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While corporate logos and advertisements have yet to conspicuously infiltrate in-game NFL uniforms (the Nike swoosh is somewhat organic), the league is selling pretty much every other space into which a company’s name and/or mark can be placed.
According to Bloomberg.com (via SportsBusiness Daily), “Bose” will appear on all coaches’ headsets this year, after a full season with no name appearing on one of the most commonly-seen pieces of equipment during an NFL broadcast.
The league rejected an offer from Motorola that would have paid $50 million per year over five years, but the NFL passed, opting to have nothing other than the NFL shield on headsets in 2013. Presumably, the NFL is getting even more from Bose than Motorola offered.
And in the stroke of a pen, that’ll be more than enough to cover the annual salary and benefits of Commissioner Roger Goodell. All for the placement of four letters on the side of a plastic thing that covers a middle-aged man’s ear while he’s at work.
It’s enough to make the average fan drop a jaw and mutter a four-letter word. Or two.
The Factory of Sadness has made Browns fans a little more happy by firing a pair of key assembly line workers.
First it was Brandon Weeden, a failed first-round pick in 2012 who desperately wanted out. Now, it’s veteran Jason Campbell, who was due to be paid a $250,000 roster bonus if still on the team after 4:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.
The team has announced that Campbell has indeed been cut.
Campbell, a first-round pick of Washington in 2005, started eight games last year, losing seven. But he has shown that he can still be a competent backup quarterback, and he should get an opportunity to land on a depth chart somewhere — especially since there aren’t 32-times-three competent quarterbacks to go around.
The Vikings signed defensive tackle Linval Joseph on Tuesday and they drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round last year, but they are still thinking about adding to their options at the position.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Henry Melton is scheduled for a visit with the Vikings on Thursday. Melton, who came in at No. 32 on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, is very familiar to Minnesota after four years with the Bears.
During those four years, Melton established himself as one of the better three technique defensive tackles in the game but his 2013 season came to an end after three games because of a torn ACL. Joseph appears to be set for the nose tackle spot with Floyd filling the three technique spot vacated by Kevin Williams, but Melton would give the Vikings options and enviable depth at the position.
They aren’t the only team interested in Melton, however. The Cowboys are also reportedly interested in securing his services and Melton’s agent Jordan Woy said that his client would be interested in playing for Dallas. If Melton did land with Jerry Jones’ crew, he’d be reunited with former Bears defensive coordinator and current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
The Jaguars are continuing their aggressive approach to free agency, bringing in a pair of Steelers who could fill immediate needs.
Sanders figures to draw plenty of interest after his 67-catch, six-touchdown season last year, which came after the Steelers matched New England’s offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent.
Hood hasn’t lived up to expectations that came with being a first-round pick, but the Jaguars are developing a deeper line (with the addition of Red Bryant), so he could become more of a rotational player.
The Patriots have lined up visits with several free agents over the last two days, but they have yet to add anyone to the roster.
Sopoaga came to the Pats in an October trade with the Eagles as New England scrambled to find ways to replace Vince Wilfork in the middle of their defensive line. Sopoaga saw action in six games and made two tackles before being inactive for the final two regular season games and both playoff contests.
That did little to alleviate the loss of Wilfork and the Patriots gain $2.5 million in cap space by parting ways with Sopoaga. Some of that money could be useful if the Patriots, as rumored, decide to pursue cornerback Darrelle Revis now that he’s been cut by the Buccaneers.
The Ravens continue an impressive offseason of hanging onto their own.
The team just announced they had agreed to a new four-year contract with wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
He had visited the Giants Wednesday, but was on his way back to Baltimore to sign the deal.
His return ability alone makes him worth keeping, but he lends a deep element to the passing game that is needed, especially with a run game that struggled the way Baltimore’s did a year ago.
Brandon Weeden’s days in Cleveland have come to an end, officially.
The Browns announced on Wednesday afternoon that Weeden has been released.
Weeden, a first-round draft pick in 2012, has been a major disappointment while playing for a dysfunctional Browns franchise. He was a disappointment as a 15-game starter his rookie year and was every bit as bad in his second season, in 2013, when both Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell were more effective running the Browns’ offense than Weeden was.
Although the Jaguars were able to finagle a sixth-round pick from the 49ers for Blaine Gabbert, Weeden wouldn’t even attract that kind of compensation. The Browns won’t get anything for him.
Now the question is whether Weeden can catch on anywhere else. Some team might let him compete for a backup job, but just two years after he was a first-round draft pick, it’s entirely possible that Weeden has thrown his last NFL pass.
The defending Super Bowl champions are losing one of their key passing game targets.
The Lions and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate have reached a five-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
Tate told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the contract is for $31.25 million and includes $13.25 million in guarantees.
DetroitLions.com first reported that the club had the makings of a deal with Tate, and ESPN first confirmed completion of the agreement.
Tate, 25, caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for Seattle in 2013. He was the No. 26 overall player and the No. 2 wide receiver on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.
Tate (5-10, 202) will be the primary complement to Lions go-to receiver Calvin Johnson in the Detroit passing game. The Lions have lacked consistent quality receiver play beyond Johnson in recent seasons. Veteran Nate Burleson, who was the most reliable wideout other than Johnson, was released earlier in the offseason.
Now, Tate will get his shot to fill the role opposite of Johnson, who draws considerable attention from opposing secondaries.
