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Bears sign cornerback LeQuan Lewis

Bears sign cornerback LeQuan Lewis

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 11, 2013
The Chicago Bears announced Monday they have signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis. Lewis was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2011 and spent time with the Tennessee Titans in training camp before being released during final cuts. Last season, L…
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  • Technically, Vick’s deal covers three years

    Technically, Vick’s deal covers three years

    We’ve picked up some more details regarding Mike Vick’s new contract with the Eagles. So since we have them, we may as well use them. For starters, a source with knowledge of the deal tells PFT that it’s actually a three-year deal.  But the final t
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  • Cowboys sign pair of linemen to futures contracts

    Cowboys sign pair of linemen to futures contracts

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive tackle Nick Hayden and guard Charlie Bryant to futures contracts on Monday. Until the new league year begins and free agents can officially be signed on March 12, teams are only allowed to sign players to futures cont…
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  • Vick deal could put Carson Palmer in a pinch

    Vick deal could put Carson Palmer in a pinch

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Eagles owed quarterback Mike Vick $15.5 million for 2013.  They’ll pay him considerably less. The Raiders owe quarterback Carson Palmer $13 million for 2013.  Vick’s new deal could provide the template for a similar arrangement. Though many assu
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  • Flacco negotiations not expected to begin until next week in In…

    Flacco negotiations not expected to begin until next week in Indy

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    With both sides in the Joe Flacco contract talks engaged in plenty of negotiation through the media, the sooner the two sides get together, the better off everyone will be. And while Peter King of SI.com reported earlier today that talks will commence t…
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  • NFLPA still concerned about Chargers’ doctor

    NFLPA still concerned about Chargers’ doctor

    The news that three independent physicians reviewed the work of Dr. David Chao and found him qualified to be the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers has not satisfied the NFL Players Association. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in a sta…
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  • Report: Vikes' Harvin plans holdout if no contract

    Report: Vikes' Harvin plans holdout if no contract

    Report: Vikes' Harvin plans holdout if no contract
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  • Jets mum on Bryan Thomas case

    Jets mum on Bryan Thomas case

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    When it comes to Monday’s placement of Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas in a pre-trial intervention program aimed at resolving charges of domestic assault and drug possession, the NFL tells PFT that the case will be reviewed under both the personal conduct
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  • Former Pats wideout David Patten lands coaching job

    Former Pats wideout David Patten lands coaching job

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Former Patriots wideout David Patten needed a few more classes to finish his degree at Western Carolina. So the Catamounts went ahead and gave him a job. The school announced they hired the 12-year NFL veteran for a job on their coaching staff, with hea…
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  • Bills release linebacker Barnett, safety Wilson

    Bills release linebacker Barnett, safety Wilson

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Bills new coach Doug Marrone began retooling his underperforming defense on Monday by releasing two veterans: linebacker Nick Barnett and strong safety George Wilson.
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  • Redskins set to hire Keith Burns as special teams coach

    Redskins set to hire Keith Burns as special teams coach

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    One of Mike Shanahan’s old players is one of Mike Shanahan’s new assistant coaches. Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post are reporting that the Redskins have reached an agreement with Keith Burns to become their new special teams coach. Th
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  • Mardy Gilyard lands in Kansas City

    Mardy Gilyard lands in Kansas City

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Andy Reid is taking another look at wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard, who spent most of last year playing (or, more accurately, riding the bench) for Reid in Philadelphia, has landed in Kansas City: The NFL’s transactions wire listed the Chiefs sign
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  • Bouchette:  Steelers pushed Scottie Montgomery out

    Bouchette: Steelers pushed Scottie Montgomery out

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Last year, the Steelers didn’t want to create the impression that they pushed offensive coordinator Bruce Arians out of town.  Even though they did. This year, the Steelers possibly want to create the impression that they pushed receivers coach Scottie
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  • 'We Are Very Proud to Be Called Redskins'

