The Denver Broncos are finalizing a trade to send eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two second-day 2022 draft picks, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Rams will send the Broncos a second- and third-round pick in the 2022 draft in exchange for Miller, the sources said.
The Broncos are paying $9 million of Miller’s remaining $9.7 million salary for this season, according to sources.
Miller is now saying his goodbyes to his friends in the Broncos’ training facility.
Miller is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.
Relieved Buffalo Bills remove linemen Star Lotulelei, Spencer Brown from COVID-19 list
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Bills have removed starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and rookie right tackle Spencer Brown from the reserve/COVID-19 list, giving the team back two starters heading into a significant AFC East matchup against the New England Patriots.
Lotulelei was placed on the COVID-19 list the day of the Bills’ Week 10 game against the New York Jets. He has missed the last three games after opting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns and was a key missing component to the Bills’ run defense. He has two sacks this season.
“It’s great to have Star back,” Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “We missed him for sure.”
With Brown out the past two games, the entire offensive line has had to shift on the right side, with right guard Daryl Williams playing right tackle and 2019 second-round pick Cody Ford filling in at right guard. The lack of consistency on the offensive line has contributed to some of the Bills’ offensive issues.
“They’re both healthy,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Our medical team did a great job in helping them get through. I’m glad to see them and being back in good spirits and back with their teammates.”
Guard Jon Feliciano also returned to practice for the first time since being placed on injured reserve Nov. 6 with a calf injury. He has missed the last four games.
Mike Tomlin promises changes for Pittsburgh Steelers after lopsided loss to Cincinnati Bengals
“We just stunk the place up,” he said. “When you play the way that we played and the score is as lopsided as it is, that’s just the reality of it.
“… What you can’t do is continue to do the things that you’ve been doing and expect a different result. We’re open to some schematic changes. We’re open to some personnel changes, obviously. They won’t be drastic in nature, probably more subtle in nature, but hopefully significant. Significant in a positive way.”
Tomlin said the changes will come in both what the Steelers do and who they do it with, using last year’s Week 8 win against the Baltimore Ravens as an example. In that game, the Steelers frequently used a package of three outside linebackers, leaning on their depth at the position.
“It might be the repositioning of people or it might be the leaning on depth as a strength,” Tomlin said of how he could enact change. “We don’t overcomplicate things, but we are open to change when change produces or has a chance to produce a desired outcome.
“When you have red paint, you paint your barn red. That’s kind of a motto or a cliché that we live by at times. That’s what I mean when I’m saying we’re open to change. Is it people and insertion of people? Yes, if it potentially makes us better, but not for the sole purpose of change. It may just mean the alignment or configuration of people in an effort to highlight areas maybe where we have depth and maybe minimize some areas where we don’t.”
Some of those changes will likely be seen up front — on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackle Zach Banner, who spent the first half of the season on injured reserve, has slowly earned more playing time in jumbo packages, and he could be in line to regain the starting spot he lost after tearing his ACL last season. And, on the defensive line, the Steelers signed former Green Bay Packers third-round pick Montravius Adams off the New Orleans Saints practice squad, giving them much-needed depth at nose tackle.
One change that won’t be happening any time soon, though, is the return of defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, who hasn’t participated in any team drills dating back to training camp. Still recovering from knee surgery, Tuitt remains on IR, and Tomlin didn’t have an update on a timetable for his return.
“He won’t be available to us this week, and so the people that have my attention are those that will be,” Tomlin said. “We’ll continue to monitor his progress, and when he gets close I’ll have an update for you guys.”
After players like Minkah Fitzpatrick said the team needed to change how it practices, suggesting more reps and more up-tempo walk-throughs, Tomlin said they could also utilize pads this week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. But Tomlin also declined to say if some players, like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who often misses Wednesday and has been a limited participant in some Thursday practices, specifically needed to get more work in practice.
“Some people need physical work, some people need mental work, some people need to get well,” Tomlin said. “We don’t paint with a broad brush. We make individual decisions that are based on the individual men that put us in position to carry the strongest unit into a stadium on weekends, and that philosophical approach will not change.”
One change, though, that isn’t coming down the pipeline is one suggested by second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool. Speaking Monday, Claypool offered that playing music at practice might be a positive change.
“I think some music would help,” Claypool said. “We had music in the warm-ups and that stuff is fun. People are dancing, having fun, so I think maybe music would make practice a little more fun and a little more up-tempo, that’s my one suggestion but Coach T has been doing this a lot longer than I have.”
Tomlin agreed with Claypool — kind of.
“Claypool plays wideout, and I’ll let him do that,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “I’ll formulate the practice approach. And I think that division of labor is probably appropriate.”
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer not interested in leaving NFL for college football jobs, source says
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has no interest in taking another head coaching job in college and remains committed to rebuilding the Jaguars, per a league source familiar with Meyer’s thinking.
The source said the 57-year-old Meyer does not want to re-enter the college ranks at this point in his life. College football has changed significantly with the implementation of Name Image Likeness rules, which were not in place when Meyer was coaching his final season at Ohio State (2018).
Meyer’s name has been linked to the opening at Notre Dame, in large part to the fact he previously called that his “dream job” and was courted by Notre Dame in 2005 along with Florida.
The Notre Dame job came open on Monday after LSU hired Brian Kelly, who led the Fighting Irish to a 113-40 record over the past 11 seasons.
It’s not the first time this season that Meyer has been linked to an open college job. One day after USC fired Clay Helton in September Meyer said there was “no chance” that he’d leave the NFL to become the Trojans’ head coach. The school filled that vacancy on Monday by hiring Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.
Meyer also had said in early September that he didn’t miss the rigors of recruiting.
Meyer is in his first season with the Jaguars (2-9), who have lost three games in a row heading into Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Rams (7-4). The Jaguars, despite drafting quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall, have struggled on offense all season. Injuries at receiver and tight end have hurt Lawrence’s development and the Jaguars are averaging 15.7 points, which is worse than every team except the Houston Texans (14.9).
Meyer won three national championships and had a 187-32 college coaching record during stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons. He also led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and had an 83-9 record in seven seasons in Columbus, Ohio.
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