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The Jets made headlines by releasing center Nick Mangold on Saturday, but that wasn’t only decision they made regarding a veteran’s future with the franchise.
According to multiple reports, the Jets have decided not to pick up the option on linebacker Erin Henderson’s contract for the 2017 season. That will make Henderson an unrestricted free agent next month.
Henderson only played in five games last season before being placed on the non-football injury list for reasons that weren’t publicly disclosed. He played all 16 games for the team in 2015 and spent six years with the Vikings before missing the entire 2014 season following his release in the wake of a DUI arrest.
A couple of guards that could interest the Dolphins in the draft.
Pass rushing remains an area the Steelers would like to improve.
A review of the Texans wide receivers.
One player can’t fix the Colts, but nailing their first-round pick would still help.
Will the Jaguars consider a running back in the first round?
Setting the stage for the Broncos ahead of the combine.
Running through some mock draft predictions for the Chiefs.
Which needs will the Chargers address in the draft?
Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson celebrated the 25th anniversary of a Cowboys Super Bowl title together.
Alabama TE O.J. Howard pops up on a list of draft prospects for the Giants to ponder.
A look at what the Eagles may do at safety this offseason.
Linebackers for the Redskins to watch at the combine.
The Lions have cap space to make moves in free agency.
The oversight board for the Vikings stadium is at full strength after new additions.
Extensions will keep a couple of potential Falcons free agents off the market.
Will the Saints pay up for a pass rusher in free agency?
The Buccaneers need to find some new playmakers.
A special teams primer for the Cardinals.
The Rams may not have a first-round pick, but they still have plenty to do at the combine.
Free agency hasn’t opened, but the 49ers have already been busier than they were in last year’s session.
Offensive line isn’t the only area the Seahawks need to address this offseason.
When the NFL banned Barstool Sports from covering Super Bowl week events, PFT made an issue of it because we think independent media should be able to cover the sport without constraints from the league. Now the NBA has provided an example of what can happen when a sports league gets too heavy-handed with the media, and the media lacks the will to push back.
Bleacher Report has deleted a tweet joking about Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks shooting an airball, not because there was anything wrong with the tweet, but because Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told them to, and they didn’t have the guts to stand up to Cuban’s bullying.
It started on Friday night, when Bleacher Report tweeted a short video clip of Nowitzki’s airball with the caption, “DIRK FOREVER.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We frequently laugh about players making mistakes. Bloopers are some of the most popular sports highlights.
Cuban, for some reason, took offense. And instead of shooting back at Bleacher Report with a tweet of his own and being done with it, Cuban decided to flex his muscles, perhaps knowing that Bleacher Report wouldn’t have the stomach for a fight with him. Cuban sent a profane email to Turner President David Levy (Turner is Bleacher Report’s parent company) and copied NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, ordering Bleacher Report to take the tweet down. Cuban made a vague threat that he would “communicate with the millenials [sic]” if Bleacher Report didn’t comply.
If Bleacher Report had any integrity, Levy would have told Cuban that independent media outlets don’t take orders from the people they cover, and that would have been the end of it. Amazingly, Bleacher Report followed Cuban’s orders, deleted the tweet and put up a fawning tweet about what a legend Nowitzki is.
Earlier today we deleted a tweet about Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk is an NBA legend in our eyes and will be forever.—
Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 25, 2017
That is a shocking capitulation and raises some ugly questions about Bleacher Report. We know about this time that Bleacher Report backed down to a powerful owner because this particular powerful owner chose to publicize it. What we don’t know is this: How many other times has Bleacher Report quietly backed down to owners or leagues? How many critical stories have Bleacher Report writers worked on, only to have the higher-ups put the kibosh on them when an owner or commissioner caught wind of it? If Bleacher Report is too spineless to stand up for itself on something as innocuous as a tweet about an airball, how quickly does Bleacher Report fold when there’s a complaint about something really serious?
And it relates to the NFL because, we’re happy to say, we’ve never encountered anything like this in the football world. We hear from NFL owners, teams, league executives, players and coaches who are unhappy with something we publish from time to time, but a demand from an owner to delete a tweet, coupled with a veiled threat, is something we haven’t experienced.
If we did, we’d stand up for ourselves. If we get something wrong we of course correct the record, but we don’t change what we publish simply because a thin-skinned owner doesn’t like it.
It’s important to have independent media outlets that aren’t afraid to step on a few toes, and won’t kowtow to the establishment. That’s why we thought the NFL stepped wrong when it banned Barstool Sports: Once a league starts picking and choosing which outlets can cover it, it begins to go down a dangerous path toward the league is dictating the coverage.
