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Doug Marrone, Jets Have Mutual Interest After Opting Out

Dec 31, 2014 7:39 PM

Doug Marrone and the New York Jets have mutual interest.

The Jets already have complied with the Rooney Rule by interviewing defensive backs coach Anthony Lynn means that Marrone could be hired at any time.

An assistant coach in New York from 2002 through 2005, Marrone swept the Jets this year, with a 38-3 Monday night win in Detroit.

Marrone just finished his second season with the Buffalo Bills and opted out of his contract.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Jim Haslett, Washington Agree To Part Ways

Dec 31, 2014 10:57 AM

Washington and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett have mutually agreed to part ways.

Haslett finished his fifth season with Washington in 2014.

During his time, the Washington defense has finished a collective 29th in total yards and 30th in points per game. This season, the banged-up unit ranked 20th in total yards and 29th in points allowed.


Earlier this month, former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, speaking on CBS' pregame show, called Haslett "clueless."

"[Haslett] would take the '85 Bears defense and turn them into a mediocre defense," Fletcher said. "He has no idea what he's doing. He's proven year in and year out that he's not a good defensive coordinator."

Fletcher also accused Haslett of potentially "backstabbing" Gruden.

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

Jaguars Fire Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch

Dec 30, 2014 9:13 PM

Jedd Fisch has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars because of what Gus Bradley said were philosophical differences related to how much the team asked of Blake Bortles during his rookie season.

Bradley felt Fisch was overloading Bortles with too much of the offense at one time and would have instead preferred an approach in which Bortles was given measured doses and had the package expanded only as he grew comfortable with the offense.

"There is a lot of truth now to philosophical differences as far as we want to put on Blake's plate to do a lot," Bradley said. "Let's throw a lot at him and then let's see how much he'll be able to carry that over to next year. Or, no, let's not put a lot on his plate and let him grow through this. Which way is best? I don't know. I know the way we kind of want to do it.

"I just think we want to help him get better every day and not overwhelmed. I think you know my philosophy enough of be careful of how much you put on a guy to create a lot of anxiety that might keep him from being his best."

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Rex Ryan To Interview With Falcons, 49ers

Dec 30, 2014 8:39 PM

Rex Ryan will interview with both the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers next week.

Ryan was fired by the New York Jets after Week 17.

The Falcons fired Mike Smith, while the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh parted ways. The Falcons and 49ers played each other in the NFC Championship in the 2012 season.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Mike Zimmer Wants Adrian Peterson Back In 2015

Dec 30, 2014 8:36 PM

The future of Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings is up in the air as he's scheduled to earn a non-guaranteed salary in 2015 worth $15.4 million against the cap.

Peterson will be welcomed back by Mike Zimmer.

"Adrian was always great with me. I think he's a good person," Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. "I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order -- that's the most important thing, he gets his life in order, he gets the opportunity to come back -- then I will be in his corner whatever the decision is made.

"I think he would add value to any team, to be honest with you. I think the kid's a heck of a football player."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jim Harbaugh's Based Salary At Michigan Worth $5M Annually

Dec 30, 2014 8:34 PM

Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Tuesday during Jim Harbaugh's introductory press conference that Harbaugh signed a seven-year deal worth $5 million per year, which is the same salary he earned with the San Francisco 49ers with deferred compensation.

Hackett also said Harbaugh received a $2 million signing bonus and "insisted that he not be the highest-paid coach in college football, or even the Big Ten."

"A year from now, I will review the football program's progress and the university will determine an appropriate deferred compensation arrangement, which I have to take into account market conditions at that time."

Reports broke earlier this month that Michigan was offering Harbaugh a contract worth $8 million annually.

While his salary will be $5 million, there will be incentives, and the total package still could be around $8 million annually.

Mike Huguenin/NFL.com

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, NCAA

49ers Wanted To Trade Up For Odell Beckham But Price Too High

Dec 30, 2014 11:52 AM

The San Francisco 49ers pursued trading up to draft Odell Beckham Jr. but the price tag was too high.

The 49ers would have had to surrender their first-round pick, second-round pick a third-rounder and, possibly, another selection to move from the No. 30 spot to grab Beckham, who was selected by the New York Giants at No. 12.

