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February News

02/29
Quick Hits - The Pittsburgh Steelers have released WR Hines Ward...The Arizona Cardinals will play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, August 5 in the 2012 Hall of Fame Game...Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher and Browns RB Peyton Hillis have both changed agents as they head for free agency...Perrish Cox’s lawyer requested a mistrial today based on one of the answers Demaryius Thomas told the jury but the judge denied the mistrial...The Washington Post reports the Redskins are making plans to sign a high-profile WR when the free agent market opens in March...New York Jets LB Bart Scott, is reportedly interested in re-joining the Baltimore Ravens...Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will reportedly testify in the rape case against former teammate Perrish Cox ...Former Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian has been hired by ESPN and will begin working for them on Monday, March 12...The New York Jets are reportedly interested in bringing back free agent WR Braylon Edwards... Adam Schefter of ESPN reports free agent QB Drew Brees and the Saints remain well apart in contract talks...Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports NFL teams can franchise players but have until July 15 to work on long-term deals, and then remove the tag to free up cap space...St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is one of the finalists to purchase the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers...The New England Patriots have reportedly approached WR Chad Ochocinco about restructuring his contract.

Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner reportedly broke up a fight between two women in front of his home yesterday...the one woman claims she has 2 children with Turner and is pregnant with Turner's 3rd child.  TMZ

Draft - The NFL Super Regional Combine will be held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on March 30-31, 2012, with more than 100 NFL prospects that weren't invited to the Combine in Indianapolis expected to attend...Former NFL players Terrance Mathis and Pat Carter are working with Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill to improve his route running skills during the pre-draft process...The Carolina Panthers are reportedly intrigued with the ability of North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins...Notre Dame OLB Darius Fleming had 15-minute interviews scheduled with 26 NFL teams at the combine.

Draft Notes - Baylor WR Kendall Wright - Don't overreact to his poor 4.60 forty time at the combine, he's a classic example of on-field production overshadowing his forty-time (see Jerry Rice).  Wright has sub 4.4 speed on tape and should run much better at his pro day.  South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram - He has short arms and his height is shorter than what you would like, but when you put on the tape all he does is make plays.  His production on the field matches the excellent workout he had at the combine. -Al Fronczak

RG3 To Browns - Baylor QB Robert Griffin III is just what the Doctor ordered for the Browns anemic offense, since the team lacks an identity and playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.  This is the third year of the Mike Holmgren era, and Holmgren knows he can't bypass an opportunity to land the franchise quarterback that he's been looking for since he came to Cleveland.  The Browns are in the drivers seat to move up to land Griffin, since they have the ammunition in draft picks, and I fully expect them to do so.  -Al Fronczak

02/28
Quick Hits - John Clayton of ESPN reports the Seattle Seahawks will be one of the primary suitors for Texans free agent DE Mario Williams...The 2012 NFL season will begin on Wednesday Sept. 5 to avoid conflict with President Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention...Former Virginia Tech QB Marcus Vick had an arrest warrant issued for him today after he failed to turn himself in to the Newport News City Jail - Vick was sentenced to 10 days in jail on a contempt of court charge after twice failing to appear for a charge of driving on a suspended sentence ...OLB Ahmad Brooks has signed a six-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers...Mary Kay Kabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland Browns have had preliminary talks with the Rams about moving up for the No. 2 pick...Peter King of SI.com reports Peyton Manning would like to be a part of a package deal with free agent Reggie Wayne...ESPN Dallas reports the Dallas Cowboys will be targeteting CBs Cortland Finnegan and Brandon Carr in free agency...The Cleveland Browns said they won't use their franchise tag on HB Peyton Hillis...Packers WR Donald Driver has been announced as a cast member for Dancing with the Stars...The St Louis Rams will reportedly trade the No. 2 overall pick prior to the draft...NY Giants WR Mario Manningham said he is 75% certain that he will be leaving the team...NY Jets LB Bart Scott is extremely frustrated with his role with the Jets.

Combine Notes - Josh Robinson ran the fastest official forty-time in the DBs group being clocked at 4.33...Rich Eisen of the NFL Network ran a 6.03 forty-time...The Dallas Cowboys were one of the only teams that didn't have a 15 minute interview with LSU CB Morris Claiborne Unofficial DB 40 times - Josh Robinson 4.31, Ron Brooks 4.35, Dwight Bentley 4.37, Jayron Hosley 4.38, Jamell Fleming 4.43, Dre Kirkpatrick 4.43, Janoris Jenkins 4.44, Stephon Gilmore 4.44, Morris Claiborne 4.47...Cal LB Mychal Kendricks ran a 4.45 forty-time, had a 39.5" vertical jump and a 10'-7" broad jump...Boston College ILB Luke Kuechly ranked in the top five among linebackers in the vertical jump (38"), broad jump (10'-3"), short shuttle (4.12) and 3-cone drill (6.92)...Arizona State ILB Vontaze Burfict ran a poor 5.09 forty time and had a 30" vertical jump...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III had a 15 minute interview with the Colts over the weekend.

02/27
Quick Hits - San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman has retired from football after nine seasons in the league...Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested for possesion of marijuana...Jacksonville Jaguars DT Nate Collins was reportedly arrested last Thursday night for possession of marijuana ...The NY Jets have reportedly given LB Bart Scott permission to seek a trade...The Cleveland Browns have signed LB D'Qwell Jackson to a 5-year, $42 million contract extension...Former Broncos' free agent CB Perrish Cox's trial for sexual assault will begin later this week...Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel could get fined and the Chiefs could get stripped of a draft choice for comments Crennel made at the combine regarding other teams players currently under contract..The Green Bay Packers are reportedly considering Houston Texans C Chris Myers as a replacement for Scott Wells... Free agent WR Randy Moss will reportedly begin making visits to teams after the Scouting Combine is finished... Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports multiple teams picking in the top 10 of the draft have an interest in Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill.

Combine Notes - Texas OLB Emannuel Acho suffered a right leg injury during his second 40 yard dash attempt...40/10 times - DE Ronnell Lewis 4.68, LB Mychal Kendricks 4.47, LB Keenan Robinson 4.69, ILB Luke Kuechly 4.50, OLB Zach Brown 4.45, DE Nick Perry 4.50, DT Dontari Poe 4.87/1.70, DE Whitney Mercilus 4.63, OLB Bruce Irvin 4.43, DT Fletcher Cox 4.79/1.63, DE Melvin Ingram 4.66, DE Quinton Coples 4.72/163, DT Michael Brockers 5.33...Memphis DT Dontari Poe did 44 reps at 225 on the bench, Michigan C David Molk did 41 reps at 225...Several NFL teams reportedly view Iowa OT Riley Reiff as a guard...QB Kirk Cousins, HB LaMichael James, WR Stephen Hill and OG Cordy Glenn improved their stock the most this weekend.

02/26
Quick Hits - Howard Eskin of NBC-10 reports the Washington Redskins are prepared to offer the Rams their top three picks in the 2012 draft along with their 2013 first-round pick to move up for Baylor QB Robert Griffin III...Free agent WR Mario Manningham is reportedly expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Bucs when the free agent market opens... The Dallas Cowboys reportedly covet free agent CB Brandon Carr...Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports Peyton Manning's performance level is way on the ascent from where it was 2 months ago...The San Francisco 49ers will reportedly use their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson...The New England Patriots will reportedly use their franchise tag on WR Wes Welker...The Arizona Cardinals will reportedly use their franchise tag on DE Calais Campbell.

Stock Rising - 3:22 pm ET - Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill 6-4, 215, had a terrific overall workout today, and now has a chance to be the second WR taken off the board in the upcoming draft, and a sure-fire first round pick in my opinion. -Al Fronczak

Combine Notes - Miami HB Lamar Miller ran a 4.40 forty-time which was the fastest official 40-time in the RB group today...Oregon HB LaMichael James and Florida HB Chris Rainey both ran unofficial 4.37 forty-times...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III had 15-minute interviews with the Bills, Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins and Redskins...Stanford WR Chris Owusu ran a 4.31 forty-time...Miami-Fla WR Tommy Streeter ran a 4.34 forty-time...CB Janoris Jenkins, revealed that he has four children under the age of four, has been arrested three times and failed a drug test...QB Russell Wilson ran a 4.50 unofficial 40-time...QB Andrew Luck ran unofficial 4.59, 4.66 forty-times...Gil Brandt of NFL.com timed Robert Griffin III at 4.34 in his forty-time...WR Alshon Jeffrey opted not to participate in any of the drills...WR Stephen Hill ran a 4.30 forty-time...WR Travis Benjamin ran a 4.37 forty-time...WR Michael Floyd ran a 4.42 forty-time...QB Robert Griffin III ran unofficial 4.38 and 4.41 forty-times...Arizona WR Juron Criner 6-3.0, 224 has the biggest hands 10 1/2" in the WR group...Wake Forest WR Chris Givens 5-11, 198, and Penn State WR Derek Moye 6-4.0, 209 were measured with the smallest hands 8 1/4"  in the WR group...Wake Forest OG Joe Looney was on crutches and had the foot he injured at the Senior Bowl in a walking boot.

Blockbuster Trade? - Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports at least 3 teams including the Dolphins, Redskins, and Seahawks, are strongly considering moving up in a blockbuster trade with the Rams to draft QB Robert Griffin III.  CBSSports.com

3 TD's For T.O. - Terrell Owens made his IFL debut by catching 3 passes for 53 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Allen Wranglers’ 50-30 season-opening victory over the Wichita Wild.  Dallas Morning News

02/25
Quick Hits - The Washington Redskins re-signed OG Will Montgomery to a four-year contract extension...The KC Chiefs will reportedly use their franchise tag on free agent WR Dwayne Bowe...The Green Bay Packers are reportedly unlikely to use their franchise tag on QB Matt Flynn...The Buffalo Bills will reportedly be meeting with WR Stevie Johnson's agent C.J. Laboy once again tonight, their second meeting in as many days...The Detroit Lions are reportedly shopping CB Alphonso Smith...ESPN reports the Philadelphia Eagles are fielding trade offers for WR Desean Jackson and are planning on using their franchise tag on him by March 5...Brian Billick of the NFL Network said Andrew Luck is best QB prospect coming out for the draft since John Elway...St Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that a number of teams have expressed interest in their No.2 overall pick in the draft.

Combine Notes - Wisconsin C Peter Konz did a disappointing 18 reps at 225 on the bench press...ASU QB Brock Osweiler will not participate in the field drills at the Combine due to a mild foot sprain...LSU WR Rueben Randel had a 15-minute interview with the 49ers and the Bengals...LSU DT Michael Brockers will not participate in the bench press or the 40-yard dash...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III had a 15 minute interview with the KC Chiefs on Friday...Oklahoma OT Donald Stephenson ran a 4.94 forty-time - the fastest forty-time in the offensive line group...Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus had a 15 minute interview with the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers on Friday... Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green ran a 4.47 forty-time...Iowa OT Markus Zusevics tore his left pectoral muscle on Friday while performing the bench press drill...Iowa OG Adam Gettis has the fastest 10-yard split time of 1,65...USC OT Ryan Kalil ran a 1.70 10-yard split...California-PA OG Rishaw Johnson has reportedly been red-flagged by teams for character concerns...The Scouting Combine field drills begin at 9:00 am ET on the NFL Network...Georgia TE Orson Charles did 35 reps at 225 on the bench...U of Cincinnati HB Isaiah Pead has drawn strong interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers...Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill 6-4.0, 221 had a small hand measurement of 9 inches.

02/24
Quick Hits - Progress has reportedly been made in contract talks between the Bills and FA WR Stevie Johnson according to Johnson's agent C.J. Laboy...Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert reportedly underwent a serious surgery, but is expected to make a full recovery...The Eagles are reportedly open to listening to trade offers for FA WR DeSean Jackson...Colts' FA WR Pierre Garcon reportedly rejected a five-year contract offer from the Colts...The NY Jets will reportedly place a first-round tender on FA OLB Aaron Maybin...The Buffalo Bills are reportedly closing in on a deal with FA TE Scott Chandler...Free agent QB David Garrard will begin working out for NFL teams sometime in April before the draft...Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher said today that his team will make an effort to re-sign FA WR Brandon Lloyd...The Buffalo Bills are reportedly considering using the franchise tag on WR Stevie Johnson if a long-term deal cannot be reached...The NFL is considering moving all plays involving turnovers upstairs for booth review next season - Coaches won't not have to use challenge flags...The Chicago Bears will reportedly open contract talks with HB Matt Forte's reps at the Combine this weekend...The Buffalo Bills will reportedly be meeting with WR Stevie Johnson's reps this afternoon at the Combine...The Cleveland Browns will reportedly make a play for Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn.

Former New Orleans Saints and University of Miami DB Glenn Sharpe has been arrested on murder charges in Georgia.  CBS Miami

Combine Notes - Michigan C David Mold did 41 reps at 225 on the bench...Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler will not be participating in the passing drills...Ohio State OT Mike Adams managed to do only 19 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press today...Georgia TE Orson Charles led the TE group with 35 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press...Florida HB Chris Rainey expects to break a Combine record by running a sub-4.2 forty time...Alabama HB Trent Richardson has talked to the Browns, Bucs, and Colts...Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon will not run the forty-yard dash at the Combine...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III won't participate in the bench press or the passing drills at the Combine and has met with the Eagles and will meet with the Chiefs and Browns...Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles (ACL surgery) said he hopes to be ready to resume playing football in May...South Carolina WR  Alshon Jeffery measured in at 6-3.0, 217 lbs...Washington RB Chris Polk weighed 215 lbs this morning dropping 9 lbs since the Senior Bowl by working with strength coaches...Stanford QB Andrew Luck measured in at 6-4.0, 238 at the Combine...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III measured in at 6-2.3, 223 at the Combine this morning...The Miami Dolphins won a coin flip with the Panthers and now own the No. 8 pick in the draft, the Panthers will pick at No. 9, The Kansas City Chiefs won a coin flip with the Seahawks and will now pick at No. 11, with the Seahawks picking at No. 12.

