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Monday
Apr062015

Browns' Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past.

Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas.

"I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com.

"You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added.

Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28.

In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown.


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Friday
Apr032015

Redskins Trade for Dashon Goldson

NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016.

Goldson began his career with the San Francisco 49ers, and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Bucs signed Goldson to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2013, but he never quite lived up to his billing with Tampa Bay, which also sent a 2016 seventh-round draft pick to the Redskins in the deal.

Goldson issued a series of statements on Twitter to fans of both the Bucs and Redskins.

"To Buc Nation, I'm sorry things didn't workout the way we both wanted them to," Goldson said. "... I've learned a lot in the 2 yrs spent there and it has been an honor to be part of the Buc nation, to play for the buccaneers and share my time with the community."

Goldson is the 10th former Pro Bowler traded this offseason, among them LeSean McCoyBrandon Marshall and Jimmy Graham.


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Monday
Mar302015

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Not Concerned over Contract Situation

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and even Joe Flacco are among the highest paid players in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson remains one of the best bargains in the league at $1.5 million, which he'll make next season. It's one of the lowest salaries for a starting quarterback in the NFL, let alone a Super Bowl champion.

Still, with one year left on his current deal, Wilson isn't worrying about a new deal just yet.

“In terms of my contract, I don’t really talk about that kind of stuff,” Wilson told the Everett Herald. “I love the game of football. I love playing the game of football. I try to put my best foot forward and I want to be the best to ever play the game. That’s the way I look at it."

"I’ve been fortunate enough to win a lot of games at such a young age and to be able to play with some great guys and have some great comeback wins and win a Super Bowl, and go to back to back Super Bowls," he continued. "It’s been special. So that’s what I focus on. I focus on the next opportunity that I have. The rest will come."

In just three NFL seasons, Wilson is already considered one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.


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Saturday
Mar282015

Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team release. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots.''

Martin was infamously the center of a bullying scandal when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013 by now Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

Because of the incident involving Incognito and other Dolphins players, Martin left the Dolphins in October 2013.

As a result of claiming him off waivers, the Panthers are now on the hook for Martin's cap hit which will count around $1 million against the 2015 salary cap.


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Thursday
Mar262015

Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- According to a media report, the Indianapolis Colts and coach Chuck Pagano will not reach a deal on a contract extension before the season.

Two sources told NFL.com that the team will allow Pagano to see out the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2012.

Indianapolis has made the playoffs in each of Pagano's three seasons, going 11-5 last season and reaching the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion New England 45-7.


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Thursday
Mar262015

49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday, the team announced.

Martin spent one season in San Francisco, appearing in 15 games (nine starts) at right tackle.

Martin played at Stanford and was a 2012 second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins, where he started all 16 games as a rookie.

In Martin's second season with Miami, he left the team after a bullying controversy involving former teammate Richie Incognito. Martin played the first seven games but sat out the rest of the 2013 season, and then in the offseason the Dolphins traded him to the 49ers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Gets One-Year Extension

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins front office is willing to give head coach Joe Philbin more time to take the team to the postseason as they've rewarded him with a one-year contract extension.

Philbin was originally entering 2015 on the last year of his deal, making him a "lame duck" coach. With the new contract, the team seems to be standing behind their sometimes embattled head coach.

Philbin came under fire for his handling of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal in 2013.

"You don't get the best from someone when they're operating with a gun to their head," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Monday.

In the three years Philbin has been with the Dolphins, he's gone 23-25. The team has yet to finish above .500 under Philbin.

With the signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and other free agency moves, the team is expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2015.


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Adrian Peterson's Agent: It's Time to Leave Minnesota

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Despite the Minnesota Vikings desire to keep former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, Peterson's agent  said Monday a split is necessary.

For the first time, Peterson's agent, Ben Dorga, commented on the situation between Peterson and the Vikings.

"I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota," he said Monday. "Why would it be?"

Despite spending his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, Peterson is upset with the organization for not standing behind him when was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he disciplined his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch.

The problem is that Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and he has the highest salary of any other running back in the NFL.

"The bottom line is Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said. "He's represented us on and off the field. We're getting ready for the 2015 season and we fully expect him to join his teammates and be a part of what we feel is going to be a great season ahead."

The two teams who have been linked to having interest in Peterson are the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.


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Sunday
Mar222015

Michael Sam Participates in First NFL Veteran Combine

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Former seventh round pick of the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam is eyeing a return to the NFL after an unsuccessful rookie campaign. 

Sam was one of 105 free agents to go through position-specific drills in front of scouts from all 32 teams at the NFL's first veteran combine hosted at the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility. His fastest 40-yard dash was 5.07 seconds unofficially, but his initial attempt was clocked at 5.1 seconds, also unofficially. At the NFL scouting combine in 2014, he ran the 40 in 4.91 seconds.

"As long as I still have that will, as long as I'm still healthy and can play this game, you will continue to see me fighting to get in this league," he said.

Sam said he still has a desire to play in the NFL.


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Sunday
Mar222015

Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison 

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, which will address the team's need of the outside linebacker position.

Harrison's return to the Steelers puts off retirement a little longer for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  

The Steelers talked Harrison out of retirement last season following an injury to starting right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and once again Harrison proved to be relevant despite his age and having to play his way back into football shape.  Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 regular-season games last season and emerged as the Steelers' best pass rusher.

Harrison is third on the Steelers' all-time sacks list (69.5), and he joins Jones and Arthur Moats as the only outside linebackers on the roster with NFL experience.


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