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Giants Open To Bringing Back Eli Manning As Starting QB In 2019

Nov 28, 2018 10:50 PM

The New York Giants have yet to make a decision on the future of Eli Manning with the franchise.

Management is open to Manning returning as the starter of the Giants in 2019, though a decision has "absolutely not" been made.

Manning is signed through 2019 with a salary of $11.5 million, is due a $5 million roster bonus in March, and has a salary cap number of $23.2 million. 

The Giants are likely to have a top-10 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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

Washington Claims Reuben Foster Off Waivers

Nov 27, 2018 10:11 PM

Washington claimed Reuben Foster off waivers three days after he was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Foster was subsequently placed on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he cannot practice or attend games but can be at the team facility on "a reasonable basis" for workouts, meetings and other permitted non-football activities.

Washington was the only team to put in a waiver claim for Foster.

Foster was a first round pick in 2017 by the San Francisco 49ers.

According to the arrest report, the woman pressing charges against Foster for Saturday night's incident is Elissa Ennis, with whom Foster has been involved off and on for three years. It wasn't their first domestic incident.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Suspension, Waiver

Le'Veon Bell Affected By Business Tainting Purity Of Football

Nov 27, 2018 3:04 PM

According to one person close to him, Le'Veon Bell said he was affected by the business of football tainting its purity.

Bell had developed into one of the NFL's best players but was told his worth doesn't correlate with other great players.

Bell was told by the Pittsburgh Steelers in January that they planned to sign him to a long-term extension and put the franchise tag to rest. But the Steelers don't typically guarantee money beyond the first year of a deal, but try to honor the contracts of their homegrown players.

Bell said in January he would consider sitting out 2018 or retiring if the Steelers asked him to play under the franchise tag.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jon Gruden Hopes Doug Martin Remains With Raiders

Nov 27, 2018 8:57 AM

Doug Martin has been effective since Marshawn Lynch went on injured reserve and Jon Gruden hopes he remains with the Oakland Raiders in 2019.

Martin has rushed 60 times for 285 yards and caught 10 passes for 95 yards over the last five games.

"Hopefully we can keep him around here," Gruden said. "He's a heck of a football player."

NBC Sports Bay Area

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

49ers To Release Reuben Foster After Domestic Violence Arrest

Nov 25, 2018 3:34 PM

The San Francisco 49ers will release Reuben Foster following a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Foster was arrested Saturday at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa and booked into jail two hours later. Foster's bond was set at $2,000 during a bail hearing Sunday morning along with orders to avoid any contact with the accuser. Foster was released on bond Sunday afternoon.

Foster was previously arrested on charges of felony domestic violence stemming from a February incident at his home in Los Gatos.

According to the arrest report, the woman pressing charges against Foster for Saturday night's arrest is Elissa Ennis, the same woman who accused Foster of felony domestic violence earlier this year.

"We have a set of standards in place that the players were involved with in developing," John Lynch said. "In this case, it was communicated exceptionally clear and to the point as to what we expected out of him and unfortunately what transpired yesterday, this isn't a comment on what happened there because that would be mere speculation on our part. It's more of a comment on him not living up to what we had communicated and to the energy and the time that we've invested in him.

"That doesn't mean we don't love him, we all do, we care for him but we feel like it's in the best interest of our organization to move on at this point and that's a very tough decision."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Broncos Waive Adam Jones

Nov 21, 2018 8:22 AM

The Denver Broncos have waived Adam Jones.

The 35-year-old appeared in seven games this season. He had an interception, three passes defensed and nine tackles, while also returning some punts and kickoffs.


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Washington Signs Mark Sanchez

Nov 19, 2018 7:22 PM

Washington has signed Mark Sanchez to be backup quarterback to Colt McCoy following the season ending injury to Alex Smith.

Washington opted for Sanchez from a group that also included E.J. Manuel, Kellen Clemens, Josh Johnson and T.J. Yates.