    'We Are Very Proud to Be Called Redskins'

    nytimes.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Web site of the Washington Redskins defended the team's nickname, apparently in response to recent criticism.
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  • Washington Redskins "Proudly" Defend Their Name In Th…

    Washington Redskins "Proudly" Defend Their Name In The Dumbest Way Possible

    deadspin.com Feb 11, 2013
    Here in the 21st century, there is a growing sentiment that the Washington Redskins should finally adopt a less offensive team name. DC mayor Vincent Gray wants the name changed. Longtime DC newsman and real-life Sugar Bear Jim Vance wants the name chan…
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  • Tim Walton interviewing for Rams defensive coordinator

    Tim Walton interviewing for Rams defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    There’s a new name in the mix for defensive coordinator with the Rams. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lions secondary/third down packages coach Tim Walton is interviewing with the team for their defensive coordinator opening. The
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  • NFL Player Ray Edwards Is A Boxer Now, And He Can Knock Guys Ou…

    NFL Player Ray Edwards Is A Boxer Now, And He Can Knock Guys Out Without Touching Them

    Since being released by the Atlanta Falcons in November, defensive end Ray Edwards has embarked on a fledgling boxing career. The video above comes from a recent bout that Edwards had in West Fargo, North Dakota. I don't know why Edwards is fighting a s…
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Mike Tannenbaum, AFC West offseason …

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Mike Tannenbaum, AFC West offseason preview

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Jets kicked off their offseason by firing General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and we’ll hear his take on what went wrong with the team on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network on Monday. Erik Kuselias will speak to Tannenbaum about the skid over the l
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  • Titans want another back who can “carry the load”

    Titans want another back who can “carry the load”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Running back Chris Johnson isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean the Titans are done thinking about running backs this offseason. Running backs coach Sylvester Croom said Monday that the team wants to have a second back capable of carrying a hea
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  • Lions think Jahvid Best could play a C.J. Spiller role, if he c…

    Lions think Jahvid Best could play a C.J. Spiller role, if he could play

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Sixteen months since Detroit running back Jahvid Best last suffered a concussion on the football field, the Lions remain unsure if he’ll ever be cleared to play again. But they sure would love to have him. New Detroit running backs coach/run game coordi
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  • Redskins go passive-aggressive on nickname debate

    Redskins go passive-aggressive on nickname debate

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    At a time when many are debating the appropriateness of the Redskins nickname, the team is taking a decidedly passive-aggressive approach. Rather than risk offending anyone, and coming out with a statement telling the offended to buzz off, the Redskins …
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  • The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 17-32: Non-QBs rule the roost th…

    The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 17-32: Non-QBs rule the roost this time

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    The 2013 NFL draft is far more convoluted than its immediate predecessor. With no obvious transcendent talent to fill the top in the form of an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, you could easily argue five or six different players for the top spot with…
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  • Terrell Thomas restructures contract with Giants

    Terrell Thomas restructures contract with Giants

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Cornerback Terrell Thomas hasn’t played in a game for the Giants in two years, but he’ll have a chance to play for them in 2013. Thomas, who tore his ACL for the second straight year and third time overall, last summer sent out a tweet on Monday askin
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  • NFL reviewing Super Bowl sneak-in incident

    NFL reviewing Super Bowl sneak-in incident

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    When the power went out during Super Bowl XLVII and I started getting texts from Florio Jr. regarding the situation, I tried to calm him (and myself) down by pointing out that the Super Bowl is the most secure location in the world. Maybe it isn’t. Mult
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Baltimore Ravens

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Baltimore Ravens

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Over 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 North with th…
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  • Giants' Diehl pleads guilty to aggravated DWI

    Giants' Diehl pleads guilty to aggravated DWI

    New York Giants tackle David Diehl pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI and impaired driving in a Queens District court stemming from his arrest last summer for driving his BMW into two parked cars in Queens.
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  • Miami stadium deal might hinge on '16 SB bid

