Movie Review: Draft Day (2014)
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph
Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Patrick St. Esprit, Arian Foster, Josh Pence, Ellen Burstyn, and Tom Welling
In 1989, Major League told the tale of the woeful Cleveland Indians’ rise from worst to first with a bunch of has-beens, misfits, and bush league losers. Life eerily imitated art in this instance as soon after, the Cleveland Indians became perennial contenders during the 1990s including two World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997. Could the Draft Day do the same for the Cleveland Browns, with just a month away from their most important draft in as many years? The city of Cleveland sure hopes so. They are a franchise that’s made it to the NFL playoffs just once since 1999, when they returned to the NFL as an expansion team. Before then they had a great legacy, albeit not without stories of hard luck; they were one of the classic teams of the NFL, winning multiple championships before there was a Super Bowl. They had competitive teams with the most fanatic of fans but Cleveland is also home to bad fortune at the worst possible moments–right at the doormat of the Super Bowl. The AFC Championship heartbreaks are well-documented, as are the highs and lows of the Bill Belichick years, Art Modell’s villainous move to Baltimore in 1995 and their two Super Bowl wins in 2000 and 2013. The new incarnation of the team is a running punchline, and the city has endured as many starting quarterbacks as potholes since the days of Bernie Kosar. So it’s not fiction when they are referred to in the latest Kevin Costner film as the most desperate team in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks have the number 1 pick but are trying to move out to acquire future picks and ultimately save money. Patrick St. Esprit plays the Seahawks’ General Manager Tom Michaels who is given the task of finding a partner to fleece that pick to and get as much as they can, much like the St. Louis Rams did to the Washington Redskins in 2012 when they traded three first-round picks for the second overall pick that eventually became Robert Griffin III. Most believed when that happened that it could never happen again since it would be mortgaging the future of the team. Never say never.
Michaels’ first call is to Costner’s Sonny Weaver Jr., General Manager of the Browns and son to the late fan-favorite head coach, Sonny Weaver, a Don Shula-type figurehead who was eventually fired by his son when he took over at GM. His replacement is Coach Penn (Denis Leary) who makes no secrets about wanting a running back and not wanting to develop a rookie quarterback. Anthony Molina (Frank Langella) runs the team and makes it clear to Weaver that he wants one thing: make a splash and make it big. Like the real Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam, his impatience is a virtue.
There are three prospects weighing heavily on Weaver’s mind. Wisconsin’s Bo Callahan (Josh Pence) is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and even though the Browns have Brian Drew (Tom Welling), a quarterback who has won, he is coming off of major knee surgery. Yes, Browns fans, it is eerily similar to your current situation with Brian Hoyer. Since it’s Cleveland, a running back must be considered and in this story it’s Florida State’s Ray Jennings (played by Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster) whose father Earl (Terry Crews) played for the Browns. Finally, there’s the Ohio State Buckeye linebacker/defensive end, Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman), a passionate player who makes his feelings heard on Twitter. The Browns currently own the 7th pick overall and a costly move up is justified, if Callahan is the pick.
It’s not all X’s and O’s though. On the morning of the draft, Weaver is dealing with the reality that his girlfriend, Ali (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant. Already dealing with the high stakes of the day, Weaver finds it difficult to express his feelings. It might not matter that much if she wasn’t also the Browns’ salary cap specialist. Want more? Well, there’s the Rick the Intern (Griffin Newman) who compounds the stress with his constant need to have his hands held and Weaver’s mother (Ellen Burstyn) and ex-wife (Rosanna Arquette) are in town for the reading of his father’s will. For those looking for accuracy of the NFL Draft process and the portrayal of the league itself, Draft Day does that extremely well. There’s great attention to detail in analyzing old draft picks, how draft analysts got it all wrong, and as the clock ticks down, the temperature rises. War room struggles between GM and coach, consultations with scouting teams should pump blood through the veins of NFL diehards. So will the process of background checking, fishing with other teams for trades, and effort to recreate the media spectacle is ever-present with cameos by draft gurus like Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper, and ESPN front man Chris Berman amongst others. Those hailing from the city of Cleveland will be glad to know that most of the footage was shot locally, having lived and worked downtown, I can confirm many of the exterior shots will be recognizable, as will the local drinking holes and the squawking of familiar voices on local sportstalk stations. Don’t forget about the cameos–lots and lots of cameos. Outside of Sean Combs who plays Callahan’s agent, the characters do have a sincerity and feeling that they are who they say they are. For example, Garner’s Ali feels like someone who grew up in Cleveland and devoted her education to one day help her favorite team. Costner walks and talks like someone who has been around the game his whole life but is not yet confident in his ability to seal the deal.
