Extra Points: Eric Reid, Browns, Coaches, Seahawks, Workouts

We have a new update on the Eric Reid situation. The Panthers safety has been griping for a while now about the NFL targeting him with incessant drug tests in retaliation for his collusion suit against the league, and the league and NFLPA issued a statement a few days ago saying there was no evidence to support his claims. Reid isn’t dropping the issue however, and his lawyers are rejecting the contents of the letter released by the league, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

“They claim that some of the dates the NFL used in its report are incorrect”, and “want access to all evidence, records, electronic messages and information sources used to determine the findings within the report”, La Canfora writes. It’s unclear what his potential next step is, but this probably isn’t the last we’ll hear of it. We also heard a few weeks ago that the Panthers were interested in bringing Reid back in 2019 and had already reached out to his agent about a new deal.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Freddie Kitchens’ inaugural staff in Cleveland is getting a new member. The Browns are hiring former Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN (Twitter link). While Anderson writes that “his official title has yet to be finalized”, she does note that he’ll coach the running backs. Mitchell is a longtime running backs coach in the league, who has also spent some time as the head coach of Morgan State and Southern University. Mitchell and Kitchens worked together on Bruce Arians’ staff in Arizona, so the move makes a lot of sense.
  • While the Raiders’ coaching staff isn’t undergoing any major changes for Jon Gruden’s second season, at least one assistant won’t be back in 2019. Assistant defensive line coach Marco Coleman is leaving the team to take a job at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal (Twitter link). Gruden’s first season was a disappointment, but there was no big shakeup in response.
  • Before signing kicker Sam Ficken yesterday, the Seahawks worked out a few other kickers. The team brought in Caleb Sturgis, Younghoe Koo, and Lirim Hajrullahua for workouts, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link). Koo was the Chargers’ kicker to open the 2017 season but was cut after a handful of games, while Sturgis was the Chargers’ kicker the first half of this season before being cut in favor of Michael Badgley. Hajrullahua has been in the CFL the last five years. Seattle’s interest in kickers suggests Sebastian Janikowski, who is a free agent this offseason, won’t be returning in 2019.
  • Speaking of workouts, the Colts brought in tight end Gabe Holmes for a tryout, Balzer tweets. Holmes was signed as an UDFA by the Raiders back in 2015, and has bounced around some bottom of the rosters and practice squads ever since. The Purdue product has spent time with the Raiders, Seahawks, Ravens, and Cardinals. Holmes appeared in eight games with Arizona this year, but was used mostly as a blocker and never caught a pass.
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  1. kenleyfornia2

    Reid will never play an NFL game again. And some will scream collusion

  2. DuffManCometh

    I always find it interesting how people jump down the throat of a player who voices his political views, but when the owners do the same it’s their “right”. I personally could give a crap if everyone wants to voice their political opinion, but I find it awfully scary that there is a large vocal group who embraces the return of class structure society.

  3. TheTruth12

    What people on this site need to understand is there’s this thing called freedom of speech and nfl players have every right to talk about collusion or racial injustice or whatever else they wanna talk about. I can’t stress this enough IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT A PLAYER IS SAYING OR DISAGREE WITH IT THEN IGNORE IT DONT LISTEN TO IT DONT READ ABOUT IT. But because you disagree/ don’t like what they’re saying they should just shut up? So question why can “normal” people talk about these things but if an athlete does it’s shut up and play? They have the same rights as “normal” people. Please for your sake grow up and stop being a child

    • YakAttack

      And NFL teams can choose not to employ him for the exact same reasons. They sign wife beaters, drug users, and PED users all the time. This is the war they choose to fight. And I don’t even disagree with his views as a veteran. But he made this bed despite the consequences, so now he has to lay in it.

      • TheTruth12

        No I know teams have every right to employ or not employ whomever they want, I was mainly ranting with the people on here that tell the players to shut up and play.

        • YakAttack

          I agree. If players want to take a firm stance on anything, good on them. But Reid had to know he’d be singled out since Kaep didn’t sign anywhere. Josh Gordon had to know he’d be under extra scrutiny. Suh never gets the benefit if the doubt. It goes on. Old, rich, white guys rely on other old, ruch, white guys fir revenue.

          Again, I am inline with Reid’s message. But he’s foolish if he didn’t foresee backlash.

          • ckln88

            Or maybe the social injustices against him and those like him, that the games not that important?

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