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Revis doesn’t want trade, hasn’t negotiated with Jets

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Our most recent item regarding the Darrelle Revis situation springs from the apparent report by Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com that Revis wants to be traded by the Jets as soon as possible.

Per a source close to Revis, that’s not the case.

(Given that Cimini has since added the words “I think” at the outset of his article, Cimini apparently has gotten that same message.)

The source insists Revis doesn’t wanted to be traded, hasn’t asked to be traded, and has never at any time during his career in New York intimated directly or indirectly a desire to be sent to a new team.

This doesn’t change the fact that the Jets are trying to move him.  So if Revis doesn’t want to be traded, the question becomes why do the Jets want to trade him?

Multiple schools of thought currently are making their way through the NFL grapevine on this point.  First, the Jets have grown tired of the Revis routine, and they have chosen to not even try to negotiate a new deal with him.  Second, they prefer trading him to seeing him sign in 2014 with the Patriots, Giants, Dolphins, or Bills.  Third, they don’t want to pay him quarterback money.  Fourth, owner Woody Johnson doesn’t want to pay Revis or anyone significant money, quarterback or otherwise.

The second and third options are undermined by the reality that, per the source, there have been no negotiations on a new contract for Revis — at any time.  Last year, when Revis was contemplating another holdout, there were no talks.  Before that, there we no talks.  Since then, there have been no talks.

While the two sides disagree on whether Johnson and the Jets agreed to give Revis a long-term deal two or three seasons after Revis signed his four-year deal in 2010, the fact remains that there have been no discussions aimed at making Revis the NFL equivalent of Derek Jeter in New York.  Per the source, that’s something Johnson specifically promised to Revis.

With no attempt to negotiate Darrelle’s Derek Jeter deal, it can’t be that the player’s demands scared Johnson away.  Sure, there’s a chance that Johnson assumes Revis will want too much.  But how can anyone know that without asking?

Thus, if the Jets ultimately trade Revis without negotiating with him, the reasonable interpretation will be that Johnson decided that he no longer wanted Revis on the team, or that Johnson doesn’t want to pay significant money to any player.

Either of those explanations aren’t likely to make the Personal Seat License holders happy, or to persuade others to buy any of the remaining unsold PSLs.

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Prostitutes say Warren Sapp “tackled” them as they tried to leave

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Warren Sapp recorded 96.5 sacks in his Hall of Fame career.

But allegedly tackling two women he was paying to get into the sack with him has earned him new acclaim.

If you thought it couldn’t get uglier than the image of Sapp naked in your head, well it did. The prostitutes Sapp was charged with soliciting at the Super Bowl told police he “tackled” them when they tried to leave his room, according to another police video obtained by TMZ.

Sapp has denied laying hands on the women, but one of them told police that after the disagreement over their fee: “He tackled us together. That’s why my leg hurts.”

The former Buccaneers defensive tackle was charged with two counts of assault, along with the solicitation charges. He was summarily fired by the NFL Network.

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Larry Fitzgerald: I can still play at a high level

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald posted 63 catches for 784 yards last season, which were his lowest numbers since his rookie season and the cause of some discussion about how much he might have left in the tank after 11 seasons in Arizona.

It looked for a few moments like his time in Arizona might be done as a big cap number called his future with the team into question. The two sides hammered out agreement on a two-year deal, however, that will pay Fitzgerald $22 million and give him a chance to prove that there’s still a lot in the tank after being slowed by injuries last year.

“I can still play the game at a high level, given the opportunity to go out there and thrive,” Fitzgerald said, via the Arizona Republic. “It was fluke stuff, too. You work so hard to get yourself physically ready to go and you see it happen just that fast. You see Andre Ellington making a cut, or Carson Palmer being hit on his knee. You take for granted your health, sometimes.”

Fitzgerald had his strongest outings of the season just before Palmer was lost to a torn ACL last year, so a healthy Palmer return could be just as important as Fitzgerald’s own return to health. With Michael Floyd and John Brown also on hand, though, playing at a high level probably won’t lead to the eye-popping numbers of Fitzgerald’s younger days.

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Brady declined to give Griffin pointers

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Last year, as Washington and New England prepared to engage in joint practices, quarterback Robert Griffin III expressed a strong interest in talking to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“If I get a chance to sit down and talk to him, I’d love to, just to pick his brain,” Griffin said at the time.

