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Titans scheduled to host Matt Shaughnessy, too

Titans scheduled to host Matt Shaughnessy, too

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 14, 2013
As we reported earlier Thursday night, Raiders free agent defensive end Matt Shaughnessy is visiting the Cardinals. Another team is also slated to host him. Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reports the Titans are expected to have Shaughnessy in for…
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  • Ballpark figures on new NFC West contracts

    Ballpark figures on new NFC West contracts

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Pending terms for linebacker Jasper Brinkley's new contract with the Arizona Cardinals, I've put together a list showing NFC West signings, re-signings and trade acquisitions by reported average annual salary. NFC West Additions by Average Salary It's a…
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  • Patriots to host Adrian Wilson

    Patriots to host Adrian Wilson

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Patriots are expected to bring in ex-Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson for a visit, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Thursday night. The Patriots have some questions in the secondary, but at the moment, most of them would appear to be at cor…
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  • Patriots to visit with John Abraham

    Patriots to visit with John Abraham

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Now that the first flurry of big money free agents have signed, and the market is starting to flatten, it’s time to find bargains in veterans who are undervalued. It’s a Patriots specialty, and they’re meeting with a few. In addition to Cardinals sa
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  • Cardinals sign Jasper Brinkley to two-year deal

    Cardinals sign Jasper Brinkley to two-year deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Cardinals talked Jasper Brinkley out of becoming a Giant, and landed him Thursday. Per Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Cardinals gave Brinkley a two-year deal. The former Vikings linebacker had visited the Giants, but found a home in the desert, whe…
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  • Seattle Seahawks agree to terms with defensive lineman Michael …

    Seattle Seahawks agree to terms with defensive lineman Michael Bennett

    The Seattle Seahawks continued to beef up their front seven on Thursday night, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free agent defensive lineman Michael Bennett, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports. According to Florio, Bennett's deal is wor…
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  • Backup QB market taking shape with Cassel going to Vikings

    Backup QB market taking shape with Cassel going to Vikings

    This offseason's QB market isn't as star-laden as last year's, but there is still some intrigue. Don Banks sizes up the backups who could be on the move and starting for new teams.
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  • Don Banks: No Peyton this time, but quarterback market is crank…

    Don Banks: No Peyton this time, but quarterback market is cranking to life

    CNNSI.com Mar 14, 2013
    Compared to last year's headline-fest in both the first round of the draft and free agency (see Peyton-palooza), it has been a relatively sleepy NFL offseason for quarterback movement. Especially since ex-49ers starter Alex Smith found his new work addr…
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  • Seahawks finalize deal with ex-Lions DE Avril

    Seahawks finalize deal with ex-Lions DE Avril

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Seattle Seahawks have finalized their contract with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, adding another needed pass rusher along their defensive line.
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  • Pats sign ex-Seahawks return man Washington

    Pats sign ex-Seahawks return man Washington

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Leon Washington signed with the New England Patriots, the team announced Thursday. Financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Washington signed a one-year deal.
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  • Rams, Steven Jackson say goodbye with respect

    Rams, Steven Jackson say goodbye with respect

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Not every player-team separation has to be acrimonious. On Thursday, running back Steven Jackson reached a deal with the Falcons, ending a nine-season run with St. Louis. The Rams responded with a public show of respect, with owner Stan Kroenke issuing …
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  • Former Rams RB Jackson to sign with Falcons

    Former Rams RB Jackson to sign with Falcons

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Atlanta Falcons found their replacement for Michael Turner on Thursday by agreeing to terms with Steven Jackson, considered the top free-agent running back, on a three-year, $12 million deal.
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  • How Percy Harvin's contract fits in Seattle

    How Percy Harvin's contract fits in Seattle

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    The annual salary-cap figures for Percy Harvin's new contract with the Seattle Seahawks provide an opportunity to take a bigger-picture look at how he fits. The chart shows annual totals for prominent skill position players on the team. There are column…
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  • Mario Manningham takes a salary cut

    Mario Manningham takes a salary cut

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is recovering from torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee, has had his 2013 salary cut from $3.6 million to $1.8 million, according to Jay Hurley of NinersNation.com (via Matt Maiocco of…
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  • Source: Pats agree with return man Washington

    Source: Pats agree with return man Washington

    Former Seattle Seahawks running back and return specialist Leon Washington agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Could Kevin Kolb be the New York Jets’ Week 1 starter? Signs an…

    Could Kevin Kolb be the New York Jets’ Week 1 starter? Signs and sources point to ‘Yes’

    Now that the Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback Kevin Kolb, a move that was made official on Friday, one might wonder what's next for him. The departure from Arizona was no surprise -- Kolb was due a $2 million roster bonus on Saturday, and car…
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  • Colts add Jean Francois to retooled defense

    Colts add Jean Francois to retooled defense

    The Indianapolis Colts continued to make moves to bolster their defense, agreeing to a four-year deal with former San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Ricky Jean-Francois and re-signing cornerback Darius Butler.
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  • Updated snapshot for NFC West UFAs

    Updated snapshot for NFC West UFAs

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    With Ricky Jean-Francois leaving the San Francisco 49ers for a reported four-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, I've updated the chart showing which unrestricted free agents from NFC West teams have landed elsewhere. This chart also shows available …
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  • Rams introduce Cook, still meeting with Long

    Rams introduce Cook, still meeting with Long

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Jared Cook's familiarity with coach Jeff Fisher made the free agent tight end a natural fit with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams remain hopeful of adding another big piece to the offense, tackle Jake Long.
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  • Draft a WR? Why not just pay Victor Cruz?

