Yesterday was another relatively busy day for the time of year with multiple roster moves and more. Here is what you may have missed.
Seahawks are getting it done –
Having re-signed GM John Schneider to a long term deal two days ago, the Seahawks have locked up another key name for the foreseeable future, this time it is head coach Pete Carroll. The deal will keep Carroll as the Seahawks head coach through the 2019 season. Despite already being 64 years old, the Seahawks, understandably, had no problem securing potentially their most valuable piece for the next few seasons.
Chiefs having problems with their stars –
Between Eric Berry technically not having a contract, thus not being at training camp, and Justin Houston not being fit enough to take part in training camp, the Chiefs must be fidgeting in their seats about the prospect of not having their two most important defensive stars out for a substantial amount of time. Berry is, however, expected to show up in time for the regular season.
Two former Pro Bowlers signed –
Yesterday marked the beginning of a new chapter for two veterans. Four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long has agreed to a one year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, adding a little depth and experience to the Ravens offensive tackle position.
Three-time Pro Bowler and former Cardinals, Ravens and 49ers starter Anquan Boldin has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. The 35 year old has 1009 career receptions, 13,195 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns in his illustrious career and will add a bigger bodied possession receiver and safety blanket for Matt Stafford.
More players find their names on the PUP/NFI list –
The Cardinals added 4 players to the Physically Unable to Perform list; Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Bethel, Frostee Rucker and Zack Wagenmann.
The Dolphins added Xavien Howard, a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft, to the PUP following arthroscopic knee surgery. They expect in the worst case scenario for him to be back by the regular season opener.
The Browns will also be without two key players for at least the beginning of camp. Josh Gordon, who was reinstated yesterday, will likely miss a few weeks having been placed on the Non-Football Injury list. The injury is reportedly a quad injury he suffered working out. They also added Joe Haden to the PUP with an ankle injury.
Kurt Coleman completes career resurgence –
Kurt Coleman has successfully rejuvenated his career with the Panthers. Last year he was a huge part of their great defense and came up with 7 interceptions, all whilst playing for just $1.3 million which made him one of the best value safeties last year. His impact has earned him a three year extension with the Panthers. The exact numbers in the deal are yet to be released.
Cowboys having deep concerns for Randy Gregory –
When Randy Gregory slipped deep into the second round in last year’s draft, it was thanks to serious off-field concerns, largely to do with substance abuse. The Cowboys took a risk picking him and now it seems that it is backfiring. Earlier in the offseason he was handed a four game suspension, now it is feared he will receive a second suspension, this time for at least 10 games. What is more worrying though, Ian Rapaport stated that there are legitimate fears that Gregory has played his final game for the Cowboys, and he has apparently shut out people who are close to him. Hopefully, even if his career comes to an end, he can find the help he evidently needs.
Fitzpatrick and Jets still not close –
A few days ago it was reported that the Jets had multiple offers for Fitzpatrick from which he could choose any. Apparently though, the two sides remain far apart from coming to an agreement. Should the alarm bells be ringing in New York?
Jordy Nelson clears ACL concerns… with another injury –
In last year’s preseason, Jordy Nelson was lost for the year due to a torn ACL. Now, he finds himself on the PUP list which rang a few alarms among the Packers faithful. Thankfully, he stated that it has nothing to do with his torn ACL, that is fine, but he did say that it is now an injury to the other knee. The injury is believed to not be severe and due to overcompensation whilst rehabbing his ACL.
Nigel Bradham in hot water –
Eagles’ linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested on Monday on suspicion of battery/aggravated assault at a Miami hotel. He reportedly punched an individual in the nose, knocking them to the ground, before fleeing.
Andre Johnson looking to complete the AFC South set? –
Long-time Texans great and former Colts receiver Andre Johnson had a visit with the Tennessee Titans yesterday, as both sides were reported to be ‘feeling each other out’. If the visit results in a deal, Johnson will provide a veteran presence for the young Titans receiving corp.
49ers get two boosts –
Yesterday was a good day for the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick was cleared to participate in training camp practices by his Colorado doctor, and Anthony Davis, who has applied for reinstatement, has apparently mended his relationship with the 49ers and will play for them this year rather than seek a trade.
Bengals playing it safe with Burfict –
Vontaze Burfict, who will be serving a 3-game suspension, will also be held out of preseason games by the Bengals. The reason being that the Bengals don’t want to risk him being injured in games that are meaningless to him.
Tyler Varga retires –
A player who impressed in last year’s pre-draft process and was ultimately snatched up by the Colts as an undrafted free agent. He seemed to be doing well but a concussion early in the year cost him the rest of the season. Despite taking part in offseason workouts and preparing for the season, he has now retired.