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Robbie Gould Signs Extension Through 2017 With Bears

Dec 27, 2013 2:27 PM

The Chicago Bears have signed Robbie Gould to a four-year extension that runs through the 2017 season.

Gould will be among the highest paid kickers in the NFL.

Gould was undrafted out of Penn State in 2005 and was actually in camp that season behind Adam Vinatieri with the New England Patriots.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Josh McCown Will Consider Retirement In Offseason

Dec 26, 2013 2:39 PM

Josh McCown has had a highly productive season filling in for Jay Cutler as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears, but he isn't sure if he is will continue his football career beyond the current season.

McCown will be a free agent and figures to draw a lot of interest, including from the Bears.

“It’s a year-to-year thing of how long is this going to be,” McCown said. “In our minds, when we commit to it, it’s for a year. So to be apart like this, it’s a tough deal. But it’s something everybody [in my family] talks about, including my daughter, my oldest, especially, just sitting with her, ‘Is all this OK? Are you cool with this?’ So she’s been great with it all.

“But for me, I know that there is a time coming where it’s going to get harder and harder. I kind of have a thought process in my mind of: I don’t know if I want to do this and let her get out of my house having done this the last four years where we live apart.

“There’s not enough money in the world to justify and make it feel OK to miss those games and stuff like that. It’s a process. It’s things that we think about, quite honestly, moving forward in my career in the direction, ‘Are we going to keep playing?’ All those things, because it’s a real question, because those things are hard.”

Adam L. Jahns/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jon Kitna Signs With Cowboys, Will Donate Salary To High School

Dec 26, 2013 2:36 PM

Jon Kitna has signed with the Dallas Cowboys, coming out of retirement who last played in the 2011 season.

Kitna will donate his NFL paycheck to Lincoln High School in Tacoma. Kitna teaches math and coaches football at Lincoln.

Kitna's son, Jordan, was starting quarterback this season.

Kitna will serve as Kyle Orton's backup if Tony Romo is unable to play.

Barry Horn/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bears May Still Tag Jay Cutler

Dec 21, 2013 7:26 PM

The Chicago Bears may still use their franchise tag on Jay Cutler.

General manager Phil Emery earlier said that the tag would not be the ideal way to keep Cutler.

"I didn't say that I would rule it out," Emery said Friday on WMVP-AM's "Waddle and Silvy Show," per "I said it's not the first thing we would think about in signing players that we like. If you put a franchise tag on a player, that's a player that you like. We like Jay. If you like a player, you want to move forward in a multi-contract year basis, not a short term."

The franchise tag for quarterbacks in 2014 is expected to be approximately $16.2 million, which is nearly double his 2013 salary of $8.97 million.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Santonio Holmes Willing To Reduce Pay Again To Remain With Jets

Dec 19, 2013 10:52 AM

Santonio Holmes is willing to take another reduction in pay this offseason to remain with the New York Jets

Holmes dropped his salary by $3.5 million to $7.5 million for 2013.

“Anything for the team,” Holmes said when asked about a pay cut. “Anything for the team.”

But Holmes is almost certainly not going to remain on the Jets next season because they can save $8.25 million in cap space if he's cut.

Seth Walder/New York Daily News

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

Browns 'One Of Several Teams' Expected To Pursue Ben Tate

Dec 18, 2013 6:40 PM

The Cleveland Browns are one of several teams that will be interested in signing Ben Tate in the offseason.

Tate has been placed on injured reserve and his tenure with the Houston Texans is almost certainly over.

Tate has consistently had one of the best yards per carry averages over the past two seasons backing up Arian Foster. Tate proved he can be a viable every down back this season following Foster's injury.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

Saints Cut Garrett Hartley, Sign Shayne Graham

Dec 18, 2013 12:40 AM

The New Orleans Saints waived Garrett Hartley on Tuesday, ending his six-year tenure.

Hartley has only made 22-of-30 field goal attempts, including two of three in the Saints' loss on Sunday to the Rams.

The Saints will sign Shayne Graham to replace him.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Giants Expected To Sign Eli Manning To Extension

Dec 16, 2013 2:12 PM

Eli Manning has had a dreadful 2013 season, but the New York Giants are expected to work out an extension this offseason.

The Giants would like to lower Manning's 2014 cap number while also ensuring he finishes his career with the franchise.

Mannings turns 33 next month.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

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

Ponder, Freeman Not In Vikings' Plans

Dec 15, 2013 6:59 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to retain Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman.

The Vikings believe Matt Cassel is likely to enter training camp as the presumed starter with a highly drafted rookie backing him up.

The Vikings could keep Ponder depending on how their next head coach thinks of him.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Incognito, Martin Won't Return To Dolphins In 2014

Dec 11, 2013 11:08 AM

The tenures of both Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin with the Miami Dolphins are over.

Incognito will be an unrestricted free agent and the Dolphins will not re-sign him.

The Dolphins' locker room supported Incognito's side during the fallout of the bullying incident, which makes it not a suitable environment for Martin to reenter. The Dolphins will look to trade him in the offseason.

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald

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Titans Targeting Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler played collegiately at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

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Patriots Sign Austin Collie
Austin Collie was signed in October by the Patriots, but he was quickly released.

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Bears Don't Want To Use Franchise Tag On Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler has been injured and Josh McCown has played well in his absence.

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Jared Veldheer, Raiders Discuss New Deal
Jared Veldheer is one of the NFL's most talented young left tackles.

Scott Bair/Comcast

Caleb Hanie Signs With Browns
Caleb Hanie backed up Jay Cutler for four seasons with the Bears.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer