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  • Reports: Hearing for Browns QB Deshaun Watson concludes
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The disciplinary hearing for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson concluded Thursday, multiple media outlets reported.

    • Sue L. Robinson, the hearing officer, asked for post-hearing briefs by the week of July 11, ESPN reported.

      Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, is expected to "take her time" in ruling, ESPN reported. All parties reportedly expect a ruling before the Browns report to training camp on July 26.

      Watson, 26, has been accused of sexual misconduct during massage sessions that occurred during his time with his former team, the Houston Texans. Twenty-six women have accused him of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior.

      Watson, who has denied wrongdoing, has settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits related to the massage sessions. The Texans' organization is also being sued for "enabling" his actions, in part by allegedly providing him with non-disclosure agreements to give to massage therapists.

      Per numerous reports, the NFL is pushing to have him suspended indefinitely, with the minimum length of the punishment one year before he would be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

      The Texans held Watson out of action for the entire 2021 season as he was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. However, he was never indicted, and the Browns acquired him in a March trade, giving up three first-round draft picks.

      Cleveland also signed Watson to a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $230 million. However, his salary for 2022 reportedly is just $1 million to protect against the possibility that he could be facing a lengthy suspension.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons sign P Bradley Pinion
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Atlanta Falcons signed Bradley Pinion to a contract on Thursday, just over one week after the punter was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Falcons.

      Pinion, 28, is expected to battle Dom Maggio and Seth Vernon for the job in Atlanta.

      Pinion averaged a career-low 42.5 yards per kick last season with the Buccaneers.

      Pinion spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after the team selected him with a fifth-round pick during the 2015 NFL Draft.

      He signed with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in 2019 before being released on June 22, nearly two months after Tampa Bay selected Georgia punter Jake Camarda in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Miles Sanders: Eagles 'feel like we're on an All-Star team'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Running back Miles Sanders has high hopes for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.

    • How high? Well, the 25-year-old set the bar when discussing his team's offense which includes quarterback Jalen Hurts, offseason acquisition A.J. Brown and fellow wideout DeVonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert and others.

      "Oh man, we all feel like we're on an All-Star team, so we feel great," Sanders told CBS Sports when asked about the addition of Brown to the offense.

      "We feel unstoppable, I'm not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. (Head coach) Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good."

      It should be noted that the Eagles finished 9-8 last season and were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC wild-card round.

      Sanders averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry but was limited to a career-low 754 rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns in 12 games last season.

      Now, if Sanders' over-the-top statement prior to the season sounds vaguely familiar, well that refrain has been heard before in Philadelphia.

      Backup quarterback Vince Young labeled the Eagles as a "Dream Team" prior to the 2011 season. That team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Deshaun Watson's hearing will continue Wednesday
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    The disciplinary hearing for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson began Tuesday and is expected to resume Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported.

    • It is unclear how long the proceeding will last or when a ruling will be rendered by Sue L. Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

      Watson, 26, has been accused of sexual misconduct during massage sessions that occurred during his time with his former team, the Houston Texans. Twenty-five women have accused him of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior.

      Watson, who has denied wrongdoing, has settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits related to the massage sessions. The Texans organization is also being sued for "enabling" his actions, in part by allegedly providing him with non-disclosure agreements to give to massage therapists.

      Per numerous media reports, the NFL is pushing to have him suspended indefinitely, with the minimum length of the punishment one year before he would be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

      The Texans held Watson out of action for the entire 2021 season as he was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. However, he was never indicted, and the Browns acquired him in a March trade, giving up three first-round draft picks.

      Cleveland also signed Watson to a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $230 million. However, his salary for 2022 reportedly is just $1 million to protect against the possibility that he could be facing a lengthy suspension.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Terry McLaurin signs $70M extension with Commanders
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    Wide receiver Terry McLaurin and the Washington Commanders agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth up to $70 million, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

    • McLaurin, whose agents said he will receive a signing bonus of $28 million, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and planned to steer clear of workouts while seeking a new deal.

      The agreement hushes any holdout talk from McLaurin, who becomes one of the seven highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL while jumping off the list of disgruntled young wideouts.

      McLaurin skipped mandatory minicamp and was working out on his own, a plan that head coach Ron Rivera wasn't pleased with given the arrival of new quarterback Carson Wentz.

      But the deal through 2025 carries an average annual salary of $23.3 million.