There are some things that seem sensationalized for the big screen that will ring the fire alarms of NFL draftniks. Trading the #1 overall pick feels like it should’ve been something that had been in the works in the days building to the draft, not just thought of 13 hours before the first pick is chosen. When you are lost in the accuracy of the film, the ultimate solution to all of the Browns’ problems is so unlikely that it will remind you that Draft Day is made of the stuff in fairy tales. I guarantee there is not a single general manager that can pull off what Weaver does, but that’s part of the fun of it I guess. Draft Day never gets so heavy that it will alienate casual NFL fans, in fact it might help explain why the draft has exploded in popularity in the last 10 years; it’s also not a cake made of pure frosting. How the story unfolds and builds to a climax recreates that moment for all 32 teams for that night. All that’s missing is a narrator to begin the film, “What if I told you that one day doesn’t make a draft but a single pick can change the course of a city…”
Hollywood has been interested in the offseason assembly of professional sports teams for quite some time. In films about major league baseball, there is the effort to see how it all plays out. We needed to see how the motley crew of Major League finished. In Moneyball, which Draft Day tries to evoke a little–even showing another Cleveland franchise getting swindled– we got to see Billy Bean’s philosophies play out to the end. We also got to see all of the team’s needs and potential solutions to replace them. I wished Draft Day was more thorough in explaining Weaver’s reasoning, from a more analytical point of view. In Jerry Macguire, we get a dynamic athlete-agent relationship mixed with an eye-roll inducing love story, all of the risks culminated to one shining moment. Where Draft Day loses some gusto is that the risks here only matter for one day out of the NFL year. The NFL Draft has seven rounds, spread out over three days so even if the Browns were to win the first day of the draft, their work is not done yet, it should be just beginning of the season. So there’s a false sense that Weaver is satisfied by the end of this film at his work. Sadly the actual Browns have never been considered winners of the draft, much less a Super Bowl and so while the characters in Draft Day dust off their hands and loosen their ties, if any team were as satisfied with their first day of the draft, they’d end up just as desperate as Cleveland.
The 30 for 30 film, From Elway to Marino is a much better example of the real stakes of the NFL Draft, because we know how those picks played out and the drama that unfolded between those decisions created tidal waves in the NFL. Like voting US Presidents, it’s best not to make snap judgments on draft picks during or soon after the process. So by trying to tell a present-day story and give hope of the future, celebrating anything seems awfully premature and that makes Draft Day somewhat anti-climactic or even foolish for manufacturing a sense of accomplishment when nothing has been achieved yet. Still, as we march towards May’s NFL Draft, it’s a good behind-the-scenes of one day of the draft, and points out that there’s a big story behind every single pick.
The NFL free agency may be an appropriate place to rejuvenate a player out-of-form or gain a rough diamond, but it appears Michael Vick will find it hard to get a contract this season.
Vick was reported, during the opening days of this season’s agency, to be weighing up a deal with the New York Jets, but that looks as far from completion as any deal out there right now.
There’s been absolutely no noise from the Jets on the possibilities of a deal, and the last time Vick was in the headlines it was the Buffalo Bills last week declaring that they “wouldn’t be signing a veteran back-up”.
From hero to zero
Vick’s career has gone from promising to pitiful. The 33-year-old burst on the scene with the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, with his running game proving hard to handle for many.
He enjoyed moderate success in Atlanta, including three Pro-Bowl appearances, before disaster struck as he was implicated in an illegal dog-fighting ring in 2007.
The quarterback spent 21 months in prison and naturally his career – he was released by the Falcons – suffered because of it.
Vick returned in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles and put on plenty of good displays initially. However, his record over the past two years has slumped to a disappointing 5-11 as Vick has a history of injuries. He was 2-3 in an injury-hit 2013.
Vick fighting for starting role
The former Virginia Tech man believes he still has what it takes to produce at the highest level as a starter, but it appears not many covet what would once have been a marvelous signature.
Vick had hoped that during free agency he would find a team that would pin their hopes on his abilities, but so far that has failed to happen.
Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets have shown little attention to Vick’s offer despite all being in need of a sure starter for 2014.
Tampa Bay have moved to secure Josh McCown while the Oakland Raiders are reported to be waiting for news on the services of Houston’s Matt Schaub and the Jets’ Mark Sanchez, both of whom could be released during the off-season.
Nail in the coffin?
The fall from grace for the former Atlanta Falcons star has been evident in San Francisco’s decision to give up a sixth-round pick for Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Gabbert has been a bust since being picked in the first-round of the 2011 draft, yet the 49ers view him as a better option than Vick.
