Trading for Chris Jones? The sad reality of the situation

Chris Jones still hasn’t signed his franchise tender

In light of Patrick Mahomes’ record breaking contract, many have wondered what it means for Chris Jones’ future. He hasn’t signed his franchise tag tender and has even threatened to ‘do a Le’Veon Bell’ (presumably that means holding out, losing millions and ruining his career?).

Considering Seattle’s tragic need for defensive line reinforcements — predictably this has led some to question whether a trade is possible. After all — you can’t pay everyone and Kansas City is no longer a team benefiting from a quarterback on a rookie contract.

Even so — a trade is, unfortunately, highly unlikely for several reasons…

1. The Chiefs salary cap situation

Kansas City has done a remarkable job managing their salary cap over the last few years. Despite paying numerous big name players, trading for the likes of Frank Clark and keeping together their core group — they still have a healthy outlook for the future.

Following Mahomes’ extension they are now left with an estimated $22m in cap space for 2021. By 2022 they are projected to have $111m available — although this doesn’t include Mahomes’ salary. On top of this, they can create more cap space next year by cutting Tyrann Mathieu ($15m) and Alex Okafor ($6m).

If they want to sign Jones to a new contract, nothing is preventing them from doing so over the next few years. They have the cap space even with Mahomes’ big contract coming into effect. They have no pressure to trade him from a financial perspective.

2. The way they structure contracts

The Chiefs, unlike the Seahawks, were willing to make Frank Clark one of the highest paid defensive ends in the league. His contract is worth an average of $20.8m a year. The structure of the deal, however, gives them great flexibility and manageable control for the future.

Clark’s year-one cap hit in 2019 was just $6.5m. That was necessary given the cap pressure the Chiefs felt last year. His cap hit rises to $19.3m in 2020 and $25.8m in 2021. After that — they can easily get out of the contract if needed.

It’s basically only a three-year commitment to Clark. If he continues to perform at a high level — by 2022 a cap hit of $26.3m could present reasonable market value. If not, they can cut or trade him and save $13.4m as he turns 29 (and could still have some trade value).

Why is this important? If the Chiefs wanted to pay Chris Jones a similar salary, they would almost certainly structure the deal in the same way. They could lower his initial cap hit into the $6-10m range in 2021 and then back-load the deal. It could be a three year commitment, set up to be most expensive when Clark’s deal provides an out in 2022. By then they can make a call on Clark and it provides a very realistic opportunity for Kansas City to save money on their D-line if needed.

3. Why would the Chiefs trade him?

Because they are in relative cap health even with Mahomes’ new contract — all of the bargaining power lies with the Chiefs. All Jones can do is, as suggested, pull a Le’Veon Bell. I’m not sure using the worst negotiating tactic in the history of the NFL is going to sway a well run organisation.

Presumably Jones will not go down that route and the worst case scenario is he will play on the franchise tag. That would give the Chiefs an opportunity to try and win another Super Bowl in 2020 with the same core group that won a title in 2019.

After the season, the Chiefs can afford to franchise him again if needs be — even if it’s merely a precursor to a trade. Or they could just let him walk as a free agent. At the end of the day, trading him away arguably isn’t worth it if you’re harming your chances of winning a Super Bowl in 2020.

They’re not going to give him away like the Texans did with Jadeveon Clowney. We also know a lot more about Clowney now than we did a year ago. His free agency experience casts the trade in a completely different light. Nobody wants to pay him. The Texans, clearly, didn’t have a rich market for his services a year ago and took what they could. Whether that’s down to Clowney the person or his injury history — we can’t compare that situation to Jones.

In order to make a deal with the Chiefs you’d have to make it worth their while. What is the price of a major impact on your chances of winning a Championship this year?

4. Time is running out

July 15th is the deadline for a tagged player to sign a long term deal. After that date, he can’t discuss an extension until the end of the league year. That means if the Seahawks wanted to trade for him and extend his contract — they’d need to do it in the next seven days. Otherwise the best they could hope for is a rental situation.

You might argue that a rental would be fine. However, there are two big problems. Firstly, the Seahawks don’t have the cap space to absorb a $16m cap hit this year. That’s how much Jones is due on the franchise tag. If you rent him, you’d need the Chiefs to be willing to pay a decent chunk of his salary — just like the Texans did with Clowney. That doesn’t seem very realistic.

Secondly, it again comes down to Kansas City’s motivation to move him. The Texans clearly had a better grasp on Clowney’s situation than most gave them credit for. Had Clowney not been traded a year ago, the Texans wouldn’t have received a third round comp pick like everyone expected. By dealing him, they got something instead of nothing for a player the league isn’t that high on (for whatever reason).

Jones’ situation is different. There’s no reason to think he would also face a similar market next year. Thus the worst case scenario for the Chiefs is a decent comp pick down the line. Again — if you want to rent Chris Jones for a season it’s probably going to cost a higher pick. Otherwise, why would the Chiefs dent their chances of another Championship?

The most likely scenario for a trade was a deal that enabled another team to pay a high price in terms of picks, then extend his contract. You’ve only got seven days to sort that out.

The only other possible situation would be to make a trade after July 15th and then convince Jones to play on the tag in 2020 without having to guarantee you won’t tag him again next year. That seems implausible. Jones would surely threaten to hold out, scuppering any trade. Franchising him a second time would cost $19m — a not unreasonable amount compared to his peers. Yet he’s unlikely to go along with that arrangement ($16m in 2020, $19m in 2021) when he will be seeking a salary worth $23m a year.

5. Jones will want a mega contract

The Seahawks have so far refused to pay Frank Clark and Jadeveon Clowney. Is it realistic that they’d be willing to pay Chris Jones the kind of money he will want?

He’s well within his rights to ask for Aaron Donald money ($22.5m a year). Are the Seahawks really going to turn over high draft picks and a contract like that?

Furthermore — the likes of Donald and Khalil Mack were blue-chip players taken very early in the draft. Their physical profiles were elite. So was their production.

Jones has done a superb job producing consistently in the NFL despite a so-so college career. Yet he was also an early second round pick for a reason. He doesn’t possess the kind of physical profile of Donald or Mack. The light turned on in the NFL — but we’ve also seen him coast through a spell at Mississippi State.

Can you say with any great confidence that his production will continue if he’s earning $22.5m a year (or more)? Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Chiefs have so far been reluctant to commit that much money to him on a long term extension?

It’s a nice thought to consider the Seahawks adding the kind of dynamic interior pass rusher they desperately need. If the Chiefs were willing to make a trade that included Seattle’s 2021 first round pick — it should be considered (provided a long term deal could be agreed). Next years draft class looks top heavy and light on D-line talent. The pass rush appears set to hold this team back from being a serious contender next season. Any opportunity to rectify that situation should be acted on.

There’s just too many obstacles — the price, the lack of motivation to deal him, the cost to the Chiefs in 2020. Seattle has essentially made its bed this year and short of being able to add a cheap defensive tackle or one of the two troubled receivers everyone’s talking about — they really don’t have the scope to do much more.

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  1. Georgia Hawk

    Ugh, this really puts into perspective how little (NOTHING) Seattle has to show for thier off season spending spree. $60m of cap space….for what? I truly dont get it. Holes still abound, though by golly we got 47 interior OL guys and 16 TEs ready to go!

    The “prize” of the off season may not even get to play this year, the one must re-sign guy is still unemployed, holes that opened up when other guys left have yet to be filled, and there are still horrifying questions about depth on the Defensive front 4.

    Im just….completely baffled.

    • Rob Staton


      • Georgia Hawk

        Rob, Im gonna need some of that stereotypical dour British attitude when talking about this. You seem entirely too upbeat about the outlook….

