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Last month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear that coach Jason Garrett would no longer call the offensive plays. Or so we thought. On Wednesday, Garrett made it clear that nothing is clear, and that Garrett may still call the plays. The bigger qu…Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks adjust coaching staff, sign Will BlackmonThe Seattle Seahawks officially announced the additions of defensive line coach Travis Jones and Nick Sorensen as a coaching assistant and special teams coach on Wednesday. Jones’ addition had been expected for two weeks while Sorensen is a new additionUpvote Share TweetRunning back Cedric Benson is due to become a free agent again. And he’ll hit the market with a clean legal docket. Mostly. According to the Associated Press, Benson has paid fines for a trio of citations in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Benson forkedUpvote Share Tweet
Resurgent Niners trail Giants in San Fran fervorThe 49ers made it to their sixth Super Bowl this year, 18 years after their last trip to the title game. But the success of the San Francisco football team apparently hasn’t fired up the San Francisco fan base. Ann Killion of the San Francisco ChronicUpvote Share TweetA day after a police officer testified that Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard punched him outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska, last year, one of the officer’s colleagues testified that he witnessed the punch. Dennard is on trial for third-degree assaulUpvote Share Tweet
Houston Texans Tackle Sings That One Gotye Song Everyone KnowsJust getting this out of the way now-it's obviously not a good showing. OK, moving on. Texans tackle Duane Brown and some other lady performed "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye and Kimbra on Houston's KRBE 104.1 morning drive show this morning becUpvote Share TweetFormer Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox says he's giving up football.Upvote Share Tweet
Jets cap mess illustrates gap between playersA flat salary cap is highlighting the gap between football’s haves and have-mores. And the Jets’ current cap crunch shows just how bad the problem is. Albert Breer of NFL Network points out that 10 players account for $110 million under the Jets’Upvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday exercised the fourth-year contract option coach Leslie Frazier.Upvote Share Tweet
Without a new stadium, Falcons will move (elsewhere in Atlanta)The Falcons continue to push for a new retractable-roof venue in Atlanta. Team president and CEO Rich McKay told the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday that, absent such a deal, the Falcons will look for other opportunities in the Atlanta metropolitan a…Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboys have “very educational” meeting with MADDTwo high-profile drunk driving cases in the last two months have the Dallas Cowboys seeking assistance from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones said team officials had “very educational” meetings with MADD recently. CowUpvote Share Tweet
Draft Trends: Lighter linebackers continue to set the paceOne thing that has always been true about the NFL is that for every offensive innovation, a defensive genius will come up with a counter. Bill Walsh makes the West Coast offense his own personal brand? Fine. Dick LeBeau will come back with the zone blit…Upvote Share TweetIn late January, the Carolina Panthers and running back Jonathan Stewart made a slight adjustment to the five-year, $36.5 million contract extension they reached last August, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to "Shutdown Corner&qu…Upvote Share TweetAfter watching the success athletic quarterbacks had this past season in the NFL, new Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson wants to see if he has one of those dual-threat runner-passers on his roster.Upvote Share Tweet‘Tis the season to sign spare punters and kickers for offseason cover, and the Browns are in on it too. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, they signed former camp-hand Spencer Lanning Wednesday. Lanning was in training camp withUpvote Share Tweet
Ryan Otten feared death after staph infection at the Senior BowlRyan Otten is a tight end and NFL draft prospect from San Jose State who became so sick from a staph infection at the Senior Bowl that he thought he was going to die. Otten told the Sacramento Bee that a small cut on his middle finger during Senior Bowl…Upvote Share Tweet
Brian Bosworth Had A Real Nice Time At The xx ConcertYou probably remember Brian Bosworth as the crazy linebacker with weird hair who was good in college but sucked in the NFL and once got trucked by Bo Jackson. Regardless of what you know about The Boz, though, you probably wouldn't expect him to be the …Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons have no timetable for Gonzalez decisionFalcons quarterback Matt Ryan is all healed up after injuring his left shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, but the question of whether or not he’ll be throwing passes to tight end Tony Gonzalez next year remains unanswered. Coach Mike Smith talked abUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the final decision about who calls plays for the offense would be his, but that he hasn't yet made that decision.Upvote Share TweetReports out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon had coach Mike Tomlin interviewing longtime NFL assistant Richard Mann for the team’s vacancy at wide receivers coach. Either Tomlin knew Mann was his guy before the conversation or Mann knocked the ballUpvote Share Tweet
