Receiver Allen Hurns wants to visit the Jets, but there’s no plane to take him there.
Per a league source, weather issues in the New York area have triggered the cancellation of the flight that would have taken Hurns to visit the Jets. He’ll instead visit the Cowboys first, with a visit to the Jets to follow immediately.
Of course, there will be no visit to the Jets if Hurns likes what he hears and puts pen to paper.
Hurns, undrafted out of Miami in 2014, was released on Tuesday. His production has dipped significantly since generating more than 1,000 yards in his second NFL season.
A bizarre fight with his brother landed Bills receiver Zay Jones under arrest for felony vandalism, TMZ Sports reports.
TMZ posted footage of a naked Jones struggling with his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones, at a Los Angeles apartment building. Zay yells, “I’m going to fight for Jesus,” with witnesses saying Cayleb was attempting to stop Zay from jumping out a 30th floor window.
Zay broke free, according to TMZ, and entered a public balcony area, where he smashed his foot through a window. Photos showed blood on the floors and windows.
Zay was being held in the medical ward of the L.A. County Jail, TMZ reports.
The Bills released a statement to the Buffalo News: “We are aware of the incident involving Zay Jones. We are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter. At this point, we will have no further comment.”
Last month, former NFL G.M. Bill Polian drew plenty of attention for his opinion that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson should move to receiver at the next level. Jackson’s former college teammate, cornerback Jaire Alexander, was stunned by the suggestion that Jackson should stop playing quarterback.
“I was like, ‘What?'” Alexander said during a Tuesday visit to the PFT PM podcasts. “‘What in the world? Are these people not watching film? Are they not watching the tape? Are they not seeing that he’s gotten better each year he’s been in college?’ I don’t think people watch enough film to make a statement like that. I think he’s a really good quarterback. He’s got potential to be great. That’s my take on that.”
For more from Alexander, a likely first-round draft pick, on various other topics, check out his segment from PFT PM. The conversation also will be included in Wednesday’s PFT Live.
NFL owners will discuss the social justice platform at their annual meetings next week in Orlando, Florida, but the national anthem isn’t on the agenda, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Saints linebacker Demario Davis said he expected fewer player protests in 2018 because of the league’s support on social justice issues.
“The league has been instrumental in helping us bring light to our community and the issues that are going on in them,” Davis said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.
The NFL finalized plans to partner with players, announcing a “Let’s Listen Together” initiative in January. Owners committed $89 million over seven years for the project, which will publicize players’ work on social and racial equality.
The Browns and Giants worked out quarterback Josh Rosen at UCLA on Tuesday, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.
Cleveland also will hold private workouts with the other top quarterbacks — Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. All four are scheduled to take pre-draft visits to Cleveland, too.
Rosen completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 9,340 yards with 59 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He went 17-13 as UCLA’s starter.
The Browns have the first and fourth selections in the draft. The Giants have the second choice.
Allen Hurns didn’t need long to generate interest on the open market.
The Jaguars released the wide receiver earlier in the day, and Hurns said he already has heard from “probably like 10 teams.”
Hurns mentioned the Bears, Bills, Saints, Texans, Jets, Raiders and Panthers during an interview with Charlotte radio station WFNZ, via Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate.
He will take his first visit Wednesday, meeting with the Jets, a source told PFT.
Hurns caught 121 passes for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns his first two seasons in Jacksonville. But over the past two seasons, he missed 11 games and caught 74 passes for 961 yards and five touchdowns.
The Browns will hold private workouts with Sam Darnold and Josh Allen this week, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The team will conduct those in conjunction with the Pro Days at USC and Wyoming respectively.
Darnold’s Pro Day is Wednesday and Allen’s is Friday. Both have done their pre-draft training under the tutelage of Jordan Palmer.
Browns General Manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson skipped the Pro Days for UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield last week because of free agency. The Browns will have private workouts with Rosen and Mayfield.
All four quarterbacks also will visit the Browns’ facility.
The Browns, who have the first and fourth choices in the upcoming draft, are expected to draft a quarterback despite naming Tyrod Taylor their starter.
