• Inglewood cooked its books to lure NFL team, former accounting manager says

    Los Angeles Times "The lure of the NFL was just too much for Inglewood, a former city employee charges in a federal lawsuit. Barbara Ohno, Inglewood's former budget and accounting manager, claims that the future home of the Los Angeles Rams massaged its accounting books to mask its financial problems. In the..." May 30

  • Dion Jordan breaks silence, says he 'can't waste' chance when reinstated to NFL

    USA Today "Like everyone else who walks through the doors of this gym, Dion Jordan had to start by embracing the fear. Fear of letting himself down. Fear of letting his mother down. Fear of squandering his life, not to mention the talent that compelled the Miami Dolphins to take him third overall in the..." May 30

  • Terrell Owens Is Trying to Play in "The Tournament," $2 Million Winner-Take-All Basketball Event

    The Big Lead "Terrell Owens has a player page on The Tournament‘s website (h/t: Jeff Goodman). The Tournament is a winner-take-all basketball tournament where the winner gets $2 million this year (up from $1 million last year). Our Jason McIntyre profiled the event last year. It’s increased in popularity,..." May 30

  • Carson Wentz ahead of Sam Bradford early in training camp

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Eagles have said publicly that Sam Bradford is their starting quarterback, but that could change over the course of the summer if the early reports from training camp are any indication. Matt Lombardo of NJ.com has observed that rookie first-round pick Carson Wentz is picking..." May 30

  • Broncos’ quarterback competition described as wide open

    Pro Football Talk "Most people think Mark Sanchez has more or less won the Broncos’ quarterback competition before the competition even started, as neither of the other two quarterbacks on the roster — rookie Paxton Lynch and second-year player Trevor Siemian — is viewed as ready to play this season. But that..." May 30

  • Doug Baldwin ‘most certain’ Marshawn Lynch is really retired

    Larry Brown Sports "Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin does not expect to call Marshawn Lynch his teammate next season or at any point beyond 2016. Lynch announced his retirement earlier this offseason, but there are more than a few people who believe he could change his mind and return to Seattle or some..." May 30

  • 5 under-the-radar 49ers who could have big impact

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat "This time last year, you were reading three articles a week about the former Rugby League Player. How he was an amazing athlete who picked up a new sport at 28 years old. How he had become the best punt returner on the team right away. How could play running back too and catch passes out of the..." May 30

  • More odd twists and turns in Deflategate

    Boston Globe "Another week of Deflategate, another week of the absurdity reaching new heights — or depths. Over the past week, Robert Kraft asked the courts to consider limiting his commissioner’s powers, we learned about the “Stolt-Nielsen vs. Animalfeeds” Supreme Court decision, and comedian Jim Breuer..." May 30

  • Dolphins LBs Jelani Jenkins, Kiko Alonso bond over 'Call of Duty'

    ESPN "New Miami Dolphins teammates Jelani Jenkins and Kiko Alonso have a lot in common. For starters, both are young linebackers with a lot to prove this season. Jenkins and Alonso also enter contract years and are coming off injury-plagued seasons in 2015. Jenkins missed three games in Miami with an..." May 30

  • Numbers stacked against Steelers' Timmons

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Lawrence Timmons recently took a glance at the Steelers roster. He really didn't like what he saw. “It's not good, I will tell you that,” Timmons said. Timmons' disgust had nothing to do with a defense that is seemingly on the rise after a couple of thin years while rebuilding. Instead, it..." May 30

  • Panthers' Tre Boston misses Josh Norman, but 'we've got to move on'

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers miss cornerback Josh Norman. Nobody debates that. From head coach Ron Rivera to middle linebacker Luke Kuechly to free safety Tre Boston, not having the 2015 Pro Bowl selection around during organized team activities has been an adjustment. To many, it was a surprise..." May 30

  • Saints’ P.J. Williams eager to show his skills after injury

    The Advocate "P.J. Williams spent his entire rookie season hoping for delayed gratification. Drafted in the third round last May by a Saints team intent on revamping the cornerback position, Williams instead became the position’s first casualty, placed on injured reserve before the final preseason game with..." May 30

  • Haloti Ngata: Lions' defensive line is deep and talented

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions faced some serious depth issues along the defensive line at the outset of the offseason. Especially at tackle, where both starters were eligible to hit free agency. So the Lions went on a spending spree. They re-signed one starter, Haloti Ngata, to a two-year deal. They..." May 30

  • Can forgotten Jace Amaro make Jets tight ends relevant?

