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Darcel McBath returns to San Francisco
The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday they had signed a free agent safety to a one-year contract. And no, it’s not Charles Woodson. The 49ers announced they have reached a deal to re-sign Darcel McBath. McBath appeared in all 16 regular season gameUpvote Share Tweet
A federal grand jury in Dallas has re-indicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network.Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins tie stadium renovations to getting a Super BowlThe NFL won’t promise a Super Bowl to a city that is building a new stadium or renovating an existing one. The Dolphins have found a way around that obstacle. The Dolphins will accept public funds for a renovation of Sun Life Stadium only if Miami securUpvote Share TweetThe cluster of unsigned pass rushers includes defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who coveted for years his shot at the open market - and who has found no takers through the first nine days. Umenyiora is considered to be likely to land with the Falcons or theUpvote Share TweetLess than a week after acquiring wide receiver Arrelious Benn in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles have given Benn a contract extension. Benn was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract this season with the abilit…Upvote Share TweetHarlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.Upvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown 50: Florida International SS Jonathan Cyprienyahoo.com Updated Mar 21, 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 conti…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals and free-agent quarterback Josh Johnson have reached a two-year contract agreement, NFL writer Jenna Laine reported Thursday night. Johnson, 26, has appeared in 27 NFL games, starting five. He will vie for a reserve role behind Andy Dalton. …Upvote Share Tweet
Jets’ running back job is “wide open”With Shonn Greene now gone, the Jets officially have embarked on an effort to find a new starting tailback. The team’s running backs coach says that the job can go to anyone. That’s what Anthony Lynn, who now also serves as the team’s assistant headUpvote Share TweetThe Chargers continue to quietly and methodically add free agents aimed at making the team better, even if they aren’t exactly household names. And not many households consist of people who can spell the name of the latest addition without checking it sUpvote Share TweetLast Friday, the Broncos cut defensive end Elvis Dumervil after a last-minute effort to re-do his contract imploded at the last minute. Now, a trio of teams hover over Dumervil and former Colts defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney. Per a league sourc…Upvote Share TweetA partial power outage during this year's Super Bowl occurred because a relay device with a design defect malfunctioned, an outside expert confirmed Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
County lawmakers approve Bills' 10-year leaseThe Buffalo Bills' 10-year, $271 million lease agreement has received unanimous approval from Erie County lawmakers.Upvote Share TweetMost of the headlines the Ravens have made in the last two weeks have been about losing players who started for them in the Super Bowl. But one free agent who started for Baltimore in the Super Bowl may be coming back in the fold. Bryant McKinnie, a bac…Upvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Brad Jones.Upvote Share TweetPlenty of fans think that the move to make pro football safer comes from a desire to protect the coffers against future litigation filed by the players of today. Falcons president Rich McKay, who chairs the league’s Competition Committee, addressed thatUpvote Share TweetFormer Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home.Upvote Share TweetThe reviews are in from Georgia’s Pro Day, and while linebacker Jarvis Jones declared himself the best player in the draft afterward, most other observers weren’t so impressed. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock reported from the Pro Day that Jones ran a 40-Upvote Share Tweet
Sean Payton: Defense, run game led to Brees’ troubles in 2012Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2012, so suggestions that he had a bad year would be hard to take seriously. But the lowest completion percentage of his tenure with the Saints and 19 interceptions mak…Upvote Share TweetFormer San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn will sign a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
UGA's Jones content despite subpar pro dayAlthough he posted pedestrian numbers at Georgia's pro day Thursday, Jarvis Jones insisted he was pleased with his first official workout before NFL scouts.Upvote Share TweetThe Panthers have re-signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and signed unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Oakland Raiders.Upvote Share Tweet
Ex-Bear trying to convince Illinois high schools to limit contactFormer Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer retired from the NFL at the age of 30 after suffering health problems he attributed to a series of concussions. He says it’s time to change the game of football at the high school level to prevent future playerUpvote Share Tweet
Shanahan on whether cap penalty situation is resolved: “That’s a good question”For the second straight year, the Redskins must figure out how to compete despite losing $18 million in cap space. And when the cap sits at $120.6 million and $123 million over those two years, $18 million per year represents a pretty large chunk of abs…Upvote Share TweetTackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender with the Chiefs, which means that he’ll make $9.828 million in the 2013 season if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal to stay in Kansas City or get traded to another club. Albert’s initial reactionUpvote Share TweetThis is the point in the offseason where free agents get in where they fit in. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs signed former Vikings fullback Ryan D’Imperio The former seventh-round pick of the Vikings from Rutgers was released in finalUpvote Share TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Jordan Shipley, potentially giving the team a slot receiver this fall.Upvote Share TweetGiants coach Tom Coughlin has to try to beat Chip Kelly twice a year now. But in 2006, he tried to get the Eagles head coach to join his staff. Coughlin told reporters at the owners meetings that he offered Kelly a job as offensive quality control coach…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints cut linebacker Will Herring last week because they thought they could find better uses for the $1.6 million in cap space they saved when they dropped him from the roster. It doesn’t seem that Herring’s actual play was a big part of the deciUpvote Share TweetThe Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Frostee Rucker, the team announced.Upvote Share TweetAmid a report that the NFL soon will be suspending Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent following his December arrest for intoxication manslaughter, a league source with knowledge of the situation has shared a fairly important fact. Brent has heard nothing fr…Upvote Share TweetBears tight end Evan Rodriguez didn’t want the attention that came with police questioning