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Akiem Hicks to be a defensive end in Saints 3-4 defense
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…Upvote Share Tweet
Charles Woodson met with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, then left town without a contract.Upvote Share TweetDrafted 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…Upvote Share TweetKyle 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…Upvote Share TweetOne 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Edwards says boxing is safer than footballFormer 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 MartinUpvote Share TweetLast 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 GlennUpvote Share TweetKNOXVILLE, 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.Upvote Share TweetJohn 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.Upvote Share TweetThere’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 tUpvote Share TweetOAKLAND, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Paul Hornung’s Titletown Five longest shot in PreaknessTitletown 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 pUpvote Share Tweet
Jay-Z, Geno Smith link intensifiesJets 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. tUpvote Share TweetThe Jets’ quarterback situation took another strange turn Wednesday, when the veteran David Garrard called it quits because of his left knee.Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals’ GM: Mathieu could be the best playmaker in the draftWas 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…Upvote Share TweetSeahawks 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…Upvote Share TweetIt 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, whoUpvote Share TweetThere’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 quickUpvote Share TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars see upside in moving Tyson Alualu outside.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 injureUpvote Share Tweet
Erin Henderson “pissed” about lack of respectIt 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. YoUpvote Share TweetWhen 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 becUpvote Share Tweet
Bucs sign another draft pickThe 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 quaUpvote Share TweetDayne 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 eUpvote Share Tweet
Pats' Wilson makes good on diaper offerAdrian Wilson makes good on his diaper offer to Kyle Arrington in exhange for a jersey number.Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings sign three more, leaving just the first rounder(s)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…Upvote Share TweetWhen 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 seconUpvote Share Tweet
Marty Mornhinweg hopes starting quarterback emerges quicklyIf 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 MornhinweUpvote Share TweetThe 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 FloridaUpvote Share TweetThe 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 inUpvote Share Tweet
Jaguars rotating passers until further noticeA 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,Upvote Share TweetBefore 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens’ Justin Tucker: I can have a perfect season on field goalsRavens 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,Upvote Share Tweet
No Mirage In The DesertTheir 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetJaguars 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 receiverUpvote Share TweetOfficial 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins’ Marcus Thigpen aiming for NFL touchdown return recordIn 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 ThigpenUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated May 15, 2013The 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 toUpvote Share TweetFormer 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…Upvote Share TweetDeAngelo Williams has restructured his contract, a move that likely takes the running back off the trade block and keeps him with the Carolina Panthers.Upvote Share TweetTuesday 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Richmond newspaper welcomes Redskins to town with one-sided support of team nameIn 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…Upvote Share TweetReport: Giants, Cruz finally closing in on contractUpvote Share Tweet
Jackson gets work with first team at Bills workoutsJackson gets work with first team at Bills workoutsUpvote Share TweetAmong 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 mUpvote Share Tweet
Jags kicker Josh Scobee tries to teach Big Uglies to kick; horrifying hilarity ensuesyahoo.com Updated May 15, 2013Why 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Delanie Walker prepares to become Titans No. 1 tight endAfter 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 nUpvote Share TweetAt 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 haUpvote Share TweetTwo 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.Upvote Share Tweet
DeAngelo Hall: I got my money in Oakland, it’s not about that nowOne 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…Upvote Share TweetIt 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 hadUpvote Share Tweet
Jimmy Smith’s story sad, not completely surprisingWhen 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 aUpvote Share TweetOn 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 …Upvote Share TweetFormer 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 …Upvote Share TweetNow 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 anUpvote Share TweetSome 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 MichUpvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Throwback Thursday: Defensive linemenMay 15Craig Haubert compares ESPN 150 recruits Lorenzo Carter, Myles Garrett and Lorenzo Featherston to defensive ends in college football and the NFL.
Wallace: Tannehill Can Be As Good As Big BenMay 15ESPN.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.
More money more problemsMay 15Cincinnati 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.
Comparing 2013 New Orleans Saints to 2007 'Spygate' New England PatriotsMay 15Are 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.
Don Banks: Which new regime will take its team from last to the playoffs?May 15With 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…