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2015 Franchise tag and Transition player numbers

Now that the salary cap is set, here are the franchise tag and transition player numbers for 2015 courtesy of Albert Breer… Here are the official franchise tag numbers from the NFL memo … pic.twitter.com/v6tZtIR82C — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 2, 2015 Franchise tags on left, transition tags on right. Transition #'s = 2016 option #'s for Top 10 picks in '12 draft...
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The NFL Salary Cap will increase to $143.28 million for 2015 season

Previous estimates had the salary cap between $141 and $143 this season so I’m sure the NFL General Managers are happy to see it on the high end of that estimate… Teams were informed today the salary cap will officially be $143.28M, per source. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 2, 2015 On the salary cap: At $143.28M, it’s up $10M from last year, $20M from 2 years ago....
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Lynch opens up to the media….in Turkey

If you thought Marshawn Lynch was a bizarre character then his latest exploit won’t surprise you. Lynch famously avoided media questions during the Super Bowl and has not been making much noise since the Seattle Seahawks loss in the big game. Marshawn finally opened up to the media this past week but it wasn’t the American media. It was the Turkish media. And yes, they...
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What to expect on franchise tag deadline day

On March 2 at 4 p.m. EST, NFL teams will no longer be able to use their franchise tag on a player. While many will decide to avoid the tag because no pending free agent is worth the guaranteed money, others will apply it in the final seconds. Across the league, no player has been officially tagged heading into Monday morning. While rumors have been swirling around certain players...
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Gore and Freeney: Veteran free agents who still have something to offer

Football demands youth spread throughout every roster, because older bodies have endured more punishment, and could break easily. This is not revolutionary thinking, but the salary cap dictates that finding veterans to plug into a specific role is a necessary front-office skill. It separates championship-caliber general managers from the rest. Aging yet still useful talent is also...
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Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have been the epitome of dysfunction and losing. Oakland has not been back to the playoffs since, only twice (2010, 2011) winning more than five games in a season. The franchise has plowed through eight coaches since that fateful afternoon, ranging from Bill Callahan and Norv Turner, Art Shell and...
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Demarco Murray is about to hit the open market

News came down this weekend that the Dallas Cowboys expect to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant.This leaves the leading rusher in the NFL, and by a wide margin of 484 yards, free to test the open market. Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones commented on the contract talks with Murray… Jones described talks with unrestricted free agent running back DeMarco Murray’s...
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Adrian Peterson releases statement on Judge’s decision

Yesterday, US District Judge Doty overturned the suspension of Adrian Peterson. Today, Peterson spoke out about the ruling… “I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty’s decision,” Peterson wrote in a press release after Doty ruled in his favor, granting an NFL Players Association motion to vacate a previous ruling by arbitrator Harold Henderson. “It is a positive step...
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Browns agree to three year contract with Josh McCown

Despite heavy flirting with the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns have landed free-agent quarterback Josh McCown. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that McCown and the team struck a three-year deal, per a source involved in the deal. Landing McCown all but assures that general manager Ray Farmer has moved on from Brian Hoyer, who posted a 10-6 mark in Cleveland over the...
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The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been an utter embarrassment. Jacksonville has not made the playoffs since 2007 and even worse, has failed to make any real effort to get there. The Jaguars have turned off legions of fans in Florida, forcing the team to tarp off the upper deck of EverBank Field. After going 9-39 over the past three campaigns, Jacksonville now faces a critical offseason...
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Catching up on latest NFL roster moves

With the new NFL league year approaching, teams are frantically working to square away their rosters before the start of free agency on March 10. By NFL rules, franchises have to be below the $143 million salary cap number by that date, meaning some teams have some cuts to make before re-signing any of their players slated to become free agents. With the deadline to use franchise...
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Watch: Feature on Brett Hundley and Dorial Green-Beckham at the Combine

Here’s a good short feature on UCLA QB Brett Hundley and former Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham and their NFL Scouting Combine experience….
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Buffalo Bills wasting their time on Josh McCown

