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Browns trade Baker Mayfield to Panthers

Browns trade Baker Mayfield to Panthers

The deal is pending a physical.

The fifth-round pick could convert to a fourth-round pick depending on Mayfield's playing time with the Panthers.

A barrier to a potential Mayfield trade to Carolina had been money, with Mayfield due to earn $18.8 million on his fifth-year option. But NFL Network reported all parties worked together to make it work. The Browns will pay Mayfield about $10.5 million, with the Panthers picking up about $5 million.

Mayfield agreed to cut the remaining $3 million-plus off his pay.

He will not have long to wait to see his former team. The Panthers host the Browns in Week 1 on Sept. 11 in Charlotte, N.C.

Mayfield was 29-30 as the starter with the Browns and completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions. After an injury-marred season in 2021 and growing discontent between the two sides, the Browns' front office said Mayfield would be their starter in 2022. But their acquisition of Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in March, despite more than 20 civil lawsuits from women alleging sexual misconduct, sealed the split with Mayfield.

The Browns are awaiting a ruling as to whether the NFL will suspend Watson after an investigation and a multiday hearing conducted last week by league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson last week.

Two grand juries in Texas elected not to indict Watson.

Report: Chicago poised to examine dome for Soldier Field

Report: Chicago poised to examine dome for Soldier Field

A city committee is likely to convene in Chicago soon to explore the possibility of putting a dome on Soldier Field, Crain's Chicago Business reported.

A dome could make the nearly century-old stadium more desirable for the Chicago Bears and other potential users, if it is economically and architecturally viable. The Bears signed a purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill., and could build a stadium complex there.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in February that adding a dome could be considered as part of the work done by her Lakefront Museum Campus Working Group, which is reimaging the area around Soldier Field.

Crain's said a draft of a soon-to-be-released report prepared by the group said a dome could cost anywhere from $400 million to $1.5 billion and likely would require public financial assistance.

In addition to a dome, the city could consider a variety of structural changes to Soldier Field, including "substantially rebuilding" parts of the stadium, per Crain's. Selling naming rights also could be under consideration.

"We're going to continue to do everything we can to keep the Bears in Chicago," Lightfoot said in an interview on WSCR-AM 670 in February. "We're working on some plans to present to them that I think will make a very, very compelling financial case as to why it makes an abundance of sense for them to stay in Chicago."

Soldier Field is owned by the Chicago Park District. With 61,500 fans, it has the lowest capacity in the NFL.

It opened in 1924. The next-oldest stadium in the league is Lambeau Field in Green Bay, which dates to 1957.

Vacant RFK Stadium catches fire

Vacant RFK Stadium catches fire

RFK Stadium, which has sat vacant in Washington, D.C. since its last tenant moved out in 2017, caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

"In the process of extinguishing," the department tweeted. "No injuries reported. Investigators en route."

Once home to franchises in the NFL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer, RFK Stadium lost its last tenant when D.C. United moved out following the 2017 season. In 2019 plans were announced to demolish the stadium in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to multiple delays.

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser has presented a plan to turn the site into an indoor sports complex available for public use. It has also been suggested as a site for a new stadium for the Washington Commanders, though that isn't seen as a likely solution.

RFK Stadium opened in 1961 and has been home to the Washington NFL franchise, the Washington Senators and Nationals of MLB, D.C. United and several minor-league and collegiate sports.

Jody Allen: Neither Seahawks nor Blazers are for sale -- yet

Jody Allen: Neither Seahawks nor Blazers are for sale -- yet

Jody Allen, chairwoman of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, issued a statement Tuesday saying neither franchise is for sale and that there are no sale discussions happening at this time.

However, she acknowledged that a "time will come when that changes."

Allen is the sister of the late Paul Allen and trustee of his trust, worth billions. Speculation has swirled the past month that both franchises are poised to be sold, including the Blazers in the next 6 to 18 months, due to the wishes of the co-founder of Microsoft.

Paul Allen, who passed away in October 2018 at age 65, stipulated he wanted both franchises -- among other assets -- sold and the proceeds used for his passion projects.

"As we've stated before, neither of the teams is for sale and there are no sales discussions happening," Jody Allen said in the statement. "A time will come when that changes given Paul's plans to dedicate the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy, but estates of this size and complexity can take 10 to 20 years to wind down.

"There is no pre-ordained timeline by which the teams must be sold."

Paul Allen passed away due to complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He purchased the Trail Blazers for $70 million in 1988 and the Seahawks nine years later for $194 million. He was one of the founders of the Seattle Sounders in 2007.