      NFL Network put the max value of the deal at $70 million, while ESPN reported it could reach $71 million.

      A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin caught 77 passes for 1,053 yards with five TDs last season. He had 87 receptions for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns in 2020, production that looks even more impressive when the revolving door at quarterback in Washington is taken into consideration.

      Deebo Samuel (49ers) and DK Metcalf (Seahawks) remain candidates for a trade among McLaurin's peer group of talented receivers digging in for a big payday.

      Multiple wide receivers in their position were traded this offseason, including Davante Adams (Packers to Raiders), Tyreek Hill (Chiefs to Dolphins) and Amari Cooper (Cowboys to Browns) as the market for No. 1 wideouts exploded.

      Adams left the Packers and is the league's highest-paid wide receiver with an average salary of $30 million. He's just ahead of Hill ($28 million), both of whom overtook DeAndre Hopkins ($27.3 million) with the Arizona Cardinals.

      The Rams signed All-Pro Cooper Kupp to a new deal that bumps his pay to $26.7 million per season and the Eagles acquired A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans, signing him to a contract that averages $25 million per season.

      Buffalo's Stefon Diggs ($24 million) is also just ahead of McLaurin in terms of average annual salary.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns QB Baker Mayfield: Both sides 'ready to move on'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    Baker Mayfield says that he and the Cleveland Browns are both "ready to move on."

    • The 27-year-old quarterback spoke with reporters Tuesday at his youth football camp in Norman, Okla.

      Mayfield didn't completely rule out a reconciliation if the NFL suspends his replacement, Deshaun Watson.

      "I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out," Mayfield said. "But we're ready to move on, I think -- on both sides."

      Watson, 26, is scheduled to have a hearing with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday.

      The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.

      The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal.

      Mayfield has been excused from the Browns' offseason activities while the team attempts to find a trade partner.

      He is due a fully guaranteed salary of $18.86 million in 2022, the final season of his rookie contract.

      Mayfield is 29-30 as a starter since the Browns made him the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • House Oversight Committee: Daniel Snyder trying to ‘evade’ subpoena
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The House Committee on Oversight and Reform so far has been unable to serve Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder with a subpoena to testify on Capitol Hill, a spokesperson said Monday.

    • The committee is investigating allegations about the Commanders' workplace culture. Media reports have detailed allegations of sexual misconduct from 15 female ex-employees, including multiple accusations of sexual harassment against Snyder in particular. While those women have spoken out publicly, at least 50 ex-employees reportedly have complained about the workplace culture.

      "Mr. Snyder has so far refused to accept service of the Committee's subpoena," the spokesperson's statement said. "While the committee has been, and remains, willing to consider reasonable accommodations requested by witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment not afforded to other witnesses who testified in this matter. The Committee will not be deterred from obtaining Mr. Snyder's testimony, and we remain committed to ensuring transparency about the toxic workplace culture at the Washington Commanders and the NFL's inadequate response."

      NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the committee on the matter last week. Snyder, 57, declined an invitation to testify, citing business that required overseas travel. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) responded by saying she would subpoena Snyder to appear.

      The Athletic reported that Snyder's attorney declined to accept a subpoena on Snyder's behalf Friday.

      A spokesperson for Snyder responded to the matter later on Monday.

      "Mr. Snyder has not refused to appear for a deposition," the spokesperson said in a statement. "The Committee offered only one date -- June 30 -- and Mr. Snyder's attorney is out of the country and unavailable on that date. Mr. Snyder's lawyer has provided alternative dates to the Committee and looks forward to finding a path forward for Mr. Snyder's further cooperation and to address remaining due process concerns."

      After a 2020 Washington Post report revealed many of the initial allegations, the NFL launched its own investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson. The league fined the Commanders $10 million in 2021 and had Snyder step away from day-to-day operations, but Wilkinson's findings were not released publicly, prompting the House committee to request that Goodell release everything related to the investigation.

      Last week, the committee released a 29-page memo based on its own eight-month investigation, which found that Snyder conducted his own "shadow investigation" into workplace allegations in an attempt to discredit the accusers.

      Snyder is at the center of multiple controversies. In addition to the House committee inquiry, the Virginia attorney general said in April that he was launching an investigation into allegations regarding the team's business practices.

      Oversight and Reform obtained evidence that Snyder had team executives illegally withhold refundable security deposits from ticket holders and kept two sets of books to hide revenue from the NFL in order to contribute less to the revenue-sharing pool.

