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Zac Stacy retires from the NFL

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At age 25, former Rams and Jets running back Zac Stacy has decided he’s done playing football.

But while Stacy cited injuries as the reason he’s walking away at such a young age, he isn’t expressing any regrets about putting his body on the line for the sport he loves.

“The game of football was more than a game to me,” Stacy wrote. “It was a life changer. Talk about a sport that teaches you the important values of faith, dedication, commitment, perseverance, work ethic, discipline and leadership which not only shaped me into a talented football player throughout the years but into a man.”

As a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Stacy emerged as a surprisingly effective player, running for 973 yards as a rookie. After that impressive rookie season, Stacy saw less playing time in 2014, and the Rams traded him to the Jets in 2015. He broke his ankle during the 2015 season, and he indicated that injury is the reason he can’t play anymore.

“As much as we want to as players, we can’t play this game forever,” Stacy wrote. “Father Time may have caught up to some. Some may have had a bad hand dealt in the business. Some had career ending injuries, like myself. Some simply felt like it was time. All different factors can play into why we leave this game but regardless of the reason, regardless of the circumstance, the game of football will always have my heart.”

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T.O. suggests he won’t attend his Hall of Fame enshrinement

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One thing has become clear in the 13 days since the Hall of Fame selection meeting: Even those who have opposed Terrell Owens’ enshrinement admit he’ll eventually get in.

When he does, will he show up? Consider this exchange from T.O.’s interview with Mike Francesa of WFAN.

“God has something better in store, bigger and better than the Hall of Fame,” Owens said. “If I get in great, if I don’t, OK. The first two years, OK, cool, it would have been an honor. But after this year, when they keep moving the sticks in order for me not to get in, I’ve lost respect for the process.”

“Harry Carson got upset and got to a point where he said, ‘I don’t care,'” Francesa said. “‘If they vote me in now I’m not going.’ When he got in he went. You’ll do the same thing. When they vote you in, you’ll go because you’ll be happy that you got in, and you will get in.”

“I’m not Harry Carson,” Owens replied, “and I’m sure if you’ve done your research, everybody will tell you. And you just alluded to it earlier. I’m a different guy.”

“Yeah, but you’ll go when you get in. You will. You’ll be happy.”

“I’m a different guy,” Owens said. “I’m a special guy.”

“So what are you saying now? You’re saying now you wouldn’t go if you get in now?”

“I’m a committed guy. When I put my mind to something, I succeed.”

“So what are you saying?”

“I’m saying, if I get in, I get in. If I don’t, it’s not a big deal.”

“But if you get in, you’ll go right? You’ll still acknowledge it and accept it, right?”

“Don’t interpret anything. I’ve already given you my answer.”

The answer seems to be, based on the things the said, that he won’t attend. Owens specifically said: (1) “I’m not Harry Carson”; (2) “I’m a different guy”; and (3) “When I put my mind to something, I succeed.”

If Owens has, as it appears, put his mind to not showing up for his gold jacket and bronze bust, maybe he won’t. The next question is whether that will influence the voters.

It shouldn’t. But keep in mind that Hall of Fame voter Dan Fouts already has said that Owens isn’t helping his case by ripping the process. Which confirms that the members of the committee aren’t above human nature. Which invites speculation as to whether the voters will use T.O.’s apparent refusal to show up for the party as justification for the lingering refusal to invite him.

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Steelers expect Ladarius Green back next year

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 18:  Ladarius Green #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to stiff arm Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 24-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers are working to keep all their offensive stars happy, and they’re hoping they can add to it.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert told reporters yesterday that he expected to have tight end Ladarius Green back next year, after the free agent pickup finished his first season there on injured reserve with a concussion.

“We don’t play [preseason games] until August, so he’s got time to heal properly,” Colbert said, via Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times.  “In any concussion, the one thing we do know is that you have to give it time to properly heal before you re-enter into competition. And that’s where he is. He’s entering the off-season.

“He’s excited about being able to come back and being able to play. And we’ll see where he is when he gets back in the program in March or April, whenever he comes back here.”

Colbert also reiterated that Green started last season on the physically unable to perform list was because of his ankle injury, not a previous concussion. After signing a five-year, $20 million contract, Green only played six games last season.

His history of head injuries made some wonder if he’d be back, but his performance in limited action (16.9 yards per catch) was apparently enough to make them willing to wait for him.

