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Lions begin extension talks with Matthew Stafford
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for 10,005 yards and 61 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The massive production has the Lions looking to extend Stafford’s contract to keep him in Detroit beyond the 2015 season. Per Albert BreeUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Miller relies on religion to justify intolerance of homosexualsThe fact that the NFL isn’t ready for openly gay players continues to be proven by the words and actions of men who currently occupy, who previously inhabited NFL, and who will be joining NFL locker rooms. From 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver’s over-tUpvote Share Tweet
Saints show restraint in restructuringsAt a time when so many in the media think that cap space easily can be conjured without consequence by dropping base salaries to the minimum and spreading the balance of a player’s 2013 compensation over the life of the deal, the Saints are showing a keUpvote Share Tweet
Cowboys give Dan Connor pay-cut ultimatumTeams that need to create salary-cap space are using two devices: a “restructuring” that moves cap dollars from this year to future years with no pay cut and a “restructuring” that shrinks the cap number in 2013 by paying the player less money.Upvote Share TweetBears left tackle J’Marcus Webb is getting the kind of pass that he routinely gives to guys like Jared Allen. Heyyoooo! According to the Carbondale Southern Illinoisan, a prosecutor in Pulaski County, Illinois won’t pursue drug charges against Webb. WUpvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.Upvote Share TweetBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Rather than risk another injury, and go through another coaching transition in Buffalo, defensive end Chris Kelsay decided to retire after 10 seasons with the Bills.Upvote Share Tweet
Welcome, Mike WilkeningYou may have noticed a few posts today written by another Mike. Joining the PFT fray is Mike Wilkening. A former senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, Wilkening becomes a part-time scribe for the site. That brings the total lineup to a solid six: MDS,Upvote Share TweetOf all the NFL draft experts, none spent more than a decade in the NFL. None except Corey Chavous, founder of DraftNasty.com. Chavous, who played for the Cardinals, Vikings, and Rams, was a draft expert throughout his career. He studies the film and, u…Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers won’t only acquire the Chiefs’ 2013 second-round pick in the planned trade for quarterback Alex Smith. San Francisco is also set to get a valuable pick next year. A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that the 2014 conditional pick in thUpvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee's sexual orientation.Upvote Share TweetThe trade sending quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City can’t be officially completed for a while yet, but that isn’t stopping people from talking about what they might be thinking about doing next. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports via a pair of soUpvote Share TweetAfter taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals.…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints have indeed restructured the contract of receiver Marques Colston. And while Colston will get no less money, the Saints could have created even more cap space than they did. Due to earn a base salary of $4.5 million in 2013, a source with kn…Upvote Share TweetThe cheesecake may soon stand alone. With experts and analysts and reporters making it clear that no quarterback in this class is worthy of a top-10 pick, the Raiders could be pouncing on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall selec…Upvote Share TweetWhether anyone wants to hire a 29-year-old defensive tackle who hasn’t played since 2009 remains to be seen. But Johnny Jolly now has the ability to look for a chance. According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the former Packer was reUpvote Share TweetTerrell Suggs isn't the only one who despises the New England Patriots.Upvote Share TweetA healthy number of the 32 NFL teams figure to be in Morgantown, West Virginia on March 14 to check out quarterback Geno Smith at the University of West Virginia pro day. They’ll be able to see another quarterback work out while they’re there. FormerUpvote Share TweetWith apologies to Yogi Berra, no NFL trade is done until it’s actually done. In the case of the trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco to Kansas City, the deal won’t be done until it’s done. And it can’t be done until MarUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Patterson to visit Lions, WashburnAfter being released by the Eagles, defensive tackle Mike Patterson is going to visit with a familiar face. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Patterson is scheduled to meet with the Lions. There, he’d get to work with former Eagles line coach Jim WasUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Multiple Cowboys candidates to have contracts reworkedA contract extension for quarterback Tony Romo would make a lot of sense for the Cowboys. He’s in the final year of his contract, and he has a $16.8 million salary-cap number for 2013. The two sides have talked about an extension that would provide boUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Marcedes Lewis, Alex Smith tradeThe biggest news of the day in the NFL is the trade of quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers to the Chiefs. Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will be bringing you all the latest on the deal on Wednesday afternoon. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area will…Upvote Share TweetThe NFL on Wednesday said it would investigate a report that teams at the scouting combine asked a draft prospect about his sexual orientation.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: LaMarr Woodley next up for restructureQuarterback Ben Roethlisberger, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and wide receiver Antonio Brown have all restructured their contracts in order to give the Steelers more cap space and it looks like they’ll have a little more company on that front soon. AdamUpvote Share TweetWith Alex Smith heading to Kansas City, there’s not much chance that Matt Cassel will be returning to the Chiefs for the 2013 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that we should look for the Chiefs to release Cassel and that the Cardinals arUpvote Share TweetThe scouting combine is valuable for many reasons. One of the primary reasons for the whole event is that it allows coaches, general managers. and team owners to get a sense of priorities and targets in a huge pool of talent. That applies to the faux-GM…Upvote Share Tweet