        Or maybe my wife’s questioning of why I use certain punctuation is rubbing off on me…

        • Rob Staton

          Trust me… based on the comments I get (and then delete) plus some of the emails… plenty of people think I’m the worst thing in the world for daring to criticise Seattle’s lousy off season.

          • Georgia Hawk

            Alright, definitely the latter option then, too much influence from the wife:

            Why did you say “Yes” and not “Yes!” are you not excited, do you not want to go?

            Lol I can imagine the vitriol you get on the daily. Personally I prefer the realistic views. I know far too many fans that go through the extreme highs of “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL BECAUSE WE GOT X PLAYER!!!!” only to come crashing down when it doesnt happen. I have a couple of buddies like this and it drives me crazy. I like getting hyped, but come on…

            The last 5 months have only soured me even further on this year unfortunately. I just don’t see how the Defense is going to stop anybody, and I don’t think the offense has done enough to make up for it. Specifically I don’t think the OL changes are enough. We went depth when what we really needed was a stud or two and fill depth with what was left.

            Is there really any drop off between OG 1&2 and OG 3&4? In a perfect world thats what you want, but when 1&2 are barely above replacement level as is, it doesnt instill much hope.

            • Rob Staton

              I just find it really strange how they’ve managed to spend $60m in free agency and not get noticeably better. On top of the usual complaints — the pass rush not being fixed, the loading of average depth at some positions (OL) but then the total dearth of depth at others (DT) and the fact they’re spending $25m on two linebackers this year and then used their top pick on… a linebacker.

              • Georgia Hawk

                Exactly. Spent all this money and have nothing to show for it, then doubled on on the positions we thought were good to go.

              • Ashish

                do you think once roster is set we might get some $$ back? Results of some winning roster spot.

                • Rob Staton

                  Hard to see where that would happen. Players can win a roster spot but can’t see any obvious cuts that will save significant cash.


    Hi Rob,

    Hope youre keeping well and that your work is going ok and maybe improving re: the lockdown lifting on sports?

    I think the opposite of you being “the worst thing in the world for daring to criticise Seattle’s lousy off season.” To the contrary, its been insightful and healthy and most importantly really enjoyable reading and blogging for all on here. Im in agreement that the offseason didnt seem like it addressed their highest priorities nor bear any great, strategic wins.

    What i do think is most interesting is that Coach Carroll has effectively stated the opposite conclusion: “We killed it during the offseason in a way I couldn’t envision it going as well as it did,” Carroll said. “It went great, and we accomplished a lot, and we’re smarter than we’ve ever been. The transition we make now will be huge. Who would have thought that we could come out of the offseason and say that this was an extraordinary offseason – learning and teaching and concepts, and then all of the social stuff and personal stuff we dealt with has been so challenging, but necessary. Hopefully, we’re really going to make a turn here that’s extraordinary. There’s so much happening, even though we’ve been sitting at home! It’s just amazing.”

    There may be some bias on both sides but really wish we could compare notes with him and dissect the different views of winning in the offseason.

    At least the proof will be in the pudding of this upcoming season and beyond!!

    • Rob Staton

      I suspect Carroll was predominantly talking about how they’ve handled an off-season impacted by Coronavirus. Which undoubtedly would’ve been a huge challenge given the complex nature of the sport and the need to install so much for any incoming players. Carroll constantly talked about the need to compete to handle this situation and he seems to be most pumped about how they’ve got around not being in the facility. Which is a good thing. Some teams with new coaches or staff who aren’t quite on it this off-season could end up having a rude awakening.

      I also think if you were to give Carroll some truth serum and ask about the pass rush situation, he’d speak in similar terms to us. It’s a huge, glaring issue.

  3. Logan Lynch

    Reason 6. That #95 belongs to LJ Collier boys and girls.

    • Rob Staton


      • Big Mike

        You left out “Future HOFer” before stating it belongs to LJ

        • BobbyK

          I hear they might make an exception for him and put him in while he’s still playing. He’s that good!

  4. Volume12

    What made Tony Pauline pivot so hard on Travis Etienne? In what world is he a 4.55 runner?

