Tramaine Brock

NFL Ends Tramaine Brock Investigation

Good news for cornerback Tramaine Brock. The NFL has dropped its investigation against the pending free agent, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter).Tramaine Brock (vertical)

The league informed Brock on Friday that there is “insufficient evidence to support a finding” that he violated the personal conduct policy. Without the threat of a potential suspension hanging over his head, Brock should have an easier time landing a deal this offseason. He also won’t have to worry about being held out of postseason action this year.

It was a strange 2017 for Brock. In April, the Niners cut him on the heels of a domestic violence arrest. After that charge was dropped in August, the Seahawks jumped at the chance to bolster the Legion of Boom. Then, before the start of the season, Seattle shipped Brock to Minnesota for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick.

Brock, 29, suited up for eleven games this season, but a foot injury could prevent him from taking the field in the divisional round. In 2016, he finished second among 49ers defenders in snaps (1,102) and graded 21st in performance among Pro Football Focus’ 110 qualified cornerbacks.

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Vikings To Acquire Tramaine Brock

The Vikings are set to acquire cornerback Tramaine Brock from the Seahawks, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. Minnesota will send a seventh-round pick to Seattle, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, and it’ll be a conditional selection in 2018, per Shawn Zobel of Zobel Sports Consulting (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN) and Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

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This continues an action-packed 2017 for Brock, who will join his third team of the year when the trade goes through. The 49ers released Brock in April on the heels of a domestic violence arrest, one that led to a felony charge, but the case was dismissed Aug. 9. As many as 12 teams – including the Vikings – then courted Brock, who joined the Seahawks on a $980K deal on Aug. 16. Seattle acquired fellow cornerback Justin Coleman from the Patriots on Friday, helping to make Brock expendable in the team’s eyes.

While Brock’s off-field incident damaged his stock, he has been a superb on-field performer at times during his seven-year career. As such, this looks like a worthwhile move for the Vikings, who were in need of a quality complement to No. 1 corner Xavier Rhodes. Brock will serve as one if he continues to post production along the lines of his recent output. The 29-year-old started in all 31 appearances from 2015-16, including each of the the 49ers’ 16 games last season, and has combined for nine interceptions since 2013. He picked off one pass in 2016, finished second among 49ers defenders in snaps (1,102) and graded a respectable 21st in performance among Pro Football Focus’ 110 qualified corners (Rhodes was 29th).

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Seahawks Notes: Odhiambo, Tobin, Brock

The Seahawks made a trade to acquire more offensive line depth today, adding tackle Matt Tobin from the Eagles, and Seattle had been “calling around” the league in search of front five depth, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). General manager John Schneider & Co. were willing to offer a late-round draft pick in order to bring in an offensive lineman, and they did just that, sending a 2018 fifth-rounder to Philadelphia for Tobin and a seventh-round choice.

Here’s more from the Pacific Northwest:

  • Tobin was brought in after incumbent left tackle George Fant was lost for the season following a torn ACL, but he’s not the leading contender for Seattle’s blindside job. That title goes to second-year offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Odhiambo, a third-round pick in 2015, was a favorite of many in the draft opportunity, be barley played during his rookie campaign. In eight appearances, he saw only 33 offensive snaps and earned negative grades from Pro Football Focus.
  • The Seahawks figure to continue reshuffling their offensive line in order to find the best combination before the regular season gets underway, but those changes figure to come mostly at left tackle and right guard. Mark Glowinski will stay at right guard, per Condotta, where he’ll compete with Oday Aboushi for the starting role. Meanwhile, Seattle appears to be content with free agent signee Luke Joeckel at left guard and 2016 first-round pick Germain Ifedi at right tackle.
  • Although Tramaine Brock‘s one-year deal with the Seahawks contains no guaranteed money, the veteran corner will earn a $80K roster bonus if he earns a place on Seattle’s Week 1 roster, per Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Seahawks signed Brock after he was cleared of domestic violence charges, and general manager John Schneider says the club went “above and beyond” in its research into Brock’s situation, as Condotta writes in a separate piece. While Brock may be out of legal trouble, he could still be disciplined by the NFL, and Brock’s agent indicates that league process has only just begun, tweets Condotta.

NFC Notes: 49ers, Eli, Rodgers, Lions

Cornerback Tramaine Brock drew interest from his former team, the 49ers, before the Seahawks signed him on Wednesday, according to his agent, Ron Slavin. “The 49ers denied it, but they called me the minute [his case] got dismissed and wanted him back,” Slavin told Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Brock spent the first seven years of his career with the 49ers, who released him April 7 on the heels of an arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Charges were dropped last week, though, leading a slew of teams to inquire about Brock before he chose Seattle. The 49ers announced that they were not among those clubs, but Slavin says otherwise. Brock will face his ex-team twice this year.

