Blake Bortles has a new backup.
Cody Kessler has been traded from the Browns to the Jaguars, the teams announced.
The trade is for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick, which basically means the Browns were about to cut Kessler and were glad to get anything for him at all.
He has only one interception and one forced fumble in his pro career. His contract expired a few weeks after his arrest and the Ravens didn’t pick up his option. He was soon booked again on a theft and battery complaint after a dispute with his girlfriend over an iPhone. By the end of 2017, he was working at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five years ago, Matt Elam was signing autographs for fans. Wednesday, he was just hoping to catch the eye of one NFL team willing to give him a second chance. (AP) More The charges were dropped. No one seemed to notice or care. The phone didn’t ring. So if nothing else, he cherished the chance to work out on Wednesday. He said he watched NFL Network constantly, unable to turn off the TV. It’s been a year off for me, he said.
Everyone’s enthusiastically behind this and in support of this, Goodell said, noting coaches were involved with the decision to change the rule. We understand that the players still are…. They haven’t yet seen all the data that we have and they haven’t seen exactly how we’re going to approach this. But I’m confident in the next few months, we’ll be able to do that. They’ll understand, and our game will be in a much better place for it.
Under the broadened rule, offending players would be penalized for lowering their heads and leading with the crown of their helmets to initiate contact against an opponent on any play. A 15-yard penalty would be assessed and players may be disqualified depending on the severity of the hit. Goodell said replay will be used to determine whether a player should be ejected from the game.
I think it was [Patriots] Coach [Bill] Belichick who first raised it, but if we’re able to have replay to confirm when there’s one of these fouls that we think should be removed from the game and that also confirms whether someone should be ejected, I think there’s a great deal of more confidence among the coaches that it’ll be done consistently and fairly, he said. And I think it also gives the officials more confidence to be able to make those judgments because they know there will be some type of video input in that.