NFL pushing for indefinite Deshaun Watson suspension

The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press.

The hearing will continue on Wednesday and Watson is scheduled to be there for the duration, according to one person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing isn’t public. It’s expected to conclude Thursday but it’s not known when a ruling will be made.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, will determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

Watson agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct, but the league is seeking at least a one-year suspension, one of the people told The AP. Watson’s side, led by attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Rusty Hardin, wants the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to play this season for the Cleveland Browns.

Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name.

This is the first hearing for Robinson, who was the first woman Chief Judge for the District of Delaware. Previously, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority to impose discipline for violations of the personal conduct policy.

Still, Goodell holds considerable power. If either the union or league appeals Robinson’s decision, Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision that will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute,” per terms of Article 46 in the collective bargaining agreement.

That means Goodell could ultimately overrule Robinson’s decision and suspend Watson for one year or even indefinitely due to the potential for more cases.

However, an appeal would prolong the process for both sides.

The NFL has punished several players for violating the league’s personal conduct policy without criminal charges. In 2010, Ben Roethlisberger received a six-game suspension after being accused of sexual assault by two women. Goodell later reduced the suspension to four games. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott got six games in 2017 for domestic violence.

On Monday, a woman who previously sued Watson filed a lawsuit against the Houston Texans, alleging his former team provided him with resources to enable his actions and “turned a blind eye” to his behavior.

It’s unknown how long it will take Robinson to make a decision, but the Browns should know Watson’s availability before training camp. NFL discipline typically begins the week leading into the first regular-season game, so Watson would be eligible for camp unless a potential punishment stipulates otherwise.

The Browns traded a slew of draft picks to acquire Watson and gave him a five-year, $230 million guaranteed contract in March.

Cleveland, which opens training camp on July 27, is eager to find out how long it will be without Watson or if the Browns will have him at all next season.

Reporting by the Associated Press

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Commanders signing star receiver Terry McLaurin to three-year extension worth up to $71M, per report

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Terry McLaurin steered clear of the Commanders this offseason while seeking a new contract. Now, Washington has paid up to keep him for the long haul. With less than a month until the start of 2022 training camp, the team has signed the star wide receiver to a three-year extension worth up to $71 million, as ESPN and The Washington Post reported Tuesday, securing the former Ohio State standout through the 2025 season.

McLaurin, 26, held out of voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamp this spring as he was due just over $3 million on the final year of his rookie contract. Now, the former third-round draft pick is set to average as much as $23.7 million per year on his new deal, making him one of the five highest-paid receivers in the game.

The lucrative extension is just the latest in a long line of rich WR deals to be finalized this year, with McLaurin following in the footsteps of Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown, Mike Williams and D.J. Moore — all of whom signed big-money extensions this offseason. Assuming he maxes out the incentives on his deal, which includes a $28 million signing bonus and is more than 75% fully guaranteed, McLaurin will just eclipse Williams and Moore in terms of average annual income during the life of the extension.

The Buckeyes product has been Washington’s top pass catcher since entering the NFL. After emerging as a No. 1 target in a rookie season that saw him score a career-high seven touchdowns, McLaurin logged back-to-back 75-catch, 1,000-yard seasons from 2020-2021. He figures to be the primary outlet for new Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz in 2022.


Lawsuit filed against Houston Texans alleges team ‘enabled’ Deshaun Watson’s behavior

The Houston Texans were formally named as defendants Monday in the ongoing civil litigation involving their former quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

“Today we filed the first case of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to Deshaun Watson’s behavior. Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson’s behavior is incredibly damning,” said Tony Buzbee, the Houston attorney who at one time represented 25 different women with lawsuits against Watson.

“We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson’s conduct. Beyond that, we believe the filing speaks for itself,” Buzbee said.

Monday’s lawsuit provides the most detailed account yet of what, if any, prior knowledge people within the Texans organization had of Watson’s behavior.

In November 2020, the lawsuit states, Watson used Instagram to meet and arrange a massage with the plaintiff, even though she was only a massage therapy student at the time and Watson could have arranged a massage with a more experienced therapist through the Texans. Watson ultimately met the woman at her mother’s home in Manvel, Texas, brought his own small towel to the massage and, according to the lawsuit, proceeded to expose himself and sexually assault her.

The lawsuit describes Watson’s behavior as being part of a “disturbing, predatory, and incriminating pattern with a multitude of female victims.”

