NFL News – Thursday, October 21, 2021

In Thursday’s NFL news: Dolphins and Texans would trade for Deshaun Watson this week, Washington cuts Dustin Hopkins, Seattle claims Jacob Eason, and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Dolphins and Texans to close trade for Deshaun Watson this week

This Wednesday it was reported that the possible novel of the case of QB Deshaun Watson with Houston could come to an end very soon. Via John McClain from Houston Chronicle, Texans and Dolphins have stepped up their efforts to trade for Watson, which could be consummated even this week. And otherwise, it is also expected that both franchises will reach an agreement before next Tuesday, November 2, the NFL’s deadline to carry out trades this 2021.

Also, in addition to the initial report, Coty Davis, insider from Houston, mentions that there would be a third team involved in this trade. Davis notes that the Washington Football Team would be involved in negotiations to land QB Tua Tagovailoa, whom the Texans are not interested in acquiring directly.

Throughout the offseason and regular season, Miami has been one of the teams more inclined towards Watson since he told Houston that he no longer wanted to play for them, and GM Nick Caserio was the one who inherited the problem when the Texans signed him to early January. However, since then, Caserio has been in talks with Dolphins GM Chris Grier to move to target Watson.

However, like other interested teams, the Dolphins remain pending that Watson’s legal issue, which includes 22 civil lawsuits accusing him of assault and sexual misconduct, is resolved. But to date, neither the NFL, nor lawyers Rusty Hardin, who defends Watson, nor Tuny Buzbee, who represents the plaintiffs, have revealed anything extra about the situation to think that it will soon come to an end.

It should also be added that a trade means spending too much. Multiple reports say Caserio is asking for three first-round draft picks and two second-round draft picks in exchange for his star quarterback. However, Wednesday’s report is unclear if Caserio lowered the sale price to speed up a possible deal, or if Grier plans to accept it as is.

Finally, when Watson signed a 4-year, $ 156 million extension prior to the start of the 2020 NFL Season, his contract included a release clause. no-trade, which gives the player the opportunity to choose their next possible destination. Multiple sources indicate that Watson rejected some teams that were interested in him throughout the season, however, he would approve an agreement with Miami, who, if acquired, should take into account that in 2022 he will have a base salary of 35 MDD. Is Miami the ideal destination for Deshaun Watson?

Julian Blackmon, out the rest of the 2021 NFL Season

Bad news for the Colts. Safety Julian Blackmon was injured in Wednesday’s training session, and this Thursday morning the team confirmed a ruptured Achilles tendon that will take Blackmon off the field for the remainder of the 2021 NFL Season.

This drop is simply brutal for the Indianapolis high school. Throughout this year, the Utah graduate has started all six games that have been played, registering a total of 34 tackles and 1 forced fumble. All this, after in 2020, after being a third-round selection, he has started another 14 times, registering 42 tackles and 6 passes defended.

Khari Willis, Andrew Sendejo and George Odum are the other currently active safeties on the Colts’ roster, who created space against their salary cap by restructuring the WR TY Hilton contract this week, and now, part of the cap space available could be destined to acquire a reinforcement capable of effectively supplying Blackmon. How will the Colts be affected by this injury?

Washington cuts Dustin Hopkins

After seven years, this Wednesday it was reported that the WFT made a kicker change. Washington confirmed that veteran K Dustin Hopkins was cut from the roster of 53, and in a consequent move, they raised K Chris Blewitt, who has never played a professional game in the league, from the practice squad.

Hopkins, who came to the Football Team in the 2015 NFL season, has missed two field goals and two total extra points during the first six games of the current season. But despite this, the move is surprising. Throughout his career in Washington he hit 163 of 194 field goals for an 84% effectiveness, in addition to 179 of 191 extra points (94.2%). However, those led by Ron Rivera have decided that it is time to continue without him.

For his part, Blewitt, who was signed to the WFT practice squad last week after working alongside other kickers like Sam Sloman and Lirim Hajrullahu, is yet to make his NFL debut. In fact, his last game played dates back to 2016 with the University of Pittsburgh, where in 4 years he hit 69.6% of field goals, but missed 4 extra points in his last two seasons combined. Was it a good decision for the WFT to dispense with Hopkins?

Seahakws claim Jacob Eason from waivers

This Wednesday it was confirmed that the Seahawks have a new quarterback. In an attempt to bolster the position after QB Russell Wilson was placed on Injured Reserve, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Seattle called on QB Jacob Eason, whom the Colts sent on waivers this past Tuesday after recovering QB Sam Ehlinger from the IR.

Eason, who will return to familiar grounds in Seattle after playing college for the University of Washington, was a Colts fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft but did not play as a rookie. However, this 2021 saw action in Week 2 against the Rams where he managed to complete 2 of 5 shipments for 25 yards and 1 INT in what is currently his only performance in the NFL.

For the Seahawks this move is interesting because, after losing Wilson, it is QB Geno Smith who is momentarily in command of the offense, however, they lack depth in the position. QB Jake Luton was called up from the practice squad last week to serve as Smith’s backup, and now, Eason must fight Luton to become QB3 once Wilson returns to the roster. Can Eason bring something interesting to the team led by Pete Carroll?

Brandon Knight refuses to report to Ravens

In more NFL news, the Ravens are still struggling on their offensive line. After losing for the rest of the year to LT Ronnie StanleyIn an attempt to seek depth at the position, Baltimore waived LT Brandon Knight, who was cut from the Cowboys roster last Saturday. However, Knight refused to report with the Ravens, so, in a consistent move, the team placed him on the Reserve / No Report list.

With this designation, Knight will not count on the 53-man roster and his salary will not impact the salary cap. Plus, it also means that Baltimore retains all rights to the player: “I don’t really know the details about this,” HC John Harbaugh noted of Knight, via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun. “I think it was a personal decision on his part. So he would have to answer that. I don’t know, but he decided not to report. “

Knight, who arrived in Dallas in 2019, has participated in a total of 21 games since then, however, his role this year has been almost nil, having only one appearance so far this season. Finally, after this situation, the Ravens hired LG James Carpenter, a veteran who played 24 games with Atlanta in the last two years and who has 121 games as a starter in 10 years in the NFL. How should Baltimore handle this situation?

This is today’s NFL news.

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