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Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense

Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense

profootballtalk.com Updated May 15, 2013
With new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan taking control of the New Orleans Saints defense, there were bound to be some changes to scheme and personnel as the Saints attempt to overhaul a defense that ranked dead last in the league last season. One of tho…
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  • Woodson leaves Denver without getting deal

    Woodson leaves Denver without getting deal

    ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    Charles Woodson met with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, then left town without a contract.
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  • Vikings make Webb a full-time receiver

    Vikings make Webb a full-time receiver

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Drafted in the sixth round three years ago as a receiver, Joe Webb has returned to that position. According to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings made the move after signing quarterback Matt Cassel and drafting receiver Cordarrelle…
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  • How Can The New England Patriots Cut A Guy Because He Has Diabe…

    How Can The New England Patriots Cut A Guy Because He Has Diabetes?

    Kyle Love was the Patriots starting DT until he was diagnosed with Diabetes within the last two weeks. Once the Patriots found out, they cut him. Not only did they cut him, but they essentially confirmed he was cut because of the diagnosis, because of t…
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  • Warrick Dunn earns MBA

    Warrick Dunn earns MBA

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    One of the most respected NFL players during his career continues to provide new reasons to respect him. Retired running back Warrick Dunn, who played for the Buccaneers, Falcons, and once again for the Buccaneers, has earned an MBA degree from Emory Un…
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  • Ray Edwards says boxing is safer than football

    Ray Edwards says boxing is safer than football

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Former NFL defensive end turned boxer Ray Edwards believes his new sport makes him less exposed to physical harm. Yes, Edwards believes boxing is safer than football. “Football is the only sport that is 100-percent injury prone,” Edwards tells Martin
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  • Glennon will get “a lot” of preseason reps

    Glennon will get “a lot” of preseason reps

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Last year, quarterback Russell Wilson went from 75th overall pick in the draft to the top of the Seahawks’ depth chart. This year, the guy who bumped Wilson out of North Carolina State could, in theory, do the same thing in Tampa. Quarterback Mike Glenn
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  • Ex-FBI director Freeh hired in suit against Haslam

    Ex-FBI director Freeh hired in suit against Haslam

    CNNSI.com May 15, 2013
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former FBI Director Louis Freeh's firm has been hired by trucking companies suing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's company, Pilot Flying J.
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  • The Fifth Down: Idzik Continues Jets Shakeup

    The Fifth Down: Idzik Continues Jets Shakeup

    John Idzik, the general manager of the Jets, will not retain Scott Cohen, the assistant general manager. Ari Nissim, another high-ranking executive, also will depart.
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  • McClain could be back

    McClain could be back

    There’s something not quite right about the decision of a 23-year-old top-10 draft pick with three years of experience retiring from the NFL. Then again, there’s usually something not quite right when it comes to linebacker Rolando McClain. My first t
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  • Kick returner/WR Cribbs signs deal with Raiders

    Kick returner/WR Cribbs signs deal with Raiders

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams.
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  • Paul Hornung’s Titletown Five longest shot in Preakness

    Paul Hornung’s Titletown Five longest shot in Preakness

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Titletown Five, a colt co-owned by Packers Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Willie Davis, has been installed as the longest shot in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The horse, who has one win in seven career starts, drew p
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  • Jay-Z, Geno Smith link intensifies

    Jay-Z, Geno Smith link intensifies

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Jets quarterback Geno Smith still hasn’t hired a new agent. One of Smith’s advisers, former West Virginia and NFL defensive lineman John Thornton, says Smith hopes to make a decision soon, likely after attending the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere in L.A. t
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  • Jets Tear Up Quarterback Plan as David Garrard Retires

    Jets Tear Up Quarterback Plan as David Garrard Retires

    The Jets’ quarterback situation took another strange turn Wednesday, when the veteran David Garrard called it quits because of his left knee.
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  • Accepting nominations for Colts’ Mt. Rushmore

