Martellus Bennett retires from the NFL

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Free agent tight end Martellus Bennett has decided to retire from the NFL, he announced on social media.

“I’ve decided to move on from the world of football and into the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity,” Bennett wrote. “I’m beginning what I believe to be my life’s work @ImaginationAgcy”

The Patriots cut Bennett on March 7 after he played only 24 snaps in two games for them last season before going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. New England had claimed him off waivers from the Packers on November 9.

In 10 NFL seasons with five teams, Bennett has 433 catches for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Cardinals send Jared Veldheer to Broncos

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The Broncos have completed a deal for offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, the teams announced. The Cardinals will get a sixth-round pick in return.

Veldheer, 30, has started most of his 101 games at left tackle. But he also played right tackle and right guard last season and spent some time at center during his rookie season of 2010.

The Broncos expect him to start at right tackle, upgrading their line.

Veldheer spent four years in Oakland after the Raiders made him a third-round pick and four years in Arizona after signing a five-year, $35 million contract in free agency in 2014.

D.J. Humphries becomes Arizona’s left tackle.

Andre Roberts signs one-year deal with Jets

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The Jets announced they signed receiver Andre Roberts to a one-year contract.

While Roberts made only one catch for the Falcons last season, he averaged 22.6 yards on 38 kickoff returns and 7.4 yards on 27 punt returns. The Jets expect him to take over those duties for them.

Roberts, 30, has averaged 23.4 yards in his career on kickoff returns with one touchdown and 8.1 yards on punt returns with two scores.

In eight seasons, he has played for four teams. The Cardinals made him a third-round pick in 2013, and he also spent time with Washington and Detroit as well as the one season he spent in Atlanta.

Report: Bills release Ryan Davis

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The Bills released defensive end Ryan Davis, Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports.

Davis, 29, was scheduled to make a base salary of $1.125 million in 2018. The Bills will save $1.225 million against their cap, according to

Davis spent only one season in Buffalo, making three sacks and 26 tackles.

He previously played in Jacksonville and Dallas and has 14 career sacks.

Tony Romo finishes last in PGA event

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Tony Romo was better at the quarterback thing and is better at the announcing thing than he is at the golf thing. For not being a pro golfer, the former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS analyst did OK.

Competing in a pro tournament, Romo didn’t do so well.

He finished last in his PGA Tour debut at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. He shot a 10-over 82 in the second round on Friday, finishing with a two-day total of 159. Romo missed the cut of 1-under by 16 strokes.

Brice Garnett leads at 13-under.

Romo earned entry into the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption.

Will Suh wait to sign a new deal?

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Free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has visited the Saints, Titans, and Rams, but it’s a team he hasn’t visited — the Jets — that has offered him the most money, so far. The fact that he has yet to sign a contract means, as a practical matter, that no team has offered him enough money, yet.

That’s how multiple league insiders have interpreted Suh’s status. If the money was right with any of the interested teams, the deal already would be done.

And that raises another question: Does Suh need to sign a contract now? Suh notoriously avoids most of the offseason program, opting instead to work out on his own. If he’s unattached, there will be no direct or indirect pressure to show up for anything.

If he waits, of course, some teams that currently have interest may lose it — especially if they address their needs in the draft. But it’s safe to assume that at least one team that is interested now will still be interested later; the possibility of injury to one or more starting defensive tackles during the offseason program could result in more teams being interested, and possibly at a greatest financial range than the currently interested teams are inhabiting.

Suh always has done things his own way, and it’s worked for him. In this case, Suh doing things his own way could mean choosing to wait to sign a contract until July or August, trusting that whatever is on the table now will be on the table then.

We trust that you’ll listed to Friday’s PFT PM podcast, which touches on the Suh situation, addresses four other Friday topics, and answers a bunch of your questions.

Josh Allen believes he showed “accuracy, touch and footwork” at Pro Day

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Josh Allen worked out in front of a lot of scouts from quarterback-needy teams. Besides the Browns’ large contingent, which included owner Jimmy Haslam, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and Broncos senior adviser Gary Kubiak also made their way to Wyoming.

Everyone knows Allen has a strong arm, and he displayed that again at the end of the workout with several 60-plus-yard throws. But scouts wanted to see him show touch and accuracy.

“He’s got this rocket arm that everyone knows about and we’ve all seen. I want to show [that] it’s not a wild fastball; it’s a consistent fastball,” Allen’s private quarterbacks coach, Jordan Palmer, told Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “But more importantly, I want to show that a lot of times guys that have big arms . . . have a hard time controlling it, and taking tempo off of the ball, and layering it and really controlling it. We put him in some situations today where he can really show that control and that touch.”

Allen’s 56.2 career completion percentage has invited questions about his accuracy. He threw about 60 passes at his Pro Day, according to Jones, and had two or three legitimate incompletions.

“Show the accuracy, show the touch and show the footwork that we’ve been working on. I think we came out here and we did that,” Allen said.

Allen already has worked out privately for the Bills and has one scheduled with the Jets next month.

Arrest made in Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski’s house

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When Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to his Foxboro, Massachusetts home after the Super Bowl, he discovered that he’d been burglarized. Now a man has been arrested for the crime.