Jay Gruden said that familiarity was part of the team's decision to go with Sanchez.

"We had a workout today; looked pretty good," Gruden said Monday. "But [it's] based on his past experiences with Coach (Kevin) O'Connell and (Matt) Cavanaugh. He's won some playoff games, he's got a lot of experience. I think this time of the year, you need somebody who's taken some meaningful snaps, [with] a lot of experience, and Mark's done that."

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Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Colin Kaepernick Still Wants To Play Football

Nov 19, 2018 8:42 AM

Colin Kaepernick is still interested in a return to the NFL, according to a source.

The topic is back in the forefront with the Washington Redskins needing help at quarterback. Alex Smith suffered a gruesome season-ending injury on Sunday.

Kaepernick continues to work out five hours per day, six days per week.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Le'Veon Bell, Steelers Made Late Contract Push Before Deadline

Nov 18, 2018 11:41 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell both made late pushes leading to Tuesday's deadline.

The Steelers were told that if they were willing to not use their franchise or transition tag on Bell after this season, he would consider reporting to the team.

Pittsburgh declined Bell's request, which sets up a battle between the NFL's management council and the NFL Players Association in a potentially precedent-setting case over Bell's future.

The management council believes the Steelers will be able to use a $9.5 million transition tag on Bell this offseason that would give Pittsburgh the chance to match any offer sheet he signs with a rival team.

The NFLPA believes that the transition tag must be $14.54 million.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Ben Roethlisberger Didn't Hear Back From Le'Veon Bell On Text

Nov 14, 2018 11:56 AM

Ben Roethlisberger texted Le'Veon Bell before the 4:00 PM deadline on Tuesday, but didn't hear back.

Bell decided not to report and will forfeit the entirety of his $14.5 million franchise tag.

"I texted him, saying I hoped he was going to show up and if he decided not to, I wished him nothing but the best," Roethlisberger said Wednesday morning from his locker. "He was a great teammate and football player."

Roethlisberger and Bell played together for five seasons.

"To each their own on what they want to walk away from," Roethlisberger said.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Le'Veon Bell Doesn't Report To Steelers, Won't Play In 2018
Le'Veon Bell is hoping to sign a long-term deal this offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bills Cut Nathan Peterman
Peterman has thrown three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Le'Veon Bell Not Expected To Report By Tuesday's Deadline
Ten months ago, Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely would consider" sitting out the 2018 season or retiring at the age of 26 if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Steelers Expect Le'Veon Bell To Report By Tuesday
Le'Veon Bell has missed out on $8.52 million this season but is hoping to preserve his health for a long-term contract.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Spotted At Pittsburgh Gym Playing Basketball
There was no indication Wednesday that Le'Veon Bell had visited the team's facility.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Dez Bryant Signs With Saints
Dez Bryant wanted to recoup his value for free agency in 2019.

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Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019
The saga between the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell may not be even close to over.

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Dez Bryant In Negotiations With Saints
After working out for the Saints, Dez Bryant is in negotiations with the team on a contract, according to sources.


Jerry Jones Confirms Dak Prescott Remains Cowboys' Long-Term QB
There was speculation before the season that Dak Prescott could be in line for a $100 million extension if he had a great season.

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Saints Work Out Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Kamar Aiken
The Saints need more depth behind Michael Thomas at wide receiver.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Not Expected To Report For Thursday's Game
One source pointed out to ESPN that it "doesn't make any sense for [Le'Veon Bell] to play now."

Jeremy Fowler, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Le'Veon Bell Has Until Nov. 13 To Report
Le'Veon Bell will be ineligible to play for the remainder of 2018 if he doesn't report by the deadline.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Release Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin had a career-high-tying eight sacks opposite Khalil Mack last season.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Cardinals Release Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford started Arizona's first three games and then was replaced by Josh Rosen.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Jon Gruden: Players Dying To Play For Raiders
The Raiders are estimated to have $68 million in salary-cap space in 2019.