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  • NFL notebook: Chiefs agree to trade Peters to Rams for draft picks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    The Kansas Chiefs are trading Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for a collection of draft picks, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • The trade officially has been agreed upon by the two teams, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal cannot be completed until the start of the new league year on March 14.

      The 25-year-old Peters registered 46 tackles, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last season. He was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 and 2016 seasons, won the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and was an Associated Press first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

      --Former Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was detained by police after a threatening social media post forced his alma mater high school to close down Friday afternoon, multiple outlets reported.

      A pair of Harvard-Westlake High School campuses, in Los Angeles suburbs Studio City and Beverly Crest, were closed Friday after a threat made on social media. According to ESPN, Martin was detained because of the post.

      The threat, posted to an Instagram account believed to belong to Martin, read "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge." The post included an image of a shotgun and shells, with four social media accounts tagged and hashtags for Harvard-Westlake and the Miami Dolphins.

      --Middle linebacker David Harris, who played most of his career with the New York Jets, announced his retirement on Friday.

      The 34-year-old Harris played his first 10 seasons with the Jets before finishing his career with the New England Patriots. He recorded 1,109 tackles, 36 1/2 sacks and six interceptions in 164 regular-season games (153 starts).

      "After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level, it's now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL," Harris said in a statement released by Sportstars, the agency that represents him.

      --After the franchise's most successful season in more than a decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars have rewarded those who steered the ship, giving two-year extensions to executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone.

      All three now have deals running through 2021, after previously being set to become free agents after 2019.

      "The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn't so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow," owner Shad Khan said in a statement.

      --Jacksonville released running back Chris Ivory on Friday, less than three weeks before the start of free agency.

      Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars following the 2015 season, a campaign in which Ivory led the AFC with 1,070 yards as a member of the New York Jets.

      But Ivory, 29, played in only 25 games with just four starts in his two seasons in North Florida. He ran for a total of just 821 yards and had 361 more yards receiving in 2016 and 2017. Injuries cost him parts of both seasons.

      --Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for careless driving following a car accident on Feb. 13.

      Winston and the driver of the car he rear-ended were uninjured. NFL.com discovered the accident report, which was confirmed by Florida Highway Patrol on Friday. Winston is subject to a fine for careless driving.

      Winston, the report says, failed to safely reduce his speed in time to avoid a rear-end collision with another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. Winston's Ford F-250 pickup struck the rear of the Subaru Forester.

      --Cincinnati Bengals starting right tackle Jake Fisher was medically cleared to resume his football career after undergoing surgery for an irregular heartbeat last season.

      Fisher, 24, was placed on the non-football illness list in 2017 when he was diagnosed with the issue that required a corrective surgical procedure on Nov. 18 in Chicago.

      On the 96th day after a heart procedure ended his season, Fisher celebrated Thursday's news by going back into the gym for a weightlifting workout.

      --Former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is reportedly an FBI special agent.

      Tillman graduated from the FBI's Training Academy in Quantico, Va., the Sporting News reported Thursday night.

      Tillman, who was selected to two Pro Bowls in his 13-year NFL career, entered the 20-week program last year, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune. He had until his 37th birthday -- which he turned Friday -- to earn his badge due to a stipulation that a new agent must be appointed before he or she reaches that age, according to the Sporting News.

      --The NFL has announced 32 compensatory selections for the 2018 NFL Draft, with the Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders receiving a league-high four each.

      The league awards a maximum of 32 compensatory picks each year to teams that lost more qualifying free agents than they gained during the 2017 offseason, with factors such as salary, playing time and postseason honors factoring into the distribution formula.

      The Bengals were one of four teams (along with Arizona, Houston and Denver) to receive a third-round selection and also gained a fifth-rounder and two seventh-rounders. Cincinnati lost offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, among others, to lucrative contracts elsewhere last March.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals, Packers, Cowboys each get four compensatory picks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    The NFL has announced 32 compensatory selections for the 2018 NFL Draft, with the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders receiving a league-high four each.

    • The league awards a maximum of 32 compensatory picks each year to teams that lost more qualifying free agents than they gained during the 2017 offseason, with factors such as salary, playing time and postseason honors factoring into the distribution formula.

      The Bengals were one of four teams (along with Arizona, Houston and Denver) to receive a third-round selection and also gained a fifth-rounder and two seventh-rounders. Cincinnati lost offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, among others, to lucrative contracts elsewhere last March.

      Green Bay and Dallas -- who rank second and third, respectively, in compensatory picks received since free agency began in 1994 -- each gained one selection in the fourth round, two in the fifth round and one in the sixth round. The Packers lost T.J. Lang, Jared Cook and Micah Hyde, among others, last offseason, while the Cowboys watched Ronald Leary, Barry Church, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne depart.

      All four of the Raiders' compensatory selections will be in the sixth round.

      The Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans were awarded three picks apiece, including one each in Round 3 for the departures of Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye, respectively. The Cardinals also got a fourth-round pick (for Tony Jefferson) and a seventh-rounder, while the Texans received two sixth-rounders.

      The Minnesota Vikings were the only other team to receive multiple picks, with both coming in Round 6.

      The Baltimore Ravens, who lead the NFL with 49 compensatory picks received since 1994, garnered just one pick, a sixth-rounder. Baltimore's additions of Jefferson and Carr cancelled out the departures of Rick Wagner and Kyle Juszczyk.

      The total of four third-round picks awarded marks a major departure from 2017, in which 11 such selections were given. All but six of the picks awarded in 2017 came in Round 5 or higher, compared to just 14 this year.

      With the last seventh-round pick awarded (No. 256 overall), the Atlanta Falcons hold the final pick of the 2018 draft and the right to select Mr. Irrelevant, unless they trade the pick.

      Compensatory picks were previously not allowed to be traded, until a rule change allowed dealing such picks starting in 2017. Eighteen of last year's 32 picks were traded before or during the draft, including four that were traded twice and one that was traded three times.

      Here is a full list of the 2018 compensatory selections:

      Round 3:

      Arizona, 97th overall

      Houston, 98th

      Denver, 99th

      Cincinnati, 100th

      Round 4:

      Green Bay, 133rd

      Arizona, 134th

      New York Giants, 135th

      New England, 136th

      Dallas, 137th

      Round 5:

      Cincinnati, 170th

      Dallas, 171st

      Green Bay, 172nd

      Dallas, 173rd

      Green Bay, 174th

      Round 6:

      Green Bay, 207th

      Dallas, 208th

      Kansas City, 209th

      Oakland, 210th

      Houston, 211th

      Oakland, 212th

      Minnesota, 213th

      Houston, 214th

      Baltimore, 215th

      Oakland, 216th

      Oakland, 217th

      Minnesota, 218th

      Round 7:

      Los Angeles Chargers, 251st

      Cincinnati, 252nd

      Cincinnati, 253rd

      Arizona, 254th

      Tampa Bay, 255th

      Atlanta, 256th

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars extend Coughlin, Caldwell, Marrone through 2021
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    After the franchise's most successful season in more than a decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars have rewarded those who steered the ship, giving two-year extensions to executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone.

    • All three now have deals running through 2021, after previously being set to become free agents after 2019.

      "The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn't so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow," owner Shad Khan said in a statement. "We're past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run, and now it's time to take the next step. We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen, and it's good to know we'll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars."

      Coughlin, 71, rejoined the Jaguars -- the team he coached from their inaugural season in 1995 until 2002 -- last offseason after 12 years as the New York Giants' head coach. In his new role, Coughlin was given final say over personnel decisions while working closely with Caldwell, who has been the team's GM since 2013.

      "The success we had last season was due to the efforts of many people, but Doug and Dave certainly played key leadership roles in guiding our team," Coughlin said in a statement. "They set the tone and managed the process on a daily basis, and we look forward to building on that process throughout this offseason and the coming season."

      Caldwell had a major hand in the team's defense developing into one of the league's best in 2017, behind free-agent additions Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye, Tashaun Gipson and Malik Jackson and recent draft picks Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue, Telvin Smith and Myles Jack. He also added Leonard Fournette and Cam Robinson in the 2017 draft to help take the pressure off of Blake Bortles.

