Dec 20, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun the Dolphin? Miami favored to acquire Texans’ QB

With Deshaun Watson reportedly telling new coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the Houston Texans again, the Miami Dolphins are favored to be the quarterback’s next NFL destination.

The Dolphins have an interesting trade piece in 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa and are the +250 favorites by SportsBetting.com to land Watson this offseason. They are narrowly ahead of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets at +300.

The Broncos with Drew Lock and the Jets with Sam Darnold are each evaluating their quarterback situation this offseason and are viewed as potential landing spots for veterans on the move. However, neither team is among the four that Russell Wilson’s agent reportedly told ESPN his client is willing to go to if traded by the Seattle Seahawks.

Watson reportedly met with Culley late last week and reiterated his desire to be moved by Houston.

Among his issues with the franchise, Watson was unhappy with the trade of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last year and with not being consulted on the hiring of a new general manager this offseason.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

Other teams expected to be in the Watson sweepstakes by SportsBetting.com include the Carolina Panthers (+600) and the Chicago Bears, Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, each at +1200. The Panthers’ odds have shortened from +1200 when the sportsbook installed Watson trade odds in January.

With Wilson’s developing situation in Seattle, the Seahawks’ odds have shortened from +10000 to +5000 to acquire Watson.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:
Miami Dolphins +250
Denver Broncos +300
New York Jets +300
Carolina Panthers +600
Chicago Bears +1200
Washington Football Team +1200
Philadelphia Eagles +1200
San Francisco 49ers +1500
Dallas Cowboys +1500
New England Patriots +2000
New Orleans Saints +2000
Las Vegas Raiders +2000
Jacksonville Jaguars +3000
Minnesota Vikings +4000
New York Giants +4000
Cleveland Browns +4000
Atlanta Falcons +5000
Seattle Seahawks +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Pittsburgh Steelers +6600
Los Angeles Chargers +7000
Cincinnati Bengals +7000
Arizona Cardinals +7000
Baltimore Ravens +7000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10000
Buffalo Bills +20000
Green Bay Packers +20000
Kansas City Chiefs +50000

The Detroit Lions (Jared Goff), Indianapolis Colts (Carson Wentz) and Los Angeles Rams (Matthew Stafford) are not being offered as potential Watson destinations as they have agreed to acquire new starting quarterbacks in trades that cannot be made official until the league year begins next month.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans release WR Adam Humphries

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks during a press conference ahead of Super Bowl LV, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Perry Knotts/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans waived wide receiver Adam Humphries on Thursday, a move that saves the team $4.5 million in cap space.

Humphries had two years left on a $36 million deal he signed with the Titans in 2019. His release leaves $5 million in dead money for this season.

Humphries, 27, played in just seven games (one start) in 2020. Lingering effects from a concussion suffered in Week 8 effectively ended a season that was also cut short with a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was put on injured reserve Dec. 8.

He had 23 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns, ending his tenure in Tennessee with 60 total catches.

He had 219 catches with nine touchdowns in four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks during a press conference ahead of Super Bowl LV, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Perry Knotts/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFLPA chief tells agents to collude on free-agent offers

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told player agents they should collude on free-agent offers to keep teams honest on the reduced salary cap, ESPN reported.

Smith made the comments during an all-agent seminar on Thursday, ESPN reported, citing a person on the videoconference.

Smith expects the 2021 salary cap to be close to the $180 million floor negotiated by the league and the NFLPA, per the report. The cap was $198.2 million last year, prior to the coronavirus pandemic slashing team and league revenues.

Smith told the agents it’s OK to work together to get best possible terms for players, per the report.

While teams are not allowed to collude, there’s no law against players exchanging information, per the report.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deshaun Watson tells new coach he wants out of Houston

Disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson met with new head coach David Culley late last week and told him he has no intention of playing for the team again, ESPN reported Thursday.

It’s the latest nugget in the staredown between Watson and the Texans that began more than a month ago.

Watson’s unhappiness with the team began with the process around the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio. He reportedly was unhappy with the Texans after the team did not consult with him before hiring Caserio.

Watson’s issue reportedly wasn’t with Caserio, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.

The hiring of Culley, who is Black, did nothing to change Watson’s outlook, a sentiment he reportedly shared directly with Culley last Friday when they met.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday, saying “loyalty is everything. Don’t you EVER forget it.”

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks back to the sideline following a failed third down play against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stands behind Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders favored to land Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

The Las Vegas Raiders have emerged as the favorites to land Russell Wilson should the Seattle Seahawks trade their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

The Raiders were installed as the 5/1 favorite on Feb. 9 by SportsBetting.com to acquire Wilson. That was after the quarterback said in multiple interviews that he was not happy with the amount of sacks he takes in Seattle and wanted a voice in personnel decisions.

That reportedly did not sit well with the Seahawks’ front office. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that his client has not demanded a trade but if one was considered, the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears are “the only teams he would go to.”

Thursday’s developments drove the odds of Las Vegas landing Wilson down to 4/1 at SportsBetting.com.

The Miami Dolphins are second at 7/1, followed by the Washington Football Team (8/1), Cowboys (10/1), Saints (12/1) and New York Jets (12/1).

However, the sportsbook is still offering Wilson as the 1/5 favorite to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback in Week 1 compared to 7/2 that it will be someone else.

Wilson, 32, has three years left on a four-year, $140 million contract he signed in April 2019. That deal includes a no-trade clause, giving Wilson veto power over any potential trade.

The Saints are considered a longshot due to salary cap issues, while the Cowboys are trying to work out a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, who played last season under the franchise tag.

The Bears are facing a major decision at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky a pending free agent and veteran Nick Foles failing to hold onto the starting job last season.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has continued to back incumbent starter Derek Carr while Las Vegas has reportedly fielded calls from other teams interested in backup Marcus Mariota.

Russell Wilson’s next team odds by SportsBetting.com:
Las Vegas Raiders 4/1
Miami Dolphins 7/1
Washington Football Team 8/1
Dallas Cowboys 10/1
New Orleans Saints 12/1
New York Jets 12/1
Denver Broncos 15/1
Chicago Bears 15/1
Carolina Panthers 15/1
New England Patriots 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles 40/1
Minnesota Vikings 40/1
Cleveland Browns 40/1
New York Giants 50/1
Houston Texans 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 50/1
Atlanta Falcons 50/1
Tennessee Titans 50/1
Detroit Lions 50/1
Los Angeles Chargers 70/1
Cincinnati Bengals 70/1
Los Angeles Rams 70/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Indianapolis Colts 80/1
Baltimore Ravens 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1
Green Bay Packers 200/1
Buffalo Bills 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 500/1

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2018; Evanston, IL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defender Kwity Paye (left) sacks Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (right) in the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan, Northwestern to honor Big Ten football legend

Future football games between Michigan and Northwestern will be played for the George Jewett Trophy in honor of the first Black player in the Big Ten.

Jewett, who went on to become a doctor, played at both schools in the 1890s and was a standout on both sides of the ball. It will be the first trophy in the FBS to be named for a Black football player.

The first Jewett Trophy is scheduled to be awarded on Oct. 23 when the Wildcats and Wolverines meet at Michigan Stadium.

“We are proud that the University of Michigan and Northwestern University will honor Dr. Jewett’s extraordinary humanity, courage, intelligence, success and legacy with the first rivalry game trophy featuring an African American football player in FBS and Big Ten history,” conference commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “Dr. Jewett’s dedication and perseverance to achieve excellence in every area of his life are an inspiration to every man and woman and provide evidence that with hard work and passion there are no limitations to achieving your dreams. We must continue to work together to honor Dr. Jewett by eliminating racism and hate and creating equality in our society.”

This will become the 16th rivalry game trophy in the Big Ten. Michigan plays Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug and Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Northwestern and Illinois compete for the Land of Lincoln Trophy.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos release DE Jurrell Casey

The Denver Broncos released five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jurrell Casey, the team announced Thursday.