    Miami stadium deal might hinge on '16 SB bid

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Feb 11, 2013
    Even if voters approve using tax money to help upgrade the Miami Dolphins' stadium, a deal might be contingent on the NFL awarding the 2016 Super Bowl to the city.
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  • NFL has considered widening the playing field 35 feet, and repo…

    NFL has considered widening the playing field 35 feet, and reportedly may revisit the idea

    The NFL reportedly might consider widening the playing field to Canadian Football League standards, a drastic idea that would be one of the bigger rules changes the game has seen in a long time — if it comes to pass. The National Football Post reported
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  • Chris Canty draws interest from Titans and Chiefs

    Chris Canty draws interest from Titans and Chiefs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Giants let defensive tackle Chris Canty go last week and he isn’t wasting any time trying to find a new team. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Canty has visited with the Titans and lined up a visit with the Chiefs since getting released in a
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  • Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams

    Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Vikings have gone north of the border to add to their secondary. Cornerback Roderick Williams, who has played in the Canadian Football League for the last three years, has signed in Minnesota, the Vikings announced today. Williams played his college…
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  • PFT Live: Titans talk with Jim Wyatt, Offseason to-do lists

    PFT Live: Titans talk with Jim Wyatt, Offseason to-do lists

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    We’re kicking off the week of PFT Live by kicking off our look at the offseason to-do lists for all 32 NFL teams. The Chiefs and Jaguars are up first since we’re going by the same criteria as the NFL draft and those two teams have as much to do as any
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  • Jack Harbaugh not getting involved in debating no-call

    Jack Harbaugh not getting involved in debating no-call

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh started questioning the call immediately, but his dad took the high road. Jack Harbaugh (perhaps you heard, the father of the Super Bowl coaches), said he wasn’t going to insert himself into the debate about the fourth-down no-call on a pas
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  • New Browns owner returns to his former job

    New Browns owner returns to his former job

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Former Browns owner Randy Lerner was criticized for being an absentee landlord.  New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam suddenly is, well, an absentee landlord. Six months after stepping down as CEO of Pilot Flying J, Haslam has returned, according to the Knoxvi…
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  • The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 1-16: Pre-combine list features …

    The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 1-16: Pre-combine list features a lot of big men

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    The 2013 NFL Draft is far more convoluted than its immediate predecessor; with no obvious transcendent talent to fill the top in the form of an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, you could easily argue five or six different players for the top spot with…
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  • St. Louis official says “take a deep breath” regarding possibl…

    St. Louis official says “take a deep breath” regarding possible Rams move

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    With the Rams scoring a major victory in the recently-concluded arbitration aimed at determining what it will take to make the Edward Jones Dome a first-tier stadium, the Rams have the clear upper hand. And the powers-that-be in St. Louis know it. But t…
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  • Bucs not showing much interest in re-signing Roy Miller

    Bucs not showing much interest in re-signing Roy Miller

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense had two faces in 2012. They were the league’s stingiest run defense, allowing 82.5 yards per game on the ground, while also allowing more passing yards than any other team in the league. The team’s expected to make the
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  • Dwayne Bowe scares one NFL scout to death

    Dwayne Bowe scares one NFL scout to death

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    When free agency opens up next month, Dwayne Bowe is expected to be one of the most highly sought after wide receivers. For this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback column at SI.com, Peter King spoke to one scout who isn’t sure he agrees with that asses
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  • Ex-Eagles owner: Dolphins stadium “welfare for a multi-billiona…

    Ex-Eagles owner: Dolphins stadium “welfare for a multi-billionaire”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles is one of the most outspoken critics of plans to use taxpayer dollars to renovate the Miami Dolphins’ stadium. Norman Braman, an auto magnate who bought the Eagles from Leonard Tose in 1985 and sold the franch
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  • Ravens owner learned early on to trust football guys

    Ravens owner learned early on to trust football guys

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    One of the reasons the Ravens have emerged as one of the, if not the league’s most stable franchise, is that the owner has learned when to take a step back. For Steve Bisciotti, that lesson came early in his tenure. Bisciotti said he learned to trust ge
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  • Starks, Foster, Colon all may go in Steelers’ offensive line sh…