Combine Changes? - The NFL is considering making some major changes to its annual scouting combine, including having draft prospects compete against one another in the 40-yard dash and the bench-press.  NFL.com

02/23
Quick Hits - The NY Giants have denied the Tampa Bay Bucs permission to interview offensive quality control coach Kevin Gilbride JR... The Seattle Seahawks will use their franchise tag on RB Marshawn Lynch if the two sides can't reach a long-term contract before the March 5 deadline...The Cleveland Browns will reportedly make a play for Packers' free agent QB Matt Flynn...The Tampa Bay Bucs interviewed Dan Hawkins for an asst. special teams coaching position...The NY Jets are planning to tender RFA OLB Aaron Maybin at a 1st-round tender level...The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with QB Trent Edwards...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the St Louis Rams have already had preliminary talks with multiple teams about trading up to No. 2 overall pick in the draft...Buffalo Bills' HB Fred Jackson has been medically cleared from his fractured right fibula...Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert isn't in attendance at the NFL Combine due to an illness...The Buffalo Bills have been in contract negotiations with OT Demetrius Bell and LB Kirk Morrison...The family of Dave Duerson, who committed suicide, has sued the NFL over his death which allegedly was linked to concussions...Former Bucs' assistant Jay Kaiser has been named as an assistant to Joe Philbin on the Miami Dolphins staff ...Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris reportedly tore a patellar tendon in his knee recently playing basketball...Alabama HB Trent Richardson will work out for NFL teams on March 27th...The 49ers have given CB Shawntae Spencer permission to seek a trade...The Dallas Cowboys can't re-sign WR Laurent Robinson until he hits the open market...The New York Jets have restructured OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract, creating $7.5 million in cap space... Chris Mortenson reports Alabama HB Trent Richardson wont be working out at the Combine or during the Alabama Pro Day on March 7, after having his knee scoped to remove small loose particles...The Tampa Bay Bucs have hired former LSU secondary coach Ron Cooper as their new defensive backs coach.

Combine Notes - Alabama HB Trent Richardson received a passing medical grade at the Combine today after having having his knee scoped on Feb. 3...Stanford OT Jonathan Martin has decided to skip the field drill portion of the Combine due to an illness, but will workout for NFL teams on March 22 at the Stanford Pro Day...Ohio State OT Mike Adams said he talked to the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins and they've discussed playing him at right tackle.

Merriman Scare - Police officers were dispatched to Buffalo Bills LB Shawn Merriman's room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday after a friend claimed he had received startling text messages from Merriman...it turned out to be a case of a simple over-reaction...Merriman had taken some cold medicine and was having breathing issues but his physical safety was never in jeopardy.  TMZ

Wagner Hospitalized - Utah State ILB Bobby Wagner was hospitalized Monday in Arizona with pneumonia, and was not cleared to travel to Indianapolis for the Combine, but will be discharged by the weekend and fully recovered within the next few weeks.  FoxSports

02/22
Quick Hits - The Atlanta Falcons will reportedly let DE John Abraham hit the open free-agent market...The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on two-year $15 million contract with TE Jermichael Finley...Chicago Bears' pro scout Dennard Wilson will reportedly join the St Louis Rams staff as a assistant defensive coach...Alabama HB Trent Richardson will not be able to participate in the field drills at the NFL Combine after having his knee scoped three weeks ago...The Buffalo Bills will reportedly meet with WR Steve Johnson's agent on Friday at the Combine...The Buffalo Bills and CB Terrence McGee have agreed to terms on a restructured contract...Judge Arthur J. Boylan has set a Dec 15 trial date in the NFL retirees lawsuit against NFL Films for allegedly not paying them for their images...Don Banks of SI.com reports Mike Shanahan loves Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden after coaching him at the Senior Bowl...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon is reconsidering his stance on performing all the field drills at the Combine...Hines Ward's DUI charge in Georgia from last July has been dropped in favor of reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane...The St Louis Rams have signed former Cowboys' WR's coach Ray Sherman to become their new wide receivers coach...The St Louis Rams have modified their stadium lease to secure a game in London for the 2012 season.

NFL Combine - The first group of players arrive in Indianapolis this morning for this year’s scouting combine. The players will go through orientation and preliminary medical tests.

QB Coach Dies - Tom Brady's mentor Tom Martinez, 66, has died after a heart attack suffered during a dialysis session.  WCVB5

02/21
Quick Hits - The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Browns long snapper Ryan Pontbriand...The Tampa Bay Bucs have signed former Bengals' TE Chase Coffman...The NFL Coaches Association has named sports lawyer David Cornwell as their new executive director...The Boston Herald reports Patriots LT Matt Light is considering retirement...The Minnesota Vikings have reached a tentative agreement to play some of their home games at the Univerity of Minnesota until their new stadium is built...Philadelphia Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins has agreed to restructure his contract which will keep him with the Eagles for the  2012 season...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas...The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly willing to let RFA WR Mike Wallace test the open market...Southern University head coach Stump Mitchell interviewed with the Rams on Monday for their vacant RBs coach position... Baylor QB Robert Griffin III will reportedly be a non-participant in the passing drills at the NFL Combine this week.

Redskins QB Plans? - Washington Redskins DC Jim Haslett reportedly said the Redskins are not interested in FA QB Matt Flynn but are seriously looking at acquiring QB Peyton Manning... Haslett also said the Redskins are very disappointed in this year's draft-eligible QB's except for  Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and are considering a move up in the draft for the Rams' No. 2 overall pick.  Pro Football Talk

02/20
Quick Hits - Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that there's real concern in the Pittsburgh Steelers' front office because they could lose RFA WR Mike Wallace...The Tennessee Titans reportedly haven't made any contract offers to free agent CB Cortland Finnegan...Baylor QB Robert Griffin III has switched his Pro Day workout for NFL teams to March 21...The Chiefs will reportedly use their franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe and let CB Brandon Carr hit the open market...The Kansas City Chiefs have signed CB Stanford Routt to a 3-year $20 million deal...Stanford TE Coby Fleener will not be able to participate in the field drills at the Combine due to a high ankle sprain...The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly talking with free agent RB Marshawn Lynch about a long-term deal...The Tennessee Titans and free agent CB Cortland Finnegan remain far apart in terms of an new contract...The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving Marcus Gilbert to left tackle...Buffalo Bills are unlikely to use their franchise tag on WR Stevie Johnson since both sides are far apart.

02/19
Quick Hits -  The Buffalo Bills and UFA WR Stevie Johnson are reportedly far apart in terms of a new contract...The Tampa Bay Bucs have an interview scheduled with Rams' O-Line coach Steve Loney for an assistant O-Line coaching position...The Tampa Bay Bucs have hired Earnest Byner as their new RB's coach...Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon will participate in all the field drills at the NFL Combine...Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus will participate in all the field drills at the NFL Combine...Free agent CB Stanford Routt is reportedly close to choosing a new team...California WR Marvin Jones and Boston College LB Luke Kuechly will participate in all the field drills at the NFL Combine.

