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How far can Josh Allen Throw?

Josh Allen throwing

Josh Allen has quickly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. From his underrated mobility, high football IQ, and rocket arm, the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills has it all. His team clearly sees the same thing we do as they just signed Josh to a 6-year $258 million deal.

Allen makes sure to workout hard during the offseason so he can be ready to roll come game time. He utilizes a throwing coach, various drills and exercises, and form to ensure he doesn’t lose a step. So, how far can Josh Allen throw?

Josh Allen Early Life and College Career

Allen was born in Firebaugh, California – a small little town outside of Fresno. Raised on a farm, he learned the family trade producing mainly cantaloupe, cotton, and wheat. You could say that the farm work he participated in was the original workout for Josh Allen while he was growing up.

While in high school, he received zero NCAA Division I scholarships to play, which prompted him to head to a junior college, Reedley College. After a year there, he transferred to Wyoming to play but suffered a broken collarbone in 2015.

Josh Allen Throwing Wyoming

The following two seasons Josh Allen finished throwing for over 5,000 yards and 44 TDs to only 21 INTs. His raw physical abilities were the reason he was so sought after in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Related: Aaron Donald Workout

NFL Career

Originally thought to be a physical specimen that could never hack it in the NFL, Josh Allen has proved everyone wrong. The Buffalo Bills move up to draft Allen 7th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, which has paid off handsomely.

After an injury in his rookie season, Allen led the Bills to the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2019. Josh ended up with 20 passing and 9 rushing TDs on the year. The Bills lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Houston Texans to end that season.

In 2020, Josh Allen lit the world on fire – throwing for 37 touchdowns and rushing for another 8, while compiling over 4,500 yards. Impressive. Allen finally made the jump the Bills expected him to make when they first drafted him. He led his team to the AFC Championship in 2020 where they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Allen has once again started off the season hot in 2021 and has the Bills at 4-1.

Josh Allen Throw

Allen completes a lot of different workouts to improve and maintain the zip he has on his throws. Working with Jordan Palmer throughout the offseason has allowed him to have the strongest arm in the NFL.

Josh allen throwing on a beach

Josh Allen can throw the football over 80 yards in the air! He was once quoted saying “The farthest I’ve ever thrown in 83.” We still think he can probably top that if he wanted to but no need to throw his arm out.

Related: Christian McCaffrey Workout

Allen’s running back, Zach Moss, disagrees with the number 83. “Probably 100 yards… plus I think, if he just wants to zip it instead of putting air … on the ball, I think he can probably throw it 100-plus.”

Hopefully, we can one day see Josh Allen throw a football the length of a football field. Give the people what they want to see Josh!

Derrick Henry Workout

Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans performing footwork and sprint workouts

Have you seen how strong Derrick Henry is? It’s no surprise he’s found great success in his role as the running back for the Tennessee Titans. Derrick Henry will credit his workout effort and his overall work ethic as to why he’s been so successful in the NFL.

Ever wonder what a Derrick Henry workout looks like? We did some research and found out what the running back does to stay at the top of his fitness.

Related: DK Metcalf Workout

High School and College Career

Henry played high school ball at Yulee High School in Yulee, Florida where he completely dominated. I’m sure at some point one of your friends has shown you his hilariously impressive stat line from high school.

He averaged almost 9 yards per carry and over 250 yards rushing over his four-year career at Yulee. Oh, don’t forget to add in the 153 touchdowns, which averages out to over 38 in a season. Incredible!

Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans from High School in Yulee, Florida

Derrick Henry’s high school dominance landed him a full ride to the University of Alabama to play under legendary coach Nick Saban. Do you think his dominance stopped once he got to the next level? Of course not.

Henry went on to rush for over 3,500 yards in three seasons Tuscaloosa, averaging 6 yards per carry. He capped off his college career with a 36 carry, 158-yard performance in a 45-40 victory on the national championship stage. What a way to end his career and put himself in the spotlight for the NFL.

Derrick Henry NFL Career

Drafted 45th overall in the second round by the Tennessee Titans, Henry began his career as an NFL running back. He started off as a backup in the 2016 season where he only managed 490 yards on the ground. But this was just a warmup for Henry.

He ended up splitting carries with DeMarco Murray the next year and posting over 700 rushing. But of course, his NFL development didn’t stop there. Henry continued to improve every season in the big leagues.

