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If tagged by the Panthers, will Kawann Short sign it?

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15:  Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets braces for impact as he is hit by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

With the franchise tag window open and an apple pie still slowly cooling on the ledge, the question becomes whether any of the players who ultimately receive the one-year payday that goes along with being blocked from the open market will view it as a turd sandwich.

Guys like Kirk Cousins won’t; at $23.94 million for 2017, he’ll gladly pounce on the tender, signing it and adding the dollars to his $19.95 million from 2016. For others, it’s still not clear what they will do.

Last month, Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short suggested he’d quickly accept a one-year franchise tender from the Panthers. While that comment quickly was clarified to suggest Short won’t sign it quickly, there’s still a chance that Short will decide to take the one-year payday, attempt to negotiate a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, and if necessary do it again in 2018.

In 2016, the Panthers shocked the NFL by rescinding the tender from cornerback Josh Norman in April, making him a free agent after the big money had flowed. Norman still got a great deal, and there’s a chance that, if the Panthers become exasperated with Short and yank the tag, he’ll reel in a big deal, too.

Signing the tender would lock the team in to more than $13 million in cash and cap dollars. If the Panthers need cap space to do other business, one way to get it would be to sign Short to a long-term deal. After the tender is signed, they can’t grab cap space by revoking the tender.

All of this assumes that the tag will indeed be applied to Short. During Super Bowl week, coach Ron Rivera suggested that the tag probably will be applied to Short.

For now, it’s too early to know whether he probably would or probably wouldn’t sign it. We’ll all definitely know at some point after the tag is applied.

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Hall of Fame voter: Michael Irvin was better than T.O.

5 Jan 1997:  Appropriately-dressed Michael Irvin "fans" look on during a playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Panthers won the game, 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones Getty Images

With at least one Hall of Fame voter who resents being questioned or criticized has decided to whine about “the Mike Florios of the world,” my official response consists of two words: Thank you. (My unofficial response contains several of the same letters and one of the same words, but it can’t be repeated on a family-friendly-sometimes website.)

The criticism of the failure to induct receiver Terrell Owens in his second year of eligibility (more specifically, the failure to even put him in the final 10 in 2017) has begun to smoke out some of the voters who resent the throwing of rocks at their ivory tower, forcing them to make public their case against T.O.

MDS crafted a masterful deconstruction of the Ron Borges get-off-my-lawn essay that exposed not only his illogical drop-based argument but also the same kind of lazy arrogance (copying and pasting quotes obtained and transcribed by others without credit) that quite possibly influences every other aspect of his work, including his work on behalf of the Hall of Fame. Indeed, it’s not the first time Borges has been caught copying and pasting without attribution. (My first and only direct communication with Borges occurred more than a decade ago, when I complained to him that multiple different PFT blurbs ended up without attribution in one of this Sunday notes columns above the vague and goofy “material from personal interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report” disclaimer.) For most journalists, getting caught in what is the ultimate evidence of lazy arrogance and a hollow work ethic would be a career killer. Somehow, Borges is both still gainfully employed and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.

But this blurb isn’t supposed to be about Borges (even though it is). It’s supposed to be about specific arguments made to me via email by Hall of Fame voter Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. In fairness to Gary, I’ve separately published the full, approved content of an email summarizing multiple prior messages. For now, I want to focus on the primary argument Gary made: Michael Irvin is more worthy of Canton than Terrell Owens.

“Michael Irvin didn’t get in the HOF until his third year and I could easily make a case he was a better player than T.O.,” Myers wrote. “For sure, if I had a choice of having one of them on my team, I would take Irvin. Not even close in my mind. . . . [J]ust as far as their playing ability, Irvin played on three Super Bowl championship teams. He was a leader and a winner. He had much better hands. Owens dropped an awful lot of passes. Irvin imposed his will on games while Owens was carrying a Sharpie in his sock and eating popcorn with the cheerleaders.

“I was not on the committee when Irvin was a candidate, but my guess is his off the field problems are why it took him three years to get in, although the mandate from the HOF is not to consider issues away from the field like arrests and drug use. In the case of Owens and others who were considered distractions, the locker room is considered an extension of the field.”

