NFL Notes: Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Quarterbacks

     

Antonio Brown

  • According to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune, Steelers WR Antonio Brown is filing for custody of his child following domestic misconduct allegations against him by the mother, Wiltrice Jackson.
  • Brown’s representation, Jaclyn Soroka, said in a statement that Brown has taken legal action in order to “ensure that his daughter is protected by seeking majority timesharing and decision-making authority.
  • Soroka claims Jackson has made Brown the “subject of misleading and inaccurate headlines of ‘domestic dispute” and included their daughter in an “unnecessary scene” at Brown’s home, where she demanded for child support: “[Jackson] inappropriately involved the minor child by creating an unnecessary scene at Mr. Brown’s residence wherein she demanded funds from Mr. Brown despite the fact that he provides substantial financial child support to the mother.
  • Soroka mentioned that Brown recently been denied Jackson for additional child support and called the mother’s actions “appalling”: “Mr. Brown loves his daughter and the recent unwarranted press in connection with the mother’s appalling actions is a travesty for his daughter, who remains and will always be his first and foremost priority.

Le’Veon Bell

  • According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, several sources within the NFL believe the Steelers using the transition tag on RB Le’Veon Bell could result in involvement from the NFLPA, NFL management council, and an independent arbitrator.
  • Although the transition tag would cost the Steelers $14.5 million for 2019, Fowler points out that Pittsburgh could argue the tag’s cost should be around $9.5 million since Bell sat out 2018, therefore, causing the transition formula to reset. 
  • Even with a $14.5 million salary, Fowler writes that Bell sitting out a second consecutive season would be a “very real” possibility under the transition tag. 

Quarterbacks

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports predicts acquisitions at quarterback for 22 NFL teams this offseason, including the Buccaneers, Giants, Lions, Jaguars, Broncos, Packers, Dolphins, Falcons, Redskins, Panthers, Browns, Vikings, Seahawks, Ravens, Texans, Eagles, Chargers, Saints and Rams. 

Notable moves include:

  • Buccaneers sign Joe Flacco.
  • Giants keep Eli Manning and draft Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins.
  • Jaguars acquire Eagles QB Nick Foles for a mid-round pick. 
  • Broncos select Missouri QB Drew Lock. 
  • Packers sign veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Dolphins draft Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
  • Redskins sign Teddy Bridgewater
  • Panthers sign Tyrod Taylor
  • Browns re-sign veteran backup Josh McCown
  • Eagles sign veteran Sam Bradford “on the cheap.” 
  • Chargers select a quarterback on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

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