This is the February 12, 2014 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
The New Orleans Saints are expected to make roster cuts soon with Will Smith told he will be released, according to a league source, and Roman Harper appearing to be another casualty based on a tweet Wednesday evening.Share Tweet
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed public support for Michael Sam for the first time Wednesday night, three days after the All-American defensive lineman from Missouri that he is gay during an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines."Share Tweet
Demoff says lack of certainty beyond March 2015 not good for fans or RamsNearly twenty years ago, St. Louis lured the Rams from Los Angeles. And when the Convention and Visitors Commission chose not to make the investment needed to transform the Edward Jones Dome into a first-tier facility, the clock began to tick on the ter…Share Tweet
Packers could be active participants in free agencyMarch signals the start of free agency across the NFL. For everyone except the Green Bay Packers that is. While the rest of the league traditionally dabbles in the free agent process by courting players from other teams, the Packers, under general manag…Share TweetThe Denver Broncos extended the contract of John Elway, which was set to expire after the 2014 season, through 2017 and added general manager to his title of executive vice president.Share TweetOver the past few days, most of the comments from owners, coaches, and/or General Managers regarding Michael Sam have emerged in the form of a prepared statement. Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff opted for a different approach — he answered a series of que…Share Tweet
Auburn won’t let Tyronne Green return for Pro Day workoutAfter the Scouting Combine concludes, Pro Day workouts will unfold throughout the country. Many schools allow veteran players who attended that school to return and participate, like Texas did last year for Vince Young. At Auburn, it used to not be a pr…Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders signed running back Kory Sheets from the Canadian Football League on Wednesday.Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of needs, especially on defense, and this is shaping up as the kind of draft in which to fill them.Share Tweet
Texas Sportscaster Destroys Silly Opposition To Michael Sam In The NFLDale Hansen of Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA—who won a Peabody Award for his reporting on the SMU football scandal—had an excellent response to the criticism of NFL prospect Michael Sam, who announced on Sunday that he was gay. In his "Dale Hansen Unpl…Share TweetSeattle's Bennett on contract: 'This isn't Costco'Share Tweet
Bears make Pat Meyer offensive line coach, shift Aaron Kromer to offensive coordinator onlyAaron Kromer arrived in Chicago as both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. After a year, he’ll be focusing exclusively on the coordination of the offense. The Bears have announced that assistant offensive line coach Pat Meyer has been promo…Share Tweet
Controversial Vick appearance in North Carolina canceled due to snowAs a winter storm scraps a wide range of events in the Southeast, including the Duke-North Carolina men’s basketball game (you can now watch the Olympics on NBC instead), a controversial appearance by soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Mike Vick in Ralei…Share TweetCowboys linebacker Bruce Carter had a disappointing season in 2013. But the man who drafted Carter, Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, hasn’t lost any confidence in him. Jones says Carter, whom the Cowboys selected with the 40th overall pick…Share TweetNielsen released its annual "Year in Sports Media Report" last week, a fascinating look into who consumed sports in 2013 and how they did so. There's tons of great trend data if you're into this sort of thing—TV viewership is down for the NBA …Share TweetFormer South Carolina standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney heard most of the criticism aimed at him last season. He takes plays off. He does not work hard enough. He is just preserving his body for the NFL draft. He really was not injured last season…Share Tweet
Hernandez’s barber could be a key witness in Lloyd murder caseWith prosecutors concluding that Carlos Ortiz won’t be a credible source of evidence and few if any in former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s inner circle cooperating, it could be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hernandez killed O…Share Tweet
New Browns G.M. rolls out his first transactionThe Ray Farmer era is off to a roaring start. The new Browns General Manager made his first transaction Wednesday, signing wide receiver Royce Adams. Yes, THE Royce Adams. Actually, the Google machine tells us he spent part of last offseason with the Je…Share Tweet
Nick Folk: Add two narrower uprights to make extra points more difficultWe’ve heard a variety of ideas about what to do regarding the extra point after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league was considering eliminating the one-point tries from the game entirely. Many of those suggestions have come from kickers,…Share TweetNoted evaluator Greg Cosell of NFL Films has put on the tape of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. And as Cosell told 104.5 FM “The Zone” in Nashville on Wednesday, he has seen good and bad things. “As you evaluate and transition him . . . there’…Share Tweet
