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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a five-year contract, with one year expired. And so, naturally, Panthers fans are concerned that he’ll finish out the next four seasons and bolt for a bigger city. According to Newton himself, fans need not worry. âUpvote Share Tweet
At a time when many are wondering how the Saints will function with an interim head coach and, when Joe Vitt is suspended for six games, an interim interim head coach, quarterback Drew Brees isn’t troubled. “Joe Vitt is one of the most respected coachUpvote Share Tweet
Ronde Barber says Bucs “probably” will take Morris ClaiborneEarlier today, Rams running back Steven Jackson said he’d “stand on the table” to advocate the selection of receiver Justin Blackmon with the sixth overall pick. If Blackmon makes it past the Browns at No. 4, there’s a good chance he’ll get paUpvote Share TweetHall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was 23-over par for 27 holes when he withdrew Friday during the second round of the Nationwide Tour's rain-delayed TPC Stonebrae Championship.Upvote Share TweetAs the saying goes, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.” And one former Raiders has found a way to stay a Raider, by becoming the team’s new chaplain. The Raiders have announced that one-time running back Napoleon Kaufman is returning to the franchisUpvote Share Tweet
After some drama, door officially closes on Kroenke buying DodgersLast month, when the Dodgers announced that the team would be sold to someone other than Rams owner Stan Kroenke, I used the occasion to pay homage to a great baseball player who had a penchant for saying unintentionally brilliant things. “It’s not ovUpvote Share TweetThe Bengals on Friday re-signed tight end Donald Lee and linebacker Dan Skuta.Upvote Share TweetThe Chargers have signed another free agent. This one is one of their own. Fullback Jacob Hester has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday night. The Chargers say that Hester will back up Le’Ron McClain, who joined the ChargersUpvote Share TweetThe New York Giants completed a busy week by coming to terms with middle linebacker Chase Blackburn on Friday.Upvote Share TweetAs expected, the Redskins have worked out a new contract with the leader of their defense. “Redskins fans your captain is back!” linebacker London Fletcher declared on Twitter. Fletcher, who turns 37 next month, has appeared in every game during 14 NFUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Griffin plans to participate in Titans’ offseason programAs explained earlier on Friday, franchise players who have not yet signed their tender offers can still participate in their teams’ offseason programs. Though rare, it’s not unprecedented. And it’s happening again. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean repoUpvote Share Tweet
Ben “feels bad” for “the Sanchez”When last we heard from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he was explaining that an extended European golf vacation will somehow help him get ready for the NFL season. Speaking from Yankee Stadium, where dodging foul balls could, in theory, prepa…Upvote Share TweetWhether he’s apologizing for lending his jersey to a porn star or dancing shirtless hours after losing the Super Bowl, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a tendency to make eyebrow-raising public appearances. And now we have another. In an appearanceUpvote Share TweetFormer NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been formally charged with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance's home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins worked out free agent linebacker Gary Guyton on Tuesday, and on Friday he was formally added to the Fins’ offseason roster, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Guyton, 26, made the Patriots’ roster as an undrafted free agentUpvote Share TweetThree weeks after trading their starting quarterback, the Broncos have dumped one of their starting cornerbacks. The team has announced that veteran corner Andre’ Goodman has been released. Goodman started every game in 2011, eight in 2010, and all 16 iUpvote Share Tweet
Another former Peyton target is availableIf Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning craves familiarity, another guy who used to catch his passes in Indy is available. The Colts have announced that received Blair White has been waived. White, an undrafted free agent who signed with the team in 2010,…Upvote Share Tweet
Steven Jackson would “stand on the table” for a receiverIn a Friday appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, veteran Rams running back Steven Jackson made clear his preferences for the team on draft day, if he were in the team’s war room. “I’m standing on the table for a receiver,” Jackson said. “ArguablyUpvote Share TweetThe San Diego Chargers have signed free agent tackle Mario Henderson to a one-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Franchise players can participate in offseason programsAs offseason programs open and franchise players remain unsigned and fans looking for something to worry about are now worried about franchise players not participating in offseason programs, the popular belief is that unsigned franchise players can’t pUpvote Share TweetThe Washington Redskins have signed free agent safety Tanard Jackson, who was released by Tampa Bay earlier this week after failing a physical.Upvote Share Tweet
