• Top NFL Draft prospect accused of sexual assault at downtown Cleveland hotel

    Cleveland 19 "There have been numerous conversations at Cleveland 19 News about the report you are about to read. There's a lot at stake. It involves a young woman who said she was sexually assaulted, a young man who is about to start his NFL career, and a team who may be taking a huge risk drafting a player..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson: Saints “just felt right within my spirit”

    Pro Football Talk "There are several reasons to wonder why veteran running back Adrian Peterson would choose the Saints, and it’s clear that this one came down to a gut feeling for him. Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson upon agreeing to a two-year deal that he felt at home in New Orleans, for a number of..." April 25

  • Jameis Winston still musing about playing baseball

    JoeBucsFan.com "Joe interrupts the pre-draft frenzy to give legions of Buccaneers fans heart palpitations. America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, spoke to the Talk of Fame Network this week (full audio below) and was asked how serious he was about baseball. For those unaware, Jameis was drafted by the Texas..." April 25

  • Steelers have no information on Martavis Bryant reinstatement

    Observer Reporter "The Pittsburgh Steelers had hoped for some clarity in regard to the status of suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant sometime before the NFL draft. But with the draft now two days away, the Steelers have heard nothing from the league regarding Bryant’s reinstatement from suspension. Because..." April 25

  • Watson: Teams will have to 'live with the consequences' if Trubisky picked over him

    NFL.com "Who's really the best quarterback in this year's draft? Ask every scout, and you won't get the same answer twice in a row. If you had to narrow down the class to the two prospects most likely to go first, however, you'd have two ACC quarterbacks: Clemson's Deshaun Watson and North Carolina's..." April 25

  • McCarron 'at peace' on Bengals roster

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In January, AJ McCarron said goodbyes to Cincinnati Bengals staffers and local media members “just in case.” In April, he was back at his locker in Paul Brown Stadium with the only change being a new beard. He remains the backup quarterback for the Bengals, and he reiterated that it’s a role..." April 25

  • Bengals want 'at least' a 1st-round pick for McCarron

    UPI "If the Cincinnati Bengals trade backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, it won't be for anything less than a first round draft pick, according to a league source. The NFL Network reported Tuesday morning that trading for the former Alabama gunslinger would require "at least" a first round draft..." April 25

  • Jamaal Charles’ agent reminds teams his client is available

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson has agreed to a deal with the Saints, leaving the free agent market with one less veteran back with the draft getting underway in a couple of days. One of the remaining unsigned backs is trying to drum up interest in his services as well. Agent David Mulugheta posted a video of..." April 25

  • Odell Beckham vows to ‘work harder than ever’ as Giants pick up wide receiver's fifth-year option

    New York Daily News "Odell Beckham Jr. announced on Twitter Monday that he intends to work “harder than I ever have ... to be the best that I ever have been,” perhaps in effusive reaction to a report that the Giants had picked up the fifth-year option on Beckham’s rookie contract for 2018. “Just wanna say today I..." April 25

  • Mutual interest between Blount, Giants

    NFL.com "Free-agent running backs are grabbing chairs before Thursday's draft kicks off. With Adrian Peterson headed to New Orleans, the next running back domino to watch is LeGarrette Blount and the Giants. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, there is mutual interest between Big Blue and the..." April 25

  • How much does Adrian Peterson help the Saints?

    Pro Football Talk "From Adrian Peterson’s perspective, signing with the Saints doesn’t make a lot of sense. From the team’s perspecitve, adding a future Hall of Famer makes a lot of sense — if he has gas in the tank and a chip on his shoulder. But how much will adding Peterson truly help the Saints in 2017? The..." April 25

  • Titans' DeMarco Murray to NFL draft picks: 'You're just a rookie'

    Tennessean "Attention, NFL draft prospects. When DeMarco Murray speaks, you listen, and here’s how this is about to go down. “Nothing is going to be given to you, no matter what you did in college, no matter how many yards, records you’ve broken, what kind of guy you were, all of that,” the Titans’..." April 25

  • Jerry Jones’ latest draft-day gamble looks like a loss

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Forget the draft. The most intriguing player for the Dallas Cowboys this spring is the same as last spring, and other than Jerry Jones, no one knows anything about Jaylon Smith. Per Doctor Jerry, the linebacker is improving and he should be cleared for full contact in training camp. Right..." April 25

  • Cal QB Davis Webb just might coach himself into first round of draft

    USA Today "When Davis Webb went to Alabama for the Senior Bowl in January, he arrived two days early to adjust to the time change and throw with receivers from a nearby university. “Derek Carr did that,” Webb told USA TODAY Sports, referring to the Oakland Raiders’ young stud quarterback as he sat in his..." April 25

  • Broncos like Christian McCaffrey “a lot”

    Denver Post "There has been no player connected to the Broncos in the 2017 NFL draft process more than former Valor Christian and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. It’s not just a feel-good story; the interest is real. The Broncos had a meeting with McCaffrey at the NFL combine, met with him at..." April 25

  • Will Jets pick up Calvin Pryor's 5th-year option, as deadline looms?

