11:05 AM EST, Thu March 05, 2015
Revenge Of The Birds 22 mins ago

NFL free agency:Darnell Dockett is a 49er

Darnell Dockett has made his decision, and a lot of fans won't like it. Adam Schefter let everyone know that the Dockett decision was likely going to happen on March 4th. We had to wait only a few hours into March 5th for Dockett to make his ultimate decision. His decision? The San Francisco 49ers. His decision would come down to Arizona, or San Francisco, but the Seahawks and Rams were not ruled out. In the end, the 49ers outbid Arizona for Dockett's services. Dockett was reportedly offered a one year deal by the Cardinals, in another of Keims, "Prove your healthy and we will pay you"...
Canal Street Chronicles 22 mins ago

Saints News, 3/5/15: Releasing Thomas Only Makes Sense If Saints Plan To Spend On RB

From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: To me, this signals that the Saints might be planning to pony up and re-sign free agent Mark Ingram – something I was speculating as a possibility even before Thomas got released. If the Saints bring back Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet or a mid-round draft pick next year, then sure, Thomas is expendable. Or if they lose Ingram, maybe they like another mid-level free agent such as Shane Vereen or C.J. Spiller. Or even Reggie Bush. There are bargains to be had all over the flooded free-agent running back market right now. One way or another, I have...
49ers Gab 24 mins ago

Darnell Dockett signs with 49ers

According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has signed with the division rival San Francisco 49ers. Dockett, who will turn 34 in May, signed a two-year contract with $7.5 million. He will receive $4 million of that in the first year, with $2 million guaranteed. Per reports, Arizona offered […]
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 41 mins ago

Is new Mel Kiper mock draft already outdated by Darnell Dockett signing?

The San Francisco 49ers signed a notable defensive tackle on Thursday. What does this mean for their early picks in the upcoming draft? The San Francisco 49ers landed Darnell Dockett this morning, as the one-time Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle decided to make his move within the NFC West. Dockett signed a 2-year deal worth $7.5 million, and will now compete for time on a defensive line that has a few questions marks. The team released Ray McDonald, and Justin Smith is considering retirement. If I had to guess, I might see Smith returning knowing that a solid veteran has been added to...
Big Blue View 41 mins ago

2015 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0 - Andrus Peat To The Giants.

Mel Kiper thinks the Giants will take the offensive tackle from Stanford. Is he right? ESPN's draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr, released the latest edition of his mock draft Thursday morning. In his Mock Draft 2.0, Kiper had the New York Giants taking Iowa lineman Brandon Scherff. This time around Mel has the Giants taking Stanford tackle Andrus Peat. Kiper explains the pick by saying: Analysis: The Giants could go shopping at right tackle in free agency, but given the needs around the NFL, they could opt to pass and look for a starter there from the draft. Andrus Peat has the potential to be the...
Hogs Haven 1 hour ago

Daily Slop: Redskins Media Links Roundup

A look at the top Redskins stories around the web Washington Redskins QB thoughts: Kirk Cousins and more - ESPNYes, Griffin was named the starter entering 2015, but how long that lasts remains uncertain. He'll have to look good to keep that job. And if he hangs onto the job entering the season, I would not be surprised to see a quick hook. As I've written a few times, the coaches do like Cousins and there was a sense he got a raw deal last season (which suggests to me that not all the moves were of the coaches' doing). But if Griffin plays well, then the coaches would be thrilled. His...
Blogging The Boys 1 hour ago

Dallas Cowboys Draft 2015: Full Seven-Round Mock With Trades (2.0)

In out first mock, we stayed put and picked accordingly. Today, in Part II, we take a completely different route. That ol' wheeler and dealer side of Jerry Jones has made his return. Since Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, Dallas has traded out of its first-round selection 20 times. That is equivalent to 77% of their drafts ending with a first-round trade. It's safe to say that it's certainly possible for 2015 to bring a similar result. With the Cowboys set to select at 27, the most likely scenario would to find a partner that wants to come back up into the first round. With...

NFL free agency: Could Trent Cole be a less expensive pass rushing option?

The veteran is on the downside of his career, but could still give the team a boost. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for pass rushing help this offseason, whether it is in free agency or in the NFL Draft. While we debate the possibility of ponying up for Justin Houston or landing Jerry Hughes to a big free agent deal, there might be a less expensive and more veteran guy the Cardinals could look at. Outside linebacker Trent Cole was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles when they could not agree on a restructured contract. At age 32, he was due to make $10 million in 2015. In 10...

Darnell Dockett signs with 49ers, according to Drew Rosenhaus

The San Francisco 49ers have apparently come to terms with former Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. The San Francisco 49ers have added some depth to the defensive line. The team has signed defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, according to Drew Rosenhaus. Congrats to the newest Niner! pic.twitter.com/8lGnY2fwEG — Drew Rosenhaus (@RosenhausSports) March 5, 2015 It's a two-year deal, according to Rosenhaus. Pro Football Talk reports it's $7.5 million over two years. Dockett was released by the Arizona Cardinals last week after they could not come to terms on a...

