Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
The Houston Chronicle reported that Andre Melton, the uncle of Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson who serves as Johnson's advisor, said Johnson would consider a pay cut in the offseeason.
“We understand it’s a business and we’re willing to deal with that,” Melton said. “And Andre doesn’t mind having a pay cut.”
Johnson is slated to make $10.5 million next season and count $16.1 million against the salary cap. Those numbers could prove to be too unwieldy for the Texans to keep him at. Johnson has said he wants to retire a Texan after it appeared he and the team could be parting ways this past offseason.
But according to ESPN, Johnson seemed shocked when asked about Melton's statement.
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Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
Things have gone a bit sideways at quarterback the past six weeks for the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have reportedly switched courses again, opting to start Ryan Lindley again at quarterback in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, after head coach Bruce Arians had initially said it would be rookie Logan Thomas.
There might be a good reason why the Cards made that move.
In addition, the Cardinals are now worried about the status of Drew Stanton for the playoffs. Stanton had replaced starter Carson Palmer for two stretches this season, including after Palmer's ACL injury, but Stanton also went down with a knee injury in the rematch against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Stanton's availability for the postseason is in question.
#AZCardinals QB Drew Stanton’s infection was discovered Wednesday, believed to be caused by an outside medical treatment. Status in doubt.
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The New York Giants and St. Louis Rams entangled themselves in a nasty fight Sunday that saw the ejection of four players combined.
Giants wide receiver Preston Parker threw a punch in the second-quarter fracas, which led to his ejection, along with the ouster of teammates Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore; the Rams' William Hayes also was booted.
We don't know how much those players will be fined, or if they will at all — Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he expected no fines or suspensions to be levied — but we do know this much: Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who was flagged for roughing the passer against Rams quarterback Shaun Hill late in the fourth quarter, was hit hard himself — in the wallet.
Or so he said.
So I just got fined more for roughing the passer than anyone who was in the fight. Even players who got ejected. So I should just fight then
It does raise a pretty interesting debate on the subject.
Glad to see the leagues stance on violence is still a priority.
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Arians told SiriusXM Radio (via ESPN.com) that he thinks Drew Stanton, who injured his knee against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15, has an "85 percent" chance to return for the postseason.
"He's going to practice some this week, and we'll see how he goes," Arians said. "Do not plan on playing him this week unless it was absolutely necessary."
The Cardinals finish up their season Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and it's looking like the Cardinals are going to lose the NFC West and make the playoffs as a wildcard.
Ryan Lindley replaced Stanton against the Rams and started in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks — who are in the process of wresting away the division, along with the top seed in the NFC — but appears to be giving way to rookie Logan Thomas this week.
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Buffalo Bills fans not only will have to live another year missing the postseason, but they won't get their Christmas wish of a quarterback change in the season finale.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Kyle Orton will remain the starting quarterback for the team's Week 17 game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro.
The Bills are 8-7 but were eliminated from the playoffs last week in a loss at the Oakland Raiders. The last time the Bills made the playoffs was following the 1999 season.
Marrone's reasoning for the status quo is interesting.
Two takeaways from Marrone's words:
• Is Marrone worried about his job and believe that he must finish above .500 to keep his job? This is symbolic because the Bills have not finished with more than eight wins since 2004.
• And, further, does he not believe that Manuel — even against a Patriots team that could rest key players such as Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis — can win said game?
Orton went 6-5 as the starter after the Manuel-led Bills started off 2-2.
CSN Baltimore spoke with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and threw in a final question about brother Jim and his saga with the San Francisco 49ers.
John's comments seem to back what everyone else feels and what certainly is not a family secret: Jim's days in San Francisco are nearing an end.
“I know just from Jim’s standpoint he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before, in terms of what he’s done for the city and for the fans there and for the players there,” John Harbaugh said Monday. “And I’m proud as heck of him."
The next line is the key.
It appears there will be no Christmas miracle for those fans hoping for a late-minute change of heart. Jim Harbaugh and management have not been able to bridge their differences, and Harbaugh is the one who will be gainfully employed elsewhere, not them.
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A trip to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough on the AFC side.
The New England Patriots earned the top seed in the AFC playoffs and home-field advantage throughout by virtue of the Denver Broncos losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-28.
The Bengals clinched a playoff spot with the win. A win over the Pittsburgh Steelers would earn the Bengals the AFC North crown, and they could rise as high as the No. 2 seed. The Broncos can earn a first-round bye with a Week 17 win over the occasionally competent Oakland Raiders.
But is Peyton Manning ... right? He sure didn't look it for much of Monday night.
Other than a hot spell to start the third quarter in which he led three straight touchdown drives, Manning struggled for much of the game. Even before the rain started pouring down at Paul Brown Stadium, Manning was having trouble driving the ball downfield and throwing with accuracy. He finished the game 28-of-44 passing for 311 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions — three of them in the fourth quarter.
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This is amazing.
Rex Grossman was cut by the Cleveland Browns in training camp and hasn't re-signed with another NFL team. It appears he's punting altogether on the 2014 NFL season.
#Browns called Rex Grossman about joining team for one week but sides couldn't work out logistics. Grossman has whole family in for holiday
Of course, logistics apparently is code for "I'm on vacation, brah." Right when we thought this story couldn't get more amazing ... check this out:
I talked to Rex Grossman today ...Let's just say he has reasons to turn down the #Browns - Palm Beach vs. Cleveland & he's been kite surfing
But this offer apparently wasn't better than time with the family. Uh, sorry, the whole family. To go kite surfing. Long live the Rex.
But nah. Family first.
The Browns need the crosstown equivalent of "Major League" to be made. Like now.
A White(wall) Christmas, indeed.
The Chicago Bears appear to be going back to Jay Cutler at quarterback. Not by choice.
Jimmy Clausen, who replaced Cutler in Week 16 amid a disastrous season, suffered a concussion and has been ruled out six days prior to playing the Minnesota Vikings.
#Bears QB Jimmy Clausen will not play in Sunday's season finale in Minnesota after suffering a concussion in yesterday's loss to Lions.
The Cutler news comes via a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The #Bears plan to start QB Jay Cutler (again) on Sunday in their finale, with rookie David Fales serving as the backup, I’m told.
So the Bears have an ugly situation that just turned (more) awkward again. Only fitting.
Clausen sustained the concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, which drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, as Clausen scrambled on the Bears’ final drive of Sunday's game.
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago
Eli Manning and the New York Giants' offense blitzkrieged a very good St. Louis Rams defense on Sunday, and that was about the fourth-most interesting thing to come from the Week 16 game.
A major brawl led to the ejection of three players from the game. A cheerleader was proposed to at halftime. And questions about Odell Beckham's celebration tactics angered Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to the point where he cut short his postgame press conference.
Actually, two of those events might have been related. (Any guesses which ones were? Hint: The proposal wasn't one of them.)
Beckham, the rookie superstar receiver, continued his brilliant debut season with a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and he capped it off with his trademark "Whip" dance. He was flagged 15 yards for taunting for celebration, which was curious considering there appeared to be no actual taunting on it.
That seemed to raise the intensity of the game a bit.
"He will tone it down. He will."
And ... scene.
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