Buccaneers add a punterBuccaneers punter Michael Koenen is entering the third year of a six-year contract he signed with the team before the 2011 season, but he will have some company at the position this offseason. The Buccaneers signed former Eagles punter Chas Henry on Wed…Upvote Share TweetEarlier today, we likely prompted a thumb’s up from Redskins fans by pointing out that, indeed, their favorite team was screwed by the league with $36 million in cap penalties. And now we’ll go back to provoking other hand gestures from Redskins faiUpvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Houston TexansOver 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 South with th…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Giants signed David Buehler, the second kicker the team has added this offseason.Upvote Share TweetPro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will be your one-stop shop for everything NFC North on Wednesday. Lions defensive end Cliff Avril will join Erik Kuselias for a conversation about his impending free agency. Avril got the franchise tag from the Li…Upvote Share Tweet
The Panthers Want $200 Million In Public Funding To Renovate Their 17-Year-Old StadiumBank of America Stadium is a perfectly modern and lovely venue that hosts 10 football games a year. But Panthers owner Jerry Richardson wants more! He wants new escalators! A new video board! Better wi-fi in the stadium! And he wants you-the fan who alrUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Ryan’s left shoulder has recoveredThe end of the Falcons season was doubly painful for quarterback Matt Ryan. Not only was he unable to stop the 49ers from coming back for a 28-24 victory in the NFC Championship Game, he also suffered an injury to his left shoulder in the final minutes …Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Tom Gamble to be vice president of player personnel.Upvote Share Tweet
NCAA makes $5 million in insurance availableEarlier today, Alex Marvez of FOX reported that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is seeking $5 million in insurance via a private broker. But as one source with knowledge of the process explains it to PFT, the NCAA already has a program in…Upvote Share TweetWest Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s decision to throw at the Combine has had the intended consequence, one that scouts will be happy to see. After the West Virginia quarterback said yesterday he’d go through a full workout at the combine, SouthernUpvote Share TweetFor a few weeks now, it has been expected that the Cowboys would be taking the offensive play-calling responsibilities away from head coach Jason Garrett and handing them to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. After an epic opening statement that seeme…Upvote Share TweetWe reported on Monday that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is planning to hold out if he doesn’t get a long-term deal from the team this offseason, something that could be complicated by his reported contract demands. Josina Anderson of ESPN.com spokUpvote Share TweetNew Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is about to begin working with Andrew Luck for the second time, having previously served as the offensive coordinator at Stanford during Luck’s final season there. But when Hamilton talked to reporters todayUpvote Share TweetTroy Aikman is a Tony Romo fan. And Aikman wishes more NFL fans were Tony Romo fans. Aikman, the Hall of Fame former Cowboys quarterback, said on 105.3 The Fan that it’s frustrating that the average fan doesn’t recognize how good a quarterback the CowUpvote Share Tweet
NFL ready to get Super Bowl played at MetLifeThe NFL says it's ready to get the 2014 Super Bowl played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey no matter what the weather conditions are early next February.Upvote Share Tweet
My Encounters With Ray Lewis's Deer-Antler Hookup, The Man Who Could Change The History Of Sports (Or Something)"You're on the phone with someone who could change the history of sports," said Deer Antler Man. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Richardson asks state to help stadium upgradeCarolina Panthers' owner Jerry Richardson is asking state lawmakers to help finance an upgrade for Bank of America Stadium.Upvote Share TweetIt's been a tough week for Nicholas Capes, the Iowa boxer who stepped into the ring against NFL defensive end Ray Edwards and proceeded to take an unforgettable and hilarious dive. According to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Capes has been indefinitely s…Upvote Share TweetThe Giants cut Chris Canty because they didn’t want to pay him $6.25 million next season. While he might not make that much anywhere else, he at least has an option now. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, Canty was offered a contract during hisUpvote Share TweetIf running back Javarris James ever returns to an NFL field, it will be only after serving a four-game suspension. James has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. The 25-year-oldUpvote Share TweetHow does human keg stand Rob Gronkowski respond to being Gronkshamed by a stodgy Boston sports columnist? He grabs his "Sorry For Partying" tank top and heads to Universal Studios to party, obviously. More »Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Feb 13, 2013In taking over a 2-14 Chiefs team, new coach Andy Reid has a lot of decisions to make, from the draft to starting quarterback. Dennis Dillon offers a blueprint for what lies ahead.Upvote Share Tweet
Gronkowski apologizes in the Gronk-iest way possibleIt’s not that we doubted it before, but now we know for sure. Logan Mankins was right. The Patriots veteran guard was talking about teammate Rob Gronkowski, and called him “a big meathead that likes to party and play football.” That was in referenceUpvote Share TweetWhen Redskins tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in October, it seemed like his bid for a long-term contract starting in the 2013 season was torn to shreds with it. Players coming off serious injuries don’t tend to land multi-year commitUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Feb 13, 2013After a poor start to 2012, Cam Newton rebounded to lead the Panthers to five wins in their last six games. Andrew Lawrence writes that Carolina needs to find him some help.Upvote Share TweetIt’s the time of the year when teams are making their plans for free agency and the meaty part of the offseason, which means that it is time for PFT Live to help the set the stage for what’s to come. Ross Tucker of NBC Sports Network will help Mike FlUpvote Share TweetWhen we first touched on a story that has helped fill the short lull between the Super Bowl and the Underwear Olympics, I pointed out that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will undoubtedly purchase an insurance policy to protect him against…Upvote Share TweetThe International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling from the group of 25 “core sports” for the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday, a decision that was not met with great appreciation by Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. Like many other footbalUpvote Share TweetThe crop of quarterbacks available in the 2013 NFL draft is not highly regarded. According to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo, if current Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert were available, he'd be the best of the bunch, an assessmen…Upvote Share TweetBarkevious Mingo is undeniably talented - maybe the most talented player in this year’s NFL draft - but at LSU he was a 230-pound defensive end. And there aren’t many 230-pound defensive ends in the NFL. So that’s why Mingo has been bulking up oUpvote Share Tweet
NFL dignitaries pay tribute to Steve SabolAt NFL Films, Steve Sabol preferred to put the focus on the field, and not on himself. But Sabol, the NFL Films president who died in September, was the focus of an event on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots owne…Upvote Share Tweet
Antonio Brown ready to become a leader for the SteelersThe Steelers let several veteran players go before the 2012 season and there figure to be more departures this offseason as the team continues to say goodbye to key members of teams that went to two of the last five Super Bowls. Many have noted that a l…Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers taking public money, but not more ticket moneyPanthers owner Jerry Richardson is in Raleigh today, finalizing plans to accept public money for upgrading Bank of America Stadium. The good news is, he’s not asking his customers for any more of theirs. Team president Danny Morrison told Joe Person ofUpvote Share TweetI saw Yao Ming up close in person one time, at the NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas a few years back. And even among the NBA's best players, Shaq and Dwight Howard included, Yao was the only one who was so big you couldn't help but stop and stare as he wa…Upvote Share TweetRetired NFL players Andre Rison, Mark Brunell and Terrell Buckley are among 60 aspiring coaches who will attend training sessions next week on how to break into the field and move up.Upvote Share TweetRunning back Ahmad Bradshaw is still open to returning to the Giants after the team dumped him last week to get out from under his salary. If he does return to the team, he’s got a pretty strong message to send them about why the 2012 season ended wellUpvote Share TweetThe New Orleans' Saints' plans to transition to a 3-4 defense under Rob Ryan would seem to be bad news for linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a prototypical 4-3 middle linebacker, but coach Sean Payton said Tuesday he believes the veteran can make the switch.Upvote Share TweetNew Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo recently made a statement that would have been heresy in 2012, but actually makes a bit of sense in 2013 -- and shows just how questionable the 2013 quarterback draft class really is. 23-year old …Upvote Share TweetA large part of the reason that the Cowboys want to get an extension done with Tony Romo this offseason is to help get themselves under the cap by the start of free agency. One of the things the Cowboys might want to do with the money they clear is re-s…Upvote Share TweetJimmy is likely getting upset. Earlier this week, when new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam disclosed that he’ll be heading back to Tennessee to resume his former job as CEO of the truck-stop company that kick-started his immense wealth, some Browns fans complUpvote Share TweetThe good news for guys who are cut in February is they have a head start on the free agent marketplace. And just-released former Bills safety George Wilson is taking full advantage. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, Wilson has already set u…Upvote Share TweetRegardless of the total percentage of revenue that has ended up in the pockets of the players since the new labor deal was reached in 2011, the salary cap hasn’t gone up much over the last three league years. In 2012, the NFLPA was forced to agree toUpvote Share TweetSaid Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland of the team’s $44 million in cap space and nine draft picks, “We’re in a position, a very good position, to utilize some of our cap space to bring some veteran players on our football team, and then we’re in a veryUpvote Share Tweet
Jon Beason willing to move to outside linebackerLinebacker Jon Beason has made his biggest impact anchoring the middle of the Carolina Panthers defense during his first six seasons in the NFL. Beason has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and is a two-time All-Pro playing middle linebacker for th…Upvote Share TweetAfter being a predominantly one-back offense for most of Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach, the Philadelphia Eagles plan on shifting to a two-back offense next season. According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur plans toUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Love Is In The AirFeb 13Episode 268: Mike Hill and Chris Mortensen discuss NFL 'couples' that should stay together or break up. Adam Schefter breaks down Joe Flacco's contract situation. The NFL32 crew discuss how the Cardinals should handle Kevin Kolb's contract.
NFC South forecastFeb 13Our analysts break down the entire NFC South, including how New Orleans head coach Sean Payton's return will affect the Saints in 2013.
Where will Greg Jennings land?Feb 13Which team will snag Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency? Ian Rapoport joins "NFL Total Access" with Jennings' potential landing spots.
Disaster in Dallas?Feb 13Why does it matter who calls plays for the Dallas Cowboys? Heath Evans and Willie McGinest give their answers and also discuss the impact of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
The Sports Guy's readers sound off on PEDsFeb 13The readers weigh in on one of sports' biggest issues.