Around the League: NFL News & Notes 2.22.19
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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting a Prostitute
In a news story no NFL fan could've predicted, Jupiter (FL) police have charged Robert Kraft with soliciting a prostitute as part of an ongoing investigation into a massage parlor. Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said there's video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts at Orchids of Asia spa parlor. A spokesperson for Mr. Kraft said, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity."
BREAKING: Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, has been charged in Palm Beach County with soliciting of a prostitute, according to Jupiter Police. The charges stem from an months long investigation into a massage parlor. @CBSMiami— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 22, 2019
Le'Veon Bell's Trainer Responds to Reports of Player Gaining Weight
The trainer for Le'Veon Bell called reports of Bell ballooning to over 260 pounds "ridiculous." His trainer added, "He’s going to be the same Le’Veon Bell — only better, quicker and faster." Bell is almost certainly back to his playing weight but the report is something else for teams to consider when looking into signing a player who sat out the entire NFL season.
“He’s going to be the same Le’Veon Bell — only better, quicker and faster.”— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 22, 2019
Bell’s trainer responds to “ridiculous” speculation about the soon-to-be free agent’s shape, pointing out he’s feeling better in February than guys who played last season.@NFLTotalAccess @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/B5UlVZItIz
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Expected to Keep Gerald McCoy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be keeping starting DT Gerald McCoy per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. There was some belief the team would get rid of the defensive star in an effort to create cap space and due to McCoy not being the prototypical 3-4 DT. However, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to use a multiple-front scheme and McCoy will be used as a DE when the team uses a 3-4 front. McCoy has spent his entire career with the Bucs after getting drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Says 3 Teams Have Already Called About Antonio Brown
Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert stated that three NFL teams have already called the team about "Mr. Big Chest" aka Antonio Brown, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Colbert did not name the team or their offers but did reiterate the Steelers would only make a move if it made sense. It's commendable that Colbert is attempting to keep the idea of Brown returning to the Steelers as a viable option but it's almost a sure thing that Brown will be playing elsewhere next season.
NFL Awards Compensatory Draft Picks
The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams' draft stocks received a boost as the NFL handed out two third-round picks to both teams. The Patriots also received a fourth and seventh round pick. The Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings were awarded three compensatory picks each while the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons were awarded two. The Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers all received one compensatory pick.
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And in other news...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 22, 2019
NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today - Patriots and Rams each received two third-round picks. The full list, per sources: pic.twitter.com/NDYBU01WKA