The big news of the day is the speculation about whether the "Power 5" conferences will cancel their fall football seasons, and the ancillary impact that will have on the NFL.
FYI - the "Power Five" are the ACC, Big-10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
The ideal solution
It's a quiet day inside the NFL bubble.
Today was the deadline for players to voluntarily opt out of the 2020 season & have their contracts roll over to 2021.
A total of 66 players officially took the offer prior to the 4:00PM ET deadline.
Under the arrangement
Joey Bosa & some barnstorming team called the Chargers have agreed to a 5-year, $135.0 million contract extension.
It has $78 million guaranteed at signing, and $102 million in total guarantees.
Whatever helps impoverish the Spanos family & helps facilitates a Chargers sale has to be a
The opt-out list got a bit larger today, with some notable names:
Patriots: Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden, Marcus Cannon, Danny Vitale, and Najee Toran.
Bears: Eddie Goldman
Bills: Star Lotulelei
The Bengals agreed to terms with Joe Burrow today.
It's a fully guaranteed $36 million deal,
This is not a good look: The Vikings' "infection control officer" tested positive for COVID-19.
His name is Eric Sugarman, and he is officially also the team's head athletic trainer and VP of sports medicine.
Sadly, he's not related to Burt Sugarman of "The Midnight Special".
Following Edmonton's lead, Washington will go by the nom de plume "Football Team" until they decide on a new name & logo.
And, starting tomorrow, they will begin the process of "retiring all Redskins branding from team properties," including FedEx Field and Redskins Park.
They hope to
Fun fact: he wanted the seal on the side to avoid being meme'd about blowjobs.
The turds are mad at the punch bowl: The NFL announced that all fans attending games this season will be required to wear "face coverings".
That's if fans are allowed to attend in-person at
Michael Bennett has retired.
It's a combination of the 11 years he's already played, the COVID issue, and the fact that he discovered he liked spending time with his family during the lockdown.
He leaves with three Pro Bowls to his name and a Super Bowl title.
The negotiations between the union & the league are getting down to the nitty gritty of how to start the season:
Players will receive daily COVID-19 tests for the first two weeks of camp.
Players will need consecutive negative tests before they will be allowed into team facilities.
In a move that hopefully doesn't have to force Maestro to Ctrl+F all his CFL posts, the Edmonton Eskimos announced this afternoon they will be changing their team name.
Much like in Washington, it comes after sponsor pressure.
To quote TSN, the current incarnation of the franchise has
It's Franchise Tag Day! Let's see who didn't sign a long-term deal & are taking the one-year Tag rate:
Patriots Guard Joe Thuney - $14.78 million.
First Patriots tag since 2015.
Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry - $10.767 million.
It's due to his missing all of 2018 &
Today is all about getting paid:
The Chiefs and DT Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract worth $85 million.
$60 million is guaranteed.
Proving there's some money left in the kitty after Mahomes got paid.
Actually, Mahomes' extension left the salary cap flat for the next two