarterback could price his way out of town. Bridgewater is expected to generate plenty of interest on the free agent market as a starting quarterback. Some teams may even be willing to pay Bridgewater $30 million per year, which would place him among the highest-paid players at the position.

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot on their plate with free agents like Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper looking for paydays, but that hasn’t stopped them from dreaming big when it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadaveon Clowney is currently a free agent. And after three Pro-Bowl seasons in the last four years, the former No. 1 overall pick is looking for big money. Clowney also made headlines after the Seahawks’ Divisional Round loss to the Green Bay Packers, stating that he wants to join a team that can win him a ring.

Tyrann Mathieu’s life great he’s a Super Bowl champion thanks to his Kansas City Chiefs’ triumph over the San Francisco 49ers. However, that doesn’t mean he’s getting all the individual love there is to get. The Honey Badger wasn’t among the NFL’s 101 best players in the 2019 season. Honey Badger is upset he says “PFF ain’t exactly infallible.”

The 2020 offseason is under way and free agency will begin in just a few weeks. While the Packers will not likely be as active in free agency as they were a year ago, expect them to make at least one major addition and a few other additions during the offseason.

New Browns general manager Andrew Berry is beginning his overhaul after taking over in Cleveland. The team announced Monday it terminated the contracts of cornerback T.J. Carrie, tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor. All four players were brought in by former Browns general manager John Dorsey.

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay may have played his final snap in Honolulu blue. The Lions are reportedly speaking to multiple teams regarding a trade for the former All-pro cornerback.

The Las Vegas Raiders are interested Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson. Jefferson had started every game he played since he joined the Ravens, but an injury derailed his 2019 campaign. He was set to have a big cap hit in 2020, so Baltimore cut him loose.

The New York Giants were hiring former New England Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema for a spot-on Joe Judge’s staff. Bielema was set to serve as the outside linebacker’s coach and senior assistant, but he is reportedly not yet done with college football. Bielema is interviewing for the head coaching job at the University of Colorado. The job opened up last week after Mel Tucker decided to leave Boulder for Michigan State.

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers announced earlier this month that they were parting ways, the veteran signal caller was linked to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are going to be looking for an upgrade from Jacoby Brissett. Despite some struggles last season, the 38-year-old Rivers would qualify as just that.

Jordan Reed’s football career has been a confounding one. A quarterback in high school, he made the transition to tight end in college and even parlayed his combination of size and athleticism into a Pro Bowl berth in 2016 with the Washington Redskins. Injuries have consistently weighed him down since turning pro, however, and new head coach Ron Rivera dropped a concerning update Monday when he revealed that Reed is still in concussion protocol for an injury, he suffered all the way back in August.

Trade talk surrounding 49ers QB Nick Mullens heats up. Nick Mullens of the San Francisco 49ers is the subject of trade rumors. After making it to the Super Bowl this season, the San Francisco 49ers do not want to regress.

Alabama’s Nick Saban was hesitant to compare a college player to a great professional. When it came to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, he did it anyway. “I think he’s a lot like Drew Brees. I always thought Aaron Rodgers was a lot like that as a player too,” Saban said. “Not overly big, accurate with the ball, really good judgment, decision-making. Those guys are the style of player. I would never say the expectation should be he would accomplish what those guys have, I’d never wanna put that on a guy. But that’s the style of player he is.”

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