In this Wednesday’s NFL news: Saquon Barkley would like to play for life with the Giants; COVID-19 cases increase to 75; Dee Ford could get out of the 49ers; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.
Saquon Barkley wants to play for life with the Giants
With a dismal 4-9 record, the Giants’ immediate future is certainly anyone’s guess, however the franchise can breathe easy as one of its best players would like to retire in the long term as a member of the organization. This is RB Saquon Barkley, who, despite the fact that the team is not going through its best moment, this Tuesday expressed that it is in New York where he would like to one day finish his career:
“I plan to be a big reason why this improves. That is my way of thinking, my thought process, “said Barkley in an interview with The Associated Press. “When I was recruited, I said I wanted to be here for the rest of my life. I was born in New York, I’m from Pennsylvania (…). This is where I started my career, where I would love to finish my career. I know this will get better and I would love to be part of the reason why he does it. “
With nine losses this season, the Giants have clinched their second consecutive losing season under HC Joe Judge and their fifth in a row as a franchise. However, Barkley believes that within the organization there are the right people and ways of thinking. Therefore, it supports the direction in which the team is heading:
“We have guys who are convinced. We work. We love football, we have guys who are committed to it. But that’s everywhere in the NFL. That is why it is so difficult to win in the NFL. We have been very unfortunate as a team, as an organization, either because of injuries or simply because of the way we lost games. But it’s all part of the building process and will change at some point. And when it does, it will be a beautiful story. “
Additionally, regarding the injuries that have caused him to miss 21 games since being drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley commented: I had to rehab my ankle, but last week I felt like my explosiveness was there. I just have to keep going, keep trusting the system, keep trusting my body, keep trusting rehab and keep my head down to keep working. “
This 2021, despite having missed four games due to an ankle mishap, Barkley accumulates 604 total yards from the line of scrimmage and 4 TDs. Without a doubt, he is still far from recovering the level he showed in both 2018 and 2019, but when he is healthy, his talent is unquestionable. Would you like to see Saquon Barkley play for life with the Giants?
Saquon Barkley on his future with Giants: “This is where I started my career, where I would love to finish my career. I know this thing is going to turn around and I would love to be a part of the reason it does.”https://t.co/HP1mZn5QsD pic.twitter.com/8SAmX5eMcV
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 15, 2021
Antonio Brown’s future with Tampa Bay could be decided this week
The future of WR Antonio Brown, who is currently serving a three-game suspension for using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, is hanging by a thread. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said the option to terminate Brown’s contract is on the table.
In an appearance in The Dan Patrick ShowArians commented that the decision regarding Brown “could go either way, it really could.” In addition, he added that the final determination will be made “probably later this week”, and that it will be driven by “where those two guys (S Mike Edwards) are, and where the team is.”
Both Brown and Edwards were suspended in early December for misrepresenting their coronavirus vaccination status. However, dispensing with Brown’s services could lead to problems for the team at the end of the season because, although the offense has not been diminished by his absence, at the end of his contract and allowing him to become a free agent it could end up landing on a direct contender for the Buccaneers themselves. Should Tampa Bay give Brown a second chance?
Bucs HC Bruce Arians on whether to keep or cut Antonio Brown “could go either way right now.” https://t.co/4WlkBl7Xrd
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 15, 2021
NFL increases from 37 to 75 positive cases of COVID-19
The wave of coronavirus around the NFL does not stop. After it was confirmed the previous Monday that 37 players – a record figure for a single day – were added to the COVID-19 Reserve, this Tuesday was not much different. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, in the last two days there are 75 players placed in the Reserve, and in this space we review the most relevant appointments from yesterday:
- Cleveland Browns. Between Tuesday and Wednesday the team was severely hit by coronavirus. Cleveland confirmed that WR Jarvis Landy and seven other players –Four offensive headlines– were added to the COVID-19 Pool. To make matters worse, HC Kevin Stefanski and QB Baker Mayfield also tested positive this morning. The Browns face the Raiders next Saturday in a key duel in an attempt to enter the Playoffs, and the possible absence of their QB1, their best wide receiver, head coach and company could complicate everything.
- DT Chris jones, Kansas City Chiefs. This Tuesday HC Andy Reid pointed out that Jones was placed in the COVID-19 Reserve, adding to WR Josh Gordon, who was designated the previous Monday. With the Chiefs facing the Chargers in the next TNF, the status of both players for the duel remains in doubt. This 2021 Jones leads Kansas City with 7 sacks, so his absence would be a hard loss for him pass rush of the team.
