The global pandemic that is the coronavirus has gripped Southern Nevada in a most relentless manner, its harsh realities being felt from one side of town to the next.
On the same day the NFL announced it had canceled all public draft events in Las Vegas, the league’s “legal tampering” period began — leading to a flurry of deals.
In a memo to teams on Monday, the NFL prohibited in-person visits for free agency and indefinitely delayed the start to offseason programs for all teams, according to a league source.
Local leaders won’t speculate on a future NFL draft here, but what’s known for sure is that thousands of people and millions of dollars won’t be coming in April.
Arizona’s odds dropped from 80-1 to 40-1 to win the Super Bowl and from 40-1 to 20-1 to win the NFC. Houston, which acquired David Johnson, saw its odds soar.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers closed as -110 co-favorites with the New England Patriots at the Westgate sportsbook to be Tom Brady’s 2020 team.
The Arizona Cardinals have acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
In his statement regarding the cancellation of the NFL draft in Las Vegas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will be evaluating the city for more major events — including the Super Bowl.
The initial plan is for Marcus Mariota to back up Derek Carr, but Mariota’s skill set is a fit in coach Jon Gruden’s offense and GM Mike Mayock always has been fond of him.
The NFL has canceled plans to hold its draft in Las Vegas this year because of concerns over the spread of coronavirus.