NFL news is starting to assume its regular offseason crawl, though a number of bizarre stories were able to make their way into the news cycle Monday evening. Among free agent news, the decision of the Green Bay Packers to let Jermichael Finley return next season without restructuring his contract left many scratching their heads. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Anthony Adams retired in just about the best way possible.
Here's your roundup of everything you may have missed Monday night:
The Packers needed to make a decision Monday about whether to release Finley or restructure his contract before a $3 million roster bonus kicked in Tuesday. Instead, Green Bay let the deadline pass, leaving them on the hook for the roster bonus and Finley's $8.25 million base salary next season. The move was unexpected, though it clearly speaks to how much the organization values its tight end. Finley caught 61 passes for 667 yards last season, and and played an important role drawing attention away from the receiving corps.
Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams took a different approach from the usual sniffles-and-questions press conference that most professional athletes use to announce their retirements. It's probably best that you just watch:
CBS Sports writer Mike Freeman reported Monday that a current NFL player is strongly considering coming out as gay and continuing his playing career. The report comes via anonymous sources, who give no indication of who the player might be. If the story does come to fruition, however, it will mark a significant milestone for professional sports. Of course, as Outsports discusses, this player will need to weigh the potential backlash from teammates and fans, not to mention the massive media attention that would ensue, before making a decision.
The Arizona Cardinals have a clear need at quarterback. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the organization is taking a hard look at former N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon, and will host a workout for him Tuesday. Glennon appears outside of the first round in most mock drafts, but has arguably one of the best arms of any player at his position in the 2013 NFL Draft class. With a good workout, he could be a tempting selection for Arizona with the No. 38 overall pick in the second round.
Foster took to ESPN Radio New York on Monday to speak out against a recent NFL rule change barring running backs from initiating contract with the crown of their helmets. The issue, according to Foster, is that players will have trouble changing ingrained playing habits over the course of just one offseason. He also said that he was "not a fan" of similar rules for defensive players for the same reason. That said, Foster clarified that any player who refuses to attempt to change his ways is doing a disservice to his team.
"I think if you say, ‘I'm gonna do what I gotta do,' I think you're being selfish and I think you're gonna hurt your team like that, because you could have a 20-yard run and you get a 15-yard penalty because you led with the crown of your head and that brings your team back," Foster said.