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Patrick Peterson Backtracks On Trade Request, Wants To Stay

Jan 31, 2019 8:24 AM

Patrick Peterson now says he wants to remain with the Arizona Cardinals.

It was reported that Peterson requested a trade in mid-October, but the cornerback backtracked just a few days later.

"I just want to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season," Peterson said. "I'm here to stay, baby."

He said on Wednesday that he'll honor his contract, which goes through the 2020 season.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Baker Mayfield: Freddie Kitchens Was 'My Choice' To Coach Browns

Jan 31, 2019 8:13 AM

Baker Mayfield told SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio on Wednesday that Freddie Kitchens was who he would have hired as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns if given the power.

"I believe in him," Mayfield said. "That's not to say anything about anybody else, but you know what? We had something special and I want to build on it."

The quarterback's comments were his first since the Browns gave Kitchens the job.

"I kind of had that sense the whole time," he said. "Seeing how he was, how he didn't change when he made the jump from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Then just taking over and the difference that we had while he was calling plays. You know what, he had guys believing in him. When you have guys that believe in you as a head coach and respect you, there's going to be great things that happen."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

Washington Hires Rob Ryan As Inside Linebackers Coach

Jan 30, 2019 4:04 PM

The Washington Redskins have hired Rob Ryan as their inside linebackers coach.

Ryan has been out of the NFL for the last two seasons. He spent the 2016 season as assistant head coach/defense under his brother, Rex, with the Buffalo Bills.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor

DeSean Jackson Says He'd Like To Play For Rams

Jan 30, 2019 4:01 PM

DeSean Jackson, who is still under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another season, says he'd love to join the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson made the comments when it was suggested on the Simms and Lefkoe Podcast that he could join the San Francisco 49ers.

"I don't know about Frisco, man. State tax is crazy, man," the receiver said. "That is home too though. I don't know. ... If anything, I would like to kind of end up in L.A., being a Ram. Sean McVay, you know, we got some connection from when I was in D.C., but we'll see how it plays out, man. Right now, I got another year in Tampa. So we'll see how it plays out, man."

Jackson, 32 is currently the oldest receiver on Tampa Bay's roster by seven years.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Patriots Open To Extending Tom Brady's Contract

Jan 30, 2019 3:57 PM

Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, is only under contract through the 2019 season.

Robert Kraft says the New England Patriots have no reservations about extending the quarterback's contract.

Brady has repeatedly said he plans to play until he's 45.

"Think about it: The last three years we've been privileged to go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback in place. I would be quite surprised if he didn't continue for quite a while as our quarterback," Kraft said.

Brady is scheduled to count $27 million against the salary cap.

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

Roger Goodell: Changes To Replay Will Be Discussed Again

Jan 30, 2019 3:53 PM

In the wake of controversy at the end of the NFC Championship Game, Roger Goodell says the NFL will discuss changes that could help avoid such occurrences in the future.

Goodell, however, cautioned that such changes might not be as dramatic as some people might expect after the no-call in the Los Angeles Rams-New Orleans Saints game.

"We will look again at instant replay," Goodell said. "There have been a variety of proposals over the last, frankly, 15, 20 years on whether replay should be expanded. It does not cover judgment calls; this was a judgment call. The other complication is that it was a no-call.

"And our coaches and clubs have been very resistant, and there has not been support to date, about having a replay official or somebody in New York throw a flag when there is no flag. They have not voted for that in the past."

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Matt Ryan Excited To Work With Dirk Koetter Again

Jan 30, 2019 9:39 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have made changes to their offensive staff yet again, but Matt Ryan is welcoming the new voices.

Dirk Koetter is back as the team's offensive coordinator. He held the position from 2012-14.

Ryan said on 680 The Fan that it is “hard” to see Steve Sarkisian leave the team, but that feeling is tempered by positive feelings about Koetter’s return to Atlanta.

“I’m excited to work with Dirk Koetter again, it felt like my time spent with him early in my career was really productive,” Ryan said. “I’ve learned a lot since then, and I think we both can be better as we move forward. But, it’s one of the parts of the job that sucks, for sure. Letting people go and having new people come in and turnover, but it’s a part of this business and you have to deal with it.”

680 The Fan

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

Giants Will Release Connor Barwin

Jan 30, 2019 9:36 AM

The New York Giants plan to release Connor Barwin, according to sources.

Barwin started three games and finished with one sack in his only season with the team.

The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million right before the start of training camp last summer. Barwin would still like to play and the Giants save $1.5 million against the salary cap with the move.