But Griffin learned that Brady has no interest in allowing his brain to be picked.  Griffin tells Jeff Darlington of NFL Media that Brady declined.

Not until my career is done, Rob,” Brady told Griffin.  (Of course, there’s a chance Griffin’s will be done first.)

Griffin still learned plenty from watching Brady and the Patriots.

“What you do learn from watching [Brady] — and then watching the Patriots organization — you get a big-picture look at it,” Griffin told Darlington.  “Man, honestly, they operate like a high school football team,” Griffin told Darlington.  “You remember in high school, how the coach calls everybody up, everybody runs up, gets on a knee and looks at the coach like what he is saying is the most important thing in the world?  That’s how the Patriots are.

“They’re attentive.  They run on and off the field.  They run after practice.  They do what they have to do — and everyone understands, whether they like it or not, this is what it takes to win championships.  And they won the championship.

“We can’t ignore that.  We don’t need to mimic them or try to be like them.  We need to create our own culture — but we can learn from some of those things.”

Yes, they can.  But why didn’t they learn from those things last August?  Even though the Patriots had yet to win the 2014 championship, they’d become one of the elite franchise in the NFL.  Griffin surely didn’t want to pick Brady’s brain for the purposes of incorporating those changes in 2015; why didn’t Griffin and his teammates instantly implement the things they saw from the Patriots?

At a deeper level, Griffin’s comments could be viewed as (another) passive-aggressive dig at the coaching staff, since they’re the ones who need to create an environment in which players acts as if what the coach is saying “is the most important thing in the world.”

So Griffin was either subtly calling out his teammates or the coaching staff, or both.  Either way, the effort to become like the Patriots probably includes adopting a media strategy that doesn’t entail the quarterback subtly criticizing the other players or the coaches.

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Lions cut Rodney Austin after arrest

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Good players can keep their jobs in the NFL after getting arrested. Bad players cannot. Former Lions guard Rodney Austin is the latest player to learn that the hard way.

Austin was released by the Lions this morning after news surfaced that he was arrested last week.

According to the sheriff’s office in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Austin was arrested and faces misdemeanor charges of assault on a child under 12, assault on a female, interference with emergency communications and misdemeanor larceny.

Austin has been with the Lions since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but he has only played in one regular-season game. A bench warmer is easily expendable, and so Austin is now out of the NFL, and unlikely to return.

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Dennis Pitta working out with Ravens

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The Ravens have had tight end Dennis Pitta in the lineup for just seven games in the last two seasons as a result of hip injuries that are threatening to bring his career to an early end.

Pitta dislocated and fractured his hip before the 2013 season and missed most of the year before making a late season cameo and then suffered the same injuries three weeks into last season. Pitta has recovered, but coach John Harbaugh said last month that the team is waiting to hear if Pitta “wants or is able” to resume his playing career.

It certainly looks like Pitta wants to at least keep the door open for a possible return. In a video posted to the team’s website from Monday’s kickoff to the offseason workout program, Pitta is seen working out alongside his teammates in the weight room.

Pitta’s presence may keep the door ajar, but it probably doesn’t change the Ravens’ feelings about needing to add a tight end in the draft. With Owen Daniels gone, the team’s thin on players they know will be there in September.

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Titans visiting with Breshad Perriman

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The Breshad Perriman tour continues.

A day after visiting with the Jets, the former Central Florida receiver will visit with the Titans.

Yes, the Titans.  The team that hold the second overall pick in the draft.  The team that could trade down to, say, No. 17 with the Chargers, who’d spring up to get quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Perriman also has worked out for or met with the Panthers, Bears, Lions, Steelers, Eagles, and Ravens, among others.  Mike Mayock of NFL Network has suggested that Perriman could go in the first 20 picks.

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Bears bringing in former fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson

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The Bears are already pretty well-stocked with quarterbacks other people didn’t want, so what’s the problem with bringing another one in?

Via Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, former Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson will be attending next week’s Bears minicamp, ostensibly on a tryout basis. Jones mentioned it during a radio show he co-hosts in Arkansas.

Wilson was a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2013, but was cut before the end of his rookie season. He picked up with the Titans near the end of that year, and went to camp with the Bengals last summer, but was cut in the preseason.

