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02/27 Browns sign QB Josh McCown to three-year contract
The Cleveland Browns, who have been looking for stability and consistent production from the quarterback position since pretty much the start of the Reagan Administration, have signed their latest hope under center: Josh McCown. The two sides agreed to terms on a three-year contract Friday. There's no word yet on how much McCown will be getting paid. McCown, who will turn 36 years old in July, re... [Read More]
02/27 Dolphins cast off WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson
Get ready for a very, very different receiving corps in 2015, Dolphins fans. The team is trying its damnedest to trade Mike Wallace, and today, Miami parted ways with Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. Those two represent the Dolphins' third- and fourth-leading receivers from 2014, respectively. But neither player caught 40 balls or accumulated 500 yards last season. These two cuts combined give M... [Read More]
02/27 RB Steven Jackson cut by Falcons, wants to keep playing
Steven Jackson's unimpressive two-year stint in Atlanta has come to an end. Jackson doesn't want to say the same about his career. Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday. The 31-year-old's release saves the team $3.75 million in cap space. He has spent 11 years in the league, has rushed for more than 11,000 yards and has led his team in ground yardage in all but one of his seasons in the... [Read More]
02/27 Falcons cut WR Harry Douglas
The Falcons continued to cut salary on the offensive side of the ball by letting go of wide receiver Harry Douglas on Friday. Douglas, 30, is one season removed from an 85-catch, 1,000-yard campaign. However, those numbers dropped to 51 and 556, respectively, this past season. Douglas also missed a month of action due to a foot injury. His release saves Atlanta $3.5 million and comes one day after... [Read More]
02/26 Chiefs getting rid of TE Anthony Fasano
In a move that will save the Chiefs about $2 million in cap space, the team is releasing tight end Anthony Fasano, as first reported by NFL.com's Jeff Darlington. Fasano, who turns 31 in April, caught 25 passes and four touchdowns with Kansas City in 2014. Most of his NFL value comes by way of his blocking skills, but he graded out negatively in both run and pass blocking this past season.... [Read More]
02/25 Lions release RB Reggie Bush
As we approach the new league year, the number of players receiving a pink slip is increasing steadily by the day. The latest big-name offensive skill player shown the door is Reggie Bush. The Lions officially released him on Wednesday. Bush had a very disappointing 2014, a year in which he missed five games and saw his rushing total drop about 70 percent from 2013 -- 1,006 yards to 297. The move ... [Read More]
02/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw was charged with marijuana possession last week
Although information is scarce, WDTN 2 news in Dayton, Ohio reported Friday via local court records that Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was charged last week for marijuana possession and following too close. The charge came Feb. 5 following a traffic stop. Bradshaw's passenger was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession. The former Giant will be in court on Tuesday, Feb. 17.... [Read More]
02/13 Broncos QB Peyton Manning expected to officially announce next week that he will play in 2015
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Peyton Manning was going to make his plans for 2015 known by the following week. Nothing happened. So now, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is saying an official decision will come next week. For reals this time. Mortensen said Friday on ESPN that he would be "surprised" if Manning hadn't gone public with his chosen path by next week some time. And that path will lead ... [Read More]
02/13 Lions DT Nick Fairley found not guilty of DUI
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley got some good news on the third and final day of his DUI trial Friday: The jury found him not guilty of driving under the influence when he was arrested in May 2012. It did, however, find him guilty of reckless driving. Fairley will become a free agent March 10.... [Read More]
02/13 Surprise: Bills HC Rex Ryan wants team to run the ball ... a lot
Oh, "Ground 'n' Pound." How we fell in love with thee. It wasn't flashy, but it sure worked for the Jets back in 2009 and 2010. Their head coach, Rex Ryan, stressed being physical on both sides of the ball, but that was a necessity more than anything else. With Mark Sanchez under center, the Jets sported one of the most impotent passing attacks in the league. Those squads got as far as they did be... [Read More]
02/13 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is ahead of schedule in knee rehab
In an article mostly about Larry Fitzgerald's contract situation, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim also told the team's official website that injured quarterback Carson Palmer looked "fantastic" when he stopped by team headquarters Thursday. Keim said Palmer has put on some muscle and is ahead of schedule in his rehab after tearing the ACL in his left knee Nov. 9. He underwent surgery Nov. 18.... [Read More]
02/12 Vikings would welcome back RB Adrian Peterson 'with open arms'
Kevin Warren. Why should that name matter to you? He's just the latest in a growing line of Vikings executives and decision-makers who have said publicly that they want running back Adrian Peterson to return to the team next season. Speaking on a conference call Thursday, Warren, the Vikings' chief operating officer, said he has great respect for Peterson as a player and a person. "He's part of ... [Read More]
02/12 QB Peyton Manning meets with Broncos brass; no decision on 2015 status yet
