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Lucky Whitehead Was Victim Of Mistaken Identity

Jul 25, 2017 12:38 PM

Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department has announced they mistakenly charged Lucky Whitehead with shoplifting on June 22nd.

Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday that this was a case of mistaken identity. Rich cited flight records to prove that Whitehead wasn't in Virginia at the time of the incident.

The Dallas Cowboys released Whitehead on Monday following the erroneous report.


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

Chargers To Bring Robert Griffin III In For Workout

Jul 25, 2017 8:34 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers are scheduled to have Robert Griffin III in for a workout on Tuesday, according to a source.

Griffin has been training in Florida with former Cleveland Browns assistant coach Pep Hamilton.

The quarterback was released by the Browns on March 10 after they acquired Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans.


Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Larry Fitzgerald Remains Guarded On When He May Retire

Jul 23, 2017 5:04 PM

Larry Fitzgerald has dodged questions on whether he will retire from the NFL after the 2017 season. But Fitzgerald knows when he does retire, he will do so without tears.

"I feel good right now," Fitzgerald said. "When that changes, I'll let you know."

Fitzgerald enters 2017 third all-time in receptions.

"That's not how I am," he said. "I'm just one player out of 1,600 in the National Football League and it's a lot bigger than me. It's never going to be like that."

Fitzgerald said this summer he'll address his future once during training camp.

"The end is never really pretty for elite athletes," Fitzgerald said. "It never looks good for the most time. You watch Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform or see Tony Dorsett playing for the Denver Broncos or Shaquille O'Neal playing for the Boston Celtics. It's weird because you're used to seeing them play at their most dominant stage, or Willie Mays running around with bad knees 20 years in. It's not pretty but for me, I really want to be able to play and do things at a high level and be able to walk away and still be someone who can play at a high level."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cowboys Re-Sign Justin Durant

Jul 21, 2017 8:28 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to re-sign veteran linebacker Justin Durant.

Durant played in 13 games last season for the Cowboys after he was signed just before the start of training camp.

The Cowboys are in need of depth at the position.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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

Panthers Release Michael Oher

Jul 20, 2017 10:58 PM

The Carolina Panthers have released Michael Oher.

Oher has been in the NFL concussion protocol since last September.

Earlier in the day, he gave right guard Trai Turner a four-year, $45 million extension with $20.45 million guaranteed.

Oher is guaranteed $900,000 as part of injury protection benefits. His release saved the Panthers $1.69 million toward the salary cap. 

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Chris Johnson Re-Signs With Cardinals

Jul 20, 2017 8:13 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to sign Chris Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a groin injury in Week 4 that required surgery. He wasn't chosen by coach Bruce Arians to return late in the season, and he finished with 95 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Johnson will be David Johnson's backup.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Le'Veon Bell Seeks Contract Of No. 1 RB + No. 2 WR

Jul 19, 2017 8:45 PM

According to Ike Taylor, Le'Veon Bell wants to be paid as both a No. 1 running back plus a No. 2 wide receiver.

Bell caught 75 balls last season, which was the second most on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As Bill Barnwell points out, combining the money for both LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree would put Bell at $47.2 million over three seasons.

Bell will play under the franchise tag in 2017.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Kirk Cousins' 2018 $34.5M Franchise Tag Would Be 20 Percent Of NFL Cap

Jul 19, 2017 1:15 PM

The NFL's rising cap could make it financially feasible for Washington to use the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again in 2018.

The cap is at $167 million for 2017 and could hit $180 million in 2018 based on how it has been rising each season.

The third year of the franchise tag for Cousins would be $34.47 million, which is less than 20 percent of the cap.

Cousins is playing the 2017 at the franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million, which is 14.3 percent of the cap.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Lions, Matthew Stafford Expected To Reach New Deal Soon

Jul 19, 2017 7:58 AM

Matthew Stafford is entering the final year of a three-year, $53 million extension, but is expected to reach a new deal with the Detroit Lions soon.

