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Case Keenum 'Shocked, Disappointed' By Broncos Trading For Joe Flacco

Feb 21, 2019 4:17 PM

The Denver Broncos' decision to trade for Joe Flacco came as a surprise to Case Keenum.

Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos last offseason.

"[Broncos general manager John] Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn't have to do, and I appreciated that," said Keenum, who, along with his wife, Kimberly, was a guest on Jason Romano's Sports Spectrum podcast.

"I was definitely shocked. It was a surprise for us; you know, I think probably for the first day or so that's kind of what it was. You know, for us, we're definitely disappointed. It's not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody's doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out.''

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bengals Hire Lou Anarumo As Defensive Coordinaor

Feb 21, 2019 4:15 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Lou Anarumo as defensive coordinator.

Before working for the New York Giants last season, Anarumo was defensive backs coach for the Dolphins from 2012-17.

"I've always had great respect for Lou, and I know he is a tremendous defensive coach," Zac Taylor said in a news release. "He's a great fit for what we want to build here in Cincinnati. Lou is an excellent communicator who the players will have great respect for, and he will get the best out of them."

Anarumo will be the third defensive coordinator for Cincinnati in three seasons, as longtime defensive coordinator Paul Guenther left after the 2017 season to join the Raiders coaching staff.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Tom Coughlin: Blake Bortles Remains Jaguars QB 'Right Now'

Feb 21, 2019 10:36 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have issued public support for Blake Bortles over the short-term.

"Blake is the quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars right now," Tom Coughlin said.

The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year, $26.5 million (guaranteed) extension last February.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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Ravens Downplay Dangers Of Lamar Jackson's Running

Feb 21, 2019 10:32 AM

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman isn't buying into the criticism of quarterbacks getting hurt while running.

"I think it's a little overrated, the whole danger thing," Roman said. "Why? Because, and this is empirical data here, over the years, you kind of realize that when a quarterback decides to run, he's in control. So now [if] he wants to slide, he can slide. If he wants to dive, he can dive, get out of bounds, all of those different things. He can get down, declare himself down.

"A lot of the time, the situations that [have] more danger are when he doesn't see what's coming -- my eyes are downfield, I'm standing stationary from the pocket, somebody is hitting me from the blind side. My experience, and I kind of learned this, is that when the quarterback takes the ball and starts to run, there's not a lot of danger involved in that relative to other situations."

Roman has worked with mobile quarterbacks Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor in the past.

Jonas Shaffer/Baltimore Sun

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Misc Rumor

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Jets Won't Change Base Defense Under Gregg Williams

Feb 21, 2019 10:27 AM

The New York Jets won't change their base defensive under new coordinator Gregg Williams.

Williams has run a 4-3 base defense throughout his coaching career, while the Jets have operated out of a 3-4 base for more than a decade.

Brian Costello/New York Post

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Steelers GM Gives Ben Roethlisberger Free Rein To Criticize Teammates

Feb 21, 2019 9:12 AM

Kevin Colbert publicly annointed soon-to-be 37-year-old Ben Roethlisberger the "unquestioned leader" of the Pittsburgh Steelers who has the freedom to publicly criticize teammates.

"He's the elder statesmen and the Super Bowl winner," Colbert told a group of local reporters Wednesday. "If our players were smart, they'd listen to him because he's been there. He's done it. He can tell them, 'No guys, what you're doing is or is not good enough to do this.'"

Roethlisberger criticized Antonio Brown after a Week 12 loss.

Privately, Brown took exception to that. And publicly, Brown tweeted Saturday that Roethlisberger had an "owner mentality" because of his willingness to call out players and coaches.

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Le'Veon Bell To Become Unrestricted Free Agent As Steelers Decline Tag

Feb 20, 2019 2:03 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on Le'Veon Bell.

"Le'Veon is still a great player," Kevin Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year."

The Steelers will receive a 2020 compensatory pick that could be worth as high as a third-round selection.

Bell declined to sign his franchise tender last year, leaving $14.5 million on the table and sitting out the entire season.

There was a battle brewing between the NFL and NFL Players Association over the value of a transition tag on Bell. Bell and the NFLPA would likely argue that the transition tag is close to $14.5 million based on the escalating value of tags, and the Steelers and the NFL would say it's closer to $9.5 million because Bell sat out.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

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Emmanuel Sanders Unlikely To Restructure Contract

Feb 20, 2019 10:28 AM

Emmanuel Sanders is unwilling to restructure his contract with the Denver Broncos.

"It ain't happening... no way Jose..." Sanders told a local Denver radio station.

The wide receiver has one year left on his three-year, $33 million contract extension, Sanders is set to count $12.937 million against the Broncos' salary cap.

He will miss the start of the season after tearing his Achilles in December.