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Charlie Weis Jr., Kyle Flood among new Falcons coaches

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Kyle Flood of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on during a game against the Maryland Terrapins at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Falcons coaching staff lost both coordinators and several other assistants in the wake of their Super Bowl loss and they moved quickly to fill the most prominent openings.

They’ve now filled out the lower rungs of Dan Quinn’s staff as well and the team announced the completion of their coaching staff moves on Friday morning. They confirmed the previously reported hiring of Bush Hamdan as their new quarterbacks coach along with announcing six other hires.

Two names on that list are likely more familiar to fans than the other four. Former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, who was on the staff at Hofstra with Quinn nearly two decades ago, has been named the team’s assistant offensive line coach and Charlie Weis Jr. is an offensive assistant.

Weis Jr. is the son of former Patriots offensive coordinator and Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and comes to Atlanta after spending the last two years at the University of Alabama. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was also at Alabama last year.

Former University of Delaware coach Dave Brock will also be an offensive assistant along with Justin Outten. Charlie Jackson and Jess Simpson have been hired as defensive assistants.

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Friday morning one-liners

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to Alejandro Villanueva #78 during the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

A look at the Bills’ history using the franchise tag.

Will the Dolphins make another trade for a cornerback?

The dulcet tones of Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be featured as the narration on a World War II film.

A call for the Jets to release CB Darrelle Revis right now.

A review of the Ravens’ special teams work in 2016.

Banging the drum for former Bengals T Willie Anderson’s Hall of Fame cause.

Debating DE Myles Garrett’s fit as the top pick for the Browns.

The Steelers don’t have to sign T Alejandro Villanueva to a long-term deal, but that may be their hope.

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph is looking forward to training camp in West Virginia.

The Colts secondary should look different next season.

The Jaguars are focused on being better on the line of scrimmage.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota’s peers share their thoughts of his first two seasons.

The Broncos have some defensive needs this offseason.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is helping to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.

A tweet by Raiders QB Derek Carr received a fairly negative response.

The Chargers may be losing LB Melvin Ingram this offseason.

The skies weren’t overly friendly for Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford recently.

Giants WR Odell Beckham got an autograph request from Drake.

A preview of offseason machinations on the Eagles offensive line.

Is WR Pierre Garcon going to leave the Redskins?

Former Bears DT Tommie Harris wrote about the death of his wife.

The Lions think their new uniforms will get a positive response.

Two undrafted Packers running backs had very different experiences in 2016.

The Vikings have several ways to create cap space.

Running through all of Falcons LB Vic Beasley’s 15.5 sacks in 2016.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson has been making the rounds this offseason.

An argument in favor of the Saints re-signing RB Tim Hightower.

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston spoke to Yankee prospects at their spring training facility in Tampa.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn’t expect Ben Roethlisberger to retire this year.

Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur discussed some of his plans for his first season with the team.

Five 49ers needs and players who could fill them.

Will the Seahawks make a play for a veteran offensive tackle?

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Report: Dolphins looking at trade options for a cornerback

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The Dolphins want to add some help at cornerback this offseason, and they may not be content to sift through free agency and the draft.

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are considering trading for a starting cornerback again, after landing Byron Maxwell from the Eagles last year.

The report mentions Aqib Talib and Richard Sherman as possible fits, though that seems ambitious, and it’s unclear why the Broncos or Seahawks would be interested in such a thing.

The Dolphins have the cap space to take on big deals, and the track record for doing so. Executive Mike Tannenbaum acquired Maxwell and Kiko Alonso that way last year, and they appear to be putting left tackle Branden Albert on the block after receiving interest from other teams once word got out they were cutting him.

The Dolphins have some young prospects in Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett, but a deal for a more established player to go alongside Maxwell would be easy to justify.

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Jared Goff working out with quarterback tutors

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It worked out pretty well for Matt Ryan, so it probably can’t hurt Jared Goff.

The Rams quarterback has started working with quarterback tutors Tom House and Adam Dedeaux this offseason, adding him to a group of pupils which includes the reigning MVP.

And Ryan’s old quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, who was just hired as the Rams offensive coordinator, can vouch for the work they did with the Falcons quarterback.

I’ve seen the benefits,” LaFleur said, via Alden Gonzalez of “What those guys do is pretty valuable, and it’s not always obviously with the time constraints that we can work with these guys. And I think they offer some things that maybe we can’t as coaches, from just a strength and conditioning standpoint in terms of how these guys train and keep their core strong, keep their shoulders strong.

