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It’s the PFT Whiparound

It’s the PFT Whiparound

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 19, 2013
Since launching the TV version of Pro Football Talk last year, we’ve pasted from time to time some of the clips from the show. One clip we haven’t previously used is dubbed the “Whiparound,” where Erik Kuselias and yours truly ping-pong with a bun
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  • Trashing of Combine room shouldn’t harm draft stock

    Trashing of Combine room shouldn’t harm draft stock

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    At the Scouting Combine in February, a room assigned to receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Mark Harrison (pictured) reportedly was trashed. Not with broken furniture or other property damage but with toothpaste on the bathroom mirror, partially-eaten food on…
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  • Team needs:  Green Bay Packers

    Team needs: Green Bay Packers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The champions of Super Bowl XLV chased their title run with a 15-1 regular season and a pair of division-round playoff losses. To get back to the Super Bowl and win it once or more times during the remaining career of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Pack…
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  • The Shutdown 50: Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

    The Shutdown 50: Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

    yahoo.com Apr 19, 2013
    With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to conti…
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  • Terrell Owens working out, staying ready

    Terrell Owens working out, staying ready

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Terrell Owens hasn’t appeared in an NFL regular-season game since 2010. At 39, getting another chance to play football at the highest level is far from assured. That said, if an NFL team shows interest, Owens has indicated he will be ready. In an interv
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  • Orioles’ manager tells Rex Ryan to worry about his own team

    Orioles’ manager tells Rex Ryan to worry about his own team

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Jets coach Rex Ryan took a shot at the Baltimore Orioles for refusing to move their previously scheduled game on Thursday, September 5, which required the Ravens to play their opener on the road. The manager of the Orioles thinks Ryan should mind his ow…
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  • O's Showalter to Jets' Ryan: Mind your business

    O's Showalter to Jets' Ryan: Mind your business

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2013
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter has some advice for New York Jets coach Rex Ryan: Mind your own business and worry about your own team.
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  • Titans waive running back Darren Evans

    Titans waive running back Darren Evans

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The Titans placed running back Darren Evans on waivers Friday. The 24-year-old Evans appeared in one game for the Titans in 2012. A quad injury ended his season. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, signing with Indianapolis in 2011. Evans (6-…
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  • Jets reportedly make trade offer for Chris Ivory

    Jets reportedly make trade offer for Chris Ivory

    Running back Chris Ivory signed his restricted free agent tender with the Saints on Friday, which eliminated the slim possibility that a team would try to sign him to an offer sheet that would cost them a second-round pick if New Orleans opted not to ma…
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  • Browns' Haslam won't step aside amid probe

    Browns' Haslam won't step aside amid probe

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2013
    Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn't stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain…
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  • James Harrison agrees to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals

    James Harrison agrees to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals

    The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker James Harrison, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Harrison will sign a two-year contract. "Any time you can get James Harri…
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  • Report: Larry Grant suspended four games

    Report: Larry Grant suspended four games

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Linebacker Larry Grant has had a few visits with teams since becoming a free agent last month, but the former 49ers backup and special teamer hasn’t been able to land a new job. If a report from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is correct, it might be
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  • Seahawks re-sign Steven Hauschka

    Seahawks re-sign Steven Hauschka

    The Seahawks have re-signed placekicker Steven Hauschka, the club said Friday. Hauschka, 27, connected on 24-of-27 field goals in 2012. He also averaged 65.9 yards on kickoffs, forcing 36 touchbacks in 87 attempts. Hauschka’s first try as a full-time No
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  • Jimmy Haslam: I haven’t done anything wrong

    Jimmy Haslam: I haven’t done anything wrong

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The NFL has no plans to ask Jimmy Haslam to step away from the Browns while the FBI and IRS investigate Pilot Flying J, the truck stop company his family founded in 1958. And Haslam has no plans to step aside from either the team or his role as CEO of P…
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  • Bill Polian says Landry Jones is the best QB in the draft

