2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Month

2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Month

During the off-season it can be tough to keep up with the ever changing NFL landscape. This recap can be used as a reference anytime to quickly track free agency moves and injuries of your favorite fantasy players and NFL teams off-season changes.

Check back when it’s convenient for you. I’ll update this article daily staying on top of the news and injuries so you don’t have to.

The recap is sorted by month so you can start with the most relevant time you missed. If you want it sorted by NFL team check out the “2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Team.”


March

  • Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.
  • The Detroit Lions trade cornerback Darius Slay to Philadelphia in exchange for a third and fifth-round draft pick. Slay and the Eagles then reach a three-year deal worth $50 million with $30 million guaranteed. Darius Slay is now the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. Hopefully this helps sure up the Philadelphia’s horrible pass defense from last season. It could make for a difficult landscape for wide receiver in the NFC East for the next couple of seasons.
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor signs a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders for $1.0475 million.
  • Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signs a two-year $16 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. He’ll be the number two wide receiver behind star Michael Thomas.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers sign former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year $12 million contract. He will battle it out with Vance McDonald for the starting tight end job.
  • Former Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin signs a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $42 million with $30 million guaranteed. Conklin could have a huge positive impact on the Browns running game for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Adversely the Titans loss might negatively impact running back Derrick Henry.
  • Legendary 42 year old quarterback Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots after 20 seasons to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in 9 Super Bowls with the Patriots winning 6.
  • Minnesota Vikings trade Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for a first, fifth, sixth, and seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft along with a 2021 fourth-round pick.
  • Former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon signs a two year $16 million deal with division rival Denver Broncos. $13.5 million of the contract is guaranteed.
  • Atlanta Falcons release two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman after six seasons with the team.
  • The Los Angeles Rams cut running back Todd Gurley. He signs a one year deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $6 million.
  • Tennessee Titans place the non-exclusive $10 million franchise tag on last seasons NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.
  • The Tennessee Titans sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a 4 year extension worth $118 million with $62 million guaranteed.
  • Running back Kenyan Drake signs his transition tag tender with the Arizona Cardinals. If a multi-year deal can’t be reached then Drake will play on a one-year $8.4 million contract.
  • The Carolina Panthers sign former New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a 3 year $63 million deal with $40 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. Taysom Hill is now considered the backup quarterback to Drew Brees.
  • The Carolina Panthers have given 31 year old quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade after signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
  • After nine seasons the Panthers release Cam Newton. He is recovering from Lisfranc left foot surgery he underwent in December 2019. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 NFL season.
  • The Kansas Chiefs sign running back Damien Williams to a two year extension worth $8.1 million.
  • The Green Bay Packers release tight end Jimmy Graham. He then signs a two-year deal worth $16 million with the rival Chicago Bears. $9 million of the contract is guaranteed.
    Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper signs a 4 year $44 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.
  • The Chicago Bears trade a compensatory fourth round draft pick to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles.
  • Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers signs a one year $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Houston Texans trade wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a second, and fourth round pick. Reports are that Hopkins and head coach Bill O’Brien had their differences and Hopkins was upset with his current contract with the Texans.
  • The Cowboys placed the exclusive franchise tag worth $33 million on quarterback Dak Prescott. Dallas has until the July 15 deadline to workout a multiyear contract. If they don’t he will play the 2020 NFL season under the franchise tag.
  • The Dallas Cowboys re-sign Amari Cooper to a five-year $100 million deal with $60 million guaranteed. Making him the second-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
  • The San Francisco 49ers trade defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first round draft pick. Buckner and the Colts then reach a four-year deal worth $84 million with $39 million guaranteed.
  • Former 38 year old Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s a one-year $4 million deal with $3.5 million guaranteed.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin resigns with the Dallas Cowboys on a four-year $24.25 million deal with $9.25 million in guarantees.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals placed the franchise tag worth $18 million on 31-year-old wide receiver A.J. Green. He missed the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury, and seven games in the 2018 NFL season.
  • Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones agrees to a five year $82.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. $57 million of the contract is guaranteed making him one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL.
  • Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota signs a two-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders worth $17.6 million with $7.5 million guaranteed. The contract has loads of incentives that could make the max value of the deal $37.5 million.
  • Former Denver Bronco four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. signs a two-year $20 million deal with the rival Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard signs a two year $10 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.
  • Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb signs a three-year $27 million deal with the Houston Texans. $18.75 million is guaranteed.
  • The New Orleans Saints extend a $5 million first-round tender to quarterback Taysom Hill. Some consider him to be Drew Brees successor when he retires, and future franchise quarterback of the Saints.
  • The Cleveland Browns extend a second round tender to running back Kareem Hunt.
  • The Cleveland Browns sign former Washington Redskin quarterback Case Keenum to a 3 year $18 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars extend a $3.25 million second round tender to wide receiver Keelan Cole.
  • Carolina Panthers signs former Cincinnati Bengal right guard John Miller to a one-year $4 million deal.
  • The Tennessee Titans release running back Dion Lewis after two seasons. Lewis then signs a one-year deal with the New York Giants to backup star running back Saquon Barkley.
  • The Tennessee Titans have released tight end Delanie Walker after seven seasons with the team.
  • The Seattle Seahawks extend a $3.25 million second round tender to tight end Jacob Hollister.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals release cornerback B.W. Webb
  • The Carolina Panthers signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one year deal. Allen started 12 games last season backing up the injured Cam Newton.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers sign running back Austin Ekeler to a four year $24.5 million contract.
  • The Denver Broncos trade a fourth-round draft pick to acquire 2017 Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers trade Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers for Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner.

