Posts Tagged ‘2018 NFL Season’

Danny Amendola is leaving the New England Patriots but staying in the AFC East, as the free-agent receiver is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, a source told Dan Hellie of NFL Network.

The deal is for two years at $12 million with $8.25 million guaranteed, according to Peter Schrager of

Amendola will likely replace slot receiver Jarvis Landry, whom the Dolphins will reportedly trade to the Cleveland Browns. No trade can be completed until Wednesday, the start of the league new year.

The 32-year-old Amendola has spent the past five seasons in New England. He is coming off his best year as a Patriot in terms of yards (659) in 2017.

He also excelled in the postseason, catching 26 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns while helping New England reach the Super Bowl.


The quarterback dominoes continue to fall.

Following the reported departure of Case Keenum and arrival of Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota VikingsSam Bradford is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter adds that the deal is worth $20 million for one season with $15 million guaranteed. There’s an option for a second year at $20 million.

The 30-year-old made just one other start in 2017 after suffering a knee injury following a spectacular Week 1 performance against the New Orleans Saints in which he completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

He missed the next three games but returned to start against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, though he attempted just 11 passes before being pulled in favor of Keenum after aggravating his injury.

While the signing can’t be made official until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, Bradford would be the Cardinals’ only quarterback signed for the 2018 season. Carson Palmer has retired, and all three of Drew StantonBlaine Gabbert, and Matt Barkley will be unrestricted free agents at the beginning of the new league year.

Free-agent running back, and native of Palestine, Texas, Adrian Peterson, has his heart set on inking a deal with the Houston Texans.

“It has always been my dream to come back home and play,” Peterson said Friday on ESPN’s First Take. “Taken that I’ve been living in Houston for over a decade. That would be a perfect landing spot, here in my backyard. That would be very convenient.”

Peterson was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week in advance of a $750,000 bonus.

The seven-time Pro Bowler played 10 games last season split between the New Orleans Saints and Cardinals, totaling 529 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He’ll turn 33 years old next week.

Peterson floated the idea of signing with the Texans last offseason, before ultimately settling with the Saints.

Veteran Lamar Miller and rookie D’Onta Foreman led the Texans’ backfield in yards, carries, and touchdowns in 2017.


The Seattle Seahawks will have a much different look in 2018 as an offseason that has seen them trade Michael Bennett, cut Richard Sherman, and lose both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham to free agency (with Sheldon Richardson among those still unsigned) continues.

Seattle is also reportedly listening to offers for Earl Thomas.

Sherman, now a member of the NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers, believes this type of turnover stems from head coach Pete Carroll’s college roots.

“I think it was kind of philosophical on his part,” Sherman said of Carroll on the “Thomahawk Show” podcast hosted by former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins. “A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out.”

Carroll was the head coach at USC from 2001-09 and has been with the Seahawks since 2010. He’s the oldest head coach in the league at 66 years of age.

“We had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly, because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them,” Sherman said.

The Seahawks snapped a streak of five consecutive playoff appearances in 2017, missing the postseason for just the second time in Carroll’s tenure.

Sherman says Carroll, who has two years remaining on his contract, is showing no signs of stepping away, but a poor run with a lack of success could exact a toll.

“I think that it depends on how this season goes for them. If they do great, get to the playoffs and continue to have the success, then I think he continues to go. But if things don’t go as planned and they don’t get to the playoffs and they have a rough year, then I think that’ll weigh into his decision. The legacy begins to get tainted at that point.”


Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 90 after being hospitalized at the Ochsner Medical Center with the flu since Feb. 16, the Saints announced.

Benson bought the Saints in 1985 and took over the New Orleans Hornets in 2012, renaming the team as the Pelicans. He remained the controlling owner of both clubs until his death.

He was born and raised in New Orleans and spent time in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War before working his way up the chain at Chevrolet, eventually establishing a multi-dealership organization throughout Louisiana and South Texas. On the back of his success with Chevrolet, Benson joined the banking business in 1972 and built the Benson Financial World, which allowed him to buy the Saints and, later on, the Pelicans.

Benson enjoyed 11 playoff berths and a Super Bowl championship with the Saints as well as helping to host five Super Bowls in the Big Easy. In his short time as owner of the Pelicans, the team made the playoffs once.

The New Orleans native has been credited by some for saving professional sports in his hometown as the Saints were on the verge of being sold to parties hoping to move the club to Jacksonville. The then-Hornets had also been rumored for relocation prior to Benson stepping up in 2012. Benson also played a strong role in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Benson’s wife, Gayle, was at her husband’s side at the time of his death and is the sole heir to both the Saints and Pelicans.


San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and new cornerback Richard Sherman shared intimate details of their negotiations to Peter King of The MMQB – among them, a discussion about the Seattle Seahawks’ painful decision to throw the ball from the 1-yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

“I promise you, we won’t throw it this time,” Lynch assured Sherman.

Sherman was released by the Seahawks on March 9 and the veteran corner entered discussions with the Niners the following day.

In the whirlwind that followed, Sherman and his fiancee shared a four-hour dinner with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and his wife. Sherman represented himself in contract negotiations, and even stepped out of his meeting with Lynch to call other interested GMs.

Aside from the money, the opportunity to stay on the West Coast, and the chance to play for a contender, the 49ers were uniquely positioned to give Sherman something else.

“We had something no other team could offer … the ability to play Seattle twice a year,” Lynch said.

Sherman didn’t dispute that aspect of the 49ers’ appeal.

“I’m vengeful in that way,” he said.

Sherman added, “I love the fan base to death, and I loved playing there. It was such a great opportunity. I helped the organization get to a great place and stay there. But now it’s like I abandoned them. People are out there burning my jersey. Come on. I’m not the one who let me go. They let me go. I didn’t abandon anybody.”

Sherman fought for a heavily incentivized deal that other teams like the Seahawks, Raiders, and Lions weren’t willing to offer. One such stipulation will award Sherman $11 million – what he would have earned with the Seahawks – if he plays in 90 percent of the team’s snaps in 2018 and makes the Pro Bowl, even if he can’t play in the game because the 49ers are in the Super Bowl.

“I don’t think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract,” Sherman said to King. “As long as I’m content with what I’m making, nothing else matters to me.”


The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms on a two-year contract with quarterback AJ McCarron, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not reported by the Bills, but McCarron’s two-year contract is worth $10 million, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

McCarron spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, serving as Andy Dalton’s backup.

During those four seasons, McCarron completed 64.7 percent of his passes on 133 attempts.

He’s best known for his collegiate career at Alabama, where he won three national championships.

The Bills will likely use one of their first-round picks on a quarterback, but for the time being, McCarron is projected as the starter over Nathan Peterman.