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Regardless of whether cornerback Tyrann Mathieu gets the benefit of the doubt from NFL teams for canceling a pair of visits last week due to an illness, Mathieu didn’t get the benefit of the doubt from one of the veteran players he met while making visiUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Flynn to be Raiders starter as offseason work beginsQuarterback Matt Flynn has already been guaranteed something with the Oakland Raiders that he never received while with the Seattle Seahawks last year. The right to be named the team’s starting quarterback. Even though Flynn likely thought he’d win thUpvote Share TweetWith 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…Upvote Share TweetCarson Palmer got his first workout with his new teammates during a voluntary minicamp.Upvote Share TweetDetroit Lions linebacker Ronnell Lewis faces three misdemeanor charges following his arrest during an altercation at an Oklahoma bar.Upvote Share Tweet
Lions dust off the usual post-arrest statementNo team has more experience than the Lions in releasing statements about players who were arrested, so it’s no surprise that the Lions’ PR staff was quick in pulling out the boilerplate after defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested. “We are aware oUpvote Share Tweet
No fax flubs? NFLPA, e-sign company teamDear incoming NFL rookie: Worried your $8 million contract might get held up by a balky fax machine?Upvote Share TweetThe bad news is that the Redskins won’t be replacing the playing surface at FedEx Field with FieldTurf or some other synthetic option. The good news is that they’ll take meaningful steps to improve it. ESPN 980 reports, via CSNWashington.com, that theUpvote Share TweetIs it genuine interest or is it just a pre-draft smokescreen? That’s the question to ponder about running back Cedric Benson visiting the Packers on Wednesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benson is scheduled to go to Green Bay for a meeting withUpvote Share Tweet
One GM says this draft is historically badNo matter what anyone says about the relative talent of the picks, there will, in fact, be 32 of them in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. But not even half that amount deserve the designation, according to one decision-maker. An unnamed …Upvote Share TweetThe pre-draft press conferences held by NFL general managers are normally short on specifics, but Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis did own up to something on Tuesday afternoon. He admitted that the Saints have engaged in trade talk with the Jets abo…Upvote Share TweetIf you're a fan of "Game of Thrones," either the book or the HBO series, you know that it's a world where the foolhardy and incompetent meet ugly, cinematic ends. This is in stark (get it?) contrast to the NFL, where the foolhardy and incompet…Upvote Share Tweet
Pat Williams to retire with VikingsDefensive tackle Pat Williams will officially retire as a member of the Vikings after signing a one-day contract on Thursday, general manager Rick Spielman said. The 40-year-old Williams played 14 NFL seasons, and some of his best work came with Minneso…Upvote Share TweetThe deadline for teams to make offers to restricted free agents other than their own has come and gone, leaving players with the choice of signing their tenders or staying away from team activities in hopes of landing a long-term deal. Punter Britton Co…Upvote Share TweetThe draft starts Thursday night, which means there’s going to be plenty of talk about which players will be stars in their rookie years. One of Tuesday’s guests on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network provides a reminder that the biggest stars arenUpvote Share TweetWe were all so young back in-what-April 2009? The Jaguars unleashed a new array of uniforms back then, and they were "streamlined," teal and black. A later redesign added occasional gold accents. Today, the Jaguars unveiled new uniforms, also "streamlUpvote Share Tweet
Kicker Alan Gendreau seeks to land NFL tryout, would be first openly gay playerAs the worlds of the NFL and gay awareness grow ever closer, there's the possibility (expectation?) that an NFL player will come out of the closet. But here's a different turn on that possibility: an openly gay player coming into the NFL. Alan Gendreau …Upvote Share TweetGeorgia linebacker Jarvis Jones wants to develop a speed bull rush, like the move used by former Steelers (now Bengals) linebacker James Harrison. And that could be useful for Jones, since plenty of people think he could be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. …Upvote Share TweetWith 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…Upvote Share TweetThe week before the draft generates a lot of talk, with one report sometimes appearing to contradict the one directly before it. Earlier Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN identified the Dolphins as one of the teams in the top 12 of the first round making c…Upvote Share Tweet
Jones poses for food statue ahead of draftGeorgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was happy to follow in Robert Griffin III's footsteps by posing for a statue of his likeness made out of food. Jones hopes to also replicate Griffin's award-winning rookie regular season.Upvote Share Tweet
