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Cliff Avril fulfills pledge to build homes in Haiti for every sack totaled last year

After Hurricane Matthew savaged the country of Haiti last October, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril pledged to build a home in the country for every sack he managed to total last season. Avril’s parents are Haitian and left the country in the 1980s to come to the United States. His family still feels a…

Mike Daniels stands up for Packers’ defensive performances in 2016

By standard statistical measures, the defense of the Green Bay Packers had its struggles last year. Green Bay finished 22nd in overall defense, 21st in points allowed and were 31st against the pass as injuries to the secondary led to opponents finding room to move the football. The Packers did finish as the eighth best…

DeAngelo Hall eyeing future front office role after playing career is over

Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall will suit up for his 15th season in the NFL this fall. The 33-year old defensive back took a pay cut to ensure he’d get the chance to stay with Washington as he doesn’t intend to hang up his cleats just yet. However, Hall one day sees himself being on…

Who has the best 1-2 punch at receiver in the NFL?

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has kept the pressure on himself, and his teammates, by boasting about the problems the wideouts will give defenses in 2017. Which inspired this question of the day for Wednesday’s PFT Live: Who has the best 1-2 combination at receiver in the NFL? Former Colts punter Pat McAfee joins the…

Suspension will cost Khyri Thornton more than $300,000

Khyri Thornton’s suspension will cost him more than $300,000. Thornton, suspended for the first six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, will lose $247,058 in salary during his suspension, or 6/17ths of his $700,000 base salary. He also will lose another $75,000 of the $200,000 he has in per-game roster bonuses written in his contract,…

Talk of possible Kirk Cousins deal is “noise” until the middle of July

Much has been said in recent weeks about the negotiations between Washington and franchise-tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins. From dramatic reports on the suddenly positive tone to percentage-based predictions suggesting the glass is well more than half full, reporters are desperate to get ahead of something that necessarily remains premature. “So much noise,” said a source…

Rams sign five rookies, have all 2017 draft picks under contract

The Rams were one of two teams with multiple unsigned 2017 draft picks when Tuesday began, but the Raiders are the only team in that category now. The Rams announced that they have signed five of their selections, which means that they now have all eight of their picks under contract. There are 12 unsigned…

Shawne Merriman readies Chargers rookies for “things out of left field”

Shawne Merriman spoke to the Chargers rookies Tuesday, telling them to be ready for the unexpected in the NFL. “I came in with hype and a persona,” Merriman said to the rookies, via the team website. “Things came out of left field that I didn’t expect, that I didn’t know how to deal with at…

Brett Hundley could start somewhere in 2018

The Packers once served as a quarterback farm system. They developed and then traded Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks for draft picks. For the first time in 17 years, since they sent Brooks to the Saints for a third-rounder, the Packers could groom their backup quarterback to trade. Brett Hundley enters his third…

Charles Tapper expects to contribute to Cowboys pass rush

As the Cowboys continue to hunt for a consistent pass rush, Charles Tapper has become the forgotten man in the list of defensive ends expected to contribute in Rod Marinelli’s rotation. The Cowboys drafted Tapper in the fourth round last year, 34 picks before they took Dak Prescott, but Tapper didn’t play a down. Tapper…

O.J. Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing

The Juice will soon find out whether he’ll be getting loose. Adam Wells of NBC News reports that Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson will have a parole hearing on July 20. He could be released as soon as October. Per Wells, Simpson previously secured parole on some of the 12 counts for which…

Rod Wood comfortable making Matthew Stafford highest-paid player

Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said last weekend that he’s confident that the Lions will be able to reach agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Matthew Stafford. Given the going rate for quarterbacks, there’s a chance that the deal will make Stafford the highest-paid player in the league and he’ll certainly be somewhere right…

Darren Sproles has been making defenders miss for a quarter century

Eagles running back Darren Sproles turns 34 today, which is ancient for an NFL running back: Sproles and Frank Gore are the only 34-year-old running backs currently under contract to any NFL team. So Sproles has a lot of experience making defenders miss. And today, in honor of his birthday, the Eagles revealed just how…

Warren Sapp announces intention to donate brain for research

Research regarding the impact of brain injuries in football and elsewhere will continue decades into the future, and one of the best defensive linemen in league history will be helping the effort. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp announced in a video posted by ThePlayersTribune.com that he’ll be donating his brain for research aimed at understanding…

Jerry Jones among group set to meet Pope Francis

Jerry Jones and a group from the Pro Football Hall of Fame have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. It begs the question: Will Jones ask the Pope to bless his football team? According to Michael Granberry of the Dallas Morning News, Jones and his wife, Gene, are traveling in Italy…

Globetrotters draft Tim Tebow and Wonder Woman

If the minor league baseball thing doesn’t work out, Tim Tebow has a shot to make it in another sport. Tebow was among the players “drafted” today by the Harlem Globetrotters, which serves mostly as a way to remind people the Harlem Globetrotters are still a thing. (That’s not to demean their work. They’re the…

Report: Justin Gilbert suspended for one year

Little has gone right during cornerback Justin Gilbert’s career since the Browns made him a first-round pick in the 2014 draft and that won’t be changing in 2017. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Gilbert has been suspended for a year by the NFL. There’s no word on which policy Gilbert violated to draw…

Adrian Peterson’s seafood allergy hasn’t stopped him from enjoying city’s food

Despite his seafood allergy, Adrian Peterson has seen his body fat rise since he arrived in the city known for its good food. The Saints running back said he has “been tearing … up” charbroiled oysters. “When I first got here they [tested] my body fat, and it was like 7 or 8 [percent],” Peterson…

Khyri Thornton suspended for six games

The Lions re-signed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton ahead of restricted free agency this offseason, but he won’t be part of the lineup for the first game of the 2017 season. The NFL announced on Tuesday that Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the year. The suspension comes as a result of…

NFL releases calendar for 2017-18, with draft site still TBD

The NFL released its 2017-18 calendar Tuesday. It still must decide where to hold the 2018 draft on April 26-28, with the site listed as TBD on its schedule. The Cowboys and 13 other teams are interested in hosting the draft. The league could announce the site of the draft later this summer. Important dates…

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