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Training camp for the Miami Dolphins is scheduled to open in just under two weeks as players report on June 20. Free agent fullback Vonta Leach seems to be leaning toward the Dolphins in hopes of joining the team for the upcoming season. However, Leach …Upvote Share Tweet
London team would have at least one major in-season logistical challengeThe possibility of moving a team to London raises plenty of potential problems. Free agents won’t want to go there. High first-round draft picks may decide to pull an Elway/Eli and force a trade. Travel time, extended road trips, exchange rates, tax rat…Upvote Share TweetDid Giants receiver Victor Cruz break the bank on his new contract? No. Did he end up with far more money than he ever should have earned in the NFL after being passed over 255 times in the 2010 draft? Absolutely. Cruz has made the ultimate climb from u…Upvote Share TweetThe New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made public comments for the first time since the team’s former tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Rex Ryan spent part of his summer vacation running from angry bulls.Upvote Share Tweet
Raiders call Kingdon, Kebric age discrimination claims “meritless”The NFL’s Summer of Law, Part II got a relatively late start. But the sequel is picking up steam. Last month, former Raiders scouts Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric sued the team for age discrimination. Both were relieved of their duties in the days followi…Upvote Share TweetBRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) -- Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell apologized Monday for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.Upvote Share Tweet
Ron Jaworski, Herm Edwards rip Kaepernick’s hatSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got some grief from fans last week for wearing a Dolphins hat, and he was defiant in his response. That was probably the wrong tack to take if he wanted to make the issue disappear. On Monday, Kaepernick …Upvote Share TweetPOWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) -- Police in suburban Atlanta say a man who identified himself as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on rape charges.Upvote Share TweetA former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who is suing a gossip website for alleged defamation wiped tears from her eyes Monday as she testified that she was mocked and humiliated by website posts that she says were false and malicious.Upvote Share TweetIt was a busy two days for the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium. Per a team spokesman, the official number of Aaron Hernandez jerseys returned by customers exceeded 2,500. Between 30 and 35 percent of the jerseys exchanged were youth models. The Pat…Upvote Share Tweet
There Is Now Video Of Rex Ryan Escaping A Charging BullAfter photos emerged of the Jets coach taking part the annual Running of the Bulls, it was only a matter of time before video surfaced. Reader John was in Pamplona, and after realizing Ryan was there too, reviewed his footage.Read more...Upvote Share TweetWhile other franchise-tagged players are sitting around listening to their phone not ring, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady’s negotiation appears to be moving. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos upped their previous offer to Clady, bey…Upvote Share TweetJudge Anita Brody is putting the squeeze on the parties to the concussion lawsuits. Previously expected to issue on July 22 a ruling on the key threshold question of whether more than 4,000 claims against the NFL will be dismissed in deference to the ar…Upvote Share TweetOver the weekend, we passed along a report that there was no progress on a contract for Bills safety Jairus Byrd. There might not be much need to keep the light on waiting for updates. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News backs up that report with one of his …Upvote Share TweetBarrett Green's lawsuit against the Washington Redskins could have some interesting ramifications, if successful. Green, a NFL linebacker from 2000 to 2005, said his knee was injured by a Redskins player as part of a bounty program. The Associated Press…Upvote Share Tweet
Shifting blame does little to inform when discussing risky playersHe was a first-round talent who went in the fourth round of the NFL draft because teams were so worried about his character, some organizations found him undraftable. After a solid start to his career, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernand…Upvote Share TweetUsually, an arrest of an NFL team employee results in a perfunctory statement that doesn’t really state anything. The Broncos have opted for a different approach with director of player personnel Matt Russell, who was arrested Saturday for DUI and crash…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT family expands, sort ofNo, we haven’t hired yet another writer. But one of the guys who technically classifies as a member of the PFT family has added to his own family. Pro Football Talk on NBCSN analyst Ross Tucker and his wife, Kara, have welcomed their second baby girl. M…Upvote Share TweetDolphins' Ellerbe: Patriots vulnerable in AFC EastUpvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Top 100: 51-75Last week we introduced our own rankings of the Top 100 players in the NFL, as voted on by a panel of media members. We began with the players ranked No. 76 to No. 100, and now we’ll unveil the next 25. The latest update gives you much to discuss. It’s …Upvote Share Tweet
Ernest Wallace held without bail until at least July 22Ernest Wallace was arraigned on Monday, charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Odin Lloyd. The arraignment happened quickly, with Wallace ordered to be held without bail pending a July 22 pre-trial hearing. The Wallace hearing c…Upvote Share TweetRavens nose tackle Terrence Cody said he’s feeling better, and hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season. The start of training camp is another question. Cody told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that his recovery from hip surgery was goin…Upvote Share TweetA lifelong Cleveland Browns fan has gone to his final rest, but not before making one last request from the team.Upvote Share Tweet
Lito Sheppard says McNabb puked during Super BowlOne of the great mysteries of the modern age involves not a grassy knoll by something that may or may not have been deposited on the grass crown of a football field. As legend has it, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb vomited during crunch time of Super…Upvote Share Tweet
Field of Jeans finds yet another revenue streamWhen it comes to milking every last potential dollar from a football stadium, the 49ers are authoring the textbook. The latest chapter for the so-called Field of Jeans comes from the ability of fans to buy bricks with their names on them. It’s hardly a …Upvote Share TweetWe’re a week away from the deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals before the end of the 2013 season and things aren’t looking good on that front for one of the players tagged earlier this offseason. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer re…Upvote Share Tweet
