NFL news? We’ve got you covered! The following are the Grueling Truth’s top stories from around the league for Wednesday, August 30th.
1) Browns release Joe Haden
After weighing trade options, the Cleveland Browns decided to release CB Joe Haden today. The Browns released two statements about the release of Haden.
“Joe gave everything he had for the Cleveland Browns and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” Hue Jackson said in a statement. “He was a leader on and off the field. I wish him all the best as he continues his career.”
Added executive vice president Sashi Brown: “We want to thank Joe for all he has done for this organization both on and off the field. He has been a great teammate and a true asset to the Cleveland community. These are very difficult decisions, we have the utmost respect for Joe and in my eyes, he will always be a Cleveland Brown.”
I don’t expect Haden to be on the market long with multiple teams needed help at the cornerback position.
2) Matthew Stafford, highest-paid player in the NFL
The big question: Is Matthew Stafford worth it? I think the answer is yes. Since being drafted in 2009 Stafford has led the Lions to the playoffs three times and has proven he can get it done even after losing Megatron. Without Calvin Johnson last year, Stafford was a MVP candidate until a late season injury limited his ability to throw the ball. Stafford makes any team he plays on very dangerous and that is even when he has no running game and no true number one receiver.
3) Devonta Freeman cleared to return to practice
Devonta Freeman has been cleared to practice after clearing concussion protocol and looks to be full go for the Falcons season opener.
4) Rams Aaron Donald likely to miss season opener if he doesn’t report this week
Rams general manager Les Snead on Tuesday provided an update on the defensive end’s status, saying Donald likely won’t be available for the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts on September 10 if he doesn’t report to the team this week.
“Where [things] stand right now — hey, Aaron’s not here. Obviously, we still want Aaron. We want him to be here as soon as possible,” Snead said, via the team’s website.
“At the end of the day, Aaron Donald’s on pace to be a Hall of Famer. Now, we’re three years in and Hall of Famers aren’t made in three years. But if there’s a race to the gold jacket, he’s started strong. So anytime you’ve got that type of player, you definitely want them here short term as well as long term.”
Donald’s contract calls for him to be paid $1.8 million this season and approximately $6.9 million in 2018 on his fifth-year option, though it was reported earlier this month that his holdout could last into the regular season.
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