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Bears Sign Brian Hoyer To One-Year Deal

Apr 30, 2016 8:43 PM

Brian Hoyer has agreed to sign with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal.

Six teams expressed interest in Hoyer, who played one season in Cleveland under Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.

Hoyer will serve as Jay Cutler's backup at quarterback.

Last season, Hoyer played in 11 regular season games for the Houston Texans.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Andrew Luck, Colts Make Progress On Extension

Apr 30, 2016 7:09 PM

The Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck have made significant progress on a contract extension.

Jim Irsay would like a deal with Luck to be agreed upon by the start of training camp in July.

During the NFL owners meetings in March, Irsay said he hoped a "nine-figure" deal would be reached with Luck by July 4.

"Talks are progressing well. We have made progress," said Irsay. "I mentioned Fourth of July before. I don't think that marker is something that needs to be watched as an indicator. We should be able to come to a deal. Until you do, we still have ground to cover. There's no question about that. It's a complicated contract. It's one that has to work both ways to make sure we're able to field a great football team."

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

Raiders Trade Up To Select Connor Cook

Apr 30, 2016 1:31 PM

The Oakland Raiders traded up in the fourth round to select Connor Cook out of Michigan State.

Oakland gave up the No. 114 and No. 154 overall selection to move to 100th overall.

Before the start of the fourth round, multiple teams had shown interest in trading up for the first pick of the round.

Cook will compete with Matt McGloin to be Derek Carr's backup.


Tags: Oakland Raiders, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jaylon Smith Drafted No. 34 By Cowboys

Apr 30, 2016 9:58 AM

Jaylon Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys at No. 34 overall despite his torn ACL and LCL.

Smith was expected to be a top pick before his Jan. 1st injury.

"It's been the most challenging time of my life, but at the same time, it's the best time of my life, where my dream has just come true," said Smith, who is questionable to play in 2016. "I've been wanting to play in the NFL since I was 7 years old."

The delay in his return to the field is due to nerve damage, but the Cowboys are confident the nerve will refire.

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys targeted Smith with their second-round pick since the start of the week. 

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Matt Forte Would Be 'Disappointed' If Jets Don't Keep Ryan Fitzpatrick

Apr 27, 2016 8:24 AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets remain millions of dollars apart in contract talks, a stalemate that has Matt Forte concerned.

"I'd be disappointed (if I don't) get to work with him (given that he was here) last year and the good job he did," Forte said on CBS Sports Radio Tuesday. "But at the same time, you have to prepare yourself for the worst or if that doesn't happen."

The running back, who signed with the Jets this offseason, added: "I hope he does sign and come back so that we can continue to hold off the momentum from last year that him and Brandon and Eric and all the receivers and the offense had last year. We can take a step in the right direction in that aspect, continuing on with that momentum that they had last year. It's not all said and done yet, so we're still waiting."

Conor Orr/NFL

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Drew Brees Takes Aim At Roger Goodell

Apr 27, 2016 1:00 AM

Drew Brees took aim at the disciplinary power of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday when asked for his reaction to the league's Deflategate penalties against Tom Brady being reinstated by a federal appeals court.

The Saints quarterback said Goodell's ability to serve as "judge, jury and executioner" has been a "black eye" for the NFL.

"I think we would all agree that he definitely has too much power," Brees told SI.com.


Tags: New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Reports: Manziel Indicted On Misdemeanor Assault Charge

Apr 24, 2016 11:45 PM

Embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a misdemeanor assault charge, ABC News 8 in Dallas and CBS Radio in Dallas reported, citing sources.

The formal announcement is expected to come Monday. Manziel's case was heard by a grand jury on Thursday.

Manziel, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.


Tags: Cleveland Browns, Legal, Misc Rumor

Raiders Close To First Season-Ticket Sellout

Apr 24, 2016 11:26 PM

The Raiders are on the verge selling out their season tickets for the first time in franchise history, owner Mark Davis said on Sunday afternoon.

"We're excited as hell," Davis told ESPN.com. "Again, we've got the greatest fans in the world. The Raider Nation is strong."

