Jason Garrett not getting fired imminently: Garrett was allowed to enter the final year of his deal without an extension, and his seat has been warm for a while. After an embarrassing lopsided loss to the Bills at home on Thanksgiving, there was initial speculation that could be the end. Garrett isn’t quite done yet however, as we learned that he won’t be fired during the season. Owner Jerry Jones has blasted his coaching staff recently, but he isn’t willing to make an in-season firing with the Cowboys still very much in the thick of things in the NFC East. Still, it looks like Garrett’s days are numbered unless he pulls off a miracle postseason run.
Cardinals DB Josh Shaw suspended: A completely unexpected development came on Friday, when the Cardinals defensive back was suspended for at least the rest of the season for betting on NFL games. The league’s investigation found that he didn’t use inside information, but they are still obviously treating it very seriously. Commissioner Roger Goodell took the added step of issuing a strong statement, which read in part “betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances.” Shaw, who started 12 games for the Bengals in 2016, has been on injured reserve since before the start of the season.
Eagles’ Lane Johnson gets paid: Philadelphia gave their starting right tackle a huge payday, inking Johnson to a four-year, $72MM extension. Johnson will get a whopping $54.595MM guaranteed, and his annual average salary makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. Johnson’s previous deal ran through the 2021 season, so the Eagles elected to take care of him a couple of years early. Philly has made locking up their O-line a priority this season, doling out extensions to interior linemen Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce and Isaac Seumalo as well.
Redskins could finally make change: Washington fans have been increasingly frustrated with the franchise’s direction in recent years, and it appears owner Dan Snyder might finally be willing to consider a shakeup. A report emerged that indicated front office head Bruce Allen could be on the chopping block at the end of the season. Allen was named team president back in 2014, and is extremely unpopular with the team’s fanbase. Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden earlier this season, and it looks like Snyder might allow a full tear-down.
Terrelle Pryor stabbed: A terrible story broke over the weekend, when it was reported that the free agent wideout had been stabbed in his shoulder and chest and was in critical condition. Word soon leaked that Pryor had been arrested and charged with simple assault. Fortunately Pryor has since been upgraded to stable condition, and is expected to be released from the hospital soon. He reportedly suffered artery damage, and a 24-year-old woman was arrested and charged with attempted homicide.