How about boosting his rushing total to 1,059 yards in 2018 and then 1,540 yards in 2019. Henry just keeps getting better and better each and every year. His huge year in 2019 helped lead his Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship, where they would lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans running down the field in the NFL against the Jacksonville Jaguars

Derrick Henry Workout

Since coming into the league in 2016, Henry has been known as one the strongest running backs in the NFL. This obviously makes him one of the toughest to bring down due to his incredible physique. Henry makes sure to test his body during his workouts with heavy lifting and speed training.

Derek Henry’s workouts consists of power exercises such as Hex Bar Deadlifts and Power Cleans, strength exercises such as bench press and squats, and sprint workouts.

Related: Russell Wilson Workout

Lower Body Workout

Derrick Henry focuses on Squats and Deadlifts when it comes to his lower body workouts. Here is an example of his main lower body lifts:

Back Squats: 400 lbs (4 sets of 4 repetitions)

Hex Bar Deadlifts: 500 lbs (4 sets of 6 repetitions)

Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans doing hex bar deadlifts

Sprint Workout

Henry does sprint work throughout the off season, working mostly on uphill inclines. He will do some footwork drills while holding a football and then perform about a 20-yard sprint uphill to finish it off.

Related: Christian McCaffrey Workout

Depending on the time of the offseason, his sprint work could be a little longer than normal. For example, Henry might do 10 sprints uphill back before OTAs start but then reduce that amount to 5-6 sprints once training camp starts up.

Derrick Henry Upper Body Workout

Henry usually sticks to the basics when it comes to his upper body workouts. The bench press and power clean are his go to’s. Derrick Henry can bench 440 pounds! Although it’s not quite what Aaron Donald can bench, for a running back that’s insane.

Still not impressed? He can also power clean 345 pounds. Just wow.

In terms of sets and repetitions, Henry tries to stick with low reps to focus on power and strength. His upper body workout would look something like this:

Bench Press: 375 lbs (4 sets of 5 repetitions)

Power Cleans: 315 lbs (3 sets of 3 repetitions)

Tua Tagovailoa Starting for Miami

Tua Tagovailoa starting over Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Miami Dolphins

It’s Tua Time in Miami, and the immediate question is why now? It was well known that 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa would eventually become the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback, but don’t forget this is coming off back-to-back blowout wins does not seem like an ideal time to switch things up.

Most would have been fine with Tagovailoa sitting for longer, or even all of the NFL season, and learning behind veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had been playing very good football through six weeks. But after taking a step back, this move makes a lot more sense.

The way Dolphins coach Brian Flores has handled a difficult quarterback situation shows his plan will set Tagovailoa up for success. The timing of the decision comes as a surprise, but Flores’ process has seemingly always had the rookie QB as his top priority. Flores has watched Tagovailoa in practice, and if he deems him ready to start now, then the move might be well-timed.

But still, Flores resisted to cave to any outside pressure.

Flores did let Tagovailoa get his feet wet by inserting him into the game. Tagovailoa had five plays, two throws and a moment he’ll remember forever.

Then, when everyone felt Fitzpatrick was most secure in his starting job, Flores made the move to Tagovailoa. This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, either.

“Expect the unexpected from coach Flo,” one team source told ESPN.

One player told ESPN he was surprised by the move, but noted Tagovailoa keeps improving and he makes one or two “wow” highlight plays in practice every week.

The biggest thing to know about the Dolphins’ move is that it’s more about Tagovailoa’s development than Fitzpatrick’s play.

Fitzpatrick has been a great mentor to Tua

Fitzpatrick did nothing to lose his job. In fact, Fitzpatrick’s play would give every reason to believe he strengthened his grip on it. He ranks seventh in the NFL in QBR and he’s the most beloved player in the Dolphins’ locker room.

Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins smiling at practice

But everything about the 2020 season was about preparing for life with Tagovailoa as the starter and finding the ideal moment to make that transition. Although it’s a blow for Fitzpatrick to be benched while playing his best football of the season, Flores’ QB plan has never really been about him in the grand scheme of things. It has always been about Tagovailoa.

It will be 351 days since Tagovailoa’s scary, career-threatening hip injury when he makes his first pro start on Nov. 1 against the Los Angeles Rams (1 p.m. ET, Fox). Don’t underestimate the impact that anniversary has on the decision to start him.

Another factor to consider is the Dolphins are entering their Week 7 bye, which means two weeks to prepare. It’s worth wondering if Miami’s plan was always to start Tagovailoa after the bye week. That would mean it was initially scheduled for Week 11 before schedule changes happened because of the coronavirus impact.

A look at history related to Tua Tagovailoa starting

The Dolphins’ move is reminiscent of the 2004 New York Giants benching Kurt Warner, who was playing well and had led his team to a 5-4 record in the first half of the season, for rookie Eli Manning.

The Manning-led Giants struggled, going 1-6 the rest of the way and missing the playoffs. Manning threw more interceptions than touchdowns, but the experience was invaluable. Manning led the Giants to the playoffs each of the next four seasons, including two NFC East titles and a Super Bowl championship.

It’s possible and maybe even likely the Dolphins’ offense takes a step back initially with Tua Tagovailoa starting his first career game in the NFL. Miami has two rookies, right guard Solomon Kindley and right tackle Robert Hunt, protecting Tagovailoa’s blind side. Although the offensive line is much improved through six games, Fitzpatrick did a lot to cover up its faults.

Fitzpatrick has been a great teammate

Another impact on how this transition has played out? The Dolphins are ecstatic to have Fitzpatrick in the fold to show Tagovailoa the way. Fitzpatrick will support him and teach him, and that’s a rare trait in today’s NFL. That dynamic between the experienced QB and the rookie has had a big impact on how this has all played out.

Talk about a great teammate in Fitzpatrick. How many journeymen quarterbacks with little time left in the NFL would be happy to do what Fitz has? Not many, I’m sure.

Tua Tagovailoa throwing the football for the Miami Dolphins

Flores believes this is the right time for Tagovailoa, and it makes more sense. The Dolphins (3-3) are in the thick of the playoff race and it will be invaluable to get their rookie QB the experience he needs. This is a franchise in a rebuild with promises to prioritize the long-term over the short-term outlook.

Tagovailoa is the Dolphins’ most talented quarterback and biggest star since Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino. And this is before he has even started a game.

Tua Time begins in a bit of a surprising way, but early indications are the rookie quarterback ready for success.

This article was first published by ESPN.

Dolphins Owner says NFL Season will ‘definitely’ happen.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is optimistic that the 2020 NFL season will go on as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic. His current plan is that it will be with fans in the stands.

“I think there definitely will be a football season this year,” Ross said Tuesday during an interview with CNBC. “Real question is, will there be fans in the stadium? Right now — today — we’re planning to have fans in the stadium.” That’s a bold claim. But I hope he’s right.

The NFL hasn’t made any firm decisions on whether to allow fans into stadiums during the 2020 season, but the league released its schedule earlier this month and plans to play its full 16-game slate on time, starting Sept. 10.

“We all miss our sports,” Ross said. “The NFL, I think, will be ready to go. I know we’re all looking forward to it. I know I am.” I know we all agree with him on that point. Having sports back will give us all a reason to get back to normal life.

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, home of the Miami Dolphins

Dolphins have plan for 2020 season

Earlier this month, Dolphins CEO/president Tom Garfinkel revealed mock-up plans for how the team could host a limited capacity of fans while adhering to social distancing in Hard Rock Stadium. The mock-up plan, to be featured if and when the NFL and government give clearance, could include 15,000 fans in the stadium, all attendees wearing masks, staggered entrances and exits, and people ordering food from their seats.

The Dolphins have been proactive throughout the pandemic in creating plans for when football is ready to resume. Hard Rock Stadium became the first public facility to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation, the standard used for facilities to implement cleaning, disinfecting and infectious disease prevention work practices to control risks involved with infectious agents like the coronavirus.

Dolphins owner expects fans in Stadium for 2020

Ross noted again Tuesday that the Dolphins are “prepared” for scenarios with and without fans in the stands. The NFL began allowing teams to reopen facilities, if permitted by local guidelines, to limited staff on May 19.

Speaking as chairman of his real estate company Related, Ross said retail and hotel companies have been most affected. But he’s hopeful the economy and cities will start to bounce back. I think we will have to wait and see as the summer goes on if the Dolphins owner is correct about fans in the stadium.

“We all want to see life back to normal,” Ross said.

This article was first published by ESPN.

Aaron Rodgers Looks up to Michael Jordan

Aaron Rodgers and Michael Jordan are very similar

As a California native, there weren’t many chances for Aaron Rodgers to attend Chicago Bulls’ games growing up.

And, of course, by the time he finally lived within a couple hours of the “Windy City,” the chance to see one of his childhood inspirations had long past.

As you’d probably expect, though, the Green Bay Packers great still found himself enamored like most kids who had a passion for sports in the 1990’s. All by one iconic sports figure whose reach transcended nearly every boundary: Michael Jordan.

Thanks to the mega-popular ESPN documentary, “The Last Dance,” MJ’s already prominent name has seen a resurgence over the last month. So much so that Rodgers was asked during a conference call on to share his thoughts on the doc. Much like the rest of the world, Rodgers has been a dedicated viewer.

Aaron Rodgers was a huge fan of Michael Jordan, 90s Bulls

“Yeah for sure. I have been watching. It’s been a lot of fun. I was fortunate enough in 1998 to sit in the top row at Arco Arena and watch MJ’s last game. I was always an MJ fan since the early 90’s and loved the runs that he was on and always looked up to him,” Rodgers told reporters. In case you were wondering, MJ’s Bulls won that game, 103-88.

Michael Jordan cries with his first NBA championship trophy in 1991

As his own star has risen since being drafted 24th overall in 2005, Rodgers has had the opportunity to meet many people, among them being the NBA legend. He mentioned on the call that their mutual love of golf has allowed them to forge a bond. He also noted that Jordan invited him to play in Las Vegas a few times and that the two played several times at Lake Tahoe.

“I’ve gotten to know him a little bit over the years and always enjoy our interactions. I have a ton of respect for what he accomplished in the game. He’s the greatest basketball player of all-time. Really I’d love to debate anybody on that,” he said.

In addition to Jordan, Rodgers added that he’s gotten to know several members of those 90’s Bulls teams. This includes Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler and, of course, the “Robin” to Jordan’s “Batman,” Scottie Pippen. He met Pippen at his golf tournament last year.

Interestingly, Rodgers didn’t say whether he’s met the third part of Chicago’s “Big Three”. But that player did pique his curiosity.

“I’m not quite sure, though, who the Dennis Rodman of our team is but I really did enjoy that part of the doc as well,” he joked. This is shortly before saying he’d probably nominate offensive tackle David Bahktiari to that role. Good choice, A-Rod.

Rodgers has similarities to MJ

Similar to Michael Jordan, Aaron Rodgers is known as a no-nonsense type of player who is all about his business when the whistle blows. Jordan’s brand of leadership, featured throughout the doc, has been one of the many things that has stood out. For Rodgers, a man entering his 16th NFL season in 2020, it’s been nothing short of inspiring to watch.

Aaron Rodgers hoists the Lombardi trophy after winning the Superbowl in 2010 with the Green Bay Packers

“Obviously, he’s one of the most driven athletes of all-time and he’s impacted so many guys over the years. Incredible players like Kobe Bryant, obviously that was a big part in it, but even guys like myself,” he said. “Seeing his approach to the game, his leadership style, how he demands the most out of himself and his teammates. I definitely resonate with a lot of the things that he says.”

At 36, Rodgers is inching closer to his own “last dance”. But, as last year’s trip to the NFC Championship game proved, he still knows how to win. As his illustrious career winds down, it’ll be fascinating to see if he’s able to add more accolades to his trophy case. Just like Mike.

This article was first published by ESPN.

Matt Stafford puts Detroit Home on the Market

Matt Stafford house in on the market in Detroit

The home of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been featured for years on the Instagram account of his wife, Kelly. It’s the place where the team has held its annual Halloween party, and it has been the subject of a few videos that have gone viral over the past half-decade.

And now, with the Staffords expecting their fourth child and having three young children, it’s for sale.

“I personally do not want to live on a lake or have a pool with four children under the age of a little over 3,” Kelly Stafford said in an Instagram story Friday. “So that is the reason that it is on the market. It makes us super sad. That house has been incredible. We’ll never own another house like it.

“So it is a super sad thing but it just makes us feel better knowing there are no real dangers of having tiny ones running around all the bodies of water. So that is the reason.”

Matt Stafford throwing for the Detroit Lions

Matt Stafford puts Detroit house on market

The Staffords put their five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in suburban Detroit on the market for $6.5 million. It features an infinity pool overlooking a lake and an indoor half-court basketball court with hardwood from the original Detroit Pistons floor at the Palace.

Redfin estimates the home is worth $5,150,142, more than a million below the Staffords’ asking price.

The 7,720-square-foot home is on 1.27 acres of property and has been on Redfin since Thursday. It has 23 total rooms, including two laundry rooms and two family rooms along with a three-car garage.

The listing describes the Stafford home, in all caps, as “Michigan’s most magnificent estate! For the ultimate entertainer!”

Matt Stafford bought the house in 2013 for $3.5 million after it was initially listed for $4.2 million.

