The importance of Pro Day

There is more going on at pro days than meets the eye. The college pro day is where NFL draft eligible players get combine tested at their school. For those who were not invited to the NFL Combine in Indy it may be their one and only chance to be tested in Combine drills such as the 40. Once more, it’s a time where coaches and evaluators get a closer and maybe a last look at their prospects.

Mike Tomlin getting intel on some prospects.

When NFL evaluators attend the pro day they already have a good idea of whom they like and don’t like. Thus, they may attend the pro day just to find out one little thing or get confirmation of what they already believe.

So what else are NFL teams looking for on pro day:

Affirmation/confirmation: I spoke to one NFC West area scout about what he looks for on pro day. He said that he’s going to confirm his grade of a player and try to get excited about the player again. “I haven’t really seen the player since October or November so I want to get my eyes on him again.” “I want to make sure my grade is accurate.” “Sometimes after watching him workout and looking at his body I may say; I still like him but my grade is a little rich. Or vice versa.” Another scout told me if he’s on the fence on a player he is going to use the pro day as a way to get off of it, one way or another.

Let the brass kick the tires: When regional scouts and scouting directors are selling their GM and coaches on a player, they will bring them to the pro day. When coaches and GMs attend a pro day they are usually there for just one or two specific players. Coaches are still in the process of getting to know the players so seeing them move around again can help the coach sign off on the potential pick.

Find out “even more” about the player: One AFC scouting director told me that when he goes to a pro day he wants to see how guys interact with his teammates. He said; “I want to know if he is respected by his coaches and teammates, I want to know if he is a team guy or a selfish guy. I want to see how he follows directions and if he roots for his teammates and cares about them. I want to try to envision how he will fit into our locker room.” He also said that he would get another interview to see if the player(s) has/have been consistent with what they have been telling him over the last year.

Are they still working hard? Once the Combine is over, players go back to their respective schools and have to work out on their own. So three to four weeks can pass from the Combine to pro day and some guys will relax and take their foot off the gas. Not many do but there are always a few who will not work as hard once they leave the combine training facility, which may produce a red flag on their draft grade.
Pro day is a busy day for all involved. Many evaluators want access to the college strength coach to get his opinion on the players. They usually know the most since they are with the players on a year round basis. Some head college coaches will hold court and talk about each player to all personnel men in attendance. I’ve seen Jim Harbaugh do this at Stanford once and the scouts couldn’t believe how much time he spent on each player and how honest he was about their potential pro ability.

The really diligent scouts may spend an extra day after the pro day to get more one-on-one time with the players they like. It’s also a chance for them to talk to coaches when all the fanfare calms down and everyone else is gone.

Pro days usually don’t make or break draft prospects but they can still nudge them up or down the draft board one way or another.

Book: Brady mulled 2018 divorce from Belichick

 

 

A new book about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gives the latest glimpse into his allegedly rocky relationship with star quarterback Tom Brady.

 

According to "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," by ESPN writer Ian O'Connor, Brady had a tough time deciding whether to return to

 

 

A new book about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gives the latest glimpse into his allegedly rocky relationship with star quarterback Tom Brady.

 

According to “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time,” by ESPN writer Ian O’Connor, Brady had a tough time deciding whether to return to the Patriots this season.

 

“If you’re married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him,” a source told O’Connor after the 2017 season. “Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he’s had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him.”

 

Late last season, multiple media outlets reported about a rift between Brady and Belichick, reportedly over the team’s treatment of Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero. The Patriots reportedly banned Guerrero from the sideline, took away his office at Gillette Stadium and no longer allowed him to fly with the team.

 

Guerrero reportedly has been back in the team’s good graces this season.

 

O’Connor wrote of Brady’s offseason decision-making, “But in the end, even if he wanted to, Brady could not walk away from the game, and he could not ask for a trade. The moment Belichick moved (Jimmy) Garoppolo to San Francisco, and banked on Brady’s oft-stated desire to play at least into his mid-forties, was the moment Brady was virtually locked into suiting up next season and beyond. Had he retired or requested a trade, he would have risked turning an adoring New England public into an angry mob.”

 

The book also alleges that Brady was unhappy about Belichick’s response to the Deflategate scandal.

 

A close friend of Brady told O’Connor, “I thought Bill handled it terribly, especially when it involved a guy who’d done everything to help your career as a coach, and you hung him out to dry.”

 

Belichick, 66, had a 36-44 record in five seasons as the Cleveland Browns coach before starting his legendary run in New England. Since taking over in Foxborough in 2000, he has a 215-75 regular-season mark with the Patriots.

 

He and Brady have reached eight Super Bowls, winning five championships.

 

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Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended.

The team announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has derailed a promising career.

The stunning news came just hours after the Browns said Gordon

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended.

The team announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has derailed a promising career.

The stunning news came just hours after the Browns said Gordon would miss Sunday’s game in New Orleans with a hamstring injury. Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for most of the past four seasons because of multiple drug violations, and the Browns have been supportive of the 27-year-old for years as he tried to get his life together.

Not anymore.

“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”

The team provided no details behind their decision to part ways with Gordon. He missed three weeks of training camp this summer to undergo counseling and treatment, and he recently said he was in a good place mentally and physically.

Gordon played in last week’s season opener against Pittsburgh, his first appearance in a Week 1 game since 2012, when he was a rookie.

Gordon was expected to have an expanded role this week against the Saints after being targeted just three times in a tie against Pittsburgh. He caught a game-tying, 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Steelers, but was mostly used as a decoy.

Gordon started the opener despite coach Hue Jackson saying he wouldn’t be on the field for the first snap as punishment for missing camp. Jackson blamed Gordon’s appearance on the first played a “mistake” and “miscommunication.”

Jackson refused to elaborate on the situation this week, saying he and the coaching staff wanted to “move on.”

Gordon emerged as one of pro football’s most dynamic players in 2013, when he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns. Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.

He sat out the first 11 games last year before returning for Cleveland’s final five games.

The Browns selected Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft despite his background of drug use in college.

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Former Jets LB Donahue suspended 14 weeks by NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue has been suspended 14 weeks by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy.

The 26-year-old Donahue pleaded guilty last month to charges in two separate incidents in which he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Police said he caused a wrong-way

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue has been suspended 14 weeks by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy.

The 26-year-old Donahue pleaded guilty last month to charges in two separate incidents in which he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Police said he caused a wrong-way crash in February that injured four people in New Jersey. He also received a three-month suspended sentence and was fined $1,000 for a DUI crash in his hometown of Billings, Montana, in May 2017.

Donahue was among the Jets’ final roster cuts two weeks ago and is currently a free agent.

Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com first reported the league’s punishment Friday.

