We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Even though it did not show in the game against Baltimore, Ben Roethlisberger played with a fractured left index finger. Thankfully, it is on his non-throwing hand. The injury still impacted his receiving the snap and hold on the ball while in the pocket. The star passer still played well in the victory. As the weather gets colder, the injury may become a bigger issue.
Last week, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will soon begin throwing. At this point in the season, the only value in bringing Allen back is experience, which could be valuable for 2019. The abysmal performance of Nathan Peterman against the Bears, the Bills should be looking for other options until the rookie is ready.
The Arizona Cardinals released veteran quarterback, Sam Bradford, this past week. He will be appealing for quarterback-needy teams like Jacksonville and Buffalo, among others. Bradford has made strong money in his NFL career. This past March, he signed a two-year, $40 million deal. He saw roughly a third of that coin for three games of action. Referring to Bradford’s Cardinal earnings, Adam Schefter tweeted, “Cardinals wound up paying QB Sam Bradford a $10 million signing bonus, about $2.5 million in base salary and another $1 million in playtime bonuses - a total of $13.5 million for playing three games.” Former NFL general manager and agent Andrew Brandt tweeted, “In 2016, Sam Bradford received an $11 million signing bonus from the Eagles, didn't play a game for them. In 2018, Bradford received a $10 million bonus from the Cardinals. Played three games. #winning.” Bradford’s contract prevented a trade, so the team was forced to release the veteran.
Ron Zeitlinger was the first to report that New York Giants backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested after almost running into an officer with his vehicle. It was a minor infraction as Lauletta failed to obey the officer’s orders while driving to the practice facility and almost hit the officer in the process. The issue is that the rookie needs to stay out of trouble because his time is coming soon to get a shot at the starting job. A few days before this issue, coach Pat Shurmur told the media, "At this point, Eli’s our quarterback." When asked if the veteran will keep the job after the bye, Shurmur answered, "We'll see … I know what you’re all trying to tease a headline … We’ve got to do what we can to help him be better. There’s a handful of plays where he needs to be better. That’s obvious." The lack of commitment to Manning tells us that the rookie’s time is coming quickly.
Ian Rapoport reported last week that Ryan Tannehill is at least two weeks from returning to the field after his shoulder injury. He just started throwing the football with trainers. A few days before the Rapoport tweet, coach Adam Gase said even though Tannehill is throwing, there remains doubt of how much arm strength he has at this time. With the way Brock Osweiler is playing, Miami needs to get another look at Tannehill before the offseason to ascertain his future with the team.
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