WR Terry McLaurin officially signs extension with Commanders

WR Terry McLaurin officially signs extension with Commanders

The Washington Commarnders signed wide receiver Terry McLaurin to a three-year contract extension on Tuesday.

The team didn't announce the financial terms, put multiple reports pegged it at up to $70 million.

McLaurin, 26, is entering the final season of his four-year rookie deal. He will earn a $2.79 million base salary in 2022.

A third-round pick from Ohio State in 2019, McLaurin caught 77 passes for 1,053 yards with five TDs last season. He had 87 receptions for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns in 2020, production that looks even more impressive when the revolving door at quarterback in Washington is taken into consideration.

This season, he is set to work with quarterback Carson Wentz, acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts.

With the Commanders, McLaurin has appeared in 46 career regular-season games, all starts, and has 222 catches for 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He is one of three NFC wide receivers, joining Davante Adams and Justin Jefferson, to have at least 75 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons.

Researchers: Late WR Demaryius Thomas had CTE

Researchers: Late WR Demaryius Thomas had CTE

Late NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, Boston University researchers revealed Tuesday.

Thomas was found dead at his home in Georgia on Dec. 9 at age 33, but the Fulton County coroner has not released a cause of death. His family suspected seizures resulting from a 2019 car accident might have caused his death.

The former Denver Broncos star began displaying erratic behavior, including mood changes and isolation, in 2020, according to his family.

"His mood would change, and he would also isolate himself sometimes," said Katina Stuckey Smith, Thomas' mother, in an interview with ABC. "He was, like, ‘Mom, I don't know what's going on with my body. You know, I gotta get myself together,' and he said, ‘I don't feel like myself anymore.'"

Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, part of the Boston University brain research team, told ABC that Thomas most likely died after having a seizure. The condition isn't commonly associated with CTE.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Thomas played eight-plus seasons with the Broncos, who drafted him in the first round in 2010 and traded him to Houston in October 2018.

He won Super Bowl 50 with Denver and recorded 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns in 143 career games with the Broncos, Texans (2018) and New York Jets (2019). He signed with New England in 2019 but never appeared in a game for the Patriots.

‘Hammering’ Hank Goldberg dies at 82

‘Hammering’ Hank Goldberg dies at 82

Sports handicapping expert Hank Goldberg died Monday on his 82nd birthday after a lengthy battle with kidney disease.

Goldberg's family confirmed his death.

Known affectionately as "Hammering" Hank, Goldberg worked for two decades at ESPN predicting NFL games as well as thoroughbred horse racing.

Goldberg was also a longtime personality in Miami, where he worked as a radio and TV host for more than 25 years, including as an analyst for Miami Dolphins games.

Odell Beckham Jr. says torn ACL didn't occur during Super Bowl

Odell Beckham Jr. says torn ACL didn't occur during Super Bowl

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was believed to have torn his left anterior cruciate ligament during Super Bowl LVI.

Only the free agent doesn't believe it.

Beckham, who joined the world champion Los Angeles Rams from the Cleveland Browns midway through the 2021 season, tweeted Saturday night that the injury occurred before the big game.

"Krazy thought ... really played the whole back half of the season without an acl, and won a super bowl! God doesn't misss, i swea," he wrote.

He left the Rams' 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 with what was believed to be a new injury.

During the second quarter, Beckham went to catch a pass but dropped it after jamming his left knee awkwardly. He grabbed at his knee and went down to the turf, with the Rams' training staff quickly attending to him on the field.

He caught a touchdown in the first quarter for the first score of the game and finished with two catches for 52 yards.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Rams in eight regular-season games.

He has 531 receptions for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the New York Giants (2014-18), Browns (2019-21) and Rams.

Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told The Athletic last month that the Rams and Beckham, 29, would like to work out a deal for him to return in 2022.

Fentanyl, cocaine cited in death of Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson

Fentanyl, cocaine cited in death of Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died last month at the age of 26 from the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine, medical examiners said Friday.

A Maryland Department of Health spokesman said Ferguson's sudden death on June 21 was ruled accidental.

His funeral will be held Saturday in Bains, La.

"Our priority is focused on the man Jaylon was and the positive impact he made on so many as a father, son, fiance, friend and teammate," the Ravens said in a statement issued Friday. "It would be inappropriate for us to comment further while we continue to support his family and teammates, who are mourning the tragic loss of a loved one and will celebrate his life [Saturday]."

Baltimore Police found Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics. There were no signs of trauma or foul play at the scene.

