NFL News – Monday, August 30, 2021

In Monday’s NFL news: Deshaun Watson’s possible trade to Miami, Harrison Smith signs contract extension, Texans send Shaq Lawson to Jets. Don’t miss the NFL news.

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Possible trade from Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins

Next Tuesday is the deadline for NFL teams to reduce their rosters from 80 to 53 players. This means the Texans have less than 48 hours to resolve their situation with QB Deshaun Watson. The problems are many and the options are few. However, several NFL executives, who are not directly involved in discussions of a possible trade, informed Pro Football Talk that there has been growing talk of negotiations involving Watson; and it’s the Dolphins who are leading the way.

Via Charles Robinson de Yahoo Sports, Miami has become the clear favorite to land Watson. Citing an anonymous team that dropped out of trade talks, Robinson reported that Houston is still asking for three first-round picks and two second-round picks to trade. However, he adds that Miami is trying to seek protection against the possibility of Watson losing playing time due to the 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints still pending against him.

To these reports are added those of Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald, who notes that the Dolphins “remain intrigued by the possibility” of landing Watson. However, Jackson adds that Miami is not willing to give Houston everything they ask for in return. This is a problem for those led by David Culley because, at this point only the Dolphins are interested in a possible negotiation, everything will fall on whether Houston considers or suitable to reduce its demands before a possible trade, or if Miami will be able to find a middle ground to seize the services of the Clemson alumnus.

If he remains on the team, the Texans will be risking paying Watson $ 10.54 million in 2021 with the latent possibility that he will not play during the regular season. However, Watson’s demands remain the same: to leave the team at all costs for the next season, but the time to achieve it is increasingly close to running out. Should the Texans get rid of Deshaun Watson? Are the Dolphins the right team to trade?

Minnesota and Harrison Smith sign contract extension

One of the best safeties in the NFL managed to sign a new deal this Sunday. Harrison Smith and Minnesota reached a 4-year, 64 million dollar contract extension with 26.38 fully guaranteed, reported Mike Golic Jr. of ESPN Radio. With this new contract, Smith will be tied to the Vikings until the 2025 NFL Season. In addition, he also became the second highest paid safety in the league, behind only Jamal Adams of the Seahawks.

Counting the last year of Smith’s current contract in Minnesota, this new agreement will be for 5 years and 74.83 million dollars, apart, he will receive 22.5 million dollars during the next 8 months, which marks the highest amount of money in that period in the history of the NFL for a safety.

Smith, 32, of Notre Dame, came to the league in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and has been an integral part of Minnesota’s defense ever since. In nine seasons with the team, he has accumulated 747 tackles, 28 INTs, 7 forced fumbles and 66 passes defended. Did the Vikings do well to renew Smith despite his age?

Texans send Shaq Lawson to Jets

This Sunday, via Adam Schefter from ESPN, it was reported that the Texans sent pass rusher Shaq Lawson to the Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick for the 2022 NFL Draft. With this move, New York fills an urgently needed gap following the injury of Carl Lawson, which Due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, he will miss the entire 2021 NFL Season.

Shaq Lawson, 27, came to the league as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from the Bills, where he played for three years before being sent to the Dolphins. Later, in this offseason, Lawson was sent to the Texans after a trade where Miami received Benardrick McKinney in exchange. Hence, Lawson returns to AFC East after a short-lived game.

To date, over five seasons, the Clemson alumnus has 117 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 11 passes defended and six forced fumbles. Now, he will try to become a key pillar of Robert Saleh’s defense. Will he make an immediate impact on the Jets?

Colts injuries: Sam Ehlinger, TY Hilton and Sam Tevi

Throughout this preseason, injuries have not let the Colts breathe, and this weekend was no exception. The Indianapolis offense suffered a major setback heading into the 2021 NFL Season due to the following three casualties: OT Sam Tevi, QB Sam Ehlinger and WR TY Hilton.

Tevi, who signed a one-year contract with the Colts during this offseason, suffered a torn ACL in the Week 3 game of the 2021 NFL Preseason in Indianapolis last Friday and will miss the entire 2021 NFL Season, he reported. Mike Wells from ESPN. The Utah graduate had not had a good preseason so far, and his tenure on the team was not entirely certain, yet he served as an important piece on the depth chart behind projected LT starter Eric Fisher.

For his part, Ehlinger, via NFL’s Ian Rapoport Half, suffered an ACL strain in the knee in the first half of Friday’s game and will be out for 4-6 weeks. As a consequence of this injury, HC Frank Reich decided to appoint Jacob Eason as QB2, and he will be the one to start Week 1 of the regular season next Sunday, September 12, in case Carson Wentz fails to return in time.

Finally, it was also reported that Hilton will be out “several” weeks due to a neck injury. According to the report, the injury will not end his season, but the recovery time is still unknown. Hilton suffered this injury a long time ago but it got worse in practice last Wednesday and was still experiencing some discomfort during the Colts’ trip to Detroit on Friday:

“He was feeling some discomfort during the trip to Detroit, so we did scans,” said HC Frank Reich, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “It was a disc problem, so it’s a complicated issue. While he will miss some games, we don’t know exactly how many. We are optimistic that he will not end his season. “

Without a doubt, this offseason has not been friendly with the Colts, will they manage to overcome these three losses heading into the 2021 NFL Season? Is Indianapolis still a contender in the American Conference?

Vikings are left without Irv Smith Jr. due to meniscus surgery

In more NFL news, Minnesota’s offense suffered a heavy loss heading into the 2021 NFL season. The Vikings will have to start the regular season without Irv Smith Jr., the team’s starting tight end. Via NFL’s Tom Pelissero NetworkIt was reported that Smith will undergo surgery for a meniscus injury and will not arrive in time for the start of the regular season. However, the time of absence has not yet been determined exactly.

Smith, 23, will play his third season with Minnesota in 2021, and is expected to play a much more important role on offense following the departure of Kyle Rudolph during this offseason. So far, in two seasons as a professional, the Alabama graduate has 66 receptions for 676 yards and 7 TDs.

However, with Smith out, it will be TE Tyle Conklin who will probably see a longer playing time at the start of the season, although he is also temporarily injured, however, it is a minor mishap in the hamstring, and his absence during the preseason it served more as a precautionary measure to avoid further damage. How much will the Vikings’ offense be affected by the loss of Smith Jr.?

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