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TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, unexpectedly become a temporary home for the Minnesota Vikings after the roof collapsed at Mall of America field in December 2010 due to snow. This time around the facility will be be…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh Gordon gets name and number tattooed on his backIf Browns receiver Josh Gordon ever were to lose his helmet and shoulder pads during a game, we’d all still known who he is. Gordon has had his jersey number and name tattooed on his back, via Cleveland.com. Images of the elaborate, and apparently incom…Upvote Share Tweet
HBO to launch fictional football seriesIt’s been more than a decade since ESPN pulled the plug on Playmakers, at the behest of former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Another network that doesn’t televise NFL games is going to give it another try. According to Deadline.com, HBO has picked up…Upvote Share Tweet
English failed to hit minimum playing-time threshold in any year of his rookie dealPlenty of you have asked for more information regarding the fact that Chargers linebacker Larry English, a first-round pick in 2009, won’t be a free agent in 2014. And so here it is. Even for those who didn’t ask. English, the 16th pick in 2009, agreed …Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Thursday that the looming debate over whether he should be considered a tight end or wide receiver is "not for me to decide."Upvote Share Tweet
Browns plan to void Bess guaranteeAfter trading last year with the Dolphins for receiver Davone Bess, the Browns gave Bess a new contract. It included $3.067 million in guaranteed base salary for 2014. Per a league source, the team plans to take the position that the guarantee has voide…Upvote Share TweetGunther Cunningham decided stay in Detroit despite being replaced as the Lions’ defensive coordinator in large part because he thinks he can finish his career in Detroit, and go out on top. Cunningham told the Lions’ website that when former Lions coach…Upvote Share TweetA Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is accusing the team in a lawsuit of violating federal wage laws.Upvote Share TweetThe Broncos got a strong season from running back Knowshon Moreno, who scored 13 touchdowns to help the team take the AFC title. Moreno is set to become a free agent next month, though, and the Broncos may choose to spend their money in other areas. One…Upvote Share TweetFrom the moment the Dolphins swung open the doors to their locker room and allowed multiple players to speak out in defense of suspended guard Richie Incognito in November, it was clear that tackle Jonathan Martin would not be able to return to the team…Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Feb 13, 2014Looks like that Raiderettes lawsuit was just the beginning. Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman has filed her own class-action lawsuit against the team for allegedly violating federal employment laws. As with the Raiders and Ravens, the juici…Upvote Share TweetSt. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher did not need a list of references from Gregg Williams before officially hiring him earlier this week, but received an unexpected endorsement. Williams was slated to join St. Louis’ coaching staff in 2012. However, he was…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers add tight end Raymond WebberThe Packers have added some depth at tight end. The club signed former Jets and Buccaneers wide receiver Raymond Webber, whom Green Bay is listing as a tight end, on Thursday. Webber (6-2, 237) played collegiately at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He signed with …Upvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have made two cost-cutting moves that should help them be more flexible entering free agency, releasing wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety and Louis Delmas. By cutting Burleson and Delmas, the Lions save $11.5M in cap space. Those …Upvote Share TweetEven though his father was fired earlier this week, there’s still a Lombardi on the Browns payroll. For now. According to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, Matt Lombardi remains with the team, even after his father Mike was fired. Matt’s a part-time ass…Upvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have released veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas.Upvote Share TweetEric Ebron, the gifted tight end out of North Carolina, has a simple and fair rule. He's not going to talk himself up ... unless he can back up whatever he says. "I feel like I work hard, so I should brag about it," Ebron said. "I don’t b…Upvote Share TweetQuarterback Johnny Manziel’s football future will be determined by someone else. But he remains in full control of his non-football earnings. According to Matthew Kish of the Portland Business Journal, Manziel met Wednesday with Nike executives at the c…Upvote Share TweetMichael Sam's playing ability eventually should matter more than his sexualityUpvote Share TweetAs scouting reports go, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has received a favorable one from a noted evaluator. In an interview with 104.5 FM “The Zone” in Nashville on Wednesday, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said Watkins was arguably the top …Upvote Share Tweet
Will free agency let AFC South catch up to Indy?CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2014Antonio Smith, Donald Brown, Chad Henne, and Alterraun Verner will provide compelling decisions for their teams. (Getty Images )Upvote Share TweetThe Cowboys never made the wholesale coaching changes many expected this offseason, but they continue to tweak the staff. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys named Keith O’Quinn assistant special teams coach and Kyle Valero offensive…Upvote Share TweetIn the wake of the Browns’ decision to part ways with General Manager Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner after the two men spent a year in their jobs, it was reported that new General Manager Ray Farmer did not take part in interviews with Mike Pettine be…Upvote Share Tweet
Why Colin Kaepernick Is Just As "Cerebral" As Peyton Manningdeadspin.com Feb 13, 2014Excerpted from Deadspin's Big Book of Black Quarterbacks. This entry is written by Kyle Wagner.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe Steelers haven’t signed the first player yet, but they think they made a significant upgrade their offensive line. General Manager Kevin Colbert told reporters that getting Mike Munchak on board as the line coach this offseason should have an immedi…Upvote Share Tweet
O'Leary not ready to say Bortles will be starESPN.com Feb 13, 2014Blake Bortles' college coach at UCF isn't ready to label him a franchise quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Boldin deals are priorities for 49ersAs the San Francisco 49ers try to get back to the Super Bowl and win it, they’ve got some offseason business to deal with. Their priority list contains at least three names: Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and Anquan Boldin. Per a league source, the pla…Upvote Share Tweet
