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Bills released WLB Nick Barnett.

The move clears Barnett's $3.5 million base salary off the books and frees up just over $3 million in cap room. Barnett turns 32 in May, but graded out as a top-ten 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' 2012 ratings and should have some gas left in the tank. He's also "scheme versatile," having played in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. We suspect Barnett will find a starting job in 2013.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 01:56:00 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said Monday at the NFL Owners Meetings that Tom Brady believes he can continue playing into his mid to late 40s.

Brady turns 40 this August. "As recently as two to three days ago, (Brady) assured me he’s willing to play six, seven more years," were Kraft's exact words. Kraft added that he's hopeful Bill Belichick will "coach into his 80s." A lot of this feels hyperbolic and will likely prove to be, but Brady's current physical fitness and always-evolving game make the notion of him playing until age 45 seem conceivable as things stand today.
Mar 27 - 4:40 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Brandin Cooks' potential impact to Randy Moss' in New England.

This isn't terribly meaningful coming from an owner, but it's probably something Kraft has heard from the coaching staff. "Since I've owned the team," said Kraft, "the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss." The 2007 Patriots were the greatest offense of all time with Moss on the perimeter and Wes Welker working the slot. Cooks will likely take over as New England's top outside threat with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski dominating the middle of the field.
Mar 27 - 4:01 PM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said at the NFL Owners Meetings that New England's "intention isn't to trade" LCB Malcolm Butler.

At the same time, Kraft made no statement regarding a long-term commitment to Butler. Butler is on the last year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make less than $4 million despite Pro Bowl-level on-field performance the past two years. The Patriots essentially chose Stephon Gilmore over Butler. It appears they are now hoping Butler will swallow his pride and play on his one-year, $3.91 million restricted free agent tender. A trade to New Orleans still can't be ruled out.
Mar 27 - 3:47 PM

The NFL has approved the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas.

Shameful. The tally was 31-1, with only Dolphins owner Stephen Ross voting no. The NFL has taken to declaring "football is family," but what it really is is money. The Bay Area is one of the richest economic zones in all of human history, but Raiders owner Mark Davis is the poorest owner in the NFL. Since he apparently couldn't finance a stadium in Oakland and the local authorities wouldn't provide him corporate welfare, he's uprooted for Las Vegas, where a sports-desperate area and casino magnates will foot the bill. It's the NFL's third relocation in 15 months. Any time a team moves is a dark day for its league. Today is no different for the NFL. The Raiders will remain in Oakland for 2017 — and supposedly 2018 — with uncertain plans for 2019. 2020 is their estimated arrival in Vegas.
Mar 27 - 2:09 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Giants are interested in free agent C Nick Mangold.

It's Mangold's first tangible connection since he was released by the Jets on Feb. 25. The G-Men already have Weston Richburg at center, but ESPN's Dan Graziano has reported some teams are eyeing Mangold as a guard. Perhaps he could compete with John Jerry on the right side in New York. The Giants' run blocking left much to be desired in 2016.
Mar 27 - 1:58 PM

A source told ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi that the Browns "would make another run" at trading for Jimmy Garoppolo at this week's Owners Meetings.

Convening in Phoenix for a few days of meetings, top decision makers Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick of the Patriots and Jimmy Haslam and Sashi Brown of the Browns will be in the same building, making for easier conversations. There have been several reports of the Patriots being adamant they won't trade Garoppolo, but the Browns are going to try their best. Grossi believes either Garoppolo or Cody Kessler will be the Week 1 starter. Brock Osweiler isn't viewed as having a realistic shot.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Bears CB Deiondre' Hall and Packers CB Makinton Dorleant were arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday night.

Both played college football at Northern Iowa. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference, while Dorleant was booked for interference. Witnesses told KWWL in Iowa that they believed Hall was hit with a taser by Cedar Falls police. The incident reportedly happened at a bar called "Sharky's" near or on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Source: KWWL Iowa
Mar 26 - 7:56 PM

Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season.

The injuries cost Riddick the final four games of last season. He is expected to be a full participant at OTAs. While roles throughout the rest of Detroit's backfield remain in flux and could be affected by the draft, Riddick should be locked in as the team's passing-down specialist. Under OC Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions have embraced a quick-pass offense that suits Riddick's skill set. He will again be a worthwhile mid-round investment in 2017 PPR drafts.
Mar 26 - 2:53 PM

Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News believes it's "only a matter of time" until the Bills fire GM Doug Whaley.

Whaley has been at odds with new coach Sean McDermott seemingly since the day McDermott was hired. Sullivan believes Whaley has already lost the power struggle, with McDermott emerging as the team's "voice." We saw this play out early in the month when Buffalo kept Tyrod Taylor on a restructured deal, a decision that was heavily influenced by McDermott. Sullivan believes Whaley's exodus could occur after the draft. At that point, McDermott would likely bring in a GM of his choosing. Sullivan mentioned Panthers director of player personnel Don Gregory as a possible replacement for Whaley.
Mar 26 - 8:37 AM

Bengals released MLB Rey Maualuga.

The writing was on the wall after the Bengals signed Kevin Minter. Maualuga was a seven-year starter in Cincy, but injuries and ineffectiveness reduced him to a part-time role (326 snaps) in 2016. His release saves $3.75 million against the cap. Entering his age-30 season, Maualuga should resurface closer to the veteran minimum.
Mar 25 - 3:14 PM

Adrian Peterson said he is "in no rush" to find a new team.

That is convenient because NFL teams are in no rush to sign him. In a statement which must be true considering the number of all-caps words and exclamation points, Peterson shot down reports he is looking for $8 million in the first year of his new deal before adding "finding the best fit" and helping a team "win a championship" are his main objectives. Peterson has received almost zero interest since becoming a free agent.
Mar 25 - 9:45 AM




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