- Browns eliminate air travel for scouts, coaches (Beacon Journal) - The Browns and the NFL continued Friday to ramp up the precautionary measures they’re taking because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a prepared statement attributed to a Browns spokesperson, the team announced it eliminated air travel for scouts and coaches. The statement came a day after the Browns said they had reduced air travel for scouts and coaches in the buildup to the NFL Draft, which is scheduled, at least for now, to be held April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
- NFL prohibiting visits with college draft prospects for the Browns and all 32 teams until further notice (cleveland.com) - The Browns and the other 31 NFL other teams are prohibited from visiting with college draft prospects in person until further notice because of the coronavirus, the league stated in a memo to teams on Friday.
- Jack Conklin? Case Keenum? What to watch for as Browns hit free agency (ESPN) - The Cleveland Browns stumbled to a 6-10 finish last season, prompting ownership to overhaul the coaching staff and front office. But even as Cleveland extended the NFL’s longest playoff drought to 18 years, Browns fans still have reason to be optimistic that 2020 might be different under first-time general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski.
- Odell Beckham trade anniversary: Did Giants do the right thing? (Big Blue View) - The New York Giants actually did it. Just one season after GM Dave Gettleman said of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that “I didn’t sign him (to a long-term deal) to trade him,” the Giants did just that one year ago Thursday.
- Chargers place franchise tag on Hunter Henry (chargers.com) - The Los Angeles Chargers announced today that the team has placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry. Henry set single-season career highs last year in receptions (55) and receiving yards (652) for an 11.9 yards-per-catch average with five touchdown catches.
- Jaguars place franchise tag on Yannick Ngakoue (jaguars.com) - What was long expected became official Friday. Yannick Ngakoue, the Jaguars’ veteran defensive end, on Friday afternoon was designated the team’s franchise player. The move restricts Ngakoue’s options in the upcoming free agency period.
- Vikings release Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph to clear roughly $19 million in salary cap space (CBS Sports) - The Minnesota Vikings are releasing cornerback Xavier Rhodes, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and tight end David Morgan. The moves will save Minnesota close to $19.4 million in salary cap space, which is important considering they had the second lowest space coming into the day, according to Spotrac.com.
- Bengals cut Cordy Glenn after two seasons (NFL.com) - Whoever’s under center for the Cincinnati Bengals next season won’t have an eight-year veteran manning his blind side. Cincinnati released left tackle Cordy Glenn on Friday. Glenn carried a cap hit of $9.5 million into 2020. But with his release, the Bengals will be completely off the hook and shed $9.5 million in cap space.