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Former Saints long snapper coughs up cash for coach
Last year’s Saints bounty scandal nearly made everyone forget about the team’s 2010 Vicodin scandal. And it definitely made everyone forget about a scandal from 2009 regarding movie tax credits that didn’t exist. According to the Associated Press, cUpvote Share Tweet
With Joe Flacco getting a new contract completed with the Baltimore Ravens early this offseason, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan became next in line on the list of young quarterbacks looking to cash in with a big second contract. Ryan is scheduled…Upvote Share TweetFormer Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young's legal problems are only getting worse.Upvote Share TweetDoug Whaley was promoted and will take over as the Buffalo Bills’ general manager, making the team’s near top-to-bottom off-season overhaul complete.Upvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders, pressed against the 90-man offseason roster limit, have found enough spots for not one but two. The team announced on Thursday that receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs has officially joined the team, along with undrafted rookie q…Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm next week, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The exact date of the surgery is not yet set.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL players vote Stephen Tulloch ahead of Darrelle RevisThe odd voting on NFL Network’s Top 100 program continues. On tonight’s episode of the show, on which the league-owned network counts down the 100 best players in the NFL as voted on by the players (or at least the players who felt like filling out baUpvote Share Tweet
The Jets’ Quarterback Vortex Has Sanchez Spinningnytimes.com Updated May 16, 2013The decision by the veteran quarterback David Garrard to step away has altered the Jets quarterback dynamic, casting Mark Sanchez opposite the rookie Geno Smith.Upvote Share TweetIt looks like our boy has finally found work. Chris Kluwe punted for the Minnesota Vikings for eight years, but was cut 10 days ago to make room for a younger, cheaper option: rookie punter Jeff Locke out of UCLA. In his time at Minnesota, he carved out…Upvote Share TweetLate last month, New York Jets second-round quarterback Geno Smith fired his agents after falling out of Round 1 in the 2013 NFL draft. Smith is expected to announce a decision on a new agent soon - the favorite is Jay-Z's "Roc Nation" sports agency -Upvote Share TweetLions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined, suspended and roundly criticized as a dirty player. But one of the greatest players ever to play his position says Suh should keep doing what he’s doing. Mean Joe Greene, the Hall of Famer who playedUpvote Share TweetAnother publication seems to think that our Mt. Rushmore exercise has been limited to one team - the Jaguars. For said other publication and anyone else who can’t, you know, read, we’re doing it for every team. The winners will be announced throughoUpvote Share TweetFormer New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer agreed to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetAs we and many others reported yesterday, the New England Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love this week in the wake of the news that he has Type-2 diabetes. And for those who were wondering whether Love's release might have been for other reaso…Upvote Share Tweet
Fred Goldman's lawyer testifies in O.J. caseDavid Cook testified Thursday in Las Vegas that some of the items that were taken in the hotel room heist that sent O.J. Simpson to prison didn't really belong to him.Upvote Share TweetThe Seahawks announced the signing of rookie fullback Spencer Ware on Thursday. A sixth-round pick out of LSU, the 5-foot-10, 229-pound Ware rushed for 367 yards and a touchdown on 94 carries as a junior in 2012. He declared for the draft with one seaso…Upvote Share TweetBefore quarterback Pat White joined the Redskins, he ditched a lawsuit claiming permanent injuries from concussions suffered during his one year with the Dolphins. Apparently, “permanent” no longer means what it used to. Seeing White’s audacity andUpvote Share Tweet
Krafts catch flak for favoring Patriots over RevolutionSoccer fans in America often have a chip on their shoulder about football. And for good reason. Football is the dominant sport in the country, soccer isn’t. Then again, soccer is boring. Football isn’t. It creates potential friction where an NFL teamUpvote Share TweetThe Falcons have come to terms with UCF safety Kemal Ishmael, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday. One of the Falcons’ three seventh-round picks, the 5-foot-11, 206-pound Ishmael would most likely figure as a backuUpvote Share TweetA warrant has been issued for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson in South Florida.Upvote Share TweetBrowns quarterback Brandon Weeden has said several times this offseason that he’s not worrying about competition from Jason Campbell and focusing on being the best quarterback he can be. Weeden was on that topic again Thursday, talking about how much woUpvote Share Tweet
