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The New England Patriots announced Wednesday they have re-signed cornerback Marquice Cole and linebacker Niko Koutouvides. Both players appeared in 14 games for the Patriots last season mostly in reserve duty. Koutouvides recorded eight special teams ta…Upvote Share Tweet
On Wednesday night, agent Ralph Cindrich tweeted a sage piece of advice for NFL players, suggesting those who have been released should “(go) into a hole for 24 hours” - and that the quiet time should double for players let go for the first time. IâUpvote Share TweetNew Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says his team isn't looking for a quarterback.Upvote Share TweetFree-agent safety Ed Reed has informed the Houston Texans that he will sign with them, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetQuarterback Eli Manning will consider reworking his contract if it will help keep leading receiver Victor Cruz on the New York Giants.Upvote Share TweetOnce the shock of being traded from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens wore off, Anquan Boldin called Colin Kaepernick to get a feel for the 49ers' young quarterback.Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL suspends Redskins LB Jackson four gamesWashington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.Upvote Share TweetPanthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn tweeted Wednesday night that he will be re-signing with Carolina. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Munnerlyn’s deal with Carolina is for one year. The Bears had also offered Munnerlyn a one-yearUpvote Share TweetWashington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Robert Griffin III is "ahead of schedule" in his return from knee surgery.Upvote Share Tweet
Farewell, Arizona: We had a quick and productive three days in Phoen…We had a quick and productive three days in Phoenix, site of this year’s annual league meetings. It was a great chance to meet and greet a wide range of NFL folks, along with many of our friends in the media. The visit provided another opportunity for PUpvote Share Tweet
Brian Hoyer signs RFA tenderCardinals restricted free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer has signed his one-year contract offer from the club. The NFL disclosed the move in its Wednesday transactions. The 27-year-old Hoyer was given the second-round tender by Arizona. He was the only r…Upvote Share Tweet
Coaches get guidance on offseason workout rulesOne of the common concerns we heard at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis related to the still-new restrictions on offseason workouts. Coaches and General Managers worry that new restrictions on communication and practice and other football-related ac…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL wants coaches to not complain about new helmet-use ruleBefore Wednesday’s 31-1 vote that prevents players in the open field from using the tops of their helmets to ram opponents, plenty of coaches expressed concerns about the proposal. Now that the rule has been passed, don’t count on any coaches poppingUpvote Share TweetThere hasn’t been much action around punters in free agency yet, but we’ll get some on Thursday. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that’s when Shane Lechler will visit the Texans. McClain points out that the Texans were also interested iUpvote Share TweetBengals owner Mike Brown, the only one of the league’s 32 owners to vote against the new rule against initiating contact with the top of the helmet, says he did so because he believes the rule will be too tough for the officials to enforce properly on cUpvote Share TweetThe slower-than-expected (at least by them) market for free agent defensive ends is starting to pick up. With Dwight Freeney and John Abraham in Denver, Giants free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s finally on the move too. According to Mike GarafoloUpvote Share TweetHey, what's four-time all-star and Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman been up to? Well...it's complicated. Just don't send him any money until this thing gets sorted out.Read more...Upvote Share TweetCharles Woodson played a pivotal role in the play that made the Tuck Role famous and he was happy to see the rule die on Wednesday. “Hallelujah,” Woodson said during an interview with the NFL Network. “It shouldn’t have taken this long. It’s beeUpvote Share TweetStar Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects of the 2013 NFL draft, participated in Utah's pro day Wednesday, less than one month after an abnormal test result prevented the defensive tackle from working out at the league scouting combine.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jeff Fisher, Mike Shanahan and Pete CarrollThe league meetings have come to an end, but we were able to catch up with three NFL coaches before they headed back home for interviews. Rams coach Jeff Fisher, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll all spoke to Mike Florio for W…Upvote Share TweetThe Denver Broncos have scheduled visits with free agent pass-rushers Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, league sources told ESPN.Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals didn’t wind up signing Josh Cribbs earlier this week because of the torn meniscus in Cribbs’ knee, but it sounds like coach Bruce Arians still has his heart set on adding Cribbs to the roster this season. Arians was asked about Cribbs atUpvote Share TweetMatt Forte: not a huge fan of the new rules for runners approved by NFL owners today.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe good news for Brian Ulracher is that everyone involved with the Bears seems convinced that he has a value to the organization. The bad news is nobody is converting that intangible feeling into tangible dollars and cents. Bears coach Marc Trestman sa…Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell: Pro Bowl to stay; tweaks discussedNFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the Pro Bowl will continue this season and will be played in Hawaii in the week before the Super Bowl.Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has made it official: The Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Hawaii. Whether the Pro Bowl would live to see another year was until today up in the air, but Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed at the end of the league meetin…Upvote Share TweetRavens owner Art Modell, who died last September at age 87, made lots of enemies when he moved the Browns to Baltimore. But Modell's FBI file, which was released by the bureau today, contains no death threats from Cleveland fans. Indeed, nothing in his …Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Mar 20, 2013Giants Coach Tom Coughlin once tried to hire Chip Kelly, the new coach of the Eagles, but was turned down.Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell: Trying to make Rooney Rule work betterNFL commissioner Roger Goodell just wrapped up his post-owners meeting press conference, and made several references to potential changes to the Rooney Rule. While there was discussion of several aspects, there are no major changes now. But you have to …Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Bears and free-agent defensive end Turk McBride agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the situation.Upvote Share TweetWide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn visited the Panthers this week and the meeting must have gone well. Panthers coach Ron Rivera had plenty of good things to say about Ginn, who has also visited with the Bengals. Ginn hasn’t signed with the Panthers,Upvote Share TweetMike Florio joins us from day three of the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. Florio thinks that Tony Romo should hold off on signing a new contract because he currently has leverage. Florio also touches base on the proposed helmet rule and the veter…Upvote Share TweetIn January, Facebook dipped into its user data and put together the greatest NFL fan map we'd ever seen. Now they've done it again, mapping out county-by-county Facebook likes for the 68 teams participating in this year's March Madness. Michael Bailey b…Upvote Share Tweet
Eli Manning at a Samsung event earlier today, via Gizmodo's Leslie Horn.Eli Manning at a Samsung event earlier today, via Gizmodo's Leslie Horn. He hasn't been seen since.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings not planning to try Joe Webb at another positionThe Vikings signed Matt Cassel to back up Christian Ponder at quarterback last week, leading to questions about what the Vikings might have planned for Joe Webb. Webb started and played poorly in the playoff loss to the Packers and there’s been talk inUpvote Share Tweet
Redskins sign E.J. BiggersThe Redskins have added depth to their secondary with the acquisition of free agent E.J. Biggers. A league source tells PFT that Biggers came to terms with the Redskins today. Biggers was a 2009 seventh-round draft pick of the Buccaneers when Raheem Mor…Upvote Share TweetWednesday is all about the AFC West on PFT Live. Chiefs coach Andy Reid will talk to Mike Floiro about how he’s settling into his new job after such a long run with the Eagles. The Chiefs have been active in free agency, keeping their own players and adUpvote Share TweetThe Raiders have held onto one of their own free agents. The team announced Wednesday that they have re-signed right tackle Khalif Barnes. He’s the first Raiders unrestricted free agent to remain with the team after they watched players like Desmond BryUpvote Share TweetJason Hanson wants to keep kicking in 2013, but he and the Lions haven’t been able to come to an agreement on a contract yet. Lions president Tom Lewand said Tuesday that the two sides have been talking and that the team was waiting to hear back from thUpvote Share TweetThe New York Jets will have a lot of new players on defense in 2013 -- and a new playcaller: Rex Ryan.