NFL notebook: Gruden ‘ashamed’ of emails that cost him his job

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former Raiders manager Jon Gruden says he is “ashamed” of his past offensive emails which cost him his job and hopes for another chance in football.

Gruden spoke publicly about the matter at the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club for the first time since stepping down as Raiders coach last October. The resignation follows the publication by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal of emails he sent from 2011 to 2018 containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

“I’m ashamed of what’s going on in these emails, and I won’t apologize,” he said. ” It is shameful. But I’m a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I have been married for 31 years. I have three good boys. I still love football. I made a few mistakes. But I don’t think anyone here has. And I just apologize, and I hope I get another chance.

Gruden resigned as Raiders coach with more than six years remaining on his 10-year, $100 million contract. Raiders owner Mark Davis said last year that the team had reached a deal with Gruden during the last six-plus years of his contract. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

FLORES TRIAL: On Wednesday, attorneys for three black NFL coaches alleging racial bias on the part of the league took direct aim at commissioner Roger Goodell in their final arguments against arbitration of a dispute they say is up to a jury.

In documents filed in Manhattan federal court, the attorneys wrote that arbitration would allow “unreasonable unilateral” ‘kangaroo courts’ to decide the outcome of the lawsuit filed in February by Brian Flores, who was fired in January as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He is now an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two other coaches – Steve Wilks and Ray Horton – later joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs.

Their attorneys said Goodell, who would lead the arbitration if the case was not decided by a jury, could not be fair in overseeing and deciding the dispute over whether the league was engaging in discrimination. systemic. They included articles about Goodell’s salary and other personal details in their submission.

They cited the hundreds of millions of dollars he earns from teams, his public statement that the lawsuit is without merit, and the likelihood that he could be a witness in the case.

Raiders: Star tight end Darren Waller has taken on new agents as he hopes to secure a new contract before the start of the season.

Waller cut ties with Klutch Sports last week after less than a year with that agency and signed Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey on Wednesday.

Waller still has two years left on the contract he signed in the 2019 season. He’s owed just under $14 million in those years with no guaranteed money and is seeking a new deal that reflects his production. According to the Over The Cap website, Waller’s average annual salary ranks 17th among all NFL tight ends.

Since becoming a starter in 2019, Waller ranks second in the NFL among all tight ends with 252 catches for 3,006 yards, behind Kansas City’s Travis Kelce in both categories. He’s also tied for fifth with 14 touchdown catches over the past three years. Waller, who turns 30 on September 13, played in 11 games last season when he was hampered by ankle and knee injuries. He had 55 catches for 665 yards and two touchdowns.

BEAR: Chicago claimed offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood on Wednesday, a day after the 2021 first-round pick was dropped by the Las Vegas Raiders.

Leatherwood, the No. 17 overall pick last year, struggled at right tackle before being moved to guard after four games. The Alabama product also struggled indoors and dropped on the depth chart this summer before Las Vegas let him go. It’s the first time the Raiders have gotten rid of a first-round pick before his second season since 1988, when they traded 1987 first-rounder John Clay to the Chargers for Jim Lachey.

The Bears revamped their offensive line after giving up a league-leading 58 sacks last season. Leatherwood could complete with right guard Teven Jenkins and right tackle Larry Borom.

Chicago also claimed defensive back Josh Blackwell, defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan, defensive lineman Armon Watts, linebacker Sterling Weatherford and tight end Trevon Wesco off waivers. The Bears released linebacker Joe Thomas and waived linebacker Caleb Johnson, defensive back Duke Shelley, offensive lineman Zachary Thomas and defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga. They placed receiver Tajae Sharpe on the disabled list.

TRADE: Wide receiver Jalen Reagor was acquired by Minnesota in a trade from Philadelphia on Wednesday, sending two draft picks to the Eagles for the player who was selected immediately ahead of Vikings star Justin Jefferson two years ago.

The Vikings handed out a 2023 seventh-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick to the Eagles, whose pick of Reagor out of TCU at No. 21 overall in 2020 delighted Vikings officials and allowed them to remove Jefferson from LSU.

Reagor has 64 receptions for 695 yards and three touchdowns in two years.

CHARGERS: Hoping to find a reliable replacement for Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles signed Sony running back Michel on Wednesday.

Michel, a 2018 first-round pick from New England, was with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason but was released in the final round of roster cuts on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the Chargers waived second-year running back Larry Rountree III.

Michel spent his first three seasons with New England before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams last season. He rushed for 845 yards and had two 100-yard games, including 131 in a Week 16 win at Minnesota. In four seasons, Michel is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has 20 touchdowns, including two receiving. He had six playoff rushing touchdowns, all in the Patriots’ Super Bowl in the 2018 season.

CHESTNUTS : Cleveland made another change to their ever-changing quarterback room, claiming Kellen Mond from Minnesota Vikings waivers on Wednesday.

The Browns were looking to add a third quarterback after Josh Rosen’s contract was terminated when general manager Andrew Berry finalized the team’s initial roster of 53 players. Mond, a 2021 third-round draft pick from Texas A&M, was released by the Vikings on Tuesday. He will serve as the Browns’ No. 3 QB behind starter Jacoby Brissett and backup Joshua Dobbs.

The Cleveland quarterback’s situation has been in flux this summer with Deshaun Watson leaving the team on Tuesday to begin serving his 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct.

PANTHERS: The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract with kicker Eddy Pineiro, pending the results of his physical.

Pineiro replaces Zane Gonzalez, who was placed on the season-ending injured list with a groin injury.

JAGUARS: The Jacksonville Jaguars have another new kicker, their sixth in the last five weeks.

The Jaguars received Riley Patterson on waivers from Detroit. They also cut James McCourt and Jake Verity, who have spent the past week fighting over open kick work for over a month. McCourt made his 15 field goal attempts in open practice games this week, joint practices in Atlanta last week and the preseason final against the Falcons on Saturday.

Jacksonville has already tried and eliminated undrafted rookie Andrew Mevis, journeyman Elliott Fry and Ryan Santoso.

49ERS: The San Francisco 49ers released running back Trey Sermon a year after trading to draft him in the third round.

The decision to cut Sermon came when the Niners needed a roster spot after claiming offensive lineman Blake Hance from Cleveland waivers.


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