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Chip Kelly Denies Having Interest In Oregon Job

Nov 30, 2016 11:38 PM

Chip Kelly said he has no plans to leave the San Francisco 49ers despite his old job at Oregon now becoming available again.

Oregon fired Mark Helfrich on Tuesday.

Kelly was asked if he planned on staying with the 49ers.

"Yep," Kelly said. "So we're all done with that, I hope."

Asked if there's any chance he will return to Oregon, Kelly shook his head and said, "No."

Kelly said he called Helfrich, his close friend, on Wednesday morning to offer support.

"I have not talked to anybody at Oregon except for Mark Helfrich," Kelly said.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Patriots, Marcus Cannon Agree To Five-Year Extension

Nov 30, 2016 9:21 AM

The New England Patriots have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Marcus Cannon.

The deal is worth $32.5 million, including $14.5 million in guarantees, according to a source.

Cannon, 28, was a fifth-round pick in 2011.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

NFL Plans To Stop Playing Early-Morning Games In London

Nov 30, 2016 9:18 AM

The NFL plans to stop playing early-morning games in London going forward, according to a report.

Beginning in 2017, the games will be played in the usual North American time windows.

As the NFL tries to make it's product more appealing, they won't consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor

Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers 'Can't Have' Antonio Brown's Flags

Nov 30, 2016 9:09 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have talked to Antonio Brown about his celebration penalties following touchdowns, according to Ben Roethlisberger.

Brown received his third touchdown-celebration penalty of the season against the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving.

"He knows, we all know, Coach [Mike] Tomlin brought it up yesterday, that is a huge penalty and we can't do that," Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. "We put our kick coverage team in a bad situation and we can't have that, and AB knows that."

Roethlisberger added that he understands Brown's excitement after scoring and believes the officials are watching Brown closely.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Cowboys Struggling To Generate Pressure On Quarterbacks

Nov 29, 2016 8:27 AM

The pass rush has been a concern for the Dallas Cowboys this season despite a stellar win-loss record.

For the first time this season, the Cowboys didn't register a sack against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving.

"I'm not concerned. I wouldn't use that word," Tyrone Crawford said. "Obviously, we want sacks no matter what. If we rush one, two, three, we always want a sack. Unfortunately, we didn't get any last week.

"But for people who don't understand what we're doing, they're probably thinking sacks is something major that has to happen. It does, don't get me wrong, but just getting them off the field in three downs is most important."

A portion of the pass rush issues stem from the Cowboys going with a three-man front more often.

The Cowboys have only 20 sacks on the season, tied for 25th in the league. Dallas is on pace for 29 sacks, which would be fewer than it had last season (31) and just one more than it had in 2014 (28).

"Not good enough," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "We've got to keep working at it."

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

Gary Kubiak Wants Broncos To Handle Emotions Better

Nov 29, 2016 8:20 AM

Gary Kubiak wants the Denver Broncos to handle their emotions better going forward.

Aqib Talib shoved Jordan Norwood after Norwood muffed a punt early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We compete at the highest level," Kubiak said. "Our guys compete all the time -- practice, games, those types of things -- so I see guys competing, guys are upset. Jordan and Aqib are fine, I can tell you that. That's not an issue."

The incident happened in a hard-nosed game the Broncos trailed 16-10 with 12½ minutes left in regulation.

"Emotions get in the way and those are things we've got to talk about,'' Kubiak said. "We've got to control our emotions. It's a very competitive environment down there and there was no harm intended, I can tell you that. Those two guys are fine."

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Eric Dickerson: Jeff Fisher Banned Me From Rams Sideline

Nov 29, 2016 8:17 AM

Eric Dickerson told ESPN on Monday that Jeff Fisher basically told him he didn't want him on the Los Angeles Rams sideline during games because some of his public comments have made players "uncomfortable."

The Rams are 4-7 in their first season back in Los Angeles. Dickerson was a star when the club last played on the West Coast.

Fisher later backtracked in that conversation, after Dickerson defended his right to speak out, but Dickerson vowed to Fisher that he would never go to a Rams game as long as Fisher is the team's coach.

"I won't be at the Coliseum as long as Fisher is coaching," Dickerson reiterated. "I'm a man of my word, and if I tell you something, I'm going to do it."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Washington Won't Decide On Kirk Cousins Until After Season

Nov 28, 2016 8:40 AM

Washington hasn't decided what they'll do with Kirk Cousins and won't do so until after the season despite reports that they plan to place the franchise tag on the quarterback if a long-term deal can't be reached.

Washington wants to see how the remainder of the season plays out.

