The 2017 NFL Draft is a little over a week away, and with the No. 1 pick, Joe Haden wants the Cleveland Browns to select Myles Garrett.
The Cleveland Browns have long been the joke of the NFL, but it appears things are turning around for the sorry franchise. The Browns have gone out and made some nice additions this offseason, while also holding two of the first 12 picks in next week’s NFL Draft. With the first overall pick, star cornerback Joe Haden wants the team to bring in Myles Garrett, who is currently the consensus choice for the No. 1 pick.
Joey Bosa, who was the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, will once again be skipping workouts with the team this year. After being the Los Angeles Chargers’ first round pick in 2016, Bosa skipped all of training camp and some of the preseason due to contract issues before appearing in 12 games for the Bolts during the regular season. The former Ohio State Buckeye racked up 10.5 sacks in his rookie season, proving to be well worth the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft.
Staying in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders said goodbye to one of their defensive lineman on Tuesday. Oakland released Dan Williams, ending the veteran’s two-year tenure with the Silver and Black. Williams appeared in all 32 games for the Raiders over the last two season, making 26 starts along the way. The 29-year old should have no issues getting another job, as he is still a quality player along the defensive front.
Mike Gillislee, who did a nice job as LeSean McCoy’s backup in Buffalo last season, will likely be heading to an AFC East rival for next season. The New England Patriots signed the running back to a two-year offer sheet which will earn him $4 million next season. In total, the deal calls for Gillislee to earn $6.4 million, and to make room for the deal, wide receiver Danny Amendola took a pay cut.
In other Patriots news, it looks like the door is now open for a trade involving star cornerback Malcolm Butler. Butler signed a first-round tender on Tuesday, which could mean he is headed out of New England. The deal calls for the corner to make $3.91 million, and with the team already losing Logan Ryan to free agency, it looks like they are going to have a brand new unit in the secondary next season.
Finally, the NFL will release their schedule for the 2017 regular season on Thursday, and it will be announced on the NFL Network. The 2017 preseason schedule has already been released, and the action will kick off once again with the Hall of Fame Game in early August. Some big time matchups already dot the regular season schedule, including a battle in Mexico between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.