    Accepting nominations for Colts’ Mt. Rushmore

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The process of nominating candidates for the Pro Football Talk Mt. Rushmore turns from the NFC to the AFC, and the first AFC team is one of the NFL teams that joined the AFL teams when the leagues merged in 1970. The Colts, currently of Indianapolis and…
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  • Cardinals’ GM: Mathieu could be the best playmaker in the draft

    Cardinals’ GM: Mathieu could be the best playmaker in the draft

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Was Tyrann Mathieu too big a risk for the Cardinals in the third round of the NFL draft? If Mathieu is as talented as Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim thinks, then the real risk would have been passing on an opportunity to add him in the third round…
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  • Richard Sherman hires replacement ref for charity softball game

    Richard Sherman hires replacement ref for charity softball game

    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is hosting a charity softball game in July, and he has found just the right umpire. Sherman wrote on the Facebook page for the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game that the umpire will be Lance Easley, one of the r…
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  • Dolphins pick up ex-Eagles WR Marvin McNutt

    Dolphins pick up ex-Eagles WR Marvin McNutt

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    It did not take long for former Eagles wide receiver Marvin McNutt to find another NFL home. The Dolphins were awarded him on waivers Wednesday, according to the league’s transaction log. McNutt (6-2, 216) was a 2012 sixth-round pick of the Eagles, who
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  • Jason Garrett: No change in Tony Romo’s input into game plan

    Jason Garrett: No change in Tony Romo’s input into game plan

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    There’s been a certain pattern around the Cowboys in recent years. Whether the topic has been windows of opportunity to win a Super Bowl or the identity of the team’s offensive play caller, owner Jerry Jones tends to make a proclamation that’s quick
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  • Jaguars move former 1st-rounder Alualu to DE

    Jaguars move former 1st-rounder Alualu to DE

    ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    The Jacksonville Jaguars see upside in moving Tyson Alualu outside.
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  • Lions awarded DB DeQuan Menzie on waivers

    Lions awarded DB DeQuan Menzie on waivers

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Lions were awarded defensive back DeQuan Menzie on waivers from Kansas City on Wednesday. The move was disclosed in the NFL’s transactions. The 23-year-old Menzie was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2012 draft. He spent last season on injure
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  • Erin Henderson “pissed” about lack of respect

    Erin Henderson “pissed” about lack of respect

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    It was supposed to be Manti Te’o. Then it was supposed to be Brian Urlacher. But at the moment, the Vikings middle linebacker appears to be Erin Henderson, and he’s tired of hearing about everyone else. “Coach told me all the time, ‘Play angry. Yo
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  • Jags using Denard Robinson at quarterback, too

    Jags using Denard Robinson at quarterback, too

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    When the 2013 NFL draft began, former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was deemed to be a receiver. When the Jaguars selected Robinson in round five, they dubbed him a running back. It has since become clear he’ll play both positions. It’s now bec
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  • Bucs sign another draft pick

    Bucs sign another draft pick

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now signed four members of their 2013 draft class. The fourth member is fourth-round defensive tackle Akeem Spence. That leaves only two rookies unsigned: second-round cornerback Johnathan Banks, and third-round quarterback…
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  • Dwayne Bowe: I’m going to lead league in catches and touchdowns

    Dwayne Bowe: I’m going to lead league in catches and touchdowns

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Chiefs have made several moves to bolster the league’s lowest-scoring offense and one holdover from that team believes the payoff will be a handsome one for him and one of his teammates. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe thinks that he’ll benefit from qua
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  • QB Dayne Crist gets a chance with the Ravens

    QB Dayne Crist gets a chance with the Ravens

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Dayne Crist, a highly coveted recruit coming out of high school whose college career didn’t amount to much, is getting another chance at making it as a quarterback after signing with the Ravens. Although Crist was viewed as a future star when he first e
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  • Pats' Wilson makes good on diaper offer

    Pats' Wilson makes good on diaper offer

    ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    Adrian Wilson makes good on his diaper offer to Kyle Arrington in exhange for a jersey number.
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  • Vikings sign three more, leaving just the first rounder(s)

