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NFL statement on Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension

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The NFL announced Wednesday it had suspended Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games for violating multiple league rules. Below is the full text of the NFL’s statement:


Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today that he is suspended without pay for the team’s first 10 games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league in violation of the NFL Constitution and By-Laws, the NFL Player Contract, and the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hardy was informed that an extensive two-month NFL investigation following the dismissal of his case in North Carolina state court determined that there was sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.

The investigation was led by Lisa Friel and T&M Protection Resources. Prior to joining the NFL staff two weeks ago, Friel was vice president of the sexual misconduct consulting and investigations division of T&M. During a 28-year career as a Manhattan prosecutor, Friel was head of the sex crimes prosecution unit in the New York County district attorney’s office for more than a decade. Friel is now NFL senior vice president and special counsel for investigations.

The NFL’s investigation involved numerous interviews with witnesses and experts, a review of hundreds of pages of court records, documents and exhibits, photographs, police reports, medical records, and reports and opinions of medical experts retained by Hardy’s attorneys and by the NFL office.

In addition, Hardy and his counsel, along with representatives of the NFL Players Association, met with NFL staff and investigators on March 4, at which time Hardy’s counsel made a detailed presentation and shared additional information. Hardy and his counsel also met on March 10 with the independent investigators, at which he was afforded the opportunity to discuss and respond to questions about the events of May 13, 2014. And, after having the opportunity to review certain photographs recently made available by the district attorney’s office in North Carolina, Hardy and his counsel had a further opportunity to discuss the evidence and provide a supplemental report from Hardy’s medical expert.

The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances. First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub. Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.

“The net effect of these acts was that Ms. Holder was severely traumatized and sustained a range of injuries, including bruises and scratches on her neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, arms and feet,” Commissioner Goodell wrote. “The use of physical force under the circumstances present here, against a woman substantially smaller than you and in the presence of powerful, military-style assault weapons, constitutes a significant act of violence in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.”

Commissioner Goodell noted that Hardy engaged in conduct detrimental to the league and that a suspension of this length would be appropriate under any version of the Personal Conduct Policy or its predecessors.

Despite numerous efforts to interview Ms. Holder, the NFL was unable to do so. It is not known whether that is the result of her entering into a civil settlement with Hardy or other factors. The commissioner’s decision is based on findings that are supported by credible corroborating evidence independent of Ms. Holder’s statements and testimony, such as testimony of other witnesses, medical and police reports, expert analyses, and photographs.

The NFL’s investigation also concluded that Hardy failed to provide complete and accurate information to NFL investigators and members of the NFL staff.

Hardy was initially arrested as a result of the May 13 incident and charged with Assault on a Female and Communicating Threats following an altercation with Ms. Holder at his residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. On July 15, he was found guilty of these charges by a state court judge following a bench trial at which both Hardy and the victim testified under oath, and during which photographic and other evidence was admitted in open court and discussed in the presence of the public and the news media. Following the judgment of conviction, Hardy was sentenced to a period of incarceration (which was suspended) and probation.

Hardy then noticed an immediate appeal and was granted a jury trial in accordance with North Carolina law. Under North Carolina law, his appeal had the effect of setting aside the conviction and sentence, and a jury trial was eventually scheduled for February 9, 2015. On September 17, Hardy agreed to be placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list pending the resolution of the criminal proceeding and subsequently received the entirety of his 2014 salary. After the season, his contract with the Panthers expired and he signed a new contract with the Cowboys.

On the scheduled date of the jury trial, the district attorney for Mecklenburg County moved to dismiss the charges. In his dismissal notice, he said Ms. Holder had “made herself completely unavailable” for purposes of the trial, despite what the district attorney called “extraordinary measures” by law enforcement agencies to find her, and the resulting unfairness of going forward without her live testimony. Both in his filing with the state court and his public statements explaining his decision, the district attorney stated that he had “reliable information” that Ms. Holder had reached a civil settlement with Hardy that was directly related to the events that occurred at his residence on May 13. The district attorney went on to say that Ms. Holder “appears to have intentionally made herself unavailable to the State.” Despite repeated requests, Hardy’s attorneys refused to provide the NFL office with a copy of the settlement agreement or even acknowledge that a settlement agreement exists.

Given the seriousness of the allegations and the guilty judgment after the state court judge’s bench trial, Commissioner Goodell determined that further investigation by the NFL was necessary.

As part of his decision, Commissioner Goodell directed Hardy to obtain a clinical evaluation to be conducted by a qualified professional of his choosing. Should counseling or treatment be recommended, Hardy will be expected to comply with those recommendations and provide appropriate releases to allow the NFL office to monitor his compliance with the evaluation and any follow-up care.

Hardy’s suspension will begin on September 5, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams. He may participate in all preseason activities, including the offseason workout program, organized team activity days, minicamps, training camp, and preseason games. He will be eligible for reinstatement following the Cowboys’ 10th game of the regular season.

“You must have no further adverse involvement with law enforcement and must not commit any additional violations of league policies,” Commissioner Goodell wrote. “In that respect, you should understand that another violation of this nature may result in your banishment from the NFL.”

Hardy may appeal the decision within three days.

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PFT mock draft 2015

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This first (possibly only) PFT mock draft for 2015 does not factor in trades, although trades can (and probably will) happen.

Comment, discuss, complain, whatever in the comments below.

This mock draft was compiled with the direct assistance of someone who gets paid plenty of money to scout players for an NFL team.  So, basically, if you think it stinks, blame him.

Speaking of things that stink, the bottom two thirds of the first round isn’t exactly stellar.  The PFT consultant had an easy time filling out the top 10, but a hard time with the next 22.  There just aren’t 32 first-round talents in 2015, even though there continue to be 32 spots.

1.  Buccaneers:  QB Jameis Winston, Florida State.

2.  Titans:  DT Leonard Williams, USC.

3.  Jaguars:  LB Dante Fowler Jr., Florida.

4.  Raiders:  WR Amari Cooper, Alabama.

5.  Washington:  LB Vic Beasley, Clemson.

6.  Jets:  QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon.

7.  Bears:  WR Kevin White, West Virginia.

8.  Falcons:  OT La’El Collins, Louisiana State.

9.  Giants:  DT Malcom Brown, Texas.

10.  Rams:  WR DeVante Parker, Louisville.

11.  Vikings:  OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa.

12.  Browns:  S Landon Collins, Alabama.

13.  Saints:  LB Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky.

14.  Dolphins:  OT D.J. Humphries, Florida.

15.  49ers:  DE Mario Edwards, Florida State.

16.  Texans:  CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State.

17.  Chagers:  RT Ereck Flowers, Miami.

18.  Chiefs:  CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest.

19.  Browns:  OL Cameron Erving, Florida State.

20.  Eagles:  DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska.

21.  Bengals:  OT Andrus Peat, Stanford.

22.  Steelers:  OT Donovan Smith, Penn State.

23.  Lions:  DT Danny Shelton, Washington.

24.  Cardinals:  RB Todd Gurley, Georgia.

25.  Panthers:  WR Jalen Strong, Arizona State.

26.  Ravens:  WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida.

27.  Cowboys:  RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin.

28.  Broncos:  DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma.

29.  Colts:  LB Shane Ray, Missouri.

30.  Packers:  WR Nelson Agholor, USC.

31.  Saints:  WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma.

32.  Patriots:  CB Marcus Peters, Washington.

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PFT’s 2015 All-Unemployed Team

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Below is PFT’s list of the best unsigned veteran players at each position. Each player’s age as of September 1, 2015 is in parentheses.

