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Saints part ways with 4 defensive stalwarts

Saints part ways with 4 defensive stalwarts

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 12
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.
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  • Goodell welcomes Sam, says 'good for him'

    Goodell welcomes Sam, says 'good for him'

    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."
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  • Demoff says lack of certainty beyond March 2015 not good for fa…

    Demoff says lack of certainty beyond March 2015 not good for fans or Rams

    Nearly 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…
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  • Packers could be active participants in free agency

    Packers could be active participants in free agency

    March 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…
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  • Sports Briefing: New Deal and Title for Elway

    Sports Briefing: New Deal and Title for Elway

    The 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.
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  • Dimitroff feels no need to take pulse of locker room on adding …

    Dimitroff feels no need to take pulse of locker room on adding Sam

    Over 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…
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  • Auburn won’t let Tyronne Green return for Pro Day workout

    Auburn won’t let Tyronne Green return for Pro Day workout

    After 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…
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  • Raiders add CFL's Sheets to running back mix

    Raiders add CFL's Sheets to running back mix

    The Oakland Raiders signed running back Kory Sheets from the Canadian Football League on Wednesday.
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  • Steelers GM: Draft as deep as I've ever seen

    Steelers GM: Draft as deep as I've ever seen

    ESPN.com Feb 12
    The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of needs, especially on defense, and this is shaping up as the kind of draft in which to fill them.
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  • Texas Sportscaster Destroys Silly Opposition To Michael Sam In …

    Texas Sportscaster Destroys Silly Opposition To Michael Sam In The NFL

    deadspin.com Feb 12
    Dale 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…
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  • Seattle's Bennett on contract: 'This isn't Costco'
  • Bears make Pat Meyer offensive line coach, shift Aaron Kromer t…

    Bears make Pat Meyer offensive line coach, shift Aaron Kromer to offensive coordinator only

    Aaron 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…
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  • Controversial Vick appearance in North Carolina canceled due to…

    Controversial Vick appearance in North Carolina canceled due to snow

    As 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…
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  • Jerry Jones still thinks Bruce Carter will be “outstanding”

    Jerry Jones still thinks Bruce Carter will be “outstanding”

    Cowboys 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…
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  • Which NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Teams Have The Best Local Fan Base…

    Which NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Teams Have The Best Local Fan Bases?

    deadspin.com Feb 12
    Nielsen 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 …
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  • NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney says critics ‘that are talking can’…

    NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney says critics ‘that are talking can’t play football’

    yahoo.com Feb 12
    Former 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…
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  • Hernandez’s barber could be a key witness in Lloyd murder case

    Hernandez’s barber could be a key witness in Lloyd murder case

    With 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…
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  • New Browns G.M. rolls out his first transaction

    New Browns G.M. rolls out his first transaction

    The 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…
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  • Nick Folk: Add two narrower uprights to make extra points more …

    Nick Folk: Add two narrower uprights to make extra points more difficult

    We’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,…
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  • Greg Cosell sees “a wide variation” in Johnny Manziel’s quality…

    Greg Cosell sees “a wide variation” in Johnny Manziel’s quality of play

    Noted 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’…
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  • Redskins attack Senator by quoting Rick Reilly’s infamous fathe…

    Redskins attack Senator by quoting Rick Reilly’s infamous father-in-law column

    When 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…
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  • Alex Van Pelt likes his backup quarterback options

    Alex Van Pelt likes his backup quarterback options

    The 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…
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  • Nick Folk has an intriguing idea to solve the NFL's extra-point…

    Nick Folk has an intriguing idea to solve the NFL's extra-point conundrum: Add two additional uprigh

    deadspin.com Feb 12
    Nick 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...
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  • Gunther Cunningham will remain on Lions staff

    Gunther Cunningham will remain on Lions staff

    Gunther 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…
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  • Incognito finally zips it, posts his lawyer’s phone number on T…

    Incognito finally zips it, posts his lawyer’s phone number on Twitter

    Apparently, 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 …
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  • Source: QB Weeden wants to leave Browns

    Source: QB Weeden wants to leave Browns

    Quarterback Brandon Weeden wants to leave the Cleveland Browns, according to a source close to the situation.
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  • QB Cousins open to trade, hoping to start

    QB Cousins open to trade, hoping to start

    Kirk 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.
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  • Steelers have work to do before March 11

    Steelers have work to do before March 11

    For 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…
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  • Sammy Watkins expected to do all drills at combine

    Sammy Watkins expected to do all drills at combine

    Many 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…
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  • Come at the Kings: The AFC West was surprisingly competitive la…

    Come at the Kings: The AFC West was surprisingly competitive last ye…

    CNNSI.com Feb 12
    The AFC West was surprisingly competitive last year. It could be even more hotly contested in 2014.
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  • Terrance Knighton unlikely to get a new deal from Broncos

