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Report: Darrelle Revis needed medical treatment after confrontation

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on September 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) Getty Images

A lawyer for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis told KDKA-TV that Revis needed medical treatment after an incident on Pittsburgh’s South Side last weekend.

There are varying reports about what happened. WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh reported that Revis could face felony charges as Pittsburgh Police investigate the incident. The KDKA report is different and said Revis was assaulted by five people but did not offer any details on the extent of his injuries or what might have led to the incident.

The WTAE report said two men were taken to a nearby hospital after a confrontation with Revis and a friend. The South Side is a popular night spot and is not far from the Steelers’ training facility.

In a statement, the Jets said they’ve spoken to Revis and are aware of the incident but have no further comment.

The WTAE report said police are investigating but said Revis has not been charged. One of the men injured alleged that punches were thrown and said Revis tried to delete cell phone video of the altercation and threw the phone into the street.

Revis, who played college football at Pitt, is from the Western Pennsylvania city of Aliquippa. He just finished his 10th NFL season.

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Dolphins tap the brakes on cutting Branden Albert

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  Willie Young #97 of the Chicago Bears rushes against  Branden Albert #71 of the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field on October 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dolphins defeated the Bears 27-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Dolphins will cut Branden Albert. Unless they don’t.

The veteran left tackle has become the latest example of a player who is told that he’s out and then, once the team realizes there could be a trade market for him, the process stops. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Albert has been told he’ll be cut, but as of the end of the day on Thursday he remains on the roster.

Per Salguero, “there is sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert.”

And so the Dolphins will keep Albert for now, waiting to see whether a trade can be worked out. By rule, no trades can happen until the new league year commences at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 9.

The deeper question is whether the Dolphins intended to pursue this approach all along, setting the process in motion to cut Albert but waiting for teams to call and inquire about the possibility of trading for his current contract in lieu of signing him on the open market, in competition with other teams. If so, it’s a shrewd move by Miami, since it gives them a position of greater strength than if they decided to initiate trade talks.

Albert is due to make $8.875 million in 2017, and he is signed through 2018.

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Steelers not saying if they’ll franchise Le’Veon Bell

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15:  Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers running back Le’Veon becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 9, and the team isn’t saying yet whether they’ll keep him from testing the waters.

Pittsburgh General Manager Kevin Colbert said today that tagging Bell and signing him to a long-term deal are both options, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that Bell could test free agency.

“The tag is always an option, and it’s something we’ll use if necessary,” said Colbert. “We have until March 1 to make the decision. Again, this thing is very fluid. It changes daily, once you start into talks with players and start to see how it’s all going to fit. We know that’s an option. Even if we were to use the tag on Le’Veon, we would certainly want to do something long-term and have him be a member of the Steelers for life.”

The Steelers have more than $35 million in cap space, and Colbert likes the flexibility that gives him.

“We’re in a different world. We’re always real close to the cap. I think we’re in a situation where we don’t have to make any moves to get into compliance with the cap,” Colbert said.

Given that cap space, it would be surprising if the Steelers don’t do what it takes to keep Bell in place. And what it takes may be the franchise tag.

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Steelers expect Ben Roethlisberger to play, but need a “plan in place”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham) AP

The Steelers do not expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to retire this year, as he mused about doing at the end of the postseason, but they do expect to make plans to be without Roethlisberger some day.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said today that he believes Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ starter for 2017 but also believes the franchise needs to know what it will do at quarterback once Big Ben is gone.

“You should have a successful quarterback plan in place,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

That plan may include keeping backup quarterback Landry Jones for years to come. Although Jones becomes a free agent next month, Colbert confirmed that the Steelers will try to re-sign him. Colbert also said the Steelers will add a quarterback, although he appeared to be referring more to a long-term future project than someone they’d expect to play in 2017.

“We’d like to have Landry stay in the mix,” Colbert said. “Will we add a guy? Absolutely. When? It’s hard to say. Sooner or later we will have to address that.”

Given the way Roethlisberger has talked about his future, it could be sooner rather than later. But it probably won’t be this year.

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Long-term deal for Antonio Brown “a priority” for Steelers

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert confirmed to reporters Thursday that the team has been working on a long-term extension for wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Colbert called getting that deal done “a priority” for the Steelers. Brown has one year remaining on his current contract.

Earlier this week Brown posted on social media some pictures of his agents, Drew and Jason Rosenhaus, in Pittsburgh. They also represent Steelers pending free agent linebacker Lawrence Timmons, and prior reports stated that the Brothers Rosenhaus were also due to be two hours west in Cleveland this week to talk about a new deal for Browns pending free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Brown, 28, is of the NFL’s best wide receivers and has caught over 100 passes in each of the last four seasons. He had 1,284 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

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Is Adrian Peterson’s message to the Giants, or the Vikings?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

On the surface, Adrian Peterson’s flirt-tweet with the Giants seems to be a fairly obvious message to Big Blue. But the real recipients could be the team that wears purple.

There’s no way the Vikings will pay Peterson $18 million in 2017. So then question becomes how much less will they offer him — and how much more that will be than the Giants or anyone else will pay?

