It was after midnight on Saturday night on the East Coast when the news broke. After a week full of on-again, off-again rumors and a deal with Buffalo that was apparently nixed at the last minute, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly agreed to trade wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. In return, the Steelers will receive two picks -- third- and fifth-rounders -- in this year's draft.
This article at the MIT Sloan School of Management summarizes a research paper by University of Chicago public policy professors Christopher R. Berry and Anthony Fowler entitled "How Much Do Coaches Matter?" Berry and Fowler found that in all sports, coaches "explain about 20 to 30 percent of the variation in a team’s success."
One of the biggest impending names in free agency was just taken off the market. The Houston Texans have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, meaning that he can technically still sign with another team, but that team would have to give two first-round draft picks back to Houston. The Texans have said they would like to sign Clowney to a long-term extension; per league rules, they have until July 15 to work that out.
1 comment, Last at 06 Mar 2019, 07:15am by Mr Shush
There's a lot we don't know about the Rams, but we know they need pass-rushers. Elsewhere, the Cardinals need blockers, the 49ers need defensive backs, and the Seahawks -- shockingly -- don't need help on the offensive line.
2 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2019, 05:27pm by Vincent Verhei
So it turn out that Randy Gregory's positive drug test at the 2015 combine was a red flag after all.
Gregory, the Cowboys' second-round draft choice that year, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL today for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It is the fourth suspension going into what would be his fifth NFL season, the last year of his rookie deal. Gregory has been suspended for 30 games in his career; he has played 28, with one start. He did have 6.0 sacks in 14 games last year, but likely won't be doing much to follow that up in 2019.
Lawyers representing unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid released the following statement on Friday afternoon concerning their clients' collusion lawsuit against the NFL:
The Patriots won another Super Bowl. The Rams led the league in wins and nearly brought a championship to Los Angeles. The Chiefs had the MVP. But it's the Indianapolis Colts who dominated our year-end awards, as voted on by you, the readers
The NFL's highest-scoring season ever ends with a whimper, not a bang. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win their sixth rings, Julian Edelman wins the MVP, and Wade Phillips wins respect, but the Rams offense fails to show up.