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Jets GM addresses Sam Darnold trade rumors

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets are keeping all of their options open at quarterback this offseason, and general manager Joe Douglas admits that the team has not ruled out trading Sam Darnold.

Douglas was asked on Wednesday about the reports that Darnold is on the trade block. He said the Jets are not actively shopping their former No. 3 overall pick but are not going to ignore inquiries.

“I will answer the call, if it’s made,” Douglas said, via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “Sam is, we think, a dynamic playmaker in this league with dynamic talent … But if calls are made, I will answer them.”

While Douglas essentially confirmed that Darnold is available, he also praised the 23-year-old and indicated the Jets would be comfortable moving forward with him as their quarterback.

“With Sam, our stance on Sam hasn’t changed. He’s an extremely talented player,” Douglas added. “Very smart, very tough. We have no doubt he’s going to achieve his outstanding potential.”

Darnold battled a shoulder injury and had a rough season in 2020. He finished with 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 12 games. Those are not the numbers the Jets were hoping for in the former USC star’s third NFL season, but many have blamed Adam Gase for New York’s offensive struggles. Gase, of course, was fired after the season.

While he has reportedly drawn interest from multiple teams, Darnold probably has not played well enough to attract big offers. There have been indications that the Jets could have an unrealistic price tag in mind. If that’s the case, Darnold is unlikely to be moved.

Here is what Gisele told Tom Brady immediately after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady Gisele

Tom Brady’s wife Gisele has always been very supportive of his football career, but she has hinted in the past that she would prefer if the quarterback retired. Now that Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, that sentiment may be stronger than ever.

During his appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that aired on Tuesday night, Brady shared a funny story about the exchange he had with Gisele after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks ago. The 43-year-old said the first thing his wife did was drop a subtle remark about Brady hanging up the cleats.

“I was looking for my family, and all of a sudden I see my oldest son run over to me and I gave him a big hug,” Brady recalled. “I saw my two little ones, and all of a sudden I saw my wife. I gave her a big hug, and just as I did it she says, ‘What more do you have to prove?'”

Brady said the only thing he could think to do was change the subject.

“I just gave her a big hug. I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick,” he added. “I think I moved onto something else pretty quickly.”

Brady probably has no answer for Gisele. In terms of his legacy, he has nothing left to prove. He’s the greatest quarterback of all time and has now shown he can win a title without Bill Belichick. His seven championships will almost certainly never be matched.

Obviously, Brady still loves playing. Gisele has expressed concern about his health in the past, which is understandable. But if you saw the way Brady was acting at the Bucs’ victory parade, you know he is far from bored of adding to his Hall of Fame legacy. We would be surprised if next season is his last.

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Patriots planning to trade Stephon Gilmore?

Stephon Gilmore

The New England Patriots are currently in a great position with more than $60 million in salary cap space, and they could free up even more money if they trade All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore. According to one report, that is likely to happen.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote in his insider notes column this week that most general managers around the NFL believe it is a “foregone conclusion” that Gilmore will be traded. Gilmore is entering the final year of his contract with the Patriots, and the two sides have not discussed an extension.

Gilmore, who was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, has a cap hit of $15 million next season. While the 30-year-old is still one of the best cover corners in football, the Patriots are looking to rebuild in many areas.

We wouldn’t be surprised if we hear from Gilmore’s wife about the trade rumors, but they make sense.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys making progress in contract talks?

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott may finally be making some progress in contract talks.

The Cowboys have until March 9 to decide whether they will place the franchise tag on Prescott for the 2021 season. The franchise tag for 2021 would pay Prescott $37.7 million.

The Cowboys are hoping to sign Prescott to long-term deal prior to the franchise tag deadline, and there is some progress being made in their talks, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins.

That is a good sign considering as of a week ago, there reportedly had not been any progress. Maybe all that was needed was an approaching deadline to spur things into action.

Even if the Cowboys and Prescott don’t reach a deal by March 9, they would still have a chance to keep negotiating. If Dallas franchise-tags Prescott, the two sides would then have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Prescott played under the franchise tag last season after the sides were unable to reach a deal, largely due to a dispute over the amount of years on the contract. The 27-year-old is recovering from a major leg injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games.

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Tom Brady says daughter Vivian was ‘voice of reason’ for infamous trophy toss

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady’s Lombardi Trophy toss was one of the famous moments from after the Super Bowl. And according to Brady, the only person thinking sanely during that time was his 8-year-old daughter.

Brady appeared as a guest on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Corden asked Brady about the trophy toss during the Super Bowl parade (seen here).

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback acknowledged that he wasn’t thinking things through when he attempted the toss. He also said that his daughter Vivian had the most sense and was the “voice of reason” telling him not to toss the trophy.

As Brady said, had the trophy not been caught soundly and went in the water, it would have been about an 80-foot drop to find it. Perhaps that’s why the daughter of the trophy creator was so bent out of shape over the toss.