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Mar 20, 2013From 2007 through 2012, Florida State has seen just three of its alumni called in the first round of the NFL draft -- linebacker Lawrence Timmons in 2007, cornerback Patrick Robinson in 2010, and quarterback Christian Ponder in 2011. That will certainly…Upvote Share TweetAfter signing with Green Bay's biggest rival, Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday to thank Packers fans for their support in his first seven NFL seasons.Upvote Share TweetGuard Mackenzy Bernadeau’s first season with the Cowboys got off to a rough start thanks to a hip injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the team’s offseason activities. His second year isn’t getting off to a much better one. David MoorUpvote Share TweetJim Brown, who had a falling out with the Cleveland Browns in recent years, will soon have a formal role with the team again, owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins lost Jake Long this week, leaving them in need of a starting tackle for their offensive line. Enter Eric Winston. Maybe. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Winston will visit the Dolphins on Wednesday as he hunts for a new job after getting…Upvote Share Tweet
Eric Dickerson decries “trying to take the violence out of the NFL”Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has joined the chorus of players, coaches and fans who oppose the NFL Competition Committee’s proposal to penalize runners for lowering their heads into tacklers. “I think it’s a bad rule,” Dickerson told MUpvote Share TweetJaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has had a walking boot on his left foot since having surgery to repair the injury that ended his 2012 season, but he won’t have to wear it too much longer. Jones-Drew is set to get the boot taken off later this weUpvote Share Tweet
Wednesday morning one-linersThe Bills hope more police on patrol at Ralph Wilson Stadium will make games a more family-friendly atmosphere. Shortly after OT Jake Long signed with the Rams, the Dolphins re-signed versatile offensive lineman Nate Garner. Asked how S Adrian Wilson co…Upvote Share TweetMinnesota’s Leslie Frazier is among the coaches who are skeptical of the NFL Competition Committee’s proposal to penalize running backs for lowering their helmets into defenders. Frazier said at the league meeting that he wants running backs - likeUpvote Share TweetFORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A 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.Upvote Share TweetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When new 49ers kicker Phil Dawson explained to his children he might no longer have uniform No. 4, one of his sons quickly suggested he go with 8. Dawson explained that, too, might be tough - considering it belonged to Hall of Fame…Upvote Share TweetPHOENIX (AP) -- Concerned 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.Upvote Share TweetTuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, from the NFL annual meetings in Arizona, included a visit from the Harbaugh brothers. At the same time, for the first time since the Friday before the Super Bowl. And this is one of those rarUpvote Share Tweet
Anquan Boldin Visits Sabodala, SenegalMar 20Anquan Boldin experiences the gold mining process in Sabodala, Senegal.
NFL32OT: NFL Passes Helmet RuleMar 20Episode 292: Suzy Kolber and Herm Edwards discuss the new helmet rule that could affect running backs. Todd McShay breaks down the upcoming NFL draft. The NFL32 crew discuss which free-agent pass-rusher will have the biggest impact on a new team.
Reports: Ed Reed To Join TexansMar 20Paul Kuharsky with the latest on Ed Reed and the Texans.
Seahawks FB Michael Robinson dislikes new crown-of-the-helmet hit ruleMar 20Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson explains why he isn't a fan of the newly implemented NFL rule that says a player cannot lead with the crown of their helmet outside of the tackle box.
Don Banks: Outrage over new helmet rule much ado about nothingMar 20PHOENIX -- Emmitt Smith, Matt Forte, Eric Dickerson and running backs everywhere may squawk, but every change the NFL makes these days on behalf of player safety makes somebody squawk, doesn't it? Should the league really care? Not if it feels like it's…
NFL owners meetings - Pro Bowl survives but change is likelyMar 20The Pro Bowl will survive for next season, but changes are likely. Plus: playoff expansion talk, rules changes and more from the owners meetings.
NFL owners end tuck rule, approve helmet penaltyMar 20In votes Wednesday, the NFL's owners eliminated the tuck rule and agreed to a rule change that would ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders in the open field.