    Vikings sign three more, leaving just the first rounder(s)

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Not that any of them are necessarily hard, but the Vikings have now taken care of all the easiest contract negotiations. The team announced they had signed fifth-round pick Jeff Locke, sixth-rounder Jeff Baca, and seventh-rounder Travis Bond. That leave…
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  • Wallace: Tannehill can be as good as Big Ben

    Wallace: Tannehill can be as good as Big Ben

    ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    When Mike Wallace left the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign with the Miami Dolphins he also went from catching passes from a veteran Super Bowl champion to a quarterback entering his second season in the NFL.
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  • Bills sign second-round pick Kiko Alonso

    Bills sign second-round pick Kiko Alonso

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Bills now have six of their 2013 draft picks under contract. The team announced Thursday that linebacker Kiko Alonso, the 46th overall pick of the draft and one of Buffalo’s two second-round selections. Wide receiver Robert Woods was the other secon
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  • Marty Mornhinweg hopes starting quarterback emerges quickly

    Marty Mornhinweg hopes starting quarterback emerges quickly

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    If you’re the sort of person who dreads the idea of hearing story after story about the Jets quarterback competition deep into August, you might be in luck. On a conference call with season ticket holders Wednesday, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwe
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  • Redskins sign injury plagued pick Thompson

    Redskins sign injury plagued pick Thompson

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Redskins just announced that fifth-round pick Chris Thompson signed his rookie contract, and tweeted out a photo for good measure. The surprise might be that he didn’t hurt himself while signing. Thompson was an electrifying running back at Florida
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  • Colts ready to ride with Vick Ballard

    Colts ready to ride with Vick Ballard

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The Colts didn’t make a significant offseason addition at running back, in part because they think last year’s fifth-rounder Vick Ballard’s all the back they need. According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, Colts coach Chuck Pagano is inclined to go in
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  • Jaguars rotating passers until further notice

    Jaguars rotating passers until further notice

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    A less generous sort might suggest that picking a name out of a hat might be as good an option. But new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he wanted to keep the repetitions in OTAs even between quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. “It’s going good,
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  • Packers are ready to welcome Brett Favre back into the family

    Packers are ready to welcome Brett Favre back into the family

    yahoo.com ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    Before you run screaming into the streets, we should make clear that this headline is not meant to infer that Brett Favre is trying to un-retire again. No, it's simply that after years of bad feelings and unnecessary drama, the Green Bay Packers are rea…
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  • Ravens’ Justin Tucker: I can have a perfect season on field goa…

    Ravens’ Justin Tucker: I can have a perfect season on field goals

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has a simple goal for the 2013 season: Never miss. “It’s not unrealistic to say that I can have a perfect regular season kicking field goals and extra points,” Tucker told the team’s website. “It’s just a matter of,
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  • No Mirage In The Desert

    No Mirage In The Desert

    CNNSI.com May 15, 2013
    Their division mates have dominated headlines, but don't sleep on the Cards. They may not pile on the wins yet, but something good is happening in Arizona, Chris Burke writes.
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  • Which new regime will take its team from last to the playoffs?

    Which new regime will take its team from last to the playoffs?

    CNNSI.com May 15, 2013
    The Colts did it last year. Now, six last-place finishers hope new regimes spark unexpected playoff turnarounds. Who's just thinking wishfully? Don Banks breaks it down.
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  • Gus Bradley: Blackmon’s “never done anything wrong with me”

    Gus Bradley: Blackmon’s “never done anything wrong with me”

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says that he was taught while growing up to “trust people right from” the moment you meet them because they haven’t done anything wrong to you. As you might expect, Bradley’s comment came while talking about wide receiver
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  • Bengals LB James Harrison spends up to $600,000 per year on ‘bo…

    Bengals LB James Harrison spends up to $600,000 per year on ‘body work’

    yahoo.com ESPN.com May 15, 2013
    Official NFL playing-time documents show that over his 10-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison played in 7,145 snaps on defense or special teams. Considering the physical, often violent nature of…
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  • Dolphins’ Marcus Thigpen aiming for NFL touchdown return record

    Dolphins’ Marcus Thigpen aiming for NFL touchdown return record

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    In the first game of his NFL career last season, Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Later in the season he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Overall, he had a solid season as the Dolphins’ primary return man. But Thigpen
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  • Titus Young pleads not guilty on eight counts, could face over …

    Titus Young pleads not guilty on eight counts, could face over seven years in prison

    yahoo.com May 15, 2013
    The saga of former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young rolls unmerrily along. Young, who participated in several criminal acts over the last few days, is currently on medical hold at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded not guilty to a to
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  • Mangini could land with 49ers as consultant

    Mangini could land with 49ers as consultant

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini, out of the NFL since the conclusion of the 2010 season, could be getting back in. Mangini is in talks with the 49ers about joining the team as a consultant, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS. The man who vau…
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  • Source: Panthers RB Williams reworks deal

    Source: Panthers RB Williams reworks deal

    DeAngelo Williams has restructured his contract, a move that likely takes the running back off the trade block and keeps him with the Carolina Panthers.
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  • Leslie Frazier confirms no Brian Urlacher for Vikes “at this po…

    Leslie Frazier confirms no Brian Urlacher for Vikes “at this point”

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Tuesday brought a report indicating Vikings interest in free agent linebacker Brian Urlacher as well as a report that the team was not currently interested in Urlacher because they wanted to look at the players they already have on the roster. According…
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  • Richmond newspaper welcomes Redskins to town with one-sided sup…

    Richmond newspaper welcomes Redskins to town with one-sided support of team name

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    In roughly two months, the Washington Redskins will open training camp in Richmond, Virginia. And the local newspaper is rolling out the red carpet in the best possible way. Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has penned a one-sided article charac…
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  • Report: Giants, Cruz finally closing in on contract

    Report: Giants, Cruz finally closing in on contract

    Report: Giants, Cruz finally closing in on contract
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  • Jackson gets work with first team at Bills workouts

    Jackson gets work with first team at Bills workouts

    CNNSI.com May 15, 2013
    Jackson gets work with first team at Bills workouts
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  • Matt Forte preparing for increased role as receiver

    Matt Forte preparing for increased role as receiver

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Among the many complaints about the Bears offense in 2012 was the way the team failed to make full use of running back Matt Forte’s skills as a receiver. Forte caught 44 passes for 340 yards last year, setting career lows in each stat even after Forte m
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  • Jags kicker Josh Scobee tries to teach Big Uglies to kick; horr…

    Jags kicker Josh Scobee tries to teach Big Uglies to kick; horrifying hilarity ensues

    yahoo.com May 15, 2013
    Why is it the kickers who are always the most interesting players on any football team? Theory: too much time with nothing to do + lack of repeated hits to the head. Anyway, here's Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee with a tweet you cannot unsee: Tried teaching…
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  • Delanie Walker prepares to become Titans No. 1 tight end

    Delanie Walker prepares to become Titans No. 1 tight end

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    After spending seven years in San Francisco as second fiddle to Vernon Davis, tight end Delanie Walker is ready to blossom in Tennessee. “It’s like you’re getting a divorce,” Walker recently said, via Greg Pogue of FOXSportsTennessee.com. “And n
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  • Aaron Corp Across America Tour continues

    Aaron Corp Across America Tour continues

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    At the rate he’s going, Aaron Corp might work for every team in the league this offseason. According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, Corp has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dolphins, his third team this offseason. If you blinked, you might ha
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  • Source: Jets GM continues front-office shake-up

    Source: Jets GM continues front-office shake-up

    Two more members of the New York Jets front office have been let go, as new general manager John Idzik continues his makeover of the franchise.
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  • DeAngelo Hall: I got my money in Oakland, it’s not about that n…