    Draft a WR? Why not just pay Victor Cruz?

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    Bill from Kalispell, Mont., asked during the NFC West chat why the St. Louis Rams wouldn't sign New York Giants restricted free agent Victor Cruz to an offer sheet. "If you think the Rams will use one of their first-round picks on a WR, why not sig…
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  • Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

    Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t the only player visiting the 49ers on Thursday. The other player headed to San Francisco doesn’t have quite as big a profile, however. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reports that Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta is also meeting w
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  • Floyd Mayweather: Replacement refs cost me $900,000 gambling

    Floyd Mayweather: Replacement refs cost me $900,000 gambling

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Boxer Floyd Mayweather is known for his love of high-stakes gambling. But he didn’t love having money riding on the infamous Seahawks-Packers “Fail Mary” game that led to the end of the officials’ lockout. In an interview on Jim Rome on Showtime,
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  • Jeff Fisher optimistic Jake Long will join Rams

    Jeff Fisher optimistic Jake Long will join Rams

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    We’ve reached Day Two of Dolphins free agent offensive tackle Jake Long‘s stay in St. Louis. And as the third day of free agency rolls along, there’s plenty of focus on whether one of PFT’s top unsigned free agents changes addresses. According to
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  • Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    nytimes.com Mar 14, 2013
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, will answer questions from readers.
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  • Don’t rule out Saints in Nnamdi chase

    Don’t rule out Saints in Nnamdi chase

    The 49ers have lured cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha back to the Bay Area for a visit.  But don’t rule out the team that employs one of the men who coached Nnamdi when he played in Oakland. Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is believed to be making a bi
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  • Steelers have Beanie Wells in for a physical

    Steelers have Beanie Wells in for a physical

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    The Cardinals signed Rashard Mendenhall as a free agent this week to close a hole at running back that opened when they released Beanie Wells. Mendenhall’s departure left the Steelers with an opening of their own in the backfield. Ed Bouchette of the Pi
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  • NFL free agency chat set for 1 p.m. ET

    NFL free agency chat set for 1 p.m. ET

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    I'm thinking we'll have plenty to discuss when the next NFC West chat begins at 1 p.m. ET. Here is the link. Hope to see you there. And if I have to bail early, all the better. That will mean something big has happened in the NFC West -- always fun.
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  • Rodger Saffold’s agent eases back from talk of trade demand

    Rodger Saffold’s agent eases back from talk of trade demand

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    At the moment, the Rams only have one left tackle, and it’s Rodger Saffold. So his agent is trying to slide gently away from a report that Saffold would ask for a trade if the Rams signed free agent Jake Long. Agent Alan Herman made no secret of the ide
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  • Around the NFC West: Cards' uphill fight

    Around the NFC West: Cards' uphill fight

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    The St. Louis Rams had an opportunity to leverage the second pick of the 2012 draft into a bounty of prime selections. They maximized that opportunity and should be set up well for the long term as a result. Around the NFC West: March 14, 2013 The Seatt…
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  • Brandon Gibson has visit scheduled with Titans

    Brandon Gibson has visit scheduled with Titans

    profootballtalk.com Mar 14, 2013
    Brandon Gibson is continuing to generate interest on the free agent market. The former St. Louis Rams wide receiver is already visiting the New York Jets and has a visit scheduled with the Miami Dolphins as well. If Gibson doesn’t sign a new contract by
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  • Danny Amendola to Pats: a few thoughts

    Danny Amendola to Pats: a few thoughts

    ESPN.com Mar 14, 2013
    A quick look at the contract figures suggests the New England Patriots valued St. Louis Rams free agent Danny Amendola more than they valued their own Wes Welker. After all, they gave Amendola a five-year deal for $31 million after watching Welker take …
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Welker Officially A Bronco 02:10

    NFL32OT: Welker Officially A Bronco

    Mar 14
    Episode 289: Adam Schefter breaks down how the Bronco's acquired Wes Welker from the Patriots. The NFL32 crew discuss which was the best 'under-the-radar' signing.
  • Video - Patriots Sign Leon Washington 01:42

    Patriots Sign Leon Washington

    Mar 14
    ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates on former Seattle Seahawks RB Leon Washington signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Rejuvenated Jackson 03:13

    Blogger Blitz: Rejuvenated Jackson

    Mar 14
    NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas talks with NFC West blogger Mike Sando about what the Falcons can expect from 29-year-old Steven Jackson
  • Video - NittanyNation: Michael Robinson interview 03:56

    NittanyNation: Michael Robinson interview

    Mar 14
    Phil Murphy talks with Seattle fullback -- and Penn State legend -- Michael Robinson about the Nittany Lions under Bill O'Brien and Robinson's days in Happy Valley. Robinson also had a message for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

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  • Don Banks: No Peyton this time, but quarterback market is cranking to life

    Mar 14
    Compared to last year's headline-fest in both the first round of the draft and free agency (see Peyton-palooza), it has been a relatively sleepy NFL offseason for quarterback movement. Especially since ex-49ers starter Alex Smith found his new work addr…