NFL Combine - The NFL is offering 250 select fans an opportunity to be in the Lucas Oil Stadium on the morning of February 26 to observe the quarterbacks and wide receivers work out.  Indystar.com

02/18
Quick Hits - Former Chicago Bear WR Sam Hurd's federal drug-trafficking case has been delayed until August...Stanford QB Andrew Luck will reportedly be a non-participant in the passing drills at the NFL Combine next week...NE Patriots TE's coach Brian Ferentz has left the team to become the O-Line coach at the University of Iowa...The Tampa Bay Bucs hired former Pitt Panther OC and Wisconsin O-Line coach Bob Bostad as their offensive line coach...Former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowler Jermaine Lewis was arrested Thursday in Baltimore County for driving on a suspended license ..Longtime Detroit Lions defensive assistant coach Don Clemons, 58, has decided to retire...The Carolina Panthers have scheduled a private visit with LSU DT Michael Brockers on March 8...The Cleveland Browns are prepared to place their franchise tag on FA LB D'Qwell Jackson...The Detroit Lions are prepared to place their franchise tag on FA DE Cliff Avril...North Carolina DE Quinton Coples is planning on doing all the drills at the NFL Combine.

Former Players Sue NFL - Nearly a dozen former NFL players have sued the NFL, from the risks associated with concussions.  ESPN

Bucs Fire - The Tampa Bay Bucs scoreboard at Raymond James Stadium was on fire this morning due to an electrical problem. TBO.com

Lewis Arrested - Former Baltimore Ravens WR/RS Jermaine Lewis was arrested for driving on a suspended license.  Baltimore Sun

Chris Myers - Fox Sports Broadcaster Chris Myers has lost his 19-year-old son Christopher in a car accident.  Yahoo

02/17
Quick Hits - Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill has scheduled his Pro Day workout for NFL teams on March 29The Minnesota Vikings and the state have reportedly reached a preliminary agreement on the division of costs for a $975 million stadium on a site near the thirty-year old Metrodome...The Washington Redskins have hired Phillip Daniels as the team’s Director of Player Development...The Tampa Bay Bucs have hired former Dolphins and Jets LB Bryan Cox  as a defensive assistant ...Former Raiders' head coach Hue Jackson, has joined the Cincinnati Bengals staff as an assistant secondary/special teams coach... Bengals LB Rey Maualuga entered a not guilty plea this morning to assault charges stemming from a February 5 bar incident in downtown Cincinnati...USC OT Matt Kalil has gained 15 pounds since the end of the season in training for next week's Combine in Indy...Vikings HB Adrian Peterson is expected to begin running in two weeks after having reconstructive ACL surgery on December. 30...Longtime NFL agent Jim Steiner has retired...The Oakland Raiders and longtime senior executive John Herrera have parted ways...The Miami Dolphins have signed former KC Chiefs WR Quinten Lawrence...Colts' owner Jim Irsay told WISH-TV in Indianapolis on Thursday that he and QB Peyton Manning are in contract negotiations.

02/16
Quick Hits - The Oakland Raiders have signed former Packers CB Brandon Underwood...The San Francisco 49ers have given CB Shawntae Spencer permission to seek a trade...FA RB Clinton Portis wants to make a comeback and return to the NFL after sitting out last season...Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman said today that the Vikings are open and willing to trade the No. 3 overall pick in the draft...FA WR Randy Moss has received an offer from the Chicago Slaughter of the IFL...Lawyer David Cornwell, has accepted a position as head of the union for NFL coaches...The Buffalo Bills and FA WR Stevie Johnson have exchanged proposals regarding a new contract, and will reportedly meet face-to-face at next week's NFL Combine...Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Wednesday that his administration and state lawmakers may be getting close to a site, a deal and a bill for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium...Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill has shed the protective boot he was in, and is planning on scheduling a Pro Day workout for NFL teams before the draft...The Denver Broncos have signed former Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jason Hill.

Mock Draft - I will be posting my first mock for the 2012 NFL Draft after the scouting combine in Indianapolis.  -Al Fronczak

02/15
Quick Hits - The Buffalo Bills will receive a fifth-round pick in the upcoming 2012 draft to complete compensation for the deal that sent RB Marshawn Lynch to Seattle...Peyton Manning reportedly had a fourth surgery on his neck and has developed bone spurs - further surgery is a strong possibility...The Tampa Bay Bucs have released DT Albert Haynesworth...ESPN has removed Ron Jaworski from their Monday Night booth - Jaworski will now work in the ESPN studio...The Tampa Bay Bucs have hired Bill Sheridan as their new defensive coordinator...Former Dolphins LB's coach and Ohio St. CB's coach Bill Sheridan is interviewing for the Tampa Bay Bucs vacant DC position...The Tampa Bay Bucs have announced the hiring of Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant...Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II reportedly overruled Mike Tomlin on keeping OC Bruce Arians...The Dolphins have signed Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) RB Jerome Messam...The Seahawks announced four staff moves - former DB Marquand Manuel (assistant special teams coach), Keith Carter (offensive quality control coach), Kenechi Udeze (coaching intern for the D-Line), John Glenn (assistant special teams coach), and Rocky Seto moves from assistant DB's coach to defensive passing game coordinator...St Louis Rams WR Nick Miller has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating an undisclosed league policy...Free agent ILB Lofa Tatupu visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday...A Minnesota Vikings executive said Tuesday that the team has no plans to file a notice of relocation with the NFL ahead of Wednesday's deadline.

TCU Drug Arrest - Four TCU football players were among 17 students arrested Wednesday morning as a result of a six-month investigation into illegal drug dealing on the Fort Worth campus. Chicagotribune.com

Browns Soccer Angle - Aston Villa soccer boss Alex McLeish, on an invite from team owner Randy Lerner, will spend the next couple of days under the wing of Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, and will share ideas with Shurmur on topics like player evaluation, scouting, rehab and training.  Independent.com

02/14
Quick Hits - Colts' owner Jim Irsay said today that the team will ask Peyton Manning to restructure his contract to return to the the team for the 2012 season...The Indianapolis Colts have announced that Clyde Christensen will remain with the team as their quarterbacks coach...The new NFL CBA has reportedly eliminated "poison pill" offer sheets for restricted free agents...The Tennessee Titans signed Tampa Bay Bucs practice squad player DT Lamar Divens...Denver Broncos' QB Tim Tebow is working out in California with UCLA Bruins' OC Noel Mazzone on improving his mechanics... The Kansas City Chiefs announced five new additions to their coaching staff: Jack Bicknell Jr. (Offensive Line), Jim Bob Cooter (Offensive Quality Control), Brian Daboll (Offensive Coordinator), Tom McMahon (Special Teams Coach) and Derius Swinton (Special Teams Quality Control)...The St Louis Rams have hired former Titans' defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil as their new DB's coach...Former Seattle Seahawks ILB Lofa Tatupu visited the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