    DeAngelo Hall: I got my money in Oakland, it’s not about that now

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    One of the worst contracts any NFL team has given a player in recent years was the deal the Raiders gave cornerback DeAngelo Hall in 2008. That year, Hall got a $7 million signing bonus and had already made $1 million in base salary when the Raiders cut…
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  • Carson Palmer: I can’t just click with Larry Fitzgerald

    Carson Palmer: I can’t just click with Larry Fitzgerald

    It doesn’t take long to figure out why quarterback Carson Palmer was traded to the Cardinals this offseason. You need only look at wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s statistics from last season to understand why the team dealt for Palmer. Fitzgerald had
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  • Jimmy Smith’s story sad, not completely surprising

    Jimmy Smith’s story sad, not completely surprising

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    When we unveil next month on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk the four members of each franchise’s Mt. Rushmore, former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith could land on the Jacksonville version. Earlier this year, he landed in a far worse place, for a
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  • Add Brooks Reed to Texans list of offseason surgeries

    Add Brooks Reed to Texans list of offseason surgeries

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    On paper, the Texans have a solid defense coming back. But at the moment, that paper is in the form of a medical file. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told 610 AM in Houston (via the Houston Chronicle) that outside linebacker Brooks Reed had …
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Former Bills CB Derrick Burroughs, whose career cut was short by a neck injury in 1989, is now the head coach at Lane College, where he coached CB Vernon Kearney, who is now trying to make the Bills. Dolphins K Dan Campbell is slated to make five times …
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  • Sean Lee: I’d rather play fewer years than “go soft”

    Sean Lee: I’d rather play fewer years than “go soft”

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Now would probably be a good time to ask Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee where he comes down on the whole “chicken vs. egg” debate. After missing 10 games last year with torn toe ligaments, tearing an ACL in college, and dealing with less serious wrist an
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  • After Ingram injury, Freeney to visit Chargers

    After Ingram injury, Freeney to visit Chargers

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    Some moves are easy to see coming. In the aftermath of outside linebacker Melvin Ingram’s torn ACL yesterday, it was natural to wonder whether unemployed pass-rusher Dwight Freeney would be talking to the Chargers soon. Wonder no more. According to Mich
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  • Jets claim Marcus Davis off waivers from Giants

    Jets claim Marcus Davis off waivers from Giants

    profootballtalk.com May 15, 2013
    The New York Jets have picked up a cast off from their cross-town rivals. The Jets claimed wide receiver Marcus Davis off waivers from the New York Giants on Tuesday. Davis signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent but was released by the team o…
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  • Video - Throwback Thursday: Defensive linemen 03:16

    Throwback Thursday: Defensive linemen

    May 15
    Craig Haubert compares ESPN 150 recruits Lorenzo Carter, Myles Garrett and Lorenzo Featherston to defensive ends in college football and the NFL.
  • Video - Wallace: Tannehill Can Be As Good As Big Ben 03:46

    Wallace: Tannehill Can Be As Good As Big Ben

    May 15
    ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker discusses Mike Wallace's comments about Ryan Tannehill's arm strength and potential to be as good as Wallace's former Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Video - More money more problems 02:49

    More money more problems

    May 15
    Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard talks to the "NFL Total Access" guys about the off-the-field challenges of transitioning to life in the NFL.
  • Video - Comparing 2013 New Orleans Saints to 2007 'Spygate' New England Patriots 02:40

    Comparing 2013 New Orleans Saints to 2007 'Spygate' New England Patriots

    May 15
    Are the New Orleans Saints on a similar course as the 2007 New England Patriots, who overcame the "Spygate" scandal? Former Saints players Heath Evans and Darren Sharper debate.

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  • Don Banks: Which new regime will take its team from last to the playoffs?

    May 15
    With Buddy Nix being eased into semi-retirement this week in Buffalo, the NFL in 2013 will now have eight new general managers on the job to go along with the eight new head coaches who have been hired since the close of the regular season. All told, th…