NFC West News and Rumors

  • PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 has five new names

    PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 has five new names

    profootballtalk.com Updated 27 minutes ago
    With numerous veterans hitting the market in recent days, PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 has gotten an update. For now, we’ve added five players to our list of the top free agents, including ex-Lions tailback Reggie Bush and ex-Rams defensive tackle Kendall L…
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  • Report: 49ers to release WR Stevie Johnson

    Report: 49ers to release WR Stevie Johnson

    The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to release receiver Stevie Johnson in an effort to create more salary-cap room before the start of the new league year on March 10, according to numerous reports. Cutting Johnson would save the 49ers $6.025 million i…
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  • Sports Briefing | Pro Football: Browns Sign Veteran Quarterback

    Sports Briefing | Pro Football: Browns Sign Veteran Quarterback

    nytimes.com 21 hours ago
    The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with the veteran quarterback Josh McCown, 35, who was 1-10 as Tampa Bay’s starter last season.
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  • Lions hang onto the “Nolan Ryan of long snapping”

    Lions hang onto the “Nolan Ryan of long snapping”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (yesterday)
    Friday afternoon’s when you’re supposed to dump your bad news, like the Cardinals did today. The Lions, however, did something awesome. Via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, the Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a new one-year con…
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  • Dockett could indeed return to Cardinals

    Dockett could indeed return to Cardinals

    The Cardinals released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett on Friday. That doesn’t mean he won’t be back in Arizona. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the impasse arose because the team and the player couldn’t agree on fair market value for a d…
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  • Cruz, Newton, Kaepernick part of fruit/vegetable endorsement

    Cruz, Newton, Kaepernick part of fruit/vegetable endorsement

    profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (yesterday)
    If this is a real thing, it’s certainly better for us than another beer or soda commercial. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz are part of Team FNV, which appears to be a campaign des…
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  • 49ers now under projected cap ... barely

    49ers now under projected cap ... barely

    ESPN.com Feb 27 (yesterday)
    The salary cap for the 2015 NFL season is expected to be $143 million, and with the San Francisco 49ers’ projected rollover money from last season, they are projected to now be under the cap. As of Thursday afternoon. Per ESPN Stats & Information, t…
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  • PFT Live: Vikings talk with Chris Tomasson, Lions/Cardinals off…

    PFT Live: Vikings talk with Chris Tomasson, Lions/Cardinals offseason to-do lists

    profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (yesterday)
    Thursday was a busy day on the Adrian Peterson front as the NFL appealed Judge David Doty’s ruling that the league overstepped its bounds by punishing Peterson with an indefinite suspension under the new personal conduct policy. Peterson is back on the …
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  • New Rams QB coach Chris Weinke talks up Sam Bradford

    New Rams QB coach Chris Weinke talks up Sam Bradford

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Feb 27 (yesterday)
    Despite reports that the Rams might trade or release quarterback Sam Bradford, everyone in St. Louis insists that the team is fully committed to its franchise quarterback. That includes new Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke, who says he accepted the …
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  • Falcons release Steven Jackson

    Falcons release Steven Jackson

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    The man who currently sits at 16 on the all-time rushing list will have to continue his climb through the record book with a new team. The Falcons have announced that running back Steven Jackson has been released. After nine seasons with the Rams, Jacks…
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  • Jean Francois lands in D.C.

    Jean Francois lands in D.C.

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    The Ricky Jean Francois free-agency tour has ended. Jean Francois, per a source with knowledge of the situation, has signed a three-year deal in Washington. Cut by the Colts earlier this month, Jean Francois attracted interest from several teams (Washin…
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  • Rams cut DT Langford in cost-cutting move

    Rams cut DT Langford in cost-cutting move

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    In search of some much-needed salary cap space heading toward free agency, the St. Louis Rams released defensive tackle Kendall Langford on Thursday afternoon.
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  • Cards re-sign Bradley Sowell, add new cornerback

