NFL owners pass 2 more rules changes before meetings end

As a busy NFL meetings neared its conclusion Wednesday, team owners passed two more rules changes and approved several procedural bylaw alterations. Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion. In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point.

The Vikings took a knee. Of course, bettors and fantasy players could have a stake in the PAT, but neither participating team did, particularly now that points scored or points differential is so low in any tiebreaking procedures.

Some of the players said they might be scared to wear their rings. Reddick was not among them.

They are magnificent, he said. They are beautiful. I think I might sleep in mine tonight.

If strictly applied by NFL officials, it could have a sweeping effect on the game. Lowering one’s helmet is an instinct that may be difficult to legislate out of the sport overnight. The result could be many more penalty flags and automatic first downs.

The crown of the helmet rule got way too narrow, Falcons president and competition committee chairman Rich McKay said Tuesday. This has very little requirement to it. This is simply, if you lower your head to initiate contact and you make contact with an opponent, it’s a foul.

Between March and May, the NFL will hear from coaches about the rule and decide whether or not automatic ejections and/or official reviews are added as well.

But if every instance of a player lowering their helmet to initiate contact — helmet-to-helmet or otherwise — results in a penalty, it’d be a huge change to the entire sport. Imagine if every quarterback sneak was suddenly an offensive penalty.
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NFL competition committee to recommend catch rule changes

The NFL’s catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee. One of the first orders of business when the league’s annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules. Catch/no catch is at the top of everyone’s minds, Troy Vincent, the NFL’s football operations chief, said Wednesday before outlining the committee’s recommendations.
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Musburger’s first high-profile assignment was as the host of CBS’s NFL Today, but network executives there forbade him from discussing point spreads. Only in the late 1980s, when he was entrenched as the network’s top play-by-play man, did he begin making veiled references to sports betting. At the end of a college football game that finished close to the line or the over/under, he might say, That score means more to some folks than others. As public attitudes toward sports betting began Kai Forbath Youth jersey to shift, Musburger became emboldened and at times, he openly discussing lines and referenced my guys in the desert.

I’ve lost the last two Super Bowls, Musburger says. And I remember vividly the Atlanta game, because I’m drinking at halftime. I’m cashing my ticket. I’m the smartest guy in the room. And then [Falcons receiver] Julio Jones catches the ball at the 22-yard line, and for whatever reason, that Atlanta Falcon coaching staff elects to throw the ball [on second down]. And they take a sack. And now suddenly, they’re out of field-goal range. Instead, they could have run the ball and made [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick take his timeouts, had [kicker Matt] Bryant kick a field goal, and I would have been home free. They screwed it up. I remember every moment of how that unfolded against me. So this year, I decide, I’m never, ever betting against [Tom] Brady and Belichick again. How’d that work out Not so well.

But that visit can’t happen right now, because there’s a nor’easter hitting New York on Wednesday. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the weather in the city is forcing Hurns to visit the Dallas Cowboys before he sees the Jets.

Receiver Allen Hurns wants to visit the Jets, but there’s no plane to take him there.
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Per a league source, weather issues in the New York area have triggered the cancellation of the flight that would have taken Hurns to visit the Jets. He’ll instead visit the Cowboys first, with a visit to the Jets to follow immediately.

Cody Davis leaves Rams to sign with Jaguars

Safety Cody Davis has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.
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Davis spent five seasons with the Rams, becoming a core special teamser and reliable defensive back in the substitution packages. He ed 118 snaps on special teams and 280 on defense in 2017, missing nine games with injuries.

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The various spring leagues also will have more than enough interested players. The question becomes whether they’ll have more than enough interested fans. Or, more accurately, enough fans to make enough money to justify the ongoing investment.

That’s the key. Even with the buzz created by the return of the XFL, the core question is this: Would you invest your own money in the XFL or any other alternative football league For most, the answer falls somewhere between no and hell no.

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Report: Sam Bradford set to join Cardinals

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New England has agreed to terms with LaAdrian Waddle on a one-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

I think it’s actually a strength of his, the manager said.

