5 Key NFL Stories: 2/10/19 – 2/17/19

NFL settles with Kaepernick, Reid. Both Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had accused the NFL of colluding to keep them off the field, and the league succumbed last week, agreeing to a settlement with both players. While official financial details of the deal weren’t (and won’t be) announced, figures ranging from $40-80MM have been tossed out, at least for Kaepernick. Reid, for his part, had already re-signed with the Panthers before the settlement was disclosed. Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s lawyer believes the veteran quarterback with land with a club in the near future.

Broncos to acquire Joe Flacco. The Case Keenum era is over in Denver after the Broncos shipped a fourth-round pick to Baltimore in exchange for Flacco. The Ravens had already handed over the reins to 2018 first-rounder Lamar Jackson, so they had no use for Flacco, who still has three years left on his contract. The Broncos will assume Flacco’s remaining base salaries and install him under center, meaning Keenum will either accept a pay cut, be traded, or be released.

Kareem Hunt returns to the NFL. The Browns opted to give Hunt a chance despite the optics of such a move, signing the veteran back to a one-year, $1MM deal with no guarantees. Hunt, of course, is under investigation for three separate 2018 incidents, with the most notable being an assault of a woman that was caught on video. Now that he’s been signed, Hunt is back on the commissioner’s exempt list until further notice. He’ll be suspended for a unknown amount of time during the 2019 campaign, but will presumably be given a chance to compete with incumbent Cleveland running back Nick Chubb.

Kyler Murray commits to football. The Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman winner formally declared his intentions to become a NFL quarterback, spurning the Oakland Athletics and his No. 9 overall draft status in Major League Baseball. Murray will return most of the $4.66MM signing bonus he received from Oakland, but given that he’s expected to become a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, he’ll be quickly able to recoup that money. He’s already hired a football agent, and will attend the scouting combine later this month.

Antonio Brown formally submits trade request. Although he’s asked to be dealt away from the Steelers, Brown will now meet with team owner Art Rooney II. Brown was initially hesitant to sit down with Rooney, but the meeting is expected to occur next week. The veteran wideout took to Twitter on Saturday, discussing Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, and other Steelers issues.

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  1. Dodgethis

    No way is he signed. Also doubtful he received that much money. The settlement confidentiality was just so he could save face, if he had any evidence he would of exposed the NFL in court and set himself up for a gigantic payday. The NFL knows they are losing viewership at a massive rate and ending the kaeperbick saga, and silencing him was the only goal, to save the business. Kaep is a loser, has always been a loser and will always be a loser. Good riddance. He destroyed the 49ers reputation and record. His adopted by wealthy white people butt can disappear now.

    • cka2nd

      NFL TV ratings bounced back a bit this year, increasing 5% from 2017.

      Yeah, and the management that pushed out Jim Harbaugh and went through two head coaches in two years had nothing to do with destroying the 49ers’ reputation and record.

    • Ironman_4life

      I’m pretty sure Dick’s Sporting Goods is not gonna care what he does.

    • diller1340

      Because they were wrong and didn’t want it to get worse when kaepernick won the case

      • kenleyfornia2

        If he was going to win why would he sell out and swear to silence lmao.

        • cka2nd

          It was an employment COLLUSION case, not some great political cause involving freedom of speech or exposing police, prosecutorial or judicial misconduct. Collusion cases are routinely settled, and routinely with non-disclosure as part of the settlement.

          • kenleyfornia2

            Exposing the NFL actually colluding against him would have been a massive win for him and the social justice warriors. Now whatever dirt occurred is buried forever cause he took the check

          • brucewayne

            Tell that to the MLB players who took it all the way in court and won ! It was a money grab from the start for Kap !

        • Win/lose may not be the way to look at it.

          It could be that there was evidence for each side. So instead of taking a risk of an unfavorable publicity, they settle.

          And who knows what K will do with the money. Maybe he starts some sort of charity. We’ll see.

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