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Adam Snyder expresses support for Kevin Kolb as Cardinals QB

Adam Snyder expresses support for Kevin Kolb as Cardinals QB

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 28, 2013
Four different quarterbacks took snaps for the Arizona Cardinals last season as the team struggled to find consistency under center. Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer each had a chance to start at quarterback last season for the Car…
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  • Ravens place Lewis, Birk on reserve-retired list

    Ravens place Lewis, Birk on reserve-retired list

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    In a move that, as a practical matter, means both nothing and everything, the Ravens have placed linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk on the reserve-retired list. It means nothing because they players can unretire at any time.  It means everything …
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  • Champ Bailey isn’t moving to safety

    Champ Bailey isn’t moving to safety

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Most cornerbacks who stick around the NFL long enough eventually get moved to safety. That won’t be happening to Champ Bailey.  Yet. Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway said Thursday on 104.3 The Fan in Denver that the team has given no thou
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  • Salary cap sits at $123 million precisely

    Salary cap sits at $123 million precisely

    There has been some confusion regarding the actual salary cap for 2012.  We’ve confirmed via two sources that the team-by-team spending limit is and will be $123 million. In addition to the $3.936 billion in total spending allotment in 2013, another $2
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  • Chiefs, Bowe move toward tag deadline without a deal

    Chiefs, Bowe move toward tag deadline without a deal

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The Chiefs and receiver Dwayne Bowe have been discussing a long-term deal.  For now, we’re told there’s no news. There will be news soon.  Absent a long-term deal by Monday, March 4, the Chiefs either will - or won’t - apply the franchise tag
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  • Kluwe, Ayanbadejo file Supreme Court brief in support of same-s…

    Kluwe, Ayanbadejo file Supreme Court brief in support of same-sex marriage

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have put their money where their mouths are. Kluwe and Ayanbadejo have submitted, via a lawyer, a brief to the United States Supreme Court regarding the issue of same-sex marriage, acco…
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  • Sources: NFL salary cap will increase to $123M

    Sources: NFL salary cap will increase to $123M

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    The NFL salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012, an NFL Players Association official familiar with negotiations over the figure told The Associated Press on Thursday.
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  • Le’Veon Bell says he was asked questions about sexuality

    Le’Veon Bell says he was asked questions about sexuality

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    And now there are two. Of the 330-plus players who attended the Scouting Combine, two have admitted on the record that questions were asked indirectly about sexual orientation. First, it was Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, who was asked by at least one te…
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  • Seahawks sound content to keep Matt Flynn as a backup

    Seahawks sound content to keep Matt Flynn as a backup

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Russell Wilson’s breakout season in Seattle made Matt Flynn, last year’s top free agent quarterback, expendable. But that doesn’t mean the Seahawks are planning to send Flynn packing. In fact, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the “priority
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  • Titans TE Barden cited for DUI, roll-over crash

    Titans TE Barden cited for DUI, roll-over crash

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    Authorities say a Tennessee Titans tight end has been arrested in a roll-over drunken driving crash in eastern Georgia.
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  • Cowboys rework five contracts to save cap space

    Cowboys rework five contracts to save cap space

    The Dallas Cowboys have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin, to save salary cap space.
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  • Another look at NFL.com and white wide receivers

    Another look at NFL.com and white wide receivers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    NFL.com has published detailed profiles of almost all of the players who attended this year’s Scouting Combine, and all of those profiles include a section titled “NFL comparison,” which names the current NFL player who is the most similar to that p
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  • Steelers claim John Parker Wilson off waivers

    Steelers claim John Parker Wilson off waivers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The Steelers started the day with one quarterback under contract. They’ll end it with two. The NFL has announced that the Steelers have been awarded quarterback John Parker Wilson off of waivers from the Jaguars. The Steelers were the only team to put i
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  • Cribbs’ agent tries to put the tampering toothpaste back in the…

    Cribbs’ agent tries to put the tampering toothpaste back in the tube

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Browns receiver Josh Cribbs will become a free agent in less than two weeks.  He said Thursday that his agent is talking to other teams.  Given that Cribbs doesn’t become a free agent until March 12, that’s a problem. So how did Cribbs’ agent solv
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  • Report: Rams may allow Danny Amendola to test free agency