That’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed. With the NBA and Bleacher Report, it’s a line that has already been crossed.
Ravens safety Matt Elam has been arrested on drug charges in Miami.
According to Miami-Dade police records, Elam was booked at 3:45 a.m. today on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance.
Police say they initially pulled Elam over for reckless driving and found 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone in his vehicle.
The 25-year-old Elam was the Ravens’ first-round draft pick in 2013. The Ravens did not pick up Elam’s fifth-year option, so he becomes a free agent next month.
Julius Thomas is on the way out in Jacksonville, just two years into a five-year contract. A big part of the reason for that is he never became the receiving threat for the Jaguars that he had been for the Broncos.
But another part of it is that the Jaguars grew tired of Thomas’s limitations as a blocker, and the effect that had on the Jaguars’ offense.
“His blocking was non-existent,” a source told the Florida Times-Union. “If he was on the field, he was the second tight end and that meant a receiver came off the field and the team speed went down. And if he was on the field with Robinson, Hurns and Lee, it was a clear giveaway to defenses that it was a pass or a run away from him because he couldn’t be at the point of attack.”
Thomas will now go to Miami, where head coach Adam Gase, who previously coached Thomas in Denver, apparently thinks he can make it work with a tight end who is a liability on running plays.
The Cowboys celebrated on Saturday night the 25th anniversary of their 1992 Super Bowl championship team. Looming over the franchise continues to be the immediate future of the best quarterback in franchise history to not win a Super Bowl.
His future is undecided, according to the man who will eventually decide it.
It’s believed that Romo wants to be released. The Cowboys presumably want to get something in return for him. It won’t be nearly as easy as flipping a switch; if the Cowboys intend to trade Romo to a place where he doesn’t want to play, the new team may not be all that enthused about finalizing the transaction.
When Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian paid a visit to PFT Live during Super Bowl week, he was wearing a large sling on his left arm after surgery to repair his AC joint. The sling has now been shed.
Siemian gave Troy Renck of Denver7 an update regarding his status.
“I am out of the sling and everything is going really well so far,” Siemian said. “I should be good for OTAs but we’ll see. I’ll touch base with the [doctor] at the end of March and see how I am doing.”
Whether Siemian is available for the offseason program should go a long way toward determining whether he’ll be a viable contender to remain the starter. With a new coaching staff and a new offensive system, second-year first-rounder Paxton Lynch could get a leg up if Siemian’s left arm keeps him from getting reps during Organized Team Activities.
Regardless of which quarterbacks are taking the reps in the offseason, Siemian’s chances of playing in September will be boosted if he’s able to practice in April, May, and June.
At a time when their former Florida teammate is facing a much more serious criminal trial, NFL offensive lineman Maurkice and Mike Pouncey soon will be standing trial in a civil case arising from a 2014 brawl at their birthday party.
Per multiple reports, the trial against the twins starts on March 6 in Miami-Dade County. The case brought by Ricquan James and Niya Pickett claims that the Pounceys and their security team beat the plaintiffs and subjected them to homophobic slurs. Among other things, the lawsuit specifically contends that Steelers center Maurice Pouncey (pictured) punched James in the face and said that James “was ruining his party by acting gay.”
At the 2013 edition of their birthday party, which happened not long after Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder in Massachusetts, the Pounceys created a stir by wearing “Free Hernandez” hats. While the Pounceys faced no criminal charges, the lawsuit could end up being far more costly than whatever they have incurred in legal fees — especially with a standard of proof that is far less than proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
It remains to be seen whether the Jets will keep or cut cornerback Darrelle Revis. They have until March 11 to decide whether to pay a $2 million roster bonus for the privilege of paying him a $15 million base salary in 2017.
They owe him $6 million in fully-guaranteed base salary even if they cut him, but with offset language in the deal, they can recoup some of that based on what he earns elsewhere.
What he earns elsewhere will be maximized the earlier the Jets release him. Releasing him early gives him an enhanced chance to get even more than $6 million in 2017, since it would give him a head start on free agency.
So with long-time Jets center Nick Mangold cut on Saturday, giving him nearly two weeks before the 2017 free agents can be signed, will the Jets extend the same courtesy to Revis?
It helps Revis but, given the offset obligation, it helps the Jets, too. This assumes that the Jets can look past any frustration or resentment with Revis and make a decision that helps both sides.
