The Miami Dolphins acquired Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas in exchange for a late-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported on Monday. The trade cannot be officially announced until March 9, and Thomas is expected to restructure his contract when the trade is completed. The Dolphins and Jaguars are also in trade talks involving Dolphins starting left tackle Branden Albert.
Free agency doesn’t start for a few weeks, but the Miami Dolphins wanted to clean a little house on Thursday. The Dolphins cut left tackle Branden Albert and defensive end Mario Williams, each big-name free-agency disappointments in their own way, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. Albert was a huge signing when the Dolphins landed him in 2014, but he never really panned out, mostly because of injuries.
Anyone can go on Twitter and opine about an NFL team’s offseason moves. That’s the beauty of social media.
The New York Giants released veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings in a pair of salary-cap moves, the team announced Monday. The 30-year-old Cruz finished the 2016 season with just 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games after coming back from major knee surgery. Jennings, the de facto No. 1 in a backfield committee the past two seasons, led the team with 593 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but averaged only 3.3 yards per carry -- the second-lowest total of his career.
The New York Giants said goodbye to Victor Cruz after a seven-year storybook run during which he developed into one of the NFL's most feared receivers and a fan favorite, helping the franchise to a Super Bowl title before being slowed by injuries. The Giants announced the parting Monday as they released the 30-year-old Cruz and starting running back Rashad Jennings in moves that will save the team roughly $10 million in salary cap space. The moves came about a month after the players helped the Giants get back into the playoffs for the first time since playing in the Super Bowl in 2012.
Victor Cruz was released by the Giants on Monday. Receiver Victor Cruz is beloved by New York Giants fans – he grew up not far from MetLife Stadium in Paterson, N.J., and he rose to salsa-dancing stardom despite being an undrafted rookie from a then-FCS level football program. As first reported by Art Stapleton of The (N.J.) Record, the Giants are releasing Cruz on Monday.
By Larry Fine HOUSTON (Reuters) - Observers have speculated that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was driven more than ever this season, embittered by the four-game suspension handed down by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in Deflategate. New England coach Bill Belichick bristled when the hypothesis was hinted at in Monday's Super Bowl news conference following the remarkable 25-point comeback and 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. According to Belichick, Brady could not have played with any more purpose this season, because he always gave 100 percent in previous years.
By Larry Fine HOUSTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Observers have speculated that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was driven more than ever this season, embittered by the four-game suspension handed down by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in Deflategate. New England coach Bill Belichick bristled when the hypothesis was hinted at in Monday's Super Bowl news conference following the remarkable 25-point comeback and 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. According to Belichick, Brady could not have played with any more purpose this season, because he always gave 100 percent in previous years.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who became the first head coach in the NFL to lead his team to five Super Bowl championships, was back in front of cameras in Houston one final time on Monday, speaking with media after Brady received the Super Bowl LI MVP trophy. Belichick gave a long opening statement, noting off the top that this season and this championship are sweeter given that his sons, Stephen and Brian, are part of the Patriots’ staff – Stephen served as the team’s safeties coach this year and Brian was a scouting assistant who helped the coaches during the postseason. “I’m sure my mom was watching, I hope she was able to stay awake for the whole game, and I know my dad had a seat on the 50-yard line for this one,” Belichick said.
Two years ago, after Tom Brady won the Super Bowl MVP award, he gifted the Chevy truck that comes along with the honor to then-rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, who made the game-sealing interception. On Monday morning, Brady mused that he may be making another gift. This time the recipient will be third-year running back James White, who caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime.

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