2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Team

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2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Team

During the off-season it can be tough to keep up with the ever changing NFL landscape. That’s why I created this recap. It 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 tracker is sorted by NFL team so you can quickly start with the team your most interested in. If you want it sorted by time check out the “2020 NFL Injuries and News Recap by Month.”


Arizona Cardinals

David Johnson (Running Back)
  • (March) Arizona trades running back David Johnson, a second, and fourth round pick to the Houston Texans for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
DeAndre Hopkins (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Arizona trades running back David Johnson, a second, and fourth round pick to the Houston Texans for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Reports are that Hopkins and head coach Bill O’Brien had their differences and Hopkins was upset with his current contract with the Texans.
Kenyan Drake (Running Back)
  • (March) 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.

Atlanta Falcons

    • Austin Hooper (Tight End)

(March) Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper signs a 4 year $44 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Devonta Freeman (Running Back)
  • (March) Atlanta releases two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman after six seasons with the team.
Todd Gurley (Running Back)
  • (March) Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley signs a one year deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $6 million.

Buffalo Bills

Stefon Diggs (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Buffalo trades a first, fifth, sixth, and seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft along with a 2021 fourth-round pick for former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

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Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
  • (March) 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.
  • (March) After signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a $63 million deal the Carolina Panthers have given 31 year old quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade.
Coaches
  • (January) The Carolina Panthers name former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule as their next head coach.  Rhule replaces Ron Rivera who the Panthers fired in December after nine seasons with the team. Ron Rivera was then hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins.
  • (January) 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.
Greg Olsen (Tight End)
  • (January) The Carolina Panthers and Greg Olsen mutually agree to part ways after nine seasons with the team.
John Miller (Right Guard)
  • (March) Carolina signs former Cincinnati Bengal right guard John Miller to a one-year $4 million deal.
Kyle Allen (Quarterback)
  • (March) The Carolina Panthers signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one year deal. Allen started 12 games last season backing up the injured Cam Newton.
  • Luke Kuechly (Linebacker)
  • (January) Luke Kuechly announces his retirement from football.
Robby Anderson (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Russell Okung (Left Tackle)
  • (March) Carolina trades Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers for Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung. They essentially swap offensive lineman.
Teddy Bridgewater (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.

Chicago Bears

Coaches
  • (January) Chicago hires Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.
  • (January) Bears hire John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach.
Jimmy Graham (Tight End)
  • (March) The Bears sign Ex-Green Bay Packer tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year deal worth $16 million with $9 million guaranteed.
Nick Foles (Quarterback)
  • (March) The Bears trade a compensatory fourth round draft pick to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles.

Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) The 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.
B.W. Webb (Cornerback)
  • (March) The Bengals release cornerback B.W. Webb
John Miller (Right Guard)
  • (March) Cincinnati releases right guard John Miller.

Cleveland Browns

Austin Hooper (Tight End)
  • (March) Cleveland signs former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to a 4 year $44 million deal with $23 million guaranteed.
Case Keenum (Quarterback)
  • (March) The Browns sign former Washington Redskin quarterback Case Keenum to a 3 year $18 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.
Coaches
  • (January) The Cleveland Browns name former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the teams new head coach.
  • (January) Cleveland hires former Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt as their new offensive coordinator.
  • (January) 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 players Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Greg Robinson (Offensive Tackle)
  • (February) 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.
Jack Conklin (Right Tackle)
  • (March) 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 running game for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Jarvis Landry (Wide Receiver)
  • (February) 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.
  • Myles Garrett (Defensive End)
    • (February) The NFL reinstated #1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft Myles Garrett. He had been suspended indefinitely for tearing off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him in the head with it.

 

Kareem Hunt (Running Back)
  • (March) The Cleveland Browns extend a second round tender to running back Kareem Hunt.
  • (January) 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.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. (Wide Receiver)
  • (January) Odell Beckham Jr. underwent core surgery to repair a hip and groin injury.
  • (January) Beckham faced controversy after slapping a cop’s butt in the locker room celebration following LSU victory in the National Championship Game. An arrested warrant was issued, but later was rescinded.

Dallas Cowboys

Amari Cooper (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) The 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.
Blake Jarwin (Tight End)
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin resigns with the Dallas Cowboys on a four-year $24.25 million deal with $9.25 million in guarantees.
Byron Jones (Cornerback)
  • (March) 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.
Coaches
  • (January) The Cowboys fire Jason Garrett after nine years as head coach.
  • (January) 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.
Dak Prescott (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.
Jason Witten (Tight End)
  • (March) 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.
Randall Cobb (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Randall Cobb moves on from the Dallas Cowboys and signs a three-year $27 million deal with the Houston Texans.

Detroit Lions

Danny Amendola (Wide Receiver)
  • (February) Danny Amendola resigns with the team on a one year deal.
Darius Slay (Cornerback)
  • (March) The Lions trade cornerback Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a third and fifth-round Draft pick.

Denver Broncos

A.J. Bouye (Cornerback)
  • (March) The Broncos trade a fourth-round draft pick for 2017 Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye. He is entering his eighth NFL season.
Coaches
  • (January) Broncos fire offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.
  • (January) Former New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was hired as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
Melvin Gordon (Running Back)
  • (March) The Denver Broncos sign former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon to a two year $16 million deal. $13.5 million of the contract is guaranteed.

Green Bay Packers

Jimmy Graham (Tight End)
  • (March) The Packers release tight end Jimmy Graham. He then signs a two-year deal worth $16 million with the rival Chicago Bears. $9 million is guaranteed.

Houston Texans

David Johnson (Running Back)
  • (March) The Arizona Cardinals trade running back David Johnson, a second, and fourth round pick to the Houston Texans for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
DeAndre Hopkins (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Houston trades 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.
Randall Cobb (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb signs a three-year $27 million deal with the Houston Texans. $18.75 million is guaranteed.

Indianapolis Colts

DeForest Buckner (Defensive Tackle)
  • (March) 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.
Eric Ebron (Tight End)
  • (March) The Pittsburgh Steelers sign former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron to a two-year $12 million contract.
Philip Rivers (Quarterback)
  • (March) Indianapolis signs former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to a one year $25 million deal.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A.J. Bouye (Cornerback)
  • (March) The Jaquars trade 2017 Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round draft pick.
Coaches
  • (January) Jacksonville fires offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
  • (January) Former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was hired as offensive coordinator for the Jaguars.
Keelan Cole (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) The Jaguars extend a $3.25 million second round tender to wide receiver Keelan Cole.
Nick Foles (Quarterback)
  • (March) Jacksonville trades quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth round draft pick.

Kansas City Chiefs

Damien Williams (Running Back)
  • (March) The Chiefs sign running back Damien Williams to a two year extension worth $8.1 million.
Team
  • (February) The Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV defeating the San Francisco 49ers.
Patrick Mahomes (Quarterback)
  • (February) Mahomes wins the Super Bowl MVP award.

Las Vegas Raiders

Jason Witten (Tight End)
  • (March) The Raiders have signed 38 year old former Dallas Cowboy tight end Jason Witten to a one-year $4 million deal with $3.5 million guaranteed.
Marcus Mariota (Quarterback)
  • (March) The Las Vegas Raiders signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota to a two-year deal 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.
Nelson Agholor (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor signs a one-year contract with the Raiders for $1.0475 million.

Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler (Running Back)
  • (March) The Chargers sign running back Austin Ekeler to a four year $24.5 million contract.
Chris Harris Jr. (Cornerback)
  • (March) Former Denver Bronco four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr. signs a two-year $20 million deal with the rival Chargers.
Melvin Gordon (Running Back)
  • (March) Former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon signs a two year $16 million deal with division rival Denver Broncos.
Philip Rivers (Quarterback)
  • (March) Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers signs a one year $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • (February) The Chargers have decided to move on from 38 year old quarterback Philip Rivers after 16 seasons with the organization.
Trai Turner (Guard)
  • (March) Carolina Panthers trade Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to the Chargers for Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung. They essentially swap offensive lineman.

Los Angeles Rams

Coaches
  • (February) The Rams have promoted Sophie Luoto to Director of Football Operations making her the highest position held by a woman in the Rams organization’s history.
Todd Gurley (Running Back)
  • (March) The Los Angeles Rams cut running back Todd Gurley. He signs a one year deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $6 million.

