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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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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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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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Nelson Agholor sexual assault investigation sent to Philadelphia D.A.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 16: Nelson Agholor #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches the ball and then runs past Deveron Carr #38 of the Indianapolis Colts on August 16, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Eagles defeated the Colts 36-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor became the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Philadelphia earlier this month after a dancer at a strip club accused him of raping her and Agholor’s attorney quickly issued a statement proclaiming confidence that his client would not be charged with a crime.

That decision is now in the hands of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ office. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told Philadelphia Magazine on Thursday night that their investigative work has been sent to the D.A. for review before a decision is made about charges. The D.A.’s office had no comment.

“We’ve been in touch with the investigators, but I can’t comment on the progress of the investigation,” Agholor’s attorney Fortunato “Fred” Perri said. “It’s always difficult when something like this happens. [Agholor] has been staying close with his family and doing the best he possibly can.”

Reports at the time of the allegation against Agholor had him and the dancer in a dispute over money before the allegation was leveled. Agholor’s teammates Connor Barwin and Fletcher Cox were allegedly with him at the strip club on the day in question and both issued statements saying they had no knowledge of anything that might have transpired.

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NFL, Jaguars, Dolphins and Buccaneers donate $400K to OneOrlando Fund

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The NFL and the three teams located in Florida have announced a donation to the OneOrlando Fund established to support the survivors and families of those who died in the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12.

The league, the Dolphins, the Jaguars and the Buccaneers made a joint announcement of a $400,000 donation to the fund created by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Dyer said the donation shows that “we are not in this alone” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league “will continue to look for ways to lend our support” to the community.

“In the face of this tragedy, the Jaguars stand in solidarity with the citizens of Central Florida,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “In addition to our team contribution, our fans are also supporting our Central Florida neighbors by donating at http://www.jaguars.com/jaxfororlando. Along with the NFL and our fellow Florida teams, the entire Jaguars family offers our condolences and continued support for the city of Orlando.”

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and a spokesman for the Glazer family offered similar sentiments in their own statements while Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has joined former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and others in spending time with survivors of the attack in recent days.

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Muhammad Wilkerson is running as broken leg rehab continues

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates after sacking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Getty Images

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson hasn’t signed his franchise tender or a long-term deal with the team, leaving him unwilling to say whether he’ll report to training camp on time next month.

If he does decide to show up, it doesn’t look like the broken leg that he suffered in the final week of the 2015 season will stop him from doing too much. Wilkerson posted a video of himself running on Instagram Friday that showed no signs of limitations as a result of the injury.

While the leg injury was a serious one, there hasn’t been a sense that questions about his ability to return from the injury have been the stumbling block in any contract talks with the Jets. The bigger issue appears to be the Jets’ feeling that the presence of Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams on the defensive line makes signing Wilkerson to a huge contract less of a necessity than it might be under other circumstances.

There’s still time before July 15 for the two sides to come together, but the way things have played out the last few months makes it seem like a better bet that Wilkerson is doing his running in a different uniform come 2017.

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Dorial Green-Beckham more confident, comfortable in second season

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Seven receivers came off the board before the Titans selected Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round of the 2015 draft and only one of them had more catches, yards and touchdowns during their rookie seasons.

That didn’t stop Titans coach Mike Mularkey from saying that he wants more from the team’s receiving corps this season and it didn’t stop the team from bumping rookie Tajae Sharpe ahead of Green-Beckham on the depth chart during offseason work. Pushing Green-Beckham may have been part of that alignment as Mularkey said he wants more consistency from Green-Beckham, who says he finished OTAs feeling “more comfortable” in the offense.

“I had a good offseason,” Green-Beckham said, via the team’s website. “I had a hamstring problem that set me back early, but other than that I have been taking care of myself, learning the playbook, and have done my best to play fast. My confidence is up there. But I know these next 5-6 weeks I am going to have to keep busting my tail and get in the playbook and stay motivated.”

Green-Beckham didn’t play at all while spending the 2014 season at Oklahoma, so it had been a while since he was on the field when he joined the Titans. If things continue to come together for him in training camp, it could lead to another shuffling of the depth chart and the emergence of a wideout who can help the Titans do some shuffling in the standings as well.

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Carlos Hyde: Players buying into Chip Kelly’s offensive system

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Things didn’t end well for Chip Kelly with the Eagles, but they appear to be off to a good start with the 49ers.

Kelly and the 49ers have wrapped up an offseason spent installing his offensive scheme and one of the players who figures to fill a major role on the unit says that he and his teammates have jumped on board. Running back Carlos Hyde has previously talked about his personal excitement about what Kelly does on offense and says that he thinks his teammates are feeling the same way after a couple of months working in the new system.

“It’s been great having Coach Kelly there,” Hyde said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Maurice Jones-Drew. “I feel like the team has bought into his system. Even though it’s new to most guys, I’m kind of familiar with the system from college. But I definitely feel like everybody has bought into the system and guys are just really looking forward this season. Guys are really looking forward to making a name for themselves.”