The Buffalo Bills might only be a quarterback away from contending, which explains why they’re reportedly in talks with free-agent pivot Josh McCown. But the reality is there are much better options out there than a 35-year-old coming off a season in which he posted an abysmal passer rating of 70.5, ranking 32th among the 33 qualified quarterbacks. With 13 touchdown passes and...
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Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Once in a while I like to take a step back and remind myself and anyone listening that this world has a lot to offer. So many things can and should give inspire us — love, sex, money, food, travel, work, music, cinema, physical exercise, and of course sports. Some of us can’t get enough of all of that, some have other vices, some only one or two. But although work and sports...
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Adrian Peterson’s suspension overturned, but not yet reinstated

News broke earlier today that a US District Judge has overturned the suspension of Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been suspended since November 18th (after being inactive since week one) due to an “incident of abusive discipline” toward his son. Judge Doty has ruled in favor of Adrian Peterson. His suspension was lifted, source said. NFLPA motion granted. — Ian Rapoport (...
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Complete list of AFC impact free agents: Demaryius Thomas, Justin Houston headline class

On March 10, the proverbial opening bell will be rung across the NFL landscape. The new league year will begin and with that, the much-anticipated crush of free agency. With over 500 players hitting the market all at once, both restricted and unrestricted, teams will have plenty of options to choose from. Here are all the AFC free agents who can provide an impact, listed by 2014...
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Complete list of NFC impact free agents: Dez Bryant, Ndamukong Suh leading way

NFL free agency begins with the new league year on March 10. Technically, teams can begin negotiating with other team’s free agents come March 7, somewhat of a legal tampering period. Overall, there are over 500 restricted and unrestricted free agents slated to hit the market, with some to come off the board with franchise tags before March 2. With less than two weeks to go before...
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Why the Lions should let Ndamukong Suh walk

The Detroit Lions are reportedly pulling out all the stops to keep superstar defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in Motown. They should relent and allow him to leave via free agency. If Suh is not given the franchise tag by March 2 or signed by March 10, he will become a free agent. It would be nothing short of salary cap suicide to tag Suh, considering his number would be an outrageous...
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Worst 10 NFL stadiums

The NFL has its magnificent stadiums. It also has some brutal buildings. Unfortunately for those teams stuck in the latter category, it can hurt their ability to bring in quality players through free agency and fans through the gates. Here are the 10 worst, going from bad to absolutely horrific: 10. MetLife Stadium The building is only a few years old, but many New York fans constantly...
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Packers cut A.J. Hawk

While this probably doesn’t come as a shock to Green Bay Packers fans, it’s still kind of a jolt when someone who has such long ties to an organization gets bid a farewell. A.J. Hawk was drafted sixth overall by the Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to become the leading tackler in the history of the franchise. The cut will give the Packers $3.5 million in cap space....
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10 best NFL stadiums

In the NFL, stadiums are critical to a franchise’s viability. Don’t believe it? Go ask the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, who are all pining to move to Los Angeles because of crappy stadium situations. Then there are other teams which have the advantage of a beautiful new stadium or an iconic old one. Here are the top 10 stadiums in the NFL, based...
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Dez Bryant video rumors are heating up

Over the last few days, rumors of a “Ray Rice like” video featuring Dez Bryant have been heating up. ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that a video does exist (via Larry Brown Sports): A video of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver doing something that sounds incriminating does, in fact, exist — at least according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. During an appearance on the...
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What's next for Adrian Peterson?

A short time ago considering a future with Adrian Peterson wearing anything but a Minnesota Vikings uniform seemed blasphemous. Now the end is near, and it’ll come amid heated words and hurt feelings. An already deteriorating relationship hit a new low during the scouting combine when Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from Vikings vice president of football...
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Post-Combine mock draft: Picks 17-32

Yesterday, we posted the first half of this NFL mock draft With the combine in the past and teams bunkering down for the long haul of the offseason, there is never a better time to project where the best college talent will end up. With that said, keep in mind there are still going to be private visits, pro days and plenty of missteps coming to light between you reading this sentence...
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The best NFL player at every age

Below are the best players by age in the NFL. There were some hard decisions to make especially at 25 and 26, where there’s a huge clutter of dominating and rising players. 21: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 68 catches, 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns, that’s his rookie season. Now we know why Johnny Manziel was so good in college. 22: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York...
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