Josh Gordon has had his petition for reinstatement denied by the NFL, according to Tom Pelissero.
The thought was that Gordon would be reinstated, but that's apparently not the case. Perhaps his actions on social media, like essentially saying his current team, the Browns, are trash (with the use of trash emojis), contributed to the NFL's decision. Gordon will be able to appeal this fall, but he probably needs to show he's a model citizen before the NFL gives him another chance. It's a shame for the Browns, as Gordon seemed to be working hard in terms of getting in great shape. This means Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt will be the Browns' top two receivers this season; they both have upside of over 1,000 yards.
Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry is expected to play out the final year of his contract, according to Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero reports the Dolphins have not made a contract offer to Landry and notes the team did this with Kiko Alonso, Kenny Stills, and Andre Branch (who all re-signed with the team) last year. However, with the offense running through Jay Ajayi and the running game, along with DeVante Parker looking to emerge as a number one receiver on the outside, it wouldn’t be surprise to see Landry hit free agency after the year. The Dolphins can always franchise tag him, though. It looks like we’ll have to wait and see how this season goes. Landry has a whopping 288 receptions through three season, while increasing his yards per catch each year.
Broncos receiver Cody Latimer releases statement after TMZ video was released.
TMZ released a video of Latimer in a disagreement with bouncers, where it appears he gives a bouncer a light slap before getting pepper sprayed. Latimer's statement says the event occurred on February 20 and "is in the past." Latimer also said in the statement that "it's unfortunate that something form six months ago that didn't result in anything all of a sudden becomes a big story." The fourth-year receiver said he already talked to head coach Vance Joseph and the team about this, and he looks forward to working hard for training camp and the season. This was months in the past and it doesn't appear anything will come of it in terms of league discipline. Latimer will compete to make the Broncos in camp.
John Ross says he is cleared to practice.
The rookie receiver will be practicing on a limited basis to start, but says he’ll be 100% soon. He’s had no issues with his shoulder surgery, and it’s looking like we should see him in preseason games. Ross will certainly be an exciting guy to watch this season, and his ADP, which is currently outside the top 50 receivers, is almost certain to rise as fantasy drafts get closer.
Victor Cruz's visit with the Jaguars will be on May 23, according to Kimberly Jones.
Cruz could draw interest from other teams before then. With Allen Robinson Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook, Bryan Walters, and others in the mix, Cruz would likely get more playig time elsewhere.
Retirement “remains an option” for Ben Roethlisberger after the season.
Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his wife would like him to retire. The two-time Super Bowl champion says he’s been in the league for a long time, and notes that football takes up a lot of your time, which includes being away from family. Roethilsberger would not commit to playing past this season, insisting that he’s just focused on this year and will think about it after the season. The Steelers drafted Joshua Dobbs out of Tennessee in the fourth round, and he could be the future for the Steelers. If not, they might have some searching to do after 2017. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Roethlisberger, 35, play for a few more seasons, either—despite the talk of potential retirement.
Statement on behalf of recently arrested running back D'Onta Foreman has been released.
According to the statement, Foreman was at the University of Texas to visit friends and the police approached him as he was leaving. Foreman told the police he has a registered handgun legally secured in his vehicle. The statement also says the a passenger in the vehicle had marijuana, but that Foreman did not use any and will submit to a urinalysis to confirm this. The good news is Foreman handled the situation well and fully cooperated with the police offers. If the urinalysis shows he did not use any marijuana, this issue should be put to bed quickly. Foreman probably needs to let his friends and/or associates know they can't be using around him anymore, though.
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