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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, September 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Forbes says the average value of an NFL team jumped 8% since last year despite the gathering storm clouds.  Kurt Badnehausen of Forbes:   The NFL and its players are butting heads at seemingly every turn regarding player discipline on and off the field. TV ratings declined 8% last season and dropped again during the NFL’s opening weekend. The league's image is taking a hit from the long-term health problems of players, and some fans are getting turned off by the gladiatorial nature of the sport. Yet for all…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS The NFL demands that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals treat its issues in enforcing player discipline as a judicial emergency.  Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   Two years ago, the NFL accepted the decision to block Tom Brady‘s suspension pending the outcome of his litigation. This time around, the NFL has opted for a more aggressive approach regarding the ruling that blocks Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension.   The league has filed an “Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal,” which specifically requests a decision by September 19…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS Appealing the ruling of the Dallas-based federal judge Amos Mazzant, the NFL does not tell the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals court that they treated RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT fairly.  Instead, the flyover state justices are told that the 2-1 decision in New York’s 2nd Circuit in the Deflategate case commands that the players have bargained away their constitutional protections and that NFL Justice can do whatever it wants and no one, not even a life-appointed federal judge, can do anything about it.   The AP:…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Peter King did not like Week 1:   I don’t have the kind of memory that categorizes specific weeks of football. So I can’t say this week of NFL ball through 13 games is one of the worst ever. But I can say it stunk.   Week 1 margins of victory, through 14 games in 2016 and 13 in 2017 because of the Tampa Bay-Miami postponement:   2016: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 6, 7, 9, 9, 19.   2017: 3, 6, 8, 9, 10,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Be safe, Florida. - - - Time for 10 DB fearless picks –   1 – EZEKIEL ELLIOTT will only play 10 games this year.  Eventually, the suspension will stick.   2 – The 49ers will win more games than the Broncos.   3 – The Jets will indeed get the number one pick, but the Browns (on their own pick) will not select in the top 5.   4 – This will be TOM BRADY’s final season – and by his standards it will not go well.  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, September 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   James Jones, a nine-year receiver with the Packers and Raiders, has announced his retirement.  He is taking a job as an analyst with NFL Network. - - - The NFL now has 21 new “full-time” officials – although some, like Pete Morelli, are senior officials who were otherwise retired from their day jobs and already only counting on the League for direct income.   The NFL has hired 21 officials to work on a full-time basis, including four referees.   Those refs are Brad Allen, Walt Anderson, Jerome Boger…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, September 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The finest minds of the NFL, Dolphins and Buccaneers could only agree that the game between the two teams will not be played in Miami at 1 p.m. on Sunday.   With Hurricane Irma barreling towards Florida this weekend, the game between the Dolphins and Buccaneers will not be played Sunday afternoon in Miami, the NFL announced Tuesday.   Irma, now a Category 5 hurricane with winds increasing to 185 miles per hour, according to NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, is expected to make landfall in South…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, September 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com on the rise of trades:   The Patriots acquired more veterans via trade in 2016 (five) than any other organization. The team has already surpassed that total in 2017, dealing for seven players since the league year began. New England made four trades in the last week alone, including the surprising acquisition Saturday of former first-round Colts receiver Phillip Dorsett in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. In an era where too few quality players hit free agency, this is another avenue with which to build…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, September 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, September 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Maybe it is just what lawyers do, but the NFL never seems to have a consistent, opaque and trustworthy process in arriving at disciplinary decisions.   The big bombshell emerging on Thursday in the matter of RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT is that the only NFL employee ever to talk to Tiffany Thompson filed a report that recommended “no discipline” for Elliott – and from that point on she was shut out of the process and her report was suppressed.  Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram with the scoop:  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   The Commish may be serious about shortening preseason without demanding something back from the players association.   We’ll have a test as Houston is only playing three games this year.  Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com:   The NFL opted Wednesday to cancel Thursday's preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, because the Texans will be able to return home to their families in Houston sooner than anticipated.   The Texans said in a statement that they will drive home on Wednesday after…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Michael Salfino of The538.com has the stats to back up his contention that this has been a particularly bad preseason.   For journeyman players and NFL rookies, the final week of preseason is the last live-action audition. For veteran starters, it’s the last chance to get hurt in a meaningless game. Because of this, NFL teams generally won’t play their established starters this week, and they will almost certainly not risk injury for their franchise quarterbacks. But in recent seasons, NFL teams have taken this preseason risk management one…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC NORTH   DETROIT All hail QB MATTHEW STAFFORD, for now the Highest Paid Player in the NFL.  Dave Birkett in the Detroit Free Press:   Matthew Stafford’s deal is done, and the Detroit Lions quarterback is – for now, at least – the highest paid player in NFL history.   Stafford and the Lions agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $135 million on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Free Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced by the team.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Peter King:   I think, regardless of the flippancy of the comment, this is another one that could, and should, haunt NFLPA president Eric Winston, the Cincinnati tackle. WCPO TV in Cincinnati, in an interview with Winston, quoted him saying about the future of football: “Honestly, I don't care, and I don't think the guys in this locker room care whether [the NFL] is going to be around in 20 years because none of us are going to be playing. … If this thing dies out in 20 years,…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   With the focus on oft-injured Washington TE JORDAN REED, Greg Bishop of SI.com studies the proposition that NFL players are now too big and too fast but just as vulnerable.  