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The Browns quickly pounced on linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, and linebacker Quentin Groves when free agency opened. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton is happy about that - especially in light of the players the team alreadyUpvote Share Tweet
Former Bears tight end Matt Spaeth is returning to the Steelers, according to a source.Upvote Share TweetFor the second time Friday afternoon, the Jets grabbed a useful lineman with a one-year deal. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they agreed with former Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay, who was released earlier this week. Earlier Friday, they siUpvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens signed Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year, $3.55 million contract, which continues a free-agent trend for Baltimore to upgrade the defensive line. The Ravens made it a priority earlier this week when they signe…Upvote Share Tweet
No deals for Steelers after free-agent visitsThe Pittsburgh Steelers had a small group of visiting free-agents Friday, but all left without a contract. Sounds like a theme in the AFC North today. According to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, running back Beanie Wells, outside linebacker…Upvote Share TweetEven though they gave decent money to a third-down running back , the Jets aren’t in a position to spend heavily. But they did add a potentially valuable part, getting former Steelers guard Willie Colon. According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com,Upvote Share TweetThe Giants continue to look for linebacker depth, and seem particularly interested in depth inside. According to Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet, Dan Connor will visit the Giants. The former Cowboys and Panthers inside linebacker had previously visite…Upvote Share Tweet
Pats dust off the RFA marketIn recent years, the restricted free agency market hasn’t been a market. Last year, for example, more than 40 RFAs were available, but not a single one signed an offer sheet. This year, the Patriots have dusted off the restricted free agency market byUpvote Share Tweet
The National Sport Of Afghanistan Is Called Bukkake, According To Clueless Pittsburgh Sports-Talk Hostsdeadspin.com Updated Mar 15, 2013Ron Cook and Vinnie Richichi hold down the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot on Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan. Four hours can be a lot of time to fill for five days a week, even in a town with a hockey team on a winning streak, an NCAA-bound college basketball team, t…Upvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals announced that defensive end Michael Johnson signed his $11.175 million franchise tag tender, which guarantees his salary for 2013 as well as his participation in the team's offseason workouts and training camp. If Johnson hadn't …Upvote Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers expected to lose wide receiver Mike Wallace this offseason. They hadn't planned on his replacement possibly leaving as well. Emmanuel Sanders, a restricted free agent, is visiting the Patriots on Friday, according to ESPN NFL Ins…Upvote Share TweetA source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the chances of safety Ed Reed signing with the Houston Texans is "50-50 at best" despite Houston pulling out all the stops on his visit. Schefter says there is a chance Reed could end up coming…Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens gave tight end Dennis Pitta a second-round tender before the start of free agency, which will force teams that want to sign Pitta to fork over a second-round pick for the right to do it. We’ll see if anyone is willing to buck recent trends anUpvote Share Tweet
Cornerback options for Browns, BengalsThe cornerback market began to dry up over the past couple of days when the likes of Sean Smith (Kansas City), Chris Houston (Detroit), Keenan Lewis (New Orleans), Cary Williams (Philadelphia) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver) all signed. This sh…Upvote Share Tweet
Bill Walton Made A Ray Lewis Limo Joke And Referenced Bill Simmons's Twitter Suspension On Tonight's ESPNU Broadcastdeadspin.com Updated Mar 15, 2013Bill Walton's on-air behavior has been consistently weird this college basketball season, and that didn't change tonight as broadcasting's biggest Grateful Dead fan launched into numerous questionable tangents during ESPNU's Pac-12 tournament coverage o…Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers have added to their special-teams coverage units and linebacker depth, signing Bengals free agent Dan Skuta to a two-year contract. The club announced the move early Friday morning. Skuta, who turns 27 in April, recorded 26 tackles (15 solo) o…Upvote Share Tweet
How important is it for Baltimore to sign Ed Reed?Mar 15The Baltimore Ravens have lost a lot of starters in free agency. Heath Evans and Willie McGinest debate the importance of the Ravens keeping Ed Reed on the roster.
State of the Franchise: Cincinnati BengalsMar 15Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins says the team is just a few pieces away from a Super Bowl run. See what the Pro Bowler thinks about the Bengals' future.
Chances Ed Reed Signs With TexansMar 15Adam Schefter weighs in on the odds that Ed Reed ends up signing with the Houston Texans.
2013 NFL Free Agency -- The six million dollar menMar 15Free agency in 2013 has been fast and furious, with big deals, lots of cuts and new coaches making multiple moves, writes John Clayton.
Chadiha: Pressure on Matt Ryan growsMar 15The Falcons have given Matt Ryan a championship-caliber supporting cast. Now it's up to him to produce.