    NewJersey.com "Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on Monday continued to dodge questions about whether or not he will pick up strong safety Calvin Pryor's fifth-year option. The Jets have until May 3, which is next Wednesday, to exercise the option. It must be exercised prior to May 3. They drafted Pryor..." April 25

  • Prospect Brantley won't find out about battery charge until after draft

    ESPN "A Florida state attorney said Monday that his office won't decide before the start of Thursday night's NFL draft whether former Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley will be formally charged with misdemeanor simple battery. Brantley, who is considered a potential second-round pick in the..." April 25

  • Leonard Fournette says football saved his life

    Pro Football Talk "NFL teams look for players with a passion for the game of football, and worry about players who don’t consider the game their top priority. On that score, teams should like LSU running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette said today on PFT Live that he loves football so much he considers it a..." April 25

  • Jets GM Mike Maccagnan unlikely to draft polarizing Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon

    New York Daily News "It's probably safe to cross Joe Mixon off your list of future Jets. General manager Mike Maccagnan didn't definitively declare whether or not the polarizing Oklahoma running back is off Gang Green's draft board, but he strongly suggested that his team will pass on the talented, but troubled,..." April 25

  • Prospect Foreman reveals his son died during 2016 season

    Bleacher Report "Texas running back D'Onta Foreman was one of the most productive players in college football last season, but the NFL draft prospect went through hard times off the field. In an interview with Andrea Kremer on NFL Total Access, Foreman revealed his infant son died less than two months after his..." April 25

  • Patriots youth movement goes in whole new direction

    Boston Herald "During the league’s annual meetings, Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t seem all too concerned about not having a first- or second-round pick in the upcoming draft, if it ultimately plays out that way. The reason? Some of the team’s high picks of late haven’t lived up to their billing. So..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson, Saints finalize two-year deal

    NFL.com "Adrian Peterson has found a new home before the start of the Thursday evening portion of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints and Peterson finalized a two-year deal Tuesday that will pay the veteran running back $7 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson to Saints doesn’t make much sense, for Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "It’s obvious why the Saints would want Adrian Peterson. It’s not obvious why Adrian Peterson would want the Saints. Unless, of course, no one else wants Peterson. But even if no other team currently is offering Peterson $3 million or so per year, his likely role (Mark Ingram reportedly would..." April 24

  • Patriots add Gillislee as Bills won't match RFA offer sheet

    NFL.com "The New England Patriots officially poached another restricted free agent from AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. The Bills declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet for running back Mike Gillislee, the team announced Monday. New England will send a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo..." April 24

  • NFL teams holding missed bowl game against Jabrill Peppers

    Pro Football Talk "Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers was one of a handful of draft prospects who didn’t play in his team’s bowl game. And now that may be costing him in the eyes of NFL teams. Adam Schefter reported today on ESPN that there are teams with concerns that Peppers didn’t play in his bowl game. Those..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez Family Issues Statement After Funeral

    TMZ "The family of Aaron Hernandez says they love him and miss him and want to thank the public for supporting them in the wake of the NFL star's death. Hernandez was laid to rest in a funeral service in Bristol, Connecticut Monday in a ceremony attended by family, friends and old college and NFL..." April 24

  • Seahawks GM gives a refreshingly honest answer about Richard Sherman trade talk

    CBS Sports "In the midst of all the pre-draft smokescreenin' and obfuscatin', John Schneider is a beacon of truth. The Seahawks general manager has been surprisingly frank in his public comments about star cornerback Richard Sherman and the possibility of trading him this offseason. Last month, it started..." April 24

  • John Elway mum on Joe Mixon’s status

    Pro Football Talk "Pre-draft press conferences usually don’t result in much useful draft information, given the competitive and secretive nature of the process. On Monday, Broncos executive V.P. of football operations and General Manager John Elway was extra secretive about the team’s assessment of one of the most..." April 24

  • Ex-Browns CEO shares interesting story about Manziel

    Yardbarker "The Cleveland Browns are reportedly split on whether they should take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft or go with the seemingly safer pick in Myles Garrett, and history could tell us something about which path they will take. Last week, a report surfaced claiming Browns..." April 24

  • Someone Crashed Alfred Blue's Car Into Louisiana Swamp

    TMZ "Busy day for Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue -- who found out his beloved Chevy Camaro somehow ended up in a Louisiana swamp Monday morning. Here's the deal ... cops and a tow truck responded to Highway 90 in Des Allemands around 9 AM after a single car collision. One witness tells us,..." April 24

  • Mike and Maurkice Pouncey attend funeral of Aaron Hernandez

    Sportsnaut "NFL star offensive linemen Mike Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey were among those who attended the funeral of Aaron Hernandez Monday. “Aaron’s close friends, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, arrived earlier in the day and spent time at the funeral home before the service,” reported TMZ Sports. The..." April 24

  • Chargers plan to exercise Jason Verrett’s 2018 option

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett has earned at least a fifth year with the team. General manager Tom Telesco noted the organization plans to pick up the player's option, per Eric Williams of ESPN. " April 24

