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Monday, July 22, 2019

Football

Chargers reportedly taking hard stance against Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon has informed the Los Angeles Chargers that he wants to be traded if they don’t sign him to a long-term extension before Week 1, and the team is apparently prepared to call his bluff.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Monday that the Chargers are taking a hard stance against Gordon, and they do not appear willing to give him a long-term extension at this time.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract next season. Though he has battled some knee injuries, he has been one of the most productive backs in the league when healthy. Gordon totaled 1,375 yards from scrimmage last season and scored 14 touchdowns in just 12 games.

While Gordon has said he wants to remain with the Chargers despite the holdout, his agent insists he is willing to go to great lengths to get a new deal.

Dolphins will pay salary of Kendrick Norton after placing him on waivers

The Miami Dolphins will ensure that Kendrick Norton is paid his salary after his automobile accident.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Dolphins placed Norton on waivers with a non-football injury designation, meaning that they will still pay him his full salary.

Norton was in a car accident in early July that led to his arm being amputated. He’ll never play football again, but the Dolphins will see to it that he is at least paid what he was to be owed, in addition to his medical bills being handled by NFL and team insurance.

Daniel Jones reaches agreement with Giants on rookie contract

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is expected to be in camp with the New York Giants’ rookies when they begin things on Tuesday, according to a report.

Jones has reached an agreement in principle with the Giants on his contract on Monday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports.

The Giants made Jones the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Despite such a high investment in him, the team plans to start Eli Manning at quarterback.

When Jones does get his chance to play, he will face intense scrutiny. The Giants were widely mocked for picking Jones No. 6 in the draft, which critics thought was a reach.

Steve Spurrier gets ring for winning AAF

Steve Spurrier

The AAF never completed its inaugural season, but don’t tell that to Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier’s Orlando Apollos had the best record in the league at 7-1 before the season was cancelled. The cocky coach declared his team the league champions upon the cancellation. Now he has the ring to prove it.

According to WFTV’s Joe Kepner, former Apollos employees presented Spurrier with an AAF championship ring on Friday night.

Though Spurrier declared his team the champs, he received some pushback from Rick Neuheisel, whose Arizona Hotshots handed them their only loss. Neuheisel’s squad was among the three teams tied for second with a 5-3 record.

Congratulations to Spurrier on a nice close to his coaching career.

Urban Meyer’s daughter shades Jim Harbaugh over comments

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Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, stood up for her father with some shade thrown at Jim Harbaugh on Twitter.

Harbaugh made a few headlines with some comments about Meyer on Tim Kawakami’s podcast this week. The Michigan Wolverines coach said Meyer has a great record but also is involved in controversies.

“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

Harbaugh’s comments are factual, but some don’t like the source of the remarks and feel like it’s Harbaugh’s way of taking away from his 0-4 record as a head coach against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Nicki certainly thinks so.

She called Harbaugh’s remarks “a deflection strategy.”

The Meyer girls are always quick to come to Urban’s defense over social media, as we’ve seen many times in the past. Nicki’s not alone here as many other Buckeyes fans defended Meyer in response to Harbaugh.

Report: Ezekiel Elliott still has not decided if he will hold out

Ezekiel Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys are set to begin training camp on Friday, and Ezekiel Elliott is unsure if he will attend.

Elliott wants a new contract prior to Week 1, which has led to talk that he could hold out from training camp. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that “all options were on the table” as of Sunday and that Elliott genuinely has not made up his mind about training camp.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has been reporting that Elliott has been saying privately that he will hold out without a new contract, and he is apparently planning to leave the country when training camp begins.

Elliott, who racked up more than 2,000 total yards from scrimmage in 2018, has two years remaining on his rookie contract. He is set to make $3.85 million this season and $9 million in 2020. He obviously wants to be paid like one of the top running backs in football, which means he is looking for something in the $13 or $14 million per year range that Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson make.

While he got himself into some more trouble off the field this offseason, Elliott is not facing disciplinary action from the NFL. He probably feels that gives him more leverage in contract talks, so that could play a role in the negotiations.

Julian Edelman to reportedly miss a few weeks with thumb injury

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The New England Patriots are set to begin their official training camp on Thursday after rookies reported on Sunday, but it does not sound like Julian Edelman will be able to do much until well into preseason play.

Edelman hosted his youth football camp over the weekend, and he was spotted with a small brace on his left thumb. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates report that the veteran receiver is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks with the injury.

That gives Edelman more than enough time to be ready for the regular season, so the Patriots are likely just playing it safe. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said the thumb injury was described to him as “mild trauma.”

Edelman, 33, is expected to be leaned on as heavily as ever this season. The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement and chose not to bring back Chris Hogan, so they will be relying predominantly on Edelman and first-round pick N’Keal Harry. Their flashy addition at the position seems unlikely to make the final roster, and it’s unclear when Josh Gordon might have his latest suspension lifted. Edelman’s health will be critical to the Patriots’ success in 2019.