Excerpts below, the whole thing is here:   (After a description of a workout) Reed calls his vomit-inducing power walks a “standard” workout. But what he considers typical, even most elite athletes cannot fathom. For a man of Reed’s size—6' 3", 240 pounds—he doesn’t run so much as he glides, swallowing the gym’s turf field in long, graceful strides.…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Gary Myers in the New York Daily News, with the best player on his Giants ailing, comes out for a version of the DB’s 17-game plan.   The preseason games must go.   Roger Goodell has said many times over the last few weeks that he wants to cut the preseason from four games down to three and eventually to two.   That’s not going far enough. It’s more important to get to September healthy than giving the first-team offenses and defenses 10 series or so when they play…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   NFC EAST   DALLAS You may need to get to know QB COOPER RUSH.  He seems to be closing in on the backup quarterback role for America’s Team.  Clarence Hill in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:   Has the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback position suddenly become a competition?   Two days after owner Jerry Jones said he wouldn’t go as far as putting impressive rookie free agent quarterback Cooper Rush in the running with Kellen Moore for the second-string job behind Dak Prescott, Rush took some second-team reps in practice…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Ben Volin of The Boston Globe says that business concerns are trumping the opinions of fans and players as the NFL moves ahead with extending Roger Goodell:   Roger Goodell doesn’t exactly have the highest Q score among NFL fans.   Patriots fans hate the commissioner for dragging Tom Brady’s name through the mud over deflated footballs. Saints fans hate Goodell for Bountygate. The NFL Players Association’s relationship with Goodell is in tatters. Women’s rights advocates called for Goodell’s resignation for his poor handling of the Ray Rice situation,…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   It looks like Roger Goodell will be under contract to be The Commish for seven more years.  Conor Orr at NFL.com:   The NFL is close to finalizing a deal that would extend the tenure of commissioner Roger Goodell through the 2024 season, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday, citing a person informed of the talks.   Goodell, 58, succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September of 2006. He first joined the league as an intern back in 1982.   Goodell's tenure has been one of the most eventful for a…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 17, 2017 Seahawks DT MICHAEL BENNETT calls on some of his white playing brethren to disrespect the Anthem/join in social protest.  Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   Michael Bennett has been the most outspoken of late, among the players protesting during the national anthem by sitting or raising a fist.   And he’d like to have a little more help in the effort — specifically from a white player.   “It would take a white player to really get things changed,” Bennett said during an appearance on ESPN. “Because when somebody from the other side understands…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 14, 2017 Peter King breaks down the big trades made by the Rams, Eagles and Bills:   “We researched trades at this time of year,” Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said Sunday afternoon, “and there’s aren’t many like this.” Trades for picks, the Bills’ GM meant. There was Sam Bradford from Philadelphia to Minnesota last year for first- and fourth-round picks, Vontae Davis from Miami to Indy for a second-rounder in 2012, and Greg Olsen from Chicago to Carolina for a third-rounder in 2011 … all in the preseason. Beane did two of them in…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 10, 2017 After negotiations with the official’s union, the NFL has an agreement to hire 24 “full-time” officials.  Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com:   The NFL and NFL Referees Association agreed Wednesday to convert up to 24 of its game officials to full-time status for the 2017 season, an important step in addressing one of the league's most volatile on-field issues.   The deal amends the officials' collective bargaining agreement for one year and must be renewed in June 2018 for the program to continue, according to NFLRA executive director Scott Green. That effectively makes it…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 A fancy simulation from FootballOutsiders yields the top 15 candidates to make the postseason:   The following table shows the 15 teams with the strongest odds of making the postseason based on the simulation of the season run for Football Outsiders Almanac 2017. These odds will be updated again on the day before the season (September 6) with a new simulation that incorporates preseason injuries and other roster changes. Odds to Make 2017 Playoffs   1          NE       87.5%              2          PIT      77.9%              3          SEA     63.7%              4          GB       59.8%              5          DAL    …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, August 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, August 7, 2017 Former Niners GM Trent Baalke scores a nebulous NFL pay check.  Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk.com:   Former 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke has landed a new job.   Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Baalke has been hired by the NFL as a football operations consultant. Baalke is expected to work in a variety of areas, including officiating video review and player development and evaluation.   Former Giants coach and current Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin served in a similar role with the league during the 2016 season. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, August 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, August 4, 2017 There are three teams in the NFL, all AFC actually, where the starting QB position has become shaky due to injuries, which is causing COLIN KAEPERNICK coverage.  Besides what is below, check out Baltimore, Indianapolis and Miami for that latest.   Here’s CB RICHARD SHERMAN of the Seahawks weighing in on the entire situation per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com who adds his own two cents at the end.   While fans may hate Colin Kaepernick because he didn’t stand for the national anthem in 2016, the NFL has shunned him for a fundamentally…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, August 3, 2017 NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com grills Bears GM Ryan Pace on moving up one spot to draft QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY:   Ryan Pace knows how stunned you were. And the Bears GM is aware of how Chicago fans reacted to his trade of third-round and fourth-round picks to move up one spot and draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, seven weeks after he signed 27-year-old ex-Buccaneer QB Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million deal.   