The first rule of Bill Belichick’s war room: You do talk about what round it is. The second rule of Belichick’s war room: You do talk about what round it is. The third rule of Belichick’s war room: Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the draft is over. OK, so maybe that third rule isn’t true. But when Belichick ran personnel decisions as the Cleveland Browns coach, the first two rules were in effect. Michael Lombardi, a former member of the New England Patriots and Browns front office, detailed what to do and what definitely not to do in Belichick’s war room. Here’s what Lombardi wrote for The Ringer: When Bill joined the Browns in 1991, the two of us spent the better part of his first season
Browns Pro Bowl lineman Joe Thomas spent Monday arguing against the NFL's drug testing policy when it comes to diluted test samples. NFL prospects Jabrill Peppers and Reuben Foster both failed drug tests at the NFL combine and pointed to diluted urine samples as the cause. Thomas went off on the NFL in a series of tweets, claiming that prospects shouldn't be penalized for diluted samples. Thomas then said he's had to give another sample in the past after his initial urine was diluted. Former NFL kicker Jay Feely had a similar experience. Rather than calling diluted samples a failed test at the combine, Thomas would like to see the testers simply ask for a new sample. He also called the NFL anti-water.
The Saints have shown interest in Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for some time this offseason and met with him before he signed his restricted free agent tender with New England, but the need to send the 11th overall pick to the Patriots if they signed him to an offer sheet that the Patriots didn’t match was a big obstacle to bringing him to New Orleans. Now that Butler has signed his tender, the Saints could negotiate different compensation with the Patriots in a trade. The chances of that happening may not be great, however. Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that the Saints still have interest, but that the thought of dealing picks for Butler before signing him to a big contract extension