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Most Emotional NFL Draft Moments of All Time
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:18:03 GMT)
Check out some of the most emotional moments from NFL Drafts over the years.

Aaron Hernandez's hidden sexuality fueled the murder of Odin Lloyd, police sources say
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:55:36 GMT)
On April 19, sometime before 3 a.m., Aaron Hernandez, the former star New England Patriots tight end, scrawled three notes—one to his fiancée, the mother of his little girl, one to that daughter and a third to his close prison friend—and placed them next to a Bible in his solitary prison cell in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Then the 27-year-old former NFL star serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murder, jammed the track of his cell door with cardboard to prevent guards from coming in, slicked the floor with liquid soap and shampoo (which investigators believe he did to make it harder for him to back out in case he lost his nerve), wrapped his bed sheet around his neck multiple times and then tied one end of it to a bar on the window of his cell. Hernandez was then rushed to UMass Leominster hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. It was an ugly end to the former NFL star’s often ugly life and it came on the same day players on his former team traveled to the White House to celebrate the New England Patriot’s Super Bowl win.

Giants claim evidence was omitted to make Eli Manning look guilty
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:07:08 GMT)
The Giants consistently have said that the supposed smoking-gun email implicating quarterback Eli Manning in memorabilia fraud was taken out of context and does not show that he actually wanted to dupe purchasers of game-used helmets with helmets not actually used in a game. According to ESPN.com, lawyers representing the Giants and Manning have claimed in a court filing that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in that case deliberately omitted “relevant evidence” to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a scheme to defraud. The claims were made in a formal request to ask the presiding judge to uphold an agreement that information regarded as confidential would not be disclosed publicly. The Giants’ lawyers also contend that the plaintiffs “cherry-picked” the email that seems to show Eli’s involvement, in order to make him look bad publicly.

Giants' Ben McAdoo on brutal schedule: 'We'll make the best of it'
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:19:46 GMT)
The NFL officially announced the 2017 regular season schedule earlier this week, and to say the New York Giants got hosed would be an understatement. The Giants have, by far, the toughest schedule in the NFL. Four of their first six games are on the road, their first two in primetime, they play four teams coming off of their bye week, have split west coast games and play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Oh yeah, based on the 2016 standings, they also face the eight-hardest strength of schedule in the league. Despite it all, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says they will approach it one game at a time and make the best of a bad situation. “I know we have three of our first four

Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders is reportedly being held up by one big issue
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:46:18 GMT)
It looks like we finally know what's holding up Marshawn Lynch's potential deal with the Raiders, and surprise, surprise, it's the thing that holds up most deals in the NFL: money.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Beast Mode and the Raiders haven't agreed to terms on a contract because they can't agree on how much Lynch should be paid in 2017.  Once Lynch officially comes out of retirement, he'll be scheduled to make $9 million in base salary for the upcoming season. Apparently, Beast Mode doesn't expect to make that full amount, but he does expect the Raiders to pay him at least half of that ($4.5 million).  The problem for Lynch is that the Raiders don't want to pay him a dime more

Miami Dolphins may have gotten a steal in trade for Julius Thomas
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:08 GMT)
This offseason, the Miami Dolphins traded away their starting left tackle from 2016 in Branden Albert, sending him to the Jacksonville Jaguars basically to acquire tight end Julius Thomas. It’s not a blockbuster trade that we football fans love to see, but it’ll be a trade that will work out in Miami’s favor. When Thomas was originally a member of the Denver Broncos from 2011 to 2014 he was one of Peyton Manning’s favorite target if not his go-to man.

Which College Is Getting the Most Value for Its NFL Talent?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:26:00 GMT)
Seriously, it’s all about following the money. For the record, we have. Thanks to the quality research by the good folks at USA Today — who used financial data from the 2013-14 fiscal year — we learned, based on the total revenue generated by their athletic departments, which schools bring in the most money. With 20 alumni in the National Football League and an athletic department that generated $157,899,820 in revenue — the third richest in the country — Michigan only produced one pro player from $7.9 million of its revenue.

Giants have 11 days to decide on Beckham's fifth-year option
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:49 GMT)
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive The Giants have 11 days to make a big decision about Odell Beckham, Jr.'s future -- whether they'll bring him back for 2018 or let him hit the open market. And yeah, that's really not much of a tough decision at all. There seems to be no doubt at all that the Giants will exercise their "fifth-year option" on Beckham's rookie contract before the May 3 deadline. It's a no-brainer decision for an all-pro receiver who's on a Hall of Fame pace through his first three NFL seasons and is still only 24 years old. Still, for whatever reason, Giants GM Jerry Reese wouldn't commit to that fifth-year option just yet (and neither, by the way, would co-owner John