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Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Devin McCourty May Retire If Patriots Win Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2019 9:34 AM

Devin McCourty hasn't ruled out retirement after Super Bowl LIII if the New England Patriots win.

"I don't know for sure, man. But I do look at it -- if we can win this game, winning with my brother [Jason], I don't know what else I could do that could top that," McCourty said. "So I'm just trying to make sure I enjoy this season and enjoy these last couple days with these guys."

McCourty, 31, is finishing his ninth season with the Patriots and is an eight-time captain. He has played in 139 career regular-season games, starting all of them, in addition to 21 playoff games.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Aaron Donald: Los Angeles Is 'A Football Town Now'

Jan 29, 2019 8:27 AM

Headed to the Super Bowl in their third season back in Los Angeles, the Rams feel like they've transformed the city.

"It's a football town now," Aaron Donald said.

L.A. has 10 major sports franchises, including professional soccer.

Thousands of fans dressed in all shades of blue, white and gold sent the team off at a rally in Inglewood on Sunday.

"For being young in the sense that it's still growing, for us to have that showing the other day was special and it shows the backing that we have from our fans," Brandin Cooks added. "We thank them a lot and we look forward to hearing them loud and clear come Sunday."


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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Rob Gronkowski Will Take Some 'Downtime,' Then Mull Future
Rob Gronkowski isn't ready to talk about retirement yet, but the Patriots tight end did offer a timetable regarding a decision on his playing future.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

JuJu Smith-Schuster's Pro Bowl Injury Not Serious
JuJu Smith-Schuster is feeling "fine" after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's Pro Bowl.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Antonio Brown Hasn't Closed Door On Return To Steelers
While a trade may seem likely, Antonio Brown hasn't closed the door on a return to the Steelers.

Nick Shook/NFL

Four Officials From Rams-Saints Game Had Southern California Ties
There is some concern in league circles about the NFL's judgment in allowing four game officials who live in Southern California to work the NFC Championship Game between the Rams and Saints, accordi

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Americans Expected To Bet $6B On Super Bowl LIII
An estimated $6 billion will be wagered by Americans on Super Bowl LIII, according to survey results released Monday by the American Gaming Association.

David Purdum/ESPN

'Zero' Chance Tom Brady Retires After Super Bowl LIII
Tom Brady is playing in yet another Super Bowl at 41, but the quarterback has no plans to retire.

Jeff Darlington/ESPN

Redskins Believe Alex Smith Will Miss All Of 2019 Season
Alex Smith's first season in Washington was cut short by a gruesome leg injury that will take considerable time to heal.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Chris Long Pondering Retirement, Return To Eagles
Chris Long is considering both retirement and a return to the Eagles for another season.

Grant Gordon/NFL

Greg Zuerlein Kept Foot Injury Secret From Rams
Greg Zuerlein strained his planting foot while warming up at halftime of the NFC Championship Game, but elected not to tell the Rams.

Adam Maya/NFL

Adam Vinatieri Finalizes Deal To Return To Colts
The NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,598 points will return for a 24th season at the age of 46.


Brandin Cooks Purposely Dropped Pass Before Game-Winning FG
Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 107 yards in the NFC Championship Game, but it was one pass that he didn't catch that propelled the Rams to victory.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Jacoby Brissett Wants To Be A Starter
Jacoby Brissett says that he'd rather be a starter than remain Andrew Luck's backup.

FOX 59/Indianapolis

Jamal Adams Sent Patriots Mascot To Hospital With Tackle
Jamal Adams tackled Pat the Patriot on the sidelines during Pro Bowl practice on Thursday.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Chiefs Hire Steve Spagnuolo As Defensive Coordinator
Steve Spagnuolo replaces Bob Sutton, who was fired Tuesday.


Bengals Remain Comfortable With Andy Dalton As Quarterback
The quarterback position is a thin one in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Fletcher Page/Cincinnati Enquirer

49ers 'Hopeful' Jimmy Garoppolo Can Participate In OTAs
The 49ers are "hopeful" that Jimmy Garoppolo will be able to participate in organized team activities.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Larry Fitzgerald Will Make $16M In 2019
Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Cardinals under a one-year deal.

Field Yates/ESPN

Eric Weddle Now Open To Playing Elsewhere
Eric Weddle is reversing course on his declaration that he'd either play for the Ravens in 2019 or retire.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Jets Hire Dowell Loggains As Offensive Coordinator
Dowell Loggains served as offensive coordinator of the Dolphins last season under Adam Gase.

Associated Press

Steelers Open Extension Talks With Ben Roethlisberger
Under Ben Roethlisberger's current deal, he would count $23.2 million against the salary cap for 2019.

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