This is the February 15, 2013 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
Rick Perry would love to bring the Chargers to San Antonio
When the issue of relocating the Chargers from San Diego arises, the two-word city that always gets mentioned is the city where the franchise was founded: Los Angeles. But if the Bolts decided to bolt their current home, the Governor of Texas would be …Upvote Share Tweet
Gronk sheds cast: We’ve seen how Rob Gronkowski parties when he…We’ve seen how Rob Gronkowski parties when he’s wearing a cast. He can now go back to partying without one. Gronkowski has shed the cast that was covering his re-broken forearm, an injury suffered nearly five weeks ago during a divisional win over tUpvote Share TweetOn Friday, out of the blue, the Colts announced that they have parted ways with veteran defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney. Technically, they haven’t. Not yet. More specifically, the Colts have decided that Freeney won’t be re-signed, which mUpvote Share Tweet
Bills re-sign Colin BrownThe Bills have re-signed a backup quarterback. So it makes sense that they also have signed a backup offensive lineman to protect him. On the bench. Colin Brown, who would have been a restricted free agent, has signed a two-year, $1.445 million contraUpvote Share TweetPatriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard testified in his own defense today at his trial for assaulting a police officer, and he said that while it was possible he hit the officer with his right arm while trying to pull away, he did not intentionally punch t…Upvote Share Tweet
Steve Bornstein’s pay plummetsLost in the fact that Commissioner Roger Goodell’s compensation skyrocketed from $11.6 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 to nearly $30 million over the next 12 months is the reality that NFL Network boss Steve Bornstein took a major haircUpvote Share TweetThe Denver Broncos are planning to place the franchise tag on Ryan Clady, who protected Peyton Manning's blind side.Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Flacco Wasn't The First To Consider Leaving The Sideline To Tackle An Opponentdeadspin.com Updated Feb 15, 2013After the Super Bowl, it was revealed that Joe Flacco had seriously considered running onto the field from the sideline to tackle Ted Ginn if Ginn had broken off a big kick return on the last play of the game. Flacco's idea was a ridiculous one, and wou…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Feb 15, 2013ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Finally, the St. Louis Rams have a defensive coordinator.Upvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings have no intention of trading wide receiver Percy Harvin, general manager Rick Spielman said Friday.Upvote Share TweetThe man credited with designing the famed blue star logo of the Dallas Cowboys has died.Upvote Share TweetCommissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.Upvote Share TweetThe Saints have around $20 million worth of salary cap room to create before the start of free agency. They started creating it this week by restructuring the deal of linebacker Curtis Lofton, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. The Saints created $…Upvote Share TweetIt seems James Harrison has given this offseason dodgeball thing a try before. A reader named Kristofer just emailed me the action shot you see above; the photo shows the Steelers' linebacker following through on one of his candy-armed throws at Pittsbu…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Arian Foster, NFC West offseason previewThere was a lot of chatter recently about Texans running back Arian Foster possibly having heart surgery and we’ll find out where things stand when Foster joins Erik Kuselias on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network Friday. Foster said that no surgeryUpvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson.Upvote Share Tweet
Eagles add Ed Wang: The Eagles are stockpiling former fifth-round dra…The Eagles are stockpiling former fifth-round draft picks. Earlier this week, it was former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2008. Now, the Eagles have announced the addition of offensive lineman Ed Wang, a fifth-r…Upvote Share TweetTitus Young's stay with the Rams was brief. The wide receiver has been placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis.Upvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Denver Broncosyahoo.com Updated Feb 15, 2013Over 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 with the Denv…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears faced with weighty decision on Henry MeltonThis is the time of year when football decisions aren’t made in a vacuum, and money can matter more than anything that happens between the lines. So while it seems obvious that the Bears would want to do what it takes to keep defensive tackle Henry MeltUpvote Share TweetWe’ve established over the last two weeks that the Ravens may have to use the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Joe Flacco, and that to do so would require the Ravens to set aside, under current calculations, $20.464 million in cap space. And whileUpvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings will play at TCF Bank Stadium for two seasons while a new facility is built at the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.Upvote Share Tweet
Titans expected to tag Jared Cook if no long-term dealThe Titans would prefer to sign tight end Jared Cook to a long-term deal. But if they can’t, they still want to keep him. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Titans are expected to use the franchise tag on the tight end, since it doesn’t apUpvote Share Tweet
Salary cap spike not expected this year, or any yearWhen it comes to the salary cap, there’s a widespread belief that, once the NFL unlocks millions in new TV money in 2014, the team-by-team spending limit will spike in 2015. That belief seems to be mistaken. Per a source with extensive knowledge of theUpvote Share TweetLast year, the Lions kept defensive end Cliff Avril from hitting free agency with a franchise tag that paid him $10.5 million for one season. This year, Avril is looking for something that provides more security, either in Detroit or elsewhere. “Let’sUpvote Share Tweet
Lattimore “cool with rule,” thinks Clowney is tooFormer South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is Exhibit A for those who think South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney should skip his third year of college football. Lattimore might have been the top running back prospect in this year’s draUpvote Share TweetBackup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills. And returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain part of the team's future for now.Upvote Share Tweet
Texas A&M already preparing for Johnny Manziel to turn pro in 2014Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has already won a Heisman Trophy and still has three years of NCAA eligibility, but his coaches are just grateful that he’ll get a second season as the Aggies’ starter this year, and they’re not expecting him toUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Feb 15, 2013Talk about a tough act to follow. The 2013 draft class of quarterbacks must not only establish itself as more than the mystery it currently is, but it must also succeed the type of quarterback cabal we've never seen before. And that 2012 class, featurin…Upvote Share Tweet
The Redskins Really, Really Want You To Know Their Team Name Is About Pridedeadspin.com Updated Feb 15, 2013Because the Redskins are relevant again, the periodic controversy about their use of a racial slur as a team name has flared up again. This time Dan Snyder and company have gone on the offensive, with a series of stories and statements about the name, a…Upvote Share TweetAnother lost season has kick-started a campaign of change in San Diego. A new front office and coaching staff has plenty of work ahead to revive the Chargers, writes Jim Trotter.Upvote Share TweetWhen the Jets began life in the AFL, they were known as the Titans. So it fits well that the Jets and Titans will be the two teams up for discussion as PFT Live‘s series of offseason to-do lists continues on Friday. Neither team fired its head coach aftUpvote Share Tweet
Minnesota Vikings 2013 Offseason PreviewCNNSI.com Updated Feb 15, 2013The Vikings reached the playoffs on the legs of Adrian Peterson last season. He'll need a lot more help in 2013 if he and the Vikes hope to pay a return visit, writes Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
Koa Misi sentenced in 2011 battery caseBack in October, Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi pleaded no contest to felony battery charges in hopes of avoiding jail and getting a judge to knock the charges down to a misdemeanor. Misi’s wish was granted this week. The Santa Barbara Independent reportsUpvote Share Tweet
Lucas Oil Stadium lands on Google MapsOver the past few years, Google Maps has brought plenty of the world’s exterior locations to the rest of the world’s fingertips. Google Maps is now taking the world inside sports facilities, starting with Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. “The Colts organiUpvote Share TweetIf Panthers center Ryan Kalil wants to take out another newspaper ad this year, he’ll be paying for it out of the proceeds from a restructured contract. Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports that Kalil and the Panthers have agreed to reshape his deal aheadUpvote Share TweetThe names include some players who have become Pro Bowlers, like Patrick Peterson, and others who aren’t even in the league anymore, like Rod Isaac. Richard Sherman knows them all. They are the names of all the defensive backs who were chosen in the 201Upvote Share TweetEagles coach Chip Kelly wants his team to practice the same way they play, which will mean a pace that most NFL teams aren’t used to keeping during their workouts. Kelly doesn’t want that to become a problem in his first season in the NFL, so he brougUpvote Share TweetAtlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff remains hopeful that tight end Tony Gonzalez will return next season rather than retireUpvote Share TweetThe failed Tim Tebow deal isn’t the only reason Mike Tannenbaum is a former general manager now, but the old Jets boss is still defending the Jets backup quarterback, saying he still thinks he can succeed. During the appearance on the NFL Network in whiUpvote Share Tweet
Charlotte’s plan for Panthers stadium could eventually fund a new oneOn the surface, it looks like a good deal for the City of Charlotte. In exchange for $144 million in public money (which in the grand scheme of stadium arm-twisting deals is on the low end of the spectrum), the Panthers have committed to 15 more years …Upvote Share TweetBengals defensive end Michael Johnson had the best season of his career at the right time: Johnson’s 11.5-sack year in 2012 came in the fourth and final season of the rookie contract he signed as a third-round draft pick in 2009. So now Johnson is one oUpvote Share Tweet
Torell Troup compares his injury to Johnny Knox’sOne of the biggest draft blunders committed by the Buffalo Bills in recent years came with the 41st pick in the 2010 draft. That’s defensive tackle Torell Troup. Who was taken one spot before the Pats plucked tight end Rob Gronkowski. After appearingUpvote Share Tweet
Friday morning one-linersCB Terrence McGee said that he was surprised to be released by the Bills, but he understood why they made the move. The Dolphins signed LB Lee Robinson to a futures contract. Randy Moss and Michael Irvin both count themselves as admirers of Patriots WR …Upvote Share Tweet
Zac Dysert injured, won’t be able to work out at CombineWhile most of the top quarterbacks in a muddled class will be working out fully next week in Indianapolis, one of them won’t be able to. According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, Zac Dysert from Miami (Ohio) suffered a slight hamstring tear while tUpvote Share TweetCowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware has been an outside linebacker since he entered the NFL. But according to new Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, the transition to defensive end in a 4-3 defense might be just what he needs. The 30-year-old War…Upvote Share Tweet
Lomas Brown says he and Scott Mitchell are now friendsLomas Brown, the former Lions offensive tackle who said last year that he purposely missed a block in a 1994 game because he wanted teammate Scott Mitchell to get hurt, says he and Mitchell have now smoothed things out. Although Brown initially bragged …Upvote Share TweetAmid all the talk about new Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin changing the Cowboys from a 3-4 to a 4-3 front, Kiffin himself says that talk is largely overblown. “They drafted for a 3-4 defense here, but believe it or not, you actually do have sUpvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs have already reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to reunite with head coach Andy Reid. But Foles might not be so readily available despite the Eagles electing to keep Michael Vi…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Packers And Woodson Part WaysFeb 15Episode 270: Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth discuss the Packers release of Charles Woodson. John Clayton breaks down the notable wide receiver free agents. The NFL32 crew discuss how Mark Sanchez can return to playoff-caliber form.
PTI Big Finish February 15thFeb 15PTI runs down Friday's top stories.
Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman plays wide receiver word associationFeb 15Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman plays a game of wide receiver word association on "NFL Total Access," saying the first word that comes to mind to describe some of the best NFL receivers.
Seattle Seahawks overtake the San Francisco 49ers?Feb 15Will the Seattle Seahawks establish their dominance over the rival San Francisco 49ers in 2013? Cornerback Richard Sherman joins "NFL Total Access" to give his answer.
Jim Trotter: San Diego Chargers 2013 Offseason PreviewFeb 15SI.com is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.
The Sports Guy dusts off a time-tested hypothesisFeb 15Rajon Rondo is testing the bedrock of the Sports Guy's theories; now it's time for an update of the original.