      Marrone, 53, led the team to a 10-6 record and two playoff victories in his first season as full-time head coach. He had previously spent two years at the helm in Buffalo (going 15-17) and the last two games of 2016 as interim head coach in Jacksonville, going 1-1. He is 26-24 for his career in the regular season, and 2-1 in the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Jets MLB Harris retires
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Middle linebacker Davis Harris, who played most of his career with the New York Jets, announced his retirement on Friday.

    • The 34-year-old Harris played his first 10 seasons with the Jets before finishing his career with the New England Patriots.

      "After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level, it's now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL," Harris said in a statement released by Sportstars, the agency that represents him.

      Harris recorded 1,109 tackles, 36.5 sacks and six interceptions in 164 regular-season games (153 starts). He had four of the interceptions in 2011.

      Harris topped 100 tackles in six different seasons.

      He was cut by the Jets in June before joining New England and playing in 10 games for the Patriots in 2017. Harris was inactive for the Super Bowl loss against the Philadelphia Eagles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Former Dolphins OL Martin detained after threatening post closes school
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Former Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin was detained by police after a threatening social media post forced his alma mater high school to close down Friday afternoon, multiple outlets reported.

    • A pair of Harvard-Westlake High School campuses, in Los Angeles suburbs Studio City and Beverly Crest, were closed Friday after a threat made on social media. According to ESPN, Martin was detained because of the post.

      "The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing," the Los Angeles Police Department announced in a statement, ESPN reported.

      ESPN then added that ABC News confirmed Martin was the person detained by police.

      The threat in question, posted to an Instagram account believed to belong to Martin, read "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge." The post also included an image of a shotgun and shells, with four social media accounts tagged and hashtags for Harvard-Westlake and the Miami Dolphins.

      Among the four names tagged were former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey. Incognito and Pouncey were accused by Martin of bullying following incidents in 2013. Incognito was suspended by the team for three months after Martin left the club midway through the 2013 season.

      Police Sgt. Frank Albarran told the Los Angeles Daily News that the post which led to the closure included wording and imagery similar to the one on the Instagram post, though Albarran did not name the person taken into custody.

      Martin, 28, attended Harvard-Westlake before going on to Stanford. The Dolphins selected Martin in the second round in 2012. After two seasons in Miami, Martin was traded by Miami to San Francisco. His one season with the 49ers, 2014, was his last in the NFL. After being waived by San Francisco in March of 2015, Martin was claimed by the Carolina Panthers. He retired four months later, citing a back injury that would have held him out of the 2015 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bills owner seeks compromise with players on social protests
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula is seeking a compromise with players using their platform for social change in their protests during the national anthem.

    • Speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Pegula said Friday she believes players might not realize their activism may potentially have an adverse impact on the business side of sports.

      "My own experience, I think a lot of it is just communication," she said, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. "I know that's easy to say. But I know that several of our players, when I actually talked to them and actually gave them a different perspective -- just like they were trying to give us a different perspective -- on the impact of the business and what the impact is of what they do socially, off the game, at home and then how that affects the business side. They didn't grow up in the sports business world. They came in on the players' side.

      "So a lot of [Bills players] just didn't understand or know the impact that it had on the business, the organization and the community -- good or bad. So I do think there's definitely an impact. I wouldn't shy away from it at all. I think there is a common ground. I think a lot of it is more about communicating and learning from each other on both sides and coming to some type of a compromise at some point. Sometimes you won't be able to come to a compromise. But something usually gets done when that happens."

      The NFL and its players have continued discussions geared to drive social change. Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest movement in 2016, during his final season with the 49ers when he began his ritual of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games. He was called out by several political and veteran groups as well as President Donald Trump, and remains unemployed after the 49ers released him following the 2016 season.

      Pegula and her husband, Bills owner Terry Pegula, met with a group of Bills players the night prior to a Sept. 24 game against the Denver Broncos to address controversial comments made that week by Trump about NFL player protests. The Pegulas later released a statement calling Trump's comments "divisive and disrespectful."

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars release RB Ivory
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    With the start of free agency less than three weeks away, the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday released a member of their offensive backfield who came to the team with high hopes but never lived up to them.

    • No ... not that guy.