49ers not on MNF for first time since 2006
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:49:00 GMT)
The 49ers are no longer a marquee team. If last year’s 2-14 eyesore didn’t hammer the point home, this year’s schedule serves as another reminder: For the first time since 2006, the 49ers won’t play a game on “Monday Night Football.” [...] the 49ers are one of six teams that won’t play a prime-time game on a Sunday or Monday. The other not ready-for-prime-timers: the Bills, Browns, Jaguars, Jets and Rams - a quintet that sported a 20-60 combined record last year. The 49ers, who have won an NFL-best 48 MNF games, won’t play on Sunday night for the second straight year after making eight appearances from 2012-15. In 2006, the last time the 49ers didn’t appear on MNF, they were coming off a 4-12 season and had a star-starved roster that included not-yet-established running back Frank Gore and quarterback Alex Smith. Here are the 49ers’ MNF results from 2007-2016: Rams, 28-0, W Vikings, 20-3, W 10-13-14: at Rams, 31-17, W

Unlike with Chris Hogan, Patriots forced to wait on Mike Gillislee call
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:00:08 GMT)
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 Follow on Twitter Steve, the Buffalo Bills have until Monday to make the decision on whether to match the Patriots' offer to running back Mike Gillislee, and it looks as though they might take this right up to the deadline. I think it's timely to point out the Bills didn't do that last year when New England signed restricted free-agent receiver Chris Hogan to an offer sheet. In that situation, the club was decisive in reporting to the NFL almost immediately that it wouldn't match Hogan's offer sheet. I've wondered if the Bills delaying the decision is an indication of their intention to match the offer to Gillislee,

Aaron Hernandez's attorney takes steps to sue for negligence over his death
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:05:26 GMT)
(CNN)An attorney for Aaron Hernandez's estate expects to sue state officials for negligence surrounding his apparent suicide and railed against the "salacious" details leaked to the media, he said in court on Friday. George Leontire, an attorney representing Hernandez's family, filed a bill of discovery in Bristol County Superior Court calling on Massachusetts officials to preserve all evidence in the investigation into Hernandez's death. Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, hanged himself by a bedsheet in his prison cell early Wednesday, according to the Department of Corrections. Investigators ruled that his death was a suicide by asphyxiation, and said that three handwritten notes were found in the cell next to a Bible.

Former 49ers third-round pick Glen Coffee comes out of retirement
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:47:20 GMT)
Glen Coffee, a running back who retired from the 49ers after just one year in the NFL, is trying to make a comeback. Coffee, the 49ers’ third-round draft pick in 2009, has filed the necessary paperwork to get back in the league. The 49ers placed him on waivers, meaning a team that wants to give him a look can claim him now. If no one claims him he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old Coffee initially said after retiring that he would go into the ministry, then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2013 and served for four years. Now he’s hoping for another chance. He’s a long shot, given how long he’s been away, but a player with the talent to be a third-round pick ought to at least get

Broncos on the hunt for new radio color analyst
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Good morning, Broncos Country! If you haven’t heard, Ed McCaffrey will no longer serve as color analyst for Denver Broncos radio. He made the announcement on Friday, and it’s so he could spend more time with his family. He missed two games in the 2016 season. Before we go any further, let’s all thank the former Broncos receiver for always being a trusted voice for the team and fans but also a tremendous representative of the franchise. The partnership he created with Dave Logan has been fun to listen to. McCaffrey was named the color analyst on 850 KOA in July of 2012. He was there for the Peyton Manning era and Super Bowl 50 win. So McCaffrey has been a part of all three Broncos Super Bowl wins.

Sherman and Lynch Still Seahawks – But For Long?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:08:24 GMT)
Yes, Richard Sherman is still a Seahawk and the team still owns the rights to Marshawn Lynch. Why are we still talking about Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch? Everyone concerned about the Seahawks is.

Mayock expects appealing options available well into 20s at a Dolphins priority position
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:35:00 GMT)
Defensive end is a high priority for the Dolphins, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock expects at least one of the high-end ones to be available when Miami picks 22nd overall, barring a trade. Though not asked specifically about the Dolphins in a conference call on Friday, Mayock said “understand between [Tennessee’s]Derek Barnett, [UCLA end/linebacker] Takk McKinley and [Missouri end] Charles Harris, at least one of them will slide down from the mid to late 20s or 30s. So you could have one of those three. And [Wisconsin end/linebacker] T.J. Watt could be on the board [in the late 20s]. I think Jordan Willis from Kansas State is an intriguing conversation at 30. Really tested well. Good football player.”

Three reasons why Sean McDermott will succeed as the Buffalo Bills head coach
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:00:37 GMT)
The last two seasons for the Buffalo Bills have been frustrating and annoying under former head coach Rex Ryan. Buffalo went 15-16 under Ryan and failed to make the playoffs both times. Because of this, Ryan was fired after two years with the organization.

