This is the February 14, 2014 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 14, 2014
For high-level executives whose subordinates engage in misconduct, the most common defense is to claim a lack of knowledge, even if the persistent claims of “I didn’t know” make the executive look like Quincy Magoo. After all, it’s better to be perceive…Upvote Share Tweet
Sports of The Times: Time for N.F.L. Sponsors to Demand Changenytimes.com Feb 14, 2014The way to help rid the league of its abusive locker room culture is for corporate sponsors to take a stand. It should be an easy call, but there’s big money at stake.Upvote Share Tweet
Incognito: “You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages”Via his verified Twitter account, Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito appeared to offer a 113-character take on the Wells Report on Friday night: “You could not define me in 144 years let alone 144 pages Mr Wells,” Incognito wrote, referring to at…Upvote Share TweetA sworn declaration from a Los Angeles detective in a legal filing in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday claims former NFL safety Darren Sharper is a suspect in seven alleged rapes from September 2013 through January 2014. In the court filing, which was …Upvote Share TweetWhen the report about bullying on the Dolphins was released on Friday morning, owner Stephen Ross asked for time to review the matter. Now Ross has reviewed the matter, and he acknowledges that his franchise looks bad. “I now have had a chance to read t…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL explains that it does indeed pay taxesFrom time to time, the NFL faces criticism and confusion over its ‘tax-exempt” status. Some think this means the NFL and its teams pay no taxes at all. But taxes are indeed paid. And the NFL felt compelled to point this out on Friday, in the wake of the…Upvote Share Tweet
Wells report confirms Ireland’s suggestion of “fisticuffs”Not long after it became clear that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin believed guard Richie Incognito was the primary culprit regarding the harassment of Martin, we reported that former G.M. Jeff Ireland suggested to agent Kenny Zuckerman that Martin shou…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL draft: Rehabbing Georgia QB Aaron Murray says he’ll ‘do everything’ at pro dayGeorgia quarterback Aaron Murray came back for his senior season with a chance to do something special. He already had thrown 71 touchdowns in 28 college starts for the Bulldogs, and the team looked to have something special brewing heading into 2013. T…Upvote Share TweetNear the end of the regular season, the Chargers and Patriots both had defensive end/linebacker Cordarro Law down from Canada for a workout. We’re not sure how things went in New England, but the Chargers apparently liked what they saw. Michael Gehlken …Upvote Share Tweet
Brandon Weeden: I just want to play football and win gamesBrowns quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t exactly confirm or deny the report that he wants out of Cleveland, instead saying today that he just wants to play football somewhere. “I want to play football,” Weeden told the Oklahoman. “I don’t care. I just w…Upvote Share TweetNFL commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted.Upvote Share TweetWe don't know how the NFL will move on from the Ted Wells report, but we do know the fallout from it will be significant.Upvote Share TweetMatt Cassel opted out of his contract with the Vikings and Josh Freeman hits free agency next month after his run on the Minnesota bench, which leaves Christian Ponder as the only quarterback with a contract to play for the Vikings next season. General …Upvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers have added a reserve cornerback with experience in Lovie Smith’s defense. The club announced the signing of former Bears and Panthers cornerback D.J. Moore on Friday. The 26-year-old Moore was a fourth-round pick of Chicago in 2009 and pl…Upvote Share TweetSeahawks General Manager John Schneider made the move from Green Bay to Seattle several years ago and now he’s added a player to the roster that will be making the same trip. Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten tweeted on Friday that “I play for the Seahaw…Upvote Share TweetThe Chiefs have reportedly signed a potential restricted free agent to a new contract. According to NFL writer Brian McIntyre, the Chiefs and tight end Richard Gordon reached a one-year, $645,000 deal this week. The 26-year-old Gordon signed with the Ch…Upvote Share Tweet
Judge approves gag order in Hernandez caseESPN.com Feb 14, 2014A Massachusetts judge says she found no ethical violations by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, but she did impose a formal gag order to protect the ex-New England Patriot's right to a fair trial.Upvote Share Tweet
Packers o-lineman doesn’t want to be stereotyped by DolphinsTwo of the common responses to the bullying within the Dolphins locker room have been, “That’s just how locker rooms are,” and “That’s just how offensive linemen act.” One NFL offensive lineman wants to let people know that’s not the case. Green Bay Pac…Upvote Share TweetAmong the many text messages included in Friday’s release of Ted Wells’ report on the Dolphins was a list of pros and cons to playing football that Martin sent to a friend while he “seriously contemplated suicide” in May after enduring what he described…Upvote Share Tweet
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Minnesota VikingsAfter 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 TweetUpon the release of the Wells Report, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked for time to “review it in detail before responding relative to the findings.” And now, with the report having been out for several hours, all eyes are on the team, league and promin…Upvote Share Tweet
Gary Kubiak: We’ve got to get Ray Rice goingThe Ravens had no luck running the ball in 2013 as both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce struggled to find holes and exploit any openings they did find on their way to a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows that has t…Upvote Share TweetJaguars owner Shad Khan has not revealed himself to be a patient man. But the way he’s handling his English soccer team is positively Browns-ian. Fulham has fired its second manager of the Premier League season, with Rene Meulensteen getting sacked (a p…Upvote Share Tweet
Could Haslam try to stiff Banner and Lombardi?As the hiring and firings mount in Cleveland, so do the buyouts financed by owner Jimmy Haslam. It’s hard not to wonder whether, at some point, Haslam will try to stiff one or more of his former employees out of the ongoing pay to which they’re otherwis…Upvote Share TweetJohnny Manziel wants to move away from his Johnny Football persona as he tries to sell the Texans on the idea of picking him first overall in May’s draft. That shift doesn’t include a lack of bravado at this point. Manziel told John McClain of the Houst…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills started the preseason with a quarterback decision to make between E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb, but the competition came to a halt in August when Kevin Kolb was placed on injured reserve because of a concussion. It was the latest in a series of …Upvote Share Tweet
