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  • Reports: Former NFL DL Hardy set for MMA debut
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is set to make his MMA debut as part of the "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series" in a heavyweight fight June 12, according to multiple reports.

    • Hardy has gone 3-0 in his amateur fights since his last game in the NFL with the Cowboys in 2015. All three of his wins have come via knockout.

      Hardy will reportedly fight Brandon Sayles (5-1) in the first episode of the upcoming season. At least one participant in the "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series" is offered a multi-fight deal by UFC at the end of each episode.

      Hardy made the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro as a member of the Panthers in 2013. The 29-year-old was arrested in 2014 after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rodgers buys minority stake in Milwaukee Bucks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has purchased a minority stake in the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced during Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics.

    • Rodgers was sitting courtside with his girlfriend, racecar driver Danica Patrick, and fellow Bucks owner Wes Edens for the game, which the Bucks won 116-92 to cut the Celtics' series lead to 2-1.

      "I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here," Rodgers in a statement released by the team. "I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support."

      Rodgers, 34, is the first active NFL player to own a piece of a major sports franchise based in his own team's market.

      He joined the Packers in the 2006 draft and splits his time between Green Bay and southern California. Rodgers is originally from Chico, Calif.

      "Aaron is a winner, a Wisconsin icon, and we are honored to welcome him to our partnership group of the Milwaukee Bucks," the Bucks ownership group said in a statement. "With our team in the playoffs and our new world-class arena opening this fall, it's an exciting time for this city and the Bucks. We are thrilled for Aaron to be with us."

      --Field Level Media

  • Luck still not throwing, but Colts confident in his health
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Indianapolis Colts general manager said quarterback Andrew Luck is still not throwing regulation footballs as he rehabs his right shoulder, but the team remains confident Luck will make a full recovery.

    • As evidence of the team's faith, Ballard pointed to the trade with the New York Jets last month, in which Indianapolis picked up three second-round picks to move from No. 3 to No. 6 in the first round of Thursday's draft.

      "We traded the third pick in the draft to move back to 6," Ballard told reporters at his pre-draft press conference Friday. "I think that said we're pretty confident in where he's at."

      The move made it clear the Colts do not intend to draft a quarterback high in the first round, despite several prospects potentially available who are considered worth of early selections.

      Luck, 28, hasn't thrown an NFL football since October and hasn't played in a game since New Year's Day of 2017, but the team is not rushing his recovery. After his initial surgery in January 2017, Luck suffered a setback two weeks after returning to practice in October and has since taken more gradual steps in preparing to return.

      Ballard said the team will "let the process play out the right way."

      "(We are) very comfortable where he's at," he said. "Working on his strength part of it, throwing motion. But he's in a good spot, guys. I feel good where he's at, feel good about where he's going. Keep working and getting back to playing football. His health is our No. 1 priority.

      "...A lot pressed last year, he pressed to get back. Everybody heals at a different rate, Things didn't work out where he could play last year. Step-by-step, he's not going to skip a step this time. Not that he did last time, but he wanted to play. I think he's going take every step necessary to be ready to go and to be ready."

      Earlier this month, Luck declined to share his expected timetable, but he said he wants to begin training camp "without a governor," hoping to be practicing fully without restrictions.

      While the trade-down with the Jets demonstrated confidence in Luck, the Colts have not yet discarded their safety net at QB despite the possibility of a substantial return. The Indianapolis Star reported in March that the team resisted trade overtures this offseason for backup Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games in Luck's absence in 2017.

      Brissett, 24, is under contract for about $1.6 million over the next two seasons, making him one of the league's most affordable backup plans. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions while taking a league-high 52 sacks in his first year with the Colts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ravens sign Saints WR Snead to offer sheet
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The Baltimore Ravens have signed New Orleans Saints restricted free agent wide receiver Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet, according to multiple reports.

    • Per ESPN, the deal is worth $7 million, with an additional $3.4 million achievable through incentives and a $2 million signing bonus.

      The Saints have five days to decide whether to match the offer. Because Snead was tendered at an original-round level, New Orleans would receive no compensation if it declines.

      Snead, 25, went undrafted in 2014 and joined the Saints in December of that year after being cut by the Cleveland Browns in the preseason and spending a short stint with the Carolina Panthers. He didn't see the field until 2015 but played in 30 games (13 starts) from 2015-16, catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns.

      His 2017 campaign got off to a slow start with a three-game suspension for a DWI arrest and a hamstring injury that lingered into the season. He finished with just eight catches for 92 yards and no scores in 11 games (seven starts) while taking a smaller role behind Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman.

      The Saints agreed to bring back Coleman -- a restricted free agent who could have signed elsewhere after going untendered by the team -- on Wednesday, a week after adding former Chicago Bears restricted free agent wideout Cameron Meredith on a two-year deal worth $9.6 million. With Pro Bowler Michael Thomas and Ginn also on the depth chart, the Saints appear likely to pass on Snead's offer sheet.

      The Ravens have overhauled their receiving corps this offseason, releasing Jeremy Maclin while bringing in free agents Michael Crabtree and John Brown. They also agreed to sign free agent wideout Ryan Grant before a failed physical nixed the deal and have been mentioned as a possible suitor for the recently released Dez Bryant.