    Bill Polian says Landry Jones is the best QB in the draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    In the 1998 NFL draft, Colts General Manager Bill Polian had a decision to make: Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? He chose right, and as a result his job in Indianapolis was safe as long Manning was there. Now Polian is playing a different role, analyzing t…
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  • Cowboys address safety depth, re-sign McCray

    Cowboys address safety depth, re-sign McCray

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2013
    The Dallas Cowboys, who have depth problems at the safety position, signed restricted free agent Danny McCray on Friday.
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  • Ben Roethlisberger: I like being the hunter

    Ben Roethlisberger: I like being the hunter

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009 last season and it’s hard to find too many people who think that the team is headed for a quick return to the good old days in the 2013 season. That suits quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just
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  • The floor is yours for the last segment of PFT

    The floor is yours for the last segment of PFT

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    We’ve been putting the final topic of each day’s Pro Football Talk out to a vote. And while we’ve joked about being too lazy to pick a topic, we now have to pick three so that you can pick one. Vote on one of the three for today below. The topic wit
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  • Bengals expect to sign either Harrison or Dansby before the dra…

    Bengals expect to sign either Harrison or Dansby before the draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The Bengals are continuing to talk to free agent linebackers James Harrison and Karlos Dansby, and they want to get a deal done with one of them before the NFL draft opens on Thursday. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Bengals coach Marv…
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  • The Shutdown 50: Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson

    The Shutdown 50: Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson

    yahoo.com Apr 19, 2013
    With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to conti…
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  • Bills liking life under Doug Marrone

    Bills liking life under Doug Marrone

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The Bills had their first minicamp under new head coach Doug Marrone this week and the holdovers from the Chan Gailey era liked the changes that the new coaching staff have implemented. Marrone told his players not to walk from one drill to another duri…
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  • Tyrann Mathieu wanted to skip national championship game

    Tyrann Mathieu wanted to skip national championship game

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Tyrann Mathieu may be the most-discussed prospect in next week’s NFL draft, which is unusual for a guy who won’t be a first-round pick. But Mathieu is a unique case of a player so talented he was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a cornerback at LSU, and y
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  • Sanchez's take: Jets encouraged Tebow hype

    Sanchez's take: Jets encouraged Tebow hype

    ESPN.com Apr 19, 2013
    It took several months to speak his mind, but New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez finally offered an unfiltered opinion this week on last season's Tim Tebow media circus, suggesting the organization contributed to the excessive hype.
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  • Julian Edelman, Bradley Cooper visit victim of Boston Marathon …

    Julian Edelman, Bradley Cooper visit victim of Boston Marathon blast who ID’d suspect

    yahoo.com Apr 19, 2013
    Although the Boston Marathon tragedy remains a developing story, Boston sports figures are beginning to show their appreciation for the acts and sacrifices of their hometown fans. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and actor Bradley Cooper visited th…
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  • Texans face challenges in December

    Texans face challenges in December

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    December woes can hurt a contender’s January playoff seeding. Such was the case for the 2012 Texans. Losses in three of their final five games knocked Houston down to the No. 3 spot in the AFC and left the Texans to travel to New England in the division
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  • PFT Live: NFL scheduler Howard Katz, Dorsey Levens

    PFT Live: NFL scheduler Howard Katz, Dorsey Levens

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The NFL schedule went public on Thursday night, sending plenty of people to their calendars so they could start staking out the biggest days of the year to come. Mike Florio will welcome NFL scheduler Howard Katz to PFT Live on Friday to discuss the pro…
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  • Giants players spend day in Newtown, Conn.

    Giants players spend day in Newtown, Conn.

