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Yes, the team-by-team unadjusted spending limit for 2013 will be $123 million. But that number contains a few important caveats. First, each team will have to have enough cap space to sign its rookies. That number, per a source with knowledge of the ca…Upvote Share Tweet
Michael Turner’s release listed as “failed physical”According to the NFL’s Friday transaction report, the Falcons’ release of Michael Turner was tied to a “failed physical.” A reason for the failed physical was not listed. The 31-year-old Turner has not missed a game in the last three seasons. He wUpvote Share Tweet
Roundup: Bills' Byrd, Broncos' Clady get tagsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills aren't giving up on re-signing safety Jairus Byrd just yet.Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Bears have placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton.Upvote Share TweetYves De Cocker apparently spoke to soon. The Desso GrassMaster executive told ESPN 980 in D.C. that the company is talking to the Redskins about installing the hybrid turf system at FedEx Field. “Let me say that we’re on speaking terms,” DeCocker saUpvote Share TweetAgent Joe Linta wanted quarterback Joe Flacco to be the highest-paid quarterback in football. On the surface, Flacco will be. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal covers six year, with a payout in excess of $120 million. It’s unclear how much the deal wiUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Atlanta mayor says stadium proposal in worksThe Falcons want a new stadium, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed would like their next home to remain in the city. To that end, Reed said Friday that a proposal for an Atlanta stadium will be ready in March. “Sometime in the month of March, we’ll be cominUpvote Share TweetRavens G.M. Ozzie Newsome has said that the team will use the franchise tag on quarterback Joe Flacco, or on no one. Now that a deal has been struck with Flacco, Newsome’s theory has a chance to be tested. Between now and Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET, the RavUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots terminated the contract of fullback Spencer Larsen and waived offensive tackle Kyle Hix on Friday, according to the NFL’s official transaction report. The 28-year-old Larsen has had a unique NFL career, logging playing time both at fullbackUpvote Share TweetColts owner Jim Irsay says that former G.M. Bill Polian wanted to trade quarterback Peyton Manning in 2004. Polian has now responded, with a statement issued via his current employer, ESPN. In the statement, Polian doesn’t deny the contention. ActuallUpvote Share Tweet
17 Sports Moments That Will Restore Your Faith In HumanityIt's been a rough week in the sports world for those of us who put faith in our fellow man and woman. From NASCAR drivers' alleged bigotry, to NFL execs wanting to know if Manti Te'o is gay, to a youth hockey coach being sentenced for tripping a little …Upvote Share TweetThe first day of March has brought a flurry of franchise tags. Add Ryan Clady to the list of the tagged. PFT’s Mike Florio reports the Broncos’ Pro Bowl left tackle received the franchise tag from Denver on Friday. It’s believed that the 26-year-oldUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Mar 1, 2013With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to start…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Tanard Jackson not a free agentRedskins safety Tanard Jackson continues to serve a suspension that kept him off the field in 2012, and he is reportedly ineligible for reinstatement until August 31. In the meantime, the Redskins continue to hold Jackson’s rights, Mark Maske of The WUpvote Share TweetCullen Jenkins took advantage of the head start on free agency afforded by being released by the Eagles to pay a visit with the Giants. But according to multiple reports Friday afternoon, that visit has concluded with no deal. Mike Garafolo of USA Today…Upvote Share TweetWe’ve spent a lot of time talking about who the Eagles might play at quarterback next season and learned the names of a couple of players who won’t be helping the defense, but there hasn’t been a ton of discussion about just what the defense will loUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Ray Rice, AFC North/NFC North free agent needsWe’ll wrap up the week before the deadline to issue franchise tags by talking to a member of the Ravens with some experience on that front. Running back Ray Rice was slapped with the tag last year before ultimately signing a new long-term deal with theUpvote Share TweetGov. Chris Christie indicated Friday he would appeal a judge's decision upholding a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, a ruling that dealt a setback to the state's efforts to save its struggling casino industry by tapping into a multibillion-dollar m…Upvote Share Tweet
The Steelers' Leadership Controversy Is StupidThe Steelers went 8-8 in 2012, missing the playoffs for just the seventh time in 21 seasons. Surely there must be some sort of explanation. So why not a really dumb debate over whether the team lacks veteran leadership? More »Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Saturday to retire as Colt, have presence with teamWhen the Packers released Jeff Saturday in February, it freed the center to sign a ceremonial contract with the Colts before he officially retires. That’s just what he’s going to do. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced via Twitter Friday that Saturday wilUpvote Share TweetFree agent receiver Steve Breaston may be having some trouble finding a new team. At least at the price he wants. A day after it was reported that the Browns won’t be signing Breaston, a new report says the Steelers won’t sign him, either: Ed BouchettUpvote Share TweetBy using the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd, the Bills effectively escorted pending free agent offensive lineman Andy Levitre toward the door. But he said Friday he’d still love to hear from them before he walks away. Levitre told Tim Graham of theUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Turner classy as he leaves Atlanta, says he’s not finishedFalcons running back Michael Turner was cut by the Falcons today, but he took his release in stride. Turner praised the Falcons on his way out, saying he was proud of his five years in Atlanta and grateful to the team and its fans. “I want to thank theUpvote Share Tweet
Patriots Punter Zoltan Mesko In A Speedo With Two Chihuahuas? Patriots Punter Zoltan Mesko In A Speedo With Two Chihuahuas.Zoltan Mesko is a punter for the New England Patriots. He got pretty bored on Wednesday. More »Upvote Share TweetWhen Katie Couric asked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o about his sexual orientation, Te’o replied “far from it” with a lot of added emphasis on the far part of the answer. That apparently satisfied the curiosity of the NFL teams that spoke to hiUpvote Share TweetDespite the fact he hasn’t started a game since 2007, and has a career record of 23-56, there appears to be a market for Giants backup quarterback David Carr. No, really. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Buccaneers were interested in Carr aUpvote Share Tweet
Jennings looking for as much as $12 million per yearThe Packers reportedly are considering using the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings. That could be the only way they’ll keep him. The scuttlebutt in league circles is that Jennings is looking for a deal in free agency that pays as much as $12 milUpvote Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers released defensive tackle Ron Edwards Friday afternoon.Upvote Share TweetThe Arizona Cardinals have cleared salary cap room by releasing linebacker Stewart Bradley and cornerback William Gay.Upvote Share TweetColin Kaepernick had nothing but praise for the man he replaced as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.Upvote Share TweetAfter news broke of the Falcons’ decision to part ways with three veterans who played key roles for the team in recent years, Mike Florio opined that Atlanta wouldn’t have made those kinds of moves without a plan in place to keep the Falcons in the miUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Saints make it clear they want to keep Jermon BushrodEarlier this week, Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod said that he hoped to start negotiations soon on a deal that would keep him in New Orleans for the long term. It wasn’t clear if the Saints felt the same way about keeping Bushrod as their left tackle, butUpvote Share TweetRedskins linebacker London Fletcher said recently that he’s still thinking about whether or not he wants to return for a 16th season. That alone is enough to leave coach Mike Shanahan thinking that he’s going to need to find a new linebacker for the 2Upvote Share Tweet
Burke: 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 3.0Cards on the table, I expected there to be some seismic shakeups between Big Board 2.0 and 3.0, because: a) the combine presented a chance to see these guys up close; and b) my personal intake of prospects' game films increased exponentially after the S…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Grigson: We don’t ask inappropriate questionsThe league is investigating whether questions asked by teams at the combine violated league policy to “neither consider nor inquire about” sexual orientation and one general manager has come out to say that his team wasn’t one of the ones asking inaUpvote Share TweetVeteran quarterback David Garrard "anticipates putting a deal together" with the once the team can work through some salary-cap issues, a source close to the situation tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Free agency: Who will cash in, who won't?It's the NFL's version of March Madness. Free agency isn't far away, but not everyone's going to get paid, Peter King says. So who will be laughing all the way to the bank?Upvote Share TweetPanthers tight end Greg Olsen is the latest player to restructure his contract to help his team free up some cap space. A league source tells PFT that Olsen, who was initially owed a $3.75 million base salary, will now get a $3 million option bonus and …Upvote Share TweetLike many other players who wrapped up their collegiate careers in 2012, cornerback Desmond Trufant hopes to keep playing in the NFL. Where Trufant differs from his peers is by having a lot of familial history to live up to when it comes to making it as…Upvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have signed tackle Corey Hilliard to a two-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Tight end or receiver? Franchise tender is a $4.5 million differenceWe noted this week that if Jared Cook gets the franchise tag from the Titans, a dispute between the team and the player could be coming about whether he’s a tight end or a wide receiver. Now that we know the exact value of the franchise tender for eachUpvote Share TweetAmid questions regarding the presence (or absence) of leadership in the Steelers’ locker room, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wisely waited a week or so before stating his case that, yes, there are still leaders on the team. If Ben had shared his viewsUpvote Share TweetRobinson Cano's stalled contract negotiations lead the back page of today's New York Daily News, but there's a reefer, up top: "FLIGHTMARE: Revis to Pats? It could happen." This means trouble. Tell us, Gary Myers, should Jets fans-and otherwise affiliatUpvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: San Francisco 49ersyahoo.com Mar 1, 2013After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We finish o…Upvote Share Tweet
Door swings open for Freeney, Jackson in AtlantaIt’s not clear whether Tony Gonzalez will be back in Atlanta next year. It is clear that Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Dunta Robinson won’t be. And the Falcons wouldn’t have shoved that trio of overpaid veterans out the door without a plan toUpvote Share Tweet
Alec Ogletree says half his combine interviews were about DUILinebacker Alec Ogletree’s play during the 2012 season at Georgia had many people talking about him as a potential first-round pick in April, but a DUI arrest just before the combine raised a red flag that clouded the picture. Ogletree said that he metUpvote Share TweetLeSean McCoy has an idea who should be new coach Chip Kelly's starting quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles next season: Michael Vick.Upvote Share TweetThe Bills have shown some interest in retaining FB Corey McIntyre. Examining the high regard for RB Lamar Miller with the Dolphins. A snapshot of the Patriots’ cap situation. The ugly numbers of the Jets payroll. Ravens WR Jacoby Jones is planning to daUpvote Share Tweet
Millions of people will watch football players run and jumpWhen NFL Network first decided to start showing the Scouting Combine on TV, a lot of skeptics asked, “Who on earth would watch a bunch of guys running and jumping?” The answer: Millions of people. In fact, NFL Network drew an audience of 7.25 millionUpvote Share TweetNew York Jets senior personnel executive Terry Bradway admits that they are somewhat apprehensive when it comes to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. In an interview with the Jets’ team website, Bradway reflected on the week at the NFL combine in IndiaUpvote Share Tweet
In Through the Out Door: Baseball Prospects, Starting Quarterbacks, and Change in Kansas Citygrantland.com Mar 1, 2013This is the kind of winter it's been for Kansas City sports fans: The Chiefs just traded Wil Myers for Alex Smith. At least it feels that way. It was...Upvote Share Tweet
Are Alex Smith and Andy Reid Really a Perfect Fit in Kansas City?grantland.com Mar 1, 2013The NFL offseason is fundamentally about one thing: hope. The mantra of "Any Given Sunday" is expanded to "Any Given Season," and the new - new rookie...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: McCoy Wants Vicks As StarterMar 1Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down why Manti Te'o dropped.
PTI Big Finish March 1stMar 1PTI runs down Friday's big stories.
Falcons Release Turner, Robinson, and AbrahamMar 1NFL Live OT on the Falcons releasing Michael Turner, Dunta Robinson and John Abraham
Russell Wilson on the art of the deep ballMar 1Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw some of the best deep balls in his rookie season. Watch as Wilson breaks down the art of his deep passes and tells which QBs he's learned from.
The Sports Guy breaks down the best contracts in basketballMar 1With the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement in full swing, it's all about the contracts.