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NFL Suspends Kareem Hunt for Eight Games

The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

7 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2019, 10:15pm by herewegobrowniesherewego

Dolphins Trade Tannehill to Titans

The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback to Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans for draft picks.

21 comments, Last at 17 Mar 2019, 7:45pm by MC2

Giants Trading Beckham to Browns

As first reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Giants have agreed to trade wide receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns.

Schefter soon weighed in with the compensation:

57 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2019, 4:05pm by CaffeineMan
2019 Free Agency Discussion
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2019 Free Agency Discussion

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.)

133 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2019, 8:48am by Mr Shush

Steelers Trading Brown to Raiders

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.

55 comments, Last at 23 Mar 2019, 9:21pm by jackiel

Coaching Matters

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."

12 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2019, 10:00am by RickD

Browns Deal Zeitler to Giants for Vernon

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.

8 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2019, 3:52pm by BJR

Texans Place Franchise Tag on Jadeveon Clowney (PLUS: More Franchise Tags!)

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

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Suspended Again

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.

17 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2019, 3:22pm by LionInAZ