Cary Williams will not be at the start of Ravens workoutsCornerback Cary Williams won’t be reporting to the start of the Ravens’ offseason workouts on Monday. Jason La Canfora reports on NFL.com that Williams hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender and doesn’t plan on signing it any time soon. ThUpvote Share TweetThe Houston Texans have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Bradie James and re-signed linebacker Tim Dobbins.Upvote Share Tweet
Ed Hochuli gives advice on how to admit a mistakeIn 2008, Ed Hochuli cost the Chargers a game against the Broncos by wrongly ruling that Denver quarterback Jay Cutler had thrown an incompletion, when he had actually fumbled. Afterward Hochuli apologized and admitted he had botched the call. The apolog…Upvote Share Tweet
Mitch Petrus's Newest Groovenytimes.com Apr 13, 2012Mitch Petrus of the Giants plays bass with the band Vikings of North America, which has a five-song demo that is available on iTunes.Upvote Share TweetAlthough the Saints and Drew Brees haven’t made progress yet in contract talks, Saints owner Tom Benson believes progress is coming. At a press conference today to announce that he purchased the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, Benson said he spoke with BreUpvote Share TweetDrew Brees, the unquestioned leader in the New Orleans Saints locker rooms, calls Joe Vitt "the obvious choice" to take over as interim head coach while Sean Payton spends the entire 2012 season serving a suspension for his role in the club's …Upvote Share Tweet
Chiefs left tackle Albert changes agentsOffensive tackle Branden Albert is one of a host of Chiefs players entering the last year of their contracts. Unsigned franchise player Dwayne Bowe, defensive end Glenn Dorsey, guard Ryan Lilja, running back Peyton Hillis, and linebacker Jovan Belcher a…Upvote Share TweetThe Tennessee Titans have re-signed veteran defensive end Dave Ball.Upvote Share TweetFormer Ravens head coach Brian Billick isn’t high on former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a 2012 draft prospect, but league evaluators certainly seem to be. Tannehill is widely regarded as a surefire top-12 pick. Russ Lande of Sporting News iUpvote Share Tweet
Lingerie Football League goes on hiatus for 2012 seasonThe Lingerie Football League is hanging up its garters for the 2012 season. League spokesman Jim Wallin announced Friday that the LFL will go on hiatus until April 2013 so it can get on a warm-weather schedule in the spring and summer. Until then, playe…Upvote Share Tweet
Nearly 1,200 former players have filed suit for concussionsSeveral of you have asked, given the ongoing rash of concussion-related lawsuits, for a full tally of the total number of former players who have instituted legal action. Per a source with knowledge of the total number of actions and plaintiffs, and bas…Upvote Share TweetTerrell Owens still wants to play in the NFL this season, and still believes he’s going to. But he says a return to the Cowboys is out of the question because of Tony Romo. In an interview on the Ben and Skin Show, Owens was asked to give his thoughts aUpvote Share Tweet
Raiders under Reggie McKenzie not interested in Hard KnocksThe new-look Raiders have adjusted in many ways their approach to the media. Transactions are now announced via press release, not through a subtle update to the transactions page on the team’s website, days after the transaction occurs. Also, playeUpvote Share Tweet
Team needs: Miami DolphinsIf it’s April, it must be time to pay taxes and renew the hunt for the Miami Dolphins’ next franchise quarterback. The Dolphins brought in a new coach in Joe Philbin this offseason, but Jeff Ireland remained as general manager and the team struck outUpvote Share Tweet
Sporting News: VY thinks he could still be starterCNNSI.com Apr 13, 2012Sporting News: VY thinks he could still be starterUpvote Share TweetAfter spending the last month testing the waters in free agency, center Dan Koppen is staying in New England. Koppen and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal worth about $6 million, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports. The contract likely means KoUpvote Share TweetCurrent St. Louis Rams and former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has long been one of the most respected men in pro football, and for good reason. He coached the Titans through a franchise move from Houston, got them a yard away from a possible…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Apr 13, 2012We know all about Robert Griffin. But what about Baylor's other Robert Griffin? The less-heralded lineman is also in this draft, Don Banks writes, taking coincidence to new heights.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Brian Billick and PFT PlanetIt’s Friday and that means it is time for PFT Planet to make their voices heard on PFT Live. We’re looking for questions/thoughts on Twitter - @ProFootballTalk - and we’ll be taking calls at 12:20 pm ET at 888-237-5269. Bring your best stuff, PFUpvote Share Tweet
