This is the March 24, 2013 news archive. View today's NFL rumors and news.
North Carolina clamps down on agentsBurned in recent years by a failure to prevent its football players from receiving benefits from agents, the University of North Carolina has opted to place extensive and largely unprecedented restrictions on those who hope to represent Tar Heels at the…Upvote Share Tweet
2013 PFT mock draft, Version 1It makes no sense to do mock drafts before free agency starts, even though everyone does. It makes somewhat less nonsense to do one two weeks into free agency, but things can still change until it’s time for the first pick to be made. Then again, it argUpvote Share TweetThe Wichita State men’s basketball team upset Gonzaga on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. Among those offering their congratulations to the Shockers: Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. According to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones,Upvote Share Tweet
All Panthers’ free-agent signings have been one-year dealsTo the extent that anyone believes Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman will be looking for a new coach in 2014 if team doesn’t excel this year under Ron Rivera, the belief can be supported by one simple fact, as noted by Joseph Person of the Charlotte ObserverUpvote Share TweetThe last time a player gave his team the “Dream Team” label, it didn’t work out well. But Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones isn’t worried about that. Asked about the Ravens’ acquisition of Elvis Dumervil, Jones echoed Vince Young’s infamouUpvote Share TweetWhen the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent defensive end Michael Bennett to a one-year deal worth around $5 million, most assumed the bargain signing was due to a depressed free agent market that has been downright brutal on cornerbacks, defensive tack…Upvote Share Tweet
Mercury Morris rooting for Heat, says there’s work left to doThe Miami Heat, who haven’t lost since before Super Bowl XLVII, are drawing ever closer to the Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game winning streak. Recently, Heat star LeBron James, in talking about the mutual respect between some of the members of thatUpvote Share TweetAlthough his Ravens have lost six starters on defense this offseason, GM Ozzie Newsome has done what he does best -- restock with the perfect pieces, writes Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens stumble into Kruger replacementWhen the Ravens lost linebacker Paul Kruger to the Browns, most shrugged and presumed that Baltimore believes 2013 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw is ready. Indeed, the team’s website trumpeted Upshaw’s ability to become a pass rusher in the wake of KrUpvote Share Tweet
Pumping up cap helps players who endured lockoutSince the new labor deal became official in August 2011, the NFLPA has attempted to increase the team-by-team salary cap now, even if it means borrowing against future cap increases in order to make it happen. And that effort comes from a fairly basic m…Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens have been in existence since just 1996, but it's safe to say that if the franchise lasts another 100 years, safety Ed Reed will still be one of the few greatest players in the team's history. Reed signed a three-year contract with t…Upvote Share TweetWith the Bears losing linebacker Nick Roach in free agency and declaring that they won’t be bringing back linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Monsters of the Midway need some men for the middle level of their defense. Two days after adding D.J. Williams, theUpvote Share Tweet
Haslam tries to manage expectationsIt’s always important for football teams to manage the expectations of their fan bases. In Cleveland, where 14 seasons since the return of the Browns have largely featured failure, the glass continuously is perceived as half empty. New owner Jimmy HaslaUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Mar 24, 2013Dez Bryant made a surprise appearance at a "Men Against Abuse" rally in Dallas on Saturday and said he was done with domestic abuse during an impromptu speech. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver made headlines last July when he was arrested on c…Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs hope to wipe out opponents’ big pass playsThe Buccaneers struggled last year on defense, especially in the secondary. And, as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times explains it, coach Greg Schiano takes that personally. Schiano got his NFL start as the defensive backs coach in Chicago, but in his f…Upvote Share TweetWe’re through a couple of weeks of free agency and that means that the market of available players has thinned to the point where cost-conscious teams can start shopping for veteran help at low prices. The Cowboys are going to be doing just that this weUpvote Share TweetWith Bill Callahan as their new offensive coordinator, the Cowboys won’t be inviting former Raiders receiver Tim Brown to practice any time soon. But in case anyone is interested in hearing what he thinks, Brown has some ideas about how Cowboys receiverUpvote Share TweetThe Ravens have said goodbye to a lot of key players from their Super Bowl-winning team, decisions that have left some questioning General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s plan. Wide receiver Torrey Smith is not one of them. While Smith realizes what Anquan BoldUpvote Share TweetFree-agent tight end Fred Davis dined Saturday night in Washington with Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone, general manager Buddy Nix and other team officials, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Charlotte plans to keep pushing for state money for stadiumNorth Carolina’s governor has said that state money won’t be made available for proposed renovations to Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. But that won’t stop folks in Charlotte from asking. According to Steve Harrison of the ChUpvote Share TweetOne of the top right tackles in the National Football League is staying put, as Field Yates of ESPN Boston reports that Sebastian Vollmer has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Vollmer has starte…Upvote Share TweetThere was a familiar sight at Cal’s spring game on Saturday. A running back wearing No. 10 went around the right side of the line and sprinted 22 yards for a touchdown, calling to mind memories of when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wore that numbUpvote Share Tweet
Landry Jones will visit the BillsThe Bills haven’t been shy about their desire to find a quarterback to build their offense around and they aren’t being shy about kicking the tires of candidates for the job. On the heels of word that E.J. Manuel of Florida State and Geno Smith of WesUpvote Share TweetBryan Thomas said near the end of the 2012 season that he wasn’t thinking about retiring, but injury news has caused the linebacker to entertain thoughts about calling it quits. Thomas played through a torn pectoral muscle for the Jets in the second halUpvote Share TweetThere hasn’t been much of a market for cornerback Mike Jenkins‘ services since free agency opened, but that could be changing. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Raiders have interest in Jenkins, who will almost certainly not be returniUpvote Share TweetDefensive tackle Anthony Adams was never a Pro Bowler, but his retirement announcement is still one of the more memorable ones we’ve come across. Adams, who played nine years in the NFL after the 49ers made him a second-round pick in 2003, made a YouTubUpvote Share TweetThe Bills have not started talking contract extension with C Eric Wood. Are the Dolphins going down the same path they did in 2010? Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com thinks the Patriots didn’t want RB Danny Woodhead at the price he got from the Chargers. JetUpvote Share Tweet
Titans think Locker can run read option, but injuries are a concernTitans running back Jake Locker is a good athlete who ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine two years ago, and the Titans think he’s capable of being the same kind of threat with his legs as a couple of other fast quarterbacks who wereUpvote Share Tweet
Miami Heat winning streak latest evidence LeBron James is best athlete to watch in all sportsnydailynews.com Updated Mar 24, 2013We all know by now that LeBron James is the current MVP of all our professional sports, and the biggest star we’ve got, not even the big-name quarterbacks of the NFL in the conversation with him. Baseball? You tell me who’s the biggest star right now,Upvote Share Tweet
Dumervil Agrees With RavensMar 24Adam Schefter breaks down Elvis Dumervil's decision to sign with the Ravens.
Vollmer To Remain With PatriotsMar 24Field Yates discusses Sebastian Vollmer's new contract with the Patriots.
Parting Shot: Ravens Open On The RoadMar 24John Saunders discusses why the Baltimore Ravens have no choice but to open their season on the road.
NFL mailbag - Tight salary cap squeezes loyaltyMar 24In this tight salary-cap economy, loyalty toward long-term leaders and veterans only goes to a certain limit, writes John Clayton.