By Tom Downey, Chat Sports
The NFL draft is just two weeks away, and teams are still figuring out what impact the blockbuster trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans will have on its outcome. Teams are also now looking more specifically toward the coming season after the league released the 2016 schedule on Thursday night.
Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below.
• UCLA linebacker Myles Jack had his medical re-check on his injured knee and told ESPN that no team had any concerns. However, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports some teams think Jack isn’t healing fast enough.
• Percy Harvin’s NFL career is over. The former first-round pick has elected to retire, reports Pro Football Talk. Harvin is just 27 years old, but has battled injuries for much of his time in the NFL.
• Former Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher is also retiring, according to agent Jordan Woy. Hatcher was cut by Washington earlier this off-season.
• Dominique Easley, the New England Patriots’ 2014 first round pick, went unclaimed on waivers after the Patriots cut him earlier this week. He is now an unrestricted free agent.
• Johnny Manziel is accused of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage at a Los Angeles house he rented, following two nights of “booze-and-drug filled” parting, reports Emily Smith of the New York Post. The accusations come from the Nicholas Goodwin, who rented the house to Manziel.
• The trade between the Rams and Titans includes an interesting condition. The third-round pick the Rams are sending to the Titans in 2017 will be a compensation selection if the Rams get one, reports Pro Football Talk. If not, the Rams will send their normal third rounder and get a seventh rounder back.
• The Rams weren’t the only team trying to move up to the No. 1 overall pick. Tony Pauline reports the New York Jets made a serious offer to the Titans that included defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.
• The Rams moving up in the NFL draft could be a big boost to the draft stock of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. Benjamin Allbright reports Lynch could go in the top seven picks now.