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» Friday, April 24, 2015

Detroit Lions 2015 Draft Preview

4:38 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Lions lost both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley from the interior of what was the second-best defense in the NFL and replaced them with the aging Haloti Ngata as well as Tyrunn Walker.

Miami Dolphins 2015 Draft Preview

4:26 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The recent Greg Jennings signing alleviates things a bit for the Miami Dolphins at the wide receiver position but it hardly cures the team's need for a deep threat at the position.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 Draft Preview

3:46 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Unless something really jumps out at them, the Pittsburgh Steelers almost have to look at the cornerback position at the top of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns 2015 Draft Preview

3:30 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer made two first- round selections a year ago and ended up with a cornerback that barely got on the field, Justin Gilbert, and a quarterback who just got out of rehab in Johnny Manziel.

Titans add Hakeem Nicks

3:27 PM

Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks have agreed to terms of a one-year contract.

Baltimore Ravens 2015 NFL Draft Preview

3:18 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ravens need significant help at wide receiver after losing Torrey Smith in free agency but also must bolster their shaky defensive backfield.

Cincinnati Bengals 2015 Draft Preview

2:58 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - One-and-done playoff appearances are starting to get old in Cincinnati but Marvin Lewis remains in good standing, recently receiving a one-year contract extension.

New York Jets 2015 Draft Preview

2:41 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - First-year Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan is keeping things close to the vest and could go in a number of different directions with the sixth overall pick.

Extra Points: Jameis-JaMarcus comparison is unfair

2:08 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Jameis Winston is hardly a can't-miss prospect, but comparing the former Florida State star to this generation's ultimate draft bust is as lazy as the work ethic that essentially doomed JaMarcus Russell.

New England Patriots 2015 Draft Preview

2:06 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The world champs have some work to do especially after losing veteran cornerbacks Darelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the offseason. An obvious need, however, is not necessarily the way Bill Belichick is going to go.

Buffalo Bills 2015 Draft Preview

1:56 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Bills are without a first-round choice after moving up to get receiver Sammy Watkins in 2014. And that fact would be far more palatable to the fans in Western New York if Buffalo had a better option at the quarterback position to get the talented Watkins the football.

Lions to pick up option on OT Reiff

1:11 PM

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions will exercise the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Riley Reiff's rookie contract before the May 3 deadline, general manager Martin Mayhew announced Friday.

» Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jets pick up 5th-year option on LB Coples

9:11 PM

Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Jets exercised their fifth-year option on linebacker Quinton Coples, the team announced Thursday.

Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Draft Preview

6:38 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Chip Kelly seems to be collecting quarterbacks but the apple of his eye isn't in Philadelphia, at least not yet.

Seattle Seahawks 2015 Draft Preview

3:51 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Graham is a pretty good first-round pick and that's how the defending NFC champion Seahawks will spin things as they wait for their first selection, which will be 63rd overall unless general manager John Schneider moves back up.

San Francisco 49ers 2015 Draft Preview

3:32 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke hasn't been real conventional in recent months basically running off a coaching heavyweight, Jim Harbaugh, for a guy, Jim Tomsula, who came off like a "Saturday Night Live" skit in some early interviews.

Arizona Cardinals 2015 Draft Preview

3:04 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cardinals have enough talent to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender if they can keep Carson Palmer healthy and develop a legitimate ground game.

St. Louis Rams 2015 Draft Preview

2:45 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis could go in a number of different directions with the 10th overall pick. The Rams need help opposite Greg Robinson at tackle while receiver could be the secondary option based on need. The team also wants to add help at quarterback despite acquiring Nick Foles.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 Draft Preview

2:09 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Don't buy the hype when it comes to Marcus Mariota surpassing James Winston in the Bucs' eyes. This isn't "House of Cards" with ruthless politician Frank Underwood using naive journalist Zoe Barnes to advance his vision.

Atlanta Falcons 2015 Draft Preview

2:00 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will want to bolster his front seven rather quickly especially when it comes to the pass rush and this draft is deep with players who can get to the quarterback.

Carolina Panthers 2015 Draft Preview

1:53 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - When your offensive tackles from a year ago were Byron Bell and Mike Remmers, that's a pretty good indication you need an upgrade and the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers should have some options at No. 25 overall.

New Orleans Saints 2015 Draft Preview

1:45 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - New Orleans coach Sean Payton is an offensive guy but he's on record saying the Saints have "to bring in some (defensive) guys that we feel like can help us play right away."

Dolphins sign Greg Jennings

1:14 PM

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins have signed wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Bears sign Pascoe

12:53 PM

Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract.

» Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NFL suspends Hardy 10 games

9:15 PM

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy without pay for the first 10 games of the 2015 season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

Dolphins ink OL Linkenbach, McClendon

9:08 PM

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins signed a pair of veteran offensive linemen Wednesday, agreeing to one-year deals with Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon.

Extra Points: Hypocrisy highlights Hardy ruling

8:59 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Some may laud the NFL for its tough treatment of pass- rushing pariah Greg Hardy but smart observers will connect the dots, realizing that tenacious stance makes sure the star defensive end's first game back will be a high-profile Thanksgiving Day affair against his former team, the Carolina Panthers.

Titans sign OT Bell

8:59 PM

Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with offensive tackle Byron Bell on an undisclosed contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

7:51 PM

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval of a revised settlement agreement between the NFL and thousands of former players who sued the league over concussions and their effects.

Green Bay Packers 2015 Draft Preview

6:35 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Thompson has the great draft rep but a lot of his recent history in the first round has come up snake eyes. The three-year stint before Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2014 produced Derek Sherrod, Nick Perry and Datone Jones, not exactly a murderer's row.

New York Giants 2015 Draft Preview

6:12 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Giants remain a talent-deficient team right now and could go in a number of different directions with the ninth overall pick but bolstering what has been a very poor offensive line to help extend Eli Manning's stretch as a competent option at the quarterback position makes a lot of sense.

Bengals extend Lewis through 2016

6:06 PM

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals signed head coach Marvin Lewis to a one-year extension on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears 2015 Draft Preview

6:03 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - With Brandon Marshall now with the New York Jets, Chicago needs some help opposite Alshon Jeffery and should be in position to garner one of the draft's top two receivers, either Alabama's Amari Copper or West Virginia's Kevin White, at No. 7 overall.

Minnesota Vikings 2015 Draft Preview

5:51 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - "Trader Rick" could be at it again on April 30.

Washington Redskins 2015 Draft Preview

5:39 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Redskins haven't had a first-round pick in the NFL Draft since mortgaging their future in 2012 to go up and get Robert Griffin III. It's ironic that now that they are finally back in the game with the fifth-overall selection, the organization is weighing whether they need to move on from the talented but oft-injured signal caller.

Dallas Cowboys 2015 Draft Preview

4:49 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - With DeMarco Murray now calling Philadelphia home, the Cowboys have a serious need at the running back position. The addition of Darren McFadden is at best a band-aid and it's a stretch to say Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle are ready to be bell cows.

» Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Extra Points: Don’t sleep on these prospects

4:23 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Nearly everyone understands the road to steady and consistent success in the NFL runs through the draft.

Ravens sign CB Smith to extension

4:23 PM

Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerback Jimmy Smith to a contract extension on Tuesday.

» Monday, April 20, 2015

Ex-Bears LB Buffone dies at 70

6:48 PM

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone has died at the age of 70, the team confirmed.

Adrian Wilson retires as a Cardinal

5:03 PM

Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals announced Monday that safety Adrian Wilson has signed a contract and is officially retiring from the NFL.

Eagles announce 1-year deal for Tim Tebow

4:17 PM

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed Tim Tebow.

Extra Points: Tebow signing exposes Kelly

3:24 PM

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - From a pure football sense, Tim Tebow's arrival in Philadelphia means virtually nothing.

» Sunday, April 19, 2015

Report: Eagles plan to sign Tebow

9:05 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles have made some unexpected offseason moves.

» Saturday, April 18, 2015

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

6:54 AM

Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

» Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jameis Winston sued by sexual assault accuser

6:23 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - A lawsuit has been filed against Jameis Winston by Erica Kinsman, a former Florida State student who accused the quarterback of raping her in December 2012, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Extra Points: Mock Draft version 4.0, the look-at-me edition

5:53 PM

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - April 15 means many things to many people.

Jags extend LB Posluszny’s contract

5:10 PM

Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny agreed to a contract extension on Thursday.

NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson

3:09 PM

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated effective Friday, the NFL announced Thursday.

» Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

4:57 PM

Fall River, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the June 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Lions trade George Johnson to Bucs

3:39 PM

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions traded defensive end George Johnson and a seventh-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Extra Points: Closing the book on Aaron Hernandez

2:09 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Hyperbole can be a powerful device whether it's in print or the spoken word, but those making exaggerated claims should temper themselves.

Giants sign Gordy

12:42 PM

East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants signed defensive back Josh Gordy on Wednesday.

Lions agree to trade George Johnson to Bucs

10:10 AM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions have decided to trade defensive end George Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rather than try to meet the terms of their offer sheet, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

» Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Steelers’ Taylor calls it a career

12:29 PM

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has decided to retire after 12 seasons.

» Monday, April 13, 2015

Packers re-sign FB Kuhn, S Richardson

7:49 PM

Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers re-signed fullback John Kuhn and safety Sean Richardson on Monday.

Jets sign former Patriots RB Ridley

3:59 PM

Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Jets signed former New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley on Monday.

Dolphins sign veteran CB Bowman

3:05 PM

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins signed veteran cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year contract on Monday.

