Cardinals keep cornerback Bryan McCann

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The Cardinals are now covered on cornerback depth, and should have no problem with the unwritten rules.

Actually, they signed their backup cornerback Bryan McCann, not Brian McCann, the preachy baseball catcher who thinks its his job to teach us all the right way to play the game.

The McCann the Cardinals announced a one-year deal with today is a special teamer, who adds depth a knowledge of the system.

And as best we know, no one wanted to take a bat to him for selling his principles to the Yankees this offseason.

Brandon Meriweather back to Redskins on one-year deal

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We shared a quote from free agent safety Ryan Clark a short time ago about his continued negotiations with the Redskins.

Clark wasn’t the only veteran safety talking to the team, however, and another one has signed a contract with the team. Dianna Russini of NBC4 in Washington reports that Brandon Meriweather is returning to the team on a one-year deal worth $1 million.

Meriweather started 13 games for the Redskins last year after missing all but one game of the 2012 season because of knee problems. He had 69 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble for the team and missed one game while serving a suspension for repeated hits to the head of opposing receivers.

Meriweather’s return doesn’t close the door on another safety landing in Washington as the Redskins only have Phillip Thomas, Bacarri Rambo and Jose Gumbs on the depth chart to go with Meriweather. That safety could be Clark, although Meriweather’s return could be a sign that the Redskins don’t view him much more highly than what they already had in house.

Spencer Paysinger signs restricted free agent tender with Giants


The Giants landed one of the biggest fish left on the open market Monday by agreeing to a contract with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

That wasn’t their only roster move of the day, however. The NFL’s daily list of transactions shows that linebacker Spencer Paysinger signed his restricted free agent tender and will remain with the team.

Paysinger started 10 games for the Giants last season and recorded 74 tackles and one sack. It was Paysinger’s third year with the Giants and his most extensive starting experience, but the addition of Jameel McClain to the linebacking corps that also includes Jacquian Williams on the outside may mean a lesser role for Paysinger in 2014.

Paysinger will make $1.431 million under the terms of the tender. With Paysinger signed and center Jim Cordle non-tendered, the Giants don’t have any more restricted free agent housekeeping to deal with this offseason.

Ryan Clark talking to Redskins, has had some interest from Ravens and Jets

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Safety Ryan Clark visited the Redskins and left without a contract, but that doesn’t mean the door to a spot on the roster is permanently shut for the longtime Steeler.

Clark said Monday that he is still talking with Washington about a second tour of duty with the team. Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported over the weekend that Clark’s asking price was too high for the team. Like any good salesman, he’s making sure that the Redskins know that there are other interested parties poised to pounce in the event they don’t seal the deal.

“We’re just dealing right now,” Clark said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “We’ve got some interest from the Ravens, the Jets. We’re actually in negotiations with Washington as we speak. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

Both the Ravens and Jets could have use for help at safety, but it’s hard to gauge their level of interest in Clark filling that need since there haven’t been visits or advanced conversations at this point. The Redskins may be banking on that interest not being high enough to trump their offer for a safety who will turn 35 during the season.

Giants sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie


One of the top remaining free agent cornerbacks has found a home in New York.

The Giants have agreed to terms with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a five-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. According to Ralph Vacchiano ‏of the New York Daily News, the total value of the contract is $35 million.

Rodgers-Cromartie had spent the last few days in New York and had visited both the Giants and the Jets.

After starting his career in Arizona and then playing two years in Philadelphia Rodgers-Cromartie spent the 2013 season in Denver. He was at first considered likely to remain with the Broncos, but when free agency started, Denver abruptly made a move for Aqib Talib instead. That left Rodgers-Cromartie without a home.

Now Rodgers-Cromartie will upgrade a Giants secondary that needs help. And he’ll leave the Jets continuing to look for a cornerback.

Packers add Letroy Guion

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The Packers made a big splash in free agency by signing defensive end Julius Peppers after years of facing him twice a season with the Bears.

On Monday, the Packers landed another defensive lineman with NFC North experience. It is not nearly quite as big a splash this time around.

Letroy Guion’s agent Thomas Kleine announced via Twitter that his client has signed in Green Bay. Guion visited with the Packers recently after making his first free agent visit to the Patriots.

Guion spent the last six years with the Vikings after he was a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft and was a starter for the last two of those seasons. He recorded 52 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble over those years as a starter, but is likely to find himself in a reserve role now that he’s in Green Bay. The Packers recently re-signed B.J. Raji to go with Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd and Jerel Worthy up front.

