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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King previews the NFL meetings.  First, on Dean Blandino (and Al Riveron) taking ultimate power:   Between meetings at the Biltmore late Sunday afternoon, Blandino, the career office guy, swore he didn’t think the likely vote to give him replay power would be much of a change. (How likely? The influential Competition Committee endorses it unanimously.)   “I really don’t see it as a major difference compared to what we’ve been doing,” Blandino said. “Other than New York having the final say, we’ve been doing this for three years.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today: ESPN’s officiating guru Kevin Seifert looks at upcoming changes in replay:   The NFL's plan to centralize replay review is best viewed as the formalization of a trend that has developed during the past three years. Let's take a closer look at what we know about how the process will unfold…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today:   Every NFL fan has seen an exciting game disrupted in a familiar way: a commercial break, then a kickoff, then … another commercial break.   Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t like it, either.   “It drives me crazy,” Goodell told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “We call those ‘double-ups.’ They actually…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS Clarence Hill, Jr. in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the TONY ROMO hostage crisis:   The Tony Romo hostage crisis in Dallas officially began on March 9.   Romo was told he was going to be released by the Dallas Cowboys and then team’s brass reneged on that option with plans of trying to trade him rather than letting him go for free.   Eleven days later, the situation remains unresolved. Romo remains in limbo.   But he is not in a sunken place.   While…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL has had a Super Bowl crime wave for years, only realized in 2017 when TOM BRADY instantly noticed that his jersey was pilfered.  And it turns out an executive with a Mexican newspaper was the culprit, stealing priceless artifacts in plain sight and absconding with them over the border.  This from Ken Belson of the New York Times:   Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found in Mexico, apparently in the possession of a newspaper editor who had a media credential for the event…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King doesn’t like the way teams have become so reluctant to guarantee money after the first year in free agency:   Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown, 27, ranked second in the NFL last year with 149 tackles, playing for Buffalo. But nine tackles a game, roving the middle of the field, is not getting Brown rich. Though the average NFL team entered the weekend $19 million under the NFL’s $167-million per team salary cap for 2017, Brown is waiting for the phone to ring. He’s not the only one. Big…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kalyn Kramer of TheMMQB.com tracked down U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman who ruled against the NFL and for TOM BRADY in the matter known as Deflategate, only to see his widely-praised opinion rejected by a 2-1 vote by a panel from the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  He actually is quite candid, including making it clear that the two judges that ruled for Roger Goodell did not convince him with their reasoning.   KAHLER: So, justice was served on the field, but do you think justice was served in…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL does have a system that reward players (to a relatively small extent) like DAK PRESCOTT who outplay their contracts.  Jared Dubin at CBSSports.com:   The NFL announced on Wednesday the recipients of performance-based pay for the 2016 season. Each team received a sum of $3.995 million (up from $3.8 million last year and $3.63 million the year before), which was then distributed to the players without affecting the salary cap.   The formula for performance-based pay weighs playing time against salary and allocates it accordingly. (As such, late-round…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Conor Orr at NFL.com with a helpful look at the overall state of the free agent market:   We have arrived at the second wave of free agency.   A manic, unpredictable, big-spending frenzy highlighted the opening of the 2017 league year, but in a lot of ways, the best is yet to come. One marquee quarterback could be on the move, while another former marquee passer starts to scope out his market. There are All-Pros, upstarts and first-round picks galore waiting to find out where they'll play next.  …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Last week, the DB floated the idea of a three-team deal between the 49ers, Redskins and Patriots involving KIRK COUSINS and JIMMY GARAPPOLO.    Now, someone (an agent, Jerry Jones?) is using NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport to float a 3-team deal with the 49ers, Redskins and Cowboys:   The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster.   The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Wow.  We are going to be up to six eye surgeries for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.  Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com:   Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is scheduled for two more surgeries on his right eye as he struggles to regain vision from a detached retina suffered last November.   Zimmer, speaking Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, said he hopes the procedures restore 50 percent of his current limited vision. He also said he has been told he has a "high likelihood" for a similar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   WASHINGTON GM Scot McCloughan is not in Indianapolis.  Zac Jackson at ProFootballTalk.com:   Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan is not at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a team spokesman told the Washington Post that McCloughan is “taking care of some family matters.”   McCloughan told the Washington Post Wednesday evening that he’s not in Indianapolis due to a death in the family.   This year’s NFL Scouting Combine runs through Monday. More than 300 prospects for this year’s draft are going through medical, psychological and physical tests…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Monday was a big day as the leading rushers in Vikings and Chiefs history were cast aside, as was Jets CB DARRELLE REVIS.  The other member clubs now wonder how much do they have left in the tank.   - - - So why wouldn’t this happen –   The Redskins trade QB KIRK COUSINS to the 49ers for the second overall pick in the draft.   The Patriots trade QB JIMMY GARAPPOLO to the Redskins for Washington’s current first round pick (17th overall).   The 49ers get a QB that…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL came back from his serious hand injury to be worthy of a franchise tag.  Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk.com:   The Giants announced on Monday that they’ve used the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the second time in three years, something that sets Pierre-Paul up to make around $17 million for the 2017 season.   That would be a big chunk of the Giants’ cap and it’s thought the team would like to get a longer deal done in…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL’s new Hall of Fame Weekend schedule will feature the Cowboys and the Cardinals on Thursday night.  