How Bad Are The Browns? Even Obituaries Are Cracking Jokes.Scott Entsminger died on Thursday. Three days later, he was taking a shot at the Browns from the peace of the grave.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
The holiday weekend that wasIt’s Monday. You’re back at work, likely after having the last four days off. You’re bored. It’s lunch time (in some time zones). PFT Live doesn’t return for two more weeks. So instead of requiring you to scroll and click and scroll and click through th…Upvote Share Tweet
Cleveland Browns salary cap outlook: An extension for Alex Mack tops the ‘to-do’ listThe "Shutdown Countdown" is underway. In addition to previewing each team, "Shutdown Corner" will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Cle…Upvote Share TweetWe mentioned this morning the six names eligible for the more-discussed-than-important supplemental draft. But one name that’s not on the list is creating what seems to be an unusual precedent. According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, Stony Brook ta…Upvote Share Tweet
Brandon Myers excited about opportunity with GiantsIn recent years, the Giants have had a hard time holding onto their starting tight ends. Kevin Boss and Martellus Bennett both left as free agents after strong years as targets for Eli Manning and Jake Ballard got claimed by the Patriots on waivers last…Upvote Share Tweet
Watch Robert Griffin III rap about “Pop Rocks and Tootsie Pops” in a hilarious, goofy videoWell, we know that Robert Griffin III doesn't take himself too seriously. On his official Facebook page, the day after he was married to college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat he posted a video of the Washington Redskins quarterback rapping about "Po…Upvote Share TweetThere’s been no news about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s recovery from surgery to remove a cyst in his back for a while and it looks like a situation where no news is good news. The last we heard was that Romo was making some throws as the Cowboys wou…Upvote Share Tweet
Former Bengals cheerleader gets another shot at bankrupting website that allegedly defamed herWith the George Zimmerman trial still happening and the Aaron Hernandez courtroom drama looming for 2014, another case of somewhat lower profile returns to the halls of justice today in Covington, Kentucky. Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones sued Th…Upvote Share Tweet
Shutdown Countdown: Cleveland Browns are still rebuilding, but the defense could be stellarThe Cleveland Browns haven't had a winning record since 2007, and the franchise has had just two winning seasons in total since the NFL re-established the Browns name in 1999. And as frequently happens after so much organizational underperformance, ther…Upvote Share Tweet
Extra security planned for Hall of Fame parade this summerThe festivities surrounding the induction of new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes a parade through the streets of Canton and that parade will be a little bit different this year. Canton Police Department Captain Jack Angelo said that th…Upvote Share TweetHis role might not necessarily be bigger this year, but Bernard Pierce is. But the added 10 pounds of bulk haven’t slowed the Ravens running back down, as he said he was leaner than he was last season. “I’m not slow,” Pierce said, via Aaron Wilson of th…Upvote Share Tweet
Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunately”Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is healthy and will be good to go for the first day of training camp. Not that he’s exactly thrilled about that. Allen said on NFL AM that his surgically repaired shoulder is coming along nicely and he has no doubt that…Upvote Share TweetOn Saturday, Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested with a switchblade in his luggage at the Philadelphia International Airport. On Sunday, the Giants said Connor has spoken with the team about that situation, and that Connor is cooperating with auth…Upvote Share Tweet
Travis Frederick could wind up at guardWhen the Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round, there were two widespread reactions. The first was that the Cowboys may have reached to take Frederick at that point in the draft. The second grew out of the first as many inferred that Frede…Upvote Share TweetThe replacement referee who made the controversial touchdown call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers last season was the guest umpire at Richard Sherman's charity softball game on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the death of aCowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the death of a teammate, had returned to jail June 27 after twice testing positive for marijuana use. A judge yesterday granted his release. He remains on the Cowboys'…Upvote Share Tweet
Monday morning one-linersWill the Bills make a selection in the supplemental draft? The Dolphins website offers a preview of the team’s defensive backs. ESPNBoston.com doesn’t give WR Kenbrell Thompkins much chance of making the 53-man roster. A look back at the days when WR Wa…Upvote Share TweetJimmy Haslam, whose Pilot Flying J company is under a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud, told ESPN Cleveland he will not be selling the Cleveland Browns.Upvote Share TweetAaron Hernandez has been jailed without bail pending trial on murder and weapons charges. He has enjoyed limited public support, due in large part to the strong circumstantial evidence that prosecutors have compiled in only three weeks since the killing…Upvote Share TweetCowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who is awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter for the car crash that killed a teammate, has been released from jail. Brent’s bail was revoked on June 27 because of two failed drug tests, but the Dallas Morning …Upvote Share TweetThe 2012 NFL season may have given us more impressive performances by first-year starting quarterbacks than any previous season in the league's long history. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick all took their teams at e…Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Kluwe in studioJul 8Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss his new book "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" and more.
Haslam: Browns Not For SaleJul 8Andy Baskin discusses Jimmy Haslam's announcement that he does not intend to sell the Cleveland Browns.
Browns Fan Takes Shot At Team In ObitJul 8Andy Baskin discusses the obit of a Cleveland Browns fan that took a parting shot at the team.
EA Sports Removes HernandezJul 8Field Yates discusses the decision by EA Sports to remove Aaron Hernandez from its games.