Conner, Bernard find new homes; other NFL Notes

April 13, 2021

Former AFC North rivals James Conner and Giovani Bernard have found new NFL homes. Conner inked a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, while Bernard is headed to play with the defending champion Buccaneers.

Conner has played in just 50 games in four NFL seasons but has been productive in those games. He has averaged at least four yards per carry each year of his career.

Conner’s second season in the NFL was his most productive, taking 215 carries for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games. He added 55 catches for 497 yards and a score.

Despite two stints on the COVID reserve list last season, Conner was good in 13 games. The running back, who will be entering his age 26 season had 721 yards and six touchdowns, adding 215 receiving yards.

He enters a backfield that is headed by Chase Edmonds, who had 448 yards rushing as a backup to Kenyan Drake last year.

The move likely keeps the Cardinals from using a Day Two pick on a running back unless a player falls.

Bernard to Tampa Bay

After missing out on re-connecting James White with Tom Brady, the Bucs inked a deal with pass-catching back Bernard.

Bernard joins a loaded backfield in Tampa that already features Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette and Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

He has historically been a backup, starting 30 of his career 115 games, one-third of those coming last year. He is coming off a season where he played in all 16 games, rushing for 416 yards and catching passes for 355 yards, totaling six touchdowns.

His best season came in 2015 when he rushed for 730 yards and caught 49 passes for 472 yards.

Julain Edelman retires

After it was reported that Edelman was planning on playing in 2021, but would miss games with a back injury, the Patriots released Edelman.

The 11-year pro hung it up after playing just six games in 2020. Edelman eclipsed 1,000 yards three times in his career, catching at least six touchdowns four times.

Thaddeus Moss signs with Bengals

It didn’t take long for Randy’s son to sign off of waivers.

Three days after being cut by Washington, the second-year pro has a home. Moss missed all of his rookie season because of an injury.

He is reunited with Joe Burrow who tossed him 47 passes for 540 yards and four touchdown’s in 2019, leading LSU to a National Title.

The 22-year old joins a shallow TE pool in Cincinnati that is led by Drew Sample in 2020.