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Patriots Trade Jamie Collins To Browns

Oct 31, 2016 5:55 PM

The New England Patriots have traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a draft pick.

The trade is for a third-round compensatory pick if the Browns are awarded one. If the Browns don't get that pick from the league, the trade is for a fourth-round pick, the source said.

"In the end, we did what we thought was best for the football team. There are a lot of things to take into consideration. I'm sure we could bring up a lot of points to talk about, but in the end, that's really the bottom line," Bill Belichick said on sports radio WEEI when asked about the trade.

Collins' four-year rookie contract will expire after the season, and he was at one point asking for what one league source described to ESPN's Adam Schefter as "Von Miller money."


Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott Will Start Against Browns

Oct 31, 2016 7:46 AM

Dak Prescott will start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Cleveland Browns next week.

"Tony's [Romo] not ready to play," Jerry Jones said after the Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime on Sunday night.

Tony Romo has had one limited practice since suffering a compression fracture in his back Aug. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks, throwing in the scout-team 7-on-7 drills.

Romo should do more in practice this week.

"That's subject to Jason Garrett making the decision, but as far as the health issue is concerned of Tony, there's no need in pushing it that fast," Jones said of a possible return to game action this week. "That's more about Tony's health than any of the other issues we want to all give."

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Michael Bennett Undergoes Surgery, Could Sign Extension With Seahawks

Oct 30, 2016 4:38 PM

Michael Bennett will miss between two and three weeks following surgery for a cartilage issue. Bennett has been tremendously durable during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.

Long considered one of the most undervalued players in the NFL, Bennett is currently playing on the four-year, $32 million deal he signed back in 2014. 

Bennett and the Seahawks could discuss an extension in the coming weeks.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Josh Gordon Exits Rehab Facility, Hopes To Resume NFL Career

Oct 30, 2016 4:32 PM

Josh Gordon has been released from his rehab facility in New Hampshire where he spent the past 30 days.

It is said to be the most intensive treatment that he has gone through, and Gordon is doing "a lot better," one source said.

Gordon is now waiting for the NFL to determine whether he can rejoin the Cleveland Browns. For the time being, Gordon remains suspended, and it's unclear whether the league plans to reinstate him.

The Browns have moved on from Gordon and are looking to trade him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Trade Rumor

Eagles Still Exploring Trade For Wide Receiver

Oct 30, 2016 1:32 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to explore a trade for a wide receiver, according to sources.

The Eagles have been linked to Torrey Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Ezekiel Elliott Could Face Suspension For Domestic Violence Incident

Oct 30, 2016 1:30 PM

Ezekiel Elliott could face a lengthy suspension if the NFL's current investigation finds he has violated the league's domestic abuse policy, according to sources.

Authorities in Columbus (OH) declined to press charges against Elliott following an incident this summer. A complaint was filed against Elliott claiming five instances of domestic abuse and the NFL continues to investigate.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Jaguars Fire Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson

Oct 29, 2016 6:12 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will take over playcalling duties. He previously served as the offensive coordinator with Buffalo in 2013-14 under head coach Doug Marrone, who is now the Jaguars' offensive line coach.

"Greg was a tremendous asset and always put all of his effort in doing everything he can to help in his players' improvement," Gus Bradley said in a statement. "He did some great things with our offense over the past two seasons, and for that, we are very appreciative.

"After a thorough evaluation, I came to the conclusion that with the direction that our offense was headed, it was best to make a change moving forward."

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Vikings, Brad Childress Deny Claim Of Past Bounty System

Oct 28, 2016 8:06 AM

The Minnesota Vikings and former coach Brad Childress have denied allegations that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the New Orleans Saints.

Former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks made the claims in a new book about Brett Favre by author Jeff Pearlman.

"It was part of the culture," Hicks said, according to an excerpt. "I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money."

Team team's response: "There is no truth to it."

Childress, who now works as co-offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, said, "I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings. I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. I'm going to let it stand at that."

