Kyle Orton quit on the Cowboys, forcing the team to eventually cut him and walking away with a full $5 million signing bonus despite putting in only two of five years of work. Orton then one-upped Brett Favre, waiting until training camp and the preseason ended before going back to work, signing a contract with…
Votes for team captains can be telling, as they’re a barometer of who leads in the locker room (if you trust the veracity of the count). But sometimes, they can also be signs of pending change. The Bills just announced their six captains for the coming season, none of whom are starting quarterback E.J. Manuel.…
The toughness of the Falcons’ offensive line has been questioned often in the last year, most notably by owner Arthur Blank, who said he was bothered when none of the Falcons’ offensive linemen reacted to a hit on quarterback Matt Ryan. This year, Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice says his unit’s toughness won’t be…
No pressure, kid. It’s not very often a defensive rookie starts the opener for the Steelers, but linebacker Ryan Shazier is about to do just that. According to Ron Musselman of the Beaver County Times, Shazier will be the first since Kendrell Bell 13 years ago, and he went onto win defensive rookie of the year honors.…
The Cowboys defense has been the subject of nothing but pessimistic prognostications, but the team is working to find improvement over the players they kept on the initial 53-man roster. They’re looking to the NFC West for two additions. According to multiple reports, former 49ers safety C.J. Spillman and former Seahawks linebacker Korey Toomer will…
When you see a player move from the Eagles to the Chiefs, the impulse is to say that Chiefs coach Andy Reid made the move because of some knowledge he gleaned while he was still in Philadelphia. That’s not the case with defensive lineman Damion Square, however. Square didn’t join the Eagles until Reid was…
Five things the Bills want you to know about QB Kyle Orton. Lamenting the departure of S Jordan Kovacs from the Dolphins. LB Steve Beauharnais accepted an injury settlement from the Patriots. Things have broken right for Jets WR David Nelson. Ravens RB Ray Rice and S Will Hill have to work out on their…
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, was cut by the Rams on Saturday and passed over by all 31 other teams on waivers on Sunday, and so far he hasn’t even been able to land a spot on a practice squad. So are NFL teams avoiding Sam because he’s gay?…
The Dolphins’ initial practice squad includes one of their draft picks. Sixth-round pick Matt Hazel, a wide receiver from Coastal Carolina, was among the 10 signees to the practice squad announced by Miami on Sunday. The 22-year-old Hazel caught six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in preseason play for Miami. The Dolphins’ other…
Robert Griffin III traveled from Washington to Waco this weekend to see himself immortalized at the age of 24. Griffin was back at the campus of Baylor, the school where he won the Heisman Trophy and where a new football stadium has opened that features a bronze statue of Griffin outside. “It’s amazing. You don’t…
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody. ''I'm a good-hearted person.'' NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. ''The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray…
Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots' sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year's draft - the highest coach Bill Belichick has ever selected a quarterback in New England.
When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise. Smith signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. He is a special individual with a lot of ability and we are fortunate to have him here.'' Smith and his agent, Tom Condon, had been discussing an extension for several months, and both sides were hopeful that a deal would be reached by the regular season.
John Elway's free agency bonanza included $109.5 million worth of contracts for a trio of defensive stars in Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware. So it was easy to overlook the one-year, no-bonus $570,000 deal that nose tackle Marvin Austin signed with the Denver Broncos this spring. The former second round pick of the New York Giants whose career has been bogged down by injuries made the Broncos' 53-man roster after a strong training camp six months after back surgery. Austin's re-emergence led Elway to release nine-year veteran Kevin Vickerson, who carried a $2.266 million cap figure.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- - Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. Fisher said numerous times during his post cutdown-day news conference Saturday that releasing the SEC co-defensive player of the year was a ''football decision.'' Sam was outplayed in the preseason by Ethan Westbrooks, the Rams' top target when signing undrafted free agents.