Browns re-sign RB Brandon JacksonThe Browns have re-signed running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio Thursday. Jackson, 27, played sparingly for the Browns in 2012, rushing for 54 yards on eight carries - all in the season finale at PUpvote Share TweetMcClain: I'm retiring to get my life back togetherUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots’ apologists suddenly have gotten very quiet. For many of them, their strongest arguments in support of the team’s decision to release defensive lineman Kyle Love evaporated when the Jaguars realized that football and Type-2 diabetes can cUpvote Share Tweet
All Eyes On OTAs: Which injury situation is the most compelling? Wh…CNNSI.com Updated May 16, 2013Which injury situation is the most compelling? What rookies should we be paying the most attention to? SI.com's Peter King tells us what and who he'll be watching for as OTAs continue.Upvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs have a new coach and a new G.M. With the draft come and gone, they also have a bunch of new front-office employees. On Thursday, the team announced that former Saints V.P. of football operations Will Lewis will serve as the direct…Upvote Share TweetJoe McKnight plans to fight to the death to maintain his spot on the New York Jets' roster.Upvote Share TweetDoug Free has accepted a pay cut and will remain with the Dallas Cowboys, according to a source.Upvote Share TweetDavid Garrard could end up in Jets camp this summer after all. The retiring-because-of-a-bad-knee quarterback told Jim Corbett of USA Today he’s been offered a coaching internship by the team. “The Jets offered me the chance to come back if I want toUpvote Share Tweet
Which NFL Draft Expert Had The Dumbest Mock Draft?deadspin.com Updated May 16, 2013Republished with permission from Pundit Tracker.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Fraud.: Fraud. Conspirator. Quack. Disgrace. Why is Ellio…deadspin.com Updated May 16, 2013Fraud. Conspirator. Quack. Disgrace. Why is Elliot Pellman, the man who spent a decade dismissing the long-term effects of concussions, still an NFL medical advisor? [Sports on Earth]Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe Texans added a pair of players to the mix at outside linebacker during the draft and they’ve gotten one of them under contract. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Trevardo WilliaUpvote Share TweetDonovan McNabb said Thursday he'd "love" to have his No. 5 retired by the Philadelphia Eagles but said that decision is the team's to make.Upvote Share TweetThe Patriots have reached a contract agreement with rookie cornerback Logan Ryan, agents Jonathan Feinsod and Neil Schwartz said Thursday on Twitter. A third-round pick, Ryan (5-11, 191) was the No. 83 overall selection. He intercepted four passes in 20…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Randy Moss undecided about playing another yearBefore the Super Bowl, PFT reported that wide receiver Randy Moss planned to play at least one more year whether or not he was re-signed by the 49ers. The 49ers have passed on bringing him back and we haven’t heard much about interest elsewhere in the lUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated May 16, 2013One year ago, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll went all-in on third-round quarterback Russell Wilson, saying that the former North Carolina State signal-caller (by way of Wisconsin) would get a huge number of reps in the preseason. He certainly …Upvote Share TweetFirst-year San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy seemed impressed with free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney during his San Diego visit, and he said the team will certainly design their defensive scheme to accommodate him if they sign him.Upvote Share Tweet
Looking at Green Bay's bolstered backfieldCNNSI.com Updated May 16, 2013Breaking news: The Packers' passing offense is pretty good. This year, though, they're a threat on the ground, too. Chris Burke takes a look at Green Bay's bolstered backfield.Upvote Share TweetBrowns guard Jason Pinkston was putting together a strong 2012 season when he developed a blood clot in his lung six games into the season. Pinkston was hospitalized and placed on injured reserve, ending his season and casting some doubt on whether he’dUpvote Share TweetDeSean Jackson isn’t the only Eagles receiver who may be returning punts this year. According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, receiver Jeremy Maclin will get a chance to fill those duties, too. “Yeah, we’ll look at Mac back there,” coach Chip KeUpvote Share TweetCharles Woodson is still looking for a new home and the New York Giants have inquired about the veteran safety.Upvote Share TweetThe Redskins weren’t exactly threadbare at running back, and then they drafted a pair. But they still might have some interest in bringing back Tim Hightower, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who says the Giants have inquired as well. HigUpvote Share TweetCleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he was "absolutely not" aware of and did not participate in the practices that led to the federal investigation into his Pilot Flying J company.Upvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, the Redskins announced that they had agreed to a contract with rookie running back Chris Thompson. Thompson, a fifth-round pick last month, was one of two running backs the Redskins selected in the draft. The team announced Thursday that t…Upvote Share Tweet
