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Old Faces in New Places: NFL 2019

Rob Joyce
August 02, 2019 - 3:21 pm
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As of this week, there are officially no more weekends without football until February. Sure, the Hall of Fame game may not do it for you, but the preseason is officially underway around the NFL. This offseason had a little more drama than usual, with some high-profile names moving teams in one way or another. Are you all caught up on who’s where? If not, here are some of the biggest names in the league that will be donning a new uniform come Week 1.

Antonio Brown:

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Brown seemingly came out on top of what was an extremely messy divorce with the Steelers, who were essentially forced to trade their All-Pro wideout to Oakland for a couple of mid-round draft picks. Now AB is a Raider and the league’s highest-paid wide receiver, trying to jumpstart an offense and a team that has just one playoff appearance since making the Super Bowl in 2002.

Odell Beckham, Jr:

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Though not quite as tumultuous as Brown’s exit from Pittsburgh, OBJ and the Giants had a slew of problems that, over time, eventually led to a trade to Cleveland. The 26-year-old is now Baker Mayfield’s top target for the resurgent Browns, at the cost of a first and third-round pick, plus Jabrill Peppers. It’s the highlight of a very good offseason for Cleveland, who many are predicting to win its first division title since 1994.

Le’Veon Bell:

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The jury is out as to whether Bell’s decision to sit out the 2018 season paid off, considering he didn’t get the $15 million a year he wanted. However, Bell still signed a lucrative four-year, $52.5-million deal with the Jets. A workhorse, the 27-year-old had 406 touches in 2017 and 336 in 2016. With Sam Darnold entering his second-year under center, he has a major weapon not only as a runner, but as a blocker and receiver as well in the two-time All-Pro.

Earl Thomas:

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The Legion of Boom is officially a thing of the past in Seattle, as the final member has moved on. After considering sitting out last year while on the franchise tag, Thomas suffered a season-ending injury that could have cost him a long-term deal (remember the middle finger towards Pete Carroll?). Instead he wound up in Baltimore on a four-year, $55-million contract ($32 million guaranteed), adding to one of the league’s better defenses. The three-time All-Pro will fit in nicely with an AFC North defense.

Joe Flacco:

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The legendary Super Bowl run in 2012 led to a mammoth deal that almost immediately backfired on the Ravens. And after a 4-5 start to last year led to a hip injury, the Lamar Jackson era under center began, ultimately ending Flacco’s Baltimore career. Now he’ll look to prove he has something left in the tank in Denver, who acquired the 34-year-old for a fourth-round draft pick in February. With Case Keenum now in Washington and the days of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch in the rearview, it’s Flacco’s team.