The floor is yours for the final segment of PFT on NBCSNHere’s your chance to once again help us figure out how to conclude Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. It’s simple. You pick the topics, then we talk about the one that gets the most votes. And then, obviously, you can take to Twitter or any othUpvote Share TweetIn a draft filled with mystery, one top-10 team is being especially quiet. So, what are the Cardinals thinking at No. 7? Peter King tries to figure out the plan in the desert.Upvote Share TweetIt’s setting up to be a big season for Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. He’s on the last year of the deal he signed as a first-round pick in 2009 and his team just swung a big trade to raise expectations for a team that hasn’t made the playoffsUpvote Share TweetThe acquisition of Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings has left the Seahawks without a first round draft pick for the first time since 2007 (Seattle sent their first round pick to New England in exchange for Deion Branch). The good news for Seattle …Upvote Share TweetOne reason there has been so much debate about draft prospect Dee Milliner is that the former Alabama cornerback has undergone five surgeries, some not as major as others, per league sources.Upvote Share TweetThe Chargers signed a Gronkowski Tuesday, but not the fun one. According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the team signed former Colts and Broncos fullback Chris Gronkowski. He’s also spent some time with the Cowboys, but the other two links are impUpvote Share TweetAs Jacksonville hunts for a better position in the standings, new uniforms will help bring them out of the shadows. At least visually.Upvote Share Tweet
League, union calculations of cap space differ, as usualAt a time when the NFL and the NFLPA can’t agree on much of anything, it’s no surprise that their internal salary-cap calculations differ, too. The NFLPA’s numbers are routinely leaked. The NFL’s numbers rarely are. We’ve gotten our hands on theUpvote Share TweetGood players fall through the draft's cracks every year, only to turn into stars. Who's next? Don Banks breaks down 10 to keep an eye on in his fifth annual Wes Welker Watch List.Upvote Share Tweet
Negotiation with potential first overall picks is a thing of the pastWhen the NFL adopted a true rookie wage scale as part of the 2011 labor deal, the league saw huge-money windfalls to high draft picks go the way of the dodo bird, 8-track tapes, and my real hair. Those huge contracts that previously were paid out to pla…Upvote Share TweetIt appears a cloud over Cincinnati is about to lift. A big cloud. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis struck a surprisingly positive note during his pre-draft news conference, saying there was a chance right tackle Andre Smith could sign prior to Thursday. “I’Upvote Share TweetRunning back Andre Brown has signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender with the New York Giants, a league source told ESPN.Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell says he’s close with players he suspendedMost players disapprove of the performance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, thanks in significant part to the heavy hand he has used in player discipline. But Goodell says he has often built close relationships with players he had to suspend. Goodell …Upvote Share Tweet
Ayanbadejo talks equality in South FloridaFormer Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do."Upvote Share Tweet
Possible top pick Fisher discusses draft prepTop NFL Draft prospect Eric Fisher and his mother stopped by the Sports Illustrated studio to talk about his ascent up the draft boards, and what it was like feeding a 6'7'' 300 pound offensive lineman.Upvote Share Tweet
Yahoo! Sports’ NFL Draft Ticker/Twitter feed kicks off Thursday nightOn Thursday night, the NFL Draft will begin. And right here, we'll have all the latest information, delivered piping-hot straight to you via Yahoo! Sports' experts, including Dan Wetzel, Mike Silver, Jason Cole, Doug Farrar and Brian McIntyre. We'll als…Upvote Share Tweet
Cunningham, others to help safety initiativeRandall Cunningham wants the game taught the proper way, so he has joined USA Football's player safety initiative as one of its ambassadors.Upvote Share Tweet
Overrated/underrated: Predicting pro success based on college yearsTeams look at everything when scouting, except, it seems, actual college production. Luckily, Andy Staples was watching. Here are his overrated and underrated prospects.Upvote Share Tweet
Judgment Day: Do NFL teams actually have any idea what they're …Do NFL teams actually have any idea what they're doing at the draft?Upvote Share Tweet
Jones admits draft will factor into Free’s futureThere’s no question Doug Free’s play grade doesn’t match his pay grade. How much smaller that pay grade gets, however, will depend in large part on the draft. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted as much during yesterday’s press conference, saying pUpvote Share TweetJames Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that Steelers bling.Upvote Share TweetTwo members of the Steelers’ 2012 draft class wound up getting into trouble with the law during their rookie seasons and that’s led to a different approach to researching prospects this year. General manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin each taUpvote Share TweetScott Fujita has signed a one-day contract so that he can retire as a New Orleans Saint, and it's tough to beat how he did it: at Machu Picchu in Peru. Fujita traveled to the Andes Mountains with former Saints teammate Steve Gleason, who is currently fi…Upvote Share TweetA lot of mock drafts have former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib going at No. 8 to the Bills. But one former NFL quarterback doesn’t think Nassib should go a lot later. At least 25 picks later. Kurt Warner was asked on NFL AM to explain why Nassib mayUpvote Share TweetRolando McClain allegedly yelled obscenities at police officers Sunday as they were trying to disperse a large crowd of over 700 people at a local park after they responded to calls about a fight, the Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur, Ala., police said.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Five teams in top 12 want to move downDraft boards are set by this point. That means all that’s left is the jockeying for position. Adam Schefter of ESPN points out what seems obvious in a draft with no sure things, that about half the top 12 want to move down. Schefter specifically mentionUpvote Share TweetThe Redskins surrendered their 2013 first-round pick in the trade for Robert Griffin III, leaving them with seven selections later this week - two picks Friday and five picks Saturday. With the QB position in good hands, addressing one of the NFL’s moUpvote Share TweetWith a physical needing to happen before a trade involving Chiefs tackle Branden Albert can be completed and the Chiefs hoping for a second-round pick in return for the player, the next couple of days loom large for getting a deal done. The Dolphins hav…Upvote Share TweetThe Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler aren’t in any hurry to talk about a contract extension that would assure Cutler remains in Chicago beyond 2013, which naturally leaves open the possibility that this could be his final year in Chicago. With Josh McCoUpvote Share TweetMaybe Max Starks and Casey Hampton aren't quite done with the Pittsburgh Steelers after all.Upvote Share TweetWith a couple days to go before the NFL draft, agents would be wise to remind all their clients: Don’t say anything stupid on Twitter. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Unfortunately for former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, a likely first-roundUpvote Share TweetWith the deadline for a restricted free agent offer sheet come and gone, Victor Cruz’s options are limited. But Giants co-owner John Mara sounded an optimistic note Monday night, saying a deal for the wide receiver will happen. “It will get done at soUpvote Share Tweet
Chris Long restructures deal with RamsThe St. Louis Rams have had little cap room for the majority of the offseason after big money deals were given to tackle Jake Long and tight end Jared Cook. St. Louis had just $244,053 in cap space and needed room to sign their upcoming draft class whic…Upvote Share Tweet
Titans teammates impressed with Kenny Britt’s recoveryWide receiver Kenny Britt never felt healthy during the 2012 season but impressions made on the first day of offseason workouts have his teammates hoping for a return to full strength this fall. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, teammates were i…Upvote Share Tweet
Tomlin: Steelers will “sort out” offensive tackle situationAt the club’s pre-draft press conference Monday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert - the club’s primary right tackles the last two seasons - have the ability to play on the left side and that a decision on where thUpvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Apr 23, 2013In 1983, John Elway was on his way to being the first pick in the NFL draft. However, the Baltimore Colts had that pick, and Elway had zero interest i...Upvote Share Tweet
With Their First Pick, The Bears Select...Apr 23Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench talks about which need the Bears should address with their first pick in this year's draft
Blogger Blitz: Drafting in The AFC WestApr 23Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench joins AFC West blogger Bill Williamson to talk about different draft scenarios in the division
2013 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings in Round 1Apr 23The Minnesota Vikings hold two first-round draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Find out which holes the team needs to fill for next season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Best fit for No. 1 overall pickApr 23Former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli shares his thoughts on who the team will select with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Peter King: Trying to get inside the mind of draft's quietest top-10 team;…Apr 23Is it just me? Are the Arizona Cardinals in the witness protection program for this draft? The Cards, with the seventh pick, seem positively under the radar like no other team in the top 10. I had the chance the other day to look into their feelings abo…
Don Banks: 2013 Wes Welker Watch List: Potential impact undrafted free age…Apr 23It has been called the year of the no-name draft in the NFL, and is said to be devoid of true star power after 2012's high-profile, quarterback-rich proceedings. Maybe. But it's all relative.
You Realize How Badly the T-Wolves Screwed Up the 2009 Draft, Right?Apr 23We interrupt Part 2 of the NBA Trade Value column to explain the travesty known as the 2009 NBA draft. That night, Minnesota drafted two of our top-30...
The 13th-annual ranking of the NBA's top-50 players, Part 2Apr 23Welcome back to Bill Simmons's annual ranking of the NBA's top 50 most valuable assets.