Franchise tag: Orlando Brown Jr. misses the jackpot, Jessie Bates does not plan to play in 2022
End clap for Jason McCourty
Free agent, the veteran defensive back Jason McCourty decided to end his career after 13 seasons in the NFL. The player announced his decision himself via a post on his Instagram account. Aged 34, he began his career with the Titans as a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft. He played 8 seasons in Tennessee, before going through the Browns, Patriots and Dolphins.
McCourty retires with a championship ring, obtained with New England in 2018. Team in which he rubbed shoulders with his twin brother Devin (they became the first twins to play together in a Super Bowl). He has 18 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 108 passes defended, 744 tackles, 1 sack and 9 forced fumbles in 173 games played. According to the New York Post, it could rebound in the media. He is considered the favorite to replace Nate Burleson on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show.
Richie Incognito retires
The offensive guard Richie Incognito officially retired at age 39 and after a 164-game career that began in 2006 with the St. Louis Rams. The former Nebraska star played for the Rams (2006-09), Bills (2009, 2015-17), Dolphins (2010-13) and Raiders (2019-20). The player released a statement last Friday announcing that he would retire with the blacks and silvers.
“I love the Raiders organization, and Mr. Davis means the world to me. This is why after four teams and 15 years, I am retiring as a Raider,” Incognito wrote. “My love of the game has always been what drives me. I know I will miss being in the locker room. I like being with the guys, I like training camp, I like training during the season, I just like the competitive nature of it all. »
Selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft, Incognito made four Pro Bowl appearances (2012, 2015-17) during his career.
The NFL generated $11 billion in revenue in 2021
Sitting in his chair, Roger Goodell smiles and can rub his hands. According to Sportico, the NFL generated $11.1 billion in revenue last season, a 12% increase from 2020 during the pandemic. For each team, that’s a share of about $343.75 million. That’s almost half of the $25 billion set by the league boss in 2010. A goal they aim to achieve by 2027.
This total represents domestic media rights, league partnerships, shared revenue and royalties from various league subsidiaries and affiliates, such as NFL Properties, NFL International and NFL Enterprises. Local revenues are not included in this amount. With the exception of the Packers, the other teams operate privately and do not disclose these numbers.
Bobby Wagner: ‘I didn’t want to leave Seattle, but I’m at peace with the situation’
After 10 years with the Seahawks, Bobby Wagner (LB) found himself a free agent for the first time in his career. And despite his departure, the linebacker still remains committed to the Seattle community. At a charity event earlier last week, he explained that while he wasn’t thrilled with the way the Seahawks handled his departure, he’s happy to continue his career in the South of California, where he grew up.
Of course, there are still feelings [au sujet de sa libération] ,” Wagner said, via the Seattle Times. “But at the end of the day, I have a different perspective. I think my opinion on the matter would have been different had I ended up somewhere else. But having the opportunity to go home and play not far from my family. I haven’t played this close to my family since high school [Colony High à Ontario, en Californie].
“I didn’t want to leave Seattle. But if I had to leave Seattle, coming home was the best solution for me and being able to be at home allows me to be at peace with the situation. But any competitor can’t wait to get back to where they played and where they felt like they had nothing more to do and prove them wrong. »
Ickey Ekwonu (OT, Panthers): “I will do everything I can to protect any quarterback”
Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold, the fight for the position of titular quarterback promises to be intense in the coming weeks on the side of Charlotte. But whoever wins Ickey Ekwonu. The rookie said his approach will not change and that he will do everything possible to ensure the protection of the person behind him.
“No matter who the coaching staff puts on the pitch, I feel like we’ll be ready to go,” Ekwonu said. “We’re all excited about going into training camp. I feel like we all have complete faith in the coaching staff and whoever is behind it, I will do everything I can to keep it safe.”
Justin Jefferson already sees himself at the top of the bill
Barely two years in the league, and Justin Jefferson (WR) already sees himself among the best elements of his position. Asked by Bleacher Report about his top 5 receiving position, the 23-year-old ranked himself in 2e position behind Davante Adams, ahead of Ja’Marr Chase or Cooper Kupp for 3e, and Stefon Diggs in 5th. But he already sees further and believes that he can occupy the place of number 1 at the end of the next season.
“I definitely have to give that to Davante Adams today, he is so crazy and dynamic on the pitch. His plots are insane so I definitely have to give it to him right now, but I’m pretty sure after this year it will be me. »
. Released last March by the Giants, Kyle Rudolph (TE) is generating interest as training camps approach. According to ESPN, the Buccaneers and Vikings came to the information and began to test the waters.
. According to Cleveland.com, the browns will enlist another quarterback to back up Jacoby Brissett if Deshaun Watson is suspended.
. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT), a Canadian offensive lineman who is currently putting his football career on hold to focus on medicine, now has the opportunity to play professional football in his hometown. The Montreal Alouettes (CFL) acquired the rights to the player as part of a trade with the Calgary Stampeders. Currently a free agent in the NFL, he has already indicated that he is open to the possibility of switching from medicine to football and being on the field this season. To try to convince him, Danny Maciocia, general manager of the Alouettes, proposed to affix the “MD” (doctor of medicine) on the back of his jersey.
. Duane Brown (OT) was recently arrested at Los Angeles airport with a gun in his belongings. The arrest has since resulted in formal charges. According to TMZ, Brown was charged with carrying a concealed firearm. This offense is punishable by one year in prison. Constable Kennard McGuire called the situation unintentional.
“To err is human, and this was clearly an accident,” McGuire said. “As a law-abiding citizen, Duane will continue to exercise good judgment and continue his education on gun safety precautions. »
Injured his knee in the last NFC conference final, Tyler Higbee (TE, Rams) should soon be fully recovered and available for the start of the regular season (if not sooner). Operated at the beginning of the calendar year, he was already back in training in May. (The Athletic)
Steelers fans launch petition to change stadium name
It’s not just former local glory Ben Roethlisberger who doesn’t like the new name of the Pittsburgh stadium. The building, barely baptized Acrisure Stadium, already arouses the discontent of the yellow and black people. One of the fans, Daniel Sass, started a petition on Change.org to remove the name “Acrisure Stadium” and replace it with “anything that would have been better”.
“Heinz Field is the only sponsored stadium the team has played in,” reads the petition. “Previously, she played at Three Rivers Stadium, Pitt Stadium and, before that, Forbes Field. But now the Heinz Field sponsorship is gone. His new name has just been announced and he is HORRIBLE!!!! “.
As of Sunday evening, the petition already had more than 6,300 signatures.
Madden 23: players rated 99 leaked
On July 18, EA Sports will begin publishing player ratings for the 2023 edition of the Madden video game. But leaks have already appeared on social media. According to the Madden 23 Leaks Twitter account, TJ Watt (EDGE, Steelers), will finally join the 99 club. Besides Trent Williams (OT, 49ers), Patrick Mahomes (QB, Chiefs), Davante Adams (WR, Raiders), Cooper Kupp (WR, Rams), Aaron Donald (DT, Rams) and Myles Garret (DE, Browns) should also be on this list.
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