Martin admitted thinking suicide because of abuseAs we sift through the Wells Report on the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito investigation, it becomes clear that Martin felt helpless, or at least expressed that to those near him. After enduring what he described as verbal and emotional and physical ab…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL futures of key players in Dolphins hazing case are very uncertainThe Wells Report on the Miami Dolphins fiasco has been released. Its findings were disturbing and even haunting, and you can bet that several people's futures will be affected by the outcome. Here's a look at what might happen to the principle figures i…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins O-Line Coach Was Aware Of, Participated In HarassmentA portion of Ted Wells's investigation into the Miami Dolphins locker room focuses on offensive line coach Jim Turner. According to the report, Turner was aware of much of the harassment suffered by Jonathan Martin and another anonymous teammate at the …Upvote Share Tweet
Jonathan Martin Listed Reasons To Leave The NFL: "Won't Die From CTE"One of the more compelling passages in Ted Wells's investigation into bullying and harassment in the Miami Dolphins locker room has to do with a text message Jonathan Martin sent to a friend last spring, when he was seriously considering leaving footbal…Upvote Share Tweet
Messages Between Jonathan Martin And His Parents Are HeartbreakingIncluded in Ted Wells's investigation into the Jonathan Martin bullying case is a series of messages Jonathan Martin wrote to his mother and father detailing the the extreme mental distress he felt while a member of the Dolphins. While the outward-facin…Upvote Share TweetA report commissioned by the N.F.L. to explore bullying accusations in Miami concluded that the taunting extended beyond the players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.Upvote Share TweetIf Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is traded this offseason, he will have a better view of the opposition. Cousins, who recently said he was open to a trade, underwent lasik surgery earlier this week, according to ESPN.com. He previously wo…Upvote Share TweetJimmy Graham was limited to a total of just four catches for 50 yards in the Saints’ two games against the Seahawks last season, and he says Seattle had the best defense he has faced, by far. Part of the reason for the Seahawks’ greatness, Graham says, …Upvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals team cheerleaders are required to follow a stringent set of rules pertaining to their appearance and skimpy uniforms, and they aren't even paid minimum wage for it, a recent lawsuit contends. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, …Upvote Share TweetDefensive end Dave Tollefson jumped from the Giants to the Raiders as a free agent before the 2012 season, but lasted just one year in Oakland and was out of football entirely in 2013. He won’t be coming back in 2014. Tollefson has announced his retirem…Upvote Share TweetThe father of Michael Sam told the Galveston (Texas) Daily News that he he was 'terribly' misquoted by the New York Times in a recent article about the reaction to his son announcing he is gay.Upvote Share TweetSouth Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wants to be drafted first overall, for the obvious reasons. But Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, his college teammate, said their frequent conversations turn to what it would be like pairing him with Texans de…Upvote Share TweetTwo years ago, the Saints signed quarterback Drew Brees to a deal worth $20 million per year. The agreement came as the annual July deadline was arriving to sign franchise players to multi-season contracts. That’s often how business is done in the NFL, …Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Schaub likes Bill O’Brien, but may never play for himThere aren’t many people expecting quarterback Matt Schaub to stick with the Texans in 2014. The team has the first overall pick of the draft and consensus wisdom is that they will use it to select a new quarterback to go with new head coach Bill O’Brie…Upvote Share TweetIn the week of change in Cleveland, few tears have been shed for departing General Manager Mike Lombardi. But for Brian Hoyer, the change could mean a lot, as Lombardi was his patron, the guy who got him the chance which he then made the most of. “Obvio…Upvote Share TweetFormer Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has been around long enough — and was smart enough — to know what was coming. So when he woke up to two missed calls from the Lions offices and General Manager Martin Mayhew’s line, he knew what was coming. So ra…Upvote Share TweetSaid Bills senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler of his new role, “I think it’s a chance to not be the coordinator but have insight into the coordination of the offense, not just coaching a position. I had a lot of it in Baltimore. I had a lot of respo…Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Boyd will tell NFL teams, “I’m not a bad guy”Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd was kicked off the team last year for attempting to cover up an alleged rape by four teammates. But Boyd, who will attend the Scouting Combine, says he’s ready to explain himself to NFL teams. “I know the quest…Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Hurd to join Vikings as assistant strength coachWhen Mike McCoy took over as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, he purged most of the staff remaining from the Norv Turner era. That purge included the strength and conditioning staff manned by Jeff Hurd and Vernon Stephens. According to Alex Marvez …Upvote Share Tweet
Ian Williams hopes to be ready for training camp for 49ersIan Williams was set to be the replacement for Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. However, that plan lasted just two games before Williams was lost for the season to a broken ankle. According to the team’s official website…Upvote Share Tweet
Will Seahawks become a dynasty?Feb 14Willie McGinest and Solomon Wilcots discuss what it takes to become a dynasty and whether the Seattle Seahawks are on their way to starting their own.
Rapoport: Big cultural changes coming for NFLFeb 14Ian Rapoport says that the league will make significant changes in terms of locker room conduct in the wake of Ted Wells' independent report about harassment in the Miami Dolphins' locker room.
What repercussions could Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner face?Feb 14NFL Media's Jeff Darlington says Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner could be suspended or fired if the allegations from Ted Wells' report are found to be true.
Should Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin have known about the harassment?Feb 14The "NFL Total Access" team discusses how it is possible that Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was not aware of the locker room harassment as stated in Ted Wells' report.