Manning To Texans? - Bob Allen of KTRK in Houston reports Peyton Manning is interested in playing for the Houston Texans. KTRK.com

02/13
Quick Hits - After visiting the Bills today, former Raiders CB Stanford Routt will visit the Chiefs on Tuesday, and reportedly has upcoming visits scheduled with the Titans and Cowboys this week...Former San Francisco 49ers' WR Freddie Solomon died Monday afternoon at the age of 59, after a nine-month battle with colon and liver cancer...The Detroit Lions have hired Tennessee Titans' DB's coach Marcus Robertson as a defensive/secondary assistant coach... The Oakland Raiders have hired Texas A&M defensive line coach Terrell Wiliams to be their D-Line coach...The Cincinnati Bengals announced the hiring of Mark Carrier as DB's coach and promoted Paul Guenther to LB's coach... NY Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs will reportedly make an appearance in the ring on TNA Wrestling on Thursday night on Spike TV...The Green Bay Packers have hired former Bucs' QB's coach and Bills' OC Alex Van Pelt as their running backs coach...The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Mark Lamping, former CEO of Metlife Stadium as their new team president...Retired WR Randy Moss announced this morning that he wants to make a comeback and play for an NFL team in 2012...The wife of former Pro Bowl DT Tommie Harris has died at the age of 29...The Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly place their franchise tag on free agent WR DeSean Jackson.

Thomas Arrested - Chicago Bears LB J.T. Thomas was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana early Monday morning in Morgantown, West Virginia.  wvmetronews.com 

Pro Day Schedule - The NFL has released the college pro day workout schedule.  NFL.com

Jason Pierre-Paul - New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has backed out of an appearance on TNA Wrestling tomorrow night.  SI.com

02/12
Quick Hits - The Miami Dolphins are reportedly in negotiations with 2011 CFL Player of the year, Edmonton Eskimos RB Jerome Messam (6-3, 245)...Former Philadelphia Eagles CB's coach Johnny Lynn, has been hired by the Oakland Raiders as their defensive backs coach...The Oakland Raiders have paid Richard Seymour's $7.5 million roster bonus, his $15 million salary is now guaranteed.

CBA Cap Space - The new CBA gives NFL teams the right to carry over cap space automatically.  ProFootballTalk.com

02/11
Quick Hits - Whitney Houston, who sang the National Anthem for Super Bowl XXV, has died at the age of 48, of an unknown cause...The Rams have hired Falcons' director of player personnel Les Snead as their new general manager...The Minnesota Vikings promoted director of player personnel George Paton to assistant GM...Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead, is reportedly the St Louis Rams choice to become their new GM ...Packers WR Donald Driver is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to stay in Green Bay...The San Francisco 49ers have blocked DB's coach Ed Donatell from interviewing for the Tampa Bay Bucs' defensive coordinator vacancy...The Pittsburgh Steelers will reportedly cut ties with WR Hines Ward...Green Bay Packers UFA OLB Erik Walden has pleaded no contest to a December domestic disturbance charge, Walden was initially arrested on a felony charge, but it was later downgraded to a misdemeanor...The Tampa Bay Bucs have hired Giants' QB's coach Mike Sullivan as their new offensive coordinator.

NFL Combine -  The NFL has released the official list of players invited to this year's scouting combine.  NFLcombine.net

02/10
Quick Hits - The Houston Texans hired former Dolphins' assistant and UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell as their new QB's coach...Cincinnati Bengals' LB Rey Maualuga has been formally charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a bar manager during a fight last weekend...The San Francisco 49ers signed GM Trent Baalke to a three-year contract extension...BC Lions (CFL) OT Jovan Olafioye failed his physical with the St Louis Rams...Alabama Safety Mark Barron will not be able to participate in the workout portion of the NFL Combine after undergoing double hernia surgery...NY Giants QB's coach Mike Sullivan is interviewing for the Tampa Bay Bucs' vacant offensive coordinator position...NE Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his ankle this morning, with a recovery time expected to be about 10 weeks....WR Chad Ochocinco is reportedly changing his name back to Chad Johnson...The Buffalo Bills intend to extend Fred Jackson's contract before the start of the 2012 season...Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have their Pro Day workout for NFL teams scheduled on the same day - March 22...UFA CB Stanford Routt, has visits scheduled with Buffalo Bills on Sunday and the Tennessee Titans on Monday...The Oakland Raiders hired Johnny Holland as their linebackers coach, and Keith Burns as assistant special teams coach.

49ers New Co-Owner - The San Francisco 49ers announced that Gideon Yu has been named President and Co-Owner of the team...Yu was the CFO of both Facebook and YouTube.  49ers.com

Rey Maualuga - Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga allegedly punched a bar manager, causing injuries during a fight in a downtown Cincinnati bar last weekend...Police are still investigating the incident, and Maualuga has not been charged.  Fox19.com

02/09
Quick Hits - The Tampa Bay Bucs are reportedly close to hiring former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis as their senior defensive assistant coach...The Oakland Raiders have surprisingly released CB Stanford Routt...Stanford WR Chris Owusu has been medically cleared to resume his football career after suffering several concussions at Stanford, and will be a full participant in the workouts at the Combine...Former Colts' GM Bill Polian has disputed a report that Peyton Manning not only lacks velocity on his passes, but he hasn't been been able to throw to his left while working out during his rehab process...San Diego Chargers' WR Vincent Jackson is expected to hit the open market in free agency...UFA WR Plaxico Burress reportedly wants to play for the Philadelphia Eagles...UFA WR Terrell Owens said Wednesday that he is not retiring from the NFL and wants to play a couple more years.

Draft Talk - Former Indianapolis Colts executive Bill Polian, said today on Sirius NFL Radio, that in his opinion, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III will be the second overall pick, with some team trading with the Rams and coming up for him in the draft.  Polian also said that at the end of the scouting process, Griffin and Stanford QB Andrew Luck will likely have similar grades, but have different styles.

02/08
Quick Hits - The St Louis Rams have reportedly requested permission to interview Omar Khan, the Pittsburgh Steelers director of business and administration for their vacant GM position...Peyton Manning is working out at Duke with David Cutcliffe who previously coached him at Tennessee...The Chicago Bears have hired Tampa Bay Bucs O-Line coach Tim Holt as their new offensive line coach...The Indianapolis Colts have promoted Tom Telesco to Vice President of Football Operations...The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Colts' QB's coach Frank Reich as their wide receivers coach...The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly set on hiring Tampa Bay Bucs' assistant coach Joe Baker as their assistant defensive backs coach...The Tampa Bay Bucs will reportedly interview North Carolina OC John Shoop for their vacant OC position...The Oakland Raiders have hired USC WR's coach Ted Gilmore as their WR's coach, and hired former Jets assistant coach John Defilippo as their QB's coach.

