Report: Browns QB Deshaun Watson scheduled for disciplinary hearing on Tuesday
The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.
Robinson was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
The NFL is expected to push for a lengthy suspension of Watson, whose representatives have settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against Watson.
The NFLPA will defend Watson during the hearing.
Robinson spent more than 25 years (1991-2017) as a member of Delaware's district court.
After Robinson makes a ruling, Watson will have the option to appeal any punishment.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could rule on Watson's appeal or allow an independent arbitrator to make a decision.
Watson has denied the accusations on multiple occasions.
The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal. Watson didn't play in 2021 after requesting to be traded from the Texans.
Report: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's recovery on schedule
Once that happens and he is able to pass a physical, the 49ers are hoping to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old veteran.
Garoppolo had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and has been excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp earlier this month.
The 49ers are expected to turn over the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Garoppolo carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.
He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady's backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.
Bears sign top draft pick Kyler Gordon
Gordon, who was selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, recorded 98 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 33 games at Washington.
The 22-year-old cornerback was named first-team All-Pac-12 after collecting 46 tackles and two interceptions last season.
Second-round safety Jaquan Brisker is the only one of 11 draft picks that remains unsigned by the Bears.
Report: Saints sign LB Demario Davis to extension
Davis, 33, can earn an additional $18 million over the next three seasons under his revised deal, per the report.
Davis started 16 games and contributed 105 tackles and three sacks in his fourth season with the Saints (10th in the NFL) in 2021.
An All-Pro first-team selection in 2019, he has 1,027 tackles, 29.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 160 games (146 starts) with the New York Jets (2012-15, 2017), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Saints (2018-21).
Davis can earn $2 million in incentives in each of the next three seasons and will earn a $10 million salary and a $2 million roster bonus in 2024, per the report.
Bears LB Matt Adams arrested on weapons charge
According to Chicago police, a search of his vehicle discovered a loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets.
Possession of a high-capacity magazine within the Chicago city limits is a municipal code violation.
Adams has a court date scheduled for Aug. 24.
Adams, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Bears in April after spending his first four seasons with Indianapolis.
A seventh-round pick by the Colts in 2018, Adams played in 58 games (nine starts) and contributed 55 tackles.
Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny dies at 93
The Hall of Fame said McElhenny died of natural causes last Friday.
McElhenny was a six-time Pro Bowl running back who played 13 NFL seasons, including nine with the San Francisco 49ers from 1952-60. He was nicknamed "The King," and is a member of the All-1950s decade team.
A first-round pick by San Francisco in the 1952 draft, McElhenny rushed for 5,281 yards and 38 touchdowns, caught 264 passes for 3,247 yards and 20 scores, accumulated 1,921 kickoff return yards and 920 punt return yards in 143 career games. He returned two punts for scores.
He also played for the Minnesota Vikings (1961-62), New York Giants (1963) and Detroit Lions (1964).
McElhenny was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. His No. 39 was retired by the 49ers in 1971.
"Hugh McElhenny was a threat in all phases of the game offensively -- rushing, pass receiving and as a kick and punt returner," Jim Porter, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said in a statement. "His all-around talent -- obvious to pro football scouts when Hugh was still a teenager -- will be celebrated and preserved forever in Canton."
Five of McElhenny's Pro Bowl berths came during his tenure with the 49ers. He was part of the "Million Dollar Backfield" in the mid-1950 with quarterback Y.A. Tittle and fellow running backs Joe "the Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson.
Prior to his NFL career, McElhenny starred at Washington from 1949-51 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
He produced a single-game school rushing record that still stands with 296 yards against Washington State in 1950. Overall, he rolled up 1,107 rushing yards for the Huskies in 1950.
His career rushing-yardage total of 2,499 ranks sixth in Huskies' history.
McElhenny was a first-team All-America selection in 1951.
NFL Hot Seats: Carolina's Matt Rhule favored to be next coach fired
That distinction belongs to Carolina's Matt Rhule, who is being offered at +300 by SportsBetting.ag to be the next head coach to be fired or resign. The sportsbook is offering odds on all 32 NFL coaches, all the way down to reigning Super Bowl champion coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams at +10000.