Green Bay Packers fan gets season tickets after spending 37 years on waiting listThey say all good things come to those who wait, but it took 37 long years for Brad Sauve to appreciate the full meaning of that maxim. The Green Bay Packers fan put his name on the waiting list for season tickets in 1976, but didn't hear his name calle…Upvote Share TweetIn the words of Ron Burgundy, that escalated quickly. Not long after we mentioned Vontae Davis’s perhaps-accidental, perhaps-hacked declaration that Dolphins free agent cornerback Sean Smith was talking to the Chiefs well in advance of the league’s saUpvote Share TweetThe Jaguars released offensive tackle Guy Whimper, quarterback John Parker Wilson and defensive back Brandon King, the club announced Wednesday. Whimper, 29, was primarily a reserve in 2012 for Jacksonville. He started six games, four at right tackle. T…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Giants have agreed to sign offensive tackle Will Beatty to a five-year, $38.75 million deal, according to a source familiar with the deal, taking one of the top free-agent offensive linemen off the market.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants have been working to create cap room by outright releasing or restructuring the contracts of veteran players. One of the reasons to create cap space is to re-sign some of your own free agents. The Giants have several of those, including tight…Upvote Share Tweet
Antonio Brown restructures contractThe Steelers are looking under every rock to create cap space. The latest candidate for a restructured deal was receiver Antonio Brown. Per a source with knowledge of the transaction, Brown reduced his $4.5 million base salary to a minimum salary of $65…Upvote Share Tweet
Superdome engineering study recommendedThe manager of Louisiana's Superdome is recommending that dome officials have an engineering study done with an eye toward changing the stadium's emergency power systems.Upvote Share TweetDetroit Lions center Dominic Raiola and wide receiver Nate Burleson accepted combined pay cuts of $5.55 million to help the Lions get under the salary cap.Upvote Share Tweet
Trio charged for counterfeit Super Bowl ticketsFederal authorities say three Atlanta men are accused of trafficking counterfeit Super Bowl XLVII tickets that were destined for New Orleans.Upvote Share TweetThe second annual Lawrence Timmons contract restructuring has created a nice chunk of cap space for the Steelers. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Timmons dropped his compensation to a base salary of $750,000 in 2013. The rest of the money he w…Upvote Share Tweet
Texas preacher uses pulpit to bully Tebow for “wimping out”Whether Tim Tebow was taking the high road or simply the expedient one, the controversial Texas preacher who Tebow canceled on fired back during his latest sermon. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, used his pulpit to bully T…Upvote Share Tweet
Niners are in position to dominate the draft, and the NFLThree years ago, former Eagles coach Andy Reid fleeced the Redskins for a second-round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb. Now, it looks like Reid could be the fleecee. Regardless of whether Alex Smith works out better for the Chiefs than McNabb did f…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh Cribbs: I’d take a slight pay cut, but not a huge pay cut, to stayJosh Cribbs has played his entire NFL career with the Browns after playing his college football at nearby Kent State, and he’s eager enough to stick around that he’d be willing to give the Browns a hometown discount. Just not too big a hometown discouUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Feb 27, 2013It may be a passing-driven league, but this draft is about the big men. Linemen will dominate the first round after an impressive showing at the combine, projects Don Banks.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Dolphins looking at free-agent wide receiversThe Dolphins were No. 26 in passing yards in 2012, and the development of second-year QB Ryan Tannehill is key to the club’s future. Not surprisingly, wide receiver looks to be an offseason priority for the Dolphins. According to Ben Volin of The PalmUpvote Share TweetSince restructuring his deal this week to provide the Patriots with a lot of salary cap room and himself a pile of guaranteed cash, quarterback Tom Brady has become one of the league’s biggest talking points. But he doesn’t want to talk about it. BradUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Ravens don’t expect to sign McKinnie before free agencyOne way or another, the Ravens are almost certain to have Joe Flacco locked up for at least the 2013 season before the start of free agency. The same can’t be said of left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the RavensUpvote Share Tweet
Delay could hurt a Redskins lawsuitOn Monday, a report surfaced that the Redskins could file a lawsuit against the league challenging the lingering $18 million in cap penalties. As shocking as that prospect would be standing alone, the report also suggested that the Redskins could seek …Upvote Share Tweet
