Rams, WFT and Browns avoided forfeits

As COVID-19 surged by means of the NFL this 7 days and compelled the rescheduling of a few games, many sources included in talks concerning the league place of work and NFL Players Affiliation advised Yahoo Sports activities that 3 teams have been on the verge of obtaining to forfeit Week 15: The Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Group.

It was a staggering truth that began to sink in for the league and gamers union by Thursday, pushing the two sides into a rescheduling negotiation that the NFL was adamant about preventing heading into this period. The about-experience grew to become more and more important as all 3 groups struggled to patch with each other a gameday roster that could perform safely, a position that grew to become relating to enough for the Rams that players engaged in a midweek dialogue about not playing. In the long run, that issue led to the NFLPA pressing the NFL for a schedule alter, arguing that the spate of uncontrolled infections happened inside of all 3 franchises in spite of the groups meeting vaccination benchmarks and next proper protocols.

Hovering overhead it all was the fact that a few forfeits would proficiently wipe three video games off the television agenda and direct to the decline of game checks for the six groups that would have faced off. That was part of the parameters laid down by the NFL this earlier summer time, when the league notified franchises that failing to area a video game would guide to the forfeiture of activity checks for both of those teams. That usually means not only would gamers for the Browns, Rams and Washington franchise have lost their fork out for this 7 days, it also would have stripped a week of pay out from the Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks.

As 1 source in the talks place it bluntly Friday: “Both the Browns and Rams approximately forfeited their games and Washington was also in danger of it. … If a little something hadn’t been completed — if there had been no game titles, the players on these six teams would not have been paid. It’s that simple.”

That did not halt a multitude of players from those people teams complaining on social media about the video games becoming rescheduled. But the ongoing hazard of forfeits and dropped dollars — combined with the testing tiredness of the previous two seasons — has fueled a a lot more drastic push amongst players: Ending COVID tests entirely and completely getting rid of all protocols from the NFL.

A swath of gamers have confronted the union contacting for that extraordinary adjust, which stands in direct opposition to the NFLPA’s press for a return to day-to-day testing. These issues and phone calls for drastic adjust in testing and protocols ramped up appreciably this week. The union fielded an onslaught of phone calls, texts and other messages from players who have been indignant

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2022 NFL draft order and team needs: WFT moves into playoff picture, down draft board after third straight win

There were some big changes to the draft order following another wild week in the NFL. As we enter Week 13, the draft is drawing nearer, and it’s time to take a look at how things stack up.

But first, each week, Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I produce mock drafts for CBSSports.com. In Wilson’s latest, he has the Texans, Falcons and Saints taking quarterbacks in the first round. Trapasso has Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett skyrocketing up the board. It was almost a consensus that Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux would be taken No. 1 overall by the Lions. For a more extensive draft discussion beyond the mock drafts, check out our weekly show every Tuesday on YouTube

Here is the updated 2022 NFL Draft order, via Tankathon.com:

1. Lions (0-10-1)

Team needs: WR, CB, OG, LB, DT
Notable free agents: WR Kalif Raymond, S Tracy Walker, WR Josh Reynolds, LB Alex Anzalone, DL Da’shawn Hand

2. Texans (2-9)

Team needs: QB, TE, OG, CB, S
Notable free agents: S Justin Reid, RB David Johnson, RB Phillip Lindsay, DT Maliek Collins, QB Tyrod Taylor

3. Jaguars (2-9)

Team needs: OT, C, LB, DT, TE
Notable free agents: OT Cam Robinson, WR D.J. Chark, OG A.J. Cann, DT Taven Bryan, CB Tre Herndon

4. Jets (via trade with 3-8 Seahawks)

Team needs: CB, EDGE, OT, LB, TE
Notable free agents: S Marcus Maye, WR Keelan Cole, WR Jamison Crowder, OT Morgan Moses, OL Conor McDermott

5. Jets (3-8)

Team needs: CB, EDGE, OT, LB, TE
Notable free agents: S Marcus Maye, WR Keelan Cole, WR Jamison Crowder, OT Morgan Moses, OL Conor McDermott

6. Giants (4-7)

Team needs: LB, EDGE, OG, C, TE
Notable free agents: TE Evan Engram, S Jabrill Peppers, OG Will Hernandez, EDGE Lorenzo Carter, QB Mike Glennon 

7. Giants (via trade with 4-7 Bears)

Team needs: LB, EDGE, OG, C, TE
Notable free agents: TE Evan Engram, S Jabrill Peppers, OG Will Hernandez, EDGE Lorenzo Carter, QB Mike Glennon 

8. Eagles (5-7)

Team needs: LB, CB, S, EDGE, WR
Notable free agents: EDGE Brandon Graham, C Jason Kelce, TE Dallas Goedert, EDGE Derek Barnett, CB Avonte Maddox

9. Eagles (via trade with 5-7 Dolphins)   

Team needs: LB, CB, S, EDGE, WR
Notable free agents: EDGE Brandon Graham, C Jason Kelce, TE Dallas Goedert, EDGE Derek Barnett, CB Avonte Maddox

10. Panthers (5-7)

Team needs: QB, OT, OG, S, C
Notable free agents: CB Stephon Gilmore, EDGE Haason Reddick, QB Cam Newton, CB Donte Jackson, C Matt Paradis 

11. Falcons (5-6)

Team needs: QB, RB, S, LB, EDGE
Notable free agents: EDGE Dante Fowler Jr., WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Hayden Hurst, WR Russell Gage, K Younghoe Koo

12. Vikings (5-6)

Team needs: EDGE, OG, CB, LB, WR
Notable free agents: LB Anthony Barr, CB Patrick Peterson, DT Sheldon Richardson, EDGE Everson Griffen,

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Jon Gruden mulling legal options following settlement with Raiders; NFL’s handling of WFT emails in question

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Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden continues to mull his legal options with several lawyers advising those close to him that they would be willing to take on a lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL over the handling of emails that resulted in Gruden resigning a few weeks ago.

Raiders owner Mark Davis revealed to the media at last week’s owners meetings that he had reached a settlement with Gruden; sources said the former Super Bowl winning coach is out roughly $50 million in future salary. Gruden has kept a low profile since emails including racist and homophobic language he sent over the course of several years while an ESPN employee came to light as part of the NFL’s inquiry into the toxic work climate at the Washington Football Team. Gruden was corresponding with WFT executive Bruce Allen; Allen was also engaged in several legal disputes with WFT owner Dan Snyder, with emails obtained as part of the discovery in that process.

The NFL has maintained that it did not leak any emails to the media, but Davis has raised several issues about the handling of the matter to associates, and he called for a written report of the WFT investigation to be produced last week as well. The timing of when the emails were revealed — in-season rather than at any point in the long NFL offseason — and the nature of what has been released thus far (only Gruden has faced job ramifications as part of the league’s inquiry into WFT thus far) has raised significant issues for those close to the coach.

“This is anything but over,” as one league source put it.

Some lawyers have asserted that Gruden could have a tortious interference case, claiming the NFL influenced his ouster for private emails that were sent while he was not a league employee that were revealed at a time to inflict maximum damage to Gruden’s career. The lack of transparency in the WFT investigation — no written report, no revelation of evidence — has also led to questions about the nature of what other types of potentially offensive language was being used by others in NFL circles. The NFL has said there was no other incidents of such language being used in the 650,000 emails it perused.

While Gruden’s days coaching in the NFL certainly seem to be over from this scandal, sources in the college football ranks said some schools have had internal discussions about Gruden as a possible candidate there. There are already several high-profile college jobs open. Some close to Gruden do not believe he would consider any college openings, but it would not be shocking if overtures were made.

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