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Geno Smith: I’ve gotten better behind the scenes

Quarterback Geno Smith got a chance to return to the Jets starting lineup during the 2016 season, but there wouldn’t be a storybook ending to his trip back up the depth chart. Smith tore his ACL in the first half of an October start against the Ravens that marked his first turn with the first…

Bucs tender Adam Humphries, three other exclusive rights free agents

The only thing teams need to do to hold onto players designated as exclusive rights free agents is tender them a one-year contract offer and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Buccaneers did that with four players on Monday. Wide receiver Adam Humphries is a notable contributor on the list. He caught 55 passes…

Report: Kirk Cousins would accept a trade only to the 49ers

As Washington closes in on the deadline for deciding whether to apply the franchise tag for a second straight year to quarterback Kirk Cousins, the tag-and-trade option continues to percolate. If Washington goes that route, however, it won’t have many options. John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Cousins would accept a trade only to the…

Tuesday morning one-liners

CB Corey White is one of the Bills heading for free agency. Would the Dolphins make a play for LB Dont’a Hightower in free agency? The Patriots found their new tight ends coach. Does Nick Mangold’s departure from the Jets set the stage for further veteran cuts? S Matt Elam was a busted first-round pick,…

Dolphins owner putting 16 players through “business combine” this week

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants to help his players succeed in the future. But he also thinks his latest venture could help the team in the present. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Ross is hosting 16 of his players for a “business combine” this week in New York to give them some insight into future opportunities…

Jason Pierre-Paul “nowhere near a deal” with Giants

The Giants announced on Monday that they’ve used the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the second time in three years, something that sets Pierre-Paul up to make around $17 million for the 2017 season. That would be a big chunk of the Giants’ cap and it’s thought the team would like to…

Jaguars sign former CFL offensive lineman

The Jaguars are clearly reworking their offensive line this offseason, and they’re willing to look beyond our borders to do it. Via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars signed journeyman offensive lineman Greg Van Roten. Van Roten played in 10 NFL games with the Packers in 2012 and 2013 and was with the Seahawks…

Tony Dorsett: “More bad than good” in CTE fight

Tony Dorsett was in Dallas last weekend to celebrate football history, but he also offered a reminder he might not remember all of it. Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dorsett admitted he struggles at times. He was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 2013, and said during an anniversary celebration for…

NFL plans to put chips in all footballs, but not for officiating

The NFL plans to put microchips in every football during the 2017 season, but the chips will not be used to help the officials. Instead, Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports, the chips will be used as part of the NFL’s “Next Gen Stats,” which track player performance. The league already puts chips on…

Report: Chargers to add LaDainian Tomlinson to front office

New Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is getting a new job. Tomlinson will be taking a position in the Los Angeles’ Chargers front office, Fred Roggin of NBC Los Angeles reports. There’s no word on whether this job will be ceremonial in nature and focused mostly on public relations, or whether he’ll have some say…

NFL franchise tag roundup

NFL teams started to place their franchise tag on some big name players on Monday.        

Five ways Jacksonville Jaguars can address their need at cornerback

1 of 6 | NEXT » The Jacksonville Jaguars actually received solid play out of their cornerbacks last year. Jalen Ramsey played about as well as the team could have hoped for during his rookie season. On top of that, free-agent-signing Prince Amukamara was solid across from Ramsey in 2016. Show More Summary

Greg Schiano will be only Ohio State Buckeyes defensive coordinator

When Luke Fickell left the Ohio State Buckeyes to take over as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats, it left a hole in Urban Meyer’s defensive coaching staff. Ohio State officially announces Greg Schiano will be sole defensive coordinator...Show More Summary

Report: Colts defensive tackle David Parry arrested

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle David Parry was arrested early Saturday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. on suspicion of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest and driving under the influence, via a report from Holly V. Hays of the Indianapolis Star. Parry, a fifth-round pick of the Colts in 2015, allegedly hit a man on the…

Colts defensive lineman David Parry arrested in Arizona

The 2015 draft pick was arrested on suspicion of five counts, including robbery and auto theft.        

LA Chargers place franchise tag on LB Melvin Ingram

The Los Angeles Chargers have placed their non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram        

Inside the Antonio Brown deal

Business is booming indeed. After patiently waiting until he entered the final year of his contract, which is when the Steelers will extend non-quarterback deals with one year left, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown cashed in on Monday, in a big way. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here’s the breakdown: 1. Signing bonus: $19…

Polian: T.O., Moss don't belong in Hall of Fame

Bill Polian says neither of the outspoken receivers should receive football's top honor        

Mayock: QBs in this draft not ready to play right away

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock did his annual pre-NFL Scouting Combine marathon conference call with reporters on Monday, and Mayock was asked lots of questions about the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. Mayock isn’t much of a fan, at least not of their NFL readiness. “If you’re asking me whether the Jets should take…

Another top pass rusher has been franchised: Chargers tag Melvin Ingram

It’s getting very hard for teams to add a veteran pass rusher, and free agency hasn’t even started yet. Another one has been franchised. The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly have locked down Ingram with the non-exclusive tag, and the two sides will have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. Show More Summary

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