Bridgewater explains decision to shed glove for Pro Day workout


Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been wearing a glove during most games for the past couple of years.  For his Pro Day workout on Monday, he shed the glove.

Shaun King asked Bridgewater about the decision during an interview that will are on Monday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.

“Well, when I was training down in Florida you know its 80 degree weather, sunny every day,” Bridgewater said.  “So I was out there throwing without the glove and just letting it rip, so I felt confident coming into this process, coming today that I trained without the glove so I could throw on Pro Day without the glove. So that was the biggest thing that led to that decision.”

Bridgewater also explained that doesn’t emulate any one quarterback.  Instead, he tries to incorporate some of what each of them does best.

“I try to pattern my game after all them because each guy brings something different to the table,” Bridgewater said.  “Peyton Manning, he’s quick with the football, he’s very smart.  Tom Brady, he’s a winner, a competitor.  Aaron Rodgers, he’s a big arm, could throw on the run, he’s mobile.  Drew Brees, decisiveness. The list goes on and on but that’s just a sample of what I try to take away from each guy.”

To hear all of the interview, including Bridgewater’s pitch for being the first pick in the draft, dial up NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.

And if you won’t be home by 5:30 p.m. ET, set your DVR.  And while you’re at it, set your DVR to record the show every day.

Colts have no comment, Jim Irsay tweets to thank his supporters


It didn’t take Colts owner Jim Irsay long to return to Twitter after he was released from jail.

Irsay, who spent 14 hours in custody after he was arrested on four felony charges of drug possession and one misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to say thank you to everyone who supports him.

“Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means,” Irsay wrote.

The Colts also issued a very brief statement, saying only that they won’t comment at this time.

“The Club continues to fully support Mr. Irsay but must refrain from commenting further at least until formal charges have been filed. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, March 26,” said the Colts statement, sent by Senior Director of Communications Avis Roper.

Although the Colts don’t want to comment until formal charges are filed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does not need to wait that long. Goodell has suspended players who were not charged or even arrested, and Goodell can suspend Irsay.

Cowboys sign Brandon Weeden

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After a miserable two seasons in Cleveland, Brandon Weeden will try to revive his career as a backup in Dallas.

The Cowboys have signed Weeden to a two-year contract, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

The Browns chose Weeden in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft and handed the starting job to him, but he did not deliver: As a rookie he passed for 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and had a passer rating of just 72.6. In 2013, Weeden was in some respects even worse: His passer rating declined slightly, to 70.3, and the Browns’ offense was more effective with both Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell running it than with Weeden at the helm.

In Dallas, Weeden will get some time to learn the pro game without the pressure to start. As of now, Weeden is third on the depth chart behind both Tony Romo and Kyle Orton.

The Cowboys may think Weeden has what it takes to develop into a starter eventually, but at age 30, Weeden doesn’t have a lot of time to get better. Weeden played five years of minor league baseball before playing college football, so he’s much older than most second-year quarterbacks. The Cowboys may see some promise in Weeden, but he’s a long shot to ever be an NFL starter again.

Chargers re-sign wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu

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The Chargers have retained a wide receiver who adds special teams value and has two regular season game-winning touchdown catches to his credit.

The club said Monday it has re-signed wideout Seyi Ajirotutu to a one-year contract. Ajirotutu, 26, led the Chargers in special teams tackles a season ago (12), appearing in 14 games. On offense, he added three catches for 64 yards, including the decisive 26-yard touchdown in the final minute of the Chargers’ upset of Kansas City in November.

In four NFL seasons, Ajirotutu has hauled in 20 passes for 375 yards and three scores. His other two TD catches came in the Chargers’ 2010 victory at Houston, a game in which his fourth-quarter score secured the game for San Diego.

Native American leader believes Redskins have tried to discredit Ray Halbritter


The question of whether the Washington NFL franchise should continue to be known as “Redskins” continues to be an issue, in part because the team continues every Monday to publish “Community Voices,” a collection of messages supposedly from Native Americans or family members of Native Americans supporting the name.

The latest collection, Community Voices VI (Roman numerals make everything more official), comes a day the spiritual leader of the Six Nations suggested that the Redskins have been trying to find ways to undermine the efforts of Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter by attacking him personally.

“I felt like they were looking for something, that they wanted me to discredit Ray, and I wasn’t going to go there,” Sid Hill told Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard regarding a phone call Hill received from a representative of the team.  “The backlash Ray’s received is kind of scary,” Hill said.  “It’s like they’re trying to discredit the witness.”