While Stafford has been the subject of trade rumors in the past year — since debunked by general manager Bob Quinn — the quarterback has three years left on his contract. Quinn and coach Matt Patricia have both said they view Stafford as their quarterback now and in the future. Stafford said that he hopes to be the quarterback in Detroit for a while.

This article was first published by ESPN.

Big Ben Roethlisberger Shaves Beard to Throw

Big Ben Roethlisberger grew a long beard in the offseason

Break out the shears.

Ben Roethlisberger is throwing footballs to teammates again, and following through on his promise to get a haircut and shave to mark the occasion.

Ben Roethlisberger shaves beard

“I’m not going to shave or cut my hair until I can throw a football again,” a then-clean-shaven Roethlisberger says to the camera. “Throw it to one of my teammates, a legit NFL pass.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback posted a short video of his vow followed by a quick compilation of throws to running back James Conner and wide receivers Ryan Switzer and JuJu Smith-Schuster on a football field. Then the video cuts to freshly shorn Roethlisberger in a barber’s chair getting his beard trimmed.

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The 38-second video ends with a simple declaration from Smith-Schuster: “He’s back.”

Roethlisberger and his teammates worked out at Quaker Valley High’s Chuck Knox Stadium. They then got haircuts at Norman’s Cut N Edge Barbershop in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, after the throwing session.

Though there’s no official update from the team on Roethlisberger’s status, coach Mike Tomlin told fans on a conference call that the quarterback’s rehab was progressing as scheduled.

Big Ben working out after missing 2019 season

“He’s doing great thus far,” Tomlin said last week. “He’s in great physical condition. Rehabilitation in regards to the injury itself is going well. I hear nothing but positive reports from that standpoint. There have been no bumps in the road.”

Roethlisberger had surgery about eight months ago to repair his throwing elbow from a season-ending injury suffered in Week 2.

Ben Roethlisberger throwing a football

Both Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ front office have maintained that he’ll be ready for the season and are optimistic about his ability once he does take the field.

“I think that the possibility is real that he could be a better football player coming out of this surgery. Just as much as he might be a more regressed player,” general manager Kevin Colbert said at the NFL combine. “So, I think we have to give that the nod and I’m encouraged and excited about where he can go.”

This article was first published by ESPN.

Colts expect Philip Rivers to stay in Indianapolis

Head coach of the Indianapolis Colts talks with quarterback Philip Rivers

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts coach Frank Reich doesn’t believe quarterback Philip Rivers’ stay in Indianapolis will be for just one year.

Reich sees a 38-year-old quarterback who still has the ability to play multiple years in the NFL.

“The spirit of [negotiations] was, we’re in this together and as long as Philip wants to play, wants to be here,” Reich said Monday. “It’s the NFL, we know he has to prove it. We have to prove it as a team to keep him wanting to play. I can just tell you from the previous relationship [with the Chargers], I really believe it’s Philip’s intent to play multiple years. I personally believe he’s more than capable of multiple years.”

Philip Rivers signs in Indianapolis

Rivers signed a one-year, $25-million deal with the Colts in March after spending the first 16 years of his career with the Chargers. Reich was a member of the Chargers’ coaching staff from 2013 to 2015.

Philip Rivers is coming off a 2019 season when he turned the ball over 23 times, including 20 interceptions, the third most in the NFL. Rivers, who has started 224 straight games, has thrown for 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns to go with eight Pro Bowl invitations in his career.

Philip Rivers signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the 2020 offseason

Rivers said earlier this spring that he thought about retiring before talking to his family and deciding to keep playing.

“I take it one year at a time,” Rivers said March 21. “If I feel good, I’ll keep going. I don’t want to get carried away. You won’t see me in the Tom Brady [age] range. I still feel like I can help a football team go win a championship.”

Rivers already has a job waiting for him once his playing career is complete. It was announced on May 8 that he will become the head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, once he retires.

“When the announcement was made, I knew this five years ago,” Reich said. “This literally has been in the works for a long time. It’s really exciting for me to see that in him. He’s football through and through. That’s one of the things you love about him. We’re certainly excited to have him for however long we get him before he takes that head job.”

This article was first published by ESPN.

NFL Cornerbacks Wanted on Armed Roberry Charges

DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants and Quinton Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks are to be arrested for armed robbery

Arrest warrants have been issued in South Florida for New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar in connection to an armed robbery investigation.

According to Miramar Police, Baker’s arrest warrant is for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar is wanted on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm. Both NFL cornerbacks are expected to be arrested soon.