The Buccaneers are doing business in bulk, but their biggest move is ending with a whimper.
The anticipated release of cornerback Darrelle Revis is now official. The team announced the move on Wednesday.
In the end, the Bucs weren’t going to get a trade with Revis unwilling to renegotiate his deal, despite many teams getting in touch.
Now, he’s free to negotiate his own new deal, with the Patriots figuring to be high on the list.
That makes for an expensive rehab assignment for the Bucs, who spent $16 million and two picks (last year’s 13th overall and this year’s fourth-rounder) for the privilege of a not-full speed Revis in a miscast role under Greg Schiano.
Welker and Talib became teammates for the second time when the Broncos signed Talib on Tuesday, and at Talib’s introductory press conference he said there are no hard feelings toward Welker, whom he first befriended when they played together in New England.
“Wes is a good friend of mine,” Talib said. “I watched the play 1,000 times and I can promise you, he didn’t do it on purpose.”
That’s a sharply different reaction than Belichick, who called Welker’s hit “deliberate” and said that Welker “wanted to take out Aqib.” Belichick viewed the hit as “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.”
But the NFL confirmed afterward that Welker’s hit on Talib was legal, and if Talib didn’t have a problem with it, it seems that Belichick is the only person who did.
Talib also said he was surprised to learn the Broncos were making him an aggressive offer in free agency, and expressed excitement that he’ll be a teammate of Peyton Manning’s, and playing for John Fox.
“Peyton is a great quarterback,” Talib said. “I had the opportunity to be on the other side a couple times last year. The opportunity to play with him, that offense, this defense, coach Fox, it was a surprise to me. A definite surprise. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Talib and Welker will enjoy working together in practice, where they won’t be putting any hard hits on each other.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the deal is done on Wednesday afternoon. Per Garafolo, it’s a two-year, $12 million deal for the 10-year NFL veteran and six-year member of the Dolphins defensive line.
With Paul Soliai jumping to Atlanta, retaining Starks became an even bigger priority for the Dolphins. They’ve also signed former Texans defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and the duo should make up the interior of the defensive line in the 2014 season.
Starks, who ranked 29th on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, has been a durable player for the Dolphins, never missing a game in his six years with the team, and has been productive against both the run and the pass. He’ll turn 31 in December, so the length of the pact should work well for the team as it will give them some time to identify and acquire a potential replacement before Starks moves on by either his choice or the team’s decision.
The Giants re-signed linebacker Jon Beason on Wednesday, but a deal they struck with another linebacker on Tuesday is on hold.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Giants’ deal with linebacker O’Brien Schofield has not gone through. The holdup is reportedly questions about Schofield’s knee raised during his physical with the team.
Schofield tore his ACL at the 2010 Senior Bowl, but his only notable injury in the NFL was an ankle issue that forced him onto injured reserve after seven games in the 2012 season. Schofield played 15 games in the regular season for the Seahawks last season and saw action in two of their three playoff contests.
The deal Schofield initially signed was for two years and $8 million and the two sides could try to reconnect on a new pact that reflects whatever concerns the Giants may have. Or the Giants may just decide to move onto other options now that they’ve got Beason back in the fold for the 2014 season.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (No. 49 on the Hot 100), Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins (No. 50) and Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith (No. 92) are among the unrestricted free agents to have visited with Tampa Bay. Patriots reserve linebacker Dane Fletcher also has met with the Buccaneers, the club confirmed on its website.
Fletcher, Tillman, Collins and Dietrich-Smith had all previously been linked to Tampa Bay in various media reports.
The Bucs also announced that Panthers wide receiver/returner Ted Ginn had visited, which appears to be a bit of new free agency news. Ginn, 28, hauled in 36 passes for 556 yards and five TDs for Carolina in 2013. Ginn is also an accomplished kickoff and punt returner, with six career return TDs to his credit.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is drawing a fair amount of interest around the league after turning in a strong 2013 season with the Cowboys.
Hatcher is visiting with the Seahawks on Wednesday and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that he’s scheduled to visit with the Raiders when his meeting in Seattle comes to an end. As with any future visit, the meeting with Oakland won’t happen if the Seahawks are able to secure Hatcher’s agreement on a contract.
The Titans are also on the list of future visits for Hatcher, but the chances of him making it to that one aren’t great with two teams now standing between them and Hatcher.
Hatcher, who turns 32 in July, joins defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker LaMarr Woodley as seasoned defenders on the Raiders radar. All three players would help the Raiders’ anemic pass rush, although going after players on the back side of their careers is a bit odd for a team that needs to develop a base of talent to build around over the long term.
General Manager Reggie McKenzie might not be there for the long term if the team has another losing season, though, and he may think adding a lot of experience will go a long way in Oakland.
Mincey’s stint with the Broncos was a short one: He was cut by the Jaguars during the 2013 season and then signed with the Broncos late in the year, playing Weeks 16 and 17 for Denver and then appearing in all three of the Broncos’ postseason games.
There have been questions about Mincey’s work ethic (he was released by Jacksonville in part for repeatedly showing up late to work), but when he’s on he’s a solid pass rusher. In his best season, 2011, he had eight sacks.
But Mincey is no Ware, and replacing Ware with Mincey in the starting lineup won’t improve the Cowboys’ defense.