5 Key NFL Stories: 5/19/19-5/26/19

Reuben Foster tears ACL: The Redskins linebacker went down in a heap during a recent OTA practice, and it was clear right away something was very wrong. Not long after, it was confirmed that Foster had torn his ACL and suffered additional damage to his leg as well. The Redskins claimed to oft-embattled Alabama product off waivers late last season after he was cut by the 49ers following another arrest. Charges were ultimately dropped and the league announced he wouldn’t be suspended, so the Redskins were counting on him playing a huge role on defense in 2019. He’ll now miss the entire season, leaving a huge hole on a Redskins team that has been the league’s most injury-riddled the past couple of seasons.

Buccaneers release Gerald McCoyThe longtime Bucs defensive tackle saw his time in Tampa Bay come to an end earlier this week when the team released him. Things had been heading toward a split for a while now, and the Buccaneers were reportedly shopping him. They were ultimately unable to find a trade partner, so they opted to release him to avoid paying him his $13MM salary. McCoy is now the biggest name left on the free agent market, and is drawing interest from a bunch of contenders. He’s already visited with the Browns, and will reportedly meet with the Ravens soon. One team already offered him a pact worth $11MM annually.

Buccaneers sign Ndamukong SuhThe Bucs didn’t waste much time replacing McCoy. While McCoy became the biggest name left available on the free agent market, Tampa Bay scooped up the previous biggest name. Suh landed a one-year deal worth $9.25MM, with incentives that can push it to $10MM. Suh signed with the Rams on a one-year deal last offseason, and didn’t quite play up to his standards in Los Angeles during the regular season. He turned it on in the postseason, and was a force during their playoff run. Suh is actually older than McCoy is at 32 now, but he showed during the playoffs he still has plenty left in the tank.

Patriots Extend Julian EdelmanNew England locked up a key piece, signing Edelman to a two-year extension. Edelman had been entering the final year of his current deal, so he’ll now be locked up through the 2021 season. The veteran receiver got $18MM in new money over the course of the two years. It’s been speculated that the deal will run to the end of Edelman’s career, and allow him to retire as a Patriot. Edelman, 33, was a huge part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl winning offense after he returned from his four-game suspension last year, racking up 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.

Adam Jones retires: Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones decided to hang up his cleats earlier this week, ending an always interesting twelve-year career. Jones will perhaps best be remembered for his string of off-field incidents, but he was a dynamic player at his peak. The West Virginia product was drafted sixth overall by the Titans back in 2005. He missed the entire 2007 and 2009 seasons due to his off-field issues, but he was able to battle back each time. He was a quality starter for periods with both the Titans and Bengals, and was also an electric punt returner at times. He appeared in seven games and made two starts with the Broncos last year, which will end up being the last top of his career.

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