    • Rob Staton

      To be fair, I don’t think he will run sub-4.5

  5. Navyguy

    Clark & Jones are different people at the time I think Seattle had good reason to be concerned about Clark. Clark has matured a lot & I think he has overcome his issues the timing was bad for Seattle. As for Jones I know nothing about the guy but if no motivational or character issues exist I see no reason why Seattle wouldn’t explore the situation, maybe take it as far as negotiating a contract to see what he will sign for. Mathieu is a great player, you never know KC might be determined not to lose him. I would also side with the folks that don’t believe Jones will end up in Seattle because I just don’t see Seattle spending that much $$ on DT’s but on the other hand doesn’t it make sense to cut or trade KJ then move $ from LB to DT?

  6. Aaron

    The annual debate over Pete’s philosophy and are they supporting or hindering Russ rears itself again…

    (SKIP TO 5:23)

    • Rob Staton

      Well Wilson is close to Cowherd. So I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he knew… and was comfortable with… this being discussed.

      • Aaron

        So Cowherd talking about this on his show is a way for Russ to air his grievances, for lack of a better term? The whole “superstars” and the confusing allocation of cap space thing?

        • Rob Staton


          Listen — Russell has used the media before. Both the Seahawks and Wilson used the media in the two contract negotiations he had. He also has close friends in the media, including Cowherd.

          Whether Wilson has given Colin a nudge to put this out there or whether Cowherd has done it off his own back based off the conversations he’s had with Wilson — to me it’s pretty clear that we’re being made very aware of what RW thinks about this off-season. And we knew anyway from the minute he called for them to add superstars at the Pro Bowl.

          Our concerns… Wilson’s concerns… they’re all legit. Some people don’t want to hear about it but it is what it is.

    • cha

      I tend to avoid Cowherd but I tried the link anyway, thinking this might be another ‘let Russ cook’ topic.

      No, he’s actually pretty close to the mark. This offseason has been bewildering. Starting with $60m of cap room and ending up with the roster the shape it’s in presently really calls into question this FO’s ability to surround RW with talent.

      • Aaron

        Would you agree that Pete and John should leave once their contracts expire after the 2021 season? I would say the organization should part ways not due to results on the field (unless if they were to tank in 2020 and/or 2021), but rather the inability to match philosophy, personell, and scheme to fit their franchise QB.

        • TomLPDX

          I think John and Pete need to adapt their philosophy to the players they have and exploit that the best they can…which is what they say they do. But I’ve yet to see it. I think the world of Pete and love his attitude about players and coaches and what it takes to be all in, but he needs to take advantage of what he has in front of him.

      • TomLPDX

        What he actually said is so spot on, though. I think this is the first time I’ve agreed with Cowherd. Russ shouldn’t have to beg for support, the coaching staff should be trying to exploit the skills Russ has and making the best of it, not hindering it.

        • Rob Staton

          I don’t agree with some of what Cowherd said. This has always been a Carroll vision. He has earned the right to run his team how he wishes and this idea that Wilson is restricted within his philosophy — the results just don’t say that. He has been sensational — both statistically and aesthetically. I don’t feel the need to hammer Carroll for continuing to do things his way. It doesn’t mean I agree with everything or wouldn’t rather see a Kansas City-style setup in Seattle. I’m just willing to give PC the benefit of the doubt because despite what anyone says he’s a tremendously successful coach and leader.

          The problem I have is purely with the way they’ve gone about building their team. They’re not building around him properly — on either side of the ball. They’ve drafted poorly in recent years. They keep making decisions that just look… off. The roster isn’t very good, despite three off-seasons of building. The pass rush is a joke. They’re not pro-active any more. They don’t pay for some positions but then throw money at others. And the results are what you’d expect. Because of RW they will always be good enough to make the playoffs. But because of the rest of the roster they’re not good enough to be a serious contender.