    Report: Rams may allow Danny Amendola to test free agency

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    At the Combine, Rams general manager Les Snead told NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal the club would not apply the franchise tag to receiver Danny Amendola. Now, it also appears that the Rams may let their receptions leader from a season ago hit the open marke
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  • Female kicker to compete at regional combine

    Female kicker to compete at regional combine

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    Lauren Silberman is set to become the first women to participate at an NFL combine.
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Colin Kaepernick, NFC West/AFC West …

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Colin Kaepernick, NFC West/AFC West free agent needs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    There were plenty of big stories during the 2012 season, but it is hard to think of many bigger than the ascension of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick from second-string to Super Bowl starter. It was a big bet by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and it paid o…
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  • Cowboys' Witten, Carr, Austin rework deals

    Cowboys' Witten, Carr, Austin rework deals

    Add Jason Witten, Brandon Carr and Miles Austin to the list of contract restructures for the Dallas Cowboys.
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  • Titans tight end Brandon Barden arrested for DUI

    Titans tight end Brandon Barden arrested for DUI

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Titans tight end Brandon Barden was arrested Saturday in Georgia on DUI on refusal charges. According to WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., Barden was arrested after a single-car wreck on Highway 220 in Lincoln County. Officers told the station Barden’s car went
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Seattle Seahawks

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Seattle Seahawks

    yahoo.com Feb 28, 2013
    After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue…
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  • Two execs confirm teams want to know about Te’o's sexuality

    Two execs confirm teams want to know about Te’o's sexuality

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    When I wrote earlier this week that, for NFL teams in Indianapolis, the elephant in the room when interviewing linebacker Manti Te’o's was his sexuality, some thought that I was speculating on his sexuality or doing anything other than passing along the
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  • PFT Live: Can Chiefs pull plug on Smith deal?

    PFT Live: Can Chiefs pull plug on Smith deal?

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Mike Florio breaks down both sides of the Alex Smith trade, highlighting the $9.75 million in cap space cleared for the 49ers. Florio also talks about the Jets’ quest to trade CB Darrelle Revis, and who benefits most from restructuring contracts.
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  • Cary Williams: I’m not a priority for Ravens right now

    Cary Williams: I’m not a priority for Ravens right now

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    In a post a little while ago, Darin Gantt noted how the impending Ravens free agents not named Joe Flacco were in a holding pattern as the team tries to nail down a new deal with their quarterback. One of those free agents is cornerback Cary Williams, w…
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  • Richard Sherman: Revis “irrelevant in my mind”

    Richard Sherman: Revis “irrelevant in my mind”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The 49ers may or may not be interested in acquiring Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. We know this much: Richard Sherman isn’t concerned either way. The Seahawks’ cornerback, who had a memorable written and verbal dispute with Revis last week, told 710
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  • Jets kick the tires on David Garrard

    Jets kick the tires on David Garrard

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    After being linked to quarterbacks both washed-up and not quite good enough to be a Chief, the Jets are broadening their search for a backup to Mark Sanchez. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets worked out veteran quarterback D…
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  • 10 things to know about the franchise tag

    10 things to know about the franchise tag

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The franchise tag is old enough to vote, and nearly old enough to drink.  The tag made its annual return more than a week ago.  Unlike the Great Pumpkin, the tool for restricting a player’s ability to move from team to team will indeed make an appeara
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  • Teams want to see if Terron Armstead can play tight end

    Teams want to see if Terron Armstead can play tight end

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Terron Armstead drew a lot of attention when he ran an unofficial 4.65 -second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. But even after that was adjusted down to an “official” 4.71, the speed of the 306-pound offensive tackle from Arkansas Pine-Bluff
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  • Kelsay says Bills didn’t ask him to take a pay cut

    Kelsay says Bills didn’t ask him to take a pay cut

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The retirement of defensive end Chris Kelsay clears $5 million in cap space for the Bills.  But his cap number had nothing to do with the end of his career. “As far as an offer to restructure my contract, that was never even brought up,” Kelsay told
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  • Broncos stick by safety Moore despite blunder

