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Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator

Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Feb 12, 2013
After a lengthy search for a new defensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams finally have their guy. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Rams plan to hire Detroit Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton as their next defensive coordinator. The Rams…
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  • Bubba Paris charged with failing to file tax returns

    Bubba Paris charged with failing to file tax returns

    Steve Martin once suggested this defense to a failure to pay taxes:  I forgot. Though it’s unclear whether former 49ers tackle Bubba Paris will try to advance that excuse, Paris is accused of failing to file tax returns. Paris, a left tackle who won th
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  • Modkins hopes to pump up Lions running game

    Modkins hopes to pump up Lions running game

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    It has been eight years since the Lions have had a running back who gained more than 1,000 yards in a season. Eight years. The last guy to do it was Kevin Jones.  Since then, a revolving door of role players have failed to get to the four-digit threshol…
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  • Favre finds lack of fatalities in Hattiesburg tornado “amazin’”…

    Favre finds lack of fatalities in Hattiesburg tornado “amazin’”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The hometown of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre endured a tornado over the weekend.  The storm nearly missed Favre’s property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi by less than a mile, and he’s surprised that the tornado resulted in no fatalities. “Nobody
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  • Haslam says he’ll take a hands-on role in Browns’ draft, free a…

    Haslam says he’ll take a hands-on role in Browns’ draft, free agency

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    When new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced on Monday that he’s returning to his previous job as CEO of Pilot Flying J, it raised questions about whether he’s going to be too much of a hands-off owner. But Haslam insists that’s not going to be the
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Tennessee Titans

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Tennessee Titans

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 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 our spin around the …
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  • Adviser: Vince Young got a loan to throw himself a $300,000 par…

    Adviser: Vince Young got a loan to throw himself a $300,000 party

    If you’re wondering how a football player can sign a contract at age 23 that guarantees him more than $25 million and be broke by age 29, Vince Young’s spending habits may help you understand. Young, the quarterback who’s currently out of the NFL bu
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  • Officials from Cowboys meet with MADD reps

    Officials from Cowboys meet with MADD reps

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Sparked by two alcohol related incidents, just six weeks apart, Dallas Cowboys officials met with representatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving after the Super Bowl.
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  • Goldman Sachs joins the effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis

    Goldman Sachs joins the effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    Unless the powers-that-be in St. Louis pony up the cash to renovate the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams can leave town after the 2014 season. And so the powers-that-be have enlisted the firm of Goldman Sachs to help keep the Rams in town.  According to the …
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  • Geno Smith to do everything at Combine

    Geno Smith to do everything at Combine

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    With no Andrew Luck-level certainties at the top of this draft class, there’s an opening for someone to make a name for themselves at next week’s NFL Combine. That’s especially true among the quarterbacks, but West Virginia’s Geno Smith is taking
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  • Lions view the salary cap as fluid

    Lions view the salary cap as fluid

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Lions entered the offseason only $3 million under the salary cap, but that wasn’t necessarily a significant concern. Lions President Tom Lewand says the amount of cap space a team has at any given time is less relevant than how flexible the team is
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  • Scouting Combine won’t include John Lott

    Scouting Combine won’t include John Lott

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    When this year’s crop of incoming rookies heads to Indianapolis next week and shows up for their effort to bench-press 225 pounds as many times as they can (or, in the case of Fred Smoot, to do it once), a familiar face won’t be there, straining and y
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  • Watch This Gigantic High School Running Back Score Fat Guy Touc…

    Watch This Gigantic High School Running Back Score Fat Guy Touchdowns

    deadspin.com Feb 12, 2013
    One of the sadder developments in the NFL has been the extinction of the fat running back. Gone are the days when Jerome Bettis, T.J. Duckett, Ron Dayne, Najeh Davenport, and LenDale White made a living by hefting their considerable weight up and down t…
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Fred Jackson, NFC East offseason pre…

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Fred Jackson, NFC East offseason previews

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Bills have big plans for their running back duo in 2013, which makes the health of Fred Jackson a big topic this offseason. Jackson recently said he feels like he’s 100 percent from the knee injury that brought his season to an end after Week 14 and
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  • Cowboys remain focused on Romo extension

    Cowboys remain focused on Romo extension

    Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tabled contract extension talks early in the 2012 season so that they did not become a distraction, but it is the offseason now and the desire for an extension remains strong on the team’s side. On Tuesday, executive vice p
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  • Surprise: College coach says Clowney should play in college

    Surprise: College coach says Clowney should play in college

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    There are many people who think South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is taking a huge risk by playing his junior season, since he’s ineligible to enter the NFL draft. As you might imagine, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, whose mortgage pay
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  • Mankins: Gronkowski not hurting anyone

    Mankins: Gronkowski not hurting anyone

    When it comes to the recent headlines generated by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins says he doesn't have a problem.
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  • Panthers' stadium renovation after '13 season

    Panthers' stadium renovation after '13 season

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison said the team plans to begin renovations on its 16-year-old stadium immediately after the 2013 NFL season and estimates the project could take two years to complete.
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  • Anderson says field widening has been discussed before