Donahue spent a month in a substance-abuse treatment facility in Florida shortly after crash in the Lincoln Tunnel in February. He told reporters last month that he hadn’t had alcohol since.

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Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes: ‘I’m Shocked’ In ‘Casablanca’

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Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting ScenesThere’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker Let It Ride and

The post Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes: ‘I’m Shocked’ In ‘Casablanca’ appeared first on SportsHandle.

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting ScenesThere’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker Let It Ride and Rounders). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or a short aside, will be included/considered. 

We were reminded recently of this scene from the classic 1942 film Casablanca after reading U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s written questions regarding the nomination/confirmation Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

In case you missed it, Whitehouse has grilled Kavanaugh about gambling, asking about debts, an apology in 2001 for “growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice,” and his participation in a poker game and more.

Saying absolutely nothing about whether or not Kavanaugh has a problem (he has denied that) and the serious threat that such debts could pose to the high court and the nation… here is the “I’m shocked” scene from Casablanca. Gambling has always existed in the U.S. and always will, while occasionally a game gets shut down, as it is here by Major Heinrich Strasser (Conrad Veidt), who tasks Captain Louis Renault (Claude Reins) with sending everyone out.

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Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem ahead of the team's season opener.

Lynch declined to stand for the anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem ahead of the team’s season opener.

Lynch declined to stand for the anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his decision.

No other players on either team demonstrated during the anthem. Only a handful of players took some sort of action to protest police brutality and social injustice in America on opening weekend.

The league and the players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played, or remain in the locker room.

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The Latest: Pair of Dolphins only NFL players seen kneeling

The Latest on the NFL's first Sunday of the regular season (all times eastern):

1:10 p.m.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are the only NFL players seen kneeling during the national anthem of early games in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised

The Latest on the NFL’s first Sunday of the regular season (all times eastern):

1:10 p.m.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are the only NFL players seen kneeling during the national anthem of early games in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, and San Francisco wide receiver Marquise Goodwin raised his right arm with fist clenched during the anthem in New Orleans.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith Jr. stood during the national anthem after staying in the locker room for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the preseason before playing the New York Giants.

Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews also was on the sideline after staying in the tunnel or locker room during the anthem much of last season.

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President Donald Trump has tweeted his disapproval of the NFL on Sunday morning before the first full slate of games.

The president has criticized players for their demonstrations protesting social injustice during the national anthem, and the league for not requiring players to be on the sideline at attention when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.

He made reference to lower ratings on NBC in Thursday night’s season opener in which Super Bowl champion Philadelphia beat Atlanta 18-12.

“Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison,” Trump tweeted. “Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!”

The NFL unilaterally passed a policy requiring players to stand at attention for the anthem or to stay in the locker room or in the tunnel under the stands. When that policy met with heavy criticism, it was put on hold while the league and players’ association discussed other options. Those discussions are continuing.

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Ex-Browns LB Kendricks pleads guilty to insider trading

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in a Philadelphia courtroom.

The 27-year-old told the judge on Thursday he knows he was wrong and entered the guilty plea because "it's the right thing to do."

He faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges in a Philadelphia courtroom.

The 27-year-old told the judge on Thursday he knows he was wrong and entered the guilty plea because “it’s the right thing to do.”

He faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced in December.

Prosecutors say analyst Damilare Sonoiki fed Kendricks confidential information on four companies about deals that sent their stock prices soaring.

They say at the end of the two-year scheme, Kendricks made about $1.2 million.

Sonoiki’s lawyer tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that his client also would plead guilty, but no date is set.

Kendricks, who signed a one-year contract with the Browns in June after winning a Super Bowl title last season with the Eagles, was released from the Browns last week after the charges were filed.

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NFL Ownership Position on Player Protests

Before the third preseason game of the 2016 NFL season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem. His protest set off a slow-building storm across the league that effectively ended Kaepernick's career and brought politics into the middle of the sports arena. 

Two years later, there is no formal league-wide

Before the third preseason game of the 2016 NFL season, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem. His protest set off a slow-building storm across the league that effectively ended Kaepernick’s career and brought politics into the middle of the sports arena. 

Two years later, there is no formal league-wide policy on how to handle anthem protests. In May, the NFL announced that it would fine teams if players sat or kneeled. Two months later, after it was revealed that Miami Dolphins players would be suspended for up to four games for protesting, the league put its policy on hold. 
 
Every team and owner has handled the protests in different ways. This list serves as a cursory look at each NFL owner and their policy on the anthem protests. Many owners policies have been separated into two parts. For many owners they have had two separate stances. After Trump initially tweeted about the anthem in week 3 of the 2017 season, the owners responses were mostly to side with their players. Now that the owners have met and had a season to reflect on what it means for the business, most owners are taking a side of neutrality or support for punishing players who kneel.
 



AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Co-Owners: Terry and Kim Pegula

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston in February, Kim Pegula said of the players protesting “They came in on the player side, so a lot of them just didn’t understand or know the impact that it had on the business, on the organization, on our community, good or bad. I do think there’s definitely an impact.”  She later added  “I wouldn’t shy away from it at all, because I think there is a common ground and I think a lot of it is just more about communicating and learning from each other on both sides and coming to some type of compromise at some points. And sometimes, you won’t be able to come to a compromise, but something usually gets done when that happens.”

The Pegulas bought the team in 2014 after the death of founder and original owner Ralph Wilson. 

 

Miami Dolphins

Owner: Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross released this statement through twitter on July 20th. The tweet and statement came after a reference from a leaked club document suggested that players could be fined or suspended for protesting.

New England Patriots

Owner: Robert Kraft

Back in 2017, Kraft seemed to take the side of the players when he criticized the president’s tone in a statement from September 2017.

Still, Kraft voted in favor of the new anthem policy which comes with penalties for players who kneel. The month before, at a confidential meeting about the anthem protests, Kraft called the president’s policies horrible. “The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, in that meeting as reported by the New York Times. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

New York Jets

Co-Owner: Woody Johnson and Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is the acting chairman and CEO of the New York Jets while his brother Woody serves out his term as the U.S. Ambassador to Britain. In a May interview with Newsday Johnson said, “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Owner: Steve Bisciotti

Back in September, Steve Bisciotti released this statement, “We recognize our players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

Cincinnati Bengals

Owner: Mike Brown

Pro Football Talk reported that former 49ers safety and free agent Eric Reid met with the Bengals and talked with Brown personally.  According to PFT, Brown “initiated discussion regarding the issue of kneeling” and “the conversation almost exclusively centered on the topic.” During the conversation Brown told Reid he planned to prohibit kneeling during the anthem.

Cleveland Browns

Co-Owners: Jimmy and Dee Haslam

The owners of the Browns have been in conversations but haven’t put a clear stance on the record. The most recent statement defers to the ongoing discussions happening between the NFL and NFLPA.

“The league and the players’ association are working to come up with a win-win solution and I think there’s cautious optimism on both sides that that will happen,” Jimmy Haslam said. “So, until that happens, I don’t think we have any comment.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Owner: Art Rooney II

After the policy to penalize players was put in place the Washington Post reported that Rooney said, “Those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field.  We’re not forcing anybody to stand who doesn’t feel that that’s within the way they feel about particular subjects. But those that are on the field are going to be asked to stand. We’ve listened to a lot of different viewpoints, including our fans, over the last year. I think this policy is meant to come out at a place where we’re respecting everybody’s point of view on this as best we could.”

He later told the Post that he believes there is a “common ground” to be found that he is pleased at the NFLPA is willing to talk with the owners about a policy.

AFC South

Houston Texans

Owner: Bob McNair

The New York Times reported that during the confidential NFL meeting to discuss the national anthem protests in April, McNair thought that the players should influence their colleagues to stop kneeling, saying “You fellas need to ask your compadres, fellas, stop that other business, let’s go out and do something that really produces positive results, and we’ll help you.”

McNair is also the owner who compared the players to prisoners saying “we can’t have inmates running the prison.”

Indianapolis Colts

Owner: Jim Irsay

Back when the anthem protest first began in 2016 Jim Irsay told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, “I think it’s the wrong venue,” and that “It hasn’t been a positive thing. What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers, is when the lights go on, we are entertainment. We are being paid to put on a show. There are other places to express yourself.”

In May, Irsay came out in favor of the league’s idea to fine players. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Owner: Shad Khan

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement to Adam Schefter last year when he said, “Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms — race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder.” Khan released the statement below after the policy vote in May. 

Tennessee Titans:

Owner: Amy Adams Strunk

Strunk herself hasn’t personally offered a statement, but before the protest policy was put on hold, WKRN reported that head coach Mike Vrabel said that if Titans players decide to stay inside during the national anthem they have Strunk’s full support. He said, “I told them this morning they had the entire organization’s and Miss Amy’s support to make a decision when that time came.” 

No Titans player has taken a knee and the team has not addressed how it will respond should a player decide to protest on the field.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Owner: Clark Hunt

Last year, before a game with the Cowboys in November Clark Hunt said, “When it rolled around last year, it really wasn’t a big deal for us, and we’ve tried to stay with that this year. Obviously we’ve had some guys who have sat or knelt during some of the games this year, but we’ve continued to work with them and communicate with them that we prefer for them to stand. But at the end of the day, it’s their decision.”

With the NFLPA and NFL currently discussing the anthem policy, Hunt has taken a position of neutrality. “As you guys have probably read or seen elsewhere, the league and the players’ union are discussing that policy right now,” Hunt said in a press conference. “There’s really nothing to report on that. We’re not doing anything on it and until the league tells us what the policy is, there’s really nothing to talk about.”

Los Angeles Chargers

Owner: Dean Spanos

Despite standing and linking arms with players in Week 4 last season, Dean Spanos said, “I have the upmost respect for our players, and everybody has the right to express themselves the way they want to. I believe that all the players and everybody in our organization should stand for the anthem. I think the players know that. But if they elect not to? So be it.”

Oakland Raiders

Owner: Mark Davis

Last year when speaking with ESPN, Davis said, “About a year ago, before our Tennessee game, I met with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to ask their permission to have Tommie Smith light the torch for my father before the game in Mexico City. I explained to them that I was asking their permission because I had previously told them that I would prefer that they not protest while in the Raiders uniform. And should they have something to say, once their uniform was off, I might go up there with them. Over the last year, though, the streets have gotten hot and there has been a lot of static in the air and recently, fuel has been added to the fire. I can no longer ask our team to not say something while they are in a Raider uniform. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge in front of us as Americans and human beings.”

Denver Broncos

Owner: Pat Bowlen

Bowlen is the owner but gave up football operations in 2013 because of a battle with alzheimer’s disease. That means the anthem policy rests on team president Joe Ellis. The Broncos made headlines last season when nearly half the team kneeled before a game in Buffalo. After that game, the players held a team meeting where they agreed to be unified and the whole team stood for the rest of the season. 

Now, with the NFL taking a new stance, the Broncos aren’t concerned. Von Miller believes the team already confronted this issue last year. “We have an understanding as players on what needs to be done regarding the national anthem,” Miller told the Denver Post. “We were already done with that last year and we came together as a team. It’s a situation that we were already past. Any new policy the league imposes it really doesn’t affect us.”

Ellis has basically left it up to his players but released a statement the week prior, “We want all members of our organization to stand for the national anthem. At the same time, we need to listen to our players and support the issues and causes that matter to them.”

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Owner: Jerry Jones

Jones has been quite outspoken about his stance on the national anthem protests.  Even after the NFL decided to freeze the national anthem policy, he said in a press conference, “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” Jones also said that players would not be permitted to stay in the locker room during the anthem, and last year said that he would bench a player for an anthem protest.

New York Giants

Co-Owners: John Mara and Steve Tisch

The Giants have taken one of the most supportive stances of the protests when Tisch told the Hollywood Reporter that no Giants would be punished by the organization if they chose to protest during the national anthem.

Philadelphia Eagles

Co-Owners: Jeffrey Lurie

In May, Jeffrey Lurie released a statement saying, “I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.”

Washington Redskins

Majority Owner: Daniel Snyder

Snyder stood locking arms with players last season, and a 2017 statement that was attributed to the team but not signed by Snyder, said: “Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region. We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redskins will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community.”

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Principal Owner: Virginia Halas McCaskey

Bears chairman George McCaskey, according to the Chicago Tribune, told reporters after the NFL announced the anthem policy, “There is no easy answer to the anthem issue. No one is entirely right, nor entirely wrong. The policy change enacted a couple of weeks ago by NFL teams, including the Bears, isn’t perfect. But we think it will return the anthem to what it should be — a unifying force — while providing an option to those players and other team personnel who choose not to stand.”

He went on to say that he personally believes that players should stand during the anthem. 

Detroit Lions

Owner: Martha Firestone Ford

Last season, Ford stood and linked arms with protesting players. Later in the season it was reported by the Detroit Free Press that she asked her players not to kneel before a game with the Vikings.  In exchange for not kneeling, Ford told players she would donate money to causes they care about in the community.

Green Bay Packers

Owner: Stockholders

Chairman and CEO Mark Murphy, the only person who is not an owner to vote on the national anthem policy, explained to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero on twitter the thoughts behind the policy.

Minnesota Vikings

Owner: Zygi Wilf

Wilf, who stood and linked arms in support of the players last season, hasn’t made a statement in regards to how the team would deal with protests this season only saying, “Whatever we do, we’re going to do as a team.” Wilf supports the policy the NFL rolled out in May.  

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Owner: Arthur Blank

The Associated Press reported that Blank said the Falcons are “very committed to the military.” He also said he believes players have “very significant rights” and appeared to say he wouldn’t fine players for exercising those rights. Blank said players should be allowed to make their own decisions on what he described as the “complex issue” of standing or kneeling for the national anthem.

Carolina Panthers

Owner: David Tepper

Tepper, the NFL’s newest owner, hasn’t addressed the national anthem policy specifically, but during a press conference in July he said he wants to be committed to social justice, reciting the pledge of allegiance and zeroing in on its final six words—”with liberty and justice for all.” Those words, as he described the players’ protests, are the “most patriotic thing going.”

Tepper was introduced as the Panthers’ new owner in early July. 

New Orleans Saints

Owner: Gayle Benson

Benson recently took over ownership and operations of the Saints after her husband, Tom Benson, passed away in March.  She hasn’t publicly announced her stance regarding the anthem protests.  Tom Benson was against kneeling during the national anthem, and although no reports of him benching players were made last season, some players for the Saints sat on the bench during the national anthem.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Owner: Malcolm Glazer

In the middle of last season co-chairman Joel Glazer posted this statement to twitter.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Owner: Michael Bidwill

ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss shared Bidwill’s stance in July: “I think it’s important to speak up. People are saying stick to sports? You know what? We ask our players 20 days a year—game days—to restrict their statements. The rest of the days, we want our players to get engaged in the community. Just like I am and other owners are. In fact, I’m working with [an NFL] committee called the Social Justice Committee, where we’re working with players across the league to get them more involved in changing policy and making America a better place for everyone.”

Los Angeles Rams

Owner: Stan Kroenke

Kroenke released this statement last season addressing the anthem protest, “The Los Angeles Rams, our fan base and our city are all comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. When we recognize that this diversity is our strength and seek to understand different perspectives, we are more enlightened and empathetic human beings. Our organization is committed to celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect, values that help define Los Angeles. We are proud of the work that our players and all NFL players do to make our communities better places to live. We believe in the tenets of the national anthem, which is a pillar of this country; just as freedom of speech is another pillar and a constitutional right. We will continue to support our players’ freedom to peacefully express themselves and the  meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country.”

San Francisco 49ers

Owner: John Edward York

York was the only owner to abstain from voting on the NFL’s anthem policy. KRON4 was able to question him on the subject.

Seattle Seahawks

Owner: Paul Allen

Allen released this statement on behalf of the Seahawks regarding the anthem protest.

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Barkley has top-selling NFL jersey without playing a down

Nice job, rookie.

A guy who has yet to take a snap in a real NFL game has the best-selling jersey in the league.

Saquon Barkley, the All-America running back from Penn State selected second overall in the draft by the Giants, is the leader according to DICK'S Sporting Goods Jersey Report .

Nice job, rookie.

A guy who has yet to take a snap in a real NFL game has the best-selling jersey in the league.

Saquon Barkley, the All-America running back from Penn State selected second overall in the draft by the Giants, is the leader according to DICK’S Sporting Goods Jersey Report .

Barkley is one of two rookies in the top 10; top overall pick Baker Mayfield, Cleveland’s quarterback, is ranked ninth.

Only one defensive player makes the top 10: Denver linebacker Von Miller.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ranks second, followed by Tom Brady.

A year ago, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was first, followed by Brady. Prescott is fourth this year.

Along with Barkley and Mayfield, popular rookie jerseys belong to Buffalo QB Josh Allen, followed by Denver DE Bradley Chubb and Cleveland DB Denzel Ward.

Joining Miller on the defensive list are Carolina LB Luke Kuechly, Houston DE J.J. Watt, Cleveland DE Myles Garrett, and Chubb.

The NFC East dominates sales on the Jersey Report with the top three teams: the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys, New England is fourth, Denver fifth.

San Francisco is the least-popular club, though if Jimmy Garoppolo and remain unbeaten as a starting quarterback, who knows if that will last.

BIRDS OF PRAY

The story of the Philadelphia Eagles’ first NFL championship since 1960 has been told in many ways and with many angles.

None has been as refreshing or unique as the theme taken by AP Football Writer Rob Maaddi in his new book, “Birds of Pray.”

With a foreword by Carson Wentz , Maaddi examines how the strong faith and religious devotion in the Eagles’ locker room helped drive them to the highest achievement in pro football. Maaddi, who has covered Philadelphia sports since 2000, not only interviews dozens of players and their families, he chronicles the ups and downs of the team’s title season with a pinpoint focus on the power that belief — whether it be in God or each other — can bring.

“The real story of the Super Bowl champions can’t be told without talking about the strong faith and the unique bond many of the players shared,” Maaddi says. “I’ve never seen a team that was more united than the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, and their faith is what created that special brotherhood, and their faith is what allowed them to persevere and overcome so much adversity and ultimately become champions.”

IN DEMAND

The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s No. 1 team, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers are coming on strong?

Who says?

Ticket buyers on the secondary market, according to StubHub .

For the fifth straight year, demand for Cowboys tickets is the highest in the league. StubHub sees an increase of nearly 300 percent in sales over the average when the Cowboys are the visiting team.

“The Cowboys are an iconic franchise with a reputation that continues to draw a crowd season after season,” says Scott Jablonski, StubHub’s general manager of NFL, NBA & NHL.

But a Cowboys contest is not the most-sought ticket heading into the season. That game actually is in London, where the Jaguars host the Eagles on Oct. 28. It’s the first time an international series game has appeared in StubHub’s top 10 most in-demand games.

“Eagles fans have always been passionate, but their Super Bowl win has truly ignited the fan base to unprecedented levels,” says Jablonski. “We’re seeing Eagles fans willing to travel long distances to watch their team play, including internationally for their game in London.”

The Jaguars and 49ers have seen large demand growth compared to last season; San Francisco has moved up from 19th to sixth, while sales for Jacksonville games are up 318 percent following the team’s run to the AFC title game last January.

ROSEN ON LEBRON

Like many — probably most — athletes, Josh Rosen is impressed by the career and stature of LeBron James. The rookie quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, who has drawn criticism from some for being arrogant because of his frankness and willingness to take a stand, has strong praise for the latest venture of the NBA’s biggest star.

Asked by Adam Schein on his SiriusXM satellite radio program how Rosen sometimes has been perceived, the 10th overall selection in this year’s draft noted: “I think it is always about crafting the message. There is always a good intention at heart; anything I do or say in putting myself out there is for the sake of helping others and trying to give people a voice who don’t actually have one.

