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Wallace’s dad claims Vikings offered more

Wallace’s dad claims Vikings offered more

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 28, 2013
The free-agency period opened with the Dolphins bagging receiver Mike Wallace, via a five-year, $60 million deal. Now, Wallace’s father claims that the former Steeler could have had more. And we’re not buying it. According to Adam H. Beasley of the Mi
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  • Quarterback picture is still foggy as draft draws near

    Quarterback picture is still foggy as draft draws near

    yahoo.com Mar 28, 2013
    With less than one month until the NFL draft, a quarterback class with minimal actual first-round talent is coming into sharper view. At no time in NFL history has the quarterback position been more important to team success, which leaves those teams wi…
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  • Pats' Gronkowski would accept gay teammate

    Pats' Gronkowski would accept gay teammate

    ESPN.com Mar 28, 2013
    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said that he would be accepting of a gay teammate.
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  • Fred Davis cancels Jets visit

    Fred Davis cancels Jets visit

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Tight end Fred Davis won’t be playing like a Jet in 2013. Well, he could be playing like a Jet, but he won’t be a Jet. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Davis has canceled his visit to New York. He has narrowed his choices to the Bills and
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  • Cowboys’ 2009 draft class is no more

    Cowboys’ 2009 draft class is no more

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Maybe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should have fired Cowboys G.M. Jerry Jones, after all. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, the departure of linebacker Victor Butler closes the books on the team’s 2009 draft class. All 12 players taken that ye
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  • Ryan Clark knows it will be “tough” to replace James Harrison

    Ryan Clark knows it will be “tough” to replace James Harrison

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Before free agency started, the Steelers cut linebacker James Harrison. Since then, after Harrison found no takers in free agency, the Steelers reportedly rebuffed an attempt by Harrison to become a Steeler again. Steelers safety Ryan Clark apparently b…
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  • NFL Network “trying not to tip” draft picks

    NFL Network “trying not to tip” draft picks

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    NFL Network plans to have more than 45 hours of live coverage of the 2013 draft, coordinating producer Charlie Yook told USA Today‘s Michael Hiestand in a story published Thursday. The live coverage is a record for an NFL draft for the network, Yook sai
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  • Aaron Rodgers’ brother getting ready for next level

    Aaron Rodgers’ brother getting ready for next level

    With brothers Peyton and Eli Manning destined to meet once again on the field this year, another set of quarterback brothers could be headed to the NFL. This one, for now, is on track to be more like Carson and Jordan Palmer. Jordan (coincidentally) Rod…
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  • Avril looks forward to playing for “super hyped” coach

    Avril looks forward to playing for “super hyped” coach

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a reputation for being enthusiastic and high energy. One of his newest players has experience that directly. “Coach Pete Carroll was super hyped, and they say that’s how he is all the time, you know, super hyped and and
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  • Umenyiora wants to prove he’s not just a pass-rusher

    Umenyiora wants to prove he’s not just a pass-rusher

    New Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora should still have plenty in the tank, after being a part-time player for the Giants in recent years. But he disputed the notion that he was just a third-down player. “I’m a guy of tremendous pride, and I would h
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  • Cowboys cannot use the franchise tag on Tony Romo in 2014

    Cowboys cannot use the franchise tag on Tony Romo in 2014

    yahoo.com Mar 28, 2013
    As the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo continue to work towards a contract extension, the veteran quarterback has some additional leverage as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Cowboys are prohibited from using the franchise tag on Romo next …
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  • Jeff Linkenbach re-signs with Colts

    Jeff Linkenbach re-signs with Colts

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Colts offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender on Thursday. The move was listed among the NFL’s official transactions, and the club also announced the move earlier in the day. Linkenbach, 25, started four games
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  • Pat White would play an important role for 49ers

    Pat White would play an important role for 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Despite the gold-and-blue-colored glasses, I’m (mostly) realistic when it comes to the assessment of former West Virginia players who have graduated to the next level. Quarterback Pat White, one of the greatest Mountaineers ever, couldn’t get it done
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  • Childress joins Chiefs' staff, reunited with Reid

    Childress joins Chiefs' staff, reunited with Reid

    The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.
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  • Lattimore plans to play in 2013

    Lattimore plans to play in 2013

    After running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a serious knee injury last October, doctors said he wouldn’t play football until 2014. Lattimore isn’t that patient. Already well ahead of schedule in his rehab, Lattimore plans to play in 2013. And after l
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  • Tannehill excited for new-look Dolphins offense

