This is our open thread to discuss all the free agent movement, trades, cuts, and other news for the first few days of free agency, starting with the "legal tampering period" that begins at noon Eastern on March 11. (Click to read more.)
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."
Hey kids, it's a major player-for-player trade. These are always fun and we don't get many of them. Cleveland is sending right guard Kevin Zeitler and pick 155 to the Giants for pass-rusher Olivier Vernon and pick 132. (Both those picks are fourth-rounders.) The Browns made Zeitler the best-paid guard in the game a couple years ago but they'll now replace him with 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett. It's a big upgrade for the Giants from Jamon Brown at right guard.
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, 8:15am by Mr Shush
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.