McDonald Arrested - San Francisco 49ers DE Ray McDonald, was arrested early Wednesday morning for an outstanding warrant stemming from his 2010 arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.  Mercurynews.com

Playbook Found At Yard Sale..A Carolina Panthers fan found a playbook from the 2004 Panthers-Patriots Super Bowl game along with other sensitive financial information from a list of players at a yard sale recently in bags headed for the trash.  WCNC.com

02/07
Quick Hits - The Rams have hired Rutgers OC Frank Cignetti as their QB's coach...Baltimore Ravens HB Ricky Williams has announced his retirement from the NFL...The Chicago Bears have hired Jeremy Bates as their QB's coach...The Tampa Bay Bucs are reportedly considering Colts' QB's coach Ron Turner and University of Virginia QB's coach Bill Lazor for their vacant OC position..The St Louis Rams signed B.C. Lions (CFL) OT Jovan Olafioye to a contract...San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, will interview today for the St Louis Rams vacant GM position...The Green Bay Packers have denied the TB Bucs permission to interview Packers TE's coach Ben McAdoo for their vacant OC position...The NBC Sports Network will carry the New York Giants parade at 11am est...Pittsburgh Steelers TE Weslye Saunders has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating a league policy.

Mularkey's Son Arrested - Jaguars' coach Mike Mularkey's son, Shane Michael, was arrested on cocaine possession charges. ESPN

Eli on Peyton - Eli Manning, made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last night and commented on Peyton's health - 
“Everything is good to go...He got a good report from his doctor...He’s healthy, now it’s just about getting to 100 percent where he can physically make all the throws".

02/06
Quick Hits - The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Todd Haley as their new offensive coordinator...The St Louis Rams have interviewed Vikings' player personnel director George Paton for a second time for their vacant GM position...The Patriots have made it official today by naming Josh McDaniels as their new OC...The Oakland Raiders have hired Stanford co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver as their new DC...Misdemeanor marijuana charges have reportedly been dismissed against Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick...University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Bucs to become their DC...The NFL and NBC have both apologized after M.I.A. flipped the bird during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

Moreno-DUI - Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno was arrested for DUI after getting pulled over by Denver Police on Feb 1.  FOX31

Roethlisberger-Giants - Former Giants' GM Ernie Accorsi, told Sirius NFL Radio today that Ben Roethlisberger, not Phillip Rivers would have been the Giants first-overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, if the deal with the Chargers for Eli Manning fell through.

02/05
Quick Hits - Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts want free agent C Jeff Saturday to accept a front-office job in the organization...Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Peyton Manning is open to accepting a non-guaranteed contract if and when he hits free agency...Commissioner Roger Goodell told Mike and Mike on ESPN that the NFL will consider eliminating the Pro Bowl...Aaron Rodgers was voted as the Associated Press 2011 NFL Most Valuable Player...Drew Brees was voted as the AP 2011 NFL Offensive Player of the Year...Terrell Suggs was voted the AP 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year...Cam Newton was voted the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year...Von Miller was voted the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year...Matthew Stafford was voted the AP 2011 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and Jim Harbaugh was the AP 2011 NFL Coach of the Year.

Giants 21 Patriots 17 - The New York Giants came from behind to defeat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.

North 24 South 19 - Utah State HB Michael Smith ran for 124 yards and one TD to lead the North to a 24-19 victory over the South in the Players All-Star Classic on Saturday.  LSU QB Jordan Jefferson scored on a 7-yard TD run in the first quarter, but the North squad narrowed the margin to 13-10 at halftime on a 17-yard TD pass from Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Matt Blanchard to Buffalo’s Marcus Rivers.
UNLV’s Phillip Payne, caught five passes for 110 yards, and scored on a 31-yard TD pass from Boston College’s Dominique Davis, while
Norwich kicker Long Ding kicked four field goals for the South team.


02/04
Quick Hits - The Patriots have released WR Tiquan Underwood on the eve of the Super Bowl...Stanford DC Jason Tarver is reportedly a strong candidate for the Oakland Raiders vacant defensive coordinator position...Former Colts and Cowboys offensive lineman Kurt Vollers has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for trafficking marijuana... The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Brian Daboll as their new offensive coordinator...Former Rutgers WR coach, P.J. Fleck will reportedly be joining Greg Schiano in Tampa as part of the Bucs' staff.

Class of 2012 - Pro Football Hall of Fame - Jack Butler, Wille Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman and Cortez Kennedy.

Super Bowl Notes - The New York Giants have 20 players with Super Bowl experience, while the Patriots have 11...Only 3 times in his NFL career has Tom Brady lost to a team twice in one season...The New York Giants are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 playoff games, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings with the Patriots...The New England Patriots are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Super Bowl appearances.

02/03
Quick Hits - University of Iowa OC Ken O'Keefe is leaving the Hawkeyes to become part of the Miami Dolphins coaching staff ...The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today that they will switch to black uniforms for the 2013 season...Tom Condon, the agent for Peyton Manning expects Manning to play in 2012 because Manning has made substantial progress in rehabbing his injury...Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon plans to participate in all the drills at the NFL Combine...Jeff Fisher stated that the Rams are are open to trading the No. 2 overall pick in the draft...The New Orleans Saints have reportedly denied the Oakland Raiders permission to interview D-Line coach Bill Johnson for an assistant coaching position...Rob Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus stated that Gronk's high ankle sprain is serious enough that he wouldn't be playing on Sunday if it wasn't the Super Bowl game...The Oakland Raiders have interviewed KC Chiefs' QBs coach Jim Zorn for their vacant offensive coordinator position...Indianapolis Colts O-Line coach Pete Metzelaars has reportedly verbally agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Bills to coach their tight ends.

Thursday Night Football - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the NFL Network will carry Thursday night games from Week 2 to Week 15...Goodell also revealed that all 32 teams will be guaranteed at least one prime time game in 2012.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said that if the NFL places a team in Los Angeles, the league probably would add two more franchises to make it 34 teams...Goodell said the league "doesn't want to move any of our teams" and "we probably don't want to go to 33" if the NFL decides on expansion over relocation.  Pro Football Talk

Robert Griffin III - Baylor QB and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III led the closing prayer Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C...Griffin told President Barack Obama that he would love to play basketball with him “if you ever get tired of running the country" and that “I wouldn’t dunk on you at all,” Griffin said.  KMTX.com

Manning Not Cleared? - Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay rebutted a report that Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to play football in 2012..Irsay "tweeted" - Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts...The Colts will release a  statement on Friday.

