Off-season? What off-season? Even with spring training in full force and NCAA Basketball Tournament ratings reaching an all-time high, the NFL continues to to be relevant and hold our attention weeks into free agency.
Here’s the latest from around the league, in case you missed it cause you were busy shoveling snow from your driveway (that groundhog is a liar):
Report: Gay NFL Player Strongly Considering Coming Out: In a recent CBS Sports column, National NFL insider Mike Freeman writes that a currently gay NFL player ” is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months — and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.” Freeman’s report is based on “interviews over the past several weeks with current and former NFL players.”
What’s a real shame is that, as Freeman writes, “the player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out.” Freeman ads that this player fears fallout from fans more than he fears what he will face in an NFL locker room.
Freeman’s report comes on the heels of a brief filed by former NFL player Scott Fujita and several others – including DeMaurice Smith, Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens LB Brendan Ayanbadejo - in support of marriage equality.
Our good friend Mike Troll-io weighed in with his “thoughts” on this subject in a babbling nonsensical column, suggesting that “it would be naive to assume that given the team-first focus of football” any gay player “thinking about coming out of the closet hasn’t considered both how the move could hurt him and how it could help him.”
PS — If you want to laugh your butt off, just read the first two paragraphs of Florio’s column, then check out the hashtag #FlorioClassics. You’re welcome!
- The Green Bay Packers have opted to retain TE Jermichael Finley for one more year, paying him $8.25 million, including a $3 million bonus that was due Monday.
- According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Raiders QB Carson Palmer is not willing to restructure his contract. Palmer is due $13 million in 2013 and without a more cap-friendly deal, the Raiders may opt to release him.
- CB Brent Grimes – whom many would argue is the top CB on the free agent market – is reportedly no longer on the Tampa Bay Bucs’ radar, leading to speculation that the team is closing in on a deal with the New York Jets for Darrelle Revis.
- The New York Giants have re-signed left guard Kevin Booth.
- Time Magazine just released a list of the 140 best Twitter accounts of 2013. NFL players Drew Brees and Chris Kluwe made the list of the best athletes. Not sure what Time’s criteria is, but Kluwe is continually among the best of the best on the social site.
- Former Pittsburgh Steeler LB James Harrison – who visited with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday – has not ruled out a return to the Steel City at a reduced salary.
- The Chicago Bears continue to address their swiss cheese offensive line, reaching an agreement with offensive tackle Jonathan Scott -who started six games last year in place of Gabe Carimi – on a one-year contract.
Kristine Reese is the NFL editor and lead Jets writer for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.