          • TomLPDX

            I don’t either, but he was a lot closer to home on some of his comments than we would like to admit.
            Like I said in a previous post, John and Pete need to adapt to the players they have. They did it with LOB1 which fit right into what Pete believes in, but they need to do it again with the talent they have. I love Pete and John but they have to adapt to their circumstance and make the most of what they have.

            • Rob Staton

              I don’t want them to go against what they believe in. Pete Carroll shouldn’t try and be another coach. He is what he is, he’s been successful doing what he does.

              I just don’t get how they’ve used their resources. It’s baffling. Their team building has been poor and questions need to be asked — perhaps as much of JS than merely PC.

              • TomLPDX

                I don’t either. I just want them to take advantage of what they have and adjust to the strengths of their players, which Pete says he does.

                • Rob Staton

                  People don’t want to have the discussion but it’s worth thinking that maybe after all of these years of success, this is the right kind of system for Russell Wilson. That it enables him to play within a structure, which perhaps he needs, but also allows him the freedom to be creative, efficient and explosive.

                  Pete Carroll shouldn’t try and be Andy Reid or Sean McVay. You can never be something you’re not. It’s why the Belichick coaching tree is so bad. There are things about the offense that are frustrating and need changing pronto (such as the slow starts). But we can all see what holds this team back. The defense sucks. That’s the problem.

                  • TomLPDX

                    That’s a really good point and I hadn’t thought about it in quite those terms. I want Pete to be Pete, not anyone else, and he is.

                  • Big Mike

                    A couple of days ago Cowherd said Carroll will be in the HOF thanks in large part to Russ. He may be right.
                    The biggest issue this franchise has had in the last 5 years is poor drafts. RW is propping up a mediocre franchise.

                    • Rob Staton

                      I wouldn’t call it a mediocre franchise. Wilson is a huge part of their success but it’s insulting to Carroll to suggest he’s merely ridden the wave of one player. He has cultivated a culture, vision and identity for this team that has bred consistent success and deserves immense credit and appreciation.

                      But it’s also OK to acknowledge that there’s a difference between being a good team and a great team. And the Seahawks haven’t done a good enough job in terms of team building to put themselves in the ‘great’ category during this reset. Strangely, people always complain about Carroll and his vision and nobody mentions the team building or points a finger at the GM.

                  • pdway

                    I’m glad to see this point being made – RW has had an incredibly successful career, both in terms of wins, and his own stats. Completely dimsissing the coaching and team philosophy from that success seems a little tunnel-visioned to me.

                    And, as you’ve pointed out – the offense, for the most part, was excellent last year, Things sputtered when we lost our two best RB’s (and 3rd WR) at the worst time last year. Even then, we almost got the division, and who knows.

                    The D was the weak spot last year, and without Clowney it’s hard to see it being better. But . . .. hope springs eternal, if we do re-sign Clowney (and I think it’s still very possible, did you see JC”s positive comments re Seattle this week?) – then the defense, with the drafts picks and Dunbar, will be a notch better.

                  • Big Mike

                    But without Russ are they any better than .500? Isn’t that then definition of mediocre?
                    I admit frustration due to the underwhelming offseason and maybe I’m being a bit hyperbolic and I get a QB makes a huge difference in any team, but I watch KC draft Clyde E-H with a first rounder and the Seahawks take another LB after keeping an aging KJ on the books. It is maddening.

                    • Rob Staton

                      The current team is mediocre.

                      The franchise is not.

            • Hoggs41

              Listened to the Cowherd piece and I normally agree with him but not this time. Yes the OLine is average but you could have 5 all pros on the line and Russ would run into sacks. He does great things for us and sometimes those have consequences so you just have to take the good with the bad. The OLi e is the scapegoat everytime.