We understand that quarterback Peyton Manning probably wants to play next season. But do the Broncos want him and his $19 million salary to come back? That's a question that's been up for debate lately, and it may have been asked Thursday when Manning met with team executives. According to the Denver Post, Manning met with general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis, and wasn't ready ... [Read More]
02/12 Report: Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith prefers Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota
You could see this coming. About two weeks after a report stating that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were focused on drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas has "heard" that head coach Lovie Smith would rather have Florida State's Jameis Winston. In fact, Yasinskas says Smith's love for Winston is one reason why he decided to go with Dirk Koetter instead of Marc Trestman... [Read More]
02/12 Raiders RB Latavius Murray is a 'candidate' to start
Jack Del Rio has been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for less than a month. Although he's done this thing before, he knows it's too early to start throwing your weight behind one young, somewhat unproven player at the risk of alienating others. You want to preach competition and spout off a bunch of cliches even if you don't really mean them. That's probably want when into his words Thursda... [Read More]
02/12 Report: Steelers expect RB Le'Veon Bell to be suspended for two games
Although the legal process regarding Le'Veon Bell's marijuana possession charge from August has played out -- he was given 15 months probation and had his license suspended for 60 days -- the Steelers and their star running back are still waiting for the NFL to levy its penalty. Bell can be suspended for as many as two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and sources have told ... [Read More]
02/06 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell placed on probation; could miss up to two games in 2015
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was admitted into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition on Friday, stemming from his August arrest for DUI and possession of marijuana. Since he is a first-time offender, if he can complete this program successfully, the marijuana charges could be dropped. The 15-month probationary program will require Bell to abstain from drugs and alcohol, comp... [Read More]
02/06 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson emerges from hearing optimistic
"I got a fair hearing, for once". That is what Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson had to say after a hearing in which he sat and heard NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler argue, on his behalf, that Peterson's suspension which he was forced to serve should not have been handed down as it was. Due to the fact that the league's new personal conduct policy, in regards to alleged child abuse, was not put in pla... [Read More]
02/05 Seahawks S Earl Thomas needs shoulder surgery, out 6 to 8 months
After he dislocated a shoulder during the NFC Championship game, Earl Thomas didn't express any concern about his ability to play in the Super Bowl. Likewise, head coach Pete Carroll declared Thomas' shoulder injury "over" in the week leading up to the big game. Although Thomas played Sunday, his injury is not over by a long shot. Thomas needs surgery on that shoulder to fix a torn labrum and is... [Read More]
02/05 Rams name Frank Cignetti offensive coordinator
The Rams have filled their offensive coordinator vacancy from the inside. On Thursday, they promoted quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to OC. Cignetti, 49, has been with the team since 2012, coaching up the likes of Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Austin Davis and Kellen Clemens. Before that, his only pro jobs came with the Chiefs as a quality control coach (1999) and as a QBs coach with the Saints (200... [Read More]
02/04 Report: Browns will give 'very strong consideration' to trading up in draft to pick a top QB
Last year, the Browns traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, from 26th to 22nd, to select a quarterback. How'd that work out? So well that the Browns are thinking about doing it again this spring. Sources inside the organization have told Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that there will be "very strong consideration" given toward moving up to the top of the board to pick a quarterback. "They... [Read More]
02/04 Lions expecting more from TE Eric Ebron in his second season
Not all rookie pass-catchers were successful in 2014. It just seems that way. Lions first-year tight end Eric Ebron fought through many valleys this season despite being the 10th pick in May's draft. He caught 25 passes for 248 yards and just a single score in 13 games. So it should come as no surprise to hear that the Lions are expecting a bigger contribution from the North Carolina product next ... [Read More]
02/04 Falcons HC Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones on his team for long haul
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is headed into the final year on his rookie contract. So, it's at least realistic to think of 2015 as possibly being Jones' last in Atlanta. Moreover, the Falcons might choose to trade him before he hits free agency. But that's not a realistic scenario if you ask new head coach Dan Quinn, who said Tuesday that he "absolutely" wants Jones on his team for years to c... [Read More]
02/04 49ers figure to use more read-option in 2015
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, "A significant change" to the 49ers' offense for next season "figures to be a return to the read-option." Barrows adds that he doesn't know how much the read-option will be used, but head coach Jim Tomsula and CEO Jed York have recently mentioned a desire to get more out of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's legs. Kaepernick ran for a career-high 639 y... [Read More]
02/04 Report: TE Jordan Cameron is not interested in re-signing with Browns
