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Attorney requests perjury investigation against Mario Williams

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Yep, Mario Williams shouldn’t have tangled with Tony Buzbee.

As we recently explained, the lawyer representing Erin Marzouki will unleash the time-honored “let’s see what we can f–k with next” approach while representing the former fiancée of the Bills defensive lineman.  According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Buzbee is now f–king with Williams’ liberty by asking a Houston judge to refer the matter to prosecutors for a potential criminal investigation.

To support his claim that Williams’ lied, Buzbee has released a new round of text messages from Williams to Marzouki regarding the $785,000 diamond ring for which Williams has sued.

“‘Keep those material things.  It means nothing to me anymore,'” Williams allegedly said.  “‘I said keep it'” and “‘KEEP IT! Remember me by it.'”

Buzbee argues that the text messages sufficiently conflict with the allegations in Williams’ lawsuit to make the statements perjury.

“Despite his fame and wealth, this court should not allow Williams to misuse the court system, or to avoid the ramifications of his conduct,” Buzbee explained in a court filing.  “Williams is not above the law.  He undeniably lied under oath.”

The criminal justice system rarely becomes involved in disputes arising from civil litigation.  Lies routinely are told under oath as people either make a grab for cash or try to protect it.  Prosecutors typically can’t and/or won’t devote limited resources for fighting real crime to pissing matches between private parties.

Sometimes, however, the private controversy assumes a very public position.  Which means that, in a case like this, an opportunity arises to deter similar behavior in the future.

None of this means that prosecutors will indeed pursue charges against Williams.  But it’s just another example of how aggressively Buzbee will attempt to get Williams to drop the case and leave Buzbee’s client alone.

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Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL

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One of the NFL’s top left tackles has suffered a potentially season-ending injury in organized team practice activities.

Denver’s Ryan Clady sustained a torn left ACL in Wednesday’s workout, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

PFT’s Mike Florio has confirmed Clady’s injury.

A four-time Pro Bowler, the 28-year-old Clady is Peyton Manning’s blind-side protector. With Clady out indefinitely, the Broncos will have to adjust at a vital position. Veteran right tackle Chris Clark could be an option on the left side; he filled in for Clady in 2013 when Clady missed most of the campaign with a foot injury.

Rookie Ty Sambrailo and second-year pro Michael Schofield are other potential replacements for Clady, whose loss is a tremendous blow to a Denver club that lost tight end Julius Thomas, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and safety Rahim Moore in free agency.

Clady suffered a patellar tendon tear in his left knee in 2010, but he played the preseason finale and all 16 regular season contests that year.

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Sam Bradford expected to start 7-on-7 drills next week

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The Eagles started their organized team activities this week, but quarterback Sam Bradford hasn’t been a full participant.

Bradford is recovering from his second torn ACL in as many years and the Eagles have been easing him into the flow of things with individual drills this week while Mark Sanchez takes the first-team snaps in team work. Coach Chip Kelly said the plan is for that to change next week when Bradford should begin participating in the 7-on-7 portions of practice.

“He is on schedule,” Kelly said, via “We all think there’s three phases — there’s medical rehab, performance rehab, and prepare to play. He’s probably at the tail end of medical rehab. He’ll probably start throwing some 7 on 7 next week, and I think he’s right on schedule.”

The Eagles haven’t etched Bradford’s name into the top spot on the depth chart yet, but Kelly didn’t trade for a player making $12 million for him to sit on the bench behind Sanchez, Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow unless the reasons for doing so were too compelling to resist. As long as Bradford is healthy, it’s hard to imagine other reasons qualifying.

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Michael Vick: Last year with Jets “certainly a wake-up call”

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With each team able to carry 90 players this time of year, the idea of not being one of the top 2,880 players in the league is tough for Michael Vick to accept.

And he admitted to his hometown newspaper that it’s hard realizing he might be out of the league.

“Sometimes, it takes certain things to wake you up and [last year] was certainly a wake-up call for me,” Vick told Ed Miller of the Virginian-Pilot.

For all the highlights and controversy he created early in his career, last year might be remembered for his admission that he wasn’t prepared to play against the Chargers, and things didn’t really get better from there.

But he’s continuing to work. A month away from his 35th birthday, he’s continuing to work, saying he’s added muscle and that his arm is stronger than ever.

“I still feel like I can help a football team win a couple of games,” he said. “I see my role as being a mentor first and foremost, a confident quarterback who can come off the bench if necessary in whatever the situation may be and win football games.