    New York Post "By Jace Amaro’s count, Jets tight ends caught seven passes in Wednesday’s OTA practice. That would be one less than that group caught in the entire season last year. Amaro was not part of that storied group, which snagged a league-low eight catches. He missed the entire season after undergoing..." May 30

  • A focus of Eagles defense will be stopping tight ends

    Philly Voice "During the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia, the Eagles targeted safeties who had the ability to drop down into the slot and cover receivers man to man. It is why they signed Malcolm Jenkins, a former cornerback, in free agency, and it is what made Walter Thurmond, another former corner, a solution..." May 30

  • What excuses will Rob Ryan use if the Bills defense under performs?

    SB Nation "Rex and Rob Ryan have a lot to say. Blah, blah, blah. The best part of this interview might be Rob Ryan trying to convince you that his defense with the Saints was good and not his fault when it was bad. He and his brother put their blustery on full display for the MMQB. It also raises another..." May 30

  • Pats unlikely to owe NFL legals fees for Brady case

    Pro Football Talk "With the Patriots getting involved in quarterback Tom Brady’s effort to overturn the four-game suspension imposed against him by filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Patriots possibly have could end up pick up a portion of Park Avenue’s..." May 29

  • Exploring the viability of an NFL franchise in London

    The Score "The NFL continues to take steps overseas, as it looks to establish its brand worldwide. Eventually, however, those steps will have to turn into one giant leap, as the NFL will have to move a franchise outside the U.S. if it's ever to truly become a global sport. A franchise based in the..." May 29

  • Rex Ryan slams Mario Williams for being selfish

    Sportsnaut "Rex Ryan and Mario Williams apparently didn’t part on the greatest of terms when the defensive end was released by the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Williams complained about his role in Ryan’s defense often during the 2015 campaign — the worst statistical season since his rookie season. He..." May 29

  • Julian Edelman interrupted a Boston concert to yell 'Free [Tom] Brady'

    SB Nation "Ever since the start of the interminable Deflategate saga, "Free Tom Brady" has emerged as the unofficial rallying cry of the six New England states. It reverberates throughout Fenway Park during nearly every Red Sox home game and one Patriots fan even claims he shouted it at Roger Goodell in a..." May 29

  • New York/New Jersey Super Bowl 2.0? Giants and Jets plan for another bid for NFL's showcase game

    New York Daily News "Are you ready for another Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium? Giants co-owner John Mara told the Daily News that the Giants and Jets have informed the NFL they are interested in hosting either Super Bowl LVI in 2022 or Super Bowl LVII in 2023. As this point, it’s more of a “placeholder,” Mara said,..." May 29

  • Payton agrees with Brees’ decision not to talk contract during season

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently applied a deadline for extending his contract, which currently is entering its final year. Once the regular season starts, Brees won’t be interested in talking. His head coach agrees with that approach. “Just having seen the interview and his comments,..." May 29

  • Entering final year of his contract, Dont'a Hightower mum on future with Pats

    Providence Journal "Next offseason, the Patriots could face a different kind of adversity. At the moment, 41 players on the team have contracts that will expire after the season. Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins — among the many defensive starters who could enter free agency — highlight the list. Retaining..." May 29

  • Peyton Says He Came "Pretty Close" to Signing With a Team Other Than Denver

    Complex "In "just what Tennessee Titans fans want to hear" news, Peyton Manning says he nearly joined the franchise after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. On Thursday, Manning sat down with The Tennessean sports editor Dave Ammenheuser at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards to discuss a..." May 29

  • Johnny Manziel partied with Leonardo DiCaprio in New York

    Daily Mail "Professional partier Johnny Manziel was seen out in New York with Leonardo DiCaprio just days after a close friend said his destructive lifestyle may prove fatal. A source close to the troubled star revealed Tuesday that things are now so out of control they fear he may die soon unless someone..." May 29

