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  • Report: Giants claim former Jags RB Ryquell Armstead
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The New York Giants claimed running back Ryquell Armstead off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.

    • The Jaguars waived the 2019 fifth-round draft pick on Monday.

      Armstead, who missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19, played all 16 games as a rookie out of Temple in 2019 and rushed for 108 yards on 35 carries while adding 144 yards on 14 receptions with two touchdowns.

      Armstead, 24, went on the COVID-19 reserve list last August after developing severe respiratory problems.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: WFT gives OT Morgan Moses OK to seek trade
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The Washington Football Team is planning to move on from longtime offensive tackle Morgan Moses, giving the 30-year-old permission to seek a trade, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

    • Washington would pick up Moses' $7.75 million salary for 2021 if he's traded.

      Moses started every game for Washington over the past six seasons. He played in eight games (one start) as a rookie in 2014 after he was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft out of Virginia.

      Washington recently signed left tackle Charles Leno, traded for left guard Erick Flowers and selected Samuel Cosmi out of Texas in the second round of last month's draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bengals QB Joe Burrow 'on track' for Week 1 return
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The surgeon who repaired Joe Burrow's left knee says the Cincinnati quarterback is "all systems go" for the Bengals' Sept. 12 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

    • Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, who repaired the rookie's torn ACL, MCL and PCL on Dec. 2, updated his patient's condition in a text message to ESPN on Tuesday.

      "He's on track for full go for start of the season," ElAttrache wrote. "He's doing all the work. He's worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He's focused and great to work with."

      Burrow, who sustained the injury on Nov. 22 at Washington, is unlikely to participate in the preseason as those games fall within the generally prescribed nine-month window for avoiding contact after such a surgery.

      "We are very happy with his recovery to say the least," ElAttrache said. "Notwithstanding the nature of his injury and extent of his reconstruction, his knee is performing perfectly.

      "We just had him tested out here with a high-tech video and biomechanical evaluation and he was ahead of where we anticipated and well into the return to performance phase of his recovery. With him already performing this way, it's 'all systems go' for the start of the season."

      Burrow, 24, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and leading LSU to an undefeated national championship.

      He started 10 games for the Bengals and completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cincinnati went 2-7-1 in his starts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons' Matt Ryan reacts to Julio Jones trade rumors
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has always expressed his admiration for star wide receiver Julio Jones, but that doesn't mean he plans to meddle in the team's reported plans.

    • Jones, after all, reportedly is the subject of persistent trade rumors.

      "I love Julio. I've been so lucky to play with him for the past decade, and he's an unbelievable player," Ryan said on Tuesday. "I don't get involved in this side of it.

      "From a teammate, from a player standpoint, he's my teammate. He's my guy. And you let the other side of it shake out how it is. But I know this: He's always ready to go. He's an incredible competitor and one of the best to ever do it at his position. So he'll have himself ready to go. There's no question about that."

      The Falcons showed their appreciation for Ryan, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, by restructuring his contract and electing against selecting a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

      As for life without Jones, the 36-year-old Ryan wasn't interested in entertaining the thought on Tuesday.

      "I don't know," Ryan said. "He's been such a cornerstone of what we've done for a long time. I don't know. That's a hypothetical. I don't really want to go down that road. That's not really my business."

      Jones, 32, caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2020. His low production was a byproduct of injuries.

      The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has three years left on his contract, including $15.3 million for the 2021 season and $11.53 million for 2022 and 2023.

      Jones and Ryan have been one of the most prolific combinations in NFL history. Jones' career average of 95.5 receiving yards per game is the best in NFL history.

      But a hamstring injury derailed his 2020 season and Ryan clicked with Calvin Ridley. The third-year pro caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles acquire CB Josiah Scott from Jaguars
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles swapped first-year cornerbacks on Tuesday.

    • The Jaguars sent Josiah Scott to the Eagles in exchange for fellow cornerback Jameson Houston and a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

      Scott signed a four-year, $3.9 million contract with Jacksonville last July. He was traded to the Jaguars in March 2020 as part of the deal that sent A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos.

