Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who is a free agent, has reportedly been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2018 season, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Collins was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft but only appeared in 24 games over the past three years. He was waived by the Falcons last November and hasn’t found a new job since.
Unfortunately, that was Collins’ last appearance in a competitive game, as his suspensions led to the end of his career with the Falcons. With another violation on his record, it will make it difficult for him to get another job in the NFL.
Opinions were split on the first three quarterbacks, although the legendary Rose Bowl battle between Leinart and Young loomed heavily on every scout’s mind. Leinart lost his job to Kurt Warner in Arizona, while Young mixed game-changing plays, bad decisions and inconsistency during his run in Tennessee. Young made two Pro Bowls but lacked the longevity of Cutler. As then-Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist documented in 2015, Shanahan wanted to draft Leinart, only for the Cardinals to beat them to the punch. Cutler would be the last highly touted quarterback to hit the NFL with a significant losing record in college until the Titans drafted Locker in 2011.
Along with the retirement whispers, Gronkowski’s name popped up in a flurry of offseason trade chatter. That was never a serious consideration for the Patriots , though, with NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo noting the team never engaged in trade talks over their monstrous tight end.
Amid all the retirement talk and trade rumors, Kraft — in his third decade as an NFL owner — has learned to roll with the punches.
“Look, things can change, but I’ve been dealing with this for 24 years,” Kraft said. “It’s always something. My job is to try to keep things cool, have continuity and attract the best people. And we’ve done OK over the last 24 years from where we were the (previous) 35. I can’t predict everything that is going to happen. There are acts of God. Anyone could be in a car accident, so we have to develop contingency plans for everything — coaching, players. But I’m optimistic about the future.”