5 Big Stories in the NFL This Week

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Articles, The League, The Team

Star players are being released, others are set to be traded (including Steelers WR Antonio Brown!!!).

There’s a lot happening around the NFL in early March, so let’s take a quick look at “5 Big Stories in the NFL This Week”:

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01.

HUGE TRADE:  Where Will Antonio Brown Play in 2019?

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is one of the true superstars of the NFL. Since he entered the NFL in 2010, no player has more receptions than Brown. We’re talking about the guy who is also a big star off-the-field, too. Yes, he’s the guy from Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer.

Brown’s personality is as big as his on-field production. But he wants out of Pittsburgh, and has forced a trade. The question: where will he land? The Steelers say they want Brown dealt with by this Friday, March 8th.

The Raiders are a possible destination. They have stockpiled draft picks and can use one or two or three of those picks to send to Pittsburgh in exchange for Brown. The Tennessee Titans have also been mentioned as a possible trade partner, and so have the Washington Redskins.

If Brown ends up with the Redskins, the Cowboys would have to face him twice a year because he would be in the NFC East!

By league rule, the trade cannot be officially announced until next Wednesday, March 13th when the new 2019 league year commences. But reports of the Brown trade will be flying between now and then.

02.

COWBOYS DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE IS ONE OF SIX NFL PLAYERS TO RECEIVE THE FRANCHISE TAG

The Cowboys and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence were not able to reach terms on a new long-term contract, so the Cowboys placed the Franchise Tag on Lawrence for the second consecutive season.

The tag means Lawrence receives a 1-year guaranteed contract for $20.5 million (a 20% raise over last year’s base salary).

Lawrence was one of six players across the NFL to be designated as a Franchise Player. One of them is a kicker (Robbie Gould, 49ers). But the other four, like Lawrence, are excellent pass rushers: Jadeveon Clowney (Texans), Frank Clark (Seahawks), Dee Ford (Chiefs), Grady Jarrett (Falcons).

One of the top pass rushers in the NFL, Trey Flowers of the Patriots, was not Franchised. That means he is a free agent and can sign with any team. Free agency begins next week, so Lawrence and the other Franchised pass rushers will look to see what kind of money Flowers receives in free agency.

Each of the players who are Franchised, including Lawrence, have until July 15th to work out a long-term contract with their team.

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03.

WILL THE CARDINALS TRADE STARTING QB JOSH ROSEN TO CLEAR A SPOT FOR KYLER MURRAY?

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray is the center of attention this offseason.

There’s speculation that he will be the #1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. But here’s the thing: the Cardinals hold the #1 pick and last year they spent a Top-10 pick on quarterback Josh Rosen.

Will the Cardinals put Rosen on the trading block and clear a path for Kyler Murray to come to Arizona as the Cardinals’ undisputed starting quarterback? The Cardinals have a new head coach, former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who has no ties to Rosen but has an affinity for Murray.

What kind of value would the Cardinals get for Rosen? Not anything close to a top-10 pick, that’s for sure. Would they even get a first-round pick in return for him?

This is a story that merits attention because it’s very unusual for a team to give up so early on a young QB like Rosen who was drafted so high in the first round. Then again, the chance to get a great talent like Kyler Murray doesn’t come around often.

04.

JASON WITTEN OFFICIALLY SIGNS HIS 1-YEAR CONTACT TO RETURN TO THE COWBOYS

Now it’s official: Jason Witten on Wednesday signed a one-year contract to return to the Cowboys. The tight end’s base salary is $2 million but incentives can push it as high as $5 million.

05.

TERRELL OWENS TO BE INDUCTED INTO 49ers HALL OF FAME

Before he came to Dallas to catch passes from Tony Romo, Terrell Owens was already a huge star.

Via Associated Press

He began his career with the 49ers and remains one of the most productive players in that team’s history. Now the 49ers are putting T.O. into the 49ers Hall of Fame.

Owens was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, but declined the invitation to take part in the ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. But he says he will happily take part in the 49ers festivities later this year. He played his first 8 NFL seasons in San Francisco and caught 592 passes for 8,572 yards and 81 touchdowns. Only one player in 49ers history has more catches and receiving yards and TDs: the G.O.A.T. Jerry Rice.

“I am so humbled to be mentioned with the likes and greats of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and many others that have represented the San Francisco 49ers organization,” noted Owens. “I wouldn’t be who I am and have accomplished what I did, number one without God and without the push of my teammates and coaches, especially Coach Larry Kirksey and Coach George Stewart.”