      Goodell told the committee last week that he has no authority to remove Snyder as owner of the Commanders. An owner can only be removed by a three-quarters majority vote (24 of 32) of fellow owners, although Goodell does have the authority to recommend a vote.

      In May 1999, NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Washington franchise and the old Jack Kent Cooke Stadium to a group headed by Snyder, who then was 34. The group paid $800 million, which at the time was a record purchase price for a U.S. sports franchise.

      --Field Level Media

  • Marlin Briscoe, pro football's first Black starting QB, dies at 76
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Marlin Briscoe, the first Black starting quarterback in pro football, died Monday at age 76.

    • His daughter, Angela Marriott, told the AP that Briscoe died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, Calif.

      Briscoe made his first start for the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6, 1968, a 10-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

      Nicknamed "The Magician," he started five games under center that season, passing for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for 308 yards and three scores.

      When Denver didn't give him a chance to play quarterback in 1969, he asked to be released and joined the Bills.

      With Jack Kemp entrenched as the starting signal-caller in Buffalo, Briscoe transitioned to wide receiver and made the Pro Bowl in 1970 with 57 catches for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns.

      Briscoe went on to win Super Bowls VII and VIII with the Miami Dolphins and retired with 224 receptions for 3,537 yards and 30 TDs with six teams.

      Briscoe, who starred at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Attorney files suit against Texans for 'enabling' Deshaun Watson
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Texas attorney Tony Buzbee filed suit against the Houston Texans on Monday, saying the team "enabled" former quarterback Deshaun Watson's sexual misconduct against his clients during massage sessions.

    • Buzbee is representing the remaining four women suing Watson in Harris County, Texas, accusing him of sexual misconduct.

      Buzbee indicated earlier this month he planned to add the Texans to the litigation. He followed through on that less than a week after settling 20 of 24 cases with Watson. It also comes one day before Watson's reported hearing with the NFL.

      "Today we filed the first case of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to Deshaun Watson's behavior," Buzbee said in a statement provided to Cleveland.com. "Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson's behavior is incredibly damning. We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson's conduct."

      Buzbee cited information gleaned from the Houston Police Department.

      The first lawsuit was filed in March 2021, with a flurry of additional women also filing complaints over the following months to bring the total to 24.

      The women all allege Watson committed sexual improprieties during the course of a massage. He has denied all accusations, and two grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against Watson earlier this year.

      The Browns acquired Watson, 26, from the Houston Texans in a trade in March and signed him to a five-year deal with $230 million in guaranteed money.

      Watson did not play during the 2021 NFL season. In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards and set a career high with 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers great Luke Kuechly joins team's radio broadcast
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Former Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly has joined the team's radio broadcast.

    • The Panthers announced Monday that Kuechly will be part of the broadcast team for seven games in 2022, along with play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and either Jordan Gross or Jake Delhomme. Jim Szoke will remain the third man in the booth for the 10 other regular season games.

      A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, Kuechly retired after the 2019 season at the age of 28.

      Now 31, he said joining the broadcast booth felt like the natural next step.

      "I just love the Panthers; I love being around it," Kuechly said. "I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow. I think it could be a lot of fun. I think that's the biggest reason, to do something around the game on game day that's fun. You still get the atmosphere, and all the good memories I have here in Carolina."

      Kuechly will broadcast six home games: Week 1 vs. Cleveland, Week 4 vs. Arizona, Week 5 vs. San Francisco, Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay, Week 12 vs. Denver and Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh. He will also make the Week 9 road trip to his hometown of Cincinnati.

      "You just know (Kuechly's) going to be good at it," Delhomme said. "I look forward to it because he's so smart."

      A first-round pick (ninth overall) by Carolina in 2012, Kuechly was a tackling savant upon his arrival into the league, leading the NFL with 164 tackles in his rookie season as he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

      He led the league again in 2014 with 153 stops and retired with 1,092 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and nine fumble recoveries in 118 games (all starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Browns QB Deshaun Watson scheduled for disciplinary hearing on Tuesday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to have a hearing with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday, ESPN reported Saturday.

    • The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.

      Robinson was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

      The NFL is expected to push for a lengthy suspension of Watson, whose representatives have settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against Watson.

      The NFLPA will defend Watson during the hearing.

      Robinson spent more than 25 years (1991-2017) as a member of Delaware's district court.

