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Friday, February 21, 2020

Football

Report: Vikings intend to keep Stefon Diggs despite trade rumors

Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs’ social media activity has helped play a role in sparking trade rumors, but most of the speculation surrounding the Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver is reportedly unfounded.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that the Vikings have no incentive to trade Diggs and certainly won’t release him. Diggs’ recent moody tweets are simply characterized as “Diggs being Diggs.”

Trade speculation around Diggs has grown of late, partially because of his social media activity and perceived unhappiness with the organization. This appears to have been overstated, though. Diggs is signed to a reasonable long-term contract and is coming off his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. The Vikings, who intend to contend in 2020, aren’t going to be eager to get rid of that.

Jordan Reed wants to keep playing despite concussion issues

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is not letting his seventh career concussion be a career-ender, at least not right now.

According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, Reed was finally cleared Wednesday from the league’s concussion protocol. The tight end expects to be released by Washington in the days to come, but has every intention of continuing to play.

This was backed up by ESPN’s John Keim, who reported that Reed “100 percent” wants to continue playing.

Reed has been in the concussion protocol for six months following the seventh concussion of his football career. Those are frightening numbers, and it’s made worse by the fact that he’s hidden them from doctors before while trying to play through them. Reed is productive when healthy, but health has been so rare for the tight end in recent years. Given the nature of his injuries, you couldn’t blame him for saying goodbye and focusing on having a decent quality of life after his playing career, but that does not appear to be happening.

Amari Cooper, Dallas police address Twitter hoax that WR was shot

Amari Cooper

Some concerning news involving Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper began spreading on social media Wednesday, but fortunately there was no truth to it.

For whatever reason, someone started a rumor that Cooper was shot in a parking garage in the Dallas area. It’s unclear exactly where or why the rumor came to be, but the Dallas Police Department issued a statement on Twitter saying Cooper has not been shot and there had been no reports of shootings in the Dallas area as of midday on Wednesday.

Cooper then took to Instagram to assure fans he is fine and that any talk of him being shot is “fake news.”

This unfortunately is not the first time we have seen a disturbing hoax involving an NFL player, and it’s another reminder to not believe everything you read on social media. We’re glad to hear Cooper was not involved in a shooting.

Adrian Peterson will be back with Redskins in 2020

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson will turn 35 next month and is now officially what feels like a lifetime beyond the shelf life of an NFL running back, but the Washington Redskins still believe he has something to offer.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that the club option on Peterson’s contract for 2020 has been exercised. He is set to earn a base salary of $2.25 million.

Peterson had another solid season last year, rushing for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which was his best mark since 2015.

Had Jay Gruden stuck around in Washington, it seems less likely that Peterson would have been back in 2020. Gruden made it clear early in the year that he did not think very highly of Peterson, which led to AP criticizing the team’s offensive approach. Peterson is probably welcoming a fresh start under new head coach Ron Rivera. Now, the question is whether or not he can keep defeating Father Time.

Browns OL Greg Robinson arrested for having marijuana at US-Mexico border

Greg Robinson has had his fair share of issues on the field since he was drafted with the second overall pick back in 2014, and the former Auburn star now has some legal trouble to deal with as well.

Robinson, who started 14 games for the Cleveland Browns at offensive tackle last season, was arrested on Monday for having a large amount of marijuana with him at a checkpoint near the United States-Mexico border. According to TMZ, Robinson was still in jail as of Wednesday and is facing a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute.

The Browns recently informed Robinson that they will not be bringing him back next season, TMZ reports. Robinson’s arrest will likely make them even more sure about that decision.

The Rams drafted Robinson with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, and he was never able to live up to the hype. He spent three seasons with the Rams before being traded to the Detroit Lions in 2017, and he wound up with the Browns after that. He had missed just one game with Cleveland over the past two seasons.

Chiefs fan gets hilarious ‘Andylorian’ tattoo with Patrick Mahomes as Baby Yoda

Andylorian tattoo Andy Reid Patrick Mahomes

Numerous Kansas City Chiefs fans are celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win with tattoos, and few have been better than the great “Andylorian” tattoo we have seen.

A Chiefs fan named Collin Ferguson got a “The Mandalorian” crossover tattoo that features Chiefs head coach Andy Reid as “The Mandalorian” and Patrick Mahomes as “Baby Yoda” from the Disney+ show. Ferguson’s friend Nate_Mace shared the photo on Twitter:

Nothing is more 2020 than this. Combining the Chiefs Super Bowl with “The Mandalorian” — it’s a winning pop culture formula.

We have to say, Coach Reid looks like a natural as The Mandalorian. Credit Nathan Blankenship of Exile Tattoo for the work.

Chad Johnson says he is having dinner with Joe Burrow to discuss Cincinnati

Chad Johnson Ochocinco

Joe Burrow is all but certain to end up with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he is poised to get some good insights from one of their all-time greats.

Former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson tweeted on Tuesday that he is planning to have dinner with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

“Having dinner with Burrow prior to the draft to let him know he’s in great hands because that f—ing city rocks and everybody will love you,” he said.

Burrow, who is from Ohio and became a star after transferring to LSU, is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in next April’s draft. The Bengals, who went 2-14 last season, are the proud owners of that selection. Johnson, meanwhile, played in Cincinnati for ten seasons from 2001 to 2010, making six Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams.

There are some questions about how willing Burrow exactly is to play for the Bengals, but hopefully meeting with Johnson will help ease some concerns.