Brady didn’t display the greatest judgment with the throw because he wasn’t thinking clearly for obvious reasons. But when you’ve won seven Super Bowls, you’ve earned yourself some leeway.

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New Lions coach Dan Campbell had great quote about ‘true alpha’

Dan Campbell

New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell is quickly becoming a quote machine.

Campbell went viral for his epic introductory press conference when he was named as the Lions’ head coach in January. On Tuesday, he went viral for his “true alpha” quote.

Campbell was asked about how he and new general manager Brad Holmes work together on roster decisions. He said that there is a lot of collaboration and that he is always willing to listen and hear the opinions of others. The golden quote was when he said “a true alpha knows when it’s time to concede for the betterment of the team.”

I guess we know how Campbell sees himself. He is a true alpha willing to concede when it is called for.

Campbell was an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints prior to taking the Detroit job. He was with the Miami Dolphins from 2010-2015 before that and served as their interim coach in 2015 after Joe Philbin was fired.

You can see his epic intro press conference video here.

Look: Kyler Murray shared great photo after JJ Watt signing

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray shared a great photo on social media Monday after JJ Watt announced the news that he was joining the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt was a highly-desired free agent following his release by the Houston Texans last month. Several teams pursued the future Hall of Famer, who chose to sign with Arizona.

Murray is entering his third season with the Cardinals and is pleased to have Watt on the team. Things have also come full circle for the two players.

Murray shared a photo of himself with Watt in 2015. You’ll notice that NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns also appears in the photo.

The photo was from the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year event. Murray was the 2014-2015 Gatorade Football Player of the Year. Towns won the honor for basketball the year before.

Watt never won the Gatorade honor, but he was the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year at the time. Crazily enough, now he and Murray are NFL teammates. Who could have seen that coming?

If you enjoyed that Murray throwback picture, you’ll also appreciate this one he shared two years ago.

Kyle Rudolph writes thank you note to Minnesota fans after release by Vikings

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph’s career with the Minnesota Vikings has come to an end.

The Vikings and Rudolph announced on Tuesday that the tight end has been released.

Rudolph was drafted by the Vikings in the second round (No. 43 overall) in 2011. He caught 453 passes for 4,488 and 48 touchdowns over 10 seasons with the team, making two Pro Bowls. In 2017, he caught a career-high 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns, which was arguably the best season of his career.

In a letter to the fans, Rudolph thanked the Vikings for believing in him by drafting him. He thanked the fans for their support.

The 31-year-old said in the letter that he plans to play for another team next season.

The Vikings saved over $5 million against the salary cap by cutting Rudolph, who will attract interest from other teams.

Ricky Williams reveals crazy reason he started smoking heavily

Ricky Williams

Marijuana has been a huge part of Ricky Williams’ life for several years now, and the former running back has always been very open about that. He was suspended multiple times during his NFL career for violating the NFL’s drug policy, but he was able to stay out of trouble at the University of Texas. That’s probably because it wasn’t until his senior year that a major life event got him big into smoking.

During an appearance on “Club Shay Shay” with Shannon Sharpe on Tuesday, Williams revealed that he became a big smoker his senior year at Texas. He got more into it after learning that his girlfriend had been cheating on him with one of his teammates.

“That’s how it started. I was like obsessing about this and my friend was like, ‘Dude, you gotta chill,'” Williams recalled. “He brought it out and was like, ‘You gotta hit this.’ And I did and it was the first time where I wasn’t obsessed and I wasn’t thinking about it. I could sleep and relax. From that moment I was like, ‘OK, this could be helpful for me.'”

Williams doesn’t feel too badly about the cheating now, because his ex-girlfriend and former teammate have since gotten married. You can see the entire clip of him talking about the situation below:

Williams won the Heisman Trophy at Texas and led the NFL in rushing with 1,853 yards in 2002. He’s spoken in the past about the ways in which he feels weed has negatively impacted him, some of which you can read about here.

A lot people assume Williams was a stoner all through college, so they’ll be surprised to hear relationship troubles are what really made him commit to the green.

JJ Watt went to great lengths to break his own free agency news

JJ Watt

J.J. Watt was the first person to break the news on Monday that J.J. Watt has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and J.J. Watt went to great lengths to make sure he wasn’t scooped on the story.

Watt shared a clever post on social media in which he was wearing a Cardinals shirt.

Some wondered if Watt had the Cardinals shirt waiting and had known for a while he was signing with Arizona. That was apparently not the case.

Watt told reporters on Tuesday that he ordered shirts from about four or five different teams so he would be prepared for the announcement. He had the shirts shipped to a friend’s house because he was afraid the delivery person might piece things together.

Watt’s decision came as a shock to most, as the Cardinals were not believed to be a legitimate contender to sign him. We think we have a pretty good idea of why he chose them.