“And on that topic, LeBron’s new show, ‘The Shop,’ it is exactly what this country means when they talk about ‘We need to have a conversation.’ And people are like, ‘What does that even mean, it’s conceptualist.’

“This show and that concept of athletes taking a lead and taking a role of sort of progress is really admirable, and that is exactly what we all should be rooting for, not criticizing.”

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NFL Banned Substance List

The NFL banned substance list covers a wide range of drugs from steroids to supplements. Players test positive defense is often a variation of, "I didn't know it was in the supplement I took."

It sounds like a questionable defense at first, but see for yourself the vast number of substances

The NFL banned substance list covers a wide range of drugs from steroids to supplements. Players test positive defense is often a variation of, “I didn’t know it was in the supplement I took.”

It sounds like a questionable defense at first, but see for yourself the vast number of substances players have to be aware of. Here’s the this list of all the NFL’s banned substances:

   
   
The following substances and methods are prohibited by the National Football League:
   
I. ANABOLIC AGENTS  
   
A.   ANABOLIC/ANDROGENIC STEROIDS:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Androstenediol Androstederm
Androstenedione Androstan, Androtex
Androsterone  
1-Androstenediol 1-AD
1-Androstenedione  
5?-androst-2-ene-17-one  
(Delta-2-androst-17-one) Delta-2
Bolandiol  
Bolasterone Myagen
Boldenone Equipoise, Parenabol
Boldione  
Calusterone  
Clostebol Turinabol, Steranabol
Danazol Cyclomen, Danatrol
Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone Oral-Turinabol
Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA, Prasterone
Desoxymethyltestosterone DMT, Madol
Dihydrotestosterone DHT, Stanolone
Drostanolone Drolban
Epi-dihydrotestosterone  
Epitestosterone  
Ethylestrenol Maxibolin, Orabolin
Etiocholanolone  
Fluoxymesterone Halotestin
Formebolone Esiclene, Hubernol
Furazabol Miotolon
Gestrinone Tridomose
17-Hydroxypregnenedione  
17-Hydroxyprogesterone  
Hydroxytestosterone  
4-Hydroxytestosterone  
17-Keto-DHEA  
Mestanolone  
Methasterone  
Mesterolone Proviron
Methandienone Danabol, Dianabol
Methandriol Androdiol
Methandrostenolone Dianabol
Methenolone Primobolan
Methyldienolone  
Methyltestosterone Metandren
Methyl-1-testosterone M1T
7?-Methyl-19-nortestosterone MENT
Methylnortestosterone  
Methyltrienolone  
Metribolone  
Mibolerone Testorex
Nandrolone  
19-Norandrostenediol 19-Diol
19-Norandrostenedione 19 Nora Force
19-Norandrosterone  
Norboletone Genabol
Norclostebol  
Norethandrolone Nilevar
19-Noretiocholanolone  
Normethandrolone  
19-Nortestosterone (Nandrolone) Deca-Durabolin
Oxabolone  
Oxandrolone Anavar, Lonovar
6-Oxoandrosterone 6-Oxo
Oxymesterone Oranabol
Oxymetholone Anadrol
Prostanozol  
Quinbolone Anabolicum Vister
Progesterone  
Stanozolol Stromba, Winstrol
Stenbolone  
Testosterone Andronate
1-Testosterone  
Tetrahydrogestrinone THG
Trenbolone Finaject
  and other substances with a similar chemical structure and similar biological effect(s)
   
B.   PROTEIN AND PEPTIDE HORMONES:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Saizen, Humatrope, Nutropin AQ
Animal Growth Hormones  
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Novarel, Menotropins
Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1)  
Erythropoietin (EPO)  
Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones (GHRH) CJC-1295, Sermorelin, Tesamorelin
Growth Hormone Secetagogues (GHS) Ghrelin, Ghrelin mimetics (Anamorelin, Ipamorelin)
Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP)    Alexamorelin, GHRP-6, Hexarelin, Pralmorelin (GHRP-2)
   
   
C. OTHER ANABOLIC AGENTS (INCLUDING BETA-2-AGONISTS)  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Clenbuterol  
Zilpaterol Zilmax
Tibolone  
Zeranol  
   
D.   ANTI-ESTROGENIC AGENTS:  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Aminoglutethimide Cytadren
Anastrozole Arimidex
Androsta-3,5-diene-7,17-dione Arimistane
4-androstene-3,6,17 trione 6-oxo
Clomiphene Clomid
Cyclofenil  
Exemestane Aromastin
Fadrozole Afema
Formestane Lentarone
Fulvestrant Faslodex
Letrozole Femara
Raloxifene Evista
Tamoxifen  
Testolactone Teslac
Toremifene Acapodene
Vorazole Rivizor
   
E. SELECTIVE ANDROGEN RECEPTOR MODULATORS (SARMs) (LGD-4033, etc.)
(brand names include Andarine, Ostarine)  
   
II. MASKING AGENTS  
   
A.     DIURETICS  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Acetazolamide Amilco
Amiloride Midamor
Bendroflumethiazide Aprinox
Benzthiazide Aquatag
Bumetanide Burine
Canrenone  
Chlorothiazide Diuril
Chlorthalidone  
Cyclothiazide Anhydron
Ethacrynic Acid Edecrin
Flumethiazide  
Furosemide Lasix
Hydrochlorothiazide Aprozide
Hydroflumethiazide Leodrine
Indapamide Lozol, Natrilix
Methyclothiazide Aquatensen
Metolazone Zaroxolyn
Polythiazide Renese
Probenecid Benemid
Quinethazone Hydromox
Spironolactone Aldactone
Triamterene Jatropur, Dytac
Trichlormethiazide Anatran
  and other substances with a similar chemical structure and similar biological effect(s)
   
III. STIMULANTS  
   
Generic Name Brand Names (Examples)
Adrafinil  
Adrenaline  
Amfepramone  
Amiphenazole  
Amphetamine Greenies, Speed, Adderall
Amphetaminil  
Armodafinil Nuvigil
Benfluorex  
Benzphetamine  
Benzylpiperazine  
Bromantan  
Cathine  
Clobenzorex  
Cropropamide  
Crotetamide  
Dimethylamphetamine  
Ephedrine Ma Huang, Chi Powder
Etamivan  
Etilamphetamine  
Etilefrine  
Famprofazone  
Fenbutrazate  
Fencamfamin  
Fencamine  
Fenetylline  
Fenfluramine Phen-Fen, Redux Fenetylline
Fenproporex  
Furfenorex  
Heptaminol  
Isometheptene  
Levmetamfetamine  
Lisdexamfetamine Vyvanse
Meclofenoxate  
Mefenorex  
Mephentermine  
Mesocarb  
Methamphetamine  
2-amino-6-methylheptane Octodrine
P-Methylamphetamine  
Methylenedioxyamphetamine  
Methylephedrine  
Methylhexaneamine (Dimethylpentylamine)  
Methylphenidate Ritalin, Daytrana, Metadate, Methylin
Modafinil Provigil
Nikethamide  
Norfenefrine  
Norfenfluramine  
Octopamine  
Oxilofrine  
Parahydroxyamphetamine  
Pemoline  
Pentetrazol  
Phendimetrazine  
Phenmetrazine  
Phenpromethamine  
Phentermine Fastin, Adipex, Ionamin
Prenylamine  
4-Phenylpiracetam Carphedon
Prenylamine  
Prolintane  
Propylhexedrine  
Pseudoephedrine * Sudafed, Actifed
Selegiline  
Sibutramine  
Strychnine  
Synephrine Bitter Orange,Citrus Aurantium
Tuaminoheptane
   
* Except as properly prescribed by Club medical personnel.  