Known at Louisiana Tech as "Sack Daddy," Ferguson set an NCAA record with 45 career sacks and was drafted in the third round in 2019 by Baltimore. He totaled 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 38 games over three seasons with the Ravens.

Reports: Hearing for Browns QB Deshaun Watson concludes

Reports: Hearing for Browns QB Deshaun Watson concludes

Sue L. Robinson, the hearing officer, asked for post-hearing briefs by the week of July 11, ESPN reported.

Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, is expected to "take her time" in ruling, ESPN reported. All parties reportedly expect a ruling before the Browns report to training camp on July 26.

Watson, 26, has been accused of sexual misconduct during massage sessions that occurred during his time with his former team, the Houston Texans. Twenty-six women have accused him of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior.

Watson, who has denied wrongdoing, has settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits related to the massage sessions. The Texans' organization is also being sued for "enabling" his actions, in part by allegedly providing him with non-disclosure agreements to give to massage therapists.

Per numerous reports, the NFL is pushing to have him suspended indefinitely, with the minimum length of the punishment one year before he would be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

The Texans held Watson out of action for the entire 2021 season as he was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. However, he was never indicted, and the Browns acquired him in a March trade, giving up three first-round draft picks.

Cleveland also signed Watson to a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $230 million. However, his salary for 2022 reportedly is just $1 million to protect against the possibility that he could be facing a lengthy suspension.

Falcons sign P Bradley Pinion

Falcons sign P Bradley Pinion

The Atlanta Falcons signed Bradley Pinion to a contract on Thursday, just over one week after the punter was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Falcons.

Pinion, 28, is expected to battle Dom Maggio and Seth Vernon for the job in Atlanta.

Pinion averaged a career-low 42.5 yards per kick last season with the Buccaneers.

Pinion spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after the team selected him with a fifth-round pick during the 2015 NFL Draft.

He signed with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in 2019 before being released on June 22, nearly two months after Tampa Bay selected Georgia punter Jake Camarda in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Miles Sanders: Eagles 'feel like we're on an All-Star team'

Miles Sanders: Eagles 'feel like we're on an All-Star team'

Running back Miles Sanders has high hopes for the Philadelphia Eagles this season.

How high? Well, the 25-year-old set the bar when discussing his team's offense which includes quarterback Jalen Hurts, offseason acquisition A.J. Brown and fellow wideout DeVonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert and others.

"Oh man, we all feel like we're on an All-Star team, so we feel great," Sanders told CBS Sports when asked about the addition of Brown to the offense.

"We feel unstoppable, I'm not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. (Head coach) Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good."

It should be noted that the Eagles finished 9-8 last season and were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC wild-card round.

Sanders averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry but was limited to a career-low 754 rushing yards and zero rushing touchdowns in 12 games last season.

Now, if Sanders' over-the-top statement prior to the season sounds vaguely familiar, well that refrain has been heard before in Philadelphia.

Backup quarterback Vince Young labeled the Eagles as a "Dream Team" prior to the 2011 season. That team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Reports: Deshaun Watson's hearing will continue Wednesday

Reports: Deshaun Watson's hearing will continue Wednesday

It is unclear how long the proceeding will last or when a ruling will be rendered by Sue L. Robinson, a former U.S. District Court judge who was jointly selected to oversee the case by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

Watson, 26, has been accused of sexual misconduct during massage sessions that occurred during his time with his former team, the Houston Texans. Twenty-five women have accused him of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior.

Watson, who has denied wrongdoing, has settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits related to the massage sessions. The Texans organization is also being sued for "enabling" his actions, in part by allegedly providing him with non-disclosure agreements to give to massage therapists.

Per numerous media reports, the NFL is pushing to have him suspended indefinitely, with the minimum length of the punishment one year before he would be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

The Texans held Watson out of action for the entire 2021 season as he was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing. However, he was never indicted, and the Browns acquired him in a March trade, giving up three first-round draft picks.

Cleveland also signed Watson to a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $230 million. However, his salary for 2022 reportedly is just $1 million to protect against the possibility that he could be facing a lengthy suspension.

WR Terry McLaurin signs $70M extension with Commanders

WR Terry McLaurin signs $70M extension with Commanders

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin and the Washington Commanders agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth up to $70 million, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

McLaurin, whose agents said he will receive a signing bonus of $28 million, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and planned to steer clear of workouts while seeking a new deal.

The agreement hushes any holdout talk from McLaurin, who becomes one of the seven highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL while jumping off the list of disgruntled young wideouts.

McLaurin skipped mandatory minicamp and was working out on his own, a plan that head coach Ron Rivera wasn't pleased with given the arrival of new quarterback Carson Wentz.

