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

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  • 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

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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.


    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.

    Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.

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  • Oh right, the New York Jets still don't have a quarterback

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Lost in the kerfuffle of the Denver Broncos' quarterback mess is that we've gotten to tax day and the New York Jets still don't have a quarterback either.

    Perhaps it's that we all think that eventually Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets will find some kind of middle ground and come to a deal, but there hasn't been a Broncos level of public worry about who will start for the Jets.

    Fitzpatrick is unsigned, the very little information that has leaked out has indicated the sides aren't close, andNFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Monday there's no deal expected by the draft. That seems clear, given how little movement there has seemingly been, but it is putting the Jets in a rough spot.

    It's rare for a team to get this deep into the offseason without any idea who its quarterback will be, but here the Jets are.

    If Fitzpatrick refuses to play for millions less than he thinks he's worth, or unless the Jets panic and pay him a ton, it's possible the stalemate could continue for a while.

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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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  • Well, we have a full-scale New York Times vs. NFL war

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    The NFL wasn't happy with The New York Times, demanded a retraction of its story criticizing the NFL on how it handled the concussion issue, and The Times shot back in kind on Wednesday.

    In other words, the most famous newspaper in the United States and the most powerful sports entity in the U.S. are now in a public war of words.

    And here's a pdf of our letter to the NFL's lawyer. You might start with the last sentence.

    "As you know, The Times has a policy of correcting factual errors as promptly as possible," the letter said. "I have reviewed your letter with our editors and reporters, and nowhere does your letter identify any factual error that we have made in our reporting on the ties between the NFL and the tobacco industry."

    Yep, the gloves are off.

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