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Next franchise-tag battle could be three-tag limit
Now that arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that franchise tags stack when applied to the same player by different teams, the next big question under Article 10 of the labor deal is whether a player can be limited by the franchise tag more than three …Upvote Share Tweet
Woicik’s return pumps up CowboysMaybe the Cowboys’ window won’t close if they’re strong enough to hold it open. Lost in the lockout was the return of Mike Woicik to serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, 15 years after leaving with a trio of Super Bowl rings. DurUpvote Share TweetSafety Chris Hope says he decided to sign with the Falcons last week for one reason more than any other: He wants to win a Super Bowl. Hope, who played on the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL and then left Pittsburgh as a free agent and played six y…Upvote Share TweetVeteran running backs are having it rough these days. And the muscle-bound ball carriers are getting dirt kicked in their faces by the 98-pound weaklings. The contract signed Monday by Broncos kicker Matt Prater proves once again that first-tier kicker…Upvote Share Tweet
Antonio Brown sends jersey to Hall of FamePlenty of football still needs to be played before we know whether Steelers receiver Antonio Brown will have a shot at making it to the Hall of Fame. But he’ll at least have a jersey there. According to Hugh Bernreuter of MLive.com, the black-with-whiUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Griffin’s deal has $11.5 million fully guaranteedPlenty of this year’s franchise players have yet to receive multi-year deals. Recently, Titans safety Michael Griffin got one. Widely reported as a five-year, $35 million deal with $15 million guaranteed, the first part is right and the second part reUpvote Share TweetLate last year, as the Cincinnati Bengals were blacked out on local television for the sixth time of the season, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio called the blackout policy a failure and said the NFL needs to scrap it. So Brown liked what he heard thi…Upvote Share Tweet
Next phase of bounty case will focus on claim Goodell wasn’t impartialNow that Commissioner Roger Goodell has ruled on the bounty appeals, the ball is back in the players’ court. And they plan to aim it directly at Commissioner Roger Goodell. To little surprise, the players whose suspensions became official on Tuesday wUpvote Share TweetSay what you want about Chad Ochocinco, but the guy has a knack for making people happy. Even though he’s a day away from his wedding, he took to Twitter Tuesday and apparently arranged for a grieving widow to join him at the ceremony. When Cheryl MintoUpvote Share TweetLast night, our long-haired (sources close to the situation say he may no longer be long-haired) frenemy Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com posted a blurb regarding his interview last week with Browns running back Trent Richardson. This morning, we posted a …Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA disappointed with “lack of integrity of the investigation”The NFL Players’ Association continues to state that the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program was flawed, and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made serious missteps in his suspensions of four players. Shortly after Goodell cUpvote Share TweetIn a ruling that shocked nobody, the NFL announced on Tuesday that Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the bounty-related suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players -- Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (suspended for the entire 2…Upvote Share TweetBen Davidson, one of the Raiders’ most recognizable players from their days in the AFL, has died at the age of 72 after battling prostate cancer. At 6’8”³ and sporting a bushy handlebar mustache, Davidson was hard to miss when he was coming after quaUpvote Share TweetCleveland Browns defensive tackle Kiante Tripp is in a Georgia jail on a burglary charge.Upvote Share Tweet
Sonny and Sam coming back, but Huff will be part-timeOne of the true monuments of Washington is going to be part-time this year. Red Zebra Broadcasting announced Tuesday that legendary Redskins announcers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff would return to the broadcast team this year, but that Huff would work j…Upvote Share TweetBack in June, running back Derrick Ward said that he was going to take some time to evaluate his options after learning the Texans didn’t want him back for another season. Ward’s soul-searching has come to a conclusion and he has decided to retire. WaUpvote Share Tweet
Ngata disagrees with his placement on Top 100 listThe headline to this item has featured many other names in the two years since NFL Network launched its space-filling countdown of the top 100 players in the league. But usually when a guy takes issue with his spot on (or not on) the totem pole, it’sUpvote Share TweetVikings coach Leslie Frazier is ready to butt heads with his best player. Frazier told USA Today that he believes running back Adrian Peterson, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered on December 24, will be so eager to get on the field during traini…Upvote Share Tweet
Klis says Manning is at 85-to-90 percentBefore the Colts dumped quarterback Peyton Manning, the prevailing sentiments regarding his arm strength and neck consisted of gloom and/or doom. Since joining the Broncos it has been sunshine and/or gumdrops. The truth, as usual, resides somewhere in …Upvote Share TweetOK, this just keeps getting stranger and stranger. And more and more fun. In the fantastic case of Redskins tight end Fred Davis vs. the celebrity broker, Davis admitted in court he was at a nightclub the night before a Redskins home game. Davis is repr…Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Fisher on Chris Johnson: Delete last yearJeff Fisher hasn’t been coach of the Titans for quite a while now, but Titans fans may still be happy to hear one of his thoughts on the team he coached for 17 seasons. Fisher, who is now coaching the Rams, thinks that running back Chris Johnson will reUpvote Share TweetThe NFLPA understandably has declared victory in the wake of the ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burbank regarding the Saints’ hypothetical application of the franchise tag to quarterback Drew Brees in 2013. But there’s nothing hypothetical about theUpvote Share TweetSuspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife of nearly 20 years have filed dueling divorce petitions in Texas.Upvote Share Tweet
