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With veteran players changing teams, some will find that the number they have been wearing for years isn’t available. That’s the case in New England, where newcomer Adrian Wilson’s familiar No. 24 belongs to Kyle Arrington. Often in these situationsShare Tweet
After briefly testing the free agent market, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards is headed back to the Carolina Panthers. Edwards took a free agent visit to the Miami Dolphins on Friday but instead elected to re-sign with the Panthers according to Joe Person …Share TweetFor a change, the Butler didn’t do it. Specifically, free-agent linebacker Victor Butler didn’t sign a contract with the Saints. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Butler concluded his visit to Louisiana without becoming a meShare Tweet
Chris Johnson’s instincts may be rightThe decision of Titans running back Chris Johnson to question the decision to sign former Jets running back Shonn Greene seems, on the surface, confusing. But Johnson’s instincts may be on the money. And money is the key word. With the Titans signing GrShare TweetDefensive tackle Sharrif Floyd missed Florida’s March 12 Pro Day workout, due to a tweaking of his ankle suffered at the Scouting Combine. Floyd took to the field on Friday, with 14 teams showing up to see what he can do. According to NFL.com, the thronShare TweetFor the first time in his 13-year NFL career, Shane Lechler will not be a member of the Oakland Raiders next season. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Lechler has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Houston Texans. Per Adam Schefter…Share TweetThe Bengals intended to spend their cap money on their own players. So far, they have re-signed eight of them. The eighth is offensive lineman Dennis Roland, who has appeared in 67 straight games. He has started at tackle, and he lines up from time to t…Share Tweet
Schwartz says Lions will use Bush the way the Saints used himWhen Lions coach Jim Schwartz joined PFT Live this week, he noted that the Lions’ passing game will open things up for new running back Reggie Bush in a way that playing in another offense might not. “His talent doesn’t stand alone. The combinationShare TweetThe Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Ted Ginn from the San Francisco 49ers,.Share TweetThe Cleveland Browns have signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis and cornerback Chris Owens to one-year contracts.Share Tweet
Raiders reunite linebacker Burnett with brotherThe Oakland Raiders have re-signed linebacker Kaelin Burnett to an exclusive-rights deal.Share Tweet
Fred Davis: If I stay, I could do a lot of damage to defensesThe Browns are the only team other than the Redskins that has been linked to tight end Fred Davis since the start of free agency, but Cleveland signed a different Davis (Kellen) on Friday. That may take them out of the running for Fred Davis, which may …Share TweetAll the reports that the New York Jets are shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis, with Tampa Bay as a strong contender, were refuted by coach Rex Ryan on Friday when he was asked about the future of arguably the team's best player.Share TweetThe N.F.L. usually stages its season opener at the home of the Super Bowl champion, but a Ravens-Orioles scheduling conflict will keep that from happening.Share TweetThe Chicago Bears signed former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year contract Friday.Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills' offseason search for a quarterback has led them to West Virginia, where they have conducted a private workout involving the Mountaineers' Geno Smith.Share TweetWilfork angry after ex-Patriot called his wife uglyShare Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network stays up late on Friday nightIf you normally watch Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET on weeknights, you’ve got a free hour on Friday evening. We’d suggest you fill it by watching college hockey on the network instead - it’s not like there’s any other sporShare TweetA free agent for the first time in his 13-year career, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Friday "maybe nobody wants me," but he is happy to talk to other teams.Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons are making a strong push to sign New York Giants free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora and are trying to wrap up a deal before the end of the weekend, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.Share Tweet
Cruz, Patriots and Seahawks: Answers to Readers’ Questionsnytimes.com Mar 22, 2013Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Share TweetWe’ve heard plenty about interest from the Broncos, Ravens and Steelers in signing defensive end Elvis Dumervil since the Broncos put Dumervil on the market after the fax machine’s most high-profile moment in at least a decade. Mike Klis of the DenverShare TweetSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of the most maniacally well-prepared people in the NFL, and he's been that way for a long time. It's one of the things that allowed him to play quarterback in the pros for 14 seasons with the Chicago Be…Share TweetRams cornerback Trumaine Johnson didn’t have to pay any price for sleeping through his first practice of training camp, but he might not be as lucky after getting arrested on Friday morning. Johnson was arrested in Missoula, Montana early on Friday mornShare Tweet
NFLPA’s plan for performance-based pay crosses a lineSeveral weeks ago, we began to catch wind of a plan to delay the payment of so-called performance-based pay to NFL players. As it was initially explained, the move arises from efforts to pump up the salary cap. Now, it’s being sold as a way to protect pShare Tweet