It’s OK. He gets how you might feel, and he’ll even concede he feels…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, August 2, 2017 LT RYAN CLADY, currently unsigned after ending 2016 on the Jets’ IR list with a shoulder injury, has announced his retirement.  He said there were several teams interested in signing him. - - - Ara Parseghian, a great coach and better man, passed away today at age 94.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   After five seasons and a 39–6–1 record, Parseghian left Miami of Ohio to coach at Northwestern.   The team Parseghian took over had gone 0-8-1 the previous season, but he immediately improved them to 4-4-1 in his first year…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Visiting the Jets on his training camp tour, The Commish says there is no such thing as “tanking” in the NFL, unlike the NBA.  Rich Cimini of ESPN.com:   There's no tanking in football, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.   "I don't think any team tanks, I really don't," Goodell said Monday on a visit to the New York Jets' training camp.   The Jets, who parted ways with 11 veteran players during the offseason, have been accused of sacrificing the season for a high draft pick in 2018. With so many young…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 31, 2017 The study that showed a 99% rate of CTE in NFL football players made an impression with its headlines the DB has learned in lunchtime conversations the last week.  But Ben Volin of the Boston Globe says things aren’t as cut-and-dried as media headlines would want you to believe.   The latest CTE study made big headlines when it was released this past week.   And for many of those in the medical and football communities, the headlines are a problem.   The study, conducted by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University and…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 28, 2017 As the Ravens contemplate making a controversial addition to their roster, a J.D. Power survey finds out that Colin Kaepernick had more to do with the NFL’s television ratings issues in 2016 than any other single factor.  Darren Rovell at ESPN.com:   National anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans watched fewer games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power.   The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why.…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 27, 2017 Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com notes that the last two firings, in Kansas City and Carolina, both involved the disposal of “scouting first” GMs.   It's a tough time to be a general manager in the NFL.   Doesn't matter what time of year it is or how close you might be to vacation, or even the start of training camp. GMs are suddenly imperiled around the league, with owners willing to fire them no matter how unusual or unconventional the timing and no matter how much recent success they might have enjoyed. It…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Give Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com some credit, there are some true surprises on his list of possible surprise cuts.  On the other hand, the surprise about LB AHMAD BROOKS is that he’s not already cut.   Training camp is a time of optimism for fans -- and anxiety for many NFL players. Below is an incomplete list of some notable names at risk of being released before the start of the season, in no particular order.   1) Brock Osweiler, QB, Cleveland Browns: Within hours of acquiring Osweiler, the Browns were reportedly making…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Ross Tucker at SportsOnEarth.com on the GM firings in Kansas City and Carolina:   Be careful what you wish for.   That would be my message to Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and his counterpart Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers in the wake of their surprising firings of general managers John Dorsey and Dave Gettleman, respectively, over the past month.   Both moves are proof of surprising dysfunction within both organizations and set very dangerous precedents for any men that are picked to lead those organizations moving forward. For the time…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Kudos to LB JERRELL FREEMAN for knowing the Heimlich maneuver.  Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com:   It’s a good thing Jerrell Freeman decided to have one last cheat meal before training camp.   The Bears linebacker made a last-minute call for some brisket at the airport in Austin Sunday, when he encountered a man who was choking, and saved him with the Heimlich maneuver.   According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, Freeman said the man initially just looked disoriented, before he realize how serious the…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY QB AARON RODGERS stands up for his coach in the face of criticism from a former teammate.  Ryan Wilson at CBSSports.com:   Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings may blame Mike McCarthy for the team blowing leads during postseason games but the coach has the full support of Aaron Rodgers. "I don't know what [Jennings] said," Rodgers told WTMJ-TV's Lance Allen, "but again I think it's important that when you're thinking about comments coming from outside the facility especially by people who haven't been around…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Jay Cutler will get to opine about his former team in the first two games of his broadcasting career.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   What does Jay Cutler really think of his former team? We’ll find out in Week One.   FOX is planning to assign Cutler, along with Charles Davis and Kevin Burkhardt, to the Week One Bears-Falcons game. Cutler retired this offseason to work for FOX after 11 NFL seasons, the last eight of which were with the Bears.   Cutler is also…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Jerry Jones is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a few weeks, and Jimmie Johnson will be on the program as a presenter.  Just not of Jones.    Here is the full list of enshrinees and presenters:   Jerry Jones will be presented by wife Gene Jones.   Jason Taylor will be presented by Jimmie Johnson, one of his Dolphins coaches.   Kurt Warner will be presented by wife Brenda Warner.   LaDainian Tomlinson will be presented by fullback Lorenzo Neal   Terrell Davis will be presented…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, July 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, July 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com endorses the proliferation of advertisements onto uniforms:   If the NFL could do it all over again, the NFL would do at least two things differently from the get-go. One, the league would set itself up as a truly single enterprise and not various different businesses, for legal and labor reasons. Two, the league would put advertisement all over its uniforms and helmets, for revenue reasons.   Nearly 100 years later, tens of millions of dollars if not more are lost every year due to the…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, July 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner at YahooSports.com on who might be the best remaining free agents:   NFL teams do most of their free-agent shopping in March, or right after the draft when they figure out what holes still need to be filled.   