Who's The Latest Person To Say Dumb Things About Gay Players In The NFL?deadspin.com Updated Feb 27, 2013Why it's former journeyman quarterback Jim Miller! Everyone, you remember Jim, right? Jim is best known for his stint in Chicago, including leading the Bears to the 2001 playoffs, but now works as a postgame analyst on CSN Chicago and lives a good, cons…Upvote Share Tweet
Cullen Jenkins: You can’t just bring in a bunch of superstarsWhen the Eagles released Cullen Jenkins earlier this week, it was the latest rebuke to the idea that the group of players acquired before the start of the 2011 season made up a dream team. The Eagles have drawn a fair amount of criticism for their attem…Upvote Share TweetPackers coach Mike McCarthy was asked at the Scouting Combine if his team has grown soft. He didn’t care for the suggestion. “To me, we’re a physical, tough football team,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I totally disagree.Upvote Share TweetAfter taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons 2…Upvote Share TweetGive former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu credit for two things during his comeback attempt at the Combine - his confidence, and self-awareness. After completing his on-field drills yesterday, Mathieu was asked by the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders if hUpvote Share Tweet
Panthers stadium negotiations “a process”When the Panthers recently announced a deal with Charlotte that would keep in the team in town for 15 years in exchange for $143.75 million in public money for renovations at the team’s stadium, there was a sense of finality to the situation. The finishUpvote Share TweetWide receiver Steve Breaston’s tour of the AFC North starts on Wednesday with a visit to Cleveland. Breaston will meet with the Browns on Wednesday and, per Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, will move onto the Steelers Thursday. Since he was released by tUpvote Share Tweet
“Cash over cap” is a short-sighted way to justify spending spreesWith more and more teams dealing with real cap issues, agents who are eyeballing major paydays for their clients are trying to shrug their shoulders when it comes to the struggles of teams to fit their players under the annual spending limit. Last year,…Upvote Share Tweet
Bryan Bulaga could move to left tackle for PackersPackers coach Mike McCarthy has vowed to have a better offensive line next season and he’s not willing to rule out any configuration of players to make that happen. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the team will spend part of thUpvote Share TweetBills G.M. Buddy Nix wants to add depth at linebacker in the draft. The Dolphins may consider some aging veterans to bolster their defense in free agency. The Boston Herald looks at the polarizing reaction Patriots QB Tom Brady’s new contract has drawn.Upvote Share TweetAt various points during the 2012 season, it was believed that the Giants were close to working out a long-term deal with receiver Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent who has salsaed into the hearts of Giants fans everywhere. Indeed, at one point it s…Upvote Share TweetThe salary cap space the Redskins don’t have will force them to cut corners and make difficult decisions, and it could cost them one of their more versatile and popular players. Pending unrestricted free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told John KeimUpvote Share Tweet
Nine days in and no tags yetThe window for applying the franchise or transition tag flew open nine days ago. To date, none of the NFL’s 32 teams has applied either tag. That could change soon, and not simply because only five days remain before the window slams shut until next yUpvote Share TweetDavid Diehl started just nine games for the New York Giants at right tackle last year as an injured right knee limited him throughout the season. Diehl sprained the MCL in his right knee in Week 3 and missed three games with the injury before easing bac…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL to utilize iPads for administering concussion tests next seasonThe NFL has taken many steps over the past few years to help better handle concussions sustained during games. From making blows to the head and to defenseless players illegal or requiring a player thought to have been concussed pass a series of tests b…Upvote Share Tweet
We Went There: Tottenham vs. West Hamgrantland.com Updated Feb 27, 2013Gareth Bale. I can't remember the last time I saw so many grown men terrified of one human being. I've been traveling through Europe during the NFL do...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Smith Headed To KCFeb 27Episode 278: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the 49ers trading Alex Smith to the Chiefs. Herm Edwards breaks down the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The NFL32 crew discuss the quarterback situation in Arizona.
Giants Re-Sign OT Will BeattyFeb 27ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk discusses Will Beatty's new five-year deal with the New York Giants.
Terrell Suggs: Teams Hate PatriotsFeb 27ESPN AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley on Terrell Suggs saying he "guarantees the other 31 teams hate the New England Patriots."
How should the San Francisco 49ers handle the draft?Feb 27Charley Casserly looks at how the San Francisco 49ers should handle their double-digit picks in the draft and what position they should be targeting.
Jim Trotter: Denver Broncos 2013 Offseason PreviewFeb 27SI.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.
Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0Feb 27We told you this year's draft was one of those exception-to-rule affairs, and the just-completed NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis seemed to confirm it. To wit:
Detroit Lions now $5M under cap with reworked dealsFeb 27Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola and wide receiver Nate Burleson accepted combined pay cuts of $5.55 million to help the Lions get under the salary cap.
Source: 49ers agree to trade Smith to ChiefsFeb 27The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources confirmed to ESPN.