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Next franchise-tag battle could be three-tag limit

Next franchise-tag battle could be three-tag limit

profootballtalk.com Updated Jul 3, 2012
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 …
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  • Woicik’s return pumps up Cowboys

    Woicik’s return pumps up Cowboys

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Maybe 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.  Dur
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  • Chris Hope: Falcons have the makings of a Super Bowl team

    Chris Hope: Falcons have the makings of a Super Bowl team

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Safety 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…
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  • Prater deal re-confirms that kickers have it better than runnin…

    Prater deal re-confirms that kickers have it better than running backs

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Veteran 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…
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  • Antonio Brown sends jersey to Hall of Fame

    Antonio Brown sends jersey to Hall of Fame

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Plenty 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-whi
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  • Michael Griffin’s deal has $11.5 million fully guaranteed

    Michael Griffin’s deal has $11.5 million fully guaranteed

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Plenty 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 re
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  • Senator who criticized blackout policy applaud’s NFL’s decision

    Senator who criticized blackout policy applaud’s NFL’s decision

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Late 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…
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  • Next phase of bounty case will focus on claim Goodell wasn’t im…

    Next phase of bounty case will focus on claim Goodell wasn’t impartial

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Now 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 w
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  • Chad Ochocinco invites grieving widow to his wedding via Twitte…

    Chad Ochocinco invites grieving widow to his wedding via Twitter

    Say 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 Minto
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  • Richardson eyes a workhorse role

    Richardson eyes a workhorse role

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Last 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 …
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  • NFLPA disappointed with “lack of integrity of the investigation…

    NFLPA disappointed with “lack of integrity of the investigation”

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    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 c
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  • Roger Goodell upholds all Saints suspensions on appeal

    Roger Goodell upholds all Saints suspensions on appeal

    In 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…
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  • Ben Davidson dead at 72

    Ben Davidson dead at 72

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Ben 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 qua
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  • Browns DT Tripp still in jail on burglary charge

    Browns DT Tripp still in jail on burglary charge

    Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kiante Tripp is in a Georgia jail on a burglary charge.
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  • Sonny and Sam coming back, but Huff will be part-time

    Sonny and Sam coming back, but Huff will be part-time

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    One 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…
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  • Derrick Ward announces his retirement

    Derrick Ward announces his retirement

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Back 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. Wa
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  • Ngata disagrees with his placement on Top 100 list

    Ngata disagrees with his placement on Top 100 list

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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’s
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  • Frazier expects Peterson to fight to get on the field at traini…

    Frazier expects Peterson to fight to get on the field at training camp

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Vikings 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…
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  • Klis says Manning is at 85-to-90 percent

    Klis says Manning is at 85-to-90 percent

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Before 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 …
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  • Fred Davis the lawyer says Fred Davis the player at club before…

    Fred Davis the lawyer says Fred Davis the player at club before game

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    OK, 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…
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  • Jeff Fisher on Chris Johnson: Delete last year

    Jeff Fisher on Chris Johnson: Delete last year

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Jeff 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 re
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  • Brees ruling potentially throws a wrench into negotiations

    Brees ruling potentially throws a wrench into negotiations

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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 the
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  • Saints coach Payton, wife both file for divorce

    Saints coach Payton, wife both file for divorce

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jul 3, 2012
    Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife of nearly 20 years have filed dueling divorce petitions in Texas.
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  • Hunted Or Hunter?: The Eagles' 2011 season turned out to be a n…

    Hunted Or Hunter?: The Eagles' 2011 season turned out to be a nightm…

    CNNSI.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Packers Hall of Fame reaches out to Brett Favre

    Packers Hall of Fame reaches out to Brett Favre

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Signs 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 Gold
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  • Raiders donate $50K-plus to Oakland schools

    Raiders donate $50K-plus to Oakland schools

    The 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.
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  • Jim Irsay donates $10,000 to charity for Irrelevant Week

    Jim Irsay donates $10,000 to charity for Irrelevant Week

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Colts 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 i
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  • Drew Brees wins franchise tag appeal, sets new financial bar fo…

    Drew Brees wins franchise tag appeal, sets new financial bar for tagged players

    It 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…
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  • Kevin Williams would like a contract extension

    Kevin Williams would like a contract extension

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Mayor says bounty mess will blow over in New Orleans

    Mayor says bounty mess will blow over in New Orleans

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    New 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 Time
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  • PFT Live: Broncos talk with Mike Klis and Falcons talk with D. …

    PFT Live: Broncos talk with Mike Klis and Falcons talk with D. Orlando Ledbetter

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Your 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 abo
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  • Mike Adams making up for lost time this offseason

    Mike Adams making up for lost time this offseason

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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 r
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  • Lions’ Justin Durant: We have been terrible at decision making

    Lions’ Justin Durant: We have been terrible at decision making

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Lions 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…
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  • Kellen Moore finding out about life in the NFL

    Kellen Moore finding out about life in the NFL

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Lions 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.
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Former 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 Ju
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  • Detectives look for witnesses to Aldon Smith stabbing

    Detectives look for witnesses to Aldon Smith stabbing

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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…
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  • DeMarcus Ware does windows, just like Jerry Jones

    DeMarcus Ware does windows, just like Jerry Jones

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    As 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 playe
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  • Ravens face fresh logo lawsuit

    Ravens face fresh logo lawsuit

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Michael Irvin warns rookies about keeping their old friends

    Michael Irvin warns rookies about keeping their old friends

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    Hall 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 tha
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  • Vikings QB coach sees major progress from Christian Ponder

    Vikings QB coach sees major progress from Christian Ponder

    profootballtalk.com Jul 3, 2012
    As 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 Johnson
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  • Repeated concussions make life difficult for former LB Steve He…

    Repeated concussions make life difficult for former LB Steve Hendrickson

    yahoo.com Jul 3, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Video - NFC East Preview 01:42

    NFC East Preview

    Jul 3
    Marcellus Wiley and Damien Woody break down the NFC East.
  • Video - Mr. Irrelevant now relevant 04:19

    Mr. Irrelevant now relevant

    Jul 3
    Former 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.
  • Video - 32 in 32: Atlanta Falcons 04:23

    32 in 32: Atlanta Falcons

    Jul 3
    Can 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.
  • Video - Lin To Visit Rockets 01:35

    Lin To Visit Rockets

    Jul 3
    Chris Broussard on Jeremy Lin visiting the Rockets and the chances he leaves New York.