ICYMI: NFL News – July 18th 2016
We are only a few weeks away from football. The contracts window has been closed, and it’s time for pre-season to start getting warmed up. With this in mind, we stretch out our typing fingers, and prepare to bring you the latest updates for Monday. What did you miss? Let’s find out.
Brady gave it up –
It’s taken over a year, and countless headlines, and everyone getting bored a long time ago, but Brady and the Patriots have dropped their challenge. It turns out that Brady and his team looked at the odds, and decided that chasing it up to the Supreme Court would not go well for them, so they dropped the opposition, and will accept the four game ban applied by the NFL. Regardless of where you fall on the whole “Deflategate” issue, I think we can all agree that it’s time we moved on. I just feel sorry for the Browns in Week 4.
Von Miller got paid –
The game of chicken paid off, and Von Miller got his major payday. He even tweeted a Jerry McGuire scene, with his face on it, which slightly undermined his previous “Champion of the oppressed” stance on why he was holding out for more monies. Anyway, that’s the second stalemate done with.
Foster works out –
Arian Foster is going to be doing some workouts for the Lions and the Dolphins. This is an opportunity for the running back, that formerly worked for the Texans, to get back onto a roster before he hits 30, and prove he’s still capable of producing the workloads he did for Houston.
Jets surprise Wilkerson –
Muhammad Wilkerson has been locked down by the Jets for five-years. $86 million with $53.3 million in guarantees. That makes the defensive tackle a higher paid defensive prospect than J.J. Watt. Not surprising really, with his levels of productivity down the centre, but this signing very nearly didn’t happen, with Wilkerson refusing to sign his franchise tag this year, and missing out on Mandatory Camps.
The Eagles are taking it slow –
Carson Wentz is not going to be seeing the field in Week 1. Sticking to their game plan from the draft, the Eagles are going to field Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, and allow Wentz to take in the game from the back. It’s important to Philadelphia that they not rush their rookie quarterback, and they are happy to let him watch the game for a while before he gets any season game time. Expect Bradford to see most of the season over Wentz.
Campbell passes away –
Marion Campbell, the 87-year-old former All-Pro player, passed away last Wednesday. The former Eagles player spent eight seasons playing in the NFL in the 60’s. He went on to coach in the NFL and the NCAAFL on both sides of the ball – last coaching at Georgia in 1993.
‘Bama guard DUI –
Alphonse Taylor, the right guard for Alabama was arrested on Sunday, charged with DUI. He was bailed for $1,000. College boys continue to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons during this offseason.
Cousins goes franchise –
Kirk Cousins has one year left at the Redskins. The quarterback and Washington failed to agree a deal, and Cousins will now play one more year under the franchise tag, before he hits Free Agency next year. He was hoping for megabucks, but he got offered money similar to Andy Dalton, which he wasn’t happy with. Let’s hope he has a good year. He’s going to need it if he goes FA at the end of the year.