That will hurt the 33-year-old, while also making him reconsider his aims. Vick isn’t wanted as a starter right now, but that’s not to say a team won’t consider him should he choose to lower his sights. Michael Vick needs a team, not a starting place.
It’s almost May and if you are a football fan you know it’s almost time for the 2014 NFL Draft. With that in mind we took a look at 11 prospects that will hear their names called on draft day. These players are listed in no specific order and instead of just focusing on the skill positions, we decided to cover multiple positions.
1. Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville (6-2, 214, 4.67, JR)
The most promising player at the moment for me has to be Teddy Bridgewater and as so remains directly at the top spot on my draft board. With his ability to gauge information above his head and his passing talent, he’s definitely my top prospect in the draft class.
2. Greg Robinson OT, Auburn (6-5, 332, 4.92, rSoph)
Next up for me would have to be Greg Robinson. Aside from impressing everyone with his ability to bench-press 225 for 32 reps (Matthews was able to do 24), he boasts incredible strength and already impressed us with his 4.92 40-yard dash and pay per head bookie. While he still lacks in certain areas, overall we say he is marvel of an athlete to pay per head sportsbook and definitely a top prospect in the draft class. This can be verified as Standardperhead.com offers premium pay per head services.
3. Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo (6-3, 251, 4.65, rSR)
If there’s one thing Khalil didn’t do, it’s slack off in college. Already setting multiple career records, he has an impressive combination of both speed, spatial awareness and sheer power. Mack is considered one of the can’t miss prospects in this years draft class.
4. Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina (6-5, 266, 4.53, JR)
If there’s one thing you need to know about Jadeveon, it’s that he’s a freak of an athlete. There’s no denying that fact considering his 37.5 vertical and 40 yard dash time of 4.53 seconds. As long as he works on his drive to succeed within the NFL sportsbook software providers, we’re sure he’ll reach high places.
5. Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA (6-5, 255, 4.66, 4SR)
While Anthony Barr boasts incredible strength as well speed, he definitely needs to tune up some of the more technical sides of his performance in game. No matter, we’re sure with a bit of practice, this former running back, will excel as a backer.
6. Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M (6-5, 231, 4.53, rSoph)
Mike Evans is not necessarily the most fast or agile athlete but there’s no denying the way that he’s able to stop defenders. If anything, he’s definitely a very physical, very intimidating player.
7. Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina (6-4, 250, 4.60, JR)
Continuing the streak of freak athletes, Eric Ebron is another one that has the ability to make certain catches look effort-less. While he does need some work as a blocker, his athleticism and ability to make crucial plays is stellar.
8. Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame (6-2, 331, 5.42, rJR)
Despite suffering a knee injury in the 2013 season, Louis Nix is still incredibly active considering his size and has a monster ability to plays. With a great athletic nose tackle, I have high hopes for Nix.
9. Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville (5-11, 207, 4.58, JR)
If there’s one way to sum up Calvin Pryor, it’s by his sheer physical strength. On the field, there’s no stopping him as he takes down his target with his enormous strength. While he needs to work on his focus, he demonstrates great athleticism and motion in the field and definitely has potential.
10. Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State (5-11, 199, 4.52, SR)
Coming number 10 on the list is Darqueze Dennard. While his speed and size isn’t anything particularly exceptional for his position, he’s intelligent, competitive and has the bravado to match. Those are three qualities that are absolutely essential for his position and price per head sportsbook.
11. Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State (5-10, 189, 4.33, JR)
Brandin Cooks despite coming in at number 11 on this list is one of my favourites. With his tremendous speed and ability to something after a catch, he’s definitely a player to look out for in the coming years.
The Vikings are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent LB Marvin Mitchell. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Chargers likely will release CB Derek Cox to create salary cap space. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart tweaked his deal, his $1.5M base salary was reduced to $785k. Stewart gets $7.5M signing bonus, prorated over 5 years. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Dolphins are expected to make a contract offer to impending free-agent DT Paul Soliai before the start of free agency. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Andre Roberts said the Cardinals have not made an offer to him at this point but expects to receive one before the start of free agency. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Branden Albert is a high priority for the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals in free agency. (FantasyAlarm.com)
After watching Auburn T Greg Robinson, some NFL scouts have compared him to former Cowboys Hall-of-Famer Larry Allen. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Titans have agreed to terms with RB Jackie Battle, per sources. He'll be back with the team in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Bart Scott said he had workouts set up with teams, but his toe's are still messed up. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Titans are expected to move on from 31-year-old right tackle David Stewart, who's owed $6.4 million in 2014, reports the Tennessean. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Zach Strief's agent Ralph Cindrich has engaged in early discussions with the Saints on a new contract. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Owner Jerry Jones said there's no guarantee that DeMarcus Ware will be with the Cowboys next season, "It will be a very difficult call for us." (FantasyAlarm.com)
Dolphins met with the agent for CB Nolan Carroll to express their interest in keeping him. (FantasyAlarm.com)
49ers are optimistic they can re-sign Donte Whitner. He still could test the free-agent market, but wants to be back with the 49ers. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The 49ers reduced the 2014 salary of S Craig Dahl. Dahl's salary dropped from $1.35 million to $825,000, a savings of $525,000. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Contract talks between the Packers and impending free agent CB Sam Shields "heated up over the weekend." The goal is to hammer out a deal before free agency begins March 11. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed center Taylor Boggs and safety Derrick Martin to one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals weren’t disclosed. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Chicago Bears announced Monday they signed center Taylor Boggs and safety Derrick Martin to one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals weren’t disclosed. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Raiders have signed CB Taiwan Jones to a 3-year contract extension. (FantasyAlarm.com)
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney clocked "unofficial" forty times of 4.47 and 4.48 at the NFL Scouting Combine, though his official time was later announced at 4.53. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Baltimore Ravens are having contract talks with LB Daryl Smith. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he believes QB Kyle Orton will play this season. Jones said he discussed the issue with Orton's agent, but not the quarterback himself. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The New York Jets are interested in free-agent running backs Ben Tate and Donald Brown. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Washington Redskins continue to talk with impending free-agent LB Brian Orakpo about a new contract. (FantasyAlarm.com)
In his first attempt at the NFL scouting combines Jadaveon Clowney ran a 4.47 40 yard dash. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Though Mike Glennon ended the year as Tampa Bay's starting quarterback, new general manager Jason Licht is not ready to give him the starting quarterback job. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Seahawks expected to release DE Red Bryant and hope to use the cap space toward new contract for pending UFA Michael Bennett. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner won't be tendered as restricted free agent because of tight salary cap. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd wants to play in 2014 despite suffering a spinal disc injury in mid-September. It's still unclear whether doctors will let him, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. (FantasyAlarm.com)
It makes sense for the Chiefs to extend safety Eric Berry, who's entering the final year of his rookie deal, reports ESPN.com. An extension could help the team's cap situation. (FantasyAlarm.com)
A number of teams have expressed interest in Rodger Saffold and will pounce at the opportunity to sign the offensive tackle if he does not renew with the St Louis Rams. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Morris Claiborne recently underwent surgeries on his left shoulder and finger, but he should be cleared to participate on a limited basis at the outset of the team’s off-season program. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Anquan Boldin and the 49ers are closing in on deal to keep Boldin in San Francisco, per sources. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Browns now view re-signing C Alex Mack as “priority No. 1 this offseason. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Life goes on, and the Green Bay Packers appear to have moved on from wide receiver James Jones.A source said Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and, in all likelihood, won't be. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Johnny Manziel's two 40 times came in at 4.63 and 4.56 at Sunday's NFL combines. (FantasyAlarm.com)
According to sources, Jets are eying Bears QB Josh McCown in free agency to provide insurance if Geno Smith falters. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Falcons and wide receiver Roddy White are actively discussing a contract extension. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Tom Coughlin is unsure if David Wilson (neck) will be ready for training camp. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Ravens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana according to Gainesville Fla. police dept. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Bears are interested in re-signing impending free-agent CB Kelvin Hayden. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: The Cardinals have offered impending free-agent LB Karlos Dansby a multi-year contract. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he doesn't expect to increase the workload of RB Giovani Bernard. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team could move LB Kiko Alonso from middle linebacker to weakside linebacker next season. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Bears are scheduled to meet with the agent for impending free-agent DT Jeremiah Ratliff at the NFL Scouting Combine. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele (back) is expected to be ready for the teams offseason conditioning program in April . (FantasyAlarm.com)
