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Bills sign Aaron Corp, Hutch Eckerson
profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 14, 2013
The Buffalo Bills signed offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson and re-signed quarterback Aaron Corp on Thursday. Corp spent a few weeks with the Bills during last off-season. An undrafted free agent out of the University of Richmond (after transferring from …Share Tweet
The Kansas City Chiefs are actively pursuing a new deal with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, according to NFL.com.Share TweetThe Eagles have renewed their vows with Mike Vick and added a backup with similar skills in Dennis Dixon. While that doesn’t mean Nick Foles is out of new coach Chip Kelly’s plans, the guy who drafted Foles in 2012 could be hoping that Foles will beShare Tweet
Field turf not an option for FedEx Field next seasonThe playing surface at FedEx Field drew criticism late last season for its poor quality toward the end of the regular season and for the Washington Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seahawks …Share TweetBaltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is choosing to rehab his torn right biceps this offseason rather than opt for surgery, according to the Baltimore Sun.Share TweetRICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday the team isn't considering a new nickname, adding that it's "ludicrous" to suggest that the franchise is trying to upset Native Americans.Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Oakland RaidersOver 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 in the AFC West with…Share TweetWalking the corridors of Minnesota Vikings headquarters for the first time since he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the memories came flooding back for Cris Carter.Share TweetFalcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says he’s 95 percent sure he’s going to retire. But Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff is more optimistic than that. Dimitroff said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network that he believes Gonzalez is wrestlingShare Tweet
Gruden’s QB Camp expands to non-quarterbacksFrom September through December, we see Jon Gruden every Monday night. But we never see his acid-tongued alter ego, Chucky. Fortunately, Chucky makes an appearance every Spring, in the weeks preceding the draft. Chucky returns in 2013, with the fourthShare TweetSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Falcons receiver Roddy White locked horns when their teams met in the playoffs. Sherman says that was an easy day for him. “He’s an easy matchup. He’ll be another easy matchup next year,” Sherman said of WhiShare Tweetdeadspin.com Feb 14, 2013James Harrison, who had knee surgery last year and two back surgeries the year before, turns 35 in May. The Steelers are in salary-cap hell, and one of the biggest decisions they'll make this offseason is whether to keep the former NFL defensive player …Share TweetOn Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that the team didn’t need to decide on the identity of the guy calling the plays on offense until the first preseason game this summer. It was offensive coordinator Bill Callahan’s turn to meet the mediaShare Tweet
No talks between Saints, Jimmy GrahamLast year, two of the premier tight ends from the 2010 draft got long-term deals. Neither is named Jimmy Graham. For now, it looks like Graham won’t be getting a new deal this year, either. Per a league source, the Saints and Graham currently are notShare TweetFor the first time last year, the NFL allowed fans to attend one day of the Scouting Combine. That worked out well enough that the league has decided to admit fans for two days of this year’s Combine. The Combine is still primarily for the players, coacShare TweetThe Eagles signed Dennis Dixon to a two-year contract Thursday, reuniting the quarterback with coach Chip Kelly.Share TweetBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are continuing their purge of veteran defensive players by releasing oft-injured cornerback Terrence McGee.Share Tweet
Marcus Robertson is the new Lions defensive backs coachThe Lions found themselves in need of a new defensive backs coach after Tim Walton took the defensive coordinator job in St. Louis earlier this week and it didn’t take them long to fill it. The team announced Thursday that Marcus Robertson would be promShare TweetRams running back Steven Jackson has yet to sit down with the team to discuss a new contract, less than a month before the start of free agency. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that no meeting has taken place between the Rams and Jackson’s camp, altShare TweetThe Ravens eventually must decide whether to apply the non-exclusive franchise tag (at $14.6 million for 2013) or the exclusive franchise tag (at, under current calculations, more than $20 million for 2013) to quarterback Joe Flacco, unless the two side…Share TweetBears coach Marc Trestman has spoken to linebacker Brian Urlacher on the phone since taking over as the team’s head coach, but he had no answer to questions about whether the team would look to bring Urlacher back for the 2013 season. Sean Jensen of theShare Tweet
