Shutdown Corner

  • Former first-round pick Fernando Bryant says he was fired from high school job for social media post

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Fernando Bryant, a cornerback who played 10 NFL seasons, was fired from a job as head coach of a Georgia high school football team less than three weeks after signing his contract.

    The apparent reason? A three-year old photo on his wife’s Instagram account.

    A first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999, Bryant signed a contract to be the head coach of Strong Rock Christian School, but not long after the school asked him to resign, allegedly after parents raised issues about his past on social media.

    Talking to WXIA, Bryant said that when he refused to resign, he was fired.

    Bryant’s termination letter specifically mentions social media as the reason he was let go, but he said he was never told which specific post or posts led to the school’s decision.

    Bryant said the photo with the bottle was taken at an event for the event’s sponsors.

    Along with speaking to Bryant extensively and checking into his social media, Bryant said the school also spoke to Amber and looked at her social media accounts.

  • Should the Browns trade for Jimmy Garoppolo? We debate it from all sides

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    It seems like a good bet Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded somewhere this offseason.

    The New England Patriots are working on an extension with Tom Brady, and he looks like he might make good on his promise to play into his mid-40s (he turns 40 before next season). Garoppolo’s contract runs out after next season. The Patriots can’t really pay $20 million or so to franchise tag Brady’s backup, they can’t give Garoppolo a starting-quarterback-level contract with Brady still in place, and one would have to imagine Garoppolo would want to go somewhere else and start. Either the Patriots trade him now, or they’ll likely lose him for nothing a little more than a year from now.

    The Cleveland Browns are emerging as the most logical trade partner. They need a quarterback and that 12th overall pick looks just about right for a trade.

    But is it wise? Our Shutdown Corner writers Shalise Manza Young, Eric Edholm and Frank Schwab did a little role playing, speaking from the perspective of Garoppolo, and both sides the Browns front office will have to consider before making the trade:

    Who wouldn’t want me over Mitch Trubisky? (No offense, Mitch.)

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  • Tom Brady posts 'suspect board' in regard to missing Super Bowl jersey

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    The investigation is ramping up. Tom Brady has compiled and posted a list of possible suspects in the missing Super Bowl jersey caper — a jersey, may we remind you, that is apparently worth a truckload of dough.

    Brady’s list contains the names and photos of nearly a dozen potential jersey thieves, including one woman and one man who were verified previously to have been at NRG Stadium the night of Super Bowl LI.

    Have a look:

    Hey @edelman11 "Ya suspect, yeah you! I don't know what your reputation is in this town, but after that s@?# you pulled, you can bet l'll be looking into you!"

    A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 22, 2017 at 8:39am PST

    Yes, Brady is at it again. In case this quarterbacking thing doesn’t pan out, he has a future as someone’s social media director. We honestly had no idea that the publicly staid Brady could be this freaking amusing. Like, it’s legitimate funny, not just “oh, let’s politely laugh at the Robo QB’s attempts at humor” grade of unfunny.

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  • Greg Cosell's NFL draft breakdown: Accomplished Deshaun Watson has areas to work on

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Because Deshaun Watson was a successful shotgun, speed/tempo spread quarterback in college, he’ll draw some comparisons to Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott.

    Watson might need an advantageous situation in the NFL, especially early on (like Prescott had with the Dallas Cowboys last season). In watching Watson’s film at Clemson, nothing in his game suggests he’s a big-time NFL prospect like Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck or Matthew Stafford when they came out of college. Watson is probably best suited as an orchestrator and distributor in a quick-game offense with quality skill position weapons. His ability to make plays out outside of the structure will enhance his value, though because of his size he’s probably not going to run a lot of read option or quarterback power/counter plays.

    Here’s what I see as Watson’s strengths and weaknesses after watching his 2016 film:


    One thing that has to be noted about Watson – and will be a factor for some NFL teams – is he is a very poised and composed player who has played in many big games and has experienced many big moments. His performance in the national championship game against Alabama will be remembered for a long time.


  • Jack Del Rio got a bit nervous watching All Pro Raider seeking thrills overseas

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    By and large, NFL players can do almost whatever they’d like in the offseason, provided it’s not 1. illegal, 2. banned by the NFL, or 3. prohibited by their contracts.