Irvin created at least one unprecedented distraction, at least as far as anyone in the media or general public knows. He stabbed a teammate in the neck with scissors on team property. As “horrible teammates” go, that would seem to set the bar.

As great receivers go, Owens set the bar a hell of a lot higher than Irvin. He currently sits at No. 8 on the all-time list, with 1,078 receptions. Irvin is tied for 38th, with 750.

Owens is No. 2 in receiving yards, with 15,934. Irvin sits at No. 26, behind the likes of Derrick Mason.

As to total touchdowns, T.O. is No. 5, with 156. Irvin ranks 120 spots lower, tied at 65 touchdowns with Sonny Randle, Joe Morrison, Charlie Joiner, Elroy Hirsch, Calvin Hill, Terrell Davis, Gary Clark, Billy Cannon, and Emerson Boozer.

When it comes to production over the course of a career, it’s not even a close case. It’s not even close to being a close case. And while Irvin has three Super Bowl titles, does anyone think Owens wouldn’t have at least one if he’d been the third leg of the Triplets tripod, especially with an offensive line that consistently dominated its foes?

Of course, Owens still had an opportunity to win a championship, and he did everything in his power to return from a broken leg to catch nine passes for 122 yards against the Patriots in a three-point Super Bowl XXIX loss. But Myers shrugged at that achievement.

“The Eagles won two playoff games without him to get to the Super Bowl that year and then lost the Super Bowl with him,” Myers said.

Technically, that’s correct. The Eagles did get to Jacksonville without him and they did lose there with him. But does anyone really think the Eagles lost because of him?

The more accurate view is that Owens did his job more than well enough on that day to deliver an NFL title to Philadelphia for the first time since 1960, and that not enough of those around Owens did. By nonchalantly dismissing one of the brightest moments of T.O.’s career, Myers says plenty about what the panel thinks of Owens, plenty about whether it’s inclined to induct him any time soon, and plenty about whether the whole thing needs to be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch.

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Gary Myers explains the Terrell Owens snub

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 07:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys antagonizes the crowd during a stop in play while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 20-13.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

[Editor’s note: Earlier this week, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News contacted me via email to explain his case against putting Terrell Owens in the Hall of Fame. We exchanged several messages on the topic, and I eventually asked Myers whether his views are “on the record.” He said that they were not, but he offered to summarize his position with an express invitation to use any, some, or all of it. In fairness to Gary, I have decided to post his entire approved message below. Subsequent PFT posts may use portions of his message.]

I’ve been reading your posts on the Hall of Fame and the controversy over Terrell Owens not getting elected again this year. Just want you to know I would have absolutely no problem revealing my ballot. I believe in full transparency. Nothing to hide. I usually publish my vote in the Daily News.

I know you don’t agree with the statement I made a year ago on Dan Patrick’s radio show (Ross Tucker was hosting that day) that teams could not wait to get rid of T.O. Once he became a problem or cancer in the locker room, I think it’s clear they could not wait to dump him. It just took longer in S.F. than Philly or Dallas.

I did vote for Owens in the cut from 15 to 10 two years in a row but honestly had not made up my mind if I would vote for him either year if he had made the cut to five. Unfortunately for him, he was eliminated each year in the cut to 10.

There are some very smart journalists in that meeting room. I can only speak for myself: I have opinions. I don’t have an agenda. I’ve been covering the NFL since 1978, longer than just about anybody in the room except maybe four or five people out of the 46 media members. This year, HOFers Dan Fouts and James Lofton were added, increasing the number of voters to 48.

I think I know what a Hall of Famer looks like. T.O. will be in the Hall of Fame. Just because he didn’t get into the HOF the first or second year doesn’t mean the process needs to be overhauled. Michael Irvin didn’t get in the HOF until his third year and I could easily make a case he was a better player than T.O. For sure, if I had a choice of having one of them on my team, I would take Irvin. Not even close in my mind.

Owens signed a seven-year deal with the Eagles after he was acquired from the 49ers. In his second training camp with the Eagles, he wanted a new contract and became a tremendous pain and blew up the defending NFC champs. He had played one year of a seven-year contract. I know contracts are one-way in the NFL,  but even for Owens, that was a bit much, complaining just 14% of the way through the deal for a team he wanted to play for and in a city that embraced him.