February

  • Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Rashaad Penny is likely to start training camp on the PUP List. Penny torn his ACL last season in Week 14 and is recovering from surgery to repair it.
  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola resigns with the team on a one year deal.
  • The New York Jets sign former Washington Redskin wide receiver Josh Doctson.
  • Drew Brees announced he will return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 NFL season.
  • The Washington Redskins have exercise their 2020 option on 35 year old running back Adrian Peterson’s contract. Peterson will make $2.3 million in 2020.
  • The Seattle Seahawks signs tight end Greg Olsen to a one year deal paying him $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed.
  • Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was cleared from the concussion protocol after missing the entire 2019 NFL regular season. The next day the Redskins released the tight end.
  • The Los Angeles Rams have promoted Sophie Luoto to Director of Football Operations making her the highest position held by a woman in the organization’s history.
  • Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson was arrested near the U.S. and Mexico border in possession of 157 pounds of marijuana. He was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Robinson could face up to 20 years in prison.
  • The Washington Redskins release cornerback Josh Norman after four seasons with the team.
  • Philadelphia Eagles won’t hire an offensive coordinator after firing offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch in January. Head coach Doug Pederson will continue to call the plays for the team.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had his knee scoped to repair a torn meniscus. He also underwent Lasik eye surgery to correct his nearsightedness. He lead the NFL last season in interceptions thrown with 30. Only time will tell if this change in eye sight makes a difference in play.
    The NFL reinstated #1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft defensive end Myles Garrett. He had been suspended indefinitely for tearing off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him in the head with it.
  • The Chargers have decided to move on from 38 year old quarterback Philip Rivers after 16 seasons with the organization.
  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry underwent hip surgery. The recovery timetable is 6-8 months. Landry is eyeing a return by training camp in August. He expects to be ready for the 2020 NFL season. Landry has not missed a game in his NFL career.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV defeating the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Patrick Mahomes wins the Super Bowl MVP award.

January

  • The Carolina Panthers and tight end Greg Olsen mutually agree to part ways after nine seasons with the team.
  • Kareem Hunt was stopped and cited for speeding in Ohio. The video footage on the police officers dash cam shows Hunt admitting during the traffic stop that he would not pass a NFL drug test. The officer also found and confiscated an open bottle of vodka and weed in Hunt‘s vehicle.
  • Cleveland Browns hires former Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt as their new offensive coordinator.
  • Vikings officially name Gary Kubiak as their offensive coordinator and Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer as co-defensive coordinators.
  • Former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was hired as offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • The Browns hire Bill Callahan as their offensive line coach. He is considered one of the top O-Line coaches in the NFL. This could have a big positive impact on Cleveland’s running game including fantasy football players Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
  • Tevin Coleman suffers a dislocated shoulder in the NFC Championship Game.
  • New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement from football after 16 NFL seasons.
  • Philadelphia Eagles fire offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch. The firing came a day after head coach Doug Pederson said in a press conference that both coaches would come back for the 2020 NFL season.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
  • The Chicago Bears hire John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach.
  • The Chicago Bears hire Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.
  • The New York Giants hire former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator.
  • Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announces his retirement from football.
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills on vandalism charges.
  • The Cleveland Browns name former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the teams new head coach. He replaces Freddie Kitchens as the Browns new head coach.
  • Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has been hired as the New York Giants tight end coach.
  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces controversy after slapping a cop’s butt in the locker room celebration following LSU victory in the National Championship Game.
  • The Washington Redskins hire fired Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera as their next head coach. Rivera replaces Jay Gruden who Washington fired in October after the team got off to a 0-5 start. Jay Gruden was then hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • The Washington Redskins hire Scott Turner as their next offensive coordinator. He is the son of longtime NFL coach Norv Turner. Scott Turner previously coached with Ron Rivera and his father in Carolina.
  • The New York Giants hire Joe Judge as their 19th head coach. Judge has been coaching with the New England Patriots for the last 8 seasons. In 2019 he served as the Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.
  • The Cowboys fire Jason Garrett after nine years as head coach in Dallas.
  • The Panthers hire former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady to replace Norv Turner as their next offensive coordinator. Joe Brady helped lead LSU to a National Championship and was named “The Top Assistant in College Football” last season. Before working at LSU Brady worked as offensive assistant under Sean Payton for two season with the New Orleans Saints. His previous relationship with Teddy Bridgewater may prove to be very valuable with NFL teams off-season’s disrupted by the corona virus.
  • The Dallas Cowboys hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as the franchise’s next head coach.  They will keep Kellen Moore as the teams offensive coordinator.
  • The Carolina Panthers name former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule as their next head coach.
  • Broncos fire offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.
  • Former New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was hired as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is reported being seen in a full cast on his right hand. He injured his right thumb during the 2019 regular season.
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