This is the July 1, 2012 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
Three years and counting with NBC
As we close out one of the last (and only) slow Sundays of the 2012 offseason, we need to pause and reflect, for a brief moment. Three years ago today, our partnership with NBC launched. It has been better than we ever envisioned. The site has continue…Upvote Share Tweet
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma may have passed on the opportunity to prove his case for innocence in front of Commissioner Roger Goodell, but Vilma has unloaded in a 27-page, 180-paragraph civil complaint. In Vilma’s new lawsuit against the NFL, a copUpvote Share Tweet
Seau tribute billboard appears in OceansideSince it’s newsworthy whenever a group of fans puts up a billboard urging for the starting quarterback to be benched or someone from the coaching staff or front office to be fired, the newest NFL-related oversized outdoor ad definitely deserves a mentioUpvote Share Tweet
Saints say 99.6 percent of season ticket holders have renewedNeither the fallout from the Saints’ bounty program nor the status of Drew Brees as an unsigned free agent has deterred the ticket-buying public in New Orleans. Citing a Wall Street Journal chart showing that the Saints lead the league when it comes toUpvote Share Tweet
Greg Cosell says Ryan Mathews can be a “top five guy”The Chargers haven’t kept it a secret this offseason that they want third-year tailback Ryan Mathews to handle a significant 2012 workload. Coach Norv Turner believes Mathews is “ready to take that next step,” and has likened Mathews to Ricky WilliaUpvote Share Tweet
A.J. Hawk knocks some guy into a pondBill Griffin probably wishes Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss hadn’t recently called out A.J. Hawk. On June 21, passive-aggressive remarks from Moss critical of Hawk splashed onto the Internet. The next day, Hawk aggressively splashed Griffin inUpvote Share TweetAndrew Luck got plenty of attention in the weeks before and after the NFL draft. Now it’s time for Luck’s rookie backup to get his week in the sun. Chandler Harnish, the former Northern Illinois quarterback who became Mr. Irrelevant when the Colts choUpvote Share TweetDrew Brees may not be the only veteran quarterback who completed a six-year contract with a new team without getting an extension. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, traded by the Falcons to Houston in March 2007, only weeks before a dogfighting operating …Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Wahlberg no longer can watch Super Bowl at homeThe star of Ted has been officially booted from his house on the first Sunday in February. Mark Wahlberg says that his wife has banned him from watching the Super Bowl at home, based on his reaction to the Patriots’ loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVIUpvote Share Tweet
T.O. wins MVP award in celebrity baseball gameThe National Football League may not want him, but maybe Major League Baseball will. Unemployed receiver Terrell Owens was named MVP of the 2012 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game on Saturday, according to David Collier of ESPNDallas.com. T.O. has three hit…Upvote Share Tweet
Other franchise players not thrilled with Brees’ complaintsIf the Saints aren’t treating franchise-tagged quarterback Drew Brees with good faith, then other franchise players could argue that their respective teams have opted to defecate on their respective foreheads. Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange has gUpvote Share TweetVikings defensive end Jared Allen said in June that he thought a player could rack up 25 sacks in a single season and pointed to Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware as someone capable of the task. Ware is operating on a similar wavelength. When Jon Machota…Upvote Share Tweet
Rookies will play a major role for the Bills this seasonIf C.J. Spiller’s right about last year’s results making the Bills close to being a Super Bowl team, two rookies will be in position to help them take the final steps. In a look at the team’s 2012 draft choices heading into training camp, the BillsâUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Sherman thinks Favre-Packers reunion will happen in timeMaybe Brett Favre’s trying to ease back into the fold in Green Bay, but his old coach said the main thing to fix the painful divorce will be time. Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who was Favre’s head coach for six seasons with the PackerUpvote Share Tweet
Connor Barth’s contract an issue for other kickers looking for dealsWhen Connor Barth signed a four-year, $13.2 million extension with the Buccaneers this offseason, it seemed like a good thing for the slew of other kickers franchised by their teams. Barth landed the third-biggest multi-year contract (Phil Dawson of the…Upvote Share TweetWill Hill is trying to convince the Giants he can play. Actually, the fact he’s talented has long been known, but his off-field issues kept him from making the NFL already. As with many players with troubled pasts, Hill’s tale of redemption makes forUpvote Share Tweet
Max Starks nearing 100 percent, still no spot for him with SteelersThere’s been a lot of speculation around Pittsburgh that the Steelers will sign tackle Max Starks once he’s recovered enough from his torn ACL to get back on the field. According to Starks, that day is getting closer. He tweeted a photo of himself doiUpvote Share TweetWho will be the Bills’ nickel corner this season? Public practices at Dolphins training camp start early this summer. TE Daniel Fells wasn’t seen at Patriots OTAs or minicamp. Jets rookie WR Stephen Hill is focusing on route running. A look at the RavUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jul 1, 2012San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was stabbed at a house party early Saturday morning and is believed to have suffered minor injuries.Upvote Share Tweet
Tramon Williams confident Packers’ “terrible defense” will improveThe Packers ranked dead last in the league in total defense last year, a fact that was largely overshadowed by the fact that the team went 15-1. But it’s a fact that can’t be overlooked in Green Bay this year, and Packers cornerback Tramon Williams saUpvote Share Tweet
Upon Further Review: Lions' playoff chancesJul 1NFL.com's Elliot Harrison challenges Dave Dameshek's ruling that the Lions are likely to miss the 2012 playoffs. Find out how our mystery guest referee rules in the first edition of "Upon Further Review."
When To Expect RulingJul 1John Clayton thinks there could be a ruling on appeals made by players involved in the Saints bounty program as early as Monday.
Parting Shot - Tomlinson's ChoiceJul 1Israel Gutierrez thinks LaDainian Tomlinson was correct to say he would take a hall-of-fame career over a championship.
NFL - League makes the right call on blackout requirementsJul 1The NFL's recent decision to ease the blackout requirements for home games is smart, but also a little scary, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.