Around the League: NFL News & Notes 2.7.19
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.
Kyler Murray to Attend NFL Combine
In the latest chapter of the Kyler Murray saga, the Heisman Trophy winner will be attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month. Murray was originally believed to be heading towards a baseball career after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics. However, it appears that Murray is leaving the door open for a NFL career after declaring for the NFL Draft and attending the NFL Combine. Murray is believed to be a top pick if he enters the NFL Draft.
Damage to Cam Newton's Shoulder Less Than Expected
In one of the recent video blogs from Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback revealed his procedure was to explore his labrum and rotator cuff. Following the operation, surgeon Pat Connor tells Newton "cartilage damage was not as extensive as we'd feared."
Cam Newton's video revealed his scope was to explore both labrum and rotator cuff. Post-surgery, surgeon Pat Connor tells Newton "cartilage damage was not as extensive as we'd feared."— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 7, 2019
It's more good news for Panthers fans. After seeing Newton's level of play sharply decline in the closing weeks of the NFL regular season, there was fear that Newton's shoulder was seriously injured. However, it appears as though Newton will be ready to go by the start of next season.
Pittsburgh Steelers Could Use Transition Tag on Le'Veon Bell
In a divorce that seemingly won't come to an end, the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly exploring the option of using the transition tag on Le'Veon Bell per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. From the report, head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert have no interest in keeping the troubled running back for another season but would use the transition tag to match any offer Bell receives in free agency. The team would then sign Bell and trade him to the team interested in picking up his services. However, getting a deal done between Bell and the Steelers is far from a certainty given how the story has played out over the past NFL season. All roads seem to indicate Bell leaving the team with the Steelers getting no compensation but there are sure to be updates from both sides as the NFL offseason kicks into full gear.
Jacksonville Jaguars Will Reportedly Make a Play For Nick Foles
Fresh off another surprising postseason run as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles figures to be a top target for QB-needy teams in the NFL offseason. The Eagles signal caller recently voided the final year on his contract for $2 million, effectively making him a free agent. The Eagles can apply the franchise tag to Foles but that would cost a whopping $25 million for a backup QB. The Athletic's Daniel Popper believes that Jacksonville Jaguars will make a move for Foles if he does hit the open market. It makes sense considering former Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo is the new Jaguars offensive coordinator and the team is expected to move on from Blake Bortles.
Strange News of the Day: Bob Stoops and the XFL
Bob Stoops is one of the most succesful college football head coaches of the past 20 years. While at the helm of the Oklahoma Sooners football program, Stoops led the team to four BCS National Championship appearances, 10 Big 12 Conference Championships and a BCS National Championship in 200. Under Stoops, the Oklahoma Sooners went 190-48 and finished the season ranked in the Top 10 for 11 out of his 18 seasons as head coach.
He retired from coaching college football in 2017, paving the way for Lincoln Riley to take over as the team's head coach. After sitting out the past two years, Stoops has come out of retirement to be the head coach and general manager of the XFL's Dallas team.
It's a shocking turn of events for one of the most succesful college coaches in recent memory but it's a tremendous move for Vince McMahon and the new XFL.
Bob Stoops has been named the Dallas’ XFL head coach/GM. pic.twitter.com/pDxpYIRM4o— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 7, 2019