Rotoworld’s free agent rankings were a valuable resource in putting together the All-Unemployed Team, as was the NFL’s official list of free agents.

Only unrestricted free agents — players with expired contracts and street free agents — were considered in our rankings. Restricted free agents and unsigned franchise free agents were excluded.

Players unsigned at this stage of the offseason are as such for a variety of reasons, including age, durability/injury concerns and position value. The majority of free agents left, should they sign, would figure to be role players.

Our list will be updated as events warrant during the offseason. Players added in our latest update are italicized.


Quarterback: Michael Vick (35), Jason Campbell (33), Tarvaris Jackson (32), Matt Flynn (30).

All four passers listed could be decent-enough backups, and it would be surprising if at least one or two didn’t find jobs by September.

Running back: Pierre Thomas (30), Steven Jackson (32), Chris Johnson (29), Ahmad Bradshaw (29).

Thomas catches the ball well. Jackson could handle 6-to-8 carries in a rotation. Bradshaw’s injury history is his drawback. Johnson was wounded in the shoulder in March and has an offseason arrest to sort out.

Fullback: Jed Collins (29), Chris Ogbonnaya (29).

Collins has made 28 starts over the last four seasons in stints with New Orleans and Detroit. Ogbonnaya can also play tailback.

Wide receiver: James Jones (31), Jerrel Jernigan (26), Mike Williams (28), Brad Smith (31), Wes Welker (34).

Jones (73 catches, 666 yards, six TDs in 2014) is far-and-away the best receiver on the market. Jernigan missed most of 2014 with a foot injury, but he flashed potential at the end of the previous season, and his age works in his favor. Williams’ age also gets him a spot here, but his Buffalo form was regrettable. Smith can contribute on special teams and gadget plays. Welker caught 49 passes in 14 games a season ago and might be a one-season slot-receiver solution for a contender.

Tight end: Jermaine Gresham (27), Zach Miller (29), Phillip Supernaw (25).

Gresham had surgery on a herniated disc in March. When healthy, he’s a serviceable starter. Miller has had some ankle issues. Supernaw has had stints with Houston, Baltimore and Kansas City.

Offensive tackle: Anthony Collins (29), Jake Long (30), Gabe Carimi (27).

Collins can play left tackle, which helps his value, but he’s been a third tackle most of his career, and he disappointed in his lone season with Tampa Bay. Long comes with considerable durability concerns. He visited the Giants on May 28, per ESPN. Carimi has played tackle and guard in the pros.

Offensive guard: Justin Blalock (31), Rob Sims (31), Chris Chester (32), Davin Joseph (31).

Every guard on this list started double-digit games a season ago, so teams have some options.

Center: Chris Myers (33), Samson Satele (30), Lyle Sendelin (31), Scott Wells (34).

Myers, Satele, Sendelin and Wells have ample experience, adding to the glut of serviceable unsigned players at the position.


Defensive end: DaQuan Bowers (25), Red Bryant (31), Osi Umenyiora (33), Luther Robinson (24).

There is not much left in the edge-rushing department, with Umenyiora one of the few notable options. Bowers, Bryant and Robinson offer some positional flexibility; all could kick inside if needed. Bowers has a history of knee issues.

Defensive tackle: C.J. Mosley (32), Kevin Williams (35), Mike Patterson (32), Barry Cofield (31).

Teams in need of veteran depth inside still have a few choices, with Patterson and Mosley among the most appealing candidates. Cofield had offseason hip surgery, per ESPN.

Inside linebacker: Terrell Manning (25), Colin McCarthy (27), D.J. Williams (33), Lance Briggs (34).

The post-draft signings of Brandon Spikes (New England) and Darryl Sharpton (Arizona) further thinned the market at this position. Briggs had a wonderful career at outside linebacker in Chicago; San Francisco, which needs inside linebackers, has reportedly expressed some interest. Williams, like Briggs, was a Chicago starter in 2014.

Outside linebacker: Ashlee Palmer (29), Quentin Groves (31), Dwight Freeney (35) Jacquian Williams (27).

Palmer and Williams are fits in 4-3 schemes, while Groves and Freeney could appeal to 3-4 clubs looking to add to their depth along the edges.

Cornerback: Jarrett Bush (31), Tarell Brown (30), Javier Arenas (27), Carlos Rogers (34).

Bush is a special teams standout. Brown was a starter with San Francisco and Oakland; a foot injury ended his 2014 season. Arenas adds special teams value. Rogers appeared in just seven games a season ago but has significant NFL experience.

Safety: Thomas DeCoud (30), Danieal Manning (33), M.D. Jennings (27).

DeCoud is a couple of years removed from top form. Manning can provide depth and contribute on special teams. Jennings started 26 games from 2012 through 2013 for Green Bay.


Kicker: Jay Feely (37).

Feely could be a solid short-term fill-in. He lacks leg strength, particularly on kickoffs.

Punter: Mat McBriar (36).

McBriar’s net average has really fallen off the last four seasons. However, special teams coaches love experienced punters, and he knows what to do.

Returner: Javier Arenas (27).

Has averaged 21.1 yards on 73 kickoffs and 9.8 yards on 106 punts. He can also contribute at cornerback.

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2015 NFL Preseason Schedule

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The following is the 2015 NFL preseason schedule as released by the league on April 9. Exact dates and times of games, unless already specified, will be announced later in the offseason. All information was furnished by the NFL:

Hall of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio

Sunday, August 9

Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota (NBC, 8 p.m. Eastern)

Week One

August 13-17

Carolina at Buffalo

Dallas at San Diego

Denver at Seattle

Green Bay at New England

Indianapolis at Philadelphia

Kansas City at Arizona

Miami at Chicago

New Orleans at Baltimore

N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati

N.Y. Jets at Detroit

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville

San Francisco at Houston

St. Louis at Oakland

Tampa Bay at Minnesota

Tennessee at Atlanta

Washington at Cleveland

Week Two

August 20-24

Buffalo at Cleveland (ESPN, August 20)

St. Louis at Tennessee (FOX, August 23)

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay (ESPN, August 24)

Atlanta at N.Y. Jets

Baltimore at Philadelphia

Chicago at Indianapolis

Dallas at San Francisco

Denver at Houston

Detroit at Washington

Green Bay at Pittsburgh

Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants

Miami at Carolina

New England at New Orleans

Oakland at Minnesota

San Diego at Arizona

Seattle at Kansas City

Week Three

August 27-30

Detroit at Jacksonville (CBS, August 28)

Seattle at San Diego (CBS, August 29)

Houston at New Orleans (FOX, August 30)

Arizona at Oakland (NBC, August 30, 8 p.m. Eastern)

Atlanta at Miami

Chicago at Cincinnati

Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Indianapolis at St. Louis

Minnesota at Dallas

New England at Carolina

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Pittsburgh at Buffalo

San Francisco at Denver

Tennessee at Kansas City

Washington at Baltimore

Week Four

September 3-4

Arizona at Denver

Baltimore at Atlanta

Buffalo at Detroit

Carolina at Pittsburgh

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Chicago

Houston at Dallas

Jacksonville at Washington

Kansas City at St. Louis

Minnesota at Tennessee

New Orleans at Green Bay

N.Y. Giants at New England

Oakland at Seattle

Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets

San Diego at San Francisco

Tampa Bay at Miami

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Taking a look at fifth-year options for 2012 first-round picks

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NFL teams are now deciding whether or not to pick up the fifth-year options on 2012 first-round draft picks. Here’s a rundown of where each team stands:


The Colts have announced the obvious, they will pick up the option and pay first overall pick Andrew Luck $16.2 million in 2016.

