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Calvin Johnson Informs Lions He'll Retire

Jan 31, 2016 6:58 PM

Calvin Johnson had informed the Detroit Lions he plans on retiring. 

Johnson has been one of the NFL's best receivers throughout his career. 

Johnson told friends and family before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

Ryan Clady Willing To Restructure Contract With Broncos

Jan 31, 2016 3:55 PM

Ryan Clady is willing to restructure his contract to remain with the Denver Broncos.

Clady tore his ACL in May, missing the entire 2015 season. Clady also missed all but two games in 2013.

Under his current deal, he's due $9.5 million next season and $10 million in 2017.

"I'm sure that'll come after the season," Clady added. "I'm definitely willing to talk. I definitely would like to be a lifetime Bronco."

Andie Hagemann/NFL.com

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998

Jan 31, 2016 3:47 PM

The Carolina Panthers attempted to trade for Peyton Manning ahead of the 1998 NFL Draft.

The Panthers offered Kerry Collins and multiple draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Manning

Bill Polian had drafted Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

"Bill was dead set against it," said Dom Capers, Carolina's head coach at the time who was also given control of personnel decisions when Polian left the team after the 1997 season.

"He was set on keeping the pick. You never know on those kinds of things — but sometimes you have to try."

Polian said trading Manning was never a consideration.

"There wasn't anything they could give us that was going to replace Peyton Manning," Polian said.

Steve Reed/AP

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

Browns, Chargers, Cowboys Could Select QB At Top Of Draft

Jan 31, 2016 1:21 PM

With high picks in the draft, the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys could each consider investing in a quarterback.

"If you're looking for a quarterback in that top 10, (picks) two, three and four have got to be locked in," Mike Mayock said on Saturday during the NFL Network's broadcast of the Reese's Senior Bowl. "Two with Cleveland, three with San Diego. Philip Rivers is one of my favorites of all-time, but remember they took Rivers when they had (Drew) Brees. And No. 4, Dallas has got to be looking, also."

Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch are considered the top quarterbacks.

"I look at Dallas at No. 4 and as much you love Tony Romo, three years in a row he's not been able to play 16 games," Mayock said. "He's 36 years old. At what point -- you're not going to be drafting that high again -- at what point do you pull the trigger? San Diego, same thing. Cleveland's got to get a quarterback. Philadelphia's sitting there at (pick) No. 13 saying 'My guy might not get to me anymore.'"

Chase Goodbread/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Buccaneers Not Interested In Trading Away Mike Glennon

Jan 31, 2016 11:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not interested in trading away Mike Glennon.

Glennon has previously been a starter at quarterback for the Buccaneers and is now Jameis Winston's backup. 

“I would hate to be in a position where your quarterback goes down for however many games it is and then you’re basically throwing the towel in, like a lot of teams did this year,” Licht said. “It wasn’t because they wanted to throw in the towel, that’s just the way it happened, without naming teams. Those were the same teams, a lot of them, that were inquiring about Mike Glennon at the time.”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Travis Kelce Signs Five-Year, $46M Extension With Chiefs

Jan 29, 2016 4:59 PM

Travis Kelce has signed a five-year, $46 million extension with $20.017 million guaranteed.

The deal links Kelce and the Chiefs through 2021.


Kelce has been a consistent target for quarterback Alex Smith over the past two seasons after missing most of his 2013 rookie campaign following knee surgery.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Kirk Cousins Wants To Avoid Becoming 'Flash In The Pan'

Jan 28, 2016 7:02 PM

Kirk Cousins has no expectations for his next contract.

“I don’t have any expectations,” Cousins said at the Washington Auto Show Wednesday night. “I just go forward knowing my job was to play football the best I could and whatever I do on the field will speak for itself.

“I just play football and try to find completions and avoid sacks and protect the football and win games. Hopefully I can do that at a high level. We’ll let the rest take care of itself.”

Cousins emerged this season as a starter quality quarterback.

“It does remind you of great moments in the season and positive things,” he said. “The key is to keep that going and for it not to be a flash in the pan or be a one-day deal, but that it could last and be something people can expect to see around here for a long time.”

John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dolphins Hope To Restructure Contract Of Ndamukong Suh

Jan 27, 2016 11:21 AM

The Miami Dolphins will look into restructuring the contract of Ndamukong Suh.

"By the time we get to the first day of the league year, we should have plenty of room to address the needs that we have," Mike Tannenbaum told reporters, per ESPN. "Certainly we will be looking at Suh's contract."

Suh signed a six-year, $114 million contract in March, with $60 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. 

