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The irony of the overlap between football and religion is that the ultimate prize in the NFL is worshiped like the golden calf from Exodus 32. Folks in Baltimore will eventually be able to bow at the sculpted likeness of linebacker Ray Lewis. Via ESPN.c…Upvote Share Tweet
The guy from Sporting News whose whining wasn’t sufficiently compelling to get me to remember his name will have another Colin Kaepernick tattoo about which to whine. Via SFGate.com, the 49ers starting quarterback has capped a special season with a newUpvote Share Tweet
Blizzard highlights looming game of Super Bowl rouletteWhen the NFL was forced to move from Sunday to Tuesday a prime-time game between the Vikings and Eagles due to a looming blizzard in Philadelphia, we asked the NFL whether there were any second thoughts about hosting a Super Bowl in an open-air New Jers…Upvote Share Tweet
Salary cap could be a bit higher than expectedIt has been widely believed that the unadjusted salary cap will move from $120.6 million in 2012 to (drum roll, please) $121 million in 2013. Per a league source, there’s a growing belief that it could be even higher. Instead of $121 million per team itUpvote Share TweetThe NFL promoted Troy Vincent, once a finalist for the NFLPA's executive director job, to senior vice president, one of the highest-ranking jobs in the league office, according to a source.Upvote Share Tweet
Experts critical of Redskins name at symposiumHurtful names and racial stereotypes of all types were discussed and dissected Thursday in a daylong symposium at the Smithsonian, and the Washington Redskins were at the top of the list for nearly all those who spoke.Upvote Share Tweet
Investigation closes in on cause of blackoutUsually, a “blackout” happens in the NFL only when the NFL intends for it to happen. On Sunday, an accidental blackout knocked out power at the Superdome for 34 minutes. (Or, in other words, the amount of time it takes for Rob Ryan to find 6.8 jobUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last playAfter the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the offUpvote Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills are cutting ties with receiver Donald Jones by allowing him to become a free agent after declining to tender the third-year player a contract offer on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetOver the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We wrap up the AFC East with the…Upvote Share TweetThings aren’t going to be easy for the Panthers this year for many reasons. But the schedule doesn’t exactly do them any favors. The Panthers have the league’s hardest strength of schedule number for the 2013 season, as they’re playing teams withUpvote Share TweetChris Johnson will return to the Tennessee Titans under his current contract in 2013, coach Mike Munchak said Thursday.Upvote Share TweetNew Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman has never held that job before, but he will have someone on his staff with experience as a coordinator. The Jets announced Thursday that former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will join the sta…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants bolster D-line, re-sign veteran RogersOne day after jettisoning defensive tackle Chris Canty, the New York Giants re-signed Shaun Rogers to help fill the interior of their defensive line.Upvote Share Tweet
Former Packers cheerleader takes on Facebook cyberbullyingAs amazing as the Internet is - it's why we have this job, and why you're reading this article, after all - every so often we're reminded that sometimes all it does is give people the opportunity to be idiots on a worldwide scale. Kaitlyn Collins is aUpvote Share Tweet
League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-callDean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII. But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference agaiUpvote Share TweetGiants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has expressed an interest in returning to the team in 2013, but he’ll have a chance to talk to any other team in the league before making any decisions about what uniform to wear. Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-LedgeUpvote Share TweetNew Eagles coach Chip Kelly has reached into the college ranks to hire his offensive line coach, and it’s a coach who comes from a very different system than the one Kelly ran at Oregon. Jeff Stoutland, who was the offensive line coach for Nick Saban atUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason previewWe’re easing into the offseason this week on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will help us with that process on Thursday. Mayo will talk to Erik Kuselias about the state of the Patriots after their loss to the RUpvote Share Tweet
Gregg Williams: “I take full responsibility and apologize”On his first day back in the NFL after being suspended for orchestrating the Saints’ bounty program, new Titans assistant coach Gregg Williams said he accepts the blame for the mess he created in New Orleans, and that he vows to do things the right wayUpvote Share Tweet
Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspectiv…Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspective on last season's rookies. If teams could do the first round over again, who would they draft? Don Banks has the answer.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants let three members of the 2012 rosters go this week and they’ve decided to bring back two others. Tight end Bear Pascoe and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers have both signed contracts for the 2013 seasons. Rogers spent the year on injured reserveUpvote Share Tweet