Even if Peterson is determined to seek his freedom when the Vikings squeeze him to take less, he needs to get the best offer on the table in order to compare it to what others would pay. Technically, Peterson isn’t supposed to know what’s behind Door No. 2 before rejecting Door No. 1; as a practical matter, most agents know how to discreetly “gauge the market.”

Maybe he’ll take $1 million less to go elsewhere. Maybe $2 million. But maybe he won’t take more than $3 million less.

Arguably, Peterson means more to the Vikings than he does to any other team, given his achievements, his time with the team, and his connection to the fan base. Regardless of what he’s worth to his current team or any other, Peterson needs to know before making a final decision about whether he’ll be moving on.

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Tom Brady, Patriots have preliminary talks on contract extension

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with owner Robert Kraft in the locker room after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tom Brady’s current contract runs through the 2019 season, when he’ll be 42 years old. But as Brady talks about playing into his mid-40s, or maybe longer, there’s already talk of a contract extension.

Brady and the Patriots have expressed mutual interest in a new contract and have had “very early” talks, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

That shouldn’t be a surprise. Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have consistently agreed to new deals well before Brady hit free agency. There’s surely interest from both sides in keeping things going for the foreseeable future.

Brady has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and cap hits of $22 million in 2018 and 2019. Those are affordable numbers for a franchise quarterback, especially when the Patriots are as good as anyone in the NFL at managing their cap. But it could make sense for both sides for Brady to extend his deal with a signing bonus that can be prorated into the future and give the Patriots short-term cap relief. If the Patriots keep taking that approach, they may find themselves in a position where Brady ends up having a huge cap hit the year after he retires, but by that point the Patriots will figure that one year of cap pain is well worth the many years they had Tom Brady on their roster at an affordable price.

If Kraft and Bill Belichick are as confident as Brady is that Brady can keep playing well into his 40s, it makes sense to lock him up well into his 40s.

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Dolphins cutting defensive linemen Mario Williams, Earl Mitchell

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 01:  Mario Williams #94 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Dolphins are clearing the decks of some salary today.

In addition to the previously reported release of left tackle Branden Albert, they’re also cutting defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald adds defensive end Mario Williams and cornerback Ifo  Ekpre-Olomu to the discard pile.

Williams 32, clears $8.5 million in cap space, and they might not miss him. He only had 1.5 sacks last year, and was ridden by the coaching staff for what appeared to be a lack of effort.

Mitchell started five games last year, and was set to make $4 million this year, so the calculus obviously wasn’t in his favor. The 29-year-old Mitchell spent his first four years in the league with the Texans.

The Dolphins activated Mitchell from injured reserve this season after he recovered from a calf injury, and he helped their run defense upon coming back. Now, he’ll be looking for work.

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Report: Tony Romo expects to be cut not traded

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Injured Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s happening.

As PFT has long predicted (most recently just earlier this hour on The Dan Patrick Show), the Cowboys likely will be releasing not trading quarterback Tony Romo. While that hasn’t happened yet, it’s pointing in that direction.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Romo is expecting to be released, not traded.

Back in December, it was predicted on a special Saturday edition of Thursday Night Football that Romo would ask for his release — and that the Cowboys would be inclined to ultimately agree. Since then, it has been predicted in this spot and other PFT-related hangouts that Romo and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will hammer out a wink-nod arrangement in which Romo gets cut in return for a verbal agreement not to sign with specific other teams including but not limited to Washington. (It would be unenforceable and a Collective Bargaining Agreement violation, but Jones surely trusts that Romo wouldn’t blow the whistle or otherwise reneging.)

Apart from the complexity of trading an aging quarterback with a recent history of significant injuries, Romo would have to welcome a deal that transfers his contract (at a $14 million salary) to a new team for which he may or may not want to play. It makes more sense for him to negotiate a new deal from scratch with the team of his choice. And if that team doesn’t have to give up draft picks to get Romo, that team may be inclined to pay him even more than it otherwise would.

So count this report from Werder as Step One. Before too long, Romo could be stepping right out of Dallas, with an agreed list of potential destinations based on a secret side deal that no one ever will acknowledge.

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Report: Dolphins will cut Branden Albert

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29:  Branden Albert #76 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Dolphins plan to release veteran offensive tackle Branden Albert, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.

Albert, 32, spent the last three seasons with the Dolphins and made his second Pro Bowl in 2015. He played his first six seasons with the Chiefs.

The Dolphins drafted Laremy Tunsil in the first round last year and played him mostly at guard as a rookie, but releasing Albert does not come as a surprise because the team sees Tunsil as its left tackle of the future.

Albert had two years left on his contract and was due to make $8.8 million in 2017 had he stayed with the Dolphins.

Albert started all 12 games for which he was healthy last season. He becomes an interesting addition to the free agent tackle market. Earlier this week, the Jets declined to pick up the option on Ryan Clady and the Jaguars decided the same with Kelvin Beachum, making both free agents next month.

