Looks to me that the only person who could gum up a proposed trade sending Aaron Rodgers to the Jets is…Aaron Rodgers. It’s pretty clear that the Packers and Jets are committed to making this happen. However, the 39-year-old Rodgers could decide to stay in Green Bay (unlikely) or retire (possible). Most likely scenario, IMO? Rodgers trades one green jersey in for another. And if this deal goes through, it would be surprisingly cap-friendly for the Jets because of the NFL’s funny money system that converts salaries into bonuses and then pro-rates those bonuses over the course of a contract.
OBJ is going to work out for any NFL team that cares to watch today in Arizona. Yeah, I’m interested. It’s been 13 months since he tore up a knee in the Rams’ Super Bowl win over the Bengals. Let’s see what he’s got.
Three weeks, at least. That’s how long Kevin Durant will be out of the Suns’ lineup after spraining his left ankle in a pre-game warmup Wednesday night. He had only played three games for Phoenix after coming over in that trade from Brooklyn before this latest injury.
Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet says he got his money’s worth. The NBA fined VanVleet 30 grant for his very sharp and public criticism of referee Ben Taylor. VanVleet said following Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers that Taylor “fucks the game up.” All righty, then. Freddie’s a little touchy because of the eight techs he has earned so far this season, three of them were called by Taylor, including one on. Wednesday. TBC?
It just didn’t work out for Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas. Ewing went 75-109 overall (including 7-25 this season) in six years as head coach at his alma mater. He will not be back for a seventh season. The Hoyas say they have begun a national search for a new coach.
North Carolina was the AP preseason number one. Now it is very likely the Tar Heels won’t even make The Toarrrrnament. They’re 20-13 after losing to Virginia Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
The 49ers have done well by doing good. They now have a league-leading eleven compensatory picks in the upcoming draft, including three extra selections in the third round at numbers 99, 101 and 102. The ‘Niners were rewarded for their efforts in developing minority candidates who then became a head coach or g.m. with other teams. This impressive roster now includes head coaches Robert Saleh (Jets), Mike McDaniel (Dolphins) and DeMeco Ryans (Texans), as well as g.m.’s Martin Mayhew (Commanders) and Ran Carthon (Titans). This is pretty cool, in my view.
The Texans, on the other hand, have lost a pick. They’ve been stripped of their fifth-rounder and face a $175K NFL fine for providing Deshaun Watson about $27,000 for a membership at non-team athletic facility. The league technically classifies this as a salary-cap violation. The Texans say it was an accounting error. Despite losing that fifth-rounder, Houston is still flush heading into the draft. The Texans have eleven picks, including two in Round One at number two and number twelve.
Even though they just signed Geno Smith to a three-year, $75 mill deal, don’t be surprised if the Seahawks draft a QB. Since Drew Lock is headed for free agency, Smith is currently the only QB under contract in Seattle.