National Football League Off-Season News & Notes, Flacco Done In Denver

March 19, 2020

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The Denver Broncos have informed former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco that he is being released with a failed physical designation, Flacco, who was placed on injured reserve halfway through last season with a herniated disk in his neck, becomes an unrestricted free agent. He was 2-6 as a starter in 2019, throwing for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 63.5% of his passes.

Following the massive franchise-tagging spree NFL teams employed this week, we’ll now start to see news trickle in of players signing those one-year offers. Such is the case for New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney, who signed his on Thursday.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million. The signing comes a day after the Cardinals had already bolstered their linebacker corps with the addition of former Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard on a three-year contract, Schefter reported.

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns. Billings, 25, developed into one of the Bengals’ most reliable interior linemen over the last three seasons, missing just one game over that span. In 2019, he made 14 starts and tallied 35 tackles, with four of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Despite his presence, the Bengals struggled against the run in 2019, finishing last in the league in rushing defense.

The Miami Dolphins are re-signing safety Adrian Colbert to a one-year, $1.775 million deal.

The Washington Redskins are poised to sign tight end Logan Thomas.

The Philadelphia Eagles have bolstered their secondary with a splash move on Thursday, sending a 2020 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Darius Slay, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. There had been speculation about Slay potentially being moved after the Lions agreed to terms with Desmond Trufant on Wednesday, and CB-needy Philly is the team to have reportedly pulled it off.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon intends to play in 2020 as he works his way back from indefinite suspension, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will oversee Gordon’s reinstatement attempt, during which the player must prove he’s making steady progress away from the field.

Gordon, who played for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks last season, was suspended Dec. 16 for violating the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, his sixth NFL suspension since the 2013 season.

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