“It is hardly surprising that the team marketing a racial slur against Native Americans is evidently working to further denigrate Native Americans with personal attacks,” Oneida Indian Nation Vice President for Communications Joel Barkin said in a press release.  “For all its rhetoric about respect, the team officials’ ugly tactics prove that they lack real respect for Native Americans.”

Hill, for his part, disagrees with the name.  He says the term is a taunt and an insult.  But the team’s increasingly sophisticated P.R. effort has found a way to twist opposition from Native American leaders like Sid Hill into a way to further support the ongoing use of the name.

“The conversation with Mr. Hill helped us to see how important it is to listen and respect the points of view of all people, even those who disagree with us,” team P.R. representative Tony Wyllie told the Post-Standard.  “We hope those who disagree with us will also be willing to listen and respect our point of view as well.”

That’s where the logic of the effort to keep the name begins to collapse.  Either the name falls within the realm of subjects on which reasonable minds may differ or it doesn’t.  And if the Redskins acknowledge that reasonable minds may differ on the question of whether the team’s name is offensive to Native Americans, some would say that’s enough to justify a change.

But the approach to dealing with seemingly reasonable opposition is to say, basically, “We hear you.  And we hope you hear us.  Because we’re not changing the name.”

That may work for the next few years.  At some point, however, the polls will show a level of opposition that can’t be ignored or shouted down or discredited.  The ongoing effort to support the name via weekly press releases likely represents an acknowledgement that, at this point, the only victory comes from delaying the inevitable as long as possible.

Brandon Browner says his play won’t change in New England


Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner says the only change for him in 2014 will be relocating 3,000 miles to the east.

Browner said today that the Patriots’ coaches tell him he’ll play a very similar role in New England to the role he played in Seattle.

“A lot of the stuff I’ll be doing on defense I did in Seattle,” Browner said, via the Boston Herald. “The only thing that changes is the terminology. I was also told I’ll play a lot of man to man, which is my strong suit. I take it in stride and can’t wait to get back out there.”

Browner said what he does best is play man-to-man coverage against wide receivers, and he’ll be doing a lot of that.

“They haven’t talked to me about playing safety,” Browner said. “So far, I’m here to play cornerback, and I play wherever need be. I just want to play some football, and I’m fortunate enough to play for a team like the Pats.”

Browner is suspended for the first four games of the regular season, but he’ll be able to go through the entire offseason program, training camp and the preseason. The Patriots think he’ll be ready to do everything he did in Seattle, starting in Week Five.

Panthers re-sign James Dockery and Jason Williams

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There’s still no news to report about a new wide receiver joining the Panthers, but the team has brought back a pair of players from their defense.

The Panthers announced that they have re-signed cornerback James Dockery, who was not tendered a contract as a restricted free agent, and linebacker Jason Williams.

Dockery played five games for the Panthers last season as a broken thumb and shoulder injury cost him playing time during the regular season. He joined the team during the 2012 season and started a pair of games down the stretch, so he could find his way into playing time on a cornerback depth chart that’s in flux in Carolina.

Williams has been strictly a special teams player for the last couple of years, but he’s made an impact in that area. He blocked a punt in a victory over the Jets last season and has 10 tackles in kick coverage over the last two seasons. More of the same is likely in store for Williams in 2014.

Darrelle Revis: What better place to win than New England?

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The Patriots officially announced the signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis on Monday and the new Patriot spoke to the media on a conference call.

Revis said that he and Bill Belichick have spoken about Revis calling the Patriots coach a jerk in 2012 when Revis was still with the Jets and that bygones are bygones. Revis said he’s excited to play for the coach now that the two of them are aiming for the same goal. That goal is a Super Bowl title, which Revis called the primary motivation for his decision to play for Belichick and the Patriots.

“My thing is all about winning. I want to win. What better organization than the New England Patriots to be a part of?” Revis said, via Mike Reiss of

Revis will be well compensated as he tries to win with $12 million coming his way this season. Next year will bring either $20 million, free agency or a long-term deal from the Patriots and getting a ring next season wouldn’t hurt his payout in either of the latter scenarios.

Jim Irsay released from jail


Colts owner Jim Irsay is out of jail.

The Hamilton County Jail, located about 25 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium, released Irsay just after 1:30 p.m. Eastern. He had been in custody for a little less than 14 hours, after he was arrested at 11:41 p.m. Sunday. Irsay faces one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

A haggard-looking Irsay was escorted out the front entrance to the jail facility and into a waiting BMW, as documented by Indianapolis Star reporters on Twitter.

Irsay, who has previously sought treatment for an addiction to prescription pain medication, is expected to face discipline for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.