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So why does a $5 million annual gap exist between the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees? The Saints believe that, no matter how much Brees huffs and puffs, he’ll never hold out for any significant period of time. Especially not in 2012. In 2012, the SUpvote Share Tweet
yahoo.com Mar 1, 2012Since Peyton Manning has already taken the pre-emptive step of allowing for the idea of an incentive-laden contract with his next team (once the Indianapolis Colts almost assuredly bail on his $28 million roster bonus next week), it's a good time to loo…Upvote Share Tweet
D’Qwell deal has $10.4 million guaranteedIf the Browns had used the franchise tag on linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, he would have received $8.8 million in guaranteed money. By signing a five-year contract with the Browns, Jackson bumped that number for $10.4 million. Reported as containing $19Upvote Share TweetOn Thursday afternoon, the jury contemplating the fate of former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox began their deliberations. By the close of business on Thursday, no verdict had been reached. And so they’ll return on Friday morning to continue their delUpvote Share Tweet
Cross out one potential mystery team for GriffinRams COO Kevin Demoff told SI.com’s Peter King that a team “you would never expect” has contacted St. Louis about a possible trade up to the No. 2 overall pick. Buffalo, who holds the tenth pick, is not that mystery team. “It is absolute. It’s aUpvote Share TweetWhen assessing the announcement of a deal to build a new NFL stadium in Minneapolis, it’s important to remember that an understanding between the team, legislative leaders, and the mayor of Minneapolis doesn’t constitute a final agreement to break outUpvote Share TweetST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- It has taken the Minnesota Vikings nearly a decade to get this far in their quest for a new stadium.Upvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders have placed their franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch, the team announced Thursday.Upvote Share TweetThe purge in Pittsburgh continues. Guard Chris Kemoeatu will join wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Aaron Smith as veterans that the Steelers recently released, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Kemoeatu used to be a ma…Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons have spend the last few seasons knocking on the door. They desperately want to kick it in. But they shouldn’t be too desperate. In fact, they shouldn’t be desperate at all. That’s the challenge for 2012 and beyond. StickingUpvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Eagles on Thursday placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson.Upvote Share TweetSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Four-time Pro Bowl guard Kris Dielman has retired from the San Diego Chargers, saying it's the right thing to do so after he sustained a concussion last season that led the NFL to tell game officials to watch closely for symptoms durin…Upvote Share Tweet
Griffin’s official hand-held 40 times are all below 4.4 secondsOf all the events of the recently-completed Scouting Combine (even Mike Silver has “borrowed” our “Underwear Olympic” label), none attracts more attention than the activity that occurs on a football field only when something very good - or veryUpvote Share Tweet
Eli Manning has a new quarterbacks coachWhen Mike Sullivan jumped to the Buccaneers as offensive coordinator, the Giants were left with an opening at quarterbacks coach. They didn’t have to look far for a replacement. The Giants announced Thursday that Sean Ryan, who coached the Giants wide rUpvote Share TweetThe Steelers aren’t the only AFC North team saying goodbye to one of their players on Thursday. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network are both reporting that the Ravens are releasing cornerback Chris Carr. CarrUpvote Share TweetAnother day, another longtime Steelers veteran thrown off board. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN report that the Steelers will cut Aaron Smith. This move is even less surprising than the news about Hines Ward coming out on Wedn…Upvote Share TweetThe Bears made the release of defensive lineman Anthony Adams official on Thursday. They also cut tackle Frank Omiyale while they were at it. Omiyale wasn’t previously reported, but the news doesn’t come as a shock. He is part of the ever-strugglingUpvote Share TweetTwo weeks after a racist Jeremy Lin headline forced ESPN to make a public apology and to fire the employee responsible, another headline involving an Asian-American athlete was pulled from the network's website. An ESPN.com headline about the impending …Upvote Share TweetThe unremarkable transaction came across the NFL wire on March 27, 2009: Packers signed center/guard Duke Preston. The Packers haven’t signed an unrestricted free agent since. Preston didn’t exactly work out; he was released during training camp. AlmUpvote Share TweetMILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers sold more than 268,000 shares in their most recent stock offering, raising $67 million dollars to help fund stadium improvements, the team said Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives againThe Cowboys met with the player rep for free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer at last week’s Scouting Combine, but no breakthrough occurred in contract talks. The sides plan to meet again soon. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys haveUpvote Share Tweet
