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March 24, 2014

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson called commissioner before signing Michael Vick

CBSSports.com "The Jets signed Michael Vick and, along with the actual quarterback, his past baggage. Though Vick's more or less moved on at this point from his previous issues, it's pretty clear New York hasn't forgotten. Jets owner Woody Johnson didn't forget either. Johnson said at the NFL owners meetings..." March 23

  • Bengals to exercise 2015 team option on A.J. Green

    Fansided "There was some question if the Cincinnati Bengals would exercise their team option on wide receiver A.J. Green or if they’d attempt to hammer out a long term deal with the wide receiver this offseason. With just a month and a half before the May 3rd deadline to make a decision on Green’s 2015..." March 23

  • Steelers open toward new contract with Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Steelers remain open to signing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract this year, but it probably wouldn't happen until summer at the earliest – and might not happen at all, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. The signings of Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, all of..." March 23

  • Steelers say they’re still open to signing Maurice Jones-Drew

    Fansided "The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking for a running back for some time now, and even though they have a solid young rusher in Le’Veon Bell, they’re still looking for a solid compliment to throw alongside him. Last week the Steelers met with free agency running back Maurice Jones-Drew and..." March 23

  • 49ers deny contacting Eagles about DeSean Jackson

    CSN Bay Area "While speculation surrounding the future of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson swirls at the NFL owners meetings, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke cleared up his team’s involvement – or lack thereof. “Right now, he’s under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles,” Baalke told..." March 23

  • Vikings to sign Vladimir Ducasse

    Fansided "New York Jets’ free agent offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse has been heavily criticized throughout his career. When the Jets selected Ducasse with the 61st overall pick in the second round of the 2010, they knew the former Massachusetts Minutemen star was going to be a project. However,..." March 23

  • New York Post "Apparently, Marcus Vick is tired of people still bringing up his brother’s criminal history. Marcus — the younger brother of new Jets QB Michael Vick, who served 21 months in federal prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring — took exception to a tweet from the People for the Ethical..." March 23

  • Bell: NFL shouldn't rush changes to instant replay

    USA Today "ust get it right. That's always been the mantra for proponents of instant replay in the NFL, and it is certainly expressed in the right spirit. The last thing you'd want to see is a blown call or bogus penalty affect the outcome of a game – and the bigger the game, the bigger the..." March 23

  • NFL considering additional protection for defensive players’ knees

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL institutes new rules designed to protect quarterbacks and receivers, defensive players often ask, “What about us?” This year, the NFL isn’t considering any new rules designed to protect quarterbacks or receivers — but is considering a rule to protect defensive players. That rule is..." March 23

  • Morstead to shave head, beard for children, cancer patients

    The Advocate "Saints punter Thomas Morstead’s advocacy for children and cancer patients will continue Saturday, when he’s set to shave his head and beard at an Irish pub in Mid-City. Morstead is participating in the St. Baldrick’s Day block party at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in the 3700 block of Banks Street..." March 23

  • Patriots still lack a few horses up front

    Boston Herald "Getting bigger, tougher, more physical cornerbacks will certainly help the Patriots when it comes to beating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. And that seems to be the crux of the Patriots’ offseason mission. Manning had to be in mind with the free agent signings of future Hall of Famer..." March 23

  • Birds might have been better off keeping Vick

    Philly.com "Michael Vick moved north to the New York Jets Friday night after an improbable five-year journey in Philadelphia. It started with a cold reception from Jeffrey Lurie and ended with the owner making a glowing statement about the quarterback whose signing created a nationwide controversy. So now..." March 23

  • Chiefs likely won’t pursue DeSean Jackson unless he’s released

    Kansas City Star "Don't expect the Chiefs to pursue DeSean Jackson unless he's released. According to multiple reports on Saturday, the Eagles will likely part ways with the exciting-but-flamboyant wideout, who caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows..." March 23

  • Is Jerry Jones giving more power to son, Stephen?

    Dallas Morning News "Pump the brakes on the idea that Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is allowing his son, executive vice president Stephen Jones, to call most of the shots at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys signed free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton on Wednesday. On Thursday, Melton said he..." March 23

  • Chandler takes pay cut to rejoin Bills

    ESPN.com "Last week, the Buffalo Bills re-signed tight end Scott Chandler to a two-year deal. Chandler was coming off a career season -- he led the Bills with 53 receptions for 655 yards -- and he was expected to get a raise in free agency. After testing the open market for nearly a week, Chandler made..." March 23

  • Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been nearly three weeks since the NFL’s Management Council decided that Jimmy Graham should be treated as a tight end for franchise tag purposes. To date, Graham has not filed a grievance challenging the designation. The labor deal gives him 50 days from the application of the tight end..." March 23

  • Will the Chicago Bears land Mark Sanchez?

    Fansided "The Chicago Bears lost veteran back up quarterback Josh McCown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown stepped up in a huge way for Chicago after starting quarterback Jay Cutler fell to two different injuries on two separate occasions. McCown finished the year with the Bears with 1,829 passing..." March 23

  • NFL may install cameras on sidelines, goal lines to aid replay reviews

    Pro Football Talk "Sometimes when a referee reviews a replay of a close call about whether the ball crossed the goal line, or whether a player’s toe touched out of bounds, he ends up announcing that there was no conclusive replay angle, and so the play will have to stand as called on the field. Those plays raise a..." March 23

  • Seahawks, 49ers interested in DeSean Jackson, but trade difficult

    CBSSports.com "The Seahawks and 49ers are among the teams showing interest in Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, according to league sources. The Eagles have stepped up efforts to trade Jackson, according to multiple sources, shopping him to several teams. After re-signing Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, and..." March 23

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