    Cards re-sign Bradley Sowell, add new cornerback

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    TEMPE, Ariz. – As the 2014 season showed, the Arizona Cardinals' backups are as important as their starters. On Thursday, the Cardinals committed to keeping one of those backups on their roster at one of their most important positions. The Cardinals re-…
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  • Cards fill need in Todd McShay’s Mock 3.0 with outside lineback…

    Cards fill need in Todd McShay’s Mock 3.0 with outside linebacker

    ESPN.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s been no secret that one of the Arizona Cardinals needs this year is an outside linebacker who can rush the passer off the edge. In his third mock draft of the offseason, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Todd McShay has stayed true to that, pre…
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  • 49ers to bid to host college championship game also

    49ers to bid to host college championship game also

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Feb 26 (2 days ago)
    If the college football folks wanted to stir up some big-city interest, it seems to be working. According to the Associated Press, the 49ers plan to bid to host a national championship game at Levi’s Stadium. New York-New Jersey officials are also consi…
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  • Carson Palmer could restructure deal to give Cards more cap spa…

    Carson Palmer could restructure deal to give Cards more cap space

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (3 days ago)
    The Cardinals have been very active already this offseason when it comes to creating cap space as they’ve given wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald a reworked deal and started working on the same with defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. Quarterback Carson Pal…
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  • Should 49ers kick tires on Reggie Bush?

    Should 49ers kick tires on Reggie Bush?

    ESPN.com Feb 26 (3 days ago)
    Remember the derisively-titled Bush Bowl of New Year’s Day 2006? The San Francisco 49ers, who entered the final game of the 2005 season with a record of 3-12, played host to the Houston Texans, who were 2-13. The loser, the thinking went, "earned&q…
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  • Report: Panthers interested in Ted Ginn return

    Report: Panthers interested in Ted Ginn return

    profootballtalk.com Feb 26 (3 days ago)
    Wide receiver/returner Ted Ginn may be able to go back to his hometown of Cleveland to continue his playing career, but that probably won’t be his only option for 2015 employment after being released by the Cardinals. Ginn spent the 2013 season playing …
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  • Video - Cardinals Release Darnell Dockett 01:56

    Cardinals Release Darnell Dockett

    Feb 27
    Mark Schlereth, Jeff Saturday and Herm Edwards react to the news that the Cardinals have released DT Darnell Dockett.
  • Video - Onside Kick Miscue Resulted In Death Threats 03:19

    Onside Kick Miscue Resulted In Death Threats

    Feb 26
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky discusses how the botched onside kick recovery in the NFC Championship Game has affected the life of tight end Brandon Bostick.
  • Video - Did Tomsula Go Behind Harbaugh's Back? 04:23

    Did Tomsula Go Behind Harbaugh's Back?

    Feb 26
    ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez did some research to find out what kind of man Jim Tomsula is and if there is any truth to the rumor that he was angling for the head coaching job behind Jim Harbaugh's back.
  • Video - Inside The Huddle: Cardinals' Backs 00:30

    Inside The Huddle: Cardinals' Backs

    Feb 26
    Inside The Huddle tells why the Arizona Cardinals would like to get bigger in the backfield.

Sports Columnists

  • ESPN Now

    Feb 26
    S Mike Mitchell's restructuring will save the Steelers more than $2.4M of cap room, a source tells ESPN's John Clayton. Mitchell converted a $2M roste...
  • Mock Draft: Post-Combine

    Feb 25
    Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, now with the Eagles, once said Marcus Mariota is “the most talented kid I coached in college.” (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Let the silly season begin! And let me kick it off, right here! With a nod to the “Fine Fifteen” s…
  • Jameis Winston will be No. 1 and other lessons from NFL scouting combine

    Feb 23
    Five things: Most of the top prospects, including Jameis Winston, confirmed their lofty rankings with their performances at the 2015 NFL scouting combine, John Clayton writes.
  • The Bucs Start Here

    Feb 23
    INDIANAPOLIS — The Most Scrutinized Draft Pick of All Time was on the phone Sunday, a day after the poking and prodding of the NFL combine here, and I asked The Most Scrutinized Draft Pick of All Time if he was ready for the private detectives from mult…