Posts Tagged ‘2017 NFL Season’

It seems some owners across the NFL aren’t too pleased with Jerry Jones’ attempts to block a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.

A group of six anonymous owners on the NFL compensation committee made a move to block interference from Jones in Goodell’s contract talks Monday by issuing a cease-and-desist warning to the Dallas Cowboys owner, according to Ken Belson of The New York Times.

Recently confirming the possibility of taking legal action against the league, Jones suggested that specifics of any Goodell extension should be reviewed by all owners rather than select members of a committee. If Jones does not comply with the warning, he could reportedly face a number of punishments from the league, including fines, suspensions, and having draft picks confiscated.

Despite Jones’ efforts, all indications from compensation committee chairman and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank are that Goodell’s extension is still very much in the works.

“The committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the commissioner,” Blank said Monday. “The negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward. We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions.”

Jones has adamantly stated that his actions are not as a result of Goodell’s decision to suspend Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, instead saying his reason is to make the contract talks more transparent, according to Belson.

If any penalties were to be imposed on Jones, it would be Goodell himself that would be required to administer the punishment.

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Drew Brees is enjoying his 17th NFL season, while playing in the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints.

The 38-year-old has New Orleans in contention in the NFC this year, and he’s not looking to the future for now.

“I’ll handle 2018 when 2018 gets here, but right now I’m in the moment, I’m in 2017,” Brees said on XTRA 1360-AM, according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

“We’re trying to get a little bit better each and every week. I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don’t plan on leaving New Orleans ever.”

Brees has accounted for a significant chunk of the Saints’ salary-cap dollars, but hasn’t had any discussions with the team about a contract moving forward. New Orleans doesn’t appear to have a succession plan in place, however.

“Hopefully, I know all of that stuff takes care of itself when it’s supposed to. I have not approached them about any contract. We just have a great understanding here,” Brees added. “Listen, we’re going to go through this season and we’ll revisit it in the offseason. Right now, I’m in the moment.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger added himself to the growing contingent of NFL players taking issue with Thursday Night Football.

“It’s miserable, it’s terrible, they need to get rid of this game I think,” Roethlisberger said during a radio appearance on a local Pittsburgh station, according to John Breech of CBS Sports. “Just play on Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys, you’re beat up, you’re banged up. It’s a very violent, physical game we play.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are set to face the Tennessee Titans in the Week 11 version of Thursday Night Football. Players from teams all over the league have been vocal about their disdain for the short weeks because of health concerns, with Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin going so far as to say the Thursday nighters should be “illegal.”

“You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit,” added Roethlisberger. “Even a week, you’re still not fully recovered by Sunday to Sunday, you’re still dealing with bumps and bruises and things just continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s just not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do, but you know, you’ve got to do what the league says.”

Of the 32 teams in the league, 30 were scheduled to appear on Thursday Night Football game this season.

The New York Giants offered a statement from management Monday, in which co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch supported embattled head coach Ben McAdoo, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.

Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.

The Giants are in the midst of a 1-8 season, and lost to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

In addition to dealing with several embarrassing losses, McAdoo has had to fight reports and widespread perception that he’s been tuned out by his players.

The second-year leader has suspended veterans Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a game apiece for separate incidents over the last several weeks, and the Giants have had their effort on the field questioned numerous times.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman left the game during the third quarter and limped off the field. The broadcast appeared to show him telling teammates that he’d torn his Achilles.

Team doctors confirmed Sherman will need season-ending surgery to repair the tendon.

“He couldn’t even walk. Remarkable competitor,” Carroll said of Sherman postgame, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

The veteran cornerback told reporters he’d expected to tear his Achilles at some point this year after battling through an injury to the tendon throughout much of the season.

“When it goes, it goes,” Sherman said via Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

Sherman had never missed a game in his seven-year career and it’s a devastating loss for the Seahawks’ secondary. Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman will likely vie for increased snaps.

Terrell Owens says he wasn’t joking when he offered his services to the New York Giants last month.

Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010, reached out to the Giants on Twitter after wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard all went down with injuries in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants never took him up on his offer, but Owens is still hopeful of making a comeback.

“I can help anybody,” Owens told TMZ Sports, adding that he would have left “Dancing with the Stars” if he received an offer.

TMZ Sports also spoke to Chad Johnson about his pitch to the Giants. He acknowledged he “wouldn’t make it” in the league today.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford underwent a procedure Tuesday to clean up his knee, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews to ease pain and discomfort, Mortensen adds. Reports surfaced earlier Tuesday that the Vikings are considering placing Bradford on injured reserve when they activate Teddy Bridgewater.

Bradford hasn’t played since Oct. 9, when he left a game against the Chicago Bears due to the ailment.

The Vikings have overcome the loss of Bradford and the absence of Bridgewater by winning their past four games with Case Keenum behind center.