Isaac Redman retires from NFL
Redman, who played four years as a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced on Friday that he is hanging up his cleats after finding himself unable to "play through a neck injury."
Here is the 29-year-old Redman in his own words:
Why I'm not in the nfl. pic.twitter.com/Cn0LnPQXzQ— Isaac Redman (@ired33) August 22, 2014
A two-headed QB in Cleveland?
Johnny Manziel lost out in the initial quarterback battle to Brian Hoyer, but that doesn't necessarily mean you won't be seeing the rookie on the field. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine left the door open to playing both men while speaking on Serius XM NFL Radio.
"I think in the NFL that you do yourself a disservice if you don't have two quarterbacks ready," Pettine said on Friday. "And people have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for [Manziel]. That is on the table.
"I don't know if that's anything that we want to commit to just now because Brian -- because of the competition -- is a little bit behind in the chemistry and continuity of working with that first group."
The Hoyer-Manziel competition has already been a circus, and Pettine's latest comments aren't helping tone it down any.
Jets coaches disappointed in Michael Vick
Somebody give Vick a break.
After arriving at New York Jets camp insistent that he was there to earn the starting job, he was never given a real chance to compete with Geno Smith. Gracious in defeat, the veteran resigned himself to his new role and selflessly pledged to help guide his young teammate.
Now that's being held against him.
Jets coaches "privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn't show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job," according to TheMMQB.com's Jenny Vrentas.
Instead of being praised for his maturity -- a trait that has been questioned for the majority of his career -- Vick is now being criticized for putting the team first.
Jimmy Graham fined for dunks
We hope Graham got his money's worth on those preseason goal post dunks, because they sure cost a lot of money.
The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints tight end $30,000 for throwing down not once, but twice during an exhibition against the Tennessee Titans, breaking a new rule enacted specifically because of him.
Graham drew the ire of his coaches after the game and promised to stop his patented celebration. Thirty grand out of his pocket should help him correct the behavior as well.
Arizona signs DT Isaac Sopoaga
The Arizona Cardinals, reeling from Darnell Dockett's recent ACL tear, have found some depth along the defensive front. They've signed Isaac Sopoaga, a longtime member of the San Francisco 49ers defense, to a one-year, $855,000 deal, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Sopoaga was cut by the Eagles last season before spending some time with the New England Patriots. He's a consolation prize for the Cardinals after they failed to land Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel earlier this week.
Dolphins waive TE Michael Egnew
The Miami Dolphins have pulled the plug on their 2012 third-round pick after just two seasons. The move is yet another reminder for Dolphins fans of how ineffective the organizations draft strategy has been over recent years.
As Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel points out, only two of the 11 players selected in the second or third rounds since 2010 are current starters: linebacker Koa Misi and defensive end Olivier Vernon. Next on the chopping block could be running back Daniel Thomas, who has done little with his opportunities since coming on as a second-rounder in 2011.