Hyde should get every opportunity to do that in an offense that has generally given plenty of work to the No. 1 running back and Kelly’s said he plans to have Hyde more involved in the passing game than he has been over the last two seasons. How things will play out at other positions is less clear, but success for Hyde would be a good building block for the entire offense this season.

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Friday morning one-liners

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WR Terrell Owens didn’t play for the Bills too long, but was back in Buffalo for a high school graduation Thursday.

A look back at when John Bosa played for the Dolphins and was the highest draft pick in his family.

The Patriots like cornerbacks who can contribute on special teams.

Jets rookie LB Jordan Jenkins is trying for a starting role.

The Ravens like what they’ve seen from CB Jerraud Powers this offseason.

Will the Bengals make any other veteran additions?

Joe Kim has returned to teach Browns players martial arts.

Any Steelers hopes for success in 2016 start with staying healthy.

The Texans hope to see continued development from DT Christian Covington.

Colts scouts share some of their thoughts on rookie T Le’Raven Clark.

What did the Jaguars learn about themselves this offseason?

Former Titans OL Fred Miller’s son committed to Vanderbilt, where former Titans RB Eddie George’s son also plays.

Dennis Smith checks in on the list of the best Broncos safeties.

Breaking down RB Spencer Ware’s fit on the 2016 Chiefs.

Raiders TE Colton Underwood is involved in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Another proposal for a Chargers stadium has surfaced.

DL Cedric Thornton explains why he signed with the Cowboys.

Breaking down the Giants safeties.

Chris Pantale could be the Eagles’ choice at fullback.

Doug Williams likes the receiver group the Redskins have put together.

Former Bears offered some advice to the team’s rookies about transitioning to the pros.

Graham Glasgow is in the mix for the Lions’ center job.

A call for the Packers to retire Paul Hornung’s number.

A home in Houston owned by Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is on the market for $8.5 million.

What do the Falcons have at tight end?

Panthers C Ryan Kalil and former teammates Jordan Gross and Geoff Hangartner have teamed up to write a book about life as a rookie in the NFL.

A look back at when Bum Phillips roamed the sidelines for the Saints.

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston visited survivors of the attack in Orlando.

Where do things stand with the Cardinals defense after offseason work?

The Rams don’t want to be overly reliant on RB Todd Gurley.

A few notes about the 49ers special teams units.

The Seahawks haven’t settled on a strong-side linebacker yet.

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Reggie Bush feels healthy, doesn’t think he’s lost a step

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Running back Reggie Bush’s 2015 season with the 49ers came to an early end when he slipped on the concrete that skirted the playing field in St. Louis and tore his ACL.

It was the latest in a long list of injuries for Bush, including a high ankle sprain that limited him with the Lions in 2014, but Bush said earlier this offseason that he wants to keep playing. He hasn’t found a job yet, although he told Bruce Murray and Maurice Jones-Drew of Sirius XM NFL Radio that he’s heard from a couple of teams and that he feels healthy.

Body feels great,” Bush said. “I had the knee injury last year. It was very unfortunate, slipping on the concrete in St. Louis, but up until then I hadn’t had a knee injury since 2009. … To play in the league 10 years, I definitely feel as good as I could be. I don’t feel like I lost a step, I don’t feel slow and I feel like I could still go out there and be effective.”

If Bush does sign with a team, he’ll have to catch up quickly after missing the entire offseason. He said his experience with four different teams and multiple offensive schemes leaves him confident that he can do quickly, although that point remains moot as long as he’s unemployed.

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Kenyan Drake says hamstring will be fine for camp

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Running back Kenyan Drake #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for 58-yards in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Dolphins took running back Kenyan Drake in the third round of this year’s draft in hopes that he’ll be an option behind Jay Ajayi in the backfield.

Those prospects would be dimmed by an injury that keeps Drake off the field when he should be making the transition to the professional ranks, which made it a bit of a concern that Drake had to leave a minicamp practice with a hamstring injury last week. It doesn’t look like that concern will linger into training camp, however.

Drake said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, that he is “feeling great” and will be ready to do everything when the Dolphins start camp next month. Drake also dealt with a variety of injuries at Alabama, including a broken ankle, but he played 13 games last season and says that he’s been there when his team needs him.

“You’re going to get hurt as a football player,” Drake said. “It’s about how fast you recover and get back on the field. It’s not about how many times you get injured. It’s about are you able to play in critical moments of the season when the team needs you to.”

If the Dolphins don’t sign a veteran, their depth chart at running back sets up well for Drake to be the No. 2 with a strong camp. Being healthy is a must for that to happen and Drake believes he’ll be all systems go come July.