      Additionally, slot receiver Michael Campanaro left in free agency. Snead primarily played in the slot in New Orleans.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos trade P Dixon to Giants, sign RFAs Paradis, Barrett
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The New York Giants will send a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos for punter Riley Dixon, according to multiple reports.

    • The condition has not yet been reported, but it likely pertains to Riley's roster status in New York during the upcoming season.

      A 2016 seventh-round pick, Dixon became expendable when the Broncos signed former Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl punter Marquette King to a three-year, $6 million deal earlier this month.

      Dixon, 24, finished 22nd in the league last year in net punting average (40.2), with two punts blocked and one returned for a touchdown. He put 23 of 73 punts inside the 20-yard line, with three touchbacks. As a rookie, Dixon finished ninth in net punting average (41.3) while putting 28 of 89 punts inside the 20, with six touchbacks. He also completed a 16-yard pass on a fake punt.

      The Giants released incumbent punter Brad Wing in March after he finished the 2017 season dead last among qualified punters in net average (36.7). He also had two punts blocked and one returned for a touchdown while placing 19 of 95 boots inside the 20, against eight touchbacks. The Australia native has a career net average of 39.1 yards in four seasons with the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

      Elsewhere, the Broncos will officially return all of their restricted free agents. Center Matt Paradis signed his second-round tender (worth $2.914 million) on Friday, while outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett is expected to sign his on Monday.

      Paradis, 28, has not missed a snap in the last three seasons, despite requiring surgery on both hips last offseason.

      Barrett, 25, has played in all 48 games (14 starts) over the last three seasons as a rotational edge rusher, tallying 109 tackles, 11 sacks and nine forced fumbles in that span.

      Each player will make more than four times as much as their 2017 base salaries ($615,000), when they were exclusive rights free agents.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Eagles QB Foles gets raise in reworked deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles agreed to a restructured contract that reportedly gives the quarterback a raise, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • NFL Network's Mike Garafolo originally reported the deal. While the final financial terms have not been disclosed, both Garafolo and ESPN's Tim McManus reported that the new contract includes a $2 million signing bonus, several million dollars more in potential performance- and playing time-based incentives and a mutual option for 2019.

      Foles was reportedly scheduled to make a total of $7 million in 2018, the final year of a two-year deal he signed before last season. With the mutual option, he will still have the chance to hit the open market after next season; the option would seem to also lessen the likelihood the Eagles would look to trade Foles during the season rather than risk losing him for nothing next spring.

      After a shaky finish to the regular season, Foles sparkled in the postseason, culminating with the MVP performance in the 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

      --Longtime NFL backup quarterback Luke McCown announced his retirement.

      The 36-year-old McCown didn't play in the NFL last season after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He saw action for five different teams during an NFL career that began in 2004.

      McCown started 10 NFL games and played in 62 total in stints with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He passed for 2,370 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

      --The Minnesota Vikings will open the season without linebacker Kentrell Brothers, who was suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced.

      Brothers can still participate in offseason and preseason activities, but will be ineligible as soon as the regular season starts. He can return immediately after the Vikings' Sept. 27 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

      Brothers apologized to the team, staff and fans in a statement released on Twitter. He also acknowledged his own responsibility for determining what goes into his body. Brothers, a fifth-round pick out of Missouri in 2016, is primarily a special teams player for Minnesota.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Eagles, Foles agree to restructured deal with '19 option
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles just keep on winning together. Even in April.

    • According to multiple reports Friday, the Super Bowl champs and their Super Bowl MVP agreed to a new contract which reportedly gives Foles a raise and potentially keeps the Eagles from having to make a league-altering decision during the season.

      NFL Network's Mike Garafolo originally reported the deal. While the final financial terms have not been disclosed, both Garafolo and ESPN's Tim McManus reported that the new contract includes:

      --A $2 million signing bonus

      --Several million dollars more in performance- and playing time-based incentives

      --A mutual option for 2019

      NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman referred to the deal as "a raise." Foles was reportedly scheduled to make a total of $7 million in 2018, the final year of a two-year deal he signed before last season. With the mutual option, he will still have the chance to hit the open market after next season; the option would seem to also lessen the likelihood the Eagles would look to trade Foles during the season rather than risk losing him for nothing next spring.

      Foles was even drawing pretty frequent trade speculation this offseason. The issue for the Eagles was the status of starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered torn knee ligaments in Week 14 last season, an injury which opened the door for Foles' heroics.

      After a shaky finish to the regular season, Foles sparkled in the postseason, culminating with the MVP performance in the 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

      Ten minutes after Garafolo tweeted the news of the contract agreement Friday, Foles tweeted a photo with his family which read "Bring your family to work day!" -- seeming to confirm he was at Eagles headquarters.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vikings LB Brothers suspended four games for PED violation
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The Minnesota Vikings will open the season without linebacker Kentrell Brothers, who was suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced on Friday.

    • Brothers can still participate in offseason and preseason activities, but will be out as soon as the regular season starts. He can return immediately after the Vikings' Sept. 27 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

      Brothers apologized to the team, staff and fans in a statement released on Twitter. He also acknowledged his own responsibility for determining what goes into his body.

      Brothers, a fifth-round pick out of Missouri in 2016, is primarily a special teams player for Minnesota.

      The Vikings also play the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills in the first four weeks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former NFL OL Mathis sells Mantle rookie card for record $2.88M
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Former NFL offensive lineman Evan Mathis has apparently found a very unique -- and lucrative -- way to supplement his income in retirement.

    • Record-setting baseball card dealer.

      A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle -- one of the two most famous cards in all of collecting -- sold at auction Thursday night for $2.88 million. It is the most ever paid for a '52 Topps Mantle, and the second-most paid for any card in history. Arguably the most famous card in the collecting world, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, sold for more than $3 million in October 2016.

      The card -- one of six '52 Topps Mantles graded a 9 (there are three known 10s in the world) -- was sold through Heritage Auctions. The seller was Mathis.

      Speaking on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday, the 12-year NFL veteran talked about his decision to sell the card, which he said he bought the card a little more than two years ago by trading "90 percent" of his existing collection and using a payment plan to cover the difference.

      "The No. 1 reason I am selling it is to buy ... my wife and three daughters' dream home in Tennessee," Mathis told host Bob Ley, "and also free up a little more buying power to go out and hunt for more collections and buy more stuff and just keep the money moving."

      Mathis, who was a first-team All-Pro with Philadelphia in 2013 and a Super Bowl winner with Denver in February 2016, also offered an estimate on the value of Evan Mathis cards.

      "My rookie card has a little value because it was a limited print run," Mathis said, "but most of my other cards are very, very, very cheap."

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime backup QB Luke McCown retires
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    Longtime NFL backup quarterback Luke McCown announced his retirement on Friday.

    • The 36-year-old McCown didn't play in the NFL last season after being waived by the Dallas Cowboys. He saw action for five different teams during an NFL career that began in 2004.

      "Today I am officially retiring from the NFL," McCown wrote in his statement. "It's bittersweet to leave the game I love and the craft I've worked at since the 2nd grade."

      McCown started 10 NFL games and played in 62 total in stints with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

      He passed for 2,370 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His last touchdown pass came in 2007 when he tossed five for the Buccaneers.

      McCown is the younger brother of New York Jets backup quarterback Josh McCown.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Eagles to host Falcons on opening night
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 20, 2018

    The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will kick off the NFL season with a Thursday night game on Sept. 8 against the visiting Atlanta Falcons, the league announced Thursday while revealing the full 2018 schedule.

    • The AFC champion New England Patriots will open at home against the Houston Texans on Sept. 9. The Patriots and the Jaguars will meet in a rematch of last season's AFC title game on Sept. 16. New England will play at night five times in a seven-game span from Sept. 23-Nov. 4.

      England will get a first-hand look at the champs when the Eagles face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 28 at London's Wembley Stadium. In other London action, the Oakland Raiders will oppose the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 14 at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium, and the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans will meet on Oct. 21 at Wembley.

      The Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs will play in Mexico City on Nov. 19. The game at Estadio Azteca will be the league's second Monday night contest in the nation's capital. The Raiders and Houston Texans met there in 2016, with Oakland posting a 27-20 win.

      --The New York Giants have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall with a failed physical designation, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed.

      Marshall is recovering from surgery on his left ankle that limited him to five games in 2017, his first season with the Giants after joining the team on a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason. His release clears more than $5.1 million from New York's salary cap, leaving $1 million in dead money.

      The 34-year-old finished his 12th NFL season with 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he failed to catch a touchdown or appear in at least 13 games in a campaign.

      --Defensive end Dwight Freeney is officially retiring as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced.

      Freeney, 38, played 11 seasons for the Colts, earning seven Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro nods in that span. A formal press conference will be held Monday in Indianapolis.

      The 11th overall pick in 2002, Freeney tallied 107.5 sacks and 43 forced fumbles in 163 games (143 starts) with the Colts, ranking only behind ex-teammate Robert Mathis (123.0) in both categories for the franchise record. His 125.5 career sacks are tied with Terrell Suggs for 17th on the NFL's all-time list.

      --A week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey told reporters that he remains open to "all options" with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

      Dorsey stepped carefully around questions asking about who his top-ranked quarterback is or who the team will take first overall, repeatedly falling back on the phrase "the draft is seven days away."

      Most have considered USC quarterback Sam Darnold the favorite to go No. 1 for the last several weeks, but Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen's name has gained steam recently. When asked about a Sports Illustrated report that a person close to Dorsey said the GM would take Allen, Dorsey emphasized his lack of contact with the outside world during draft season.

      --Giants general manager Gettleman doesn't feel any pressure to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick despite the chance to take one high and the advancing age of Eli Manning.

      Gettleman told reporters that the idea that he must use the rare opportunity to take a signal-caller is "hogwash." He spoke about the dangers of zeroing in on the position and potentially making a bad decision.

      "When you're picking this high, if you make a mistake -- if you miss on a quarterback, you've hurt the franchise for probably five years," he said when asked about the importance of succeeding with the No. 2 pick. "It's a five-year mistake."

      --Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people.

      The list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the most influential individuals in the world.

      Watt is singled out for his efforts helping the city of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. The 29-year-old raised over $37 million to help relief efforts after the storm devastated Houston and more of the southwest. He originally hoped to raise $200,000. For his work, Watt was selected as the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in February.

      --The Arizona Cardinals signed journeyman cornerback Marcus Williams to a one-year contract.

