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Davante Adams calls out Bears player for mocking Aaron Rodgers

Davante Adams

Aaron Rodgers seems to torch any opponent that is bold enough to mock him over his patented championship belt celebration, and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams does not understand why the reigning MVP keeps getting the opportunity.

Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn sacked Rodgers early in Sunday’s game and broke out the belt celebration. Rodgers then proceeded to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-30 win. On Monday, Adams sent a funny tweet questioning anyone who dares to mock Rodgers with the belt move.

He’s certainly not the only one who wonders that.

Even Rodgers issued a warning to those who mock his celebration after Sunday’s game. It clearly motivates him when he sees other players do it, which is why he has been saying for years that he likes when it happens.

Adams, who is Rodgers’ favorite target, helped make the Bears pay. He caught 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay’s victory. Coaches should probably tell their players to think twice before breaking out the belt dance.

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5 worst contracts in the NFL

Carson Wentz Colts

NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who is making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outperform their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here is a look at the five worst contracts in the NFL.

5. Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions

Some are not going to like the inclusion of Jared Goff on this list, but at four years and $134 million, with $110 million guaranteed, he is the ninth-highest paid QB in the NFL (average annual salary). That’s a lot of coin for a guy who isn’t a top-10 quarterback. Sure, there is some value to Goff — he completes passes at a high percentage and will put up the yards — but there’s a reason he got shipped off to Detroit. Maybe the fresh start will serve Goff well. But if his inconsistency issues, lack of an internal clock and ability to make decision when things break down don’t improve, the acquisition will be a losing gamble for the Lions. Luckily for Detroit, they’ll have an “out” in 2022 if they desire to move on.

4. Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans

Whitney Mercilus was a first-round pick of the Texans during the 2012 NFL Draft and has never taken a single snap for another team. Mercilus still being with the same team is impressive. His four-year, $54 million deal with $28.5 million guaranteed on the other hand? That deal is not so impressive. While it’s admirable that Houston has opted to keep Mercilus around, he has hardly warranted being paid like a top-10 edge rusher. The 31-year-old has recorded just 11.5 sacks over 29 games since signing his massive deal. His career-high of 12.0 sacks (2015) seems like a distant memory. He also recorded a career-low PFF grade of 39.5 a season ago, which shows how far he has fallen. Mercilus agreed to restructure his contract in March and has a $7 million dead cap figure for next year.

3. Robert Quinn, DE, Chicago Bears

After appearing to revitalize his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, the Bears were quick to sign Quinn last offseason to a five-year, $70 million deal including $30 million guaranteed. They also gave him a $30 million signing bonus, costing the team a total of $18.6 in cash assets the first year. What did they get for their hefty investment? 20 tackles and a career-low 2.0 sacks in 15 games. The 31-year-old Quinn, who also earned poor PFF grades, still has some time to turn things back around. But at least for now, it looks like a costly and potentially losing gamble by the Bears.

2. Landon Collins, S, Washington Football Team

Collins is a solid box defender and good locker-room leader, but he’s not among the league’s best all-around talents at safety. That’s why the New York Giants were content with letting him go. Washington, of course, saw things differently and signed him to a six-year, $84 million contract with $12.5 million in guarantees back in 2019. Everyone knew at the time that contract would not age well. Two years later, here we are. Now, Collins is coming off a serious Achilles injury. In his absence last year, Washington’s secondary didn’t miss a beat. Looking ahead to 2022, Collins’ dead cap hit drops significantly. It’s possible (if not likely) that the WFT decide to part ways with the 27-year-old.

1. Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Investing in players with an injury history is always risky business. Investing in players with an injury history who have also played at very inconsistent levels is even riskier business. But that’s exactly what the Eagles did in 2019 when they signed Wentz to a four-year, $128 million deal with $108 million guaranteed. The Colts acquired Wentz despite his contract. Their immediate return? An injured Carson Wentz.

The good news is that Wentz is set to play in Week 1. But that may just be the tip of the iceberg for him. He has appeared in more than 13 games just twice in his career, and his 2017 performance now looks like a fluke.

Bears DE Robert Quinn’s sister Jasmine sets Olympic hurdling record

Jasmine Camacho Quinn

Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler who has had a successful NFL career, but he may not even be the best athlete in his family. Many would argue that his sister, track and field star Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, holds that that honor.

