NFL News from 02/14 to 02/18/2018
Larry Fitzgerald will continue his playing career in 2018 (via Doug & Wolf Show)
This is huge news for the Cardinals, and for whatever QB they end up adding during the offseason. Despite his advanced age of 34, Fitzgerald was the focal point of the Cardinals offense last season, finishing 2nd in the NFL in receptions and 3rd in targets. Fitzgerald, a future Hall of Famer and the face of the Cardinals franchise, will be huge in either luring a free agent QB or in helping a rookie transition to the NFL, depending on which route the Cardinals decide to go this offseason.
A.J. McCarron has won his grievance against the Bengals and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent this offseason (via Cincinnati.com)
The grievance dates back to an injury A.J. McCarron suffered in 2014, his rookie year. Instead of becoming a restricted free agent, in which the Bengals could put an early round tender on him, he will be able to sign with any team without that team surrendering a draft pick to the Bengals. McCarron is an intriguing case because he has shown starting potential during a few brief stints in place of Andy Dalton over the past few years, and the Browns were minutes away from acquiring him at the trade deadline this past season. McCarron will be added to an already pretty loaded free agent class at QB, and will be looking for money similar to what Mike Glennon received last offseason. Expect every QB-needy team to give McCarron a look.
Chiefs sign CB David Amerson to a one-year, $2.25 million contract (via ESPN.com)
After acquiring CB Kendall Fuller in the Alex Smith trade a few weeks ago, the Chiefs make another addition to their cornerback group with this signing. David Amerson was cut by the Raiders a few weeks ago, and has had an up-and-down career through five years in the league. He did show lots of promise in 2015 and the Chiefs will be hoping he can return to that form. Kansas City is making a concerted effort to fix up its secondary, which was one of its main weaknesses last season. The return of Eric Berry should also help.