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Is Marcus Peters available in trade?

With the Chiefs adding veteran cornerback David Amerson and, officially in three weeks, acquiring cornerback Kendall Fuller as part of the Alex Smith trade, some in league circles are wondering whether the Chiefs will be making another transaction involving a cornerback. The question being asked is whether Marcus Peters, a first-round pick in 2015, is [more]

Friends and family SB ring authorized by Tom Brady sells for $344K

Players on Super Bowl teams can give friends and family the go-ahead to buy versions of their own Super Bowl rings and one of the ones authorized by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Super Bowl LI fetched a nice sum after being put on sale Sunday morning. Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that the ring, [more]

Vikings’ new offensive coordinator praises Kirk Cousins

The bad news for the Vikings is that their three veteran quarterbacks are due to hit the open market. The good news is that the Vikings can sign any quarterback they want, whether he played for the team last year or didn’t. The best news could be the Kirk Cousins is one of those available [more]

Wisniewski’s “reward” may persuade other Eagles to want one, too

The Eagles decision to give guard Stefen Wisniewski a $250,000 no-strings-attached signing bonus to make up for a $250,000 playing-time incentive he failed to earn impressed many as a fair and appropriate gesture. Some of the other players on the Philadelphia roster may have a different reaction. “Where’s my reward?” they may wonder. Indeed, any [more]

Sunday morning one-liners

Making the case for another year of QB Tyrod Taylor for the Bills. Safeties the Dolphins might consider in free agency. DE Lawrence Guy just missed the playing time needed for a $500,000 bonus, but the Patriots gave it to him anyway. The Jets could consider drafting UCF CB Mike Hughes to help the defense [more]

Cardinals know they need multiple plans at QB

The Cardinals got some good news about their 2018 offense this week when wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told them that he will return for another season in Arizona. They also expect to have running back David Johnson back at 100 percent, which gives them a pair of strong pieces to build around offensively. They hope [more]

Eagles give Wisniewski bonus to make up for missed incentive

Eagles guard Stefen Wisniewski had a $250,000 playing-time incentive in his contract for 2017. He failed to earn it. But the Eagles decided to give it to him, anyway. Via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, the Eagles gave Wisniewski a $250,000 signing bonus for 2018. No other terms of his contract apparently changed. Signed through [more]

James Harrison wants to keep playing, no reason Patriots shouldn’t want him

When James Harrison was cut by the Steelers and cleared waivers in December, it was reasonable to think he might have hit the end of the road: At 39 years old, could he really have much left? It turned out that he had enough left that the Patriots picked him up and not only played [more]

Report: Vikings adding former Raiders offensive coordinator to coaching staff

The Vikings will be beefing up their offensive coaching staff with the former offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Adam Caplan reports that Todd Downing is expected to join the Vikings in the role of senior offensive assistant. The Vikings recently hired former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to succeed Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. [more]

Steelers plan to keep using fifth-year options, as they should

The Collective Bargaining Agreement solved the problem of unproven rookies taking millions out of the system while simultaneously creating an environment in which rookies who prove themselves have no real leverage for four or, in the case of first-round picks, five years. Thanks to the fifth-year option, a device that keeps a first-rounder from becoming [more]

Careless editorial decisions forced ESPN to make changes in order to placate a sponsor

Wendy’s definitely knows where the beef is, and how to properly squeeze it. Patrick Redford of outlines the manner in which Wendy’s threatened to pull advertising dollars from ESPN after publication of a story in which Bills linebacker Preston Brown attributed his improved performance in 2017 to an improved diet. The diet improved when [more]

CBA gives Kirk Cousins an immediate path to checkmate, if Washington tags him again

A.J. McCarron may not be the only quarterback who secures his freedom via the NFL’s grievance process. Albert Breer of reports that, if Washington applies the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins for a third straight year, “his camp will quickly file a grievance to block the tag, based on Washington violating the spirit of [more]

Giants request two-month delay in fraud memorabilia lawsuit trial

The Giants currently are scheduled to face allegations of memorabilia fraud at a trial due to begin on March 26. The Giants have asked to delay the trial by more than two months. According to Jim Baumbach of Newsday, the Giants have requested a continuance of the trial until June 11. In documents filed with [more]

Saturday one-liners

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been contemplating retirement for a while. Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander took the South Park High School football team to see Black Panther on Friday. Despite tweaks to the uniform for 2018, the Dolphins will continue to wear their popular throwbacks twice per year. Who will be the starting QB for [more]

Hall of Fame voter criticizes other voters, exposing flaws in the process

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee meets every year on the day before the Super Bowl to select that year’s class. Fifteen modern-day players are chosen as finalists, and a maximum of five can be selected. At least 10 will be voted down. This year, one of the 10 who was voted down [more]

Vikings to increase ticket prices by seven percent, on average

The fruits of a good season include the ability to harvest more cabbage in the immediate future. Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings notified season-ticket holders on Friday that prices will increase at U.S. Bank Stadium for 2018. On average, the prices will inflate by seven percent. Some increases will [more]

Will Kirk Cousins get a fully-guaranteed contract?

In each of the past two years, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has signed fully-guaranteed contracts. Of course, those contracts had a duration of only one year each. With Cousins rocketing toward the open market (efforts by his current team to conjure up a way to trade him notwithstanding), the question becomes whether the next contract [more]

Another P.R. exec leaves NFL

The person ultimately in charge of the P.R. function at 345 Park Avenue soon will be leaving. Joe Lockhart’s top lieutenant already is gone. Brian Stelter of CNN reports that NFL senior Vice President of Communications Natalie Ravitz finished her time with the league on Friday. Ravitz apparently confirmed the report by retweeting another tweet [more]

Until he re-signs, Brees is the top free-agent quarterback

Most regard Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins as the best available free-agent quarterback. And that probably will be the case, when March 14 rolls around. For now, however, there’s an even better quarterback set to hit the open market. It’s Drew Brees. Signed to a six-year, $60 million deal by the Saints 12 years ago as [more]

If Drew Brees will consider leaving, Browns could make an enormous offer

Drew Brees has said repeatedly this offseason that he has no interest in playing for any team other than the Saints. But with each passing day, Brees gets one day closer to his contract with the Saints expiring. Which means that with each passing day, we’re one day closer to some team being able — [more]

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