      While the future of quarterback Blake Bortles will be the hot-button issue facing the club until a decision for 2018 is made, the reigning AFC South champions released running back Chris Ivory.

      The move will save the Jaguars roughly $3.7 million in salary cap space.

      Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with Jacksonville following the 2015 season, a season in which Ivory led the AFC with 1,070 yards as a member of the New York Jets.

      But Ivory, 29, played in only 25 games with just four starts in his two seasons in North Florida. He ran for a total of just 821 yards and had 361 more yards receiving in 2016-17. Injuries cost him parts of both seasons, and with the emergence of rookie first-round pick Leonard Fournette, Ivory became expendable for a team that finished one game short of Super Bowl LII.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Chiefs trading CB Peters to Rams
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    The Kansas Chiefs are trading Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for a collection of draft picks, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • The trade is officially agreed to by the two teams, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      The deal cannot be completed until the start of the new league year on March 14.

      On Thursday, rumors surfaced that the Chiefs would be willing to trade the two-time Pro Bowl corner.

      The 25-year-old Peters registered 46 tackles, five interceptions, nine passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last season.

      Peters was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 and '16 seasons, won the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and was an Associated Press first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

      Issues cropped up with Peters last season, most notably a one-game suspension by coach Andy Reid because of his behavior in a 38-31 loss to the New York Jets in Week 13.

      Peters drew a penalty after throwing an official's flag into the stands and walking off the field following a disagreement with a call late in the game against the Jets on Dec. 3. Peters returned without his helmets and socks because he thought he had been ejected from the game.

      The Chiefs' first-round pick in 2015 has 19 career interceptions in 45 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Former Bears CB Tillman becomes FBI agent
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is reportedly an FBI special agent.

    • Tillman graduated from the FBI's Training Academy in Quantico, Va., the Sporting News reported Thursday night.

      Tillman, who was selected to two Pro Bowls in his 13-year NFL career, entered the 20-week program last year, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune. He had until his 37th birthday -- which he turned Friday -- to earn his badge due to a stipulation that a new agent must be appointed before he or she reaches that age, according to the Sporting News.

      A bureau spokesperson told the Sporting News that it does not comment on personnel matters.

      Tillman was the Bears' second-round draft pick in 2003 and played 12 seasons in Chicago before playing one final year for the Carolina Panthers in 2015.

      In his NFL career, Tillman played in 168 games and made 38 interceptions and 912 tackles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buccaneers QB Winston ticketed after accident
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for careless driving following a car accident on Feb. 13.

    • Winston and the driver of the car he rear-ended were uninjured.

      NFL.com discovered the accident report, which was confirmed by Florida Highway Patrol on Friday.

      Winston, the report says, failed to safely reduce his speed in time to avoid a rear-end collision with another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light on the Veterans Expressway (State Road 589). Winston's Ford F-250 pickup struck the rear of the Subaru Forester.

      Winston is subject to a fine for careless driving.

      The NFL is currently investigating claims by an Uber driver that Winston grabbed her by the crotch in 2016. Winston called the claim false.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals RT Fisher cleared after surgery for irregular heartbeat
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Cincinnati Bengals starting right tackle Jake Fisher was medically cleared to resume his football career after undergoing surgery for an irregular heartbeat last season.

    • Fisher, 24, was placed on the non-football illness list in 2017 when he was diagnosed with the issue that required a corrective surgical procedure on Nov. 18 in Chicago.

      On the 96th day after a heart procedure ended his season, Fisher celebrated Thursday's news by going back into the gym for a weightlifting workout.

      "I've been working with lighter ones, but now I'm back to offseason workouts," Fisher told the team's website. "You have to be conscious of it. You have to monitor it. But you still have to live life. You can't let it cripple you in any way."

      Fisher started seven of the Bengals' first eight games at right tackle last season before being shut down.

      "I feel good ... 305 pounds. I have to put on a little body fat, but I'm ready to go," said the 6-foot-6 Fisher, who will get checked every three to four months.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Vinatieri, 45, re-ups with Colts
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Adam Vinatieri agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, and he will play a 23rd NFL season in 2018.