Golf pro not surprised Bill Belichick, Tom Brady dominate the links, tooMassachusetts native and PGA pro golfer James Driscoll got to do what most New Englanders only dream of: golf with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Over four days at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament last week, Driscoll played with both the New England Pa…Upvote Share TweetThe Jets have designs on signing one of their starting offensive linemen to a new deal before free agency begins. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have begun contract talks with right tackle Austin Howard, who is slated to …Upvote Share Tweet
The All-Emerge Team: OK, enough: Let's talk about next season. These o…CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2014OK, enough: Let's talk about next season. These offensive players are serious breakout candidates.Upvote Share Tweet
Joseph Fauria thinks he can “contribute very similarly” to Jimmy GrahamWhen Joe Lombardi was introduced as the Lions’ offensive coordinator at a press conference last week, he said that there would be a lot of similarities with the offense that Lombardi was part of as the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans. That led to an e…Upvote Share TweetA couple of intriguing reports emerged on Thursday regarding Josh McDaniels’ candidacy for the coaching job in Cleveland. And now there’s a third. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer got the ball rolling with a report that McDaniels was a candi…Upvote Share TweetFree-agent safety Ed Reed reported $50,000 in cash stolen from the passenger seat of his car Wednesday while visiting banks in Houston, the Houston police department confirmed Thursday morning.Upvote Share Tweet
Steve Keim plans to be aggressive in free agencySteve Keim had a successful first offseason as Cardinals general manager, moving aggressively in free agency to acquire players that helped the team win 10 games during the 2013 season. Keim is planning more of the same this time around. He told Darren …Upvote Share Tweet
Guyton pokes fun at his 2009 snow-day punishmentAs much of the East Coast digs out from the latest dose of winter weather, former Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton has poked a little fun at one of his misadventures from snow days gone by. Via Twitter, Guyton has posted a photo of a car buried in the sn…Upvote Share Tweet
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Tampa Bay BuccaneersAfter 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 TweetThe Chargers personnel department is hard at work preparing for next week’s combine, but that’s not the only thing on their plate. Free agency is coming down the track shortly behind the combine and San Diego is also working on matters on that front. On…Upvote Share TweetFormer Browns president Mike Holmgren’s been there, but he still said he was “stunned” by the recent changes in Cleveland. During an interview with KJR-AM 950 in Seattle, Holmgren shared his thoughts on his time with the Browns ending, and how he though…Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants receiver Victor Cruz wants Hakeem Nicks to be his teammate in 2014. It is hard to understand why. Nicks is slated to become a free agent in March, and his timing could not be worse. He did not catch one touchdown pass during 15 games in …Upvote Share TweetThe details of the Cleveland Browns' second wave of mass firings has come out, and it appears as if team owner Jimmy Haslam just wanted to make his whole first-year mess go away. May Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that because former CE…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers president unsure if playoff expansion close to passingPackers president Mark Murphy is an advocate for expanding the playoffs, but he admits getting the proposal passed might take some time. One of the proposals for adding a seventh playoff team would be to reduce the preseason by a game, and that would re…Upvote Share TweetA new stadium, like a new pair of jeans, has to be broken in before it will be a perfect fit. That’s true whether or not the stadium is named after a jeans manufacturer like the new home of the 49ers. Levi’s Stadium will be coming online this year and E…Upvote Share TweetNew Bills WRs coach Rob Moore said the time was right to join the team this offseason. The Dolphins are setting this up as a make-or-break year for QB Ryan Tannehill. Patriots QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick impressed pro golfers with their skills…Upvote Share Tweet
Jermichael Finley should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeksTight end Jermichael Finley said recently that he expects to be cleared soon after having neck fusion surgery, saying that his doctor told him that there was a “99.9 percent” chance of making a full recovery. Finley’s agent Blake Baratz added some more …Upvote Share TweetSo what prompted Wednesday’s Twitter tirade from Richie Incognito? Incognito, who stopped tweeting but didn’t stop talking, told Mike Silver of NFL Network that Incognito is frustrated by the ongoing delay in the issuance of Ted Wells’ report. “I talked…Upvote Share TweetFormer South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is planning to put on a show at the Scouting Combine. Clowney told Yahoo Sports that he thinks he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, which is a good time for anyone, but a stunningly good time f…Upvote Share Tweet
Chargers hope to renew stadium discussons with new San Diego mayorThe San Diego Chargers have been seeking a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium for over a decade. With a new mayor set to take office, the team looks to once again push for a new stadium to call home. According to Bernie Wilson of the Associated Pre…Upvote Share Tweet
Know your teammate: Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and wide receiver Jermaine KearseFeb 13How well do Super Bowl teammates -- Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse -- know one another off the field?
Which free agent is most important to re-sign?Feb 13The "NFL Total Access" guys and Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson discuss which free agent is the most important player a team should re-sign.
Film Study: Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby WagnerFeb 13Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner stops by to discuss some game film of him during the 2013 NFL season as well as Super Bowl XLVIII.
Film Study: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine KearseFeb 13Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse joins Solomon Wilcots at the touchscreen to explain how he was able to break loose for touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos during the playoffs.