First, he was such a problem he got thrown out of camp by Andy Reid and later in the season, he was thrown off the team. The Eagles finished in last place with a 6-10 record. I know a lot is made of his courageous Super Bowl game and it was pretty amazing. But the Eagles won two playoff games without him to get to the Super Bowl that year and then lost the Super Bowl with him.

As far as the comparison to Irvin, just as far as their playing ability, Irvin played on three Super Bowl championship teams. He was a leader and a winner. He had much better hands. Owens dropped an awful lot of passes. Irvin imposed his will on games while Owens was carrying a Sharpie in his sock and eating popcorn with the cheerleaders.

I was not on the committee when Irvin was a candidate, but my guess is his off the field problems are why it took him three years to get in, although the mandate from the HOF is not to consider issues away from the field like arrests and drug use. In the case of Owens and others who were considered distractions, the locker room is considered an extension of the field.

All that being said, I think Owens is a HOFer. There’s some great players who had to exhibit patience before they were elected. In my opinion, the case for Owens being a first or second ballot HOFer would have been strengthened if he played on a Super Bowl championship team.

I know the voting process has become an issue you are passionate about. I would really suggest you contact Joe Horrigan at the HOF and ask to be added to the committee when there is an opening. You would be a valuable voice in the room.

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Terrell Owens dropped passes, as great receivers do

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills can't make a catch in the end-zone over the defense of cornerback Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Bills 38-10.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) Getty Images

We noted earlier that one Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Ron Borges, has finally made an on-field case for why Owens should be excluded, that he dropped too many passes. We’ve now taken some time to examine that claim, and we find it to be weak.

Although drops are not an official NFL statistic, Borges appeared to be relying on Stats, LLC, which has tracked drops since the 1990s, for his claim that “Owens not only led the NFL in drops once, he finished in the top four in drops seven other seasons during his 15-year career.” That is true, but missing the important context that league leaders in drops are often among the NFL’s best wide receivers.

After going through all the Stats, LLC, drops data for Owens’ career, I’ve compiled these notes on Owens’ dropped passes in each of his 15 NFL seasons:

1996: Owens dropped just one pass while making 35 catches as a rookie.

1997: Owens dropped five passes and wasn’t even in the Top 50 in drops. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin was second in the NFL with 11 drops, while Hall of Famer Tim Brown was tied for fourth with nine drops.

1998: Owens dropped five passes and wasn’t even in the Top 50 in drops while catching 64.4 percent of the passes thrown to him. His teammate Jerry Rice dropped eight passes and was tied for 12th in drops while catching 54.3 percent of the passes thrown to him.

1999: Owens again dropped five passes, again wasn’t even in the Top 50 in drops, and again had better marks than Rice while playing in the same offense: Owens caught 61.2 percent of the passes thrown to him while Rice dropped nine passes and caught 54.0 percent of the passes thrown to him.

2000: Owens dropped 13 passes and was fourth in the NFL in drops. Leading the NFL in drops that year with 16 was Rod Smith, who has been discussed as a Hall of Fame candidate.

2001: Owens dropped 10 passes and was tied for fourth in the NFL. (Owens also led the league in touchdown catches.)

2002: Owens dropped 10 passes, tied for ninth in the NFL. Tied with, among others, Jerry Rice, who dropped the same number of passes while having fewer catches, fewer yards and fewer touchdowns than Owens. Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison led the NFL with 16 drops.

2003: Owens dropped 11 passes and was tied for third in the NFL. He also caught 80 passes for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns and went to the Pro Bowl.

2004: Owens dropped seven passes. There were 17 NFL players who dropped as many or more passes than Owens while catching fewer passes that season.

2005: Owens dropped five passes, tied for 36th in the NFL.

2006: Owens led the NFL with 17 drops. This is Owens’ first year in Dallas and the one and only year when it’s legitimate to argue that he dropped an inordinate amount of passes. It’s also worth noting that he led the NFL in touchdown catches.

2007: Owens dropped 10 passes, tied for third in the NFL. He also caught 81 passes for 1,355 yards and 15 touchdowns and was chosen as a first-team All-Pro.