      Williams, 27, split last season between the New York Jets (five games) and Houston Texans (10) and had 18 tackles and one interception.

      Williams spent his first three NFL seasons (2014-16) with the Jets. His best season was in 2015, when he had six interceptions. Overall, Williams has 95 tackles, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 49 career NFL games (15 starts).

      --Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery this week to repair a fractured ankle suffered last week in a single-car accident near his home in Louisiana, Bucs general manager Jason Licht announced.

      Beckwith will miss the team's offseason program and likely some of training camp, and the Bucs are hopeful he will be ready for Week 1.

      Beckwith, 23, played in all 16 games (nine starts) as a rookie third-round pick in 2017, collecting 73 tackles, two passes defensed and a sack. His NFL debut was his first in-game action since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November of 2016 during his senior season at LSU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Champion Eagles kick off vs. Falcons
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will kick off the NFL season with a Thursday night game on Sept. 8 against the visiting Atlanta Falcons, the league announced Thursday while revealing the full 2018 schedule.

    • The Eagles also will play prime-time games against all three of their NFC rivals: at the New York Giants on Thursday, Oct. 11; vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 11; and vs. the Washington Redskins on Monday, Dec. 3. Philadelphia also will visit the Los Angeles Rams at night on Sunday, Dec. 16.

      A rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game is on tap for Oct. 7 when the Minnesota Vikings visit Philadelphia.

      England will get a first-hand look at the champs when the Eagles face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 28 at London's Wembley Stadium.

      The AFC champion New England Patriots will open at home against the Houston Texans on Sept. 9. The Patriots and the Jaguars will meet in a rematch of last season's AFC title game on Sept. 16. New England will play at night five times in a seven-game span from Sept. 23-Nov. 4.

      A matchup of superstar quarterbacks is set for Nov. 4 when Tom Brady's Patriots play host to Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers.

      In London action aside from the Eagles-Jaguars game, the Oakland Raiders will oppose the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 14 at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium, and the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans will meet on Oct. 21 at Wembley.

      The Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs will play in Mexico City on Nov. 19.

      The debut games for new head coaches:

      Arizona Cardinals (Steve Wilks): vs. Washington on Sept. 9

      Chicago Bears (Matt Nagy): at Green Bay on Sept. 9, on "Sunday Night Football"

      Detroit Lions (Matt Patricia): vs. New York Jets on Sept. 10, on "Monday Night Football"

      Indianapolis Colts (Frank Reich): vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 9

      New York Giants (Pat Shurmur): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9

      Oakland Raiders (Jon Gruden): vs. Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 10, on "Monday Night Football"

      Tennessee Titans (Mike Vrabel): at Miami Dolphins on Sept. 9

      --Field Level Media

  • DE Freeney to retire as member of Colts
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Defensive end Dwight Freeney is officially retiring as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Thursday.

    • Freeney, 38, played 11 seasons for the Colts, earning seven Pro Bowl appearances and three first-team All-Pro nods in that span. A formal press conference will be held Monday in Indianapolis.

      He joined the Seattle Seahawks before Week 8 of last season and had 3.0 sacks in his first two games but was caught off guard by his release from the team after just four games. He joined the Detroit Lions and played the final five games of the season, but did not tally a sack.

      Freeney had 8.0 sacks in a one-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and 3.0 for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, nearly helping the team to a Super Bowl title. He also spent two years with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2013-14, posting 4.0 sacks in 20 games.

      The 11th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Freeney tallied 107.5 sacks and 43 forced fumbles in 163 games (143 starts) with the Colts, ranking only behind former teammate Robert Mathis (123.0) in both categories for the franchise record.

      His 125.5 career sacks are tied with Terrell Suggs for 17th on the NFL's all-time list, since the stat became official in 1982. Among those eligible to be inducted, only one player (San Diego's Leslie O'Neal, 132.5) is not a Hall of Famer.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gettleman on idea Giants must draft QB: 'Hogwash'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman doesn't feel any pressure to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick despite the chance to take one high and the advancing age of Eli Manning.

    • Gettleman told reporters Thursday that the idea that he must use the rare opportunity to take a signal-caller is "hogwash."

      Earlier in his pre-draft press conference, he touched on the dangers of picking the wrong QB.

      "When you're picking this high, if you make a mistake -- if you miss on a quarterback, you've hurt the franchise for probably five years," he said when asked about the importance of succeeding with the No. 2 pick. "It's a five-year mistake."

      Gettleman did offer a few thoughts on this year's quarterback class -- with the top four widely considered to be Wyoming's Josh Allen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen -- calling it a "really neat group to evaluate" because "they're all different flavors."

      Since being hired as the team's new GM in December, Gettleman has repeatedly supported the 37-year-old Manning, saying all offseason that he believes Manning has quality years remaining in his career. New head coach Pat Shurmur has seconded that assessment.

      Accordingly, the Giants have frequently been connected to non-quarterbacks at the top of the draft, such as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb and Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

      Gettleman led the front office that selected a running back at No. 8 overall last year, when the Carolina Panthers took Christian McCaffrey, and he affirmed Thursday that he doesn't subscribe to the idea that running backs aren't worthy of a top pick.

      "I think the devaluing of the running back is really a myth," he said. "If you have a great running back, he immediately makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game better. That's the way it is."

