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2018 Offseason Questions: Will Steelers Give Le’Veon Bell The Franchise Tag?

The journey toward Super Bowl LII ended far too prematurely for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sending them into offseason mode before we were ready for it. But we are in it now, and are ready to move on, through the Combine, through free agency, through the draft, into OTAs, and beyond....
Via Steelers Depot
28 minutes ago

8 facts about President

Here are 8 facts to know about Texans OLB Gimel President.
Via HoustonTexans.com
28 minutes ago

Cowboys news: Run on QBs can help get a blue-chip talent in the 2018 draft

The links for Monday morning. One way the Cowboys could get lucky and grab a blue-chip player in the draft - DannyPhantom, BTB The Cowboys make their first selection, barring a trade, at pick 19. Our own DannyPhantom explains how America’s Team can add one of the draft’s top talents with that pick. Hint: hope teams are desperate for quarterbacks. The crop of players in the 2018...
Via Blogging The Boys
28 minutes ago

Bills Today: Bills named among NFL’s best O-Line units in 2017

Here’s the Bills news of note for Feb. 19th.
Via BuffaloBills.com
1 hour ago

Should the Green Bay Packers be aggressive in free agency?

Under former general manager Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers often stayed quiet during free agency.  The Packers would focus on keeping their own players, staying away from making a “big splash.”  The exceptions were the signing of Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers in 2009 and 2014 respectively.  Those signing resulted in the Super Bowl in 2010 and a trip to the NFC title game...
Via isportsweb.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

2017 Bears position grades: Defensive Line

2017 grade: B+ Level of need: Medium Decisions to be made on: Mitch Unrein (free agent), John Jenkins (free agent) Possible free agent targets: Jared Crick, Frostee Rucker, Dominique
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

Who’s in, who’s out: Chicago Bears restricted free agents

In the final installment of the four-part series, it’s time to turn our attention to the Chicago Bears’ five restricted free agents. We’ve been through the special teams, offense and defense, but who of these final five players will be viewed good enough to stay by both general manager Ryan Pace and new head coach Matt Nagy? Just a recap, these articles are predicting who’s in and...
Via isportsweb.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Bears defensive linemen in 2017

Laurence Holmes puts a grade on each of the Bears defensive linemen from the past season.
Via CSN Chicago
4 hours ago

TDBH: Bengals add former Gregg aide and future Princeton head coach Surace

This Day in Bengals History - February 19, 2002
Via Bengals.com
5 hours ago

Tight end free agents that fit best for the Seahawks

It isn’t exactly news the Seahawks aren’t likely to bring Jimmy Graham back for 2018. Let’s look at the best free agent targets at tight end. Jimmy Graham had, let’s say, an interesting career for the Seahawks. He started with disappointing first year, came close to expectations in his second, then had his weird year […] Tight end free agents that fit best for the Seahawks - 12th...
Via 12th Man Rising
7 hours ago

Raiders’ Derek Carr says Amari Cooper ‘was out there playing on one foot’

Outside of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, Amari Cooper was practically nonexistent in last season. After two 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career, he had less than 700 receiving yards in 2017. Many of Raider Nation, including myself, thought Cooper’s poor play was a result of promoting Todd Downing to offensive coordinator and the general...
Via Silver and Black Pride
7 hours ago

Steelers’ History With The Franchise And Transition Tags

On Tuesday the annual NFL tagging period will begin and it will then be interesting to see if the Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately have to place the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell by the March 6th deadline. In the meantime, however, I thought we would take a quick look...
Via Steelers Depot
8 hours ago

Joe Flacco’s checkdowns and a flawed passing offense

Joe Flacco’s checkdown passes aren’t benefitting him or the Baltimore Ravens’ offense. Checkdowns have become a regular part of watching Baltimore Ravens football. The attempt to run the West Coast offense has been a frustrating spectacle to watch since the departure of Gary Kubiak in 2014. From Marc Trestman to  Marty Mornhinweg, the passing offense has […] Joe Flacco’s checkdowns...
Via Ebony Bird
8 hours ago