But the deal through 2025 carries an average annual salary of $23.3 million.

NFL Network put the max value of the deal at $70 million, while ESPN reported it could reach $71 million.

A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin caught 77 passes for 1,053 yards with five TDs last season. He had 87 receptions for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns in 2020, production that looks even more impressive when the revolving door at quarterback in Washington is taken into consideration.

Deebo Samuel (49ers) and DK Metcalf (Seahawks) remain candidates for a trade among McLaurin's peer group of talented receivers digging in for a big payday.

Multiple wide receivers in their position were traded this offseason, including Davante Adams (Packers to Raiders), Tyreek Hill (Chiefs to Dolphins) and Amari Cooper (Cowboys to Browns) as the market for No. 1 wideouts exploded.

Adams left the Packers and is the league's highest-paid wide receiver with an average salary of $30 million. He's just ahead of Hill ($28 million), both of whom overtook DeAndre Hopkins ($27.3 million) with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Rams signed All-Pro Cooper Kupp to a new deal that bumps his pay to $26.7 million per season and the Eagles acquired A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans, signing him to a contract that averages $25 million per season.

Buffalo's Stefon Diggs ($24 million) is also just ahead of McLaurin in terms of average annual salary.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield: Both sides 'ready to move on'

Browns QB Baker Mayfield: Both sides 'ready to move on'

The 27-year-old quarterback spoke with reporters Tuesday at his youth football camp in Norman, Okla.

Mayfield didn't completely rule out a reconciliation if the NFL suspends his replacement, Deshaun Watson.

"I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out," Mayfield said. "But we're ready to move on, I think -- on both sides."

Watson, 26, is scheduled to have a hearing with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday.

The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.

The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal.

Mayfield has been excused from the Browns' offseason activities while the team attempts to find a trade partner.

He is due a fully guaranteed salary of $18.86 million in 2022, the final season of his rookie contract.

Mayfield is 29-30 as a starter since the Browns made him the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions.

House Oversight Committee: Daniel Snyder trying to ‘evade’ subpoena

House Oversight Committee: Daniel Snyder trying to ‘evade’ subpoena

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform so far has been unable to serve Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder with a subpoena to testify on Capitol Hill, a spokesperson said Monday.

The committee is investigating allegations about the Commanders' workplace culture. Media reports have detailed allegations of sexual misconduct from 15 female ex-employees, including multiple accusations of sexual harassment against Snyder in particular. While those women have spoken out publicly, at least 50 ex-employees reportedly have complained about the workplace culture.

"Mr. Snyder has so far refused to accept service of the Committee's subpoena," the spokesperson's statement said. "While the committee has been, and remains, willing to consider reasonable accommodations requested by witnesses, we will not tolerate attempts to evade service of a duly authorized subpoena or seek special treatment not afforded to other witnesses who testified in this matter. The Committee will not be deterred from obtaining Mr. Snyder's testimony, and we remain committed to ensuring transparency about the toxic workplace culture at the Washington Commanders and the NFL's inadequate response."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the committee on the matter last week. Snyder declined an invitation to testify, citing business that required overseas travel. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) responded by saying she would subpoena Snyder to appear.

The Athletic reported that Snyder's attorney declined to accept a subpoena on Snyder's behalf Friday.

After a 2020 Washington Post report initially revealed many of the allegations, the NFL launched its own investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson. The league fined the Commanders $10 million in 2021 and had Snyder step away from day-to-day operations, but Wilkinson's findings were not released publicly, prompting the House committee to request that commissioner Roger Goodell release everything related to the investigation.

Last week, the committee released a 29-page memo based on its own eight-month investigation, which found that Snyder conducted his own "shadow investigation" into workplace allegations in an attempt to discredit the accusers.

Snyder is at the center of multiple investigations. In addition to the House committee inquiry, the Virginia attorney general said in April that he was launching an investigation into allegations regarding the team's business practices.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform obtained evidence that Snyder had team executives illegally withhold refundable security deposits from ticket holders and kept two sets of books to hide revenue from the NFL in order to contribute less to the revenue-sharing pool.

Goodell told the committee last week that he has no authority to remove Snyder as owner of the Commanders. An owner can only be removed by a three-quarters majority vote (24 of 32) of fellow owners, although Goodell does have the authority to recommend a vote.

In May 1999, NFL owners unanimously approved the sale of the Washington franchise and the old Jack Kent Cooke Stadium to a group headed by Snyder, who then was 34. The group paid $800 million, which at the time was a record purchase price for a U.S. sports franchise.

