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Report: Russell Wilson “stormed out” after his ideas for fixing Seattle’s offense were dismissed

Report: Russell Wilson “stormed out” after his ideas for fixing Seattle’s offense were dismissed

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson publicly said what he needed to say in the days after the Super Bowl. Someone has been speaking privately since then, and it has culminated in a that takes the closest look yet and the fractures and fissures in a relationship that currently seems to have a shelf life far closer to bread than bricks.The article looks closely at the tension between Wilson and the coaching staff regarding Wilson’s desire to essentially be the offense, like Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. That motivation drove the #LetRussCook phenomenon early in the season. But coach Pete...

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JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to stay in Pittsburgh - ProFootballTalk

JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to stay in Pittsburgh - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesQuarterback apparently will remain in Pittsburgh. Receiver hopes that his future there eventually be secured, too.Smith-Schuster recently told TMZ.com that he hopes to stay with the Steelers for the rest of his career.“At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there,” Smith-Schuster said. “.”His rookie contract is expiring, and Smith-Schuster (a second-round pick in 2017 and the team’s MVP in 2018) will become a free agent on March 17, absent a new contract or application of the franchise tagged. It’s...

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Clyde Christensen: Tom Brady wanted to do what Peyton Manning did in Denver - ProFootballTalk

Clyde Christensen: Tom Brady wanted to do what Peyton Manning did in Denver - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty Imagesleft the Patriots a year ago, after 20 seasons in New England. Much has been said and written about why he left. So why not write and say some more now?Via JoeBucsFan.com, Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen peeled back the curtain a but during a visit to CBS Sports Radio.“[T]here was a part of him the first time I met him, and I had never met him before we picked him up,” Christensen told Zach Gelb regarding Brady. “He said one of the things that looked really fun and challenging to him was what Peyton [Manning] did at...

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Tennessee investigates illegal betting activity during Super Bowl LV - ProFootballTalk

Tennessee investigates illegal betting activity during Super Bowl LV - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesTennessee legalized sports wagering late last year. It’s biggest event to date has triggered one of the biggest controversies to emerge since the Supreme Court opened the nationwide betting floodgates nearly three years ago.According to TNBets.com, via David Purdum of ESPN.com, Tennessee authorities recently announced that two of the state’s four official sportsbooks during Super Bowl LV. The situation, which remains under investigation, triggered the permanent closure of 74 betting accounts.The four currently regulated sportsbooks in...

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Disney, NFL have a gap of more than $1 billion per year in their initial positions - ProFootballTalk

Disney, NFL have a gap of more than $1 billion per year in their initial positions - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs the NFL works toward extending all TV deals for another 10 years, the network with which the league must do the most work is ESPN.Disney, the parent company of ESPN and ABC, has balked at the NFL’s demands. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the NFL initially asked for $3.5 billion per year for Monday Night Football. That would represent a 75-percent increase over ESPN’s current annual average of $2 billion.Per Ourand, ESPN offered $2.4 billion per year, a 20-percent bump over the current amount.Common sense suggests...

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Janice McNair, Texans donate $500,000 to winter storm relief efforts - ProFootballTalk

Janice McNair, Texans donate $500,000 to winter storm relief efforts - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesLast week’s weather event has wreaked havoc throughout Texas. On Monday, the Texans and co-founder/senior chair Janice S. McNair made a contribution to the efforts to help those affected by the storm.The team announced on Monday that $500,000 has been donated to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund.“We are happy to lend a helping hand to our fellow neighbors during challenging times like these,” Mrs. McNair said in a press release. “I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo for...

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NFL declines comment on Xavien Howard situation - ProFootballTalk

NFL declines comment on Xavien Howard situation - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBased on regarding a June 2020 shooting at the home of NFL agent Damarius Bilbo, there’s definitely some smoke when it comes to the potential involvement of Dolphins cornerback . If the NFL has joined the authorities in the search for fire, the NFL isn’t saying so.“We will decline comment,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a Sunday morning email to PFT regarding the situation.Under the Personal Conduct Policy, the league has broad authority to investigate and to discipline players who have committed one or more types of off-field...

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Whether it's Deshaun Watson or someone else, David Tepper is determined to get a great quarterback - ProFootballTalk

Whether it's Deshaun Watson or someone else, David Tepper is determined to get a great quarterback - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe in-plain-sight clue came from a comment Panthers owner David Tepper made in the All or Nothing season that focused on his football team. Tepper was determined to make what he believed to be upgrades at the three key positions that determine success or failure of a football team: coach, G.M., and quarterback.“,” Tepper said in the Amazon series. “Everything is fair in this league. So if you have better coaches, better GM’s, some advantages with facilities, advantages with the training, management process, whatever those, whatever it...

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Salary-cap uncertainty could slow NFL business to a trickle - ProFootballTalk

Salary-cap uncertainty could slow NFL business to a trickle - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs the NFL’s news cycle slows to an enlarged-prostate trickle, those of us who cover the NFL for a living will be scrounging for anything we can. Regardless of whether admitting it makes it OK (and I definitely admit it), there’s one specific type of news that should not be regarded as alarming, at least not in isolation.In the coming days, there surely will be reports that a given team has yet to engage in serious negotiations with a given player who is heading to free agency. That doesn’t mean that the team is giving the player the...