    • Navyguy

      Nah he’s blowing it up more than it is. When I see teams besides NE making deep playoff runs year after year then he’ll make sense. Seattle’s draft positions haven’t been good I like what they’ve done! I didn’t see much opportunity to make the OL much better than it is this year & I’ll wait till after the season to grade the OL. DK was a major get last year and we have a minimum great depth. Moving forward all Seattle has to do is add stars which they will be able to easily do because they don’t have a lot of guys on long term deals. I think they went about it with depth first before the Stars & it’s driving everyone crazy. Seattle lost all their RB’s last year it wasn’t their time. KC was fortunate the Ravens fell apart. Covid19 will impact this season, rookies will not have as much as an impact & nobody can project what other issues Covid19 has caused.

      • McZ

        KC, GB, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas… all regular multi-season playoff franchises.
        All teams with great trenches.

        The Ravens were clicking as soon as their DL and OL worked out. They did so featuring a couple of leadership players, filled out by young guys and virtual no names.

        I guess, the Ravens’ example was central to the Seahawks offseason.

  7. Brik

    I can’t say I’m totally happy with what our team has done this offseason. That said, for a long time everyone would question what Bill Belichick was doing when he would let top talent go. He is a defensive coach, and his job was to make a whole team, not cater to any one player. Say what you want, but Pete has got this team to produce far better results than was expected on numerous occasions. Of course having players like Clowney makes us better. They wouldn’t have tried to sign him in the first place if they didn’t think that. I know we can still be competitive because Carrol is our coach. I trust him to make a team that is better than the sum of it’s parts. He is a great coach, and constantly turns potential into production.

    • Rob Staton

      The culture Carroll has created and retained is probably second only to Russell Wilson in terms of impact on wins/losses. Carroll is a fantastic coach and lead.

      But there’s a difference between being good enough to get dumped out of the playoffs in the first or second round and being good enough to win a Super Bowl. No culture is going to make up for the glaring weaknesses on this team. And to have glaring weaknesses after spending $60m is incredible.

    • GoHawksDani

      I think coaches can make good players great, or bad players mediocre. Or great players only good, etc. But you won’t make mediocre players great. Seahawks have the greatest backups ever, only issue they wanna play them as starters

  8. Hoggs41

    I just csnt see them trading for him either. They just dont like to spend top dollar on the DLine. I’m guessing the reason is that the DLine is more of a rotational area so why pay s guy $21m a year that will o lo y play 70% of the snaps. Safety, CB and LB play 100% of the snaps so big co tracts are more justified. They prefer DLine by committee which other teams do as well. While it would be exciting I just cant see it happening.

  9. charlietheunicorn

    With the new CBA, any player holding out and not playing for a year is….. stupid.
    I know egos get involved and everyone should get paid whatever they can get. But the reality is that by not signing your tender or holding out a year, you are right back in the same situation in a year… you forfeit 14M or w/e money this year…. and realistically can never make up the difference by the end of your (all too short) career. Football wise, you may never regain your optimum playing form (or deal making leverage) and get increasingly worse deals in the future.

    I could see the Browns making a play for the guy, they got some draft capitol and space on the cap….. and if you can get him signed, you then could invest in the other pieces on the DL… making that defense truly special. There might be a few other dumpster fire teams that could try to nab him, but I keep circling back to the Browns.

  10. jopa726

    Fyi, Ravens announced that their stadium capacity for this season – if fans are allowed to attend games – would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game. This just another data point. The Seahawks will probably follow suit.

    • Navyguy

      I could see Ravens, Hawks, 49ers, Rams, Jets etc…. Doing the same thing but will the Dolphins, Jags, Chiefs, Raiders, etc… Do the samething? I doubt the Jags are gonna limit it to 14,000. The question is will the Governors of Washington & Cali let their teams travel to Florida, Texas etc… And then comeback to their home state after playing football in a stadium almost full of fans? We can’t even agree on kids going back to school! It’s a fact there’s a faction in the USA that wants the entire country shut down for the rest of the year!