The Chargers have picked up the $7.8 million option on linebacker Melvin Ingram.

The Steelers have picked up the $8.1 million option on guard David DeCastro.


The Dolphins have made clear that they will pick up the $16.2 million option on quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Panthers will certainly pick up the $11.1 million option on linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The Bills will pick up the $11.1 million option on cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Chiefs will pick up the $6.1 million option on defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

The Rams will pick up the $6.1 million option on defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

The Seahawks will likely pick up the $7.8 million option on linebacker Bruce Irvin.

The Titans will pick up the $7.3 million option on receiver Kendall Wright.

The Patriots will pick up their options on both of their 2012 first-round picks, a $7.8 million option on defensive end Chandler Jones and a $7.8 million option on linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

The Bengals will pick up the $8.1 million option on guard Kevin Zeitler.

The Vikings will pick up the $5.3 million option on safety Harrison Smith.


The most interesting decision on the board is whether Washington will pick up the $16.2 million option on Robert Griffin III. Fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury, and given Griffin’s injury history, it seems unlikely that Washington would give him that kind of money with an injury guarantee.

The Vikings will probably pick up the $11.1 million option on left tackle Matt Kalil, although he was a disappointment last season and has had a knee injury, so that won’t be an easy decision.

The Cowboys will probably not pick up the $11.1 million option on cornerback Morris Claiborne, given that injuries have forced him to miss most of the last two seasons.

The Rams have a decision to make on safety Mark Barron, who was drafted by the Buccaneers but has since been traded to St. Louis. Barron probably hasn’t played well enough to justify an $8.3 million option.

It’s anyone’s guess what Chip Kelly will decide to do with Fletcher Cox, the Eagles defensive end who would get $7.8 million in 2016 if his option is picked up.

The Bengals seem to like the talent of cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, but they may decide that a $7.5 million option is too much for a player who has started only five games in three seasons.

Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd has played well, but well enough for a $7.3 million salary in 2016?

It’s unclear whether the Jets’ new decision makers see defensive end Quinton Coples as a good fit, so his $7.8 million option is up in the air.

Riley Reiff is the Lions’ starting left tackle, which would seem to make him a good bet to get his $8.1 million option picked up, although the team has said no decision has been made.

The Texans will have a tough time deciding whether to pick up the $7.8 million option on pass rusher Whitney Mercilus. With the likes of J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney in Houston, the Texans may decide that they can’t afford another big salary on the defensive line.


The Bears aren’t likely to pick up the option on Shea McClellin, who has been a disappointment.

The Packers probably won’t pick up the option on Nick Perry, who has mostly been a backup in his three years in Green Bay.

Doug Martin looked like a star in the making during his rookie year in Tampa, but a lot has changed since then and the new brass doesn’t seem enamored with him. He’s a long shot to have his option picked up.


Neither of the Browns’ 2012 first-round picks have fifth-year options to pick up: Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts, cut and signed by the Raiders, while Brandon Weeden was cut by the Browns and signed by the Cowboys.

The 49ers’ first-round pick, A.J. Jenkins, was a major disappointment and is now out of the NFL.

The Giants’ first-round pick, David Wilson, retired because of a neck injury.

The Jaguars’ first-round pick, Justin Blackmon had his contract put on hold when he was suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s unclear when or if the Jaguars will get Blackmon back, but it will be at least another year before they would have a fifth-year option decision to make.

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NFL offseason workout dates for all 32 teams

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The draft is quickly approaching, but that’s not the next major milestone on the offseason schedules of the 32 NFL teams.

Offseason workout programs will be kicking off as soon as next Monday, marking the first point since the end of last season that players can work with their coaches on the field or in the weight room. Most of the sessions are voluntary, including up to 10 days of organized team activities or OTAs, although each team is permitted one mandatory minicamp that all players under contract must attend or risk fines from their teams.

Teams that hired new coaches are also permitted one voluntary minicamp for veteran players before the draft and they will also kick off their offseason conditioning program earlier than teams with incumbent coaches. There will also be rookie minicamps for each team after the draft, but those dates have not been announced yet. The rest of the dates appear below.

Arizona Cardinals – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 19-21, May 26-28, June 1-4; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Atlanta Falcons – First day of workouts: April 6; Voluntary Minicamp: April 27-30; OTAs: May 26-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Baltimore Ravens – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Buffalo Bills – First day of workouts: April 6; Voluntary Minicamp: April 28-30; OTAs: May 26-27,May 29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Carolina Panthers – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Chicago Bears – First day of workouts: April 13; Voluntary Minicamp: April 28-30; OTAs: May 27-29, June 1-3, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Cincinnati Bengals – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Cleveland Browns – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Dallas Cowboys – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-10; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Denver Broncos – First day of workouts: April 13; Voluntary Minicamp: April 28-30; OTAs: May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 15-18; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Detroit Lions – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Green Bay Packers – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12, Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Houston Texans – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Indianapolis Colts – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 18-20, May 26-28, June 1-4; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Jacksonville Jaguars – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Kansas City Chiefs – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 9-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Miami Dolphins – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-27, May 29 June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Minnesota Vikings – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

New England Patriots – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26, May 28-29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-9, June 11-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

New Orleans Saints – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

New York Giants – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

New York Jets – First day of workouts: April 6; Voluntary Minicamp: April 28-30; OTAs: May 19-21, May 26-28, June 2-5; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Oakland Raiders – First day of workouts: April 7; Voluntary Minicamp: April 21-23; OTAs: May 19-21, May 26-28, June 1-4; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Philadelphia Eagles – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Pittsburgh Steelers – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

St. Louis Rams – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: June 2, June 4-5, June 8-9, June 11, June 15-16, June 18-19; Mandatory Minicamp: None

San Diego Chargers – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

San Francisco 49ers – First day of workouts: April 7; Voluntary Minicamp: April 28-30; OTAs: May 19-21, May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4-5; Mandatory Minicamp: June 9-11

Seattle Seahawks – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Tennessee Titans – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs: May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

Washington Redskins – First day of workouts: April 20; OTAs:  May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11; Mandatory Minicamp: June 16-18

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As Rex Ryan knows, Patriots just keep dominating the AFC East

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Bills coach Rex Ryan has been talking up his team this offseason, saying Buffalo’s offseason moves — and some offseason departures from New England — have closed the gap in the AFC East.

But Ryan acknowledges that until the Bills actually get to the top, the Patriots are the kings.

“New England is perched up there, they’ve won like 14 of 15,” Ryan said. “They’re clearly the team to beat, but we’re coming after them.”

Ryan is actually overstating New England’s dominance a bit. The Patriots haven’t won 14 of 15 division titles. They’ve won 12 of the last 15, failing to win the AFC East in 2000 (before Tom Brady was the starting quarterback), 2002 (Brady’s second season as the starting quarterback) and 2008 (when Brady was lost for the season with a torn ACL). But there’s no question that the Patriots have dominated the division — to a greater extent than any other team has dominated any other division.

And the flip side is, Ryan’s new team has fallen far short. The Bills are one of just four NFL teams (along with the Browns, Jaguars and Lions) that haven’t won a division title under the current eight-division format.

Here’s how many times each team has won each division since the divisions were realigned in 2002:

AFC East
Patriots 11
Jets 1
Dolphins 1
Bills 0

AFC North
Steelers 6
Ravens 4
Bengals 3
Browns 0

AFC South
Colts 9
Titans 2
Texans 2
Jaguars 0

AFC West
Chargers 5
Broncos 5
Chiefs 2
Raiders 1

NFC East
Eagles 6
Giants 3
Cowboys 3
Washington 1

NFC North
Packers 8
Bears 3
Vikings 2
Lions 0

NFC South
Panthers 4
Buccaneers 3
Falcons 3
Saints 3

NFC West
Seahawks 7
49ers 3
Cardinals 2
Rams 1

Even if Ryan is right that the Bills are closing the gap, it’s a huge gap to close. No team in the NFL dominates its division like the Patriots.

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2015 NFL Draft Order

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With the league distributing the 32 compensatory draft picks Monday night at the league meetings in Arizona, the 2015 NFL Draft order is now officially set.

Of course, the order is subject to change barring trades before the draft and certainly with the myriad of trades seen during the event itself. In fact, the 2015 draft has already seen 43 picks involved in trades up to this point.

The full order is listed below.

(Round – Pick in Round – Overall)


1- 1- 1 Tampa Bay
1- 2- 2 Tennessee
1- 3- 3 Jacksonville
1- 4- 4 Oakland
1- 5- 5 Washington
1- 6- 6 New York Jets
1- 7- 7 Chicago
1- 8- 8 Atlanta
1- 9- 9 New York Giants
1-10-10 St. Louis
1-11-11 Minnesota
1-12-12 Cleveland
1-13-13 New Orleans
1-14-14 Miami
1-15-15 San Francisco
1-16-16 Houston
1-17-17 San Diego
1-18-18 Kansas City
1-19-19 Cleveland from Buffalo
1-20-20 Philadelphia
1-21-21 Cincinnati
1-22-22 Pittsburgh
1-23-23 Detroit
1-24-24 Arizona
1-25-25 Carolina
1-26-26 Baltimore
1-27-27 Dallas
1-28-28 Denver
1-29-29 Indianapolis
1-30-30 Green Bay
1-31-31 New Orleans from Seattle
1-32-32 New England


2- 1-33 Tennessee
2- 2-34 Tampa Bay
2- 3-35 Oakland
2- 4-36 Jacksonville
2- 5-37 New York Jets
2- 6-38 Washington
2- 7-39 Chicago
2- 8-40 New York Giants
2- 9-41 St. Louis
2-10-42 Atlanta
2-11-43 Cleveland
2-12-44 New Orleans
2-13-45 Minnesota
2-14-46 San Francisco
2-15-47 Miami
2-16-48 San Diego
2-17-49 Kansas City
2-18-50 Buffalo
2-19-51 Houston
2-20-52 Philadelphia
2-21-53 Cincinnati
2-22-54 Detroit
2-23-55 Arizona
2-24-56 Pittsburgh
2-25-57 Carolina
2-26-58 Baltimore
2-27-59 Denver
2-28-60 Dallas
2-29-61 Indianapolis
2-30-62 Green Bay
2-31-63 Seattle
2-32-64 New England


3- 1-65 Tampa Bay
3- 2-66 Tennessee
3- 3-67 Jacksonville
3- 4-68 Oakland
3- 5-69 Washington
3- 6-70 New York Jets
3- 7-71 Chicago
3- 8-72 St. Louis
3- 9-73 Atlanta
3-10-74 New York Giants
3-11-75 New Orleans
3-12-76 Minnesota
3-13-77 Cleveland
3-14-78 New Orleans from Miami
3-15-79 San Francisco
3-16-80 Kansas City
3-17-81 Buffalo
3-18-82 Houston
3-19-83 San Diego
3-20-84 Philadelphia
3-21-85 Cincinnati
3-22-86 Arizona
3-23-87 Pittsburgh
3-24-88 Detroit
3-25-89 Carolina
3-26-90 Baltimore
3-27-91 Dallas
3-28-92 Denver
3-29-93 Indianapolis
3-30-94 Green Bay
3-31-95 Seattle
3-32-96 New England
3-33-97 New England (Compensatory Selection)
3-34-98 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection)
3-35-99 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)


4- 1-100 Tennessee
4- 2-101 New England from Tampa Bay
4- 3-102 Oakland
4- 4-103 Jacksonville
4- 5-104 New York Jets
4- 6-105 Washington
4- 7-106 Chicago
4- 8-107 Atlanta
4- 9-108 New York Giants
4-10-109 Tampa Bay from St. Louis
4-11-110 Minnesota
4-12-111 Cleveland
4-13-112 Seattle from New Orleans
4-14-113 Philadelphia from San Francisco through Buffalo
4-15-114 Miami
4-16-115 Cleveland from Buffalo
4-17-116 Houston
4-18-117 San Diego
4-19-118 Kansas City
4-20-119 St. Louis from Philadelphia
4-21-120 Cincinnati
4-22-121 Pittsburgh
4-23-122 Baltimore from Detroit
4-24-123 Arizona
4-25-124 Carolina
4-26-125 Baltimore
4-27-126 San Francisco from Denver
4-28-127 Dallas
4-29-128 Indianapolis
4-30-129 Green Bay
4-31-130 Seattle
4-32-131 New England
4-33-132 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
4-34-133 Denver (Compensatory Selection)
4-35-134 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)
4-36-135 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)
4-37-136 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)


