Frank Schwab

  • Josh Norman gets a new agent, set to visit Redskins

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Players often change agents, but not many do so less than 24 hours after a team rescinds a franchise tag worth $14 million and tells them to hit the bricks.

    Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman has been fairly quiet since the team surprisingly took back the franchise tag and made Norman, an All-Pro last season, an unrestricted free agent. But by the simple action of changing agents, Norman seemed to be saying he wasn't entirely pleased with how everything went down.

    One of those franchises is the Washington Redskins, the NFL Network reported:

    Source: Free agent CB Josh Norman has a visit to the #Redskins tomorrow. They get first crack

    The agent change adds another layer of confusion over why the situation got to this point between the Panthers and Norman.

    But yet again, it doesn't make a lot of sense why that couldn't happen in Carolina.

    More on Panthers-Norman breakup

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  • Five reasons the Panthers screwed up in dumping Josh Norman

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Dave Gettleman of the Carolina Panthers is a very good general manager. Even good general managers make mistakes.

    That's what rescinding cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag looks like. That news shocked the NFL on Wednesday. It's incredibly rare. The Philadelphia Eagles did it twice, in 2002 with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and in 2005 with defensive tackle Corey Simon. Now it has happened with Norman. Teams are already interested in Norman with the San Francisco 49ers emerging as an early favorite to land the surprise free agent, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported.

    None of this makes sense on the surface. This is one of those, "There must be more to the story" stories, but nobody is talking yet. It's a strange move, and a mistake by one of the league's best GMs. Here are five reasons why it looks like the Panthers messed up:

    The Panthers lost a really good player

    2016 NFL draft

  • Here's why the Eagles' QB insanity could end up being brilliant

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Say this, amid the "What are the Philadelphia Eagles doing???" questions after their big trade on Wednesday: If what they're doing works, they won't be the last team to try.

    Before the Eagles, nobody has gone all-in on the idea that if you throw multiple expensive players at the quarterback position and one sticks, you win. Not to this extreme, at least. In the past couple months, the Eagles have invested $18 million a year in Sam Bradford, $7 million a year in Chase Daniel, and five picks (including two firsts) to move up to No. 2 to draft Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, whoever is left for them after the Los Angeles Rams pick.

    However, if you assume the Eagles planned all this (Yahoo's Charles Robinson said the Eagles' thinking was " loading up with as many starting-quality candidates as possible and hoping for one to rise") , it's not the most illogical plan ever hatched.

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  • Will DeMarcus Lawrence's suspension affect Cowboys' draft plans?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is facing a four-game suspension, the Dallas Morning News said, and it'll be interesting to see if that affects Dallas' draft plans.

    Lawrence, a talented player who had eight sacks last year in his second NFL season, violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He'll join fellow defensive end Randy Gregory on the suspended list for the first four games of the season.

    Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa will likely be available with the fourth pick, which the Cowboys own. This seems like much more relevant information now that we know of Lawrence's suspension.

    If the Cowboys think the two players are close, maybe they'll have to go with Bosa (who is a fine prospect, our Greg Cosell had an in-depth breakdown of him here). Lawrence's suspension is just another variable in what is developing into a crazy draft.

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  • Le'Veon Bell finds humor in getting 'random' drug test on 4/20

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    If you're unaware, 420 is a big thing in the world of those who like to smoke marijuana.

    Nobody seems to know the actual origin of that, although it could be traced back to some high school students in the 1970s. But 4:20 is a time when some folks like to partake and April 20 has turned into a holiday of sorts. 4/20, you know.

    It's likely you knew all of that already, and we should presume the NFL knows about it too. So Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell put this all together in his mind when he says he was asked to submit to a random drug test on Wednesday.

    of course I get a "random" drug test on 4/20...good luck with that sample

    Bell has a history. He was arrested in August 2014 on DUI and marijuana possession charges and suspended by the NFL for two games to start the 2015 season, though that was reduced to two games.

    no worries this way https://t.co/J1DXXf2bIc

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  • Rex Ryan to introduce Donald Trump at rally, let the jokes begin

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Rex Ryan, the famously outlandish coach of the Buffalo Bills who is loved by some and hated by many because he'll say just about anything without fear of repercussions, will introduce Donald Trump at a rally Monday night in Buffalo.