'Bama RB Richardson slow, still shinesCNNSI.com Mar 1, 2012SI.com's draft analyst Tony Pauline of Draftinsider.net checks in daily with news and notes about top prospects participating in pro days.Upvote Share TweetIn a brief article noting that the Cleveland Browns won't use the franchise tag to keep Peyton Hillis, ESPN's Adam Schefter also casually mentions that Hillis also considered walking away from football to become a CIA agent. Cook it up, Schef: Throughou…Upvote Share TweetLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh exploded onto the NFL scene as a rookie in 2010, earning Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors while leading all defensive tackles in sacks (10) and becoming the first rookie defensive tackle to garner…Upvote Share Tweet
The Vikings' Stadium Whoreathon Will End Where It Starteddeadspin.com Mar 1, 2012As a Vikings fan, I have been long conditioned to treat any rumor of an impending stadium deal with a great amount of skepticism. This team has been announcing new stadium "plans" every year since around 1997. Every announced plan was less a f…Upvote Share TweetAs the Raiders try to reduce dramatically cap a commitment that currently exceeds $145 million, the cross hairs initially have landed on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. He’s due to receivea base salary of $11 million in 2012, $11 million in 2013, $10 milliUpvote Share TweetDuring Thursday’s PFT Live, which included the 2012 Steelers “to-do” list (the whole show is available in the box in the right rail), I suggested that the Steelers continue their youth movement, continuing with linebacker James Farrior. Farrior’sUpvote Share TweetAnother solid defensive player is going to be taken off the free agent market before he even gets there. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons will re-sign defensive lineman Kroy Biermann within the next 36 ho…Upvote Share TweetThe proposal from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome isn’t good enough for the Rams. The Convention and Visitors Commission announced today that the Rams have rejected the $124 million proposal to overhaulUpvote Share Tweet
Chargers expect to lose Mike Tolbert, sign another running backFor the second consecutive offseason, the Chargers are preparing to lose a running back who’s also a solid contributor on special teams. Mike Tolbert isn’t Darren Sproles, but he’s an important player in San Diego who led the Chargers in touchdownsUpvote Share TweetCOVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson could receive a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to a drug-related felony charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors.Upvote Share TweetMost of the talk surrounding the Jets this offseason has been about potential changes on offense, but coach Rex Ryan thinks one of his old players in Baltimore, Jarret Johnson, could be the right man to bolster the defense. Manish Mehta of the New York …Upvote Share Tweet
Rams, Brandon Lloyd talking about a new dealBrandon Lloyd grabbed a lot of attention when he went on PFT Live last month and talked about his interest in signing with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason. There’s still two weeks to go before he can officially do that so Lloyd is filling thUpvote Share Tweet
Even President Obama is impressed with Dontari PoeWe noted during the Scouting Combine that Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe was both the strongest player on the bench press and shockingly nimble for a man who weighs 346 pounds. It turns out that talk of Poe’s impressive performance reached the OvaUpvote Share TweetLast week Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said the team is committed to keeping soon-to-be free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, and the franchise tag was still an option. But now that teams are free to use the franchise tag, the Steelers have reportedly d…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints are trying to hold onto potential free agents like Drew Brees and Carl Nicks and they’re working on a way to create more money to do it. Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the team will restructure the contract of deUpvote Share Tweet
Clock ticking for Colts, ManningIt’s finally March 1. (I spent half of Wednesday thinking it was March 1. OK, all of Wednesday.) In only one week, the Colts must pay quarterback Peyton Manning a fresh $28 million (to go along with the $26 million he received for doing nothing inUpvote Share Tweet
Chris Myers will test the marketThe Houston Texans want to keep center Chris Myers. And Chris Myers says he wants to stay with the Texans. In the end, he very possibly will. A league source explains, however, that several other teams are interested in Myers, and he’ll therefore diUpvote Share TweetWe noted this week that a judge issued an arrest warrant for Marcus Vick after Vick failed to report to jail for a 10-day sentence. As it turns out, Vick is actually facing two arrest warrants from two judges. The other arrest warrant is in Montgomery C…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT - Episode 95Mar 1The crew answers your facebook questions comparing Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III, should the Raiders trade Darren McFadden, and Mychal Kendricks tells stories from the Combine.
Jackson's taggedMar 1Eagles WR DeSean Jackson questioned if he would receive a franchise tag. Now Jackson's questions have been answered with Philly tagging him Thursday.
Rumor Central: Rams Looking to Deal SoonMar 1ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the Rams possibly trading their #2 pick within the next 2 weeks.
PTI on Trading RomoMar 1Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discuss whether or not they would trade Tony Romo for Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck.
Pittsburgh Steelers to release longtime DE Aaron Smith, source saysMar 1The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed defensive end Aaron Smith that he is being released, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.