The guaranteed money likely would have to exceed the wide receiver-record $55 million that Mike Evans just got from the Buccaneers. Coming back from a season-ending broken ankle, Beckham will play for $8.5 million in 2018 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

Collins, who also has developed a leadership role within the Giants locker room, is scheduled to make $1.94 million in 2018, including $1.26 million in base salary. Because Collins was a second-round pick, there is no fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Whitehead started all 16 games in 2017, which was his sixth season with the Lions after entering the league as a 2012 sixth-round pick. He had 110 tackles, a sack and an interception.

For his career, Whitehead has made 398 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Tank Carradine visiting Seattle after leaving Oakland

The Raiders didn’t let Marcus Gilchrist or Tahir Whitehead get away without deals. But defensive end Tank Carradine is leaving for Seattle after his trip to Oakland, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Carradine, 29, missed eight games last season with an ankle injury. He made 1.5 sacks.

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Weston Richburg gets $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed

Weston Richburg has lived up to the first four letters of his last name.

So this is his new mountain. All the Cardinals decorations everywhere down here? Yeah, they won’t be up for long. Arizona decided the Honey Badger was finished. They tore up that contract and moved on. And he’s moved on too, signing to play with the Texans in 2018.

That Pace is still making decisions for anyone after his checkered record in free agency is a minor miracle, but if his latest moves (paying Allen Robinson a pile, along with Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel) don’t pan out, he won’t get many more chances.

Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Friday morning after turning himself in to San Francisco police, according to Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle . Smith violated a court order to stay away from the victim of a domestic violence incident that occurred March 3. He reportedly pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful infliction of corporal injury, assault with force likely to produce injury, false imprisonment, and vandalism at an arraignment for the original incident on March 12. His next court date was set for April 5. The Raiders released Smith on March 5 following the incident.

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Zach Strief announces retirement

Offensive lineman Zach Strief arrived in New Orleans in 2006, as a seventh-round pick. Twelve seasons later, Strief is retiring.
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He announced his decision during a Monday press conference.

The Bills still gave $22.5 million over three years, including $10.4 million guaranteed, to a defender seven months removed from tearing two knee ligaments. Even if Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey we optimistically assume Murphy returns fully healed in 2018, his prior production shows just one season of high-level play.

Murphy broke out in 2016 with nine sacks and 47 tackles for the Washington Redskins. He also recorded a career-high 55 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

But the second-round pick in 2014 tallied only six sacks over his first two seasons. Even after a significant injury, the Bills paid for the breakout version of Murphy, and it’s difficult to have confidence that player will return.

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Mitchell was set to make $5 million in the final year of his contract with a cap charge of more than $8.1 million. The Steelers will recoup $6.3 million of that space as they head into free agency.

Mitchell has been a fixture in the starting lineup for Pittsburgh over the last four years. He missed the only three games of his tenure during the 2017 season and finished the year with 53 tackles.

That may not wind up as the end of the line for Mitchell with the Steelers. Rapoport adds that the team is open to bringing him back for less money, but it appears Mitchell will get the chance to see if anyone wants to pay him more before considering that possibility.

Washington working to keep Trent Murphy

Washington has offered Trent Murphy a contract, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports, though it is unknown where talks stand.
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He can punch it into the end zone but also has been well under 3 yards a carry for most of his career. We know Belichick has a long history of liking big backs. He now has another to add to his committee approach. If Burkhead can stay healthy a big if for him I don’t mind the trio of him, Hill and James White as the passing back.

That doesn’t even take into account Gillislee, who might be given the chance to redeem himself in camp to fight for a roster spot. In terms of tackle, I don’t see former Eagle and Seahawk Matt Tobin as much more than a versatile backup option. He’s played more guard than anything in his career and I can’t really envision him suddenly becoming a starting left tackle for one of the NFL’s best passing attacks. Of course I don’t feel much better about a lot of the other options.

I don’t think either Cam Fleming or LaAdrian Waddle is that type of player, either. Marcus Cannon is the best player in the group, but it’s been quite clear over the years his best position is by far right tackle.
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As of two weeks ago, Cousins had planned to make at least one visit. In response to a report from ESPN that Cousins will do a deal without taking a visit, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the plans for taking visits or not taking visits have not been finalized 銆?and that no plans have been shared with ESPN.

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For now, again, the plan hasn’t been finalized. The fact, however, that his plan has been adjusted in the past two weeks suggests that Cousins is bracing for an aggressive either-or effort by teams that enter the process with a list of two or more targets at quarterback, a pre-set price for each one, and an invitation to be the first one to pounce.

