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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Football

Kyler Murray reportedly meeting with Cardinals

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is viewed by many as the favorite to be the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and the team that holds that pick is making an effort to get to know him better.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim visited the Oklahoma campus on Tuesday to meet with Murray.

The Cardinals created some confusion earlier this month when they chose not to send representatives to Murray’s Pro Day, but that may have been a smokescreen. It would be a surprise if they’re not interested in the former Sooners star given the way Kingsbury gushed about him in the past.

Murray’s stock has been steadily rising since he chose to pursue a career in football over reporting to the Oakland A’s, and there are people who are convinced the Cardinals have already decided to take him at No. 1. It won’t be long before we know if that truly is their plan.

Report: Robert Kraft offered deal that would see prostitution charges dropped

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft and several other men who were involved in a prostitution sting in Florida last month have reportedly been offered a deal that would allow them to avoid being prosecuted.

According to a report from Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal, Florida prosecutors have offered to drop the charges against Kraft and other defendants in the case if they admit guilt. The defendants would have to meet a number of conditions.

“The proposed deferred prosecution agreement calls for completion of an education course about prostitution, completion of 100 hours of community service, screening for sexually transmitted diseases and payment of some court costs,” the Journal reported.

Kraft has already pleaded not guilty to two charges of solicitation of prostitution, but that was expected from a procedural standpoint. He now has to decide if admitting wrongdoing is worth the guarantee of not having convictions on his record, though the admission would almost certainly result in the NFL taking disciplinary action against the New England Patriots owner.

While Kraft’s reputation has already taken a hit, his arrest came as part of an investigation into sex trafficking. All indications at this point have been that he had nothing to do with that aspect of the case, so the 77-year-old may feel his powerful legal team can fight the charges and win. Prosecutors reportedly have video footage that shows him receiving illegal sex acts at a spa in Jupiter, Fla., but an attorney is trying to block that footage from being released.

Bruce Irvin agrees to one-year deal with Panthers

Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin will be playing for his third team in two years when the 2019 season begins, as the veteran defensive end has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Irvin intends to sign a one-year deal with Carolina.

Irvin spent the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a key part of the “Legion of Boom” defense and helped the team win a Super Bowl. He then signed with the Oakland Raiders following the 2015 season, and they tried to trade him last year before releasing him.

While Irvin said he took less money to sign with the Falcons after being released by Oakland, he recorded just three sacks in eight games for Atlanta and they decided not to keep him. The 31-year-old will once again be looking to prove he still has a lot of good football left.

Odell Beckham says he is going ‘dark’ from social media, cell phone

Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham Jr. is going through some big changes in life after he was traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, and the star wide receiver says he needs some time away from modern day technology to process it all.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning that he has since deleted, Beckham announced he is going “dark” from social media and his cell phone and “takin an emotional, mental, physical/blah blah blah vacation.” He said he is doing well but asked that people not call, text or FaceTime him unless it is extremely important.

It’s unclear why he deleted the post or if he plans to stick to the hiatus.

Beckam has a better chance at making the playoffs with the Browns than he would have with the Giants, but moving from The Big Apple to Cleveland could leave him a bit shell-shocked. He also recently took aim at some of his critics on Twitter, so perhaps he’s trying to avoid the negative commentary for a while.

Report: Dolphins, Cowboys discussing Robert Quinn trade

Robert Quinn

The Miami Dolphins are looking to part ways with Robert Quinn a year after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, and the Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams showing interest in the defensive end.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Dolphins are allowing Quinn to meet with the Cowboys on Tuesday, as the two sides have been discussing a potential trade.

Quinn is scheduled to count $12.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported on Monday that the Dolphins are willing to eat some money to trade him. They already paid him a $1.12 million roster bonus that was due last week, so that money will be gone if they move the 29-year-old.

Quinn was one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL several years ago, recording 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams. However, he had just 6.5 sacks last season, and the Dolphins appear to be committed to not winning in 2019. It makes sense that they would be willing to eat some money to get younger, and the Cowboys are in need of defensive line help.

Blake Bortles reportedly finalizing deal to sign with Rams

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles appears to have found a new team.

Bortles is finalizing a deal to sign with the Los Angeles Rams, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

The Rams were Bortles’ first stop after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Bortles had spent his entire career with the Jags after being drafted No. 3 overall in 2014. He had some ups-and-downs with them, with his 35-touchdown season in 2015 and a playoff win over the Steelers included in the highlights. Being benched last season for Cody Kessler was one of the down points.

With the Rams, Bortles would serve as Jared Goff’s backup. He will work with Sean McVay, who is noted for his prowess in working with quarterbacks and bringing the best out of them through his schemes and playcalls.

Bortles is a significant upgrade from Sean Mannion.

Report: Eric Berry to visit Cowboys

Eric Berry

Eric Berry has his first free agent visit lined up, and it’s with a somewhat unsurprising team.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Berry is slated to visit the Dallas Cowboys, who have a need at the safety position.

We already know that the Cowboys would love to sign a safety, as two years of Earl Thomas rumors would indicate. Berry would be a more than adequate second choice if he can stay healthy. That’s a big if, as the safety has played in just three regular season games since the end of the 2016 season. It’s a risk, but the exact sort of risk that Jerry Jones loves to take.