Eric Reid has not found any takers on the free agent market, and he believes he knows why. New 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who served as the Seahawks’ player representative, expressed concern about Reid’s slow market.
“We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said, via quotes distributed by the team. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league so he deserves to be paid accordingly. So, there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. I think great teams are still looking and people are still looking for players. I’m praying that he gets picked up, but if he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.”
In a tweet March 15, the former 49ers safety blamed the league’s owners for his lack of interest on the free agent market. “People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character,” Reid wrote.
Reid became one of the first 49ers to take a knee alongside quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality. No team signed Kaepernick last offseason, and Reid is finding silence this offseason.
Of course, several safeties have yet to generate interest as the market for the position is off to a slow start.
Former Bears, Broncos and Panthers head coach John Fox probably won’t roam an NFL sideline again, but he has another job.
Fox was hired by ESPN as a studio analyst, Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports.
Although he wasn’t known as the most media-friendly coach during his days in the NFL, the 63-year-old Fox will now move into an analyst role that has previously been filled by former coaches like Herm Edwards and Bill Parcells.
The most prominent job on ESPN, Monday Night Football analyst, remains unfilled.
Defensive back Dontae Johnson and nose tackle Bennie Logan visited the Seahawks today, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Johnson, 26, was a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2014. He spent his first four seasons with San Francisco, playing in 63 games with 22 starts, while making two interceptions, 21 pass breakups and 145 tackles.
Johnson started all 16 games last season.
Logan, 28, was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2013. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia and last season in Kansas City.
He has played 74 games with 63 starts, making seven sacks and 219 tackles.
The Seahawks are looking for defensive help after several offseason changes, including the departures of Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett.
Blaine Gabbert visited the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Tennessee is in search of a backup after releasing Matt Cassel. Gabbert could run the same offense as starter Marcus Mariota, which obviously interests the Titans.
Gabbert, 28, was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He played three seasons in Jacksonville, going 5-22 with 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while posting a 66.4 passer rating.
He spent three years in San Francisco, going 4-9, and one year in Arizona, posting a 2-3 mark last season.
The Bills continued their search for linebacker help by meeting with a veteran option this week.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Bills had Karlos Dansby in for a visit. They also met with Kevin Minter and Will Compton recently as they look to make a move following the loss of Preston Brown to the Bengals.
Dansby was in Arizona for a third stint with the Cardinals in 2017 and started 15 games in his 14th NFL season. He had 95 tackles, a sack and an interception in those games. That interception was the 20th of his career and Dansby is one of five players in history with at least 40 sacks and 20 interceptions over the course of his NFL career.
The Bills have signed Julian Stanford and re-signed Ramon Humber in other moves at linebacker this month.
The Colts signed a wide receiver on Tuesday, but Ryan Grant isn’t the only player at the position on their radar.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that Cameron Meredith visited with the team.
Meredith was tendered by the Bears at the lowest level, setting him up to make $1.9 million in 2018 if he doesn’t sign an offer sheet with another club. If Meredith does sign an offer sheet that the Bears are unwilling to match, they won’t get any compensation in return.
Meredith caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 and was in line for a big role on the Chicago offense last season before a torn ACL in August knocked him out for the season.
The Lions continue to host tight ends as they seek depth at the position after losing Eric Ebron and Darren Fells.
Levine Toilolo is the latest to visit Detroit, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Logan Paulsen, Brent Celek and Luke Willson already have visited.
The Falcons cut Toilolo, saving $3.5 million against their salary cap.
Toilolo, 26, spent five years with the Falcons after they made him a fourth-round choice. He had 12 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown last season and has 74 catches for 723 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.
The Colts are putting another blocker in front of Andrew Luck.
Veteran center/guard Matt Slauson has signed with Indianapolis, the team announced today.
Slauson spent the last two years with the Chargers, three years before that with the Bears, and four years before that with the Jets.
Last year Slauson was a starter in Los Angeles for the first seven games of the season before going on injured reserve.