Matt Rhule On Thinnest Ice?
Because of Rhule's success in college football, the Carolina Panthers hired him to reinvent the team. He had already transformed Temple and Baylor into winning programs, so the expectation was that he could do the same with the Panthers.
However, Rhule's first two seasons with the Panthers have not been as successful with an overall record of 10-23, including only five wins in each season.
Super Bowl or Bust in Dallas?
The next shortest odds belong to the Dallas Cowboys' Mike McCarthy at +500.
The expectation when the Cowboys hired McCarthy was that he would be able to light a fire under a team considered to be under performing under previous coach Jason Garrett. McCarthy was viewed as the missing piece that would turn the team into a Super Bowl champion.
In his first year in 2020, McCarthy got a bit of a pass because quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury. However, last season ended in major disappointment.
The Cowboys had a great regular season, finishing with a 12-5 record. However, they were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. Team owner Jerry Jones was not afraid to admit that he was frustrated by the Cowboys' early exit, but decided to keep McCarthy around.
Jones is likely to give McCarthy another season. If the Cowboys do not reach the postseason, though, he could be fired.
Pete Carroll's Last Stand in Seattle?
The Seattle Seahawks decided to part with quarterback Russell Wilson rather than coach Carroll after failing to make the playoffs last season. Carroll has led the Seahawks for 12 seasons, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
That was a long time ago, and Seattle is coming off a 7-10 campaign. Although team president and general manager John Schneider promised Carroll would stay in place until his contract expires in 2025, an early exit is still possible. SportsBetting.ag is offering him at +600 as the next NFL head coach to vacate his position, involuntarily or voluntarily.
Under Pressure in D.C. & Indy
Ron Rivera led the Washington Commanders, formerly the Washington Football Team, to the playoffs during his first season as head coach in 2020. This was despite a record of 7-9 in the regular season. Although the team was expected to improve further in 2021, Washington stumbled to a 7-10 season.
Rivera admits that he's "tired" of being an easy target. On the field and off, the Commanders are dealing with significant controversy. Legal disputes, allegations of sexual misconduct across the ranks and an unsynchronized line have weighed heavily on the franchise.
Rivera is being offered at +800 by SportsBetting.ag to be the next NFL coach fired - slightly longer odds than the Indianapolis Colts' Frank Reich at +700.
Colts owner Jim Irsay has said that Reich's job is safe for now, but that could change if the latest acquisition of a veteran quarterback in longtime Atlanta Falcon Matt Ryan doesn't help Indianapolis advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Next NFL Coach Fired/Resign (SportsBetting.ag)
Matt Rhule (3-1)
Mike McCarthy (5-1)
Pete Carroll (6-1)
Frank Reich (7-1)
Ron Rivera (8-1)
Dan Campbell (10-1)
Kevin Stefanski (10-1)
Kliff Kingsbury (12-1)
Mike Vrabel (12-1)
Arthur Smith (14-1)
Robert Saleh (14-1)
John Harbaugh (16-1)
Mike Tomlin (16-1)
Nick Sirianni (25-1)
Kyle Shanahan (33-1)
Bill Belichick (50-1)
Lovie Smith (50-1)
Todd Bowles (50-1)
Brandon Staley (66-1)
Brian Daboll (66-1)
Dennis Allen (66-1)
Doug Pederson (66-1)
Kevin O'Connell (66-1)
Matt Eberflus (66-1)
Mike McDaniel (66-1)
Nathaniel Hackett 66-1)
Zac Taylor (66-1)
Matt Lafleur (80-1)
Andy Reid (100-1)
Josh McDaniels (100-1)
Sean McDermott 100-1)
Sean McVay (100-1)
First-rounder Kenny Pickett finally signs with Steelers
Pickett was the only quarterback drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Rookie contracts are set by the NFL's slotting system, but only the length of the deal and financial terms are determined in advance. Offset language, which covers scenarios in which players don't reach the end of the four-year deal and fifth-year option with the same team, is often a sticking point.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Pickett is in the competition to replace Ben Roethlisberger, along with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky.
Pickett and Tomlin have been acquaintances for several years. Pickett played home games at Heinz Field, home of the Steelers, and logged 52 games at the University of Pittsburgh. He threw for more than 12,000 yards with 81 career touchdowns.
Pickett's four-year deal is worth $14 million with a fifth-year option.
Longtime Washington DB Brig Owens dies at 79
He died on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Military Bowl Foundation, where he was a board member. No cause of death was released.
"Brig was such a special person," Military Bowl Foundation president and executive director Steve Beck said in a statement. "He believed so strongly in helping others and repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to giving back to the community. He was an important part of the Military Bowl Foundation and took great pride in helping our nation's service members."
Owens, a native of Linden, Texas, ranks second in Washington franchise history with 36 interceptions and first with 686 interception return yards. He scored five defensive touchdowns in his career (three on INTs, two on fumble returns), and is one of just four players in club history with five or more defensive scores.
Owens recorded an end-zone interception in his only Super Bowl appearance, a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. He also scored two defensive touchdowns -- a 62-yard fumble return and a 60-yard interception return -- in a 72-41 win over the New York Giants in 1966, which remains the NFL's highest-scoring game in history. Owens had three interceptions in the game.
The respected Owens, who was Black, also gained notoriety by rooming for 12 seasons with former tight end Jerry Smith, who was white, at training camp and on road trips. They became the league's first interracial roommates.
A member of Washington's Ring of Fame, Owens was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round in 1965 after a storied college career at quarterback at Cincinnati. Dallas moved him to safety, then traded him to Washington after his rookie season spent on the sideline.
Owens became an immediate starter at safety in Washington, leading the team with seven picks in 1966 -- one of three seasons with five or more INTs in his career. He went on to play every game for Washington in 11 straight seasons from 1966-1976 and didn't miss a game until his final year in 1977.
For his career, Owens played 158 games and made 123 starts, all with Washington.
Former Colts, Ravens DL Tony Siragusa dies at 55
Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Siragusa's death over social media. Pro Football Network reported that Siragusa, who was affectionately known as "Goose" during his playing career, died in his sleep.
"I'm heart broken as is all of Colts Nation," Irsay tweeted.
Siragusa won a title with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. He finished with 564 tackles, 22 sacks and nine fumble recoveries in 169 games (148 starts) for the Colts (1990-96) and Ravens. He retired after the 2001 season over a decade after he broke into the league as an undrafted free agent in 1990.
"He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. "Tony's larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community."
The 6-foot-3 Siragusa played at 330 pounds during his career.
Siragusa went on to become a sports personality and an actor. He was a sideline analyst for Fox Sports from 2003-15. He also had a speaking role in Spike Lee's movie "25th Hour" in 2002 and also appeared in an episode of "The Sopranos" in 2004.
Siragusa's is the second death that hit the Ravens' organization in one day. Earlier Wednesday, the team announced that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died at the age of 26.
"This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens," Bisciotti wrote. "We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff."
Congress: Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted 'shadow' probe
The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform issued a 29-page memo, supported by more than 600 pages of depositions, based on its eight-month investigation.
Among the findings, the report alleges Snyder attempted to discredit former employees who made accusations of workplace sexual harassment and also hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses.
Snyder, 57, declined an invitation to testify before the committee, saying he would be out of town for business.
Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) said Wednesday that she will subpoena Snyder to appear.
"The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable," Maloney said. "That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders."
The NFL fined the Commanders $10 million in June 2021 following an investigation led by Beth Wilkinson. Snyder stepped away from day-to-day operations at that time.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours before the committee on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) asked Goodell if the NFL planned to take further actions against Snyder.
"I don't have the authority to remove him, Congresswoman," Goodell said.
An owner can only be removed by a three-quarters majority vote (24 of 32) of fellow owners, although Goodell does have the authority to recommend a vote.
