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Cowboys Tell Ware They Want Him, But Not at Current Contract

AP Photo Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has a decision to make in Dallas soon.  The team has told Ware that they want to keep him, but not at his current $12.25 million and cap number of $16 million. In an effort to clear cap space, the Cowboys just might have to cut their productive defensive beast.  Owner and GM Jerry Jones publicly suggested last month that if Ware and...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Running Back Jason Snelling Announces Retirement

AP Photo Jason Snelling, Falcons backup running back, announces his retirement Tuesday after serving seven years in Atlanta.  He saves the Falcons the hassle of determining whether or not the former seventh-round pick was worth the $1.375 million he was to be owed next season. Snelling’s career totals amount to be 363 carries for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns.  Used often...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Ten Targets for Contract Restructures

(AP Photos) As the close of the NFL calendar year approaches, teams are required to get under the salary cap of $133 million prior to March 11th. As of today, only two teams, the Dallas Cowboys (-$17.4 million) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (-$15 million after transition tagging linebacker Jason Worilds) remain over the cap. March 11th is the start of the new NFL season and also the...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

All Systems Go For Manning in 2014

AP Photo Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning underwent an evaluation Monday morning concerning his neck. Doctors found no issues with his neck following the two 2011 surgeries, and has been cleared to play for 2014 according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Manning’s contract with the Broncos included a stipulation that would require him to pass a physical every offseason...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Anquan Boldin, 49ers agree to new two-year contract extension

(Kent Porter / Press Democrat) Anquan Boldin and the San Fransisco 49ers have agreed terms on a new two-year contract extension worth $12 million with $9 million guaranteed. Anquan Boldin agreed to 2 year deal worth $12 million with $9 million guaranteed, according to sources — Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 3, 2014 Boldin announced the news to his followers on Twitter. .@49ers...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Anquan Boldin, 49ers agree to new two-year contract extension

(Kent Porter / Press Democrat) Anquan Boldin and the San Fransisco 49ers have agreed terms on a new two-year contract extension worth $12 million with $9 million guaranteed. Anquan Boldin agreed to 2 year deal worth $12 million with $9 million guaranteed, according to sources — Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 3, 2014 Boldin announced the news to his followers on Twitter. .@49ers...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Churches propose a boycott of Washington Redskins

Will support groups eventually force the Washington Redskins to change their name? (Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Over the past twelve months, the Washington Redskins have faced scrutiny over the idea of changing their name to something deemed less offensive. The pressure to change the name became intense enough that team owner Daniel Snyder wrote an open letter in October to fans...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.J. Watt Works Out With a 1,000-Pound Tire

I would assume most NFL players do a lot of cardio and gym work to keep in shape.  Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt takes his workout to another level. Watt lifted this huge 1,000-pound tire 30 times.  He calls it his cool down workout.  Cool down?  This came at the end of his workout?  I can only imagine what his routine consisted of before this.  Check out how J.J. Watt stays...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Free agent moves that make sense for all 32 NFL teams

(AP Photos) The new NFL season begins March 11th, and with it, the start of the 2014 free agency period. This year, the average cap space is $21.2 million with three teams, the Oakland Raiders ($66.5 million), the Cleveland Browns ($56.9 million), and the Jacksonville Jaguars ($56.1 million), having over $55 million in money to spend. There are only two teams who are still over the...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Titus Young due back in court March 20th

Titus Young played two seasons with the Detroit Lions before being cut for his off-of-the-field issues. The former Lions receiver is due back in court March 20 (Credit: AP Photo) According to the Riverside (Cal.) Press-Enterprise, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has started the process of getting his legal affairs in order. Titus Young did not live up to the expectations...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Lattimore: ‘Recovery from injury is a blessing’

ESPN.com   Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in all of sports in 2012.  While playing for theSouth Carolina Gamecocks against the Tennessee Volunteers, Lattimore tor every major ligament in his left knee. Before the injury, Lattimore was considered one of the best runninh backs in the college game and had he decided to enter the draft (which he later did...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Saban says he would like the NCAA to adopt NFL pace

(AP Photo/Dave Martin) Much has been made about the infamous 10 second rule proposal which would prevent offenses from snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds have run off the play clock.  Alabama coach Nick Saban shared his opinion on the proposal earlier this week. “Look, I’m all for what’s best for the game. The game is what it is, I don’t think any coach should...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sports-Kings’ 2014 Top 25 Linebackers Draft

