Around the League: NFL News & Notes 2.11.19
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Cleveland Browns Make Stunning by Signing Kareem Hunt
The Cleveland Browns are taking a big gamble on former Kansas City Chiefs running back, Kareem Hunt. The Browns signed Hunt to a one year deal despite the fact Hunt's punishment from league officials for off the field incidents has not been handed out. Browns GM John Dorsey said, "...We believe he deserves a second chance." Hunt will almost certainly sit out a good portion of the upcoming NFL season and will be a part crowded Browns backfield which features Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson Jr.
Kyler Murray Commits to NFL Career over Baseball
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announced he is moving forward with a career in the NFL over baseball. The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth overall pick in last year's MLB draft but will be focusing on prepping for the upcoming NFL Draft rather than attending Spring Training. Murray's full statement is below:
Bruce Arians Believes Jameis Winston's Struggles Are Mechanical
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians believes much of Jameis Winston's struggles are "mechanical" per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
“Clyde [Christensen] has watched every throw he’s made since his rookie year and Byron, too. And it’s like you’re trying to look safeties off too long and your feet are crossed. So much of it is mechanical.’’
Arians also threw some of the blame for Winston's turnovers on the defense as well.
“The other thing is they’re down (expletive) 21 points,’’ Arians said after watching the Bucs games over the past four seasons. “Anybody down 21 is going to throw a pick or two and he’s down 21 a bunch."
Former Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton Hired by Atlanta Falcons
Bob Sutton wasn't out of work for long. After being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs following their exit from the NFL Playoffs, the former defensive coordinator is being hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a senior assistant, per ESPN's Field Yates. Sutton fell on the chopping block in Kansas City after overseeing a defense that was frequently among the league's worst last season. Despite this, the Chiefs defenses were near the top of the league for generating turnovers, per Rotoworld.
Alliance of American Football Makes Strong Debut
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) had its opening weekend and the organization got off to a strong start. The league's opening game scored a better rating than the marquee NBA matchup between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, per Darren Rovell. The opening weekend saw a number of ex-NFL players shine while others... didn't. Garrett Gilbert threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Orlando Apollos defeated the Atlanta Legends, former first-round pick Trent Richardson rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Birmingham Irons over the Memphis Express while Christian Hackenberg threw for 87 yards and an interception in his AAF debut (Rotoworld).
(Images from Kyler Murray/Kareem Hunt/Jameis Winston/AAF social media accounts)