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Charles Johnson likes lack of “politics” in AAF

Wide receiver Charles Johnson played 39 games for the Vikings between 2014 and 2016, but a knee injury kept him out after signing with the Panthers in 2017 and he failed to make the Jets out of camp in 2018. Johnson said he “lost that love that I once had growing up and playing in [more]

Le’Veon Bell’s trainer disputes report RB is out of shape

Le'Veon Bell made it clear Wednesday he was happy finally to have secured his freedom. Then, only weeks from free agency, came a report that the Jets have concerns about the running back’s shape after he sat out last season. “Word on the street is that Bell, who’s playing weight is about 225 pounds, ballooned [more]

Le’Veon Bell wins his freedom, but will he win his contract?

Le'Veon Bell made a big bet last year. The ante? $14.54 million, minus federal taxes, state taxes, and agent fees. The payoff? Still to be determined. The good news for Bell is that he’ll get a chance to finally pull the lever, watch the three wheels spin, and hope to see and hear a trio [more]

Report: Joe Vitt, Gregg Williams resolved past differences some time ago

When the Jets announced their coaching staff for the 2019 season, plenty of people raised their eyebrows at the fact that it included both outside linebackers coach Joe Vitt and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. They last coached together with the Saints in 2011 and both men were suspended the next year after an NFL investigation [more]

XFL to name all head coaches by the end of March

Bob Stoops was the first. Pep Hamilton will be the second. By the end of next month, six more will be named. That’s the timetable for the XFL’s announcement of the coaches who will be running the eight charter franchises of the resurrected football league, according to XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck. Via, Luck said [more]

Report: Jets won’t change base defense under Gregg Williams

The Jets hired Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator last month and that move was met with speculation about how current members of the team might fit into the 4-3 base defense that Williams ran in Cleveland and other stops throughout his coaching career. That speculation can apparently be put on ice. Brian Costello of [more]

David Puddy returns in face paint, and face plants

You may not immediately recognize the name Patrick Warburton. You probably will recognize the name David Puddy. Warburton played Puddy, one of the most memorable recurring characters from Seinfeld. Arguably his most memorable episode involved his zealous support of the New Jersey Devils, the team for which he painted his face — and also scared [more]

Who will make a move for Antonio Brown?

Now that the Steelers officially are trying to trade Antonio Brown (not to be confused with the six weeks during which they were unofficially trying to trade him), what happens next? By preventing Brown or his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, from talking to other teams, the Steelers control the process, making their compensation the first order [more]

Report: Jets decline option on Kevin Pierre-Louis

The Jets announced earlier Tuesday they have declined the contract options on defensive tackle Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks. Now, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports the Jets also won’t pick up the option on linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. The move creates $2 million in cap space. Pierre-Louis, 27, played nine games last [more]

Jets won’t pick up Terrence Brooks option

After two seasons with the Jets, safety and special teamer Terrence Brooks will become a free agent. A league source tells PFT that the Jets have informed Brooks they won’t pick up his option for 2019. He will become a free agent on March 13. Brooks would have had a $2.1 million cap hit for [more]

Jets decline option on Mike Pennel

The Jets already had plenty of salary cap room, but just added some more. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jets won’t be picking up the option on defensive tackle Mike Pennel‘s contract, making him a free agent. The Jets had to pick up a $1 million bonus today to trigger the final two [more]

PFT’s Free Agent Top 100

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2019 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. 2. [more]

Report: Jets defensive lineman Charles Tapper in car wreck

Jets defensive lineman Charles Tapper was driving former teammate Maliek Collins‘ car when he was involved in a car wreck this weekend, Mike Leslie of WFAA reports. Tapper was driving, and Collins was not in the car, per Leslie. Tapper was not believed to be seriously injured, according to Leslie, who added that he was [more]

What are the best fits for Antonio Brown?

Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh. Where he’ll end up remains to be seen. Until there’s a resolution, let’s have some speculation. In the form of a PFT Live draft. Big Cat visited the program on Thursday, and we picked three teams each that would be the best fits for Brown in 2019. The full [more]

Oddsmakers think OBJ will remain a Giant

Chatter regarding a potential trade of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the front burner on Thursday, when Jay Glazer made an OBJ trade Glazer’s bold prediction for the offseason. The oddsmakers aren’t significantly persuaded, so far. Via, the Giants are viewed as an even-money favorite to retain Beckman. The 49ers, who consistently [more]

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