Forecasting the Giants' pick
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:50:02 GMT)
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv PHOENIX - It's looking more and more every day like the embattled Ereck Flowers will keep his job as the Giants' left tackle. And if he does, it sounds like he's got Ben McAdoo's support. "I think one of the best games Ereck played all year was the playoff game, the last game of the season," McAdoo said on Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, site of the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's working hard on his technique. I'm pretty confident that he's working pretty hard right now at being a better player, putting a lot of time and energy in to it. You get to see his face a lot. He's in and out of the building a lot. I know he loves the game and I have confidence in Ereck." McAdoo's

Mike Mayock thinks Eagles should draft offensive player in first round
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... Mike Mayock: Eagles should weigh Gareon Conley vs. offense at 14 - CSN Philly “So I look at it this way, if Conley's on the board at 14, you have to compare him to the best playmaker on offense on your board," Mayock said. "Because I'm not convinced the Eagles should go defense, to be honest with you. If Conley's not there, I think you want to go get your corner in the second or third round and I think they need two corners. But my perspective is, you drafted Carson Wentz. You better support him. You signed two wideouts in free agency (Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith) who are both effectively one-year contracts. Your slot receiver, (Jordan) Matthews

Clock's ticking on Martavis Bryant -- and the Steelers' WR draft plans
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:44 GMT)
Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN staff writer Previously a college football reporter for CBSSports.com University of Florida graduate Follow on Twitter PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers view Martavis Bryant's projected return in 2017 as more bonus than guarantee. That approach will be tested in the next four-to-six days. The NFL draft gives the Steelers a chance to upgrade at wide receiver, for which they haven't drafted in the top two rounds since Santonio Holmes in 2006. Bryant's presence would lessen the burden to stretch for pass-catching help. A healthy Ladarius Green would bolster that belief, too. In that scenario, Bryant and Sammie Coates get vertical, Green and slot receiver

JuJu Smith-Schuster says Cowboys and Rams have shown the most interest
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:16:46 GMT)
As USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster prepares for the 2017 draft, he says two teams have shown the strongest desire to secure his services. The Cowboys and the Rams have shown the most interest, Smith-Schuster said on Friday’s PFT Live. While Smith-Schuster said he doesn’t have a wish list of teams for which he’d like to play (although he seems to believe players should be able to pick their NFL teams and not vice-versa), he said last month he’d like to play for the Chargers. On PFT Live, he admitted that he has sent “a message” to the Raiders via his selection of them for the virtual JuJu in his Madden 2017 franchise. In Madden 2018, Smith-Schuster will be assigned to one of the 32 teams, and

49ers post-free agency position review: Defensive line
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The San Francisco 49ers have gone in a very clear direction over the past two drafts: beef up the defensive line. They did this when they were running a 3-4 defense, and got some guys who weren’t necessarily the best fits in a traditional 3-4 alignment. Now they are switching to a 4-3 defense (and ran so much nickel in the first place that the difference may actually be negligible) and things are starting to look interesting. San Francisco has had some good luck on the defensive line for a long time. Jim Tomsula, for as terrible a head coach as he was, happened to be a great defensive line coach whom the players loved. Things didn’t seriously regress without him a year ago however, and the 49ers

Rams and Chargers simultaneous home games already causing traffic concerns
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:04:55 GMT)
The 2017 season will see one city host concurrent NFL games for the first time in over three decades. Not only that, but it will be in Los Angeles – the same city that had no NFL presence until last year. Three Sundays, including the final week of the season, will feature the Rams and Chargers playing early afternoon games at the same time – in a city that’s already known for its consistently heavy traffic. This naturally has people already worrying about the logistics, considering the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located just 12.3 miles away away from the StubHub Center – and both are located off the 110 freeway. The Rams and Chargers are going to cause a logistical nightmare in LA next

Between The Tackles: Breaking Down Tough Stretch In Patriots’ 2017 Schedule
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:45:12 GMT)
The New England Patriots have a very unusual 2017 schedule. The Patriots play five of their six divisional games in the final six weeks of the season, and they have five road games in six weeks coming out of their bye week. NESN.com’s Doug Kyed and Zack Cox break down the Patriots’ schedule and White House visit on this week’s “Between The Tackles” podcast. They also discuss how Aaron Hernandez’s suicide cast a shadow over the trip to the White House. Watch the full show above. Thumbnail photo via Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports Images

Will Dak Prescott Face Tougher Sledding In 2017?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Back in January, we wrote a series of three articles on Real Quarterback Rating Differential, and its value in predicting winners and losers in the NFL. By incorporating all quarterback stats, including rushing plays and fumbles, not just their passing stats, it improved upon the predictive value of quarterback rating differential. The first article gave an overview of the stat. The current passer rating is just that, a measure of passing effectiveness. Real Quarterback Rating includes rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing TDs, fumbles and sacks to produce a new kind of rating that measures a quarterback’s overall performance with the ball, not just as a passer when he actually releases the

Titans 2017 schedule thoughts
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:17:53 GMT)
The Raiders were already an impressive team and they used free agency to become an even better team. The Titans could steal a win here, but right now, I think the Raiders are the better team. It was centuries ago (not really) that the Titans were good enough to even consider a playoff rematch.

