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Steelers Want To Keep Antonio Brown Long-Term

Jan 31, 2017 5:11 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers would like to keep Antonio Brown long-term.

“Antonio is a good guy, a good person,” Art Rooney II said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I enjoy him as a personal relationship, and I think he’s somebody that his teammates like to have him on the team. He’s a hard worker, so he’s another player we’re hoping to address his contract and have him here for the long term.”

Brown has one more season on his current deal.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

Matt Ryan Sought Out Advice From Peyton And Eli Manning

Jan 31, 2017 8:42 AM

Matt Ryan said he spoke with Peyton Manning last week about how to prepare for Super Bowl week.

"It's one of those things -- trust what you do and trust your process," Ryan said of Manning's advice. "Handle some of the things that you need to handle that go along with this game early. Get that stuff out of the way. And I've certainly done that."

Ryan also revealed having a text message exchange with Eli Manning, who defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

"Obviously, I've gotten to know Eli throughout the years," Ryan said. "He's a great guy. You know I think his advice was, 'You guys know yourselves and you know what you do.' At the end of the day, that's probably the best advice you can get is to trust what we do and trust our process and who we are and how we do things.

"I think we'll be ready to go."

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Reporter Accidentally Takes Kyle Shanahan's Playbook

Jan 31, 2017 8:37 AM

After Kyle Shanahan's Super Bowl media night session on Monday, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator had his backpack accidentally taken by a reporter.

"I'm stressed out right now," Shanahan said. "Somebody took my bag, and it had everything in it."

The backpack contained a copy of the Falcons' Super Bowl playbook, Super Bowl tickets and other personal effects. It was missing for approximately 45 minutes before the mystery was solved.

USA Today writer and ESPN contributor Jarrett Bell discovered that San Francisco Examiner columnist Art Spander had mistakenly picked up Shanahan's bag instead of his own.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

GNC Claims NFL Rejected Super Bowl Commercial

Jan 31, 2017 8:32 AM

An executive with GNC says the NFL told him on Monday that the commercial spot the company had prepared for Super Bowl LI will not run on Fox's broadcast Sunday.

Jeff Hennion, GNC's executive vice president and chief marketing and e-commerce officer, said Fox first told him Monday that the 30-second ad, which has a market rate of $5 million, could not run because the company sells products that contain two of the 162 substances banned by the NFL -- synephrine and DHEA.

"We have told the network it may not air in Super Bowl or any NFL programming," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "This is consistent with our policies that prohibit the advertising of supplements."

Hennion said he was told the NFL didn't like the GNC logo -- which was used in the spot and is in the form of a pill bottle -- because the league was concerned the logo, when shown quickly on television, could be mistaken for GMC, the automaker.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Agent: Devonta Freeman Should Be Paid Like Elite RB

Jan 30, 2017 8:35 PM

Devonta Freeman's agent says her client should be paid "like the elite back he is."

Agent Kristin Campbell, in an interview with NFL.com, said she will press the Falcons to sign Freeman to a contract extension this offseason.

"It's time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is," Campbell told NFL.com, which published a report on the interview Monday. "I expect them to make him a priority this offseason, as he's been an integral part of the dynamic offense that has gotten them to the Super Bowl."

Freeman has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season in 2016, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scoring 13 touchdowns.


Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Chris Ballard Will Retain Chuck Pagano For 2017

Jan 30, 2017 12:22 PM

Chris Ballard will retain Chuck Pagano in 2017 as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts before reevaluating him for the 2018 season.

While Jim Irsay announced Jan. 21 that Pagano would return next season, there was some belief that Ballard would choose to dismiss Pagano and hire his own coach. 

The former Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations is replacing Ryan Grigson, who was fired after the Colts had consecutive 8-8 seasons and missed the playoffs.

The Colts will have more than $50 million in salary-cap space during free agency to build around Andrew Luck.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

Alex Smith Feels 'Sense Of Urgency' From Andy Reid

Jan 30, 2017 8:33 AM

After another playoff loss, Alex Smith says he feels a "sense of urgency" from Andy Reid as the Kansas City Chiefs try to take the next step in the postseason.

"We've talked a lot, and for sure, the talk was just the sense of urgency -- [him saying] 'let's go get it, you and me,'" Smith said. "For both of us, I think you realize the opportunities are less and less. You can't take them all for granted. We all felt like we had an awesome opportunity and we didn't get it done. So even more so, let's press on the gas and let's go."

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Colts Hire Chris Ballard As General Manager

Jan 30, 2017 8:29 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have found a replacement for Ryan Grigson.

The Colts have named Chris Ballard their new general manager. Grigson was fired Jan. 21 after five seasons with the organization.

"Chris has a solid reputation throughout the National Football League as a heavyweight executive and our extensive discussions with him confirmed that reputation," Jim Irsay said in a statement. "He's a savvy, organized, and thorough talent evaluator, but beyond that, he's a terrific person our community will be proud of."

