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The Denver Broncos‘ reported acquisition of quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens surprised many, including 2018 starting signal-caller Case Keenum.

Keenum says he received a call from John Elway prior to the reported move, and the 31-year-old feels let down by the general manager’s decision.

“I was definitely shocked, it was a surprise for us and I think probably for the first day or so that’s kind of what it was,” Keenum said alongside his wife, Kimberly, on the “Sports Spectrum Podcast” on Thursday. “But for us, we’re definitely disappointed, it’s not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody’s doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out.”

Trading Keenum would leave Denver with $3 million in dead cap space while cutting him would cost $10 million in dead money. He’s unsure of what the future has in store, although it was reported that the Broncos will attempt to trade him.

“You know, really, it’s really open-ended right now,” Keenum said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s still a lot up in the air; this is really fresh. So a lot of these emotions that we’re talking about are still kind of going on, still happening. So who knows what’s going to be in store? I don’t for sure, God does. But we’ll be ready for whatever God has in store for us next.”

The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract last offseason after struggling to find an answer at quarterback in 2016 and 2017. He completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 2018, leading Denver to a 6-10 record.

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Tim Tebow is one of the few people who truly understands Kyler Murray’s dilemma about whether to play professional baseball or football.

Prior to Murray’s decision to enter the NFL draft, Tebow did his best to help the 21-year-old dual-sport star make the right choice for himself.

“Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow said, according to ESPN. “He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about.”

Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, then went on to win the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. Although Murray was already taken by the A’s, he decided to pursue his NFL dream and forgo a career in baseball.

Tebow also won the Heisman during his college career at Florida and decided to play baseball after his NFL stint ended, joining the New York Mets organization. He advised Murray to avoid making a decision for the benefit of people around him.

“Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family,” Tebow said. “Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully, he did that.”

Murray will enter the draft as one of the most intriguing prospects in recent memory, something else that Tebow can certainly relate to.

 

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The executive director of the board that oversees the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is “cautiously optimistic” that the venue will reach a one-year agreement with the Oakland Raiders.

Scott McKibben, who also serves as the lead negotiator for the board, added that a lease could be ironed out within the next week.

“I am cautiously optimistic that I believe that we will get a deal done, yes,” he told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Raiders are currently homeless after their previous contract with the Coliseum expired. Team owner Mark Davis has said he wants to keep the Raiders in Oakland for the 2019 season before moving to Las Vegas permanently in 2020.

“The next step for me is I will get back to the Raiders, and I will discuss with (Raiders president) Marc (Badain) what exactly we discussed,” McKibben added after Friday’s board meeting.

“Like any other deal or negotiation, we will hammer down to the shorthairs. If we reach a complete and full agreement, then we’ll move forward, do a contract, and at that time, we would have a meeting … where we call (members) back for a formal approval.”

The Raiders have played in the Coliseum since 1995. Their stadium in Las Vegas won’t be ready to house the team until 2020, so a premature move is out of the question.

The club has also looked into the possibility of sharing Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara with the San Francisco 49ers during 2019, and examined other regional sites in case it can’t strike a deal with the Coliseum.

Tensions between the Raiders and Oakland escalated in December when the city filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the franchise over its pending departure to Sin City.

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Antonio Brown will grant a meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II to discuss his reported trade request from earlier this week, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It was initially reported that Brown was refusing to meet with team ownership, but that Rooney hopes to clear the air between the two parties.

Brown’s future with the organization has been in question ever since he was benched for the regular-season finale after skipping practice. His discontent reportedly began over a dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The receiver then tweeted out a video on Tuesday with a caption that thanked SteelerNation and stated it’s “time to move on.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler remains under contract for the next three years and carries a cap hit of more than $22 million for 2019. Trading Brown by March 17 would leave the Steelers with $21.12 million in dead cap space, and that number would rise to $23.62 million if he’s dealt afterward due to a $2.5-million roster bonus, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Steelers have said they’ll consider trade offers for Brown, but that they won’t release him.

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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have resolved their collusion grievances with the NFL and will not continue to pursue their lawsuits.

The settlements were announced in a joint statement, though terms weren’t revealed due to a confidentiality agreement:

For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.

Kaepernick and Reid were at the forefront of protests by some NFL players against racial inequality and police brutality. The protests began in 2016 when they both began kneeling during the national anthem.

Kaepernick hasn’t been signed since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following that season and accused NFL owners of conspiring to keep him out of the league due to his demonstrations.

Reid struggled to generate interest as a free agent in 2018 after his contract with the 49ers expired, and held the same grievance as Kaepernick. He wound up signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 and inked a three-year, $22-million extension with the Panthers on Feb. 11.

The NFL Players Association addressed the settlements in a statement, noting its desire for Kaepernick to receive an opportunity to resume his career in the league:

Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.

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With Joe Flacco reportedly heading to the Denver Broncos, Nick Foles may be the top quarterback available this offseason.

While Foles is expected to have his fair share of suitors, there is mutual interest between the pivot and the Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.

Foles voided his 2019 option in an effort to become a free agent but the Philadelphia Eagles could still place their franchise tag on the veteran passer with the intention of trading him.

Foles is unlikely to return to the Eagles as a backup, sources told NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt.

The Super Bowl LII MVP may be more interested in Jacksonville than other teams vying for his services, Garafolo adds, due to the Jaguars’ talented roster.

Denver reportedly considered adding Foles but set its sights on Flacco instead. The Broncos will acquire the longtime Baltimore Raven after agreeing in principle to a trade Wednesday.

Whether through free agency or trade, the 30-year-old Foles is fully expected to have a new home this upcoming season.

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Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders appears enthusiastic about general manager John Elway’s reported trade to acquire Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for a fourth-round pick.

“Big move by Elway,” Sanders wrote via text to Mike Klis of 9NEWS. “Veteran leader who has won the big game. We also have money to spend to in free agency as well. Looking forward to seeing more pieces put into place.”

“I like it,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. added. “Hopefully we get more pieces around him.”

Denver has had four different starting quarterbacks in the three seasons since Peyton Manning retired, going 20-28 in that span. The Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract in 2018 after shuffling through starts from Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler in 2017. Siemian and Lynch split starter’s duties in 2016.

Keenum had 3,890 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions during the 2018 campaign.

Flacco, who lost the starting job in Baltimore to rookie Lamar Jackson this past season, has three years remaining on his existing deal and will earn $18.5 million in base salary in 2019 unless his contract is reworked. He threw for 2,465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2018.

The 34-year-old was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013, leading the Ravens to a championship win over the San Francisco 49ers.