      Speaking specifically to Barkley, Gettleman said he's "a tremendous talent, I'm not going to lie."

      "He's one of those guys that my mother could have scouted," he added with a laugh. "She could have figured that one out."

      Whether or not his comments are indicative of which way the Giants are leaning on draft day, Gettleman was insistent that no decisions have been or will be made until the action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET in AT&T Stadium next Thursday.

      "You can't close your mind," he said. "You don't know what's going to happen. We'll know when we know. I'm not making any decisions before the draft."

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals sign journeyman CB Williams
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The Arizona Cardinals signed journeyman cornerback Marcus Williams to a one-year contract on Thursday.

    • Williams, 27, split last season between the New York Jets (five games) and Houston Texans (10) and had 18 tackles and one interception.

      Williams spent his first three NFL seasons (2014-16) with the Jets. His best season was in 2015, when he had six interceptions.

      Overall, Williams has 95 tackles, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles in 49 career NFL games (15 starts).

      Williams was a college star at North Dakota State and set the FCS record with seven career interception returns for touchdown. He set a school record with 21 interceptions and played on three straight national championship teams.

      He went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants release WR Marshall after one year
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The New York Giants have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall with a failed physical designation, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed Thursday.

    • Marshall is recovering from surgery on his left ankle that limited him to five games in 2017, his first season with the Giants after joining the team on a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason. His release clears more than $5.1 million from New York's salary cap, leaving $1 million in dead money.

      The 34-year-old finished his 12th NFL season with 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he failed to catch a touchdown or appear in at least 13 games in a campaign.

      Marshall has played for five teams and made the Pro Bowl with four of them -- twice with both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, once each for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets -- but he has never played for a team that made the playoffs.

      He has 959 receptions, 12,215 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his career, ranking third among all active players, and second among active wideouts, in each category.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns GM Dorsey still open to 'all options' at No. 1
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    A week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey told reporters Thursday that he remains open to "all options" with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

    • Dorsey stepped carefully around questions asking about who his top-ranked quarterback is or who the team will take first overall, repeatedly falling back on the phrase "the draft is seven days away."

      Most have considered USC quarterback Sam Darnold the favorite to go No. 1 for the last several weeks, but Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen's name has gained steam recently. When asked about a Sports Illustrated report that a person close to Dorsey said the GM would take Allen, Dorsey emphasized his lack of contact with the outside world during draft season.

      "First of all, who is 'Friend of Dorsey?''' he said. "Second of all, I'm going to tell you all, I go black in this time of year. For a month, I don't listen to radio, I don't watch TV and I don't pick up the newspaper."

      Dorsey did speak to some of the characteristics he looks for when evaluating quarterbacks.

      "The only thing I really care about: Do the guys win?" he said. "Does he have accuracy, does he have a strong arm? Can he throw the ball in the red zone in tight windows, can he drive the ball? At the end of the game, does he win? That's kind of what I look for."

      While the wide assumption is for a quarterback to go No. 1, Dorsey reiterated that he remains open to trading the first pick. He also said the team would "absolutely" consider taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the top pick.

      "Why wouldn't I?" he said. "The guy's a really good football player. You can't have enough good football players.''

      Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that all four top quarterbacks -- Darnold, Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield -- remain in play for the Browns. He also added skepticism to the idea that a person close to Dorsey could know who the Browns plan on taking.

      "When John Dorsey goes dark, he goes dark," Jackson said.

      The Ringer reported Thursday that multiple people in the Browns organization have "thought about, discussed and investigated" the idea of taking quarterbacks at both No. 1 and No. 4 overall.

      The report adds that such an approach remains unlikely, but one member of the organization had done enough research on the subject to "immediately rattle off every previous instance of teams drafting two passers high."

      The first round will officially begin at 8 p.m. ET next Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs LB Beckwith broke ankle in car accident, had surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured ankle suffered last week in a single-car accident near his home in Louisiana, Bucs general manager Jason Licht announced Thursday.

    • Beckwith will miss the team's offseason program and likely some of training camp, and the Bucs are hopeful he will be ready for Week 1.

      "Right now it's unfair to give a timeline as well with him," Licht said. "We're very fortunate that it wasn't life-threatening for him or the [driver]. We'll probably hold him -- he'll be out of OTAs, and in training camp we'll have a better idea of how far along he is."

      Beckwith, 23, played in all 16 games (nine starts) as a rookie third-round pick in 2017, collecting 73 tackles, two passes defensed and a sack. His NFL debut was his first in-game action since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November of 2016 during his senior season at LSU.

      Tampa Bay has proven linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, but Beckwith played more defensive snaps (850, 79.8 percent) than either player in 2017, as both David (817, 76.7 percent) and Alexander (723, 67.9 percent) missed time with minor injuries.

      --Field Level Media

  • 2018 NFL mock draft: Browns get their QB
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    One week away, it remains unclear who the Cleveland Browns will take first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, but the race appears to be between USC's Sam Darnold and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

    • Both offer immense upside but could use time to develop, something the Browns prepared for when they traded the 65th overall pick to the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor in March.