Here’s more from the NFC:

  • Giants quarterback Eli Manning, 36, told Ian O’Connor of ESPN.com on Wednesday that he’s optimistic about playing into his 40s. “Yeah, I think sitting here right now, I think I can play another four years,” said Manning, who’s under contract for three more seasons. Manning has been the picture of durability throughout his career, having played 16 games in every season other than 2004 – his rookie year, which he began as a backup. He’s similar in that regard to two-time Super Bowl opponent Tom Brady, whose ability to stay on the field for the vast majority of his career has helped him hang around into his 40s. Of course, durability was also key for Eli Manning’s brother, Peyton Manning, who managed to play until the age of 39.
  • Staying on the subject of Hall of Fame-bound signal-callers, Pete Dougherty of PackersNews.com opines that Green Bay must sign Aaron Rodgers to a new deal within the next year. While Rodgers is already under contract through 2019, awarding him a new pact would kill the possibility of the franchise tag coming into play, which Dougherty argues is rather important. Tagging Rodgers after 2019 would cost the Packers around $25MM, and that number would increase substantially if they were to franchise him again the next year. And if Rodgers doesn’t have an extension soon, the 33-year-old could decide he’d be better off playing under the tag for as long as possible and raking in all the guaranteed cash that comes with it, contends Dougherty.
  • With the Lions having lost Kerry Hyder and Brandon Copeland to season-ending injuries in recent days, they’re likely to look outside the organization for help along the defensive line, writes Nate Atkins of MLive.com. The Lions don’t possess a ton of cap space (around $7MM), but they have enough to pick someone up, contends Atkins, who lists Jared Odrick, Dwight Freeney, Paul Kruger, Trent Cole and Sen’Derrick Marks as logical targets in free agency. On the trade market, Atkins wonders if the Lions could pursue the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson, whom they’ve been shopping since last year. However, at upward of $8MM, Richardson has a high cap number, and he put the kibosh on potential trades with multiple teams earlier this year when he refused to take a pay cut.

NFC West Notes: Rams, Watkins, Seahawks

Here’s a look at the NFC West:

  • The Rams started discussing a Sammy Watkins trade with the Bills in the spring when they declined to exercise his fifth-year option in the spring, L.A. GM Les Snead told SiriusXM (Twitter link). The Watkins deal came completely out of left field, so it’s impressive that the two sides were able to keep rumblings of the deal out of the media for four months. The Rams acquired Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round selection in exchange for for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick. Los Angeles has already expressed interest in inking him to an extension.
  • Tramaine Brock‘s one-year deal with the Seahawks is for the minimum salary, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times tweets. In the days leading up to his deal with Seattle, we heard that Brock had interest from as many as a dozen teams. Since Brock will only be making the minimum, it sounds either like the level of interest league-wide was overstated or Brock took less money from a quality team like the Seahawks in order to give himself a better platform for free agency next year.
  • 49ers GM John Lynch says he has spoken with Broncos GM John Elway about which players might be available in trades (Twitter link via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area). Lynch offered no specifics, so we don’t know which players were discussed or how close the two sides were/are to a deal.

Seahawks To Sign CB Tramaine Brock

The Seahawks have agreed to a one-year deal with cornerback Tramaine Brock, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Seahawks met with Brock on Tuesday and it didn’t take long for a deal to come together. Tramaine Brock

The Seahawks were actually among the teams with interest in Brock back in April, but clubs stopped calling in the wake of domestic violence allegations. When he was cleared of all charges last week, as many as 12 teams came calling, including the Seahawks, Texans, and Vikings. The incumbent 49ers were discussing a new deal with him in the spring but they did not circle back to him.

Brock, 28, spent the last two seasons as a starter for the Niners. While the free agent cornerback market still features some big names (like Darrelle Revis), Brock stood as the most talented one of the bunch at this juncture of the offseason. The Seahawks didn’t necessarily need Brock, but their famed Legion Of Boom has gotten even deeper with his addition.

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Extra Points: Fins, Steelers, Bills, Cowboys

The Seahawks, Texans, and Vikings have all expressed interest in free agent cornerback Tramaine Brock, but they’re only three of a dozen clubs who have inquired on Brock, reports Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Twitter link). The interest in Brock isn’t all that surprising, especially now that he’s no longer facing domestic violence charges. A starting-caliber cornerback rarely becomes available in August, but the 28-year-old Brock graded as the league’s No. 23 corner while playing 95% of San Francisco’s defensive snaps a season ago, per Pro Football Focus.

Here’s more from around the NFL:

  • While the Dolphins are expected to work out linebacker Rey Maualuga on Wednesday, Miami could also ask about fellow free agent ‘backer Perry Riley, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (Twitter link), who says “don’t be surprised” if the Dolphins look at the former Raider. With rookie Raekwon McMillan lost for the season after tearing his ACL, Miami is looking for more depth at the second level of their defense. Riley, 29, posted a breakout season in 2016, but hasn’t been linked to any clubs since free agency opened in March.
  • James Harrison isn’t expected to serve as a starter for the Steelers next season, as the club will use young edge rushers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt in prominent roles, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. Harrison played 56% of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps in 2016 and managed five sacks, but he’ll be used as more of a “relief pitcher” in 2017, says Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter. Entering his age-39 campaign, Harrison could probably use the extra rest, even though he still might be Pittsburgh’s best pass rusher.
  • Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he was “annoyed” at accusations of tanking after Buffalo agreed to trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby last week, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. Pointing to acquisitions of Anquan Boldin, Jordan Matthews, and E.J. Gaines, Beane disputed that the Bills aren’t attempting to win in 2017. However, each of those three players’ contracts will expire in 2018, and the driving force behind Buffalo’s two deals seemed to be the receipt of draft pick capital.
  • The Cowboys worked out defensive back Julian Wilson today, tweets Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. Two other defensive backs — Dejaun Butler and John Green — also auditioned for Dallas and were signed, a likely indication that Wilson won’t be joining the roster.

Vikings, Texans Interested In Tramaine Brock

Tramaine Brock‘s market is heating up. The Texans and Vikings are now among the teams with interest in the free agent cornerback, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter links) hears. La Canfora adds that it is “very likely” he will sign somewhere this week. Tramaine Brock (vertical)

Brock is already meeting with the Seahawks and Seattle is very serious about signing him after four months of investigative work into the domestic violence allegations against him. After charges were dropped against Brock and his alleged victim characterized the incident as a verbal dispute rather than a physical one, teams seem to be more comfortable with the idea of adding him to the roster.

The Texans have been putting an emphasis on causing turnovers and Brock, who has eleven career interceptions, can help with that pursuit.

One of the things we talked about as soon as we got back for OTAs is creating turnovers,” cornerback Kareem Jackson said (via ESPN.com’s Sarah Barshop). “We feel like as a defense unit, that’s our job, to create turnovers. If we can improve on that as well as continue to get better in some of the other defensive categories and situational football, [we will] continue to progress as a group.”

Brock, 28, has been a full-time starter in each of the past two seasons. Last year he graded out as the league’s No. 23 corner while playing 95% of San Francisco’s defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Tramaine Brock To Visit Seahawks

Free agent cornerback Tramaine Brock will visit the Seahawks on Tuesday, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.Tramaine Brock (Vertical)

Brock’s offseason has been eventful, to say the least, as domestic violence allegations in April led to his release from the 49ers. All charges were dropped against Brock last week, and both Brock and his alleged victim have since released statements on the episode, labeling the entire matter a misunderstanding.

San Francisco’s decision to cut ties with Brock earlier this year means a quality starting cornerback is now on the free agent market, and it’s no surprise that clubs are already showing interest. As many as five clubs had already reached out to Brock as of last week (although the 49ers aren’t open to re-signing him), and for good reason: The 28-year-old Brock has been a full-time starter in each of the past two seasons, and in 2016 graded as the league’s No. 23 corner while playing 95% of San Francisco’s defensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus.

Seattle has been searching for defensive back depth all offseason long, as DeShawn Shead — who started 15 games opposite Richard Sherman a season ago — is expected to begin the regular season on the reserve/PUP list as he recovers from a torn ACL. Jeremy Lane is considered the favorite to step into the starting lineup, but Brock would present immediate competition for that spot.

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Tramaine Brock Releases Statement, Eyes NFL Return

Authorities cleared former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock of wrongdoing in a domestic violence case earlier this week. And the soon-to-be 29-year-old free agent made his first public comments about the incident Friday night.

I would like to formally apologize to my family and children for the verbal altercation that brought about this situation,” Brock said in a statement provided to Pro Football Talk. “These past five months have been a time to reevaluate and grow as a person. I had hoped to keep family matters private, but at this time I have to get the facts out. I have never put my hands on the mother of my children, as what has been publicly reported.

The information in the police report is untrue. I stayed in an unhealthy relationship for the sake of my children, which was not in my best interest. As the case I was involved in has been dismissed, I am eager to move forward and focus on sharing custody of my two children and ensuring a stable environment for them.

Lastly, I look forward to continuing my football career in the near future.”

The alleged victim’s attorney released a statement on Thursday indicating this was a verbal dispute. The NFL could still punish Brock, but as Mike Florio of PFT noted, that might be difficult without cooperation from the alleged victim.

Brock rated as the No. 23 cornerback in football last season, per Pro Football Focus. However, the 49ers seem to have moved on despite having plenty of cap space for a free agent of this sort. A former UDFA, Brock played the first seven seasons of his career in San Francisco.

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