Panthers re-sign Jordan SennThe Panthers announced Thursday that they have re-signed linebacker Jordan Senn. Senn, who is the smallest linebacker in the league at 5’11 and 224 pounds, filled in as a starter seven times for the Panthers last season and acquitted himself pretty wellUpvote Share TweetThe three members of last year’s Lions draft class that have been arrested on marijuana charges since the end of the regular season should clear some space on their calendar. Wide receiver Nate Burleson wants to have a discussion with the trio - defenUpvote Share Tweet
The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memoAfter the Wonderlic score generated by former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was leaked by one or more of the 32 teams that exclusively had access to it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispatched a memo reminding the various franchises that this should…Upvote Share TweetAs of now, Donald Jones is the number two receiver for the Bills. Five options for the Dolphins with the eighth overall pick. Patriots DT Vince Wilfork likes the team Bill Belichick has been building this offseason. S DeAngelo Smith will be visiting wit…Upvote Share Tweet
Team needs: Jacksonville JaguarsLast year, Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith chose the quarterback he hopes will be the starter for years to come in Blaine Gabbert. This year, Smith needs to surround Gabbert with talent to make the Jaguars a winner - and Smith needs to hope Gabbert lUpvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown 50 - #31: Dwayne Allen, TE, ClemsonWith the 2011 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Right up to the draft, we'll be taking a closer look at the 50 players who may be the biggest NFL difference-makers when all is sai…Upvote Share Tweet
Schwartz thinks offseason will be critical for second-year playersLast year, incoming players had no offseason program. That’s because no one had an offseason program, thanks to the lockout. Though some first-year players, like Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, had an immediate and significant impact, plenty of playeUpvote Share TweetGiants defensive end Osi Umenyiora had a good postseason, recording 3.5 sacks and helping his team win the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his situation. Umenyiora was not in the starting lineup for any of the Giants’ four postseasUpvote Share TweetWhen the trade of former Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers to the Giants became official, the term of the day was “fresh start” - that’s what Rivers and the Giants say a player who was talented enough to go ninth overall in the NFL draft, and who isUpvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown 50 - #32: Jonathan Martin, OT, StanfordWith the 2011 NFL season in the books, it's time to turn our eyes to the NFL draft, and the pre-draft evaluation process. Right up to the draft, we'll be taking a closer look at the 50 players who may be the biggest NFL difference-makers when all is sai…Upvote Share TweetOn Thursday, an enthusiastic fan on Twitter asked Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White about his statistical goals for the 2012 season. Roddy said that his goals were to lead all wide receivers in all applicable statistical categories. A perfectly …Upvote Share TweetTim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on one of the Denver Broncos' most memorable touchdowns in franchise history.Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Saint Asymptotegrantland.com Apr 13, 2012In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. The New Orleans Saints have named top assistant Joe Vitt...Upvote Share Tweet
Should Wonderlic scores matter?Apr 13NFL video: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne reportedly earned the worst-ever score on the Wonderlic test - but should itâ€¦
City, fans benefit from dual ownership of Saints, HornetsApr 13Doug Mouton / Northshore Bureau Chief Email: | Twitter: @dmoutonwwl NEW ORLEANS -- Top New Orleansâ€¦
Can Joe Vitt fill the void?Apr 13Is Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt the best replacement for Sean Payton? Michael Lombardi explains from a front-office perspective.
Clay Matthews looks forwardApr 13Three-time Pro Bowl selection Clay Matthews stops by the "NFL Total Access" set to talk about the 2012 Packers and much more.
Don Banks: What's in a name? For Baylor's other Robert Griffin, quite a bi…Apr 13By now, the name is so familiar, bordering on ubiquitous. Everybody knows the Robert Griffin story. We've scarcely been able to get enough of it in the months-long buildup to the 2012 NFL Draft.
The totally awesome end to the NBA seasonApr 1333 reasons to be excited about the NBA stretch run.