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David Hookstead | Reporter

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is apparently going through some stuff and wants to be left alone.

ODB was recently shipped from the Giants to the Browns, and I’m not sure he’s handling it super well, judging from a recent Instagram post. (RELATED: New York Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. To The Cleveland Browns)

Beckham wrote the following in part in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to ProFootballTalk:

I appreciate the love honestly, but at this moment for the next couple of day,s I’m goin dark. I won’t be around, phone is gone, with all due respect, please don’t text/call/FaceTime unless it’s of the utmost importance. I really need some time to vibe and just get away, process, reevaluate some of the things in my life, as much has changed for me recently. I’m doin amazing thanks for askin!!!

This isn’t what you want to see if you’re a Browns fan. It doesn’t sound too serious, but it does sound like Beckham isn’t exactly embracing his change of scenario.

Nobody goes “dark” when things are going incredibly well. At the very least, I’ve never heard of such a thing, and he was pretty explicit that he didn’t want to be contacted. Not a whole lot of wiggle room there.

Everybody knows that the former Giants star is one of the most passionate guys in the game, and he has a wide range of emotions. He’s been that way ever since he entered the league.

Hopefully, this is nothing more than him just getting his head straight and getting all the changes straightened out in his mind.

If a star player’s mental health isn’t in check, then he won’t play well on the field.

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Former Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis is headed to the Detroit Lions.

For those of you who may not remember, Lewis was the receiver who got rocked in the NFC championship on the most blatant pass interference of all time, but no flag was thrown.

That allowed the Rams to beat the Saints and advance to the Super Bowl in 2002. (RELATED: Patriots Beat The Rams In The Super Bowl)

Now, Lewis finally has some good news because he got a free agency deal with Detroit. Financial details of the contract haven’t been revealed yet.

To be totally honest, I don’t know a ton about Lewis outside of the fact he was the victim of the most egregious no-call in NFL history.

There’s really no other way to explain it. He got lit up in brutal fashion, and the refs did literally nothing about it. It’s not like it happened in the first quarter. It happened as the final minutes of the game were ticking away. Truly a spectacular failure. (RELATED: Sean Payton Spent Three Days Eating Ice Cream And Watching Netflix After NFC Championship Game Loss)

Hopefully, he provides some help in the passing game, which has already added tight end Jesse James and Danny Amendola.

Things appear to be shaping up nicely in Detroit, and I’m excited. Of course, I’m excited every year, and we always manage to lose. It’s just what life as a Lions fan is all about.

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Nick Saban and Bill Belichick set the internet on fire Tuesday after they were spotted together at Alabama’s pro day.

Photos of the two legendary coaches together quickly spread all over Twitter. It’s worth noting that these two also have a history. They both coached for the Cleveland Browns in the 1990s.

As a football fan, there’s pretty much no amount of money that I wouldn’t pay to be a fly on the wall for a conversation between those two men. I’d pay as much as I could humanly afford. The two have them have a combined 12 titles at their respective levels as head coaches.

Belichick has won six Super Bowls leading the Patriots and Saban has five with Alabama and one with LSU. The numbers are staggering. (RELATED: Patriots Beat The Rams In The Super Bowl)

You could write an entire series of books based off of the wisdom these two could share.

Again, there’s no price I wouldn’t pay to sit in on a conversation between those two. They’re pretty much carbon copies of each other.

Both run their organizations as dictators, and they’re old school. That’s probably a major reason why the two have led such successful dynasties.

It’s also really a shame that we’ll never get to see what Belichick would be like as the head coach of a major college program. If that ever happened, I’d have a beach house in Miami within a month. The idea of him coaching 18-year-old divas is laugh-out-loud funny.

Their attitudes would last for about all of five minutes.

Sound off in the comments with what you thought these two were busy talking about. There’s no doubt at all that these two were discussing something epic.

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Quarterback AJ McCarron wasn’t unemployed for very long.

According to the Houston Chronicle late Tuesday night, McCarron signed a deal with the Houston Texans for $3 million after being released by the Oakland Raiders. (RELATED: Oakland Raiders Release Quarterback A.J. McCarron After One Season)

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This move honestly makes no sense at all to me. The Texans starter is Deshaun Watson, who is one of the most mobile guys in the league.

