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Mayhew says Burleson, Williams won’t be cutLast week on PFT Live, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggested that the Lions could cut receiver Nate Burleson and defensive lineman Corey Williams in order to free up cap space. On Friday, Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew was clear: Both men will be …Share TweetA poster hanging outside Lucas Oil Stadium still bears the image of Peyton Manning.Share TweetNew St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher might be willing to pick up receiver Randy Moss.Share Tweet
Vikes coach, Peterson differ on rehab scheduleVikings running back Adrian Peterson said Friday he will start running Tuesday as he continues to rehab from his knee injury.Share TweetWe wrapped up Friday’s PFT Live with yet another bonus segment looking at the things that two teams need to do in advance of 2012. This time, it was the Raiders and the Chargers. Given the title of this item and the picture in the video box pasted belowShare TweetThere were many things to like about Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in 2011. His boss was most impressed by something unrelated to arm strength or accuracy or size or smarts. “I think all along just his demeanor,” coach Marvin Lewis said Friday atShare TweetScott Pioli refused to say Friday whether the Chiefs have interest in Peyton Manning, though the general manager said discussions have taken place with free agent quarterback Kyle Orton to provide competition for Matt Cassel.Share TweetPackers quarterback Matt Flynn will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. With tight end Jermichael Finley now re-signed and no other pending Green Bay free agent worthy of the franchise tag, the Packers could choose to use the tag on Flynn in…Share TweetPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski defended his work ethic and post-Super Bowl dancing on Friday, the first time he's spoken publicly on the subject since a video of him relaxing after the game went viral earlier this month.Share TweetAfter the Reggie Bush fiasco at USC, the NFLPA dramatically changed the rules regarding agent contact with college underclassmen. The solution, of course, didn’t address the problem, since NFLPA-regulated agents weren’t responsible for the cash and/Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills made progress in their bid to re-sign Stevie Johnson before the receiver is eligible to become a free agent next month.Share Tweet
Dawkins’ time in Denver looks to be overThree years ago, the Eagles allowed safety Brian Dawkins to leave via free agency, a decision created a controversy between the team and a former stadium game-day employee who complained profanely about the move on Facebook. The conclusion of Dawkins’ tShare TweetSteelers G.M. Kevin Colbert went out of his way on Thursday to say that Mike Wallace should be with the team for a long, long time. Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome went out of his way on Friday to say that the Ravens are very unlikely to go after Wallace if t…Share TweetEarlier this week, the Chiefs signed cornerback Stanford Routt, who had been cut less than two weeks earlier by the Raiders. Today, the Chiefs added cornerback Jacques Reeves, who last played in the NFL in 2009. After four seasons with the Cowboys, Ree…Share TweetThere has been a murder in Savannah. Allegedly. Actually, it was in Stone Mountain, allegedly, and the suspect spent three years in the NFL. Glenn Sharpe, 27, is accused of shooting a man to death on February 2, according to 11alive.com. Undrafted in 2…Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 24, 2012While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are locked in at the top of the first round, Ryan Tannehill looks like the quarterback on the move in this draft. He's no project, writes Don Banks.Share TweetIt looks like Pierre Garcon is going to test the free agent waters. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the wide receiver turned down a five-year contract offer from the Colts recently, raising the likelihood that he will hit the open market on March…Share TweetThe Packers have different plans for a pair of players who have been offensive starters for more than a decade: Chad Clifton appears to be on the way out, while Donald Driver appears to be staying put. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the Packers…Share Tweet
Dennis Allen: Carson Palmer athletic enough to fit systemCarson Palmer and “athleticism” are not usually mentioned in the same sentence. Unless that sentence is: Carson Palmer does not have as much athleticism as most NFL quarterbacks. The Raiders hired Greg Knapp to coordinate the team’s offense. In theShare Tweet