    Broncos stick by safety Moore despite blunder

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    The Denver Broncos are sticking with young safety Rahim Moore.
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  • Charlie Batch plans to return to Pittsburgh

    Charlie Batch plans to return to Pittsburgh

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Even before he agreed to restructure his contract, we knew quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be back with the Steelers in 2013. It’s less clear who will be backing him up. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are both free agents and there hasn’t been
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  • SB Nation: Brady deal ends Mallett era before it began

    SB Nation: Brady deal ends Mallett era before it began

    CNNSI.com Feb 28, 2013
    SB Nation: Brady deal ends Mallett era before it began
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  • Prospects say sex orientation queries made

    Prospects say sex orientation queries made

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    The NFL on Wednesday said it would investigate a report that teams at the scouting combine asked a draft prospect about his sexual orientation.
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  • On The Rise: Every year, players use the draft scouting season……

    On The Rise: Every year, players use the draft scouting season…

    CNNSI.com Feb 28, 2013
    Every year, players use the draft scouting season to make a run up draft boards, and 2013 is no different. With the combine over, Andrew Perloff looks at the five biggest risers.
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  • Report: Browns unlikely to sign Steve Breaston

    Report: Browns unlikely to sign Steve Breaston

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The list of potential landing spots for free-agent wide receiver Steve Breaston appears to have shrunk. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are not expected to sign Breaston, who is expected to meet with AFC North rival
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  • Banks: New England Patriots 2013 Offseason Preview

    Banks: New England Patriots 2013 Offseason Preview

    CNNSI.com Feb 28, 2013
    Forget a dynasty, but the Pats' window is still open. And after re-working Tom Brady's deal, they're in a very strong position to chase another championship, Don Banks writes.
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  • Ravens have “some interest” in Ricky Jean-Francois

    Ravens have “some interest” in Ricky Jean-Francois

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    There are always a few big names that dominate the discussion when free agency time rolls around, but there are often smaller names whose movements wind up having a big impact. It is looking like 49ers defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois will be one o…
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  • The NFL’s retractable roof stadiums stay closed for 66 percent …

    The NFL’s retractable roof stadiums stay closed for 66 percent of all games

    yahoo.com Feb 28, 2013
    As the debate continues over whether or not the Atlanta Falcons need a new stadium, a new side argument has popped up down in Georgia: Namely, is it worth the extra cost to make sure the new place has one of those fancy retractable roofs like the Housto…
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  • Cowboys sign long snapper Ladouceur to five-year deal

    Cowboys sign long snapper Ladouceur to five-year deal

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    In a move that Jerry Jones deserves all the credit in the world for, the Cowboys have secured an important piece for the next five years. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys signed long snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a new five-year contr…
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  • PFT Live: Shaun King, Bengals/Redskins to-do lists

    PFT Live: Shaun King, Bengals/Redskins to-do lists

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    There’s plenty of shuffling, restructuring and other organizing going on around the NFL right now and we’ll be spending Thursday’s PFT Live talking about it. Former NFL quarterback and current NBC Sports contributor Shaun King will join Mike Florio
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  • NFL to reinstate suspended Packers DE Jolly

    NFL to reinstate suspended Packers DE Jolly

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    Defensive end Johnny Jolly, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2009 because of an indefinite suspension for drug charges, will be reinstated effective Monday, the league said.
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  • Roy Miller, Bucs break off contract talks

    Roy Miller, Bucs break off contract talks

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    It looks like defensive tackle Roy Miller will be hitting the open market. Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports that contract talks between Miller and the Buccaneers found the teams sufficiently far apart that they have decided to table further…
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  • Roethlisberger re-do saves $3 million in cap space

    Roethlisberger re-do saves $3 million in cap space

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    As expected, the Steelers have restructured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract.  As not expected, they’ve done the deal at a time when doing so will help the Ravens reduce the exclusive franchise tender to their own franchise quarterback, Joe
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  • Barret Robbins doesn’t remember much about the Super Bowl

