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Jets Likely To Release Muhammad Wilkerson

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The New York Jets are likely to release veteran defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

According to the report, the only question is whether the Jets designate Wilkerson as a pre-June 1st cut, which would clear $11M in cap space, or designate him as a post-June 1st cut which would come with $17M in savings.

Wilkerson’s lack of production and bad attitude, which led to a benching during the final 2 games of the season, and his chronic lateness are all factoring into the Jets’ decision to part ways with a lineman that was, at one time, considered one of the better interior linemen in the game.

The Jets signed Wilkerson to a five-year, $86 million deal back in 2016 in a deal that is looking worse by the day and was questioned at the time it was done.

Wilkerson’s play has dropped drastically since his 2015 Pro Bowl season when he notched 12 sacks.

 

 

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Bengals Sign Thomas Rawls

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed veteran running back Thomas Rawls, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals have waived/injured running back Tra Carson.

With starting running back Joe Mixon temporarily on the shelf due to a knee issue, Rawls will provide depth, alongside rookie Mark Walton, as Giovanni Bernard takes over lead back duties until Mixon returns.

 

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Patriots Sign Cyrus Jones

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The New England Patriots have signed cornerback Cyrus Jones off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots released recently signed running back Kenjon Barner. Jones’ new deal with the Patriots, who released him earlier this month, is for a reported two-years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown Misses Practice, Agent Denies Trade Request

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown was a no-show for practice on Monday, fueling trade speculation after an interesting exchange on Twitter with a former team employee, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac.

Brown responded to the former employee’s belief that Brown would not be an elite receiver without the help of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but tweeting “Trade me let’s find out”.

While the absence raises eyebrows, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown has not requested a trade.

Additionally, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus released the following statement shutting down any rumors that Brown has requested a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“The tweet [on Monday] was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate, Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That’s all that that is, that’s not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that’s what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.”

 

 

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