Rex Grossman lost his tutoring gig with the Browns. The veteran quarterback was released Sunday by Cleveland, leaving starter Brian Hoyer and rookie backup Johnny Manziel as the only QBs on the Browns' roster. Grossman signed with the Browns as a free agent on Aug. 12, brought in because of his experience running coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Grossman and Shanahan spent four seasons together in Washington and one in Houston.
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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning.
The allegations concerning McDonald, a defensive end, came days after the N.F.L. announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013, signed a long-term contract extension with the National Football League (NFL) team on Sunday.
When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise.
Defensive end Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) remained in limbo on Sunday after his exit interview with the St. Louis Rams.
The 2014 class of rookies should contain several productive fantasy players, including the running backs Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde and Terrance West.
Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation.
Troy Vincent pounds his fists on a conference room table and smiles.
Even after he was cut by the Rams on Saturday, Sam’s selection in the N.F.L. draft and his impression in St. Louis remained a statement advancing equal opportunity.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Miami Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal, made the 49ers when the team trimmed its roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday.
On a cluttered card table at a Westside estate sale, Sandy Marks spotted an antique silver trophy. It was a large bowl, so deeply tarnished that she struggled to read the inscription:
Tony Stewart returned to NASCAR racing Sunday night for the first time since a car driven by Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver who was on foot during a sprint car race three weeks ago.
— It is turning out to be the relationship that gives engagements a bad name. First, golf star Rory McIlroy calls off the wedding with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and wins the British Open and the PGA.
For nearly a decade, the "SuperClasico" regular-season series between the Galaxy and Chivas USA had produced one of Major League Soccer's great rivalries. But with Chivas USA set to change its name and colors next year as it completes the transition from its previous owner, the team dubbed...
Matt Shoemaker's journey from being an undrafted free agent to matching a pitching standard set by Nolan Ryan can't be measured in years or pitch counts.
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'We looked physical on defense. We looked fast,' UCLA Coach Jim Mora says.
The Angels players held their fantasy football league draft after Sunday's game, which means two things: The NFL season is about to begin and so are the baseball pennant races.
There was nothing wrong with Hyun-Jin Ryu's ample posterior Sunday, which was a relief to Ryu and the Dodgers.
More than ever, NFL owners are long on expectations and short on patience with new coaches.
One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were a joke, the Houston Texans were a Super Bowl contender, the Carolina Panthers were (at best) a middling team and Chip Kelly was an intriguing fascination, but also as the proverbial college coach coming to the big, bad NFL.How much our opinions changed of them in short order.Four months from now, most of what we know will be unwritten or rewritten. There will be some out-of-left-field developments, some behind-the-scenes contributors and some unexpected changes to the NFL landscape.[ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free F…
The NFL regular season officially kicks off on Thursday when Green Bay travels to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Shutdown Corner will be previewing everything to come all week, capped off by our awards and Super Bowl predictions on Thursday. Not every division is equal. Ask the Colts and the Broncos, two AFC favorites who look at their 2014 schedule and see much different things.The Colts have the easiest schedule in the NFL, based on what their opponents' records were in 2013. The Broncos have the second toughest. A lot of that is based on the six divisional…
The biggest story among the NFL cuts on Saturday was the Rams releasing defensive end Michael Sam. The biggest name among the cuts, from a football standpoint, was cornerback Champ Bailey.Going to New Orleans was supposed to be the last chapter in Bailey’s great career. He never got to write a page in that chapter. The Saints decided to eat the $500,000 signing bonus they invested in Bailey this offseason and cut the longtime Broncos and Redskins defensive back.Bailey is a 12-time Pro Bowler, but has lost a step at age 36. He struggled for the Broncos in last season’s Super Bowl loss to…
Outside linebacker James Harrison was passed over in the 2002 draft coming out of Kent State. He spent the rest of his career making every other team pay for that.The longtime Steelers linebacker was 2008 NFL defensive player of the year, and his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half of Super Bowl XLIII will go down as one of the greatest plays in NFL history.[ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ]But at age 36, he had enough. Harrison met with the Arizona Cardinals this week, but both sides couldn't work out a deal.…