Sometimes a gift comes in June, like a surprise cut of Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker, but for the most part if a player is out of a job after July 4, it will likely be tough to get one. Then you peruse the list of…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, July 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele of The Sporting News is livid over the NFL’s hazy justification for its extreme punishments for marijuana usage/addiction:   The one-year suspension of Ravens tight end Darren Waller for a substance-abuse violation raised several red flags, which is not a surprise. Red flags about Waller, of course, and about the Ravens, who, according to an ESPN.com account, have had the most players suspended for various drug violations since 2010 than any other NFL team.   However, Waller is also the fourth NFL player this offseason to be suspended…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, July 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, July 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kurt Warner uses a video here to tell you who his Hall of Fame presenter is.  The final three words are “my wife Brenda.”   NFC EAST   DALLAS Did the Cowboys strike seventh round gold with WR NOAH BROWN from The Ohio State University?  Kristi Scales in the Dallas Morning News:   The Cowboys selected two wide receivers in the 2017 NFL draft. Ryan Switzer (fourth round, 123rd overall) already has carved his niche as Cole Beasley 2.0.   So where does that leave seventh-round pick Noah Brown, the 239th…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL announced its 2017 roster of officials and the highlights include:   - All 17 referees return.  This is the third straight season for these 17 and quite a few of them are getting up there in age.    Ed Hochuli will be 67 before the season ends.  Pete Morelli and Tony Corrente both turn 66 this fall.  Walt Anderson is 65. Walt Coleman III keeps his age a closely guarded secret, he’s in his 29th year, but we think he is 65. Jeff Triplette also doesn’t shout out…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Chip Kelly showed up on Adam Schefter’s podcast and has some things to say of interest to fans of the Titans, Eagles and Colin Kaepernick.  First, on the quest for Marcus Mariota with Matt Lombardo of NJ.com:   The hypothetical about how the trajectory of the Eagles' franchise could have changed had Chip Kelly been able to orchestrate a trade with the Tennessee Titans to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota is a fascinating one that has been pondered by fans and media alike ever since that fateful draft.   However, during…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL Players Association sees a way to make money out of the biometric data of its members.  Tom Taylor of TheMMQB.com:   When Giants linebacker Devon Kennard wakes up each morning, he checks his phone to see what the day might hold. He’ll have text messages and emails, of course, but what Kennard really cares about are his sleep stats: Did he hit his eight-hour target? How good is his recovery score? And, most importantly, how hard can he push his body today?   If knowledge is power, NFL…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFL.com’s list of the top 100 players in the NFL (as voted by the players, or at least some of them who filled out a long ballot) is fully announced with TOM BRADY finishing first.   Here is a breakdown of their colleges:   A year ago, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was the only player from Alabama voted to the Top 100 Players of 2016 list.   This year, however, he has plenty of company.   The Crimson Tide tied Georgia with five players each for the most Top…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Andy Reid, Hall of Famer?  Greg Bishop makes the case base on endurance and wins, not titles:   As noted by Pro Football Talk, Chiefs coach Andy Reid is currently tied for 11th on the all-time wins list, with 173. He needs 13 wins to pass Chuck Knox and move into the top 10. If Reid records an average of 11 victories in the next five years, he’d be fifth all-time, behind only Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry and Bill Belichick. I think that’s worthy of the Hall of…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The headline said that Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report was declaring that the NFL had a “Floyd Mayweather problem.”  The DBs first thought is he was talking about Patriots dominance, the second too much money.  We were wrong on both counts.   1. A Thin Line Between Floyd Mayweather and the NFL Not long after the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was announced, my Twitter timeline exploded, particularly after I referred to Mayweather as a woman beater. Give me a moment to explain.   First off, Mayweather…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Without comments from Colin Kaepernick to mull and chew, the voracious media is running out of fodder to make the case for him that he is being unfairly denied a contract.  Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, believed to be more the right than many scribes, wants Kaepernick quotes.   Most Niners people liked Colin Kaepernick last year. And that was different.   Often quiet and keeping to himself, Kaepernick’s season-long protest against police brutality opened discussions that allowed him to build relationships with teammates that he previously didn’t have. The San…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Jerry Jones is leading an NFL group to the Vatican today.  NFL.com:   Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Jones and his wife, Gene, have been in Italy with a contingent from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   Jones, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5, will be joined by six previous Hall inductees, including Curtis Martin, Ronnie Lott and Franco…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Per the CBA, the deadline for signing franchise players to long term contracts this year is Monday, July 17, not Saturday, July 15, as has been reported.  Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com looks at the three unsigned franchise players and their prospects for a contract:   The NFL is finally on vacation. Offseason programs are complete. Coaches, execs and players, by and large, have left the building (save for teams like the Ravens who are keeping their rookies around for a few extra weeks), and the business of football is generally…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Former NFL officiating head Dean Blandino, now transitioning to FOX, says he would have been fine with a plethora of ties.  That and more from an interview with Colin Cowherd:   Former NFL senior VP of officiating Dean Blandino left the league after more than 15 years of service in April, and he joined Tuesday's episode of "The Herd" as FOX Sports' newest NFL and college football rules analyst.   In an interview with Colin Cowherd, Blandino opened up on the NFL's recent rules changes, the problem with overtime and…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The actual settlement part of the concussion settlement is near at hand reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   Thursday’s Associated Press report regarding the issuance of the first payments in the concussion settlement contains one factual flaw: The payments haven’t actually been issued.   According to attorney Brad Sohn, the claims have been approved for payment but payment has not been made. Sohn points out that the NFL has appeal rights, and that the payments likely will be made at the end of the summer.   It’s not a huge…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Who knew that Bob Stoopes, allegedly “retired” as coach at Oklahoma, had not one, but two, homes in Chicago?  The Chicago Sun-Times:   Despite owning two Gold Coast homes, former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t have his eye on any potential Bears job opening.   “That’s a simple deal,” Stoops told 97.1-FM, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. “I got one that fits our style and what we want to do with our family better, and I’m gonna sell the other one.  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The headline may be a little bit premature (IS THIS THE NFL'S FIRST FEMALE PLAYER?) but Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report has a good look here  at Becca Longo, who will be attending Adams State University, a Division II school in Colorado, on a football scholarship.   About a dozen women have played college football at various levels. In 1997 Liz Heaston became the first female to score in a college football game when she kicked an extra point for Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, then an NAIA school. But…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, June 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   WASHINGTON The Redskins announce that Doug Williams, a Super Bowl-winning QB, is a GM in everything but name.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Doug Williams has been named the team’s senior vice president of player personnel.   “You want somebody that’s of unquestionable character, great leadership skills, a great teammate for everyone around him. And that pointed to Doug,” team President Bruce Allen said in introducing Williams this morning.   Williams’ crowning achievement as a player was leading Washington to a championship and winning the Super…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com on a recent NFL Front Office hire:   Longtime NFL executive Dawn Aponte, who last year was transferred out of the Dolphins’ operations to work for another Stephen Ross-owned business, is now back in the NFL.   Aponte has been hired as chief administrator of football operations in the league office, according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal.   Last year the Dolphins made the surprising announcement that Aponte was leaving the team to work for the Drone Racing League, which Dolphins owner Stephen…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Kelly Kleine is a female on the fast track in the Vikings scouting department.  Alex Marvez of The Sporting News:   The list of responsibilities handled by the Minnesota Vikings' new college scouting coordinator is extensive.   It also has made Kelly Kleine one of the most preeminent members of the 14 women who work for NFL teams in football operations.   Sporting News has learned that Kleine was promoted earlier this week from her role as a college scouting assistant. Based on how much Vikings…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL They are not identical twins, but the person filing the complaint against Rex Ryan may have the brothers mixed up.  Jay Skurski in the Buffalo News:   An assault complaint has been filed against former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan.   Don Aaron, the Metro Nashville Police Department public affairs manager, confirmed to The Buffalo News via a written email statement Wednesday that 30-year-old Matthew J. Havel of Pueblo, Colo., filed the complaint Sunday night.   "He alleges that he saw the Ryans in Margaritaville on Broadway, went up to…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, June 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS WR ODELL BECKHAM, Jr. is staying away from OTAs to try to convince the Giants to give him a raise.  ESPN.com:   Odell Beckham Jr.'s absence from the New York Giants' organized team activities is directly related to the wide receiver's desire for a new contract, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.   Beckham has been one of several Giants players who have missed the voluntary offseason workouts over the past few weeks. He does not have a financial bonus tied to attending the workouts…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, June 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, June 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL’s master plan was to give Jerry Jones the draft in 2018 – and as outstanding as it was, Philadelphia’s fantastic job as host has apparently not swayed those desires.   It appears the Dallas Cowboys are closing in on being named the official host of the 2018 NFL draft.   Despite some looming logistical and financial hurdles, the Cowboys’ bid is the leading candidate to host the event, two NFL sources told Yahoo Sports. The sources added that the process of naming a 2018 host has been slowed…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, June 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, June 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The DB is old enough to remember when the NFL abandoned Labor Day Weekend, primarily because New Yorkers needed to close up their summer homes on Long Island and at the Jersey Shore and couldn’t make Giants and Jets games that Sunday.   And we believe one reason the NFL got off to a slow ratings start in 2016 was that its college football rivals had such a compelling slate of games last year on Labor Day Weekend while the NFL sat idle.   Here’s Chris Burke of SI.com:  …
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, June 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA DT SHARRIF FLOYD thinks he might be able to play this season after all.  Ben Gosseling from ESPN.com:   Sharrif Floyd was on the field for the Vikings' practice on Wednesday, though he wasn't able to do any running. Floyd, who is dealing with a nerve issue that is preventing his right quadriceps muscle from firing properly, said he believes he will be on the field this season. "It's not a matter of if," he said. "It's a matter of when."   NFC EAST   PHILADELPHIA The…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO With MIKE GLENNON and MITCHELL TRUBISKY, who knew that MARK SANCHEZ was also a QB on the Bears roster?  Now, he is an ailing QB.  Dan Wiederer in the Chicago Tribune:   Sanchez suffered an injury to his left knee during Tuesday's practice and will miss the remainder of organized team activities as well as the team's minicamp in June. Sanchez, according to the Bears, is expected to return for training camp in Bourbonnais in July.   With Sanchez's setback, the Bears changed course on their…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS Like Tiger Woods, Cowboys CB NOLAN CARROLL gets busted for DUI in the early hours of Memorial Day.  Todd Archer at ESPN.com:   Dallas Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Monday morning in the Uptown section of Dallas.   A Dallas police officer pulled Carroll over after an unspecified traffic violation. Carroll posted bond Monday afternoon after he was booked into Dallas County Jail.   According to a team spokesman, the Cowboys are aware of the situation and gathering…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King:   I think the NFL’s decision to cut overtime from 15 to 10 minutes probably won’t result in more ties, because coaches will play more aggressively in overtime. I’m not crazy about the change, but I understand it. Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and the Sporting News had a great stat that plays a part too: In the past five years, 10 teams have followed a Sunday overtime game by playing on Thursday night. Those 10 teams are 2-8 in those games. Not enough to get a…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Four writers from TheMMQB.com bat around the effect of the 10-minute overtime.   The MMQB Welcome, everyone. Let’s jump right in. The NFL’s stated reason for reducing overtime from 15 minutes to 10 is for player safety. Do you buy this? If not, what’s really going on here?   