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Justin Britt: New 'Hawks staff bringing back swagger

Justin Britt: New 'Hawks staff bringing back swagger

While the defensive overhaul in Seattle received most of the attention this offseason, the Seahawks offense has undergone change as well.The main changes came on the sidelines where Brian Schottenhei ... Continue Reading
Report: Bucs QB Winston expects suspension

Report: Bucs QB Winston expects suspension

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston expects to be suspended for a violation of the personal conduct policy at the conclusion of the ongoing NFL investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016.ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron reported "Winston's camp" anticipates a suspension to arise from the league's probe of the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.Part of the reason for the punishment, per the report, is Winston failed to report the allegation to the NFL as required by the collective bargaining agreement.Also per the CBA, Winston has the right to appeal any punishment.The Buccaneers re-signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started three games and went 2-1 last season. Fitzpatrick was in the lineup after Winston injured his shoulder at New Orleans.
Frank Reich 'really excited' about Colts' tight ends

Frank Reich 'really excited' about Colts' tight ends

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich knows a thing or two about the tight end position.Before joining the Colts, Reich spent two seasons as an offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, where he had ... Continue Reading
Hall of Fame QB Kelly undergoes another surgery

Hall of Fame QB Kelly undergoes another surgery

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a scheduled follow-up surgery in New York on Thursday.Kelly's wife Jill posted a pre-op photo of Kelly via Instagram with the accompanying message:"Back in the Big Apple for more surgery today. Another step forward in the healing process. If all goes well, we will be back home by the weekend. Other than God's Grace and a whole lot of praying... I don't know how he does it."Like Hunter's life, Jim's struggles are a constant reminder that this life is not the end of the story. God's plans are eternal. And He's just getting started. We have so much to look forward to! There is immeasurably more waiting... P.S. Thank you for praying!"Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 -- a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly's upper jaw was entirely reconstructed.Kelly said before his golf outing that during this operation, doctors will continue reconstructing the upper portion of his mouth.
NFL notebook: Whaley lands gig with NFLPA

NFL notebook: Whaley lands gig with NFLPA

Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl."I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football. Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.--Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras.The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.--A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced.
Report: Retired Triplette joins ESPN as MNF rules analyst

Report: Retired Triplette joins ESPN as MNF rules analyst

Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras on Wednesday.The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli.Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.Triplette will be working alongside a new trio of play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, booth analyst and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and field analyst Booger McFarland, who played nine NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. Lisa Salters is the lone holdover from the on-camera team as the on-field reporter.A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.
Broncos' home temporarily renamed 'Broncos Stadium at Mile High'

Broncos' home temporarily renamed 'Broncos Stadium at Mile High'

The Denver Broncos' home -- formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- will temporarily be called Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the team announced on Wednesday.The district that operates the taxpayer-built stadium approved a proposal for the temporary name, while the franchise continues to seek a new naming-rights partner. Sports Authority, the previous sponsor, declared bankruptcy in 2016, but its name remained on stadium for nearly two years until signs were taken down in January.Sports Authority signed a 25-year agreement with the team worth $6 million per year in 2011. The building was called Invesco Field at Mile High for the previous 10 years since it opened in 2001.
Ex-Bills GM Whaley lands job with NFLPA

Ex-Bills GM Whaley lands job with NFLPA

Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl."I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football.Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.
Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns

Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns

A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced on Wednesday.Johnson, 22, did play in all four preseason games last year, starting two.The Browns waived him on Tuesday to make room for Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 who flamed out with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and was waived midseason last year by the Detroit Lions.
Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns

Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns

A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced on Wednesday.Johnson, 22, did play in all four preseason games last year, starting two.The Browns waived him on Tuesday to make room for Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 who flamed out with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and was waived midseason last year by the Detroit Lions.
How an innocuous line about Baker Mayfield made national headlines: Orange and Brown Talk podcast

How an innocuous line about Baker Mayfield made national headlines: Orange and Brown Talk podcast

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dan Labbe and Mary Kay Cabot are back this week with a new podcast. Dan is fresh off a series of training camp observations in wich one innocous line about Baker Mayfield not being ... Continue Reading
Bills GM: Shaq Lawson 'hasn't lived up to' draft status

Bills GM: Shaq Lawson 'hasn't lived up to' draft status

Shaq Lawson enters his third season with mounting pressure, and the Buffalo Bills' former first-round pick has heard the trade rumors swirling this spring."Shoot, I've been on the trading block I fee ... Continue Reading
Longtime NFL ref McAulay retires

Longtime NFL ref McAulay retires

Longtime NFL referee Terry McAulay announced his retirement Thursday.Shawn Smith was named his replacement after three seasons as an umpire.McAulay is the third referee to retire this offseason, joining Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli. Triplette is reportedly set to join ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, while Hochuli will continue to serve as a consultant for the league's officiating department.
Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers share veteran outlook

Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers share veteran outlook

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre took a trip down memory lane during a Tuesday morning guest appearance on ESPN 540-AM's Wilde and Tausch radio show.During a 46-minute interview, Favre touched on ... Continue Reading
David Njoku made strides this spring from raw prospect to player Browns believe he can become

David Njoku made strides this spring from raw prospect to player Browns believe he can become

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- David Njoku was just 20 years old when the Browns traded two picks to move back into the first round to select him in 2017. Words like "freak" have followed him around since his col ... Continue Reading
Bill O'Brien believes Texans 'in a good place right now'

Bill O'Brien believes Texans 'in a good place right now'

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien has plenty of reasons to feel good ahead of training camp.O'Brien began 2018 by signing a contract extension in January; his friend Brian Gaine rejoined the Texans a ... Continue Reading
NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year

NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year

The NFL announced this week that it will hold the Pro Bowl in Orlando for a third straight season.The league held a third-year option for its annual all-star event.
Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking

Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has 559 career field goals and needs just seven more to become the NFL's career leader, but if he has his way, he'll be around long enough to put a lot of distance between his mark and Morten Andersen's 565.Vinatieri, 45, is beginning his 13th season in Indianapolis, a career in itself for some players, though he spent 10 seasons before that kicking for the New England Patriots. He has been in five Super Bowls, winning four.So why stop now?"I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago," Vinatieri told the Colts' website. "I'm not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way."I guess I'll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up."
Reports: Ravens sign first-rounder Hurst, completing 12-man class

Reports: Ravens sign first-rounder Hurst, completing 12-man class

The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with first-round tight end Hayden Hurst on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports, putting all 12 of the team's 2018 draft picks under contract.The deal, like those for all first-round picks, comes with a fifth-year team option for 2022. Terms have not been reported, but the deal should be worth around $10.4 million over the first four years, with a signing bonus around $5.7 million, based on his draft slot.The Ravens took Hurst with the 25th overall pick in April's draft after trading down twice, first from No. 16 to No. 22 and then to No. 25. They later traded back into the first round at No. 32 to draft quarterback Lamar Jackson.Hurst, who turns 25 in August, spent two years as a minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system, having joined them on a $400,000 signing bonus after being drafted in the 17th round in 2012.
New pro football league to announce San Antonio as franchise for 2019 inaugural season

New pro football league to announce San Antonio as franchise for 2019 inaugural season

Ignoring the city's long history of failed pro football franchises, the fledgling Alliance of American Football will announce Thursday that San Antonio will be its eighth and final member.The announc ... Continue Reading