      Scott, 22, recorded 11 tackles in six games during his rookie season. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

      Houston saw limited action in three games last season for the Eagles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos' Courtland Sutton expects to be ready for camp
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton feels he'll be ready to participate at the start of training camp.

    • Sutton, 25, is working his way back from a torn ACL sustained in the Broncos' 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of last season.

      "(My knee) feels really good. To be at the stage where I'm at right now, post-surgery ... it gives me hope and promise for the future because I'm only going to continue to attack rehab as I have," Sutton said.

      Sutton recorded 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season in 2019.

      He has 117 catches for 1,882 yards and 10 touchdowns in 33 career games since being selected by Denver in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

      The return of Sutton would be a boon for the Broncos, who also feature Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler among their wide receiver corps.

      "We have weapons in every category that you're looking for," Sutton said. "Speed, size, catching ability, route running. I feel like we're pretty diverse in our room. I was excited watching those dudes have the success that they had this past season. I'm even more excited to be able to be in there with them this upcoming season."

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots re-sign QB Brian Hoyer on 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    Quarterback Brian Hoyer re-signed with the New England Patriots, his representatives announced Monday.

    • NFL.com reported that it was a one-year deal with financial terms not disclosed.

      Hoyer is lined up to enter his 13th NFL season by extending his third career stint with the Patriots. He also played for New England from 2009-2011 and 2017-18.

      As the second-string quarterback in 2020, Hoyer ended up starting one game for the Patriots and went 15-for-24 for 130 yards and an interception in a 26-10 Week 4 defeat at Kansas City.

      The Patriots' quarterback room also will feature 2021 first-round draft pick Mac Jones, Jarrett Stidham and former NFL MVP Cam Newton, who also re-signed with New England on a one-year contract this offseason. Hoyer, 35, figures to be a veteran back up and possible mentor for the rookie Jones.

      In 12 seasons with the Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, Hoyer has appeared in 70 games, while he amassed a 16-23 record as a starter. He has thrown for 10,404 yards and 52 touchdowns with 35 interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars cut RB Ryquell Armstead
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    The Jacksonville Jaguars waived 2019 fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead, who missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

    • Armstead, 24, played all 16 games as a rookie out of Temple, running for 108 yards on 35 carries and picking up 144 yards on 14 receptions.

      He went on the COVID-19 reserve list in August 2020, having developed severe respiratory problems.

      Undrafted James Robinson filled the starting running back role in 2020, and the team boosted its backfield corps this year by signing veteran Carlos Hyde and drafting Clemson star Travis Etienne.

      The team also announced the signing of sixth-round pick Jalen Camp, a receiver from Georgia Tech.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Eagles' Zach Ertz won't attend voluntary workouts
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    Philadelphia Eagles fans are continuing to prepare for a future without tight end Zach Ertz, and Ertz is affirming that stance by staying away from the team's voluntary workouts, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    • The workouts begin on Tuesday, and Ertz is expected to miss the full offseason program as his uncertain situation finds resolution.

      Ertz is seeking to be traded by the team or released.

      The Eagles' options include keeping Ertz and his $12,721,500 cap number for 2021, but neither side was able to make progress toward a contract extension last season.

      The Eagles could save $8.5 million in cap space, according to a CBS Sports report, if they designate him as a post-June 1 cut.

      As for trade possibilities, the Eagles were aiming to acquire a third- or fourth-round pick for Ertz prior to the draft.

      Ertz, 30, had a relatively unproductive 2020 season, catching only 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown amid struggles with an ankle injury.

      A second-round pick of the Eagles in 2013 (35th overall), Ertz has more than 300 receptions and 3,000 yards - with 23 touchdowns - since the 2017 season began.

      The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 36 touchdowns, 561 catches and 6,078 yards in 117 games (82 starts) over his eight seasons.

      Ertz is a football hero in Philadelphia, having caught the fourth-quarter TD pass to put the team ahead during its Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tom Brady homeless? Derek Jeter sells Tampa mansion
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    Tom Brady's tenancy in Tampa is ongoing, but the seven-time Super Bowl winner needs a new place to rest his head at night.

    • Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter sold the mansion Brady and his family rented for the past year. Tampa.com reported Jeter sold the seven-bedroom waterfront estate for well under asking price at $22.5 million. The property was listed for $29 million.