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

Jaguars Won't Make Coaching Change After Latest Loss

Oct 28, 2016 8:02 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars won't make a coaching change despite back-to-back embarrassing losses.

After the team's 36-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, owner Shad Khan said, "Actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say." He later added that Gus Bradley would not be fired.

A source close to the team confirmed that Bradley will not be fired. The coach is 14-41 in four seasons.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

No Truth To Alshon Jeffery Trade Rumors

Oct 27, 2016 7:55 AM

Don't expect Alshon Jeffery to be moved ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

There have been no talks between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles on a trade for Jeffery and reporter Ian Rapoport pointed out that it's "essentially unprecedented" to trade a franchise player because the new team cannot sign the tagged star prior to the start of free agency.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Chip Kelly Hasn't Heard From Any Schools
A newspaper in Oregon reported Chip Kelly would be willing to consider a return to the school.

Kevin Lynch/San Francisco Chroncile

Giants Release Josh Brown
The Giants said that they were "misguided" in its previous attitude toward Josh Brown.


49ers, Eagles In Talks On Torrey Smith Trade
Torrey Smith has 13 catches so far in 2016 after catching 33 balls in his first season with the 49ers.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Arian Foster Retiring At Age 30
Arian Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in touchdowns and yards from scrimmage in 2010.

RealGM Staff Report

Browns Won't Trade Joe Thomas Before Deadline
The Browns are clearly in rebuilding mode but aren't interested in trading Joe Thomas, who they almost dealt last season to the Broncos.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Ryan Fitzpatrick Calls Out Jets' Brass For Not Believing In Him
Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a 24-16 victory over the Ravens in a game in which Geno Smith started in his place.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Vikings To Receive Extra Pick From Eagles If They Reach NFC Title Game
The announced deal had the Eagles receiving the Vikings' first-round draft pick in 2017, as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018 in exchange for Sam Bradford.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chip Kelly Committed To Remaining With 49ers
Chip Kelly has been linked to college football jobs as he's had his best success still with Oregon.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan Still Have 'Full Confidence' Of Ownership
Adam Schefter previously reported Woody Johnson has been upset and frustrated by the Jets' struggles.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

NFL, NFLPA Issues Statement On Cam Newton's Concussion Protocol Probe
The NFL and NFL Players Association have issued a joint statement on the investigation into whether proper protocol was followed after Cam Newton suffered a hit to the head on Sept. 8.


Cowboys Have No Timetable To Decide On Dak Prescott, Tony Romo
The Cowboys are off this week and Jerry Jones says the team has no timetable to decide on whether Dak Prescott or Tony Romo will be their quarterback going forward.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Brandon Marshall: Broncos 'Want To Kill' Brock Osweiler
The Broncos will face off against the Texans, Brock Osweiler's new team, on Monday Night Football this week.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Packers Acquire Knile Davis From Chiefs
The Packers have acquired Knile Davis from the Chiefs for a conditional late-round draft pick.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Cardinals Haven't Been As Successful On Deep Plays
The Cardinals have connected on 19 pass plays of 20 or more yards through five games this season.

Craig Grialou/Arizona Sports

Colin Kaepernick Has $7.5M Insurance Policy With 49ers
If Colin Kaepernick is hurt to the point where he cannot play next season, he would collect $7.5 million tax-free, a figure.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

DeMarco Murray Thought He'd Be Traded Back To Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was "95 percent sure" he was set to be traded back to the Cowboys.

Andre Vergara/Fox Sports

Joe Thomas Won't Ask Browns For Trade
Joe Thomas was nearly traded last season to the Broncos at the deadline before the Browns backed out.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Signs Restructured Contract With 49ers
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers originally agreed to a six-year, $115 million contract extension in June 2014.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Steelers Sign Karlos Williams To Practice Squad
The Steelers have been looking for quality running back depth for a while and worked out Karlos Williams before the regular season.


Ryan Grigson '100 Percent On Same Page' With Chuck Pagano
Ryan Grigson insists he's on the same page with Chuck Pagano as the Colts are 2-3.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk