2018 Pro Football News

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During the 2018 calendar year, get all of the latest news and updates from every professional football league worldwide. This year, we will be adding Canadian Football and Arena Football to our coverage. 

Pro Football News: January 12th, 2018

 Tennessee Titans: ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe predicts Demarco Murray has played his last season with Tennessee

  • It has been a tough conclusion of the 2017 season for DeMarco Murray as he sustained a torn MCL which cost him the Wild Card game vs. Kansas City and now the Divisional Round vs. New England. DeMarco Murray had a disappointing 2017 season as he averaged 3.6 yards per attempt (matching his 2015 season with Philadelphia), 659 rushing yards (career low) and 6 rushing touchdowns. With DeMarco Murray aging and injuries starting to develop the Titans are preparing to officially give the bulk of the carries to Derrick Henry for the remainder of the postseason and beyond. DeMarco Murray currently carries a $6.25 million dollar contract in 2018 but could be off the hook from it this offseason. The Titans could look into the NFL Draft to find their backup to Henry for 2018. (Source: Cameron Wolfe)

 Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys receiver Brice Butler prepared to move on if not starter in 2018

  • In an interview with Skip Bayless on FOX Sports 1, Brice Butler said that he would return to Dallas in 2018 if he is promised a starting role with the team. Active for 13 games in 2017, Brice Butler became a big factor in the Cowboys receiving game as he caught 15 receptions for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns. Capable of so much more, Butler could have a hard time finding that starting gig should Dez Bryant return, Craig Beasley being around and Terrance Williams contract being to much just for him to sit on the bench. Should all these fall into place, it will be best for Butler to test the market and look for a home that will give him such playing time as a starter. Brice Butler could get playing time with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers should they have interest this offseason. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Football News: January 4th, 2018

 Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers uncertain about Antonio Gates future with the team

  • In an interview with NBC7 San Diego, Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that he does not have an answer right now in regards to Antonio Gates future with the team. Antonio Gates saw very minimal playing time in 2017 but was forced into the starting role when Hunter Henry went down with his laceration injury in the team’s loss to Kansas City in week 15. In the time he played, Gates caught 30 receptions for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. At this point, only time will tell if Gates is willing to play another season as the backup to Hunter Henry or ride off into the sunset of his already Hall of Fame career. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Pro Football News: January 2nd, 2018

 Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback Carson Palmer announces retirement from the NFL

  • After an injury-plagued 2017 season, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement from the National Football League. Carson Palmer, 38, was the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals where he spent 8 seasons with playing under Marvin Lewis. After spending 8-seasons with Cincinnati, Carson Palmer was later traded to Oakland where he will spend two seasons with before finishing up his final five years with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are going into a must rebuild mode now as they just lost their starting quarterback and head coach Bruce Arians in all within a day or so from each other. Carson Palmer finishes his career 12th in career passing yards at 46,257 and 12th in passing touchdowns with 247. The Cardinals will now shift their focus on drafting a new franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft as quarterbacks like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield are all draft bound.

Pro Football News: December 31st, 2017

 Oakland Raiders: Raiders fire head coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

  • What a step-back it was for Oakland in 2017, 12-4 in 2016 and 6-10 in 2017, Raiders decided to move on from Jack Del Rio after today’s loss to the Chargers. Jack Del Rio joined the Oakland Raiders in 2015 after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and coaching one of the leagues dominate defenses at the time in Denver. Del Rio’s time with Oakland was up and down to put it clearly. Jack Del Rio signed a four-year contract extension back in February after coming off his best head coaching season since 2007 with a 12-4 season but 2017’s downward year and disappointing outings from the team’s defense and at-times the offense and also with the possible addition of John Gruden, Del Rio was let go. The Oakland Raiders are expected to be all in on John Gruden this offseason as earlier this week the Raiders are willing to give Gruden a part of ownership should join the Raiders for 2018.

 Indianapolis Colts: Colts fire head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons

  • After six seasons spent with the Indianapolis Colts, the team has officially fired Chuck Pagano. In his first three seasons with the Colts, Pagano, lead the Colts to back-to-back-to-back 11-5 seasons winning the AFC South in 2013 and 2014. In the last three seasons, the Colts have taken steps back and 2017 was one of the worst seasons the Colts had during the Pagano Era (4-12, last in the division). Chuck Pagano ends his six-year tenure with the Colts with a 53-43 record. Pagano could quite possibly get looks at being a coordinator this off-season but now only time and interest will tell.