      Jeter moved out of the home in 2017 when he was hired as CEO of the Miami Marlins.

      Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, moved into Jeter's massive property in April 2020.

      The power couple recently purchased land near Miami and intend to build a new home, but will be in the market for something closer to Brady's workplace for at least the next year.

      Brady is entering the second year of a two-year contract with the Buccaneers. He led Tampa to the Super Bowl in his first season with the franchise.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos hire Kelly Kleine as exec director of football ops
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    The Denver Broncos named Kelly Kleine as the executive director of football operations, a move that purportedly makes her the highest-ranking female in scouting in the history of the NFL.

    • Kleine reports directly to general manager George Paton, with whom she worked for nine years in Minnesota. Kleine was with the Vikings for 10 years.

      "Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we're fortunate to add someone of her caliber to the Denver Broncos," Paton said in a team statement confirming the announcement on Monday. "Having worked with her for nine years in Minnesota, Kelly has a strong understanding of all aspects of football operations and player evaluation along with outstanding leadership qualities. She will be a tremendous resource with her experience on the pro and college sides as well as her knowledge of our grading scale and football calendar."

      Per the Broncos, Kleine will be the primary liaison for the team's football operations while also holding significant responsibilities in pro and college scouting. Kleine will be involved with player evaluation, day-to-day football administration and preparation for the NFL Draft and free agency. She will also oversee the Broncos' video and equipment departments.

      Kleine began as a public relations intern in Minnesota in 2012 and went on to became a scouting intern in 2013 and then scouting assistant in 2014. She was the team's college scouting coordinator from 2015-18 before ascending to the role of manager of player personnel in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Patriots signing OL Alex Redmond
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    The New England Patriots are signing free agent offensive lineman Alex Redmond, NFL Network reported Monday.

    • The team is also re-signing guard/center James Ferentz, ESPN reported.

      Redmond, 26, played in 32 games (24 starts) for the Cincinnati Bengals over the last four seasons. He's played in just 12 games over the past two seasons, however.

      Redmond worked out for the Patriots last week. He's expected to provide depth at guard for New England.

      Ferentz, 31, is the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. The former has appeared in 24 games (four starts) with the Patriots since 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Marqise Lee signs one-year contract with 49ers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

    • The 49ers waived fellow wide receiver Austin Proehl in a corresponding move.

      Lee, 29, hasn't played since the 2019 season after spending five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in just six games in 2019, recording three catches for 18 yards for the Jaguars before another knee injury cut short that season.

      Lee opted out of the 2020 season after signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots last year. The Patriots cut him in March.

      Lee has 174 receptions for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns in 59 games (30 starts) for the Jags. He played a full 16 games just once, in 2016. Lee missed the entire 2018 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game.

      The Jaguars selected Lee in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Southern Cal.

      Proehl, 25, signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers on Jan. 4.

      Proehl, who is the son of former NFL wideout Ricky Proehl, played collegiately at North Carolina. The younger Proehl was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bengals signing WR Trent Taylor
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    The Cincinnati Bengals are signing free agent wide receiver Trent Taylor, NFL Network reported Monday.

    • Taylor, 27, was with the Bengals over the weekend during rookie minicamp for a tryout, wearing ex-Bengal A.J. Green's old No. 18 jersey. The Bengals lost slot receiver and punt returner Alex Erickson to the Houston Texans in free agency, roles that can be filled by Taylor.

      Taylor has played in 41 games (two starts) over three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He has 79 career receptions for 731 yards and three touchdowns. The Niners selected Taylor in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • DE Ryan Kerrigan agrees to one-year deal with Eagles
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 17, 2021

    Former Washington Football Team defensive end Ryan Kerrigan agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the Eagles.

      "We're pleased to add a player and person of Ryan's caliber to our team," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "For the last 10 seasons, we've seen firsthand how Ryan can affect a game on the field and we know that adding a veteran presence to our locker room can only benefit our young players.

      "Ryan is excited to show Eagles fans he's got plenty left in his game and we look forward to seeing him do just that this season."

