Around The League: NFL News & Notes 2.28.19
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Jason Witten Leaving Monday Night Football Booth
Jason Witten is leaving the announcer's booth to return to the Dallas Cowboys. After retiring last year, Witten was immediately put in the booth for ESPN's Monday Night Football programs. His run on MNF was met with mostly negative reviews and Witten wants to help lead the Cowboys to make a championship run.
"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," Witten said in a statement. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship." (via dallascowboys.com)
Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Witten will play around 25 snaps per game next season.
A batch of Los Angeles Rams Set to Hit Free Agent Market
Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead said the team will not use the franchise tag this offseason. That means players like Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler, Lamarcus Joyner, and Rodger Saffold will be free agents when the new season officially begins. Joyner was franchise-tagged last season but Snead said the team couldn't get a long term deal done. It'll be interesting to see how the Rams reload after potentially losing these players.
Kyler Murray Not Participating in Drills at NFL Scouting Combine
Kyler Murray was already planning on skipping the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine but will also no longer be participating in any drills or testing. Instead, the Heisman Trophy winner will wait for his Pro Day. Despite not completing any physical tests, most view Murray's Combine appearance as a wub considering Murray came in at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds with 9 1/2-inch hands.
Adding to this: Kyler Murray has told teams he doesn’t plan to participate in any drills or testing at the combine. Is doing medical and interviews here. Plan is to work out at his pro day instead. Teams expected this. https://t.co/5J8MECenGN— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 28, 2019
San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch Quells Antonio Brown Rumors
NFL.com's Kevin Patra tweeted that John Lynch said the 49ers have not had any talks with the Pittsburgh Steelers about Antonio Brown. The 49ers need upgrades at WR and Brown has been vocal about wanting to join the team. However, Lynch downplayed talk of "Mr. Big Chest" going to San Francisco. Of course, it's NFL Draft season so quotes from GMs should be taken with a grain of salt.
Seattle Seahawks Looking to Bring Back Frank Clark
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team wants to get a deal done with DE Frank Clark per ESPN's Brady Henderson.
"Frank will be with us, yeah," Carroll said.
Whether it's with a long-term deal or the franchise tag, all indications are that Clark will return to Seattle. Clark had a career-high 13 sacks last season despite battling through injuries and has missed only two games in four seasons.