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  • NFL mock draft: Out final projections at who goes where in the first round -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft day has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. That still leaves us time for one more first-round ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL draft top 35 rankings -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Compiling a big board can be one of the NFL draft’s most difficult tasks, but USA TODAY Sports put together our ranking of the top 35 players available in this year’s class. Keep in mind these rankings are an indication of projected long-term value rather than an estimation of ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.1: Latest buzz on first-round outlook -mock-draft-illo-042317-v2(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. That still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.0: First-round outlook comes into focus -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. But that still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which will ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL draft capsules for AFC teams / NFL draft capsules for NFC teams -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET1, 12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15) LAST SEASON: Following 0-14 start under first-year coach Hue Jackson, Browns barely avoided becoming only second team to lose all 16 games. Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam vowed to be patient with new front office and coaching staff and were mostly true to word as team underwent minimal offseason changes. Cleveland’s ...
  • 2017 NFL draft: Evaluating ex-top recruits who didn’t match hype FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) tries to break through the tackle of Southern Mississippi defensive back Curtis Mikell (19) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Former college receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are examples of pro prospects who left high school as elite national recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome a perceived lack of production in college.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college. For NFL teams, the challenge is figuring out why ...
  • NFL: 25 years for ex-Saint’s killer in ‘profoundly sad’ case FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Prosecutors will have to present witnesses against the man accused of killing retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith at a hearing Thursday, April 28, 2016 unless a grand jury indicts him first. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Calling it a “profoundly sad and tragic” case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith’s wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. Thursday’s sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that ...
  • Is this the year there’s a first-round run on tight ends in the NFL draft? -NCAA-Football-Alabama-at-MississippiTypically, when the time comes for NFL teams to build through the draft, tight ends tend to be low-end commodities on the priority spectrum. Over the past 20 drafts, exactly 20 of them have been picked in the first round — with none going in the top five. Since 2011, only two (Tyler Eifert in 2013 ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL teams weigh when to draft replacements for veterans FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston. Garrett is among the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derrick Johnson has always been a company man, willing to do whatever it takes to help the Kansas City Chiefs win playoff games and someday end their long Super Bowl drought. Restructure his contract? OK. Tutor young linebackers? Sure thing. The point where Johnson draws the line is in telling the Chiefs ...
  • Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell In this still image from video, Aaron Hernandez, center, is hugged by defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Friday, April 14, 2017, in court in Boston, after being found not guilty of murder in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (WHDH-TV via AP, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center ...
  • Ex-NFL star Hernandez, serving life, acquitted in 2 slayings In this still image from video, Aaron Hernandez, center, is hugged by defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Friday, April 14, 2017, in court in Boston, after being found not guilty of murder in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (WHDH-TV via AP, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end choked back tears as the verdicts were read in court. ...
  • NFL mock draft 6.0: Working with the Salary Cap / How trades could shake up the first round FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2000 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. When the Green Bay Packers decided to give Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001, well, first "$100 million contract," because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount _ the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings. (AP Photo/Rick Havner, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-    When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL’s first $100 million contract in 2001 — well, first “$100 million contract,” because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn’t ultimately worth the advertised amount — the team structured it to create extra space under the ...
  • NFL draft shake-up: Five teams that could surprise with bold moves -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEETIn the days leading up to the 2017 NFL draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a closer look at the burning questions that will shape the event. To kick off the series, we highlighted five teams that could make surprise moves that would defy mock drafts and reverberate throughout the first round. Cleveland Browns Even if Texas ...
  • NFL: Sherman trade talks have occurred / NFL free agents still available FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2016, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) covers Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, in Tampa, Fla. Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged the team has listened to trade offers regarding cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen. Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Wednesday the team has listened to trade offers regarding cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen. Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM . Schneider said, “What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides,” in ...
  • AP source: Cowboys’ Romo retiring, headed to broadcast booth FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo takes to reporters at the end of practice in Oxnard, Calif. A person with knowledge of the decision says Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys. The all-time passing leader for the storied franchise is headed to the broadcast booth after considering those offers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, April 4, 2017, because Romo's decision hasn't been announced. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The all-time passing leader for the storied franchise is headed to the broadcast booth after spending ...
  • On Football: A look at what got done at NFL meetings Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook (89) catches a pass along the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got plenty done in their meetings, including approving the Raiders’ relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, and addressing a variety of rules changes. So what does it all mean? VIVA LAS VEGAS The Raiders’ move to America’s gambling capital was a slam dunk once Bank of America came aboard with a $650 million ...
  • NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arrives at the NFL football annual meetings, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations. One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects. That led to ...
  • 2017 NFL draft first-round order terrell payor(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Terrelle Pryor’s 1,007 receiving yards ranked 22nd in the NFL last season, and his 77 catches were 27th, stats accumulated despite playing with five quarterbacks on a team that went 1-15. Still just 27, and coming off his first year as a full-time wideout, Pryor appears to be a player on ...
  • NFL mock draft 4.0: How has free agency altered outlook? -mock-draft-illo-022817-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   With few exceptions, most of the NFL’s prominent free agents have now found new homes or returned to their original ones. With team needs across the league more clearly defined as the draft approaches, here’s mock draft 4.0 for 2017: 1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Free ...
  • 2017 NFL Free Agency: Free agent Hightower leaves without deal after visiting Jets NEW YORK (AP) — Dont’a Hightower visited an AFC East rival — and left without a deal. The New York Jets announced Monday that they met with the free agent linebacker, one of the most-coveted players available this offseason. Hightower, who has helped the New England Patriots win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons, met ...
  • 2017 NFL FREE AGENT TRACKER: Nick Foles is returning to Eagles as backup quarterback Nick Foles(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Nick Foles is returning to the city where he had his most success. The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Foles on Monday, bringing him back to serve as the backup quarterback for Carson Wentz two years after former coach Chip Kelly traded him to St. Louis. The ...
  • 2017 NFL free agency: Latest signings, reaction Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook (89) catches a pass along the sideline during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / ESPN)   —-    The allure of high ceilings and quick fixes when free agency begins tends to camouflage the “buyer beware” signs strewn across the league landscape. Each March, market-setting contracts with gargantuan guarantees are given out by NFL teams in search of veteran upgrades for their roster before the rookies are ...
  • NFL Free Agency: Patriots very busy in opening days of free agency NFL-GREEN-BAY-PACKERS-AT-MINNESOTA-VIKINGS-85338330BOSTON (AP) — Under Bill Belichick the Patriots have typically taken a reserved posture at the start of free agency, opting to take their time before pulling off any major moves. But things have been moving swiftly this offseason, with New England making a trio of trades and several signings over the first two days of ...
  • NFL Free Agency: Osweiler deal a stunner; Cutler’s release no surprise FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates a touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland. In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an organization that usually shies away from individuality. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / ESPN / AP)   —-    Everyone expected a free agency flurry when the NFL’s year began on Thursday. Predicting what happened with Brock Osweiler was beyond anyone’s projections. One year after signing a four-year deal with Houston, then losing the starting job to Tom Savage late in the season before returning and winning a ...
  • NFL mock draft 3.0: Who’s rising after combine? FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston. Garrett is among the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   The 2017 NFL scouting combine is complete and, as is annually the case, a few players gave their draft stock a huge boost while others undermined themselves. Factoring in the latest buzz and developments, here’s mock draft 3.0 for 2017: 1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: The ...
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