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After Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was named to the NFL’s Top 100 Players list, the league released an unsettling video.

Before to the 2021 season, the NFL is in the midst of releasing its Top 100 players list.
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is highlighted extensively for the second year in a row.
According to the league’s announcement on Sunday afternoon, Watson is rated 18th.
Many people were perplexed by the accolade.
In 22 civil lawsuits and ten criminal complaints, Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.
So why is Watson listed among the NFL’s top 100 players?
It wasn’t the NFL’s decision, to be sure.
The players, not the league or NFL Network, vote on the annual Top 100.
For the fourth year in a row, the players chose Watson, who led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards last season.
His career-high ranking of 18 is the highest of his career.
MORE: What you need to know about Deshaun Watson’s lawsuits That said, the NFL was clearly not pleased with Watson’s inclusion on the list, or at the very least, it didn’t congratulate him on his accomplishment.
Instead, the league created an extremely unsettling video to go along with the award.
It opened with this comment from the narrator: “Nobody knows when Deshaun Watson will take the field again.” It had zero player interviews, which are usually a hallmark of the rankings.
His future is in doubt.
But his talent is undeniable.” See the entire 87-second video on the NFL’s YouTube channel.
It’s impossible to hold the NFL responsible for the video, but given the claims against Watson, it’s worth considering why it was made at all.
The league could have simply confirmed his inclusion on the list and went on with its business.
The NFL has yet to decide whether or not to sanction Watson for breaching the league’s personal conduct rules, and a decision is unlikely to be made anytime soon.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, stated that the league has not yet contacted Watson or his legal counsel.
According to Yahoo Sports, “the NFL frequently tries to avoid contacting the defendant and his lawyers and seeking evidence from them until the criminal investigation is completed.”
“Historically, they’ve wanted to avoid interfering with criminal investigations.”
When the criminal inquiry is over, they will proceed with their own separate follow-up.
I’ve had no interaction with the NFL other than a phone call to say, ‘When the time is right, we will completely comply.’
‘You let us know,’ and that is exactly what will happen.”

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Cam Newton stakes his claim as the Patriots’ No. 1 quarterback in two more games on Friday.

Bill Belichick is expected to take his time revealing whether Cam Newton or Mac Jones will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback, according to Damien Woody.
(0:57) The second full week of preseason play begins on Thursday, the first of five consecutive days of NFL action.
With only two games remaining until the regular season begins, expect to see more starters and familiar names on the field this week.
The New England Patriots traveled to Philadelphia to play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, a game in which Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was scratched due to sickness, and the Patriots won.
Two more games begin on Friday, including the season’s first ESPN telecast.
The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals is also a collegiate reunion, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes facing off against Kliff Kingsbury, his Texas Tech coach — at least for a series or two.
The majority of the action takes place on Saturday, with ten games scheduled.
The day begins with a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears in the afternoon, followed by a matchup between the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers in the evening.
In real time, Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could be seen fanboying Packers great Aaron Rodgers.
The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys face off in Jerry World, while the Las Vegas Raiders (probably the most popular team in Los Angeles) face off against the Los Angeles Rams (who are vying for the title).
Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver who plays for the New York Giants
On Sunday, the New York Giants take on the Cleveland Browns in one of two games, while Trevor Lawrence makes his Monday Night Football debut (kind of) when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the New Orleans Saints.
Skip to a matchup: NE-PHI NFL preseason Week 2 schedule Thursday’s game Standout performer: Patriots QB Cam Newton: 8 of 9 passing for 103 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Newton looked as at ease as he has as a Patriot, albeit against the Eagles’ second-string defense, with his 28-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jakobi Meyers coming after Meyers gave him a hand signal to indicate his intentions before the snap.
From a pre-snap communication aspect, this indicates a quarterback and wide receiver who are at the top of their game.
Nevertheless, in relief, Mac Jones had some memorable highlights, including a 17-play, 91-yard drive that ate up 9:04 of the clock.
Jones completed 13 of 19 passes for 146 yards on four drives.
— Mike Reiss Up next: Giants (6 p.m.)
29) DeVonta Smith, a rookie receiver, made his preseason debut and had two catches for 19 yards on four targets in one half of action.
The fact that Smith moved smoothly and didn’t appear to be hampered by the left MCL sprain that kept him out of practice for two weeks was far more important than the stat line.
On his second grab of the night, he started inside, hit the brakes, and cut back out for a 10-yard reception, exhibiting flashes of his Heisman Trophy-winning prowess.
Smith’s night began with a couple of drops on a pair of poor passes from Joe Flacco (who started in place of an ill Jalen Hurts), but he smoothed out as the game proceeded and sprang open quite routinely.
Overall, it was a good warmup for the regular season opening against the Atlanta Falcons on September 1st.
— Tim McManus Up next: Jets (7:30 p.m.)
27) Friday’s games, 8 p.m., Kansas City at Arizona
8 p.m. ET, ESPN Cincinnati vs. Washington
Saturday’s games: Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Falcons at Miami, 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network

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The Seahawks safety (and his mother) are ecstatic about Jamal Adams’ new contract.