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has been told by sources that Browns tight end Jordan Cameron 'is not interested in returning to Cleveland.' Cameron is slated to become a free agent next month. After a breakout 2013 season in which he caught 80 passes and gained more than 900 yards, Cameron's numbers in those two categories fell to 24 and 424, respectively. He also missed six games because of a shoul... [Read More]
02/04 Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested on drug charge
Joseph Randle may be the successor to DeMarco Murray in the Cowboys' backfield. But he's not doing himself any favor with his off-field actions. Randle was arrested early Wednesday morning after police responded to a call regarding domestic violence with a weapon at a Wichita, Kan. hotel. Upon arrival, police were told by a woman in the room that she and Randle had been arguing. Officers found mar... [Read More]
02/03 NFL makes Browns WR Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension official
What was assumed to be official last week is now officially official: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon won't be playing in the NFL until at least 2016. "Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon's suspension begins immediately," the league's official statement read Tuesday. Gor... [Read More]
02/02 WR Eric Decker has been 'pushing' Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas to join Jets
We still have about five weeks remaining until Demaryius Thomas officially hits the open market. Chances are the Broncos won't allow him to get there, either via a big contract or the franchise tag. But Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has been trying to sell his old teammate on why they should re-join forces in New York. "I've been pushing for the entire year now," Decker said of his efforts to re... [Read More]
02/02 Bengals WR Marvin Jones, TE Tyler Eifert 'progressing well' from injuries
The Bengals finished this season ranked 15th in points and yards gained. They were good enough to get to the playoffs, but there's little doubt that offense would have been better if wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert had been physically able to play in more than a combined total of one game. The good news is those two players are "progressing well" from their season-ending inju... [Read More]
02/02 Seahawks CB Richard Sherman needs Tommy John surgery
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will undergo surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his left elbow. Specifically, he requires Tommy John surgery, which is common among baseball pitchers and involves replacing the elbow's ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon from elsewhere in the body, most often the forearm. Sherman tore that ligament, among others, during the NFC Championship game versus ... [Read More]
02/02 Report: Broncos QB Peyton Manning will 'almost certainly' play next season
It has been reported that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning could make his decision about whether to play in 2015 this week. NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt says playing will most likely indeed be Manning's choice. Brandt tweeted Monday that he's "hearing Peyton Manning almost certainly will return for 18th season." Manning was on his way to another amazing statistical year before a December q... [Read More]
02/02 Patriots QB Tom Brady: 'I've got a lot of football left'
Tom Brady just won his fourth Super Bowl title. So, what's he going to do next? Well, he's not going to Disneyland; that trip has been booked for Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler. And Brady is also not going to retire. After last night's dramatic win, Brady was asked if he's thought about what this latest achievement means for his NFL legacy. The 37-year-old Brady responded, "No. I've got a lot ... [Read More]
02/02 As expected, Falcons hire Dan Quinn to be head coach
An official announcement may not come until tomorrow, but the Falcons have hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to be their head coach. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, via sources, the two sides agreed in principle to a five-year contract overnight. Quinn helped turn Seattle's defense into the league's best during his two seasons employed in the Pacific Northwest.... [Read More]
02/02 Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered rehab facility
The party-boy image of Johnny Manziel may have veiled a deeper, darker issue. The Browns announced today that their first-round quarterback entered a treatment facility last week. The exact reason for treatment or how long he will be in the facility is unknown. "We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer s... [Read More]
02/01 Report: Seahawks have offered RB Marshawn Lynch a 'monster contract extension'
Will today's Super Bowl mark Marshawn Lynch's final game as a Seahawk? Not if he takes what's reportedly waiting on the table. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Seattle has extended a "monster contract extension" to Lynch that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the rest of his career. The deal is thought to make Lynch the league's second-richest running back in terms of annual average val... [Read More]
02/01 NFL Honors: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins MVP; Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray named OPOY
The NFL celebrated its own on Saturday night, honoring those who really stood out in 2014. And the list of award winners doesn't provide any surprises. The top award of the night, Most Valuable Player, went to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the second time in four years. Mr. R-E-L-A-X posted a ridiculous 38:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio to help Green Bay win 11 of its final 13 regular-... [Read More]
01/31 HC Bruce Arians 'definitely, desperately' wants WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay with Cardinals
Some day, Larry Fitzgerald might find himself enshrined in Canton, Ohio as an Arizona Cardinal. But in present day, Fitzgerald's time in the desert may be ending. The 31-year-old wideout is coming off of what's arguably the worst season of his 11-year career, and he is scheduled to count $23.6 million against the cap in 2015. He is due an $8 million salary next season as well as an $8 million sign... [Read More]
01/31 Panthers TE Greg Olsen expected to receive contract extension
After churning out a career year, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is expected to receive a contract extension before the regular season begins. Set to become a free agent after 2015, the 29-year-old said after last Sunday's Pro Bowl, "I would love to finish my career [in Carolina]. I'd love to be able to get something done going into this season and know that I'll be a part of the team for a while."... [Read More]
01/31 QB Nick Foles, WR Jeremy Maclin expect to play for Eagles next season
Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin share something in common other than the fact that they are both current Philadelphia Eagles. Both think they will still be playing for the Eagles in 2015. Foles is entering the final year of his contract, and rumors regarding his future NFL home have been swirling. One of the latest has him possibly being traded to St. Louis. Following a breakout 2013 season in whi... [Read More]
01/31 Report: Falcons will name Seahawks DC Dan Quinn head coach next week
Dan Quinn has basically been the Falcons' head coach in-waiting for the past few weeks. An official announcement can't be made until his duties as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator are done. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the wait will be over very soon. Florio wrote Saturday that, per sources, Quinn will officially become Atlanta's HC on Tuesday. He has served as Seattle's defens... [Read More]
01/31 Cowboys lock up RB Ryan Williams for two years
At least one running back in Dallas is under contract. While DeMarco Murray's future may be up in the air, former practice-squad RB Ryan Williams has signed a two-year deal with America's Team. Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by Arizona, Williams will receive a $240,000 signing bonus and a yearly salary of $750,000 from the Cowboys. Williams had a lot of heat coming out of Virginia ... [Read More]
01/30 Saints TE Jimmy Graham says he will not undergo shoulder surgery
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had kept the possibility of offseason shoulder surgery open. He first wanted to see how he felt during the Pro Bowl. Apparently, Graham felt pretty darn good in last Sunday's game, because he said during a Friday radio interview that he has chosen rest and rehab over surgery. "I'm just going to do rehab, strengthen the area," Graham said. "That's what's best -- not h... [Read More]
01/30 The final Seahawks-Patriots injury report: Not a lot to see here
The Patriots and Seahawks will head into Super Bowl XLIX pretty healthy. Or at least as healthy as you'd expect two teams to be after playing 18 NFL games. The Patriots have the only player in the matchup listed as questionable -- center Bryan Stork. He was a limited participant in practice all week. He didn't play in the AFC Championship game because of a right knee injury. Six other Patriots are... [Read More]
01/30 Bears keep WRs coach Mike Groh in Chicago
Former NFL QB Mike Groh will continue to oversee the Bears' wide receivers in 2015. After more than 10 years of college coaching experience, Groh became Chicago's receivers coach in February of 2013. Under Groh, Alshon Jeffery has blossomed, breaking 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. Star wideout Brandon Marshall has also continued to produce on the elite level but hit a plateau this ... [Read More]
01/30 Wade Phillips tapped as Broncos' new DC
Once again joining forces with newly hired head coach Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips has been tapped to oversee the Broncos' defense. With 38 years of NFL coaching experience -- the bulk of them spent as a defensive coordinator -- Phillips will probably roll out a 3-4 defense in Denver. The 67-year-old coach has a history with Denver and GM John Elway, having served as the team's DC from 1989-92 and h... [Read More]
01/30 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy not open to taking pay cut
While being interviewed at Super Bowl Radio Row on Thursday, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said he didn't "want to take less money" in order to keep the current team together. At $11.95 million for 2015, McCoy's cap number will be the second-highest of any running back in the league. Philadelphia is expected to retain the stud back, but the organization would save $7.55 million if he was released. Unders... [Read More]
01/29 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III: 'I wasn't healthy and it sucked'
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 this season. He missed the next six games to get healthy, but that never happened. Even after Griffin returned in Week 9, he felt the effects of the injury. RGIII admitted as much in a Wednesday radio interview. "Last year, I wasn't healthy, and it sucked," Griffin said. "There's no other way to say it other than that." ... [Read More]
01/29 Report: Buccaneers have their 'sights set' on QB Marcus Mariota
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota." Of course, the Bucs have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. They are fully expected to take a quarterback at the top, either Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston.... [Read More]
01/29 Browns WR Josh Gordon: 'I failed myself'
In a 2,000-word, first-person account presented Thursday on Medium.com, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon took blame for his mistakes, slammed some of his more famous detractors and presented details of his life history and substance use. The 2013 All-Pro is facing another league-imposed suspension, one at least a year long, after failing a drug test for alcohol shortly after the Browns' 2014 seas... [Read More]
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