5- 1-137 Minnesota from Tampa Bay through Buffalo
5- 2-138 Tennessee
5- 3-139 Jacksonville
5- 4-140 Oakland
5- 5-141 Washington
5- 6-142 Chicago from New York Jets
5- 7-143 Denver from Chicago
5- 8-144 New York Giants
5- 9-145 Philadelphia from St. Louis
5-10-146 Atlanta
5-11-147 Cleveland
5-12-148 New Orleans
5-13-149 Miami from Minnesota
5-14-150 Miami
5-15-151 San Francisco
5-16-152 Houston
5-17-153 San Diego
5-18-154 New Orleans from Kansas City
5-19-155 Buffalo
5-20-156 Philadelphia
5-21-157 Cincinnati
5-22-158 Baltimore from Detroit
5-23-159 Arizona
5-24-160 Pittsburgh
5-25-161 Carolina
5-26-162 Tampa Bay from Baltimore
5-27-163 Dallas
5-28-164 Denver
5-29-165 Indianapolis
5-30-166 Green Bay
5-31-167 Seattle
5-32-168 Tampa Bay from New England
5-33-169 Carolina (Compensatory Selection)
5-34-170 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)
5-35-171 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)
5-36-172 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection)
5-37-173 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection)
5-38-174 Carolina (Compensatory Selection)
5-39-175 Houston (Compensatory Selection)
5-40-176 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection)


6- 1-177 Tennessee
6- 2-178 New England from Tampa Bay
6- 3-179 Oakland
6- 4-180 Jacksonville
6- 5-181 Seattle from New York Jets
6- 6-182 Washington
6- 7-183 Chicago
6- 8-184 Tampa Bay from St. Louis
6- 9-185 Atlanta
6-10-186 New York Giants
6-11-187 New Orleans
6-12-188 Buffalo from Minnesota
6-13-189 Cleveland
6-14-190 San Francisco
6-15-191 Miami
6-16-192 San Diego
6-17-193 Kansas City
6-18-194 Buffalo
6-19-195 Houston
6-20-196 Philadelphia
6-21-197 Cincinnati
6-22-198 Arizona
6-23-199 Pittsburgh
6-24-200 Detroit
6-25-201 Carolina
6-26-202 Cleveland from Baltimore
6-27-203 Denver
6-28-204 Baltimore from Dallas
6-29-205 Indianapolis
6-30-206 Green Bay
6-31-207 Indianapolis from Seattle
6-32-208 Tennessee from New England
6-33-209 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)
6-34-210 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection)
6-35-211 Houston (Compensatory Selection)
6-36-212 Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection
6-37-213 Green Bay (Compensatory Selection)
6-38-214 Seattle (Compensatory Selection)
6-39-215 St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)
6-40-216 Houston (Compensatory Selection)
6-41-217 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection)


7- 1-218 Tampa Bay
7- 2-219 New England from Tennessee
7- 3-220 Jacksonville
7- 4-221 Oakland
7- 5-222 Washington
7- 6-223 New York Jets
7- 7-224 New York Jets from Chicago
7- 8-225 Atlanta
7- 9-226 New York Giants
7-10-227 St. Louis
7-11-228 Minnesota
7-12-229 Cleveland
7-13-230 New Orleans
7-14-231 Detroit from Miami through Baltimore
7-15-232 Minnesota from San Francisco through Miami
7-16-233 Kansas City
7-17-234 Buffalo
7-18-235 Houston
7-19-236 Dallas from San Diego
7-20-237 Philadelphia
7-21-238 Cincinnati
7-22-239 Pittsburgh
7-23-240 Detroit
7-24-241 Arizona
7-25-242 Carolina
7-26-243 Dallas from Baltimore
7-27-244 Indianapolis from Dallas
7-28-245 New York Giants from Denver
7-29-246 San Francisco from Indianapolis
7-30-247 Green Bay
7-31-248 Seattle
7-32-249 Atlanta from New England through St. Louis
7-33-250 Denver (Compensatory Selection)
7-34-251 Denver (Compensatory Selection)
7-35-252 Denver (Compensatory Selection)
7-36-253 New England (Compensatory Selection)
7-37-254 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)
7-38-255 Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)
7-39-256 Arizona (Compensatory Selection)

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Competition Committee announces 2015 rule proposals

Referee AP

The NFL has announced that the following rule changes, bylaw changes and resolution changes will be discussed by the Competition Committee and considered by the owners at next week’s league meetings:

Rule changes

— Allow any call to be challenged.

— Allow penalties to be challenged.

— Allow coaches to challenge personal fouls.

— Allow personal fouls to be reviewed, but not necessarily on coaches’ challenges.

— Make all fouls that result in automatic first downs reviewable.

— Allow replay review of rulings related to hits on defenseless receivers.

— Review every foul for hits on defenseless players.

— Increase the number of coaches’ challenges from two to three.

— Add the game clock at the end of the half and end of the game to the list of things that can be reviewed on replay.

— Add the play clock to the list of things that can be reviewed on replay.

— Put fixed cameras on all boundaries of the playing field, sidelines, goal line.

— Allow a “bonus try” after a two-point conversion.

— Do not allow players to push rushers when a team is punting. (This is already the rule on field goals and extra points.)

— Guarantee both teams a possession in overtime.

— Ban peelback blocks by any offensive player.

— Give defensive players “defenseless receiver” protection on interceptions.

— If there’s a dead ball foul, unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting at the end of the first half, it will carry over to the second half.

— Ban running backs from chop blocking outside the tackle box.

— Allow linebackers to wear jersey numbers 40-49 in addition to 50-59 and 90-99.

— If an eligible player reports as an ineligible receiver to the referee, he must align within the tackle box.

Bylaw proposals

— Eliminate the 75-player cutdown.

— Expand rules to allow teams more contact with draft eligible players.

— Permit teams that play on Thursday to designate one player eligible to return to the active list from injured reserve.

— Permit players on Physically Unable to Perform to begin practicing earlier.


— Allow teams with retractable roofs to open their roofs during halftime shows.

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2015 Restricted Free Agents and Tenders

Tashaun Gipson AP

The following are the restricted free agents who were tendered contract offers by their clubs. All data is furnished by the NFL:

Baltimore Ravens

S Will Hill (right of first refusal)

PK Justin Tucker (second round)

Cincinnati Bengals

LB Emmanuel Lamur (second round)

Cleveland Browns

S Johnson Bademosi (right of first refusal)

S Tashaun Gipson (second round)

NT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (right of first refusal)

LB Craig Robertson (second round)

Dallas Cowboys

RB Lance Dunbar (right of first refusal)

P Chris Jones (right of first refusal)

Denver Broncos

CB Tony Carter (right of first refusal)

Detroit Lions

DE George Johnson (right of first refusal)

Green Bay Packers

OT Don Barclay (right of first refusal)

S Sean Richardson (right of first refusal)

Indianapolis Colts

LB Jerrell Freeman (second round)

Miami Dolphins

DB Derrick Shelby (second round)

Minnesota Vikings

OT Mike Harris (right of first refusal) — signed tender with Minnesota.

New York Jets

NT Damon Harrison (second round)

S Jaiquawn Jarrett (third round)

Oakland Raiders

S Larry Asante (fifth round)

WR Andre Holmes (right of first refusal)

P Marquette King (right of first refusal)

S Brandian Ross (right of first refusal)

WR Rod Streater (second round)

Philadelphia Eagles

RB Chris Polk (right of first refusal)

DE Cedric Thornton (second round)

Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Antwon Blake (right of first refusal)

S Robert Golden (right of first refusal)

FB Will Johnson (right of first refusal)

St. Louis Rams

QB Austin Davis (right of first refusal)

TE Cory Harkey (right of first refusal)

S Rodney McLeod (second round)

Seattle Seahawks

WR Jermaine Kearse (second round)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Bobby Rainey (right of first refusal)


PK Kai Forbath (right of first refusal)

The following prospective restricted free agents and exclusive-rights free agents were not tendered by their clubs, making the majority of them unrestricted free agents.

Arizona Cardinals

QB Ryan Lindley

Atlanta Falcons

WR D.J. Davis

Baltimore Ravens

DT Christo Bilukidi

S Anthony Levine

LS Kevin McDermott

Buffalo Bills

T Chris Hairston

Carolina Panthers

T Kevin Hughes

Cincinnati Bengals

DT Devon Still (re-signed with Cincinnati)

Cleveland Browns

TE Andre Smith

Dallas Cowboys

S Sterling Moore (signed with Tampa Bay)

Denver Broncos

LB Steven Johnson

DE John Youboty

Detroit Lions

LB Josh Bynes (re-signed with Detroit)

Green Bay Packers

WR Jarrett Boykin

RB DuJuan Harris (signed with Minnesota)

Houston Texans

NT Jerrell Powe

LB Jeff Tarpinian (re-signed with Houston)

OG Cody White

Indianapolis Colts

S Delano Howell

LB Josh McNary

LB Jeris Pendleton

C A.Q. Shipley

Jacksonville Jaguars

C Jacques McClendon

TE Fendi Onobun

FB Will Ta’ufo’ou

RB Jordan Todman

DB Teddy Williams (signed with Carolina)

Kansas City Chiefs

DB Kelcie McCray

LB Dezman Moses (re-signed with Kansas City)

Miami Dolphins

LB Jonathan Freeny

DB T.J. Heath

RB LaMichael James (re-signed with Miami)

DB R.J. Stanford

Minnesota Vikings

RB Matt Asiata (re-signed with Vikings)

LB Dom DeCicco

OG Josh Samuda

New England Patriots

WR Greg Orton

WR Bryan Tyms (re-signed with Patriots)

New Orleans Saints

RB Travaris Cadet (signed with New England)

DB A.J. Davis

OT Bryce Harris

DE Tyrunn Walker (signed with Detroit)

Oakland Raiders

DB Chimdi Chekwa (signed with New England)

RB Kory Sheets

Pittsburgh Steelers

OG Bryant Browning

St. Louis Rams

C Tim Barnes

San Diego Chargers

C Trevor Robinson

San Francisco 49ers

TE Garrett Celek

RB Phillip Tanner

Seattle Seahawks

WR David Gilreath

OG Stephen Schilling

WR Bryan Walters

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FB Jorvorskie Lane

Tennessee Titans

LB Kaelin Burnett

WR Kris Durham


DB Justin Rogers

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Five players get the franchise tag, one player gets the transition tag

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All 32 teams have the ability to tag a player and keep him from hitting unrestricted free agency. But 26 teams declined to do so.

In the end, only five players got the franchise tag before today’s 4 p.m. deadline. One other player got the transition tag.

No one got the “exclusive” franchise player tag, which comes with a higher price tag but prevents the player from negotiating with any other team. All five franchised players got the non-exclusive tag, which means they can negotiate with other teams and sign elsewhere, but if they do sign with another team, the current team gets to choose between either matching the offer and keeping the player, or declining to match the offer and getting two first-round draft picks from the player’s new team.

Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)

Additionally, one player got the transition tag, which comes with a lower price tag and allows the team to match any offer to the player — but does not result in any draft pick compensation if the player signs elsewhere and the team declines to match. That one player was Dolphins tight end Charles Clay, who gets a one-year, $7,071,000 tender offer.

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Team-by-team adjusted cap numbers

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On Monday, the NFL announced that the salary cap for the 2015 season will be $143.28 million, although every team will have a different amount of money available to them.

Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams have the option to carry over unused cap space from the 2014 season. The NFLPA has released a list of how much each team carried over from last season and their adjusted cap total for 2015.

Jaguars – $168,486,107 adjusted cap

Browns – $161,767,400 adjusted cap

Eagles – $159,872,378 adjusted cap

Jets – $156,149,394 adjusted cap

Titans – $154,353,578 adjusted cap

Dolphins – $152,926,937 adjusted cap

Colts – $152,423,392 adjusted cap

Bengals – $152,130,435 adjusted cap

Raiders – $151,872,756 adjusted cap

Packers – $151,471,106 adjusted cap

Broncos – $150,066,024 adjusted cap

49ers – $149,855,980 adjusted cap

Vikings – $149,627,960 adjusted cap

Panthers – $149,371,637 adjusted cap

Cowboys – $148,578,313 adjusted cap

Cardinals – $148,515,866 adjusted cap

Seahawks – $148,257,738 adjusted cap

Redskins – $146,591,745 adjusted cap

Falcons – $146,248,815 adjusted cap

Chiefs – $146,144,200 adjusted cap

Texans – $146,025,746 adjusted cap

Bills – $145,781,930 adjusted cap

Bears – $145,168,434 adjusted cap

Ravens – $145,131,127 adjusted cap

Saints – $145,092,430 adjusted cap

Buccaneers – $144,909,889 adjusted cap

Rams – $144,673,387 adjusted cap

Patriots – $144,578,084 adjusted cap

Lions – $144,317,991 adjusted cap

Steelers – $144,058,469 adjusted cap

Giants – $143,411,883 adjusted cap

Chargers – $142,972,612 adjusted cap (The Chargers carried over $1,500,00, but had their total adjusted downward because of a loss of $1,807,388 due to other adjustments)

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PFT’s 2015 Veteran Cuts Tracker

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The following is a list of notable veterans released or waived since the beginning of February. Players who have indicated they will retire are omitted from the list. We will update the tracker with signings and other cuts throughout the offseason:

Ex-Chiefs WR Donnie Avery

Ex-Falcons OG Justin Blalock

Ex-Jaguars CB Will Blackmon (signed with Seattle)

Ex-Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (signed with Cleveland)

Ex-Washington DE Stephen Bowen

Ex-Raiders S Tyvon Branch (signed with Kansas City)

Ex-Lions RB Reggie Bush (signed with San Francisco)

Ex-Ravens DL Chris Canty (re-signed with Baltimore)

Ex-Eagles TE James Casey

Ex-Bills TE Scott Chandler (signed with New England)

Ex-Eagles OLB Trent Cole (signed with Indianapolis)

Ex-Washington DT Barry Cofield

Ex-Buccaneers OT Anthony Collins)

Ex-Panthers S Thomas DeCoud

Ex-Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett (signed with San Francisco)

Ex-Falcons WR Harry Douglas (signed with Tennessee)

Ex-Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (signed with Tennessee)

Ex-Dolphins CB Cortland Finnegan (retired)

Ex-Dolphins OG Nate Garner

Ex-Bengals DE Robert Geathers

Ex-Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (signed with New England)

Ex-Cardinals WR Ted Ginn (signed with Carolina)

Ex-Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (signed with Cleveland)

Ex-Jets WR Percy Harvin (signed with Buffalo)

Ex-Packers LB A.J. Hawk (signed with Cincinnati)

Ex-Eagles OG Todd Herremans (signed with Indianapolis)

Ex-Giants RB Peyton Hillis

Ex-Colts DL Ricky Jean-Francois (signed with Washington)

Ex-Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins

Ex-Vikings WR Greg Jennings

Ex-Vikings OG Charlie Johnson

Ex-Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson (signed with Cincinnati)

Ex-Packers LB Brad Jones (signed with Philadelphia)

Ex-Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (signed with San Diego)

Ex-Colts S LaRon Landry

Ex-Rams Kendall Langford (signed with Indianapolis)

Ex-Bengals WR Greg Little

Ex-Saints LB Curtis Lofton (signed with Oakland)

Ex-Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka

Ex-Rams OT Jake Long

Ex-Falcons DE Jonathan Massaquoi (claimed by Tennessee)

Ex-Chiefs LB Joe Mays

Ex-Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (signed with Cleveland)

Ex-Browns OL Paul McQuistan

Ex-Seahawks TE Zach Miller

Ex-Steelers WR Lance Moore

Ex-Texans C Chris Myers

Ex-Titans OT Michael Oher (signed with Carolina)

Ex-Colts LB Shaun Phillips

Ex-Bengals OG Mike Pollak

Ex-Titans S Bernard Pollard

Ex-Colts RB Trent Richardson (signed with Oakland)

Ex-Bills LB Keith Rivers (signed with Giants)

Ex-Raiders QB Matt Schaub

Ex-Cardinals C Lyle Sendlein

Ex-Saints RB Pierre Thomas

Ex-Chiefs DL Vance Walker (signed with Denver)

Ex-Giants OL J.D. Walton (signed with Miami)

Ex-Rams C Scott Wells

Ex-Eagles CB Cary Williams (signed with Seattle)

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The good, the bad and the ugly Scouting Combine performances


With the Combine in the books, we run down some of the best and worst performances on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium over the last four days:

40-yard dash
Best: UAB wide receiver J.J. Nelson ran the 40 in 4.28 seconds, fastest at this year’s Combine and 0.04 seconds off Chris Johnson’s record.

Solid effort: Ali Marpet, an offensive lineman from Division III Hobart College, ran his 40 in 4.98 seconds — the only offensive lineman to break the five-second mark in the 40. It’s a huge leap from Hobart to the NFL, but Marpet looked good enough at the Combine that he’s likely going to get drafted.

Red flag: TCU’s Paul Dawson was viewed by many as the best linebacker in this year’s draft, but he did not help his cause at all with a painfully slow 4.93-second time. Dawson got defensive about it on Twitter, saying he’s a football player and not a track star. But NFL teams have to be concerned that he’s just not fast enough to play linebacker in the NFL, especially at just 230 pounds.

Bench press
Best: Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers benched 225 pounds 37 times, a very good showing especially considering that the he’s 6-foot-6 with 34.5-inch arms. (The best bench pressers often have short arms.) Flowers has the potential to be a big-time NFL offensive lineman.

Solid effort: Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley managed 35 reps at 225 pounds, the third-best at the Combine and the best of any linebacker. Beasley’s 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds was also the best of any linebacker. When you’re both the strongest and the fastest player at your position, NFL teams are going to take notice. Beasley made himself some money in Indy.

Red flag: Wisconsin offensive lineman Rob Havenstein may be the pound-for-pound weakest player at the Combine. Havenstein weighed in at 321 pounds but managed only 16 reps at 225 pounds. That’s a sign this guy needs to spend some serious time in the weight room.

Vertical jump
Best: Georgia receiver Chris Conley went 45 inches in the vertical, part of an all-around great Combine showing that will surely help his draft stock.

Solid effort: Kentucky defensive end/outside linebacker Bud Dupree jumped a whopping 42 inches — an absurdly good leap for a guy who weighed in at 269 pounds. No one else who’s nearly that big jumped nearly that high.

Red flag: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had a 28.5-inch vertical, a very poor showing to go along with a slow 40 time. Winston looked good in throwing drills and from all accounts impressed teams at interviews, but some teams may wonder if Winston simply isn’t athletic enough to be a star in today’s NFL.

Broad jump
Best: UConn cornerback Byron Jones jumped an extraordinary 12 feet, 3 inches — by far the best jump in the history of the Combine. Jones was a four-year starter who’s now showing that he has elite athleticism.

Solid effort: Tennessee-Chattanooga linebacker Davis Tull jumped 11 feet, the best for any linebacker. There’s no question about Tull’s productivity in college — he was named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year each of the last three seasons — but there were questions about whether he matches up athletically with the best the NFL has to offer. With a very good showing at the Combine, Tull showed that he has what it takes to make it in the NFL.

Red flag: Florida State guard Josue Matias jumped only seven feet, the worst showing at the entire Combine. He also had the worst vertical, at 17.5 inches. Jumps like that might be acceptable if Matias were a big, strong road grader, but Matias weighed in at just 309 pounds and didn’t participate in the bench press. He’s not going to measure up in the NFL.

Three-cone drill
Best: Tennessee cornerback Justin Coleman finished the drill in 6.61 seconds, showing great change-of-direction quickness.

Solid effort: Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney did the three-cone drill in 6.68 seconds, which was not just the best of any linebacker but better than any cornerback or safety other than Coleman.

Red flag: LSU running back Terrence Magee’s three-cone time of 7.52 was terrible for a 213-pound running back. There were linemen who outweighed Magee by 100 pounds and did the three-cone drill faster than Magee did.

20-yard shuttle
Best: Memphis cornerback Bobby McCain finished the 20-yard shuttle in 3.82 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second off the best time in the last 10 years at the Combine.

Solid effort: UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley finished the short shuttle in 3.98 seconds, the fastest ever for a quarterback at the Combine.

Red flag: Florida State running back Karlos Williams had a short shuttle time of 4.46 seconds. That’s a mediocre time, but what’s particularly interesting is that Williams ran a pretty good 40 for a 230-pounder, clocking in at 4.48 seconds. Most players run the short shuttle significantly faster than they run the 40. That Williams ran his short shuttle in almost exactly the same time as his 40 indicates that while he has straight-line speed, he struggles to stop on a dime and change directions.

60-yard shuttle
Best: UConn cornerback Byron Jones finished in 10.98 seconds. With his 60-yard shuttle added to his vertical jump record, Jones was the only player to win two events at the Combine, and may have been the single best athlete on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Solid effort: Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon had the second-fastest 60-yard shuttle, clocking 11.00 seconds. Gordon had great productivity in college, and at the Combine he showed he has the athleticism to match.

Red flag: Oregon linebacker Tony Washington’s 12.83-second long shuttle was the slowest at the Combine.

What does it all mean? Ultimately, the Combine matters less than what players did on the field in college, and all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. But a player like Byron Jones can use the Combine to boost his stock, while a player like Paul Dawson can see his stock tumble when he doesn’t run well. That’s what we saw over the last four days.

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The Free Agent Hot 100

Chris Johnson AP

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the 2015 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported.

1. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. (Signed six-year deal with Miami.)

2. Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

3. Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Reached five-year deal with Jets.)

4. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

5. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

6. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. (Received non-exclusive franchise tag.)

7. Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. (Reached four-year deal with Packers.)

8. Patriots safety Devin McCourty. (Reached five-year deal with Patriots.)

9. Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

10. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. (Reached five-year deal with Bills.)

11. Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds. (Announced his retirement.)

12. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. (Reached deal with Philadelphia.)

13. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. (Signed one-year deal with Dallas.)

14. Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley. (Reached deal with St. Louis.)

15. Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. (Reached five-year deal with Kansas City.)

16. Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee. (Reached five-year deal with Chicago.)

17. Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell. (Reached six-year deal with Philadelphia.)

18. Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. (Reached deal with Green Bay.)

19. Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers. (Reached four-year deal with Chargers.)

20. 49ers offensive guard Mike Iupati. (Reached five-year deal with Arizona.)

21. Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. (Reached one-year deal with Washington.)

22. Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.(Agreed to four-year deal with Tennessee.)

23. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. (Reached five-year deal with San Francisco.)

24. Chiefs center Rodney Hudson. (Signed five-year deal with Oakland.)

25. Ex-Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin. (Reached one-year deal with Buffalo.)

26. Bills running back C.J. Spiller. (Agreed to four-year deal with New Orleans.)

27. Titans outside linebacker/defensive end Derrick Morgan. (Reached four-year deal with Tennessee.)

28. Eagles outside linebacker/defensive end Brandon Graham. (Reached four-year deal with Philadelphia.)

29. Broncos offensive guard Orlando Franklin. (Reached deal with San Diego.)

30. Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

31. Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson. (Agreed to four-year deal with Houston.)

32. Ex-Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

33. 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

34. Dolphins defensive lineman Jared Odrick. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

35. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. (Signed deal with Miami.)

36. Browns outside linebacker/defensive end Jabaal Sheard. (Agreed to two-year deal with New England.)

37. Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea. (Signed deal with Washington.)

38. Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie. (Reached deal with Jets.)

39. Jets inside linebacker David Harris. (Signed three-year deal with Jets.)

40. Ex-Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. (Reached deal with Indianapolis.)

41. Ex-Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. (Reached deal with Cleveland.)

42. Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski. (Reached deal with Jacksonville.)

43. Saints running back Mark Ingram. (Agreed to four-year deal with Saints.)

44. Packers cornerback Davon House. (Signed deal with Jacksonville.)

45. Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham.

46. Broncos safety Rahim Moore. (Agreed to deal with Houston.)

47. Patriots running back Shane Vereen. (Signed with Giants.)

48. Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. (Signed three-year deal with Cleveland.)

49. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews. (Reached three-year deal with Philadelphia.)

50. 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver. (Agreed to four-year deal with Washington.)

51. Browns cornerback Buster Skrine. (Reached deal with Jets.)

52. Chargers offensive tackle King Dunlap. (Signed four-year deal with Chargers.)

53. Dolphins tight end Charles Clay. (Signed offer sheet with Buffalo; Miami did not match.)

54. Ravens running back Justin Forsett. (Reached deal with Baltimore.)

55. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Agreed to two-year deal with Philadelphia.)

56. Giants safety Antrel Rolle. (Agreed to three-year deal with Chicago.)

57. Seahawks offensive guard James Carpenter. (Signed with Jets.)

58. Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. (Agreed to two-year deal with Jacksonville.)

59. Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson. (Agreed to deal with San Diego.)

60. Bengals offensive guard Clint Boling. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

61. Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers. (Reached two-year deal with St. Louis.)

62. Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts. (Agreed to two-year deal with Houston.)

63. Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton. (Reached deal with Tampa Bay.)

64. Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy. (Signed four-year deal with Tennessee.)

65. Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter. (Signed four-year deal with Tampa Bay.)

66. Bills inside linebacker Brandon Spikes.

67. Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal. (Signed three-year with Chicago.)

68. 49ers running back Frank Gore. (Reached two-year deal with Colts.)

69. Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner. (Reached deal with New Orleans.)

70. Ex-Saints inside linebacker Curtis Lofton. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

71. Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright. (Signed one-year deal with San Francisco.)

72. Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain. (Re-signed with Dallas.)

73. Texans linebacker Brooks Reed. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

74. Cowboys offensive tackle Doug Free. (Reached three-year deal with Cowboys.)

75. Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann. (Re-signed with Atlanta.)

76. Ex-Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (Signed three-year deal with Browns.)

77. Ex-Eagles defensive end Trent Cole. (Agreed to deal with Indianapolis.)

78. Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. (Reached deal with Houston.)

79. Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison. (RFA — signing deadline has passed)

80. Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

81. Eagles safety Nate Allen. (Reached deal with Oakland.)

82. Rams offensive tackle Joe Barksdale.

83. Titans quarterback Jake Locker. (Announced retirement.)

84. Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton. (Reached five-year deal with Texans.)

85. Buccaneers inside linebacker Mason Foster. (Reached deal with Chicago.)

86. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. (Signed deal with Arizona.)

87. 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

88. Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters. (Signed deal with Arizona.)

89. Ex-Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford. (Reached deal with Indianapolis.)

90. Ex-Eagles cornerback Cary Williams. (Reached three-year deal with Seattle.)

91. Ex-Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline. (Reached two-year deal with Cleveland.)

92. Ex-49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson. (Reached deal with San Diego.)

93. Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore. (Reached deal with Cincinnati.)

94. Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. (Reached two-year deal with Houston.)

95. Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher. (Reached deal with New England.)

96. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. (RFA — signed tender with Baltimore.)

97. Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

98. Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. (RFA — signing deadline has passed.)

99. Ex-Buccaneers offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

100. Ex-Jaguars defensive lineman Red Bryant.


101. Ex-Falcons offensive guard Justin Blalock.

102. Ex-Raiders safety Tyvon Branch. (Reached one-year deal with Kansas City.)

103. Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt. (Agreed to two-year deal with St. Louis.)

104. Rams tight end Lance Kendricks. (Reached deal with St. Louis.)

105. Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist. (Agreed to deal with Jets.)

106. Ex-Lions running back Reggie Bush. (Reached deal with San Francisco.)

107. Ex-Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett. (Signed two-year deal with 49ers.)

108. Texans safety Kendrick Lewis. (Signed three-year deal with Baltimore.)

109. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. (Signed franchise tender.)

110. Ex-Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings. (Reached two-year deal with Miami.)

111. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. (Signed with Oakland.)

112. Ex-Eagles tight end James Casey. (Signed with Denver.)

113. Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton. (RFA — re-signed with Philadelphia.)

114. Panthers offensive tackle Byron Bell. (Reached deal with Tennessee.)

115. Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson. (Reached deal with New Orleans.)

116. Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. (Reached deal with Giants.)

117. Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond. (Reached deal with Philadelphia.)

118. Seahawks linebacker O’Brien Schofield. (Reached deal with Atlanta.)

119. Dolphins safety Louis Delmas. (Reached deal with Miami.)

120. Jets running back Chris Johnson.

121. Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien. (Agreed to one-year deal with Packers.)

Note: Players were considered basis of these criteria, among others: age, availability, injury history, past production, playmaking ability, position value and potential.

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