"It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in numerous respects: bullying, widespread disrespect toward colleagues, use of demeaning language, public embarrassment, and harassment," Goodell said in his prepared opening remarks.
"... The workplace at the Commanders today bears no resemblance to the workplace that has been described to this committee."
Report: Rams CB Jalen Ramsey recovering from shoulder surgery
The 27-year-old All-Pro posted a photo of himself, wearing a sling, with his children on social media.
"ALL IS WELL!" tweeted Ramsey, who is expected to be ready before the start of the 2022 season.
Ramsey made the All-Pro first team for the third time, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and helped the Rams win a Super Bowl championship last season.
Ramsey reportedly played with tears in both shoulders last season.
He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.
Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson, 26, dies suddenly
The team announced Ferguson's sudden death on Wednesday morning.
"We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson," the Ravens said. "He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."
Ferguson set an NCAA record with 45 career sacks at Louisiana Tech and was drafted in the third round by the Ravens in 2019. Known at Louisiana Tech as "Sack Daddy," Ferguson and his partner, Doni, had two children.
Safarrah Lawson, who is Ferguson's agent, told NFL Network the family would appreciate privacy while coping with his loss.
Ferguson posted 4.5 career sacks and 67 total tackles in 38 games (10 starts) with the Ravens.
Report: Details of sexual assault allegation against Daniel Snyder emerge
In a letter obtained by the Post that a team attorney sent to the woman's lawyer, the alleged victim said that Snyder asked for sex, groped her and also attempted to remove her clothes. According to the letter, the encounter happened in a secluded area of a private plane on a flight back to Washington following a work trip.
The letter was written by Howard Shapiro of WilmerHale law firm, which was tasked with helping look into the accusations against Snyder. Shapiro insisted that the claims were "knowingly false."
Snyder also denied the woman's claims, according to the letter.
A $1.6 million settlement was reached in 2009, originally reported by the Post in 2020. The woman had accused Snyder of sexual misconduct, but there were no further details reported since the settlement was confidential, and the woman was not allowed to speak publicly on the matter.
The team's investigation of the sexual assault allegations was supervised by then-general counsel David Donovan, though at the time the NFL's conduct policy stated that the league office must oversee any sexual assault investigations.
Donovan noted that passengers on the plane who had been interviewed did not mention any signs of struggle. He also said that the woman was flirtatious and wore provocative clothing to combat a claim that she made stating that she had an "impeccable personal and professional reputation."
The report comes one day before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to testify remotely before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is investigating Snyder and the Commanders over various accusations of workplace misconduct. Snyder has declined to testify.
Steelers sign ex-Bengals DT Larry Ogunjobi to 1-year deal
The team announced the signing, but did not reveal terms of the deal.
It marks the second free-agent agreement this offseason for Ogunjobi, who appeared set to join the Chicago Bears in March on a reported three-year $40.5 million contract before he failed the Bears' physical. Ogunjobi is coming off a foot injury suffered in the Bengals' AFC wild-card win over the Las Vegas Raiders en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
Ogunjobi, who turned 28 earlier this month, set career highs in sacks (7.0), tackles for loss (12) and quarterback hits (16) last season for Cincinnati. He played and started 16 of 17 games, posting 49 tackles.
Pittsburgh will mark Ogunjobi's third AFC North team in his NFL career. Originally a third-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2017, he played four seasons there before spending 2021 with the Bengals.
Ogunjobi has recorded 229 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in 76 career games (63 starts).
The Steelers' addition comes nearly three weeks after longtime defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt announced his retirement.
Ryan Fitzpatrick joins Amazonâs TNF pregame coverage
Fitzpatrick will appear as an analyst on the platform's pregame show. Amazon Prime Video will exclusively stream the NFL's Thursday games for the first time next season.
"Amazon jumped out at me," Fitzpatrick, 39, told the New York Post, "in terms of it is something that's fresh and new. It just made a lot of sense of what I was trying to get into."
Fitzpatrick played 166 games, starting 147, for nine different teams in his 17-year playing career. He has thrown for 34,990 yards and 223 touchdowns with 169 interceptions.