      After Robinson makes a ruling, Watson will have the option to appeal any punishment.

      NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could rule on Watson's appeal or allow an independent arbitrator to make a decision.

      Watson has denied the accusations on multiple occasions.

      The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal. Watson didn't play in 2021 after requesting to be traded from the Texans.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's recovery on schedule
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's recovery from shoulder surgery is on schedule and he will begin throwing again soon, ESPN reported Saturday.

    • Once that happens and he is able to pass a physical, the 49ers are hoping to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old veteran.

      Garoppolo had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and has been excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp earlier this month.

      The 49ers are expected to turn over the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

      Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

      He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

      Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady's backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears sign top draft pick Kyler Gordon
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    The Chicago Bears signed their top draft pick Kyler Gordon to a four-year contract on Saturday.

    • Gordon, who was selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, recorded 98 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 33 games at Washington.

      The 22-year-old cornerback was named first-team All-Pac-12 after collecting 46 tackles and two interceptions last season.

      Second-round safety Jaquan Brisker is the only one of 11 draft picks that remains unsigned by the Bears.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears LB Matt Adams arrested on weapons charge
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Chicago Bears linebacker Matt Adams was charged with misdemeanor firearm possession Thursday night, authorities said.

    • According to Chicago police, a search of his vehicle discovered a loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets.

      Possession of a high-capacity magazine within the Chicago city limits is a municipal code violation.

      Adams has a court date scheduled for Aug. 24.

      "Earlier this morning, we were made aware of an incident involving the arrest of Bears linebacker Matthew Adams," the Bears said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information. We will refrain from making any further comment at this time."

      Adams, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Bears in April after spending his first four seasons with Indianapolis.

      A seventh-round pick by the Colts in 2018, Adams played in 58 games (nine starts) and contributed 55 tackles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Saints sign LB Demario Davis to extension
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    The New Orleans Saints signed veteran linebacker Demario Davis to a one-year extension through 2024, ESPN reported Friday.

    • Davis, 33, can earn an additional $18 million over the next three seasons under his revised deal, per the report.

      Davis started 16 games and contributed 105 tackles and three sacks in his fourth season with the Saints (10th in the NFL) in 2021.

      An All-Pro first-team selection in 2019, he has 1,027 tackles, 29.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 160 games (146 starts) with the New York Jets (2012-15, 2017), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Saints (2018-21).

      Davis can earn $2 million in incentives in each of the next three seasons and will earn a $10 million salary and a $2 million roster bonus in 2024, per the report.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny dies at 93
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Legendary Pro Football Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny, a major star in the 1950s, died recently in Nevada, the Hall of Fame announced Thursday. He was 93.

    • The Hall of Fame said McElhenny died of natural causes last Friday.

      McElhenny was a six-time Pro Bowl running back who played 13 NFL seasons, including nine with the San Francisco 49ers from 1952-60. He was nicknamed "The King," and is a member of the All-1950s decade team.

      A first-round pick by San Francisco in the 1952 draft, McElhenny rushed for 5,281 yards and 38 touchdowns, caught 264 passes for 3,247 yards and 20 scores, accumulated 1,921 kickoff return yards and 920 punt return yards in 143 career games. He returned two punts for scores.

      He also played for the Minnesota Vikings (1961-62), New York Giants (1963) and Detroit Lions (1964).

      McElhenny was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. His No. 39 was retired by the 49ers in 1971.

      "Hugh McElhenny was a threat in all phases of the game offensively -- rushing, pass receiving and as a kick and punt returner," Jim Porter, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said in a statement. "His all-around talent -- obvious to pro football scouts when Hugh was still a teenager -- will be celebrated and preserved forever in Canton."

      Five of McElhenny's Pro Bowl berths came during his tenure with the 49ers. He was part of the "Million Dollar Backfield" in the mid-1950 with quarterback Y.A. Tittle and fellow running backs Joe "the Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson.

      Prior to his NFL career, McElhenny starred at Washington from 1949-51 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

      He produced a single-game school rushing record that still stands with 296 yards against Washington State in 1950. Overall, he rolled up 1,107 rushing yards for the Huskies in 1950.

      His career rushing-yardage total of 2,499 ranks ninth in Huskies' history.

      McElhenny was a first-team All-America selection in 1951.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL Hot Seats: Carolina's Matt Rhule favored to be next coach fired
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    NFL training camps are still a month away from opening but at least one sportsbook is already providing odds on the first coach likely to be fired this season.