 

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The NFL Testing Procedure for PEDs

The official NFL testing procedure for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs):

The independent administrator for the NFL has the sole discretion to make determinations, consistent with the terms of the policy.

Typically urine testing is used but blood testing may be used during the off-season or under special circumstances when it's deemed necessary by the independent administrator.

The official NFL testing procedure for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs):

The independent administrator for the NFL has the sole discretion to make determinations, consistent with the terms of the policy.

Typically urine testing is used but blood testing may be used during the off-season or under special circumstances when it’s deemed necessary by the independent administrator.

The NFL outlines the following circumstances for testing:

Pre-employment: Pre-employment tests may be administered to free agent players (whether rookies or veterans). In addition, testing will be conducted at the annual scouting combines.

Annual: All Players will be tested for Prohibited Substances at least once per League Year. Such testing will occur at training camp or whenever the Player reports thereafter and will be deemed a part of his preseason physical.

Preseason/Regular Season: Each week during the preseason and regular season, ten (10) Players on every Club will be tested. By means of a computer program, the Independent Administrator will randomly select the Players to be tested from the Club’s active roster, practice squad list, and reserve list who are not otherwise subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing for performance-enhancing substances. The number of Players selected for testing on a particular day will be determined in advance on a uniform basis. Players will be required to provide a specimen whenever they are selected, without regard to the number of times they have previously been tested consistent with the limits set forth in the Policy.

Postseason: Ten (10) Players on every Club qualifying for the playoffs will be tested weekly so long as the Club remains active in the postseason. Players to be tested during the postseason will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season.

Off-Season: Players under contract who are not otherwise subject to reasonable cause testing may be tested during the off-season months at the discretion of the Independent Administrator, subject to the collectively bargained maximum of six (including blood tests) off-season tests. Players to be tested in the off-season will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season, irrespective of their off-season locations. Any Player selected for testing during the off-season will be required to furnish a urine specimen at a convenient location acceptable to the Independent Administrator, subject to the qualification set forth in Section 3.2 for specimen collections occurring away from the Club facility. Only Players who advise in writing that they have retired from the NFL will be removed from the testing pool. If, however, a Player thereafter signs a contract with a Club, he will be placed back in the testing pool.

Reasonable Cause Testing For Players With Prior Positive Tests Or Under Other Circumstances: Any Player testing positive for a Prohibited Substance, including a Player who tested positive or for whom there is sufficient credible evidence of steroid involvement up to two football seasons prior to his applicable college draft or at a scouting combine, will be subject to evaluation by the Independent Administrator, after which the Independent Administrator may in his or her discretion place the Player into the reasonable cause testing program. Reasonable cause testing may also be required when, in the opinion of the Independent Administrator, he receives credible, verifiable documented information providing a reasonable basis to conclude that a Player may have violated the Policy or may have a medical condition that warrants further monitoring.

Notification and Collection

Collection is done by the Independent Administrator and  Collection Vendor.

Collection at a Club facility, stadium or scouting combine venue requires no advance notice to the player and is required in no more than three hours.

For collection occurring away from the Club facility, the player will be contacted by telephone, voicemail or text message to notify him that he has been selected and to schedule a collection time within 24 hours at a site not more than 45 miles from the players’ location.

Urine may be collected on any day of the week. The collection of blood specimens is prohibited on game days unless the player’s day off is scheduled for the day following a game day, in which case blood collections may occur following the end of the game.

Failure or Refusal

Unexcused failure or refusal to appear for testing, or cooperate will result in disciplinary action.  Any attempt to substitute or dilute a specimen is considered a violation of policy and may result in more severe discipline than would have been for a positive test.

Notice to Player

After a positive result is confirmed, the Independent administrator will notify the player in writing of the positive result and request that the player call him to discuss the result.  The player with then go in for a medical evaluation and be placed on reasonable cause testing at a frequency decided by the independent administrator.

Discipline

Discipline comes in the form of game suspensions dependent on the severity of the offense and will begin when the player accepts discipline or the decision on appeal becomes final.

In the final article of this series, we’ll examine exactly which substances are banned by the NFL.

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NFL linebacker Mychal Kendricks charged with insider trading

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks used insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain says co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks as well as perks like tickets to

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks used insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain says co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games. Kendricks played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June.

Prosecutors say Sonoiki was a trader at an unnamed firm. An IMBD profile lists him as a writer on the popular TV series “Black-ish” as well as other movies and TV shows.

Kendricks says in a statement released by his lawyer Wednesday that he’s sorry and “deeply” regrets his actions.

He says he “didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades.”

A message seeking comment from the federal defender representing Sonoiki wasn’t immediately returned.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league is reviewing the situation.

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The NFL’s Full PED Policy

With the majority of the suspensions at the start of the 2018 season coming from PED's, we thought it would be worth taking a moment to look a little deeper in the NFL's substance abuse policy on banned substances. If you're not in the mood for legal writing skip past this official statement of policy

With the majority of the suspensions at the start of the 2018 season coming from PED’s, we thought it would be worth taking a moment to look a little deeper in the NFL’s substance abuse policy on banned substances. If you’re not in the mood for legal writing skip past this official statement of policy for our explanation.

  1. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

The National Football League Management Council and NFL Players Association

(“NFLPA”) (collectively, the “Parties”) have jointly developed this Policy on

Performance-Enhancing Substances (the “Policy”) to prohibit and prevent the use of

anabolic/androgenic steroids (including exogenous testosterone), stimulants, human or

animal growth hormones, whether natural or synthetic and related or similar substances.

For convenience, these substances, as well as masking agents or diuretics used to hide their

presence, will be referred to as “Prohibited Substances.”1 These substances have no

legitimate place in professional football. This Policy specifically means that:

 

— Players may not, in the absence of a valid therapeutic use exemption, have Prohibited

Substances in their systems or supply or facilitate the distribution

of Prohibited Substances to other Players.

— Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Club Personnel, or Certified Contract Advisors may

not condone, encourage, supply, or otherwise facilitate in any way the use of Prohibited

Substances.

— Team Physicians may not prescribe, supply, or otherwise facilitate a Player’s use of

Prohibited Substances.

— All Persons, including Players, are subject to discipline for violation of this Policy.

The Parties are concerned with the use of Prohibited Substances based on three primary

factors:

 

First, these substances threaten the fairness and integrity of the athletic competition on

the playing field. Players may use these substances for the purpose of becoming bigger,

stronger, and faster than they otherwise would be. As a result, their use threatens to

distort the results of games and League standings. Moreover, Players who do not wish

to use these substances may feel forced to do so in order to compete effectively with

those who do. This is obviously unfair to those Players and provides sufficient reason to

prohibit their use.

Second, the Parties are concerned with the adverse health effects of using Prohibited

Substances. Although research is continuing, steroid use has been linked to a number of

physiological, psychological, orthopedic, reproductive, and other serious health

problems, including heart disease, liver cancer, musculoskeletal growth defects, strokes,

and infertility.

Third, the use of Prohibited Substances by Players sends the wrong message to young

people who may be tempted to use them. NFL Players should not by their own conduct

suggest that such use is either acceptable or safe, whether in the context of sports or

otherwise.

 

The NFL Player Contract specifically prohibits the use of drugs in an effort to alter or

enhance performance. The NFL Player Contract and the League’s Constitution and Bylaws

require each Player to avoid conduct detrimental to the NFL and professional football or

to public confidence in the game or its Players. The use of Prohibited Substances violates

both these provisions. In addition, the Commissioner is authorized to protect the integrity

of and public confidence in the game. This authorization includes the authority to forbid

use of the substances prohibited by this Policy.

 

The Parties recognize that maintaining competitive balance among NFL clubs requires that

all NFL Players be subject to the same rules and procedures regarding drug testing. The

rules and procedures set forth herein are designed to protect the confidentiality of

information associated with this Policy and to ensure the accuracy of test results, and the

Parties intend that the Policy meets or exceeds all applicable laws and regulations related

thereto. The Parties also recognize the importance of transparency in the Policy’s

procedures, including the scientific methodologies that underlie the Policy, the appeals

process and the basis for discipline imposed, and reaffirm their commitment to deterrence,

discipline and a fair system of adjudication.

The NFL has deemed the use of “any” performance enhancing drug on their banned substance list punishable.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the NFL’s procedure for administering this policy.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Reports: Giants, Beckham agree to $95M extension

Reports: Giants, Beckham agree to $95M extension

The New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. agreed to a five-year extension worth up to $95 million to make him the highest-paid wideout in NFL history, according to multiple reports Monday.

Per reports, the deal is worth $90 million in base value,

Reports: Giants, Beckham agree to $95M extension

The New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. agreed to a five-year extension worth up to $95 million to make him the highest-paid wideout in NFL history, according to multiple reports Monday.

Per reports, the deal is worth $90 million in base value, with an additional $5 million available through incentives. The contract includes $65 million guaranteed for injury and $41 million fully guaranteed at signing. According to NFL Network, the deal averages $20 million over the first three seasons.

The annual average ($19 million) and guaranteed money are both records among wide receivers, eclipsing Antonio Brown ($17 million annually) and Mike Evans ($55 million guarantee), respectively.

Fellow Giants wideouts Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis each posted videos on social media of Beckham and teammates dancing in celebration in the Giants’ locker room.

Beckham, 25, was scheduled to make just under $8.5 million in 2018, on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. The sides opened negotiations in late July and have steadily made progress since. Beckham has routinely told reporters he expected the situation to work itself out.

A first-round pick in 2014, Beckham racked up 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 scores through his first three seasons, all Pro Bowl campaigns. He collected 25 grabs for 302 yards and three touchdowns in four games last season before suffering a season-ending broken ankle.

Beckham has yet to play this preseason, but he is expected to be fully ready for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots G Mason receives $50M extension

Patriots G Mason receives $50M extension

New England Patriots right guard Shaq Mason has signed a five-year, $50 million extension with the team, according to multiple published reports.

Mason reportedly will receive $23.5 million in guaranteed money. He is now signed through the 2023 season.

The extension

Patriots G Mason receives $50M extension

New England Patriots right guard Shaq Mason has signed a five-year, $50 million extension with the team, according to multiple published reports.

Mason reportedly will receive $23.5 million in guaranteed money. He is now signed through the 2023 season.

The extension makes Mason one of the highest-paid right guards in the NFL. Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys reportedly is the highest with a $14 million average (six years, $84 million).

Mason, who turns 25 on Tuesday, is slated to earn $1.9 million in base salary this season during the fourth season of his rookie contract.

New England coach Bill Belichick declined to confirm the extension while meeting with reporters on Monday before praising Mason.

“Shaq’s done a good job for us from the time he got here,” Belichick said. “He came from an offense that was quite different from ours, and he adapted quickly and did a really good job of learning new techniques. He’s an athletic player, has good strength, good balance. Excellent run blocker. Can pull, run, hit. He’s gotten better each year, and he’s done a good job for us.”

Mason has played in 46 games (41 starts) over the past three seasons. He was a fourth-round pick in 2015 from Georgia Tech.

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NFL, NFLPA resume anthem dialogue

NFL, NFLPA resume anthem dialogue

Members of the NFL executive committee and NFL Players Association are meeting Monday in East Rutherford, N.J., to resume discussions designed to establish a policy or universal protocol for the national anthem.

Owners and active players are at the table again after the NFL touted

NFL, NFLPA resume anthem dialogue

Members of the NFL executive committee and NFL Players Association are meeting Monday in East Rutherford, N.J., to resume discussions designed to establish a policy or universal protocol for the national anthem.

Owners and active players are at the table again after the NFL touted progress two weeks ago.

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung tweeted Monday: “At today’s meeting between @NFLPA reps & @NFL execs/owners, I plan to share this viral video of @RepBetoORourke being asked if NFL players kneeling is disrespectful. The tone he sets makes me proud to be a Texan & gives me hope that a productive dialogue is possible.”

O’Rourke is running for U.S. Senate in Texas opposite Ted Cruz. At a town hall meeting last week, O’Rourke reasoned “I can think of nothing more American” in a detailed response to a question about how he felt about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

“I’m looking forward to today’s meeting in NYC,” Okung continued via Twitter. “I believe this face to face conversation is pivotal & will determine if meaningful progress will be made. Critically, I hope we can stop avoiding the conversation that @RepBetoORourke so eloquently encouraged us to have.”

In March, owners announced a new policy that required players to either remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem or stand to show respect.

