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Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Allen Hurns reportedly released by Jaguars

Allen Robinson signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears last week, and he is not the only wide receiver the Jacksonville Jaguars are moving on from this offseason. In fact, he’s not even the only receiver named Allen who is leaving the team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jags have decided to release Allen Hurns.

Hurns has been fairly productive in Jacksonville for the past four seasons, and he caught 39 passes for 484 yards in 2017 despite appearing in just 10 games. His best season came in 2015, when Hurns racked up over 1,000 receiving yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

The Jaguars will save $7 million against the salary cap by cutting Hurns, but don’t expect the 26-year-old to be a free agent for long.

Kirk Cousins’ father throws some shade at Redskins’ front office

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins’ father indirectly threw some shade at the Washington Redskins organization during a recent radio interview.

Don Cousins attended his son’s introductory press conference with the Minnesota Vikings last week. Don was interviewed by 1500 ESPN Radio’s Darren Wolfson after the press conference and was asked about his son finally having some longterm stability. The elder Cousins then began talking about team leadership and how important that is.

“I’m thrilled that he’s part of an organization that, from every indication I get, is a healthy, well-led organization,” Don Cousins told Wolfson. “That was our No. 1 priority. It was the No. 1 thing that we looked for, that we talked about, that we prayed about, was to be a part of an organization that we believed was well-led and was unified from top to bottom, everyone heading in the right direction, together.

“We do believe, as Kirk said just a moment ago, within organizations, no matter what you’re leading, everything rises and falls on leadership. We believe this organization’s well-led.”

Why all the emphasis on proper team leadership from the front office? Well, you may already know that that has long been a sore spot for the Redskins, Kirk’s former team. Almost every description Don gave would be the opposite of what Washington’s front office is like. The organization was plagued with leaks, inconsistency, and a lack of a clear vision. Perhaps nothing demonstrates that more than the way Scot McCloughan was fired.

Finally playing for a team that has complete faith in him will be a big deal for Cousins. It’s no wonder they made that a point of emphasis during free agency.

Joe Thomas gets massive hug from LeBron James at Cavs game

Joe Thomas LeBron James

Joe Thomas was honored at Monday night’s Cleveland Cavaliers game and received quite a surprise.

The longtime Cleveland Brown announced his retirement last week. He attended Monday’s Cavs-Bucks game and was honored with a video and standing ovation during a timeout. But then the best surprise of all came when LeBron James went over to give him a hug:

Thomas was thrilled when James tweeted about him after he retired. Imagine how he’ll feel about getting that kind of respect from The King.

Mike Pouncey signs two-year deal with Chargers

Mike Pouncey

The Los Angeles Chargers are making a big move to try to bolster their offensive line.

The team confirmed Monday that they have agreed a two-year deal with center Mike Pouncey, recently released by the Miami Dolphins.

Pouncey has been visiting with Los Angeles and they quickly sealed the deal. While he didn’t grade out particularly well as a center in 2017, he has a long track record of success and managed to stay healthy after a hip injury cost him his 2016. It’s part of a clear effort to improve the Chargers coming off a 9-7 season.

Report: Browns could still sign Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor

Though he is taking visits with several other teams, the Cleveland Browns reportedly still have a shot at signing wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns haven’t yet decided if they want to sign Pryor, but are aware of his contractual demands and will wait to see how his market works out. He has visited the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, but has no visit scheduled with Cleveland.

A visit is not hugely necessary, as Pryor and the Browns know each other well.

The Browns and Pryor have been linked for a while, but Russell Wilson and the Seahawks seem particularly enthusiastic as well. He definitely has a market, so Cleveland is in wait-and-see mode.

Joe Thomas cracks funny jokes about comeback inquiries he has received

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas has decided to retire, and the former All-Pro offensive tackle held his farewell press conference on Monday. While having to say goodbye to the game he loves was obviously an emotional experience, Thomas mixed in plenty of stand-up comedy.

When asked by reporters if he has received calls about possibly changing his mind and playing in 2018, Thomas took lighthearted swipes at some former Browns executives and players, including Johnny Manziel and ex-general manager Ray Farmer.

Thomas covered a lot of Browns history with just a few short one-liners, but those of you who have followed the team know exactly what he was talking about. Browns executives once landed in hot water for calling down to the sideline during games to talk to coaches. The Manziel stuff is pretty self-explanatory, and the comment about former Cleveland exec Sashi Brown probably opened up the freshest wound. If you remember, there was talk of Brown intentionally sabotaging a trade at the deadline last season.

In addition to being one of the best offensive linemen to ever play, Thomas also has a great sense of humor. We’re almost certainly going to see him in a television role in the near future.

Aqib Talib not pleased after Broncos issue his old number

Aqib Talib

The Denver Broncos moved on quickly from cornerback Aqib Talib, and he’s not thrilled about it.

The longtime Denver cornerback, since traded to the Los Angeles Rams, reacted rather quickly to the announcement that the Broncos had given his No. 21 to new acquisition Trumaine Brock — and he wasn’t pleased.

Come on, Aqib. It’s not going to be retired, so anybody has a right to wear it now that you’re not there anymore.

Besides, the new Rams corner has a lot to be excited about. Let bygones be bygones and look to the future, where the Rams look like contenders again next season.

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