    • That distinction belongs to Carolina's Matt Rhule, who is being offered at +300 by SportsBetting.ag to be the next head coach to be fired or resign. The sportsbook is offering odds on all 32 NFL coaches, all the way down to reigning Super Bowl champion coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams at +10000.

      Matt Rhule On Thinnest Ice?

      Because of Rhule's success in college football, the Carolina Panthers hired him to reinvent the team. He had already transformed Temple and Baylor into winning programs, so the expectation was that he could do the same with the Panthers.

      However, Rhule's first two seasons with the Panthers have not been as successful with an overall record of 10-23, including only five wins in each season.

      Super Bowl or Bust in Dallas?

      The next shortest odds belong to the Dallas Cowboys' Mike McCarthy at +500.

      The expectation when the Cowboys hired McCarthy was that he would be able to light a fire under a team considered to be under performing under previous coach Jason Garrett. McCarthy was viewed as the missing piece that would turn the team into a Super Bowl champion.

      In his first year in 2020, McCarthy got a bit of a pass because quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury. However, last season ended in major disappointment.

      The Cowboys had a great regular season, finishing with a 12-5 record. However, they were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. Team owner Jerry Jones was not afraid to admit that he was frustrated by the Cowboys' early exit, but decided to keep McCarthy around.

      Jones is likely to give McCarthy another season. If the Cowboys do not reach the postseason, though, he could be fired.

      Pete Carroll's Last Stand in Seattle?

      The Seattle Seahawks decided to part with quarterback Russell Wilson rather than coach Carroll after failing to make the playoffs last season. Carroll has led the Seahawks for 12 seasons, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

      That was a long time ago, and Seattle is coming off a 7-10 campaign. Although team president and general manager John Schneider promised Carroll would stay in place until his contract expires in 2025, an early exit is still possible. SportsBetting.ag is offering him at +600 as the next NFL head coach to vacate his position, involuntarily or voluntarily.

      Under Pressure in D.C. & Indy

      Ron Rivera led the Washington Commanders, formerly the Washington Football Team, to the playoffs during his first season as head coach in 2020. This was despite a record of 7-9 in the regular season. Although the team was expected to improve further in 2021, Washington stumbled to a 7-10 season.

      Rivera admits that he's "tired" of being an easy target. On the field and off, the Commanders are dealing with significant controversy. Legal disputes, allegations of sexual misconduct across the ranks and an unsynchronized line have weighed heavily on the franchise.

      Rivera is being offered at +800 by SportsBetting.ag to be the next NFL coach fired - slightly longer odds than the Indianapolis Colts' Frank Reich at +700.

      Colts owner Jim Irsay has said that Reich's job is safe for now, but that could change if the latest acquisition of a veteran quarterback in longtime Atlanta Falcon Matt Ryan doesn't help Indianapolis advance past the first round of the playoffs.

      Next NFL Coach Fired/Resign (SportsBetting.ag)

      Matt Rhule (3-1)

      Mike McCarthy (5-1)

      Pete Carroll (6-1)

      Frank Reich (7-1)

      Ron Rivera (8-1)

      Dan Campbell (10-1)

      Kevin Stefanski (10-1)

      Kliff Kingsbury (12-1)

      Mike Vrabel (12-1)

      Arthur Smith (14-1)

      Robert Saleh (14-1)

      John Harbaugh (16-1)

      Mike Tomlin (16-1)

      Nick Sirianni (25-1)

      Kyle Shanahan (33-1)

      Bill Belichick (50-1)

      Lovie Smith (50-1)

      Todd Bowles (50-1)

      Brandon Staley (66-1)

      Brian Daboll (66-1)

      Dennis Allen (66-1)

      Doug Pederson (66-1)

      Kevin O'Connell (66-1)

      Matt Eberflus (66-1)

      Mike McDaniel (66-1)

      Nathaniel Hackett 66-1)

      Zac Taylor (66-1)

      Matt Lafleur (80-1)

      Andy Reid (100-1)

      Josh McDaniels (100-1)

      Sean McDermott 100-1)

      Sean McVay (100-1)

      --Erik Gibbs, Field Level Media

  • First-rounder Kenny Pickett finally signs with Steelers
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Nearly two months after he was drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Kenny Pickett was the last first-round pick to sign a contract.

