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NFL News and Notes, March 30, 2021

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NFL Adds 17th Game 

The NFL has announced that it will go to 17 games starting in the 2021 Season. The league has been playing a 16-game regular season since 1978. 

Fans will be fired up to watch another football game, but some teams will not be that happy when they see who their opponents will be. 

One team with a hard time when it comes to Game 17 is the Green Bay Packers. They will be facing the Kansas City Chiefs. The Green Bay defense will have difficulty trying to slow down Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and the rest of the playmakers on Kansas City. To make things worse, Green Bay will have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium to get the job done. 

The Chiefs are entering into this upcoming season as the favorites to win the Super Bowl. After winning in 2019 and losing in 2020. Now the Chiefs are motivated to shut up the haters and impress from start to finish. 

Giants Sign DT Shelton

The former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns has found a new home. Danny Shelton has signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants. 

So far in his career, Shelton has played for the Browns, the New England Patriots, and the Detroit Lions. In six seasons, he has recorded 247 tackles (126 solo), 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

If Shelton can stay healthy, he will be competing for a starting role in New York’s 3-4 defense as a nose tackle. He will join Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence on the Giants' d-line. 

Cardinals Add Veteran Safety

Cardinals announced Monday they have come to terms with the former Bengal defensive back Shawn Williams on a one-year deal. 

Williams has spent his whole eight-year career with the Bengals after Cincinnati drafted him 84th overall in the 2013 draft. During those eight years, Williams played in 119 regular-season games, starting 61 games. 

In 2018 and 2019, Williams posted back-to-back 110 plus tackle seasons, but then his role decreased in 2020, where he only logged 16 tackles in 13 games, which none he started. 

With the Cardinals adding Williams, they've con, with the previously signed defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Malcolm Butler. 

Williams is slated to pair with All-Pro free safety Budda Baker in the backfield, where Butler, Robert Alford, and Byron Murphy man the corners. 


Other Free Agency Moves

 

  • The New Orleans Saints signed defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon to a two-year contract and tight end Nick Vannett to a three-year deal.
  • The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with tackle Julién Davenport on a one-year deal and re-signed center Joey Hunt.
  • The Washington Football Team announced it re-signed running back Lamar Miller and tackle David Sharpe.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed punter Jordan Berry to a one-year deal. 
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed safety Josh Jones.
  • The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Nate Gerry to a one-year deal.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed safety Daniel Sorensen. They also signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.
  • Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward has signed his exclusive-rights tender.
  • The Houston Texans signed linebacker Jordan Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Conley and re-signed long snapper Jon Weeks. 
  • Former Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett announced his retirement Monday. Burnett last played in the NFL in 2019, with the Browns.

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