Marlin Briscoe, pro football's first Black starting QB, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, pro football's first Black starting QB, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, the first Black starting quarterback in pro football, died Monday at age 76.

His daughter, Angela Marriott, told the AP that Briscoe died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, Calif.

Briscoe made his first start for the Denver Broncos on Oct. 6, 1968, a 10-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Nicknamed "The Magician," he started five games under center that season, passing for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for 308 yards and three scores.

When Denver didn't give him a chance to play quarterback in 1969, he asked to be released and joined the Bills.

With Jack Kemp entrenched as the starting signal-caller in Buffalo, Briscoe transitioned to wide receiver and made the Pro Bowl in 1970 with 57 catches for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns.

Briscoe went on to win Super Bowls VII and VIII with the Miami Dolphins and retired with 224 receptions for 3,537 yards and 30 TDs with six teams.

Briscoe, who starred at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Attorney files suit against Texans for 'enabling' Deshaun Watson

Attorney files suit against Texans for 'enabling' Deshaun Watson

Texas attorney Tony Buzbee filed suit against the Houston Texans on Monday, saying the team "enabled" former quarterback Deshaun Watson's sexual misconduct against his clients during massage sessions.

Buzbee is representing the remaining four women suing Watson in Harris County, Texas, accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Buzbee indicated earlier this month he planned to add the Texans to the litigation. He followed through on that less than a week after settling 20 of 24 cases with Watson. It also comes one day before Watson's reported hearing with the NFL.

"Today we filed the first case of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to Deshaun Watson's behavior," Buzbee said in a statement provided to Cleveland.com. "Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson's behavior is incredibly damning. We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson's conduct."

Buzbee cited information gleaned from the Houston Police Department.

The first lawsuit was filed in March 2021, with a flurry of additional women also filing complaints over the following months to bring the total to 24.

The women all allege Watson committed sexual improprieties during the course of a massage. He has denied all accusations, and two grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against Watson earlier this year.

The Browns acquired Watson, 26, from the Houston Texans in a trade in March and signed him to a five-year deal with $230 million in guaranteed money.

Watson did not play during the 2021 NFL season. In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowl selection led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards and set a career high with 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.

Panthers great Luke Kuechly joins team's radio broadcast

Panthers great Luke Kuechly joins team's radio broadcast

Former Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly has joined the team's radio broadcast.

The Panthers announced Monday that Kuechly will be part of the broadcast team for seven games in 2022, along with play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and either Jordan Gross or Jake Delhomme. Jim Szoke will remain the third man in the booth for the 10 other regular season games.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, Kuechly retired after the 2019 season at the age of 28.

Now 31, he said joining the broadcast booth felt like the natural next step.

"I just love the Panthers; I love being around it," Kuechly said. "I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow. I think it could be a lot of fun. I think that's the biggest reason, to do something around the game on game day that's fun. You still get the atmosphere, and all the good memories I have here in Carolina."

Kuechly will broadcast six home games: Week 1 vs. Cleveland, Week 4 vs. Arizona, Week 5 vs. San Francisco, Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay, Week 12 vs. Denver and Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh. He will also make the Week 9 road trip to his hometown of Cincinnati.

"You just know (Kuechly's) going to be good at it," Delhomme said. "I look forward to it because he's so smart."

A first-round pick (ninth overall) by Carolina in 2012, Kuechly was a tackling savant upon his arrival into the league, leading the NFL with 164 tackles in his rookie season as he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

He led the league again in 2014 with 153 stops and retired with 1,092 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and nine fumble recoveries in 118 games (all starts).

Report: Browns QB Deshaun Watson scheduled for disciplinary hearing on Tuesday

Report: Browns QB Deshaun Watson scheduled for disciplinary hearing on Tuesday

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to have a hearing with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday, ESPN reported Saturday.

The hearing will center on the 26 women who accused Watson of unwanted advances and inappropriate sexual conduct during massage appointments during his time with the Houston Texas.

Robinson was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

The NFL is expected to push for a lengthy suspension of Watson, whose representatives have settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against Watson.

The NFLPA will defend Watson during the hearing.

Robinson spent more than 25 years (1991-2017) as a member of Delaware's district court.

After Robinson makes a ruling, Watson will have the option to appeal any punishment.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could rule on Watson's appeal or allow an independent arbitrator to make a decision.

Watson has denied the accusations on multiple occasions.

The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans in a trade in March and gave him $230 million in guaranteed money on a five-year deal. Watson didn't play in 2021 after requesting to be traded from the Texans.