It’s just a few more days until every team is back into the swing of things at training camp. Due to that, the news is steadily ramping up and there are more and more high profile stories, too. Here is what you may have missed yesterday.
The Jets finally get it done –
Over the past few days we have reported the latest on the Ryan Fitzpatrick situation and, despite reports that there was still a significant gap between the two sides as recently as yesterday, the Jets have finally gotten a deal done. It is a 1-year deal, reportedly worth $12 million with up to an additional $3m in incentives. The Jets gave Fitzpatrick until 7pm yesterday evening to sign a deal, he reportedly arrived at 7pm to sign. Jets fans around the world will be celebrating.
Just before that happened, again despite earlier reports that no contract was on the horizon, the Jets got a deal done with their 1st round pick Darron Lee, agreeing to the demands of the former Buckeye for a fully guaranteed contract. Joey Bosa and Joshua Garnett are now the only rookies to not yet have a deal.
Rams release Foles –
After naming Case Keenum the starter over Foles before the draft and then drafting Jared Goff first overall, Nick Foles, understandably, wanted to seek a trade. Unfortunately for him there were no suitors and he thus requested to be released. The Rams have granted that request and he is now a free agent. The Broncos, 49ers or Browns figure to be the most logical suitors now that he is a free agent.
Pair of former Ravens signed –
Wide receiver Marlon Brown and running back Bernard Pierce have been signed by the Broncos and Jets, respectively. Brown played under Kubiak in Baltimore two years ago and gives the Broncos another big target, and the Jets needed another running back to replace Zac Stacy, who they waived yesterday.
Ravens woes carry over from last year –
Two little stories out of Baltimore last year will have Ravens fans fearing they are destined for another unlucky season. Newly signed receiver Mike Wallace failed his conditioning test and won’t be allowed to train until he has passed and Jake Long, who the Ravens were meant to sign yesterday, was flagged in his physical and will see Dr James Andrews today regarding his knee. With that said, the Ravens still expect to sign Jake Long and veterans have supported the belief that the conditioning test is very difficult, and Wallace did pass 5 of 6 components. So, Ravens fans, don’t panic yet.
Kurt Coleman officially signs –
Having agreed to terms two days ago, the Panthers and Coleman signed the contract extension yesterday. It is a 3-year extension worth $17 million, with $7 million guaranteed.
Cowboys have a costly defense –
The Cowboys are facing a fine of around $250,000 for having three players facing a suspension. Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence and Rolando McClain – all defensive players – have all been handed suspensions for violating the league’s PED or substance abuse policies.
Injury update –
As more football is played and as more teams get back to it, more injuries are going to pop up. The Chiefs have placed running back Jamaal Charles on the PUP list. Jags rookie DB Jalen Ramsey has been cleared to practice. Cowboys’ rookie LB Jaylon Smith has been placed on the NFI list. The Bears have placed Pernell McPhee, Amini Silatolu and Marquess Wilson on the PUP list. The Broncos have placed Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware on the NFI list. Eagles’ running back Ryan Matthews was placed on the NFI list with an ankle injury he suffered training last week. Panthers’ receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed last year with a torn ACL, is apparently ‘healthy and ready to go. The Panthers have also placed Bene Benwikere on the PUP list.
Dorenbos a talented man –
Eagles’ long snapper Jon Dorenbos is a talented man. The special teams ace is currently competing on America’s Got Talent and last night he made it through to the semi-final with his magic show.
Two former starters find new homes –
The Arizona Cardinals have strengthened their linebacker corps with the signing of former Chargers linebacker Donald Butler and the New Orleans Saints have added another receiver, having failed to sign Anquan Boldin, in former Giants, Colts and Titans Hakeem Nicks.