This is the February 18, 2013 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
Monday was the first day NFL teams could begin using the franchise or transition tag on players set to become unrestricted free agents next month. For the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Sean Smith and left tackle Jake Long seemed to be possible candidates t…Upvote Share Tweet
Any New York Jets fan who imagined that life with their favorite team would be less complicated in the absence of recently fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum had only until new GM John Idzik's first press conference to realize that ... well, the Jets…Upvote Share TweetAuthorities say an NFL player has been arrested at a New York airport after police found a handgun in his luggage.Upvote Share TweetBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills are expected to hold contract talks in a bid to re-sign safety Jairus Byrd within the next week, a person familiar with the status of negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Clady says he’s not OK with being tagged, but not offended, eitherThe Broncos have said that tackle Ryan Clady will be given the franchise tag, if the two sides don’t work out a long-term deal. He doesn’t like it, but he understands it. “I don’t think it’s a sign of disrespect,” Clady told Josina Anderson ofUpvote Share Tweet
ProFootballTalk: How can Tannehill take the next step?Mike Florio says it’s time to get some weapons for Ryan Tannehill down in Miami. Florio also wonders if Brandon Weeden can get the job done in year two under a new head coach, and if Nick Foles is on the move if Michael Vick wins the starting job in PhiUpvote Share TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have released veteran center Jeff Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Chiefs sign Husain AbdullahEarlier this month, veteran safety Husain Abdullah worked out for the Chiefs. And the Chiefs apparently liked what they saw. The team announced that Abdullah has agreed to terms. Abdullah spent four seasons with the Vikings, after entering the league a…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Feb 18, 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 move to the NFC North and the…Upvote Share TweetLike the other 31 teams in the NFL, the Ravens will be in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine later this week. And, like many of those other teams, they’ll be taking care of business beyond timing players in the shuttle run while they’re there. AdamUpvote Share TweetThe separated shoulder USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley suffered last season will prevent him from throwing at this week's scouting combine in Indianapolis.Upvote Share TweetAs former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o does his best to stay out of the media spotlight until the NFL draft, a couple of people who have been working out with him say the bizarre story of his fake dead girlfriend was only an issue for one day of hisUpvote Share TweetOne of the best seasons for rookie quarterbacks in NFL history is in the books, which means its time to figure out which of the first-year players had the best year. That topic will be up for discussion on Monday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports NetworUpvote Share Tweet
Restructuring of Brees’ contract now could create major headaches laterAs the Saints try to squeeze key veteran players in the hopes of creating cap space, it seems inevitable that they’ll do some money shuffling with quarterback Drew Brees. Via a so-called “simple” restructuring, Brees could have millions of 2013 baseUpvote Share TweetWith one year left on his rookie deal, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could be in line for a contract extension this offseason. Whether or not he gets it, he’ll be getting a raise for the 2013 season. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal SentinelUpvote Share TweetQuarterback Dennis Dixon officially signed with the Eagles on Monday and spoke to the media after signing the deal. The big question for Dixon was whether he is in Philadelphia to compete for the starting job or if he’s there because his familiarity witUpvote Share Tweet
Lacy injures hamstring, won’t work out in IndyThe top running back in this year’s class won’t be working out at the Combine this week. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Alabama’s Eddie Lacy won’t work out in Indianapolis “after suffering small tear in some tissue around his hamstring whiUpvote Share Tweet
Jeff Fisher: Bradford’s struggles because of the players around himRams quarterback Sam Bradford rebounded well from a rocky 2011 in Jeff Fisher’s first year as the head coach and Fisher thinks he knows what the Rams need to do to get an even better performance out of Bradford in 2013. It’s a pretty simple answer: GeUpvote Share TweetThe Underwear Olympics get rolling this week. And so NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is doing a lot of talking about it, on a conference call. And I’ve been doing a lot of listening. Mayock pointed out early in the call that there are “a whole of lot hoUpvote Share TweetThe Vikings’ front office may be looking to trade Percy Harvin, but Harvin’s quarterback says the players want him back. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder said on KFAN that the Vikings’ locker room doesn’t want to lose Harvin. “Obviously weUpvote Share Tweet
New Jags GM says he prefers prospects from big schoolsOne of the most dangerous traps for personnel evaluators is dogma. Saying you’ll never do this, or always do that is a good way to acquire a set of blinders and miss. But while new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said he never rules anything out,Upvote Share Tweet
Second straight tag on Goldson not a sure thing for NinersThe San Francisco 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson in 2012. With no long-term deal negotiated between player and team, the Niners may have to use it again this year. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, it’s not a certaintUpvote Share 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 move to the NFC North and the…Upvote Share Tweet
Cosell’s Take: Running quarterbacks are great, but throwing from the pocket is still the best optionyahoo.com Updated Feb 18, 2013Shutdown Corner is proud and pleased to announce the addition of Greg Cosell to our list of writers and analysts. Greg has been with NFL Films since 1979, and invented the concept of advanced football analysis on television in 1984 when he and Steve Sab…Upvote Share Tweet