    • Vinatieri, 45, is 58 points from passing the NFL all-time scoring leader, Morten Anderson, and has 20 or more field goals (60 points) in 21 of his first 22 seasons. Vinatieri spent 10 seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Colts as an unrestricted free agent.

      Andersen has 2,544 career points. Vinatieri sits at 2,487 after making 29 of his 34 field-goal attempts last season.

      --Quarterback Drew Brees is committed to returning to the New Orleans Saints, and the feeling appears to be mutual.

      Brees could become a free agent next month if the two sides are unable to agree on terms of a new contract, but progress is expected to be made next week during the NFL Scouting Combine.

      Brees turned 39 one day after the Minnesota Vikings' improbable last-second touchdown eliminated the Saints from the playoffs.

      --Tyrod Taylor could be back with the Buffalo Bills in 2018.

      Taylor is due $6 million the first week of the 2018 league year, but NFL Network reported it's not a forgone conclusion the Bills will part with the quarterback.

      Taylor turns 29 in August and started 43 games over the past three seasons with the Bills, compiling a 51-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He said he has no intention of restructuring his contract after making adjustments to his deal in 2017 to lower his guaranteed salary from $30.75 million.

      --Josh Gordon's future is in the hands of new Browns general manager John Dorsey.

      NFL Network reported Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent, all but eliminating his ability to move on during the 2018 offseason. Gordon could have hit the market as a restricted free agent, but due to suspensions for drug use, his freedom is nearly non-existent.

      If the Browns offer the former supplemental draft pick out of Baylor a qualifying, one-year deal, his options are limited to signing it or sitting out the entire season. Gordon played five games in 2014, missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons and was reinstated from NFL ban in November 2017. He played in only five games last season.

      --Kicker Nick Folk was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Folk ended last season on injured reserve with left knee tendinitis he first experienced in October. He was the team's primary placekicker for the first four games of the season; he was replaced by Patrick Murray. Folk said last week he was medically cleared.

      An 11-year veteran who kicked for the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Buccaneers, Folk has connected on 245 of his 305 field-goal tries and 342 of his 346 extra-point attempts.

      --While standout left guard Andrew Norwell is also slated to test free agency, kicker Graham Gano is more likely to be the recipient of a franchise tag from the Carolina Panthers, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

      Tagging Norwell would cost the Panthers north of $14 million, a much steeper price than what keeping Gano would entail.

      Gano, 30, has been with the Panthers since 2012. He hit 29 of his 30 field-goal attempts and 34 of 37 extra-point attempts last season and was named to his first Pro Bowl. Overall, Gano has connected on 85.3 percent of his field-goal attempts across his six seasons with Carolina.

      --The Seattle Seahawks would like to retain defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, but using the franchise tag is unlikely, NFL Network reported.

      Tagging Richardson would cost the Seahawks about $14 million, which is roughly the amount of projected salary cap space the team will have in 2018.

      Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season that he would like to bring Richardson back, while the defender himself said last month he expects to return to Seattle.

      --Police have halted their investigation into an incident involving a car registered to Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson that was found with bullets and marijuana inside, the Tampa Police Department said.

      "The case is currently inactive because we don't have any witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the crash," a Tampa Police Department spokeswoman wrote in a statement.

      Furthermore, police see Jackson as a victim in the incident, saying his friend, Therrian Fontenote, was behind the wheel at the time of the December crash. Jackson has said he was out of town when the accident occurred and that the vehicle was borrowed without his permission.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns WR Gordon likely stuck in Cleveland
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Wide receiver Josh Gordon's future is in the hands of new Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey.

    • NFL Network reported Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent, all but eliminating his ability to move on during the 2018 offseason.

      Gordon could have hit the market as a restricted free agent, but due to suspensions for drug use, his freedom is nearly non-existent.

      If the Browns offer the former supplemental draft pick out of Baylor a qualifying, one-year deal, his options are limited to signing it or sitting out the entire season.

      Gordon played five games in 2014, missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons and was reinstated from NFL ban in November 2017. He played in only five games last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bills could keep QB Taylor
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Tyrod Taylor could be back with the Buffalo Bills in 2018.

    • Taylor is due $6 million the first week of the 2018 league year, but NFL Network reported it's not a forgone conclusion the Bills will part with the quarterback.