  11. GoHawksDani

    I’d give up a 1st and 3rd for any really good passrusher at the moment. Without adding one our defense will look pretty awful or if I’m being positive, mediocre at best.
    Secondary is league avg, LBs are top10 but DL seems bottom 5-10.
    If they don’t make big moves they basically gave up this season. No chance for SB

  12. Big Mike

    Rhaeem Mostert posturing for trade out of San Francisco:

    • Rob Staton

      Didn’t see that coming

  13. Elmer

    This is a question on a different Seahawks subject. If fewer than 90 players are invited to training camp, what happens to the players not invited? Do they become free agents who can sign elsewhere or are they in limbo on the Seahawks roster?

  14. RWI

    It’s kind of interesting to note. According to John Clayton Bill Belichick does spend BIG money on Pass rushers. Case in point. He traded away Chandler Jones a year before his contract expired. He also allowed Trey Flowers to leave into free agency. What is also interesting is that Belichick spends his money on DBs. Case in point. As of now Stephon Gilmore is the HIGHEST paid player on the Patroits. Belichick did not let Devin McCourty get away. McCourty did not give the Patroits a team friendly deal. McCourty is the fifth highest paid safety in the NFL.

    The Patroits also gave Patrick Chung a two exenstion. Chung’s ability to play closer to the line of scrimmage and match up with opposing tight ends provides flexibility that coach Bill Belichick values. Also the Patroits first overall pick in 2020 was Kyle Dugger. Another DB(in this case a safety.)

  15. Roger Davis

    Covid – MLB and NFL…

    MLB is getting close to actually playing! Of interest, is that MLB is allowing players to opt out of the 2020 season. The list is growing.

    The NFL has made no statement regarding players opting out of the 2020 season. Over at Field Gulls there is an article about Bruce Irvin’s tweet wondering if the NFL will follow MLB’s lead in this matter. IF – Bruce opted out (as an example) that would deal a devastating blow to our already sub-standard pass rush.

    BUT – beyond our beloved Hawks – NFL teams could be eliminated from contention if just one or two key players abstained.

    Covid – to the surprise of many, me included, has not been slowed, even by near 100 degree weather in the US deep south. To paraphrase the famous Chinese curse – “We are living in interesting times.”

    • Rob Staton

      One thing I’ll say is… some Premier League footballers threatened not to return. All did in the end.

      • Roger Davis

        BLOODY ‘ELL!

        NOW – A new BOMB SHELL from ENGLAND is EXPLODING about Covid-19:

        “Experts at the University College London (UCL) were the latest to describe that Covid-19 could cause neurological complications including stroke, nerve damage, and potentially fatal brain inflammation — even if the patients didn’t show severe respiratory symptoms associated with the disease.

        The study, published in the journal Brain, examined 43 patients treated at University College London Hospitals for either confirmed or suspected coronavirus, from April to May. They varied in age from 16 to 85, and showed a range of mild to severe symptoms.

        Among these patients, researchers found 10 cases of “temporary brain dysfunction” and delirium; 12 cases of brain inflammation; eight cases of strokes; and eight cases of nerve damage.

        Most of the patients who showed brain inflammation were diagnosed with a specific, rare and sometimes deadly condition known as Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Before the pandemic, the research team in London would see about one ADEM patient per month. During the study period, the number rose to at least one a week.”

        Only 43 Covid-19 positive patients studied and at least 25%(ish) had some form of brain impairment! S.H.I.T!!

        Man, I hope I don’t get Covid-19! Even without it my brain is only two or three brain cells away from getting a failing grade!

    • Navyguy

      Like Rob said some teams will benefit & some will not benefit from Covid19 if there is a full NFL season. The thing is Covid19 is a bias that is affecting football that we have no experience with. JJ Watt says he might not play with a face shield ok so let’s say JJ decides to play with a face shield was he whining about the face shield because it will effect his play? There are so many variables here that can impact the game. Maybe wealthy players for whatever reason play horrible football this year and poor players are extra motivated some how to perform above & beyond. What if some coaches check out & perform terribly at their jobs. Maybe it’s a completely normal season I’m just saying the old saying “be careful what you wish for” could apply this year.

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