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Report: Chris Cook to visit 49ers

Report: Chris Cook to visit 49ers

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 12
After the release of Carlos Rogers earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers are continuing to explore options at the cornerback position. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers will host former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Co…
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  • Packers reach two-year deal with outside linebacker Mike Neal

    Packers reach two-year deal with outside linebacker Mike Neal

    The Packers, who have been skilled at retaining their best free agents in recent years, have re-signed one of their key front seven players of 2013. Outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal has reached a two-year deal to stay in Green Bay, the linebac…
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  • GM Phil Emery dives right into free agency

    GM Phil Emery dives right into free agency

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    LAKE FOREST -- There are few people who can describe free agency as “wild” and “fun,” (not counting the guys getting multi-million-dollar offers thrown at them) and be as believable as Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was Wednesday. When Emery s…
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  • Vikings: Cassel will make $5.75M this year

    Vikings: Cassel will make $5.75M this year

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Matt Cassel opted out of his original 2014 deal with the Minnesota Vikings in part because it didn't include any guaranteed money. He'll get that this season, in the form of a $3 million roster bonus on Monday that comes in lieu o…
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  • Captain Munnerlyn to visit Vikings

    Captain Munnerlyn to visit Vikings

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will continue their attempt to bolster their defense through free agency on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing in former Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn for a visit, according to an NFL source. M…
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  • Unravelling mystery of Rosario's release

    Unravelling mystery of Rosario's release

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery shed some light Wednesday on the mysterious release of tight end Dante Rosario, who was let go just 11 days after signing with the club. At least Emery tried to, anyway. “We released him, lik…
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  • Bears counting on Houston to be disruptive

    Bears counting on Houston to be disruptive

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Boldly promising the "Monsters of the Midway are back," while evoking the names and nicknames of Bears legends Walter Payton, Gayle Sayers and Dick Butkus, Lamarr Houston welcomed himself to Chicago Wednesday in a big way.…
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  • Golden Tate fills pressing need for Lions

    Golden Tate fills pressing need for Lions

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions had stressed since the end of the season that one of the things they needed to do was find a receiver to complement Calvin Johnson. Find a guy to take the pressure off their top receiver. Get someone to line up opp…
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  • Henry Melton expected to visit Vikings on Thursday

    Henry Melton expected to visit Vikings on Thursday

    The Vikings signed defensive tackle Linval Joseph on Tuesday and they drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round last year, but they are still thinking about adding to their options at the position. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports tha…
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  • McCown deserving of opportunity

    McCown deserving of opportunity

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bear with me a minute for this anecdote that best illustrates what the Chicago Bears lost Wednesday when backup quarterback Josh McCown signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he joins former Bears coach Lovie Sm…
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  • Buccaneers: Charles Tillman, Ted Ginn among free agent visitors

    Buccaneers: Charles Tillman, Ted Ginn among free agent visitors

    The Buccaneers publicly confirmed five free agent visits on their website Wednesday, with three players listed in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 among those who have met with Tampa Bay. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (No. 49 on the Hot 100), Bengals offensi…
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  • Jennings not a slam dunk signing for Bears

    Jennings not a slam dunk signing for Bears

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Perhaps he can truly play, but a couple of early reviews concerning new Chicago Bears safety M.D. Jennings don’t inspire much confidence in him becoming an impact contributor in 2014. Jennings, 25, started all 16 games last season a…
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  • M.D. Jennings departs, Owen Daniels visits

    M.D. Jennings departs, Owen Daniels visits

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's official: the Green Bay Packers will have a new starting free safety next season. We don't know who it will be, but we know it won't be M.D. Jennings. After starting every game for the Packers last season, Jennings wasn't even of…
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  • Vikings bring back Joe Berger

    Vikings bring back Joe Berger

    The Vikings have retained an experienced reserve interior offensive lineman. The club has re-signed guard/center Joe Berger, who has played for Minnesota since 2011. The 31-year-old Berger started a game at both guard spots last season and appeared in a…
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  • Breaking down Everson Griffen's contract

    Breaking down Everson Griffen's contract

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The sticker shock of defensive end Everson Griffen's new deal with the Minnesota Vikings -- five years, $42.5 million -- probably hasn't worn off quite yet. But the way the Vikings structured the deal, they won't feel any major effects if…
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  • Hynoski, Costa line up visits to Lions

    Hynoski, Costa line up visits to Lions

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- While Golden Tate is the big name coming through Detroit on Wednesday, two other players are also scheduled to visit the Lions in the next 48 hours, according to the team's official reporter. Center Phil Costa, who was released by D…
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  • Bears bring back D.J. Williams

    Bears bring back D.J. Williams

    D.J. Williams opened last season as the starting middle linebacker for the Bears, but his run in the job came to an early end when a torn pectoral muscle forced him to injured reserve after six games. Williams will get another chance to make an impact o…
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  • Lions not hunting for big game, turn sights to Hynocerous

    Lions not hunting for big game, turn sights to Hynocerous

    Given the top-heavy nature of their salary cap situation, the Lions appear to be working the fringes of the free agent market. According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, they’re hosting former Cowboys center Phil Costa today and Giants f…
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  • Starter Pack: No action, no surprise

    Starter Pack: No action, no surprise

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat. GREEN BAY, Wis. -- To the surprise of no one, the Packers sat idle on the first day of free agency. And Day 2 could be more of the same. As of the end of the day on Tuesday, the first day of t…
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  • Assessing the Vikings' cornerback options

    Assessing the Vikings' cornerback options

    ESPN.com Mar 12
    MINNEAPOLIS -- For as much as the first day of free agency was marked by the Vikings' ability to add a critical piece to their defense in former New York Giants tackle Linval Joseph, it ended with several cornerbacks finding other teams. Indianapolis' V…
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  • Video - Lions Sign WR Golden Tate 02:58

    Lions Sign WR Golden Tate

    Mar 12
    Michael Rothstein discusses what WR Golden Tate will be able to bring to the Lions' passing game.
  • Video - Lions Add Golden Tate 00:22

    Lions Add Golden Tate

    Mar 12
    Adam Schefter discusses WR Golden Tate's five-year deal with the Lions.
  • Video - Joique Bell Signs New Deal With Lions 00:45

    Joique Bell Signs New Deal With Lions

    Mar 12
    After receiving his one-year restricted free-agent tender from the Lions, RB Joique Bell signed a two-year extension worth $7 million.
  • Video - Defensive end Jared Allen contemplating retirement 01:15

    Defensive end Jared Allen contemplating retirement

    Mar 12
    Why is it a possibility that former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen retires instead of signing with a new team? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport explains.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: The Broncos' ambitious spending is exciting, but promises nothi…

    Mar 12
    We all know this by now, but every couple years or so it still bears repeating when one NFL team seizes the spotlight and monopolizes most of the headline moves made in March: Despite all appearances, the Denver Broncos did not win next season's Super B…
  • The Billion-Dollar Day

    Mar 12
    Tuesday, 1 a.m. ET: The NFL’s first billion-dollar day is over, and it’s officially the craziest day in the 22-year history of free agency. I’ve done the math with the available numbers: 64 player signings for an estimated total outlay of $1,001,500,000…