Watson has maintained that he is innocent of the numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct during massage sessions that have been made against him. Two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year.

Monday’s lawsuit also included more information about the criminal investigation of Watson. Houston police detective Kamesha Baker, the lead detective in Watson’s case, testified in a civil deposition that Watson’s behavior was “escalating,” with each massage session and that the woman, who sued the Texans on Monday, had “a really powerful and compelling account.” That woman’s report was one of 10 reports that ultimately were investigated by Houston Police, Baker acknowledged in her deposition. When asked in her deposition “… was there any doubt in your mind as the investigating officer that a crime had occurred,” Baker replied: “No.”

Last week, Buzbee said 20 of the 24 women with active lawsuits against Watson had agreed to settle their lawsuits. Ashley Solis, the first woman to file a lawsuit against Watson in March 2021 and the first to speak publicly and identify herself as a plaintiff, and the plaintiff in Monday’s lawsuit are two of four remaining women who still have active lawsuits against the Cleveland Browns quarterback, alleging a range of behavior that ranges from indecent exposure to sexual assault.

Monday’s lawsuit alleges the Texans had at least some knowledge of Watson’s habit of seeking multiple massages with strangers he met on Instagram. The organization learned this, according to the lawsuit, from the owner of Genuine Touch Massage Clinic, a Sugar Land, Texas, massage therapy business that identifies the Texans as a client on its website.

“Despite having a full training staff available to him with the Texans, and despite having the services of a specified massage therapy entity — Genuine Touch — available to him, Deshaun Watson refused to have massages done at the Texans stadium and instead preferred to reach out to strangers on Instagram for massages,” the lawsuit states.

As early as June 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Genuine Touch owner Joni Honn “complained to the Texans that Watson was seeking out unqualified strangers for massages via Instagram,” according to the lawsuit. “Her stated concern to the Texans was that Watson was putting himself in danger of contracting Covid, or getting himself sued.”

The lawsuit says that Genuine Touch “was also aware that at least one of its therapists had, and another was having, sexual relations with Watson during massage sessions.”

“Despite this behavior, and after yet another woman questioned Watson’s behavior and threatened to expose Watson on the internet, the Houston Texans organization — rather than investigate and address Watson’s disturbing behavior — instead provided Watson with a NDA to ‘protect himself’ going forward from the random women he was finding on Instagram,” the lawsuit states.

Monday’s lawsuit provides a detailed explanation of the origins of the nondisclosure agreement Watson had massage therapists sign.

The lawsuit states that Watson “admitted that Brent Naccara, a former Secret Service agent and the Texans’ director of security, provided the NDA to Watson.”

Naccara provided the NDA to Watson, the lawsuit states, after a woman named Nia Smith made an Instagram post in November 2020. According to the lawsuit, Watson had engaged in sexual misconduct during a massage with Smith, which prompted Smith to include Watson’s photo on an Instagram post with the message: “I could really expose you.”

“Watson used the NDA for multiple massage sessions from random women he found on Instagram, telling the women that in order to get paid she needed to sign the Texans’ NDA,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit also alleges Watson sexually assaulted women during massage sessions at the Houstonian Hotel, in a room the Texans helped Watson secure, and that the team provided Watson with a massage table.

“We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today,” the Texans said in a statement. “Since March 2021, we have fully supported and complied with law enforcement and the various investigations. We will continue to take the necessary steps to address the allegations against our organization.”

The NFL declined to comment on Monday’s lawsuit.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported over the weekend that Watson’s hearing before the NFL and NFL Players Association’s jointly appointed disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Robinson will listen as the NFL expects to push for a “lengthy” suspension for Watson, according to Schefter. Once Robinson rules, Watson will have the option to appeal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell then could either rule on that appeal or call on an independent ruler.

The NFL, Watson and the NFLPA engaged in settlement talks that would have averted a hearing, but they were unable to reach a settlement. One source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that in those talks the league would never move off of its position that the suspension should be for a full season.

The league interviewed Watson over multiple days earlier this summer as part of its investigation.

“I did everything they asked me to do. I answered every question truthfully that the NFL asked me,” Watson said earlier this month. “I spent hours with the people they brought down. That’s all I can do, is be honest and tell them exactly what happened. They have a job, and so I have to respect that. And that’s what we want to do is cooperate. They have to make a decision that’s best for the league.”