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    It’s one thing to put a sticker on a helmet. The Giants proved they’re in it with Newtown, Conn., yesterday, with about 20 players making the trip to spend the day with kids from Sandy Hook Elementary and other area schools at a sports camp. The team
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  • Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs

    Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    In 2008, the Vikings justified sending a first-round and third-round pick to Kansas City for defensive end Jared Allen by looking at Allen as the first-round pick, and the third-round pick as insurance against the first-round pick being a bust. That sam…
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  • Remembering John Tuggle, 30 years after he was Mr. Irrelevant

    Remembering John Tuggle, 30 years after he was Mr. Irrelevant

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Three decades later, the 1983 NFL draft is remembered as one of the most significant dates in shaping the recent history of the league. John Elway, the first overall pick of the Colts, would be the subject of some of the most intense trade talks the NFL…
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  • Patriots postpone Friday’s pre-draft press conference

    Patriots postpone Friday’s pre-draft press conference

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    With the city of Boston under an almost total lockdown as law enforcement agencies work to round up the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and accomplices, questions about who the Patriots might take in next week’s draft seem especially trivial. The Patr
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  • Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit Vikings

    Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit Vikings

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The draft is dominating the headlines in the football world right now, but there are still veteran free agents hunting for jobs as well. Two of them visited with the Vikings recently. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that defensive end Lawren…
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  • Team needs: Indianapolis Colts

    Team needs: Indianapolis Colts

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    With the NFL Draft approaching, we’re taking a team-by-team look at the needs of each club. Up next is the team with the No. 24 overall selection, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are short a second-rounder (from the Vontae Davis trade) and a fifth, an
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Things are moving at a faster tempo at Bills practices. Would T Branden Albert be an upgrade over Jake Long for the Dolphins? Veteran Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater addressed the team following the Boston Marathon bombings at coach Bill Belichic…
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  • 49ers dealing with another Chris Culliver headache

    49ers dealing with another Chris Culliver headache

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Chris Culliver, the 49ers cornerback who became a distraction in the days before the Super Bowl when he said he wouldn’t want a gay teammate, is in hot water again. The 49ers released a statement saying Culliver “is being handled internally” after q
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  • Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers

    Schedule could be a little tricky for the 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    The NFL gave the 49ers a schedule with a few quirks. It is nothing they can’t handle, and they are quite capable of handling it with the sort of ease that makes them clear Super Bowl favorites when the calendar hits January. Nevertheless, they have the
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  • Issac Redman signs tender to remain with Steelers

    Issac Redman signs tender to remain with Steelers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 19, 2013
    Nose tackle Steve McLendon isn’t the only restricted free agent the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to get back in the fold on Thursday. Running back Issac Redman also signed his tender to remain with the Steelers next season. Redman will make $1.323 millio
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  • About Last Night: NFL Schedule Always Wins

    About Last Night: NFL Schedule Always Wins

    grantland.com Apr 19, 2013
    In case you were out avoiding any Coachella spoilers before the second weekend of the music festival, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday: ...
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  • Video - Calais Campbell: 'I think we're going to surprise' Seattle Seahawks 02:46

    Calais Campbell: 'I think we're going to surprise' Seattle Seahawks

    Apr 19
    Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell talks about the Cardinals' Monday night matchup with the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the 2013 schedule.
  • Video - On the Clock: Kansas City Chiefs 05:06

    On the Clock: Kansas City Chiefs

    Apr 19
    The Kansas City Chiefs will set the tone of the 2013 NFL Draft with the No. 1 overall pick, so who will they draft? Our experts from "Path to the Draft" debate.
  • Video - Harrison Agrees To Deal With Bengals 00:50

    Harrison Agrees To Deal With Bengals

    Apr 19
    James Harrison agrees to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Video - Grading the draft history of the AFC South 04:36

    Grading the draft history of the AFC South

    Apr 19
    Daniel Jeremiah assigns grades for the past four draft classes of the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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    Apr 19
    In the whirlwind aftermath of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon this week, you may have heard the inspiring story of Brandon O'Brien, the longshot 30-year-old NFL hopeful and former Marine and Iraqi war veteran who felt moved enough by the terr…