    Tannehill excited for new-look Dolphins offense

    ESPN.com Mar 28, 2013
    Under constant pressure, Ryan Tannehill kept backpedaling, trying to buy more time so he could improve his accuracy.
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  • Browns add punter Jake Schum

    Browns add punter Jake Schum

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The Browns have added another punter, signing free agent Jake Schum. The club announced the move Thursday. Schum, 24, posted a 39.0-yard average in 2011 as a senior at the University of Buffalo. He went undrafted last April and did not play in the NFL. …
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  • Seahawks license plates could be coming in 2014

    Seahawks license plates could be coming in 2014

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The NFL has a knack for finding new ways to separate fans from their money. Washington could soon be making Seahawks-themed license plates available in 2014, according to seattlepi.com. The effort to authorize the plates currently is working its way thr…
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  • Bucs expected to draft a cornerback, whether they get Revis or …

    Bucs expected to draft a cornerback, whether they get Revis or not

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Although there have been no new developments on the Darrelle Revis trade front, the Buccaneers are still widely viewed as the team most likely to do a deal with the Jets. But the Bucs also want to address the cornerback position in the draft - whether t
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  • Patriots sign former Vikes WR Michael Jenkins

    Patriots sign former Vikes WR Michael Jenkins

    The New England Patriots have signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the team announced Thursday evening.
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  • Ziggy Ansah to visit Eagles

    Ziggy Ansah to visit Eagles

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Brigham Young defensive end Ziggy Ansah will take a pre-draft visit to the Eagles, USA Today‘s Lindsay Jones reported Thursday. The Eagles hold the N0. 4 overall pick in April’s draft. Ansah figures a defensive end in a 4-3 front and an outside lineba
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  • Ravens' Huff ready to carry on Reed's legacy

    Ravens' Huff ready to carry on Reed's legacy

    ESPN.com Mar 28, 2013
    Michael Huff doesn't expect to fill Ed Reed's shoes as the last line of the Baltimore Ravens defense.
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  • Seahawks agree to terms with Tony McDaniel on one-year deal

    Seahawks agree to terms with Tony McDaniel on one-year deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The Seattle Seahawks have added yet another free agent to bolster their defensive line. Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Seahawks a league source told PFT. He joins defensive ends Cliff…
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  • Jaguars thought about trading for Flynn, but won’t

    Jaguars thought about trading for Flynn, but won’t

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    While a report this week pegged the Jaguars as most likely destination for Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn, the Jaguars apparently aren’t going to pursue him now. According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars “explored
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  • Bucs lock up Demar Dotson for four more years

    Bucs lock up Demar Dotson for four more years

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Demar Dotson emerged last year as the Buccaneers’ starting right tackle, and now the Bucs have shown that they believe he’s going to be a starter for years to come. Dotson has signed a new four-year contract with the Bucs, the team announced today. Af
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  • Report: Steelers giving Ahmad Bradshaw a physical

    Report: Steelers giving Ahmad Bradshaw a physical

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Could the Steelers be zeroing in on a potential lead back? Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reported Thursday that the Steelers will attempt to sign ex-Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw - assuming they are pleased with the results of a club-administered ph
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  • Darryl Tapp headed to Washington

    Darryl Tapp headed to Washington

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The Redskins are being forced to shop selectively, and they’ve added a guy with some pass-rush potential from within the division. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp has agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskin
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  • Lacy will run for scouts on April 11

    Lacy will run for scouts on April 11

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    A hamstring injury has kept Alabama running back Eddie Lacy from participating in the pre-draft run-and-jump-a-thon. That’ll end on April 11, when Lacy runs and works out for scouts. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, all teams have been info
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  • Jeff Garcia tutoring Mark Sanchez, JaMarcus Russell

    Jeff Garcia tutoring Mark Sanchez, JaMarcus Russell

    Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia working with Jets starter-for-now Mark Sanchez seems like a legitimate opportunity for a man well-versed in the West Coast Offense to share his wisdom. Throw in JaMarcus Russell, and it sounds like a punch line that’s
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  • Tavon Austin to visit the 49ers

    Tavon Austin to visit the 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The 49ers would like to add speed at wide receiver in next month’s NFL draft, so it’s not a big surprise that they’re planning to meet with one of the speediest playmakers available. Tavon Austin of West Virginia, a receiver who could also line up a
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  • Vikings unveiling new uniforms on April 25

    Vikings unveiling new uniforms on April 25

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Thanks to a hard-to-notice change to the team’s bearded-and-braided logo, the Vikings definitely will have a different uniform in 2013. But the changes apparently will sweep more broadly than the “evolution” of the Viking profile. The Vikings have a
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  • Vollmer deal ties millions to playing time, performance