He played only 16 snaps last season for the now-Washington Commanders, his ninth NFL team. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 13 yards before suffering a hip subluxation in the second quarter of the season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and did not play the rest of the season.
Also this month, Amazon confirmed that cornerback Richard Sherman will be an analyst for its pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. Sherman has not retired from his playing career, telling the NFL Network that he was "still leaving that door open as long as I can."
Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit were previously revealed as the play-by-play and commentary team. Herbstreit will remain in his college football roles at ESPN while adding Amazon to his resume. Michaels agreed to an "emeritus" role at NBC Sports, but Thursday games will be his main role in the 2022 season.
Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has worked for CBS and Fox, will also be a part of Amazon's first foray into football.
Attorney: 20 of 24 cases against Deshaun Watson settled
In a statement released Tuesday, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee said those cases will be dismissed as soon as the paperwork is completed.
Buzbee said the lawsuits filed by original complainant Ashley Solis and "three other brave women" have not been settled and their cases will continue.
"I look forward to trying these cases in due course," Buzbee said.
Watson, 26, has previously denied the accusations made against him.
"I've never forced anyone. I've never assaulted anyone," Watson told reporters last week at a Cleveland minicamp. "I've been saying it from the beginning and I'm going to continue to say it."
Solis and the other women suing Watson allege that he committed sexual improprieties during the course of massages. Two grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against him earlier this year.
"The cases against Deshaun Watson started with one phone call, from one brave and strong woman. That woman was Ashley Solis," Buzbee's statement Tuesday began. "... Even though she was originally turned away by our screening process, my staff insisted that I personally speak with her. I'm glad she persisted. Once we took a second look, and after having contact with Watson's original lawyer who disrespected Ashley and her profession and who arrogantly minimized the conduct of someone he referred to as an ‘asset,' I was convinced that our law firm should try to help her.
"As a result of Ashley's lone but brave voice, soon many women who had allegedly experienced the same conduct were emboldened to step forward. I am incredibly proud to represent them all. They have endured vile criticism and fanatical ignorance. They faced withering cross examination by skilled litigators and stood firm. They are warriors all."
The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal.
The NFL continues to investigate and recently wrapped up its interviews with Watson. Despite no criminal charges being filed, the NFL could suspend him for violating the league's personal conduct standards.
Watson did not play during the 2021 NFL season. In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards and set a career high with 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.
Bears put OL Dakota Dozier (leg) on IR
Dozier, 31, was carted off the field at a June 14 minicamp practice with what appeared to be a left knee injury.
Dozier was signed as a free agent in March and he was slated to battle for the starting right guard position.
The 2014 fourth-round pick has played in 76 games (27 starts) with the New York Jets (2014-18) and Minnesota Vikings (2019-21). He started all 16 games with the Vikings in 2020.
In a corresponding move, the Bears signed cornerback Jayson Stanley.
Stanley, 25, is a former undrafted free agent who appeared in eight games with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020. He played seven snaps on defense and 129 on special teams.
Report: Seahawks sign DT Bryan Mone to 2-year extension
Mone, 26, is an exclusive rights free agent who signed his tender for the 2022 season in April.
The new deal will pay him $12 million for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. It includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and he can earn up to an additional $1.8 million in incentives, per the report.
Mone played in 14 games (five starts) and contributed 35 tackles, three quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble last season.
Undrafted out of Michigan in 2019, Mone has 48 tackles and two sacks in 28 games (five starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks.
Ravens sign veteran DE Steven Means
Means, 31, spent the past few seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He started 14 games last season and tallied 43 tackles, one forced fumble and two tackles for losses.
He signed with Baltimore after a tryout at minicamp this week.
In 64 career games (29 starts), Means has 107 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 10 tackles for loss. He spent part of the 2014 season with the Ravens in addition to playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-14), Philadelphia Eagles (2016-17) and Atlanta (2018, 2020-21).
The Buccaneers drafted Means in the fifth round (No. 147 overall) in 2013 out of Buffalo.