Three Pats consume 35 percent of capDuring the last labor deal - the one the owners hated - teams rarely had trouble complying with the salary cap. Now that the owners have struck a more favorable formula for paying players, the fact that more and more teams are pressed up against theUpvote Share Tweet
Rob Gronkowski, Porn Star?The Summer of Gronk, Part II, might be less than three weeks old, but it's already so far along that Gronkshaming has become a thing. So where can it go from here? Why not porn! A porn company has offered Gronk $3.75 million-the equivalent of his 2014 sUpvote Share TweetWhen the Cardinals made the decision to switch defensive coordinators from Ray Horton to Todd Bowles, there was some question about what kind of defensive look Bowles would run in the 2013 season. We got our answer on Thursday and it looks pretty much t…Upvote Share TweetIf anything was clear from the Lions’ press conference today, it was how much rope they gave disgruntled-and-now-former wide receiver Titus Young, and how they then reached the end of their own rope with him. General manager Martin Mayhew said he didn”Upvote Share TweetRavens running back Ray Rice thinks his quarterback is the best in the game right now, and he has two reasons. The Super Bowl title is one, but Rice may have some mild head trauma after an accident during the Ravens victory parade. Rice was the latest t…Upvote Share TweetWhile the NFL has plenty of quarterbacks indelibly associated with a single city - Brady, Brees, Ryan, Rodgers, the lil' Manning - receivers tend to be a more wandering lot. And in all sports, the flow of players and money runs away from small-marketUpvote Share TweetAt this point, even Chuck Norris and Bill Brasky must fear Adrian Peterson. It wasn't just that the transcendent Minnesota Vikings running back gashed the NFL for over 2,000 yards on the ground in his 2012 season just months after undergoing major knee …Upvote Share TweetOakland came in dead last in attendance this season, an average of 54,217 per game. That's just 86 percent of the capacity at O.co Coliseum, already one of the smallest stadiums in the NFL at 63,132. Not small enough. Nearly every game, the Raiders ran …Upvote Share TweetThe N.F.L. reinstated coach Gregg Williams after he served a year-long suspension for the Saints' bounty scandal and he accepted a job with the Titans.Upvote Share Tweet
For The Final Time, Gregg Easterbrook Is A Haughty DipshitDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Upvote Share TweetJevon Kearse, the former Titans and Eagles defensive end who played in the NFL for 11 seasons and earned about $45 million, is apparently struggling financially less than four years after receiving his last NFL paycheck. The South Florida Business Journ…Upvote Share TweetThe Giants got the ball rolling on veteran cuts over the last few days and it seems they’ll have some company from the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home in the near future. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team will partUpvote Share TweetIf 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. had managed to break through the Baltimore coverage on the free kick that ended Super Bowl XLVII, Ginn may have needed an escort from his entire family to get to the end zone. Via Deadspin, NFL Films audio from th…Upvote Share TweetTitans GM: Britt 'on the spot' to produce this yearUpvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers released a full list of their coaching staff for the coming season Thursday. Several of the moves we knew, such as hiring quarterbacks coach John McNulty, receivers coach John Garrett and special teams coach Dave Wannstedt. But they slid …Upvote Share TweetThe Philadelphia Eagles will hire Billy Davis as the defensive coordinator on coach Chip Kelly's staff, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Tannehill unstressed by potential offensive changesThree of Ryan Tannehill’s four leading receivers are free agents this offseason, which at least raises the possibility that Tannehill will be working with a lot of new faces in his second NFL season. Wide receiver Brian Hartline, tight end Anthony FasanUpvote Share Tweet
Cam Newton helps Auburn basketball team to winWhen Cam Newton’s in the house, Auburn just doesn’t lose to Alabama. His quarterbacking the Tigers to a comeback win over the in-state rivals helped him win a Heisman Trophy and a national championship in 2010, and last night, his people skills helpedUpvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Miami DolphinsOver the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. Our spin around the league stays…Upvote Share Tweet
Are You Ready For Some Football?The games are over. But the intrigue is just starting. The NFL never stops, after all, and a number of issues loom this offseason. Chris Burke examines the biggest.Upvote Share Tweet
Casillas: We used horse ointment in my dayThe alleged use of deer-antler spray by professional athletes was the hot topic of Super Bowl week, but former defensive lineman Tony Casillas said "that's nothing" compared to what players used during his playing career.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team togetherWhen the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, they restructured a lot of contracts to ensure that the nucleus of their title team remained together as long as possible. The result was not a repeat championship. The Ravens made the playoffs in two of the next thr…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony BechtThanks to his Super Bowl MVP award and expiring contract, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the man of the hour. That’s going to make for a busy few weeks for Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent and the man responsible for hammering out a new deal with the RavenUpvote Share TweetOne of the biggest challenges for the Jaguars as they attempt to wash the stink of a 2-14 season off will be how they rebuild an offensive line. Protecting their quarterback was a challenge, but new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said he was going to …Upvote Share TweetBrowns coach Rob Chudzinski has reached into his recent past to find his team’s running backs coach. John Settle was fired by the Panthers before Chudzinski left his post as the team’s offensive coordinator, but it clearly wasn’t because ChudzinskiUpvote Share Tweet
Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horsesFormer Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas says that when the team was winning Super Bowls in the 1990s, players frequently used a medication meant for horses. Asked on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about Ray Lewis’s alleged use of a banned substance contUpvote Share TweetLast year, the Steelers had to cut players like linebacker James Farrior and receiver Hines Ward in order to get in line with the 2012 salary cap. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains it, last year’s changes could be a “drop in theUpvote Share Tweet
Broncos “more likely” to franchise Ryan CladyBroncos left tackle Ryan Clady placed a pretty big bet on himself by turning down extension overtures from the team last summer, leaving him to risk the possibility of injury before landing a big contract from Denver or someone else. The bet wound up wo…Upvote Share TweetWhen it comes to playing quarterback in the Super Bowl, who would you rather talk to than Joe Montana? Shutdown Corner had that exact opportunity this week, as Joe Cool sat down to talk with us about a number of subjects -- the evolution of the quarterb…Upvote Share TweetLast year, teams had until February 28 to decide whether to carry over unused salary cap space. This year, the deadline came two months early. Per a source with knowledge of the schedule, teams had until December 29 to decide whether to shift remaining…Upvote Share Tweet
Belichick and Kobe are pals, because of course they areOn the surface, there seems to be little in common between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and NBA star Kobe Bryant. But Bryant said he had a deep respect for the Patriots coach, after a brief meeting during a low point in his career. Bryant told ESPN NBA…Upvote Share TweetYou've got to be a special kind of fan (and have a special kind of spouse) to get a football-themed cake past the gatekeepers of your wedding, but apparently a Twitter user named @bdeoff has just such a friend. Behold the JJ Watt wedding cake. That's a …Upvote Share TweetAfter he was abruptly and unceremoniously cut by the Texans on May 1, receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones found a new home in Baltimore. Now, after playing an indispensable role in the Ravens’ Super bowl win, Jones hopes it’s permanent. “I want toUpvote Share TweetThe Bills are looking more than just QB Ryan Nassib, as new coach Doug Marrone surveys the college landscape. Former Dolphins S Donald Bessilieu was arrested for marijuana possession while trying to pick up a prostitute. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is…Upvote Share TweetAhmad Bradshaw was shown the door yesterday, but the Giants left it cracked open a bit. Bradshaw said on WFAN that the team told him they “had to move on,” but he also mentioned “future opportunities” with the team. As tough and productive as BradUpvote Share TweetAdd safety LaRon Landry to the list of players least likely to return to the Jets. Apart from the fact that he’s becoming a free agent in March and has said there will be no hometown discount for the team he called home for only one season, Landry hasUpvote Share TweetThe Houston Texans lost a significant piece to their defense in October when linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL in a game against the New York Jets. Though they still finished as the seventh-ranked defense in the league, the Texans lost some of their…Upvote Share Tweet
List of invitees to the NFL Combine announcedA whopping 333 invitations have been extended to college prospects to attend the NFL Combine later this month. The combine, held from Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, will be broadcast on the NFL Network. West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith and U…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Evaluating New RecruitsFeb 7Herm Edwards breaks down what he looks for in college players entering the draft. The NFL32 crew discuss what the Cowboys need to do in the offseason.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney 'hopes' to be with Colts next seasonFeb 7Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney joined "NFL Total Access" to discuss his free agency and the impact of Chuck Pagano on his team's season.
Cold Hard FactsFeb 7Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on who should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and which player is worth the most.
Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis?Feb 7Dwight Freeney and Donovan McNabb join "NFL Total Access" to discuss how important the emotional leadership of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis was to the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run.
Don Banks: Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each otherFeb 7To paint Tennessee's hiring of well-known NFL pariah Gregg Williams on Thursday as nothing more than an act of desperation is not a totally baseless characterization. For either Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Williams himself.
Don Banks: Taking a second look at 2012 NFL Draft's first roundFeb 7With the Super Bowl in the books, we can now stand clear enough to view the NFL's 2012 season through the prism of history, all 267 games worth (256 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs). Before looking ahead to 2013, let's look back one last ti…