Jairus Byrd Restructures Deal, Saves Saints Millions

Jairus Byrd and the Saints front office have agreed to a restructuring of the former's contract, leading to a $4.8 million cap saving for the team. The Saints just cut $4.8 million in this year's cap number with a simple wave of a pen.  Jairus Byrd and the Saints have agreed to change Byrd's due roster bonus into a signing bonus that can be prorated throughout the length of Byrd's contract. It breaks down like this: Byrd was scheduled for a $6 million roster bonus for the upcoming season.  The restructuring turned this into a signing bonus, which will count just $1.2 million this year,...
Niners Nation 1 hour ago

NFL Draft 2015: Thursday, March 5th Pro Day Schedule features Arizona State

We take a look at the pro day schedule for Wednesday. Arizona State provides the biggest names of the bunch. The pro day schedule for today features a likely top 20 selection, and he plays a position the 49ers need help at. We'll get to him in a second. One clue... he plays for Arizona State. Today the Sun Devils will be the epicenter for scouts and NFL teams. Pro Days for Thursday, March 6th: " Appalachian State " Arizona State " Newberry " Northern Illinois " Southern Mississippi Receiver Jaelen Strong of Arizona State will be the biggest name of the pro days for today. Strong had a...

Cary Williams visits Seahawks, Trent Cole visits Buccaneers

Former Eagles players are drawing interest on the market. It might not take too long for the veteran players the Philadelphia Eagles released this week to find new work. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Trent Cole is set to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 32-year-old was officially released by the Eagles on Wednesday after spending 10 years in Philadelphia. Cole is expected to draw interest from other teams as well. The San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets are rumored to have interest. Cole isn't the only veteran getting attention. Former Eagles cornerback Cary Williams is...

New York Giants Potential Free-Agent Target: Defensive End Trent Cole

Hmmmmm ... Here's an interesting idea. Trent Cole has terrorized the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning for a decade. It might be a little like 'Sleeping With The Enemy,' but now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released him, should the Giants bring Cole to the Meadowlands? Cole, 32, has 85.5 career sacks. It seems like far more than this, but a career-high nine of those are against Manning and the Giants. He also has more tackles (57 combined) against the Giants than any other team. So, at the least the Giants should thank Chip Kelly and the Eagles for getting Cole, at least for...
Acme Packing Company 2 hours ago

Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers news and links for March 5, 2015

Randall Cobb continues to dominate the headlines. In just a few days, the Green Bay Packers will know whether star receiver Randall Cobb will return to the club or leave for riches elsewhere. Still, with a decision not expected to come until the exclusive negotiating period deadline or even later, new reports will likely arise that further cloud the wideout's future. But for fans hoping for a return, there is some hope. Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb parting ways? | NFL.com As the article points out, there is precedent for a last-minute deal between the Packers and one of their free...
Bleeding Green Nation 2 hours ago

Eagles offer Chris Polk lowest possible restricted free agent tender, per report

Chris Polk may go elsewhere if he gets an offer out of the Eagles range. The Eagles have made a small move on offense prior to free agency. The team gave running back Chris Polk the lowest available tender for a restricted free agent, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. The one-year deal is worth roughly $1.6 million. The tender doesn't necessarily lock up Polk for the upcoming season, which indicates how the team feels about him. Since he was offered the lowest tender, a team can sign Polk to an offer sheet and if the money is more than the Eagles are willing to pay, the new...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 2 hours ago

Darnell Dockett watch continues on

The San Francisco 49ers have been speaking with defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. We continue waiting for an answer about his future. Every year, the San Francisco 49ers are connected to a given free agent, and it quickly becomes a state of furious refresh looking for new information. Nnamdi Watch is the most famous, but Dockett watch is picking up a little steam. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has visited with the 49ers, reportedly taken a physical, and maybe received a contract offer. We've seen him remove Arizona Cardinals from his Twitter bio. At one point his wikipedia page had a San...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 2 hours ago

Trent Cole visits the Buccaneers

Pass rusher Trent Cole will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to Adam Caplan. Cole was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last week, mostly because of his high salary. The Bucs need to find a consistent pass rush for their defense to work. They signed Michael Johnson last year, but he was a major disappointment posting just four sacks on the year. Other than him, there's only unproven Jacquies Smith at defensive end, who looked good in limited time last year. That's not much to build an edge rush. Cole could be the answer for the Bucs, as the former Eagle has a history of success...
Daily Norseman 3 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 3/5

We've almost made it through the week, ladies and gentlemen. And in just two days, we'll be looking at the start of the "legal tampering" period of NFL free agency, during which the Minnesota Vikings will probably just sit back, relax and not do a whole lot of HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA yeah, right. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -The big story from yesterday was the Vikings agreeing to trade quarterback Matt Cassel to the Buffalo Bills. Here's our story on that, as well as the perspective from the folks at Buffalo Rumblings. -With Cassel out of the picture, the Vikings...
The Falcoholic 3 hours ago

Should the Falcons retain Jacquizz Rodgers?

After four seasons of being labeled as a fan favorite and overrated, Jacquizz Rodgers is a free agent. Has he merited a new contract? When the Falcons drafted Devonta Freeman in the fourth round of last year's draft, it was considered to be a terrific value pick. The running back from Florida State was considered an explosive and versatile running back. He runs bigger than his physique would lead you to believe, and that particular trait was similar to current Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers. His lack of height (five-foot-nine) was reminiscent of Rodgers, along with his ability to...
Ed Valentine / Big Blue View 3 hours ago

2015 NFL Free Agency: Assessing The Safety Market

A look at the safeties available in free agency Safety is almost certainly a position that will get some attention from the New York Giants during the upcoming free agency period. Every veteran safety on the 2014 roster is an unrestricted free agent, and the pickings in the 2015 NFL Draft class appear slim at the safety position. Let's assess. The Giants Own Free Agents Antrel Rolle -- The Giants have said they would like the 32-year-old back "at the right price." Rolle has said he wants to be a Giant in 2015. Increasingly, however, it seems as if Rolle is destined to end up elsewhere. If...

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