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Bill Belichick on spending in free agency: “It averages out”

The Patriots typically don’t spend a bunch of money in free agency. This year, they uncharacteristically did. Meeting with reporters on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick was asked whether the spending spree reflects an indication that they didn’t surround Cam Newton with enough talent in 2020. “Well again, the process this offseason was to, as it [more]

Belichick says Patriots’ draft evaluation “is definitely different” after unusual 2020 NCAA season

The 2020 college football season was unusual, with COVID-19 canceling many games, teams playing shorter seasons, players having less practice time, players opting out, and some small programs canceling their seasons altogether. For Patriots coach Bill Belichick, that has resulted in an unusual pre-draft process. “The evaluation is definitely different,” Belichick said. “No question. We’ve [more]

Ryan Kalil: Jets didn’t let Sam Darnold evolve or make decisions on his own

Sam Darnold did not perform as hoped during his three seasons with the Jets and the quarterback is now with the Panthers after they sent three draft picks to the AFC East team in a trade. That move is a bet that Darnold’s troubles were based more on the situation he was in rather than [more]

Dakota Allen re-signs with Jaguars

Linebacker Dakota Allen is back with the Jaguars. Allen was tendered as an exclusive rights free agent in March, which left him with the choice of re-signing with Jacksonville or not signing with anyone at all. Thursday’s transaction report from the NFL shows that he chose to sign the tender. The Rams drafted Allen in [more]

Happy 69th birthday, Bill Belichick

Patriots coach Bill Belichick probably doesn’t hear from former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski very often. If Belichick is ever going to hear from Gronkowski, it’s now. Belichick was born 69 years ago today. Over the weekend, we touched on the question of how long Belichick will keep going. At one point, he said he [more]

Bill Belichick marvels at Julian Edelman’s transition from a college quarterback

When Julian Edelman arrived in New England in 2009, he was a seventh-round draft pick who had an uphill battle just to make the roster after playing quarterback at Kent State. Patriots coach Bill Belichick marvels at how Edelman carved out a spot for himself at the NFL level. Belichick said that of all the [more]

Melvin Gordon calls last season with Broncos one of his most difficult

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon called last year’s experience in Denver one of the most difficult seasons he’s faced. In an interview with Troy Renck of the Denver Channel, Gordon said the combination of being brought in to seemingly replace hometown hero Phillip Lindsay, playing in front of no fans with no chance to make [more]

DeMarcus Walker announces he’s joining Texans

Former Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Walker announced via his instagram account that he is joining the Houston Texans. Walker had a free agent visit with the Texans last week. Walker’s post to his instagram account was tagged in Houston and had several instances of Texans logos and sights as part of the announcement. Walker [more]

Bills tackle Trey Adams announces retirement

Buffalo Bills tackle Trey Adams announced his retirement from football in a post to his instagram account on Thursday. “Thank you football for everything,” Adams wrote. “I have put much thought into this decision and it is time for me to retire from the game that has given me so much. Thank you, coach Dev, [more]

Raiders players will not participate in voluntary in-person workouts

Raiders players announced Thursday night they have voted not to participate in voluntary in-person workouts this offseason. They join players from the Browns, Giants, Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, Lions, Bears and Bucs in releasing a statement that some or all of their players will not take participate in planned in-person work that begins next month. “We [more]

Mike Vrabel: Nobody prepares harder than Derrick Henry does to carry the load

Derrick Henry has led the league in rushing the past two seasons. He also has led the NFL in rushing attempts in back-to-back years. Henry had 303 carries for 1,540 yards in 2019 and 378 carries for 2,027 yards in 2020. The Titans running back had a league-leading 397 total touches in 2020. Titans coach [more]

Raiders waive Maurice Hurst and Arden Key; release Kyle Sloter

The Raiders have released a pair of defensive linemen who were part of the team’s first draft class after Jon Gruden returned as their head coach in 2018. The team announced that they have released defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and defensive end Arden Key. They also released quarterback Kyle Sloter. Hurst was a fifth-round pick [more]

Browns players: We are exercising right not to attend in-person work

In his role as NFL Players Association president, Browns center JC Tretter has been advocating for a virtual offseason program this year. On Thursday, Tretter’s teammates issued a statement saying that they agree with him and players from other teams who have said they will not be taking part in any in-person work this offseason. [more]

Report: Broncos have received calls about DaeSean Hamilton

The Broncos have gotten trade inquiries about receiver DaeSean Hamilton, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. Garafolo adds: “I believe that they would move him for the right place. This is a name that I’ll be watching as we get closer to the draft.” The Broncos have depth at the position with Courtland Sutton, Jerry [more]

Mike Vrabel: Jim Schwartz may help in looking at players for the draft

When the Titans announced Jim Schwartz would be joining the team as its senior defensive assistant, head coach Mike Vrabel touted the experience and perspective Schwartz could provide to Tennessee’s staff. Schwartz, 54, was most recently the Eagles’ defensive coordinator. But he was also the Lions head coach for five years, and was previously the [more]

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