Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Kenny Young (41) reacts after a sack of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the third quarter of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos acquire LB Kenny Young from Rams

The Denver Broncos addressed their linebacker shortage Monday by acquiring Kenny Young from the Los Angeles Rams.

The Broncos also will receive a seventh-round pick from the 2024 NFL Draft in the deal. The Rams will receive a sixth-round selection in that same draft.

Eight-time Pro Bowl selection Von Miller became the latest Denver linebacker to sustain an injury. Miller injured his ankle during Thursday’s 17-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, becoming the eighth injured linebacker for the Broncos — with six of them on injured reserve.

Young, 26, has recorded 46 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in seven games (all starts) this season. The UCLA product is in the final season of his original four-year deal after he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 and becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

Young has 166 tackles, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 53 career games (19 starts) with the Rams and the Baltimore Ravens (2018-19). Los Angeles is expected to find more playing time for rookie linebacker Ernest Jones, a third-round draft pick out of South Carolina.

–Field Level Media

Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly (91) on the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings trade DE Stephen Weatherly to Broncos

The Minnesota Vikings traded defensive end Stephen Weatherly to the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

The Broncos will also receive a 2023 seventh-round pick, while Minnesota will receive a 2022 seventh-round selection in exchange.

Weatherly, 27, has nine tackles in six games since returning to the Vikings this season. He has played 82 snaps on defense and 114 on special teams.

A seventh-round pick by Minnesota in 2016, Weatherly spent his first four seasons with the Vikings before making nine starts last season with the Carolina Panthers.

He has 93 tackles, 20 quarterback hits, six sacks and two forced fumbles in 64 career games (16 starts).

Weatherly fills an immediate need for the injury-depleted Broncos (3-4), who placed linebacker Micah Kiser (groin) on injured reserve in a corresponding move Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson (23) looks on prior to a game between the Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Panthers to acquire CB CJ Henderson from Jaguars

The Carolina Panthers are set to acquire cornerback CJ Henderson from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for tight end Dan Arnold and a third-round draft pick, NFL Network reported Monday.

The Panthers will receive a fifth-round pick from the Jags, per the report. It’s unclear if the picks will be the 2022 draft.

Henderson, 22, started the first two games for the Jags this season but was inactive for Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He missed practice Thursday with an illness.

The 2020 first-round pick has 8.0 tackles on the season and 44 in 10 career games. The former Florida star has one career interception and one forced fumble.

Arnold, 26, has seven receptions for 84 yards in three games (one start) this season. The Jaguars will be his fourth team since debuting with the New Orleans Saints in 2018.

The Panthers had a need at corner after rookie CB Jayecee Horn suffered three broken bones in his foot in Thursday night’s win vs. the Houston Texans.

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Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jamie Collins (8) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions confirm LB Jamie Collins on trade block

Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was excused from the team facility on Thursday as Detroit shops for a trade partner.

Head coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Collins has taken a commendable approach to the Lions’ decision to push other players into larger roles.

Collins, 31, was not at practice and could be released if a trade doesn’t materialize.

“He gave what he had, and we felt like it was time to move on. … We’re in a different place,” Campbell said Thursday.

Campbell pointed to Derrick Barnes as a player who earned a larger role following the Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Barnes played special teams Monday but was not used on defense.

Collins had 101 tackles in 14 games for the Lions last season.

He turns 32 next month and is in his 10th NFL season, having also played for the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

–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: Texans demand six players or picks for QB

Trade suitors for quarterback Deshaun Watson might be left with sticker shock based on the reported asking price from the Houston Texans.

ESPN reported Sunday morning that Houston’s price tag includes a combination of six picks or players to move Watson.

A passive participant at training camp, Watson is unlikely to play for the Texans this season.

Watson is inactive for Week 1 when the Texans kick off the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars under first-year coach David Culley. Watson demanded a trade in the offseason and is under investigation for allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from more than 20 women.

Because of the off-field matters, teams interested in trading for Watson are requesting contingencies on compensation, per the report Sunday.

ESPN said sources around the league confirmed general manager Nick Caserio will not trade the three-time Pro Bowler for anything less than the six combined players and picks.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers acquire CB Ahkello Witherspoon from Seahawks

The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon from the Seattle Seahawks on Friday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The trade is pending completion of a physical.

Witherspoon, 26, signed a one-year, $4 million contract with Seattle on March 19. He spent his first four seasons with the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.

Witherspoon recorded 20 tackles and one interception in 11 games (four starts) with the 49ers last season. He totaled 117 tackles and four picks in 47 career games (33 starts) since being selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets trade TE Chris Herndon to Vikings

The New York Jets are trading tight end Chris Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The Jets are expected to receive multiple draft picks in exchange.

Herndon can step right in to replace Vikings starter Irv Smith Jr., who is having meniscus surgery on his knee this week and will miss the start of the season.

Herndon, 25, caught 31 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) last season. He has 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven scores in 33 games (25 starts) since the Jets drafted him in the fourth round out of Miami in 2018.

After Smith’s injury in the preseason finale, coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged that Minnesota’s tight end depth was “not very good,” with Tyler Conklin, Brandon Dillon, 2021 fifth-round pick Zach Davidson and the undrafted Shane Zylstra on the roster.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens NFL guard Ben Bredeson

Reports: Giants add to O-line, get Ben Bredeson from Ravens

The New York Giants continued to add depth to their offensive line, acquiring guard Ben Bredeson from the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, according to reports.

The Giants are sending a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to the Ravens, reports said. The Giants also get a 2022 fifth-round pick and a 2023 seventh-rounder, per reports.

The move comes a day after the Giants traded for center Billy Price from Cincinnati. They also recently signed interior lineman Ted Larsen.

Bredeson played in 10 games last season as a rookie for the Ravens, who selected the Michigan product in the fourth round of the 2020 draft. He played in just 5 percent of the offensive snaps last season. He wasn’t expected to make Baltimore’s initial 53-man roster.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) forces the fumble of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jets to acquire DE Shaq Lawson from Texans

The New York Jets are acquiring defensive end Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

Per reports, the Texans will receive the Jets’ sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in exchange.

The Texans acquired Lawson and a 2021 sixth-round pick from the Miami Dolphins on March 17 in exchange for linebacker Benardrick McKinney and a seventh-rounder in the same draft.

Lawson, 27, recorded 32 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 14 games (seven starts) with the Dolphins last season. He will play the second season of a three-year, $30 million contract in 2021.

Lawson has 140 tackles, 20.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 64 career games (24 starts) with the Buffalo Bills (2016-19) and Dolphins. He was selected by the Bills with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants punter Ryan Santoso (2) kicks an extra point as New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) holds and New York Jets cornerback Jason Pinnock (41) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers acquire K Ryan Santoso in trade with Giants

The Carolina Panthers acquired kicker Ryan Santoso from the New York Giants on Thursday for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022.

The Giants were actively shopping Santoso, who had a strong training camp but was unlikely to unseat starter Graham Gano.

Panthers incumbent Joey Slye has struggled this offseason, prompting Carolina to sign Dominik Eberle on Tuesday. Eberle was released on Thursday.

Santoso, who celebrated his 26th birthday Thursday, appeared in three games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019. He averaged 59.9 yards on 17 kickoffs with nine touchbacks, but did not attempt a field goal or extra point.

The Panthers will owe the Giants a 2022 seventh-rounder if Santoso is on Carolina’s roster for at least two regular season games.

–Field Level Media