    Apparently, Oakland Raiders All Pro offensive guard Kelechi Osemele has no stipulation in his deal preventing him from thrill seeking in far-off places because that’s what he’s doing right now. Nothing like some category-4 rapids to keep the pulse pumping in February.

    It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand

    — Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017

    Healing time? That’s over. It’s thrill-seeking season, apparently. And Osemele gave his head coach, Jack Del Rio, a bit of a grabber at first, too.

    Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!????#ReturnToWork ????

    A post shared by Kelechi Osemele (@k.o.seven0) on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:04pm PST

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  • Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl LI jersey is worth a small fortune

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Someone apparently took New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey from his locker after the game, and whoever did it stole something Houston police say is worth a half a million dollars.

    According to Syan Rhodes of KPRC2 in Houston, the police report for Brady’s missing jersey values the “Shirt/Blouse/T-Shirt” at a cool $500,000. More than two weeks after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, the jersey is still missing.

    Newly released @houstonpolice report values Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey at $500,000. @KPRC2

    — Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) February 21, 2017

    HPD report on Brady's #SB51 jersey value.

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  • Steelers assistant Joey Porter will plead guilty following playoff bar dustup, faces NFL discipline

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter reportedly will plead guilty to a reduced charge following an incident with a bar bouncer and a police officer following the team’s wild-card victory over the Miami Dolphins last month.

    The Associated Press is reporting that Porter will plead guilty to citations for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness on Tuesday after he allegedly grabbed an officer’s wrists outside a Pittsburgh area bar following an argument with a bouncer who denied him entrance back on Jan. 8.

    The Steelers had defeated the Dolphins, 30-12, the day of the alleged incident.

    Porter had initially been charged with aggravated assault and other more serious charges, but the district attorney reviewed the surveillance tape and determined that charges should be reduced. The police union, however, has said that the initial charges were warranted.

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  • Reports: Dolphins acquire TE Julius Thomas from Jaguars

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    A couple of days ago, reports began to circulate that the Miami Dolphins would be releasing offensive tackle Branden Albert. But as happens in situations like this, another team stepped forward, interested in acquiring Albert rather than take its chances via the waiver wire.

    Oddly enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dolphins haven’t yet agreed on a deal to send Albert to northern Florida – but their discussions have yielded a different trade: Jacksonville is sending tight end Julius Thomas, a big free-agent signing in 2015, to the Dolphins. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports Miami will send a late-round pick in this year’s draft to Jacksonville in the deal.

    The move is not official until March 9, the first day of the new league year.

    The trade means Thomas will be reunited with Adam Gase. Gase, now the Dolphins head coach, was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013-14, the only two years Thomas was a Pro Bowler. Over those two seasons, Thomas recorded 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns.

  • Emmanuel Sanders' wife says in divorce case that he skipped a Broncos practice to party

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The gloves are off in the divorce case between Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife, and she might even get him in trouble at his job.

    According to TMZ, among the claims by Gabriella Sanders is that her husband told the Broncos he had to skip practice last November to be in Houston for the birth of his child, but it “was a a lie so he could go out partying.”

    Sanders’ wife also claimed he committed adultery with numerous women and spent “thousands upon thousands of dollars on girlfriends” including buying one a car, according to TMZ. Gabriella Sanders filed for divorce last October, TMZ said.

    The Broncos are unlikely to care what Sanders spends his money on, or even if he’s getting a divorce. But they might have a question or two for him about that practice he missed.

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  • Jared Odrick keeps a sense of humor about release from Jaguars with funny picture

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It can’t be fun to get fired from a job that pays $6.5 million a year, especially a few weeks before a $2 million bonus kicks in, but Jared Odrick didn’t let it bother him.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars cut the veteran defensive end on Monday. He signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015 and like many NFL deals, it kind of ran its course. The Jaguars could save $8.5 million on the cap by cutting Odrick, so they did.

    That’s one way to ruin a vacation to Cabarete Beach in the Dominican Republic, which is where Odrick said he was when he got the call that he was cut. But he posted this smiling picture of himself getting the news to Instagram with the caption, “This is me getting released by the @Jaguars.”

    This is me getting released by the @Jaguars

    A post shared by Jared Odrick (@maxbaer75) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:17am PST

    Doesn’t look like he’s too depressed about it.

    Until then, he’ll probably keep enjoying his tropical trip.

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