    Anderson says field widening has been discussed before

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    In response to the comments from former NFL G.M. Bill Polian that a wider field could make the NFL game safer, current NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson says that it’s old news. “It was an idea bantered about two or three years ag
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  • Secaucus, Carlstadt mayors threaten to withhold emergency servi…

    Secaucus, Carlstadt mayors threaten to withhold emergency services during Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    As the countdown for Super Bowl XLVIII begins, we’ve got a feeling that the New York edition of the game will raise plenty of issues and questions and topics and news items. Here’s the latest:  The mayors of Seacausus and Carlstadt are threatening to
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  • Peterson wouldn't trade Harvin 'for nothing'

    Peterson wouldn't trade Harvin 'for nothing'

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Trade speculation surrounding Percy Harvin is rampant with the new league year set to begin March 12, but Minnesota Vikings teammate Adrian Peterson said Tuesday there's no way he'd trade the wide receiver if it was his call to make.
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  • Report: Jets not interested in Ahmad Bradshaw

    Report: Jets not interested in Ahmad Bradshaw

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    During an interview Tuesday morning, running back Ahmad Bradshaw said that he’d be interested in jumping to the other team that calls MetLife Stadium home after his release from the Giants. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that’s
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  • Police officer testifies Alfonzo Dennard punched him in the jaw

    Police officer testifies Alfonzo Dennard punched him in the jaw

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is currently on trial for a felony charge of third-degree assault on a police officer, and the officer in question testified today that Dennard punched him in the jaw and caused him a significant amount of pain. Linco…
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  • Johnny Knox still plans on playing in 2013

    Johnny Knox still plans on playing in 2013

    The Bears’ decision to cut ties with wide receiver Johnny Knox now despite having him under contract for the 2013 season doesn’t send the best message about Knox’s readiness to play after rehabbing for more than a year after a spinal fusion operatio
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Jacksonville Jaguars

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Jacksonville Jaguars

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 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 now move to the AFC South and…
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  • Cards realize Kevin Kolb’s contract needs adjusting

    Cards realize Kevin Kolb’s contract needs adjusting

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Cardinals, and new coach Bruce Arians, can’t be sure whether quarterback Kevin Kolb can play or not. But it seems clear they want to pay him less. With Kolb due a $2 million roster bonus and a $9 million salary, the Cards are having some sticker sho
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  • James Harrison won’t take pay cut to stay with Steelers

    James Harrison won’t take pay cut to stay with Steelers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    James Harrison is willing to work with the Steelers to lower his salary cap number, but he’s not willing to take a pay cut just to stay with the team that drafted him and developed him. Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told John Harris of the Pittsburgh
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  • Gregg Williams’ players, past and present, don’t hold bounty na…

    Gregg Williams’ players, past and present, don’t hold bounty narrative against him

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    LOS ANGELES -- In the public eye and to various NFL administrators, Gregg Williams is very much the face of BountyGate, and all that is wrong with football today. But to his players past and present, the current defensive assistant with the Tennessee Ti…
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  • Vick’s contract could pinch Nnamdi, too

    Vick’s contract could pinch Nnamdi, too

    During Monday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, we pointed out that the new contract signed by Eagles quarterback Mike Vick could provide the template for a contract that could be offered to Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. It also
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  • Report: NFL mulling 2014 SB backup plans

    Report: NFL mulling 2014 SB backup plans

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    The NFL, preparing for the possibility of bad weather hitting the New York/New Jersey region on Super Bowl XLVIII game day, is exploring playing the game on a Saturday or delaying it for several days, according to a published report.
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  • Course Correction: After posting their worst record in the Rex …

    Course Correction: After posting their worst record in the Rex Ryan …

    CNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013
    After posting their worst record in the Rex Ryan era, the Jets appear in need of an overhaul. Andrew Perloff examines what needs to be done and if the Jets are willing to do it.
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  • Mark Dominik expects the Bucs to be big players in free agency

    Mark Dominik expects the Bucs to be big players in free agency

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    Last year the Buccaneers made a big splash in free agency by signing the top wide receiver available, Vincent Jackson, and the top guard available, Carl Nicks. Late in the season the Bucs re-worked both players’ contracts, and as a result, Buccaneers Ge
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  • Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible”

    Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible”

    We noted yesterday that former Vikings and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards won a boxing match against an out-of-shape opponent who fell to the canvas without Edwards even hitting him. But it turns out that Edwards’ opponent was even worse than previou
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  • NASCAR magnate says he’d buy Panthers “if the price is right”

    NASCAR magnate says he’d buy Panthers “if the price is right”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has struck a deal to keep his team in Charlotte for 15 years in exchange for public money, and has already prepared to have the team sold within two years of his death. But if he wanted to divest now, he apparently has an…
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  • O.J. Simpson’s Super Bowl prison party? New York Post says it h…

    O.J. Simpson’s Super Bowl prison party? New York Post says it happened

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    Here's a Super Bowl party you're probably pretty glad you didn't get an invitation to: according to the New York Post, O.J. Simpson threw a Super Bowl party in his cell at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Simpson's cell is only 80 square feet…
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  • Offseason previews: Eagles

