The trade deadline in the NFL is usually as boring as a three-and-out, but the 2017 season has been very different. This year has produced a slew of surprising moves along with the usual dumping of an aging veteran with a huge expiring contract. Below is a look at every trade so far.
This is one of the biggest surprises. The Panthers are still in the hunt in the NFC South and Kelvin Benjamin is one of Cam Newtons favorite targets. Benjamin will be reunited with Bills coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane, both of whom used to work in Carolina. His arrival also gives quarterback Tyrod Taylor a No. 1 receiver after Buffalo dealt away top receiver Sammy Watkins in August. Without Watkins, the the team's receivers have caught 45 passes for 594 yards, the lowest totals for that position group in the NFL. Benjamin has 32 catches for two touchdowns and a Panthers-best 475 yards this season.
Another surprise move, not just because of the trade but because of the price. A fourth rounder for a running back like Jay Ajayi. Philadelphia got some help for its running game and a replacement for the injured Darren Sproles, while the struggling Dolphins, coming off a 40-0 prime-time loss to the Ravens, get a valuable pick. Coach Adam Gase said last week that Miami was "the worst offense in football."
San Francisco will get an undisclosed 2018 draft pick in the deal for Robinson, who was drafted by the team in the fourth round of 2016.
With this trade it was basically the Patriots last chance to get something for Jimmy G. It seems like Tom Brady will be there for a few more years and they can't afford to franchise tag a back-up. Garoppolo will solve the riddle that has plagued the Niners for more than a decade. San Francisco is likely to keep Garoppolo, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player. That would mean Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will have one fewer landing spot in free agency. Meanwhile, the Patriots seem to have bought into the idea that Tom Brady can play well into his 40s.
Brown spent his entire 10-year career with the Texans, who selected him in the first round in 2008 out of Virginia Tech. He returned last week from a holdout and played 68 out of 71 offensive snaps Sunday against Seattle. The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.
The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.
Despite leading the Washington Nationals to back-to-back division titles, manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team next season. Baker’s contract expired after this season and the Nats said via a statement that he’s not getting a new one:
Baker, 68, was the Nationals’ manager for two seasons. He won 97 games this season and 95 in 2016. But for a team that’s been chasing its first-ever win in a postseason series of any kind, Baker ultimately failed in the biggest task — getting the Nats over the postseason hump.
By: Kevin Gray
The Oakland Raiders have added a big piece to bolster their defense for the remainder of the season. Former San Francisco 49er linebacker NaVorro Bowman has agreed to a one year deal to join the team across the bay.
A four-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler, Bowman's sudden release came as a surprise. Reports are that he asked the 49ers for a trade last week, but it didn’t happen. When it didn’t work out as Bowman wanted, he requested to be released, and general manager John Lynch granted the request.
Bowman only played in four games last season, suffering a torn Achilles on Oct. 3, but had started San Francisco’s first five games this year, credited with 37 total tackles.
By: Kevin Gray
Normally when your favorite NFL team wins a game you would be happy with the outcome, especially when that game gives that team the best record in the conference. Unfortunately for one Philadelphia Eagles fan, Will Philbrick of Little Rock, Arkansas, that was not the case. The game left him angry because despite his favorite team winning, one man was ruining his fun, NFL veteran referee Pete Morelli.
Pete Morelli was the head ref for Thursday (October 12) night's showdown between the first place Eagles and the first place Carolina Panthers. The Eagles were able to pull out a 28-23 victory despite a record disparity in penalty yards. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards, and the Panthers just once for one yard. It was the first time in NFL history one team was assessed 120 or more penalty yards and its opponent was assessed fewer than 10 penalty yards.
The worse part of the story is that Morelli appears to have a track record for over penalizing the Eagles. Last year when Morelli worked the Eagles-Lions game in Detroit, the Eagles were penalized 14 times for 111 yards and the Lions twice for 18 yards. In fact, over the last four Eagles games that Morelli has worked, the Eagles have been flagged 40 times for 396 yards and their opponents just eight times for 74 yards.
This perceived injustice has led to Will Philbrick starting an online petition to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell demanding Morelli be banned from reffing any future Eagles games. So far, the petition has gained over 43,000 signatures, so Philbrick is not alone in seeing Morelli's bias.
"Preventing Morelli from refereeing Eagles games will result in a more trustworthy and honest NFL. This will benefit the entire league and keep all claims of conspiracy to a normal level," the petition states.
Morelli, 65, is in his 21st season with the NFL and his 15th as a referee.