“Whether it’s two or three games a year or four or five, I feel like I can put myself in that situation where I can, . . . use the weapons around me, play some smart football.”

Whatever the role, he said he’d like to play three more years. But at this stage, he might need to worry about one more, since there doesn’t appear to be much of a market for his services.

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Russell Wilson’s agent says he’s content playing out current deal

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There may be people in a hurry for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to get his contract finished.

According to his agent, none of those people are Russell Wilson.

Agent Mark Rodgers, appearing on the “Brock and Salk” show on 710 ESPN today, said there was no pressure to get a done quickly, and that Wilson was content playing out the year on his current deal.

“Neither side has any real deadlines,” Rodgers said. “I know the public and the fans and some of the media has put a sense of urgency on this, but there really are no deadlines.

“Russell Wilson’s under contract with the Seahawks and he absolutely, if he has to, would certainly be fine playing his fourth year under a four-year contract that he signed coming out, and then moving on from there. I don’t feel any particular crunch on time and any real particular deadlines.”

Wilson’s scheduled to make $1.5 million on the final year of his rookie deal, and Rodgers said his client had budgeted as if that’s all he was going to make in 2015. But he described talks with the Seahawks as “positive” and “robust at times.”

Rodgers insisted Wilson was not seeking to become the league’s highest-paid player.

“I think what he’s looking for is what everybody’s looking for,” Rodgers said. “And that’s a deal that feels fair, that feels reasonable and that at the end of the day makes him feel comfortable with the compensation he’s receiving for the skill and the performance that he’s delivering.”

And while that message isn’t coming from Wilson himself, it at least isn’t coming in the form of a subtweet.

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Chip Kelly says he’s called LeSean McCoy twice, but he “didn’t accept my call”

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When Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and now-Bills tailback LeSean McCoy next have a conversation, they figure to have some things to discuss.

But to hear it from Kelly, that talk hasn’t happened yet.

At a press conference Thursday at the Eagles’ OTAs, Kelly indicated he had twice contacted McCoy, but the tailback “didn’t accept my call,” per John Gonzalez of

While most relationships between coaches and former players don’t draw much public attention, this one is different.

A lot different.

In an interview with ESPN The Magazine published in May, McCoy suggested race might have had a hand in some of Kelly’s roster decisions.

“The relationship was never really great,” McCoy said of Kelly, per ESPN. “I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control.

“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason.”

On Thursday, Kelly said he disagreed with McCoy’s contentions regarding race and personnel.

“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said, according to “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”

The question now is whether the two men will get together to try and make this right.

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Odell Beckham says double-teaming him won’t work

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won’t surprise anyone this year, as every opposing secondary will play the Giants knowing that stopping Beckham is the top priority.

But while Beckham is expecting to see double coverage this season, he’s not expecting that to slow down the Giants’ passing game.

“I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention,” Beckham said, via “But it’s just not going to work.”

Beckham says that if opposing defenses force Eli Manning to throw him fewer balls this year, receivers Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will benefit.

“You know you have Vic and Reuben, it’s going to be hard to double or have a safety over the top with the stuff that we have going on,” Beckham said. “I don’t think it’s going to be beneficial for them.”

Beckham may be right that doubling him won’t work, but defenses will try. After Beckham tore opposing secondaries apart last season, the Giants’ opponents will do everything they can to stop the NFL’s best young receiver.

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Chip Kelly: New PAT rules don’t really change anything

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We’ve heard a variety of opinions about the NFL’s decision to change the rules for extra points since the announcement that kicks will now be snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the 2-yard line.

Some kickers have wondered about the impact on those kicking outside in cold weather and others have discussed the possibility of going for two more often, but not everyone thinks there’s much to think about. Eagles coach Chip Kelly was asked about the change on Thursday and took some issue with the very notion that anything changes.

“I don’t know what changes, to be honest with you,” Kelly said, via Albert Breer of

Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly adds that Kelly said that the team made 96 percent of their kicks from 15 yards or closer last season, which means that moving the kick back offers little incentive to go for two at points when they wouldn’t have gone for two last season.

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Report: Ravens sign Cassius Vaughn

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The Ravens recently signed former Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington and it appears that wasn’t the end of their plans to increase their depth in the secondary after scrambling for healthy bodies as the 2014 season drew to a close.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team has agreed to a one-year contract with Cassius Vaughn.

Vaughn spent last season in Detroit, where he played in 13 games and started five times for the Lions. Vaughn had 18 tackles and two interceptions last year and has seven interceptions over the course of a five-year career that has also seen him spend time with the Broncos and Colts.