      Cleveland's choice could have major ramifications, as every team seems to have a unique view on the draft's consensus top four signal-callers (Darnold, Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield). The New York Jets will almost certainly take one of the four, but whom do they like most? Is there a QB who would tempt the Denver Broncos at No. 5? Teams like the Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals or Patriots could each be eyeing a different target in a trade-up.

      Add in the unknown of where Lamar Jackson will go, and you can be sure quarterbacks will dominate the first-round spotlight in Dallas.

      1. Cleveland Browns: QB Sam Darnold, USC

      John Dorsey likes to swing for the fences (see Patrick Mahomes in 2017), but Josh Allen might be too risky for a team with such an ugly quarterback history. Darnold is safer and still boasts a very high ceiling.

      2. New York Giants: RB Saquon Barkley, NC State

      A QB or a trade are possibilities, but Dave Gettleman is willing to take a running back high (see Christian McCaffrey in 2017), and Barkley is as talented and versatile as they come.

      3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis): QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

      If the Browns take Allen first, this could be Darnold, but otherwise, it looks like we'll see "Broadway Baker." A relentless competitor, Mayfield should push Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job early.

      4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston): DE Bradley Chubb

      No team has ever complained about having too many pass rushers. The Browns could kick Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah or Chubb inside on third downs.

      5. Buffalo Bills (from Denver): QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

      The Bills are desperate for a quarterback and could move as high as No. 2, likely targeting Allen. The Broncos would be passing on a QB to build around Case Keenum while holding out hope for Paxton Lynch.

      6. Miami Dolphins (from New York Jets via Indianapolis): QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

      The Colts pick up more draft capital, and Adam Gase -- despite his support for Ryan Tannehill -- gets the kind of intellectual precision passer he loves. This could also block the rival Patriots from trading up for Rosen.

      7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Derwin James, Florida State

      Fortifying the secondary should be priority No. 1 in Tampa, and James has one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft. Denzel Ward and Minkah Fitzpatrick could be options here too.

      8. Chicago Bears: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

      Nelson's college coach, Harry Hiestand, recently joined the Bears, who have a hole at left guard after releasing Josh Sitton. A perfect fit for one of the best guard prospects in years.

      9. San Francisco 49ers: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

      The 49ers added Richard Sherman, but cornerback remains a weak spot. While a bit smaller than former teammate Marshon Lattimore, Ward is just as sticky in coverage.

      10. Oakland Raiders: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

      Jon Gruden likes tall linebackers, so Tremaine Edmunds could be tempting, but Smith is a far more refined player right now. He's a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.

      11. Indianapolis Colts (from Miami): DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

      After adding yet another second-round pick (giving them a whopping five picks in the top 49) in another trade-down, the Colts nab a player who some once expected to go top-5.

      12. Denver Broncos (from Cincinnati via Buffalo): LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

      Ward and Smith are potential targets here, but with both off the board, Denver opts for a 19-year-old athletic freak. Edmunds needs polish and coaching, but his gifts are exceedingly rare.

      13. Washington Redskins: ILB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

      Vita Vea would make sense here too, but Vander Esch fits perfectly next to Zach Brown, giving Washington a pair of three-down, off-ball linebackers.

      14. Green Bay Packers: OLB/DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA

      Clay Matthews is no longer explosive, and Nick Perry remains inconsistent. Davenport is a bit raw, but he routinely rag-dolled Conference USA opponents. Harold Landry could also go here as perhaps a better fit in a 3-4 defense.

      15. Arizona Cardinals: CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville

      The Cardinals need a QB, but Lamar Jackson seems like an odd fit. Instead, they take the extremely agile and feisty Alexander to play opposite Patrick Peterson.

      16. Baltimore Ravens: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

      McGlinchey would play right tackle as a bookend to former college teammate Ronnie Stanley. Calvin Ridley or a tight end could also be in play here.

      17. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Vita Vea, Washington

      Sporting a roster with surprisingly few holes, L.A. must get better against the run. The freakishly strong Vea would do that in a hurry, and he can push the pocket as a rusher, too.

      18. Seattle Seahawks: CB Josh Jackson, Iowa

      The Seahawks will look to trade down and add more picks, but Jackson makes sense if they stay put. With size, length and ball skills, he's exactly the type of cornerback they typically covet.

      19. Dallas Cowboys: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

      With Dez Bryant's recent release, the draft's top receiver seems almost too obvious for the Cowboys. With Seattle's pick potentially available via trade, a team could target Ridley at 18 to leap Dallas.

      20. Detroit Lions: DT DaRon Payne, Alabama

      The Lions need more pass rush, especially with Ezekiel Ansah's long-term future unclear. Payne didn't have many sacks in college, but he routinely affected quarterbacks and should be a plus run defender from Day 1.

      21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo): C James Daniels, Iowa

      The Bengals' line was a sieve in protection in 2017, and even worse in the run game. Daniels will replace departed free agent Russell Bodine and clear lanes for Joe Mixon immediately.

      22. Denver Broncos (from Kansas City, via Buffalo): G Will Hernandez, UTEP

      With the second of two first-round picks acquired from the Bills, the Broncos find a plug-and-play mauler to fill a hole at right guard.

      23. New England Patriots: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

      It's unclear if the Patriots could move up high enough for Rosen, while Jackson might not even make it to No. 23. Either way, they should prioritize finding a long-term option at quarterback.

