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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…Upvote Share Tweet
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 tUpvote Share Tweet
Cowboys sign pair of linemen to futures contractsThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Vick deal could put Carson Palmer in a pinchThe 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 assuUpvote Share TweetWith 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetReport: Vikes' Harvin plans holdout if no contractUpvote Share TweetWhen 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 conductUpvote Share Tweet
Former Pats wideout David Patten lands coaching jobFormer 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…Upvote Share TweetBUFFALO, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Redskins set to hire Keith Burns as special teams coachOne 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. ThUpvote Share TweetAndy 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 signUpvote Share Tweet
Bouchette: Steelers pushed Scottie Montgomery outLast 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 ScottieUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Feb 11, 2013The Web site of the Washington Redskins defended the team's nickname, apparently in response to recent criticism.Upvote Share Tweet
Washington Redskins "Proudly" Defend Their Name In The Dumbest Way Possibledeadspin.com Feb 11, 2013Here 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…Upvote Share TweetThere’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. TheUpvote Share TweetSince 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…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Mike Tannenbaum, AFC West offseason previewThe 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 lUpvote Share TweetRunning 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 heaUpvote Share TweetSixteen 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 coordiUpvote Share Tweet
Redskins go passive-aggressive on nickname debateAt 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 17-32: Non-QBs rule the roost this timeThe 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…Upvote Share TweetCornerback 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 askinUpvote Share Tweet
NFL reviewing Super Bowl sneak-in incidentWhen 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. MultUpvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Baltimore RavensOver 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…Upvote Share TweetNew 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.Upvote Share TweetEven 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 reportedUpvote Share TweetThe 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 aUpvote Share Tweet
Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick WilliamsThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Titans talk with Jim Wyatt, Offseason to-do listsWe’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 anyUpvote Share Tweet
Jack Harbaugh not getting involved in debating no-callJim 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 pasUpvote Share TweetFormer 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…Upvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown Corner Big Board, 1-16: Pre-combine list features a lot of big menThe 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…Upvote Share TweetWith 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 theUpvote Share TweetWhen 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 assesUpvote Share Tweet
Ex-Eagles owner: Dolphins stadium “welfare for a multi-billionaire”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 franchUpvote Share TweetOne 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 geUpvote Share TweetMajor 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 lUpvote Share Tweet
NFC offseason previews: LionsCNNSI.com Feb 11, 2013Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson need help for Detroit Lions to rebound from poor 2012 season.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 SqUpvote Share Tweet
How'd Those Fans Get There? A Deeper Dive Into The Facebook NFL Fandom Mapdeadspin.com Feb 11, 2013After 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
D.C. mayor backpedals on Redskins name changeOver 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 soUpvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Cincinnati BengalsOver 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetSo 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 parUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Barkley calls the Combine “the biggest test of my life”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 needsUpvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Feb 11, 2013With 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...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Weekend: Cheer, Cheer the Irishgrantland.com Feb 11, 2013In 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. ...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Vick Remains An EagleFeb 11Episode 266: Adam Schefter breaks down Michael Vick's deal with the Eagles. The NFL32 crew discuss Rob Gronkowski's recent off-field behavior.
Advice for New England Patriots tight end Rob GronkowskiFeb 11Willie McGinest offers up some wise advice for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Will Percy Harvin stay with the Minnesota Vikings?Feb 11Will 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.
Ike Taylor talks AFC NorthFeb 11Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor joins "NFL Total Access" to talk about how his team can take back the AFC North from the Baltimore Ravens.
Peter King: Looking back at Greg Roman's play calling, more mailFeb 11In the coming years, when I think about the Super Bowl just played, I know I'll think about the play that might have been: third-and-goal from the Baltimore 5. Colin Kaepernick, at the snap of the ball, took one step back and Frank Gore roared in front …
Clayton's mailbag: Big spending, subpar resultsFeb 11The teams that spent the most in 2012 got little bang for their buck. Plus, answers to reader questions.