Steelers want to be sustainable, but numbers make it toughThe Steelers went through a dramatic purge last year, having the get rid of older starters just to comply with the salary cap. Things are going to be tight again this year, which has already raised the specter of more cuts, but general manager Kevin Col…Share Tweet
Vick’s plan to stay healthy: training and prayerMike Vick knows he needs to stay healthy. And he thinks that he hasn’t been healthy in recent years because he has tried too hard to stay healthy. So what will he do in 2013? It sounds like he’s taking the advice that Hulk Hogan routinely gave toShare TweetThe Minnesota Vikings unveiled their new logo on Thursday. Or at least they said it was a new logo. I'm frankly not sure whether or not to believe them because the two logos below look identical at first glance. OK, so the Norsemen aren't carbon copies …Share TweetCenter Dominic Raiola has agreed to restructure his contract, likely keeping him in a Detroit Lions uniform for a 13th season in 2013, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.Share Tweet
PFT Live 02/14: Tony Grossi, Cardinals & Bills To Do ListMike Florio talks with Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland about Owner Jimmy Haslam’s decision to return to his former job as CEO of Pilot Flying J. Though Haslam assures that nothing will change, Browns fans aren’t taking his absentee ownership role well.Share Tweet
George Wilson: I think I fit Lions’ needsFree agency doesn’t start until March 12, but players released by their 2012 teams are free to start shopping for a new team right away. Safety George Wilson is one of those players and he was in Detroit Thursday to talk to the Lions. There are no reporShare Tweet
From Senior Bowl to scouting combine, the drills change, and the intensity picks upHOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The football season may be over, but this is the busiest time of the year for trainer Travelle Gaines and his staff at the Athletic Gaines gym in West Hollywood. Now that the Senior Bowl and other all-star games have come and gone, …Share Tweet
Teams should be able to trade cap spaceWhen spending every waking moment writing or reading or talking or thinking about football, certain ideas will naturally pop out of the brain. Most will be bad. A few could be good. Here’s one that is good (I think), but that will likely never be adopShare TweetWhen safety LaRon Landry signed a one-year deal with the Jets after several injury-riddled seasons, it was seen as a “prove it” deal for a player trying to show he was capable of staying healthy enough to warrant a sizable long-term commitment from anShare TweetOver 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 West and …Share TweetThere’s been plenty of focus on who will be playing quarterback for the Eagles in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach, but that’s not the only offensive position impacted by Kelly’s arrival on the sideline. Kelly’s Oregon teams ran the ballShare TweetFormer Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum says that if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to a long-term contract extension last year. Tannenbaum said on NFL Network’s NFL AM that if he had known what kiShare TweetBrowns owner Jimmy Haslam raised a bit of a flap in Cleveland recently and we’ll have Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com on PFT Live Thursday to talk about it. Haslam announced that he’d be going back to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J, the family busShare TweetCNNSI.com Feb 14, 2013After another inconsistent season left the Cowboys out of the playoffs again, Jerry Jones has promised big changes. Tom Mantzouranis predicts what Jones may have in mind.Share TweetThe Washington Redskins have signed nose tackle Ron Brace.Share TweetMike Westhoff no longer coaches for the Jets and Steve Weatherford no longer punts for the Jets. But Weatherford now kicks for the Giants (he has a Super Bowl ring to prove it), and Weatherford talked recently about his relationship with Westhoff. “IShare TweetAlthough it is only a little more than a month since Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery, Washington Redskins officials are encouraged enough with his recovery to believe he has a legitimate chance to start in the 2013 opener.Share Tweet
Thomas Davis offers encouragement to Terrell ThomasThere isn’t much history for Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas to work from. But the one guy who did what he’s trying to do has already served as an inspiration. Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who played 15 games last year after his third torn ACL,Share Tweet
Report: Redskins believe RG3 has “legitimate chance” to start openerIt has been a little more than a month since Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had his right ACL and LCL, which is apparently enough time for the Redskins to develop an idea about when Griffin will be ready to start playing games again. Adam Schef…Share TweetAt the root of the question of whether the interests of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would best be served by sitting out the 2013 college football season is a rule that prevents him from entering the draft before 2014. Mike Silver of Ya…Share TweetLast week, there was a report that the Ravens were interested in bringing tackle Bryant McKinnie back for another season. The feeling appears to be mutual. McKinnie’s agent Michael George told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that McKinnie, who steppedShare TweetWide receiver Greg Jennings has put his Green Bay house on the market and all signs continue to point toward his departure from the Packers in free agency. Less clear is where Jennings might be playing next. A lot of teams have been thrown out as potent…Share TweetThe Cowboys didn’t want Jimmy Robinson to be their wide receivers coach, but they didn’t want to lose the progress they made with Dez Bryant either. So when Jason Garrett (or whomever it happens to be making Cowboys coaching hires) brought Derek DooleShare Tweet
Sparano has big plans in Oakland, but doesn’t want to say “Wildcat”Tony Sparano was the head coach who showed the NFL how successful the Wildcat offense can be with the Dolphins, then was the offensive coordinator who showed the NFL how dismal a failure the Wildcat offense can be with the Jets. Now Sparano is the assis…Share Tweet
NFLPA certified agent who had been indicted for fraudThe NFLPA’s recent effort to shine a light on the deficiencies with doctors who are bought and paid for by teams to treat players, while appropriate, also opens the door for similar scrutiny of the union. Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports has strolled througShare TweetIf Cliff Avril remains with the Detroit Lions for next season, it doesn't appear it will come at a hometown discount.Share Tweet
Quarterback mobility takes on greater focus at Scouting CombineWhether it’s a fad or a trend or a new reality of the NFL, mobile quarterbacks have generated unprecedented interest for scouts and General Managers and coaches. Which means, obviously, that the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will feature unprecedenteShare TweetA personal trainer who has worked with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis throughout his career says Revis is on pace to be ready to get back to work in April, seven months after he suffered a torn ACL. Will Sullivan, who works with Revis specifically on on…Share TweetGive new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam credit for one thing, he recognizes quickly when he’s stepped in it. He created the impression he was going to be another absentee owner when he reclaimed his old role as CEO of Pilot Flying J, the family truck stop buShare TweetWhen Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s brother, John Garrett, left the staff in Dallas, there was some talk that he had been forced out as owner Jerry Jones tried to get Garrett to give up some control of the team’s offense. But Jason Garrett says leShare Tweet
Titans looking to add zone-read elements to offense for Jake LockerThe NFL has always been a copy-cat league. With the success of the zone-read option this season in San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and elsewhere, coaching staffs from around the league are bound to spend the majority of their offense studying to see …Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 14, 2013MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has paid fines for three citations in eastern Wisconsin.Share TweetThe New Orleans Saints may not be looking very far to fill their need for an offensive line coach caused by Aaron Kromer’s departure this off-season. According to Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com, the Saints are planning to shift running backs coach BShare Tweet
NFL32OT: Harvin's Future UnclearFeb 14Episode 269: Mike Hill and Chris Mortensen discuss Percy Harvin's future with the Vikings. Adam Schefter breaks down the chance for Robert Griffin III to return for opening day. The NFL32 crew discuss who should call plays for the Cowboys.
PTI Big Finish February 14thFeb 14PTI runs down Thursday's top stories.
Ragnar gets a faceliftFeb 14Heath Evans and Willie McGinest work together to identify the changes to the Minnesota Vikings logo.
Three's company in PhiladelphiaFeb 14NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports there will be a three-way quarterback competition after the Eagles sign former Oregon Ducks signal-caller Dennis Dixon. Is three a crowd in Philadelphia?