      24. Carolina Panthers: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

      Greg Olsen is 33 and coming off an injury-plagued season, with little behind him on the depth chart. Goedert dominated lower-level competition and could become an excellent two-way tight end.

      25. Tennessee Titans: OLB Harold Landry, Boston College

      Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are each entering contract years, and Kevin Dodd has disappointed so far. Landry could prove a bargain after his stock cooled during an injury-riddled senior season.

      26. Atlanta Falcons: DT Taven Bryan, Florida

      Dan Quinn loves opportunities to mold explosive athletes, and Bryan is downright twitchy despite standing 6-foot-4 at nearly 300 pounds. He'll help reinforce a depleted defensive line.

      27. New Orleans Saints: TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

      The Saints missed out on a reunion with Jimmy Graham but could get the draft's most polished tight end. If they opt for youth (Hurst is 24 after stint in minor league baseball) or a pure pass-catcher instead, Mike Gesicki might be the pick.

      28. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

      With Ryan Shazier's future uncertain at best, the Steelers must shore up inside linebacker. Luckily for them, this year's class is a great one, as Evans would go higher in a typical draft.

      29. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland

      A tight end would make sense, but the two most well-rounded options are off the board. Moore would provide an explosive weapon to help replace Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

      30. Minnesota Vikings: OT/OG Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

      Wynn could slot in at guard or at right tackle, depending on whether the Vikings move Mike Remmers inside permanently. Connor Williams would also be an option.

      31. New England Patriots: CB Mike Hughes, Central Florida

      The Patriots' recent history drafting cornerbacks is ugly, but they could use one. Hughes isn't big, but he's physical and could also help replace Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis as a returner.

      32. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Derrius Guice, LSU

      The Eagles don't have many holes to fill, so they opt for a dynamic weapon. Powerful, agile and quietly effective as a pass-catcher, Guice would serve as insurance for Jay Ajayi, who is entering a contract year.

      --David DeChant, Field Level Media

  • Texans' Watt named to Time's 100 most influential list
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people.

    • The list revealed Thursday recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the most influential individuals in the world.

      Watt is singled out for his efforts helping the city of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. The 29-year-old raised over $37 million to help relief efforts after the storm devastated Houston and more of the southwest. He originally hoped to raise $200,000.

      For his work, Watt was selected as the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in February.

      "Every few years, a professional athlete touches the heart and soul of a city in a way that has nothing to do with athleticism," Houston mayor Sylvester Turner wrote in Time. "Such is the case with Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who is a star on and off the field.

      "Hurricane Harvey was a historic storm that dumped more than 50 inches of rain, damaged more than 300,000 homes and shattered lives. As Houston's mayor, I led the response and resiliency efforts. But government can't do everything for everyone. J.J. tackled Harvey's destruction the same way he obliterates his opponents on the football field. He raised more than $37 million for hurricane recovery and delivered water, food and supplies to storm victims. In the process, he lifted the spirits of all Houstonians.

      "Who knows? After I leave office, J.J. Watt could be drafted as the next mayor of Houston."

      Time's list also features Kevin Durant of the NBA's Golden State Warriors and tennis star Roger Federer.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles-Jaguars London tilt set for Week 8
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Oct. 28 as part of Week 8 of the 2018 season, the NFL announced Thursday.

    • The game will take place at 9:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. local time) at England's Wembley Stadium, the third of three games to be played in London this season.

      The Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers will face off at the same time the weekend prior at Wembley, while the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders will play at 1 p.m. ET at the Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium during Week 6 (Oct. 14).

      Matchups for the London games had been previously announced without set dates and times.

      The Los Angeles Rams will face the Kansas City Chiefs on "Monday Night Football" from Mexico City on Nov. 19, the NFL announced Wednesday night.

      The Rams-Chiefs game at Estadio Azteca will be the league's second Monday night contest in Mexico City. The Raiders and Houston Texans met there in 2016, with Oakland posting a 27-20 win.

      The NFL will release the full 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chiefs, Rams taking 'MNF' game to Mexico City
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 19, 2018

    The Los Angeles Rams will be the home team when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on "Monday Night Football" from Mexico City on Nov. 19, the NFL announced Wednesday night.

    • The announcement came ahead of the release of the full 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday.

      The Rams-Chiefs game at Estadio Azteca will be the league's second Monday night contest in Mexico City. The Raiders and Houston Texans met there in 2016, with Oakland posting a 27-20 win.

      The league has not yet announced matchups for three other international games, all slated for London.

      For the Chiefs, it will be the franchise's first trip to Mexico since a preseason contest in Monterrey in 1996.

      The Rams have never played in Mexico, which has played host to 10 NFL games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Brady yet to confirm he's playing in 2018
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Tom Brady is not yet officially committed to playing in 2018, but the New England Patriots and others close to him expect the 40-year-old quarterback to return for his 20th season.

    • ESPN reported that Brady did not give "official word" that he's planning to be with the Patriots, putting him in the same proverbial boat as tight end Rob Gronkowski. Brady, who turns 41 in August, was not present at the start of the offseason program on Monday. He is not expected to participate in the team's offseason program for the third time in his career.

      "My money would be on him playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on away from the football field, I don't know," one source told ESPN, per the report Wednesday.