Andrew Brandt Player Safety has become the watchword for the NFL (and the NFLPA). Anything with that imprimatur is going to get approval. My point, as I wrote this week, is that if Player Safety is the primary concern, they why…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele of The Sporting News notes the biggest change wrought by the NFL’s new cutdown policy:   The NFL keeps refusing to completely get rid of, or even cut back on, the abomination that is the preseason schedule. Even the players and coaches are recognizing the futility of the games by the way starters are and are not used every week. But the NFL keeps charging for them, and fans keep paying for them in spite of themselves.   Yet somehow, with its change in roster cut-downs this week…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Pro Bowl is heading back to Orlando and it will be shown on two networks, although both owned by Disney: The Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando again in 2018, with an earlier start time of 3 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Wednesday.   The game will be played at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 28. It will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC format.   It will be televised by ESPN and simulcast on ABC, making it the first Pro Bowl to air simultaneously on cable and…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King says that 40 players talked some sense into The Commish and the threshold for a celebration penalty will be significantly higher in 2017:   • Vernon Davis, you can shoot that jump shot again, without getting whacked. The NFL flagged and fined 26 players for excessive celebration last year; most of those this season will not be penalized or fined. Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff met on at least two occasions this spring with a large group of players (one club official told me Goodell talked with…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com tries to puzzle out what the Bears have been trying to accomplish:   Chicago Bears   What went right   The Bears' secondary is better. After fielding a series of truly terrifying defensive backfields since Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings left town, they finally invested in upgrades this offseason. They found a good deal on Prince Amukamara, signing the former Giants corner to a one-year, $7 million deal after he had a solid season in Jacksonville. The three-year, $16 million deal they…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Detroit is desperately hoping to host an NFL Draft.  Kyle Meinke at MLive.com:   The Detroit Lions appear to be long shots to host the NFL draft next year, but the club hasn't given up, and is already preparing to make bids for 2018 and '19 as well.   The NFL is expected to begin rolling out their draft host cities three or four at a time, like they do with the Super Bowl, and Detroit is going to bid on whatever's available when bidding opens in the fall.  …
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL is looking to expand “IR-designated for return.”  Kevin Patra of NFL.com on a report from Judy Bautista on that subject and the return of the 10-minute overtime:   NFL owners are set to pass a regulation to give teams more flexibility to teams dealing with injuries.   NFL Network's Judy Battista reported Wednesday that at next week's Spring League Meeting, owners plan to vote on a proposal allowing a second player to come off injured reserve in a season. The proposal is likely to pass, per Battista.  …
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL John Kostko at ProFootballFocus.com has five names from which he expects the 2017 Comeback Player of the Year to emerge:   Pro Football Focus’ 2016 Comeback Player of the Year differed from the Associated Press award, as Miami Dolphins edge defender Cameron Wake was more dominant from start to finish than Packers WR Jordy Nelson, who had a great season himself. While the top three vote-getters in 2016 all returned from injuries of different natures, our 2015 award winner, Eric Berry, made his comeback from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The comeback award…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The DB has thought that current helmet technology is a mixed game with hard shells dealing out punishment even as they absorb it.  Jared Dubin of CBSSports.com with a report on a new style of helmet coming soon:   Player safety is one of the biggest issues facing football at all levels right now.   The NFL obviously has the most high-profile bout with figuring out a way to make the game safer for players, and the league may be on the verge of making a drastic shift thanks to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 12, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 12, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Rookies are signing all across the NFL and we won’t try to keep up with every announcement with first round picks signing in Detroit (LB JARRAD DAVIS), Houston (QB DeSHAUN WATSON), Los Angeles (Chargers WR MIKE WILLIAMS), Denver (T GARRETT BOWLES),Atlanta (LB TAKKARIST McKINLEY) and elsewhere.  According to this, eight first rounders are known to be signed.   It’s a far cry from the days before the rookie wage scale.   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO The Bears have waived a pair of veterans:   The Bears on Thursday released receiver…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA The Vikings have signed WR MICHAEL FLOYD, once a first round pick of the Cardinals and now an Arizona jailbird.  He’s from the Twin Cities.  Ben Gossling at ESPN.com looks at the implications:   The Minnesota Vikings' decision Wednesday to sign Michael Floyd, to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, can't be fully contextualized until we have two pieces of information: how much guaranteed money the Vikings gave the St. Paul native, and what kind of a suspension the NFL will issue for Floyd's DUI arrest…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, May 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL It took three people to replace Dean Blandino, including his deputy for the last few years former referee Alberto Riveron:   The NFL announced Wednesday the league named Alberto Riveron senior vice president of officiating.   Russell Yurk was named vice president of instant replay and administration. Wayne Mackie will assume the role of vice president of officiating evaluation and development.   Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league has sent out a memo informing teams that Alberto Riveron has been named to lead…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO Heading to the booth, Jay Cutler has some advice for the Bears regarding QB MITCH TRUBISKY.   "If it's going downhill, I don't really see any reason to play the kid," Cutler said, via CSN Chicago. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people calling for his name, because you draft him at No. 2 and draft him for a reason, and that's to play football and win games. But if you look at a lot of quarterbacks throughout this league, until you've got…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King, who recently spent time with Kyle Shanahan in the 49ers War Room, now says that the reason ROBERT GRIFFIN III is unemployed is that he revolted against the hard coaching of the Shanahans – father and son:   He’s been unemployed for two months after the Browns cut him. The career of the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year is in more jeopardy than Kaepernick’s. Regardless of what he, his family or Washington owner Daniel Snyder thinks, Griffin’s biggest error was being the anti-Brady. Instead of simply being…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, May 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, May 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   DETROIT Brian Xanders, a longtime NFL operative who was a Martin Mayhew hire, is moving on.  