Foxboro police announced today that they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida and charged him with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

Police also identified two suspects they are actively searching for: 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell. Police are hoping for help from the public in finding those two suspects.

Gronkowski will get back some items that police recovered from Almeida, including an Apple Watch, a Rolex watch and two rare coins from the 1800s. Police are still trying to recover guns that were stolen from the house.

Cardinals sign Bene Benwikere

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The Cardinals announced they have signed cornerback Bene Benwikere to a one-year deal.

Benwikere, 26, has played 39 career games with 14 starts. he spent three seasons with Carolina after it made him a fifth-round pick and was with Dallas last season.

The Cowboys obtained him in a trade with Cincinnati at the end of the preseason, and he played 12 games last season.

For his career, Benwikere has made 111 tackles, two interceptions, 22 pass breakups, a sack and four fumble recoveries.

Report: Seahawks unaware of Michael Bennett’s alleged incident until Friday

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The Seahawks “were not aware” that Houston police were investigating Michael Bennett before they traded him to the Eagles, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports.

A Houston grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, stemming from an incident at last year’s Super Bowl. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The 66-year-old woman, a stadium employee, sprained a shoulder after Bennett shoved her while trying to rush the field after the game, Houston police chief Art Acevedo said.

Bennett, then with the Seahawks, is a Houston native who was at the game to watch his brother, Martellus, who played with the Patriots at the time.

On March 7, the Seahawks agreed to trade Bennett and a seventh-round pick to the Eagles for backup receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.

NFL “looking into” Michael Bennett matter

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Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for allegedly shoving an elderly woman at Super Bowl LI. The charges obviously subject Bennett to NFL discipline, regardless of whether he’s found legally responsible for the behavior.

“We are looking into the matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email on Friday.

The Eagles separately issued a statement regarding the indictment: “We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

It’s unclear whether the NFL knew about the situation before the indictment or, more importantly, whether Bennett was aware of the situation and failed to report it to his former team (the Seahawks) or the league. It’s also unclear whether the Seahawks were aware of the situation before trading Bennett to the Eagles, and whether the Eagles made the trade with awareness of the Bennett situation.

Regardless, any indictment on a felony is a serious matter. The NFL has some time to decide whether to place Bennett on paid leave, given that the offseason program doesn’t commence until next month. Still, a decision will need to be made sooner than later on whether he’ll be permitted to show up for work throughout the offseason and/or pending the outcome of the criminal action.

Houston police chief: It’s “pretty pathetic” Michael Bennett shoved elderly worker

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett’s shove of a 66-year-old paraplegic “pretty pathetic.” A warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest.

A Houston grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, stemming from an incident at last year’s Super Bowl. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

“I think it’s pretty pathetic that you would put your hands on a 66-year-old paraplegic and just treat them like they don’t exist,” Acevedo said, via FOX Q13.

The woman, a stadium employee, sprained a shoulder after Bennett shoved her while trying to rush the field after the game, Acevedo said. Bennett, then with the Seahawks, is a Houston native who was at the game to watch his brother, Martellus, who played with the Patriots at the time.

“He said, ‘You all must not know who I am,'” Acevedo said of Michael Bennett. “‘I could own this [expletive]. I’m going onto the field whether you like it or not.'”

The Eagles released a statement Friday afternoon: “We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Bucs bring back offensive lineman Evan Smith

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The Bucs have been aggressive about working on both lines, but they brought back a familiar face on offense.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bucs have brought back center-guard Evan Smith for a fifth season in Tampa.

Smith has started 28 games the last four seasons in Tampa, including six last year.

The Bucs made Ryan Jensen the highest-paid center in the game, and now have some reliable depth behind him. They’ve also acquired defensive linemen in bulk, which should make their practices a bit more competitive this year.

Dolphins signing Brock Osweiler

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The Dolphins have a new backup quarterback, again going with a veteran with plenty of money who may or may not be able to play.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Dolphins are signing Brock Osweiler.

He visited with the team today and they and he apparently liked what they saw.

The former second-round pick and one of the top free agents of the 2016 offseason has bounced from Denver to Houston to Cleveland and back to Denver.

Now, he’s got a clear path to the backup role behind Ryan Tannehill, and a familiar face in coach Adam Gase, who worked with him in Denver when he still was viewed to have potential.

The Dolphins turned to Jay Cutler last year when Tannehill was injured, and let backup Matt Moore walk into free agency.

Corey Liuget takes “full responsibility” for four-game PED suspension

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The NFL has suspended Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, via multiple reports.

He released a statement:

“I made a mistake and take full responsibility,” Liuget said, via Fernando Ramirez of NBC San Diego. “As part of my training program, I placed my trust in someone who, in hindsight, was not well versed in the NFL’s policy on banned substances. As players, we’re told time and again that the NFL holds you responsible for anything in your body. Even if you take it accidentally, it’s on you. Pretty cut and dry. You hear it and think, ‘That won’t be me; that can’t possibly happen to me.’ Yet, here I am, suspended four games, and it’s my fault. I apologize to our fans, my family and the entire Chargers organization. I hate that I won’t be there for my teammates to start the season, but I will turn this into a positive. When my number is called, you can count on me being ready to answer that call.”

Liuget, 28, made 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 12 games in 2017. He has played seven seasons with the Chargers since they made him a first-round pick.