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Eli Manning Comfortable Entering 2015 Without Long-Term Contract

Apr 27, 2015 1:39 PM

Eli Manning is comfortable playing the 2015 season without a long-term contract.

Manning is entering the final season of a seven-year, $106.9 million contract with the New York Giants.

"I've known a lot of people who have gone into their last year, my brother went into the last year of his contract twice, and that's just part of it," Manning said Sunday via Newsday. "I look at it as, hey, I signed a six-year contract and I never once mentioned the contract to them or anything, or tried to get extended. I'm going to play out those six years and hopefully my play and the success of the team will dictate the future of me being in New York."

Manning has the second highest base salary in the NFL for 2015.

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Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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ESPN, NFLN Won't Spoil Picks For Draft

Apr 27, 2015 1:56 PM

ESPN and the NFL Network have agreed once again not to spoil picks for the 2015 NFL Draft before they're officially disclosed.

“We want to keep the suspense of the draft,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman tells Deitsch. “This is purely listening to the viewers and what they want. It was overwhelming that our consumers, our viewers, our fans do not want us to spoil the draft experience. I know some of our competitors will tweet picks, but they are not telecasting the draft. I am sure there is a segment of the population that wants it as soon as possible, but our responsibility is to our viewers. It’s not some big journalism discussion in my mind. It’s ‘I don’t like angering our viewers.'”

The audience will be following on Twitter along with the broadcast and they've overwhelmingly said they don't want the picks spoiled.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc

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NFLPA Appeals Greg Hardy Suspension

Apr 27, 2015 1:49 PM

The NFLPA has appealed the 10-game suspension of Greg Hardy.

Hardy received a suspension for domestic violence incident involving his former fiance.

The union is expected to claim that Roger Goodell applied the discipline retroactively under the new personal conduct policy, which was not enacted until December - seven months after Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges.

Goodell, however, has claimed that the suspension is identical to what it would have been under the old policy for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy signed this offseason with the Dallas Cowboys.

CBS Sports

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Antonio Brown Working Out With Steelers While Seeking New Deal

Apr 27, 2015 1:41 PM

Antonio Brown is working out with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday just days after saying not to expect him at voluntary workouts.

Brown is seeking a new contract.

Pittsburgh typically does not renegotiate contracts, but Brown had 129 catches and 1,698 yards last season and is underpaid.

Conor Orr/

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Washington Picks Up Fifth-Year Option On Robert Griffin III

Apr 27, 2015 12:30 PM

Washington has picked up their fifth-year option on the contract of Robert Griffin III, keeping him under team control through 2016.

In that 2012 season, Griffin III earned his first-career Pro Bowl selection, while also establishing NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), percentage of passes intercepted (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815).

Griffin has been inconsistent since undergoing surgery on a torn ACL.

Griffin was named starting quarterback for the 2015 season back in February.

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Buccaneers Conducted Extensive Vetting Of Jameis Winston

Apr 26, 2015 12:20 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have conducted an extensive level of vetting into Jameis Winston as they consider whether to draft him first overall.

Jason Licht said the Buccaneers “spoke to upwards of 75 people” about Winston. The Tribune has determined that those “upwards of 75 people” include “family members, friends, teammates, former high school coaches, former college coaches and an assistant state attorney.”

“[W]e all couldn’t feel more confident about the process we have gone through,” Licht said.


The process, as PFT previously has reported, included contact with assistant Tallahassee district attorney Georgia Cappleman, who spoke to the Bucs not only about Erica Kinsman (who claims Winston sexually assaulted her) but also about a second victim to whom Kinsman’s lawsuit against Winston refers.

“I advised them that there was another woman who received some counseling services from Florida State University as a result of an encounter with Mr. Winston that was of a sexual nature,” Cappleman told the Tribune.  While Cappleman hasn’t personally spoken to the second victim, Cappleman said the second victim “doesn’t even consider herself a victim.”


Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Panthers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Luke Kuechly

Apr 26, 2015 12:18 PM

The Carolina Panthers have picked up their fifth-year option on Luke Kuechly's contract.

Kuechly has been one of the NFL's most productive linebackers since entering the league in 2012.

Kuechly will now be due $11.1 million for 2016. The Panthers are likely to work to sign him to a longer extension at some point.

Mike Wilkening/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sanchez: Tim Tebow Signed As Camp Arm

Apr 25, 2015 2:02 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have told Mark Sanchez that Tim Tebow was signed to be a camp arm and that he probably won't make the regular season roster.

"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's [Bradford] still recovering," Sanchez said Friday. "So that's the reason [for the signing], at least as explained to me. We're excited about the upcoming year and I think we have a great group."

