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NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks

The NFL and NFLPA gathered for their fourth set of talks about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday and the schedule called for the meetings to last for three days. There was a change in plans, however, and the two sides wrapped things up after several hours of conversations. A joint statement from the [more]

Texans should pay Jadeveon Clowney as a defensive end

The Texans could fight the anticipated grievance regarding Jadeveon Clowney‘s clunky dual-position franchise-tag designation of linebacker/outside linebacker. They could hire a retired coach who would expain to an arbitrator that outside linebackers in the 3-4 routinely put a hand in the dirt and rush the passer, which doesn’t make them defensive ends. They could force [more]

Fritz Pollard Alliance “concerned” about Texans’ Rooney Rule compliance

The Houston Texans recently interviewed two African-Americans, Ray Farmer and Martin Mayhew, for their General Manager vacancy. Then the Texans tried to hire Nick Caserio for the job. Then the Texans didn’t hire anyone when Caserio couldn’t get out of his contract with the Patriots. That leads to an obvious question: Were the interviews with [more]

Tyrann Mathieu takes issue with Deshaun Watson’s Madden rating

Plenty of NFL players will take issue with their Madden ratings. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is taking issue with someone else’s. Mathieu has taken up for former teammate Deshaun Watson. The Texans quarterback somehow has emerged from the Madden laboratory with an 82. “Ain’t no way Deshaun Watson a 82,” Mathieu tweeted. “No wonder kids [more]

Report: NFLPA expected to file grievance over value of Jadeveon Clowney’s tag

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t agree to a deal with the Texans before the 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year pacts with their teams, so he’s set to play out the season under the terms of the tag. Clowney’s expected to take some time before reporting to the Texans and that wait may [more]

Jadeveon Clowney will play 2019 on franchise tag as expected

49ers kicker Robbie Gould got a new deal Monday. So did Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. The franchise tag window closed at 4 p.m. ET with Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney the only one of the players franchised in 2019 not to get a new deal. That was not unexpected. He will play this year [more]

Grady Jarrett signs four-year deal with Falcons

They say that deadlines lead to deals and that was the case for Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jarrett and the team have agreed on a four-year extension worth $68 million. Jarrett was given the franchise tag earlier this offseason and he signed it, which set him up to [more]

Aaron Rodgers’ Madden rating plummets

The full Madden ratings have been released, and a certain player with a reputation for being a tad sensitive may not be happy with the number he received. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who last year was one of seven players to get a game-high 99, has fallen all the way to 90. Still the No. [more]

Today’s the deadline for tagged players to get long-term deals

Falcons owner Arthur Blank bragged this offseason that defensive tackle Grady Jarrett would be a “Falcon for life.” He’s down to the final hours of being able to deliver on that promise. Today’s the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals, putting some heat on one of the final slow Mondays of the football [more]

Glover Quin saved his money, so he can retire in comfort

Veteran safety Glover Quin announced his retirement last week, but he doesn’t need to find another job if he doesn’t want to. Quin told Peter King for this week’s Football Morning in America that he has saved 70 percent of his after-tax income. Quin made about $33 million in his NFL career, so even living [more]

Will Jerry Jones deliver sports betting in Texas?

Everything is bigger in Texas. Except for sports betting, which remains nonexistent. Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News takes a look at the status of efforts to legalize sports wagering in Texas. Powerful forces are aligned against it, but one very powerful owner could be the guy to push the needle in the other [more]

DeAndre Hopkins is the only offensive player in Madden 20 to get a 99 rating

Antonio Brown may soon be demanding a trade from Madden. The Raiders receiver, who earned a 99 rating in the 2019 version of the game, didn’t get a 99 this year. Of four 99s in all, only one plays offense: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The other 99 ratings belong to Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, [more]

Michigan State pays Keith Mumphery $725,000 over campus ban

In 2017, Keith Mumphery was cut by the Texans after reports surfaced that he had been banned from the campus of Michigan State following a sexual assault accusation. Mumphery always insisted he was falsely accused, and sued Michigan State for the way that campus ban damaged his career. Now Michigan State has paid. Mumphery received [more]

Jadeveon Clowney working with Julius Peppers and other sack-masters

Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney may or nay not be on hand for training camp. But he’s definitely getting his work in, and working with one of the best of all time. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Clowney spent this week in Miami at a pass-rush camp hosted by recently retired Julius [more]

J.J. Watt has learned the benefit of recovery

Few players in the NFL have embraced — or been celebrated for — their workouts quite like Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But now that he’s turned 30, Watt said he’s learned that there’s a time for rest as well. Piggybacking on a discussion sparked by an eye-opening ESPN article about increasing injuries in youth [more]

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