Ballard joined the Kansas City Chiefs as director of player personnel in 2013 and was later promoted to director of football operations.

The Colts, who will have more than $50 million in salary-cap space during free agency, are coming off back-to-back seasons in which they missed the playoffs with 8-8 records.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

49ers Name John Lynch New GM

Jan 30, 2017 2:01 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have hired Hall of Fame candidate and FOX analyst John Lynch to be their new general manager, the team announced Sunday night.

Sources tell ESPN the deal is for an almost unprecedented six years.

Lynch has no front-office experience but has been connected to front-office jobs in the past. 

"So many opportunities are missed in the NFL because people don't want to do something different," Jed York said. "We're OK with that, because I am confident in Kyle and John. John has watched John Elway and how he's built a team in Denver. As easy as it is to say he hasn't built a team yet -- I get that -- I talk to Kyle, and he says John is the most prepared of all the TV [people] he meets in the production meetings before games.

"We understand we'll have to live with growing pains, but I'm willing to do that because I believe the upside with both of them is so great."


Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

49ers Expected To Hire George Paton Or Terry McDonough As GM

Jan 29, 2017 5:06 PM

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire a new general manager this week.

Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton and Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough were the two men to meet with the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan.

Mark Dominik also has been in consideration but there hasn't been an interview.

Paton also interviewed for the Colts G.M. job, but there’s been no sign that he’ll be back for a second interview. 

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Jets To Hire John Morton As Offensive Coordinator
John Morton has 13 years of NFL coaching experience.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald Continue To Consider Retirement
Larry Fitzgerald is due to make $11 million in 2017, while Carson Palmer is set to make $17.5 million in salary and bonuses.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Packers To Be More Aggressive In Free Agency
Aaron Rodgers has pressed Green Bay's front office to to go all-in, emphasizing the "need to reload" for 2017.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Jets Believe Darrelle Revis Capable Of Playing Safety
Dennard Wilson, hired as defensive backs coach for the Jets just last week, said he believes Darrelle Revis is more than capable of making the move from cornerback to safety.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Chiefs Want To Use Tyreek Hill More Often In 2017
Tyreek Hill scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie and the Chiefs want even more next season.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

GM: Seahawks Weren't Hiding Richard Sherman's Knee Injury
John Schneider says the Seahawks weren't acting maliciously when they failed to list Richard Sherman's knee injury on the injury report during the second half of the season.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

Kyle Shanahan: Patriots Have Best Defense Falcons Have Seen
Kyle Shanahan built the NFL's top-scoring offense in Atlanta this season, but says the Super Bowl will bring a challenge unlike the Falcons have seen.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Kirk Cousins Willing To Play On Franchise Tag Again
Kirk Cousins' franchise tag this season would increase to approximately $23.94 million.

James Walker/ESPN

Marvin Lewis Hoping For Extension With Bengals
In 14 seasons as the head coach of the Bengals, Marvin Lewis is 118-103 with an 0-7 record in the postseason.

Nick Shook/NFL

Carson Wentz Hires Coach To Fix Mechanics
The Eagles signal caller will work with 3DQB's Adam Dedeaux this offseason.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Dolphins Warned For 'Not Strictly' Obeying Concussion Protocol
The NFL and NFL Players Association have warned the Dolphins for "not strictly" following the league's concussion protocol with Matt Moore earlier this month.

James Walker/ESPN

Richard Sherman: Seahawks Losing A Pick Would Be 'Harsh'
Richard Sherman doesn't believe the Seahawks should lose a second-round pick for failing to disclose a knee injury during the season.

James Walker/ESPN

49ers Freeze Ticket Prices For Next Two Seasons
The 49ers have announced that they’ve put a freeze on season-ticket prices through the next two seasons.

Ana Kieu/SF Bay

Dabo Swinney: Passing On Deshaun Watson Like Passing On MJ
Dabo Swinney gave a ringing endorsement to his quarterback leading up to the NFL Draft.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Jay Gruden Expects Washington To Re-Sign Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins enters the 2017 offseason with many options on the table, the likeliest one of all returning to Washington on a multi-year, nine-figure deal.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Ben Roethlisberger Considering Retirement
Mike Tomlin says Ben Roethlisberger has mentioned possible retirement to the coaching staff at various points.


Arthur Blank Plans To Send All Falcons Employees To Super Bowl
The Falcons employ about 500 people.

Michael Cunningham/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

John Elway, Tony Romo Have Spent Time Together Recently
John Elway and Tony Romo were photographed together at an event for a mortgage lender based in Los Angeles.

Nicki Jhabvala/Denver Post

Jamie Collins Agrees To Four-Year, $50M Extension With Browns
Jamie Collins was acquired from New England in a trade midway through the 2016 season.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Browns Reportedly Asked Deshaun Watson To Play In Senior Bowl
Deshaun Watson declined to play in the Senior Bowl last week despite a request from the Browns to do so, according to a report from MMQB.