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Mayfield keeps trying to avoid Manziel comparisons

Many continue to compare Johnny Manziel to Baker Mayfield. And that continues to bother Baker Mayfield. “We’re two completely different people,” Mayfield said Monday, via the Associated Press. “I’ve always been a team-oriented guy. Not saying that Johnny wasn’t. But I’ve quickly earned the respect of my teammates because of how I worked. “I wasn’t [more]

Devin McCourty says no disciplinary reason for Malcolm Butler benching

According to one of Malcolm Butler's teammates, there were no disciplinary reasons for his Super Bowl benching.

D.J. Swearinger still insists team will miss Kendall Fuller but is “moving forward”

D.J. Swearinger probably still isn’t happy with the team’s trade of cornerback Kendall Fuller, but the Washington safety is “moving forward.” Swearinger went on a Twitter rant after Washington’s deal for Alex Smith was reported during Super Bowl week. He openly criticized the trade of Fuller, something he now says he didn’t handle “the correct [more]

On Lamar Jackson, Josh McCown disagrees with Bill Polian

Friday’s PFT Live included a visit with Jets quarterback Josh McCown. And it eventually became apparent that McCown is a budding draft expert. “For me that’s part of what I enjoy doing,” McCown said regarding the analysis of incoming rookie quarterbacks. “I’ve got a computer set up in my office here at the house with [more]

Ex-NFL player Rae Carruth apologizes for plotting girlfriend's murder, seeks custody of son

Nearing release after serving 17 years behind bars, ex-Carolina Panther Rae Carruth wants to establish relationship with son of murdered girlfriend.        

Baker Mayfield says he will not attend NFL draft

A year ago, the No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, stayed in his hometown of Arlington, Texas, rather than attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia. This year the draft is in Arlington, and one of the draft’s top prospects won’t be attending. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was in Fort Worth on Monday night to pick [more]

Jets apparently ready to let Ben Ijalana test free agency

The Jets apparently are ready to let offensive tackle Ben Ijalana become a free agent, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. The Jets faced a Monday deadline to exercise a $500,000 option bonus and have not done so. It is not a surprise since the option would have triggered a $4.5 million base salary for 2018. [more]

Bucs hire Brenston Buckner as DL coach

The Buccaneers have hired Brenston Buckner as their defensive line coach, the team announced. Buckner will replace Jay Hayes, who Tampa Bay fired on February 9. The Buccaneers also interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, their own assistant defensive line coach, Paul Spicer, and former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino. Buckner, 46, [more]

Buccaneers interview University of Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski

The Buccaneers have interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for their vacant defensive line coaching position, reports. Tampa Bay also has interviewed assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer, former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and former Cardinals defensive tackle Brentson Buckner. Show More Summary

Jason Kelce on his parade speech: It wasn’t all off the cuff

The Eagles’ Super Bowl run made Nick Foles a star. The Super Bowl parade turned Jason Kelce into one. “It’s been pretty crazy to say the least,” Kelce said Monday, via David Murphy of “I don’t think I expected that before the speech. It was just building up for a long time, and it [more]

NBA’s all-star game fails to outdraw NFL’s

The NFL’s Pro Bowl stinks. But as long as it continues to draw an audience (and churn a profit), the NFL will continue to stage it. It definitely draws an audience, and surely churns a profit. This year’s game, played on a Sunday afternoon, generated a rating of 5.9. That’s more than 15 percent higher [more]

Eddie George ready to see Derrick Henry get his chance

Speculation began soon after DeMarco Murray‘s knee injury in Week 16 that the Titans could move on without him. Murray, 30, has two years remaining on his contract but with no more guaranteed money. Murray’s base salary of $6.25 million in 2018, combined with the emergence of Derrick Henry, makes Murray a cap-casualty candidate. Former [more]

Team-by-team look at potential tag candidates

On Tuesday, the annual two-week window opens for applying franchise or transition tags. Every year, we look at the potential tag candidates, on a team-by-team basis. Last year, we waited until just a few days before the window closed, officially explaining that few if any tags ever are applied early in the process. This year, [more]

Michael Roberts hopes for a better second season

Eric Ebron is under contract for 2018; Darren Fells is not. The Lions will have Michael Roberts to use as a second tight end, but do they trust him? Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017, caught only four passes for 46 yards. He earned a suspension for violating team rules in Week 17 when he [more]

Bill Polian thinks Lamar Jackson needs to move to wide receiver in the NFL

Lamar Jackson won a Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Louisville, but one Hall of Fame G.M. doesn’t think much of Jackson’s chances at the next level. Bill Polian said on ESPN today that Jackson has neither the size nor the passing ability to become a franchise quarterback. “Short and a little bit slight,” Polian [more]

Grandmother doesn’t want Rae Carruth to have custody of son

Former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth apologized to the family of Cherica Adams for her 1999 death, and though he said he hoped to one day have a relationship with the son who was born prematurely as a result. But his son’s caretaker, grandmother Saundra Adams, said Monday it was unlikely that would come to [more]

Julius Peppers undecided, but leaning toward playing in 2018

One of the NFL’s oldest defensive players seems poised to play again in 2018. Julius Peppers, the 38-year-old defensive end who becomes a free agent next month, is leaning toward playing this year, a source close to Peppers told the Charlotte Observer. Last year Peppers played on a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Panthers. [more]

Report: Cowboys will use franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. That was expected all along, if the sides don’t come to agreement on a long-term deal before March 6. The franchise tag would fully guarantee Lawrence $17.5 million in 2018 on a one-year deal, [more]

Rams already owe Tavon Austin $5 million for 2018

As the annual lists of veterans with bloated contracts that could be terminated are compiled, one player presents an intriguing dilemma to his current team. Rams receiver Tavon Austin, widely regarded as being on the outs, has a contract that already guarantees him $5 million this year, in the form of a roster bonus that [more]

Rae Carruth apologizes to family of woman he conspired to kill

Former Panthers first-round pick Rae Carruth, months away from his release from prison for conspiring to kill the mother of his son, sent an open letter to the child’s family apologizing for his role in the death of Cherica Adams. Carruth was arrested in 1999, after he was charged with masterminding a plot to murder [more]

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