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Jerry Angelo was the general manager for the Chicago Bears when the team traded for quarterback Jay Cutler prior to the 2009 season. Cutler has been a lightning rod for criticism at times as the quarterback of the Bears. Despite some decent seasons from…Upvote Share Tweet
As much as we’d all like to believe that a person’s decision to come out as gay is a non-issue in 2014, it is. For some, it’s a very big issue. Michael Sam already has found that out, based on his own father’s reaction to the news that Sam is gay. Micha…Upvote Share TweetThe team’s chief executive, Joe Banner, will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team.Upvote Share Tweet
Which Cleveland Browns Rumor Is Funnier?deadspin.com Feb 11Browns owner Jimmy Haslam punted his general manager and CEO today, and his late front-office shuffling has produced two interesting but dubious rumors. It's difficult to decide which is better, so judge for yourself.Read more...Upvote Share TweetAs the Saints try to deal with an aging defense and an untenable cap situation, several players who have been key components of the franchise’s recent success could soon be out the door. Per a league source, linebacker Will Smith and safety Roman Harper…Upvote Share Tweet
Daily Show delves into NFL “distractions”Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe believes that, when it comes to linebacker Michael Sam, “distraction” is code for intolerance. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show sees the use of the term in this specific context as irony. “No pro team wants the type of controv…Upvote Share TweetLast week, there was no elbow surgery scheduled for Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware. That changed this week. Ware said Tuesday that he will have surgery to correct an exposed nerve in his right elbow that has bothered him for most of the last two se…Upvote Share TweetSome quarterback coaches are expected to do some teaching, but that won’t be the case for Alex Van Pelt with the Packers. He’s moving over from running backs coach in the wake of Ben McAdoo’s departure for the Giants, but there’s not much to teach Aaron…Upvote Share TweetThe Packers have waived reserve guard/center Greg Van Roten, the NFL disclosed in its daily transactions on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Van Roten appeared in three regular-season games on special teams for Green Bay this season. He spent most of the 2013 c…Upvote Share Tweet
AFC East Free Agency PrimerThe Pats have total control of the AFC East. What do the Jets, Bills and Dolphins need to unseat them?Upvote Share TweetVince Young still believes he can make it in the NFL. Young just needs an NFL team to share his sentiments. The former NFL quarterback recently made headlines after filing for bankruptcy. Young obtained a $1.8 million loan during from Pro Player Funding…Upvote Share Tweet
Former Redskins quarterbacks coach expects “big jump” from RGIIIRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has done some throwing with his receivers already this offseason, a big step up from this time last year when he was just starting the rehab process after knee surgery. His former quarterbacks coach thinks it will…Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Williams charged with minor damage to woman’s doorThere are a few more details regarding the misdemeanor charges against Buccaneers Mike Williams, but nothing particularly salacious. According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Williams’ upcoming court date stems from a Dec. 13 incident in which he …Upvote Share TweetA University of Minnesota product will get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the state’s NFL club. The Vikings announced the signing of linebacker Simoni Lawrence on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Lawrence played for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in …Upvote Share Tweet
All About the BenjaminsWill Michael Sam fall on draft day? If so, it'll be for one reason: Cash rules everything around the NFL.Upvote Share TweetThrough the final four seasons of Jim Schwartz's tenure with the Detroit Lions, he spent a decent amount of time defending one of his star players, Ndamukong Suh.Upvote Share TweetLimas Sweed is getting a shot with a Canadian Football League team. The expansion Ottawa REDBLACKS have signed Sweed, the club announced Monday. A wide receiver from Texas, the 29-year-old Sweed was the Steelers’ second-round pick in 2008. He caught a c…Upvote Share TweetJoey Porter, one of the driving forces behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' improbable run to Super Bowl XL, is rejoining the organization as a coach.Upvote Share Tweet
Staring at the BottomThe NFC East has problems. Unfortunately for most of its teams, the future doesn't bring much hope.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew Whitworth prefers left tackle, but Bengals haven’t settled anythingWhen the Bengals lost left guard Clint Boling to a torn ACL last season, they slid Andrew Whitworth over from left tackle and were rewarded with strong run blocking the rest of the way. That left them with a decision about where to play Whitworth in the…Upvote Share TweetBefore Michael Sam fits into an NFL lineup, he has to find an NFL team he fits with. And one of his agents thinks the Chargers would be a perfect fit, based largely on the way they handled last year’s Manti Te’o hysteria. Los Angeles-based agent Joe Bar…Upvote Share TweetSure, the Browns could use a quarterback like Peyton Manning. Over the long haul, they’d be better off with an executive like Peyton Manning. With Jimmy Haslam restructuring the front office to remove the buffer between owner and G.M., a spot has now be…Upvote Share TweetJim Schwartz does not think Matthew Stafford’s poor play got him fired as head coach of the Lions. Schwartz, now the Bills’ defensive coordinator, told 104.5 in Nashville that the Lions’ late-season collapse can’t be pinned on Stafford or any other indi…Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA boss rips GMs who downgraded SamESPN.com Feb 11NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith blasted a group of anonymous NFL general managers and executives who reportedly believe that Michael Sam has damaged his draft stock by announcing that he is gay.Upvote Share TweetZach Curley is going to get married in May, and he felt compelled to mail three "VIP" wedding invitations (everyone else receives their invites in two weeks). The recipients were Mickey and Minnie at Disney World, the Obamas, and Washington Re…Upvote Share TweetDuring the Broncos’ run to the Super Bowl, their defense was buoyed by strong play by defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. Knighton was a major part of the team’s success against opposing ground games and added three regular season sacks and one in a sta…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Browns interviewed Wisconsin coach Gary AndersenOn a day filled with major Browns news comes another rather interesting revelation. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns “secretly interviewed” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen for their coaching vacancy. The Browns hired Bills defensiv…Upvote Share Tweet
Jon Stewart Rips NFLers Who See Michael Sam As A "Distraction"deadspin.com Feb 11Jon Stewart did a segment on Michael Sam during last night's episode of the Daily Show, and after dropping a pretty good burn on Tim Tebow, he got right at the heart of what's so ridiculous about certain NFL people's assumption that Sam will be a distra…Upvote Share Tweet
Jimmy Haslam: Purpose of moves is to provide fans with winner they deserveThe Browns will hold a press conference at 11:30 am E.T. to discuss the unexpected changes to the front office that they announced on Tuesday morning. Ray Farmer is replacing Mike Lombardi as the team’s general manager while CEO Joe Banner will be stepp…Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was the poster boy of intolerance after expressing his concerns about having an openly gay player in an NFL locker room. Since Missouri defensive end Michael Sam gained national attention for revealing he was…Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons dropped a pair of veteran defenders last week in order to improve their cap situation heading into free agency, moves that left another older defensive player contemplating his future with the franchise. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora is due to…Upvote Share Tweet
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Oakland RaidersAfter 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
Jaguars open to longer deals in free agency this yearJaguars General Manager David Caldwell avoided offering contracts longer than two years when was steering the team through free agency last year because it was the first year of a new regime and they wanted the flexibility to adjust the roster as needed…Upvote Share TweetTeams have a week to decide whether to use the franchise tag, and the reality is, few players want anything to do with it. Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes is no exception, telling Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the tag is “is not what anybody w…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Bills signed a 10-year lease to remain at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the agreement came with a vow to begin looking at options for a new stadium that would keep the team in Buffalo for an even longer period of time. On Monday, New York Governor Andr…Upvote Share Tweet
New coach sees some Curtis Martin in Eddie LacyNew Packers running backs coach Sam Gash has blocked for some good running backs. But he said his new pupil reminds him of one of the best of all time. Gash said after watching film of Eddie Lacy, he sees similarities to Hall of Fame running back Curtis…Upvote Share TweetA look at the biggest cap numbers on the Bills roster. Said Dolphins CB Brent Grimes of Michael Sam, “Unless your [sic] having or trying to have sex with somebody, I just feel like their sexual preference shouldn’t really matter to you. Realistically my…Upvote Share TweetLast month a Pittsburgh Police dog named Rocco was killed after being stabbed while helping officers make an arrest. Now Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is buying a replacement dog. Roethlisberger announced on his website that his foundation, wh…Upvote Share Tweet
Franchise tag isn’t a viable option for 49ers to keep Phil DawsonIn recent years, more and more teams have used the franchise tag on kickers in punters, in large part because the amount of the franchise tender for specialists remains at or below the market value for high-end kickers. (In contrast, the market value fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Second-round tender stronger possibility for Chris HarrisHeading into last Thursday’s knee surgery, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris knew that his ACL was partially torn. Dr. James Andrews turned up no further damage once the surgery was underway. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that there was no other li…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl train jam resulted from unused parking, bus passesThree years after the North Texas Super Bowl was marred by a lack of seats inside the stadium, the lingering memories of Super Bowl XLVIII will entail not enough seats on the trains that took fans to and from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Reasons …Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins staffer wants to see more physical running from Lamar MillerThe Miami Dolphins had the 26th ranked rushing attack in the NFL last season. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas received the majority of work carrying the football for the Dolphins with Miller starting 15 games on the year. Miller showed flashes of strong …Upvote Share Tweet
Generational change ushers in acceptanceESPN.com Feb 11The old arguments that a gay player would divide a locker room proved unfounded at Missouri, where Michael Sam thrived with the Tigers.Upvote Share Tweet
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson: Marshawn Lynch does his talking on the fieldFeb 11Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson discusses his role in helping teammate Marshawn Lynch negotiate his media silence during Super Bowl Week and reveals just why "Beast Mode" insists on not talking to the press.
Film Study : Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael RobinsonFeb 11Beast Modes lead man, Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, breaks down his decision making on the field that helped spring running back Marshawn Lynch to the second-most rush attempts per game in the NFL.
Film Study: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael BennettFeb 11Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett breaks down some of the biggest plays from Super Bowl XLVIII, including the opening safety that led to a huge momentum swing in favor of the Seahawks.
Ware To Have SurgeryFeb 11Todd Archer on DeMarcus Ware's injury and when he could return for the Cowboys.
Clayton's mailbag -- Restricted free agent market dryFeb 11Mailbag: Restricted free agency isn't much of a market, writes John Clayton.
The Tuesday MailbagFeb 11The Seahawks made a point all season to hit the strike zone—breastbone to knees—with the helmet outside the framework of the opposition, as demonstrated by Richard Sherman here. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI/The MMQB) In a season that drew so much attention for…