Julius Peppers signs with Panthers for 17th NFL season, and numbers are astounding

Sports / Football /

Defensive end Julius Peppers is coming back to the Carolina Panthers.

The future Hall-of-Famer has signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, including $2.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Peppers, 38, will play his 17th NFL season in 2018.

Peppers tied for the team lead with 11 sacks last ...Read more

Ravens will release wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, open up $5 million in salary cap space

Sports / Football /

The signing of Jeremy Maclin by the Ravens last June after an aggressive recruiting pitch was greeted with much fanfare. The expectation was that the former Pro Bowl receiver would develop into a reliable target for quarterback Joe Flacco and become the latest veteran pass catcher to succeed in Baltimore after another team had given up on him.

...Read more

Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas announces he's retiring

Sports / Football /

Joe Thomas has decided to end his career as one of the best players to don a Browns uniform and one of the greatest left tackles of all time.

Thomas, who became the face of the Browns and a surefire Hall of Famer during his 11 NFL seasons, announced his retirement in a news release Wednesday afternoon at the age of 33.

A decision had been ...Read more

Lions release TE Eric Ebron after four seasons

Sports / Football /

DETROIT -- Unable to trade him and unwilling to pay his $8.25 million salary, the Detroit Lions have released tight end Eric Ebron.

The No. 10 pick of the 2014 draft, Ebron was a disappointment in his four NFL seasons.

He averaged just 46.5 catches per season and split time at the position with Darren Fells last year.

Fells agreed to terms on...Read more

Vikings quarterback exodus: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater head out of Minnesota

Sports / Football /

A clean slate of Vikings quarterbacks is clearing the way for Kirk Cousins.

Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford all agreed to terms Tuesday with new teams, marking the official end of their tenures in Minnesota, league sources told the Star Tribune.

Unrestricted free agents can't officially sign with other teams until 3 p.m. ...Read more

Potential Panthers bidder's partners? Another billionaire, maybe Diddy, Stephen Curry

Sports / Football /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Rubin, the e-commerce billionaire who is considering a bid for the Carolina Panthers, has lined up a deep-pocketed partner: the billionaire minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, Joseph Tsai, sources familiar with the matter told the Observer.

Two sources told the Observer that rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs ...Read more

Is Jordy Nelson worth a look in Dallas?

Sports / Football /

Jordy Nelson is a free agent.

On Tuesday, the Packers released the former second-team All-Pro wide receiver (according to the NFL Network) to clear salary-cap room. The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN). Graham's contract will reportedly be for three years, but the ...Read more

After four seasons with Browns, Isaiah Crowell plans to sign three-year contract with Jets

Sports / Football /

Running back Isaiah Crowell plans to leave the Browns and sign a three-year contract with the New York Jets, a person familiar with the deal confirmed Tuesday.

ESPN first reported the move, which cannot be completed until free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Crowell, 25, spent the past four seasons with the Browns after they ...Read more

Chiefs' Demetrius Harris served two days in jail for marijuana arrest

Sports / Football /

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris served two days in jail last week after reaching a plea deal in Bates County for his marijuana arrest last year.

Harris, 26, was a passenger in a vehicle that stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Interstate 49 in Bates County last March. He was taken to Bates County Jail, where he...Read more

Ravens release RB Danny Woodhead after two sides couldn't agree on altered contract for 2018

Sports / Football /

For one drive, running back Danny Woodhead showed exactly why the Ravens were so excited when they signed him last March. On the Ravens' first offensive possession of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, Woodhead had one carry for four yards and three catches for 33 yards. However, the drive ended with Woodhead leaving the field on a cart ...Read more

Chiefs set to sign receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Anthony Hitchens

Sports / Football /

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has talked about the importance of getting new quarterback Patrick Mahomes some speed at receiver and becoming faster on defense, too, and they're moving aggressively to fix both issues.

The Chiefs on Tuesday agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins and free-agent inside linebacker Anthony ...Read more

Report: Jimmy Graham agrees to three-year deal with Packers

Sports / Football /

To no surprise, Jimmy Graham isn't returning to Seattle.

To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon. Graham was reported to have agreed to a three-year deal, though financial terms had not yet been revealed.

While the Packers had been mentioned as a possible suitor for ...Read more

Bears expected to sign free-agent receiver Allen Robinson

Sports / Football /

Allen Robinson posted a picture to his Instagram page late last month. The wide receiver was posing at the front entry of a home wearing workout pants, a knit hat, a gray jacket over a Cubs jersey and great big smile.

He will be able to swap out that Cubs jersey for a Bears one very soon, and the smile might get a little wider.

The coveted ...Read more

Tight end Trey Burton and Bears agree to deal

Sports / Football /

The Bears continued their passing game overhaul Tuesday by agreeing in principle to sign free-agent tight end Trey Burton.

The contract will be for four years and worth $32 million, according to NFL Network. The deal cannot be finalized until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Burton, 26, is a versatile receiver who had ...Read more

Dolphins agree to terms with former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, source says

Sports / Football /

The Miami Dolphins will sign a former New England Patriots receiver to fill the void created by Jarvis Landry's department, according to a league source.

No terms on the deal have been reported for Danny Amendola, a nine-year veteran who has spent the past five seasons with the Patriots.

Amendola, who began his career with the St. Louis Rams, ...Read more

Source: Case Keenum to sign with Broncos on Wednesday

Sports / Football /

The Vikings will officially have a new starting quarterback next season.

According to a NFL source, Case Keenum will sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency begins on Wednesday, in a move that both takes away one of the Vikings' potential competitors for Kirk Cousins and ends whatever chance they had of going back to Keenum if Cousins ...Read more

Report: Sam Bradford agrees to terms with the Cardinals

Sports / Football /

Another Vikings quarterback has moved on as Minnesota focuses on Kirk Cousins.

Sam Bradford has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, according to an ESPN report. His one-year deal is worth up to $20 million, including $15 million guaranteed and an additional one-year option for $20 million.

The 30-year-old Bradford is coming off his ...Read more

Report: Paul Richardson will sign five-year, $40 million contract with Washington

Sports / Football /

Count Paul Richardson as the first of the Seahawks' 16 unrestricted free agents to move on as the NFL Network reported Tuesday morning he will sign a five-year, $40 million contract with Washington.

The deal reportedly includes $20 million guaranteed and represents a significant payday for the player who was Seattle's first pick in the 2014 ...Read more

Vikings closing in on Kirk Cousins: Quarterback visiting Minnesota

Sports / Football /

Kirk Cousins' first free agent visit will be with the Vikings. It's quite possible the visit will end with a contract making him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

According to an NFL source, the Redskins quarterback will visit the Vikings on Wednesday and Thursday as the league year officially begins. Cousins is still talking to teams in ...Read more

Free-agent WR Allen Robinson talks potential fit with Bears, 49ers

Sports / Football /

Allen Robinson is the cream of the crop when it comes to free-agent wide receivers, so many teams and their fans will be eagerly awaiting his decision this week as negotiating begins.

That includes Bears fans, who are craving a new cast of talented receivers, and Robinson addressed Chicago as a potential destination Monday when he was a guest ...Read more