The Raiders have gotten final approval for their lease to remain in Oakland for at least one more season. The Oakland City Council voted to approve the lease for 2019 with an option for 2020. The Alameda Board of Supervisors had voted earlier in the week in favor of the lease. The Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
The Chiefs are investigating an incident involving Tyreek Hill after their star wide receiver was involved in a domestic battery incident in suburban Kansas City earlier this week. The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hill’s address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is identified among “others involved.”
The Oakland Raiders’ rebuilding plan sped up with the availability of star receiver Antonio Brown. The team has handed out more than $200 million in contracts this week in the hopes of fielding a more competitive team for the final year in Oakland and building a contender for the arrival in Las Vegas in 2020.
It’s probably fair to compare the opening of the NFL’s business season with the wildness often seen on the stock market floor. A frenzy of bidding and trading and changes of mind – all involving millions of dollars. Several trends already have appeared during the two days of the “legal tampering” period, and once moves became official.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been traded to the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also involves draft picks. The Dolphins sent their sixth-round pick this year to the Titans for a fourth-round pick in 2020 and a seventh-round pick this year.
Broncos general manager John Elway says Joe Flacco is in his prime at age 34. The Broncos introduced their new quarterback five weeks after they struck a deal with Baltimore to acquire the 2013 Super Bowl winner. Flacco says he appreciates Elway’s faith because he also feels his best years are ahead of him in Denver.
The Coliseum Authority has approved a lease agreement to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season. The deal for 2019 with an option for 2020 still must be approved by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, but no hang-ups are expected.
The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and his involvement in a fight at a resort. The league cited a violation of its personal conduct policy for “physical altercations” at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.“ Hunt was released last season by Kansas City. He will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal. Hunt can practice until the suspension starts.
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?
The Seattle Seahawks are keeping a couple of key pieces from last year’s playoff team while adding to their offensive line. The Seahawks announced a pair of signings on Thursday, including keeping linebacker K.J. Wright with the only NFL team he’s ever played for. Seattle also announced the signing of offensive lineman Mike Iupati to a one-year deal to replace the loss of J.R. Sweezy in free agency.
Earl Thomas is officially gone, off to Baltimore to continue his NFL Hall of Fame career with the Ravens. So what now for the Seahawks?
Wright was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career and briefly tested the market.
The Seattle Seahawks hope they have found the solution for their recent kicking troubles in Jason Myers and are bringing back linebacker Mychal Kendricks despite his uncertain legal situation
Seattle was likely never going to offer the free safety
The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They just became a real one. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years and one trade. The Browns flipped the NFL on its helmet and instantaneously changed their national perception with a shocking, blockbuster for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They’re the talk of the league and for the first time in forever, it’s for the right reasons.
Earl Thomas, a longtime fixture of Seattle’s secondary, is headed to Baltimore as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Thomas will sign with the Baltimore Ravens. NFL Network also reported the deal and that Thomas will sign a four-year contract with the Ravens worth $55 million and $32 million guaranteed.
While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr.
The big-money offers for NFL free agents began Monday, two days before they can sign contracts.
The negotiating window for the 2019 NFL free agency period begins Monday, with deals able to become official Wednesday. As usual, signings are expected to happen fast this season, and several players could command contracts north of $10 million per year.
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a significant investment in protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, signing Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and left guard Ramon Foster to new deals. Foster was set to become a free agent when the new league year begins but that’s off the table after the 10-year veteran agreed to a two-year deal that will pay him $8.25 million. Pouncey, a seven-time Pro Bowler, agreed to a two-year extension worth $22 million that runs through the 2021 season.
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