Placing the tag on Cousins is projected to cost Washington nearly $24 million in 2017.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Ties Peyton Manning's Record With 200th Career Win

Nov 28, 2016 8:36 AM

Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots top the New York Jets on Sunday, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most victories by a quarterback (200).

Brady is 200-61 in his career. Manning finished at 200-92.

"I love winning games," Brady said. "I think that's what it comes down to. That's why we all play, and I've just been a part of so many great teams and played with great coaches. Nobody could win a football game by themselves. It takes everybody. ... It means I've been around for a little bit and played with a lot of great players on a lot of great teams."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Stats

Washington Prepared To Use Franchise Tag On Kirk Cousins Again

Nov 27, 2016 3:02 PM

Washington is prepared to use the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again in the 2017 offseason if they are unable to agree upon a long-term deal.

Cousins is being paid a guaranteed $19.95 million in 2016 after he became the second quarterback to play under the franchise tag, joining Drew Brees in 2005 with the San Diego Chargers.

Cousins is fifth in the NFL in Total QBR this season and has thrown for 3,540 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The franchise quarterback tag for the 2017 season will be $23,943,600.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jets Nearly Lost Matt Forte To New England
The Jets were in no rush to get the paperwork done to finalize the deal with Matt Forte, which made him nervous and made him turn to the Patriots.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

GMs Expect Kirk Cousins To Make At Least $20M Per Season
Kirk Cousins has the highest passer rating of any quarterback over their last 20 starts.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Bruce Arians Expected To Be On Sidelines For Cardinals
Bruce Arians returned to work on Tuesday after being admitted to the hospital on Monday.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Bills Expect Sammy Watkins To Practice On Wednesday
Sammy Watkins is on injured reserve because of a foot injury, but the Bills can activate him as their designated player to return to action this season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Packers President Remains 'Optimistic' Despite Losing Streak
Mark Murphy doesn't believe it's time to make major changes to the Packers, who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Lane Johnson Files Claims Against NFL, NFLPA
Lane Johnson has filed charges against the NFL and NFL Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, according to his attorney.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Chip Kelly Hasn't Had Conversations With 49ers About Job Security
Despite a 1-9 record and nine-game losing streak, Chip Kelly says he hasn't had any conversations with the San Francisco 49ers about his job security.

San Francisco Chronicle

Brock Osweiler Was 'Definitely' Distracted By Green Laser From Stands
Brock Osweiler said a green laser that was shined onto the field and into his eyes on Monday night in Mexico City was "very distracting."

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Bengals Lose Giovani Bernard, A.J. Green To Injuries
The Bengals lost both Giovani Bernard and A.J. Green to injury during Sunday's game against the Bills.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Kickers Set NFL Record With 12 Missed PATs
Kickers failed six times in Week 10, bringing the two-week total to 18 misses with a game to play.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Mike McCarthy: Packers Need To Scramble To Save Season
After four straight losses, the Packers are 4-6 and two games back in the NFC North.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Eagles Called Seahawks To Complain About Russell Wilson Pick In 2012
Andy Reid, then coach of the Eagles, called Pete Carroll angrily after the Seahawks picked Russell Wilson 75th overall in 2012.

Conor Orr/NFL

Roger Goodell: 'Ideal Scenario' Keeps Chargers, Raiders In Place
Having both the Raiders and Chargers remain in their current cities is the "ideal scenario" for the NFL, according to Roger Goodell.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Luke Kuechly Carted Off With Possible Concussion
Luke Kuechly was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and was being evaluated for a concussion.

David Newton/ESPN

Jay Cutler Refutes Notion He's Lost Bears' Locker Room
Jay Cutler was criticized for his lack of preparation before Chicago's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers described as "truly embarrassing."

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Matthew Stafford On $25M Contract Demand: 'News To Me'
Andrew Luck signed an extension with a $24.6 million average annual value this past offseason.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

Eric Dickerson Believes His Rookie Rushing Record Is Safe
Ezekiel Elliott is on pace to come within 21 yards of the 1,808 mark set by Eric Dickerson in 1983.

USA Today

Hue Jackson Says He's Been 'Too Harsh' On Cody Kessler
Hue Jackson wants to ease the pressure he's placed on Cody Kessler, whom he benched in the third quarter of Thursday night's 28-7 loss to the Ravens.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Packers Claim Christine Michael Off Waivers
Christine Michael rushed 117 times for 469 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Vikings Sign Kai Forbath To Replace Blair Walsh
Kai Forbath, who kicked for Washington from 2012 to 2015 and spent part of the 2015 season with the Saints.

Ben Goessling/ESPN