NFL Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Brown tweeted Tuesday about his meeting with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, saying they've cleared the air on several issues but both agree it's time for a parting of ways.
Impact: Brown is mending fences in the sense that he doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh on a sour note, and yet his words leave little doubt the trade request remains in place. The tweet also implies the Steelers intend to honor that request, though they'll surely expect a considerable return in exchange for one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. The situation could become a bit more complicated if Brown expects his next team to adjust his contract, which has three seasons and approximately $39 million remaining. Regardless, the Steelers will be stuck with a dead cap charge of $21.12 million -- the value of Brown's remaining bonus prorations. The team presumably intends to find a deal before March 17, at which point Brown is owed a $2.5 million roster bonus. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and team executive Omar Kahn are also on board with the plan to trade Brown, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
News: Kaepernick and Panthers safety Eric Reid have resolved their pending grievances with the NFL, subject to a confidentiality agreement.
Impact: Kaepernick and Reid presumably will receive financial settlements for undisclosed amounts, thus ending their lengthy legal battle in a collusion case against the league. The latter recently inked a three-year deal with the Panthers, while the former hasn't been signed since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017. This could pave the way for the 31-year-old quarterback to resume his football career, though he'll still have a hard time finding a contract that accurately reflects his on-field value. It doesn't help that Kaepernick hasn't played in a game since Week 17 of the 2016 season.
News: Brown had a change of heart and now plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: This doesn't mean Brown has withdrawn his trade request, but it does give the Steelers one last opportunity to see if there is any way to mend the relationship. For all the frustration with his antics, the team can't be too happy about the prospect of taking a $21.12 million dead cap charge in 2019 if Brown is traded. There's also some question about what the Steelers would receive in a trade, as Brown's odd behavior and possible desire for a new contract will probably scare most teams away. The 30-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to join the 49ers and recently tweeted his goodbye to Pittsburgh fans.
News: The Ravens agreed in principle Wednesday to trade Flacco to the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The trade won't become official until March 13, when the new league year begins. Baltimore was only able to net a 2019 fourth-round pick in exchange for the quarterback, who is scheduled to earn an $18.5 million base salary in 2019, per OverTheCap.com. Of course, the 34-year-old might be willing to accept a pay cut in exchange for what might amount to one of his best opportunities around the NFL to win a starting job. It isn't clear what the Broncos plan to do with fellow quarterback Case Keenum, who is scheduled for a $21 million cap hit if he's on the roster or a $10 million charge if he isn't (per OverTheCap.com). The Broncos may envision a competition between Flacco and Keenum, or they could trade/release the latter and then bring in a young signal-caller.
News: Brown posted a tweet Tuesday thanking Steelers fans and saying it's "time to move on and forward."
Impact: It's been three weeks since Brown dropped a hint on Instagram that he'd be interested in joining the 49ers, and he's now leaving minimal room for interpretation about his desire to be traded or released -- with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting the 30-year-old has officially requested a trade. An outright release presumably isn't a real option for the Steelers, as Brown has already been handsomely paid in the form of signing and roster bonuses, leaving him with three years and approximately $39 million remaining on his contract. In a league where the best wide receivers make at least $16 million per season, Brown has a lot of value under the terms of his current deal. Of course, he might demand a new contract if he's traded, in which case the Steelers would have a much tougher time finding a partner. Both sides would like to reach a resolution before March 17, at which point Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus.