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The Texans have reached a deal with cornerback Brice McCain, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday night. The 26-year-old McCain defended eight passes and had one interception in 12 games for Houston in 2012 (two starts). McCain’s reporShare Tweet
The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday they have agreed to terms with former St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Rob Turner. Turner can play both guard and center and started all 16 games for the Rams last season. “Turner is a guy who got his first opportuShare Tweet
Rex Ryan appears to have a mess on his hands with NY Jets and it's only a matter time before fans and team turn on himIf the Jets are terrible this season - they have a four-win roster right now - it could get real ugly for Rex Ryan by December. The disgusted Jets fans at MetLife Stadium will serenade him with “Rex Must Go,” the No. 1 all-time favorite song of GaShare Tweet
Stevie Brown signs tender to remain with GiantsAs a restricted free agent, Stevie Brown had the opportunity to seek offers from other teams that would be interested in his services. Brown had until April 19 to sign an offer sheet with another team. Instead, Brown decided he wanted to return to the N…Share Tweet
Vikings add guard Seth OlsenThe Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of guard Seth Olsen on Tuesday. Olsen spent the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and previous stops in Denver and Minnesota. Olsen has appeared in 14 games in his career and started five games over…Share Tweet
Game location, player compensation among Pro Bowl changes weighedLetting players pick teams isn’t the only big Pro Bowl change being weighed by the NFL. NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the location of the Pro Bowl and the way players are compensated are among the potential changes being discussed bShare Tweet
49ers owner says he has no evidence NFLPA survey existsPrior to the Super Bowl, the NFLPA proudly proclaimed that a survey of players showed that nearly all of them didn’t trust team doctors. Now, the league is questioning whether the survey even happened, in essence accusing the union of making it up. JohnShare TweetConcerned with how it will be officiated, NFL owners delayed voting Tuesday on a rule change that would ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders in the open field.Share TweetNew England Patriots coach Bill Belichick often says it's the same process every year. Players come, players go. Each team must establish its own identity.Share TweetA federal magistrate has found that Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is not guilty of driving under the influence after trying to pass through a security gate at Fort Campbell Army post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.Share TweetFeeling like he has another year in him and not wanting to end his career with the worst season in franchise history, veteran center Brad Meester decided Tuesday to keep playing.Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers have added depth to their new-look receiving group, signing wideout Marlon Moore to a one-year contract.Share Tweet
Eagles aren’t shopping MaclinAs Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin enters the final year of his rookie contract, some have speculated that the Eagles are trying to trade him. They aren’t, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. Then again, that doesn’t mean the Eagles wouldn’t mShare TweetEveryone would agree that Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches in the NFL and Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. But Patriots owner Robert Kraft would go a lot further than that. Kraft told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk on NBC…Share TweetMiami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender Tuesday.Share TweetSure, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball may be the plucky underdogs when the league gets into a scheduling dispute with the all-mighty NFL, but that doesn't mean the MLB isn't also a vampiric organization with its own free-market-or-bust tendencies. C…Share TweetThe Texans and the agents for safety Ed Reed met again in Phoenix, but reports are that they aren’t any closer to a deal. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the two sides are “not close” on agreeing to terms at this point in their coShare TweetIn what might come as a surprise to anyone who watched Shonn Greene play for the Jets, the Titans think he has enough ability to warrant taking touches away from Chris Johnson. And in the process, Titans coach Mike Munchak compared him to the franchise’Share TweetThe Colts got off to a fast start in free agency and their pace isn’t slowing all that much. On the same day they made it official with new backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Colts announced that they have signed veteran defensive tackle Aubrayo FrShare TweetCount Steelers coach Mike Tomlin among those who thinks that the read-option offense is less a revolution than a blip on the screen. Tomlin was asked about the proliferation of offenses that run plays out of read-option schemes in Phoenix on Tuesday and…Share TweetCNNSI.com Mar 19, 2013Don Banks had one goal at Tuesday's owners meetings: meet with each of the AFC's rookie head coaches, and learn something about their mindset. The results were interesting.Share TweetThe Panthers made another cheap secondary addition, signing former Bears cornerback D.J. Moore to a one-year deal. That news comes from Moore himself, so the sourcing is solid, unless he pulled an Antwan Barnes. Moore’s from Spartanburg, S.C., where theShare TweetDenver Broncos teams president John Elway says the team has offered Elvis Dumervil a contract.Share Tweet
Some coaches are skeptical of ban on lowering the helmetAlthough NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s Competition Committee want the owners to vote at this week’s meeting to penalize running backs who lower their helmets into oncoming tacklers, the proponents of the rule are meeting some resistaShare TweetCNNSI.com Mar 19, 2013MJD will begin rehab for his foot injury this weekShare Tweet
Jets hope Santonio Holmes ready for start of seasonIt sounds like Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss at least some of the team’s offseason program and training camp as he recovers from the foot injury that cut short his 2012 season. Holmes, who agreed to take a pay cut for the coming season laShare TweetThe Browns have scheduled a workout with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, but drafting a quarterback isn’t the only way they could go to challenge incumbent starter Brandon Weeden. And it doesn’t mean signing a free agent, either. That’s probabShare TweetThe New York Giants have agreed to terms with David Carr to backup Eli Manning for the third straight season, a source confirmed.Share TweetA Florida family claims in a lawsuit that they feared for their lives when Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant allegedly showed up drunk and shirtless at their home, repeatedly banged on the front door and ripped off a door handle.Share TweetPackers team president Mark Murphy wants to do a pair of quarterback deals, and sounded optimistic about getting them done sooner rather than later. While addressing a group of Packers reporters at the league meetings, Murphy acknowledged that the Packe…Share TweetWe haven’t seen a joint appearance from the Harbaugh brothers since before the Super Bowl, but that will change on Tuesday afternoon. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will sit down for a joint interview with Mike Florio from the oShare Tweet
For Once, Baseball Has The NFL By The Short HairsIt's the rare occasion that MLB has any leverage over the NFL, the most powerful non-Illuminati organization in America. So with the Ravens and Roger Goodell begging, pleading, and cajoling the Orioles to move a September game so the Ravens can open up …Share TweetThe Ravens’ reward for winning the Super Bowl has been an exodus of key players. Owner Steve Bisciotti believes it would have happened anyway. In a sit-down with Pro Football Talk, Bisciotti talked about the changes that the Ravens currently are endurinShare Tweet
NFL bans low blocks from behindDefensive players are now protected from being blocked in the knees from behind, after owners voted to change the league’s rules today. The rules change, which seemed to be popular both with players and fans, will go into effect for the 2013 season. ItShare TweetThe Arizona Cardinals are waiting for Josh Cribbs' surgically-repaired meniscus to heal before continuing talks with the free agent wide receiver/kick returner, his agent told multiple media outlets.Share TweetMark Sanchez has been described as having “a leg up” in the Jets’ quarterback competition. But that won’t mean a thing after the first play of the first practice when offseason work begins. Ryan said today that Sanchez will be penciled in as the fShare Tweet
The Shutdown 50: North Carolina State QB Mike GlennonWith 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 conti…Share TweetLinebacker Rolando McClain's tenure with the Oakland Raiders is coming to an end as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the team will either trade or release the former first-round pick this offseason. According to Rapoport, the Raiders have granted…Share TweetVersatile offensive lineman Nate Garner has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins.Share Tweet
Marshall Faulk: If runners can’t lower their heads, eliminate helmetsMarshall Faulk would rather eliminate helmets from football than tell running backs they can’t lower their heads into tacklers. Faulk, the Hall of Fame running back who played for the Colts and Rams, blasted the NFL Competition Committee’s proposal toShare Tweet
Brett Favre helped steer Greg Jennings toward signing with the Minnesota VikingsTime may heal all wounds, but Brett Favre isn't doing himself any favors when it comes to making quick amends with fans of the Green Bay Packers. That's because the retired quarterback reportedly steered ex-Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings toward sig…Share Tweet
NFL considering changing way Pro Bowl teams dividedNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell generally approved the play in last year’s Pro Bowl, a subtle affirmation that the league’s threats to the game’s future were noted. But while the league’s still working on the particulars of the game for next year,Share TweetNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Mark Sanchez would begin the offseason program as the team's starting quarterback, but he made it clear that Sanchez's hold on the position is not guaranteed.Share TweetSaints coach Sean Payton didn’t know Rob Ryan well before considering him as a candidate to become the team’s new defensive coordinator. But now Payton is getting to know Ryan, and he likes what he’s learning. Payton told Mike Florio that he expectsShare Tweet
PFT Live: Jim Schwartz, Ruston WebsterThe whole league has descended on Phoenix for the owners meetings and that makes it a target-rich environment for shows looking to land interviews with NFL movers and shakers. Shows like PFT Live, which has grabbed a couple of them for Tuesday’s editionShare TweetThe Giants’ owners have been talking quite a bit about restricted free agent receiver Victor Cruz, with John Mara saying he wants Cruz back and Steve Tisch saying he thinks Cruz will get an offer from another team. But the man who will ultimately make tShare Tweet
Brown likes rule proposal; Emmitt blasts itA proposed rule that would make it a foul if a tackler or a runner initiates contact with the crown of his helmet has come under fire from both current and former running backs but Hall of Famer Jim Brown said Monday he didn't think it was such a big de…Share Tweet
Every Cold-Weather City Should Host The Super BowlDespite the objections of Joe Flacco, next year's Super Bowl will be played in lovely northern New Jersey. It might be windy. It might snow. But as long as no great disaster happens, like thousands of trapped fans at Seacaucus Junction going Donner Part…Share TweetRyan says Jets not 'actively trying to trade' RevisShare Tweet
Cornerback D.J. Hayden excels at Houston’s Pro Day months after near-fatal heart injuryDraft prospects have their scouting combine tests interrupted or cancelled by injury all the time -- that's just an unfortunate fact of life. But we can't remember any precedent for what happened to Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden during the 2012 season,…Share TweetMike Lombardi was never short on opinions of the Browns personnel when he worked for the NFL Network. But now that he’s the Browns general manager, he doesn’t have nearly as much to say. Lombardi hasn’t talked on the record for any of the Browns beaShare Tweet
John Harbaugh: Trying to hold team together “worst mistake” you can makeThe Ravens have said goodbye to a slew of players that helped them win the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t bother coach John Harbaugh much. In an interview with the NFL Network on Monday, Harbaugh backed up the decisions being made by General Manager OzzieShare TweetQuarterback Matt Hasselbeck signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.Share Tweet
Rams aren’t concerned about switching Rodger Saffold’s positionWhen the Rams and Jake Long started their courtship last week, word circulated that the incumbent left tackle in St. Louis would ask for a trade if Long wound up signing with the team. Rodger Saffold’s agent throttled back on that over the weekend, butShare TweetThe Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will kick off the 2013 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.Share TweetBaltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said his team and the NFL are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the season opens at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 5, so it's up to the Baltimore Orioles to give a little themselves.Share TweetSee if you can spot the climate outlier in this group of cities: Miami. San Diego. Phoenix. New Orleans. Philadelphia. Yep, the City of Brotherly Love - or at least Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie - is angling for a Super Bowl, provided that the upcoming fShare Tweet
Raiders add Vance Walker to defensive overhaulThe Raiders aren’t landing big names on the free agent market, but they are making moves to make sure that the lack of depth that plagued them last season is not a problem again in 2013. The Raiders announced that they and defensive tackle Vance Walker,Share TweetTennessee’s Pro Day will take place on Wednesday, and no one doubts that quarterback Tyler Bray will show off an NFL-ready arm. The problem for Bray is that there’s a lot more to being an NFL quarterback than having a strong arm. Bray, who left TennesShare TweetGive Jaguars owner Shad Khan credit for realizing it sooner than some, that spending money is not a short-cut to NFL success. After wasting dollars on free agent resources for a 2-14 team last year, Khan has quickly realized that he might have to “suckShare Tweet
League determines inappropriate Combine questions weren’t part of interview processSo how does the NFL confront a situation in which in appropriate questions were asked during the job interview process that occurs at the Scouting Combine? By concluding that not every question asked during a job interview is part of the job interview. …Share TweetThe Bills would like a stronger police presence at their home games. The Dolphins will unveil their new logo in 30 days. Patriots owner Robert Kraft remains a lover of the Tuck Rule. The Jets re-signed LS Tanner Purdum on Monday. Looking back at Ravens …Share Tweet
NFL would have had schedule issue in SF, Cincy, othersWhile it’s easy to view the NFL’s current scheduling conflict as a local Baltimore problem, it could have happened elsewhere, though the odds were stacked against the daily double hitting. Major League Baseball set its 2013 schedule last September, anShare TweetThe NFL has approved the terms and conditions of the Buffalo Bills' recently negotiated 10-year, $271 million lease that includes significant upgrades to Ralph Wilson Stadium.Share TweetAdd Cleveland to the list of temas interested in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Smith and the Browns have a private workout planned, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. It’s widely believed that the new regime in Cleveland isn”Share TweetUtah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was forced to be a spectator during the NFL combine last month. Now he’ll finally get his chance to workout in front of scouts. Per Tony Pauline, Lotulelei has been cleared for a full workout for Utah’s pro day worShare Tweet
NY Jets coach Rex Ryan could have fate sealed in 2012-13 season, as new GM John Idzik continues to clean housenydailynews.com Mar 19, 2013Rex Ryan was seated between Marvin Lewis of the Bengals and the Falcons’ Mike Smith in the front row of the annual, yet ever-changing group picture of coaches taken Monday at the league meetings. One of the most intriguing questions of the 2013 season:Share TweetThe Tennessee Titans have agreed with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a two-year contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share Tweet
The NFL Coaches Family Portrait: By the Numbersgrantland.com Mar 19, 2013• Pairs of Slip-on Shoes Being Worn: 17 • Level of Tension Between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll: 6 out of 10 • Number of Coaches Who...Share Tweet
NFL Free Agency, Day 7: What's Left?grantland.com Mar 19, 2013The free-agent market is one week old, and the past three days have seen the flood of new contracts slow to a trickle, but there's still plenty of tal...Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Jennings Ready To WorkMar 19Episode 292: Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings gives his evaluation of his new quarterback Christian Ponder. The NFL32 crew discuss the Seahawks No.1 power ranking.
Cliff Avril plays 'Name that Teammate'Mar 19The gang from "NFL Total Access" puts Cliff Avril on the spot for a new game of "Name that Teammate." Find out how the new Seattle Seahawks pass rusher performs.
PTI Big Finish: March 19Mar 19Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser weigh in on Hasselbeck to the Colts, NCAA women's tournament 1-seeds and the men's tournament first-round matchups.
Cliff Avril excited for Seattle Seahawks 2013 outlookMar 19New Seahawk Cliff Avril joins "NFL Total Access" and shares what drew him to sign with Seattle and what to expect from the team in 2013.