Nate Atkins at MLive.com:   The NFL Draft is less than a week gone, and the Detroit Lions are experiencing a front-office change.   Senior personnel executive Brian Xanders has left the organization, Inside the League's Neil Stratton reported Thursday on Twitter.   Xanders spent the past four years with the Lions, handling duties such as college scouting, pro personnel, advance scouting, coaching research/analytics and football information systems development, according to…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, May 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL On the day that health care reform may pass on a second try, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com hears that we may still get 10-minute overtime despite its failure to garner enough support at the owner’s meeting.   In March, the Competition Committee recommended that owners reduce overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the preseason and regular season. Not enough owners agreed.   So with another ownership meeting looming, where do things stand? Cowboys COO, executive V.P., and director of player personnel Stephen Jones, who also serves as a…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, May 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO We don’t blame QB MIKE GLENNON for feeling like the Bears punched him in the gut.  Rich Campbell in the Chicago Tribune:   Mike Glennon was, of all places, at Soldier Field on Thursday night when the Bears changed the course of franchise history and sent shockwaves through the NFL draft. The team had asked its starting quarterback to attend the Miller Lite Bears draft party on the club level.   So much for being a guest of honor, huh?   Because Glennon showed up, we…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, May 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, May 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King:   I think I must ask (and I am not the first): Is it really necessary for Roger Goodell to announce all the picks on day one, and a host of them on day two, while boos rain down on him like a summer storm in a rainforest? I bring you two sub-quotes of the week, from day two, when you think the crowd might have gotten the booing out of its system after doing it 32 times Thursday. The first, when Goodell went onstage with Ron Jaworski to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL A couple of tweets from Thursday night from ESPN:   @ESPNStatsInfo  This is the 1st time that 3 different teams traded up to get a QB in the first round on draft day   @ESPNStatsInfo   This marks the first time in the Common Draft Era that an offensive lineman has not been selected within the first 15 picks. - - - Steven Ruiz of USAToday.com says NFL front offices drafted in direct contravention of the truths laid down by the elite draft experts:   Remember all that time you spent…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL It’s going to take two people to replace Dean Blandino.  Darin Gantt at ProFootballTalk.com:   Almost-former NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is leaving just as the league was about to give final say on real-time replay from every game.   And after a moment of surprise, perhaps they’ve realized it might take more than one man to do the job.   According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the NFL has posted a new job which sounds like the guy who will be the eyes and face of…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL passed out a pair of conditional reinstatements on Tuesday.  WR MARTAVIS BRYANT and LB DARYL WASHINGTON.  First, Bryant from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette:   The Steelers might not have to worry about taking a wide receiver in the early rounds of the NFL draft now that Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the league after serving a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.   But because Bryant faces a long road back to rebuild trust with his teammates and coaches, they are…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We have added the commentary on the Eagles’ schedule that was missing yesterday (and boy did they get a lot of primetime love).  The Andy Reid Duo, Philadelphia and Kansas City, show up a lot more than you might expect this year.   We still have three schedules, all in the AFC South, to get to tomorrow which is Draft Eve as well.   NFC EAST   PHILADELPHIA   SCHEDULE NOTES We neglected to comment on this Eagles schedule yesterday, but we find that the Eagles were awarded five national…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We take an in-depth look at all the NFC schedules today (all times Eastern) with the AFC coming up tomorrow.   You may want to print this out from FootballPerspective.com   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO   SCHEDULE NOTES The Bears get back-to-back primetime games in the season’s first month (odd for a 3-13 team the year before), then vanish from the national stage until a Saturday NFLN affair at Detroit…So that’s 13 games in the early time slot – 10 on FOX and 3 on CBS with the San Francisco…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL In the old days, the NFL’s Val Pinchbeck laboriously and manually slotted out each NFL game on a big board in a conference room while hand-crafting a schedule.  Now, a team of NFL employees waits for a computer to spit out a palatable option.  They grew tired of waiting with version 52,129 reports Peter King:   This is the fourth straight year I’ve done a story on the making of the NFL schedule. Each year, I speak to the four-person team of schedule-makers, led by NFL broadcasting and schedule czar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We get the 2017 schedule tonight.  Eliott Harrison of NFL.com has a list of games fans will be excited to see (Harrison apparently hasn’t got the memo that Atlanta at New England will not open the 2017 season):   Ah, the Super Bowl rematch.   We don't get those too often. At least, we rarely see them the ensuing fall. And this one just happens to be a replay of arguably the greatest -- or at least most stunning -- Super Sunday of all time. Falcons at Patriots will mark…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL announced on Tuesday that it will announce its 2017 schedule at 8 p.m. on Thursday. - - - Even in a league with vast sums of money available to all and a salary cap, Brent Schrotenboer at USA TODAY says income inequality is a big issue.   The gap between rich and poor teams in the NFL has gotten so wide in recent years that three of the underprivileged franchises have taken drastic action:   In the past 15 months, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL John Breech of CBSSports.com has 10 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule – and some of those you already know if you’ve been paying attention (Patriots open at home probably against Chiefs being one of them).  But a few are a bit off the radar.   5. There will be two weeks worth of Saturday games on the schedule  In 46 of the past 47 NFL seasons, there's been at least one Saturday regular-season game on the schedule, and that streak is going to continue in 2017…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL If you read one thing today, make it the story on Konrad Reuland and Rod Carew in BALTIMORE. - - - The 2017 NFL schedule is likely to be announced this week, perhaps on Thursday.  Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com with some thoughts:   The schedule for the 2017 season is set to be announced this week, which means that we will find out which team will be visiting Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots in the first game of the season.   The Falcons are on New England’s home schedule…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The City of St. Louis has filed a law suit against the NFL and the Rams for last year’s re-accommodation to Los Angeles.  The case starts out in a hometown court.  Ken Belson of the New York Times:   St. Louis and several groups in the city sued the N.F.L. on Wednesday, accusing it of violating its own relocation guidelines when the league’s team owners voted a year ago to let the Rams leave the city for Los Angeles.   In a 52-page complaint filed in Circuit Court in St.…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL was making some announcements on Monday.   First, there will be an NFL game, at least one, that starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Eastern U.S.  John Breech of CBSSports.com:   After spending the past five months mulling over the possibility of whether to eliminate the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff time from the NFL schedule, the league has decided to keep the early London game for at least one more season.   The NFL announced Monday that the Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Saints will kick off…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The preseason schedule is all grown up and just like big brother the regular season schedule it has its own NFL Network special.  Today.  5 p.m.  Opponents will be revealed.   NFC EAST   DALLAS Here is a stunt involving Tony Romo.  Max Mayer at NFL.com:   Tony Romo will suit up for a Dallas sports team possibly for one final time -- except it's not the Cowboys.   The Dallas Mavericks will make the retired Cowboys quarterback "a Maverick for the day" by having him on the team's bench…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The first thought in the DB’s head after reading this was “Will Aaron Rodgers be repairing his relationship with his family now?”   This from People Magazine:   Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have split.   “They have amicably ended their relationship of three years,” a source close to the situation confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. The source says the couple “remains close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward.”   The actress, 36, and Green Bay Packers quarterback, 33, began…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL More money for NFL owners as Amazon ponies up big time for streaming rights:   Last year, the National Football League experimented by letting Twitter livestream 10 Thursday night games.   This year, pro football will continue the test, but will switch it up: Amazon has bought the rights to the league’s streaming package, and will offer the games for free to its Amazon Prime subscribers around the world.   Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube had also expressed interest in carrying the games this year.   Amazon is paying around…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL ROMO Charean Williams in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the big decision:   While everyone was waiting on the Dallas Cowboys to make a decision on Tony Romo, Romo was trying to make up his mind. To play, or not to play: that was the question.   Romo began discussions with CBS, as well as other television executives, once the season ended. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said talks “heated up in the last couple of weeks.”   Romo considered continuing his playing career, insisting several teams showed interest with…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is snarky here, but he also is expressing a widespread impression about Roger Goodell’s pay:   Roger Goodell's litany of unpopular decisions have helped make him a wealthy man, but the billionaires who lined his pockets wisely think he needs a pay cut.   Goodell, one of the most loathed commissioners in the history of American team sports, has cashed in during his polarizing decade-long run. The NFL is a cash cow for owners thanks, in part, to Goodell's leadership, but there's…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL There was a secret owners-only meeting in Phoenix, but someone clued Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com in on it:   Every league meeting includes a variety of sessions attended by a variety of people. Last week in Arizona, one specific session included only the owners.   Unusual but not unprecedented, the owners-only meeting (technically an executive session of the Finance and Compensation Committees) focused in part on discussions regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s next contract and succession planning, based on a potential transition that would be initiated by Goodell after the next labor…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO It is not the most ringing endorsement by a coach we’ve heard, but perhaps it is realistic.  John Fox doesn’t think his Bears are winners just yet, but they are close.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:   John Fox has been doing this long enough to know the Bears need a breakthrough to prevent major turnover at Halas Hall, something that has happened too often since the firing of Lovie Smith five years ago.   Fox has his own glass that's half-full, as Smith used…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kevin Seifert of ESPN looks at the NFL’s new policy on “targeting.”   New rule: Stronger enforcement of penalties for "very egregious" hits What it means: The competition committee identified a handful of plays from the 2016 season that included hits so violent and so counter to existing rules that it wanted them "out of our game," according to chairman Rich McKay. Referees already were empowered to eject players who committed those acts, and they will be encouraged to use that authority. If they don't, the committee is recommending that…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele in The Sporting News does not like the new rule that banned leaping over the line to block a kick:   Pre-emptive safety rules are rare, to put it mildly. Almost every other time, the NFL has outlawed things because they are proven to be dangerous — sometimes long before they get around to acting on it, to many players’ detriment. Head slaps. Cut blocks. Horse-collar tackles. Launching. Hitting defenseless receivers. Every rule that protects quarterbacks in every situation (excluding, as always, Cam Newton).   This play was…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL LAS VEGAS The vote was 31-1 and the Raiders are heading to Las Vegas.   Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report leads the naysayers:   The stench of the greed—even for a league that cherishes money over almost anything—is staggering. Like getting used to a smog-filled city and then being hit with the pungent smell of someone who hadn't showered for several days.   Pigs rolling in an ocean of mud aren't this fat and happy. Money, money, money. This is the NFL's motto. The Raiders' move to Las Vegas proves…
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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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