    • Pickett was the only quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

      Rookie contracts are set by the NFL's slotting system, but only the length of the deal and financial terms are determined in advance. Offset language, which covers scenarios in which players don't reach the end of the four-year deal and fifth-year option with the same team, is often a sticking point.

      Head coach Mike Tomlin said Pickett is in the competition to replace Ben Roethlisberger, along with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky.

      Pickett and Tomlin have been acquaintances for several years. Pickett played home games at Heinz Field, home of the Steelers, and logged 52 games at the University of Pittsburgh. He threw for more than 12,000 yards with 81 career touchdowns.

      Pickett's four-year deal is worth $14 million with a fifth-year option.

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime Washington DB Brig Owens dies at 79
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Brig Owens, a defensive back with Washington for 12 of his 13 NFL seasons, has died at age 79.

    • He died on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Military Bowl Foundation, where he was a board member. No cause of death was released.

      "Brig was such a special person," Military Bowl Foundation president and executive director Steve Beck said in a statement. "He believed so strongly in helping others and repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to giving back to the community. He was an important part of the Military Bowl Foundation and took great pride in helping our nation's service members."

      Owens, a native of Linden, Texas, ranks second in Washington franchise history with 36 interceptions and first with 686 interception return yards. He scored five defensive touchdowns in his career (three on INTs, two on fumble returns), and is one of just four players in club history with five or more defensive scores.

      Owens recorded an end-zone interception in his only Super Bowl appearance, a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. He also scored two defensive touchdowns -- a 62-yard fumble return and a 60-yard interception return -- in a 72-41 win over the New York Giants in 1966, which remains the NFL's highest-scoring game in history. Owens had three interceptions in the game.

      The respected Owens, who was Black, also gained notoriety by rooming for 12 seasons with former tight end Jerry Smith, who was white, at training camp and on road trips. They became the league's first interracial roommates.

      A member of Washington's Ring of Fame, Owens was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round in 1965 after a storied college career at quarterback at Cincinnati. Dallas moved him to safety, then traded him to Washington after his rookie season spent on the sideline.

      Owens became an immediate starter at safety in Washington, leading the team with seven picks in 1966 -- one of three seasons with five or more INTs in his career. He went on to play every game for Washington in 11 straight seasons from 1966-1976 and didn't miss a game until his final year in 1977.

      For his career, Owens played 158 games and made 123 starts, all with Washington.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Colts, Ravens DL Tony Siragusa dies at 55
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman Tony Siragusa, who played 12 seasons for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, has died at age 55.

    • Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Siragusa's death over social media. Pro Football Network reported that Siragusa, who was affectionately known as "Goose" during his playing career, died in his sleep.

      "I'm heart broken as is all of Colts Nation," Irsay tweeted.

      Siragusa won a title with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. He finished with 564 tackles, 22 sacks and nine fumble recoveries in 169 games (148 starts) for the Colts (1990-96) and Ravens. He retired after the 2001 season over a decade after he broke into the league as an undrafted free agent in 1990.

      "He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. "Tony's larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community."

      The 6-foot-3 Siragusa played at 330 pounds during his career.

      Siragusa went on to become a sports personality and an actor. He was a sideline analyst for Fox Sports from 2003-15. He also had a speaking role in Spike Lee's movie "25th Hour" in 2002 and also appeared in an episode of "The Sopranos" in 2004.

      Siragusa's is the second death that hit the Ravens' organization in one day. Earlier Wednesday, the team announced that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died at the age of 26.

      "This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens," Bisciotti wrote. "We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff."

      --Field Level Media

  • Congress: Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted 'shadow' probe
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a "shadow investigation" into allegations that he oversaw a toxic workplace culture, according to a document released Wednesday by a Congressional committee.

    • The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a 29-page memo, supported by more than 600 pages of depositions, based on its eight-month investigation.

      Among the findings, the report alleges Snyder attempted to discredit former employees who made accusations of workplace sexual harassment and also hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses.

      Snyder, 57, declined an invitation to testify before the committee, saying he would be out of town for business.

      Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) said Wednesday that she will subpoena Snyder to appear.

      "The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable," Maloney said. "That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders."

      The NFL fined the Commanders $10 million in June 2021 following an investigation led by Beth Wilkinson. Snyder stepped away from day-to-day operations at that time.

      NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours before the committee on Wednesday.

