The NFL will hold their rescheduled, virtual owners meetings today at 1 p.m., according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
I’m told the virtual owners meeting with start at 1 EST. https://t.co/aN4ZbtEZRI— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) May 19, 2020
The owners meetings were originally scheduled to take place in Florida in March, but they were rescheduled and relocated to be held in California from May 19-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the league felt it best to move the meeting to an entirely virtual format.
A second virtual meeting will be held on May 28, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
NFL had to cancel its owners meetings this spring, so owners and league/team execs will hold virtual meetings today and May 28.— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 19, 2020
Today’s meeting will focus on returning to team facilities and debating/updating the Rooney Rule. Playing rule proposals will be debated on the 28th
Today’s meeting will primarily deal with clubs returning to team facilities and the proposed changes to the Rooney Rule.
According to a report last week from NFL.com’s Jim Trotter, the league is expected to present changes to the Rooney Rule that would incentivize teams that hire minority head coaches and general managers with improved draft picks.
The league has already announced immediate changes to the rule, requiring teams to interview at least two minority head coach candidates for openings and one for coordinator positions, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The NFL is immediately instituting changes to the Rooney Rule, requiring clubs interview at least 2 external minority candidates for head coach openings and 1 minority candidate for any coordinator job, I’m told. That's on top of two resolutions up for vote @JimTrotter_NFL noted.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 18, 2020
Washington’s Ron Rivera was the only person of color hired this offseason to fill one of the league’s five head coaching openings. There are just two African-American general managers and four minority head coaches in the league currently.
Proposed rule changes that affect actual play will be addressed during the May 28 meeting, also to be held virtually.
Report: Bengals Trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks for B.J. Finney, Draft Pick
The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly shipping defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick, according to multiple reports.
Dunlap has been used sparingly by Cincinnati this season, causing a rift between the player and the organization. Tempers boiled over during the Bengals’ 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, as Dunlap was seen arguing with a coach on the sideline toward the end of the game.
Cincinnati will happy to distances themselves from Dunlap and bolster their offensive line in return, which has allowed the most sacks in the league with 28.
Dunlap appears equally as eager to leave Cincinnati, posting the following video on his Instagram after news of the trade broke.
As for Seattle, they add some much-needed pass rush help to a defense that has just nine sacks on the season and is second-worst in the league against the pass. Finney had not played a single offensive snap for the Seahawks this season, but was utilized on special teams.
Selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Dunlap has spent his entire eleven-year career with Cincinnati and been selected to two Pro Bowls. He is the Bengals’ all-time leader in sacks (82.5) and tackles-for-loss (103).
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in 2015, Finney played four seasons in Pittsburgh as a plug-and-play offensive lineman before signing with Seattle this offseason. He started 13 games over his Steeler career.
NFL, NFLPA Announce 19 New Positives From Last Testing Period
The NFL and NFLPA have announced their latest COVID-19 results from their most recent testing period.
The league had 19 new positive cases between Oct. 18 to 24. There were eight new positive tests among players and eleven among staff members.
In total, 42,687 total tests were administered to 7,817 players and personnel over the seven-day period.
The NFL has had 55 positives from players and 82 among personnel dating back to Aug. 1. Over 500,000 total tests have been administered.
Tier 1 and 2 individuals continue to be tested daily, white Tier 3 personnel are being tested on a weekly basis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not had any coronavirus-related issues since running back Jaylen Samuels was removed from the Reserve/COVID-19 list back on Aug. 13.
Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Suffers Torn ACL
The Cleveland Browns may have improved to 5-2 with their comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but they suffered a significant loss.
Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a torn ACL, the organization announced Monday morning.
Beckham suffered the injury in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati on Sunday, attempting to make a tackle on an interception thrown by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The star wideout was off to a strong star in his second season with the Browns, catching 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He also had rushed for a score.
While the loss of Beckham is significant, the Browns appear to have enough offensive weapons to overcome the injury. Mayfield posted one of the best performances of his career on Sunday, completing 22 of 23 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns after Beckham left the game.
Financially, Cleveland is still likely on the hook for Beckham’s $12.971 injury guarantee, which will convert to a full guarantee if he is rostered on the third day of the next league year, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This means that Beckham is uncuttable, and a trade is very unlikely considering the injury.
Translation: Odell is uncuttable. He won’t be healthy before the guarantee converts in March, so he’s getting his money in 2021. https://t.co/GPO2BRi6qG— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 26, 2020
Selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Beckham has caught 487 passes for 6,830 and 51 touchdowns over his career. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, but not since 2016.
The Steelers and Browns do not face off again until Week 17 in Cleveland.