While the NFL has had the advantage of being in their offseason during the coronavirus pandemic, eyes are starting to shift towards the upcoming season. While uncertainty clouds the professional sports landscape, it appears that the NFL is starting to cipher through how they can return to normalcy.
Earlier this week, Tom Pelissero reported the NFL is laying the groundwork for reopening facilities. While they urged that there is no timetable, it at least shows that the NFL is hopeful that a season can start as normal (also shown by their release of the NFL schedule this week) and hopes to resume business soon.
While the NFL tries to figure out their return, let’s look at some other news from around the league:
Gore Signs With Jets
As it stands now, the New York Jets could potentially have two future Hall-of-Famers on their roster at the running back this upcoming season as the Jets have signed Frank Gore to a one-year deal to compliment Le’Veon Bell.
For Gore, he currently sits third in both all-time carries (3,548) and rushing yards (15,347). Last season, with Buffalo, he rushed 166 times for 599 yards over 16 games (eight starts).
While he is a far cry from the 1,000+ yard back that he used to be (he hasn’t eclipsed 1,000 yards since 2016), he is still durable and reliable. He has only missed two games since 2011 and can help serve as an option to give Bell a breather or can serve as a temporary replacement should Bell get injured or be traded.
Regardless, Gore goes back to a familiar face in head coach Adam Gase, a coach he has worked with on other teams, including the Dolphins and the 49ers.
Saints Cut Guard Warford
Larry Warford, a guard who has made the Pro-Bowl over the last three seasons, has become a cap casualty for the New Orleans Saints as cutting him saves the team approximately $7 million.
At just 29, Warford will be in high demand and could be a steal at this point in the offseason for a team in need of line help. Teams like the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans have already been connected to him, and many more could follow.
For the Saints, it was not shocking to see them save the money and let Warford go given their re-signing of Andrus Peat and their drafting of Cesar Ruiz in the draft. Still, it is a veteran presence on the line that will be big shoes to fill.
Jaguars Sign Glennon
After trading away Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears earlier in the offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars have found a veteran to add to their quarterback depth chart. The Jaguars are signing Mike Glennon to come in and back up starter Gardner Minshew.
For Glennon, this upcoming will be his seventh in the NFL. Last season he played for the Oakland Raiders, playing in just two games. In those games, he had just six completions in 10 attempts for 56 yards and a touchdown.
In fact, he has not played in more than six games since his rookie season back in 2013, when he started 13 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Still, while Glennon is not a starting-caliber quarterback, he can be a useful backup and gives a veteran presence for the Jaguars at the position.
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