      Taylor was rumored to be on the outs after a rollercoaster season in 2017 in which he was benched for rookie Nathan Peterman for one half of a game. Taylor quickly found himself back on the field for the second half after Peterman threw five interceptions in two quarters of play against the Los Angeles Chargers.

      Taylor turns 29 in August and started 43 games over the past three seasons with the Bills, compiling a 51-16 TD-to-INT ratio.

      Taylor said he has no intention of restructuring his contract after making adjustments to his deal in 2017 to lower his guaranteed salary from $30.75 million.

      Upon leading the Bills to their first playoff appearance in 17 seasons, Taylor said the team was non-committal about the future at the quarterback position.

      "I really haven't had any communications as to what's the plan moving forward," Taylor said. "I'm sure that it'll be communicated to me at some point, but as of right now, I'm going to continue to focus on myself mentally, physically, and get ready for another season."

      --Field Level Media

  • Police see WR Jackson as victim in suspended wrecked vehicle case
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Tampa Bay police have halted their investigation into an incident involving a car registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson that was found with bullets and marijuana inside, the Tampa Police Department said Thursday.

    • "The case is currently inactive because we don't have any witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the crash," a Tampa Police Department spokeswoman wrote in a statement.

      Furthermore, police see Jackson as a victim in the incident, saying his friend, Therrian Fontenote, was behind the wheel at the time of the December crash. Jackson has said he was out of town when the accident occurred and that the vehicle was borrowed without his permission.

      The car, a blue 2016 Chevy Silverado, was found abandoned after crashing into a tree with two hollow-point .38-caliber bullets and 6.3 grams of marijuana inside. After being contacted by police, Jackson responded to the scene and eventually admitted that the driver was Fontenote.

      Jackson is entering the second season of a three-year, $33.5 million deal he signed with the Buccaneers last year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Seahawks unlikely to franchise DT Richardson
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The Seattle Seahawks would like to retain defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, but using the franchise tag is unlikely, NFL Network reported.

    • Tagging Richardson would cost the Seahawks about $14 million, which is roughly the amount of projected salary cap space the team will have in 2018.

      Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season that he would like to bring Richardson back, while the defender himself said last month he expects to return to Seattle.

      "I definitely expect to be back here," Richardson said, per Pro Football Talk. "They haven't threw out a number or nothing but they said they wanted me back, so that's a plus in my book."

      Richardson, acquired from the New York Jets prior to last season, only had one sack in his first campaign with the Seahawks but was of value to the team in terms of suppressing opponents' running games.

      The Seahawks haven't applied their franchise tag since 2010, when they retained kicker Olindo Mare.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Panthers likely to franchise K Gano
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    While standout left guard Andrew Norwell is also slated to test free agency, kicker Graham Gano is more likely to be the recipient of a franchise tag from the Carolina Panthers, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    • Tagging Norwell would cost the Panthers north of $14 million, a much steeper price than what keeping Gano would entail.

      Gano, 30, has been with the Panthers since 2012. He hit 29 of his 30 field goal attempts and 34 of 37 extra point attempts last season and was named to his first Pro Bowl. Overall, Gano has connected on 85.3 percent of his field goal attempts across his six seasons with Carolina.

      According to the report, the Panthers would like to keep Norwell, but the 26-year-old is expected to be a hot commodity on the open market. The New York Giants are one team to reportedly have Norwell in their sights.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buccaneers release K Folk
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Kicker Nick Folk was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • Folk ended last season on injured reserve with left knee tendinitis in October. He was the team's primary placekicker for the first four games of the season; he was replaced by Patrick Murray.

      An 11-year veteran who kicked for the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Buccaneers, Folk has connected on 245 of his 305 field goal tries and 342 of his 346 extra point attempts.

      Folk said last week he was medically cleared.

      The Buccaneers this week already released running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Chris Baker.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts sign Vinatieri, who can set NFL points mark in 2018
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Adam Vinatieri signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts and will play a 23rd NFL season in 2018.

    • Vinatieri is 58 points from passing the NFL all-time scoring leader, Morten Anderson, and has 20 or more field goals (60 points) in 21 of his first 22 seasons. Vinatieri spent 10 seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Colts as an unrestricted free agent.

      Andersen has 2,544 career points; Vinatieri sits at 2,487 after making 29 of his 34 field-goal attempts last season.

      There were no signs of slowing down from Vinatieri last season, with five field goals of 50-plus yards.

      Vinatieri will turn 46 on Dec. 28.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts' Luck says he won't need second surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Andrew Luck is optimistic about the state of his surgically repaired right shoulder.

    • The Indianapolis Colts quarterback said Tuesday that he does not need another operation on his throwing shoulder. The comments came as part of a taped interview with Sports Illustrated's Peter King that aired at a Colts town-hall meeting in Indianapolis.

      Asked about the possibility of another operation, Luck said, "Oh, that is not an option for me right now. That ship has sailed in my mind, which is also a bit of relief now, if I'm not going to lie."

      Luck, 28, missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in January 2017. In the fall, he spent more than a month rehabbing in the Netherlands, and now he is working out in Los Angeles with throwing-mechanics experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.

      "I'm in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing, but strengthening and preparing my shoulder to be able to handle the throw load that is part of being an NFL quarterback," he said. "The focus right now is still strengthening all those muscles and making sure my shoulder can handle that."

      Luck added, "I feel awesome, I really do. I'm in a great place. It's been a long journey, and it'll still be a long journey to hopefully get done whatever we need to get done in Indianapolis. ...

      "One thing I've learned through the last couple of years is you can't skip steps. You have to do everything as well as possible. I have to catch myself, as much as I wanna grab a ball and throw it a million times, I know I have to build up to be able to handle that. And right now I'm in that building phase. And it's exciting."

      Luck said he is looking forward to working with new Colts head coach Frank Reich, who has a strong reputation of developing quarterbacks.

      Reich said he would love to see Luck succeed in his goal of participating in team workouts in late April.

      "You know what, I'm hopeful that maybe that could happen," Reich said. "I'm hopeful, yeah. I know it sounds odd, but I'm not demanding an answer on that. I'm not, 'Hey, someone tell me, is he ready?'

      "I hope he's there, but we'll go on if he's not. I'm optimistic and I'm hopeful, but honestly that's not the forefront question on my mind every day coming to work."

      Luck, selected No. 1 overall by Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft, made the Pro Bowl each of his first three seasons. In June 2016, he signed a six-year, $140 million contract extension, receiving a guaranteed $87 million, a deal that at the time was the richest in NFL history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dolphins place franchise tag on 3-time Pro Bowl WR Landry
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    In what may be a stepping stone to a renegotiated deal to come, the Miami Dolphins announced they have placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

    • "We have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry," the team tweeted on Tuesday.

      According to the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins plan to use the non-exclusive tag that would guarantee Landry, 25, a 2018 salary projected at approximately $16.2 million if he signed the contract. If Landry decided not to sign in Miami, he could negotiate with other teams, who would then be required to give two first-round picks to the Dolphins in return.

      Per Pro Football Talk, teams can choose to use the tags until March 6. The Dolphins would then have until mid-July to sign Landry to an extension.

      Landry has made the Pro Bowl in three of his four NFL seasons and has an NFL-record 400 receptions through his four seasons. He caught a career-high 112 passes, which led the NFL, last season in snagging over 100 passes in a season for the second time in his brief career. In his four seasons, Landry has 4,038 receiving yards and 22 touchdown catches for Miami.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Packers great Carr dead at 71
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Fred Carr passed away Monday at the age of 71.

    • His daughter, Karsetta Carr, said he had been suffering from dementia and prostate cancer.

      A member of the Green Bay Hall of Fame, Carr was drafted fifth overall in 1968. He played his entire nine-year career with Green Bay, terrorizing offenses with uncanny speed for a 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker.

      A product of Phoenix Union High School in south Phoenix, the three-sport prep star first played college ball at Phoenix College, where he won a national championship, before moving on to play football and basketball at University of Texas El-Paso.

      His legacy in south Phoenix continued after his playing days.

      His nephews Brian and Terry Carr became local stars before moving on to college basketball (Brian played at UConn) and football (Terry played at Tennessee before joining the NFL).