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Colts reach one-year deal with Jack Mewhort

The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed offensive lineman Jack Mewhort to a one-year contract, the team announced.
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That sounds nice, but there are at least two obstacles in that suggestion.
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Control, two feet down and a big hit has to be an incomplete pass, Polian said. Why? Because if those are complete passes, they will have to be considered fumbles. And we do not want more fumbles. They cause melees. Players are out of control, diving for the ball. They’re very difficult to officiate. We’ve done that for decades. Bang-bang plays have to stay incomplete passes. That’s wholly my view.

Ask the NFL and the International Olympic Committee, a TV exec said. They set the dates. Neither of those organizations cared to comment, however, when our Richard Morgan asked which one of them would blink.

Their failure to reschedule could ruin a good thing. NBC’s prime-time viewership in the coveted 18-to-49 demo soared by 324 percent during their Super Bowl-Olympics twofer, while ABC, CBS and Fox all posted double-digit declines, according to a report from research firm MoffettNathanson.

As Henny Youngman would suggest, take Cris Carter. Might it be time he reconsider his side work as a mentor to pro athletes and go into something more productive, say, peddling peanut brittle door-to-door.

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So why not give it up? Carter’s just not good at it. It isn’t as if he’s Jimmy Dolan, who inherited his right to produce NBA and NHL mediocrities 鈥?or worse 鈥?often simultaneously for nearly 25 consecutive seasons.

Mind you, before I watched his film the only thing I knew about Vea was a lot of mock drafts had him going high.

I was so into the NFL again this season I just didn’t catch much college football, so for me he was just a name until a few days ago.

It didn’t take but a couple of plays into watching his tape for Vea to make one hell of an impression on me, however.

How do you not let out a loud ”What the fuck?!” when you see Vea push both guards and the center back into the quarterback’s lap on a passing play?

Tuesday saw the biggest chips in the quarterback market fall and several more blockbuster moves from NFL teams… a full day before free agency officially begins.

The biggest offseason question was answered Tuesday when Kirk Cousins agreed to terms on a three-year, $86 million deal with the Vikings. That money is fully guaranteed, the whole deal, which is unprecedented.

The Cardinals, who just a few seasons ago were 100-game winners but have since failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years, will have the return of young phenom Alex Reyes to their staff, but they can no longer count on the once-steady Adam Wainwright to anchor their rotation. They’re otherwise dependent on a bevy of talented but young and mostly inexperienced starters.

Grade for Hyde: C The effort to make the Browns suitable for human consumption continues with three signings of adequate, low-ceiling players.

After trading for Marcus Peters, the Rams added another playmaking veteran on the outside by dealing a fifth-round pick to the Broncos for Talib, whose departure from Denver had been rumored since the end of the regular season.

Denver had clearly made the decision to promote fifth-year corner Bradley Roby into an every-down role at the expense of Talib, who failed to pick off more than one pass for the first time in his professional career last season.

Given that decision, John Elway did well to create a market and pick up a fifth-round pick for a player the Broncos seemed likely to release.

With Roby and Chris Harris Jr., the Broncos should still be set at cornerback for years to come, and Denver can put the $11 million they owed Talib toward a new deal for Roby and/or their bid for Kirk Cousins. patriots_011

Hand signed a three-year extension with a club option for 2021 during the offseason.

It’s a reasonable and scalable deal that makes him a valuable trade asset if he continues to perform as he did during his 2017 breakout.
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As with the White Sox, if San Diego contends, it will be because some of the prospects hit the ground running, with both Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr. looking capable of doing just that based on their spring performances. But if the Padres find themselves in a borderline-shocking playoff chase, they might be willing to deal from their prospect depth to upgrade the rotation.

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Finally, if the Rangers don’t contend, future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre could be moved to a team that could get him a ring, and he could become one of the feel-good stories of the second half of the season.

Wood’s best season came out of the bullpen with the Cubs in 2016 when he went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings pitched.

The longtime leader of the Legion of Boom ranks first in interceptions, pass breakups and completion percentage allowed since he entered the league in 2011,The Lions are already being considered a potential landing spot for former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler because of the connections with coach Matt Patricia.

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