  • Report: Saints, Adrian Peterson 'closing in' on deal

    247 Sports "Adrian Peterson may have found his next NFL team. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the longtime Minnesota Vikings running back is "closing in" on a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million in 2017. Peterson, 32, is a former seventh-overall pick out of Oklahoma..." April 24

  • Time of testing a factor in assessing credibility of diluted sample excuse

    Pro Football Talk "Every player who attends the Scouting Combine must submit to drug testing. With two of the players who were tested at the Scouting Combine in 2017 generating positive tests via diluted samples, there’s an important point to keep in mind when deciding whether the explanation for the failed drug..." April 24

  • Joe Thomas criticizes ‘flawed system’ in light of Jabrill Peppers failing combine urine test

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, like the rest of us, saw the news Monday that Jabrill Peppers failed his urine test at the combine because of a dilute sample. However, his reaction to the news was a bit different than the average Joe. In truth, there is a lot of sensibility to..." April 24

  • Unnamed scout: DeShone Kizer is a 'pure millennial' who lacks focus

    CBS Sports "You know the NFL Draft is nigh when the anonymous critics redouble their efforts. And here we are. With the offseason spectacle just days away, an unnamed scout has weighed in on one of the draft's top quarterback prospects, former Notre Dame standout DeShone Kizer. "He's a pure millennial,"..." April 24

  • Browns ‘being manipulated’ into trading up from No. 12 before the draft?

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Browns aren’t trading the No. 1 pick away, and now there’s growing momentum that the organization will actually trade up from No. 12 before the draft begins. ESPN’s Tony Grossi discussed this in a bit of detail, noting a potential scenario in which the Browns end up with the No. 1..." April 24

  • Clock is ticking loudly for Raiders, Marshawn Lynch

    Pro Football Talk "More than a month ago, running back Marshawn Lynch made major waves with tales of his potential unretirement. Now, only three days before the draft, the prospect of a return seems no stronger than it was when the news first surfaced on St. Patrick’s Day. The only reasonable explanation resides..." April 24

  • LSU’s Jamal Adams ‘very much in play’ at No. 2 overall for 49ers

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco 49ers certainly have options with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to one report safety Jamal Adams could be their guy. Adams has been lauded highly by the majority of NFL draft writers since the combine, when he not only exhibited outstanding physical..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee seeking release of notes left in cell

    ESPN "Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who was engaged to Aaron Hernandez and is the mother of his daughter, is asking a Massachusetts judge to release copies of the three notes the former NFL tight end left in his cell last week before he killed himself. Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence,..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez’s Legal Troubles Won’t End With His Death, Expert Explains

    Complex "Aaron Hernandez, the infamous former New England Patriot, was found dead in his one-inmate jail cell early in the morning of April 19. Ruled a suicide, it was confounding at best, particularly because Hernandez had just been acquitted on double murder charges and was appealing the 2015 murder..." April 24

  • Jabrill Peppers blames drinking too much water for failed combine drug test

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but his agency insists the result is all a misunderstanding. Shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that NFL teams have been notified that Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample, a..." April 24

  • Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger apologizes for rift with hometown

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he's sorry he let a few negative words cause a rift between him and his hometown. Roethlisberger was back in Findlay over the weekend as he and his sister were inducted into Hancock County's sports hall of fame. He says he was hurt..." April 24

  • Giants Exercising WR Odell Beckham Jr’s Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "The New York Giants have picked up WR Odell Beckham Jr’s fifth-year option, according to Kimberly Jones. The fifth-year option is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year. This was among the easiest decisions in regards to the..." April 24

  • LSU's Leonard Fournette carries great expectations into NFL draft

    USA Today "One might say Leonard Fournette is not exactly worried about the upcoming NFL draft in Philadelphia. He weighed in at 240 pounds at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, which was about 10 more pounds than what he played at in his junior season at LSU in 2016. He checked in..." April 24

  • DeAndre Hopkins Briefly Considered War With Jaguars Twitter Account, Deleted Tweet

    The Big Lead "The NFL schedule was released last week and everyone is very excited. The Jacksonville Jaguars have slowly been tweeting about individual games, including little factoids about the matchups and a picture of someone from the other team. It’s pretty standard stuff for April tweets about the..." April 24

  • Jake Long announces his retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long realized that coming back from a torn Achilles as he approaches his 32nd birthday was going to be a struggle. So Monday, he decided to call it a career. Long tweeted out his thanks to friends and family, but said he wouldn’t be trying to play again. “As..." April 24

  • NFL draft prospect Travis Rudolph loses father to accidental shooting

    Sportsnaut "Former Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph was dealt a tragic loss last Friday when his father, Darryl, passed away following what’s been described as an accidental shooting. According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Rudolph was working in a night club Friday morning when a gun accidentally..." April 24

  • Joe Mixon off Falcons' draft board

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are in the final stages of rating and stacking players on their board for the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who has been involved domestic violence case, is not on the team’s draft board, The..." April 24

  • Saints still talking to Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints are still very much involved with Adrian Peterson, according to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). The two sides still talking about a short-term deal to bring him to New Orleans. Peterson is reportedly willing to play for $5MM or less in the “right situation” and the..." April 24