Extra Points: ASU’s Randall racing up boards late

2:22 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Legendary former Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez once mused he would "rather be lucky than good."

Dolphins make it official with Pouncey

2:20 PM

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins made it official Monday and signed offensive lineman Mike Pouncey to a contract extension through the 2020 season.

Steelers keep Allen with one-year deal

11:27 AM

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed safety Will Allen to a one-year contract.

» Saturday, April 11, 2015

Broncos sign veteran TE James Casey

2:44 PM

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos agreed to terms on a one-year contract Saturday with veteran tight end James Casey.

Reports: Manziel out of treatment facility

12:27 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been released from a treatment facility after more than two months, according to multiple reports.

Report: Pouncey gets 5-year deal from Dolphins

5:02 AM

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins have reportedly made Mike Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL with a 5-year contract extension.

» Friday, April 10, 2015

Extra Points: Glue-guy O’Leary will fit in

4:32 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Nick O'Leary probably doesn't fit in a world where Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas are the prototypes, but the former Florida State tight end will carve out his own niche in the NFL.

Saints sign LB Anthony Spencer

1:51 PM

Metairie, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.

Polamalu calls it a career

11:45 AM

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu has decided to retire after 12 seasons.

» Thursday, April 9, 2015

Panthers sign longtime Bears CB Tillman

5:37 PM

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers signed longtime Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Colts pick up 5th year option on QB Luck

5:17 PM

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indianapolis Colts exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Andrew Luck's rookie contract on Thursday.

Browns sign TE Housler

1:36 PM

Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Rob Housler on Thursday.

Steelers’ Bell reportedly facing suspension

12:05 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly facing a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance- abuse policy.

» Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cowboys release Amobi Okoye

6:16 PM

Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on Wednesday.

Extra Points: Scherff is this year’s safe pick

5:15 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Odell Beckham Jr. was the NFL's Rookie of the Year last season and the Giants receiver was certainly the most spectacular freshman by a wide margin.

» Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vikings extend Sullivan another year

5:49 PM

Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have added an additional year to the contract of John Sullivan, extending the stalwart center's deal through 2018.

Patriots RB Blount suspended one game for substance abuse

5:33 PM

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Extra Points: One-of-a-kind White headlines another deep WR class

5:22 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The 2014 draft class at wide receiver was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation group.

Eagles sign WR Ajirotutu, DB Biggers

4:44 PM

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and defensive back E.J. Biggers to one-year contracts.

Hernandez trial headed to jury after closing arguments

2:38 PM

Fall River, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will head to the jury after the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments on Tuesday.

» Monday, April 6, 2015

Extra Points: Gurley makes RBs a first-round commodity again

5:21 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - At its core, the NFL Draft is nothing more than a risk/reward ratio involving human commodities rather than inanimate ones.

Bengals sign WR Denarius Moore

4:44 PM

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals signed wide receiver Denarius Moore on Monday.

» Friday, April 3, 2015

Report: NFL prospect Williams busted for DUI

4:48 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Former Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams, considered a potential first-round pick for the upcoming NFL Draft, was arrested Friday morning for driving under the influence, according to multiple reports.

Extra Points: Williams’ stock on the roller coaster

2:29 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - Cornerback isn't the strength of the 2015 NFL Draft and P.J. Williams had a real opportunity to take advantage of that fact.

Saints bring back WR Morgan

1:12 PM

Metairie, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Saints signed wide receiver Joseph Morgan to a one-year contract on Friday.

Bucs deal Goldson to Washington

12:49 PM

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.

» Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bears release Garza

5:28 PM

Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears have parted ways with longtime center Roberto Garza, releasing the 14-year veteran on Thursday.

Extra Points: Veteran combine results are trickling in

5:17 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - More than 100 hopefuls descended upon the desert for the inaugural NFL's Veterans Combine late last month, all of them looking for the elusive second chance.

Broncos sign Antonio Smith

4:57 PM

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos signed defensive lineman Antonio Smith to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Dolphins sign LB Paysinger

4:36 PM

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins signed linebacker Spencer Paysinger on Thursday.

Bengals sign Josh Johnson

2:53 PM

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals have signed quarterback Josh Johnson.

» Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cowboys restructure Romo’s deal

8:07 PM

Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys restructured quarterback Tony Romo's contract on Wednesday, freeing up roughly $13 million in cap space for this season.

Texans sign Nate Washington

4:40 PM

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans have signed veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.

Bears sign LB Acho

2:26 PM

Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Sam Acho to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Extra Points: Giants looking for happy medium with Eli

12:50 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - New York is all about the bright lights of the big city, but at least one of the its football teams has been able to fly under the radar.

Cowboys retain McClain with 1-year deal

11:44 AM

Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys and linebacker Rolando McClain agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday.