Frustrated Chargers withdraw offer to holdout first-rounder Joey Bosa

The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to holdout first-round pick Joey Bosa, a sign of their growing frustration.
Here is their full statement:
Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.
Our offer included:

  • An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.


  • More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).


  • The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today.  The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.  Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.
As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games.

Bills' Marcell Dareus to enter rehab facility

Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus plans to enter a rehab facility after being suspended four games for missing NFL drug tests.
“After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility,” Dareus said in a statement. “I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process.”
The Bills said: “We are fully supportive of Marcell and this decision to take the time he needs to seek treatment.”

Saints cut Keenan Lewis

The New Orleans Saints cut veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis.
In an Instagram post on Friday night, Lewis thanked the fans in New Orleans for an “awesome journey” and wrote that he will “see y’all soon hope y’all still cheer for me.”
The transaction hasn’t been processed yet.
Lewis was limited to six games last season.
He’s undergone sports hernia, knee and hip surgeries.

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell apologizes for three-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been suspended for the first three games of the season following a violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy and an appeal.

The suspension was reduced from four games to three.

Bell missed the first two games in 2015 following an August 2014 incident with teammate LeGarrette Blount en route to the airport to catch a team charter to a preseason game against the Eagles.

“I couldn’t go to the facility to get tested, they couldn’t come to me and get tested and I missed those tests and that’s on me,” Bell said of a December test.

Bell said he overslept for an April test that was scheduled for 5:37 a.m. on a Saturday.

Missed tests are considered failed tests by the league.

“I am not a perfect person, I am not going to sit here and act like I am a perfect person,” Bell said on the video that he later deleted. “I made some mistakes, but I want you guys to understand I didn’t purposely miss any drug tests. I never failed any drug tests. I haven’t smoked since December 2014. All of the drug tests are random.”

“We will continue to support Le’Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “We will continue to work with Le’Veon to help him eliminate distractions in his life so he can reach his full potential as a member of our community as well as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

“I am genuinely sorry for not being on the field and not being available to you guys and help the Steelers win ring No. 7,” he said.

“I can’t sit here and blame anybody else for missing my tests, but I just want everybody to understand I didn’t purposely try to evade or avoid any drug tests,” Bell said. “I don’t have any problems.”

Eagles trade for Dorial Green-Beckham, send Dennis Kelly to Titans

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly
A 2015 second-round pick, is a former top high school recruit who finished with 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Green-Beckham is an imposing receiver who becomes the Eagles’ biggest target.
Green-Beckham has a history of off-field issues.
The Titans ran out of patience with him.

 He started his college career at Missouri, where he was dismissed after a burglary and assault investigation for allegedly pushing a female down stairs. He was not charged for the incident. He was also arrested twice for marijuana-related incidents, but no charges were filed. He transferred to Oklahoma, although he never played a game.

Kelly has 15 career starts for Philadelphia.

Bills rookie Reggie Ragland having surgery for torn ACL

Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland will undergo surgery to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament repaired.
He’ll miss the entire season.
The second-round pick was slated to start.
The Bills are also waiting for first-round pick Shaq Lawson to recover from shoulder surgery.
Ragland was penciled in as an immediate starter.
The Bills signed Brandon Spikes and  David Hawthorne to fill in.
Zach Brown is now projected to start.