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Secaucus mayor asking NFL for $25,000 for breached contract with Super Bowl halftime show
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Secaucus mayor Michael Gonnelli is seeking a reimbursement from the National Football League for $25,000 after the production company in charge of the Super Bowl halftime show backed out of an agreement to lease space at the high school. According to Li…Upvote Share Tweet
During Super Bowl week, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma made a controversial comment based on the hypothetical example of a gay player being on his team. Now that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has come out as gay, Vilma has expressed remors…Upvote Share Tweet
Ex-NFLer Boyd gets nearly 3 years for fraudFormer NFL player Greg Boyd has been sentenced to almost three years in prison for income tax fraud.Upvote Share Tweet
Team-by-team look at who could be taggedLast year, only eight teams used the franchise tag, down from a record high of 21 the year before. It was a surprise — until the free-agency market opened and the big money simply wasn’t there. This year, conflicting opinions exist regarding the amount …Upvote Share TweetThe Seahawks are giving Travis Beckum a look. Beckum, the former Giants and University of Wisconsin tight end, was among three players signed to reserve/future contracts by Super Bowl champion Seattle on Monday, the club said. A Wisconsin product, the 2…Upvote Share Tweet
DeMaurice Smith calls anonymous General Managers who criticize Michael Sam “gutless”On the heels of Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay, at least one unnamed General Manager boldly predicted Sam would be undrafted. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith had an even stronger assessment for any General Managers who say things abo…Upvote Share TweetOn average, upper-level tickets dropped a little more than 10 percent and lower-level seats increased 3 percent.Upvote Share TweetSomeday, the decision of a football player to come out as gay will be met with not even a shrug. To get to that day, however, someone had to be the first. And so the positive words of support continue for former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. “I ap…Upvote Share TweetTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wants to throw for NFL talent evaluators when he’s ready to put his best foot forward, and that will not be at the Aggies’ Pro Day workout. Manziel has decided to throw for scouts at a workout he has scheduled fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Colts waive guard Justin AndersonThe Colts have parted ways with a member of their 2012 draft class. Indianapolis has waived offensive guard Justin Anderson, the club said Monday. The 25-year-old Anderson was one of the club’s three seventh-round picks in 2012. He spent a significant p…Upvote Share TweetOffensive lineman Gabe Carimi, a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2011, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings add Hank Fraley as assistant offensive line coachA former NFL offensive lineman has joined the Vikings’ coaching staff. The Vikings announced the hiring of former Eagles, Browns and Rams center Hank Fraley as assistant offensive line coach on Monday. Fraley played 11 NFL seasons and started 123 games.…Upvote Share Tweet
Mike McCarthy: Our defense is going to change someThe Packers had a rough year defensively in 2013 as injuries took several key players away from a unit that struggled to stop just about every opponent that came their way. As a result, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that the “defense is going to …Upvote Share Tweet
Michael Johnson seen as unlikely to remain in CincinnatiThe Bengals appear poised to say goodbye to defensive end Michael Johnson. Johnson played the 2013 season on the one-year franchise tender of $11.175 million, but he’s unlikely to return in 2014, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. If the Bengals want…Upvote Share Tweet
Free Agent Primer: Changes for AFCN?Michael Johnson, Dennis Pitta, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders represent four of the AFC North’s top free agents. (AP )Upvote Share TweetLast week, Tony Gonzalez created stirs on a pair of fronts with comments in an interview with Seth Wickersham for ESPN The Magazine. Gonzalez made a comment about returning to play next season if the Falcons were looking like a Super Bowl contender and …Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Mayock thinks Michael Sam’s a 3rd- to 5th-rounderThe NFL was quick to come out with a statement, saluting the courage of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. And now, the lead draft analyst of the league’s own network is on the record saying Sam should be a mid-round pick. “I watched the tape and saw h…Upvote Share Tweet
Kluwe warns that “distraction” is code for intoleranceThree weeks ago, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman suggested that “thug” has become code for racial slurs. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe has applied that same argument to the circumstances confronting former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. In Kluw…Upvote Share Tweet
Former players commentBart Scott's NFL career spanned 11 seasons, two organizations and 172 games. He spent countless days in training camp, numerous hours in meetings and endless swaths of time in locker rooms.Upvote Share Tweet
Hugh Douglas pleads no contest, avoids jailFormer pro football player Hugh Douglas has pleaded no contest and avoided jail in a Connecticut case alleging he assaulted his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel.Upvote Share TweetTwo months after suffering a torn ligament in his neck, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has not been fully cleared by the team's medical staff.Upvote Share TweetMiami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin finally agreed on something. Incognito was accused of bullying and harassing Martin, but he denied those allegations. After several months of criticism, over 1,000 text messages between both …Upvote Share TweetThe Redskins hired Doug Williams to become a personnel executive under general manager Bruce Allen, bringing back a piece of the franchise's storied past.Upvote Share TweetThe Jets promoted a familiar name Monday, giving Tony Sparano Jr. a new title. The team announced that Sparano Jr. had been promoted from seasonal intern the last two seasons to offensive assistant. His dad was the Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, an…Upvote Share Tweet
Moving Us Forward: The LGBT sports community is proud of Michael Sam…The LGBT sports community is proud of Michael Sam, perhaps the bravest and most free of us all.Upvote Share Tweet
Over-under set on Michael Sam’s draft positionMichael Sam’s draft position is now officially an NFL thing — because you can gamble on it. According to Bovada.lv, there’s now an over-under on the out-of-the-closet Missouri defensive end’s draft position. They’ve set the line at 125.5, or the second …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Feb 10After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 3…Upvote Share Tweet
Graham’s franchise-tag designation pits practicality against letter of CBASoon, the Saints will apply the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham. Soon after that, Graham will file a grievance, claiming that he’s actually a receiver. And he has roughly 4.5 million reasons to make that argument. Already, folks are chiming in o…Upvote Share Tweet
Adam Vinatieri: Field goals over 50 yards should be worth four pointsWhen Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was a guest of Mike Florio’s on PFT Live during Super Bowl week, he said it would be a “crying shame” if the NFL wound up eliminating extra points. He’s not the first kicker to come out against altering the extra point b…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Keith McCants arrested for 12th timeAs the fourth overall pick in the 1990 NFL draft, Keith McCants was a disappointment on the field. His post-NFL life has been significantly more disappointing. McCants was arrested for drug possession in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday — at least the 12th tim…Upvote Share Tweet
Oneida Indian Nation, Redskins issue competing Monday morning press releasesOn the heels of a new bipartisan letter from members of Congress to Commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to change the name of the Washington Redskins, Oneida Indian Nation and the Redskins have issued a pair of competing press releases. “The NF…Upvote Share Tweet
Colts sign former garbageman/Eagles safetyThis is the time of year teams fill in the fringes of their roster, with guys who have lingered on the fringes of the league. The Colts have made such a move, signing journeyman safety David Sims. The former undrafted free agent from Iowa State began hi…Upvote Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins are giving their fans plenty of incentives to purchase season tickets in 2014. They are not selling quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is not part of their campaign push. The Dolphins are not trying to convince t…Upvote Share Tweet
Monday morning one-linersBills wide receivers coach Rob Moore expects a smooth transition to his new job. A look at Mike Wallace and the rest of the Dolphins receivers. Another awkward high five for Patriots QB Tom Brady. Michael Manganiello, a Jets fan that the team supported …Upvote Share TweetTwo members of Congress will send a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, telling him to publicly announce support for a name change -- and that the NFL can no longer ignore the issue.Upvote Share TweetWhile no one knows at the moment how Michael Sam’s draft stock will be impacted by his decision to announce that he’s gay, it’s clear that finding a good fit once a team picks him will still have challenges. While there were a number of players supporti…Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins’ loss has turned out to be the Texans’ gain. Or Gaine, to be precise. When the Dolphins fired General Manager Jeff Ireland after the end of the regular season, they interviewed assistant G.M. Brian Gaine along with other candidates for the …Upvote Share Tweet
Herm Edwards Suggests Mike Sam Is "Bringing Baggage" Into Locker Roomdeadspin.com Feb 10Herm Edwards repeatedly called Michael Sam by the wrong name and compared the openly gay NFL prospect to a player with off-the-field issues in a disaster of an appearance tonight on ESPN.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith: Being gay 'has nothing to do' with what's happening on the fieldFeb 10Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith says there's too much responsibility during a game to be worrying about a gay football player on the field.
Film study with Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm SmithFeb 10Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith looks at video from the game and gives insight on how he made some key plays.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith : 'Sherman can be our voice'Feb 10"NFL Total Access" asks Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith how life has changed since becoming MVP and if he's OK with cornerback Richard Sherman being the voice of Seattle's' defense.
Are 49ers Biggest Obstacle To Seahawks Dynasty?Feb 10Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith joins "SportsNation" to explain how the Seahawks can get better and have the same success next season.