- RB Christian mccaffrey, Carolina Panthers. Nothing has gone right for McCaffrey this season. At the end of November it was reported that Carolina’s running back would miss the rest of the 2021 NFL Season, and now, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, this Tuesday it was confirmed that he entered the COVID-19 Reserve after a positive test. This year, in a season to be forgotten, he could only play seven games, accumulating 442 yards and 1 TD on 99 carries.
- More Players Added to the COVID-19 Pool: OG Wyatt teller, Cleveland Browns; OT Jedrick wills, Cleveland Browns; TEA Austin hooper, Cleveland Browns; WR Odell Beckham Jr., Los Angeles Rams; FROM Danielle hunter, Minnesota Vikings; WR Dede westbrook, Minnesota Vikings; DB Darius phillips, Cincinnati Bengals; TEA Nick bowers, Las Vegas Raiders; LB Josh uche, New England Patriots; among others.
What do you think of the huge outbreak of COVID-19 cases around the NFL? How would these casualties affect your respective teams in Week 15?
Today’s COVID-19 list additions. pic.twitter.com/puwLvRKSzo
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 14, 2021
Salary Cap is made official for the 2022 NFL Season
There is good news for every team in the league. As expected from last week, via Tom Pelissero from NFL Media, on Tuesday it was confirmed that the NFL’s Salary Cap for the 2022 Season was set at $ 208.2 million, the maximum possible amount agreed by the league and the players’ union in May.
Due to the ravages left by the COVID-19 pandemic, the salary cap this year is set at $ 182.5 million, well below the $ 198.2 million set in 2020. The $ 15.7 million drop in salary cap for this season left many teams on the tightrope, using salary conversions, signing bonuses, and other maneuvers in contracts to stay below the agreed figure, however, thanks to the solidification of the market for next year, the salary cap has returned to be increased.
From 2013 to 2020, salary cap had been growing at a rate of 10.74 million dollars per year, so the figure of 208.2 million dollars would probably have belonged to this 2021 if it had not been for the pandemic. Additionally, it marks the first time in league history that the salary cap exceeds $ 200 million. How will NFL teams benefit from the salary cap increase heading into 2022?
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2021
The 49ers could cut Dee Ford this Wednesday
In more NFL news, roster changes could come in the immediate future for the 49ers. Just this Monday, HC Kyle Shanahan had indicated that he did not expect DE Dee Ford to return from his back injury for the rest of the 2021 NFL Season. Now, via Pro Football TalkOn Tuesday, it was reported that Ford himself has informed his teammates that San Francisco could terminate his contract as soon as this Wednesday.
Ford never lived up to what the 49ers expected of him. The veteran defensive end came to the team in 2019 after a trade between Kansas City and San Francisco, where he signed a 5-year, $ 85 million contract, but since then he has only participated in 18 games (2 as a starter) recording a total of 9.5 sacks during three seasons, and, by 2022, to stay on the roster, it would affect the 49ers salary cap with $ 11.9 million.
Because he has been dealing with chronic back problems in the last two seasons, Ford was only able to participate in 1 game in 2020 and 6 in 2021. He last played on October 24, at the beginning of November he landed in the Reserve of Injured, and, although the team showed some optimism to recover it from IR, this Wednesday its window of 21 days is fulfilled to be activated to the roster of 53, but everything indicates that this will not be the case. If his departure is confirmed, where would you like to see Ford?
Dee Ford is telling teammates that he expects the 49ers to release him as soon as today. https://t.co/eqfKLZMbkP
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 15, 2021
Buccaneers place Giovani Bernard on Injured Reserve
The Buccaneers’ running game will look different heading into the end of the year. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, This Tuesday it was reported that RB Giovani Bernard was placed on the Injured Reserve due to mishaps in the knee and hip, so he will miss at least the next three games of the team, against the Saints, Panthers and Jets. The fastest he could return would be Week 18, against Carolina, in the last game of the year.
Bernard, who was placed on IR due to injury in Sunday’s win against the Bills, this season, in his first year with the Buccaneers, has a total of 181 yards from the line of scrimmage and 3 touchdowns, having a small role in team offense and being used primarily for passing situations.
So while Bernard is absent, RBs Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II are sure to see an increase in snaps especially in the passing game. Additionally, in a corresponding move, Tampa Bay signed RB Kenjon Barner to its practice squad. Can the Buccaneers handle the loss of Giovani Bernard?
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 14, 2021
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NFL News – Wednesday, December 15, 2021