Kevin Patra/NFL

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C.J. Anderson: Todd Gurley 'More Hurt' Than Rams Thought

Feb 20, 2019 10:23 AM

Todd Gurley dealt with a knee injury late in the season and C.J. Anderson says his teammate was "more hurt" than the Los Angeles Rams thought.

"He was more hurt than what we thought," Anderson said. "The injury was a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself."

Anderson had 299 rushing yards in the final two games of the regular season and was featured in the playoffs.

Gurley tore his ACL in 2014.

"Obviously, it's the same knee injury he's had before in his career," Anderson said. "Obviously I had surgery on my meniscus and once you have a knee, you always have a knee. So it aggravates and if he was getting a lot of touches earlier in the year -- obviously him being one of the best backs, that probably was the case."

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Adam Thielen's Agent Optimistic About New Deal

Feb 20, 2019 10:20 AM

Adam Thielen's agent, Blake Baratz, is optimistic that the wide receiver will receive a new deal from the Minnesota Vikings.

Thielen makes significantly less than teammate Stefon Diggs. Baratz doesn't believe his client will hold out for an adjusted deal.

"Adam's not that type of person," Baratz said. "I would never condone a player to hold out or be disruptive if it wasn't for a very valid reason, and [what's not] a valid reason, to me, is both sides working in good faith to come to a conclusion that makes sense for everybody."

Thielen is entering the third season of a four-year, $19.246 million base deal.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rob Gronkowski To Decide On Future In Next Few Weeks
Rob Gronkowski said following Super Bowl LIII that he'd decide on his future in a week or two.

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Charles Clay Signs One-Year, $3.25M Deal With Cardinals
Kliff Kingsbury is familiar with with Charles Clay from college.

ESPN

Antonio Brown, Steelers Agree Trade Will Occur In Offseason
Antonio Brown requested a trade in January.

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Patriots Pursued Trade For Odell Beckham During 2018 Season
There was a lot of trade speculation surrounding Odell Beckham, Jr. last offseason and the Patriots reportedly went hardest after the Giants wide receiver.

Chris Simms/NBC (via Jared Dubin/CBS Sports)

Jaguars Pick Up Option On Calais Campbell
Calais Campbell, 32, is due $12 million this coming season.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Kyler Murray Isn't Sure If He'll Throw At Combine
Kyler Murray said he will attend the NFL Combine next week, but he hasn't decided if he will participate in any of the drills.

ESPN

Washington Was Interested In Trade For Joe Flacco
The Ravens will trade Joe Flacco to the Broncos once the league year turns over on March 13.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Colin Kaepernick 'Absolutely' Still Wants To Play
Colin Kaepernick "absolutely wants to play" in the NFL, his attorney told CNN over the weekend.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Dolphins Hire Reggie McKenzie As Senior Personnel Executive
He will have notable influence helping general manager Chris Grier rebuild the Dolphins.

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Antonio Brown Accuses Ben Roethlisberger Of Having 'Owner Mentality'
Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger had issues toward the end of the 2018 season.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Ravens Will Tailor Offense Towards Lamar Jackson
New offensive coordinator Greg Roman is trying to rebuild the Ravens' offense from scratch.

Herbie Teope/NFL

Cardinals Listed As Favorites To Land Antonio Brown
The Steelers are expected to trade Antonio Brown this offseason and oddsmakers have noticed.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Adam Silver Hasn't Given Any Thought To NFL Inquires
Adam Silver says he hasn't "given any thought" to inquiries by owners about his willingness to switch leagues and become commissioner of the NFL.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

AAF Failed In Attempts To Lure Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow
Colin Kaepernick hasn't played football since 2016, when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

ESPN

Nick Foles, Jaguars Have Mutual Interest
Nick Foles sees the Jaguars as having an attractive roster

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Jaguars Sign Josh Lambo To Four-Year Extension
Josh Lambo has missed just 3 of 41 field goal attempts since joining the Jaguars in October 2017.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Chargers Decline Option On DT Corey Liuget
Corey Liuget will become a free agent after the Chargers decided not to exercise the 2019 option on the defensive tackle's contract.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Ricky Williams Places Second On 'Celebrity Big Brother'
Ricky Williams, former Heisman winner and NFL running back, placed second in 'Celebrity Big Brother' on Wednesday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Tom Telesco Sees AAF As Potential Feeder League For NFL
Tom Telesco says he watched the Alliance of American Football's slate of games over the weekend and believes it could potentially be a developmental league for the NFL.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Jay Glazer Predicts Giants Will Trade Odell Beckham Jr. This Offseason
Odell Beckham Jr. was the subject of trade rumors last offseason before eventually signing an extension.

Jay Glazer/The Athletic