Current and former Bears special teams coaches debate styleNew Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub likes his move from Chicago, in part because he thinks a 3-4 defense gives him a better cast of players to work with. But the guy who replaced him in Chicago has taken the opposite approach, saying he’s gratefulUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Saints talk with Larry Holder, Chargers/Dolphins to-do listsIt might be Presidents’ Day, but PFT Live isn’t taking a hiatus this Monday. Mike Florio will be joined by Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune to discuss what’s going on with the Saints as they make their way toward the start of free agenUpvote Share TweetOver the weekend, there were a couple of different articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referencing Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s need to work harder this offseason. Ed Bouchette wrote one of them with the general view that the team wants to sUpvote Share TweetColin Kaepernick had chances to go to the Oscars and the Grammys, to appear on Jay Leno or write books. But the 49ers quarterback is spending the first few weeks of his offseason hitting the gym instead of the red carpet. According to Matt Barrows of th…Upvote Share Tweet
Brian Xanders developing new scouting database for LionsWhen the Lions hired former Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive last month, one of his roles was said to be changing the way the team’s scouting department evaluates players. General Manager Martin Mayhew has provided aUpvote Share TweetWhen it comes to minority hiring, the NFL this year came within one vacancy of mimicking the 2008 Lions, going 0-for-15 in coaching and G.M. positions. Despite a fairly vocal contingent of fans who seem to not understand the impact of state and federal …Upvote Share TweetIt wasn't a strong rookie season for Brandon Weeden. But while many want to see the Browns go elsewhere at QB, Matt Gagne argues that the team has much bigger needs.Upvote Share TweetSaints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith didn’t cooperate with the league’s bounty investigation last offseason, but they did restructure their contracts to help the Saints out on the salary cap front. We’ll find out soon if theUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Adams sees himself becoming an All-Pro tackleSteelers offensive tackle Mike Adams had an up-and-down rookie season in 2012, but he thinks he’s going to have more ups than downs going forward. Adams told the team’s website that he believes he can become one of the NFL’s elite linemen. “That iUpvote Share TweetWhen Jake Plummer walked away from the NFL in 2007 to devote himself to his handball career, it seemed like a long shot that he’d one day become a coach. Life takes some strange turns sometimes, though. Plummer has done some high school coaching and heâUpvote Share TweetSaid Bills assistant G.M. Doug Whaley of this year’s draftable quarterbacks, “Is there an RG III or a Luck out there? From this point you can’t see it. Could these guys develop into that? Yes. So if their strengths are strengths that you put a highUpvote Share Tweet
First-round draft trades could be less plentiful this yearLast year, the Rams reeled in two first-round picks and a second-rounder in exchange for a flip-flop of the second and sixth overall picks. Likewise, the Vikings pilfered from the Browns a fourth-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and a seventh-round pick…Upvote Share TweetThe blueprint is clear, Don Banks writes, but it may not be easy. With an offense in need of playmakers, little cash and a key free agent, the Rams will have to be creative.Upvote Share Tweet
Scott Mitchell: Lomas Brown lied to improve his position at ESPNFormer Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell now believes that the bizarre boast from his old teammate Lomas Brown about purposely missing a block to get him hurt was nothing more than an attempt to get attention for himself as an analyst at ESPN. Mitchell t…Upvote Share TweetScouting staffs spend the entire year preparing reports, and carefully slotting and stacking prospects. And then on draft day, certain people can uproot that process in a moment. Former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus talked to KRLD-FM (via the Dallas Morn…Upvote Share Tweet
A year later, John Elway stands by decision to draft Brock OsweilerIt’s a question Broncos boss John Elway is still getting a year later: Why, when you already had Peyton Manning, did you spend a 2012 second-round draft pick on quarterback Brock Osweiler? Elway’s answer: Because Osweiler is a future starter in DenverUpvote Share TweetIt's the start of draft hype season. The stakes are always high at the Combine, but in a draft short on sure-things, some have more on the line than others, Peter King writes.Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Feb 18, 2013When the rumor was circulating on Friday morning that the Packers were going to release Charles Woodson, I got more than one text message with the sam...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: What's Next For FreeneyFeb 18Episode 271: Mark Schlereth breaks down the best fit for Dwight Freeney. NFL32 crew discuss which wide receiver would they pick to win a game; DeSean Jackson or Vincent Jackson.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson earns best dressedFeb 18Check out the fancy jacket, shoes, socks and rings that Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wears on "NFL Total Access."
Darrelle Revis Not Happy With JetsFeb 18Jane McManus with the latest on Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets.
Health of the Game: Revis to new team?Feb 18New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis sits down with Andrea Kremer to express his emotions as he juggles his rehabilitation process with shocking potential trade rumors.
Don Banks: St. Louis Rams 2013 Offseason PreviewFeb 18SI.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.
Clayton's mailbag: Focus on safety not waningFeb 18Safety remains a primary concern for the league's competition committee. Plus, answers to reader questions.
Peter King: As combine hype machine revs up, two players have lots at stak…Feb 18So we're at the official beginning of draft season, with the annual Scouting Combine starting later this week in Indianapolis. Here's what we know as the 333 college prospects pack for the Heartland:
The Lakers Lose Buss, the NBA Loses a TitanFeb 18The Lakers lost their way right around the time Dr. Jerry Buss started dying. This wasn't a coincidence. Within NBA circles, everyone respected Buss s...