      U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) asked Goodell if the NFL planned to take further actions against Snyder.

      "I don't have the authority to remove him, Congresswoman," Goodell said.

      An owner can only be removed by a three-quarters majority vote (24 of 32) of fellow owners, although Goodell does have the authority to recommend a vote.

      "It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in numerous respects: bullying, widespread disrespect toward colleagues, use of demeaning language, public embarrassment, and harassment," Goodell said in his prepared opening remarks.

      "... The workplace at the Commanders today bears no resemblance to the workplace that has been described to this committee."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Rams CB Jalen Ramsey recovering from shoulder surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is recovering from shoulder surgery, NFL Network reported.

    • The 27-year-old All-Pro posted a photo of himself, wearing a sling, with his children on social media.

      "ALL IS WELL!" tweeted Ramsey, who is expected to be ready before the start of the 2022 season.

      Ramsey made the All-Pro first team for the third time, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and helped the Rams win a Super Bowl championship last season.

      Ramsey reportedly played with tears in both shoulders last season.

      He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson, 26, dies suddenly
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died at the age of 26.

    • The team announced Ferguson's sudden death on Wednesday morning.

      "We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson," the Ravens said. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."

      Police said officers responded to a home in north Baltimore at approximately 11:25 p.m. ET Tuesday and found Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene.

      Authorities said there were no signs of trauma or foul play. The medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death.

      Ferguson set an NCAA record with 45 career sacks at Louisiana Tech and was drafted in the third round by the Ravens in 2019. Known at Louisiana Tech as "Sack Daddy," Ferguson and his partner, Doni, had two children.

      Safarrah Lawson, Ferguson's agent, told NFL Network the family would appreciate privacy at this time.

      Ferguson posted 4.5 career sacks and 67 total tackles in 38 games (10 starts) with the Ravens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Details of sexual assault allegation against Daniel Snyder emerge
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    A female employee within the Washington Commanders' organization accused owner Daniel Snyder of sexual harassment and assault in April 2009, according to a report by the Washington Post.

    • In a letter obtained by the Post that a team attorney sent to the woman's lawyer, the alleged victim said that Snyder asked for sex, groped her and also attempted to remove her clothes. According to the letter, the encounter happened in a secluded area of a private plane on a flight back to Washington following a work trip.

      The letter was written by Howard Shapiro of WilmerHale law firm, which was tasked with helping look into the accusations against Snyder. Shapiro insisted that the claims were "knowingly false."

      Snyder also denied the woman's claims, according to the letter.

      A $1.6 million settlement was reached in 2009, originally reported by the Post in 2020. The woman had accused Snyder of sexual misconduct, but there were no further details reported since the settlement was confidential, and the woman was not allowed to speak publicly on the matter.

      The team's investigation of the sexual assault allegations was supervised by then-general counsel David Donovan, though at the time the NFL's conduct policy stated that the league office must oversee any sexual assault investigations.

      Donovan noted that passengers on the plane who had been interviewed did not mention any signs of struggle. He also said that the woman was flirtatious and wore provocative clothing to combat a claim that she made stating that she had an "impeccable personal and professional reputation."

      The report comes one day before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to testify remotely before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is investigating Snyder and the Commanders over various accusations of workplace misconduct. Snyder has declined to testify.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers sign ex-Bengals DT Larry Ogunjobi to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    The Pittsburgh Steelers added a familiar face to help their defensive line, signing former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year contract Tuesday.

    • The team announced the signing, but did not reveal terms of the deal.

      It marks the second free-agent agreement this offseason for Ogunjobi, who appeared set to join the Chicago Bears in March on a reported three-year $40.5 million contract before he failed the Bears' physical. Ogunjobi is coming off a foot injury suffered in the Bengals' AFC wild-card win over the Las Vegas Raiders en route to a Super Bowl appearance.

      Ogunjobi, who turned 28 earlier this month, set career highs in sacks (7.0), tackles for loss (12) and quarterback hits (16) last season for Cincinnati. He played and started 16 of 17 games, posting 49 tackles.

      Pittsburgh will mark Ogunjobi's third AFC North team in his NFL career. Originally a third-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2017, he played four seasons there before spending 2021 with the Bengals.

      Ogunjobi has recorded 229 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in 76 career games (63 starts).

      The Steelers' addition comes nearly three weeks after longtime defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt announced his retirement.

      --Field Level Media