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NFL Notes: Browns to reportedly cut Brock Osweiler, but will pay him $16M

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NFL Notes: Browns to reportedly cut Brock Osweiler, but will pay him $16M

CLEVELAND -- Brock Osweiler's days with the Browns were numbered when the quarterback arrived in a trade.

They're now over.

Osweiler is being released by Cleveland, which will have to pay his $16 million guaranteed contract not to have him on their roster, a person familiar with the team's moves told The Associated Press on Friday.

Osweiler will be officially cut on Saturday along with veteran guard John Greco, kicker Cody Parkey and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper when the team trims its roster to 53 on Saturday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is still finalizing its roster decisions.

The 26-year-old Osweiler was acquired by the Browns on March 9 from Houston for a 2018 second-round draft pick. The team did not have any long-term plans for Osweiler, who went 8-6 as a starter for the Texans last season. However, because of his large contract, the Browns were unable to unload Osweiler and he competed for their starting job this summer.

Osweiler was beaten out by rookie DeShone Kizer, who will be the 27th starting quarterback for Cleveland since 1999 when the team opens against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 (see full story).

Saints: Wide receiver Snead suspended 3 games for DUI
METAIRIE, La. -- Saints officials say receiver Willie Snead has been suspended for the first three games this season because of an offseason traffic violation for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Coach Sean Payton says general manager Mickey Loomis spoke with league officials Friday about the suspension for Snead, who last season was among New Orleans' receiving leaders with 984 yards and three touchdowns.

A DUI represents a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Payton says that knowing Snead, he found the receiver's arrest "a bit surprising."

The Saints coach says he doesn't want to speculate how Snead's suspension will affect final roster cuts, but says it will factor into how the Saints plan for early season games.

Snead has 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven TDs in his two NFL seasons out of Ball State. He is due to be a restricted free agent after this season.

Seahawks: Team reportedly acquires Richardson from Jets
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks have made a big splash for their top-notch defense just before the start of the regular season.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Seahawks acquired defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets on Friday in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the teams.

Seattle will also send a 2018 second-round pick to the Jets and the clubs will swap seventh-round picks in 2018 as part of the deal.

Landing Richardson solidifies the interior of Seattle's defensive line and quells some of the concerns raised by the uncertainty surrounding rookie second-round draft pick Malik McDowell, who was injured in a July ATV accident. Richardson has spent his entire career with the Jets after being picked in the first-round pick in 2013 and was a Pro Bowl selection after the 2014 season, when he recorded a career-high eight sacks (see full story).

Steelers: Bryant, Bell back in fold with high-powered offense
PITTSBURGH -- Martavis Bryant's long journey back to the NFL is over. So is Le'Veon Bell's extended vacation.

Two of the most dynamic components of the Pittsburgh Steelers' high-powered offense are good to go as the season opener approaches.

The NFL on Friday granted Bryant permission to play when the Steelers travel to Cleveland on Sept. 10, nearly 18 months after he was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Bryant was conditionally reinstated in April, though his return hit a snag at the start of training camp when he was forced to sit for the first two weeks of practice due to procedural issues. Bryant caught seven passes for 43 yards during the preseason and is expected to start opposite Antonio Brown for the defending AFC North champions.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell in February. The two-time Pro Bowler responded by skipping Pittsburgh's offseason program and stayed away during training camp after failing to reach agreement on a long-term deal. Bell tweeted last week that he planned on returning on Sept. 1, and he appeared at the team's facility on Friday, just hours after the Steelers wrapped up the preseason with a victory in Carolina (see full story).

Eagles not distracted by legendary trophy

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Eagles not distracted by legendary trophy

It was kind of hard not to be caught up in the moment Wednesday morning, what with the striking Halas Trophy on display at the NovaCare Complex.

The Halas Trophy, named after legendary Chicago Bears founder and head coach and Navy war hero George Halas, is awarded annually to the NFC champion.

The Eagles are one home win receiving that trophy and advancing to the Super Bowl, and on Wednesday, with the trophy resting on a table alongside Eagles and Vikings helmets, much of the focus of the NFL world was on the Eagles.

And a few feet from that trophy, Doug Pederson spoke about how this is just another week.

It's not, of course.

But his goal is to convince his players it is. No matter how much hype, no matter how much media, no matter how much attention.

"I think you just have to continue doing what you're doing," Pederson said. "The guys are going to prepare themselves the way they have all season long. It's obviously a great opportunity, a great honor faced in front of us, and we just attack each day the same."

The Eagles have done a remarkable job staying focused this year and really the last two years under Pederson.

This team has lost just twice this season when playing its starters — at Kansas City in September and at Seattle the first week of December — and has stared down every challenge that's come its way.

On 6:40 p.m. Sunday at the Linc, the Eagles face the Vikings with a berth in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at stake.

"You've just got to stay grounded (and) in the moment," Pederson said. "You have to block out the clutter, block out the noise and focus on today. Focus on Wednesday and get yourself prepared like it's any other Wednesday."

Out in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where the Vikings practice, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer may have a tougher task than Pederson getting his team to focus after its wild last-second win over the Saints.

Plus, the Vikings essentially have two fewer days to prepare for Sunday, since they played this past Sunday and they also have to travel one day.

Zimmer told reporters in Philadelphia Wednesday morning that once the Vikings took a look at the Eagles, they were able to move past the Saints game and focus on the task at hand.

"I think they watched the film of the Eagles and I think it gets them focused pretty quick," he said.

"That game was Sunday, today is Wednesday. We're over that. We've got a big task in front of us. This is a heck of an Eagles team, outstanding defense, top in the league in red-zone touchdown percentage.

"I can go on and on about this team. I think they understand the task that we have at hand and the opportunity that we may have as well."

How Doug Pederson compares to other 2016 head coach hires

How Doug Pederson compares to other 2016 head coach hires

When Doug Pederson was hired as one of seven new NFL head coaches before the 2016 season, he certainly didn't seem like the Eagles' first choice. 

Boy, did they luck out. 

Because while Pederson has led the Eagles to an overall record of 21-12 and into the NFC Championship Game in his second season, the other six coaching hires have floundered. 

Pederson, 49, has every right to gloat. He has every right to point at the folks who called him the worst or near-worst hire of the offseason and laugh in their faces. 

He doesn't want to. 

"Listen, I don't pay any attention to that, quite honestly," Pederson said a few feet away from the George Halas Trophy that he's trying to win this weekend. "I drive home at night, knowing I put in a full day's work. I get up in the morning and come in here, however, I can serve this organization, serve these players. That's all I know. That's all I know. I love football. I love football. I love teaching it, I love being around these guys. 

"And I'm going to pour my life into these players. And if it's good enough, great, because that's all I know I can do and I've given my best effort. I don't care about what's written. It's kind of like the underdog thing, our players don't pay attention to that. And I'm kind of the same way."

A quick look at the other six coaches hired in that 2016 offseason will bring back memories of some hot names, the guys everyone wanted the Eagles to hire. 

The Giants hired Ben McAdoo ... fired. 

The 49ers hired Chip Kelly ... fired. 

The Titans hired Mike Mularkey ... fired. 

The Dolphins hired Adam Gase ... 16-17 in two seasons. 

The Bucs hired Dirk Koetter ... 14-18 in two seasons. 

The Browns hired Hue Jackson ... 1-31 in two seasons. 

And the Eagles hired Pederson, the guy nobody wanted, the guy who seemed like their second choice. 

He's one game away from getting them to the Super Bowl.