2008: Owens dropped 10 passes, fourth in the NFL. He also caught 69 passes for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2009: Owens dropped nine passes and was tied for fourth in the NFL. He also led an otherwise terrible Bills passing offense with 55 catches for 829 yards.

2010: Owens was tied with Brandon Marshall for third in drops. Wes Welker was first and Reggie Wayne was second.

So did Owens drop a lot of passes? Sure, especially as his career was winding down in Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. But a lot of great receivers drop a lot of passes. Is Borges going to argue that Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison should be removed from the Hall of Fame because they were all on the drops leaderboards with Owens? Is Borges going to argue that Rod Smith, Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker and Reggie Wayne don’t have good career résumés because they were all on the drops leaderboards with Owens?

When you’re knocking a player because he did a lot of bad things — dropped a lot of passes or threw a lot of interceptions or fumbled a lot — it’s important to remember that you can only be in a position to do a lot of bad things if your team is relying on you a lot, and your team is only going to rely on you a lot if you’re a good player. Brett Favre is the NFL’s all-time leader in both interceptions and fumbles, but no one disputes that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Owens dropped a lot of passes, which tells us that his quarterbacks threw to him a lot, and he got his hands on the ball a lot. A mediocre NFL receiver doesn’t get the opportunity to drop a lot of passes because he doesn’t get open often enough for his quarterback to throw to him, he doesn’t adjust to the ball well enough to get his hands on it, and he doesn’t last long enough to stay on the field if he keeps dropping the ball.

Great receivers like Owens, Rice, Irvin, Brown and Harrison dropped the ball a lot because they got the ball thrown to them a lot. And they got the ball thrown to them a lot because they’re Hall of Famers. At least, all of them but Owens are Hall of Famers. Owens’ absence from Canton says more about voters like Borges than it says about Owens himself.

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Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer could be among 49ers’ targets

HOUSTON - JULY 31:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans and  Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Kyle Shanahan talk before the start of practice during Texans training camp on July 31, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wants to find a long-term solution at the quarterback position. But if that long-term solution turns out to be a rookie who’s not ready to start in 2017, Matt Schaub and Brian Hoyer are among the possibilities for a stopgap starter.

Schaub and Hoyer both have connections to Shanahan, and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that he expects either Schaub or Hoyer or both to be added to the 49ers’ roster.

Schaub was with Shanahan in Atlanta last season, was previously with Shanahan in Houston and has been linked to Shanahan as a possible 49ers quarterback in 2017. Schaub becomes a free agent on March 9.

Hoyer started 13 games for the Browns in 2014 when Shanahan was their offensive coordinator, and the two made for a pretty good combination, with the Browns going 7-6 in the games Hoyer started. Hoyer has heaped praise on Shanahan recently, and he also becomes a free agent on March 9.

Both Schaub and Hoyer are in their 30s and neither has ever been a great NFL starter, so they wouldn’t exactly bring a ton of excitement to San Francisco. But as available veterans go, you could do worse than Schaub and Hoyer. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if that’s the direction the 49ers decide to go in for now, while drafting a rookie quarterback for the future.

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Hall of Fame voter: Terrell Owens dropped too many passes

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Former NFL player Terrell Owens arrives at the Maxim Super Bowl Party on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Maxim) Getty Images

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee meets in private and submits secret ballots, so we don’t know the identities of all the voters who voted against Terrell Owens two weeks ago. But one Hall of Famer has published a defense of the decision to keep Owens out, and it boils down to this: He dropped too many passes.

That voter is Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, and in a long column defending the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the only substantive reason Borges gives for excluding Owens is that he dropped a lot of passes.

“Owens not only led the NFL in drops once, he finished in the top four in drops seven other seasons during his 15-year career,” Borges writes.

Drops are not an official NFL statistic, but Borges is relying on the numbers from Stats, LLC. Are dropped passes really enough to keep Owens out of the Hall of Fame?

They shouldn’t be. It’s counterintuitive, but a receiver who leads the league in drops is often a good receiver. You have to do something good — get open enough for the quarterback to throw the ball to you, then get your hands on the ball — before you can get into position to drop a pass. If you don’t run good routes, you’re not going to lead the league in drops. A receiver who ends his career with 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns is going to drop some.

