Falcons place franchise tag on Jarrett, still want new deal

Football 03/04/19, 18:53

The Atlanta Falcons placed a franchise tag on Grady Jarrett on Monday while saying they still hope to negotiate a long-term contract with the defensive tackle.The $15.209 million tag comes after Jarrett was a bright spot in the Falcons' disappointing 2018 season. Jarrett had 52 tackles and set career highs ...

sources: Cowboys putting franchise tag on Lawrence again

Sports 03/04/19, 18:47

The Dallas Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence for the second straight year. Their star defensive end doesn't appear to be in any rush to sign the lucrative one-year contract this time.Two people with knowledge of the decision said Monday the Cowboys had decided on another tag ...

Sweat, Metcalf among big winners at NFL scouting combine

Football 03/04/19, 15:15

Receiver D.K. Metcalf showed off his muscle-man physique — and his speed — in Indianapolis.Defensive end Montez Sweat proved big men can run fast, too.The two pro prospects from rival colleges in Mississippi left the NFL's annual scouting combine as the two biggest winners of the weeklong event. They were ...

Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash

Football 03/03/19, 18:54

The defensive linemen hailed as the gems of the draft class didn't disappoint during their on-field testing Sunday, and nobody performed better than Montez Sweat.The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Mississippi State clocked a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium, the fastest time by a defensive lineman since at least 2003.That ...

Hardships help Al-Shaair bring life’s lessons to NFL combine

Football 03/03/19, 18:00

Azeez Al-Shaair views his NFL future differently from most other prospects in Indianapolis this week for the scouting combine.He's not driven by fame or fortune, fancy cars or the latest high-priced gadget, and he certainly isn't interested in comparing material possessions.What the promising, young linebacker really wants is an opportunity ...

Clelin Ferrell out to shoot down mispronunciations

Football 03/03/19, 12:00

Many prospects use the NFL scouting combine as a chance to clear their good name, rectifying misconceptions about their game or skillset or any misperceptions about their worth ethic or character.Clemson edge rusher Clelin Ferrell is using this chance to correct mispronunciations of his name.It has a long E sound ...

Klobuchar and Kennedy kid Washington elite at Gridiron

2022 Campaign 03/02/19, 23:56

If a woman can be president, can a woman also tell a dirty joke? Amy Klobuchar thinks so. The U.S. senator from Minnesota and famously snow-swept presidential candidate was the Democratic speaker for the 134th annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner. The event calls for good-natured roasting through songs, skits and ...

Nick Bosa healthy again, following dad and brother into NFL

Football 03/02/19, 18:10

Nick Bosa found himself in the news again last week when Zion Williamson sprained his right knee in the opening minute against North Carolina.The sight of his left shoe tearing apart and Williamson grabbing his right knee unleashed feverish debate over whether Duke's freakish freshman forward should ever again play ...

Small school success stories provide motivation at combine

Football 03/02/19, 17:51

Defensive lineman Darryl Johnson sees hope for small-school players all around the NFL.One of his former teammates at North Carolina A&T, running back Tarik Cohen, plays for the Chicago Bears. Another ex-college teammate, offensive lineman Brandon Parker, landed with the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback Tony McRae, a third A&T alum, is ...

Alliance seeks and finds new partners in commercial world

Hockey 03/02/19, 02:36

It's too early to tell what impact the Alliance of American Football will have on the sport itself. After all, this is its fourth weekend of games.Away from the field, with an infusion of backing to the tune of $250 million from Tom Dundon, owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, ...

Antonio Brown says “too much smoke” to return to Steelers

Sports 03/01/19, 23:02

The Pittsburgh Steelers insist there's still a chance wide receiver Antonio Brown could return next season.Brown doesn't see it that way.According to a transcript provided by HBO, the four-time All-Pro told LeBron James on James' HBO show "The Shop" that there's "too much smoke" between Brown and the team for ...

Murray followed his heart to choose football over baseball

Football 03/01/19, 18:41

When Kyler Murray joined the Heisman Trophy club in December, Charlie Ward thought about his initiation in 1993.Back then, the Florida State quarterback was the shiny new star, ready to embark on a world full of options.Everyone wanted to know if the promising dual-sport phenom could become the next Deion ...

Update: Yes, D.K. Metcalf really is that big

Football 03/01/19, 17:35

The Latest on the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis (all times local):5:25 p.m.Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf followed up his jaw-dropping viral photos of his chiseled chest and six-pack abs with another jaw-dropper at the NFL scouting combine.FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Vanderbilt quarterback ...

Shurmurs make NFL combine a father-son affair

Football 03/01/19, 12:49

There's one quarterback at the NFL scouting combine that New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur has absolutely fallen in love with, and it's not Kyler Murray, Dwyane Haskins, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones or Ryan Finley.It's Kyle Shurmur, his 22-year-old son who threw 50 touchdowns over the last two seasons for ...

Prosecutors haven’t seen videos in Patriots owner’s case

Football 03/01/19, 09:19

Prosecutors haven't yet seen videos police say show New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts and handing over cash in a Florida spa.Lawyers for some of the men have filed court motions to keep the videos from being made public, arguing their clients were ...

NFL gives 2 players with checkered pasts chance at combine

Football 02/28/19, 18:31

Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams have already completed their work in Indianapolis.They didn't lift weights, didn't get clocked in the 40-yard dash, didn't even appear on the NFL telecast. Instead, they took medical tests and tried explaining to team officials why they ...

Alliance says Manziel “available” for San Antonio team

Sports 02/28/19, 18:17

Johnny Manziel is now "available" to the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football, the team's general manager said Thursday.That doesn't mean Daryl Johnston plans to sign him.Before acting on Manziel, the Commanders and the new league are looking into why Manziel's contract was terminated by the CFL ...

Update: Pat Shurmur gives QB Kyle Shurmur ‘bro hug’

Football 02/28/19, 17:31

The Latest on the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis (all times local):5:30 p.m.New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur saw the Vanderbilt quarterback milling around during informal interviews at the NFL scouting combine but didn't need to call him over for a get-to-know-you interview.He already knows more about the Commodores ...

Jason Witten rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster

Sports 02/28/19, 13:50

Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season as a television analyst.The 36-year-old Witten says the "fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong." The Cowboys announced Thursday that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end has ...

Patriots owner pleads not guilty to prostitution charges

Football 02/28/19, 13:43

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case.Kraft's attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea in Palm Beach County court documents released Thursday. The 77-year-old Kraft is requesting a non-jury trial.Kraft was among hundreds of men ...

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