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Bills signed QB Kyle Orton to a one-year contract.

Orton, 31, made one start for the Cowboys last season in an NFC East win-or-go-home tilt with the Eagles. He scattered check down after check down amongst 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league, but it's fair to wonder if he eventually becomes a better option than E.J. Manuel. For now, Orton will push Jeff Tuel for the backup job.
Aug 29 - 10:22 PM

The 49ers and Falcons have both requested permission to speak with Broncos OC Adam Gase about their head coaching vacancies.

Dec 29 - 12:12 PM

Tom Coughlin has been told he will return to the Giants in 2015.

Coughlin has gone 22-26 over the last three seasons, failing to make the playoffs each year. But the Giants were able to finish strong once again this season, winning three of their final four games on the backs of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. Coughlin, 68, clearly has more leash than most NFL coaches because he's won two Super Bowls for the Giants. But anything short of a playoff berth in 2015 should be the end of his run. There's no word yet on the fate of DC Perry Fewell, who may end up taking the fall here.
Dec 29 - 11:55 AM

A source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns OC Kyle Shanahan is on the 49ers' list of head coaching candidates.

Shanahan is going to be on the list for a lot of head coaching vacancies. A talented game-planner and offensive schemer, Mike Shanahan's son was handcuffed this year by Brian Hoyer. The Browns still averaged 23.2 points per game for the first nine weeks before a myriad of issues and injuries torpedoed them. Kyle has also had mostly successful stints guiding the offenses of the Texans (2008-09) and Redskins (2010-13). His experience with Robert Griffin III pre-injury in 2012 would be interesting for the Niners as they try to get Colin Kaepernick pointed upward again.
Dec 29 - 10:53 AM

Kyle Orton has informed the Bills he's retiring.

Orton is reportedly serious this time, just a few short months after angling his way out of Dallas only to sign an $11M contract with the Bills. The 32-year-old started hot but faded in Buffalo, finishing 287-of-447 (64.2 percent) for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. "I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," said Orton. So now the Bills are left with E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel as the only quarterbacks on their roster. They have no first-round draft pick as a result of the Sammy Watkins trade.
Dec 29 - 10:04 AM

Bears fired coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery.

Trestman got just two years in Chicago, going 13-19 while sustaining his reputation as an elite offensive mind that's not NFL head coaching material. Perhaps that's fair, but there aren't many people we'd rather have running our offense. Trestman showed his quarterback guru ways last season when he coaxed a white-hot performance out of career journeyman Josh McCown and his system also made Jimmy Clausen look like a serviceable spot-starter this season. Unfortunately, Jay Cutler couldn't hear Trestman's whispers and the defense was inept again. Trestman will be one of the hottest offensive coordinator candidates available over the next month.
Dec 29 - 9:42 AM

Falcons fired coach Mike Smith.

Smith went 66-46 in seven years at the helm of the Falcons and was the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year, but was just 1-4 in four playoff appearances and 10-22 over the last two seasons. There was no way the Falcons could bring him back, even if they somehow had made the postseason in the lowly NFC South. Smith, a defensive-minded head coach, had the league's worst defense this season and No. 27 unit in 2013. He also repeatedly bungled end-game situations. The Falcons join the 49ers and Jets as teams with head coaching vacancies so far on Black Monday.
Dec 29 - 9:26 AM

Jets fired head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.

Ryan went 20-12 in his first two seasons with the Jets, playing in two straight AFC Championship Games (2009, 2010). In the four seasons since then, he's gone 26-38 with zero playoff appearances and an inability to develop offensive talent. Still, Ryan hits the market as one of the best candidates available, an excellent motivator even if he's best suited to be a defensive coordinator. Ryan's defenses ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 6th in his six years at the helm. If another head coaching opportunity doesn't materialize for him this offseason, it's possible he'll take a year off and do some television work.
Dec 29 - 8:30 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell's right knee injury is "not anything major."

Bell has been diagnosed with a scary hyperextension, but no ligament damage. He was able to walk without crutches in the locker room after the game and was not in a brace. Still, hyperextensions can be multi-week injuries in certain cases, leaving Bell questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens. The Steelers were forced to turn to UDFA Josh Harris following Bell's injury Sunday night. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that the Steelers believe it's "possible" Bell can play Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 29 - 7:50 AM

A.J. Green is in the concussion protocol.

Green battled through his badly bruised bicep on Sunday night, but wasn't himself as he dropped passes and lost a devastating fourth quarter fumble when the ball was ripped out of his hands. Right after that fumble, he took a shot the head from Steelers S Mike Mitchell. Green will be in a race to get cleared ahead of Sunday's Wild Card game at Indy.
Dec 29 - 7:44 AM

By losing to the Saints in Week 17, the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

It's incredibly early in the process to try predicting such things, but the general thinking among media members is Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will both be in play at No. 1 overall. The Titans will pick second, and the Jaguars third. These are picks Nos. 4-10: Raiders (4); Redskins (5); Jets (6); Bears (7); Falcons (8); Giants (9); Rams (10).
Dec 28 - 9:55 PM

Julio Jones caught 4-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Jones was in and out of the game after reportedly aggravating a preexisting knee injury. That's the story of Jones' season, as he battled multiple lower-body ailments despite missing just one game. He still had the best season of his career, totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Legitimately dominant on the outside when at or near full health, Jones will be a surefire WR1 and first- or second-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. He has one year left on his contract at 25 years old. Matt Ryan also still has a ton of game left at 30.
Dec 28 - 8:35 PM




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