In 12 games, he had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

“He’s a heck of talent,” Trent Baalke said. “He was graded as a heck of a talent by our scouts, by our coaches, by all parties. But what it would have taken to make that move would have cost us our first-, our second- and one of our third-round picks and maybe something on top of that.

“So, in essence, you would have been giving up (cornerback) Jimmie Ward, you would have been giving up (center) Marcus Martin or (linebacker) Chris Borland and you would have given up (running back) Carlos Hyde, plus somebody else. So you would have given up three young quality players to get one. And that was decision that collectively we weren’t willing to make.”

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

49ers, Falcons Request Permission To Interview Josh McDaniels

Dec 30, 2014 11:26 AM

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is among the candidates for the head coaching jobs of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, with both teams asking for permission to interview McDaniels, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and other media reports.

Per NFL rules, McDaniels could talk to other teams this week, while the Patriots are on a bye. 


McDaniels was previously head coach of the Denver Broncos.


Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Restructures Contract To Free Up $24M

Dec 30, 2014 1:10 AM

Tom Brady has restructured his contract with the New England Patriots to free up $24 million for this offseason. 

Under the new deal, Brady changed the $24 million in "skill" guarantee to only "injury" guarantee, meaning that Brady now would get the guaranteed money only if he were injured.

Brady also now can be released by the Patriots without any liability, but he then would become an unrestricted free agent, free to command the type of guaranteed money he has agreed to surrender.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Kyle Orton Announces Retirement

Dec 29, 2014 10:30 AM

Kyle Orton has announced his retirement from the NFL after helping the Buffalo Bills finish 2014 with a winning record.

Orton replaced EJ Manuel as the starter after four games and piloted the Bills to seven wins.

“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,” Orton said.

Doug Whaley and the Bills will search for a quarterback this offseason.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

Bears Fire Phil Emery, Marc Trestman
Phil Emery lasted just three seasons with the Bears.


Jets Fire Coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik
The Jets stumbled to a 4-12 record this season, and finishing a fourth straight year out of the playoffs.


Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith
Owner Arthur Blank has been frustrated with the Falcons' failure to make the playoffs the last two seasons.


Mike Smith 'Held Responsible' In Atlanta
The Falcons have failed to make the playoffs the last two NFL seasons.


Sources: Jets To Fire GM John Idzik, Coach Rex Ryan
Jets owner Woody Johnson has decided on an immediate house cleaning, according to league sources.


Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Mutually Part Ways
Jim Harbaugh has been linked to several coaching vacancies, including the job at the University of Michigan.


Buccaneers Deny Tanking For Top Draft Pick
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith strongly denies that the team tanked in the fourth quarter on Sunday.


Raiders Haven't Given Up Yet On Jim Harbaugh
The Raiders still plan on pursuing Jim Harbaugh.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Jets Contact Rex Ryan's Agent About Another Coach
Jimmy Sexton represents Rex Ryan and many of the top coaches in college football.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Falcons Hire Search Firm In Case Mike Smith Fired
During his first five seasons at the helm from 2008-12, Mike Smith compiled a 56-24 regular-season record.


Bears' Coaching Staff Fears 'Sweeping Changes'
Marc Trestman has missed the playoffs in each of his two seasons as head coach of the Bears.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh To Become Head Coach Of Michigan
Jim Harbaugh will return to the college coaching ranks.

Nancy Gay/Comcast

Rex Ryan Expects To Be Fired By Jets
Rex Ryan already has begun removing items from his office.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Andre Johnson Willing To Take Pay Cut To Stay With Texans
Andre Johnson was interested in a trade last offseason.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Peyton Manning Plans To Play In 2015
Peyton Manning is 38 years old and in his 17th season.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

49ers Want To Re-Sign Frank Gore
Frank Gore is without a contract for 2015 and is now 31.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Raiders To Begin Interviewing Candidates Next Week
Mark Davis will take a more hands-on approach in the hiring process this time than he did when Reggie McKenzie chose Dennis Allen.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Jeremy Maclin Hopes To Re-Sign With Eagles
Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL before the 2013 season and last winter signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Cowboys To Use Franchise Tag On Dez Bryant If No Agreement Reached
Jerry Jones said the Cowboys have "got to really look at how we go forward managing our dollars."


Geno Smith Believes Jets' Coaching Change Could Be Good
Geno Smith went through a coaching change at West Virginia.

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