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said hopes the team will be able to re-sign impending free-agent G Chris Williams. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team will re-sign exclusive rights free-agent WRs Kris Durham and Jeremy Ross. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (hernia, knee) did not undergo offseason surgery. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Rodger Saffold played so well at guard that neither he nor his agents are opposed to him playing that position on a regular basis. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Giants GM Jerry Reese said impending free agent LB Jon Beason will test free agency, even though the Giants want him back. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Malcom Floyd's status for next season is expected to become clearer in the next few weeks. He is scheduled to meet with a spine specialist in the near future for a checkup. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Arizona Cardinals are one of multiple teams having interest in Packers impending free agent DE Mike Neal. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: Conversations have been ongoing between the Packers and the representative for Jordy Nelson, but there's no timetable to get a deal done. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Saints are interested in re-signing impending free-agent WR Robert Meachem. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: Nick Hardwick met with Chargers executives today in Indianapolis. Told them he's made decision: He will play in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Bills still want to do a deal with S Jairus Byrd. If not, they plan to franchise tag him. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall's new four-year contract includes a $3.25 million signing bonus and a $1.25 million base salary in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Giants GM Jerry Reese said the Giants are optimistic that David Wilson will come back, but indicates that running back will be a draft priority. (FantasyAlarm.com)
49ers have begun negotiations on an extension with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (FantasyAlarm.com)
49ers have begun negotiations on an extension with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Cowboys backup QB Kyle Orton unsure if he wants to play in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Kenyon Coleman's agent Jordan Woy says that Coleman will be retiring in the offseason. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that the Eagles have prioritized retaining Jeremy Maclin before Riley Cooper. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Browns nearly traded for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, according to report (FantasyAlarm.com)
Texans general manager Rick Smith said Friday initial indications are Arian Foster is recovering well from mid season back surgery and making strong progress. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expects running back Adrian Peterson to be ready for the team’s mini camp in April.Peterson had successful groin surgery last month and was expected to make a full recovery in six weeks. There’s no date yet on the team’s mini camp, but it’s expected to be in late April. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Vice-president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys not yet had approached wide receiver Dez Bryant or tackle Tyron Smith about contract extensions. “We plan on keeping Dez and Tyron around here, barring something unforeseen, for quite a long time,” Jones said. “They are not getting out of here.”Both are in the final year of their rookie contracts. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: According to an NFL source, Tom Coughlin's extension is worth around $7 million. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Panthers pick up 2014 and 2015 option on Thomas Davis' contract. He's set to make $13.5 million over 2 years. (FantasyAlarm.com)
49ers have given zero thought to moving Chris Culliver to safety. He'll compete for starting CB job. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin he was hopeful Jermichael Finley would be able to resume his career, and hoped it would be in Green Bay. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Patriots will meet with free agent cornerback Aqib Talib here in Indianapolis. They hold exclusive negotiating rights until March 11. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Packers aren't expected to re-sign free agent DT Ryan Pickett and DT B.J. Raji. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Cornerback Patrick Peterson is discussing an extension with the Cardinals. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Tank Carradine underwent a procedure to remove a mass of scar tissue from his surgically repaired knee. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Rams ill meet with Rodger Saffold's representation in Indianapolis this week during the annual NFL Scouting Combine. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Raiders coach Dennis Allen suggested that Rashad Jennings is more likely to remain a Raider than Darren McFadden. Allen specifically mentioned Jennings as a priority for Oakland. (FantasyAlarm.com)
John Harbaugh said Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) is expected to be ready to practice by the first practice of training camp. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Glover Quin had a small procedure to finally relieve the pain in his ankle. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Tom Coughlin said that G Chris Snee is building toward a comeback and looks like he will not retire. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Giants' Head Coach Tom Coughlin said he has agreed to a one-year extension. (FantasyAlarm.com)
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will meet with Johnny Manziel tomorrow. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants RB Eddie Lacy to be a three-down back next year. That's his goal for him in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Titans have no plans to re-sign WR Kenny Britt. (FantasyAlarm.com)
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo announced his retirement from the NFL, effective immediately. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Tennessee Titans and CB Alterraun Verner and his agent continue to talk about a new contract. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Lions GM Martin Mayhew says he expects to get Ndamukong Suh signed to an extension soon. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Ravens are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent RB Bernard Scott. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Saints will not tender an offer to restricted free-agent DT Tom Johnson. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Vikings GM Rick Spielman believes WR Cordarrelle Patterson could have a big year with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Spielman said Turner has already installed 10 plays for Patterson in the offense. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said LB Karlos Dansby is definately wanted back in 2014. (FantasyAlarm.com)
David Akers was informed by general manager Martin Mayhew they will not return next season. Safety John Wendling, defensive end Israel Idonije, offensive lineman Dylan Gandy, and linebacker Rocky McIntosh also are out. (FantasyAlarm.com)
Update: Redskins have no plans nor interest in trading QB Kirk Cousins, per league sources. (FantasyAlarm.com)
The Lions signed S Isa Abdul-Quddus to a one-year deal. (FantasyAlarm.com)