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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 MiShare Tweet
Quarterback picture is still foggy as draft draws nearWith 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…Share TweetNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said that he would be accepting of a gay teammate.Share TweetTight 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 andShare Tweet
Cowboys’ 2009 draft class is no moreMaybe 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 yeShare Tweet
Ryan Clark knows it will be “tough” to replace James HarrisonBefore 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…Share Tweet
NFL Network “trying not to tip” draft picksNFL 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 saiShare TweetWith 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…Share TweetSeahawks 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 andShare TweetNew 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 hShare TweetAs 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 …Share Tweet
Jeff Linkenbach re-signs with ColtsColts 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 gamesShare TweetDespite 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 doneShare TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.Share TweetAfter 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 lShare Tweet
Tannehill excited for new-look Dolphins offenseUnder constant pressure, Ryan Tannehill kept backpedaling, trying to buy more time so he could improve his accuracy.Share TweetThe 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. …Share Tweet
Seahawks license plates could be coming in 2014The 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…Share Tweet
Bucs expected to draft a cornerback, whether they get Revis or notAlthough 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 tShare TweetThe New England Patriots have signed free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the team announced Thursday evening.Share TweetBrigham 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 linebaShare TweetMichael Huff doesn't expect to fill Ed Reed's shoes as the last line of the Baltimore Ravens defense.Share TweetThe 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…Share TweetWhile 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 “exploredShare Tweet
Bucs lock up Demar Dotson for four more yearsDemar 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. AfShare TweetCould 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 phShare Tweet
Darryl Tapp headed to WashingtonThe 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 RedskinShare Tweet
Lacy will run for scouts on April 11A 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 infoShare TweetFormer 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’sShare TweetThe 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 aShare TweetThanks 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 aShare TweetThe 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…Share TweetWhile 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”Share TweetA 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…Share Tweet
Domonique Foxworth thinks multiple gay players will come outThis 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”Share Tweet
Cosell’s Take: The quarterback paradigmQuarterback 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 …Share TweetThe New Orleans Saints announced on Thursday the signing of free agent linebacker Victor Butler to a two-year contract.Share TweetDefensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.Share TweetThe 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. …Share Tweet
Jamie Dukes’ PED snark about Manti Te’o is a compelling case for reliable HGH testingApparently, 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…Share TweetCNNSI.com Mar 28, 2013Margus 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.Share TweetFormer 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 workoutShare TweetWednesday 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…Share Tweet
Pieces in place for Packers to do Matthews deal soon tooIt’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 outShare TweetWhen 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 himsShare TweetUsually, 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 helpShare TweetSo 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 PatricShare TweetIn 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 MikShare TweetNews 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 theShare TweetIn 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 saShare TweetEric 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 offseasoShare TweetThe 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 theShare TweetFree 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 defensShare TweetTim 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 VacchiaShare TweetThe 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…Share Tweet
Russell Wilson has no intention of being “flavor of the month”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 muchShare Tweet
Jarvis Jones and the Latest Case of the NFL Draft's Tape-vs.-Workout Debategrantland.com Mar 28, 2013Every 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...Share Tweet
Osi's homecomingMar 28Osi 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.
Pittsburgh Steelers state of the franchiseMar 28How will the loss of key veterans affect the Pittsburgh Steelers? Steelers safety Ryan Clark discuss how his team will bounce back in 2013.
State of the Franchise: Pittsburgh SteelersMar 28How will the loss of key veterans affect the Pittsburgh Steelers? Steelers safety Ryan Clark discusses how his team will bounce back in 2013.
Impact of Osi Umenyiora on Atlanta FalconsMar 28Charley Casserly discusses what type of impact newly signed DE Osi Umenyiora will have on the Atlanta Falcons.