Redskins attack Senator by quoting Rick Reilly’s infamous father-in-law columnWhen Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wrote (or at least read and signed) an open letter defending the team’s name, he didn’t mention Rick Reilly’s then-recent column, in which Reilly quotes his Native American father-in-law as not being offended by the ter…Share TweetThe Packers were looking for a short-term fix when they brought Matt Flynn back last November. Now they have a long-term question about who to hang onto behind starter Aaron Rodgers. New Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said he was impressed wit…Share Tweet
Nick Folk has an intriguing idea to solve the NFL's extra-point conundrum: Add two additional uprighNick Folk has an intriguing idea to solve the NFL's extra-point conundrum: Add two additional uprights, narrower and just for PATs. [NJ.com]Read more...Share TweetGunther Cunningham won’t be the defensive coordinator in Detroit next season, but he will still be assisting the team. Cunningham is listed as a senior coaching assistant on the team’s website, which means that he’ll be back with the team for a sixth se…Share TweetApparently, someone finally has told Richie Incognito to shut up. Even more apparently, Richie doesn’t like being told to shut up. After a Wednesday afternoon Twitter tirade against Jonathan Martin and agent Kenny Zuckerman that culminated in Incognito …Share TweetQuarterback Brandon Weeden wants to leave the Cleveland Browns, according to a source close to the situation.Share TweetKirk Cousins said nothing has changed from the time he was drafted by the Washington Redskins. He wanted to compete for a starting job then; he wants to compete for one now. Which is why he told the team he'd be open to a trade.Share Tweet
Steelers have work to do before March 11For the Steelers, salary-cap gymnastics have been a key ingredient of the weeks preceding the start of the new league year. In 2014, it’ll likely be no different. Projected to be more than $10 million over the cap, the Steelers need to do plenty of work…Share TweetMany projected top picks opt to do minimal work at the combine in Indianapolis and save their full workout for an on-campus pro day later in the predraft process. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is expected to go early in May, but Ian Rapoport of NF…Share Tweet
Come at the Kings: The AFC West was surprisingly competitive last ye…The AFC West was surprisingly competitive last year. It could be even more hotly contested in 2014.Share TweetTerrance Knighton might want a new deal from the Broncos. But wanting one and getting one are two different stories. According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, the Broncos aren’t expected to try to extend the defensive tackle’s deal with a year left on it, …Share TweetIt didn’t take long for word of Gregg Williams’ return to St. Louis to surface after the team fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton, but it took a bit more time for the team to make an official confirmation of the hire. That came on Wednesday. Williams…Share Tweet
Blog: #Redskins QB @RGIII is in fine company on Feb. 12 http://t.co/8FdA7lRmHb pic.twitter.com/P8dFJBlog: #Redskins QB @RGIII is in fine company on Feb. 12 pic.twitter.com/P8dFJtkjSN— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 12, 2014Read more...Share TweetSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman became eligible for a new contract on December 29. He has made it clear on multiple occasions that he believes he’s the best cornerback in the game. Sherman is due to make $1.389 million in 2014. Darrelle Revis makes …Share TweetThe Saints are expected to pare their roster of a couple of veteran defensive players in the near future, but they’ve reached agreement to bring one defender back for the 2014 season. Linebacker Keyunta Dawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the team…Share Tweet
Report: Haslam wanted Parcells to run the football operationBrowns owner Jimmy Haslam won’t have a CEO to replace Joe Banner. But Haslam reportedly was inclined to install someone above G.M. Ray Farmer. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, Haslam wanted to hire Bill Parcells to run the team. In an email…Share Tweet
Haves and Have-Nots: Hope abounds for turnarounds, but how does your t…Hope abounds for turnarounds, but how does your team really look this offseason?Share Tweet
Abe Woodson, legendary kick returner, dies at 79Abe Woodson, one of the greatest kick returners in football history, has died at the age of 79. A five-time Pro Bowler for the San Francisco 49ers, Woodson led the NFL in kickoff return average in 1959, 1962 and 1963, and led the league in punt return a…Share TweetFormer Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gave up two first-round picks, quarterback Kyle Orton and a third-round selection in a 2009 trade with Denver to acquire Jay Cutler, but apparently, the former personnel boss is no longer enamored with him.Share Tweet
It’ll be a buyer’s market for free-agent receiversAs teams begin to plan their eventual 53-man rosters, there are currently 53 receivers scheduled to be available in free agency. That’s the number of unrestricted and restricted free agents at the position who’ll be available as of March 11, barring a n…Share TweetDo not be surprised if you see members of the Chicago Bears practicing their “wax on, wax off” techniques prior to games this season. The Bears have hired Joe Kim, a distinguished martial arts coach, to help players with their hand technique, according …Share Tweet
Did The Browns' Front Office Break Up Over Greg Schiano?The troika of Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, and Michael Lombardi seemed doomed from the beginning, and the shit finally hit the fan yesterday with the announcement that the CEO and GM are out. We'll be hearing more and more insidery stuff as the days and we…Share Tweet
Garrett, staff try to learn from SMU's BrownIn the Top 25 for the first time since 1985, the SMU men's basketball program is garnering a lot of attention, even from the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff.Share TweetWhile the initial reaction to yesterday’s Browns front office shake-up was that it was another sign of organizational dysfunction, there’s at least the possibility that they may have made the right move. In promoting Ray Farmer to General Manager, the B…Share TweetThere's not much the supremely gifted J.J. Watt can't do, even with ice skates on. The Houston Texans' defensive end, the league's best defensive player and one of the best athletes in a league full of great athletes, recently got on the ice and skated …Share TweetCowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has answered one of his big offseason questions by scheduling right elbow surgery for next week. That leaves the question of his contract. Ware is set to make $12.25 million in 2014 with a cap number just north of $16…Share TweetAs the Browns try to kill the impression that they’re a rudderless dumpster fire presided over by a Clampett, they at least realize they’re going to have to do more than fire people and talk about it. Locking up one of their best players would be a good…Share Tweet
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Atlanta FalconsAfter 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…Share TweetOn Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced five appointments to a New Stadium Working Group that will explore options for a new stadium that would keep the Bills in New York beyond the expiration of the 10-year lease they signed at Ralph Wilson…Share TweetOfficially, there’s no one moment that caused Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to lose faith in his former management team of CEO Joe Banner and G.M. Michael Lombardi. Unofficially, Peter King may have identified the catalyst for sudden and unexpected and swee…Share Tweet
Damontre Moore hoping to build his chances to playThe Giants stockpile pass-rushers, which allows them to develop them. And the latest project hopes to add muscle this offseason, to accelerate the pace. Former third-round pick Damontre Moore said he wants to bulk up, and as soon as he recovers from min…Share Tweet
Cowboys learning lessons from legendary coach/gypsyWhen there’s a legendary coach nearby, it makes sense to pick his brain. Even if it’s not the same sport. So Cowboys coach Jason Garrett took most of his staff to a Southern Methodist basketball practice Tuesday, to learn from legendary coach Larry Brow…Share TweetThere’s much discussion in Buffalo about where a new stadium should be built. Will the Dolphins trade up in the first round of the draft again? After spending the 2013 season on injured reserve, Patriots DT Cory Grissom has an uphill battle to make the …Share Tweet
Broncos’ Orlando Franklin meets with Rob FordBroncos right tackle Orlando Franklin spent some time on Tuesday with Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford. Franklin, who grew up in Toronto, was honored at City Hall by Ford, who read a proclamation congratulating Franklin for a good 2013 season. “I…Share Tweet
Jets' Richardson proud of his old roommate SamSheldon Richardson knew Michael Sam was gay. And it never mattered to him.Share Tweet
Know Your Teammate: Seattle SeahawksFeb 12Camaraderie and togetherness defined the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning season -- but how well do fullback Michael Robinson, Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant really know each other?
Where will top free agents land?Feb 12Ian Rapoport gives the latest on where the biggest names in NFL free agency are expected to play in 2014.
Will Green Bay Packers aim for big name free agents?Feb 12NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins "NFL Total Access" with an outline of how the Green Bay Packers plan to approach free agency this offseason.
Seattle Seahawks perfect the legal hitFeb 12The Seattle Seahawks dealt legal blows to the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII, proving that with proper technique a defense can make its presence felt while playing within the rules.
Why The Browns Blew Up The Franchise … AgainFeb 12The Cleveland Browns interviewed Ken Whisenhunt for their head-coaching job in each of the past two Januaries, first after he was fired as Arizona’s head coach, and last month when he was employed as San Diego’s offensive coordinator. When Whisenhunt en…