Around The League: NFL News & Notes 2.19.19
The NFL season may be over but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of NFL news to follow. Stay up to date with the latest happenings across the NFL with Ultimate Autographs.
Antonio Brown and Pittsburgh Steelers Agree It's Time to Move On
In the latest chapter of the Antonio Brown saga, Brown confirmed he met with Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and "cleared the air on several issues." Still, it appears both sides are ready to move on and the Steelers' phone lines are likely to be busy the next few days as the team attempts to move Brown before March 17 when he's set to receive a guaranteed roster bonus.
Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin pic.twitter.com/DEgURchvhW— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 19, 2019
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram Not Afraid of the Free Agent Market
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Ingram said he "wasn't afraid to bet on myself." Ingram did say he'd "love" to remain with the Saints and has had conversations with the organization, but it looks as though Ingram is ready to test his value on the free agent market. Creeping closer to the dreaded 30-years of age, Ingram is likely looking for a big payday to close out his career.
Report: DeMarcus Lawrence Won't Sign Franchise Tag Again
NFL.com's Tom Pelissero is reporting the Dallas Cowboys' defensive star will not sign the franchise tag if tendered again. The team and Lawrence will have until mid-July to put together a long-term contract together and it's fully believed Jerry Jones won't let it turn into a Le'Veon Bell situation. Still, Bell has set a precedent that NFL players are willing to sit out the entire year.
The #Cowboys have two weeks to keep things cordial and get a long-term deal done with DeMarcus Lawrence, who won‘t sign a second franchise tender. Also, what would the transition tag mean for Le’Veon Bell? @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/qb42AFhcRF— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 19, 2019
Rob Gronkowski Giving NFL Future "A Lot of Thought" Per Agent
Appearing on NFL Live, Rob Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus provided an update of sorts on whether or not Gronk will be back in a New England Patriots uniform next season.
"He’s thinking it through, he’s giving it a lot of thought... I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks.” (via ESPN's Field Yates)
Gronkowski and stepping away from football has become a yearly storyline in the NFL offseason but it's no surprise the Patriots star is exploring options for life after football considering his injury history.
Rob Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus on NFL LIVE on his future in the NFL:— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) February 19, 2019
“He’s thinking it through, he’s giving it a lot of thought... I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks.” pic.twitter.com/1WMNxep22a
Dallas Cowboys Expected to Make a Run to Upgrade at Safety; Earl Thomas an Early Favorite
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed interest in upgrading at safety, opening the floodgates for talk of Earl Thomas to the Cowboys to start again. Last season, the Seattle Seahawks and Cowboys were allegedly in talks to deal Thomas to the Cowboys but couldn't agree on an asking price. Thomas is coming off a major injury but it would not be surprising to see Jones sign the former Seahawks star.
(Photo provided by Antonio Brown's Facebook @AntonioBrown84)
This will make the folks hoping the Cowboys make a play for free-agent safety Earl Thomas when the market opens in March. When asked if he could foresee any talks about the safety position, owner and general manager Jerry Jones simply said, “Yes. That’s... https://t.co/e2xRfX4xIr— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) February 19, 2019