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#pounditFriday, August 14, 2020

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Seahawks cut rookie who was caught sneaking woman into team hotel

Pete Carroll

NFL teams are taking coronavirus health and safety protocols very seriously leading up to the 2020 season, and one rookie lost his job this week because of it.

The Seattle Seahawks have cut former Oklahoma State cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The unauthorized guest was reportedly wearing Seahawks gear and trying to disguise herself as a player.

Siverand was signed by Seattle back in May as an undrafted free agent. He began his collegiate career at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma State, where he played sparingly for the Cowboys over two seasons.

Like with other sports leagues, NFL players are expected to follow strict safety protocols ahead of the season in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association prohibits players from taking part in a number of social activities in addition to not allowing unauthorized visitors during training camp.

Several players have already violated the unique rules that are in place at the NBA’s bubble campus in Orlando, and Siverand won’t be the only one to do so with the NFL. He may, however, be the only player who ends up losing his roster spot over it.

Report: Travis Kelce, Chiefs closing in on long-term extension

The San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement with George Kittle this week that made him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, but he may only hold that title for a very brief period.

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are also closing in on a long-term agreement, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the deal will be a four-year extension.

Kelce still has two years remaining on the five-year, $46 million deal he signed with the Chiefs back in 2016. However, it will be fairly easy for him to make the argument that he deserves to be paid more than Kittle.

Kelce had 1,229 yards receiving last year, which was his fourth consecutive 1,000-plus yard season. He caught five touchdown passes after snagging 10 in 2018 and eight in 2017. Kittle is several years younger than the 30-year-old Kelce and on the same career path, but the 49ers star has only had two consecutive years with 1,000-plus yards and has not eclipsed five touchdown catches in any of his three NFL seasons.

With all of that in mind, Kelce will almost certainly get something comparable to the five-year, $75 million extension Kittle got from San Francisco. The Chiefs have already shelled out a massive amount of money this offseason to keep their core players happy, and it’s possible they had a handshake agreement in place to sign Kelce to a new deal as soon as Kittle set the market.

Joe Haden, agent deny having hand in jerseys sent to Pacman Jones

Pacman Jones crying

Former NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones received a delivery at his home this week that he did not appreciate, and the contents of the package led some to believe Pittsburgh Steelers star Joe Haden may have sent it. Haden insists he did not.

Jones shared a video on Instagram live Wednesday that showed him burning a pile of autographed Steelers jerseys he received in the mail. Jones specifically mentioned Haden. Beware that the video contains inappropriate language:

It’s unclear who sent the package or why, but Jones wasn’t happy about it. After he caught wind of the jersey burning session, Haden took to Instagram to say he had nothing to do with it.

Haden’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, then issued a statement on Thursday reiterating that the jerseys were not sent by Haden. The statement condemned Pacman’s actions.

Apparently the delivery is just a bizarre occurrence in what has been a very unusual offseason. Jones played for the Cincinnati Bengals and talked a bit of trash to the Steelers during his career, but it doesn’t make much sense for someone to send him a box of autographed jerseys. We may never know the truth about who sent the package, but we now know what happens if you send Steelers swag to Pacman.

George Kittle reportedly signs record contract with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a contract extension with star tight end George Kittle, and as expected it is a big one.

Kittle will sign a five-year, $75 million extension with the Niners, according to Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver of NFL Network. Pardon My Take also provided some details of the agreement.

It was a foregone conclusion that Kittle would eventually become the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, but his $15 million salary shatters the previous mark and pays him more like a wide receiver. Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper were previously the highest-paid tight ends in the league, and they make around $10 million each. Travis Kelce gets $9 million per year from the Kansas City Chiefs.

There had been reports not long ago that Kittle and the 49ers were not on the same page, but it sounds like they found a solid middle ground. Kittle wanted to be paid like a wide receiver, and his new salary essentially splits the difference between the top tight ends and top wide receivers in the NFL. The $15 million per year places Kittle in line with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who ranks 11th in the NFL in receiver salaries.

Kittle had 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns last year, which was the second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season for the 26-year-old.

Report: Seahawks interested in Jadeveon Clowney, Clay Matthews

Jadeveon Clowney

The Seattle Seahawks were among the teams that pursued Everson Griffen before the veteran pass-rusher agreed to a deal with the Dallas Cowboys, and they are now going back to the drawing board.

The Seahawks still want to sign a pass-rusher before the start of the season, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Thursday that they have had conversations with Clay Matthews. There is also still a possibility Seattle brings back Jadeveon Clowney.

One report indicated the Seahawks were out on Clowney once they traded for Jamal Adams, as they are tight on salary cap space and could look to extend the All-Pro safety. However, if Clowney is willing to sign a team-friendly deal and not generating a ton of interest elsewhere, it would not be tough to envision the two sides coming to an agreement.

There have been rumblings that Clowney has a specific team in mind, though it’s unclear if the interest is mutual. The 27-year-old has turned down multiple offers and said all along he has no problem being patient.

Matthews, 34, spent last season with the Los Angeles Rams and had eight sacks. That was his best mark since 2014.

Raiders’ new practice facility is impressive

Raiders logo

The Raiders are beginning to work out at their new home in Las Vegas, and their facilities are looking high quality.

Media members were invited to watch practice on Wednesday at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the team’s new headquarters in Henderson, Nev., for the first time. Most media members seemed impressed by the facility, which was built for the Raiders’ arrival in the city.

The training facility with the Raiders turf in the middle is especially sharp.

Some people may be used to facilities that look that modern and nice, but for the Raiders this is something noteworthy. Remember, they were playing at the Oakland Coliseum, where the facilities were problematic. The move to Las Vegas immediately has boosted the standards of the Raiders and the franchise’s value.

Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ home stadium, is located further north from the team’s Henderson headquarters, but it is equally nice. The Raiders are coming off a 7-9 season and have gone 11-21 in two seasons under Jon Gruden.

Everson Griffen to sign with Dallas Cowboys

Everson Griffin

Everson Griffen was one of the big free agents remaining on the market, and he is headed to Dallas.

The Cowboys are signing Griffen, according to NFL Media.

Griffen, 32, was a fourth-round pick by Minnesota in 2010. He made four Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the team, racking up 74.5 sacks during that time. He topped out with 13 sacks in 2017 but missed several games the following season due to a bizarre incident and some mental health issues.

Griffen joins a defensive line that includes some other big names like DeMarcus Lawrence and Gerald McCoy.

Beyond the Cowboys, Griffen received interest from a few other NFC teams, like Seattle and Green Bay.