02/02
Quick Hits - John Clayton of ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers RBs coach Kirby Wilson will reportedly be promoted to offensive coordinator if he "gets healthy soon...The Green Bay Packers promoted QBs coach Tom Clements to offensive coordinator...The New Orleans Saints signed former St, Louis Rams DC Ken Flajole to be their secondary coach...Panthers QB Cam Newton has signed an endorsement deal with Gatorade...QB Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said today that 2012 will probably be his last season in the NFL...The Colts have hired Greg Manusky as their defensive coordinator...The indianapolis Colts are reportedly interested in former Chargers' DC Greg Manusky for their vacant DC position...The Oakland Raiders have requested permission to interview Green Bay Packers DBs coach Joe Whitt for their vacant DC position...Former Ohio State head coach and Colts advisor Jim Tressel was named the vice president of school engagement at Akron University...Oakland Raiders secondary coach Rod Woodson is reportedly a strong candidate to be added to the Bengals staff...Detroit Lions' defensive assistant Brandon Fisher is leaving the Lions and going to the St. Louis Rams to work with his father...The Indianapolis Colts have hired Alfredo Roberts as their new tight ends coach...The KC Chiefs reportedly interviewed Oakland Raiders assistant coach Al Saunders for their vacant OC position...Angelo Dundee, the trainer who helped groom both Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard has died at the age of 90.

Manning Cleared - Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports Peyton Manning has reportedly been medically cleared to resume his NFL career.

Rugby Star To NFL? - Hayden Smith, 6-6, 265 a front liner for the Saracens Rugby team, worked out for the New York Jets on Tuesday, and will work out for the New Orleans Saints today.  National Football Post

02/01
Quick Hits - Atlanta Falcons player personnel director Les Snead has reportedly interviewed for the St. Louis Rams GM vacancy...Former Titans safety Myron Rolle has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers...The Tampa Bay Bucs are reportedly interested in adding former Falcons' assistant O-Line coach Paul Dunn to their staff... Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd missed the Senior Bowl due to a rib injury suffered in the Champs Sports Bowl, which forced him to decline an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl...Indianapolis Colts OC Bruce Arians acknowledged today that the Colts may start over at the QB position in 2012, and that he believes the best way for a rookie QB to develop,is to play...Kansas Chiefs coordinator/O-Line coach Bill Muir has notified the Chiefs that he's retiring from coaching...Referee John Parry will lead 7-man crew selected to officiate Super Bowl XLVI...Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt had possession of marijuana charges dismissed by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace for his arrest at a Hoboken, NJ car wash, back in June 2011...
Rutgers QBs coach Frank Cignetti is reportedly a candidate for the Tampa Bay Bucs vacant OC position...John Fassel is negotiating with the St Louis Rams to become their special teams coach...The Dallas Cowboys reportedly denied the Raiders permission to interview special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis...Former Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards visited the Phiadelphia Eagles this week...Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel Steve Keim reportedly interviewed for the St Louis Rams vacant GM position on Tuesday.

Gronkowski Didn't Practice - 5:30 pm est  - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski didn't practice with the team today. -Al Fronczak

Osi Misses Media Day - The NFL has fined Osi Umenyiora $20,000 for missing todays mandatory media session.  ESPN


01/31
Quick Hits - The Oakland Raiders interviewed former Chargers' DC Greg Manusky for their defensive coordinator vacancy...The Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed former KC Chiefs head coach Todd Haley for their vacant OC position...Peyton Manning disputed a report that his playing career is over in an interview with ESPN saying his doctor told him he is right on schedule rehabbing his injury ...The KC Chiefs have denied the Bears' request to interview QBs coach Jim Zorn for their QBs coach position...The Miami Dolphins have hired former Bills' DC George Edwards as their LBs coach...UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue has resigned his position with the league...Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski shed his walking boot on Monday...The Denver Broncos have denied LBs coach Richard Smith permission to interview for the Oakland Raiders' defensive coordinator vacancy...Greg Knapp has agreed to a deal to become the Raiders offensive coordinator...Cincinnati Bengals' WR Jerome Simpson entered a not guilty plea for a marijuana trafficking charge...The Oakland Raiders have reportedly offered Houston Texans' QB coach Greg Knapp their offensive coordinator position.

All Star Game Practice Notes - 8:10 pm est - Wes Bunting has posted notes from day one of the Players All-Star Classic practice. NFP

Guaranteed Win? - 6:06 pm est - NY Giants safety Anrel Rolle told the media today that the Giants are going to beat the Patriots on Sunday, but when pressed about whether he was guaranteeing a win, Rolle responed by saying “I didn’t say we’re going to win, I said we’re going to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,”.

Weigh-In Results - Wes Bunting has posted the weigh-in results for the players participating in the Players All Star Classic game.  NFP

Manning Done? -  Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that "people close" to Peyton Manning  believe his career is over.  Yahoo

01/30
Quick Hits - San Francisco 49ers OLB Aldon Smith's blood-alcohol level was reportedly more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested for DUI on Saturday morning...LB coach Keith Butler has signed a new deal to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers....Former Tampa Bay Bucs' QB coach Alex Van Pelt will interview with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday for their vacant passing game coordinator/QB coach opening...Patrick Mularkey has been named to his fathers' staff as the strength coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars...The Buffalo Bills announced the hiring of assistant O-line coach Andrew Dees and defensive QC coach Eric Thatcher and announced that TE's coach Bob Bicknell will coach the wide receivers and OLB coach Bob Sanders will coach the Linebackers...Tim Ruskell, the Bears' director of player personnel, has parted ways with the Bears in a mutual agreement with the organization..It's official - the Ravens have hired Jim Caldwell as their quarterbacks coach...Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland flew to Texas and was in attendance to scout Baylor QB Robert Griffin III at the Alamo Bowl...The Buffalo Bills have scheduled a 3pm est press conference for today, to discuss changes to their coaching staff...The Philadelphia Eagles have retained Juan Castillo as their DC, and hired former Dolphins coach Todd Bowles as their DBs coach...Former Colts' head coach Jim Caldwell will reportedly be added to the Baltimore Ravens staff, possibly as their QB coach.

All Star Game - The Players All Star Classic will be played this Saturday at 4pm est in Little Rock, Arkansas and will be telecast by Comcast and Cox Sports networks.   Game Rosters

Draft Stock - The following players improved their draft stock the most during the week of the Senior Bowl practices/game - QB Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), QB Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), HB Isaih Pead (Cincinnati), HB Doug Martin (Boise State), WR Marvin Jones (California), OT Mike Adams (Ohio State), OT Mitchell Schwartz (Cal), DE Quinton Coples (North Carolina), DE Vinny Curry (Marshall), DE Cam Johnson (Virginia), DT Almeda Ta'amu (Washington), DT Kendall Reyes (Connecticut), LB Keenan Robinson (Texas), SS Antonio Allen (South Carolina), CB Dwight Bentley (La. Lafayette).  -Al Fronczak

Pro Bowl - The  AFC defeated the NFC 59-41 in Sunday's Pro Bowl game...Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall ( 6-176, 4 TD's) was named the games' MVP.

Logo Tweak - The Carolina Panthers announced that they "tweaked" their logo.  Panthers.com

01/29
Quick Hits - The Steelers interviewed former Colts' head coach Jim Caldwell for their vacant OC position...Pittsburgh Steelers LB coach Keith Butler is headed to Indy to interview for the Colts defensive coordinator position...Former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill has agreed to become the Falcons new offensive line coach...Colts' owner Jim Irsay has disputed a report that a decision to move on from Peyton Manning was made weeks ago.