  • Third-round negotiations can be 'wild, wild West'

    Jacksonville Times-Union "Entering the weekend, the top 13 third-round draft picks remained unsigned, including Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Compare that to only three in the second round and a combined six in rounds 4-7. What gives? It’s complicated. “It’s just a weird round,” a veteran agent said Friday. “I..." May 29

  • Todd Gurley Truly Believes Rams Will Make The Super Bowl This Year

    TMZ "Rams stud Todd Gurley just made the first prediction of his young career ... saying his Rams are going to beat Los Angeles to the Super Bowl by four years ... and play in THIS YEAR'S game. Gurley was arriving at LAX when we talked to him about L.A. hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021. Obvious..." May 29

  • The Jets offense all bailed on OTAS

    SB Nation "Offseason training activities (OTAs) aren't particularly thrilling. More than anything, it's about new players and rookies learning how to practice under new coaches with different teammates. When players report for training camp at the end of the summer, the competition for roster spots will..." May 29

  • Malcolm Butler wants a new contract

    ESPN "Cornerback Malcolm Butler was one of 17 players who didn't participate in Thursday's voluntary organized team activity. While the reason for his absence is not known, I wouldn't be surprised if it was related to his contract status. Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an..." May 29

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Tampa strong Super Bowl host candidate

    Tampa Bay Times "Tampa, home to four Super Bowls in its history, missed out on a fifth when the latest wave of games was announced by the NFL this week, but commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter Thursday to Bucs co-chairmen Bryan and Joel Glazer, reassuring them Tampa remains a strong candidate for future..." May 29

  • Texans' Mercilus thrilled after family finds lost dogs

    Houston Chronicle "On Friday he tweeted that he had some leads on the whereabouts of his dogs and later informed his followers that the dogs were OK and being taken care of. Local woman Amelia Barrera's husband found the dogs and Barrera coordinated with Mercilus in returning them. The Barrera family originally..." May 29

  • Johnny Manziel Hunted Down By Mercedes Owner

    TMZ "Johnny Manziel isn't the only thing out of control ... so was the Mercedes he rented, and the guy who owns it went on a mission Friday to track the QB down and demand a sizable check. Johnny was leaving Trump Soho in NYC when it became apparent his SUV was being blocked by a fleet of cars from..." May 28

  • Las Vegas mayor not excited about tax increase for Raiders stadium

    Sportsnaut "There is a lot of excitement being generated by Mark Davis and other NFL owners about a potential move that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Based on comments made by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, though, it seems a bit premature to assume such a move will happen. “We’re a little..." May 28

  • Teammates seeing more leadership from Geno Smith

    NewJersey.com "Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor has recently noticed a welcomed change in quarterback Geno Smith. Pryor said Smith is doing a better job of reaching out to, and engaging with, his teammates around the team's facility. This might seem like a small thing, compared to how a quarterback..." May 28

  • Jameis Winston drops 18 lbs in effort to avoid sophomore slump

    ESPN "Jameis Winston looked at his fellow Pro Bowlers with a tinge of envy. It's not that he didn't believe he should be playing among the NFL's best in the game -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback passed for 4,042 yards, the third-most by a rookie in league history -- but Winston took note of the..." May 28

  • Sean Payton explains that loss of a week of OTAs isn’t a big deal

    Pro Football Talk "Friday’s appearance on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio from Saints coach Sean Payton focused initially on the then-fresh claims from former Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan that he wasn’t running the unit when he was, you know, running the unit. (Payton called that notion “silly.”) It also..." May 28

  • Ray Rice -- Not Giving Up NFL Dream ... Despite Mentor Role

    TMZ "Just because he's giving life advice to NFL rookies doesn't mean Ray Rice has given up on his NFL dream -- with multiple sources close to the RB telling us he's still hoping to play this season. Over the past few days, 29-year-old Rice returned to the Baltimore Ravens to advise the rookies..." May 28

  • Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Kirk Cousins says he's excited about up-and-coming receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson and what they'll add to the Redskins’ offense in 2016. Cousins expects Crowder, who turns 23 next month, to make a significant jump in his second NFL offseason following a breakout rookie..." May 28

  • Broncos' Brandon Marshall practicing without contract in hopes it leads to one

    ESPN "There are times when Brandon Marshall uses the 140-character world that is Twitter for entertainment, to engage, to make a point, or to remind people he's not that Brandon Marshall. He's the Brandon Marshall who has a Super Bowl ring and plans to help the Denver Broncos get another title. When..." May 28

  • Ronald Leary: Disgruntled Cowboys OG removes reference to team on Twitter bio

    Sportsnaut "Ronald Leary hasn’t shown up for Dallas Cowboys OTAs and has demanded a trade. As perhaps a final word of protest and a clear message to the team that still owns his rights, Leary has removed references to the team from his Twitter bio. " May 28

  • Vikings rookie QB Joel Stave forgot how to throw ‘for a few weeks’ at Wisconsin

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Chryst was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin in 2011 when the Badgers signed a two-star recruit out of Greenfield, Wis., named Joel Stave. Chryst left in 2012 to coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon returning to Madison three years later to replace Gary Andersen as head coach..." May 28

  • Titans' Delanie Walker: Not your friend 'until you make the team'

    Tennessean "Delanie Walker wasn’t given anything — he had to earn it. From the moment he stepped on an NFL practice field as a rookie sixth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2006 — the same year San Francisco used a first-round selection on tight end Vernon Davis — until today, when he’s recognized as one..." May 28

  • The Giants need Ben McAdoo to be more than his playbook

    SB Nation "Last summer in Giants workouts, receiver Odell Beckham Jr., was constantly exalted. His radiant rookie season was complete. His encore was eagerly anticipated. Ben McAdoo, then the Giants offensive coordinator, was one of few who spoke forcefully about the need for Beckham's feet to remain..." May 28

  • There's one big obstacle to the Raiders making the move to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "The Oakland Raiders making a move and becoming the Las Vegas Raiders isn't something even remotely viable 10 years ago. Now it feels likely. Mark Davis' franchise has the support of multiple owners, including two of the most powerful ones in Jerry Jones and Bob Kraft, and is willing to pony up..." May 28

  • Cowboys say they turned down trade offers for McFadden, Morris

    Pro Football Talk "After spending the fourth overall pick in the draft on running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys fielded calls about whether they wanted to trade one of their veteran backs. But they said no. That’s the word from Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, who says teams called asking about..." May 28

  • Bears agree to terms with 1st-round pick Leonard Floyd

    CSN Chicago "The Bears' first-round pick is signed. The team announced Friday afternoon that it agreed to terms with Leonard Floyd, the linebacker out of Georgia the Bears selected with the No. 9 pick in this year's draft." May 28

  • For Trent Richardson, new team but same conditioning issues

    ESPN "Baltimore Ravens running back Trent Richardson missed the entire first week of the team's organized team activities after tweaking his hamstring the previous week. "Trent just needs to get healthy," coach John Harbaugh said. "I think the workload and the amount of work it takes to be a..." May 28

  • Jets offered Fitzpatrick 3-year deal, $12M in 1st year

    New York Post "Mike Maccagnan stood underneath the 200-year-old oak tree that rests in the middle of the Jets’ practice fields this week, enjoying some shade on a 90-degree day while watching his Jets go through an OTA practice. It is understandable if Maccagnan, the second-year general manager, is feeling..." May 27

  • Rex Ryan slams Mario Williams for being selfish

    Sportsnaut "Rex Ryan and Mario Williams apparently didn’t part on the greatest of terms when the defensive end was released by the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Williams complained about his role in Ryan’s defense often during the 2015 campaign — the worst statistical season since his rookie season. He..." May 27

  • A Johnson & Johnson Arizona Cardinals backfield may be one of the best in 2016

    Arizona Sports "One is entering his ninth NFL season, the other only his second. One belongs to the exclusive 2,000-yard club, the other is projected to someday rush for half that in a single season. Together, Chris Johnson and David Johnson are expected to man the Arizona Cardinals’ backfield in..." May 27