Arrington is expected to join Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb as the top three corners in Baltimore this season, which would leave Vaughn to compete with Rashaan Melvin and Asa Jackson for the next rungs on the depth chart.

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Haloti Ngata: “Definitely difficult” adjusting to new defense

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Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata spent the last nine years as a member of the Baltimore defense and had his responsibilities in that scheme down pat before he was traded to Detroit this offseason.

Now Ngata is being asked to be more aggressive at the point of attack by penetrating through the offensive line and getting upfield, something he says he enjoys even though he’s still getting used to having that frame of mind on a consistent basis.

“It’s definitely difficult,” Ngata said, via the Detroit Free Press. “You’re going to, when you get fatigued, you get back to your old technique, your old ways of doing things. I saw it on film [Tuesday], I just kind of seen some of my technique going back to what I used to do in Baltimore. So just knowing that once I’m fatigued I’ve got to still focus, understand what my technique is, what they want me to do on the defense and try to attack all the time.”

Ngata is set to be a free agent after the season and the Lions have talked about giving him some time to get his feet wet before serious extension talks begin, something Ngata echoed when discussing his plans on that front. With Ngata still getting comfortable, it seems likely that those talks won’t get underway for a bit.

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PFT Live: Chad Greenway, Jets talk with Manish Mehta

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We spent time on Wednesday listening to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talk about running back Adrian Peterson and then we heard Peterson’s response to the coach saying that Peterson could play for the Vikings or not play at all in 2015, but Thursday will bring a conversation with a player who is actually practicing with the team right now.

Linebacker Chad Greenway will join Mike Florio on PFT Live to catch us up with the latest from Vikings OTAs, including any thoughts he might have about his longtime teammate’s future with the team. We’ll also ask Greenway about his decision to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings for 2015 and what he thinks the team is capable of doing this season.

Florio will also check in with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about the latest on the Jets quarterbacks and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson’s desire for a new contract. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego will have the latest on the Chargers on the field and in their search for a new stadium and PFT‘s own Darin Gantt will drop in to talk about the Panthers during the show.

We also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time via the O’Reilly Auto Parts Ask the Pros inbox or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app. You can also watch a simulcast of the first hour of the show by clicking right here.

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La’el Collins getting his first Cowboys work at right tackle

Offensive lineman La'el Collins plays the outfield as members of the Dallas Cowboys compete in the Reliant Home Run Derby to benefit the Salvation Army at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cowboys knew they wanted La’El Collins, and felt like they got him at a bargain rate — even if they didn’t know where to put him.

But injuries are taking care of that for the moment, as the famously undrafted rookie is working at right tackle while incumbent starter Doug Free recovers from offseason ankle surgery.

It’s definitely a new position for me, so a new challenge,” Collins said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I have to go out each and every day and focus on the small things – my technique, my assignments. It’s been a great two days for the OTAs.”

Collins played exclusively on the left side at LSU, and might eventually slot in as the Cowboys left guard. But the fact they think he can do several things only underscores the value they see in him.

“We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

“The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he’s going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free’s absence, and we’ll just see how that unfolds. All those guys, having some position flex and some versatility on the offensive line is really, really important. He’s someone who’s demonstrated that in college and has the physical traits to do it at this level.”

He also gives the Cowboys flexibility when it comes time to pay people, as they can leverage a guy who would have been a first-rounder before his name was linked to a double-murder investigation (in which he still isn’t considered a suspect).

It’s a long-term perk to what should be an excellent short-term move, giving the Cowboys the chance to keep an excellent line together for several years.

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Patriots plan to join Saints at Greenbrier for three days of practice

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The Saints are coming back to West Virginia. And this year, they’ll have company.

Per multiple sources, the Patriots intend to join the Saints for three days of practices at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

The practices will occur prior to the August 22 preseason game between the two teams in New Orleans. The Patriots will travel to West Virginia, the two teams will practice there, and then both teams will travel to Louisiana for the game.

The Saints held three weeks of training camp at the Greenbrier in 2014, providing them an environment with lower temperatures and humidity.

In West Virginia, the two teams will practice at a first-class facility that the Greenbrier built in a fairly short period of time. The Cardinals are considering spending the week practicing there between October games at Detroit and Pennsylvania.

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DeAngelo Hall: Achilles feels good, but I’m following team’s plan

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Cornerback DeAngelo Hall restructured his contract this offseason to take away any guaranteed money and make his entire $4 million salary contingent on making the Redskins’ 53-man roster for the start of the regular season.

Hall made the move after tearing his Achilles tendon last season and likely would have been looking at unemployment while he was rehabbing had he not agreed to the adjustment. Now he just needs to prove to the team that the injury hasn’t taken away his ability to play at a good level.

That proof will have to wait. Hall says that he feels good eight months after the injury, but he’s not going to practice until training camp.

“They have a plan and they’re sticking with that plan,” Hall said, via John Keim of “As good as I feel now, I look at it as more time to feel better. I feel I can go out there and make plays. If they want to hold me out for a while that’s fine with me. I got one shot to show what I can do, whether that’s waiting or going right now. I definitely want to be as healthy as possible. It wasn’t me coming to them and saying ‘let’s wait.’ It was them saying, ‘Let’s stick to this timetable. I know you feel good. I know you want to get out there. But let’s take our time and ease into it.’ I’ve been following that motto.”

Hall will have to show that he’s a better option than either Bashaud Breeland or David Amerson to start across from Chris Culliver in the fall, something that should be within reach if he’s healthy when he does make it back to the field.

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Chip Kelly makes another front office hire, adds to intrigue

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The makeover of the Eagles front office didn’t end when Chip Kelly got Howie Roseman kicked upstairs (and out of his football building).

In fact, it was only beginning.

Kelly has made a series of moves since then to restructure and restock his football operation, with some of the moves subtle and unannounced.

According to Geoff Mosher of, the Eagles have hired former Dolphins executive Chris Shea as their director of scouting administration/strategic management.

The move wasn’t publicized, putting it in line with other hires Kelly has made this offseason since former General Manager Roseman was given a better title but stripped of authority over the roster (though Kelly swears he has no problem with him).

But with vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz working underneath/alongside him, Kelly has put his own imprint on things.

Shea has Kelly’s preferred diverse background, which includes scouting, coaching, contracts and analytics. He also has a law degree and worked for the league’s management council. That kind of broad-based experience sounds a lot like what a G.M. does, and that’s probably not an accident, as every hire Kelly makes increases the distance between him and Roseman.

Several Roseman loyalists were already fired this offseason, and Shea gives Kelly another voice which sings in the same key he does, and a guy who could ostensibly handle Roseman’s duties (cap and contracts specifically).

So if Kelly’s goal is to not only marginalize Roseman’s influence but to get rid of it, this could easily be construed as a next step in that direction.

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Lions now looking for high-character players

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In 2012, the Lions suffered through a plague of arrests and off-field issues. With the arrival of coach Jim Caldwell in 2014, the Lions opted for a different approach.

“Jim has a great saying, a great thing that he lives by and that he espouses to the team,” CEO Tom Lewand said Wednesday at an event for the Kensington Community Church, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s very simple. He doesn’t believe in a lot of rules, but he encapsulates it in a great way. He says, ‘Do right and fear no one.’ Do right and fear no one. You don’t have to worry about a whole lot else if you do right. You don’t have to worry about a lot of those things. And those are the kind of players that we look for.”

The Lions are now gravitating toward players who exude high character and/or who demonstrate maturity and stability. The team, as Birkett notes, has drafted five players in the last two years who were married or engaged.

“This group that we have that we drafted and signed as free agents is probably the best group of players as [far as] checking the three boxes of physical talent, emotional intelligence and maturity and work ethic that I’ve seen in maybe the 21 years I’ve been with the Lions,” Lewand said. “And we’ve got players coming in here who have a previous disposition to doing the right thing, whether that’s how they work off the field, whether that’s how they work on the field, how they prepare, their love of the game.”

In looking for players who “do right,” the Lions are tiptoeing through a potential minefield by incorporating Christianity into their business approach. Lewand mentioned that he, Caldwell, and G.M. Martin Mayhew gather for weekly Bible study, and that their shared values have “a lot” of influence over the construction of the roster.

“There’s not a test that we put guys through,” Lewand said. “Are you a Christian? What’s your religious background? Or anything like that. Far from it.”

Lewand is smart enough to know that no employer can make decisions based on religious beliefs and/or practices. But when all things are equal between two players and the Lions know one is a Christian and one isn’t, will that be a factor in the decision regarding which one has a job and which one doesn’t? If so, that could be a problem, from a legal perspective.

From the franchise’s perspective, however, that’s a much better problem to have than a locker room with more than a few guys who don’t know how to “do right.”

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