By: Kevin Gray
A loud and continuous groan was heard throughout Green Bay this afternoon (October 15) as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodger was seen squirming in pain after a hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in the first quarter of Sunday’s 23-10 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The hit, which some say may have been a bit late and should have been flagged, sidelined the great quarterback for what may turn out to be the rest of the NFL season. Rodgers has been diagnosed with a broken collarbone, an injury he also suffered in 2013.
When Rodgers broke his collarbone in 2013, it was on his left side. The injury healed in time for him to return in the season finale against the Chicago Bears and lead the Packers to the playoffs. This time the break is on his right side, which is his throwing arm. This is why the team fears he may not be able to return this season.
For now, the Packers hope rest on the shoulders of Brett Hundley who, like most Green Bay backup quarterbacks in the last 25-plus years, has never started a game. In fact, in his three years of being an NFL pro, he has only played in two games (against Chicago for a series on 9/28 and today), and has completed only four passes on twelve attempts, although to his credit one of those completions was for a touchdown.
As reported by Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL Owners claiming they have colluded to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon, added Freeman.
Kaepernick, who opted out of the remainder of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season, has seen little interest, if any, from teams around the league. Despite numbers that suggest he could make a significant improvement to many teams quarterback situation, he has been consistently passed over for jobs and was never even given a chance to compete at a training camp. This has caused some to suggest he's being blackballed for his national anthem protests during the 2016 season.
Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. His 90.7 passer rating ranked 17th in the league, ahead of 10 quarterbacks who were starters going into the 2017 season.
A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that blocked the six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for the NFL's punishment over domestic violence allegations and likely leading to the running back's legal team seeking further relief.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday granted the league's emergency request to set aside the injunction and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to back the NFL's argument.
The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Cowboys (2-3) have a bye this weekend. If the suspension holds, Elliott would miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.
He would be eligible to return in Week 13 against Washington.
Elliott played the first five games while the case was in the courts. He rushed for 393 on 105 carries, an average of just 3.7 yards. He led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards last season as a rookie.
A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL Players Association attorneys who argued that the investigation of allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott.
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Like many sports fans, P. Diddy is fed up with the NFL. The season's biggest stories have been related to off the field issues instead of focusing on the sport. Whether it be Colin Kaepernicks peaceful protest, Jemele Hill's suspension or the President of the United States calling out players, it has been a rough ride for America's favorite sport.
P.Diddy has taken to social media numerous times to express his frustration with the NFL, as well as with the players who he thinks aren’t exercising their power. In a recent rant, Mr. Combs said the only way to make matters better is for him to own his own NFL league.
Diddy has always wanted to own his own team, but now he feels that they only way to truly make a difference in the sport is to run one himself.
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LaVar Ball plans on pulling his son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School and will home-school him for LaMelo's final two years before college.
"I'm not dealing with the coach over there," LaVar told ESPN. "I'm not dealing with the administration over there. I don't want no distractions on Melo. So therefore I'm going to home-school him and make him the best basketball player ever."
Chino Hills hired Dennis Latimore as its new head coach in May, replacing Stephan Gilling, who was the head coach for one season. Gilling replaced Steve Baik after the 2015-16 season, with Baik stepping down despite Chino Hills having an unbeaten season. Latimore played basketball at Arizona and Notre Dame.
LaMelo said Monday was his last day at Chino Hills, but is excited about this change in his scholastic life, "because I can spend all my time now and dedication into it instead of going to school and doing book work," LaMelo Ball told ESPN.
Last week, the NFL participated in a mass protest of the national anthem which was triggered by comments by President Trump. As this past weekends games approached, many wondered if the kneeling protests would continue on such a large scale. For one team, the Detroit Lions, the owner made it clear she wanted her players to stand, but instead of threatening termination or suspension, she offered compromise.
Lions owner Martha Ford asked her players not to kneel during the national anthem before the team's game against the Vikings on Sunday. In exchange for not kneeling, Ford told players she would donate money to causes they care about in the community.
Lions running back Ameer Abdullah, who knelt during the anthem last week, spoke to the Detroit Free Press about the issue. “As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues for the most part, generally," said Abdullah. "Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country.
Before this past Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, only two Lions' players took a knee, linebackers Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Longa's father was killed in a car accident in the last week, and he kept his head down in prayer throughout the anthem.
Those couple guys got some private stuff going on in their lives so that’s more than likely what it was," defensive end Cornelius Washington told the Free Press.
As for the game results, Lions won 14-7 to take their record to 3-1.