“You’re talking about a long season for these quarterbacks. I didn’t see Matt Ryan fall off from day one to the Super Bowl. His arm strength was as good as it was at the end of the season. I think a lot of that was a credit to how he trained.”

House and Dedeaux’s 3DQB training facility has become an offseason home for many quarterbacks, and they focus on some of the technical and biomechanical facets of the game. House worked with Brees after his shoulder surgery in 2006, and they’ve added to their stable of clients over the years. Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, and Eli Manning are among the guys they’ve worked with at their Los Angeles facility.

Goff could certainly use the help, after a rookie season that saw him eventually replace Case Keenum, and then struggle as part of a bad offense. That led to the coaching change that brought head coach Sean McVay and LaFleur into his world, but he had started working with House and Dedeaux previously.

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Eagles personnel exec returning to coach at Alabama

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts on the sideline during the second half against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Eagles are set to have an opening in their personnel department.

They hired Joe Pannunzio as their director of personnel operations before the 2015 season after spending four years as the director of football operations at the University of Alabama. Pannunzio was hired when Ed Marynowitz was the vice president of player personnel, but Marynowitz left the team last year and wound up back in Tuscaloosa.

Pannunzio is making the same trip. Matt Zenitz of reports that Pannunzio will be the tight ends and special teams coach for the Crimson Tide. He’s coached both areas at several other college stops over the course of his career and was the head coach of Murray State from 2000-05.

Alabama is also looking for an offensive coordinator and have been linked to Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll.

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Ex-Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell lands on Vikings’ staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Darrell Hazell of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on in the second half of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 15, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings are adding a former college head coach to their staff of assistants.

Former Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell will be the Vikings’ wide receivers coach, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports.

Hazell was fired by Purdue halfway through last season after getting off to a 3-3 start. That concluded a brutal run at Purdue in which he went 1-11, 3-9 and 2-10 in his three full seasons there. He got the Purdue job after leading Kent State to an 11-3 record in 2012.

Hazell has previously been a receivers coach at Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan, Army, Rutgers and Ohio State. He has never coached in the NFL.

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T.O. takes aim at Cris Carter

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: The bust of former receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings is displayed during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on Aug. 3, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Not many Hall of Famers who believe Terrell Owens shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame have come forward to declare their beliefs publicly. One that has proclaimed his opposition to Owens has received a pointed response from Owens.

Appearing on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Owens took aim at Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter.

“Even you think about guys that have gone and really tried to attack my character and called me a flawed candidate, a guy like Cris Carter. Trust me, I’m better than Cris Carter,” Owens said. “I’ll tell him that. He knows that I’m not a fan of him. . . .

“Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house. He wants me to wait because he had to wait. I did more with less. I was better than Cris Carter. So he shouldn’t mention anything about anybody, especially me, about being a flawed candidate when here’s a guy who got released, flunked three drug tests from Philly — cocaine and alcohol addiction — and then there was somewhere down the road he’s telling guys to ask somebody to be a fall guy. What kind of character is that? So c’mon man. C’mon.”

Owens was referring to Carter’s comments at the Rookie Symposium regarding the importance of having a “fall guy” who will take the rap if/when wrongdoing occurs. Those comments came after Carter made it to Canton.

Regardless, the criticism of Carter fits with Owens’ broader objection that he’s being accused of having bad character without clear, unequivocal facts of things that would suggest bad character. As I’ll point out in a separate post, it could make for an interesting scene if/when Owens ever gets enough votes to make it to the Hall of Fame.

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Two officials in charge of running Vikings stadium resign amid ethics concerns

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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had its top two officials resign on Thursday following claims of ethical misconduct for use of luxury suites at Vikings games.

According to Kyle Potter of the Associated Press, Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale each submitted their resignations on Thursday from the authority, which oversees the operation of U.S. Bank Stadium.

The issue stemmed from use by friends and family of officials in two luxury suites at the stadium. The state auditor determined that such use violated ethical principles though it was not an illegal exercise.

With their stadium set to host the Super Bowl next February, the authority now has to overhaul its management structure.

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Terrell Owens: “At this point, the Hall of Fame doesn’t mean anything to me”

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The Terrell Owens Hall of Fame fallout continues, nearly two weeks after he was snubbed.

Owens appeared Thursday on WFAN with Mike Francesa to continue the discussion regarding the decision to keep Owens out of Canton for a second straight year. And Owens continued his assault on the selection process.

Would it be a nice thing? Yes,” Owens said. “But I feel at this point, it’s been purely based on personal feelings, emotions that are being involved. . . . At this point, the Hall of Fame doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Apparently, it means something, because Owens already has had a tailor produce the primary piece of clothing that goes with getting into the Hall of Fame.

“I can get a gold jacket made, which I have already done, that means much more to me than something that they can give me because, again, the system is flawed,” Owens said.

During the interview, Francesa pointed out that three of T.O.’s coaches — Andy Reid of the Eagles, Bill Parcells of the Cowboys, and Steve Mariucci of the 49ers — said Owens belongs in the Hall of Fame. Owens embraced Reid’s comments, took issue with Parcells’ contention that Owens wasn’t always reliable, and claimed that Mariucci has “gone behind my back and talked to these reporters” about keeping Owens out.

Owens said he’s irked not because he didn’t make it, but because his character has been impugned in order to justify excluding him.

“From Day One when I stepped into the National Football League, trust me, I know how to be respectful,” Owens said. “I’m not insubordinate. Am I a guy that basically had disagreements and arguments with coaches or players or what have you? What players haven’t? I’m not the first one, and I’m probably not gonna be the last one.”

Owens is right, and the heart of the problem remains that the selection process now supplements undeniable on-field performance with potentially vague and incomplete information regarding events happening from the sideline to the parking lot. Plenty of other guys have gotten in without those issues being fully considered; moving forward, the selection committee will now be expected to apply that same standard to other players with rumored or actual misconduct on the practice field and/or in the locker room.

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Criminal charges means Jets could wait to cut Revis

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:   A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs a route against  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before cornerback Darrelle Revis had four felony charges filed against him, the Jets faced the question of whether they would pay Revis $6 million to not play for the team in 2017 or $15 million to remain on the roster for the next season. Now, the Jets may have six million reasons to let things play out.

Depending on the precise language of his contract, a suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy could void the $6 million, allowing the Jets to cut Revis with no further financial obligation. One factor influencing the decision will be whether the NFL places Revis on leave pending the resolution of any investigation and discipline, since participation by Revis in the offseason program entails risk of a season-ending injury that would make the $15 million fully guaranteed, minus the amount of any unpaid suspension that could be eventually imposed.

If Revis is cut before a suspension is imposed, he’ll get the $6 million regardless of what transpires.

No matter how it plays out, the Jets’ business decisions regarding Revis have now become more complicated, in a way that could help the Jets end their relationship with Revis and avoid the final $6 million of the $39 million in fully-guaranteed money he received in 2015.

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Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets reacts in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been charged with four felonies after an incident last weekend on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Revis has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy, per multiple reports. He’s also been charged with making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor.

Pittsburgh Police released a statement Thursday evening saying charges were pending after police reviewed cellphone video showing Revis had some sort of altercation with a 21-year old man and a 22-year old man who were found unconscious around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday. The police statement said those men remember encountering Revis and having a verbal argument but woke up after being punched and weren’t sure who had punched them.

Revis’ attorney, Blaine Jones, told that he was trying to set up a time for Revis to turn himself in. Jones said that his client was not the aggressor and feared for his safety.

The Jets told local beat reporters they were aware of the incident and had spoken to Revis but would have no further comment. Revis, 31, played college football at Pitt and is from Western Pennsylvania.

A KDKA-TV report quoting a Revis attorney without naming him earlier Thursday said Revis had sought medical treatment after being attacked by five men. That differed from other reports and from a police statement earlier Thursday evening that said Revis threw a phone that belonged to one of the accusers into the street, and that officers estimate the men were unconscious for 10 minutes before being woken up by police.

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Vince Young’s agent says there have been “discussions” with CFL team

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A day after agent Leigh Steinberg announced that Vince Young has “a dream” of playing football again, Steinberg tweeted that he’s been in contact with a Canadian Football League team.

Steinberg wrote that he has “opened discussions” with the Saskatchewan Roughriders about the possibility of Young playing in Saskatchewan.

Young, 33, announced his retirement from the NFL in 2014. He was cut by the Bills in 2012, the Packers in 2013 and the Browns in 2014, all without playing in a game.

Young, the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, last played in 2011 with the Eagles. He spent five years with the Titans and twice went to the Pro Bowl.

It’s not likely that an NFL team would give Young another look without Young proving he still can play and avoid some of the off-field headlines he’s made in recent years, so the CFL might be a good place for Young to start.

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