After trading two first-round picks and a third-round pick to the New York Jets for Adams in July 2020, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made sure Michelle was on the list of individuals he phoned. “Him contacting me, reaching out and calling my mother, that meant everything to me,” said Adams.
“It’s the simple things like that.” Flash forward 13 months, and Jamal signed a four-year contract deal for up to $72 million with Michelle on Tuesday.
With a base of $17.5 million and a maximum of $18 million, it’s the highest safety contract in the NFL, topping Justin Simmons’ $15.25 million per year with the Broncos.
According to ESPN, Adams will earn a $20 million signing bonus and $38 million in guarantees.
The $20 million signing bonus is comparable to Eric Berry’s six-year, $78 million agreement with the Chiefs in 2017 and Earl Thomas’ four-year, $55 million deal with the Ravens in 2019. Adams had been skipping training camp and games while negotiating the deal.
Both sides had buried their heels in on what they each considered were fair contract proposals after five months. “We had to really stake our ground,” Carroll said.
“And as a result, connections become even more important.”

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The contract disagreement between the New York Jets and Zach Wilson is a horrible look, and it makes no sense.

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY
— The New York Jets reminded everyone Wednesday that not everything has changed for the better after a promising offseason that reenergized their fan base.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the Jets’ No. 1 quarterback, is the team’s new face.
On the opening day of training camp, the No. 2 overall draft pick this year was nowhere to be found.
Mike White, a former practice squad player who has yet to participate in an NFL game, was in charge of the first-team offense.
Fans would have booed the Jets if there had been an open practice, and rightfully so.
Thirty-one of the 32 first-round picks are currently under contract.
The only person who isn’t…
You already know the answer.
The Jets had an ugly day when they fumbled in the open field.
Wilson’s rookie contract amount is determined by his draft position, which is No.
New York only needs to cross a few Ts and fill in a few spaces on the contract.
Wilson’s agents and the Jets are battling over contract language, not money.
The offset clause, which protects the team financially if Wilson is cut before the end of his four-year, $35.2 million contract (which is fully guaranteed), is the main sticking point.
During the first day of #JetsCamp, Coach Saleh addresses to the media.
Let’s be clear: A dispute over an offset isn’t unique to the Jets. https://t.co/Q5QBEk6WlB — New York Jets (@nyjets) July 28, 2021
Every group has to cope with it.
In reality, except for the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, 30 of the 32 teams (including the Jets) routinely incorporate offsets in contracts with guaranteed money.
So, why are the Jets the only team without a deal in place for their first-round draft pick?
Another issue is the payment timetable for Wilson’s $22 million signing bonus.
It came up in the Jets’ 2018 contract negotiations with quarterback Sam Darnold, and the team paid the whole bonus within 15 days of Darnold signing.
It’s unclear why the Jets are attempting to delay some of Wilson’s salary.
This isn’t rocket science; it’s just a straightforward contract discussion.
Exacerbating the problem, the Jets passed on bringing in a seasoned quarterback in the summer, putting all their hopes in Wilson.
On a number of levels, that was a poor judgment.
No disrespect to White and James Morgan, a fourth-round pick in 2020 with little professional experience, but the Jets have no other choices.
They faced a similar predicament when Darnold was forced to miss three practices due to a contract issue.
They had veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater on the roster at the time, so there was less of a sense of urgency.
This isn’t the case.
Wilson must report to camp as soon as possible.
Each and every rep is crucial.
The Jets have 20 sessions and three preseason games to prepare him for the start of the regular season in September.
12 against the Panthers of Carolina
Every day he misses hurts him.
Every day the receiving corps is harmed is a loss.
It was a dunk-and-dunk contest on Wednesday, with White and Morgan tossing practically everything under 10 yards.
In a new offensive strategy, this is not the way to create chemistry.
The Jets haven’t yet reached a critical juncture.
Wilson may walk up on Thursday or Friday, and by the following week, this shambles will be forgotten.
But for the time being, it’s a bad look.
When was the last time coach Robert Saleh “needed” Wilson in camp?
“Ask me again tomorrow,” he added, smiling. Saleh tried to put on a brave face, saying nice things about White and Morgan, but you can bet he’s eager to get his QB1 into camp.
He has to follow the company line in public, but no one believes his happy talk.
What about that fantastic offseason?
Each day that the contract issue drags on, it loses some of its sparkle.
For the first time since 2019, supporters turn out to watch training camp on Saturday.
The supporters will bring a Bronx cheer to New Jersey if Wilson isn’t on the field.

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The 49ers have signed All-Pro linebacker Frank Warner to a five-year, $95 million contract extension.

Warner is the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL, earning an average of $19 million a year.
Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks was previously the highest-paid ILB, earning $18 million per year, according to Spotrac.
Warner has established himself as one of the greatest linebackers in the NFL in his three seasons with the 49ers, earning his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections last season.
Over his three NFL seasons, the 24-year-old has 367 tackles, four sacks, 21 passes defended, three interceptions, a touchdown, and five forced fumbles.
Warner stated in May that he wants to be a “Niner for life,” and his new deal allows him to do so.