    Barret Robbins doesn’t remember much about the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    When Tim Brown and Jerry Rice made their bizarre accusations that their former coach, Bill Callahan, sabotaged the team in Super Bowl XXXVII, they both dragged former Raiders center Barret Robbins into it: Brown and Rice both said they thought Robbins, …
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  • Alex Smith’s mom says leaving SF is “bittersweet”

    Alex Smith’s mom says leaving SF is “bittersweet”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Since Alex Smith can’t officially become a Chief for nearly two weeks, we can’t know for sure how he feels about things. But according to a source close to the former 49ers quarterback - his mother - the move is not going to be without emotions. â
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  • ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: St. Louis Rams

    ‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: St. Louis Rams

    yahoo.com Feb 28, 2013
    After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue…
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  • Johnson sure he'll outrush Peterson in 2013

    Johnson sure he'll outrush Peterson in 2013

    ESPN.com Feb 28, 2013
    Chris Johnson is confident of achieving big things in the 2013 season. Not only does he expect to rush for more yards than Adrian Peterson, he also believes he can make a run at Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record.
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  • Federal budget issues could end flyovers

    Federal budget issues could end flyovers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The latest convoluted governmental crisis comes from the concept of “sequestration.”  (When did we all sign up for the Convoluted Governmental Crisis of the Month Club?) For lawyers, it means making a jury reside in a hotel until the trial is over. 
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  • Lane Kiffin will personally vouch for Matt Barkley’s NFL potent…

    Lane Kiffin will personally vouch for Matt Barkley’s NFL potential

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    If any NFL general managers or coaches want to know what USC Lane Kiffin thinks of quarterback Matt Barkley, Kiffin is eager to offer a ringing endorsement. Kiffin, who knows something about the NFL from his stint coaching the Raiders, told ESPNLosAngel…
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  • Flacco has Ravens free agents in a holding pattern

    Flacco has Ravens free agents in a holding pattern

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Quarterback Joe Flacco is clearly the Ravens’ most important free agent, and at the moment, his negotiations is taking priority. While they’ve had talks with several of their other free agents, the lack of a resolution on Flacco’s contract (or tag)
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  • You can go on vacation with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading tea…

    You can go on vacation with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team - for a considerable fee

    yahoo.com Feb 28, 2013
    Have the winter blues got you down? Are you feeling lonely, cold and isolated? If your answer to those questions is 'yes', then the Dallas Cowboys and Living Social have a deal for you. For the not-so-low price of $6,999, you and a friend can jet off to…
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  • Sorry, ladies, J.J. Watt isn’t coming to your prom

    Sorry, ladies, J.J. Watt isn’t coming to your prom

    yahoo.com Feb 28, 2013
    People. STOP ASKING CELEBRITIES TO GO TO YOUR PROM. Sure, a couple of them went and it was a goof, but now they're having to draw the line. Houston's JJ Watt has posted the message at right on his Facebook page. Back off, ladies; there's only so much JJ…
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  • Mechanism for funding new Vikings stadium isn’t performing well

    Mechanism for funding new Vikings stadium isn’t performing well

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The to-be-constructed Vikings stadium is supposed to be funded in part by a specific form of gambling. And the gamble on the gambling isn’t paying off, so far. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, revenues for electronic pulltabs and bingo are far
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  • RFA market should be active this year, in theory

    RFA market should be active this year, in theory

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Not long ago, NFL owners were squabbling with each other about the disparity in revenue among the high-earning and low-earning franchises.  (Coincidentally or otherwise, those gripes disappeared once the most recent CBA was completed.) Now, teams have a…
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  • Jermichael Finley says he won’t take a pay cut

    Jermichael Finley says he won’t take a pay cut

    The Packers are reportedly torn about what to do with tight end Jermichael Finley this offseason, but Finley is a bit less conflicted. Finley told Josina Anderson of ESPN.com that he hasn’t heard anything from the Packers yet about addressing his contra
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  • Josh Morgan’s had three surgeries this offseason

    Josh Morgan’s had three surgeries this offseason

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Last month, Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan tweeted a photo of himself in bed with a cast on his right leg after having surgery. It’s not the only time that Morgan’s found himself in an operating room since the end of the season. There are no post-
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    The Bills will clear about $5 million worth of salary cap room with DE Chris Kelsay’s retirement. The Dolphins have let some local products slip under their noses in past years, and FIU’s John Cyprien could be next. The Patriots are hoping the Alex Sm
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  • Brady Quinn could join the Jets

    Brady Quinn could join the Jets

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    So how do the cap-strapped Jets fill out their quarterback depth chart when one of them will make $8.25 million this year, whether he’s on the team or not? Enter Brady Quinn.  (I think I just heard the bowels of every Jets fan simultaneously release.)
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  • Eric Winston excited about arrival of Alex Smith

    Eric Winston excited about arrival of Alex Smith

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Last year, Chiefs tackle Eric Winston called out Chiefs fans who cheered an injury suffered by quarterback Matt Cassel.  Now, Winston is rolling out the red carpet for Cassel’s replacement. “I know I’m going to do everything I can to help him,” W
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  • Chris Johnson says he can break Eric Dickerson’s record

    Chris Johnson says he can break Eric Dickerson’s record

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson fell just short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 yards last season. Now Titans running back Chris Johnson is saying he thinks he can be the one to break Dickerson’s record this season. Johnson told
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  • Jeremy Mincey says Jags should draft Bjoern Werner

    Jeremy Mincey says Jags should draft Bjoern Werner

    profootballtalk.com Feb 28, 2013
    If defensive end Jeremy Mincey has any pull, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be adding some talent to the defensive line during the NFL draft in April. In an interview with Chris Porter of WTLV-TV in Jacksonville, Mincey gave his thoughts on who the Jagua…
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  • Bears' Webb has drug possession case dropped

    Bears' Webb has drug possession case dropped

    CNNSI.com Feb 28, 2013
    MOUND CITY, Ill. (AP) -- A prosecutor said Wednesday he will not pursue marijuana possession charges against Chicago Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who was charged after a traffic stop in southern Illinois over the weekend.
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  • NY Jets owner Woody Johnson needs to focus on leading organizat…

    NY Jets owner Woody Johnson needs to focus on leading organization from the top, not involving himself in every single personnel

    nydailynews.com Feb 28, 2013
    The Jets keep winning news cycles, boy do they, even in the offseason, seem to be much better at that lately than winning football games. So we are talking plenty about Darrelle Revis these days, whether he stays or goes.
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  • Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: The Chicago Bears' Offensive Tackle Pr…

    Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: The Chicago Bears' Offensive Tackle Problem

    grantland.com Feb 28, 2013
    With free agency and the draft process revving up, there are plenty of questions for every NFL team. But for most, there's one issue that trumps the r...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: No Pay Cut For Finley 02:58

    NFL32OT: No Pay Cut For Finley

    Feb 28
    Episode 279: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Jermichael Finley's refusal to take a cut in pay. Herm Edwards breaks down Chris Johnson's assurance he can break Eric Dickerson's record. NFL32 crew discuss what the Raiders should do in the NFL D
  • Video - Matt Cassel to the Minnesota Vikings? 00:50

    Matt Cassel to the Minnesota Vikings?

    Feb 28
    With the acquisition of Alex Smith, it is likely the Kansas City Chiefs will part ways with Matt Cassel. Where will the quarterback land? Ian Rapoport has the latest on Cassel's future.
  • Video - NFL Cold Hard Facts 01:40

    NFL Cold Hard Facts

    Feb 28
    Cold Hard Facts looks at Alex Smith, needs for the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick
  • Video - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs unleashes on New England Patriots 03:08

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs unleashes on New England Patriots

    Feb 28
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs explains how 31 NFL teams dislike the New England Patriots. Are Suggs' harsh words true? Heath Evans and Darren Sharper give their answers.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: New England Patriots 2013 Offseason Preview

    Feb 28
    SI.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.
  • Jim Trotter: San Francisco 49ers 2013 Offseason Preview

    Feb 28
    SI.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.
  • NFL - Patriots' dynasty is in decline

    Feb 28
    Tom Brady's restructured deal confirms that New England's dynasty is in its final years.