The Raiders have signed a one-year lease to remain at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum for the 2016 season and have two one-year options for 2017 and 2018,


Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Thurman Thomas Suffering From Mood Swings

Apr 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas opened up for the first time Friday about the effects of concussions he suffered during his 13-year NFL career.

The former Buffalo Bills star, who turns 50 next month, said at a concussion summit in Canada that he suffers from mood swings and his conditioned has worsened.


Tags: Buffalo Bills, Injury, Misc Rumor

Goodell Attends Rally In Support Of New San Diego Stadium

Apr 24, 2016 1:33 AM

A year ago, with the Chargers not interested in a proposal for a new stadium in Mission Valley, the NFL sought a stadium project the team could enthusiastically support.

On Saturday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell traveled to San Diego at the invitation of Chargers chairman Dean Spanos to attend a rally of about 4,000 fans. Goodell was there to support the start of a signature-gathering effort for a citizens' initiative effort to build a $1.8 billion stadium and convention center expansion downtown, next to the Padres' Petco Park.


Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

Josh Norman Agrees To Sign With Washington
Josh Norman also considered the 49ers and Saints before choosing Washington.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Josh Norman Deciding Between Washington, New Orleans
The 49ers were also one of the frontrunners to sign Josh Norman, but his decision is now down to Washington and New Orleans.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Has No Concerns With Contract Status
Rob Gronkowski is set to make a $2.25 million base salary this season, which escalates to $4.25 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Lions Not Considering Trading Away Matthew Stafford
The Lions have no interest in trading away Matthew Stafford.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

John Elway: Colin Kaepernick Trade Talks Currently 'Dormant'
John Elway and Colin Kaepernick met twice last month after the 49ers granted Kaepernick's request to pursue a trade.


49ers, Washington Considered Frontrunners For Josh Norman
Washington and the San Francisco 49ers are strongly pursuing Josh Norman in free agency and are considered the frontrunners.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

David Gettleman Eager To Use Josh Norman's Cap Space
By clearing Josh Norman's tag number, the Panthers now have approximately $31 million in salary-cap space.

David Newton/ESPN

Sashi Brown: Browns 'Like Volume', Could Move Down Further
The Browns are not ruling out moving further down in the first round.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

49ers Continue To Not Rule Out Possibility Of Trading Colin Kaepernick
Trent Baalke said that he would "never say never" in regards to moving Colin Kaepernick.

Steve Wyche/NFL.com

Sam Bradford 'Wants To Show Everyone Who's Best' After Eagles Trade Up
Sam Bradford is not happy with the Eagles' decision to trade up in the 2016 NFL Draft to No. 2.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Panthers Rescind Franchise Tag On Josh Norman
The franchise tag had guaranteed Josh Norman $13.952 million in 2016.


Eagles Trade Up To No. 2 With Browns
The Browns will move back to No. 8 overall while also acquiring the Eagles' third rounder and fourth rounder this season along with their 2017 first round pick and their 2018 second round pick.

RealGM Staff Report

Chargers Receiving Interest In No. 3 Pick
Laremy Tunsil, who is widely considered the top overall prospect, could be available at No. 3.

Dan Parr/NFL.com

Johnny Manziel Vows To Take Care Of Issues To Play In 2016
Johnny Manziel didn't detail what issues he's addressing.


Browns Holding Talks Involving 2nd Overall Pick
The Browns have been linked to Jared Goff and Carson Wentz but the analytics-driven front office is seriously considering trading out of the No. 2 slot to acquire multiple picks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Josh Norman Won't Report To Voluntary Workouts
Josh Norman is seeking a long-term deal with the Panthers, who have until July 15 to strike a deal.

David Newton/ESPN

Jets Unlikely To Agree Upon Deal With Ryan Fitzpatrick Before Draft
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a career year at 33, throwing for 31 touchdowns and 3,905 yards.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Trent Richardson Signs With Ravens
Trent Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and won't turn 26 until July.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Seahawks Bring Back Brandon Browner On One-Year Deal
Brandon Browner was originally part of the Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary.


Texans Release Brian Hoyer
The Broncos and Jets could have interest in Brian Hoyer.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk