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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Football

Report: Odell Beckham has told opponents he wants out of Cleveland

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Odell Beckham Jr hinted earlier in the week that he may not be thrilled with his current situation in Cleveland, and apparently that is something he has been telling opposing players and coaches throughout the season.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday that Beckham has spoken with players and coaches on other teams before and during Browns games this year and encouraged them to try trading for him during the offseason. Glazer added that he does not see the relationship between Beckham and the Browns ending well after their first season together.

“Throughout this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games and during games, ‘Hey, come get me. Come get me,'” Glazer said.

Remember, Glazer was one of the first to report that the New York Giants were looking to trade Beckham, and many people thought that was farfetched since they had just signed him to a massive contract extension. We all know how that one turned out.

Beckham said earlier in the week that he is unsure if he will be with the Browns next season or if he will even want to be, though he later took to Twitter in an attempt to clarify the remarks. His first season in Cleveland has had plenty of ups and downs, and an injury he has been dealing with that is reportedly significant has had a lot to do with that. Still, all indications are that OBJ would welcome a trade if the Browns want to move him.

Julian Edelman releases hype video with clear message for Patriots doubters

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The New England Patriots have seemingly been criticized more than any 10-2 team in NFL history, and you know they are going to take every bit of that criticism and try to use it to their advantage down the stretch. If you want proof of that, look no further than the hype video Julian Edelman released prior to Sunday’s game.

Edelman shared a compilation video on social media that showed several analysts talking about what a mess the Patriots’ offense is. The video also included Tom Brady’s famous quote from last year’s playoffs, when he said “everyone thinks we suck” after New England advanced to the AFC Championship Game.

The talk surrounding the 2019 Patriots is quite familiar, even if it is valid. Their offense has not been good, but their defense is elite and has carried them to 10 wins in 12 games. If Brady and his receivers can somehow get on the same page, New England would become even more dangerous.

Pundits and talk show hosts have prematurely written the Patriots off in the past, and Brady has made it no secret that he uses all that talk as motivation. Whether their analysis this year has been accurate or not, it’s no surprise the Pats are using the naysayers as fuel once again.

Patriots still have no plans to bring back Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown

There is perhaps no team in the NFL that could use Antonio Brown’s services more than the New England Patriots, but that does not mean they have any intention of bringing the star receiver back.

The Patriots have not considered re-signing Brown after they released him back in September, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. However, Brown is expected to sign with a team as soon as the NFL concludes its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

With New England struggling on offense for several weeks now, Brown has taken to social media on numerous occasions to apologize for his actions earlier in the year and hint that he wants to reunite with Tom Brady. However, Brown ripped Patriots owner Robert Kraft in a since-deleted tweet after the team cut him, and it’s possible that and his off-field behavior have resulted in the team permanently ending its relationship with the Pro Bowler.

The Patriots signed Brown on Sept. 9, which was the day before his former friend and personal trainer Britney Taylor filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him. Brown was then accused of sexual misconduct by a different woman, and the Patriots released him after he sent text messages to the second alleged victim that could be interpreted as threatening in nature.

It’s unclear if Brown is going to be suspended by the NFL, but several Patriots players have made it seem obvious that they want him back on the team. Apparently they are not going to get their wish.

Redskins, other teams will reportedly pursue Stanford coach David Shaw

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The Washington Redskins will likely have a difficult time attracting top head coaching candidates this offseason given the current state of their franchise, but that is not going to stop them from swinging for the fences.

David Shaw is one name from the college coaching ranks that comes up every offseason with NFL head coaching vacancies, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Redskins are expected to pursue him. The Carolina Panthers and other NFL teams also have interest, however, so the chances of him landing in Washington probably aren’t great.

The Redskins would prefer to make a splashy hire, but few reputable candidates will want the job given how things have gone for the team in recent years. Shaw has experience as an assistant coach in the NFL but never a head coach, and it would be incredibly risky to attach himself to Washington in his first gig.

Shaw is in his ninth season as the head coach at Stanford, and the Cardinal have had a rough year. Their 4-8 record is by far the worst mark the team has had since Shaw took over in 2011, but his overall record of 86-34 is still impressive. This is the first year Shaw has not led Stanford to a bowl game.

NFL teams have had interest in Shaw for years, so one bad season at Stanford will not deter them. An opportunity will likely available if he decides he wants to coach at the professional level, though we doubt Washington is where Shaw will want to be.

Report: Titans want to sign Ryan Tannehill to long-term extension

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The way Ryan Tannehill has played since he took over for Marcus Mariota is one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season, and the Tennessee Titans clearly do not view it as a fluke.

The Titans believe Tannehill will be their quarterback going forward and have privately discussed signing him to a long-term contract extension, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports.

Tannehill, who was acquired this past offseason by the Titans as Mariota insurance, has almost singlehandedly gotten the team back in the playoff race. He is 4-1 since Tennessee turned to him and has a passer rating of 113.9 with 12 touchdowns compared to four interceptions. His average of 9.1 yards per completion leads all NFL quarterbacks.

As long as he doesn’t completely fall apart down the stretch, there’s no reason why Tannehill wouldn’t be the Titans’ starting quarterback in 2020. They have the option of using the franchise tag on him, but it sounds like they would rather avoid that.

Tannehill’s career was labeled a bust after he struggled with the Miami Dolphins last year, and apparently that is how head coach Adam Gase wanted people to view it. Now that he is healthy and appears to be in the right system, Tannehill has more or less revived his career.

Jason Garrett could save his job with NFC title game appearance?

Jason Garrett

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Dallas Cowboys over the past few weeks, and it seems like only a matter of time before they are searching for a new head coach. However, they are still in a prime position to make the playoffs, and that could be the first step toward Jason Garrett keeping his job.

There have been various reports about how far Garrett would need to lead the Cowboys into the postseason in order to get an extension from the team, and the latest from Ian Rapoport of sounds a bit more reasonable. According to the NFL Media insider, Dallas may keep Garrett if they advance to the NFC Championship Game.

That is consistent with what Troy Aikman suggested earlier in the season, and he has strong ties to the Cowboys organization. Another report claimed Garrett will be out unless Dallas wins the Super Bowl, but that seems overly dramatic. It’s almost impossible to envision a team parting ways with a coach that just won a conference championship.

For any of that to matter, the Cowboys need to drastically improve their play. They have looked uninspired during their current three-game losing streak, and that may have a lot to do with the way Jerry Jones has publicly bashed Garrett and his coaching staff. All that said, the Cowboys remain on top in the NFC East with a 6-7 record. They don’t exactly have to shock the world in order to make the playoffs, and we have seen teams get hot at the right moment plenty of times.

If Dallas does move on from Garrett, they may already have their sights set on one specific head coaching candidate.

Panthers will reportedly keep Cam Newton if return is not significant

The Carolina Panthers have already begun making big changes by firing head coach Ron Rivera, and there has been a lot of talk about a Cam Newton trade coming next. However, it is not exactly a guarantee that the former NFL MVP will be playing for a new team in 2020.

Newton is scheduled to undergo surgery in the coming days to repair the foot injury has sidelined him for almost the entire 2019 season. The goal is for him to be fully healthy in March, which is when the Panthers have to decide if they want to keep him on the roster and guarantee his $18.6 million salary for 2020. While Carolina is planning to explore trade possibilities, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they have not ruled out keeping Newton if the return is not significant.

Assuming doctors declare Newton fully healthy, there should be at least one or two teams that are willing to part with a high draft pick for the 30-year-old. While the injury concerns surrounding Newton are valid, he can be a game-changing talent under the right circumstances. The Kansas City Chiefs traded Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins two years ago for a third-round pick and starting cornerback Kendall Fuller, and the Denver Broncos acquired Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens last offseason for a fourth-round pick. Newton should fetch more than that.

Newton’s $18.6 million salary for next season is a value for a starting quarterback, but he will likely want an extension if and when he is healthy. He recently indicated he wants to remain in Carolina, though his reaction to the Rivera firing makes you wonder if he has since changed his mind.