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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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Titans meeting with Garrett Reynolds on WednesdayA 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…Upvote Share TweetNFL 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Stephen Morris hopes to generate some interest at his Pro Day workoutQuarterback 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…Upvote Share TweetMichigan 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Strahan could co-host Good Morning AmericaWell, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT: How much is a great non-franchise QB worth?Erik Kuselias debates with Ross Tucker and Shaun King about if a talented non-franchise quarterback such as Colin Kaepernick is worth $15m.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills stadium committee holds first meetingESPN.com Apr 1, 2014Bills 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetTrying to replenish their once-formidable cornerback position, the New York Jets signed former Miami Dolphins starter Dimitri Patterson on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetCornerback 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Major Wright headed to Tampa for a visitOne 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. …Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders released veteran right guard Mike Brisiel after two up-and-down, injury-filled years on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetThe 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-…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBCSN welcomes Arthur Blank, Jason LichtToday’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…Upvote Share TweetAdd 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.…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Apr 1, 2014Minnesota's Super Bowl committee has submitted a preliminary bid to host the 2018 game.Upvote Share TweetAt 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Raiders, 49ers call LAPD about Jackson, but not RedskinsIn 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…Upvote Share TweetSafety 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…Upvote Share TweetCornerback 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…Upvote Share TweetChris 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 …Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetBrice 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…Upvote Share TweetOnce 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Apr 1, 2014Half the league made a change at quarterback this offseason. Which moves will have the biggest impact?Upvote Share TweetIt 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…Upvote Share TweetEric 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL draft: Q&A with Wyoming QB Brett Smithyahoo.com Apr 1, 2014Nineteen 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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.…Upvote Share TweetFree 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…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: PFT Planet calls and tweetsIt’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’…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's version of spring break: team practices twice a weekyahoo.com Apr 1, 2014Miami 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Buccaneers sign Jorvorskie LaneThe 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA points out league’s past projection of flat cap through 2015It’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…Upvote Share Tweet
Kevin Costner: NFL nixed scene of fans hanging him in effigyMaybe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Caldwell: We could use a flamethrower in the pass rushWhen 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Schedule release remains on target for the middle of AprilIt’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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers add John Ramsdell to offensive staffThe 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…Upvote Share TweetBy 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Darrelle Revis’s trainer says ACL is no longer an issueThe 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…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Apr 1, 2014The Giants re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson and added cornerback Zack Bowman on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals to sign LeQuan LewisCornerback 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. …Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Manziel To Visit PatriotsApr 1Field Yates discusses Johnny Manziel's scheduled visit on Wednesday with the New England Patriots.
Texans' 2014 Draft vs. 2006Apr 1In 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.
Drew Brees In The Guinness SuiteApr 1Drew Brees joins Ali Nejad in the Guinness Suite and talks about Russell Wilson's success and the changes that have taken place with Saints.
Drew Brees On NFL DraftApr 1Drew Brees joins Ali Nejad in the Guinness Suite to talk about the NFL draft, Johnny Manziel and his venture with Microsoft.
Don Banks: Ten most significant quarterback moves this offseasonApr 1Despite a quarterback-laden 2014 NFL draft unfolding next month (Johnny, Blake or Teddy anyone?), it has been another typically active offseason on the league's ever-spinning quarterback carousel. By my count, 16 teams -- or half the league -- have expe…
The Tuesday MailbagApr 1Had a few things left in the notebook from the weekend visit to a New York City hospital to see Jim Kelly battle cancer of the face and jaw for the second time. But first, this bit of additional sobering news first reported by Tim Graham of the Buffalo …