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Report: Jameis Winston Buccaneers contract prohibits baseball

According to a report Jameis Winston's Buccaneers contract prohibits the quarterback from playing baseball for the duration of the deal.<p>The …

49ers Have No Choice but to Play Hardball with Disgruntled TE Vernon Davis

As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to try to knock the arch-rival Seattle Seahawks off their perch atop the NFC West, it's been a relatively successfully offseason.<p>The 49ers were able to lock quarterback Colin Kaepernick into a very team-friendly long-term contract extension. The 'Niners once again …

Football (U.S.)

Four players who must prove 2013 was no fluke

Alshon Jeffery, a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2012, made a tremendous leap last year.<p>As with any player, though, he must now show that he can continue to produce once corners have studied him more thoroughly and defensive coordinators have planned to limit him.<p>Jamie Dukes, who played …

New NCAA safety guidelines call for less contact in football practices

After six months of consulting with medical organizations, coaches and school administrators, the NCAA has released safety guidelines that, among other things, suggest limiting contact in football practices.<p>The recommendations, which were co-authored by the College Athletic Trainers' Society, call …

College Football

NFL Draft 2014: Tracking rookie contracts

Which NFL Draft picks have signed and which are yet to ink a deal? We have the full rundown on rookie deals.<p>Not long ago, striking deals with NFL Draft picks often took weeks and sometimes months. First-round deals were especially difficult with negotiations occasionally continuing into training …

LSU's Jalen Mills arrested

LSU starting safety Jalen Mills was suspended indefinitely by the team after he was arrested early Wednesday on a second-degree battery charge for …

Breaking Down Colin Kaepernick's Contract Extension

<i>By Joel Corry, National Football Post</i><p>The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was under contract through the 2014 season, to a contract extension on Wednesday making him the NFL’s second highest paid player (by average salary). When news of the deal broke, it was announced …

Jadeveon Clowney Called 'Spoiled' and 'Lazy' by NFL Executive

NFL draft misdirection may be reaching critical mass. When an NFL executive describes Jadeveon Clowney as "spoiled" and "lazy," there might be a problem.<p>That's what one told Mark Eckel of <i>The Times</i> in Trenton, N.J.:<p>“He’s spoiled, and he’s lazy,’’ the NFC personnel man said. “He’s never worked hard a …

Report States Market Value for College Football Player Is $178,000 Per Year

A March 2014 study conducted by Drexel University and the National College Players Association has found that the annual fair market value of an average college football player between 2011 and 2015 is $178,000, per Mark Coba of NBC News:<p>The March survey, from the National College Players …

College Football

Cam Newton to have surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday to repair an issue that has lingered since the end …

Colts owner seeks treatment following arrest

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that he has placed himself in a treatment facility after police found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.<p>The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces …

Report: NFL playoffs likely to expand to 14 teams in 2015

The momentum for playoff expansion continues, and changes could be coming as soon as the 2015 season, according to the latest report.<p><b>More NFL</b> …

WR Steve Smith joins Ravens

The 34-year-old Smith, who ranks 19th in league history in receptions, was released Thursday by the Carolina Panthers after 13 seasons.<p>"[Baltimore] …

Colts Sign Hakeem Nicks: Grading the Move and What It Means for Indianapolis

Since taking over as general manager of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, there hasn't been a more aggressive head honcho in the NFL than Ryan Grigson.<p>Well, Grigson and the Colts are at it again, and the latest development in another active offseason in Indy has Andrew Luck's beard doing a happy …

Football (U.S.)

Nick Saban Is Wise to Try and Distance Himself from the 10-Second Rule

After nearly a month of silence on the subject, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has finally spoken on the controversial "10-second rule."<p>He's backpedaling faster than he did when he was a defensive back at Kent State.<p>The rule, which would prevent teams from snapping the ball within 10 seconds of the …

College Football

10 non-blueblood college football teams that could win a title by 2020

The College Football Playoff means more chances for championship gate-crashers. Among teams that haven't won a title in the modern era (or ever), who's likeliest to make a run?<p>The last 15 AP national championships were won by a group of 10 schools. Going back another 15 years only adds seven more …

Dolphins re-sign CB Brent Grimes

The Miami Dolphins have re-signed Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.<p>The deal is worth $32 …

Jim Harbaugh is reportedly 'wearing thin' on 49ers players

One of the most successful coaches in the league, Harbaugh seems to be running out of time to win in San Francisco.<p>San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been at the helm for three seasons. In those years, San Francisco has reached the NFC Championship game each time, including a Super …

Redskins place tag on Brian Orakpo

The Washington Redskins have used their franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, all but ensuring that the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker will remain with the …

Gus Malzahn Making Mistake Not Letting Nick Marshall Work with George Whitfield

These are uncharted waters for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.<p>For the first time as a college coach he has the chance to work with his starting quarterback from the previous season for a full offseason, and he's looking forward to the challenge.<p>It will be a challenge for only Malzahn and his staff, …

College Football

Buccaneers unveil new uniforms

TAMPA, Fla. -- After previously showing off their new helmet and enhanced logo, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms Monday morning.<p>The NFL …

NFL considering rule changes for upcoming season

The NFL is considering a list of possible changes to the rulebook. We break them down from smart to idiotic.<p>In March, the NFL will hold an owner's meeting to talk about a bevy of wide-ranging topics. It will cover everything from stadium upgrades to on-field issues, most notably rule changes, as …

Darren Sharper Fired by NFL Network After Surrendering to Authorities

Darren Sharper has reportedly been fired by the NFL Network, per Nancy Dillon and Christian Red of the <i>New York Daily News</i>:<p>The 38-year-old former NFL safety – who has been charged with drugging and raping two women in L.A. and faces two counts of aggravated rape of two different women in New Orleans …

Los Angeles

Cap could break $150M by 2016

The 2014 NFL salary cap was set Friday at $133 million, up from $123 million last season, and league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter it …

Giants to let veterans hit free agency

INDIANAPOLIS -- Defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, two cogs on the New York Giants' 2011 Super Bowl championship team, will …

Watch Johnny Manziel Run 40-Yard Dash at NFL Scouting Combine

All eyes were on Johnny Manziel during Sunday's NFL Scouting Combine, and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was able to show what he could in the 40-yard dash.<p>Some wondered if the former Texas A&M star could challenge 4.40 seconds. That would have been impressive, but he was expected to run anywhere …

Football (U.S.)

On the bubble: 24 NFC players who could be cut

Everyone gets cut eventually. It's a rough fact of life in the NFL for everyone but Hall of Fame players, and plenty of them have been released …

NFL

Redskins agree with CB DeAngelo Hall on four-year deal

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall isn't going anywhere in free agency.<p>As we told you last week in the Redskins offseason preview, the team wanted to …

Blake Bortles says he'll throw at NFL combine

The potential No. 1 overall draft pick will throw footballs during his workout at the NFL combine.<p>A day after Johnny Manziel's agent said he wasn't …

Marino, Sharpe out, Gonzalez in on CBS pregame

NEW YORK (AP) — Goodbye, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe. Hello, Tony Gonzalez.<p>Marino and Sharpe will not return to their analyst roles on CBS' "The NFL Today" pregame show. Gonzalez, a recently retired star tight end, will now prep for a turn on the network's pro football coverage.<p>CBS sports …