    Offseason previews: Eagles

    CNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013
    New coach Chip Kelly faces a tricky rebuilding task with the Philadelphia Eagles as he incorporates his up-temp attack into the NFL.
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  • Dolphins have targeted deals for Hartline, Clemons

    Dolphins have targeted deals for Hartline, Clemons

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Dolphins have a number of big-ticket free agents, but they have apparently narrowed their sights to two of them for the moment. According to the Miami Herald, the team has “discreetly targeted” wide receiver Brian Hartline and safety Chris Clemons
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  • Super Bowl on a Saturday? Bad weather in New Jersey next year c…

    Super Bowl on a Saturday? Bad weather in New Jersey next year could make it so

    Those of you pining for a Super Bowl Saturday may finally be in luck. According to a report in Sports Business Daily, the NFL is putting together a contingency plan for Super Bowl XLVIII should inclement weather hit Metlife Stadium and the New York/New …
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  • Chargers aren’t considering a tarp to cover seats

    Chargers aren’t considering a tarp to cover seats

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The decision by the Raiders to take 11,000 seats out of commission led one San Diego writer to wonder if the Chargers would consider the same thing to reduce their seating capacity and cut down on blackouts. Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune r…
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  • Miami mayor wants Super Bowl promise before public money

    Miami mayor wants Super Bowl promise before public money

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Panthers got their public money for stadium upgrades by promising to stay for at least 15 years. The city of Miami wants something the Dolphins can’t deliver on their own. According to the Miami Herald, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is suggesting that he wan
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  • NFL Experience won’t experience New York

    NFL Experience won’t experience New York

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    When the Super Bowl descends on Manhattan (sort of) in 2014, one of the staples of the experience won’t be experienced. According to Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL Experience will be omitted from next year’s event, for the first time
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  • Rick Spielman wants Phil Loadholt to stick around

    Rick Spielman wants Phil Loadholt to stick around

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    There’s been a lot of attention paid to the Vikings’ first-round pick from the 2009 draft, but wide receiver Percy Harvin isn’t the only player from that draft that Minnesota has to make a decision about this offseason. Tackle Phil Loadholt, their s
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    What might Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine be looking for in a safety? WR Brian Hartline and S Chris Clemons continue to look like the likeliest Dolphins free agents to return next season. Patriots DT Vince Wilfork’s offseason training program
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  • Ravens waiting on second opinion on Suggs

    Ravens waiting on second opinion on Suggs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    With a number of big contract decisions looming, the Ravens have medical concerns as well. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the team is waiting to hear back on a second opinion outside linebacker Terrell Suggs sought for his torn biceps. …
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  • 2013 Pro Day schedule

    2013 Pro Day schedule

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    The 2013 Scouting Combine begins in nine days and the 2013 NFL Draft is just 72 days away. "Shutdown Corner" has already begun to ramp up our draft coverage, with editor Doug Farrar posting his pre-Combine "Big Board" (1-16, 17-32) o…
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  • Eagles don’t want to label themselves 3-4 or 4-3

    Eagles don’t want to label themselves 3-4 or 4-3

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    It might walk like a duck and talk like a duck, but the Eagles new head coach refuses to call it a duck. When Chip Kelly introduced his coaching staff yesterday, the biggest crowd flocked to defensive coordinator Billy Davis, who was asked the fairly ba…
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  • Browns could “double dip” with a raid on AFC North rivals

    Browns could “double dip” with a raid on AFC North rivals

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Browns have a lot of salary cap space and a need at quarterback, and so they’re a logical choice to make a move for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, if Baltimore uses only the non-exclusive franchise tender on Flacco. But Flacco may not be the only AF
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  • JaMarcus Russell keeps working toward getting back to the NFL

    JaMarcus Russell keeps working toward getting back to the NFL

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The first pick in the 2007 draft continues to be serious about a 2013 comeback. Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group explains the efforts JaMarcus Russell is undertaking to get back to the NFL.  He’s working out at the TEST West Football Academy in S
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Cowboys Aim To Keep Romo 03:00

    NFL32OT: Cowboys Aim To Keep Romo

    Feb 12
    Episode 267: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cowboys aim of signing Tony Romo to a long-term deal. Packers Greg Jennings breaks down what he looks for in a quarterback. The NFL32 crew discuss Michael Vick fitting in Chip Kelly's offense
  • Video - Who is the best NFL quarterback under age 25? 01:41

    Who is the best NFL quarterback under age 25?

    Feb 12
    Which quarterback under the age of 25 would you choose to start your franchise with? Heath Evans reveals his pick and explains why the decision is an easy one.
  • Video - State of the Franchise 04:05

    State of the Franchise

    Feb 12
    Willie McGinest and Heath Evans break down the state of the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Video - How much can the Minnesota Vikings get for Harvin? 01:06

    How much can the Minnesota Vikings get for Harvin?

    Feb 12
    Ian Rapoport drops by "NFL Total Access" with the latest on the trade market for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

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  • Don Banks: Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason Preview

    Feb 12
    SI.com is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.