Maybe Baker Mayfield will be going to Indianapolis next year, after all.
As the 2017 Scouting Combine approaches, criticism is intensifying regarding the rule that keeps incoming draft picks with certain types of past off-field misconduct away from all league-sponsored events. The teams will evaluate the players regardless of whether they are invited to Indianapolis; they prefer that the players be available in one place at the same time.
While it’s unclear how the internal opposition to the rule will manifest itself, the rule could be modified or flat-out dumped. The Competition Committee could be addressing the issue later this year, with the anticipation of some sort of a change coming by 2018.
As to the current rule, a league source who objects to the rule has raised an interesting question: How many league employees would be banned from working the Scouting Combine under the same standard that has resulted in players being ejected from it? How many media members likewise would be barred?
Potential hypocrisies aside, the teams want to be able to evaluate all players deemed talented enough to participate in the Scouting Combine. Keeping them away due to past misconduct won’t change that. If anything, it provides a solid chunk of evidence that could be used if a player with a a criminal record who eventually goes undrafted alleges collusion.
Nick Mangold, a fixture for the Jets since arriving in the first round of the 2006 draft, will be release in the near future, per multiple sources.
At this point, the only question is the timing of the move. It could happen as now as today, or it could happen later in the week.
The Jets appear to be willing to let Mangold announce the move before they do.
He has one year left on his contract at a salary of $6.075 million. The Jets will carry $3 million in dead money under his name for 2017.
The move, when it happens, will give Mangold a brief head start on the open market, which arrives on March 9.
UPDATE 2:44 p.m. ET: And Mangold has announced the move. Next, the Jets will.
UPDATE 4:32 p.m. ET: And the Jets have.
Maybe the Dolphins could have traded Earl Mitchell, too.
Miami stopped short of cutting tackle Branden Albert when it became clear that someone would trade for him. The 49ers, given the zeal with which they pursued Mitchell, possibly would have done the same.
The 49ers have announced the acquisition of Mitchell on a four-year deal.
“As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers G.M. John Lynch said in a release. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room, and in our community.”
That’s a far different assessment than the one the Dolphins had of Mitchell. As Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald noted last night on Twitter, the Dolphins weren’t impressed with Mitchell in 2016 and expected a decline in 2017.
And so the performance of Mitchell in 2017 will help the football-following world decide whether the Dolphins or the 49ers are better at evaluating veteran defensive linemen.
On the surface, the salary cap seems to be an objective, unambiguous formula. In reality, the specific team-by-team spending limit is finalized via back-and-forth negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
For 2017, the final number will be announced soon, since each team must be in compliance with it by March 9. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the cap currently is expected to be in the range of $166 million to $169 million.
Last year, the cap was $155.27 million. In 2015, the cap was $143.28 million. The year before, $133 million. In 2013, it was $123 million.
Prior to that, the cap was going up much more slowly; in 2012, the cap was $120.6 million per team.
The end result, assuming the low end of the currently projected range for 2017, is a total increase of 37.6 percent in only five years. Which means a lot more money for teams to spend — and a lot more money for players to make.
Trenton Thompson, a sophomore defensive tackle at Georgia who is viewed as a future high NFL draft pick, has left school because of health problems.
Thompson ended his sophomore season in December by being named MVP of the Liberty Bowl, but his college coach told the Athens Banner-Herald that Thompson has had “several shoulder surgeries” in the last two months and is continuing to deal with medical problems.
University police at Georgia said Thompson was discovered “wandering on the roadway,” and “unsteady on his feet,”with “very bloodshot eyes” on Thursday. Thompson told police he took “two oxies,” but the school later said he was tested at the hospital and was negative for OxyContin.
Georgia says Thompson will need “an extended hospital stay,” although his high school coach said he remains optimistic that Thompson will play football again in the fall. Thompson will be eligible for the 2018 NFL draft.
With the 2017 Scouting Combine approaching and the issue of players being excluded for off-field misconduct front and center in the radar screen, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield may have blown his shot at attending next year’s annual why-am-I-watching?-because-it’s-on-TV non-football football gathering.
Mayfield currently is in jail on multiple charges, including disorderly conduct, fleeing, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.
Deadspin reports that a full report on the incident will be available on Monday. Based on the allegations, the charges eventually pursued, and the facts as determined by the NFL, Mayfield — the early favorite for the 2017 Heisman Trophy — may be forced to navigate the pre-draft process in 2018 without a chance to attend the ultimate pre-draft meat market.