Casey spent one season with the Broncos after being acquired from the Tennessee Titans in March for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 31-year-old Casey recorded 14 tackles while starting three games in 2020 before sustaining a torn biceps that ended his season.

The move to part ways with Casey will save the Broncos $11,874,750 in 2021 salary cap space and $13.85 million in 2022, per Spotrac.

Casey started 137 of his 139 games with the Titans from 2011-19 since being selected by Tennessee with a third-round pick in 2011.

Casey’s career totals through 142 games (140 starts) include 507 tackles, 117 quarterback hits, 51 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids the tackle by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks split could happen ‘soon’

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are headed for divorce, according to a detailed report by The Athletic on Thursday.

“Some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future,” per The Athletic.

Wilson could command up to three first-round picks, per multiple reports, and the 32-year-old has three years left on a four-year, $140 million deal he signed in April 2019.

The Athletic reported the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints all have a level of interest in Wilson.

In a wide-ranging deep dive into the rift between Wilson and the Seahawks, the report focuses on a difference of opinion between Wilson and the organization about the design of the offense and personnel on the offensive line.

Wilson responded to reports of his frustration with the Seahawks following the Super Bowl, a game he attended as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year as a guest of commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson told “The Dan Patrick Show” he was increasingly concerned about the nearly 400 career sacks he’s taken in nine seasons.

“That’s a big thing that we gotta fix. That’s gotta be fixed,” Wilson said.

The Athletic report said Wilson had been firing off testy text messages to Jake Heaps, a former teammate and private passing coach, during the game. It was a simmering position for Wilson that boiled over during a meeting The Athletic said ended in Wilson storming out of the room before the Seahawks played Arizona on Thursday night in November 2020.

Per the report, Wilson gave the team an outline of his ideas to fix the offense but head coach Pete Carroll shook him off.

Within the new report, several sources are interviewed and there is blame assessed from those sources on either side.

One attributed comment from former running back Robert Turbin, who was in Wilson’s wedding, indicated the quarterback’s well-being is at the center of the issues.

“The reason that we’re here is because he’s on pace to be the most sacked quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Turbin told The Athletic.

But another source, pointing to a two-game stretch in which Wilson committed seven turnovers and Carroll scaled back the offense, sided with Seattle.

“He’s finally catching heat. That’s the main reason for all of this,” the source is quoted as saying.

A coach from another team said “It’s a great story. There is a lot there. Money, greed, power and control.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Justin Foster (35) rushes a Syracuse Orange lineman during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson DE Justin Foster retires after bout with COVID-19

Dec 6, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) runs onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson defensive end Justin Foster announced his retirement from football after missing the entire 2020 season battling symptoms of COVID-19.

Foster was projected to start for Clemson last season after finishing second on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2019. However, Foster tested positive for the virus in August 2020, a battle from which he has not yet fully recovered.

“With sadness but no regret, I have decided it is in my best interest to call it a career and hang up football,” Foster posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

“I was born with asthma and allergies that, when active, affect my ability to breathe normally,” Foster wrote. “The combination of these conditions, along with contracting COVID, made for a severe difficulty to perform physically. While my situation has improved, I am not in a position now, or do I see that position soon, to step back on the field.”

Foster, who graduated last year, chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida and Georgia, among others, in the class of 2017.

He finishes with seven career sacks.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) runs onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent J.J. Watt reportedly has $15M-$16M offer

Free agent J.J. Watt received at least one offer for $15 million to $16 million annually, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Watt was released by the Houston Texans at his request and the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has described his first foray into the open market as “wild.”

Several teams have been connected to Watt, who was a first-round pick out of Wisconsin and spent his entire career to this point with the Texans.

The home-state Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills are rumored to be contenders.

Watt might not be basing his decision entirely on money, considering his contract with the Texans would have paid him $17.5 million in 2021.

Watt turns 32 on March 22 and ESPN reported he has received “multiple offers.”

–Field Level Media