If Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plays football this year, he’ll earn a base salary of $1.05 million and up to $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses. If he accepts the pending offer from ESPN, he’ll make a lot more than that.
The NFL is not as backward or parochial about marijuana use as we sometimes pretend it is for punchline purposes. Most NFL decision-makers know that some players smoke weed for pain control, some to make Saturday night Black Mirror binges a little more mind-blowing, and a few have turned it into a wake-and-bake lifestyle that is almost certain to impair their conditioning and preparation. It’s that third category that coaches and execs worry about, and there is ample evidence Antonio Callaway falls there, especially after he tested positive at the combine. Callaway possesses first-round talent on the field, but if his habits don’t change, he will be the guy who gets out-hustled by undrafted rookies in training camp.
Pairing Callaway with Josh Gordon has obvious implications. Let’s take the high road and assume one will be a positive influence upon the other. But let’s acknowledge the risk factor in the grade.
The Packers announced they released quarterback Joe Callahan, ending his two-year run with the team.
A former undrafted rookie from Wesley College, Callahan was on the active roster for one game last year. He spent most of his time on the practice squad, but the Packers had previously been very complimentary of him.
The Packers acquired DeShone Kizer in a trade with the Browns, and also have Brett Hundley coming back behind some guy named Aaron Rodgers.
Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Apparently this is where GM John Lynch begins acquiring alternatives given Reuben Foster’s tenuous status. Warner’s athleticism should make him a decent fit as San Francisco continues its transition to Seattle’s scheme.