Miami is expected to pay $23.4 million to Suh in 2016.

Restructuring Suh's deal would allow the Dolphins to make upgrades elsewhere.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

Philip Rivers Considered Retirement Last Offseason

Jan 27, 2016 12:42 AM

Philip Rivers considered retiring from the NFL altogether last offseason.

Rivers signed a four-year extension with the San Diego Chargers in August.

"Physically, last year, I didn't know if I was going to play," Rivers said three weeks ago, after the Chargers' season-finale. "I mean really, physically, I was like, 'I may not even play football anymore.' This year, physically, I'm great.

"Emotionally, it's been rough, but I'm excited -- I really am excited about who the new core is going to be. I'm excited to be part of that group. ... I know they care, and they're pretty dang good football players, so let's go. Let's get healthy. Let's add a few pieces and let's go."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

49ers Hire Jim O'Neil As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 26, 2016 5:51 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have hired Jim O'Neil as defensive coordinator.

O'Neil, 37, takes over the position that Eric Mangini held on Jim Tomsula's staff last season. The 49ers ranked 29th in the NFL in yards allowed last season and 18th in the league in points allowed at 24.2 points per game.


O'Neil spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns as defensive coordinator.

O’Neil entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2009 with the New York Jets, and served as assistant defensive backs coach for four seasons under Rex Ryan.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Calvin Johnson Has No Timetable For 2016 Decision
Calvin Johnson is now 30 years old and has slowed down from his historical 2012 season in which he caught 122 balls for 1,964 yards.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

Peyton Manning Hints At Retirement To Belichick
PEyton Manning is under contract for 2016, with a salary cap charge of $21.5 million, which is bigger than his cap figure last season when the Broncos asked Manning to take a cut.


Eagles Agree To Five-Year, $42.5M Extension With Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz was a second round pick in 2013 out of Stanford.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Mike McCarthy Frustrated With Ted Thompson Not Signing Free Agents
The Packers have consistently relied heavily on the draft, but the first five selections in 2015 offered no help this season.

Bob McGinn/Journal Sentinel

49ers Offer Offensive Coordinator Job To Curtis Modkins
Chip Kelly typically has a hands-on approach to running his offense.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Eric Mangini Fired By 49ers As Defensive Coordinator
Eric Mangini had been with the 49ers organization for three seasons.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Marshawn Lynch Leaning Towards Retiring
Marshawn Lynch would owe the Seahawks $5 million in bonus money if he decided to retire, which makes it in his financial interest to force the team to cut him.

710 ESPN

Jets Hope To Soon Reach Deal With Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Jets to a 10-6 record, setting the franchise record with 31 touchdown passes.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Mike Vrabel Turns Down Defensive Coordinator Offer From 49ers
Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith worked hard behind the scenes to keep Mike Vrabel and will give him a new contract.


Joe Flacco Willing To Restrucutre Contract With Ravens
Joe Flacco's cap number jumps to $28.55 million this season, which ranks third in the NFL.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Browns Won't Rush Decision On Johnny Manziel
Sashi Brown said the Browns still does not know where Johnny Manziel was the final weekend of the regular season.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Bills Hire Kathryn Smith, NFL's First Full-Time Female Coach
Kathryn Smith served as an administrative assistant under Ryan this past season.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Chip Kelly Noncommittal On Kaepernick, Gabbert
Chip Kelly disputed reports that he was interested in trading a year ago for Kaepernick with the Eagles.

Cam Inman/San Jose Mercury News

Frank Reich Hired By Eagles As Offensive Coordinator
Frank Reich spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons serving as offensive coordinator of the Chargers.

RealGM Staff Report

Trent Baalke: 49ers' Hire Of Chip Kelly Was 'Fairly Easy Decision'
Chip Kelly is the third coach of the 49ers in the past three seasons.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Bills Unsure Of Percy Harvin's Plans
Cutting Percy Harvin would cost the Bills $1 million in dead money both in 2016 and 2017.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Josh Gordon Applies For Reinstatement To NFL
Josh Gordon was suspended on Feb. 3, 2015 for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

All Seven Head Coaching Hires Specialize On Offense
All seven head coaches are offensive-minded and only Mike Mularkey won't call plays for their team.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Eagles Hire Jim Schwartz As Defensive Coordinator
Jim Schwartz spent the 2015 season as an officiating consultant with the NFL but was Buffalo's defensive coordinator in 2014 under Doug Marrone.


Bruce Irvin Willing To Accept Less Money To Stay With Seahawks
Bruce Irvin is a fourth-year linebacker out of West Virginia and recently turned 28.