DeSean documentary reveals rocky start with ReidIn 2008, the Eagles made receiver DeSean Jackson a second-round pick in the draft. It was a happy moment for Jackson and his family. And then Jackson got on the phone with former Eagles coach Andy Reid. In a new documentary focusing on Jackson’s footbalUpvote Share TweetDallas Cowboys officials are exploring the possibility of leaving their Valley Ranch practice facility for another city, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.Upvote Share TweetBowe: I'll lead NFL in receptions, TDs this seasonUpvote Share TweetThe Steelers have joined the list of teams with draft picks under contract. The team’s communications coordinator Burt Lauten announced Thursday that the team has reached agreement on a contract with fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas. The former SyracusUpvote Share TweetWhen organizations make changes at the top, the guys on the bottom of the roster are at risk. So with a new coach and General Manager, the Jaguars aren’t afraid to let the old guys go. The latest to be shown the door is running back Montell Owens, accorUpvote Share Tweet
Steve Smith’s glad Sanchez isn’t feeding him the ballIt’s apparently open season on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, inexplicably, was the latest to pile on, suggesting (we think) he did not care for the former Southern Cal quarterback. “I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez thUpvote Share TweetAlthough the Jacksonville Jaguars said they drafted Denard Robinson to be a running back and kick returner, he ran some plays from the quarterback spot on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Packers fans to get their own reality showThe Packers might never be on Hard Knocks, but their fans might have a reality show of their own. According to RealScreen.com, TBS is developing a show tentatively called Cheeseheads, which will focus on the lives of Packers fans. The show promises to “Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots’ decision to cut Love looks like disability discriminationThe ruthless nature of football decision-making has resulted in plenty of fans and reporters becoming desensitized to the human element of these moves. And that causes us all, in some situations, to miss potential violations of human rights. For former …Upvote Share TweetHe’s been hurt for the last two years, was caught in the middle of the league’s bounty investigation and had to take a nearly $5 million pay cut to stay. But no one sounds happier to be with the Saints right now than linebacker Jonathan Vilma. “Hey,Upvote Share Tweet
Henry Melton still hopeful about long-term dealWhen the Bears used the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte last year, Forte refused to sign the tender and stayed away from the team during offseason workouts while trying to land a long-term deal. The strategy worked out for him as he and the tea…Upvote Share TweetAlready the least popular of the federal governmental agencies, the IRS has taken a significant hit in recent days amid news confirming longstanding beliefs that the U.S. tax department exercised its discretion to conduct audits and generally give folks…Upvote Share Tweet
Thursday morning one-linersThe Bills are hoping Colts draft bust Jerry Hughes can give them something they lack. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald warns that being offseason champions means nothing for the Dolphins now. Patriots LB Jerod Mayo is willing to wait and see how the…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated May 16, 2013The Minnesota Vikings may not be entirely sure who their future franchise quarterback is, but they apparently know who it won't be. It was announced on Wednesday that head coach Leslie Frazier has decided to move backup quarterback Joe Webb to receiver …Upvote Share TweetNew Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace says Miami’s quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, will be just as good as his old quarterback, Ben Reothlisberger. “Both have strong arms. Ryan has a cannon, can really fling it,” Wallace told the Miami Herald. “RyaUpvote Share Tweet
O.J. Simpson takes stand in bid for new trialHis leg shackles rattling as he shuffled to and from the witness stand, O.J. Simpson made his own case Wednesday for a new trial on armed robbery chargesUpvote Share TweetWhen Gus Bradley was retained as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks following the change in head coaches from Jim Mora to Pete Carroll, one of the key personnel changes they made was to move Red Bryant from defensive tackle to defensive end. …Upvote Share Tweet
112-Day NFL Warning: It's Time to Rethink Some of These Uniformsgrantland.com Updated May 16, 2013What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen...Upvote Share Tweet
'Top 100 Players of 2013': Chris JohnsonMay 16Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is voted the 62nd-best player in the NFL, according to his peers, on the "Top 100 Players of 2013."
'Top 100 Players of 2013': Alfred MorrisMay 16Redskins RB Alfred Morris is voted the 64th best player in the NFL according to his peers on the "Top 100 Players of 2013."
Reaction to Ben Roethlisberger falling on 'Top 100'May 16Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians joins our panel to debate if Ben Roethlisberger should have been ranked higher than 61st on "The Top 100 Players of 2013."
Cleveland Browns sign QB Brian HoyerMay 16Ian Rapoport reports the Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with former Arizona Cardinals backup QB Brian Hoyer.