01/28
North 23 South 13...The North beat the South 23-13 as Cincinnati HB Isaiah Pead was named the MVP of the 2012 Senior Bowl game.

Smith Arrested - San Francisco 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested in Miami on Friday night and charged with DUI...Smith was booked into jail Saturday morning, was given a $1,000 bond, and is expected to make his first appearance in bond court Sunday.  CBS Miami

Quick Hits - The Arizona Cardinals have denied the Tampa Bay Bucs request to interview WR's coach John McNulty for their vacant OC position...Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the Indianapolis Colts were planning on moving on from Peyton Manning well before public words were exchanged between Manning and Jim Irsay...The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery as their new general manager...The NY Jets have offered former NFL player Karl Dunbar their defensive line coach position...Former Pittsburgh Steelers' OC Bruce Arians has agreed to become the Indianapolis Colts new offensive coordinator... SiriusXM has hired former Colts' GM Bill Polian to host their Late Hits show three days a week...The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio to become the club's defensive coordinator...The Oakland Raiders have made it official by announcing that they signed Dennis Allen to a four-year deal to become the Raiders' head coach.

Senior Bowl - Wes Bunting of the NFP has posted his stock watch from the Senior Bowl practices, with the five players whose stock is on the rise, and the five prospects whose stock took a hit during this week of practice.  Stock watch - 5 Up    Stock watch - 5 down

Senior Bowl -  The Senior Bowl game is scheduled to kickoff just after 4:00 pm est today.  North Roster   South Roster

01/27
Quick Hits - The Browns have hired Brad Childress as their new offensive coordinator...The Eagles have promoted Anthony Patch to the position of director of college scouting and Rick Mueller to pro personnel executive...The Baltimore Ravens have announced that LB coach Dean Pees will be their new DC and Cam Cameron will be retained as the teams OC...The Press conference for new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano has been moved back to 2 pm est...The Miami Dolphins are expected to announce the hiring of Kevin Coyle as their new DC and Mike Sherman as their new OC...Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress is the front-runner for the Browns OC position.

01/26
Quick Hits - Former Cleveland Browns and North Carolina head coach Butch Davis is the early front-runner to become the new Tampa Bay Bucs defensive coordinator under Greg Shiano...Cincinnati Bengals DBs coach Kevin Coyle will reportedly accept the Miami Dolphins offer to become their new defensive coordinator... Minnesota Vikings' GM Rick Spielman says he is more than willing to listen to trade offers for the Vikings No. 3 overall pick... Wisconsin WR Nick Toon has reportedly had a setback while rehabbing his surgically repaired foot, which could cause him to miss the workout portion of the Combine...The League will allow in-game tweeting by players at this years Pro Bowl game.

It's Official! - 1:25 pm est - Greg Schiano has reached an agreement on a five-year deal, to become the Buccaneers new head coach.

Bucs Surprise! - 9:41 am - Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has reportedly been offered the Tampa Bay Bucs head coaching position.
Update - 12:00 - Shiano and the Bucs are in the process of finalizing a contract for Schiano to become the new Bucs head coach.

01/25
Senior Bowl - Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard will miss the Senior Bowl game on Saturday due to a hip flexor injury.

Colts Hire Pagano - Baltimore Ravens' DC Chuck Pagano has been named as the new Indianapolis Colts head coach.  Washington Post

Brandon Weeden - 3:26 pm est - The buzz going around the Senior Bowl practices is whether Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden will be able to pass team physicals at the NFL Combine in February, due to a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.  Weeden was drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees, but ended his baseball career in 2007 when a partially torn labrum and severe tendinitis in his rotator cuff didn’t get better with rehab. However, with the difference in throwing motions, he doesn’t experience any pain when throwing a football.  In my opinion, Weeden is as NFL ready as any of the quarterbacks coming out in the draft, so it will be interesting to see if he gets a clean bill of health at the Combine. -Al Fronczak

Quick Hits - Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will reportedly become the new Indianapolis Colts head coach...The St Louis Rams have hired Titans senior assistant coach Dave McGinnis to serve as their assistant head coach...Alabama HB Trent Richardson has chosen Ben Dogra and Jimmy Sexton of CAA to represent him...NFL owners have given commissioner Roger Goodell a contract extension keeping him in office through March 2019....Former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has emerged as a candidate to replace Dennis Allen as the Broncos defensive coordinator ...Former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is reportedly the front-runner to be named theTampa Bay Buccaneers new head coach but Carolina Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski is still in the running for the job ...Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman reportedly interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching vacancy over the past weekend - Trestman has led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships in his four years as Montreal's head coach.

Senior Bowl - Matt Bowen has posted his notes from the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile.  National Football Post

Culbreath Arrested - Detroit Lions OT Johnny Culbreath was arrested at an Orangeburg Hotel in Orangeburg County, South Carolina on Monday morning for possession of marijuana.  TheTanD.com

The Oakland Raiders - have hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach.

01/24
Quick Hits - Paul Gutierrez of Comcast Sports reports the Oakland Raiders have narrowed their coaching search to three candidates -  Dennis Allen, Winston Moss, and a third "mystery candidate" - That mystery candidate could be former Raiders coach Jon Gruden... Former Ohio State head coach Tim Tressel is reportedly a very strong candidate to become the Indianapolis Colts next head coach.

Senior Bowl - Boise State QB Kellen Moore measurement results were very dissapointing.  Moore turned out to be only 5-11.6, 191, with very short arms - 29 7/8.  With those type of measurements, teams will likely view Moore as an undrafted free-agent type prospect.
 
01/23
Tannehill - Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill will reportedly undergo surgery on his foot this week and could miss the NFL Combine.

Weigh-In Results - Wes Bunting has posted a complete list of player measurements from this mornings weigh-in.  National Football Post

Senior Bowl - Players participating in the Senior Bowl will be measured and weighed later this morning, and go through a light practice without pads this afternoon. The NFL Network is once again providing extensive coverage of the practices beginning at 4:30pm est today.

Kelly To Stay at Oregon -  6:45am est - Chip Kelly has reportedly decided to stay on as the head coach of Oregon and has turned down a deal to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers new head coach. 
01/22
Shrine Game - The West rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the East 24-17 behind Louisiana Tech HB Lennon Creer's 9-yard TD run with just 47 seconds remaining in the game. Creer was named the offensive MVP of the game.   NFL.com Game Highlights

01/21
Shrine Game - The East-West Shrine game kicks off at 4pm ET today on The NFL Network.

Shrine Game - Josh Norris has a breakdown of the top prospects playing in the Shrine game.  Rotoworld

Shrine Game - Wes Bunting posted the official weigh-in results for the Shrine game prospects.  National Football Post

Shrine Game - Wes Bunting ranked the Shrine Game's Top 10 Prospects.  National Football Post


Alshon Jeffrey (healthy) has opted NOT to run the forty-yard dash
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