      Craig Liston, his former quarterback at Phoenix College, says Carr remained a local legend.

      "If you said, 'Freddie,' everyone knew who you were talking about," Liston told AZcentral.com. "Everyone knew Freddie Carr. He was always caring. He was the life of the party. Everybody wanted to be around Freddie. His personality was bigger than himself."

      Funeral services will be held March 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL Notebook: Buccaneers release RB Martin
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday released veteran running back Doug Martin.

    • Martin, 29, spent six seasons with the Buccaneers but struggled in 2017, rushing for 407 yards on 2.9 yards per carry in 11 games. In the final weeks of the regular season, Martin was benched in favor of running back Peyton Barber.

      Martin was second in the NFL in rushing in 2015, and signed a five-year deal worth $35.75 million prior to the 2016 season. The move will reportedly save the Buccanneers nearly $7 million in 2018.

      The Buccaneers also released defensive tackle Chris Baker, who spent one season with the team after six with the Redskins.

      --Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh will be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

      Groh replaces Frank Reich, who was hired as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles also reportedly interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for the offensive coordinator position before ultimately deciding to promote Groh. Staley's job title was changed to assistant head coach, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson.

      --The Houston Texans officially cut veteran linebacker Brian Cushing, reportedly saving the team $7.64 million under the salary cap by making the move before the start of the new league year on March 14.

      Cushing, 31, spent his first nine seasons with the Texans after they selected him No. 15 overall in the 2009 draft. Cushing was the franchise's all-time leading tackler with 664 tackles, 13 1/2 sacks and eight interceptions in 104 games.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars are picking up the 2018 option on tight end Marcedes Lewis.

      Lewis, 33, is entering his 13th season with the Jaguars after he was selected 28th overall in the 2008 draft. He caught 24 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns while starting all 16 regular-season games in 2017.

      --The Tennessee Titans agreed to a five-year contract with kicker Ryan Succop.

      The deal is worth $20 million with $7.5 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.

      --The Chicago Bears released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, following two violations of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

      Freeman, 31, was suspended for 10 games in 2017 for his second violation. He was also suspended four games in 2016 for his first offense. He played in just one game last season after tearing a pectoral muscle in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

      --The Eagles have applied paperwork with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for official trademark rights to the phrase "Philly Special," according to a report from ESPN.

      The Eagles are hoping to earn an exclusive trademark on the name of the trick play that culminated with quarterback Nick Foles catching a key touchdown pass at the end of the first half of the Eagles' 41-33 win in Super Bowl LII.

      -- The Chicago Bears opted to decline Josh Sitton's $8 million option for the 2018 season, sending the veteran offensive guard into free agency.

      Sitton spent two seasons with the Bears after playing for the Green Bay Packers from 2008-2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Titans K Succop receives five-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The Tennessee Titans announced Tuesday that they agreed to a five-year contract with kicker Ryan Succop.

    • The deal is worth $20 million with $7.5 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.

      Succop, 31, was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

      Succop established career highs for points (136) and field goals (35) last season. The prior season, he made a career-best 91.7 percent (22 of 24) of his field-goal attempts.

      Succop also set a record by making 56 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards from 2014-17 before a 48-yard miss against the Cincinnati Bengals in mid-November ended the streak.

      In four seasons with the Titans, Succop has converted 90 of 104 field-goal attempts, an 86.5 percent accuracy rate.

      Succop spent his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-13) before joining the Titans prior to the 2014 season. He has scored 913 career points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buccaneers release DT Baker after one season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Defensive tackle Chris Baker was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

    • Baker spent the bulk of his career in six seasons with the Washington Redskins (2011-16) after playing in one game each with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and Miami Dolphins in 2010. He signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract -- $6 million guaranteed -- with the Bucs last offseason.

      Releasing Baker will save $4.875 million against the 2018 salary cap, who would have been guaranteed $3 million on the fifth day of the league year next month.

      Baker, 30, was signed to add depth to a defensive line anchored by 3-technique Gerald McCoy. He had 30 tackles in 15 games in 2017.

      Earlier Tuesday, the Buccaneers officially announced the release of running back Doug Martin, saving another $6.75 million.

      --Field Level Media