The Bears quarterbacks coach is Dowell Loggains, another former Razorback who was in Tennessee when the Titans offered him a look in December 2013.

Chicago realized it was stuck with Jay Cutler this offseason, and he’s backed up by Jimmy Clausen, whom new coach John Fox has a higher opinion of now than when he had him in Carolina in 2010.

The only other quarterback on the roster at the moment is David Fales, a sixth-rounder from last year, when there was a different coach and General Manager in place.

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Oregon coach declares “Chip Kelly is not insane”

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Good news, Eagles fans.  The man who succeeded Philly coach Chip Kelly at Oregon has proclaimed that Kelly possesses all necessary mental faculties.

When news of Kelly signing Tim Tebow made it to Eugene on Monday, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was asked about the situation.

“I think it’s unfortunate I’ve had to answer this question more than once:  Chip Kelly is not insane,” Helfrich said, via CSNPhilly.com.  “He’s got a plan.  He’s got a method.”

At times, it seems that plan is there is no plan.  But even that is a plan, technically.

As to Tebow, it’s unclear what the plan really is.  Some think he’ll be the specialty quarterback if/when the two-point conversion attempt moves to the one.  Which frankly makes no sense; teams routinely face short-yardage situations, and they typically don’t remove their starting quarterback for those plays.

Regardless, Kelly knows what he’s doing.  Even if no one else does.

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Dorial Green-Beckham visiting the Chiefs today

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While many pre-draft visits are for the sake of smokescreen, or to firm up medical information, many of them are for teams to look a player in the eye.

Likely along those lines, the Chiefs are bringing in one of the most talented players in the 2015 NFL Draft today, who comes with considerable baggage.

Via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chiefs are hosting former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham today.

Green-Beckham has also visited the Bengals and 49ers, and the Vikings and Ravens have also met with him. Plenty of other teams probably have as well, to see if they are willing to gamble on a player with explosive ability and a checkered past.

Green-Beckham was kicked off the team at Missouri after a pair of drug arrests, and a domestic violence accusation (though no charges were filed). He transferred to Oklahoma, but never played a down there.

If you trust him, he’s the kind of game-breaking talent which any team can use, and getting him with the 18th pick might be a steal. Weighing whether they can take such a chance is the kind of thing most evaluators can’t decide before meeting someone face-to-face, which the Chiefs will do today.

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Nate Solder played last year after testicular cancer diagnosis

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The Patriots have made keeping injuries secret a point of institutional pride.

But Nate Solder’s willing to talk now about a problem he dealt with last season that could have been much bigger than fudging an injury report submitted to the league.

Via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year ago, was treated, and went on to play a key role for the Super Bowl champions.

He was initially diagnosed after his standard physical at the beginning of offseason conditioning work. He mentioned feeling some pain, Patriots doctors ordered up an ultrasound, and three days later, he had surgery to remove the testicle. He only missed a few days of OTAs while recovering, and started every game last year, so there was no suggestion that anything was wrong with him at all.

I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise,” Solder said. “You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, ‘I’m not going to freak out about this.’ Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn’t have checked it, saying, ‘Oh, it’s just in my head, I’m going to be fine.'”

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness month, so the 27-year-old Solder was moved to reveal the disease now for the sake of awareness. According to the American Cancer Society, almost half of all cases of testicular cancer are in men between the ages of 20 and 34.

He had a quick and uncomplicated recovery, so he was hesitant to be portrayed as overcoming cancer and going on to be a football hero, knowing his story’s not always typical.

“I was completely healthy, I’m a professional athlete. It can happen to anybody,” he said. “Make sure you get yourself checked out, especially young men, because that’s who it’s really targeted toward. . . .

“The biggest thing is letting people know and giving them the information. And maybe giving people some courage that if they are in a situation like I was, maybe they would go and say something, and that could make a difference. It’s more common than people realize. A lot of people are either afraid to do it, or they don’t think it’s important enough to get it checked. It’s a simple check. Six months, a year, and then it starts spreading and then you start to feel symptoms and it’s a more serious situation. So that’s a big thing; you can save lives with early detection.”

If his story gets one person to get a check-up, then telling it was worthwhile.

 

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No Michael Bennett at Seahawks workouts

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Earlier this month, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett denied reports that he requested a trade away from Seattle this offseason because he was unhappy about the contract he signed before last season.