Kafka moves to No. 2 in PhillyThe Thursday PFT Live “to-do” list for the Eagles recommended that the team sign a veteran backup quarterback. Not long after that, the Eagles signed Trent Edwards. Maybe we should have been more specific. Regardless, Edwards appears to be the veterShare TweetThe 49ers have re-signed a free agent safety, but it isn’t starter Dashon Goldson. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that the team agreed on a three-year, $6 million contract extension with Spillman, who was a pending restricted free agent, at theShare Tweet
Now Pete Carroll can laugh about NCAANow 60 years old, Seahawks coach Pete Caroll remains the same excitable guy that he was more than a decade ago when he was the head coach of the Patriots. He believes players are different than they were 30 years ago, and they need coaches that can reac…Share TweetThe Giants Coach Tom Coughlin has some time to savor the team's Super Bowl victory--and the scouting combine.Share TweetPre-Combine rumors swirled that South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery might show up to Indianapolis overweight. Jeffery apparently reacted to the speculation, shedding a significant amount of pounds and reporting to the Combine at 216 on Friday. J…Share TweetBroncos V.P. of football operations John Elway stepped to the podium today in Indy to address the media, and pretty much every question he addressed from the media dealt, in one way or another, with the position Elway once played. While Elway said plent…Share TweetRavens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed that Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed will play in 2012.Share TweetThe big question about Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon’s ability to thrive at the professional level is his speed. Blackmon, projected to be the first receiver off the board, said Friday that he is planning to eliminate that concern. “I kShare TweetIn 2009, the Bills made linebacker/defensive end Aaron Maybin a first-round pick. After two seasons, the Bills gave up. The Jets provided Maybin with a second chance. When the time came to trim the roster down to 53 in early September, the Jets gave uShare TweetWith a cap number north of $20 million for the coming season, the last under his rookie contract, Calvin Johnson’s contract is a problem for the Detroit Lions. Both sides are open to getting a new deal done that will keep Johnson in Detroit for years toShare Tweet
Tebow picks WME over CAA for non-football dealsWhen CAA absorbed agent Jimmy Sexton last year, the superagency brought under its tent one of the biggest potential marketing powerhouses in all of sports: Tim Tebow. Given that CAA attracts plenty of sports clients via its long history of doing non-sp…Share TweetNotre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd has a chance to be the No. 2 wideout taken in April. First, he says he has to prove to teams he can run and that he’s put his off-field problems behind him. Speaking at the Combine Friday, Floyd chalked up his multShare TweetINDIANAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from day one of the NFL's underwear Olympics at Lucas Oil Stadium....Share TweetWith a new general manager in place, the Chicago Bears will renew contract negotiations with running back Matt Forte this weekend, a league source told the NFL Network.Share TweetThe Falcons want to keep free agent cornerback Brent Grimes. To do so, they will have to invest a lot of money at the cornerback position with Dunta Robinson already getting paid a big salary. Speaking at the Scouting Combine Friday, Dimitroff sounded o…Share Tweet
Combine Notes: Greg Schiano decries ‘half-baked’ titles after giving half-baked title to Butch Davisyahoo.com Feb 24, 2012INDIANAPOLIS -- When new Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano took the main podium during Thursday's media portion of the scouting combine, he knew he was going to answer questions about his hire of "special assistant&quo…Share TweetDenver Broncos vice president John Elway said he hopes Tim Tebow is the team's long-term solution at quarterback.Share TweetThe NFL Scouting Combine may soon resemble a track meet, as the league is considering changes to make the Combine more competitive and viewer friendly. Judy Battista of the New York Times reports that the NFL is considering major changes to the Combine …Share TweetDon’t expect to see Joe Webb line up at wide receiver in the future. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier indicated Friday that the team wants Webb to focus exclusively at quarterback to help his development at the position. Frazier indicated the team will miniShare TweetOn Thursday, mixed signals came from Panthers coach Ron Rivera and G.M. Marty Hurney on the question of whether tight end Jeremy Shockey will be retiring. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Shockey isn’t calling it quits. The source specifiShare TweetRams coach Jeff Fisher is thinking about a reunion with one of his most infamous former players. Fisher says the Rams have discussed signing defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. It’s Fisher’s job to “discuss” just about anyone, but he sounded verShare Tweet
More changes may be coming on overtime, replayA year after the NFL adopted changes to playoff overtime and the use of instant replay, more changes on those fronts may be coming. The NFL Competition Committee is considering proposals to make overtime uniform throughout the year - rather than havingShare TweetSeahawks receiver Sidney Rice injured his shoulder during the 2011 season. At one point, reports surfaced that he’d need surgery. And though he eventually played without the procedure, Rice has since gone under the knife/scope/knitting needle/whatevShare TweetGetting a coaching staff hired wasn’t easy for new Bucs coach Greg Schiano. Now comes the really tough part. Schiano takes over a roster with a lot of youth and a lot of problems. One thing we liked about Schiano’s press availability on Thursday: He”Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 24, 2012Coin toss settles it: Dolphins No. 8, then PanthersShare TweetFour years ago, Jermichael Finley was just another prospect at the Scouting Combine. He wound up getting taken late in the third round out of Texas by one of the best General Managers in the business. On Thursday, Finley arrived in town to sign a two-ye…Share TweetThe Cowboys made an expected switch to their offensive line official on Thursday. Tyron Smith, who had a strong rookie year at right tackle, will be the team’s starting left tackle next season. Doug Free will move back to right tackle. The move has beenShare TweetBills coach Chan Gailey is sporting a look similar to the one QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had during the season. The Dolphins are on the hunt for more athletic offensive linemen. Said Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio of WR Wes Welker, “Wes has beShare Tweet
T.O. makes his IFL debut on Saturday nightThis weekend, a variety of activities not resembling football will occur at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. On Saturday night, an activity that more closely resembles football will take place at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. There, the IFL…Share Tweet
Manningham prepares to enter free agencyIn a development that hardly qualifies as a surprise, Giants receiver Mario Manningham most likely will hit the open market on March 13 at 4:00 p.m., according to a league source. One of the stars of Super Bowl XLVI, whose acrobatic sideline catch fuele…Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs won today’s coin tosses at the NFL Scouting Combine, and now the NFL draft order is officially set. The Dolphins won their coin toss with the Panthers, which means the Dolphins will select eighth and the PantherShare TweetFar more important than the $14.4 million salary that Saints quarterback Drew Brees would earn under the non-exclusive franchise tender in 2012 or the higher amount he’d be paid if the Saints apply the “exclusive” version of the tag is the impact ofShare TweetIt has widely been reported that the Chargers won’t use the franchise tag on receiver Vincent Jackson for a second straight year. And for good reason. Jackson made $11.424 million via the franchise tag in 2011. Under the CBA, he’s entitled to a 20Share TweetUSC’s Matt Kalil is regarded by most analysts as the best tackle in this year’s NFL draft, and Kalil doesn’t hesitate to say he agrees with that assessment. “I would definitely say I am the best tackle in the draft,” Kalil said Thursday. That miShare TweetPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is doing his part to help the team get under the 2012 salary cap.Share Tweet
Time to NegotiateFeb 24Michael Wright and Jeff Dickerson discuss how new Bears GM Phil Emery will handle Matt Forte and the NFL draft.
Bears Ready to Talk With ForteFeb 24The Bears are expected to resume negotiations with RB Matt Forte this weekend.
Coughlin On Rookies At Scouting CombineFeb 24While at the NFL Scouting Combine, Tom Coughlin looks back at last year's draft and how the young players are being looked at to improve even more.
Giants Offseason: Going Under the KnifeFeb 24ESPNNewYork's Ohm Youngmisuk discusses the offseason surgeries of several Giants players, including Justin Tuck, Jake Ballard and Chris Canty.