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Report: Broncos will pursue Deshaun Watson, if Texans decide to trade him - ProFootballTalk

Report: Broncos will pursue Deshaun Watson, if Texans decide to trade him - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsAs the Broncos continue to look for their first franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning, they reportedly have their eyes on .According to Troy Renck of ABC 7 in Denver, the , if the Texans decide to trade him.The wording of the report is intriguing. If taken literally, it means that the Broncos won’t make an offer until the Texans indicate that offers are being accepted.Why not make an offer absent an effort by Houston to make it known that they’ll trade Watson? If the Texans eventually get an offer they can’r refuse, maybe...

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Adrian Peterson still hopes to catch Emmitt Smith's rushing record - ProFootballTalk

Adrian Peterson still hopes to catch Emmitt Smith's rushing record - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesHe turns 36 next month. And he’s not yet ready to surrender his quest to catch Emmitt Smith for the NFL’s career rushing record.to (1) win a Super Bowl and (2) catch Smith’s record in recent remarks to TMZ.com.“I’m going to keep playing, trying to chase the championship and, God’s willing, within the process of doing that, I’m able to catch Emmitt and pass him,” Peterson said.Peterson , when he was on Washington’s roster. He was cut and landed with Detroit on a one-year deal.Peterson has 14,820 rushing yards, putting him fifth on the...

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Texans still list Jamey Rootes as team president; will Jack Easterby get that job eventually? - ProFootballTalk

Texans still list Jamey Rootes as team president; will Jack Easterby get that job eventually? - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesTexans president Jamey Rootes resigned last week. The memo has not yet made its way to the person responsible for updating the team’s website.Rootes is still identified as the team’s president on the with the team.While it’s surely a matter of time before the Texans make the change, it’s also a matter of time before they decide how to replace Rootes. Given the ever-growing influence of executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby, it’s not crazy to think he’ll end up with the job.As accountability-avoidance goes, “president”...

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Solomon Thomas calls on NFL to use grass fields only - ProFootballTalk

Solomon Thomas calls on NFL to use grass fields only - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesFootball season officially ended one week ago. For the 49ers, it unofficially ended 20 weeks earlier.It ended in Week Two, with a stunning rash of leg injuries on the turf at MetLife Stadium.One of the players lost for the season in that game against the Jets, defensive lineman , wants the NFL to ditch the fake stuff and play only on the real thing.“The NFL ,” Thomas told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “It should be all grass fields. We should take care of our players. Safety should be number one.”Plenty of players feel that way,...

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Jalen Hurts (not Carson Wentz) will gather Eagles receivers for workouts - ProFootballTalk

Jalen Hurts (not Carson Wentz) will gather Eagles receivers for workouts - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs the Eagles try to build leverage for a trade, circumstances continue to make it harder for the Eagles to maximize the return on a quarterback whose contract they’d love to dump.John Clark of NBC Sports Philly-delphia recently reported that “” plan to work out with quarterback Jalen Hurt in Texas, at some point in the next month.No similar reports have surfaced regarding Wentz. Presumably, that’s because Wentz still wants out and because momentum has pointed in the direction of a trade for a while now.The process has become bogged down...

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Tom Brady is "back to work" - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady is "back to work" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsAs of Tuesday, Buccaneers running back told PFT Live that had not yet begun rallying teammates to begin preparing for the 2021 season. As of Saturday, Brady officially is back.“” was the message from @TB12 on Twitter, the official account of Brady’s exercise, nutrition, pliability, etc. business. The tweet includes the hashtag #EyesOn8.The photo attached to the tweet shows Brady with a brace or a wrap on his left knee. He reportedly will have surgery on the knee at some point this offseason.At some point this offseason, he’ll surely...

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Jaguars re-issue statement on Chris Doyle, adding Trent Baalke’s name

Jaguars re-issue statement on Chris Doyle, adding Trent Baalke’s name

The Jaguars are rattled.In the ultimate Friday-night news dump, the Jaguars issued at statement after 11:00 p.m. ET on Friday , the team’s director of sports performance (for a day). The email from the Jaguars announced that it was a “statement from Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer.”The Jaguars re-issued the statement on Saturday morning. The Jaguars re-issued the statement because, as explained in the email re-issuing the statement, the first version “inadvertently” omitted the game of Jaguars G.M. Trent Baalke.So the exact same statement has been issued again this morning, with this title:...

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NFL Films chooses not to release audio of exchange between Tom Brady, Tyrann Mathieu - ProFootballTalk

NFL Films chooses not to release audio of exchange between Tom Brady, Tyrann Mathieu - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsSomething happened between Buccaneers quarterback and Chiefs safety before halftime of Super Bowl LV. That something was captured by NFL Films microphones. That something won’t be revealed by NFL Films.Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s in-house production company won’t be disclosing the content of the exchange between Brady and Mathieu. As the source explained it, NFL Films typically does not reveal the audio of such squabbles between players.“He but yeah I’ll let all the media throw me under bus as if I did...

