The NFL has issued a memo after the Ja’Wuan James incident this week who suffered a torn Achilles after a workout away from the team facility and the damages afterwards.
Reporter Aaron Wilson shared the memo in which the NFL made clear teams are “not obligated to provide salary continuation during the year in which the injury was sustained,” if it happened away from the team facility.
As for James, his “contract tolled last year, so he was playing under his 2020 contract this year, which had $10 million guaranteed for skill and injury, and another $10 million in 2021. So it’s a $20 million potential torn Achilles injury today.”
James opted out of the 2020 season amid COVID pandemic.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was who reacted to the developments writing on Twitter, “So they are going to take his contract for working out in the off-season???”
The NFL did not include any new information that was unknown in Wednesday’s memo. But, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported such a rule has been place since 1977 and suggested the memo was more of a message to the league’s players’ association as it fights for virtual activities this offseason.
Aaron Wilson@AaronWilson_NFLNFL memo outlining rules regarding Ja'wuan James torn Achilles injury and contractual ramifications for his salary, and that teams are not 'obligated to provide salary continuation during the year in which the injury was sustained.'
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Alejandro Villanueva is opening up on why he joined the rival Baltimore Ravens instead of staying with Pittsburgh Steelers has good reason why.
As we reported this week, Villanueva signed with Ravens on a two-year, $14 million deal who’s excited but one thing is for why.
Via CBS Sports:
"For us as an offensive line in Pittsburgh last year, it was incredibly challenging that we knew that we had to go with these game plans that involved passing the ball potentially the entire game," Villanueva said during Wednesday's virtual media press conference. "The mentality when you have a balanced offense, or when you run the ball, it's obviously better for an offensive line. I'm assuming it's not as fun for the wide receivers because they're not getting all the catches. They're making their TikToks, and they're having fun on social media. But for an offensive lineman, it's definitely an awesome experience."
As CBS Sports noted it Villanueva explained the significant disadvantage he and his fellow Pittsburgh offensive linemen faced last season.
"When you have to pass the ball, especially like you had to do last year, it involves an incredible amount of pressure," he said. "Because you know the pass rushers can get into a rhythm. You're going against Myles Garrett, and he's going to get 10, 15 passes in a row to set up moves, to be able to attack every single angle of your body, try different moves. He has 50 to 60 snaps to try everything that he wants to do on you. So it becomes very stressful."
Villanueva also praised the Steelers who said they a class-act for playing with Mike Tomlin and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
"There are certain players in the NFL that truly inspire you to get the best out of you because you see how rare the talent is," Villanueva said. "I felt that when I was playing with Le'Veon Bell. You always felt energized as an offensive lineman to continue to give your best for that player. I don't think there's a doubt in anyone's mind that when you watch Lamar Jackson play, you want to do everything for him, protect him and continue to see the magic that he displays on the field.
"Not only does it make the game of football incredibly fun for the fans and for everybody out there, but it also lets you win a lot of football games."
Alejandro also says he is also excited to block for former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
A left tackle in Pittsburgh, Villanueva is slated to be the Ravens’ right tackle in 2021. Villanueva will be flanked on Baltimore’s starting offensive line by left tackle Ronnie Stanley, left guard Bradley Bozeman, center Patrick Mekari, and right guar Kevin Zeitler.
Villanueva also explained on how his original goal in the NFL was to play one season in order to pay for business school.
"Had there been another war or another conflict, I probably would have never gotten out of the military," Villanueva said. "I had to make the transition into the civilian world, which is a very, very difficult transition. It's finding a new identity. It's finding who you are. It's finding your passions and your purpose, which is not easy to do when you're 24 years old and the only thing you know is the military.
"I thought, if I played one year in the NFL, even if I just fooled some of the coaches who are infatuated with the military, that I'd be able to pay for business school. My goal in Pittsburgh was to play one year and get out and go to business school at one of the top programs and move on with my life. I was able to do both."
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