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All things American Football. From the off-season right the way through to Super Bowl 54.

The offseason is officially here. The Broncos and Ravens have a deal in place to send veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore to Denver. The trade will become official on March 13, the first day of the 2019 league year.

The Ravens were expected to trade Flacco this offseason, but the Broncos weren’t widely viewed as a potential destination.

Flacco is due to receive a base salary of $18.5 million in 2019. Trading him triggers $16 million in dead money for the Ravens, but creates a net cap savings for 2019 of $9.5 million.

Cleveland Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt. Hunt was cut by the Chiefs during the 2018 season after a video emerged of him shoving and kicking a woman.

Bold move by Cleveland.
When will he be eligible to play again, have they NFL decided on his punishment? He and Chubb will be a scary backfield

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The Broncos and Ravens have a deal in place to send veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore to Denver.
If I was a Broncos fan this news would horrify me, they need a QB for the future not some washed up guy who had a couple of good seasons.

Not surprised by Hunt ending up with the Browns. Dorsey couldn't care less what a player has done in the past or what negative PR he brings. Every team walks the line with talent and their personal issues.
 
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Not surprised by Hunt ending up with the Browns. Dorsey couldn't care less what a player has done in the past or what negative PR he brings. Every team walks the line with talent and their personal issues.
Absolutely, he drafted Hill as well while with the Chiefs, who also had a questionable character that saw him drop to the mid-rounds

Hunt is from Cleveland AFAIK. It’s probably a good fit and a player with his talent was never going to be left on the shelf so why not take a punt on him behaving himself.
 
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The Ravens were expected to trade Flacco this offseason, but the Broncos weren’t widely viewed as a potential destination.
You'd never how he might do in a different system. I don't think the Ravens have ever had a QB friendly offense.

Of course he could be rubbish but Flacco could also turn out to be a lot better than expected. He is only 34 so could have a few seasons in him yet.
 
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When will he be eligible to play again, have they NFL decided on his punishment? He and Chubb will be a scary backfield
Read earlier that no punishment has been decided as yet but he is likely to serve a ban.
 
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Read earlier that no punishment has been decided as yet but he is likely to serve a ban.
Could backfire then but I guess the Cowboys took the same risk keeping Ezekiel Elliott about the place for so long.
 
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Flacco's trade to the Broncos is a bizarre move for the Broncos. Not really that much of an upgrade on Keenum and going to take up a lot of cap room.
 
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The billionaire owner of the New England Patriots has been charged with soliciting prostitution in a Florida massage parlour, police say.

Robert Kraft, 77, is accused of two misdemeanour charges in Jupiter. He has denied the allegation.

The owner of the Super Bowl-winning franchise allegedly paid for sexual services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in the beach resort, police said.

Mr Kraft's net worth is estimated at $6.6bn (£5bn).

The tycoon was snared as part of a human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter about a month ago, said police.

Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said at a press conference on Friday that the charges stem from "two different visits" to the spa, resulting in two counts of "soliciting another to commit prostitution".

A spokesperson for Mr Kraft said in a statement to the BBC: "We categorically deny that Mr Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.

"Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."
8-month investigation with 100 people accused. Mental!

Patriots could probably do with the Mueller report getting released about now.
 
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The NFL handed out 32 compensatory picks to a total of 15 teams on Friday. Although the exact formula the league uses to award picks hasn't been released, it basically comes down to this: a team that loses more or better free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Using that "formula," the big winners this year were the Patriots, Cardinals and Redskins, who all received four extra picks. Thanks to their four new picks, the Patriots now have 12 total selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Bengals (3), Rams (3), Vikings (3), Falcons (2) and Eagles (2) were the only other teams that received multiple compensatory picks. The highest awarded pick went to the Redskins, who were given the 96th overall selection in the draft after losing Kirk Cousins in free agency. The Rams and Patriots were the only two teams that received multiple third-round picks. Thanks to their two compensatory picks, the Patriots will now have six picks over the first two days of the draft.

Here's the full list of compensatory picks that were awarded:

RoundOverallTeam
3​
96​
Washington​
97​
New England​
98​
L.A. Rams​
99​
L.A. Rams​
100​
Carolina​
101​
New England​
102​
Baltimore​
4​
135​
Indianapolis​
136​
Dallas​
137​
Atlanta​
138​
Philadelphia​
5​
171​
N.Y. Giants​
172​
Atlanta​
173​
Washington​
6​
205​
New England​
206​
Washington​
207​
Arizona​
208​
Philadelphia​
209​
Minnesota​
210​
Cincinnati​
211​
Cincinnati​
212​
San Francisco​
213​
Cincinnati​
214​
Kansas City​
7​
247​
Minnesota​
248​
Arizona​
249​
Arizona​
250​
Minnesota​
251​
L.A. Rams​
252​
New England​
253​
Washington​
254​
Arizona​

And here's how many picks each team was awarded:

TeamTotal
Arizona​
4​
New England​
4​
Washington​
4​
Cincinnati​
3​
L.A. Rams​
3​
Minnesota​
3​
Atlanta​
2​
Philadelphia​
2​
Baltimore​
1​
Carolina​
1​
Dallas​
1​
Indianapolis​
1​
Kansas City​
1​
N.Y. Giants​
1​
San Francisco​
1​
 
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The billionaire owner of the New England Patriots has been charged with soliciting prostitution in a Florida massage parlour, police say.

Robert Kraft, 77, is accused of two misdemeanour charges in Jupiter. He has denied the allegation.
That's certainly tarnished Kraft's legacy, whether he gets convicted from here or not.

But 77-year-old billionaire widower soliciting a prostitute. The only reason it'll make headline news is that it's someone who has been of impeccable character, where in reality he was just unlucky enough to be doing at a place with trafficked women.

You have to feel for Kraft here. He is an outstanding owner that seems to be a very decent person. Bought the Patriots so that he could keep them in the NE area and has overseen the most successful period in any franchise history. This will be, and rightly so, a huge cause of embarrassment for him.
 

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