The rest of Borges’ column is given over to an overly defensive defense of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee combined with criticism of those who criticize the Committee. Or, as Borges puts it, “the Mike Florios of the world.”

Borges also mentions a recent radio interview in which Owens’ former coach, Bill Parcells, endorsed Owens as a Hall of Famer but acknowledged that Owens could be disruptive. Interestingly, Borges only seems to know about that interview because PFT posted about it. Borges included in his Boston Herald column a quote from Parcells from that interview, but he credited neither the radio station (ESPN Radio in Los Angeles) nor PFT for transcribing the interview, even though he obviously just copied and pasted Parcells’ comments from PFT’s post into his Boston Herald column: Not only is every word Borges used from Parcells’ interview exactly the same as the words PFT transcribed, but all the punctuation is in exactly the same place, something that two people transcribing the same interview independently are unlikely to do identically. Borges even included two parentheticals PFT added to clarify something Parcells said.

So thanks, Mr. Borges, for reading PFT. Even if you dropped the ball on this one.

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Report: Brian Daboll leaving Patriots for Alabama

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Patriots Tight Ends Coach Brian Daboll will be the new offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama,’s Chris Low reported Friday.

Daboll worked under Alabama coach Nick Saban as a graduate assistant at Michigan State early in his career before moving on to his first stint with the Patriots. He’s been an NFL offensive coordinator with the Browns, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Daboll returned to the Patriots in 2013.

Former Texans offensive coordinator Gerge Godsey was also a candidate at Alabama. That job opened when Steve Sarkisian left to become offensive coordinator of the Falcons.

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Darrelle Revis turns himself in

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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turned himself into to authorities in Pittsburgh on Friday evening.

Cameras from ESPN and other outlets were waiting as Revis arrived at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building. Revis faces four felony charges — including aggravated assault and robbery — and one misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh early last Sunday morning.

He was officially charged on Thursday. Revis didn’t speak to reporters as he entered the courts building.

The police report said officers found two men unconscious after some sort of incident with Revis in the city’s South Side area. Those men told officers they had a verbal altercation with Revis but didn’t know who had punched them. Revis threw a cellphone belonging to one of the men into the street, and he was charged after police viewed cellphone video of the incident.

The Jets released a statement Thursday that said they had spoken to Revis but had no further comment. The NFL has said it is looking into what happened.

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Darrelle Revis incident details confirm that a conviction won’t be easy

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on after a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on October 18, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) Getty Images

As more details emerge regarding the arrest of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, it’s becoming more clear that it will be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the most serious of the charges currently pending against him: Aggravated assault.

Rich Cimini of summarizes the incident report, pointing out that there is currently no specific evidence that Revis punched either of the two victims. It will be difficult, to say the least, to prove that Revis assaulted anyone without evidence that, you know, he did.

That said, the conspiracy count could bring all of the alleged aggressors (Revis and at least one other person) within the bubble of responsibility. That said, the injuries to the two victims — a bruised cheek for one and a fracture near the eye of the other — don’t seem to be serious enough to prompt the authorities to move heaven and earth in an effort to secure justice.

There’s also a dispute regarding whether Revis became hostile before or after one of the victims started taking cell-phone video of the interaction with Revis. If it’s the former, the victims may have been simply trying to preserve the incident for future use. Blaine Jones, the lawyer representing Revis, contends that Revis became upset because he was being videotaped and otherwise harassed.

A witness, who apparently didn’t witness any punches thrown, claims that at one point Revis said to him, “Do you want to be next?” While that would count as persuasive circumstantial evidence, something more clear will be needed to eliminate reasonable doubt as to whether Revis threw punches.

All things considered (including the notion that the alleged “robbery” resulted simply from the notion that Revis took away the cell phone that was being used to create video), this doesn’t feel like the kind of incident that will result in the investment of significant prosecutorial and judicial resources. Incidents like the one that happened early Sunday morning in Pittsburgh happen throughout the country late in the evening/early in the morning on virtually every weekend of the calendar.

Unless prosecutors have some specific animus toward Revis or a proverbial smoking gun that makes it an open-and-shut case, it’s safe to say that the charges eventually will be reduced (like they were for Joey Porter) and that, ultimately, the situation will be resolved with Revis never facing jail or any other significant consequence.

That said, the NFL may approach the situation differently, given that the league decided after the Ray Rice debacle to no longer defer to the justice system. Given that two men were knocked out cold, a more-probable-than-not conclusion that Revis did it could result in a suspension.

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Louis Riddick may be embellishing his chance of getting 49ers G.M. gig


In this age of embellishment and exaggeration (there’s never been a time in the history of the universe where people have embellished and exaggerated as much as they currently do), it should be no surprise that embellishment and exaggeration has spread to the NFL. (And by “spread” I mean “been a part of it since the day it was founded.”)

Based on discussions with multiple NFL sources, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick may be embellishing and exaggerating his assessment of how close he came to getting the G.M. job in San Francisco.

Riddick told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the General Manager of the team, and that he didn’t get the job only because he and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said of McDaniels. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

One source with knowledge of the McDaniels-49ers flirtation tells PFT that Riddick wasn’t nearly as close to getting the job as he now contends.

Another source explains that Riddick would have remained in the running if McDaniels had been the choice for the job, but that there wasn’t a clear front-runner before McDaniels chose to step aside. As the source explains it, multiple candidates were eliminated from consideration once McDaniels withdrew, which obviously means that multiple candidates were linked to McDaniels.

Of course, it’s possible that Riddick genuinely believes (and not in the Costanza sense) that he was getting the job if McDaniels had become the coach, by virtue of being on the receiving end of the same exaggeration and embellishment that has been part of the NFL’s fabric since its inception. If that’s what Riddick genuinely believes, there’s a good chance that he’s incorrect.

Regardless, why would he even be bragging about how close he came to getting the job? As one of our media friends (yes, we have friends, but that could be part of the exaggeration and embellishment thing, too) has pointed out, why would he publicly link himself to a coach — especially when it’s a coach who may never leave the place where he currently is?

All in all, it makes for an odd circumstance that ultimately won’t make Riddick more likely to get a G.M. job in the future. It may not make him less likely to get a G.M. job, but it won’t make him more likely.

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49ers announce nine more coaching hires

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The 49ers on Friday announced nine more coaching hires, most notably the hiring of Robert Saleh as defensive coordinator.

Richard Hightower was announced as special teams coordinator, and former NFL defensive lineman Jeff Zgonina was announced as defensive line coach.

Some of the announced hires had been previously reported. The team has not officially announced the hiring of an offensive line coach, though News 9 in Denver reported Friday that John Benton is expected to be the team’s offensive line coach. Last month he was announced as assistant offensive line coach with the Broncos.

Saleh was most recently the linebackers coach in Jacksonville for the last three seasons. Hightower was the assistant special teams coach with the Bears last season, while Zgonina joins the 49ers after serving as assistant defensive line coach last season with the Giants.

Former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver was announced as senior defensive assistant. He was with the 49ers the last two seasons in different roles under two different head coaches.

The team also announced Jeff Hafley as defensive backs coach, Johnny Holland as linebackers coach and Bobby Slowik as defensive quality control coach. Marquis Johnson and Dustin Perry have been named strength and conditioning assistants.

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Broncos allow newly hired assistant to interview with 49ers

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JANUARY 12:  Vance Josepf addresses the media after being introduced as the Denver Broncos new head coach during  a press conference at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on January 12, 2017 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Getty Images

A month ago, John Benton was hired as the Broncos’ assistant offensive line coach. Now he may already be leaving for another job with another team.

Benton is interviewing to be the 49ers’ offensive line coach, Mike Klis of KUSA reports.

The Broncos would be well within their rights to tell Benton he’s not going to interview with another team, but they’ve decided to allow him to seek a higher-ranking job elsewhere. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who was once prevented from becoming a defensive coordinator because the Bengals held him to his contract to be their secondary coach, may feel that it’s better to allow coaches to move on to higher-ranking positions if they want.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan got a late start on assembling a staff because he was coordinating the Falcons’ offense in the Super Bowl, and one of the drawbacks of getting a late start is that the coaches you want may already have signed elsewhere. But in the case of Benton, Shanahan may get the man he wants anyway.

Benton spent last season with the Jaguars and has previously been an offensive line coach with the Dolphins, Texans and Rams.

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Michael Floyd’s DUI guilty plea could lead to enhanced suspension

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Michael Floyd #15 of the Arizona Cardinals is unabe to catch a pass during the NFL game against the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Cardinals 23-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Apart from: (1) actually serving 24 days in jail; and (2) serving another 96 oF home confinement after that (which would cause him to miss most of the offseason program barring a work-release proviso), receiver Michael Floyd has another problem.

Based on the plain language of the substance-abuse policy, Floyd could be facing a suspension of more than two games.

“Absent aggravating circumstances, discipline for a first offense will be a suspension without pay for two (2) regular or postseason games,” the policy states. “If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct, extreme intoxication (BAC of .15% or more), property damage or serious injury or death to the Player or a third party, and/or if the Player has had prior drug or alcohol-related misconduct, increased discipline may be imposed.”

Floyd, who currently is under contract but was playing for the Cardinals when arrested, was arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.217 percent, which is greater than 0.15 percent. (It used to be regarded as a given when one number was obviously larger than another, but we live in interesting times.) That factor alone sets him up for an enhanced penalty.

There’s another aggravating factor, given that Floyd had three prior instances of alcohol-related misconduct at Notre Dame. Twice he was cited for underage consumption. Once he was arrested for DUI, with a BAC of 0.19 percent.

While all three incidents happened before Floyd entered the NFL, the policy contains no language excluding pre-NFL behavior. Given that college misconduct can be considered as to the potential enhancement of penalties for domestic abuse, the league arguably can consider both the high BAC and the fact that it was Floyd’s fourth alcohol incident — and his second DUI with a BAC in excess of 0.15 percent.

With Floyd out of pocket (absent ankle bracelet) until June and with his NFL fate undecided, it’s likely that no one will seriously pursue him until there’s a final verdict from the Football People’s Court.

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Chargers PR head Bill Johnston chooses family over L.A. move

Headshots of the Chargers 2016 full time staff.

Chargers employees are deciding whether or not to move up the California coast to Los Angeles with the team later this year and one longtime member of the front office won’t be making the trip.

Director of public relations Bill Johnston has worked for the team for most of the last four decades, but family is trumping career when it comes to a decision about following the team. Johnston’s wife Ramona was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in 1999 and lives in Edgemoor Hospital. The neurodegenerative disorder has taken away her ability to speak along with other basic motor functions, although that’s had no impact on Johnston’s daily visits to share news of their children and the rest of the world.

In a touching piece written by Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Johnston explained that he looked into moving his wife to another facility before concluding that it was better for her to stay put. So he’s staying put as well.

“Everybody would make the same decision I am making if they were in my shoes,” Johnston said. “It’s just the situation I find myself in.”

Chargers owner Dean Spanos noted both how much the Chargers will miss Johnston and the magnitude of his devotion in an email to Gehlken.

“How do you lose someone like Bill Johnston?” Spanos said. “He has been a trusted and integral part of this team for 38 years. His personal impact, not only on our organization but also on our lives, is simply without question. Bill’s tireless work to support his wife Ramona and others afflicted with Huntington’s has educated all of us to the ravages of this horrible disease.  To know what he has gone through each day to do his job, raise his family and still be there for his wife — to me, it speaks volumes of his love and commitment to her.  There’s no question Bill’s departure will leave a hole, but he has Susie’s and my deepest respect and admiration for his decision to stay and do what is best for his family.”

We wish Johnston and his entire family well in whatever comes next in their journey through life together.

[Photo via Chargers website]

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Jaguars re-sign OL Josh Wells

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Detail view of the two Jacksonville Jaguars helmets and the American flag during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jaguars re-signed defensive tackle Abry Jones and wide receiver Arrelious Benn earlier this week and they announced another player that will remain in the fold on Friday.

Offensive lineman Josh Wells is the latest potential free agent to opt for an extended stay in Jacksonville. Wells was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Wells made the Jags as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and saw action in 12 games for the team. He spent all of 2015 on injured reserve and opened last season on the list as well before being activated in time to play in the final five games of the season. The majority of Wells’ playing time has come on special teams in both seasons that he saw action.

The Jaguars have three other restricted free agents. That group includes guard Tyler Shatley, who also made the Jags after going undrafted in 2014.

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