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Shannon Eastin – Replacement Ref

Shannon Eastin is scheduled to officiate Thursday nights game between the San Diego Chargers, and the Green Bay Packers in San Diego.  There had been rumors that Eastin would call the opening preseason game for the NFL season, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game.  However these rumors appear to have been only speculation.  The NFL announced on Monday that Eastin would referee an NFL preseason game and it would be in Week 1 of the preseason.

According to the NFL commisioner Roger Goodell, Eastin will not be the last female to officiate in the National Football League.   Although no time table has been set for when the next female offical will be welcomed, many are speculating that if the NFL and the NFLRA (National Football League Referee’s Association) do not come to terms in the near future, more female refs could come really soon.

Eastin has spent the last 10 years officiating in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and will be the first female to officiate an NFL game either regular season or preseason.

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Otah Done in Carolina, Panthers Part Ways

The Carolina Panthers officially cut ties with often injured tackle Jeff Otah

Otah had been a first round pick of the Panthers back in 2008 (19th overall), but had fallen out of favor with the NFC South club.  Carolina had attempted to deal Otah to the New York Jets earlier this offseason, however when he failed to pass the teams physical exam the trade was voided.

The Panthers are still on the Salary Cap hook for just under $300,000 to Otah, however by waiving him they free up a valuable roster spot for someone who wants to play, as well as, nearly $800,000 in cap room.

Recent Player Transactions

Recent player moves in the NFL.   See what Fantasy Football relevant players have changed uniforms so far.

Name Position Status Previous Team 2012 Team
Ijalana, Ben G Released Indianapolis  
Torrence, Devon DB Signed Cincinnati N.Y. Jets
Wilson, Tracy DB Released N.Y. Jets  
Bartholomew, Ryan C Released Arizona  
Clayton, Thomas RB Signed Cleveland Arizona

Cleveland Browns move to Tennessee

Ok, Not really, there are currently no plans to move the team, but the Cleveland Browns sale has been completed. Tennessee business man Jimmy Haslam is the proud new owner of a failing franchise.  League sources quote the sale as being over the $1 Billion dollar mark. 

Ben Roethlisberger Injury Update

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, has a slightly torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.  The injury, according to Big Ben, happened last November in a game against Steelers rivals the Baltimore Ravens.   Roethlisberger was quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette as saying

I have a little torn rotator cuff. That doesn’t heal. We just have to hope it doesn’t tear the rest of the way, according to Doc

Braylon Edwards becomes a Seahawk

The Seattle Seahawks have added veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards to their roster.  Edwards who started his career with the Cleveland Browns, moved to the Jets when he refused to resign in Cleveland.  He had 2 decent seasons in New York prior to being released and then signing with the San Francisco 49ers.

Marvin Lewis Contract Extended

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to extend the contract of Head Coach Marvin Lewis through the 2014 NFL season.  Lewis who has coached the Bengals to 6 winning seasons and three playoff appearances in his nine year tenure in Cincinnati

Lewis who insisted on having more personnel control after his last contract negotiations has led the Bengals back to football prominence.  The drafting of A.J. Green and Andy Dalton last season sky rocketed the Bengals in to contention in a very difficult AFC North.  Many experts have predicted the Bengals are a team on the rise, but I’m not so sure.  The Bengals are a much better team than they were 3 years ago.  Gone is the idea that you need an arrest record to play in Cincinnati, however, looking at their schedule from last year, I’m not ready to crown them yet.

Jets and Otah are No More

The New York Jets attempt to bolster their offensive line crash landed on Tuesday.  Jeff Otah, formerly and now again with the Carolina Panthers, failed his physical with the Jets thus voiding the trade between the two teams.

The Jets have been looking all over the league for a tackle that can protect well enough in the passing game to allow for Mark Sanchez to have enough time in the pocket for receiver Santonio Holmes to get open down field.  At the same time they are in need of a run blocking tackle to add to the Tim Tebow dimension.  Otah was thought to be the perfect fit, but he seems unable to get healthy for a litany of injuries over the past 3 seasons.

Shannon Eastin to Ref NFL Game

The NFL front office announced today that the possibility of a woman officiating an NFL game is no longer a possibility, its a fact.

Shannon Eastin will be the first woman to work as an NFL official during league game play.  Eastin has refereed over the last decade with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  NFL head of Officials had said last year that women officials were coming sooner rather than later, but no one expected it to be this season.  Johnson stated, “Our goal is to get the best people working this game.”

Recent Free Agent Moves

Recent Free Agent Signins / Releases  in the NFL.  Some are fantasy football related.  The big signing in recent days is Antonio Bryant joing the Seattle Seahawks.  In other news Joseph Addai was released just weeks after signing with the New England Patriots

Player Name Position Status Previous Team 2012 Team
Bryant, Antonio WR Signed Tampa Bay Seattle
O’Connell, Kevin QB Agreed N.Y. Jets San Diego
Jones, Edgar DE Signed Baltimore Kansas City
Boller, Kyle QB Agreed Oakland San Diego
Nixon, David LB Signed St. Louis Carolina
Ware, Jeremy DB Signed Oakland Chicago
Mughelli, Ovie FB Signed Atlanta St. Louis
Hochstein, Russ G Signed Denver Arizona