NFL

NFL clears Ray McDonald in domestic violence case

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy were both accused of domestic violence last year. Both got the same results from the legal system, ultimately having their charges dropped. But the NFL’s brand of justice has been radically different. Hardy was banished with pay by the Panthers for 15 games last season and has now been suspended…
  • New: 47 min ago

Bucs did extensive vetting of Jameis Winston

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — If the Buccaneers don’t make Jameis Winston their latest potential franchise quarterback in four days, they’ve managed to concoct an impressive smoke screen. The Tampa Tribune has published extensive details of the vetting of Winston by the Buccaneers, which could be viewed as a deliberate effort to address any lingering concerns about Winston’s character. Via…
  • New: 1 hr 25 min ago

No talks between Eli Manning, Giants

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — When 2015 began, each of the trio of first-round quarterbacks from the 2004 draft who have become NFL superstars were entering the final year of their second contracts.  One of them (Ben Roethlisberger) has gotten another big deal.  Another one (Philip Rivers) claims he doesn’t want one until 2016, if then.  The third says nothing…
  • New: 2 hr 26 min ago
  • Hits: 1

Irsay “not really” surprised #DeflateGate investigation has taken so long

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The owner of the team that sparked the #DeflateGate investigation recently talked about the absence of closure in the case.  And Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t seem to be concerned about the fact that more than three months have passed since G.M. Ryan Grigson complained to the league about the air pressure in the footballs…
  • New: 3 hr 25 min ago

Jags have no update on Justin Blackmon’s status

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — In January, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that he was “very optimistic” about wide receiver Justin Blackmon returning to the field for the 2015 season and that he felt good about having Blackmon return to the team after missing more than a season on an indefinite suspension for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.…
  • New: 3 hr 40 min ago

Eagles still not showing real commitment to Bradford

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — After the Eagles surprisingly traded for quarterback Sam Bradford in March, coach Chip Kelly insisted that Bradford wasn’t a stepping stone toward getting up the board to reunite with Marcus Mariota.  Since then, the Eagles have done nothing to take that possibility off the table. As PFT reported on Wednesday, no meaningful contract talks have…
  • New: 3 hr 43 min ago

Dennis Pitta “feeling good,” hopeful about playing in 2015

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was one of the players in attendance as the Ravens kicked off their conditioning program last week, which is an encouraging sign about his recovery from his second serious hip injury in as many years. Pitta has fractured and dislocated his hip both times, which has cast doubt on his…
  • New: 4 hr 3 min ago

Lyerla makes pitch to get back in NFL

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — It’s hard to call tight end Colt Lyerla a former NFL player because he never really made it to the NFL.  He nevertheless wants back in.  Or simply in. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday morning the link to a recent item from Tyson Alger of the Oregonian regarding Lyerla’s recent pitch to the NFL…
  • New: 4 hr 14 min ago

Martellus Bennett hasn’t been at Bears workouts

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The absence of running back Matt Forte from Bears voluntary workouts when they started on April 13 drew some attention, but another offensive starter’s decision to be elsewhere the last two weeks has gone relatively unnoticed. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that tight end Martellus Bennett has not taken part in workouts with his teammates yet…
  • New: 4 hr 22 min ago

Joe Flacco on wide receivers: I think we’re good with what we have

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — At different points this offseason, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta have both downplayed the team’s need to draft a wide receiver after Torrey Smith signed with the 49ers as a free agent. Quarterback Joe Flacco joined the chorus on Saturday. Flacco admitted that the team lost something when Smith departed…
  • New: 4 hr 46 min ago

Sunday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Bills TE Charles Clay doesn’t feel added pressure because of the deal he signed this offseason. Former Dolphins DE Marco Coleman shares memories of his draft day. The Patriots have shown a fondness for drafting players who were captains of their college teams. Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan thinks 3-4 teams need to add edge…
  • New: 5 hr 12 min ago

Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson has “really grown up a lot”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Vikings changed the complexion of their receiving corps this offseason when they traded for Mike Wallace and released Greg Jennings and it would change even more if Cordarrelle Patterson made the switch from intriguing talent to consistent performer. Patterson showed off that talent in the season opener last year when he ran for 102…
  • New: 6 hr 5 min ago

If Chip Kelly likes Dion Jordan, now is the time to get him

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — In the 2013 NFL draft, the Dolphins loved Dion Jordan, and thought the Eagles loved him, too. Now the Dolphins would love to get rid of Jordan, and would love to have the Eagles be the ones to take him off their hands. Jordan played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, so the Dolphins…
  • New: 6 hr 30 min ago

Tebow as a two-point option makes no sense

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — In the six days since Tim Tebow’s 19-month NFL exile ended, a popular theory has emerged regarding Chip Kelly’s plan:  Tebow will be the team’s two-point quarterback. With NFL owners potentially moving the two-point conversion closer next month in order to entice more teams to eschew the near-automatic one-point try, the thinking is that Kelly…
  • 12 hr 54 min ago

DeSean Jackson gets a reality show

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — There’s something about former Eagles receivers and reality TV.  Joining Terrell Owens and Hank Baskett, DeSean Jackson will be appearing on television in a capacity other than playing football. Via Clinton Yates of the Washington Post, Jackson will appear on a new BET series dubbed Home Team, which will show that Jackson’s life is “run…
  • 13 hr 25 min ago