    Vollmer deal ties millions to playing time, performance

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The official numbers are for the deal signed by Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the base value over four years is $16.75 million, but millions more are tied to playing time and performance. The deal includ…
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  • With no Hanson deal, Lions looking at Akers

    With no Hanson deal, Lions looking at Akers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    While it seemed that Jason Hanson coming back to the Lions was a lay-up, there’s apparently no sure thing when it’s time to talk contract. The long-time kicker announced he wants to play again, and said he’d only play for the Lions. But they haven”
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  • Colts trade Clifton Geathers for Stanley Havili

    Colts trade Clifton Geathers for Stanley Havili

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    A player-for-player NFL deal! The Eagles have traded fullback Stanley Havili to the Colts for defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, the Eagles announced Thursday. The Eagles drafted Havili in the seventh round in 2011. At the time, now-Colts general manag…
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  • Domonique Foxworth thinks multiple gay players will come out

    Domonique Foxworth thinks multiple gay players will come out

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    This week’s story that a gay NFL player is considering coming out was met with an interesting reaction from Domonique Foxworth, the former NFL cornerback who is now president of the NFL Players Association. Foxworth said that not only does he think it”
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  • Cosell’s Take: The quarterback paradigm

    Cosell’s Take: The quarterback paradigm

    yahoo.com Mar 28, 2013
    Quarterback evaluation is a fascinating process. One can easily make the argument that the process of studying and analyzing college quarterbacks says more about the person doing the evaluating than it does about the quarterbacks themselves. Bill Walsh …
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  • Saints sign ex-Cowboys LB Butler for 2 years

    Saints sign ex-Cowboys LB Butler for 2 years

    The New Orleans Saints announced on Thursday the signing of free agent linebacker Victor Butler to a two-year contract.
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  • Dolphins agree to terms with veteran DL Martin

    Dolphins agree to terms with veteran DL Martin

    Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
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  • Steelers host James Sanders

    Steelers host James Sanders

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The Steelers, who are in need of veteran safety depth, are hosting free agent James Sanders on Thursday, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reported. The 29-year-old Sanders played 15 games as a reserve for Arizona in 2012, notching 19 tackles on defense. …
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  • Jamie Dukes’ PED snark about Manti Te’o is a compelling case fo…

    Jamie Dukes’ PED snark about Manti Te’o is a compelling case for reliable HGH testing

    yahoo.com Mar 28, 2013
    Apparently, some people were not impressed at the methods by which Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o shaved a tenth of a second off his 40-yard dash time from the scouting combine to his pro day a month later. The 4.71 40-yard dash he burned at the Fight…
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  • Man Of Mystery: Margus Hunt oozes natural talent, but will it b…

    Man Of Mystery: Margus Hunt oozes natural talent, but will it be …

    CNNSI.com Mar 28, 2013
    Margus Hunt oozes natural talent, but will it be enough to make an impact in the NFL? That's one of many questions teams are asking about the massive prospect, Chris Burke writes.
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  • Eagles, Bengals work out E.J. Manuel

    Eagles, Bengals work out E.J. Manuel

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel seems to be generating buzz as a potential first-round pick, but he’s spending his time this week working out for a couple teams who wouldn’t seem likely to take him in the first round. Manuel has a workout
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  • Tyrann Mathieu enjoys reunion with teammates at LSU’s pro day

    Tyrann Mathieu enjoys reunion with teammates at LSU’s pro day

    yahoo.com Mar 28, 2013
    Wednesday might have been the marquee day among for all the 2013 pro days. USC held its workout on the West Coast, Marcus Lattimore displayed an amazing comeback from a brutal knee injury at South Carolina's exposition, and a bevy of draftable players g…
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  • Pieces in place for Packers to do Matthews deal soon too

    Pieces in place for Packers to do Matthews deal soon too

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    It’s become apparent that the Packers are getting closer to a new deal for Aaron Rodgers. But that’s not the only big deal they’re working on. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, they’re also approaching a deal with out
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  • Get ready for another Carson Palmer drama

    Get ready for another Carson Palmer drama

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    When owners and teams treat football like a business, media and fans shrug. When players do, it’s regarded as an affront to the integrity of the game. It’s not fair, but that’s the way it is. And Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer needs to brace hims
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  • Rob Ryan has nothing to say to reporters yet

    Rob Ryan has nothing to say to reporters yet

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Usually, Rob Ryan has plenty to say. But the new Saints defensive coordinator brushed off a group of reporters Wednesday at LSU’s pro day, saying only “training camp.” But one of his former players who was there said Ryan should be an immediate help
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  • Cosell sees Barkley as a fourth-round talent