    Yep.

    Ryan said he wasn't necessarily endorsing Trump, the controversial Republican candidate. He was just introducing him at a rally.

    "I'm going to introduce him, that's a true statement," Ryan said at a press conference, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. "But I'm not going to say who my endorsement is and all that stuff. I will say this, (New Jersey governor) Chris Christie was my guy one hundred percent because we were the lap band of brothers. We both had that lap band and we are really pretty close."

    The team put out a statement to ESPN's Mike Rodak that Ryan was not representing the Bills at the rally, but would be there on his own.

    So Ryan will introduce Trump at his rally in Buffalo.

    To say the least.

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  • Earl Thomas rolled into his wedding with a huge crown and cape

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Usually at a wedding, the bride is the center of attention. Usually.

    Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas wasn't going to let his bride get all the shine at their wedding. If you've ever been to a wedding in which the groom wore a blinged-out crown and wore a cape as he walked down the aisle, well, you probably went to Thomas' wedding over the weekend.

    And those shoes! Pretty awesome.

    Thomas and Nina Heisser, his high-school sweetheart, got married at Chateau Cocomar, a very fancy and enormous estate in Houston. Seahawks quarterback Russell WIlson and his fiancee Ciara were among the guests, TMZ said.

    My One & Only. pic.twitter.com/ggsQjOlsfv

    Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.

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  • Another free-agent QB option emerges, as Texans cut Brian Hoyer

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    After one of the worst performances in playoff history, everyone knew Brian Hoyer wasn't long for the Houston Texans. When the Texans signed Brock Osweiler as his replacement in the starting lineup, it was a foregone conclusion he'd be available. 

    On Sunday, the Texans cut ties with Hoyer. NFL Network reported he was cut, after being unable to find a trade partner. 

    While everyone's lasting image of Hoyer is that four-interception, 136-yard disaster against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 30-0 wild-card playoff loss, Hoyer wasn't that bad last season and isn't the worst option for a team looking for a high-level backup quarterback.

    In the regular season last year, Hoyer had 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He didn't have a regular-season game in which he threw multiple interceptions. His 91.4 rating last year was better than Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston and Joe Flacco, among others. It was better than Osweiler too.

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  • Chris Culliver has INT called back for ... well, a really, really bad call

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 mths ago

    The NFL has tried to clean up the game of some dirty hits, and that’s a good thing. But it becomes a bad thing when defensive players can’t play football anymore.

    Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver had what looked like an interception for a touchdown on Sunday, which would have put his team up 21-14 over the Carolina Panthers. Huge play.

    But there was a flag, and if you can watch the play and figure out what exactly Culliver did that should be penalized, you’ve got me beat. Everything about that play looks like football. I can't even tell you what the officials thought was illegal about it  – that's how bad of a call it was.

    Culliver hit Olsen, who had to reach a bit for a pass from Cam Newton. That hit looked normal and legal in every way. But a flag was thrown, the officials talked about it for a while (“Wait, you actually saw something illegal that play? Like what?” is what I imagine was said) and decided to penalize Washington 15 yards instead of letting a legitimate touchdown stand.

    The NFL is right to try to clean up the game and make it as safe as it can, but when Culliver’s play isn’t legal, what is anymore?

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  • Marshawn Lynch inactive, as he and Seahawks continue to fade

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 mths ago

    The Marshawn Lynch retirement rumors were strong for a while before the 2014 season. Then he reported to camp (with a reworked contract), he kept running over defenders and the Seattle Seahawks kept winning. 

    In 2015 Lynch is no longer indestructible, the Seahawks are no longer winning most of their games, and one has to wonder if the retirement rumors might become reality soon.

    Lynch was declared inactive before the Seahawks' game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He has been dealing with an abdominal issue, but was questionable on the injury report. Apparently he wasn't healthy enough to play. Lynch has been banged up most of this season. Lynch missed one game with the Seahawks before this season, and that came back in 2011. Sunday is his third missed game this season.

    Everyone knew that Lynch's physical style, and the numerous carries he has had since entering the NFL, would catch up to him. It didn't last year, when he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and had 13 rushing touchdowns as the Seahawks came a yard away from a Super Bowl victory. Lynch hasn't been the same guy this season.

    And he is owed $9 million in base salary next season.

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