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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu grew up in California and played college football at USC. But when it comes to his pro career, Polamalu has become a cold-weather guy. He explained on Friday’s Pro Football Talk that, when the schedule comes out for the nexShare Tweet
Long defined by his failures, QB inherits big responsibilities with big contractShare TweetIf Carson Palmer is indeed on his way out in Oakland, he reportedly has an idea of a couple places he would like to land. Palmer is said to like Arizona and San Francisco as potential new destinations, Mike Garofolo of USA Today reported Friday. The sit…Share TweetNew England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola touched on starting the process of developing a rapport with quarterback Tom Brady in an interview this week on 101ESPN St. Louis. The work apparently will start next week.Share TweetThe Browns’ special teams could look far different in 2013. At the very least, Cleveland will have a new placekicker, as Phil Dawson signed with the 49ers. What’s more, punter Reggie Hodges is an unrestricted free agent, as is returner /all-around speShare TweetShortly after signing with the Bears today, guard Matt Slauson addressed the play for which he’s best known: The blindside hit to Brian Cushing’s knee that ended Cushing’s 2012 season while Slauson played for the Jets. Slauson told Sean Jensen of thShare Tweet
Stewart's wife files counterclaim for divorceA lawyer for reality television star Porsha Williams says his client has filed a counterclaim for divorce against her former NFL player husband Kordell Stewart.Share TweetTexans defensive end J.J. Watt took batting practice with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday. You can probably guess what happened next, because we wouldn’t have written this had he solely worked on moving the runner over from second to thShare Tweet
Clemson’s Andre Ellington works out for scoutsNo fewer than 20 NFL teams watched former Clemson running back Andre Ellington go through a workout at the school on Friday, the Associated Press reported. Ellington missed Clemson’s Pro Day with a hamstring injury he aggravated at the Combine. AccordinShare Tweet
Ex-Lions great Barney files discrimination suitFormer Detroit Lions great and Hall of Famer Lem Barney filed a discrimination lawsuit Friday against a Detroit health system, alleging he was fired because of his age.Share Tweet
Bears sign a quarterback too, but for a lot lessThe Cowboys aren’t the only team doing quarterback business today. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have brought back backup Josh McCown, on a one-year deal. While we’re guessing McCown will make roughly $107 million or so lesShare TweetSo much for the Raiders being interested in Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft. The reported trade that will send one-game wonder Matt Flynn from Seattle to Oakland means that the Raiders won’t be drafting Smith, or presumably any otherShare TweetThe brand new Dallas-to-New-Orleans pipeline continues to push guys from Texas to New Orleans. Earlier this week, linebacker Victor Butler jumped from the Cowboys to the Saints. Now, defensive end Kenyon Coleman has joined a defense that will be run bef…Share Tweet
Report: NFL opposes FCC proposal that could affect wireless micsThe New York Times has a fascinating story on how the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to auction off airwave space utilized by wireless microphone users is drawing pushback from numerous groups - including the NFL. “Despite NFL’s bestShare Tweet
Dolphins put John Jerry on notice about his weightDolphins guard John Jerry is getting a simple message: If you want to stay on this team, you’d better keep your wait under control. That’s the word from Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who says that when offseason work begins, he wants to see Jerry in gooShare TweetDuring a Wednesday appearance on ESPN New York, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski repeated his stance that a gay teammate would be accepted in his locker room. "I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the …Share Tweet
Cedrick Wilson seeks diversion in alleged test schemeFormer NFL wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was in federal court in Memphis Friday seeking diversion in a case where he is alleged to have conspired to have someone else take a teaching certification exam for him, the Associated Press reported Friday. Wilso…Share TweetChargers running back Ryan Mathews is treading closer and closer to “bust” territory, in part because he has spent too much time in his first three NFL seasons being broken. Mathews knows that he has to stay healthy, and he recently talked about the sShare TweetRams coach Jeff Fisher is confident he can talk Rodger Saffold into getting on board with playing right tackle. That is, as soon as he talks to Saffold. Fisher told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he wasn’t worried about smoothing thingsShare TweetCNNSI.com Mar 29, 2013They were the laughingstock of the league. And yet, born out of that ineptitude came one of the most successful GM trees of all-time. Don Banks introduces you to The Tampa 7.Share TweetThe Patriots are taking a look at the Honey Badger. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will visit with the Patriots on April 5, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Mathieu is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft. As a truShare Tweet
Wheelin' And Dealin'CNNSI.com Mar 29, 2013OK, so there won't be another RGIII-esque mega-trade in this year's draft. But there will be drama. Chris Burke looks at nine teams who could move up in the first round.Share Tweet
The Shutdown 50: LSU DE Sam MontgomeryWith 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…Share Tweet
NFL quietly reaches key anniversaryAs the Pro Football Hall of Fame noted earlier today, NFL owners voted 36 years ago Friday to expand the regular season to 16 games. At that same league meeting, owners also agreed to add a second wild-card team. Whether the NFL ever adds games to the r…Share Tweet
PFT Live: Justin Pugh, PFT Planet contributionsQuarterback Ryan Nassib isn’t the only Syracuse draft prospect with whom NFL fans should start to familiarize themselves. On Friday’s PFT Live, we check in with former Orangemen offensive tackle Justin Pugh, who may have the ability to play multiple pShare TweetLinebacker Connor Barwin is leaving Houston for the Philadelphia Eagles, and, as is the custom, took a moment to thank the team which gave him his first shot at an NFL career. But Barwin went a step further than the traditional blanket thank-you newspap…Share Tweet
Kwame Harris tells gay players: Don’t feel aloneIn the days before the Super Bowl, a story emerged that former NFL player Kwame Harris had been involved in a domestic dispute with his former boyfriend. At that time, Harris had never publicly acknowledged that he’s gay. Now he has. Harris said on CNNShare Tweet
Changes to Eagles culture extends to seating chartThere is no limit to Chip Kelly’s willingness to bring change to the Eagles. From defensive schemes to hiring a sports science coordinator, the entire deck is being shuffled. And so is the locker room. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily NeShare Tweet49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was targeted on the team's last three plays of Super Bowl XLVII, said Thursday that he lost vision after being hit hard in the face near the goal line on third down.Share TweetThe Washington Redskins re-signed tight end Fred Davis, the team announced Friday.Share TweetThe Steelers usually don’t do much in free agency. Which makes even the possibility that they’ll do something in free agency big news in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, the Steelers hosted safety James Sanders and running back Ahmad Bradshaw for free-agencyShare TweetThe Panthers needed to save a little money on Jordan Gross, and Gross needed to decide whether he wanted to take a chance at the same money being somewhere else, minus moving costs. That led the Panthers long-time left tackle to accept less on what amou…Share Tweet
Friday morning one-linersThe Dolphins signed Vaughn Martin before he could visit the Seahawks. Fifty years ago Thursday marked an important date in Jets history. Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, per the Boston Herald, feels “really good now” as he recovers from knee sShare TweetThe 49ers may not be the only team looking for a read-option scout-team quarterback. The Giants, who face Robert Griffin III twice per year and now will be dealing with whatever Eagles coach Chip Kelly concocts in his speed-talking laboratory, also will…Share TweetWhen he agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal with the Ravens, one of the first things Michael Huff did was text Ed Reed. But at the same time, he doesn’t need to spend too much time trying to be Ed Reed. “It means a lot,” Huff said, via Aaron WilShare TweetThe Jets continue to look around for bargains, and have brought in journeyman offensive lineman Jake Scott for a visit. According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, Scott visited Thursday but didn’t sign. The former Colts fifth-rounder has also played for thShare TweetIn Osi Umenyiora’s 10 seasons with the Giants, they had a winning record seven times, made the playoffs five times and won the Super Bowl twice. But Umenyiora says none of those Giants teams has the talent of the Falcons team he just joined. Umenyiora sShare Tweet
Cardinals retain Ronald Talley, release Blake DeChristopherThe Arizona Cardinals made a pair of roster moves on Thursday. The team retained defensive end Ronald Talley and waived guard Blake DeChristopher. Talley was an exclusive rights free agent and could only sign with the Cardinals if he was tendered an off…Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Romo Gets His MoneyMar 29Episode 296: Ed Werder breaks down Tony Romo's contract extension with the Cowboys. The NFL32 crew discuss Ryan Mathews' comments on is team being complacent last season.
Carson Palmer's futureMar 29With Matt Flynn now on his way to the Oakland Raiders, where might QB Carson Palmer end up? Ian Rapoport has the latest.
Donovan McNabb defends his Tony Romo tweetMar 29Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb defends his tweet questioning if Tony Romo is worth the money the Dallas Cowboys just gave him.
Draft War Room: Carolina PanthersMar 29The "Path to the Draft" crew gives you an inside look at what the Carolina Panthers' war room will look like in April for the 2013 NFL Draft.