Jaguars coach awaits return call from veteran Branden Albert
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:33:46 GMT)
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he has had no contact with Branden Albert since the veteran left tackle decided to skip voluntary workouts. Albert, tight end Marcedes Lewis and running back Corey Grant were the only players not in attendance for the first week of Jacksonville's offseason conditioning program, which began Monday. Both told Marrone they would not be in Jacksonville for the opening workouts.

Why Jets’ draft needs not so simple as ‘best player available’
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:55:04 GMT)
The release of the Jets’ 2017 schedule Thursday night was met with about as much enthusiasm as was your high school trigonometry class. It feels like the Jets are DOA this year with fans already prepared to write this season off with dreams of USC quarterback Sam Darnold in 2018 floating in their heads. At the moment, the Jets are the team without a face. They don’t have an identity. They don’t have a marketable star player. They don’t have any pizzazz. They are a team lacking anything for their fans to cling to. Football organizations have a clear division in their buildings between the business side and the football side. At the Jets’ headquarters in Florham Park, they have two parking lots

Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule prediction results
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:15:01 GMT)
Thursday, April 20th, the NFL released the 2017 schedule. Prior to any leaks, this writer took a stab at the schedule. Now, if the prediction was a graded test, this writer would just receive an “E” for effort. The schedule is hard to predict; even if

Bears' defensive back needs spotlight three candidates for No. 3 pick
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:09:00 GMT)
The scriptwriters for the 2016 Bears season sure had a warped sense of humor. Before everything went so far off the rails, they penned such a perfect start. Those who haven't locked the memories away in a deep, dark place will recall the very first drive. The defense against Brock Osweiler and the Texans. Second-and-8 from the Bears' 34-yard line. Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter matched up with Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins in man-to-man. As Hopkins ran a 13-yard out to the left sideline, Porter stayed velcroed to his outside hip. When the ball arrived, Porter ripped it from Hopkins' hands. Interception. In that moment, it seemed the Bears' defense might return to its ball-hawking ways of

Report: Colts worked out Indiana RB Devine Redding
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:36:27 GMT)
The Indianapolis Colts are just under one week away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft which means they will be trying to get a better look at as many prospects as they can. Indiana running back Devine Redding could be one of them as he reportedly worked out for the Colts. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that the Colts, along with a few other teams, worked out the Indiana running back. The Colts will be in the market for a running back during the draft and the question isn’t “if” they will draft a running back, it is more of a question of “when” will they draft a running back? With Frank Gore entering a season in which he will turn 34 years old along with the final

ESPN writer predicts the Rams will go 8-8 this season
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:10:15 GMT)
While the prediction of an 8-8 season normally isn’t a great sign for a team’s future, in the case of the Los Angeles Rams it’s actually a step in the right direction. The last time the Rams finished the season at .500 was back in 2006, and it’s been even longer since the team has had a winning record. Their 12-4 season in 2003 was the last time they nabbed more than eight wins and the last time the Rams made it to the playoffs. However, ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez believes the winds of change are blowing – even if they are blowing slow and steady. In his recent early look at how the season could shake out, he predicts that the Rams will struggle on the road but manage to finish out strong with a win

The Redskins “Ladies’ Pulpit” Sounds Off On All Things In The District
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:10:42 GMT)
The purpose of “Ladies Redskins Pulpit” is to give our female fans a “pulpit”, voice to express their opinions about the organization, team, players, coaches, transactions, games, and events. Half of Redskins Nation is made up of Lady Redskins. This Ladies Redskins Pulpit give our female fans a voice, a “pulpit” to sound off, speak their minds.

What should Ravens expect from OLB Matt Judon in 2017?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:40:31 GMT)
After the productive rookie season Baltimore Ravens’ outside linebacker Matt Judon had, there is a hope that he can continue his upward progression and become a starter. But what should he be able to do in 2017? After being selected in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Grand Valley State (division II football), nobody predicted four sacks from Judon coming out of the gate to begin his rookie season. Judon accumulated 27 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in 14 games. Coming off of the bench, he clearly outplayed fellow Ravens’ outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith in 2016 who had 20 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 13 games played. Judon is an unfinished product and

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