Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago
We try not to read into nebulous social media posts too much this time of year because, well, they can be a little misleading. But it’s hard not to read what Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wrote on Instagram and wonder what he meant.
A post shared by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Feb 20, 2017 at 5:29am PST
Garcon, coming off a big season, is set to hit free agency in a few weeks. The Redskins have a lot of pending free agents and likely can’t or won’t keep them all. He might be turning 31 during training camp, but Garcon caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards last season and surely still has some very good value to some team out there.
The Redskins’ most important free-agent decision is what to do with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He was franchised last season and would be due more than $24 million this season if he’s tagged again. After that, wide recevier DeSean Jackson also is sure to command a lot of attention and is expected to test the market. Could the Redskins allow both Jackson and Garcon walk? That would feel like a large risk to take with so few reliable option after them.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago
TMZ released a video over the weekendof two unconscious men, saying it was video of the aftermath of the altercation that led to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis being charged with four feloniesin Pittsburgh.
The video seems to be a positive for Revis’ lawyers though, because they believe it helps them show their client is innocent.
The voice on the video – it’s a short clip, and whoever is speaking is not shown – brags about knocking both men out and he tells someone, “Shut up before I knock your [expletive] out next.” Revis’ lawyers claim the voice isn’t of the Jets cornerback.
Just because someone is bragging about doing something doesn’t mean he did it, and the lawyers will have to prove that the voice on the video doesn’t belong to Revis. But this is clearly going to be a big part of their defense, based on the statement.
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Juror candidate in Aaron Hernandez double murder case thought Hernandez was involved in deflate-gate
If you only casually follow the New England Patriots in the Boston area, you can get your stories mixed up.
Like, thinking former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was involved in deflate-gate.
A juror candidate in Hernandez’s double murder case drew a chuckle when she said she didn’t know much about the Hernandez case but remembered her co-workers discussing his involvement in deflate-gate, according to the Boston Globe. Deflate-gate, an overblown controversy about the Patriots perhaps deflating footballs, happened a year-and-a-half after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder.
“Deflate-gate has nothing to do with this case at all,” Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said, according to the Globe.
The Globe said Hernandez and his lawyers got a laugh over the mix-up. The woman was excused from jury duty.
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Trent Richardson’s football career is all but over, and now he’s having problems off the field too.
Richardson, the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns who was later traded to the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in Hoover, Ala. on Thursday on a domestic violence charge according to AL.com.
According to AL.com’s report, two calls were placed to authorities when yelling was heard from a hotel room. Officers found Richardson and a female in the room, and officers determined they had been arguing earlier in the night. Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told AL.com that at some point the argument allegedly got physical and the female suffered scratches and bruises to her faces.
AL.com said Richardson was arrested “without incident” and charged with third-degree domestic violence and was booked in Hoover City Jail with a bond of $1,000.
Richardson hasn’t played a regular-season game since 2014 and it’s very hard to believe he will again, especially after his recent legal trouble.
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Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
Former first-round draft pick Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI in an Arizona court on Thursday.
As a result, Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail, fined over $5,000 and commanded to do 30 hours of community service, according to Jonathan Roy of Phoenix’s Fox 10. Floyd will spend 24 days in the Maricopa County jail, and the remaining time in home confinement. The other six charges he was facing were dropped.
Under Arizona law, individuals with a blood-alcohol level over .20 are charged with “super-extreme DUI”, which carries a minimum 45-day jail sentence for first-time offenders.
Floyd, who is set to become a free agent next month, is almost certainly also facing suspension from the NFL for his guilty plea.
One reason fantasy football is so popular is it turns the NFL into something more than a spectator sport. You scout players, draft them, pick your lineup – while you have practically no control over your favorite NFL team winning or losing, your fantasy team’s fortunes are entirely in your hands.
That’s what makes the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles of the Indoor Football League an interesting experiment. The New York Times wrote a feature on the team, which has given a lot of control to the fans.
According to The Times, fans helped pick the coach using the team’s mobile app after interviews were taped or streamed online. Fans pick the uniforms, an extra concession item and warm-up music. Fans helped decide who would make the roster. And fans pick the plays during the game, voting on the mobile app.
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Although Darrelle Revis’ lawyer insists that the New York Jets star cornerback did nothing wrong and was trying to remove himself from an alleged fight in Pittsburgh last weekend, authorities disagreed.
Revis was charged with robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault, after he was reportedly involved in a fight on the south side of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety put out a statement on the incident and the charges (via NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo). ESPN.com said Thursday night that Revis was officially charged, and Revis’ lawyer said he will turn himself into police.
NJ.com said there are four felonies, according to court documents: two counts of felony aggravated assault, one count of felony robbery, one count of felony conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and one count of misdemeanor making terroristic threats.
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Bill Belichick is known for many things, but he’ll never be known as a dynamic public speaker.
But one thing we do know about the New England Patriots coach is his appreciation for history and his respect for the military, in particular his relationship with the U.S. Naval Academy. So in that way, it doesn’t seem too crazy that Belichick is narrating a World War II documentary on PBS.
The hour-long documentary, “D-Day: Over Normandy,” will air this spring. It will be produced by the World War II Foundation and Tim Gray Media.
As PBS’ release points out, Belichick grew up in Annapolis, Md. and his father was a coach at the Naval Academy. It would be hard to find anyone with a higher profile who is more into the project than Belichick.
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Free agency doesn’t start for a few weeks, but the Miami Dolphins wanted to clean a little house on Thursday.
The Dolphins cut defensive end Mario Williams and were trying to trade left tackle Branden Albert, each big-name free-agency disappointments in their own way, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. Salguero reported Albert would be cut, but after that report, the Dolphins decided to see ifthey could trade him before releasing him. They also cut defensive tackle Earl MItchell, not cheap himself at $16 million over four years (signed in 2014) and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Albert was a huge signing when the Dolphins landed him in 2014, but he never really panned out, mostly because of injuries. Cutting him saves $7.2 million on the cap, Salguero reported. Laremy Tunsil, last year’s first-round pick, will replace him. Teams that need a left tackle, like the New York Giants and perhaps the Denver Broncos, will likely take a look at Albert. He could also move to guard.
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Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
It’s been almost two full weeks since the 48 voters on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee convened in Houston and hammered out the 2017 induction class. The inductees have already started the process of having their faces and features measured for the bust that will live in the Hall in Canton, Ohio, and some may even have reached out to those who will be with them on stage during the August ceremony.
But the discussion over one player who didn’t make it continues.
Receiver Terrell Owens, who first became eligible for induction last year, was among the final 15 finalists but for the second time he didn’t even make the cut to the top 10. Second in career receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and eighth in receptions, from purely a statistical standpoint Owens is one of the best receivers to ever play the game.
Clearly, however, it’s not as cut-and-dried as statistics.
“For me, that’s where I’ve lost all respect for it, in a sense.”