Shutdown Corner

  • Upset over contract status, Chiefs' Eric Berry won't report to camp

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago

    In the days leading up to the July 15 deadline for teams to sign their designated franchise players, the Kansas City Chiefs and safety Eric Berry were reportedly “miles apart” on a deal.

    So it’s probably not a surprise that Berry has decided not to report to training camp when team veterans gather on Friday; rookies and quarterbacks reported Tuesday.

    Since Berry has not signed his franchise tag, and is therefore not under contract, he cannot be fined by the club.

    Berry’s recent battle with Hodgkin’s disease played a role in negotiations, with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporting that the Chiefs wanted Berry to pay for a disability insurance policy that would have named the team as beneficiary. Though the Chiefs later pulled that request, Berry was not pleased.

    The 27-year-old is said to be looking for a contract similar to the five-year, $51.25 million deal Harrison Smith received from the Minnesota Vikings.

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  • Reports: Cowboys' suspended DE Randy Gregory checks into treatment facility

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago

    Already suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Dallas Cowboys’ DE Randy Gregory is facing an even longer suspension after another drug test failure, according to an ESPN report.

    Gregory was a second-round pick in 2015 who was considered a first-round talent but fell after he failed a drug test for marijuana at the scouting combine (as well as other, nebulous concerns). He has checked into a treatment facility and won’t be reporting to Cowboys training camp, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

    There’s no indication why Gregory is seeking treatment, but there could be something more than marijuana in play: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that “there is real worry” for the 23-year old, as he has “shut out some people close to him.”

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  • Brett Favre picked a rare but familiar Hall of Fame presenter

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — After a 20-year career with four NFL teams, Brett Favre certainly had many options for his presenter for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August.

    But Favre is sticking a bit closer to home.

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    Favre chose his wife, Deanna, to present him at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6. She will become only the second wife to present an inductee — the first was Mike Singletary’s wife, Kim, back in 1998.

    “Deanna is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Favre said. “She has been by my side throughout this journey and I’m so excited that she gets to play such an important role for me.”

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