Hunted Or Hunter?: The Eagles' 2011 season turned out to be a nightm…CNNSI.com Updated Jul 3, 2012The Eagles' 2011 season turned out to be a nightmare. But if Michael Vick can stay healthy and key defensive additions pan out, 2012 might just be a dream, writes Chris Burke.Upvote Share TweetSigns continue to point to an eventual thaw between Brett Favre and the Packers. What we know now is that there have been active efforts to break through the ice. Former Packers president Bob Harlan told ESPNMilwaukee.com’s Jason Wilde on Green and GoldUpvote Share TweetThe Raiders will give the Oakland school system a check for more than $50,000 as part of a season-ticket drive designed to benefit Oakland schools.Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Irsay donates $10,000 to charity for Irrelevant WeekColts owner Jim Irsay will soon sign a check for a lot more than $10,000 for Andrew Luck. But for now, he’s signing a check for $10,000 in honor of his team’s other rookie quarterback. The Colts have announced that Irsay donated $10,000 to charities iUpvote Share TweetIt takes a special gift for one team to get punched in the face by portions of the same collective bargaining agreement that favor both the league and the players, but that's exactly what the New Orleans Saints managed on Tuesday morning. After the fran…Upvote Share TweetThe remaining part of the Williams Wall would like to stay where he is a little while longer. Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams told Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press that he approached the team about a contract extension this offseason. Williams…Upvote Share Tweet
Mayor says bounty mess will blow over in New OrleansNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says his community will stay behind the Saints, no matter how much the bounty scandal affects the team this season. “I think it’s a really unfortunate set of circumstances for everybody,” Landrieu told the Aspen TimeUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Broncos talk with Mike Klis and Falcons talk with D. Orlando LedbetterYour thoughts are probably already starting to drift to how you’re going to celebrate Independence Day, but that’s a reason to slack at the office and not a reason to skip Tuesday’s PFT Live. Mike Florio will talk to Mike Klis of the Denver Post aboUpvote Share TweetThe Steelers have given rookie tackle Mike Adams a clear path to the starting left tackle job, but he’s still going to have to prove he can handle the role this summer. Adams had to navigate his first stumbling blocks this spring thanks to the NFL’s rUpvote Share Tweet
Lions’ Justin Durant: We have been terrible at decision makingLions linebacker Justin Durant is not impressed with the way his teammates have conducted themselves this offseason. Durant participated in a chat at Freep.com and was asked by a fan about the total of six arrests from four players that the Lions have e…Upvote Share Tweet
Kellen Moore finding out about life in the NFLLions quarterback Kellen Moore will be a curiosity in training camp based solely on his college success. After all, going 50-3 at Boise State (the most wins ever for a quarterback at an FBS-level school) will charm many who don’t see his obvious flaws.Upvote Share Tweet
Tuesday morning one-linersFormer Bills and Colts executive Bill Polian will speak at the University of Buffalo’s Football Kickoff Luncheon. Some Dolphins players have work to do this summer after lackluster spring showings. Individual game tickets to Patriots games go on sale JuUpvote Share Tweet
Detectives look for witnesses to Aldon Smith stabbingThe party that featured a stabbing of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and a pair of shootings understandably has spawned a full-blown police investigation. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that detectives in Santa Clara County hope to speak to an…Upvote Share TweetAs much as they’ve talked about windows this offseason, you’d think Arthur Blank of Home Depot owned the Dallas Cowboys. But it was Jerry Jones who initially suggested the window could be closing on his group of not-young stars, and now his best playeUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens face fresh logo lawsuitThe Summer of Law has worked its way to Baltimore. The man who claimed he designed the original Ravens logo, which the franchise stopped using after his first lawsuit hit paydirt with a federal jury, has since launched a trio of actions targeting the pr…Upvote Share Tweet
Michael Irvin warns rookies about keeping their old friendsHall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin said at the NFL Rookie Symposium that young players who think they need to be loyal to their old friends need to understand something: Those friends won’t always be loyal to them. Referencing the 1996 drug charges thaUpvote Share TweetAs a rookie, Christian Ponder became the Vikings’ starting quarterback less because he was ready than because Donovan McNabb was lousy, and when Ponder was put on the field he struggled through growing pains. But Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig JohnsonUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Jul 3, 2012The man in the picture above is 27 years old, chasing down a fumble for the San Diego Chargers in a 1993 playoff game against the Miami Dolphins. Eighteen years later, he will not be able to remember yesterday, and he will look like this. That's Steve H…Upvote Share Tweet
NFC East PreviewJul 3Marcellus Wiley and Damien Woody break down the NFC East.
Mr. Irrelevant now relevantJul 3Former Northern Illinois standout and this year's Mr. Irrelevant, quarterback Chandler Harnish, drops by our studio to talk about being drafted by the Colts and teammate Andrew Luck.
32 in 32: Atlanta FalconsJul 3Can the Falcons make a Super Bowl run this season? The "NFL Total Access" crew debates if Matt Ryan can win the big game and if Atlanta improved its defense enough this offseason.
Lin To Visit RocketsJul 3Chris Broussard on Jeremy Lin visiting the Rockets and the chances he leaves New York.