NFL Notes: Coronavirus, Draft, Tom Brady



  • According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Eric Edholm, the Eagles and Steelers have at least temporarily pulled their coaching staff from the pro-day circuit as they continue to gather more information about the coronavirus. 
  • Edholm indicates the Saints were at least discussing plans to limit potential exposure to their coaching staff but have said they have not yet changed travel plans despite an earlier report. 
  • However, Robinson stands by what their sources have said, that an emphasis has been placed on driving, not flying, to locations. 
  • Edholm says every NFL team has had a meeting to discuss safety measures against the virus. 
  • Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL says its “plans remain in place” for the annual league meetings later this month and the draft in Las Vegas in April, at least for now: “We will continue to monitor and share guidance as the situation warrants and as our experts recommend.”
  • The World Health Organization officially characterized the coronavirus as a pandemic on Wednesday. 


  • Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, TCU CB Jeff Gladney will undergo surgery to trim his meniscus after playing through the injury and competing in the Combine with it. 
  • According to Jordan Reid, Wyoming LB Logan Wilson met with the Browns, Giants, Panthers, and Chargers at his Pro Day on Tuesday, while a total of 22 NFL teams were also in attendance.  
  • Tony Pauline reports that 14 teams attended Wagner College’s Pro Day on Tuesday to observe LB Cam Gill and DL Chris Williams.
  • Pauline writes that the Browns put Gill through defensive line and defensive back drills, while the Giants handled Williams’ workout. He received interest from Jets and Eagles following his exercise. 
  • Pauline also reports that Oklahoma State OL Marcus Keyes drew interest from the Panthers, Ravens, Packers, Bears, Colts, and Seahawks at his Pro Day on Tuesday. 
  • Pauline confirms that Wyoming LB Logan Wilson met with the Cardinals, Giants, and Bengals on Monday, and then spoke with the Rams and Patriots on Tuesday. 
  • New Mexico RB Jason Huntley met with the Texans, Bears, Cardinals, Raiders, Browns, Rams, and Buccaneers at his Pro Day.

Tom Brady

  • Ian Rapoport says it is “hard to imagine” Patriots QB Tom Brady returning to the Patriots if he is allowed to enter free agency, which would result in $6.75 million in dead money for New England.
  • According to Rapoport, several free-agent quarterbacks are waiting to see what Brady does because it would make the Patriots one of the more sought-after destinations to replace him. 
  • Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson writes that there appears to be an impasse right now between Brady and HC Bill Belichick, with Belichick viewing this as a football decision and Brady wanting more than just a pay bump. 
  • Robinson notes the longer the two sides wait to reach out to each other and continue to communicate passive-aggressively, the more likely it is Brady enters free agency. 
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