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Steelers appear ready to give Landry Jones good backup money

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a call at the line against the Carolina Panthers in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones becomes a free agent next month, but the team appears ready to make sure he stays in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers view Jones as better than 80 percent of the other backups in the league, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If that’s the case, it’s hard to see how the Steelers could let him get away, unless some other team were willing to offer Jones starter money.

And the reality is there’s no way another team will offer Jones starter money. The Steelers may love what Jones gives them as a backup, but he’s only been so-so when filling in for Ben Roethlisberger, completing 60.3 percent of his passes with a 7.6 yards per pass average, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. No team is going to make Jones its starter, so what would seem to make the most sense is the Steelers giving Jones a contract better than 80 percent of backups make.

That might put Jones somewhere in the neighborhood of the two-year, $6.5 million contract the Cardinals gave backup quarterback Drew Stanton last year. For the Steelers, locking Jones up with that kind of deal would give them some security as Roethlisberger ages and begins to talk about hanging up the cleats. And for Jones, it would be a hefty pay raise over the four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract he just finished.

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Adrian Peterson notices “interesting moves” by Giants

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings bobbles an incomplete pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

Barring a revision in his contract, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is due a $6 million roster bonus on March 11 on his way to having an $18 million cap hit for the 2017 season.

The size of that number makes revision or release the realistic options for the Vikings. Peterson has said he’d like to stay with the Vikings, but settling on a pay cut that makes that happen isn’t a sure thing. As a result, Peterson was asked about other teams he’d like to play for last month. He mentioned the Giants, Texans and Buccaneers and it seems his eyes are still on one of those teams.

The move that would seem to be of the most direct interest to Peterson would be the release of Rashad Jennings, which leaves the Giants with Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen at running back heading into the busier segments of free agency. If the Vikings ultimately take the same route with Peterson that the Giants took with Jennings, it would likely lead to a lot of speculation about Peterson landing in New Jersey.

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With NFL’s highest ticket price, tiny stadium will pay off for Chargers

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  The American flag is flown at half-staff to honor the victims of 9/11 during the game between the Orlando City FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on September 11, 2016 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers will play in by far the NFL’s smallest stadium this year, a soccer stadium with just 30,000 seats. And the Chargers plan to profit from scarcity pricing.

When the Chargers announced ticket prices this week, the average ticket came out to about about $192 a game at the StubHub Center. That’s by far the highest ticket price in the NFL: The Bears are expected to have the second-most expensive ticket, at about $135 a game. The price is also a huge increase from an average ticket price of $84.55 in San Diego last year, according to Team Marketing Report.

The Chargers had an average home attendance of 57,024 last season, which means the average gate for a home game was about $4.8 million. To top that this year in Los Angeles, the Chargers would only have to sell about 26,000 tickets a game at $192 a ticket.

Even though the Chargers’ welcome in Los Angeles has been lukewarm at best, selling 26,000 tickets a game should be no problem. This is, after all, NFL football. Even as NFL attendance declines, 26,000 tickets is nothing. The Chargers have said they expect their season ticket inventory to sell out.

Obviously, the Chargers think they’re going to make more money in Los Angeles in the long term, once the new stadium they’re sharing with the Rams is built. That’s why they’re moving. But even in the short term, in their tiny stadium in Carson, the Chargers will make more money from fewer fans.

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Book, movie on Tom Brady, Super Bowl LI coming

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Malcolm Butler isn’t the only Patriot who’ll be getting his day at the box office.

Via Deadline, a book and a feature film are both in the works regarding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The projects will focus on the stranger-than-fiction come-from-behind win in Super Bowl LI, and they will include the #DeflateGate saga.

The writers for the book/film combo, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, and Dave Wedge, already have reportedly “cultivated several sources” within the team to provide information about what happened behind the scenes.

It’s unknown when the book and film will be available for purchase. Obviously, the sooner the better, because Brady seems determined to keep adding chapters to one of the best stories in the history of American sport.

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Teams express concern about Scouting Combine exclusions


On the surface, valid P.R. reasons exist for shunning certain players with histories of certain types of criminal activity from the Scouting Combine. As a practical matter, however, telling players with a history of violent crime to not come to Indianapolis serves only to make the process more complicated and expensive, for everyone.

Key employees from two different teams (and counting) privately have expressed concern in the past few hours to PFT regarding the decision to keep certain players with obvious red flags from the Scouting Combine. As one source put it, “Any of these guys with question marks need to be vetted.”

And they will be. They just won’t be part of the cost-effective effort to get them all in one place at one time.

As another source put it, the decision to keep players like Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly away from the Scouting Combine means that teams will need to obtain separate medical information about Kelly, flying him from city to city to be poked and prodded in the way that all players are once and only once in Indy. Indeed, the Combine emerged primarily from the desire to get one set of comprehensive medical information on the incoming players. The rest of it, from interviews to press conferences to Underwear Olympics, grew out of that.

Regardless of what it has become, teams will find a way to get the information they need as to the players who aren’t there, for whatever reason. With the immediate emergence of Chiefs jack-of-all-trades Tyreek Hill despite ugly and troubling domestic violence allegations that didn’t get him shunned from the league, teams will continue to do their due diligence even if the player’s behavior ultimately puts him in the “do not draft” category.

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