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Contract expired, Britt Reid is no longer an employee of the Chiefs (for now) - ProFootballTalk

Contract expired, Britt Reid is no longer an employee of the Chiefs (for now) - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesBritt Reid’s administrative leave didn’t last long.A day after the Chiefs announced that Reid following a Thursday night car crash that caused multiple significant injuries, a report has surfaced that Reid no longer is employed by the Chiefs.As reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com and confirmed by PFT, Reid’s contract has expired. He’s currently not employed by the team.Whether Reid will be, or would have been, re-signed is a different issue. The Chiefs may wait to re-sign Reid until after the ongoing legal investigation ends and/or the...

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Super Bowl viewership drops sharply from last year - ProFootballTalk

Super Bowl viewership drops sharply from last year - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesIn 2020, the Chiefs erased a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win the Super Bowl. In 2021, the Chiefs didn’t even score 10 total points in the Super Bowl.The difference in interest in the two games showed in the viewership numbers.After a delay in the release of Nielsen figures that caused many industry observers to fear that the Super Bowl LV viewership numbers would fall far short of Super Bowl LIV, they did. Via of SportsBusiness Group, the total audience (including out-of-home viewership and all streaming platforms) . Last year,...

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Bruce Arians: Mike Evans has offered to give up money to keep team together - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians: Mike Evans has offered to give up money to keep team together - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesNFL players routinely restructure contracts to create salary cap space. In most cases, the player gets the same amount of money; cap space is created when base salary becomes signing bonus. In other cases, the team squeezes the player to take less, under a subtle (or not) threat that refusal will result in termination.Then there’s the rare case of a player who voluntarily gives up money to create cap space.After Sunday night’s Super Bowl victory, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told Peter King of NBCSports.com that receiver already has...

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This year's Super Bowl MVP won't be going to Disney World - ProFootballTalk

This year's Super Bowl MVP won't be going to Disney World - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe catch phrase “I’m going to Disney World” first attached to the Super Bowl MVP in 1987, after Phil Simms won the award after his Giants beat the Broncos. Ten years ago, Packers quarterback (pictured) pulled the Disney duty by winning the Super Bowl XLV MVP award.This year, the Super Bowl MVP will not be going to Disney World.Via the Associated Press, the pandemic has resulted in the featuring the MVP.Given that the game is being played in Tampa, it would have been the shortest possible trip from any possible Super Bowl site to Disney...

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Mike Zimmer on Kirk Cousins: "Kirk's our guy" - ProFootballTalk

Mike Zimmer on Kirk Cousins: "Kirk's our guy" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesSome think that San Francisco’s search for a new signal-caller could result in a trade for Vikings quarterback , given Cousins’ Washington connection to Kyle Shanahan.Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sounds disinclined to consider such a deal.“,” Zimmer said Friday on NFL Network. “You know, he had a terrific year this year. We were fourth in the league on offense. We have to get better on defense — we had a lot of injuries and young guys — that’s my job to get it fixed.”Cousins’ contract pays a reasonable base salary of $21 million in 2021. As...

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Demario Davis wants Drew Brees to come back - ProFootballTalk

Demario Davis wants Drew Brees to come back - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesRegarding the question of whether Saints quarterback will retire, G.M. Mickey Loomis has made it clear that the to make a decision. However, there has been no sense from the team that the Saints are clamoring for Brees to come back.One member of the Saints is. Linebacker wants Brees to return in 2021.“,” Davis said on NFL Network. “I sure hope so. I would feel much better if I could guarantee that he was. But I guess the only way I could be able to guarantee [a comeback] was if one of y’all said something reckless, like, ‘He’s finished,’...

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Tedy Bruschi: Matthew Stafford "not tough enough" to play for the Patriots - ProFootballTalk

Tedy Bruschi: Matthew Stafford "not tough enough" to play for the Patriots - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesQuarterback reportedly didn’t want to play for the Patriots. Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi suggests the feeling is mutual.“,” Bruschi said Wednesday on WEEI, via Radio.com. “He’s just not tough enough. I don’t think he’s tough enough to be coached hard. Do you realize the mental toughness that had to have for 20 years to deal with Bill Belichick and that type of coaching? I mean, constant pressure every single day. Does Stafford sort of grab you as a guy who could handle that? I just don’t think so.”Then came the hammer: “He went to Sean...

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Clark Hunt thinks Competition Committee will look at end zone fumble rule - ProFootballTalk

Clark Hunt thinks Competition Committee will look at end zone fumble rule - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsThe worst rule in football reared its ugly head in the divisional round of the playoffs, robbing the Browns of possession near the goal line and giving the ball to the Chiefs on their own 20. Will the rule, hiding in plain sight for decades, now change?“I do think the Competition Committee will look at that rule this year,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. “A lot of times it takes a catalyst play in an important game for the Competition Committee to dig in and think about changing a rule...

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