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Corey Graham says Bills defense is on same page now

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The Bills defense was a major disappointment last season and several members of the unit shared their thoughts on what was wrong, including safety Corey Graham’s feeling that the defense was “all over the place” and that players didn’t know what was “going on half the time.”

Bills coach Rex Ryan responded to the defensive failings by saying that he tried to combine aspects of the 2014 scheme with his own last year and that 2016 will be all his scheme. Graham said that the offseason work putting that scheme in place has left the team in a better place than they were last year.

“We weren’t on the same page and that starts with me,” Graham said, via the Buffalo News. “That starts for a lot of guys. We have to put in more time studying, preparing and it has definitely paid off. Guys are focused now. Guys are studying. For me, learning a defense has never been hard for me. I don’t care what the defense is. I’d like to think I’m a pretty smart guy who can pick up any defense. Rex Ryan’s defense is serious. I can pick it up. I’m not going to say I can’t. But it’s not the same for everyone and we have to make sure we’re all on the same page. And that was the problem we had. We were not on the same page. Right now, we are.”

Expectations were high heading into last season and Graham knows that they “have to be special” on defense to avoid missing them again this year. Knowing what they’re doing on the field is certainly a prerequisite for a better fate.

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John Elway wins PFWA’s Jack Horrigan Award

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 07:  Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway addresses the media during Peyton Manning's NFL retirement press conference at the UCHealth Training Center on March 7, 2016 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

It may not be at quite the same level as the Lombardi Trophy, but Broncos General Manager John Elway has added another prize to his case in 2016.

Elway has been named the winner of the Jack Horrigan Award by the Professional Football Writers of America. The award is named after the late sportswriter and Bills exec and is given to a team or league official for their “qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job.”

In a statement from PFWA president Jeff Legwold, Elway was praised for his openness with the media while dealing with things like last year’s head coaching change and the many twists at quarterback both before and after the team’s Super Bowl victory.

“Since John Elway returned to the Broncos in 2011, he had been in the uncommon position as a Hall of Fame player who was now a team’s chief football decision-maker,” Legwold said. “And after the 2015 season, he is the only person to have started at quarterback for a Super Bowl winner and then returned as a team’s top football executive to win another. Elway was cited by the PFWA membership for his willingness to offer perspective on what’s happening in the league as well as candid, honest assessments of events surrounding the Broncos in both good and difficult times.”

With a deadline looming to get a long-term deal done with Von Miller and a starting quarterback to name, Elway should have plenty of opportunities to offer candid assessments in the coming months as well.

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Eric Decker wants resolution on Ryan Fitzpatrick before camp

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Jets coach Todd Bowles said last week that there’s no “drop-dead deadline” for the team to come to an agreement with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but one of Fitzpatrick’s top targets from last season feels like there should be one.

Wide receiver Eric Decker has made it clear this offseason that he’d like to see Fitzpatrick back for a second season leading the Jets offense and said Thursday on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Ovie Mughelli that he believes a deal bringing the quarterback will get done. If he’s wrong, though, Decker said that he thinks the Jets have to move on once training camp gets underway.

“I hope something gets worked out, one way or the other, so we cannot have distractions going into training camp,” Decker said. “I think for any team to have success, you have to have some kind of direction. And, with training camp, that’s where you get the timing, that’s where where you kind of build the team and build your identity. And if it’s still in question marks and you don’t know what’s going on, you’re going to create some kind of issues that we don’t need to have.”

Geno Smith has been working as the No. 1 quarterback this offseason with Fitzpatrick unsigned and would remain in that role if the status quo remains in place, so there isn’t much uncertainty about the Jets’ direction under center without Fitzpatrick on the roster. There is uncertainty about when the Jets would fully commit to going that route, however, and Decker would like to see it disappear sooner rather than later.

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Luke Kuechly: We have to keep same mindset we had entering last season

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During Pat Riley’s run as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s, he wrote a book that featured a concept he called the “Disease of More” to explain why it is hard for teams to remain at the top of the mountain after attaining success.

Riley’s theory was centered on the idea that players start wanting more playing time, more money or more of something else the next year and that works against a team’s chances of staying at a high level. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly didn’t describe it exactly that way during an appearance with Alex Marvez and Ovie Mughelli of Sirius XM NFL Radio, but he was in the same ballpark when talking about the team’s need to keep the same mindset they had before last year’s run to the Super Bowl.

“It’s even more important that we believe in the same mindset that we had after the ’14 season of, ‘This is where we are, this is where we’ve got to get to,'” Kuechly said. “We can’t have the mindset of, ‘Well, we went to the Super Bowl last year, we’re already here, we don’t have to get that far.”

The Panthers didn’t win the Super Bowl, of course, and that untaken step should be a significant piece of motivation. In addition to keeping the right frame of mind, the Panthers will also have to keep an eye on any toll that their extended 2015 season and the resulting shorter offseason has on players as they try to do what the Broncos did in February.

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