- Browns special teams: Improvement sought from inside, out (Beacon Journal) - The 2020 season was not a good one for coordinator Mike Priefer’s units, with the Browns given a grade of 28th in the league in longtime NFL writer Rick Gosselin’s special teams ratings.
- Browns should target pass rush talent to win NFL free agency (cleveland.com) - Due to a handful of one-year contacts expiring next week, as well as expiring deals for Olivier Vernon, Terrance Mitchell and Larry Ogunjobi, the Browns could have as many as seven new defensive starters in 2021. So that’s where the Browns’ free agency moves should focus as the legal tampering period begins on Monday.
- Pending free agents in position to test market, leave town (Browns Zone) - Time is running short for the Browns to re-sign their players set to become free agents. Yes, they can bring them back after free agency begins Wednesday — the leaguewide negotiation period starts Monday — but the task gets tougher as the other 31 teams can enter the fray.
- 2 years ago the Browns traded for Odell Beckham Jr. (Browns Wire) - Where were you when you heard the news on March 12, 2019, that the Browns had just pulled off a stunning, blockbuster trade with the New York Giants for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?
- Tom Brady just getting started with Bucs, agrees to 1-year extension (Tampa Bay Times) - Tom Brady has agreed to a contract extension with the Bucs that will enable him to fulfill his goal of playing in the NFL until he is at least 45. The Bucs added a year to Brady’s deal, which now runs through the 2022 season, and gained some much-needed salary-cap room in the process with three voidable years.
- Chiefs to restructure Patrick Mahomes’ contract, save $17M on salary cap (ESPN) - The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to restructure quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ contract to provide some cap relief, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The team is expected to convert Mahomes’ $21.7 million roster bonus to a signing bonus in the coming days, which would save the Chiefs $17 million against the salary cap, sources said.
- Team draft rooms set to return for 2021 NFL Draft (NFL.com) - The NFL’s home draft of 2020 will be a one-year oddity. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday that the league informed clubs they will be allowed in their draft rooms for the 2021 NFL Draft, provided physical distancing and proper mask-wearing are followed, per a source informed of the situation.
- Your 2021 NFL Free Agency Primer (The Ringer) - Who are the best players scheduled to hit free agency next week, and where could they wind up? All that and more in this year’s NFL free agency primer.