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Down and Distance Mock Draft 2.0: First Round

Mock draft season is in full swing with the combine finished and all the big moves in free agency winding down. Everyone and their brother turns into an analyst and throws their hat into the ring to see who’s more accurate come draft day. In that spirit, I present my second mock draft. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston – QB, Florida State 2.  Tennessee Titans: Leonard...
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NFL eliminates local “blackout” rule for 2015

The NFL has decided to suspend the league blackout policy for the 2015 season. NFL teams are in Arizona this week for their annual owners meetings between all 32 teams and the league. This is normally where rule changes are discussed and voted upon for the upcoming season. In 2015 the NFL has decided to lift its local “blackout” policy for one year to judge the impact on ticket...
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Fanspeak Draft Simulator: Pittsburgh Steelers 4.0

With the combine done, free agency winding down, and everyone’s big boards set, mock draft season is in full swing. May I present my fourth Fanspeak mock draft for the Steelers. (Note: Big board courtesy of Draft TV, prospect information courtesy of CBS Sports.) (Bleacher Report) Round 1, Pick 22: Owamagbe Odighizuma, DE, UCLA Height: 6-3 Weight: 267 Projected Round: 1
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Despite concerns, free agency won’t define the 2015 Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has several perceived needs in various areas. This is no secret. The concerns over the secondary and the lack of a consistent pass rush led many fans to believe Pittsburgh would be more active during free agency than they have been in previous years. Or not. With week two of free agency coming to an end, the Steelers were unable to secure a deal with...
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Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones

  Caption (credit: www.fansided.com) The Director of Player Personnel, Stephen Jones, has brought about a needed, highly visible change to the Dallas Cowboys. The proof is in the record books. By not going out and signing the highest profile, big dollar demanding free agents, Stephen Jones has set a new precedence in Big D. This is how the new Cowboys are approaching the future...
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Cowboys add defensive nightmare Greg Hardy

Caption (credit: www.sportingnews.com) The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Greg Hardy have agreed to terms for the 2015 season. After losing several players to the free agent market this March, the Dallas Cowboys has come to terms with the former pass rushing specialist from the Carolina Panthers. It has been a long time coming, but Dallas may have just installed the missing cog...
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Maurkice Pouncey rips former teammate Mike Wallace

During an interview with a local Miami TV station, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey sounded off with his opinion of former Steeler and Dolphin, wide receiver Mike Wallace. Per NFL.com: “First of all, in my opinion, he’s a coward,” Pouncey told CBS Miami in a taped interview that will air later Tuesday. “I never want a guy on my team like that, man. To walk out...
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Top three NFL free agents still available at every position

Brandon Spikes is one of the best free agent linebackers left available. (David Richard/Associated Press) The first week of NFL free agency is almost completed and there has been little down time. Each team has been busy in their respective ways, trying to either get under the salary cap, bring in some big name players and even some trades have taken place. Even though many free...
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Tim Tebow lands his first workout for an NFL team

According to a report from ESPN, former NFL quarterback and polarizing figure Tim Tebow  will receive his first shot at getting back into the league since 2013. After a successful stint with the Denver Broncos and forgettable stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Tebow will work out for the Philadelphia Eagles. Via ESPN: Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working...
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Evaluating the Steelers’ free agency period so far and moving forward

WTAE   Week one of free agency is in the books, and as expected, the Steelers didn’t make any big splashes. They rarely do, but given that the team needs help in several areas, specifically on defense, fans were hoping for a little bit more. What Pittsburgh did do, however, it take care of their in-house priorities first. Signing Ben Roethlisberger to an extension was the major...
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Cowboys Going Going Gone

  Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) Some vacancies are now open in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room with several players going elsewhere. Free agency has left the Cowboys sitting on their hands and holding firm to their pocket book. Meanwhile, some familiar faces are now leaving for bigger money. Core special teamer Dwayne Harris has parted ways with the Cowboys and will...
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Bills add another quarterback

Tyrod Taylor formerly of the Ravens scrambles against the Falcons. (AP Photo) According to Rex Ryan himself, the Buffalo Bills have signed former backup quarterback of the Ravens, Tyrod Taylor. During an interview with Toronto’s SportsNet 590, Ryan had this to say about the Bills QB situation and let slip the signing of Taylor. “No, I don’t think you’re worried it. I mean...
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Shane Vereen takes subtle jab at Patriots after signing with Giants

http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Shane-Vereen.jpg Former Patriots running back Shane Vereen signed a three-year, $12.35 million contract with the Giants earlier this week. While he didn’t go on any sort of media-fueled tirade, Vereen did say coming to New York is a “step up” from New England. Per NFL.com: “It’s just a decision for my family,...
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Four CB’s the Steelers could target in day two of free agency

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers made little noise as the free agency period opened on Tuesday. Amid a myriad of crazy moves, trades, and signings, the Steelers let the storm pass. I expect them to be more active in the coming days, especially regarding the cornerback position. Pittsburgh made an inquiry about Darrelle Revis, which tells me they have an interest in upgrading...
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Six players who need to “turn the corner” for the Steelers in 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a handful of young players on the roster who will make or break the team in the next few years. It is imperative that these guys develop quickly and become impact players that live up to either their draft position, acquisition in free agency, or build off a solid 2014. Of course, some of these positions will be addressed in free agency and the draft...
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Report: Jerry Hughes to re-sign with Bills

Jerry Hughes has had 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo New According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills have agreed to terms with defensive end Jerry Hughes for a five year deal. The #Bills and Jerry Hughes have agreed to terms on a 5 -year contract, according to an NFL source. — Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 9, 2015 Initial reports...
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2015 NFL free agency tracker: All news and rumors

The Dolphins will reportedly sign DT Ndamukong Suh The Eagles will reportedly sign CB Byron Maxwell and RB Frank Gore The Chiefs will reportedly sign WR Jeremy Maclin The 49ers will reportedly sign WR Torrey Smith The Raiders will reportedly sign C Rodney Hudson The Chargers will reportedly sign OL Orlando Franklin The Jaguars are reportedly front-runners for RB DeMarco Murray and...
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Six affordable free agents the Steelers should consider (updated)

With free agency set to get underway Tuesday, with teams allowed to negotiate with players as early as Saturday, let’s take a look at six guys the Steelers could pick from, and not break the bank to do so. These players will require mid-level contracts, and signing a couple of them would immediately improve the defense. (BSO) C.J. Mosley – DT Mosley, who played with Detroit...
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Cowboys to keep Free

Caption (credit: www.espn.go.com) The Dallas Cowboys have come to terms with right tackle, Doug Free. Signing Free to a three year deal keeps this offensive line together for a few more seasons. Doug Free has been a team player since he arrived in Dallas. Free was drafted in 2007 in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Cowboys. Free has had his ups and downs, but he has NEVER...
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Texans safety skips out on $20k bill

Peyton Manning confronting D.J. Swearinger following a play. (Joe Mahoney/AP) According to TMZ Sports, Houston Texans safety, D.J. Swearinger, is under investigation in Texas for skipping out on a $20,000 bill. This comes after Swearinger reportedly took his 2013 Ford F250 truck to Espi Motors to get some custom work done but then took the truck without paying the invoice for the...
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Ndamukong Suh has reportedly already chosen his new team

(www.xxlmag.com) Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to be one of the biggest free agents on the market when the period begins March 10th. However, according to reports, there may not even be a bidding war for his services as he’s already apparently chosen his new team. Via MSN: Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said on Twitter Wednesday that teams believe Suh to...
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Report: Eagles interested in Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram will be a sought after free agent if he hits the open market next week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) According to Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV in Gannett, Louisiana, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in signing running back Mark Ingram once he becomes a free agent next week. I've heard rumblings about the Eagles being interested in Mark Ingram, with today's trade those now...
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Report: Troy Polamalu not expected back in Pittsburgh in 2015

(steelersgab.com) Per a report from NFL Media insider Ian Rapaport, two sources close to the Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed that safety Troy Polamalu isn’t in their plans for 2015. The only question now is will Polamalu decide to retire or will the Steelers be forced to release him? Via NFL.com: Longtime beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette told KDKA-FM this...
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Le’Veon Bell destroys Mel Kiper’s credibility on Twitter

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell let loose on a Twitter tirade directed at draft “experts” Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. In a series of tweets, Bell questioned how Kiper is randomly “qualified” as an expert, says he doesn’t watch legit film on prospects, and is wrong about almost everything. Bell even pointed out how Kiper was insanely wrong on his assessment of his skills...
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Report: Bills to trade Kiko Alonso to Eagles for LeSean McCoy

Tuesday night, Adam Schefter tweeted that the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles have agreed in principle to a blockbuster trade. The Bills will trade linebacker Kiko Alonso for running back LeSean McCoy. It had been speculated that the Eagles were going to ask McCoy to take a pay cut or he would possibly be cut. It appears Philly decided to get a return on him in Alonso, a talented...
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