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Saints, Brees playing high-stakes game of chicken

Saints, Brees playing high-stakes game of chicken

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 1, 2012
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 S
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  • For some teams, Peyton Manning’s cost could be more schematic t…

    For some teams, Peyton Manning’s cost could be more schematic than financial

    yahoo.com Mar 1, 2012
    Since 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…
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  • D’Qwell deal has $10.4 million guaranteed

    D’Qwell deal has $10.4 million guaranteed

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    If 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 $19
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  • Jury in Perrish Cox trial sent home for the night

    Jury in Perrish Cox trial sent home for the night

    On 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 del
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  • Cross out one potential mystery team for Griffin

    Cross out one potential mystery team for Griffin

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Rams 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 a
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  • “People’s Stadium” officially proposed for Minneapolis

    “People’s Stadium” officially proposed for Minneapolis

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    When 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 out
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  • Vikes acquire new stadium plan, tough sell ahead

    Vikes acquire new stadium plan, tough sell ahead

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 1, 2012
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- It has taken the Minnesota Vikings nearly a decade to get this far in their quest for a new stadium.
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  • Oakland places franchise tag on safety Branch

    Oakland places franchise tag on safety Branch

    The Oakland Raiders have placed their franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch, the team announced Thursday.
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  • Steelers boot Kemoeatu too

    Steelers boot Kemoeatu too

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Falcons’ 2012 “to-do” list

    Falcons’ 2012 “to-do” list

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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.  Sticking
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  • Eagles place franchise tender on wideout Jackson

    Eagles place franchise tender on wideout Jackson

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Eagles on Thursday placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
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  • Bolts' Dielman officially retires due to concussion

    Bolts' Dielman officially retires due to concussion

    SAN 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…
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  • Griffin’s official hand-held 40 times are all below 4.4 seconds

    Griffin’s official hand-held 40 times are all below 4.4 seconds

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Of 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 very
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  • Eli Manning has a new quarterbacks coach

    Eli Manning has a new quarterbacks coach

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    When 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 r
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  • Ravens cut Chris Carr

    Ravens cut Chris Carr

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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. Carr
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  • Aaron Smith is the next Steelers veteran to get cut

    Aaron Smith is the next Steelers veteran to get cut

    Another 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…
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  • Bears cut Frank Omiyale

    Bears cut Frank Omiyale

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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-struggling
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  • ESPN changes Hines Ward headline after some make ethnic connect…

    ESPN changes Hines Ward headline after some make ethnic connection

    Two 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 …
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  • Packers approach odd anniversary

    Packers approach odd anniversary

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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. Alm
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  • Packers sell 268k shares, raise $67m in offering

    Packers sell 268k shares, raise $67m in offering

    MILWAUKEE (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.
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  • Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives again

    Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives again

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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 have
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  • 'Bama RB Richardson slow, still shines

    'Bama RB Richardson slow, still shines

    CNNSI.com Mar 1, 2012
    SI.com's draft analyst Tony Pauline of Draftinsider.net checks in daily with news and notes about top prospects participating in pro days.
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  • The Hillis Identity: Running back of CIA agent?

    The Hillis Identity: Running back of CIA agent?

    In 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…
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  • Ndamukong Suh stays humble after disappointing season

    Ndamukong Suh stays humble after disappointing season

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Lions 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…
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  • The Vikings' Stadium Whoreathon Will End Where It Started

    The Vikings' Stadium Whoreathon Will End Where It Started

    deadspin.com Mar 1, 2012
    As 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…
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  • Raiders face a key deadline in Wimbley deal

    Raiders face a key deadline in Wimbley deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    As 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 milli
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  • Cindrich thinks Farrior will be the next Steeler to go

    Cindrich thinks Farrior will be the next Steeler to go

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    During 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’s
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  • Kroy Biermann expected to re-sign with Falcons

    Kroy Biermann expected to re-sign with Falcons

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Another 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…
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  • Rams say Edward Jones Dome proposal is not good enough

    Rams say Edward Jones Dome proposal is not good enough

    The 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 overhaul
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  • Chargers expect to lose Mike Tolbert, sign another running back

    Chargers expect to lose Mike Tolbert, sign another running back

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    For 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 touchdowns
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  • Bengals WR Simpson pleads guilty to pot charge

    Bengals WR Simpson pleads guilty to pot charge

    COVINGTON, 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.
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  • Jets hope to sign Jarret Johnson

    Jets hope to sign Jarret Johnson

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Most 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 …
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  • Rams, Brandon Lloyd talking about a new deal

    Rams, Brandon Lloyd talking about a new deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    Brandon 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 th
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  • Even President Obama is impressed with Dontari Poe

    Even President Obama is impressed with Dontari Poe

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    We 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 Ova
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  • Steelers won’t use franchise tag on Mike Wallace

    Steelers won’t use franchise tag on Mike Wallace

    Last 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…
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  • Saints will restructure Will Smith’s contract

    Saints will restructure Will Smith’s contract

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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 de
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  • Clock ticking for Colts, Manning

    Clock ticking for Colts, Manning

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    It’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 in
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  • Chris Myers will test the market

    Chris Myers will test the market

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    The 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 di
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  • Marcus Vick faces another arrest warrant

    Marcus Vick faces another arrest warrant

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1, 2012
    We 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…
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  • Video - NFL32OT - Episode 95 02:56

    NFL32OT - Episode 95

    Mar 1
    The 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.
  • Video - Jackson's tagged 00:46

    Jackson's tagged

    Mar 1
    Eagles WR DeSean Jackson questioned if he would receive a franchise tag. Now Jackson's questions have been answered with Philly tagging him Thursday.
  • Video - Rumor Central: Rams Looking to Deal Soon 00:50

    Rumor Central: Rams Looking to Deal Soon

    Mar 1
    ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the Rams possibly trading their #2 pick within the next 2 weeks.
  • Video - PTI on Trading Romo 01:28

    PTI on Trading Romo

    Mar 1
    Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discuss whether or not they would trade Tony Romo for Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck.

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers to release longtime DE Aaron Smith, source says

    Mar 1
    The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed defensive end Aaron Smith that he is being released, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.