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March 17, 2014

Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested

ESPN.com "Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested late Sunday night for suspected drunken driving. Irsay, 54, is being held on preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. Irsay was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind.,..." March 17

  • NFL playoffs likely to expand to 14 teams in 2015

    CBSSports.com "The momentum for playoff expansion continues, and changes could be coming as soon as the 2015 season. TheMMQB.com's Peter King is the latest to suggest that the NFL postseason could add two teams, bringing the total to 14, and the topic will almost certainly come up at the owners meetings next..." March 17

  • Wes Welker's option exercised by Denver Broncos

    NFL.com "The Denver Broncos brought back wide receiver Andre Caldwell and brought in Emmanuel Sanders to bolster their wide receiver group following Eric Decker's departure. They also quietly completed a bit of housekeeping that will keep Wes Welker in town. TheMMQB.com's Peter King notes that Denver..." March 17

  • Is Cleveland the next stop for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie?

    USA Today "Nearly all the top cornerbacks available in free agency were paid handsomely during the opening week of the NFL’s new business year. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the exception. Rodgers-Cromartie is currently taking visits after negotiations with the Denver Broncos fell through at the onset..." March 17

  • No shortage of suitors for free-agent DT Henry Melton, including Cowboys

    Dallas Morning News "The Dallas Cowboys are still in the running for Chicago Bears free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton. Melton, one of the top interior linemen still left on the market, is scheduled to visit the Cowboys on Monday, according to a source. Melton’s visit to Valley Ranch will give the Cowboys..." March 17

  • National Football Post "The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Nate Allen, the team announced. Allen had 82 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception last season as he started every game. Allen has 262 career tackles, three sacks, 24 pass deflections, six..." March 17

  • 49ers are $3.726 million under salary cap

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers are $3.726 million under the NFL salary cap after the recent signings of kicker Phil Dawson and cornerback Chris Cook, according to a source. The 49ers on Friday signed Cook, who experienced problems on and off the field during his four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, to a..." March 17

  • Washington Post "Nearly a week into free agency, the Washington Redskins have yet to fill one of their most pressing needs: safety. The Redskins entered free agency hoping to upgrade at free safety and strong safety but elected not to engage in bidding wars for the top players on the market. Washington’s..." March 17

  • Draft needs? FA options dwindling at CB and WR

    San Francisco Examiner "Take heart, 49ers fans: Well-respected analysts believe the upcoming draft is particularly deep at cornerback and wide receiver. With needs at both positions, the 49ers won’t sign two free agents of interest at those spots. Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, who visited the 49ers on Friday,..." March 17

  • Bucs free-agent fullback Erik Lorig visited with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With fullback Jed Collins unsigned, the New Orleans Saints are keeping their options open as the team hosted Buccaneers free-agent fullback Erik Lorig for a visit during the open signing period, a source confirmed. Lorig played for Tampa Bay the past four seasons as serving as the Bucs' primary..." March 17

  • After humbling 2013 offseason, Calvin Pace reaps reward of his improvements

    Newark Star-Ledger "Last offseason was a humbling experience for Calvin Pace. The Jets cut Pace, an outside linebacker, with one year remaining on his six-year $42 million contract, which the Jets gave him when he joined the team in 2008. Because he was due to count $11.6 million against the salary cap in 2013,..." March 17

  • Emmanuel Sanders agrees to join Denver Broncos

    NFL.com "The wide receiver market is dwindling by the hour, with Emmanuel Sanders the next intriguing name to come to terms. He's especially intriguing because of where he's going. Sanders is the latest free-agent prize of the Denver Broncos, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday, per a Broncos..." March 17

  • Steve Smith: 'I'm not Anquan Boldin'

    Baltimore Sun "Now that wide receiver Steve Smith has arrived in Baltimore via his three-year, $11 million contract, he fills the void of physicality and toughness created a year ago when the Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers following a contract dispute. Both Smith and Boldin excel at..." March 17

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