He can throw incredibly well, but what really sets Watson apart from everybody else is his ability to make plays with his feet. Those are the skills that made him a star at Clemson and in the NFL. (RELATED: NFL Executive Reportedly Thinks Johnny Manziel Will Sign With The Raiders)

You know who isn’t mobile at all? A.J. McCarron. How the hell could the Texans expect McCarron to fill in for Watson if their star gunslinger goes down? That doesn’t make sense at all.

The two players couldn’t be more different. I’m not sure the former Alabama star could outrun me in a 40 right now, and I’m about as slow as they come.

This, in my humble opinion, is an atrocious decision at the quarterback position. Your backup should be able to fill in and run similar stuff.

I don’t see how McCarron could possibly be capable of doing anything remotely similar to what Watson can. Wild decision from the Texans!

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Quarterback Kyler Murray met Tuesday with the Arizona Cardinals.

According to Aaron Wilson, the team paid the Oklahoma Heisman winner a visit in Norman. The Cardinals were represented by head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim.

For those hoping speculation would die down about Murray going to the Cardinals, I wouldn’t count on it at all. Everything seems to point to Arizona taking him first overall, and they absolutely should.

The organization made a bold move by hiring Kingsbury after he was fired by Texas Tech. If you’re going to go bold, then you have to go all the way. (RELATED: Kyler Murray Measures In At Over 5’10” At The Combine)

There’s no quarterback in the draft better for the system he’s going to run than Murray. The dual-threat quarterback is lightning quick, has a big arm and is extremely elusive. The former college star is almost like a video game-created character.

The Cardinals should pull the trigger on the pick, and the fact they traveled to Norman is just the latest indication that’s the plan.

We’ll all find out when the first round of the NFL draft gets underway April 25. My money is all on Murray teaming up with Kingsbury and the Cardinals.

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The New York Giants will have to pay a big price if they want to trade for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

There has been some talk about Wilson finding himself on the other side of the country, despite the fact the Super Bowl winning quarterback is on the record saying he doesn’t think the Seahawks will let him get away. If they do, the Giants will be paying a pretty penny.

“It would take multiple, multiple first round picks to pry Russell Wilson away from the Seahawks, and by the way, the Giants actually have those now. Now, you’d think it would probably take both this year, and at least next year’s one,” Ian Rapoport said during a late Monday appearance on the NFL Network.

He also added that the former Wisconsin star will “probably” become the highest-paid quarterback in the league on his next deal. You can watch his full comments below.

I just can’t see the Seahawks thinking it’s a smart idea to trade away their franchise quarterback. As we all know, the quarterback market in the NFL is a joke. There are very few competent gunslingers out there.

That’s why they’re not going to get rid of Wilson. He’s one of the best players at his position to ever play the game. You simply don’t get rid of guys like that. You just don’t. That’s how you blow a franchise apart. (RELATED: Seattle Seahawks Sign Head Coach Pete Carroll To A Massive Extension. Here’s How Much Money He’ll Make)

As a betting man, I wouldn’t suggest betting a dollar on Wilson ending up in a Giants uniform. We live in reality, and the idea of the Seahawks dumping a dominant guy understand is pure fantasy.

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Former Seahawks player Earl Thomas has finally revealed who his infamous middle finger was aimed at.

The star defensive back, who now plays for the Ravens, threw the bird after getting hurt this past season, and it looked like it was directed right at his bench. Well, as it turns out, it was aimed at one man in particular on that bench. (RELATED: Watch Earl Thomas Flip Off His Bench)

Earl Thomas told Peter King in an article published Monday, “I was in a battle with the team, and I chose to play, and I was betting on myself. So when it happened, it just added to my frustration. I did what I did, and I saw Pete Carroll, and I just was like, ‘You won. You won.’ Just a very disappointing day.”

Well, it really doesn’t get much blunter than that comment right there. I don’t think he was making any effort at all to hide his feelings.

I can’t really blame Thomas. Football is an emotional sport, and there’s a ton of money on the line. If I went out there and got my leg broken during a frosty contract situation, I’d probably be pretty pissed too. There’s no question about it.

