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DeSean Jackson agrees to terms with Redskins

DeSean Jackson agrees to terms with Redskins

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 1, 2014
One visit was enough for DeSean Jackson to determine where he wanted to play next season. According to Dianna Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington, Jackson has agreed to terms on a deal with the Washington Redskins. Denise White of EAG Sports Management …
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  • Report: Titans meeting with Garrett Reynolds on Wednesday

    Report: Titans meeting with Garrett Reynolds on Wednesday

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    A 10-game starter at guard from a season ago will reportedly meet with the Titans. Ex-Falcons offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds will visit with Tennessee on Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reported. Reynolds started the first nine game…
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  • NFL draft: Johnny Manziel will meet with New England Patriots, …

    NFL draft: Johnny Manziel will meet with New England Patriots, per reports

    NFL teams meet with hundreds of prospects throughout the pre-draft process, so news of one team meeting with one player shouldn't cause much of a ripple in the big picture. But when it's the New England Patriots and Johnny Manziel, it's a little differe…
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  • Stephen Morris hopes to generate some interest at his Pro Day w…

    Stephen Morris hopes to generate some interest at his Pro Day workout

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Quarterback remains the most important position in pro football, but plenty of quarterbacks get overlooked as the draft process approaches. Miami’s Stephen Morris hopes to change that. Morris, who notched the second fastest 40-yard dash among quarterbac…
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  • Taylor Lewan visiting Falcons, Lions and Rams

    Taylor Lewan visiting Falcons, Lions and Rams

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan is widely considered to be one of the top offensive line prospects available in this year’s draft class. As such, Lewan is getting plenty of attention from teams with draft picks in the top 10 of May’s draft. According to Gi…
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  • Broncos reach deal with center Will Montgomery

    Broncos reach deal with center Will Montgomery

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Broncos, who were hit with multiple injuries at center in the lead-up to the 2013 season, have added to their options at the position. Center Will Montgomery, a 16-game starter for Washington in 2013, has reached a one-year deal with the Broncos, th…
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  • Report:  Strahan could co-host Good Morning America

    Report: Strahan could co-host Good Morning America

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Well, Warren Sapp may have another reason to envy Michael Strahan. Strahan, who’ll enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, will become a co-host on Good Morning America, according to the New York Daily News. The deal isn’t signed yet, but Strahan…
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  • PFT: How much is a great non-franchise QB worth?

    PFT: How much is a great non-franchise QB worth?

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Erik Kuselias debates with Ross Tucker and Shaun King about if a talented non-franchise quarterback such as Colin Kaepernick is worth $15m.
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  • Bills stadium committee holds first meeting

    Bills stadium committee holds first meeting

    ESPN.com Apr 1, 2014
    Bills president Russ Brandon can appreciate how eight years is not much time to establish a plan to secure the franchise's long-term future in Buffalo.
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  • Saints re-sign Parys Haralson

    Saints re-sign Parys Haralson

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Saints have brought back a player whom they traded for last August, agreeing to a one-year deal with outside linebacker Parys Haralson. The club announced the transaction on Tuesday. Haralson (6-0, 255) played all 16 games for the Saints in 2013, no…
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  • Jets sign ex-Dolphins cornerback Patterson

    Jets sign ex-Dolphins cornerback Patterson

    Trying to replenish their once-formidable cornerback position, the New York Jets signed former Miami Dolphins starter Dimitri Patterson on Tuesday.
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  • Veteran CB Bailey visits Saints, sources say

    Veteran CB Bailey visits Saints, sources say

    Cornerback Champ Bailey, one of the premier names left on the free-agent market, visited with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, according to league sources.
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  • Report: Giants meet with Robert Ayers

    Report: Giants meet with Robert Ayers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Giants, who have lost some defensive line depth in free agency, have reportedly taken a look at one of the better unsigned defensive linemen. According to NFL writer Howard Balzer of KSDK.com, the Giants hosted Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers on …
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  • Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visit

    Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visit

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    One of Lovie Smith’s former charges with the Bears is going to visit with Smith and his new team this week. Safety Major Wright tweeted that he was headed to Tampa on Tuesday afternoon and said that he was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. …
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  • Jets bolster WR corps with ex-Raider Ford

    Jets bolster WR corps with ex-Raider Ford

    The New York Jets signed a fast wide receiver with dynamic ability on special teams -- but not DeSean Jackson. They finalized a deal Tuesday with Jacoby Ford, formerly of the Oakland Raiders.
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  • Raiders release RG Brisiel after two seasons

    Raiders release RG Brisiel after two seasons

    The Oakland Raiders released veteran right guard Mike Brisiel after two up-and-down, injury-filled years on Tuesday.
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  • Darrius Heyward-Bey scheduled to visit Steelers

    Darrius Heyward-Bey scheduled to visit Steelers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The list of available free agent wide receivers lost a member on Tuesday when Jacoby Ford signed with the Jets. It could get even smaller if another former Raiders wideout has a good visit in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-…
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  • PFT on NBCSN welcomes Arthur Blank, Jason Licht

    PFT on NBCSN welcomes Arthur Blank, Jason Licht

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Today’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN expands to six hours. And that’s the closest thing to an April Fool’s Day gag you’ll see here today. We’re on for only one hour, our normal show length. And part of that hour will include snippets of our int…
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  • Giants sign Charles Brown

    Giants sign Charles Brown

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Add another name to the Giants’ offseason haul. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed tackle Charles Brown. Brown visited with the Giants earlier in free agency and joins an offensive line that has also added Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry and J.…
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  • Minnesota submits bid to host '18 Super Bowl

    Minnesota submits bid to host '18 Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Apr 1, 2014
    Minnesota's Super Bowl committee has submitted a preliminary bid to host the 2018 game.
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  • Robbie Gould not a fan of preseason extra point experiment

    Robbie Gould not a fan of preseason extra point experiment

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    At the league meetings last week, owners voted to move the spot of the ball for extra points to the 20-yard line for the first two weeks of preseason. The test comes after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league would explore options for ext…
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  • Raiders, 49ers call LAPD about Jackson, but not Redskins

    Raiders, 49ers call LAPD about Jackson, but not Redskins

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    In the old days, you could nail down a potential free agent player or coaches whereabouts by calling the agent or tracking the tail numbers on a private plane. These days, you have to call the cops. According to A.J. Perez of NJ.com, the Raiders and the…
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  • Danieal Manning has a visit with the Chiefs lined up

    Danieal Manning has a visit with the Chiefs lined up

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Safety Danieal Manning wasn’t too upset when the Texans released him on Monday and part of the reason for that may be the quick signs from other teams of interest in his services. As reported late Monday night, Manning is visiting the Bengals on Tuesday…
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  • A week after getting an NFL job, Greg Reid gets arrested again

    A week after getting an NFL job, Greg Reid gets arrested again

    Cornerback Greg Reid worked hard to get to the NFL. His stay may end up being a short one. According to ESPN.com, the Rams defensive back was arrested Saturday for violating probation. The specifics of the violation haven’t been disclosed. Reid had been…
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  • Chris Harris signs tender, stays with Broncos

    Chris Harris signs tender, stays with Broncos

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Chris Harris will remain in Denver. Harris, a restricted free agent cornerback, signed his tender today. That means he’ll play the 2014 season for the Broncos at a salary of $2.187 million. “I’m just glad to get it over with and be able to know I’ll be …
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  • Bill O'Brien explains how Texans would use Jadeveon Clowney if …

    Bill O'Brien explains how Texans would use Jadeveon Clowney if they draft him

    The Houston Texans have kept their draft intentions quite close to the vest. Their two biggest needs might be quarterback and defense (particularly with toughness and talent), so it's no shock that Jadeveon Clowney and the top quarterbacks have been the…
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  • Steelers bring in cornerback Brice McCain

    Steelers bring in cornerback Brice McCain

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Brice McCain found out this offseason that long-term deals aren’t always long term. Now he’ll get another shot at what is likely a shorter commitment. According to his agent David Canter, McCain is signing with the Steelers. The cornerback was a year in…
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  • Donald Trump says he will 'look at' possibly investing in Buffa…

