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Four teams put in claim on Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Four teams weren’t bothered by chatter that Terrell Suggs might not report if he was claimed on waivers by any other team than the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition to the Kansas City Chiefs, who were awarded Suggs on waivers, the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks all put in claims on the defensive lineman.

The Ravens did not claim Suggs, but it’s somewhat immaterial. He would have become a free agent if no one claimed him, and the Ravens were the last team in the claiming order, so they could have just signed him.

All four teams are major Super Bowl contenders looking for pass rushing help. It doesn’t appear that any of these claims were simply efforts to ensure that Suggs didn’t get to Baltimore, as every team involved could very much claim to need him. The Chiefs got him, and now we wait to see if he’ll report.

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Kareem Hunt accuses some Browns teammates of taking plays off

Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns’ once-promising season continues to collapse into a mess of finger-pointing and discontent.

The latest shot comes from running back Kareem Hunt, who accused some unnamed teammates of not giving their full effort on every play in Sunday’s 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“Yeah, I feel like there were some plays that everybody didn’t leave their 110% out there the whole play through the whole play, through the whole whistle,” Hunt said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “And we’ve all got to do that if we want to be successful.”

Hunt added that he felt some of his teammates took entire plays off.

“I mean, yeah, I guess so but it’s everybody,” Hunt said. “You can’t point out one person or nothing like that. It’s everybody, and everybody got to do their job.”

The recrimination of a performance that saw the Browns get torched for 445 total yards is likely to continue. The worst story to come out of it was multiple players essentially asking the Cardinals to acquire them after the loss, suggesting that things are going very badly in Cleveland as their lost season moves toward its conclusion.

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Janoris Jenkins claimed by Saints

Janoris Jenkins

The New York Giants cut Janoris Jenkins last week in the wake of a controversial tweet the veteran cornerback sent, but the New Orleans Saints were apparently not bothered by it as much.

The Saints claimed Jenkins off waivers on Monday, according to multiple reports.

While sitting out practice last Wednesday because of his injured ankle, Jenkins responded to some fan criticism on Twitter by using a derogatory slang toward the person. He did not apologize until he sat down for a conversation with Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, and even then he left the tweet up and downplayed it.

The Giants signed Jenkins in 2016 after the former second-round pick spent the first four seasons of his career with the then-St. Louis Rams. Jenkins was kicked off the team at Florida during his college days and has made headlines through his tweets in the past, so it’s not surprising to see his tenure in New York end on this type of note.

New Orleans is looking to improve a secondary that ranks 20th in the NFL with 244.1 passing yards allowed per game. Jenkins should give them some quality depth as they head into the postseason.

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Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating NFL drug policy

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon has once again run afoul of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon has been suspended indefinitely after another violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances and substances of abuse.

Gordon’s struggles with substance abuse continue. This is the fifth time he’s been suspended under the policy despite being just 28 years old. He has battled addiction issues for many years, and simply cannot seem to shake them off. Gordon’s season started with him trying to put these issues behind him, with the NFL’s support. It simply hasn’t worked.

Gordon had only seven catches for 139 yards since moving to the Seattle Seahawks this season. His career is in serious jeopardy at his point.

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Terrell Suggs claimed by Chiefs

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs is rumored to be interested in returning to the Baltimore Ravens after the Arizona Cardinals made the surprising decision to place him on waivers, but it is the Kansas City Chiefs who now hold the veteran pass-rusher’s rights.

The Chiefs claimed Suggs off waivers on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Now, the big question becomes whether or not Suggs will show up for work. A report from over the weekend claimed he only wants to play for the Ravens and will strongly consider not reporting to any other team that might claim him, so the Chiefs either spoke with him about that ahead of time or were willing to take the risk. They could also just be trying to keep him away from the Ravens, who may be their biggest competition in the AFC at the moment.

Suggs didn’t seem to want to leave the Ravens in free agency last year, but he ended up signing a two-year deal with Arizona. He has 5.5 sacks on the season and could certainly help a playoff team in passing down situations, and Kansas City may not want him helping a Ravens team that already looks like the favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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Matt Patricia cracks joke about his job security after latest loss

Matt Patricia

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia’s seat is getting warmer with each passing week, but he hasn’t lost his sense of humor about the situation.

The Lions on Sunday lost their seventh game in a row, dropping them to 3-10-1 on the season and increasing speculation about Patricia’s employment. He’s not letting it get to him, however, remarking that he never leaves the facility, so the organization can’t revoke his key card.

It’s hard to figure out where Patricia stands with the organization. There hasn’t been a lot of talk that he’s in immediate danger despite some unflattering stories that have come out about him during his tenure. However, seven consecutive losses is one way to raise significant questions about one’s future.

Patricia seems safe for 2020 at the moment, but his record doesn’t help him much.

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Julian Edelman reportedly dealing with significant knee injury

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Julian Edelman is the one player on offense aside from Tom Brady that the New England Patriots can least afford to lose, and his health heading into the final two games of the regular season must be a major concern for the team.

Edelman was listed on the Patriots’ injury report last week with knee and shoulder injuries, but he played in Sunday’s 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not appear to be anywhere near 100 percent, however, catching just two passes for nine yards and not running the crisp routes we are accustomed to seeing from him. According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, that is because Edelman has some tendon damage in his left knee.

Giardi added that Edelman received treatment three times a day leading up to Sunday so he could play, and some Patriots players wondered during the game if it was a smart decision to play him.

Edelman has dealt with some significant injuries in the past, and he takes a beating over the middle of the field on a weekly basis. He has 92 catches for 1,019 yards on the season and has essentially been the lone bright spot in New England’s struggling offense.

The Patriots have an important game upcoming against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, and they could clinch the AFC East title with a win. They are still fighting for home field advantage in the playoffs, but they need to be smart with Edelman. Without him in the postseason, it would be difficult to envision the Patriots scoring enough points to win against quality opponents.

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NFLPA warns players against signing with Jaguars after winning grievance

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are facing, at minimum, a significant PR headache after losing an arbitration grievance against the NFLPA.

The union took on the Jaguars, accusing them of requiring their players to get any offseason medical treatment at a team facility. They stated that the Jaguars had fined players who had not done this, and the NFLPA responded with a grievance.

After an independent arbitrator sided with the union, the NFLPA issued a statement that ended with a scathing assessment of the Jaguars, essentially warning players against signing with them.

“It should be noted that Jaguars players continue to be at odds with Jaguars management over their rights under the CBA far more than players on other clubs,” the statement read. “In the last two years, more than 25% of the grievances filed by players in the entire league have been filed against the Jaguars. You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club.”

In other words, the NFLPA wouldn’t necessarily recommend that free agents should sign with Jacksonville on account of the frequent grievances brought against the organization. That’s not what you want to hear if you’re running the team, especially with a rebuild coming.

The Jaguars appear set to make significant changes organizationally at the end of the season. Maybe new management will help them shape up and run afoul of the NFLPA less frequently.

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Dalvin Cook expected to be able to play through shoulder injury

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook has been dealing with a shoulder injury in recent weeks that forced him to leave Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers when he re-aggravated it, but it does not sound like the star running back is planning to sit in Week 16.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday that Cook said his shoulder “feels good” and he expects to play through the injury.

The Vikings are 10-4 and could clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Green Bay Packers next Monday night, though a victory in that spot would also keep them in the hunt for the NFC North division crown heading into Week 17. They may play it safe with Cook depending upon how things play out, as he has been a huge part of their offense and they need him healthy for the playoffs. However, they need to get there first.

Cook has over 1,500 total yards from scrimmage and has scored 13 touchdowns this season. Injuries have been the only thing capable of slowing the former Florida State star down in the past, so it’s good to hear the latest is not considered serious.

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Urban Meyer says he is ‘done coaching’ in response to Redskins rumors

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer attended Sunday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles as a guest of Daniel Snyder, which naturally sparked a surge of speculation about the three-time national champion coaching in the nation’s capital next season. According to Meyer, that is not going to happen.

According to a report, Meyer threw cold water on all of the rumors linking him to head coaching jobs at both the NFL and collegiate level. He told Brit Hume of FOX News that he thinks he is “done coaching.”

Meyer attended Saturday’s Army-Navy game, so heading to the Redskins game on Sunday to watch his former players like Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and visit with Alex Smith made sense.

Meyer is said to be very happy with his TV job at FOX Sports, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reiterated that on Monday. History has taught us to never rule anything out with Meyer, but it is starting to seem like he will not be returning to the sideline in 2020, if he returns at all.

It would make little sense for Meyer to take the Redskins job when he has been linked to arguably the most prestigious coaching job in football, so it is no surprise he shot down the Washington rumors. However, there will be no way for him to convince some people that he is done coaching altogether. It seemed like Meyer was retiring for health reasons after he left Florida, and he later ended up at Ohio State.

Meyer is only 55, which is very young by coaching standards. Plenty of teams would be interested in hiring him even if he took another year or more off.

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