The New York Times reported this month that Watson booked appointments with at least 66 different women over 17 months, from fall 2019 through spring 2021. The list of 66 comprises the 24 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson; a woman who sued Watson but then withdrew the complaint; two women who filed criminal complaints against Watson but did not sue him; at least 15 therapists who issued statements of support for Watson at the request of his lawyers; at least four therapists contracted with the Texans; five women identified by the plaintiffs’ lawyers during the investigation for their lawsuits; and at least 15 other women whose appointments with Watson were confirmed through interviews and records reviewed by the Times.

Watson has said that he has “no regrets” about any of his actions during any of the massage sessions. But he did say in June that he regrets the impact the allegations have had on the people around him.

“I do understand that I do have regrets as far as the impact that [it’s had] on the community and people outside of just myself,” he said. “And that includes my family. That includes this organization. That includes my teammates in this locker room that have to answer to these questions. That includes the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That includes males, females, everyone across the, the world. That’s one thing I do regret is the impact that it’s triggered on so many people. It’s tough to have to deal with.”


Giants’ Daniel Jones: Pressure to shine ‘weighs on me heavy’

There were high hopes for Daniel Jones after the New York Giants selected him No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Now, as the quarterback enters his fourth season, the pressure is on the former Duke star to live up to his potential. And nobody is feeling the heat more than Jones himself.

Daniel Jones is among QBs facing the most pressure

Bucky Brooks wrote a piece highlighting three quarterbacks in their make-it-or-break-it-year: New York Giants’ Daniel Jones, Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts. Marcellus Wiley and Emmanuel Acho rate each quarterback on a 1-10 pressure scale.

“The lack of success? Um, yeah, it weighs on me a great deal,” Jones told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “When you put a lot of time and effort into something and you don’t see the results, I think that’s tough when you’re doing anything. Playing football in the NFL, playing football in New York, I think there’s a heavy weight to that. I and the whole team feel that and we’re working as hard as we can to avoid being in this situation in the future. Yeah, it weighs on me heavy.”

Through three NFL seasons, Jones’ performance has been spotty. He’s completed 62.8% of his passes for 8,398 yards, 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, compiling a passer rating of just 84.3. He’s also fumbled 36 times, and the Giants are only 12-25 in his starts.

His best season was his rookie year, in which he had career-bests in passing yards (3,027), touchdown passes (24) and passer rating (87.7).

As a result, Jones was one of just three top-10 picks from the 2019 draft to not earn a fifth-year option.

“I think I have plenty of motivation,” Jones said. “I feel I work hard, I’ve worked hard before, and I’ve always worked hard for myself and worked hard for my teammates. I don’t think that changes, really. It is what it is, and I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing and improve and refine my process.”

There are reasons for optimism, however, according to Eli Manning. The former Giants quarterback recently said he believes Jones could benefit from stability under new coach Brian Daboll.

“I’m excited for Daniel,” Manning told the NFL Network. “I know he’s worked extremely hard and you know, been through a lot of offenses, a lot of coaching changes, so hopefully this can be the right one.”

Jones is already on his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator since 2019. 

He’ll get a chance to prove he belongs as the Giants’ franchise QB beginning Sept. 11 on FOX, when New York opens the 2022 season in Tennessee against the Titans.

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Chiefs’ Trey Smith doesn’t blame Tyreek Hill for leaving Kansas City: ‘I’ll never blame a guy to get paid’

Trey Smith only was teammates with Tyreek Hill for one season, yet was blown away by his former Kansas City Chiefs teammate’s football skills. Hill impressed Smith — a rookie right guard on the Chiefs’ revamped offensive line last season — with his talent on the field and his difference-making ability.

Which is why the Chiefs moving on from Hill this offseason was surprising for Smith, even if he understood why it had to be done on both sides. 

“Yeah, the coaches are gonna do what they think is best for the organization and for the team. And I can’t blame Tyreek; he’s getting paid,” Smith said on the J-Mart and Ramon radio show, via the Kansas City Star. “I’ll never blame a guy to get paid, but he’s got to do what’s best for him. I’m really excited to see what he does in Miami, wishing him well.”

The Chiefs parted ways with the best deep-ball receiver of this era, as Hill leads the NFL in 20-yard, 30-yard, 40-yard, 50-yard, and 60-yard touchdowns since entering the league in 2016. Hill is also one of just four players in league history with 450 receptions (479), 6,500 receiving yards (6,630), and 55 receiving touchdowns (56) after his first six seasons. 

Since Patrick Mahomes became the Chiefs starting quarterback in 2018, Hill ranks seventh in the NFL in receptions (343), fourth in receiving yards (4,854), second in reception touchdowns (43), and sixth in receiving first downs (231). Hill recorded a career-high 111 receptions for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last season while averaging a career-low 11.8 yards per catch. 

“I love watching Tyreek. He’s one of the coolest dudes to watch on the field,” Smith said. “I’ve never seen someone move like that. The attitude, demeanor, the swag he brings on the field, it’s fun to watch, man. It was fun to be around.”

The Chiefs will have a much different look on offense without the presence of Hill, particularly with the personnel they acquired at wide receiver. Kansas City signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, adding speed in the slot with Smith-Schuster and a deep threat with Valdes-Scantling. They also drafted Skyy Moore in the second round of this year’s draft. 

Kansas City also has Travis Kelce at tight end and Mecole Hardman back at wide receiver, along with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and free agent addition Ronald Jones at running back. This offense will look different in 2022 without the speed of Hill, but the Chiefs have the winning combination of Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.

There’s a reason why Smith isn’t worried over Kansas City losing Hill. 

“I think our front office does a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best front offices in the league,” Smith said. “I think they did a fantastic job in the draft and really reloading so we’re ready and set up, in a good position this year.”


Roger Goodell says he has no authority to remove Daniel Snyder as owner of Washington Commanders

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he has no authority to remove Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders amid ongoing scrutiny into the organization’s workplace culture and accusations from women employees of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives.

Goodell testified Wednesday before members of Congress at a hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. At one point near the end of more than two hours of testimony, Goodell was questioned by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), who asked whether Goodell and the league are “willing to do more” to punish Snyder.

After initially asking whether he would recommend Snyder’s removal as owner of the Commanders, Tlaib followed up by asking Goodell: “Will you remove him?”

“I don’t have the authority to remove him, Congresswoman,” Goodell responded.

An NFL owner can be removed only by a three-quarters (so, 24 out of 32) majority vote of fellow owners, although Goodell does have the ability to officially recommend such a vote.

Snyder was invited to testify but declined, citing overseas business commitments and concerns about due process. Committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) announced during the hearing that she plans to issue a subpoena to compel him to testify.

“The NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable,” Maloney said. “That is why I am announcing now my intent to issue a subpoena for Mr. Snyder for a deposition next week. The committee will not be deterred in its investigation into the Washington Commanders.”

Goodell told the committee that the team’s culture has transformed as a result of an investigation led by attorney Beth Wilkinson and that Snyder “has been held accountable.”

After Wilkinson presented her findings to Goodell last year, the NFL fined the team $10 million and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations. However, the league did not release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings, a decision Goodell said was intended to protect the privacy of former employees who spoke to investigators.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, the Commanders sent a letter to team employees — a copy of which was obtained by ESPN — that said, in part, “We believe the statements that have been made in the media critical of our organization do not accurately reflect our positive transformation and the current reality of the Washington Commanders organization that exists today.”

The committee released the findings of its eight-month investigation before Wednesday’s hearing started, accusing Snyder of conducting his own “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees, hiring private investigators to intimidate witnesses, and using an overseas lawsuit as a pretext to obtain phone records and emails.

The 29-page memo alleges Snyder tried to discredit the people accusing him and other team executives of misconduct and also tried to influence an investigation of the team conducted for the NFL by Wilkinson’s firm.

Snyder’s attorneys presented the NFL with a 100-slide PowerPoint presentation that included “private text messages, emails, phone logs and call transcripts, and social media posts from nearly 50 individuals who Mr. Snyder apparently believed were involved in a conspiracy to disparage him,” the committee said.

When asked about the alleged “shadow” investigation, Goodell said: “Any action that would discourage people from coming forward would be inappropriate.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Snyder characterized the report and the hearing as “a politically charged show trial” and said Congress should not be investigating “an issue a football team addressed years ago.”

Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former team employees, again called on Goodell to release a report from the Wilkinson probe, calling it “stunning and disheartening” to hear him say Snyder has been held accountable.

“Today, the committee released a damning report demonstrating that Snyder and his lawyers also surveilled and investigated complainants, their lawyers, witnesses and journalists, which Goodell knew about and did nothing to address,” Banks and Katz said in a statement.

Maloney has introduced legislation to curb the use of workplace nondisclosure agreements and to offer protections for employees whose professional images are used inappropriately. Among the accusations against the Commanders are that team employees produced a video of lewd outtakes from a photo shoot involving the cheerleading squad.

Republicans on the committee accused Democrats of going after an NFL team to distract from more pressing issues and exceeding the scope of the committee’s mission.

“A core responsibility of this committee is to conduct oversight of the executive branch, but this entire Congress, Democrats have turned a blind eye to the Biden administration,” said Kentucky GOP Rep. James Comer, the committee’s ranking member. “Instead, the Oversight committee is investigating a single private organization for workplace misconduct that occurred years ago.”

Commanders coach Ron Rivera issued a statement late Wednesday night, distancing himself from the team’s past.

“These investigations into inappropriate workplace issues pre-dates my employment,” said Rivera, who was hired in 2020. “I cannot change the past, but I would hope that our fans, the NFL and Congress can see that we are doing everything in our power to never repeat those workplace issues. And know that our employees are respected, valued and can be heard.”

ESPN’s Tisha Thompson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Former Hog and NFL player Kam Curl hosts first youth football camp

MUSKOGEE, OK. (KNWA) – Former Razorback and now Washington Commanders football player Kam Curl hosted his first-ever youth football camp in his hometown on Saturday.

Curl wanted to give back to the community which has given so much to him.

“Really cause when I was that age I didn’t have nobody come back and do this, just me having the opportunity to do this, I feel like I should get it done,” Curl said.

The camp which was free to all kids was a hit, filling up completely. Kids ages 10-18 were out on the Muskogee High School field hoping to learn from the NFL safety.

“Some of them think they can wrap me up or something, but you know it’s just talk, trying to keep them focused on the camp and getting better,” Curl said.

Curl’s dad, Greg, said he hopes the camp can come to Fayetteville in the future.

“We might do this in Fayetteville one time hopefully you know. We’ll talk with the people in Fayetteville maybe Fayetteville High School or maybe the Razorbacks might let us use the stadium you know. You never know, but I know he would love that. Since Arkansas showed him so much love, I know he would love to show Arkansas the same kind of love,” Greg said.


Lions’ Aidan Hutchinson continues to impress, is ‘all business’

Lions rookie Aidan Hutchinson is serious about making an impact in Detroit this season and continues to impress his teammates and coaches through OTAs and minicamp this offseason.

“He’s been all business,” head coach Dan Campbell said of the No. 2 overall draft pick. “You know what’s great about him is he’s quietly getting better right in front of us.’ He doesn’t say anything. He listens. He’s like a sponge in there. He absorbs the information. He watches how things are done and the way coaches want them done, and then he’s got a motor and he goes. He learns and gets better every day. You just see it. So, I love that about him. Every day, there’s growth right in front of us.”

Hutchinson is aiming to help turn things around for a team that came off an abysmal 3-13-1 record and last-place finish in the NFC North last season. The Lions are in dire need of help with their pass rush, and the Michigan product is a welcome addition to a team that ranked 30th in the NFL in sacks this past season.

Lions defensive end Jashon Cornell, whose locker is next to Hutchinson’s, has also praised his new teammate.

“He showed me his ability. I was like, ‘You’ve got to prove it to me with how good you are as a pass rusher.’ During the second or third practice, I’m like, ‘You’re legit,’” Cornell said. “He can pass rush from inside, outside. He’s a real legit player. He showed that he’s ready for this league and I think Aidan’s great for this defensive line. He’s on his stuff 24/7. I feel like as a rookie, you come in and you get this fat playbook, and it’s all thrown at you at once. And he’s shown that he’s ready, he’s prepared.”

What’s more, Lions veteran defensive lineman Michael Brockers said the rookie has already made a strong impression on him, and he can see Hutchinson fitting into the Lions’ new scheme with ease.

“He’s just gonna keep getting better and that’s the scary thing about him,” Brockers said. “He’s a guy who’s ready to learn. He’s like a sponge. He’ll pick up everything. He has his own little niches about him, but I’m very excited to have him on this team and on this D-line.”

Hutchinson, the highest-drafted defender in Michigan history, exploded for a school-record 14 sacks in 2021 after netting just 4.5 in his first three seasons. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound edge rusher also notched 62 tackles (36 solo) and 16.5 tackles for loss en route to becoming the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, becoming just the third defensive player to finish second in the history of the award.

