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Chargers’ Russell Okung Looking for Fully Guaranteed Contracts for Players

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As a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee, Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung can be the catalyst for change, and he wants to make one, seeking fully guaranteed contracts for players.

“It’s pretty simple: How much risk are NFL players taking on in correlation to how much money that we’re actually getting that’s real cash?” Okung questioned, according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “I think sometimes people are so swayed by whatever is put out in the media, and you sort of have this little caveat next to it that says guaranteed money. But even with that, there’s tons of ways for teams to offset guaranteed money so that it’s not guaranteed.

“So what we want to make sure is that every player that has the privilege to play in the NFL makes the most that they can in this game. It’s just so sad because there’s so many guys that have played in this game that is susceptible to high rates of injury and have nothing to show for it, and the next thing you know they’re a dementia case.”

Okung has a right to be upset. The NFL distributed more than $8 billion in national revenue in 2017, thanks mostly to their lucrative television deals, with each team pulling in $225 million in revenue, so, the money is certainly available to institute fully guaranteed contracts.

“I’m arguing against the whole CBA,” Okung said. “It’s flawed, and I think as things change and the media landscape changes, we have to think about things differently — that includes agents, players and unions, too.

“Players are serious about it — they’re understanding that this is going to be a pivotal time. I don’t think there will be any other time like this in history. This CBA will be the biggest ever. There’s nothing like this because you have cord cutting going on, so technology companies are going to be bidding for our rights. Just in TV revenue alone, we’re looking at $3 [billion] to $4 billion maybe. That’s insane. The money at stake is changing, and the way people are going to watch games is changing. Sports gambling is coming up, and that’s going to be a huge industry for sports teams.”

 

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Jags’ Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Others Remain Questionable

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a number of players on the mend, and running back Leonard Fournette and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Fournette and Ramsey aren’t alone, as running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback D.J. Hayden, and right guard A.J. Cann are all questionable as well.

Fournette will likely be a gametime decision.

“We’ve been playing a lot of tough games,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “Players are doing the best job they can to get themselves ready to go, but we played a home opener in New York. We played a home opener here. Now we’ve got a divisional opponent.

“When you look at it a lot of teams are going through the same thing, just trying to keep everybody as healthy as they possibly can.”

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Bengals’ Billy Price Out with Leg Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without rookie center Billy Price as he is dealing with a lower left leg injury, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr.

“Finally figured out what it was this morning,” Price said. “Last couple days was just trying to figure out what it is and what’s the plan going forward. They thought it was an ankle now turned to a foot, there wasn’t any swelling and it wasn’t Lisfranc, so just thankful for that. That’s great news.”

Price will be re-evaluated in two weeks by doctors.

 

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Patriots Sign Corey Coleman To Practice Squad

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The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad earlier this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

New England originally signed Coleman to its 53-man roster last week, but he was cut when the Patriots acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Pats then opted to add Coleman to their practice squad.

Coleman is close to being out of the NFL completely after his cut from the Buffalo Bills, following his bottoming out with the Cleveland Browns.

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