      Kerrigan made his introduction to Philadelphia fans and his farewell to Washington enthusiasts in separate Instagram posts on Monday.

      "I know I probably wasn't your favorite player over the past decade, but Philadelphia Eagles fans I'm fired up to be playing for you guys now!" Kerrigan wrote.

      Kerrigan, who is Washington's all-time sacks leader with 95.5, played in 156 games (141 starts) in 10 years for the franchise. Washington selected Kerrigan with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

      "I'll never be able to sum up what these past 10 years have meant to me in an Instagram post, but what I can say is that they have been some of the best of my life," Kerrigan wrote in a separate Instagram post. "I hope you had as much fun watching me as I did playing for you. Thank you, Washington, for everything."

      Kerrigan, 32, appeared in all 16 games during nine of his 10 seasons with Washington. Last season, however, he started just one game and finished with 5.5 sacks and 17 tackles. The four-time Pro Bowl selection saw his playing time dip in 2020 with the emergence of Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young and 2019 first-rounder Montez Sweat.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs sign former Chiefs CB Antonio Hamilton
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 16, 2021

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Antonio Hamilton to a one-year deal, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Sunday.

    • The veteran free agent tried out for the defending Super Bowl champions at their rookie minicamp this weekend.

      Hamilton, 28, played in all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and contributed 12 tackles. He played 330 snaps on special teams and 135 on defense.

      Hamilton has 50 tackles and five passes defensed in 57 career games (two starts) with the then-Oakland Raiders (2016-17), New York Giants (2018-19) and Chiefs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants sign WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 16, 2021

    The New York Giants announced the signings Sunday of former first-round wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement.

    • Both veteran free agents tried out for the team at this weekend's rookie minicamp, with Benjamin working out primarily as a tight end. Both received one-year deals.

      Benjamin, 30, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by Carolina in 2014 and caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie that season.

      His career went south after that and he hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2018. Benjamin's career totals include 209 receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns in 61 games (52 starts) with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

      "In terms of Benjamin working a different position today, we're going to work different guys at a variety of things right now," Giants coach Joe Judge said on Friday. "He's a big guy (6-5, 245). He's always been a big receiver. He'll work receiver. He's working a little bit flex tight end as well. I wouldn't really pin him down to any one position at this point. We're going to use the weekend to move him around to different spots and see how it works out."

      Giants general manager Dave Gettleman served in the same role with the Panthers when they drafted Benjamin.

      Clement, a hero of Philadelphia's Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots, appeared in 46 regular-season games over the past four years with the Eagles. He has rushed for 655 yards and seven touchdowns and has 37 catches for 340 yards and two scores.

      Clement, 26, caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the 41-33 victory against the Patriots in SB LII.

      The Giants also waived running back Jordan Chunn and tight end Nate Wieting.

      --Field Level Media

  • Travis Etienne works at WR for Urban Meyer, Jaguars
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 15, 2021

    The Jacksonville Jaguars made a somewhat mysterious selection by picking Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

    • The team already had a strong No. 1 running back in James Robinson and had signed dependable veteran Carlos Hyde in free agency.

      On Saturday, first-year Jaguars coach Urban Meyer provided a pretty big clue.

      Meyer is using Etienne as a wide receiver at this weekend's rookie minicamp, forming a pass-catch combo with Etienne's college quarterback -- and the No. 1 overall pick -- Trevor Lawrence.

      "That's the reason we drafted him is the opportunity to be a dual-threat guy and our history as long as we've had a guy like that and we saw him as a guy like that in the draft this year," Meyer said on a conference call Saturday. "Right now, we're focusing on the fundamentals of wide receiver play, learning the offense from wide receiver.

      "Like I said, worst-case scenario is you have a running back that's elite with receiver skills and best-case scenario he's a legitimate dual-threat guy.

      Etienne, the 25th overall pick, is up for the challenge.

      "I feel like I create a problem outside for a linebacker, so I feel like football is a game of matchups. We're just trying to get the best matchups for us to go out there and make plays and do what's best for the team," Etienne said to CBS Sports.

