Around the League: NFL News and Notes 3.8.19
The NFL offseason is in full swing and there's no shortage of NFL news to follow. Stay up to date with the latest happenings across the NFL with Ultimate Autographs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers Traded Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills... Until they Didn't
In one of the weirdest stories of the NFL offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly close to trading Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. However, just hours later, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted out that nothing was close. Bills GM Brandon Beane would later comment that the team has moved on from Antonio Brown.
Bills’ GM Brandon Beane: “We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers. We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac would add that the Bills and Steelers had positive trade talks but the deal fell apart due to Brown not wanting to go to Buffalo.
New York Giants Trade Olivier Vernon to Cleveland Browns
The New York Giants traded Olivier Vernon and a fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Brown in exchange for RG Kevin Zeitler and a fifth-round pick. The deal is viewed as a win for the Giants as they were rumored to be looking for ways to shed Vernon's salary and do so while acquiring the top-graded pass-blocking guard (per Pro Football Focus) from last season.
Jacksonville Jaguars Release Veteran Plays in Cap-Saving Moves
The Jacksonville Jaguars are doing their best to create cap space by releasing a number of veterans today. The team announced they're releasing Carlos Hyde, Tashaun Gipson, Malik Jackson and Jeremy Parnell earlier today. The moves will clear considerable cap space which is believed to make way for the team to sign a quarterback like Nick Foles.
New England Patriots Trade for Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett will be on the move to the New England Patriots as the Philadelphia Eagles traded him and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Super Bowl champions for a 2020 fifth-round pick. It's a move that improves both teams as it was believed the Eagles would release Bennett to clear cap space and the Patriots get a pass rusher to help replace Trey Flowers if Flowers doesn't re-sign with the team.
An #Eagles trade of DE Michael Bennett to the Patriots is going down as of this writing, NFL sources said. Draft picks still be ironed out.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 8, 2019
Los Angeles Rams Sign Veteran Safety
Eric Weddle has already found his new home after being released by the Baltimore Ravens. Weddle has signed a 2-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams worth up to $12.5 million per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Weddle joins a Super Bowl caliber team in need of safety help after LaMarcus Joyner is more than likely signing with a new team.
(Cover photo via Antonio Brown's Instagram)