Having said that, this is a business. Coaches and general managers have to do what is best for the whole team. Their job isn’t to just look out for one player.

It’s also not like Pete Carroll went out there and broke Thomas’ knee. It was just football.

At least now we know there’s no doubt about who he was firing the middle finger, too. We always knew it was the sideline. I’m just not sure we assumed it’d be the top guy.

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NFL teams apparently believe Josh Rosen will be shipped out of Arizona.

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that quarterback Kyler Murray is a lock to go to the Arizona Cardinals first overall. Given what I’ve seen in the past few weeks and what I predicted a month ago, I would have to say that’s also what I believe will happen.

Turns out, teams are the league feel the same way because they’re preparing for Josh Rosen to get traded. (RELATED: Kyler Murray Measures In At Over 5’10” At The Combine)

Albert Breer wrote the following Monday for Sports Illustrated:

Teams are still in the dark on the availability of Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. But I’m told that’s not stopping them from getting their ducks in a row, with guys who’ve worked with Rosen over the last few years fielding phone calls and having discussions with intrigued teams gathering background. If you want to see the real-life application of the perception that Kyler Murray is Arizona-bound, there you have it.

Let’s be honest with ourselves on this one. Unless something major changes, Kyler Murray is going to be wearing red and white for the Cardinals’ Week 1 of the 2019 season.

That means Josh Rosen will be moved. Where could he end up? The Giants seem like a likely destination, especially now that the franchise is reportedly not interested in Dwayne Haskins.

Rosen has the potential to be a franchise quarterback. You’re kidding yourself if you think he won’t be scooped up in a heartbeat.

As for the Cardinals, it sounds like they’re all in on putting Kliff Kingsbury and Murray together. I can’t wait.

The two of them together should be epic. That fast-paced offense they’re going to run is going to be so much fun to watch.

Best of luck to Rosen wherever he ends up, but there’s a really good chance it’s about to be the Kyler Murray show in Arizona.

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Free agent receiver Jordy Nelson has no shortage of suitors.

Nelson was cut from the Oakland Raiders after they paid him $3 million, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be out of a job for long. According to Adam Schefter, the former Packers star will visit the Seahawks on Tuesday. The Patriots, Titans, Chiefs and Raiders are also all reportedly interested.

Yes, the Raiders, the team that just cut him after paying him might want him back. What a bizarre situation. Notably, the Packers aren’t on the list. (RELATED: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says He Won’t Get Surgery On His Knee)

The Seahawks and Nelson could be a great fit. Russell Wilson needs a dependable receiver, and that’s exactly what the former Packers star can be.

He might not be the star he once was, but he’s still a workhorse of a dude. The Seahawks would be incredibly wise to get him as quickly as possible.

The exact same can be said of the Patriots. Tom Brady has the rare ability of squeezing the most out of everybody around him, and we all know New England is a premium destination for veterans searching for a ring.

Nelson would probably flourish under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. He would provide a legit receiving threat to go along with Edelman.

It is a little surprising to see the Packers not on the list. You’d think Aaron Rodgers would absolutely want his former star back.

I guess not. It looks like Nelson will have to get paid elsewhere.

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Blake Bortles wasn’t unemployed for long, and is headed to the Los Angeles Rams.

Bortles signed a one-year deal with the organization late Monday. Financial details aren’t known at this time.

I said there was no way that Bortles would be out in the cold for long at all. The quarterback market in the NFL is a sad joke, and anybody with a pulse will get a look.

It was only a matter of time after the Jaguars cut him loose that he’d get scooped up. Not only did he get signed, but he got picked up by one of the best teams in the league. (RELATED: Jacksonville Jaguars Sign Nick Foles, Contract Worth Up To $102 Million)

What more could you ask for if you’re in his shoes?

He’ll be an insurance policy for Jared Goff and get to develop under Sean McVay. If there’s one guy capable of squeezing the most out of the former first round pick, it’s the Rams head coach.

This might honestly be a match made in heaven.

Finally, I just realized I’m a few days older than Bortles. Feels like he’s been in the NFL forever, and we both look a couple decades older than we are.

What a wild life to be living.

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