As part of our offseason approach, we here at Down and Distance are rolling out our annual Top 25 drafts. Each season we’ve done a draft of QB’s, but decided to focus on every position on the field this year. Here is our Linebacker draft going into the 2014 season. The guys drafting here were Sports-Kings Network Manager Justin Arbogast (@NFLGuy_SK), Sports-Kings Lead Columnist...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Washington has yet to make official offer to Brian Orakpo

Could the Washington Redskins let line backer Brian Orakpo hit the open market by not signing him to a long-term deal? (Credit: BetBigDC) With Monday’s franchise tag deadline looming, the Washington Redskins are reportedly torn over whether or not they want to try to keep Brian Orakpo. The 27-year-old linebacker had 10.0 sacks last season and has 39.5 career sacks. However, according...
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March 01, 2014  |  1 Comment

Patriots’ CB Alfonzo Dennard to start his jail sentence in Nebraska

Photo: Bostinno.com In 2012, New England Patriots corner back Alfonzo Dennard, was arrested and charged with the assault of a police officer.  He was found guilty in a court of law and sentenced to 30-days in prison and ordered to do two-years of probation and community service. Later, the judge increased the sentencing to 60-days of jail and three-years of probation after Dennard...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephon Gilmore Finds Yoga

Gilmore at Training Camp last year(Bill Wippert/AP) According to Chris Brown’s blog, Stephon Gilmore has started doing yoga this offseason to help keep in shape. Gilmore told Buffalobills.com that, “I just started it this offseason, I’m starting to like it. I think it won’t hurt to keep doing it and I think it’s helped me out so far. It’s hard. It’s a workout,” he...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham gets the franchise tag

US PRESSWIRE The New Orleans Saints decided to use the franchise tag on Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.  It comes as no shock, the Saints were not going to let their best player after quarterback Drew Brees test free agency. Confirming it’s officially Franchisefriday… TAG … I guess I’m it… — Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) February 28, 2014 Graham has made it known in...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Wegman’s 2014 first round NFL mock draft 1.0

With a record number of underclassman declaring for this year’s NFL draft, it looks to be one of the deepest and most talented in many years.  The depth at premier positions such as offensive tackle and wide receiver will only add to the intrigue of what direction teams want to go in. Here’s my first of several mock drafts leading up to April: 1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

One player from each of the 32 NFL teams who should be cut

(AP Photos) As free agency looms, teams will continue to make moves to free up cap space before the March 11th deadline, and with just about every team, there are cuts that still need to be made. Some of these cuts are because a player did not live up to his contract value, others are simply cap casualties brought by the market. Here are all 32 teams and the cuts they should make...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Richie Incognito opts for professional help

Wilfredo Lee/AP After the Ted Wells report was released to the general public, former Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been very off-and-on. One minute he seems fine on Twitter talking to fans, then the next he’s deleted the page and went hiding. After opening up to tweet again, Incognito has been as high as he’s been low. Reports surfaced earlier in the week that...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Darren Sharper turns himself into police

(theroot.com) Former NFL player Darren Sharper has officially surrendered to police after being charged with two more rapes. Sharper has been out on bail after being arrested in connection to two rapes in Los Angeles in January and is now facing two more charges of aggravated rape in New Orleans. He is also still under investigation for connections with other rapes in Las Vegas...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Simms: Geno Smith better than any QB in the 2014 draft class

After being drafted 39th overall last year, former quarterback Phil Simms says Geno Smith would have been the first quarterback drafted this year (Credit: Newsday) Last year, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, fell to the 39th overall pick and was drafted by the New York Jets. According to former quarterback Phil Simms, if Geno Smith was in this year’s draft, he would be the...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Deion Sanders Trolls the Dallas Cowboys on Twitter

(AP Photo) Hall of Fame cornerback and former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders had an interesting take on what the Cowboys would need to get back to their championship days of the early 90s: “@Seddog559: #AskPrime what’s it gonna take for the cowboys to get back the identity they had in the 90′s ? Jesus Of Nazareth — DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) February 28, 2014   Sanders has...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bridgewater, Manziel, and Bortles Invited to New York City for NFL Draft

(AP Photos) On Sirius XM NFL Radio’s “Late Hits” show, widely respected NFL draft guru, Gil Brandt, stated that quarterbacks Terry Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles have been invited to the NFL Draft in New York City. Slated to take place May 8-10, only a select number of NFL draft prospects are invited to attend. The invitation is considered somewhat prestigious...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Browns prefer Derek Carr over Johnny Manziel

Could Derek Carr be the answer at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns? (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) While Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi were still employed by the Cleveland Browns, reports all over the place claimed that Johnny Manziel was the guy that the Browns wanted. Regardless of the truth to those reports, Manziel does not appear to be Cleveland’s guy anymore. In an appearance...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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