The policy, which stated players could be fined for violations, was quickly scuttled as the NFLPA resisted the measure not being collectively bargained.

President Donald Trump continues to speak up on his belief that all players should stand at attention during the anthem. Some owners, including Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans, have strongly endorsed that position.

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Brady ends radio interview over Guerrero questions

Brady ends radio interview over Guerrero questions

Soon after being asked questions about trainer Alex Guerrero traveling with the New England Patriots to Charlotte last week, quarterback Tom Brady ended the chat with WEEI.

During the opening of the Monday morning radio interview, Brady made it clear the topic of

Brady ends radio interview over Guerrero questions

Soon after being asked questions about trainer Alex Guerrero traveling with the New England Patriots to Charlotte last week, quarterback Tom Brady ended the chat with WEEI.

During the opening of the Monday morning radio interview, Brady made it clear the topic of Guerrero wasn’t one he planned to discuss.

And when co-host Kirk Minihane went back to that well a fifth time without shifting gears, Brady responded by signing off.

Brady’s relationship with Guerrero came to light in Brady’s book, “TB12 Method,” which included joint marketing efforts.

Their pact and whether it sits well with coach Bill Belichick became a narrative when ESPN broke a story last season about friction between Guerrero and the team. Belichick reportedly took away Guerrero’s Gillette Stadium office and removed his privileges to travel with the team on charter flights to and from road games.

Minihane asked Monday whether the policy had changed.

“You know, I don’t want to … I’m not getting into all that,” Brady said.

Minihane followed up “OK, when I ran into him at the Super Bowl last year in Minneapolis, I remember talking about it at the time. When I talked to him there, he had said, in his opinion, all this stuff had been overblown, that he and Belichick had a pretty good relationship, even then. Would you say that was true?”

Brady said, “I said I don’t want to get into it. … Yeah, everyone knows, it’s well documented the work he and I do together.”

Then Minihane asked if Guerrero was on the sideline for the Patriots-Panthers game last week.

“Yeah, all right guys, have a great day. I’ll talk to you later.”

During training camp, Brady halted an interview on the sideline over questions implying Guerrero was connected to wide receiver Julian Edelman during the period in which Edelman allegedly violated NFL rules prohibiting performance-enhancing drugs. Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

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Injured C Shipley signs extension with Arizona

Injured C Shipley signs extension with Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran center A.Q. Shipley to a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season -- torn ACL and all.

The team announced the signing Friday.

Shipley, 32, sustained the season-ending knee injury on Aug. 4 and

Injured C Shipley signs extension with Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran center A.Q. Shipley to a one-year contract extension through the 2019 season — torn ACL and all.

The team announced the signing Friday.

Shipley, 32, sustained the season-ending knee injury on Aug. 4 and underwent surgery five days later. He was set to become a free agent after the season.

Rookie Mason Cole, a third-round draft selection from Michigan, has taken over as the Cardinals’ starting center. Before his injury, Shipley had started 32 straight games, missing just three snaps.

Shipley expressed his gratitude to the Cardinals on Twitter Friday.

“I cant say enough good things about the @AZCardinals organization. I just want to say thank you to the Bidwill family, Steve Keim, Coach Steve Wilks and the entire Cardinals organization for giving me an opportunity to continue playing the game that I love,” he wrote.

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Jets sign former Chiefs RB West

Jets sign former Chiefs RB West

Full of bodies but in search of a surefire No. 1, the New York Jets added another name to their backfield on Friday.

The Jets announced they have signed running back Charcandrick West, less than 48 hours after the Kansas City Chiefs released the

Jets sign former Chiefs RB West

Full of bodies but in search of a surefire No. 1, the New York Jets added another name to their backfield on Friday.

The Jets announced they have signed running back Charcandrick West, less than 48 hours after the Kansas City Chiefs released the veteran.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014, West, 27, became the Chiefs starting back during the 2015 season, rushing for 634 yards and scoring five total touchdowns. His playing time and touches decreased in each of the two following seasons, and the club let him go Wednesday after he cleared the concussion protocol.

He joins a Jets backfield that includes Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls and Trenton Cannon. Crowell was signed to a three-year, $12 million contract in the offseason from Cleveland, but he has yet to reach 1,000 yards in four seasons. Powell is entering his eighth season with the Jets, and his 772 yards last season are a career high.

Rawls showed flashes of potential in Seattle, but never played more than 13 games in any of his three seasons, and saw his carries and yards dip in each of the last two seasons.

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Gurley won’t play in preseason, Goff uncertain

Gurley won't play in preseason, Goff uncertain

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will not play at all this preseason, and quarterback Jared Goff might not play either, head coach Sean McVay told reporters Thursday.

There had been no expectation that Gurley would play in Saturday's dress-rehearsal preseason game

Gurley won’t play in preseason, Goff uncertain

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will not play at all this preseason, and quarterback Jared Goff might not play either, head coach Sean McVay told reporters Thursday.

There had been no expectation that Gurley would play in Saturday’s dress-rehearsal preseason game against the Houston Texans, but McVay had previously indicated Goff would play versus Houston.

That likelihood has shifted with the health of starting offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan, who will miss Saturday’s game. Right tackle Rob Havenstein also could miss the game with an ankle injury, which could leave Goff with unproven protection against J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney & Co.

“I wouldn’t feel great about going against those guys without our line,” McVay said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

This week would be the last opportunity for the signal-caller to play, as starters will be rested in the Aug. 30 preseason finale. Goff is not concerned about the situation either way.

“Whatever they decide to do, I’m on board with,” he said. “I think we got a lot of good work in training camp through different situations that may come up. But [I’m] planning to play and [will] see what happens.”

The Rams’ approach with Gurley is less complicated. They are simply making sure the reigning Offensive Player of the Year is at 100 percent for the season opener, after he handled 343 touches last season.

“We feel like this is going to put him on that track, and that was more important to us [than Gurley playing],” McVay said. “You try to get him as much good work as you can.

“…You definitely don’t want to take away from the value of the preseason, so I don’t want that to be misunderstood by any stretch. But, [there is] that risk-reward and then also kind of being mindful of getting Todd as fresh as possible.”

Gurley is certainly not complaining about the lack of work before Week 1.

“That is everyone’s dream to not play in the preseason, what are you talking about?” Gurley joked with reporters. “…At the end of the day, it’s always going to be different between playing in the preseason and playing in the regular season. But I’m kind of happy not to be playing in it.

“…Some guys just like being out there, just to get a feel for it, and see. But not this guy.”

Goff appeared in three preseason games last season, while Gurley appeared in two. The Rams did not hesitate to hold both players out to preserve their health in Week 17 of the regular season, after the team had already clinched the NFC West.

L.A. opens the season on Sept. 10 on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders.

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