Browns trade punter Andy Lee to Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns swapped punters.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Panthers acquired veteran Andy Lee from the Browns, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

The team later confirmed the deal.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd, wide receiver. For the Bengals, much of Dalton’s success will depend on how three pass catchers — veterans Brandon LaFell and Brandon Tate, as well as the rookie Boyd — make up for the loss of Jones and Sanu. This is especially critical with tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle) not expected back until Week 4 at the earliest.

Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman, wide receiver. The rookie has dazzling potential and could make waves in 2016 alongside Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor. Still, there are so many new faces in Cleveland, it’s impossible to pick just one. On defense, keep an eye on high-motor pass rusher Carl Nassib, another promising first-year player. The offensive line, though, could be this squad’s fierce undoing.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Shazier, inside linebacker. A healthy Steelers offense can still blister teams with yardage and points, but let’s focus on defense: Shazier needs to pick up where he left off last season, playing the best football of his young career alongside fellow inside ‘backer Lawrence Timmons. With Pittsburgh’s secondary still a major question, Shazier is the most important figure on this side of the ball.

The deal ends one of the more nettlesome and controversial rookie holdouts in recent league history after Bosa, the former Ohio State star, and the team were deadlocked on how guarantees in his contract would be distributed.

The nitty-gritty details have yet to be announced, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Bosa inked a four-year, $25.8 million deal, per a source. The fully guaranteed pact comes with a $17 million signing bonus, per Rapoport, the largest upfront bonus installment in Chargers history for a veteran or rookie.

“I am very relieved. I knew it was going to get done. I was just surprised how long it took,” Bosa told reporters Monday. “I really left it mostly to my agents. That’s why I trust them. We just wanted what’s fair and what people in my position have gotten through the last five, six years. We came to a fair deal. There’s no animosity between any of us, me towards them or them towards me.”

“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement released by the club — a statement far less incendiary than the contentious, detail-filled missive the Bolts released a week ago describing their dealings with the rookie.

The late-August signing leaves Bosa under the gun to develop in a hurry. After missing all of training camp and three preseason games, the third-overall pick is no guarantee to make an immediate impact in San Diego.

“Of course I’d loved to be out here with my teammates. NFL is a business and like I said I’m happy it’s over with,” said Bosa.
“We’ll see when he’s ready to go. We’re not going to put a timetable on it,” head coach Mike McCoy told reporters Monday. “We’ll get him up to speed as quickly as we can. … It’s a matter of just getting used to playing in pads with his teammates.”

Osweiler doesn’t get why Elway doesn’t get why Osweiler wanted to finish Week 17

And thus, we’ve arrived at the main issue here — at least how I perceive it. The issue isn’t that Osweiler was benched, it’s that he was benched on the eve of a Super Bowl run. This even though he probably deserved the chance to lead the team to the Super Bowl because he was actually the better quarterback last year, statistically speaking. The competitor in Osweiler, I’m guessing, looked at Manning and his noodle arm and knew that he was better at that point in time.

If Osweiler had won the Super Bowl for the Broncos, the questions that followed him to Houston this offseason wouldn’t exist, at least not in the same magnitude. Talking heads wouldn’t be talking about his inexperience, they’d be citing his Super Bowl run. Winning a ring in the NFL as a quarterback might be the only way to gain immunity from criticism.

Furthermore, if Osweiler had played and won the Super Bowl, he’d probably still be in Denver. When Osweiler departed, a report emerged that said he wasn’t interested in playing in Manning’s shadow. That wouldn’t have concerned Osweiler had he led the Broncos to a title with Manning sitting on the bench.

Obviously, Elway has no reason to regret the Broncos decision to play Manning. It didn’t cost them a ring and it provided Manning with the perfect sendoff. But it’s a little surprising to hear Elway say he was surprised by Osweiler’s reaction, which is why Osweiler’s response seemed to be also steeped in surprise.

Josh Norman takes on all comers. And he’s not just taking the field for the Washington Redskins, this new team, this season. He’s adding television to his curriculum vitae.

Per The MMQB’s Emily Kaplan, Norman will be a regular contributor on Fox’s NFL coverage. His one-year contract states he’ll have a minimum of 10 appearances this season. Most of the sessions will be done from his home in Virginia, although Norman will travel to the Fox studios during the Redskins’ Week 9 bye in the first week of November.

Eat your heart out, Brandon Marshall.

Norman watched Marshall earn two sports Emmy nominations with Showtime as an analyst on “Inside the NFL,” and the ever-competitive Redskins cornerback told friends he wanted to double Marshall’s nominations with four.

Oh, and Norman — one of the more outspoken and bold players in the NFL — agreed to do it without his coaches knowing about it … although they likely are aware of it by now.

“I haven’t told Coach [Jay] Gruden or [defensive coordinator Joe] Barry yet, but I’ll give them a nice shout out on TV,” Norman says. “It’s not at all going to be a distraction. If you keep your focus on you and not anybody else, you’re going to be fine. I’m going to be me on Sunday.”

The Redskins pounced on Norman, 28, who was named the Carolina Panthers’ franchise player this offseason — and then summarily made a free agent when the Panthers rescinded Norman’s tag, getting nothing in return for him.