      "I feel like if I really hone in on my skills and just keep working at it, work on my route running ability and really focus in on what the plan is and buy into that, we'll make plays, we're playmakers. I feel like, like I said, football is a game of matchups, and this creates the best matchups for us."

      Etienne, 22, caught 102 passes for 1,155 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Clemson. He also rushed for 4,952 yards and 70 scores.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys coach: Dak Prescott expected to be cleared for camp
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy expects quarterback Dak Prescott to be fully cleared for training camp in July.

    • "I have no reason not to think that," McCarthy said, per ESPN. "I think this week in Phase 2 will be a nice step in that direction. ... I know he feels really good."

      McCarthy acknowledged Prescott will "do most things" when the Cowboys begin Phase 2 of the offseason program with organized team activities on May 25. Prescott is aiming to return from a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle sustained during Dallas' 37-34 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 11.

      Prescott, 27, was leading the NFL with 1,856 passing yards when he sustained the injury.

      The two-time Pro Bowl selection was handed a four-to-six month recovery timetable.

      Prescott put pen to paper on a four-year, $164 million contract with $126 million guaranteed in March.

      In 69 starts over five seasons in Dallas, Prescott has a 42-27 record. He's completed 66 percent of his passes for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback room
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 15, 2021

    The Green Bay Packers signed Kurt Benkert on Saturday, the second quarterback added to the roster this week amid uncertainty over MVP Aaron Rodgers' future with the franchise.

    • Benkert, 25, was brought in for a tryout during this weekend's rookie minicamp. He spent the last three years with the Atlanta Falcons, primarily on the practice squad.

      Benkert announced his signing on Twitter, posting a photo of himself signing a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

      "The best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself. @packers," he wrote. "I'm so thankful."

      Undrafted out of Virginia in 2018, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Benkert has never played in a regular season NFL game.

      The Packers signed veteran passer Blake Bortles earlier this week.

      Bortles, 29, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Jacksonville and is 24-49 as a starter with 17,649 passing yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in 78 games with the Jaguars (2014-18) and Los Angeles Rams (2019).

      Rodgers, coming off his third MVP award in his 16th season with Green Bay in 2020, reportedly has told members of the organization that he doesn't want to play for the Packers anymore.

      Among the 37-year-old Rodgers' reported beefs with the team are the Packers' selection of quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick in 2020 instead of a player who could make an instant contribution, as well as their failure to come to terms on a contract extension with him.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots owner 'excited' for Tom Brady's Week 4 return
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 15, 2021

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is ready to embrace an old friend when Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium in Week 4 of the upcoming NFL season.

    • "Excited to have him," Kraft told TMZ Sports on Friday. "He's a great guy, and he did so much for us. I love him."

      Kraft's response came two days after the 2021 season schedule was released by the NFL.

      While Kraft admittedly is excited to see Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 3, the Patriots have other games to address before facing their former quarterback.

      "We should have a fun night!" Kraft said. "But I'm excited for Week 1 ... and we play Miami."

      Brady, 43, captured three NFL MVP awards and six Super Bowl titles during his 20 seasons with the Patriots. He left in free agency in March 2020 and added another Super Bowl championship in his first campaign with the Buccaneers.

      "It's like when your high school friends meet your college friends," Brady wrote on Twitter of the teams' matchup.

      Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Buccaneers last season.

      Conversely, the Patriots look to rebound after a 7-9 record last season resulted in missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Cam Newton, first-round draft pick Mac Jones out of Alabama and Jarrett Stidham are the team's quarterbacks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Ja’Wuan James considers grievance vs. Broncos
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Former Denver Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James is considering filing a grievance against the team through the NFL Players Association to recoup his 2021 pay, according to ESPN.

    • The Broncos released James on Friday with a non-football injury designation, which could allow the team to void his salary for 2021.

      James, 28, sustained a season-ending torn Achilles injury while working away from team facilities in early May.

      James was set to earn $10 million in base salary in 2021. But according to NFL Network, since he was injured while working out away from the team facility, he is at risk of losing a portion or potentially even all of his salary.

      Shortly after the injury, the NFL cited James in a memo informing teams that injuries incurred in such conditions could be given the non-football iInjury (NFI) designation, getting teams off the hook from paying the player for missed time.

      The NFLPA viewed that stance as a mechanism to force players to join teams' involuntary workouts.

      In an email to players, the union wrote of the league's stance on James: "It was gutless to use a player's serious injury as a scare tactic to get you to come running back to these workouts.

      "This memo is another sign of what they think of you and also affirms that they simply want to control you year-round in any and every way that they can."

      James opted out of the 2020 season. He played in only three games since the Broncos signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 season. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

      James was the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

      In a similar situation, Denver wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a torn ACL while training away from the team facility, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. The Broncos reportedly were on the verge of trading him, but the trade has fallen through.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton tears ACL, Ja'Wuan James cut
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 14, 2021

    Denver Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a torn ACL while training away from the team facility, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

    • The news comes one day after NFL Network reported the Broncos planned to release Hamilton following a failure to find a trade partner for the wide receiver.

      Per the NFL Network, the Broncos released Ja'Wuan James on the heels of the starting right tackle sustaining a torn Achilles earlier this month while working out away from the team facility. The Broncos initially placed James on the reserve/non-football injury list.

      James, who had opted out of the 2020 season, played in only three games for the Broncos after they signed him to a four-year, $51 million contract before the 2019 campaign. He dealt with a knee injury that season and played only 63 snaps for the Broncos.

      James, 28, was set to earn $13 million (nearly $10 million in base salary and $3 million in signing bonus) this season.

      James was the Miami Dolphins' first-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2014. Injuries cost him 18 games during his five seasons with the Dolphins before he became a free agent after the 2018 season.

      Hamilton, 26, was scheduled to make $2.183 million this season in a crowded depth chart.

      Hamilton finished fifth on the team in receiving yards (293) in 2020. With Courtland Sutton (ACL) scheduled to return this season, Hamilton would be battling Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler for playing time as well.

      Hamilton had 81 career receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns in 46 games (nine starts) for the Broncos, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: S Bobby McCain agrees to one-year deal with WFT
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 14, 2021

    The Washington Football team is on the verge of signing veteran safety Bobby McCain to a one-year deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told multiple outlets.

    • McCain was released by the Miami Dolphins on May 6 and visited Washington on Monday.

      Washington was in the market for safety help as Landon Collins (Achilles) is projected to miss the start of the campaign. Collins was injured in late October of the 2020 season.

      McCain, 27, played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the Dolphins in 2020 and posted 46 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception.

      A fifth-round draft pick in 2015, McCain registered 254 tackles, seven interceptions and four sacks in 87 games (55 starts) with Miami.

      The Dolphins clear $5.66 million in cap space by releasing McCain, per reports.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tom Brady to resume throwing after 'serious knee surgery'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 14, 2021

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is expected to begin throwing next week for the first time since undergoing offseason knee surgery, coach Bruce Arians said on Friday.

    • Brady is aiming to participate in next month's minicamp, however Arians isn't overly concerned over whether or not the 43-year-old is ready to do so.

      "I told him, 'Just take it easy,'" Arians told reporters on Friday after the team's first rookie camp practice. "He wants to get his arm in shape and he's gotta take the time on that leg. You throw with your legs as much as your arm. He knows that so, 'Just take your time and make sure you're right.'"

      Brady appeared on a Hodinkee radio podcast earlier this week and described his knee surgery as "pretty serious."

      "I had a pretty serious knee surgery this offseason, which is the first surgery I've had in about 12 years," Brady said on the podcast. "I was really interested to see how it was going to go, because last year it just took a lot. Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I'm not just focused on protecting my knee all the time.

      "So It's been pretty intense this offseason from that standpoint, because it's been six and a half weeks that I've been dealing with the rehab process. The season went pretty long, obviously into February. It's just now that I'm starting to feel like the offseason is happening. And I'm going to blink my eyes and the offseason is going to be over."

      Three days after the Super Bowl triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady was spotted wearing a brace or sleeve on his left knee during the team's victory parade.

      Also, first-round pick Joe Tryon underwent arthroscopic surgery last month and Arians said he should be ready to practice by the minicamp. Tryon, a linebacker, was the 32nd overall pick from Washington.

      --Field Level Media