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NFL free agency’s biggest trend in its first day: Big money for decent offensive linemen

Monday, March 16th, 2020

It is a very good time to be an offensive lineman somewhere between good and serviceable as we hit NFL free agency. In the first day of “legal tampering,” the NFL saw a string of multi-year deals for offensive linemen hit the news wires. NFL offensive linemen getting paid in free agency Among those deals are: Tennessee Titans tackle Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns on a three-year, $42 million deal with $30 million guaranteed Philadelphia Eagles tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai to the Detroit Lions on a five-year, $50 million deal Washington Redskins guard Ereck Flowers to the Miami Dolphins on a three-year, $30 million deal with nearly $20 million guaranteed In that entire group, you will n...

Instead of delaying free agency, the NFL gave us a distraction we desperately needed

Monday, March 16th, 2020

During normal times, Twitter is like a giant sports bar, with everyone debating best games or arguing over play calls or looking for fantasy advice. On Monday, with so many of us working from home — well, some of us were working from home, others may have loved the distractions being outside of the office provides — and nothing else sports-related to discuss, it was even better. Selection Sunday, which usually would have dominated the day in sports headlines, was canceled by coronavirus, and spring training, soccer and a host of other events have been halted too.

How Tom Brady’s free agency could be impacted by coronavirus-related uncertainty to NFL offseason

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Aside from completely rebuilding an offense and culture around a quarterback deep into the winter of his career, a new complication is accompanying the prospect of signing free agent star Tom Brady: An offseason program that is suddenly entirely up in the air. For teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers — who have both placed themselves in the thick of a Brady pursuit — there is a very real challenge that goes beyond the short window that comes with the aging icon. Specifically, if he departs the New England Patriots, how quickly can Brady's new team begin the heavy lifting that will be required to reshape a franchise around him?

Why one NFL executive loves 49ers’ blockbuster DeForest Buckner trade

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The 49ers now could have some more flexibility in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it came at a cost. San Francisco agreed to trade star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday in exchange for a first-round draft pick after re-signing Arik Armstead. The 49ers reportedly are looking to trade the Colts' pick or their own (No. 31 overall) in order to recoup more picks, and a "rival executive" told former NFL scout John Middlekauf that future flexibility made the Buckner trade a win for the 49ers.

NFL rumors: 49ers likely will shop one of two first-round draft picks

Monday, March 16th, 2020

After completing a blockbuster trade to send All-Pro defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers' general manager isn't done yet. Now armed with the No. 13 and No. 31 overall picks in April's draft, San Francisco could opt to use one of its two first-round picks to secure more picks across the middle rounds of what is expected to be a deep draft. After today's trade for the No. 13 overall pick, the 49ers now have two first-round picks.

NFL rumors: 49ers showing interest in wide receiver Phillip Dorsett

Monday, March 16th, 2020

There have been numerous reports this offseason that the 49ers have interest in a former New England Patriot in free agency. But it actually was Phillip Dorsett who the 49ers have shown real preliminary interest in, the wideout reportedly told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Monday. Dorsett, a former first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, caught 29 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns with Tom Brady and the Patriots a season ago.

NFL Rumors: Running through the betting favorites to sign Tom Brady

Monday, March 16th, 2020

New odds are out on which teams could sign Tom Brady. The Titans, of course, are not on this list because they don't think Brady is as good as you do. "What's Bruce Arians going to win?" People: Brady is significantly downgrading at head coach no matter where he goes.

WVU in the NFL | Free Agency Tracker

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The start of the new league year as well as free agency will officially begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. But the legal tampering period, the two-day player-team negotiation window, began at noon ET Monday.

If Redskins are willing to chase Amari Cooper, why didn’t they go after DeAndre Hopkins?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The Texans traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, and honestly, the compensation seems pretty light. Houston will get a second and fourth-round pick plus running back David Johnson while the Cardinals get Hopkins and a fourth-round pick sent back. Boil that down, and the Texans basically gave up Hopkins for a second-round pick and let Arizona dump Johnson's $14 million cap hit on them for the 2020 season.

2020 NFL Draft update: How coronavirus will change this year’s event

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The 2020 NFL Draft is still on schedule amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak -- but it will look very, very different. The draft still will begin April 23 and end April 25 in Las Vegas and will be televised, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Monday. However, the draft won't be open to the public, and public events in Vegas surrounding the draft have been canceled, per Goodell.