after an accident involving a car he was the passenger in, but probably cost himself a trip to jail because he lacked that internal timer that tells a person whenUpvote Share TweetThe New York Giants announced Thursday that they have re-signed quarterback David Carr.Upvote Share TweetWhen it comes to the question of whether the Jets will trade cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers, plenty of things aren’t clear. One thing is becoming more obvious: The move to get Revis is coming from Tampa Bay ownership. That’s what one sourUpvote Share TweetLast month, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo submitted a legal brief regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. This month, plenty of other athletes are lining up to support the effort to overturn California’s ban on peUpvote Share TweetWhen teams were first allowed to talk to free agents from other teams, we heard that the Vikings had spoken to linebacker Brian Urlacher about trading in his Bears helmet for one emblazoned with their logo. At the time, their interest was reportedly tem…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 21, 2013The surroundings are familiar, but not much else is for Maurice Jones-Drew, back at UCLA to finish his degree. Jim Trotter followed MJD for a day as he lives the campus life.Upvote Share TweetAnquan Boldin just returned from a charity mission to Africa, but he knows he needs to make another trip, soon. The newest 49ers wide receiver said he needs to get on a field with quarterback Colin Kaepernick soon so they can start developing some degre…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns answered one of the big questions about the future of the franchise when they hired Rob Chudzinski as their new coach earlier this year, but plenty of questions remain. Mike Florio will try to get Chudzinski to give some answers to them when …Upvote Share TweetAdam Jones has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, agreeing to a three-year deal, the veteran cornerback announced Thursday morning on Twitter.Upvote Share Tweet
Bears sign tight end Steve ManeriCoincidentally - or not - the Bears have signed a tight end the morning after one of their tight ends was arrested. The Bears have announced that Steve Maneri has signed a two-year contract. He comes from Kansas City, where he appeared in 19 games witUpvote Share Tweet
Aaron Rodgers closing in on new dealPackers CEO Mark Murphy recently described signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a new contract as a “priority.” Soon, “priority” will be replaced with “reality.” A new deal with Rodgers could be done soon, possibly before the draft. “It is hUpvote Share TweetAs the Giants worry about whether another team will swoop in with an offer sheet for restricted free agent receiver Victor Cruz, their quarterback has a solution. Eli Manning will restructure his deal if need be. “If the Giants want to work something ouUpvote Share TweetChris Johnson isn't happy that he might have to share carries in the Tennessee Titans' backfield this season.Upvote Share TweetThe Browns have signed Gary Barnidge and shown some interest in Fred Davis, so they’re clearly looking for ways to bolster the tight end position this offseason. That quest continues Thursday when Kellen Davis comes to Cleveland for a visit, which was fUpvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Mar 21, 2013Her defense? She got the preteen mixed up with another (full-grown) man.Read more...Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 21, 2013Irsay says Colts are still looking to add receiverUpvote Share Tweet
Jason Pierre-Paul’s fall might have been tied to weightThe 10-sack drop-off by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might have had something to do with the extra pounds he was carrying. Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted Pierre-Paul’s performance was disappointing, and that it was the second half of the sUpvote Share TweetThe Seahawks have signed Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, but they aren’t done looking at additions to their defensive line. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will be visiting the team on Thursday. If he signs, McDaniel wUpvote Share TweetRunning back Ahmad Bradshaw has generated some interest around the league since his release from the Giants, but he said Wednesday that he’s not yet ready to go meet with any of those teams. The reason for his hesisitation is his surgically repaired fooUpvote Share TweetAs defenses throughout the league become obsessed with stopping the read-option offense in 2013, the coach of one of the teams that used it extensively (relatively speaking) in 2012 has a plan for countering efforts to shut it down. Shut it down. “You dUpvote Share TweetAdd Jerome Bettis to the list of current or former NFL running backs who don’t like the new rule against runners delivering forcible blows with the top of the helmet. “It really makes no sense,” Bettis said today on Mike and Mike in the Morning. “Upvote Share TweetFormer Bills offensive lineman Duke Preston’s working as a life coach at Notre Dame. The Dolphins get rave reviews for their spending spree on a new set of LBs. A closer look at the role S Adrian Wilson will play with the Patriots. New Jets RB Mike GoodUpvote Share Tweet
Pete Carroll: We were lucky people looked at Russell Wilson’s heightSeahawks coach Pete Carroll says his team got lucky when in last year’s NFL draft, too many teams looked at Russell Wilson’s height instead of his game tape. Mike Florio asked Carroll on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network why Wilson was availableUpvote Share TweetAfter already meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers late last week, linebacker Victor Butler has another visit set up with the New Orleans Saints. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Butler will visit the Saints Thursday. Butler played the la…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Reed Becomes Another Ravens CasualtyMar 21Episode 293: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Ravens losing Ed Reed and seven other starters to free agency. John Clayton breaks down the Bears and Brian Urlacher parting ways. The NFL32 crew discuss the future of Victor Cruz with Giants.
NFL Cold Hard FactsMar 21Herm Edwards looks at Jarvis Jones, Alex Smith and who will have the bigger impact Pervin Harvin or Anquan Boldin.
State of the Franchise: Chicago BearsMar 21The Chicago Bears are losing their face of the franchise in Brian Urlacher. What does the future hold for the team from the Windy City?
Branden Albert signs Kansas City Chiefs' franchise tenderMar 21Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender, but could he still be traded to another team? Ian Rapoport has the latest details.
Peter King: Revis trade talks between Jets, Bucs in a fragile stateMar 21The Jets have a vexing problem with Darrelle Revis, but if GM John Idzik plays his cards right, he could at least partially save face for trading the franchise's best player by getting no less than first- and third-round draft choices from Tampa Bay for…
Jim Trotter: Back at UCLA, MJD the big man on campus re-adjusting to schoo…Mar 21LOS ANGELES -- Maurice Jones-Drew is seated on the outdoor steps of a popular hangout at UCLA, where he's taking classes for the first time since leaving school after his junior season in 2005. As the courtyard bustles with students, the Jacksonville Ja…