    Donald Trump says he will 'look at' possibly investing in Buffalo Bills ownership

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Apr 1, 2014
    Once upon a time Donald Trump was very interested, and perhaps obsessed, in owning an NFL team. The history of the USFL, the defunct professional football league that started in the 1980s, can't be told without including the meddling of Trump, who owned…
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  • Report:  49ers, Browns aggressively pursuing Jackson

    Report: 49ers, Browns aggressively pursuing Jackson

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The mystery of the DeSean Jackson mystery teams apparently has been solved, without the intervention of Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, or any other meddling kids. According to NBC Washington, the 49ers and Browns are pursuing Jackson, who continues to visit with t…
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  • Ten most significant quarterback moves this offseason

    Ten most significant quarterback moves this offseason

    CNNSI.com Apr 1, 2014
    Half the league made a change at quarterback this offseason. Which moves will have the biggest impact?
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  • Bengals fullback Orson Charles arrested after allegedly pulling…

    Bengals fullback Orson Charles arrested after allegedly pulling a gun during road rage incident

    It is pretty hard for a fullback to make headlines during the offseason, but Cincinnati’s Orson Charles found a way. Charles was arrested in Madison County, Ky., late Monday charged with wanton endangerment-first degree, according to Cincinatti.com. The…
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  • Eric Decker pays Jeff Cumberland $25,000 for No. 87 jersey

    Eric Decker pays Jeff Cumberland $25,000 for No. 87 jersey

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Eric Decker has worn the No. 87 jersey since his NFL career began when the Broncos selected him with the 87th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Eighty-seven is important to him. So important, in fact, that when Decker signed with the Jets he quickly a…
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  • NFL draft: Q&A with Wyoming QB Brett Smith

    NFL draft: Q&A with Wyoming QB Brett Smith

    yahoo.com Apr 1, 2014
    Nineteen quarterbacks were invited to the NFL scouting combine this February. But Wyoming’s Brett Smith wasn’t one of them, despite him throwing for 3,375 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushing for another 573 and four scores. The three-year starter for th…
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  • Former Saint Will Smith visiting the Patriots today

    Former Saint Will Smith visiting the Patriots today

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Patriots have done good business in the past with veteran defensive players at the ends of their careers. They’re giving it another shot today. According to John Clayton of ESPN, former Saints defensive end Will Smith is visiting the Patriots today.…
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  • DeSean Jackson says he’s moving on as he moves through the airp…

    DeSean Jackson says he’s moving on as he moves through the airport

    Free agent receiver DeSean Jackson hasn’t had much to say since the Eagles cut him, but that hasn’t stopped the media from trying. Most recently, reporters caught up with Jackson at the airport after he flew to Washington. There, he had what Dan Steinbe…
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  • PFT Live: PFT Planet calls and tweets

    PFT Live: PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    It’s the first day of April and it is up to PFT Planet to decide whether or not that means we’ll ring in the month with a PFT Live filled with April Fools’ Day hijinx. We’ll be throwing open the floor to questions from our faithful audience for Tuesday’…
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  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's version of spring break: …

    Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's version of spring break: team practices twice a week

    yahoo.com Apr 1, 2014
    Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill could be doing anything this offseason. He could be soaking up the sun on South Beach. There are always parties to attend at the Versace Mansion. The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is not too far away from Miami. This would b…
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  • Buccaneers sign Jorvorskie Lane

    Buccaneers sign Jorvorskie Lane

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Buccaneers lost fullback Erik Lorig to the Saints as a free agent last month and the team has kicked off April by adding a player to take his spot on the roster. Agent David Canter tweeted an announcement that his client Jorvorskie Lane has signed w…
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  • Report: Dolphins would like to add another running back in draf…

    Report: Dolphins would like to add another running back in draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Dolphins have added Knowshon Moreno to their backfield and coach Joe Philbin said last week that they’re looking for more development from Lamar Miller heading into his third NFL season, but those may not be the only two options on the ground come n…
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  • NFLPA points out league’s past projection of flat cap through 2…

    NFLPA points out league’s past projection of flat cap through 2015

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    It’s fitting that, on April Fool’s Day, the NFL Players Association has opted to point out a past projection from the NFL that ultimately ended up being as accurate as the many phony reports that will be circulating on Tuesday/ From NFLPA spokesman Geor…
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  • Kevin Costner: NFL nixed scene of fans hanging him in effigy

    Kevin Costner: NFL nixed scene of fans hanging him in effigy

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Maybe the NFL just didn’t want to give fans any ideas. While the league allowed permission to use its logos and images for the upcoming movie “Draft Day,” there were certain lengths they weren’t willing to go. Actor Kevin Costner, who plays the General …
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  • Jim Caldwell: We could use a flamethrower in the pass rush

    Jim Caldwell: We could use a flamethrower in the pass rush

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    When Jim Schwartz was the head coach and Gunther Cunningham the defensive coordinator of the Lions, the team did not blitz that frequently. That’s expected to change this season as Teryl Austin has taken over the reins on defense and word out of Detroit…
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  • Schedule release remains on target for the middle of April

    Schedule release remains on target for the middle of April

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    It’s April, which means that we’re getting more and more questions about the timing of the release of the NFL’s 2014 regular-season schedule. In an effort to reduce the number of questions we’ll receive about the timing of the release of the 2014 regula…
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  • Carlos Rogers thinks old guys can turn Raiders around

    Carlos Rogers thinks old guys can turn Raiders around

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Raiders aren’t doing anything to get younger on defense. But the latest old guy to join them thinks that might be a good thing. Former 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, who signed yesterday, said coming in to work as the nickel corner inside Tarell Br…
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  • Panthers add John Ramsdell to offensive staff

    Panthers add John Ramsdell to offensive staff

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Panthers have apparently added an experienced offensive mind to staff. And we say apparently, because it came out in about the most accidental, new media way possible. Via Bill Voth of SportsXchange, acting on a tip from a Twitter follower and a mes…
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    By signing with the Bills, LB Brandon Spikes has something in common with his cousin Takeo Spikes. Said Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, “He’s excited to put all the pieces together, use everyone to the best of the schem…
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  • Darrelle Revis’s trainer says ACL is no longer an issue

    Darrelle Revis’s trainer says ACL is no longer an issue

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Darrelle Revis who suits up for the Patriots this season will be just as effective as the Darrelle Revis who was a three-time All-Pro with the Jets, according to Revis’s trainer. Brett Fischer, who leads Revis’s offseason workouts, told the Boston H…
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  • Sports Briefing: Giants Sign 2 on Defense

    Sports Briefing: Giants Sign 2 on Defense

    nytimes.com Apr 1, 2014
    The Giants re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson and added cornerback Zack Bowman on Monday.
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  • Cardinals to sign LeQuan Lewis

    Cardinals to sign LeQuan Lewis

    profootballtalk.com Apr 1, 2014
    Cornerback LeQuan Lewis played his college football at Arizona State University. Now he’s heading back to the desert to play as a professional. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Lewis is signing a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. …
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  • Video - Source: Manziel To Visit Patriots 03:16

    Source: Manziel To Visit Patriots

    Apr 1
    Field Yates discusses Johnny Manziel's scheduled visit on Wednesday with the New England Patriots.
  • Video - Texans' 2014 Draft vs. 2006 01:04

    Texans' 2014 Draft vs. 2006

    Apr 1
    In 2006, Charley Casserly and the Houston Texans drafted Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick. Casserly breaks down the differences between then and the similar scenario for the Texans this upcoming draft.
  • Video - Drew Brees In The Guinness Suite 03:45

    Drew Brees In The Guinness Suite

    Apr 1
    Drew Brees joins Ali Nejad in the Guinness Suite and talks about Russell Wilson's success and the changes that have taken place with Saints.
  • Video - Drew Brees On NFL Draft 02:46

    Drew Brees On NFL Draft

    Apr 1
    Drew Brees joins Ali Nejad in the Guinness Suite to talk about the NFL draft, Johnny Manziel and his venture with Microsoft.

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    Apr 1
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    Apr 1
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