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Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator

Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 12, 2013
After a lengthy search for a new defensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams finally have their guy. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Rams plan to hire Detroit Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton as their next defensive coordinator. The Rams…
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  • Modkins hopes to pump up Lions running game

    Modkins hopes to pump up Lions running game

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    It has been eight years since the Lions have had a running back who gained more than 1,000 yards in a season. Eight years. The last guy to do it was Kevin Jones.  Since then, a revolving door of role players have failed to get to the four-digit threshol…
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  • Lions view the salary cap as fluid

    Lions view the salary cap as fluid

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Lions entered the offseason only $3 million under the salary cap, but that wasn’t necessarily a significant concern. Lions President Tom Lewand says the amount of cap space a team has at any given time is less relevant than how flexible the team is
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  • Peterson wouldn't trade Harvin 'for nothing'

    Peterson wouldn't trade Harvin 'for nothing'

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Trade speculation surrounding Percy Harvin is rampant with the new league year set to begin March 12, but Minnesota Vikings teammate Adrian Peterson said Tuesday there's no way he'd trade the wide receiver if it was his call to make.
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  • Johnny Knox still plans on playing in 2013

    Johnny Knox still plans on playing in 2013

    The Bears’ decision to cut ties with wide receiver Johnny Knox now despite having him under contract for the 2013 season doesn’t send the best message about Knox’s readiness to play after rehabbing for more than a year after a spinal fusion operatio
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  • Rewind'12: Morgan Burnett is Mr. Reliable

    Rewind'12: Morgan Burnett is Mr. Reliable

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Another in a series of posts circling back on the 2012 season and some of our preseason themes: In 2012, 38 NFL players stayed on the field for 100 percent of their teams' plays. Of that that total, 34 were offensive linemen -- a position where players …
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  • Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible”

    Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    We noted yesterday that former Vikings and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards won a boxing match against an out-of-shape opponent who fell to the canvas without Edwards even hitting him. But it turns out that Edwards’ opponent was even worse than previou
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  • Rewind'12: Jared Allen's playing time

    Rewind'12: Jared Allen's playing time

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Another in a series of posts circling back on the 2012 season and some of our preseason themes: A minor hubbub ignited last summer in the Minnesota Vikings' training camp when new defensive coordinator Alan Williams suggested that it might help to reduc…
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  • Offseason previews: Eagles

    Offseason previews: Eagles

    CNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013
    New coach Chip Kelly faces a tricky rebuilding task with the Philadelphia Eagles as he incorporates his up-temp attack into the NFL.
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  • Rick Spielman wants Phil Loadholt to stick around

    Rick Spielman wants Phil Loadholt to stick around

    profootballtalk.com Feb 12, 2013
    There’s been a lot of attention paid to the Vikings’ first-round pick from the 2009 draft, but wide receiver Percy Harvin isn’t the only player from that draft that Minnesota has to make a decision about this offseason. Tackle Phil Loadholt, their s
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  • Alert: No chat today

    Alert: No chat today

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Truly sorry about this, but due to some unavoidable conflicts I'll need to pass on this week's SportsNation chat. We'll make it up at some point, and I'll be on Twitter (@espn_nfcnblog) periodically throughout the day if you have a question/comment wort…
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  • BBAO: Clayton on Steven Jackson

    BBAO: Clayton on Steven Jackson

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Well then. It's one thing for me to suggest that free-agent running back Steven Jackson would make some sense for the Green Bay Packers. It's quite another for ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton to make a similar assertio…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Cowboys Aim To Keep Romo 03:00

    NFL32OT: Cowboys Aim To Keep Romo

    Feb 12
    Episode 267: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cowboys aim of signing Tony Romo to a long-term deal. Packers Greg Jennings breaks down what he looks for in a quarterback. The NFL32 crew discuss Michael Vick fitting in Chip Kelly's offense
  • Video - State of the Franchise 04:05

    State of the Franchise

    Feb 12
    Willie McGinest and Heath Evans break down the state of the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Video - How much can the Minnesota Vikings get for Harvin? 01:06

    How much can the Minnesota Vikings get for Harvin?

    Feb 12
    Ian Rapoport drops by "NFL Total Access" with the latest on the trade market for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.
  • Video - Bears Part Ways With Johnny Knox 03:40

    Bears Part Ways With Johnny Knox

    Feb 12
    Jeff Dickerson discusses Chicago's decision to terminate the contract of injured WR Johnny Knox, who missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a back injury in 2011.

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  • Don Banks: Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason Preview

    Feb 12
    SI.com is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.