The alleged incident took place late Wednesday night at a party that began Wednesday evening. According to the arrest warrant, Baker and Dunbar are accused of stealing money and watches. All of this through force while armed with semi-automatic firearms. It states that Baker intentionally threatened victims with a firearm.

According to the arrest warrant, multiple witnesses said at one point during the incident Baker ordered another suspect wearing a red mask to shoot an individual who was just entering the party.

The NFL said Thursday night it is aware of the matter and would have no further comment at this time. The league will review the incident under its personal conduct policy and hand out discipline if warranted.

Warrant out for Quinton Dunbar and DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker, cornerback for the New York Giants celebratin

Baker, 22, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 2019. The Seahawks acquired the 27-year-old Dunbar in a March trade with the Washington Redskins and introduced him to reporters on a video call earlier Thursday. Both players are from Miami.

“We are aware of the situation and have been in contact with DeAndre. We have no further comment at this time,” the Giants said in a statement regarding the fact that the NFL cornerbacks will be arrested.

Related: DK Metcalf has Advice for NFL Rookies

The Giants traded up to select Baker with the 30th pick in the first round of last year’s NFL draft. This is despite at least two teams flagging him as a risky pick because of his attitude, sources told ESPN.

Baker finished his rookie season with 55 tackles and no interceptions. He also allowed seven touchdowns as the nearest defender, fourth most in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats data. He was among the candidates to start opposite free-agent acquisition James Bradberry this season.

Dunbar made 11 starts last season and 25 over five years with Washington. They signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2015. He has nine career interceptions and six over the past two seasons.

Quinton Dunbar. cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks celebrates

The Seahawks said in a statement that the team was “aware of the situation involving Quinton Dunbar and still gathering information. We will defer all further comment to league investigators and local authorities.”

I think we’ll have to wait on more details regarding the situation. More to come.

This article was first published by ESPN.

James Harrison claims Mike Tomlin ‘Gave him an envelope’

James Harrison walks with Mike Tomlin while part of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison said coach Mike Tomlin gave him an envelope after the linebacker’s devastating hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010.

“The G-est thing Mike Tomlin ever did, he handed me an envelope after that,” Harrison said on Barstool’s “Going Deep” podcast. “I’m not going to say what, but he handed me an envelope after that.”

James Harrison hit on Massaquoi

Harrison initially was fined $75,000 for the hit. That’s the most, he said, that he was ever fined (the NFL later reduced it to $50,000). Massaquoi suffered a concussion as a result of the head-to-head hit, which was not flagged in the game.

James Harrison hits Mohamed Massaquoi

“Listen, on everything I love, on my daddy’s grave, I hit that man with about 50 percent of what I had, and I just hit him because I wanted him to let loose of the ball,” Harrison said on the podcast. “If I had knew they was gonna fine me $75,000, I would have tried to kill him.”

Harrison’s fine also was high because he was considered a repeat offender, and he had been fined $5,000 earlier in the season for unnecessary roughness.

Did Mike Tomlin give James Harrison anything?

Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement later Thursday denying Harrison’s claims.

“I am very certain nothing like this ever happened,” Rooney said. “I have no idea why James would make a comment like this but there is simply no basis for believing anything like this.”

Bill Parise, who is Harrison’s advisor and former agent, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday that it “never happened.”

“Absolutely not,” said Parise, who was unaware of Harrison’s comments until contacted by the paper. “Never happened. I would have known that. It didn’t happen. James and I are still together. We were really close during our 18 years. He would have said something along the way.”

The NFL, which declined to comment when contacted by ESPN, previously dealt with coaches paying players for hits in the New Orleans Saints‘ “Bountygate” scandal, where coaches offered cash rewards to players for knocking opponents out of games.

Sean Payton on James Harrison – Mike Tomlin Incident

Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about Harrison’s comments Thursday during a radio interview on Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan and said people “shouldn’t hold their breath” for the league to investigate.

Sean Payton, head coach for the New Orleans Saints, yells on the field

“That’ll be something that’s tucked away or under the rug at Park Avenue,” Payton said in reiterating his long-standing complaints about the way the NFL handled the Saints’ bounty scandal. “They’ll look into it briefly. … Listen, don’t get me started on that. I lost $6 million in salary. And honestly it was something that I’ll never truly get over. I know how it was handled and how it was run and the reasons behind it. And that’s just the truth.”

Harrison’s new comments echo the sentiments he expressed after the hit a decade ago.

“It was a legal hit,” Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2010. According to the newspaper, Tomlin agreed.

This article was first published by ESPN.