Jul 29, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) catches a pass during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns RB Kareem Hunt requests trade; team says no

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has requested a trade but the team told him he won’t be dealt, Cleveland.com reported Sunday.

Hunt, who turned 27 on Saturday, sat out the past two days of team drills and wants his contract reworked. According to the report, he is taking part in individual drills only as part of his stand.

The Browns signed Hunt to a one-year deal in February 2019, giving him a second chance in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs cut him the previous November after a video surfaced of an incident that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in an altercation.

Hunt later apologized and called his conduct “wrong and inexcusable.”

The NFL suspended him for the first eight games of the 2019 season.

Hunt is playing this season on the second year of a two-year contract worth up to $13.25 million if incentives are met.

Last season, Hunt played in eight games (one start), losing time to injuries and COVID-19. He ran for 386 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries and added 174 yards on 22 catches.

Hunt was a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season for the Chiefs, when he carried the ball 272 times for a league-leading 1,327 yards and scored eight times. He added 455 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

In 32 games (nine starts) with the Browns, he has 2,169 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns.

The Browns have strength at the running back position, with established starter Nick Chubb, D’Ernest Johnson and rookie Jerome Ford among the players in camp.

–Field Level Media

Published Caption:  Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry fends off Dolphins defender Jerome Baker after a third-quarter reception in Week 1. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig] Original Caption:  Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry fends off Dolphins defender Jerome Baker after a third-quarter reception in Week 1.

Patriots Expecting More From N Keal Harry

Reports: Bears to acquire WR N’Keal Harry from Patriots

The Chicago Bears are acquiring receiver N’Keal Harry from the New England Patriots in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2024, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Harry was a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2019 but didn’t live up to the billing. He has just 57 catches for 598 yards and four touchdowns in 33 games over three NFL campaigns.

Harry, 24, had just 12 receptions for 184 yards in 12 games (four starts) last season.

His best season came in 2020 when he made 33 catches for 309 yards and two scores in 14 games (nine starts).

–Field Level Media

Aug 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and head coach Kyle Shanahan before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan still expects 49ers to trade Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains with the San Francisco 49ers for now, but the franchise’s decision-makers continue to be open about their preference for trading him before the 2022 season.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters at organized team activities Tuesday and was asked about where things stood with Garoppolo.

“I expect him at some time, most likely, to be traded, but who knows? That’s not a guarantee,” Shanahan said. “It’s been on hold when (his surgery) happened. When he’s healthy, we will see what happens.”

Garoppolo underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder during the offseason and is continuing to rehab.

In March, 49ers general manager John Lynch said if he could not orchestrate a trade, the team would keep Garoppolo on the roster rather than release him.

As the team wants to move forward with 2021 third overall draft pick Trey Lance as their starting quarterback next season, Garoppolo himself has been on board with the plan of starting over somewhere new.

In February, shortly after Garoppolo and the 49ers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, the 30-year-old signal-caller said he and Lynch had discussed “finding the right destination” for him.

In five years in San Francisco, Garoppolo has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions over 46 games (45 starts). He led the Niners to Super Bowl LIV in February 2020, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has just a 74.1 passer rating over six playoff starts, with 962 yards, four touchdown passes and six picks.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) leaves the field after a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals during a AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans trade WR A.J. Brown to Eagles for pair of draft picks

The Tennessee Titans traded disgruntled receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks during Thursday night’s NFL draft in Las Vegas.

The Titans acquired a first-round selection (18th overall) and third-round pick (101st) for Brown, who had expressed unhappiness with his contract situation.

According to multiple reports, the Eagles agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with Brown that includes $57 million in guaranteed money.

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said trading Brown was “just another example of making tough decisions.”

“I’m confident we went to the extreme to try to keep A.J. here,” Vrabel said. “I was involved in the process the entire time. … I know that it probably doesn’t get received like that publicly, but this was a difficult process to get through, and I know what the gap we had to bridge was. This wasn’t easy.”

Tennessee wasted no time finding a potential replacement, using the No. 18 pick on promising Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks — the highest-selected Arkansas wide receiver since the common draft was instituted in 1967.

Burks said, “I am happy to be a part of the team now and play my role. I wouldn’t say I am (Brown’s) replacement, but I am thankful for the opportunity and that they believed in me to make that trade.”

Brown was entering the final season of his rookie contact, a four-year, $5.65 million deal. Since he was a second-round draft choice, there was no fifth-year option for the Titans to consider picking up.

Brown, who turns 25 in June, wasn’t partaking in Titans voluntary workouts and had hinted he expected to have a new lucrative deal before training camp.

Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowl selection, caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 games (36 starts) over three seasons with Tennessee. He had 63 catches for 869 yards and five scores in 13 games last season and missed four games late in the season with a chest injury.

Burks caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games for the Razorbacks last season. He set a school record with six 100-yard outings and earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

Burks had 146 catches for 2,399 yards and 18 touchdowns in 32 career games (30 starts) over three college seasons.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) makes a one-handed catch against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens deal WR Marquise Brown to Cards, net first-round pick

The Baltimore Ravens sent wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a third-round draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals to acquire an additional first-round choice, according to multiple media reports Thursday night.

The Ravens used the 14th overall pick on Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, then moved back into the first round by acquiring the 23rd overall pick from Arizona.

Brown was the Ravens’ first-round selection in the 2019 draft, and he played three seasons with quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. He posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2021 when he caught 91 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (all starts).

The trade was unexpected, with Brown figuring to be Baltimore’s No. 1 receiver in 2022.

In Arizona, Brown will be reunited with his college quarterback, Kyler Murray. Murray and Brown spent two seasons together at Oklahoma, where Murray compiled 2,413 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in 27 career games.

The Cardinals and Murray had a turbulent offseason, with Murray’s camp demanding a contract extension and an ESPN report indicating that the team had concerns Murray was “self-centered” and “immature.”

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Jan 2, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Texans acquire fifth-round selection from Pats for two late picks

The 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday with the first round, but the Houston Texans and New England Patriots were ready to swap some Saturday picks.

The Texans acquired the No. 170 overall pick, a fifth-rounder, from the Patriots on Monday in exchange for No. 183 (sixth round) and No. 245 (seventh round).

The 170th pick originally belonged to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay traded it to New England last month in exchange for guard Shaq Mason.

Now the Patriots have turned that single pick into two. They raised their total haul to nine picks with Monday’s trade, while the Texans still have 10 after packaging the two late-round choices for one.

Houston selects third and 13th overall in Thursday’s first round, the latter pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns in the Deshaun Watson trade. The Patriots’ first pick is at No. 21.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) during warmups prior to a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers WR Deebo Samuel requests trade

Deebo Samuel wants a long-term contract, but not from the San Francisco 49ers.

According to NFL Network, the All-Pro wide receiver asked the 49ers to trade him and has no plans to report for offseason workouts.

Samuel is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract that paid a total of $7,247,476 as a second-round pick in the 2019 draft.

A versatile piece of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel also lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.

Samuel could command a deal worth $20 million to $25 million per season after the market for No. 1 receivers was reset in recent weeks.

Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins) and Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders) were traded and netted new contracts to reach the plateau previously hit only by DeAndre Hopkins with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Green Bay Packers own multiple first-round picks as a result of the Adams trade and likely would have interest in Samuel, as would the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts, 9-8 last season, fell short of the playoff by virtue of a loss at Jacksonville in the regular-season finale and have since remade the roster with moves for quarterback Matt Ryan, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

But the Colts are thin at wide receiver and don’t have a first-round pick in 2022.

Indianapolis and San Francisco completed a deal for a first-round pick in 2020, with the Colts landing All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.

Count the Chiefs among teams likely to consider a call to 49ers general manager John Lynch about Samuel. With Hill gone, the Chiefs have been heavily invested in scouting the top wideouts in the 2022 draft class.

The teams got together for the 2019 trade that sent franchise-tagged pass rusher Dee Ford to the 49ers for a second-round pick.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A detail view of New Orleans Saints helmets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Saints, Eagles swap first-round picks in massive trade

The New Orleans Saints picked up a second first-round pick in this month’s NFL draft from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade Monday that involved eight total selections changing hands.

The Eagles dealt the 16th and 19th overall picks plus a sixth-rounder to the Saints in return for the 18th overall pick, selections in the third and seventh rounds, New Orleans’ 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 second-rounder.

The hefty trade leaves the Saints with two picks in the middle of the first round instead of one.

Philadelphia had started the day with three first-round selections — Nos. 15, 16 and 19. No. 15 originally belonged to the Miami Dolphins before a pre-draft trade last year helped Miami move into Philadelphia’s sixth overall spot. The 16th pick first belonged to Indianapolis and conveyed to the Eagles in the Carson Wentz trade.

The Eagles hung onto No. 15 and received No. 18 from New Orleans while adding another first-round pick in 2023.

New Orleans missed the playoffs in 2021, the first season following Drew Brees’ retirement. The Saints re-signed Jameis Winston to be their presumptive starting quarterback once he recovers from last October’s ACL tear.

Adding a second first-round pick may signal the Saints’ intent to package them in order to move up.

The Eagles’ front office has said they will start Jalen Hurts at quarterback in 2022 and they needed to put more pieces around him on offense.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches from the field during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins deal WR DeVante Parker to Patriots

The Miami Dolphins are trading wide receiver DeVante Parker to the AFC East rival New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

The Dolphins also will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per the reports.

Parker, 29, became expendable after Miami acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in last month’s trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after a breakout season by 2021 rookie Jaylen Waddle.

A first-round pick in 2015 (14th overall), Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2021. Over seven seasons with the Dolphins, he logged 338 catches for 4,727 yards and 24 scores in 93 games (64 starts). His best season was 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine TDs, all career highs.

Under the two remaining years on his contract, Parker is due a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023, per Spotrac.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) walks off the field after a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Packers trade WR Davante Adams to Raiders

The Green Bay Packers are trading two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for a package that includes at least a first-round pick in this year’s draft, ESPN and NFL Network reported Thursday.

Adams also gets a new five-year contract from the Raiders worth $141.25 million, making him the highest-paid wideout and non-quarterback in the NFL, per the reports. It has an average annual value of $28.25 million per year.

Among receivers, that tops Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins, whose on-paper average salary is $27.3 million per season. It shatters the total value of Amari Cooper’s $100 million contract.

The Packers get a second pick in this year’s draft, per ESPN. NFL Network reports a player could be headed to Green Bay in the deal as well.

Adams was given the franchise designation by the Packers, blocking his path to unrestricted free agency with a one-year deal that would pay him more than $20 million for 2022.

But Adams informed the Packers he would not play under the franchise designation, with NFL Network reporting that Adams — who leads NFL wideouts in catches, yards and TD receptions since 2016 — grew frustrated last summer with long-term contract negotiations with the Green Bay front office. The same report stated that quarterback Aaron Rodgers knew of Adams’ discontent and the ensuing trade discussions before restructuring his deal with the Packers this month.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He has 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

–Field Level Media