In this Thursday’s NFL news: Playoffs are back on Nickelodeon, Arthur Blank slammed Julio Jones, Zach Ertz wants to retire with the Eagles, and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.
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Jurrell Casey announces his retirement
This Thursday, after 10 seasons as a professional, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey decided to announce his retirement from the NFL: “My career was incredible, just for having the opportunity to play this game. It was beautiful, Casey told Jim Wyatt of the Titans website. “I always tried to play the best I could and I always considered it an honor.”
“Being able to be drafted by Tennessee, and having lived a lifetime’s dream is everything a young man from Long Beach, California could dream of. All the relationships I made along the way, we had a brotherhood. And Tennessee, it was a great place to call home for me and my family, ”Casey concluded.
The USC alumnus came to the NFL as a third-round pick in 2011, and played his first nine seasons as a professional for the Titans, until last year he was sent to Denver, where he only appeared in three games due to an injury at the biceps that got him into injured reserve. Casey was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2019. In addition, in 142 games played, he registered 51 sacks and 85 tackles for loss. His personal record was in 2013 when he made 10.5 sacks.
Jurrell Casey announces his retirement. https://t.co/3xssgPy5dz
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 2, 2021
CBS to broadcast the 2022 Playoffs on Nickelodeon
This Wednesday, via Richard Deitsch from The Athletic, It was confirmed that following a successful debut during last season’s Playoffs, CBS will once again broadcast an NFL Wild Card Round game on Nickelodeon. In addition, to complete the report, Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports, noted that although this announcement only confirms a Wild Card game for 2022, CBS television network will enter into negotiations with the league to be able to continue broadcasting postseason games through Nickelodeon, and not necessarily just Wild Card games.
The previous year, the league announced television deals with cable networks that included a playoff game that would be broadcast on Nickelodeon as a separate broadcast from CBS. The game that received the deal was between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. The game was aimed mainly at children, with the famous slime Green color inserted into the stream every time a player scored a touchdown and a large SpongeBob graphic used to replicate the net on field goal attempts.
Everything indicates that the broadcast turned out to be a huge success with viewers, in part because the unique presentation made everything seem more fun than a traditional broadcast. Finally, in this article we tell you why we need more experiments like the NFL on Nickelodeon.
– The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 1, 2021
Falcons owner Arthur Blank criticizes Julio Jones
Despite Atlanta making Julio Jones the highest paid WR in the NFL in 2019, it wasn’t enough to salvage the relationship with the player. Therefore, during this offseason they decided to send him to the Titans. However, Falcons owner Arthur Blank commented in a recent interview with Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com, the problems that emerged after the contract that Jones signed two seasons ago:
“Look at the situation of Julio [Jones] in 2019. We created a contract. We feel that he was very generous. It made him the highest paid receiver in NFL history. But for some reason, he felt that it wasn’t enough respect. I don’t know why it would feel that way, but it felt that way. “
Additionally, Schultz also questioned Blank on whether the relationship with Jones after the deal remained the same: “Not really,” Blank said. “Change. And if you talk to the players on the team, it is not that they will tell you something, but I think they would tell you the same. Look, he gave us 10 great years. He’s going to be a Hall of Fame player. He was a good teammate for all that time. [Pero] his ability or willingness to practice as he did early in his career was different. There were some people who were in the building that affected him. I wanted out, and the last thing the head coach wants [Arthur] Smith is a player who does not want to be here.
The contract to which Blank refers was signed in September 2019 with a duration of 3 years and 66 million dollars with 64 guaranteed, however, this agreement will only come into effect during 2021. Therefore, this should serve as a warning to the Titans Since if Jones manages to have a solid season, he will surely demand a new contract extension and if Tennessee resists, they could end up in the same situation that Atlanta found itself in.
Arthur Blank acknowledges that, even after the team made Julio Jones the highest-paid receiver in NFL history, the relationship “changed.” https://t.co/HiRY9kB4Y9
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 2, 2021
Zach Ertz on the Eagles: “This is where I want to retire”
On Wednesday, Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz expressed his forgiveness for the front office of the team and emphasized his current commitment to the city and the organization after a difficult offseason involving failed negotiations and multiple rumors that Ertz would be leaving the Eagles:
“As I have said all along, this is the place where I want to retire. Those feelings have not changed. I’m coming off everything that happened this offseason. There have been apologies, things we have fixed and I am excited to be a member of this team. This organization has believed in me (…) more than anyone in the league. They stood firm in what they believed to be fair and I cannot blame them for that (…). I’m here now. The offseason is over. This is all about the Philadelphia Eagles and being the best player I can for this team and this city, “Ertz said at a press conference.
The trouble between Ertz and the Eagles dates back to the start of the offseason after failing a contract extension attempt. For this reason, the team granted him permission to pursue a possible trade, but eventually, the Stanford graduate decided to stay. However, this 2021 he will play under the last year of the contract he signed in 2016 and although he wants to retire in Philadelphia, it remains to be seen if the desire is mutual.
However, whatever happens, Ertz has already made history with this team: in 2018 he managed to set the record for the most receptions for a TE (116) in a season. In addition, he ranks second on the Eagles’ all-time receiving list (561), behind only WR Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael (589), so this season he will try to break that mark.
Eagles’ TE Zach Ertz: “This is the place I want to retire.” https://t.co/QwnWjoPjIf
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2021
Cowboys claim QB Will Grier from waivers
Last Tuesday was the deadline for NFL teams to reduce their roster from 80 to 53 players, however, it doesn’t all end there. When reducing headcount, among several options, teams can designate waivers to any player who has not yet completed a total of four NFL seasons. The Panthers decided to do it with QB Will Grier, and in the claim period he was selected by the Cowboys.
The movement is surprising but also understandable. Among the cuts Dallas made Tuesday were QB Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert, leaving only two quarterbacks on the roster: Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. Still, Grier provides more solidity as QB2 than Rush, and now the Cowboys will be prepared in the event of another injury that could hurt Prescott’s season.
Grier, a West Virginia graduate, was Carolina’s third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he hasn’t played much. To date, he only accumulates 228 yards, 4 INTs and is still looking for his first touchdown as a professional. However, while the numbers are not good at all, they are better than Rush’s: 1 complete pass for 2 yards; that’s all. Therefore, it can be said that this move was very intelligent on the part of Dallas since having a backup That at least contribution experience is of the utmost importance.
Cowboys claim Will Grier. https://t.co/U642JhoNHx
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 1, 2021
Atlanta to bid to host Super Bowl 2028
In more NFL news, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday, Falcons owner Arthur Blank publicly signaled his interest in hosting Super Bowl 2028: “We definitely want to get back in the rotation,” Blank said. “The next game that is available is in 2028. So, we will be on top of it.”
To date, Atlanta has hosted three Super Bowls. The first was in 1994, when the Cowboys defeated the Bills 30-13 at the old Georgia Dome. Later, six years later, the then St. Louis Rams beat the Titans 23-16. And the last time they hosted it was only in 2019 when the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a venue worth $ 1.5 billion.
Also, it should be noted that they have to seek the candidacy within seven years because Super Bowl 2022 will be held in Inglewood, California. A year later it will be in Glendale, Arizona. The 2024 venue is yet to be determined; It was scheduled to be in New Orleans, but due to a conflict with the Mardi GrasThe Saints will host the Super Bowl in 2025 to prevent them from overcoming. Finally, the projected venues for 2026 and 2027 are Los Angeles and Dallas respectively.
Arthur Blank says Atlanta will bid for 2028 Super Bowl. https://t.co/I56YwzZVxj
– Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) September 1, 2021
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