While the rebuilding Browns have stockpiled draft choices in an effort to go young, the reloading Patriots have increasingly traded picks for veterans such as Kony Ealy, Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen. Ealy has already been released, but in an era in which limited practice opportunities work against player development, there’s a case to be made for adding proven NFL talent. The Browns drafted 14 players in 2016. They’ll be fortunate if more than a couple pan out.
Draft picks are becoming less valuable across the board, an exec said.
Picks are still valuable, of course, but if they are no longer sacred, another potential impediment to trades is diminished.
After Elliott filed his appeal, Goodell had the choice of hearing it himself or appointing a designee. He chose Henderson, who had previously presided over Greg Hardy’s and Adrian Peterson’s appeals. In Hardy’s case, Henderson knocked his suspension down from 10 games to four. Peterson’s suspension was upheld by Henderson.
A source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that there were enormous inconsistencies with the 160-page investigation report from the NFL. Henderson denied a request from Elliott’s representatives to make the accuser available to testify at the appeal, and he also refused to provide a transcript or notes from interviews with the alleged victim. The appeal was extended to three days when the NFL decided to make an additional witness available to testify during the hearing.
After the appeal concluded, Clarence Hill of the Dallas Star-Telegram reported that NFL investigator Kia Roberts had recommended that Elliott not be suspended. Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit with the federal district court in Plano, Texas, to overturn the suspension. The NFLPA also filed for a restraining order to put a stay on Elliott’s suspension until the legal process is complete.
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