The day before Sanchez's remarks, Eagles' new vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz explained why the team signed Tebow.

"We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him, had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practice here," Marynowitz said. "When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement with him. ...

"We've got 68 players that are on our roster right now," he continued. "Tim is one of 68 so he'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot here. ... His role will be determined by his performance. We're excited that he's a member of the organization, and we're looking forward to him competing."

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jets Calling Teams About Moving Up For Marcus Mariota

Apr 25, 2015 1:54 PM

The New York Jets will call teams to gauge interest about moving up from the sixth spot.

Marcus Mariota is believed to be the Jets' target if they move up.

"We're going to reach out to every team ahead of us and gauge the value of what they're looking for in compensation to move up in the draft," he said. "That doesn't mean we're actually trying to go up necessarily and get a player but you hear what the market value is basically, and then what you do is see what unfolds with the first few picks and who is available. We'll have that discussion when we get to the draft -- if we want to move up in the draft.

"Philosophically, I'm not opposed to moving up in the draft to get a player if you feel if a player is going to be an extremely good player. ... I would personally want to (acquire more talent)."

Conor Orr/

Tags: New York Jets, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Greg Hardy Called 'Woman Beater' By Teammate During Altercation

Apr 24, 2015 4:59 PM

Greg Hardy had a verbal altercation with a Dallas Cowboys' teammate this week during voluntary workouts.

Davon Coleman referred to Hardy's history of domestic violence after Hardy challenged Coleman's effort during conditioning.

"He called him a woman beater," according to a source.

Hardy received a 10-game suspension this week by the NFL for his prior domestic violence incidents.

Rand Getlin/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Sam Bradford Believes Eagles Could Trade Him At Draft
The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford this offseason from the St. Louis Rams, but the team remains connected to a deal for Marcus Mariota.

Eliot Shorr-Parks/Star-Ledger

Hakeem Nicks Signs With Titans
Hakeem Nicks' production has dropped in recent years following a few injury-plagued seasons.

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Eagles, Sam Bradford Haven't Begun Extension Talks
Sam Bradford was traded to the Eagles earlier in the offseason and enters 2015 as their presumptive starter.

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Raiders, Chargers Release Updated Stadium Renderings (Photos)
The revised plans show a futuristic open-air venue that has a peristyle reminiscent of the one at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Elway: Demaryius Thomas' Absence 'Makes No Sense'
Demaryius Thomas was given the franchise tag this offseason and will make $12.8 million if he and the Broncos are unable to agree upon a long-term deal.

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Jets Secretly Worked Out Marcus Mariota At Facility
The Jets, Buccaneers and Titans are the three teams to have worked out Marcus Mariota at both their own practice facility and on Oregon's campus.

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Chargers, Titans Haven't Held Philip Rivers' Trade Talks
Philip Rivers could reunite closer to home with Ken Whisenhunt and the Titans.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out
The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

Browns Deny Shopping Johnny Manziel To Eagles
The Browns are open to drafting a quarterback again in the first round.

Marc Sessler/

Blake Bortles' Arm 'Deteriorated' During Rookie Season
Blake Bortles spent the first part of the offseason without a football in his hand, working on improving his mechanics.

Dan Hanzus/

NFL Nearly Scheduled Eagles As Patriots' Kickoff Opponent
The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most fascinating teams in the offseason.

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Chargers Confident Extension Will Come With Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle hasn't missed a game the past five years while being named an All-Pro after each of them.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Greg Jennings Signs With Dolphins
Greg Jennings' production has dipped since leaving the Green Bay Packers for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

Rand Getlin/Yahoo! Sports

Greg Hardy Suspended 10 Games By NFL
Roger Goodell warned Greg Hardy that another incident could result in an NFL banishment.

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Source: No Comparison Between Winston, Mariota On NFL Transition
Jameis Winston is widely considered the best quarterback prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, though some have made an argument for Marcus Mariota.

Peter Schrager/Fox Sports

Jerod Mayo Agrees To Pay Cut With Patriots
Jerod Mayo was scheduled to make a base salary of $6.25 million and now he's set to earn $4.5 million.

Ian Rapoport/

Bengals Extend Marvin Lewis Through 2016
Marvin Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003.

Albert Breer/

Pettine: Ridiculous To Think Browns Have Moved On From Manziel
The future of Johnny Manziel with the Browns is uncertain but definitely not over.

Marc Sessler/

Jimmy Smith Agrees To $48M Extension With Ravens
Jimmy Smith played at a Pro Bowl level at cornerback last season.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Patriots To Host Steelers For NFL's First Game Of 2015
The Patriots will kick off the 2015 NFL season against the Steelers with a Thursday night opener.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

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