NFL suspends free agent T.J. McDonald eight games

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T.J. McDonald is a good enough safety that he’s the No. 67 player in our Free Agent Hot 100. But he hasn’t found a team yet, and he won’t play until midway through the season.

McDonald has been suspended by the NFL for the first eight games of the season.

In May McDonald crashed into a parked car and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. He resolved the case in January by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol.

The Rams drafted McDonald in the third round in 2013. Last year he started all 16 games.

If a team signs McDonald, he’ll be eligible to go through offseason work, training camp and the preseason, but he will have to leave the team for the first eight games of the regular season.

19 responses to “NFL suspends free agent T.J. McDonald eight games

  1. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:04 PM
    took them long enough

    of course, jeff fisher had been in goodell’s pocket
    for years and years

    Umm, yeah that’s not even close. Fisher has been on the Competition committee for years and they are known to buck the commissioner’s preferences. Not to mention, Goodell was the one who handed down the year long suspension to Greg Williams….one of Fisher’s best friends. They have a working relationship out of necessity but Fisher is far from being in Goodell’s pocket. LOL

  2. waynefontesismyfather says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:07 PM
    8 game suspension = end of his career. Who is going to sign him just to shelf him for half a season? Whatever.

    End of his career? If he was a practice squad player maybe but a 26 year old starting caliber safety that can now be had on the cheap isn’t going to have his career ended by a first offense suspension.

  3. To the knucklehead who said bring him in for the second half of the season…the suspension waits until you’re signed then goes into effect. He can’t sit on his couch for the first 8 weeks and then sign with someone and play right away, he’d have to sit the last 8 games of the season.

    Look at ol Johnny Football. He’s out of work right now. If he ever signs with anyone he is suspended 4 games. Seems everyone forgot about that. “The Rog” suspended him 4 games for the domestic violence incident last year. So anyone bringing him in knows he’s unavailable for the first 4 weeks.

  4. Please update the headline. The player suspended himself with his actions. The rules are clear about DUI.

  5. True, he won’t be there for the full year, but I have to assume that if he is suspended for 8 games, he won’t get paid those games, saving a team a lot of money. I wonder though if his full 16 game salary counts against the salary cap. The NFL has some weird rules.

  6. The Saints need to sign him, especially the way they go through defensive backs like Kleenex (concussions, injuries, etc.) They;ll have a ready made starting safety in week 9 when injuries strike.

  7. I don’t think you get to call “unemployed with no contract” “serving out my suspension”. He has to be signed, then gets tagged for 8 weeks…and those game checks go to charity.

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