Bennett didn’t go on to throw cold water on the idea that he’s feeling less than thrilled about his contract, however.

“I can’t really say that. But I mean I don’t know anybody that is happy with the amount of money that they’re making. But at this point, I’m just trying to be a good Seahawk,” Bennett said on KIRO.

Should Bennett sit for another interview, his feelings about his contract are likely to be revisited after he didn’t show up for the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason work on Monday. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that the desire to renegotiate his deal was behind the absence.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider has espoused a policy of not extending deals with more than a year left and Bennett’s heading into the second year of the four-year pact he signed in 2014. The team did move some money around to placate running back Marshawn Lynch and bring his holdout to an end last year, however, and Bennett may be angling for the same consideration this time around.

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Tuesday morning one-liners

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So far, so good for Rex Ryan and Bills fans.

Minnesota S Cedric Thompson is slated for a visit with the Dolphins.

A look ahead to the Patriots’ road schedule.

This just in: The Jets need a quarterback.

WR Kamar Aiken is optimistic about his chances of landing playing time with the Ravens.

The Bengals have several players heading into their contract years.

Will S Tashaun Gipson join the Browns for workouts if Friday’s deadline passes without an offer from another team?

The Steelers continued meeting with cornerback prospects on Monday.

Texans T Duane Brown plans to step into a bigger leadership role.

Said Colts WR T.Y. Hilton of Reggie Wayne’s absence, “It’s very different. It still hurts me right now. I was still waiting for him to just walk in the meeting room. It’s different. It’s going to take me some time to get used to it, but I don’t think I will.”

What will the Jaguars do at running back in the draft?

The Titans struck a one-year deal with LB Kaelin Burnett, who played five games for them last season.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is trying to avoid a step back after last year’s rapid rise.

DE Mike DeVito and LB Derrick Johnson were back at work as the Chiefs opened workouts.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is ready to get to work on the field during the team’s voluntary minicamp.

Assessing the Chargers’ draft needs on the defensive line.

Jimmy Johnson once went from the Miami Hurricanes to the Dallas Cowboys and RB Duke Johnson wouldn’t mind making the same move.

Giants RB Shane Vereen will join his former Patriots teammates at the White House.

Criticism of the criticism that followed the Eagles’ decision to sign QB Tim Tebow.

The Redskins were happy with the attendance for Monday’s start of offseason workouts.

Doug Buffone’s teammates with the Bears remembered him fondly after his death on Monday.

Lions TE Joseph Fauria avoided surgery on his ankle.

Mike Daniels is happy to continue the Packers defensive line with B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion.

A list of the draft prospects the Vikings have spoken with this offseason.

The Falcons made stops at Missouri, UCLA and Washington as they continued pre-draft evaluations last week.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly isn’t focused on contract issues at the moment.

Eliminating bad football tops the list of Saints goals for the 2015 season.

LB Bruce Carter is excited about getting to work with the Buccaneers.

CB Patrick Peterson was one of the Cardinals players reacting to S Adrian Wilson’s retirement on Monday.

Said Rams TE Jared Cook of the first day of offseason workouts, “You come in with a fresh new outfit, fresh new shoes, a new backpack. You got a Spiderman lunchbox. You’re showing off your new stuff. No, it’s just guys being acclimated again.”

49ers newcomer Jarryd Hayne explains why he settled on No. 38.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and his family are hosting a fourth annual fundraiser to help children with autism.

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Michael Oher seems to prefer Carolina to Tennessee

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The Titans didn’t like what they saw from Michael Oher, cutting him one year into a four-year contract.

But from Oher’s perspective, that’s fine, since he didn’t seem crazy about what he saw there either.

The now-Panthers tackle tried to be nice about it, but it was obvious he wasn’t a fan of his time in Tennessee.

I like things to be run the right way,” Oher said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “Doing things right. Just being on top of things. I’m just glad I’m in a good organization with guys that do it the right way.

“I’m trying to put that behind me and move forward.”

He also talked about the feeling of being wanted by the Panthers, with former left tackle Jordan Gross among the people who reached out to him this offseason.

“I talked to so many guys that were here before I even signed, so that was another exciting thing for me,” he said. “I knew they wanted me here. I felt like I was coming out of college, . . . It means a lot just to know they really wanted me here in Charlotte.”

