Chris Long Retires, a Legend Praises Saquon Barkley, and More

The big story of the weekend so far is the retirement of Chris Long. Long has been one of the more active and progressive voices in the league, especially over the last five years, and he has been even better off the field than he has been on the field. He was the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2018, and he donated his entire 2017 salary to a different charity every week.

Chris Long played in the NFL for 11 seasons after being drafted No. 2 overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2008. He was a two-time Super Bowl winner as a member of the 2016 New England Patriots and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, and he had hinted that he could retire at the end of last season.

Tiki Barber is the latest NFL veteran to heap praise on Saquon Barkley. Barber recently said that his team records don’t stand a chance of holding up if Barkley remains with the team, and it’s hard to argue against that sentiment barring injury. Barkley led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage in 2018.

Gregg Rosenthal has projected the starters for every NFL team ahead of the 2019 season, and although there are sure to be some surprises, this is a good indication of where things stand at this point in the offseason. Fantasy football aficionados will be sure to scrutinize this list over the next couple months.

After some of his recent comments, there had been speculation that Dabo Swinney could eventually coach in the NFL. Doug Farrar throws cold water on that theory in this article. Swinney doesn’t really make sense in the NFL, and he never has been an NFL coach.

Top Stories

  • Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long announces retirement from NFL in Twitter post | USA Today
  • Tiki Barber: ‘If Saquon Barkley stays with Giants, my records don’t have a chance’ | How much will improved OL help | NJ
  • NFC West projected starters: Arizona Cardinals ooze intrigue | NFL
  • Despite his wrong-headed threats, Dabo Swinney will never coach in the NFL | Touchdown Wire

Written by Jonathan Willis

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