NFL News and Rumors: Antonio Brown “thank u, next” (probably)
NFL postseason; trade rumors, and more
Round one of the NFL playoffs is in the books. Eight final teams remain. And for those teams who are not still making postseason runs, time to look at the next up and coming football stars in the NFL Draft. And what about Steelers star Antonio Brown? Has Pittsburgh begun to research the market for possible trades?
Scroll through to find the latest news and rumors surrounding the NFL…
- What to do about Antonio Brown?
- Who is still alive in the postseason?
- Andrew Luck, it's more than luck
- Go easy on Cody Parkey
Let the shopping for Antonio Brown begin
“When he [Antonio Brown] did go to practice, I heard he ran the wrong route, Big Ben threw the ball on the ground and said, ‘Get him out of here. Get somebody else out here,'” says NFL Network analyst and former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones. “That was AB’s boiling point, and we know when we get mad, we say things we don’t want to say.”
Read the full article here.
The relationship between Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is shaky to say the least. With all the drama that has conspired in the Steelers organization this season, with running back Le’Veon Bell holding out of his contract, and with missing the playoffs by a fumble, the ice beneath the Steelers’ feet them is cracking and cracking fast…
Let the trade rumors begin. According to Sports Illustrated’s Kaelen Jones, the Steelers will face a $21 million cap hit if they trade Brown this offseason. The move could exhaust between 8 and 10% of Pittsburgh's available cap space.
Read more here.
And what about Le’Veon Bell? Well, it’s safe to say that he desires to move on and to move on with Brown to a new team. Looks like Cleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry may be trying to recruit Bell and Brown to Ohio…
Who survived the weekend?
Colts 21 - Texans 7
The Colts quickly jumped out to a two-score 14-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron and then on a two-yard touchdown run from running back Marlon Mack. Deshaun Watson lead the Texans on the ground with 76 yards whereas Lamar Miller ran the ball five times for 18 yards.
Seahawks 22 - Cowboys 24
It was all Dak and the Boys in this one. QB Dak Prescott ran the ball on a 3rd and 14 in the redzone to scamper for a first down which ultimately sealed the deal for the Dallas victory. Ezekiel Elliott also recorded 137 yards on the ground.
Chargers 23 - Ravens 17
Ball security was a huge lesson that Baltimore rookie QB Lamar Jackson must learn. Jackson lost the ball three times on drop-backs (one recovered by the Chargers late in the fourth quarter).
Eagles 16 - Bears 15
A missed field goal by Bears kicker Cody Parkey with five seconds left on the clock, boos from the fans as Parkey exited the field, and it was a shocked Chicago city as the Bears’ solid season came to an abrupt end.
Should Andrew Luck have MVP talk?
Andrew luck is proving that it’s much more than Luck on his side. Take a look at his roster and what targets he has to throw to: T.Y. Hilton, undersized and yet so shifty; Ebron, the tight end you didn’t know existed who was tied for fifth in touchdowns this regular season with 14; and a run game lead by Marlon Mack, the two-year rookie out of South Florida.
The Colts’ regular season was really a tale of two teams: Indianapolis started of 1-5 but finished 9-1. What was the turning point? One can argue Luck, but he has been putting up the numbers all season. Luck finished the regular season second in touchdown passes (39) and fifth in passing yards (4,593). But the defense has finally shaped up lead by rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who is up for Rookie of the Year, with 163 total tackles, seven sacks, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this season.
Read the full list of Rookie of the Year candidates here.
It may have taken a 37-5 dominant, confidence-boosting win over the crumbling Buffalo Bills, but the Colts have some serious momentum this postseason.
Next up, Luck and the Colts travel to the red-hot Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Go easy on Parkey
Too soon? Not soon enough? To say that was a “tough day at the office” is an understatement for Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey, who missed a game-winning field goal on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Wildcard matchup. The Eagles defeated the Bears 16-15 in Chicago to move on in the postseason.
As Parkey watched his kick fading to the left, his heart stopping after the ball hit both the field goal post and the crossbar, and eventually hitting the turf short of the posts, he was then booed off the field from Bears’ fans.
But wait, there is more: Video that was released on Monday shows that the Eagles may have tipped Parkey’s FG attempt… does that make you as a fan better or worse?
Watch the play here.
Following the game, Parkey said, “I 100% take that loss on me. It is what it is.” Parkey proceeded to answer questions from the media as those who support him call a “class act” in a tough loss.
Hear his postgame comments here.