NFL NewsWire 02/19 – 02/21/18

NFL News from 02/19 to 02/21/2018

Texans released LB Brian Cushing (via John McClain)

A lifelong Texan since he was drafted in the first round in 2009, Cushing had a solid career at Inside Linebacker for the Texans, making a Pro Bowl in the process. He’s missed some time due to a PED suspension recently and became expendable due to the emergence of Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole in both their second seasons. This release will save the Texans around $7.5 million against the cap.

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NFL NewsWire 02/14 – 02/18/18

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.

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NFL NewsWire 02/12 – 02/13/18

NFL News from 02/12 to 02/13/2018

49ers LB Reuben Foster arrested on charges of domestic violence (via The Mercury News)

Yuck. This one looks really bad for Reuben Foster, as he allegedly dragged the victim across the floor to get her to leave his apartment. The officers also found an illegal firearm in his house.  All of this comes a month after he was arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession. Foster was considered one of the top prospects in last year’s draft, but had a few character concerns when he failed a drug test with a diluted sample at the Combine and fought with the doctor who administered the test. Because of that (and other shoulder-related issues), Foster fell in the draft to Pick 31, where the 49ers took a chance on him.

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NFL NewsWire 02/08 – 02/11/18

NFL News from 02/08 to 02/11/2018

49ers re-sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a 5-year extension worth $137.5 million (per Mike Garofolo)

This contract will make Jimmy Garoppolo the highest paid player on an annual basis. Although it may seem like an overpay for a quarterback with only 7 career starts under his belt, it is actually a very savvy move by General Manager John Lynch and the 49ers front office. With very little money already committed to other players on the roster, the 49ers could afford the massive cap hit this contract will make initially, and after 2 years, they can rid themselves of this contract pretty easily if Garoppolo proves not to be worth it. Now with the quarterback position officially figured out in San Fran, they can focus the rest of their cap and efforts on acquiring as much talent as possible all over the field.

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NFL NewsWire 02/06 – 02/07/18

NFL News from 02/06 to 02/07/2018

Colts hire Josh McDaniels to be their Head Coach, before he backs out last minute to stay in New England (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter)

In one of the most bizarre coaching situations we have seen this millenium, Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, almost assured to become the next Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, backed out of his arrangement and decided to stay in New England. In his press conference this morning, Colts GM Chris Ballard made it seem as if this decision came out of nowhere, and he never got the sense that McDaniels was getting cold feet. The Colts will now have to start essentially at square one, and will be requesting interviews with Eagles OC Frank Reich (fresh off an incredible Super Bowl gameplan) and Saints Assistant HC Dan Campbell to begin.

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NFL NewsWire 01/31 to 02/05/18

NFL News from 01/31 to 02/05/2018

Chiefs trade QB Alex Smith to the Redskins for CB Kendall Fuller and a 3rd round pick (per ESPN.com)

This blockbuster deal came out of nowhere on Tuesday night and has had an immediate ripple effect across the league, as the QB carousel becomes just a little bit clearer. The Redskins and incumbent QB Kirk Cousins appeared headed for divorce after years of botched negotiations, and after this trade, it is obvious Cousins will be playing for a different franchise in 2018.

The trade was facilitated by Washington and Alex Smith, who immediately agreed to terms on a 4-year extension that should keep the veteran QB in D.C. until his age-38 season. The Chiefs in return got an extremely solid haul, nabbing CB Kendall Fuller and Washington’s 3rd rounder in this year’s draft.

Fuller will be entering his 3rd season next year, and seems to have a promising career ahead of him after grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 6th-ranked Corner in 2017. Patrick Mahomes looked the part in his first season waiting in the wings, and he will take over at starting QB for the Chiefs next season, while the Redskins will move forward with Alex Smith. Both teams are set at QB and can focus on their other needs throughout the rest of the offseason.

Read our Nachmany Football reaction to the trade here.

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Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins: Rapid Response

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In a blockbuster move, the Washington Redskins acquired Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith late Tuesday night on January 30. The details of the trade are as follows:

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