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Friday, February 21, 2020

Football

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

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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.

Report: ‘More likely than not’ Tom Brady leaves Patriots

Tom Brady

Las Vegas oddsmakers believe there is a strong chance Tom Brady will return to the New England Patriots next season, but at least one connected NFL reporter thinks the handicappers have it wrong.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who has a fairly close relationship with Brady stemming from when Darlington exclusively covered the Miami Dolphins and the AFC East, told “Golic and Wingo” on Thursday that it is time for people to accept the fact that there’s a “very real possibility” Brady will sign with a team other than the Patriots this offseason. Darlington went as far as to say it is “more likely than not” that Brady has played his last snap for New England.

If Brady and the Patriots don’t agree to an extension before March 18, the 42-year-old will become a free agent for the first time in his career. The Patriots reportedly want an answer from him before that time, as there would be serious salary cap consequences for them if they wait until after the start of free agency to re-sign Brady. That could also leave New England scrambling for a replacement in the event that Brady does leave.

We’ve said all along that Brady is likely using his leverage in an attempt to get the Patriots to improve their roster, as he was openly upset with his lack of a supporting cast in 2019. Starting fresh in a new city with a new offense and coaching staff would be extremely difficult for Brady, who will turn 43 before the start of the 2020 season.

The Patriots reportedly only consider one team a serious threat to sign Brady, but he could be more open to the idea of leaving than many believe.

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.

Jarvis Landry likely to miss 6-8 months after hip surgery

Jarvis Landry Browns

Jarvis Landry was hoping to avoid surgery on his hip, but his body would not cooperate and he changed his mind.

Landry underwent a procedure on February 4, he and the Browns announced on Thursday. According to Cleveland.com, the surgery was to shave down some cartilage and remove two pieces of bone embedded in the labrum of his left hip.

Landry wanted to avoid surgery but the injury flared up during the Pro Bowl, so he got the operation done two days after the Super Bowl ended.

Landry’s operation means Cleveland’s top two receivers are both recovering from offseason surgery. Odell Beckham Jr. underwent surgery for a sports hernia and is expected to be recovered in a month. Landry’s timetable is longer at 6-8 months, though he should be able to do some work at training camp.

The Browns entered last season with hype and finished an extremely disappointing 6-10. They have already made changes to their coaching staff and reportedly do not have plans to trade Beckham or Landry. Landry had 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns last season.

Report: Patriots want an answer from Tom Brady before free agency

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is now one month away from becoming a free agent for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, and there has been a lot of talk about him meeting with other teams and seeing what offers are out there. If he does that, however, he may be effectively bidding farewell to the New England Patriots.

Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports that Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ football operations people want to know Brady’s intentions before the official start of free agency. If Brady drags the situation out, it would place New England at a major disadvantage with being able to sign other players.

The Patriots would have to absorb a $13.5 million dead salary cap charge if Brady is not on the roster when the 2020 league year begins on March 18. That is the same day teams can begin signing free agents, so things could get complicated if Brady is committed to visiting with other teams before making a decision. Although, there is a “legal tampering” period beginning on March 16 where players can negotiate with teams. If Brady does end up returning to New England, it’s possible he could speak with other teams in the two days before the official start of free agency and then still sign with the Patriots before the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. on March 18.

It makes sense that the Patriots want to know Brady’s intentions before free agency, as they don’t want to incur an unnecessary cap charge and/or be left without a viable replacement option. If Brady does plan to return to the Patriots, there’s no need for him to put them at a disadvantage with their salary cap situation. That would make it more difficult for New England to spend money on other players, and having an improved supporting cast is likely Brady’s top priority as he heads into his age-43 season.

Brady is probably already working back channels to find out what types of offers might be out there for him, and money is almost certainly not the most important factor. Unless he is committed to leaving New England, it would be beneficial for Brady to make up his mind before free agency. The Patriots reportedly believe that only one team is a real threat to sign Brady away from them, so they may not be all that concerned about having a decision from him prior to March 18.

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.

Tua Tagovailoa says Cowboys are his dream team

Tua Tagovailoa

The Dallas Cowboys probably won’t be drafting Tua Tagovailoa this year, but the quarterback would love to see it happen.

Tagovailoa spoke with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche for an interview feature. During the interview, Wyche asked if there was any team or system where Tagovailoa would want to play in.

“If you’re saying to me if I could choose what team I want to play on growing up, then I’d probably tell you the Cowboys. But they’re so far down (in the draft),” Tua answered.

When Wyche brought up the presence of Dak Prescott, Tagovailoa said, “I’ll learn under him.”

The Cowboys are picking at No. 17 in April’s draft. The Lions and Dolphins are already playing mind games about who will be taking Tua, so we strongly believe the former Alabama quarterback will go in the top five.

Regardless, knowing that Tagovailoa wants to play for the Cowboys is something to keep in mind for the future. You can bet the topic will be brought up whenever he faces them. As for Prescott, the Cowboys may end up using the franchise tag on him.