An agreement could come before the Lions open training camp on July 31.

Lions president Ron Wood recently suggested he's comfortable making Stafford the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Matt Ryan Not Worried About Details Of Next Contract

Jul 19, 2017 12:18 AM

Matt Ryan is not consumed with thinking about his next contract following Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million deal. Matthew Stafford, who is good friends with Ryan, could become the NFL's next highest paid player.

"That's just kind of the nature of the business," said Ryan. "Those guys have all played really well. Derek signed a new contract this offseason, and he's played great. Matthew Stafford's is coming up, and he deserves it. He's played really, really well and competed so hard throughout his career.

"That's just the business side of it. I'm never worried too much about that. I've always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that's playing good and preparing the right way. And I've always felt like if you do that, the business side of it will take care of itself. But certainly, those guys are deserving of what's coming their way."

Ryan still has two seasons and $35 million remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million extension. The deal included $59 million in guaranteed money.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Washington Wanted Six-Year Deal With Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins was offered a six-year contract from Washington with four of those seasons not guaranteed, according to a source.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Le'Veon Bell On Lack Of Contract: I Just Gotta Get Better
The Steelers couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell before Monday's deadline.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Washington Offered Kirk Cousins $53M In Fully Guaranteed Money
Washington detailed their multi-year offer to Kirk Cousins this offseason after they were unable to come to an agreement.

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Steelers Unable To Agree Upon Long-Term Deal With Le'Veon Bell
Next year, the Steelers can tag Le'Veon Bell again at around $14 million or re-sign him.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Philip Rivers Hopes To Play At Least Four More Seasons
Philip Rivers hopes to still be playing for the Chargers when they open their new stadium for the 2020 season.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Lions Invite Calvin Johnson To Training Camp
Calvin Johnson has expressed displeasure over the past few months with his departure from the club upon his retirement in March 2016.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Kirk Cousins Open To Long-Term Deal With Washington In 2018
There have been positive talks in recent days but Kirk Cousins prefers to wait to do a deal at this time.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Johnny Manziel In Talks With Multiple NFL Teams
Johnny Manziel has dealt with substance abuse and legal issues.

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Kirk Cousins Likely To Play Under Franchise Tag In 2017
Kirk Cousins and Washington have until Monday to sign a long-term deal.

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DeAngelo Williams Not Interested In Cowboys, Browns, Panthers, Jaguars
DeAngelo Williams has been one of the NFL's most productive backup running backs over the past two seasons with the Steelers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Calvin Johnson: No Freedom To Change Teams Played Role In Retiring
Calvin Johnson was frustrated by the Lions' inability to compete for a Super Bowl.


Jarvis Landry Won't Discuss New Deal With Dolphins Once Season Starts
Jarvis Landry would like to land a new contract with the Dolphins, but he won't discuss one once the season kicks off.

Max Meyer/NFL

Kirk Cousins, Washington Continue To Stall On Contract Talks
There are no new developments between Washington and Kirk Cousins regarding a new contract.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

David Johnson Wants To See Le'Veon Bell Get Paid
Le'Veon Bell has one week left to sign a long-term deal before playing the season under the franchise tag with the Steelers.

Conor Orr/NFL

Rashad Jennings Hopes To Sign Before Start Of 2017 Season
Rashad Jennings was released by the Giants in February.

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DeAngelo Williams 'Definitely' Wants To Play In 2017
DeAngelo Williams ran for 343 yards and four touchdowns for the Steelers last year.

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Eagles Waive Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham was a second round pick in 2015.

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Trumaine Johnson Won't Sign Long-Term Deal With Rams By Deadline
Trumaine Johnson signed his franchise tender with the Rams on March 6, guaranteeing himself a 2017 salary of $16.742 million that will make him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Nick Fairley Out For 2017 Due To Heart Condition
Nick Fairly signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Dolphins Wanted To Sign Peyton Manning After Ryan Tannehill Injury
Adam Gase worked with Peyton Manning during their time together with the Broncos.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald