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Andy Reid: Eagles owner hasn’t said anything about my future

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Before the season, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said coach Andy Reid had to improve on last year’s 8-8 record if he wanted to keep his job. On Monday night, the Eagles lost their eighth game of the season. So does that mean Reid is officially toast?

Probably. But Reid said after the game that Lurie hadn’t specifically told him that.

We haven’t talked about that,” Reid said, via CSNPhilly.com. “He’s been supportive. Obviously, he’s as competitive as anybody. He wants to win games. That’s why he’s in this business. But we really haven’t gone there.”

Reid said he’s going to keep coaching the Eagles as well as he can, for as long as he has the job.

“We’re going to keep battling,” Reid said. “I have to do a better job with that obviously by how we played here. I’m not worried about all of the other things.”

The fact that Lurie hasn’t said anything to Reid about his future suggests that Lurie is going to let Reid finish the season. But with Reid’s firing inevitable, the kinder thing to do might be to put him out of his misery now.

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Rams cut Wells, Worton

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The Rams trimmed their offseason roster by two Friday, waiving linebacker Matthew Wells and wide receiver J.J. Worton.

Wells was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2015 and was traded to the Bears during his first training camp. He was waived by the Bears and eventually landed on the practice squad with the Rams before signing a futures contract with the Rams in January.

Worton’s second stint with the Rams lasted just over a month. Worton was arrested on charges that he assaulted a man and two women at a Foxborough, Massachusetts bar last January. He was also accused of groping both women and then knocking out one of their boyfriends.

The Patriots dropped him from their practice squad after that incident. He’d spent some time with the Rams last season before heading to New England, and the Rams signed him again last month after he participated in their minicamp as a tryout player.

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Tarvaris Jackson arrested after allegedly pointing gun at wife

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Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is without a team for the 2016 season, although that may be the least of his worries in the near future.

Chris Hush of WESH in Orlando reports that Jackson was arrested for aggravated assault after pulling a gun on his wife. Hush shares a shot of the police report from the Osceola County Sheriffs Office from an officer who reported to the scene of a domestic disturbance.

Per the report, Jackson was intoxicated and loaded his gun during an argument with his wife before telling her “I’ll kill you, bitch.” Another adult who was at the house grabbed Jackson before things could escalate any further.

Jackson’s wife told police she feared for her life and grabbed an iron and knife at points for protection, but Jackson initially said nothing more than arguing occurred. He also told police that there was no gun in the house, but they found a handgun on the kitchen counter along with marijuana.

Jackson later told police he did grab a bag containing his gun and told his wife that he should shoot her. Per the report, Jackson’s wife replied that he “better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the field.”

The Seahawks signed Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps as backup options for Russell Wilson after Jackson filled the role for the last three years. They’ve said the door isn’t closed on a return to the team, although this incident and whatever happens next could certainly shut it.

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Manziel’s lawyer accidentally texts case strategy to AP

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Johnny Manziel may need a new lawyer. The AP eventually may need a new lawyer, too.

To cap a week that has consisted of plenty of renewed discussion regarding the manner in which the prosecutors in the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial botched the case, Manziel’s lawyer committed a technological faux pas by sending a text message accidentally to the Associated Press. Lawyers representing the AP likewise may have made a tactical error by authorizing publication of a text message that wasn’t intended for the AP.

“Manziel’s lawyer accidentally texts AP, confirms he is seeking plea deal in assault case, worries about QB’s ability to stay clean,” the AP posted at its NFL page. To the extent anyone may wonder whether the Twitter account was hacked, the AP has published a stand-alone story confirming the accidental text.

The mistake happened after an AP reporter texted lawyer Bob Hinton, seeking comment regarding the recent hit-and-run involving a car owned by Manziel. Hinton responded with a text that said, among other things, “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.”

Per the report, Hinton’s accidental text also said he “was given a receipt by a colleague that purports to show Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia shop 15 hours after the crash.”

It’s not Hinton’s first miscue in the case. Colleague Jim Darnell previously had to walk back Hinton’s off-the-cuff remark that he’d prefer to see Manziel and the ex-girlfriend he allegedly assaulted “kiss and make up.”

Nothing contained in Hinton’s unintended sequel is shocking, given what we already know about Manziel. The broader question is whether the AP should have shared the information that was accidentally shared with the AP, legally or ethically. The lawyer clearly wasn’t “on the record” with the AP; it was an accidental message clearly not meant for the AP or any other news operation.

Some would say that Hinton’s text should have been regarded as an off-the-record communication not authorized for use by the AP or anyone else. If Manziel’s lawyer believes that, and depending on how the law specifically applies to situations like this, there could be a few more rounds until this unexpected skirmish is over.

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Report: Purdue defensive tackle entering supplemental draft

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Purdue defensive tackle Ra’Zahn Howard will enter the supplemental draft, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday.

Citing a source, Schefter reported that Howard is leaving school for academic reasons. Players who have a change of circumstance after the early-entry deadline for the draft can apply for the supplemental draft.

Howard was suspended in January and announced his intention to transfer. He was a three-year starter at Purdue.

Purdue listed Howard at 6-foot-3, 325, so NFL teams will at least give Howard a look. The supplemental draft is held in July, and Schefter reported that Howard will hold a pro day workout in New Jersey on July 8.

A team that selects a player in the supplemental draft gives up its corresponding pick in the following year’s draft. Five players have been selected in the supplemental draft in the last six years, most recently offensive tackle Isaiah Battle by the Rams last year and most notably wide receiver Josh Gordon with a second-round pick by the Browns in 2012.

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Packers report record profit, revenue over last fiscal year

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Very little about the NFL escapes public scrutiny these days with the notable exception of the financial records of the 31 privately held teams under no obligation to share that information.

The Packers are not privately held, however, and their annual report gives us an idea about how things are faring in bank accounts around the league. You won’t be surprised to hear that business is good.

The Packers reported a franchise-record $408.7 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ended on March 31 along with a record $48.9 million in net income and $75 million in profit from operations. Those last two numbers represented 68 percent and 91 percent jumps from the previous year.

Packers president Mark Murphy attributed an 11 percent increase in local revenue to $186.2 million to the success of business at the Lambeau Field atrium and strong sales/marketing programs. National revenues — money shared equally by the league’s teams — went up six percent to $222.6 million, which provides part of the picture of the financial outlook for the rest of the teams in the league.

Part of the reason for the rise in the team’s profits this year was a drop in expenses that the team attributed to “a league assessment related to debt refinancing” and the previous year’s spending on the Titletown project near Lambeau Field. Murphy said he did not expect to see the same profit margin next season as player expenses appear set to rise.

“We have a number of core players with contracts ending,” Murphy said. “We could have a number of signings next year, and the biggest thing there [on the balance sheet] is the signing bonuses.”

Even so, it’s a good bet that the professional football business will remain a financially rewarding one for the Packers.

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Broncos, Miller haven’t spoken since early June

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After the Broncos visited the White House on Monday, June 6, someone (the Broncos) leaked to the media the terms of an offer that the team had made to linebacker Von Miller — and that had expired on Tuesday evening, June 7. Since that time, the two sides haven’t talked much, if at all.

Rosina Anderson of ESPN.com reports that the Broncos and Miller have had no conversations since early June.

As of last Friday, PFT learned that neither side had contacted the other in the aftermath of the contract signed by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in Philadelphia.

Even when the two sides were communicating, they weren’t actually negotiating. Instead, they traded proposals without the kind of in-depth back and forth that can bridge the gap on key terms.

If/when player and team truly negotiate, they should be able to work something out. For now, there’s no reason to talk. The team’s attempt to apply artificial deadlines didn’t get a deal done. The real deadline arrives on July 15.

At this point, it would be a surprise if the two sides resume discussions before Monday, July 11. If a deal is going to get done, it’ll likely happen not long before 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 15. Assuming the fax machines are working, of course.

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Saints place Kyle Wilson on injured reserve

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Cornerback Kyle Wilson has never lived up to the potential that made him a first-round pick of the Jets in 2010. He won’t get a chance to in 2016.

The Saints have placed Wilson on injured reserve.

The nature of the injury wasn’t disclosed, and it’s not known specifically when it happened. With no obligation to disclose injuries during the offseason, that’s no surprise.

After five years with the Jets, Wilson joined the Saints in 2015. He appeared in 15 games with four starts.

The Saints have replaced Wilson on the roster with defensive tackle C.J. Wilson. A seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2010, Wilson spent four years with the Packers, 2014 with the Raiders, and 2015 with the Raiders and Lions.

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Leonard Marshall worries advocacy could cost Eugene Monroe a job

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Former Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall is among the growing number of former players who want the NFL to take a closer look at medicinal (if not recreational) marijuana.

But that’s easier for former players than current ones, and Marshall thinks current advocate Eugene Monroe could suffer for it.

The Ravens said they cut the veteran left tackle for football reasons only, but Marshall said it’s hard to imagine that Monroe’s advocacy for marijuana research wasn’t a contributing factor.

Asked by Kalyn Kahler of TheMMQB.com if he thought Monroe was taking a risk by being so outspoken, Marshall replied: “We’ve seen that it already has been a risk, he’s been released by the Ravens.”

And when asked if other teams might be hesitant to sign Monroe because he’s outspoken, Marshall suggested there could easily be some blackballing.

“Yes, no doubt,” Marshall said. “I mean that’s the way things are. Are you part of the solution or are you part of the problem? This is a clear case where if you are a guy who is attempting to fight the establishment, you will be made the odd man out.

There are teams that have shown interest in Monroe (specifically the Giants), but so far, none of them have been willing to sign him. And if they don’t, Marshall has a good idea why they didn’t.

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Peyton rooting for Osweiler to have a great year

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In his first year of retirement, Peyton Manning will have a lot of favorite teams. One will be the Texans.

Manning said today at the Manning Passing Academy that he’ll be rooting for Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, his old teammate in Denver, to have a big year in his first season as a franchise quarterback after four years as Manning’s understudy.

“I look forward to this year being a fan of a lot of teams and people I have connections with,” Manning said. “I’ll be pulling for Brock. I know he’s going to have a great year.”

Manning said he’ll also root for his two former teams, the Broncos and Colts, as well as the Giants (his brother’s team), the Lions (his former Colts coach Jim Caldwell’s team) and the Dolphins (his former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase’s team).

Manning didn’t say which team will be his favorite. We imagine him spending his Sundays with multiple TVs in his living room, watching the Texans, Broncos, Colts, Lions and Dolphins’ games simultaneously.

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Browns sign fourth-round pick Joe Schobert

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: North team's outside linebaker Joe Schobert #58 with Wisconsin runs the ball down the sidelines during their game against the South Team on January 30, 2016 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Browns had plenty of picks during the 2016 draft and now they have all but one of them signed.

The team announced Friday that they have signed fourth-round linebacker Joe Schobert. Like all players drafted after the first round, Schobert agreed to a four-year deal.

Schobert started 28 games at Wisconsin after joining the team as a walk on following a stint at the University of North Dakota. Schobert had 9.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for losses and was named a second-team All-America by the Associated Press after the 2015 season. He also did well on special teams, which will be a path to early playing time for Schobert in Cleveland.

With Schobert signed, the Browns now have 13 of their 14 draft picks under contract. Third-round defensive end Carl Nassib is the only one unsigned in Cleveland and one of the few draft picks around the league yet to sign a deal.

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Broncos P.R. staff wins Rozelle Award

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As one of the premier organizations in the NFL, the Denver Broncos could be aloof, distant, and uncooperative with the media. They’re the exact opposite.

The team’s P.R. staff, led by Patrick Smyth, has won this year’s Pete Rozelle Award. Bestowed by the Professional Football Writers Association, the prize acknowledges a consistent effort to strive for excellence in the team’s dealings and relationships with the media.

Other nominees were the Cardinals, Bengals, Dolphins, and Giants.

The award is well deserved, based on PFT’s dealings with the Broncos. Many other teams are worthy of acknowledgement; PFT’s nominees for the award based on the past year would have included the Dolphins, Jaguars, Cardinals, Vikings, Falcons, and Panthers.

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The players are willing to submit to interviews over Al Jazeera report

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Yes, the NFL plans to interview multiple players regarding allegations of PED use arising from an Al Jazeera report. No, the players aren’t the ones dragging their feet.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the players in question — Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, James Harrison, and Mike Neal — are and have been willing to submit to interviews, along with free-agent Mike Neal. The delay arises from an inability of the NFL and NFL Players Association to reach an agreement on the scope of the interviews and other factors relevant to the process.

The NFLPA understandably is concerned about the precedent this could set, given the questions that have emerged regarding the credibility of the Al Jazeera report. If interviews proceed based on the information reported by Al Jazeera, what else could spark an investigation? A claim on social media that a player used steroids? An anonymous tip to the league office that a player bought HGH?

As a result, the union is pushing back on behalf of all players, even though the players currently involved insist that they have no concerns about the issue and, likewise, nothing to hide.

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NFL plans to interview Peppers, Matthews, Harrison about PEDs

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When training camps open, the NFL plans to interview Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Steelers linebacker James Harrison about allegations that they used performance-enhancing drugs.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the league informed the players’ union that officials will be there on the first day of training camp to question the three players, who were named in an Al-Jazeera America documentary about PEDs. An interview with free agent Mike Neal, also named in the documentary, is also expected to take place within the next four weeks. But the biggest name in the documentary, Peyton Manning, was not named in a letter from NFL V.P. Adolpho Birch to the players’ union.

“On January 11, 2016, the league notified Messrs. Peppers, Neal, Matthews and Harrison that it had initiated an investigation following the airing of the Al-Jazeera America documentary, which raised serious issues concerning their possible violation of the NFL/NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances,” Birch’s letter said. “The players were further advised that, with their full and timely cooperation, the investigation would be conducted expeditiously and with minimal disruption.

“While the investigation has proceeded, we have yet to interview the players. We have attempted since early April to work through the NFLPA to schedule them, but despite multiple requests the NFLPA has failed to respond, except to seek reconsideration of the basis for the investigation. This continuing delay and avoidance has obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation.

“In fairness to all, including the players involved, we must move forward with the interviews. Accordingly, this will advise that the interviews of Messrs. Peppers, Matthews and Harrison will be scheduled for the first day of their respective training camps, and the interview of Mr. Neal (free agent) will take place on or before July 22. The players will be advised of the specific scheduling details by separate correspondence on which the NFLPA will be copied, and of course an NFLPA representative may attend each interview should the player so request.”

The NFL is also investigating the allegations against Manning, although any league discipline would be meaningless now that he’s retired. If the NFL finds that Peppers, Matthews, Harrison or Neal violated the league’s PED policy, that could result in suspensions even if they’ve never failed a drug test. It is unknown whether the four players plan to answer all of the NFL’s questions — and whether the league would discipline the players if they don’t fully cooperate.

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Major League Football moves closer to the end of the road

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The plug previously was pulled on its inaugural season. Now, Major League Football faces the end of the road — before the journey even actually began.

Via the Bradenton Herald, Major League Football faces an eviction notice as part of a lawsuit aimed at recovering unpaid rent at its headquarters since March. The group allegedly agreed to pay $11,918 per month for nearly 10,000 square feet in office space.

But there’s still a flicker of hope, based on representations made by Major League Football to its landlord.

“We have gotten a lot of optimistic replies from them,”  attorney Dan Perka said. “They have sent us a copy of a letter from a funding group in the Far East, pledging $20 million and saying the money will be wired. We are trying to work with Major League Football to keep their plan going, but felt that we needed to protect ourselves.”

Even with $20 million, there’s no reason to believe Major League Football or any other alternative to the NFL will thrive. Others have tried, all have failed. Currently, Major League Football is close to failing. It would be a surprise if it doesn’t, sooner than later.

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Saints happy they landed prize recruit Dan Campbell

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The Dolphins didn’t want to keep Dan Campbell around as head coach after his stint as interim last year, but plenty of other teams wanted him on staff.

So Saints coach Sean Payton had to go back to a college tactic to land Campbell as his tight ends coach.

In his case, it was a little bit of a recruitment,” Payton said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

The Dolphins expressed some interest in keeping Campbell, but he wasn’t comfortable with staying as an assistant after having been head coach, even if it was just for three months. The Cowboys and Vikings were also interested in Campbell, but Payton had the advantage of having coached Campbell when he was playing for the Giants, Cowboys and Saints.

That and an assistant head coach title was enough.

“To me, it was a pretty easy sell,” Campbell said. “And the biggest factor was Coach Payton. I know who he is, I know what he’s about. And hey, man, he’s proven himself as a coach. I’d be lying if I didn’t say [the title] had something to do with. At the same time, I’m just happy to be here. And I was happy to get the opportunity to coach under Coach Payton and be part of the Saints again because it’s a winning organization.

“Anybody can say what you want; the last couple years haven’t been the way everybody wants. But I know where this team is headed and I know who’s at the top, and that was the biggest deciding factor.”

Payton said he was happy to add someone with Campbell’s ability as a teacher, and Campbell’s passion has been often cited. But while it was borderline cartoonish when he was an interim coach in Miami (running Oklahoma drills with professionals earned him immediate skepticism), it has been embraced in New Orleans, where they could use a little spark.

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