February 2019


Giants GM makes it clear originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com INDIANAPOLIS -- Antonio Brown definitely is on the trade market, but the other top receiver to whom the 49ers have been connected is not available. New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham is not being shopped on the trade market – at least that's what New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We didn't sign Odell to trade him, OK?"

Kyler Murray might not step foot on the field at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma steps instead on the scale and up to the measuring tape Thursday when the quarterback group goes through official measurements around 9:30 a.m. ET. Murray's production -- 54 total touchdowns, 42 TD passes, 5,362 total yards last season -- could seemingly provide a team with a lot of answers.

Seattle Seahawks' GM John Schneider addresses QB Russell Wilson's future originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com An unsubstantiated and, from the Seattle Seahawks' perspective, vicious rumor popped up about a week ago that quarterback Russell Wilson would prefer to play for the New York Giants rather than sign a new contract with his current team that drafted him in 2012, he has won a Super Bowl with and has carved out the early makings of a Hall of Fame career. Wilson has one year remaining on his current deal so he won't be going anywhere this offseason, unless he were to be traded and that's highly unlikely.

If the New York Giants are lying about their intentions for wideout Odell Beckham Jr., at least they're being consistent. For the second time in roughly one calendar year, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman strongly insinuated that he's not interested in trading his star wide receiver. This despite a roller-coaster relationship with Beckham before and after he signed a five-year, $90 million extension last offseason.

While there has been some ambiguity about Manning's future with the Giants in 2019, it never seemed like Manning was going anywhere because the Giants have no other options. So it wasn't a big surprise when coach Pat Shurmur said at the NFL combine on Wednesday that Manning will be back as New York's starter next season. Eli Manning will be back, Pat Shurmur says Keep in mind, as you read Shurmur's praise of Manning, and the Giants don't have any great alternate options.

The NFL announced the 32 compensatory picks that will be given to 15 teams for the 2019 NFL draft, and the Super Bowl champions are coming out looking rosy. Both the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will add a pair of picks at the end of the third round, while the Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins all received the maximum of four compensatory picks. Compensatory picks are determined by a formula that the league has not disclosed, although teams that lost more or better free agents than they signed tend to get higher selections.

Assuming that this is enough to get Wilson to change teams, that he'd want to play for the Giants, and that the Giants would want him, it's something that he could force, sooner or later. PFT explained last year when reporting that Wilson wasn't inclined in the aftermath of a flurry of quarterback deals to sign an extension but instead to play things out on a year-to-year basis, Kirk Cousins-style. If Wilson is willing to bear the year-to-year injury risk and able to say no to any and all long-term offers the Seahawks make, he eventually will force the Seahawks into some very tough decisions.

Landon Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl safety, might soon be moving on from the New York Giants, according to a report Wednesday from ESPN. Reporter Josina Anderson wrote on Twitter that, "I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network chimed in, writing that Collins took "personal items" from his locker.

Conflicting reports on Wednesday afternoon created a bit of confusion about the status of New York Giants safety Landon Collins. A second-round pick in 2015, Collins has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last three years and was a first-team All-Pro pick in 2016. Collins is a candidate to get the franchise tag, which he's said he doesn't want, preferring a multi-year deal.

The NFL reportedly is considering breaking with tradition at the expense of the New England Patriots. The league is "leaning toward" having the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 5, to kick off the 2019 NFL season, John Ourand of the SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday. If this happens, the Patriots would become the first defending Super Bowl champion since 2006 not to play in the NFL's first game of the season.

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