Colin Kaepernick can’t find a home in the NFL, but items related to his national anthem protest have found a place in the Smithsonian.
“I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best,” Burfict said, via the team’s website. “I feel like I’ve let down my teammates, but I also feel like I’ve done a good job with this. I only had one personal foul last year. We feel like this was a legal hit. I hit him in the shoulder. I hit hard, so it may have looked like I hit him in the head, but it was the shoulder. I helped him up and he said he was good and I asked if he was good on the next series and he said, ‘Yeah, that was a legal hit.’
“The rules say you can eliminate a receiver within five yards of the line of scrimmage as long as you don’t hit him in the head and I don’t think I hit him in the head.”
Burfict was banned for hitting Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman while he was in a defenseless position, which is a new rule by the NFL heading into the season.
No stranger to NFL fines and suspensions, Burfict will appeal the decision. The hearing is scheduled to take place next week, and the Pro Bowler will lose $882,353 in base salary should the league uphold the suspension as a repeat offender.
In three years with Chicago, Houston has started only 10 games and has missed 22 games due to injury. Houston is not a natural pass rusher, though he did have the highest sack total of his career when he moved to linebacker in 2015.
Davis hasn’t been worth $5 million a year since 2013, and there should have been very little interest in him as a free agent even after a moderately successful year in 2016. Davis basically is an expensive insurance policy for Jordan Reed, and one they had no reason to commit to at this level. The team had better use of this money for players expected to make more of an impact.