Texans to release all-time leading tackler Brian Cushing

Cushing was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and was the NFL's Rookie of the Year that season.
Via Sporting News
8 hours ago

Favre fears that “tomorrow I may not remember who I am”

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre played most of his career at a time when the NFL had yet to wake up to the long-term problems associated with head injuries. Which puts Favre among the thousands of former NFL players who may develop cognitive issues later in life. And Favre is keenly aware of what [more]
Via Pro Football Talk
8 hours ago

Gerald Hodges could be the diamond in the rough the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for

List all the inside linebackers the Pittsburgh Steelers should consider and Gerald Hodges isn’t making the cut. The New Orleans free agent played in 11 games last season and recorded three tackles. Yep, three. A player who a year before was considered one of the biggest upcoming defensive prospects in the country records three tackles […] Gerald Hodges could be the diamond in the...
Via Still Curtain
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cousins Prepared to File Grievance Against Washington

Kirk Cousins has no interest in another franchise tag. But if Washington does so–especially after bringing in Alex Smith–he’s filing a grievance.“By the way, if the Redskins attempt to franchise Cousins, my understanding is that his camp will quickly file a grievance to block tag, based on Washington violating the spirit of the rules, which dictate that players are tagged as a mechanism...
Via The Sports Post
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans News: Brian Cushing To Be Released

The Texans part ways with their inside linebacker. The Texans have told Brian Cushing they plan to release him come March 14th when the new league year starts. The former Texans’ 2009 first round pick is finally seeing his time in Houston come to an end. This wasn’t unexpected, but expected. Cushing his a fine run stopper between the tackles but has a similar, but worse skill set...
Via Battle Red Blog
9 hours ago

49ers player profile: Wide receiver Trent Taylor can break out in 2018

Taking an early look at 2018, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver has a serious shot to break out as a top receiving target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this season.   The San Francisco 49ers may choose to add components to their wide receiver corps this offseason, but they don’t have to worry about adding a […] 49ers player profile: Wide receiver Trent Taylor can break out in 2018...
Via Niner Noise
9 hours ago

Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett had third most run tackles for no gain or a loss in 2017

Fact: Grady Jarrett is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is the football equivalent of a brick wall. He was almost named Super Bowl MVP in 2017; then Kyle Shanahan happened. In 2017 he earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 87.1, 14th among interior defensive linemen. (That makes him “high quality,” according to their metrics, one...
Via The Falcoholic
9 hours ago

Texans tell linebacker Cushing he'll be released

The Houston Texans have informed linebacker Brian Cushing that he will be released before the start of the new league year, which begins on March 14, The Houston Chronicle reported.
Via ESPN
9 hours ago

Tom Brady Super Bowl ring fetches big money at auction

A Super Bowl ring given to a member of Tom Brady’s family fetched nearly $350,000 at an auction Sunday morning, making it one of the most valuable pieces of recent sports memorabilia ever sold.The ring was a family version of the one Brady received for winning Super Bowl LI, meaning it has 265 diamonds instead of the standard 283 and is ten percent smaller than the version Brady...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brian Cushing to be released by Texans

The Texans will reportedly be moving on from veteran linebacker Brian Cushing.Houston played the majority of last season without Cushing, who was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. During his absence, the emergence of other players made Cushing expendable, according to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle, who reports the Texans will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

A.J. McCarron to the Minnesota Vikings? Thanks, but no thanks

The former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback will now be an unrestricted free-agent his offseason and he’s expected to gauge plenty of interest. A little over five years ago, A.J. McCarron was enjoying life as the starting quarterback of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Life was good for the young signal caller. Since then, he was […] A.J. McCarron to the Minnesota Vikings...
Via The Viking Age
9 hours ago

Report: Texans will cut LB Brian Cushing

The Houston Texans have reportedly told linebacker Brian Cushing he will not be returning to the team in 2018, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston.Cushing, who won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2009, was due to count $8.84 million against the cap in 2018, and the Texans can save $7.64 million by cutting him. With that in mind, Cushing is certainly a cap...
Via Sportsnaut
9 hours ago  |  Discuss
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