Marc Sessler of NFL.com:   The Hall of Fame has picked opponents for its annual preseason showdown.   The Dallas Cowboys will face the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.   The choice of teams makes plenty of sense, with former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones both set to be enshrined into…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Mike Sando of ESPN.com put a lot of work into a “quarterback carousel” where you can match 14 spinning QBs (including some rookies) with 10 QB-needy teams (Dallas?) and see how things match up.    Here are a couple of examples -   Jay Cutler   CONTRACT: Cutler is signed through the 2020 season under a contract featuring a $12.5 million base salary, but releasing him would reduce his 2017 cap hit from $16 million to $2 million.   CAREER RECORD           68-71 (.489) 2016 QBR                          33.2   WHAT LEAGUE INSIDER…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS The Cowboys have reworked some deals and will be cap compliant.  Todd Archer at ESPN.com:   Whenever the 2017 salary cap is finalized, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have to worry about getting under the allowed amount.   On Monday the Cowboys restructured the contracts of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and All-Pro center Travis Frederick, freeing up $17.3 million, moving them under a proposed salary-cap of $168 million for 2017, according to sources.   In a simple accounting move, the Cowboys lowered Smith’s $10 million base…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King of TheMMQB outlines the offseason QB market, as he sees it, with an emphasis on TONY ROMO:   Let’s take a morning to set the table for the event of this off-season: the re-setting of the quarterback market in the NFL.   The future of Tony Romo is the most compelling story of all. He’ll be 37 in April. He’s missed 27 of his last 32 games due to injury, and by the time he’d suit up for anyone next September (if he does, and we’ll get to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com with lists of possible big cuts coming up in the next few weeks.  First in the NFC:   Strong candidates for release   1) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: This is not the first offseason with Peterson's future in doubt. Even before Peterson named some potential landing spots on ESPN or broke down the Giants' offseason on Twitter Rapsheet style, it was obvious the Vikings couldn't bring him back on his $18 million cap figure.   Peterson knows a pay cut is coming, yet it's inevitable…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA Ex-WR Roddy White’s time in Atlanta came to an end at the hands of Kyle Shanahan.  And now that Kyle Shanahan’s time in Atlanta has come to an end, White kicks him out the door.  Steven Ruiz at USA TODAY reports White’s attack, but also offers a defense of Shanahan:   Former Falcons receiver Roddy White has never been a fan of Kyle Shanahan, and the former Atlanta offense coordinator’s play-calling down the stretch of Super Bowl LI did nothing to change his mind.   White,…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ, who grew up nearly in the shadow of the Meadowlands, is a Giant  no longer.  ESPN.com:   The New York Giants have released wide receiver Victor Cruz in a move that creates significant salary-cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.   The move was first reported Monday by NorthJersey.com. The Giants are expected to officially announce Cruz's release later Monday, the source told Schefter.   The Giants also have released running back Rashad Jennings, sources told ESPN's Jordan Raanan.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report with one guess on how the quarterback carousel will spin in the next few months:   In a league with 32 teams and fewer than 32 franchise quarterbacks, starting-caliber signal-callers don't often become available.   Most offseasons, trade rumors surround a couple of established quarterbacks and maybe a couple more hit the open market. But rarely do "elite" players at the NFL's most important position change teams.   This offseason could be different because at least a handful of well-established quarterbacks have a shot…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Joe Montana with some interesting thoughts on the difficulty of calling someone GOAT.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Tom Brady’s childhood idol is one of the few people who isn’t ready to proclaim Brady the best ever.   Hall of Fame 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, whom Brady has called his favorite player of all time, said he can’t declare Brady the best ever because he doesn’t think players from different eras can be properly compared.   “I think that it’s really hard to put anyone in that bucket,” Montana…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, February 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO While 1-15 means the Browns have reduced many of their ticket prices, the Bears are doubling down on 3-13.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune breaks the bad news from the Bears.   Despite a 3-13 season in 2016 — the franchise's worst since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 — the Bears are raising prices for the majority of tickets for games at Soldier Field.   Team President and CEO Ted Phillips sent a letter to season ticket holders Wednesday detailing…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL With the media in high dudgeon over the current state of American politics, players are now expected to have coherent opinions or at least opinions that match those of the media.     Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   For decades, NFL players have steered clear of political issues. And while there are signs that things are changing, change could come very, very slowly.   “[W]e are institutionalized sometimes,” Jets receiver Brandon Marshall explained last week in a visit to PFT Live. “We are. We’re told, “That’s not OK. You…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   We’re back.  We have Bill Barnwell’s long and excellent recap of what happened in Houston Sunday night towards the bottom.   NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The Packers released RB JAMES STARKS on Tuesday.  Starks, scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of more than $3 mil, missed the last six games (including playoffs), with a concussion sustained in an auto accident.   NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA The Falcons surprise by taking Steve Sarkisian off Nick Saban’s Alabama staff to be their new OC.  Jeff Schultz in the Atlanta…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, January 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily Briefing - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL 51 The Falcons have opened up as 3-point underdogs to the Patriots who have played in six previous Super Bowls in the Belichick-Brady Era with none decided by more than four points.   They may be underdogs, but that’s a much more highly-regarded position than the Falcons found themselves vis a vis the betting public when the season started.  David Perdum ofESPN.com with some tales from Vegas: In the offseason, there was so little betting interest in the Atlanta Falcons that some Las Vegas sportsbooks lengthened their…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys have won 11 of the last 12 Super…
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