Camacho-Quinn set an Olympic record in the semifinals of the 100 meter hurdles in Tokyo on Sunday. She blew away the field with a time of 12.26 seconds, beating Sally Pearson’s previous record of 12.35 seconds. Check out how far Camacho-Quinn was ahead of the other athletes as she crossed the finish line:

Camacho-Quinn, who represents Puerto Rico, will try to win a gold medal in the 100 meter hurdle final on Monday. That would be her first Olympic medal.

The NFL has had quite a bit invested in the Tokyo Olympics, as several players have family members competing in events. Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough has also watched his wife enjoy success in track and field, and the team shared an awesome video of him celebrating her accomplishments on Friday night.

Bears sign Robert Quinn, release former first-round pick Leonard Floyd

Robert Quinn

The Chicago Bears have made some major changes to their defensive front, and one of them involves signing one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.

The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn.

With Quinn now in the mix, the Bears are planning to release former first round pick Leonard Floyd.

Quinn had 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last season after they acquired him in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. He has 26.5 sacks over the past three years.

The Bears used the No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Floyd, and he has ultimately been a disappointment. Quinn will be an upgrade for Chicago in the pass-rushing department, albeit a more expensive one.

Jerry Jones has hilarious take on Robert Quinn’s sack dance

Jerry Jones

Robert Quinn made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after being suspended for the first two games of the season, and he wasted no time picking up his first sack and celebrating like he has always been with the franchise. To no one’s surprise, Jerry Jones loved it.

Quinn sacked Josh Rosen in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ win over the Miami Dolphins, and he immediately went into the “ride the pony” routine.

In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones said the celebration was one of the best he has seen. He then decided to share some information about how Ezekiel Elliott busts out the same dance while wearing a towel in the locker room.

You could argue that Jones gave up a bit too much information there, but the man loves to talk. We would expect nothing less.

It wasn’t that long ago that Jones and Elliott appeared to be on rocky ground because of some public comments Jones made, but a massive contract extension seems to have resolved those issues.

Robert Quinn’s agent blasts league in statement over suspension

Robert Quinn

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Robert Quinn received a two-game suspension Thursday for violating the NFL’s drug policy, and it resulted in one of the more critical rebuttals to a ban we’ve seen.

Quinn’s agent, Sean Kiernan, issued a statement on Twitter when the news broke going into detail of what happened. He writes that Quinn has a medical history of seizures which requires medication, and Quinn was suspended for a trace amount of the banned substance probenecid, which allegedly was the result of contamination. Quinn’s agent even specifically calls out an NFL attorney by name and says the league’s response was “tone deaf.”

The suspension comes on top of a broken hand that Quinn suffered during training camp. His season is off to a rough start, but he’ll be back for Week 3.

Cowboys DE Robert Quinn to undergo surgery for fractured hand

Robert Quinn

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn suffered a fractured hand at practice and is set to undergo surgery for it, the team announced on Tuesday.

Quinn is entering his first season with Dallas after being acquired in a March trade with the Dolphins. A 2011 first-round pick by the Rams, Quinn’s best season came in 2013 when he had 19 sacks. He racked up 6.5 sacks and 38 tackles in 16 games last season for Miami.

The Athletic’s Jon Machota says the Cowboys had been pleased with what they’d seen from Quinn in practice.

Quinn, who is making $9.2 million this season, is expected to be ready to play in Week 1.

Robert Quinn reportedly being traded from Dolphins to Cowboys

Robert Quinn

The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys have been discussing a potential trade involving defensive end Robert Quinn since at least earlier this month, and the two sides have finally reached an agreement.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Dolphins and Cowboys have agreed to the framework of a deal that will send Quinn to Dallas.

Quinn is scheduled to count $12.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, and a recent report indicated the Dolphins are willing to eat some money to trade him. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Quinn will sign a new one-year deal as part of the trade to Dallas.

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. The Cowboys already have one star defensive end in DeMarcus Lawrence, so the addition of Quinn should make their front seven that much more dangerous.

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.

Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

Malcolm Jenkins Eagles fist

Select members of the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles protested during the playing of the national anthem before their preseason games on Thursday.

Two Dolphins players took a knee during the anthem before the team’s game against Tampa Bay: Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson. Another Dolphin, Robert Quinn, raised his fist.

Before the Eagles-Steelers game, Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised a fist during the playing of the anthem. Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to join his team.

During pregame warmups, multiple Eagles players wore T-shirts raising awareness about voter registration and prison populations.

Jenkins, Quinn and Stills were among the players who had similar anthem displays in the past. The league is currently working with the NFLPA on improving their anthem policy.