    Cosell sees Barkley as a fourth-round talent

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    So much for that post-Pro Day lift. A day after USC quarterback Matt Barkley completed 56 of 62 passes against the Kukua defense, the buzz isn’t entirely positive. Greg Cosell of NFL Films characterized Barkley as a fourth-round talent on The Dan Patric
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  • Jeff Fisher doesn’t see kickoffs going away

    Jeff Fisher doesn’t see kickoffs going away

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    In December, Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said he was sure that committee would examine the possibility of eliminating kickoffs from the NFL. But now Fisher says that’s not happening. Fisher appeared on Mike and Mik
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  • Barwin would have stayed in Houston for the same money

    Barwin would have stayed in Houston for the same money

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    News Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, one of the few free agents this year to get good money, would have stayed with the Texans if they’d merely offered him more of it. Barwin said on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk that, if he’d gotten the
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  • Banner says McCoy won’t be released, could be traded

    Banner says McCoy won’t be released, could be traded

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    In the aftermath of the Browns’ acquisition of quarterback Jason Campbell, it’s clear that someone eventually will have to go. That someone eventually could be Colt McCoy. Refuting a report that McCoy will soon be released or traded, CEO Joe Banner sa
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  • Eric Winston thinks it’s “a weird year” to be a free agent

    Eric Winston thinks it’s “a weird year” to be a free agent

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Eric Winston is one of the best offensive tackles available in free agency, but that doesn’t mean he has teams beating down his door with big-money offers. In fact, Winston acknowledged on NFL AM that he’s one of the many players finding this offseaso
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  • Ross, Braman continue South Beach billionaire battle

    Ross, Braman continue South Beach billionaire battle

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The effort to renovate the Miami Dolphins’ home stadium with public money has sparked a fight between two guys with a lot of it. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and former Eagles owner Norman Braman (pictured), both billionaires, continue to battle over the
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Free agent TE Fred Davis said he was impressed by new Bills coach Doug Marrone. Logo leak looms large over locking up lineman Lance Louis (Today’s one-liners are brought to you by the letter L). The Patriots still need to shed some light on their defens
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  • Giants take a look at Tim Hightower

    Giants take a look at Tim Hightower

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Tim Hightower, a free agent running back who once appeared to have a great deal of potential but hasn’t played since a serious injury a year a half ago, is getting a look from the Giants. Hightower is expected to visit Giants this weekend, Ralph Vacchia
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  • Chargers’ medical staff doubted Gaither’s claims about back pai…

    Chargers’ medical staff doubted Gaither’s claims about back pain

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    The Chargers dumped offensive tackle Jared Gaither this week after a 2012 season in which he made $9 million while playing only four games and was plagued by injuries. Although some in San Diego doubt that Gaither was actually hurt as badly as he claime…
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  • Russell Wilson has no intention of being “flavor of the month”

    Russell Wilson has no intention of being “flavor of the month”

    profootballtalk.com Mar 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t have much faith in the read-zone option being anything more than another passing fad. Tomlin called the offensive scheme the “flavor of the month” in the league and feels its success could very much
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  • Jarvis Jones and the Latest Case of the NFL Draft's Tape-vs.-Wo…

    Jarvis Jones and the Latest Case of the NFL Draft's Tape-vs.-Workout Debate

    grantland.com Mar 28, 2013
    Every year, as the NFL draft process drags on, a handful of players spark the same conversation about what evaluators should trust. Most often, they'r...
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  • Video - Osi's homecoming 03:45

    Osi's homecoming

    Mar 28
    Osi Umenyiora shares his thoughts on leaving the New York Giants and how he can help the Falcons win a Super Bowl as he makes his return home to Atlanta.
  • Video - Pittsburgh Steelers state of the franchise 02:31

    Pittsburgh Steelers state of the franchise

    Mar 28
    How will the loss of key veterans affect the Pittsburgh Steelers? Steelers safety Ryan Clark discuss how his team will bounce back in 2013.
  • Video - State of the Franchise: Pittsburgh Steelers 02:31

    State of the Franchise: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Mar 28
    How will the loss of key veterans affect the Pittsburgh Steelers? Steelers safety Ryan Clark discusses how his team will bounce back in 2013.
  • Video - Impact of Osi Umenyiora on Atlanta Falcons 01:09

    Impact of Osi Umenyiora on Atlanta Falcons

    Mar 28
    Charley Casserly discusses what type of impact newly signed DE Osi Umenyiora will have on the Atlanta Falcons.