Whatever his problems with the Titans organization, he said he’s at least better able to compete for a job this year after dealing with toe problems which limited him to 11 games, and helped make him ineffective in the ones he played.

“During the game in my stance, I’d be thinking about that rather than thinking about the guy that I’m going against,” he said. “Last season it just flared up worse than it ever has, and I just needed to have it worked on. I got it done, and I feel a sense of relief already. It’s definitely improving. . . .

“I’m still chasing greatness and want to be great. I still have time, (and) I feel like I have the ability, the attitude and just want to be great and not let these guys down.”

The Panthers would love to get greatness out of him, as stability at the left tackle position would be something they haven’t had since Gross retired. But Oher even being acceptable would be an upgrade for them, as the try to rebuild a line that can protect a quarterback they’re trying to invest in.

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Lions offensive line looking to “whoop somebody’s ass” in 2015

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The Detroit Lions enter the offseason program with multiple spots on the starting offensive line unknown.  Their mission isn’t.

We have to be more aggressive,” guard Larry Warford said Monday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.  “We can’t be as technical as we [tried to be last year].  The biggest thing is we tried to break everything down, we tried to focus on a bunch of stuff at once, down to the smallest detail.  With offensive line play, that’s cool but at the end of the day you have to whoop somebody’s ass and we weren’t necessarily being the players that we were trained to be from the start.”

Warford added that the offensive line was “somewhat robotic” in 2014.  Two of the five starters from that “somewhat robotic” line, Dominic Raiola and Rob Sims, won’t be around in 2015.  But it sounds as if Raiola and Sims weren’t the “somewhat robotic” ones.

“It sucks that they’re gone. They’re huge, huge, huge personalities in the room,” Warford said. “That’s 14 years with Dom and what is it like [nine] for Sims? It sucks that they’re gone ’cause they come from a different era in football and that era was, mentally they were stupid tough. It sucks that we don’t have that type of leadership with us, but the biggest thing is carrying on what they taught us and the mentality that they brought in, take it upon ourselves to instill that mentality in the room.”

So how will they do that?

“[Offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn], first thing he said was, ‘We’re coming off the ball,'” Warford explained regarding the opening meeting of the year with his position coach.  “‘We’re running off the ball.’  There’s nothing else to that.  We’re going to set the pocket and run off the ball.  He said that today.  That’s what it has to be.  We’re not going to focus every little step.  You have to work that framework into what you can do personally.  Everybody has as different skill set and they have to make it work for them.  That’s the biggest thing.  It’s not going to be too chaotic or whatever, but we’re going to play.”

Travis Swanson takes over for Raiola at center and Warford plays right guard.  The other 60 percent of the starting offensive line spots are up in the air.  The guys most likely to win those jobs could be the guys who demonstrate the greatest ability to whoop some ass.

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Brian Orakpo looking forward to playing for Dick LeBeau

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Linebacker Brian Orakpo had his first day of work for a team other than the Redskins on Monday, although not everything about life with the Titans will prove to be a new experience.

One of the biggest parts of any transition to a new team is learning their scheme, but Orakpo said he’s got a head start on that front because of how much time he spent studying Dick LeBeau’s defenses while playing for coaches who learned at LeBeau’s knee while working in Washington’s 3-4 scheme. LeBeau made the move from Pittsburgh to Tennessee this offseason and Orakpo said that helped lead him to Nashville as well.

“When I knew [LeBeau] was on board, it made the transition a lot easier because I knew what he was all about,” Orakpo said, via the Tennessean. “When I was in Washington, all I did was study Pittsburgh’s stuff and what [LeBeau] brought to the table and how they ran their defense. I knew what James Harrison would do before James Harrison knew what he was going to do. That’s how much I studied it. Earlier this day when we were going over defenses, I knew it like the back of my hand. Obviously the terminology is a little different. But it’s very, very similar as far as the way the 3-4 should be run.”

Orakpo’s familiarity with the defense won’t matter much if he’s not healthy enough to stay on the field this season, something that torn pectoral muscles have kept him from doing in two of the last three seasons. Orakpo said he’s altered his workouts to increase flexibility and mobility in his upper body in hopes of avoiding an injury that keeps him from making the most of life under LeBeau.

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