Apr
16
2021

Spinning The Headlines: Aaron Donald, Seahawks’ Defense, Falcons’ Special Teams, And The Cleveland Browns!

Welcome back to Spinning the Headlines. In this week’s headlines, we look at Aaron Donald, Seahawks’s Defense, the Falcons’ special teams, and the Cleveland Browns. So, Let’s get to it.

Man Accuses Aaron Donald of assault in Pittsburgh.

A 26-year-old man has filed a complaint against three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Firstly, no charges have been filed at this time. However, attorney Todd Hollis and his client De’Vincent Spriggs claim that Spriggs sustained substantial injuries, including a broken orbital bone in his head and a broken nose.

Spriggs claims he bumped into Donald in a Pittsburgh nightclub. Donald then escalated the situation, leading Donald and others to assault Spriggs, causing the alleged injuries.

Hollis and Spriggs filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburgh police on Wednesday.

“They did a preliminary investigation, and they’re going to look into the matter and get back to us as soon as they have more information,” Hollis said.

Unfortunately, we all know how it is for someone like Donald. Now, I am not saying it didn’t happen, but maybe how it happened. In the early morning hours, around three in the morning, in a busy nightclub. Just not sure about Donald and the company escalating the situation first. Normally, the complainant wants to look like the absolute victim; but, could’ve it been mutual escalation?

Neither party wanting to give in. That lead to possible pushing, then Spriggs was outnumbered?

Whichever the case, Spriggs has serious injuries. Hopefully, we will get some truth in this matter as time goes along. The Los Angeles Rams state they are aware of the situation and gathering information.

Aldon Smith agrees to a one-year deal with Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks finally sign the pass-rusher they wanted to trade for last season. Smith signed with Seahawks as a free agent. The former 49ers first-round pick hadn’t played since 2015 until returning to the football field last season for the Dallas Cowboys, playing every-down player for the Cowboys and compiling five sacks in the process. Smith is showing the NFL that he truly gives everything he has on the field.

Seattle looks to upgrade their pass-rush after lacking in that department last season, re-signing Carlos Dunlap and adding Kerry Hyder. They hope Smith will thrive in a rotation-type situation. Using Smith in that role is a great advantage for him. Playing every snap for the Cowboys, you could see the wear showing on Smith by the end of the season. So, rotating him out and allowing him to rest should be a big win for Smith and Seattle.

Atlanta Falcons agree to a one-year deal with Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson not only brings the football’s best return game to Atlanta but such versatility to the offensive side of the ball. As a receiver, a running back, and gadget-style player, Patterson is very unpredictable to opposing defenses. Then, when needed, the 30-year-old Patterson will undoubtedly help the Falcon’s almost nonexistent return game. This signing may help get Atlanta some of those close losses in years past. Patterson could provide that spark or even the extra scores to put Atlanta in the W column.

Browns sign Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal worth up to 10 million dollars.

The Cleveland Browns are making major improvements to their defense this offseason, trying to atone for their loss in the Divisional Round of the playoffs in the 2020 season. Clowney joins many new additions to the defensive side of the ball. Pairing Clowney with Myles Garrett as tandem pass rushers. This move alone will bolster the Browns’ 4-3 scheme defense. Giving Cleveland something they have dreamed about since they began pursuing Clowney last offseason.

Even with an 11-5 record, manhandling heated rival the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, the Brown’s defense was still ranked 21st in points allowed. Cleveland’s front office has taken those stats to heart, as improving the defense seems to be the main priority. The signing of Jadeveon Clowney will go a long way in solidifying the Browns’ defense.

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