    Starks, Foster, Colon all may go in Steelers’ offensive line shakeup

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Major changes are coming on the Steelers’ offensive line. New offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. is believed to favor younger and more athletic linemen, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Max Starks, Ramon Foster and Willie Colon are all l
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  • NFC offseason previews: Lions

    NFC offseason previews: Lions

    CNNSI.com Feb 11, 2013
    Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson need help for Detroit Lions to rebound from poor 2012 season.
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Bills have work to do at wide receiver. Wondering whether a stadium referendum will impact the Dolphins’ choices this offseason. The Patriots have to figure out whether or not to use their franchise tag this year. Rex Ryan spent Sunday at Madison Sq
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  • How'd Those Fans Get There? A Deeper Dive Into The Facebook NFL…

    How'd Those Fans Get There? A Deeper Dive Into The Facebook NFL Fandom Map

    deadspin.com Feb 11, 2013
    After weeks of us awkwardly guessing who wanted to watch which NFL games, Facebook finally used its terrifying trove of user data and made the map that no one else could. In our original post, we pointed out some of the more surprising fan pockets, but …
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  • D.C. mayor backpedals on Redskins name change

    D.C. mayor backpedals on Redskins name change

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Over the weekend, we addressed the long-simmering question of whether the Redskins should change their name.  As we learned, it’s a fairly polarizing topic. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray apparently has come to the same conclusion.  And so
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Cincinnati Bengals

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Cincinnati Bengals

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Over 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 continue in the AFC North and…
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  • Should Jadeveon Clowney sit out the 2013 football season?

    Should Jadeveon Clowney sit out the 2013 football season?

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    The NFL requires college football players to wait three years after graduating high school before entering the draft not for their own good, but for the good of college football.  With South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney possibly the first ove…
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  • Romo plays well, but gives up late lead, . . . in golf

    Romo plays well, but gives up late lead, . . . in golf

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    So apparently, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are golf’s regular season, and Sunday is its playoffs. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his partner lost a final-day lead, and finished third at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday. Romo and pro par
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  • Matt Barkley calls the Combine “the biggest test of my life”

    Matt Barkley calls the Combine “the biggest test of my life”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 11, 2013
    Matt Barkley was viewed in some circles as the likely first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft before his senior season at USC. But that season was a disappointment, and now many people don’t think he’s a first-round pick at all. Barkley says he needs
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  • Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: Phil Loadholt and the Minnesota Viking…

    Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: Phil Loadholt and the Minnesota Vikings' Offensive Line

    grantland.com Feb 11, 2013
    With free agency and the draft process revving up, there are plenty of questions for every NFL team. But for most, there's one issue that trumps the r...
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  • About Last Weekend: Cheer, Cheer the Irish

    About Last Weekend: Cheer, Cheer the Irish

    grantland.com Feb 11, 2013
    In case you were busy watching the test signal on the NFL RedZone channel and holding back the tears, here's what you missed in sports last weekend. ...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Vick Remains An Eagle 02:34

    NFL32OT: Vick Remains An Eagle

    Feb 11
    Episode 266: Adam Schefter breaks down Michael Vick's deal with the Eagles. The NFL32 crew discuss Rob Gronkowski's recent off-field behavior.
  • Video - Advice for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski 01:10

    Advice for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

    Feb 11
    Willie McGinest offers up some wise advice for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
  • Video - Will Percy Harvin stay with the Minnesota Vikings? 01:04

    Will Percy Harvin stay with the Minnesota Vikings?

    Feb 11
    Will the Minnesota Vikings hold on to wide receiver Percy Harvin? Ian Rapoport explains why Harvin believes he should be paid like a top wideout in the NFL.
  • Video - Ike Taylor talks AFC North 01:14

    Ike Taylor talks AFC North

    Feb 11
    Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor joins "NFL Total Access" to talk about how his team can take back the AFC North from the Baltimore Ravens.

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    Feb 11
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