The Browns signed, then didn’t sign and then did sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks

jets_052On Sunday Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Mychal Kendricks had signed with the Browns. This was all well and good until Kendricks heard the news.

Kendricks also didn’t use the most work safe language when asked to comment on the report.

That probably made the official news later that day that the Browns have in fact signed Kendricks to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, a little more awkward.

It is very hard to tell why Kendricks would be so upset with the fact his deal was apparently leaked early. Some thought it was the idea that he would even play for the Browns, but that clearly can’t be the case if he decided to play for them.

The Rams pushed all the chips to the center of the table with the offseason acquisitions of Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, but Donald will remain the most important part of Los Angeles’ D. Donald has been one of the best defensive linemen in football for years now, but general manager Les Snead’s offseason haul has the potential to take Donald’s game to another level. Suh’s arrival, in particular, as an elite space-eating nose tackle should free up Donald to attack the quarterback in a way he’s never done before. Donald is already in a class of his own as an interior pass rusher — this could be the year he reaches his statistical apex. It’s a scary thought.

With all the offensive upgrades this season running back Saquon Barkley, left tackle Nate Solder, Hernandez the Giants expect Manning to bounce back to form after several down seasons.

We can win with him, Giants co-owner John Mara said of Manning. Objectively, Dave [Gettleman] and Pat both said he can still play.

Here’s the reminder that rookie running backs hit the ground, well, running in the NFL. Players at other positions might need a few years to reach the height of their powers, but a tailback could give you the best season of his career in Year 1. Which brings us to Barkley, the most talked-up running back prospect in the league since Reggie Bush. Barkley is a true do-it-all back who immediately makes the Giants better, both in the rushing and passing games. Giants GM Dave Gettleman said he was looking at a transformational talent with the second overall pick — Barkley checks every box. This should be fun.

Oliver Vernon won’t kneel for anthem, possibly will stay in locker room

jets_049Throughout the 2017 season, Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon took a knee during the national anthem. In 2018, he won’t.

I mean, I ain’t trying to get fined, Vernon said Saturday at Landon Collins’ celebrity softball game, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. So no.

Poncedeleon knows the injury, which could have ended his career, remains a big topic for everyone.

That’s long gone for me, he said. I was hoping everyone would forget about it and notice me as [a] pitcher and not a guy who got hit in the head. The dent will always be there. But it’s not going to define me.

John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, is pleased about the happy ending to Poncedeleon’s story.

The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.

Yeah, I’m going to prove it, Butler said, via That’s why I came here. I definitely didn’t come to not be on the field with Larry. But it’s not going to be given to me.

Butler’s limited starts leave him in a similar boat as his competition. J.J. Nelson and Cobi Hamilton have made occasional starts, Chad Williams made one as a rookie last year and Christian Kirk was drafted this year, so someone’s going to be getting a lot more experience as a first-teamer even if Butler fails to deliver

Clark is best known for pulling in the winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 1982 conference championship game. The play led the 49ers to a victory over the Cowboys and became known simply as The Catch.

Clark first began experiencing symptoms of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in September 2015, according to a report by NBC Sports . He publicly announced he was battling the disease in March 2017.

Giants’ Saquon Barkley Week 2 OTAs highlights

jets_050Whenever Odell Beckham is fully healthy, the Giants are going to have the NFL’s most buzzworthy practices.

Beckham already is a practice phenom, with his one-handed catches during pregame warmups causing a spectacle. And rookie first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley’s hype train is heading in that direction.

Teammates already are impressed.

He’s a guy that can play ball, veteran guard Patrick Omameh said. He’s shown that at the college level and now he’s going to get a chance to prove it at the pro level. We’ve got all the faith in the world in him. Very confident that he can get the job done and our team is going to be better for it.

I think when you hear about going into this year and this winter and in the past about Gleyber being one of the best prospects in the game, I think a lot of people would talk about the intangible element and I think he has that. So I really don’t worry about when storms come with him. We’ll walk alongside him and deal with things as they come as best we can, but I feel like he’s really equipped to handle things.

The Green Bay Packers have padded their offensive line.

The team announced Wednesday that Byron Bell has been signed to an undisclosed deal.

The 29-year-old Bell spent last season as a backup to All-Pro Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, playing 243 snaps on the year.

Bell’s biggest workload came early in his career as a four-year starting tackle for the Panthers from 2011 to 2014. He joined the Titans in 2015, but hasn’t been the same since missing the 2016 campaign with an ankle injury.