Posts Tagged ‘Wide Receiver’

Josh Gordon’s tenure with the Cleveland Browns is coming to an end as general manager John Dorsey announced in a statement that the club will release the receiver on Monday.

Dorsey released the following statement:

This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday. For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.

Although the Browns never provided an official reason behind Gordon’s release, it was reported by The Athletic’s Zac Jackson that Gordon was late to the team facility Saturday morning.

If the Browns release Gordon on Monday as stated, he’d become a free agentand wouldn’t require to clear waivers.

Gordon was previously ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury. It was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Gordon suffered the injury during a promotional shoot, as opposed to practice. Team doctors evaluated Gordon’s injury Saturday and were concerned that he was battling substance abuse issues, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

The 27-year-old’s lone reception in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a 17-yard touchdown catch. Gordon wasn’t supposed to start, but he was on the field with the first-team offense due to apparent miscommunication between offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach Hue Jackson.

Gordon missed the majority of training camp, taking time to make a concerted effort to improve his mental and physical health.

Selected in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Gordon exploded onto the scene during his second year, recording 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2013 season. Due to various suspensions and injuries, Gordon would never come close to replicating the same form again.

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Odell Beckham Jr. finally has his big payday.

The New York Giants announced Monday that they agreed to a five-year contract extension with the star wide receiver. The deal is worth $95 million, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Beckham will reportedly average $20 million per season over the first three years of the deal, and his $65 million in guaranteed money is the most ever for a receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown previously topped the league at the position by earning an average annual value of $17 million. Beckham will average $18 million per season over the course of the entire deal, with another $5 million available in performance-based escalators, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Beckham had made it known he desired an extension before the start of the season, but New York reportedly wanted to gauge his willingness to buy into new head coach Pat Shurmur’s regime.

The pass-catcher, unlike other stars like Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, reported to training camp in an apparent gesture of goodwill to push negotiations forward.

However, Beckham hasn’t appeared in the preseason as he works his way back from an ankle injury that ended his 2017 campaign.

The 25-year-old has been a revelation since entering the league as a first-round pick in 2014. He became the joint-fastest player to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history, and is the key to the Giants’ offense alongside rookie running back Saquon Barkley.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Under Armour have decided to go their separate ways.

Under Armour spokesman Dean Stoyer confirmed to ESPN’s Darren Rovell that the two sides have mutually agreed to end their partnership with one year remaining on Jones’ deal.

Jones was spotted wearing a pair of off-white Air Jordan 1 sneakers on the sidelines of the Falcons’ preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, though Rovell notes that he has yet to ink a deal with another brand.

The 29-year-old signed with Under Armour prior to the 2011 NFL Draft.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took to the podium for the first time since his ankle injury abruptly ended his 2017 season nearly 10 months ago.

Beckham, currently in the final year of his rookie contract, is seeking a new deal. He never intended to hold out of training camp due in large part to his confidence that an agreement will eventually be reached.

“I’m optimistic it will all work itself out,” Beckham told reporters Saturday, via NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy. “I don’t believe in any of that stuff. I feel like they will get it done when they get it done. Let my agent and them figure it out. I just come out here and try to get all the plays down.

“Who doesn’t want to get more money? You just have to be realistic with yourself. You see what happened over the offseason. You can’t really worry about anybody else. Just let them figure it out.”

The Giants have reportedly opened negotiations with their star receiver, and Beckham insisted the reported frustration was solely created by the media.

“(The offseason trade rumors were) just noise, rumors,” Beckham said, via NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “I don’t know. I remember I used to say all the time, ‘don’t take it personal,’ and stuff, but I took things personal (at first). And I’ve really gotten out of my heart to not take things personal.”

Beckham carries a cap hit of nearly $8.5 million, according to Over The Cap. The former first-rounder is confident he is fully healthy and ready to dominate in 2018.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry has lofty expectations for the Cleveland Browns‘ 2018 campaign.

With the team’s high-profile offseason additions – including Tyrod TaylorCarlos Hyde, and Landry himself – the pass-catcher believes that the Browns’ offense will be difficult to slow down this upcoming season.

“You’ll be lucky if we don’t score 40 on you,” Landry told Sports Illustrated’s Ben Baskin. “If we get everyone playing to their potential, we can win the Super Bowl this year.”

Cleveland, of course, finished 0-16 in 2017, and are 1-31 over the last two seasons. The team, however, does field an improved roster on paper.

Landry was traded to the Browns from the Miami Dolphins in March one week after signing his franchise tag tender. He caught 400 passes and 22 touchdowns in his four years with the Dolphins.

It’s safe to say wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is happier as a member of the Buffalo Bills than he was with the team that drafted him – the Carolina Panthers.

Benjamin had some choice words for his former team, claiming he was a poor fit in the Panthers’ offense.

“Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else,” Benjamin told The Athletic’s Tim Graham. “I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go.”

The Bills receiever did not stop there, taking a shot at his former quarterback, Cam Newton. Benjamin felt that he would have been a more productive receiver in another situation.

“If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying?” Benjamin posed when asked about why things went south in Carolina. “Any other accurate quarterback like (Aaron) Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben (Roethlisberger) – anybody – quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

The Panthers’ first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in 2014, Benjamin had an excellent rookie campaign, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. He tore his ACL during training camp in 2015, and missed his sophomore year.

Newton won MVP the year Benjamin was on the sidelines.

The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with wide receiver Brandin Cooks, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $80 million, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN, meaning he’s due $88 million from L.A. over the next six years.

Although the Rams have yet to confirm financial terms of the extension, Cooks will reportedly get $50.5 million guaranteed with $20.5 million guaranteed upon signing, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Cooks, one of the most prolific deep threats in the NFL, was acquired from the New England Patriots via trade in April. The 24-year-old caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last year, and has gone over 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons.

“Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said in a news release. “He’s a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We’re excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023.”

Cooks was one of several high-profile acquisitions the Rams made this offseason. The speedster broke into the league as a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2014 and spent three seasons in the Big Easy before being traded to New England ahead of the 2017 campaign.