Mike Brown defends spending habits on free agentsThe Bengals have signed a grand total of one unrestricted free agent, a guy who will compete to be a backup quarterback. And while there are more deals to do, Bengals owner Mike Brown said bringing in a bunch of players from outside the organization isn…Share TweetSafety Ed Reed has joined the Texans. And the Ravens officially have said farewell to the eight-time All Pro. “Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted could play their entire careers with us, but we understand why Ed is moving on to the TexShare TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs want two draft picks in any trade for left tackle Branden Albert, sources say.Share Tweet
Burke: 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 4.0CNNSI.com Mar 22, 2013There will be some adjustments to the Big Boards as we move closer to the 2013 NFL Draft (and there are some in this version), but the days of major movement are more or less gone, barring an arrest or injury to this year's prospects.Share Tweet
PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, PFT Planet calls and tweetsThe end of Brian Urlacher’s run with the Bears will be one of the topics up for discussion on Friday’s edition on PFT Live. John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio to talk about the Bears’ decision to draw a hard line on what they were willShare Tweet
Chudzinski admits to consumption of dog biscuits during his days as Browns fanThe great stories spawned by the NFL now include a guy who grew up as a rabid Browns fan coaching the team. Rob Chudzinski, a Toledo native, returns to Ohio to take the reins of Cleveland’s team. As a boy, his passion included putting the TV at the windShare Tweet
Any Takers?: Osi Umenyiora. Brian Urlacher. Elvis Dumervil. Bi…CNNSI.com Mar 22, 2013Osi Umenyiora. Brian Urlacher. Elvis Dumervil. Big names, but they're all still on the market. But why? Peter King looks into the future for some of the surprising names left unsigned.Share TweetOnly days short of his 58th birthday, Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell has become a real-life billboard for the wear and tear of a lifetime of football. Of any former players, then, Campbell should appreciate efforts to make the game safer. He do…Share Tweetdeadspin.com Mar 22, 2013Mark Duper, the best non-Mark-Clayton receiver of the Dan Marino era, was charged yesterday with a felony count of child abuse. He is accused of twice knocking out his 17-year-old son, in a drawn-out brawl that sounds like Roddy Piper's big fight in The…Share Tweet
Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn MartinVaughn Martin has made 27 starts on the defensive line over the last two years and a report on Friday indicates they’d like to see him make a few more in the future. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Chargers hope to retain Martin, whoShare TweetConsidering the fact Giants quarterback Eli Manning has started 146 straight regular season and postseason games, it almost doesn’t matter who the Giants backup quarterback is. (Knocks on wood, so Tom Coughlin doesn’t have to.) But the decision to briShare Tweet
Reggie McKenzie on Jarvis Jones: You can’t change what you see on tapeFor years under Al Davis, the Raiders had a reputation for drafting players who ran very fast even if their on-field results were less impressive. Davis has passed away, leaving a new group in charge of making personnel decisions and they’re using diffeShare Tweet
Maurice Clarett wants to be a rugby OlympianMaurice Clarett was a bust in the NFL, first failing in his attempt to sue the league for early entry into the draft, then failing in his attempt to make the Broncos’ roster a year later. But he’s hoping things work out differently in a new sport. TheShare TweetIt’s not quite the “jersey” scene from Rudy, but there’s a two-man line of Giants who are willing to reduce their cap numbers to help keep receiver Victor Cruz around. The parade began with quarterback Eli Manning, who said Wednesday that he’s wShare TweetOL Zebrie Sanders is working to make the most of his second chance with the Bills. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has high hopes for S Kelcie McCray. S Adrian Wilson said it wasn’t a “hard sell” to sign with the Patriots. It’s been a year since the JeShare TweetAdrian Wilson wasn’t sure what he was looking for after being released by the Cardinals, but it’s obvious who he was hoping to hear from. Wilson said when Patriots coach Bill Belichick called, his decision became an easy one. “Whenever Coach BelichiShare Tweet
Criticism of Gabbert “pisses off” Jones-DrewJaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has taken a break from his job to focus on his education. But he doesn’t like what he’s been learning about the things folks have anonymously said about his quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. “That pisses me off,”Share TweetYes, we’ve found another running back who has weighed in on the NFL’s new rule banning runners delivering hits with the tops of their helmets. And no, we haven’t found a running back who likes the rule yet. The latest to weigh in is David Wilson ofShare Tweet
Shaun Phillips is quietly generating interestThe group of free-agent pass rushers on the wrong side of 30 contains a veteran whose name hasn’t been mentioned much in free agency, but who quietly is generating interest. Shaun Phillips, a nine-year veteran of the Chargers, became available last weekShare Tweet
State of the Franchise: New England PatriotsMar 22While Charlie Casserly has some major questions about the New England Patriots 2013 roster, he still sees a potent offense that could be among the best in the AFC.
Darrelle Revis trade rumors heat upMar 22Charley Casserly breaks down whether or not the New York Jets should consider trading cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Ed Reed one-on-one as a Houston TexanMar 22Houston Texans safety Ed Reed talks with Andrew Siciliano shortly after his introductory press conference with the team.
Draft war room: San Francisco 49ersMar 22How might the San Francisco 49ers use the 31st and 34th picks in the 2013 NFL Draft? Finding a replacement for Dashon Goldson may be a top priority.