Two months into his NFL tenure, he believes in the potential of his new team.

“I’m very excited for this season,” Hutchinson previously told ESPN. “Obviously, you can’t predict wins, but right now, we’ve got the right chemistry for success.”

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NFL skipping supplemental draft for third consecutive year; here are top 5 picks from supplemental era

The NFL will pass on holding a supplemental draft once again, as the league informed teams they will not have one this summer (per NFL Network). In the supplemental draft, any team that made a bid on a player would have to forfeit their draft pick in that round the following season (example, using a third-round pick as a bid on a player in the supplemental draft would result in forfeiting a third-round pick in the next year’s NFL Draft).

Players eligible for the supplemental draft involve any player who had their draft eligibility changed from the time of the NFL Draft to July — when the supplemental draft was usually held. Safety Jalen Thompson was the last player taken in a supplemental draft, as the Arizona Cardinals placed a fifth-round bid on him in 2019. Thompson has 197 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 passes defended in three seasons with the Cardinals — starting 25 of 37 games. 

With no supplemental draft being held this year, let’s take a look at the five best supplemental draft picks in NFL history since the process was enacted in 1977. 

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns, Gordon’s off-the-field issues took center stage after an excellent start to his career. Look no further than a 2013 season when Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards and 117.6 receiving yards per game — earning an All-Pro selection at the age of 22.

Gordon has missed more than 50 games for violations in his career, having just 1,833 yards since the start of the 2014 season. He was suspended in December 2019 for violating the league’s substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drug policies, not being reinstated until September 2021. He’s showed flashes when on the field, but the numerous violations have hindered the potential for Gordon to have a great career. 

4. Bernie Kosar, Miami QB, Browns

The first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft, Kosar became a star for the Browns in the mid-to-late 1980s — an era which the franchise reached three AFC Championship Games in a five-year stretch. Kosar won a playoff game in three straight years in Cleveland, made the Pro Bowl in 1987, and led the league in game-winning drives twice (1986, 1988).

In nine years with the Browns, Kosar threw for 21,904 yards with 116 touchdowns to 81 interceptions. He’s third in franchise history in passing yards and passing touchdowns (behind Brian Sipe and Otto Graham in both categories) and was the last quarterback to start the season opener for the team for five straight seasons. 

Kosar is one of the most beloved players in Browns history and was a few plays away from getting the franchise to a Super Bowl in his prime. 

3. Rob Moore, Syracuse WR, Jets

Moore was a very good receiver in the league for a decade, finishing with 628 catches for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns with the Jets and Cardinals. A first-round supplemental draft selection by the Jets in 1990, Moore made the Pro Bowl in 1994 in his final season with the team when he had 1,010 yards and six touchdowns. 

Moore starred with the Cardinals after getting traded there in 1995, having two 1,000-yard seasons (1996, 1997) and was one of the league’s top deep-ball receivers. He led the NFL with 1,584 yards in 1997 when he posted a career-high 97 catches. 

Leg injuries ended Moore’s career prematurely, as he never played another regular-season snap after the 1999 season (even though Moore was on a roster for two more years). 

2. Jamal Williams, Oklahoma State DT, Chargers

A second-round pick of the Chargers in the 1998 supplemental draft, Williams developed into one of the game’s best nose tackles in the mid-2000s. He earned two consecutive All-Pro selections (2005, 2006) and three straight Pro Bowl selections (2005, 2006, 2007). 

Williams started 135 of 167 games in a 13-year career (12 with San Diego) and finished with double-digits in tackles for loss twice. The Chargers received excellent value by taking a gamble on Williams. 

1. Cris Carter, Ohio State WR, Eagles

A fourth-round pick in the 1987 supplemental draft, Carter is the only supplemental draft pick to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Eagles took Carter in 1987 and he had three productive seasons with the team (caught 11 touchdowns in 1989) before getting released due to substance-abuse issues. 

Carter was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings and notched eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 1993 to 2000, leading the league in receptions once (1994) and touchdown catches three times (1995, 1997, 1999). He earned two All-Pro selections, eight Pro Bowl selections, and was a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team. 

Carter finished his career with 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 receiving touchdowns. He’s sixth on the all-time receptions list, 13th all time in receiving yards, and fourth in touchdown catches. He’s considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.