    Terrance Knighton unlikely to get a new deal from Broncos

    Terrance 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, …
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  • Rams officially name Gregg Williams defensive coordinator

    Rams officially name Gregg Williams defensive coordinator

    It 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…
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  • Blog: #Redskins QB @RGIII is in fine company on Feb. 12 http://…

    Blog: #Redskins QB @RGIII is in fine company on Feb. 12 http://t.co/8FdA7lRmHb pic.twitter.com/P8dFJ

    deadspin.com Feb 12
    Blog: #Redskins QB @RGIII is in fine company on Feb. 12 pic.twitter.com/P8dFJtkjSN— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 12, 2014Read more...
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  • No talks yet for Sherman, Seahawks

    No talks yet for Sherman, Seahawks

    Seahawks 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 …
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  • Report: Saints re-sign Keyunta Dawson

    Report: Saints re-sign Keyunta Dawson

    The 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…
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  • Report:  Haslam wanted Parcells to run the football operation

    Report: Haslam wanted Parcells to run the football operation

    Browns 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…
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  • Haves and Have-Nots: Hope abounds for turnarounds, but how does…

    Haves and Have-Nots: Hope abounds for turnarounds, but how does your t…

    CNNSI.com Feb 12
    Hope abounds for turnarounds, but how does your team really look this offseason?
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  • Abe Woodson, legendary kick returner, dies at 79

    Abe Woodson, legendary kick returner, dies at 79

    Abe 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…
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  • Ex-Bears GM: Cutler inconsistent in clutch

    Ex-Bears GM: Cutler inconsistent in clutch

    ESPN.com Feb 12
    Former 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.
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  • It’ll be a buyer’s market for free-agent receivers

    It’ll be a buyer’s market for free-agent receivers

    As 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…
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  • Chicago Bears hire a martial arts instructor to help with hand …

    Chicago Bears hire a martial arts instructor to help with hand and footwork

    Do 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 …
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  • Did The Browns' Front Office Break Up Over Greg Schiano?

    Did The Browns' Front Office Break Up Over Greg Schiano?

    deadspin.com Feb 12
    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…
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  • Garrett, staff try to learn from SMU's Brown

    Garrett, staff try to learn from SMU's Brown

    ESPN.com Feb 12
    In 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.
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  • New Browns G.M. Ray Farmer has supporters in personnel circles

    New Browns G.M. Ray Farmer has supporters in personnel circles

    While 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…
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  • Watch J.J. Watt play some hockey, a sight no defenseman wants t…

    Watch J.J. Watt play some hockey, a sight no defenseman wants to deal with

    yahoo.com Feb 12
    There'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 …
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  • No contract talks for DeMarcus Ware and Cowboys yet

    No contract talks for DeMarcus Ware and Cowboys yet

    Cowboys 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…
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  • Browns trying to lock up Joe Haden, talked yesterday

    Browns trying to lock up Joe Haden, talked yesterday

    As 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…
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  • Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Atlanta Falcons

    Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Atlanta Falcons

    yahoo.com Feb 12
    After 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…
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  • Bills focused on upgrading Ralph Wilson Stadium, not replacing …

    Bills focused on upgrading Ralph Wilson Stadium, not replacing it

    On 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…
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  • Schiano’s candidacy created “major rift” between Banner and Has…

    Schiano’s candidacy created “major rift” between Banner and Haslam

    Officially, 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…
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  • Damontre Moore hoping to build his chances to play

    Damontre Moore hoping to build his chances to play

    The 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…
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  • Cowboys learning lessons from legendary coach/gypsy

    Cowboys learning lessons from legendary coach/gypsy

    When 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…
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    There’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 …
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  • Broncos’ Orlando Franklin meets with Rob Ford

    Broncos’ Orlando Franklin meets with Rob Ford

    Broncos 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…
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  • Jets' Richardson proud of his old roommate Sam

    Jets' Richardson proud of his old roommate Sam

    CNNSI.com Feb 12
    Sheldon Richardson knew Michael Sam was gay. And it never mattered to him.
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  • Video - Know Your Teammate: Seattle Seahawks 03:21

    Know Your Teammate: Seattle Seahawks

    Feb 12
    Camaraderie 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?
  • Video - Where will top free agents land? 01:06

    Where will top free agents land?

    Feb 12
    Ian Rapoport gives the latest on where the biggest names in NFL free agency are expected to play in 2014.
  • Video - Will Green Bay Packers aim for big name free agents? 00:51

    Will Green Bay Packers aim for big name free agents?

    Feb 12
    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins "NFL Total Access" with an outline of how the Green Bay Packers plan to approach free agency this offseason.
  • Video - Seattle Seahawks perfect the legal hit 03:52

    Seattle Seahawks perfect the legal hit

    Feb 12
    The 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.

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