Browns trade Justin Gilbert to Steelers

In a rare in-division trade, the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a trade with Pittsburgh that will send DB Justin Gilbert to the Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.
Gilbert was a disappointment with the Browns they’ve been looking to unload.
The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick, Carolina’s 2018 fourth-round pick and Pittsburgh’s 2018 sixth-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered a 2017 fourth- or fifth-round pick to Philadelphia and a 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.
Gilbert, a first-round pick in 2014, appeared in 23 games with three starts. He totaled 33 tackles, nine passes defensed, one interception and one defensive touchdown.
 

Giants re-sign Will Beatty

The New York Giants have re-signed offensive tackle will Beatty.
Beatty has started 63 games for the Giants.
He’ll back up Ereck Flowers at left tackle.
“I’m feeling a lot of emotions right now,” Beatty said. “It’s just good to be back amongst my teammates and players. I just feel like I’m coming home. Then again, walking through the doors, there’s a lot of changes. A lot of things aren’t the same. It’s that same house that just got remodeled feel. It feels good, but you have to figure out where everything is now. It’s just being here after spending all these years with the Giants, I’m excited to be back. I still have a lot of work to do, a lot of good ahead of me. I’m just taking it one day at a time looking forward to the future.”
Beatty tore his pectoral in 2015 and had surgery. He then tore his rotator cuff and had surgery again.
 

Paul Kruger joins Saints

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger.
Kruger was cut two days ago by the Cleveland Browns.
Kruger, 40, was considered by the Saints in 2013 when he signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with the Browns.
“He still affects the passer. You see a pressure player. He rushes with power,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of Kruger on Tuesday. “I think you see a high motor and a guy that plays extremely strong.”
Kruger had 4 1/2 sacks in 2013, 11 in 2014 and 2 1/2 in 2015.
“My experience has been amazing and I will miss wearing a Browns #99,” Kruger wrote on Twitter. “Although completely miss handled, unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me I do wish the Browns and especially my teammate brothers great success.”
 

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered dislocated knee, torn ACL

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill at practice.
“Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage,” the team said in a statement Tuesday evening after Bridgewater had a magnetic resonance imaging exam. “Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab.”
Shaun Hill is the new starter.
“Today is a disappointing day,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “The No. 1 thing is Teddy is such a great kid,” Everyone loves him.”
Zimmer shut down practice early.
“We’re gonna grieve today and be upset about it,” Zimmer said. “It’s more about our feelings for Teddy and for him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else. Teddy’s a great kid, and he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can, if it is real bad. But we’re going to keep fighting.”

Sources: Rams signing Tavon Austin to contract extension

The Los Angeles Rams are signing veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin to a contract extension that will be announced Saturday night, according to league sources.
Austin is a multi-dimensional former first-round draft pick who was an All-American from West Virginia.
He was playing under a four-year, $12.751 million rookie deal that included a $7.653 million signing bonus.
Austin caught 52 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns last season.
He rushed for 434 yards and four touchdowns.
He had a punt return for a touchdown too.
 

Tony Romo has broken bone in his back, out 6-10 weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back and could miss six to 10 weeks.
He suffered the injury, a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra.
He won’t require surgery.
“We don’t believe that to be the case at all,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said when asked if Romo’s season was in jeopardy. “Again it’s not related to the other back issues that he’s had (and is) very specific to the hit he took the other night at the game. And he came out and he was lobbying to go back in.
“We decided to not have him go back in, and then he actually felt fine after the game. Then he woke up on Friday morning and didn’t feel so good and (the back) stiffened up on him, and that’s when we did the MRI. And that’s what we found.”
 

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for national anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is taking a stand.
He refused to stand during the national anthem due to his feeling that the United States is mistreating racial minorities.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Network. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick sitting on the bench during the national anthem against the Green Bay Packers.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the statement said. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Kaepernick said he didn’t tell the team about his plans.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
 

Source: 49ers trade Kenneth Acker to Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers have traded cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a league source.
He’s a former sixth-round draft pick from SMU.
As a junior, Acker made 128 tackles and six interceptions with a defensive touchdown.
Acker had a stress fracture in his left foot and was placed on injured reserve.
Acker had three interceptions and 58 solo tackles with eight pass deflections in his second NFL season.

Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots

The Cleveland Browns traded outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pikc.
The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Indianapolis’ 2017 seventh-round pick and Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered its 2017 fourth-round pick to Philadelphia and its 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.
Mingo, a first-round draft choice in 2013, appeared in 46 games with 16 starts. He logged 99 career tackles, seven sacks, one interception, 16 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.