Miami Dolphins

Byron Jones (Cornerback)
  • (March) 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.
Jordan Howard (Running Back)
  • (March) Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard signs a two year $10 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.

Minnesota Vikings

Coaches
  • (January) The Vikings officially name Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator. He replaces Kevin Stefanski who accepted the Cleveland Browns head coaching position.
  • (January) Minnesota announces Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer as co-defensive coordinators.
Stefon Diggs (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Minnesota trades 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.

New England Patriots

Julian Edelman (Wide Receiver)
  • (January) Julian Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills on vandalism charges.
Tom Brady (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees (Quarterback)
  • (February) Brees announced he will return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 NFL season.
Emmanuel Sanders (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former San Francisco wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signs a two-year $16 million deal with the Saints. He’ll be the number two wide receiver behind star Michael Thomas.
Taysom Hill (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.
Teddy Bridgewater (Quarterback)
  • (March) Former New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater signs a 3 year $63 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. $40 million is guaranteed over the next two seasons. Taysom Hill is now considered the backup quarterback to Drew Brees.

New York Giants

Coaches
  • (January) 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.
  • (January) The New York Giants hire former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator.
  • (January) Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has been hired as the New York Giants tight end coach.
Dion Lewis (Running Back)
  • Former Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis signs a one-year deal with the Giants to backup star running back Saquon Barkley.
Eli Manning (Quarterback)
  • (January) Quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement from football after 16 NFL seasons.

New York Jets

Josh Doctson (Wide Receiver)
  • (February) The Jets sign former Washington Redskin wide receiver Josh Doctson.
Robby Anderson (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson agreed to a two-year $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Philadelphia Eagles

Coaches
  • (January) Philadelphia fires offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch. The firing came a day after Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in a press conference that both coaches would come back for the 2020 NFL season.
  • (February) Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson will continue to call the plays for the team and the Eagles won’t hire an offensive coordinator.
Darius Slay (Cornerback)
  • (March) 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.
Jordan Howard (Running Back)
  • (March) Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard signs a two year $10 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Nelson Agholor (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor signs a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders for $1.0475 million.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Eric Ebron (Tight End)
  • (March) The 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.

San Francisco 49ers

DeForest Buckner (Defensive Tackle)
  • (March) The San Francisco 49ers trade defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first round draft pick.
Emmanuel Sanders (Wide Receiver)
  • (March) Former 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signs a two-year $16 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Tevin Coleman (Running Back)
  • (January) Tevin Coleman suffers a dislocated shoulder in the NFC Championship game.

Seattle Seahawks

Greg Olsen (Tight End)
  • (February) Seattle signs tight end Greg Olsen to a one year deal paying him $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed.
Jacob Hollister (Tight End)
  • (March) The Seahawks extend a $3.25 million second round tender to tight end Jacob Hollister.
Rashaad Penny (Running Back)
  • (February) 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.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston (Quarterback)
  • (February) 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.
  • (January) Winston is reported being seen in a full cast on his right hand. He injured his right thumb during the 2019 regular season.
Tom Brady (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry (Running Back)
  • (March) Tennessee places the non-exclusive $10 million franchise tag on last seasons NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.
Delanie Walker (Tight End)
  • (March) The Titans have released tight end Delanie Walker after seven seasons with the team.
Dion Lewis (Running Back)
  • (March) 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.
Jack Conklin (Right Tackle)
  • (March) Former Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin signs a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $42 million. The loss of Conklin could have a negative impact on the Titans running game and Derrick Henry.
Marcus Mariota (Quarterback)
  • (March) 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.
Ryan Tannehill (Quarterback)
  • (March) The Titans sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a 4 year extension worth $118 million with $62 million guaranteed.

Washington Redskins

Coaches
  • (January) 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.
  • (January) Washington hires 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.
Adrian Peterson (Running Back)
  • (February) 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.
Case Keenum (Quarterback)
  • (March) Former Washington Redskin quarterback Case Keenum signs a 3 year $18 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Jordan Reed (Tight End)
  • (February) 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.
Josh Norman (Cornerback)
  • (February) The Redskins release cornerback Josh Norman after four seasons with the team.
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