      Brady, who is signed through 2019 and is due $14 million each of the next two seasons, could be angling for a contract extension, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Brady would rank around the middle of the pack for NFL starting quarterbacks at his current pay rate.

      --Saquon Barkley's agent says the Penn State running back has no intention of avoiding the Cleveland Browns at all costs in the NFL draft, contrary to a Sports Illustrated report.

      "I can say on behalf of our entire team that we would be thrilled for Saquon to go to whichever team drafts him," Kim Miale, Barkley's agent, said in a statement to Cleveland.com. "We know he will be a resounding success for any team fortunate enough to select him."

      Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Roc Nation, the agency representing Barkley, was pushing for Barkley to dodge the Browns if he is selected with one of Cleveland's first-round picks.

      --Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said on Nashville radio station "The Midday 180" that the club will pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Marcus Mariota's contract.

      The move will give Mariota a $20,922,000 salary in 2019. He is slated to make $3.73 million this season. Picking up the option also gives both sides more time to negotiate a long-term contract for the 24-year-old QB.

      Mariota guided Tennessee to its first playoff victory since the 2003 campaign last season despite an uneven campaign in which he passed for 3,232 yards and 13 touchdowns against a career-worst 15 interceptions.

      --Gronkowski purchased a minority stake in a racehorse named Gronk, a 3-year-old colt that will run in next month's Kentucky Derby. There was no immediate word on the purchase price.

      "I've never dealt with horses," Gronkowski told the Wall Street Journal. "Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse."

      Gronk the horse was purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds for over $400,000 in England last year. Trainer Jeremy Noseda and his family are huge Patriots fans and the decision was reached to name it after the player nicknamed "Gronk."

      --Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said he plans to play several more seasons despite a recent audition for ESPN's "Monday Night Football."

      Olsen is one of several individuals given a formal audition for ESPN's coveted spot in the Monday night booth vacated by Jon Gruden, who is back in the NFL as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Olsen attempted to short-circuit talk of his impending retirement and tried to dispel the notion he was only angling for a contract extension with the Panthers.

      He tweeted Wednesday, "Lets try it another way 1) Team was first to know about ESPN Audition. Made it clear at that point my desire to play 3-5 more years with PANTHERS. 2) Never gave team ultimatum regarding my contract or lack of commitment to this upcoming season. Now back to OTAs."

      --With ESPN yet to announce a replacement for Gruden, NFL Network's Kurt Warner is getting "serious consideration" for the job, according to USA Today.

      Per the report, Warner has had multiple conversations with ESPN about the position and is on a narrowing list of top candidates.

      A member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class, Warner has appeared on NFL Network since 2010, shortly after he retired from the Arizona Cardinals. He has served primarily as a studio analyst, though he called select games during the 2010 season and a pair of contests with NBC's Mike Tirico on "Thursday Night Football" in 2017.

      --The families of those killed or injured in the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and 18 graduating seniors will help the Miami Dolphins in next week's NFL draft.

      The Dolphins will host the students and family members at their Davie, Fla., practice facility, where they will announce the team's picks from the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday, April 28. Miami traded away its fifth-round pick but has additional picks in the fourth and seventh rounds.

      The Dolphins have donated more than $100,000 to the Parkland, Fla., community in the aftermath of the February tragedy. The team also hosted a football clinic in Parkland in March.

      --The Denver Broncos have added up to $3 million in achievable incentives to cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s contract for 2018, according to ESPN.

      Per the report, the incentives are linked to playing time, team wins, All-Pro recognition and interceptions.

      Harris, 28, is set to make at least $7.4 million this season, with the new incentives bringing his potential earnings to $10.4 million. He was paid a $1 million option bonus earlier this offseason and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $42.5 million deal signed in December 2014.

      --Devin Hester and Matt Forte signed one-day contracts with the Chicago Bears, clearing their way to retire with the organization they started their careers with. Both players spent their first eight NFL seasons in Chicago.

      Hester was drafted 57th overall by the Bears in 2006 as a cornerback but became an instant sensation as punt and kickoff returner. He had five return touchdowns in his rookie year and followed it up with six the next season.

      Forte enjoyed his greatest success with the Bears after being drafted out of Tulane in the second round in 2008. He ran for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie and went on to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four of the next six seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broncos add $3M in incentives to CB Harris' deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    The Denver Broncos have added up to $3 million achievable through incentives to cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s contract for 2018, according to an ESPN report.

    • Per ESPN, the incentives are linked to playing time, team wins, All-Pro recognition and interceptions.

      Harris, 28, is set to make at least $7.4 million this season, with the new incentives bringing his potential earnings to $10.4 million. He was paid a $1 million option bonus earlier this offseason and is in the fourth year of a five-year, $42.5 million deal signed in December of 2014.

      The three-time Pro Bowler has played in 111 of a possible 112 games in his career, with the only missed contest coming in 2012. He had exactly three interceptions each year from 2012-14 and two picks in each of the last three seasons, earning All-Pro honors in 2016.

      A former undrafted free agent, Harris has spent all six years of his career in Denver, tallying 16 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), 73 passes defensed and 422 tackles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Warner getting 'serious consideration' for MNF job
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    With ESPN yet to announce a replacement for Jon Gruden as the network's Monday Night Football analyst, NFL Network's Kurt Warner is getting "serious consideration" for the job, according to a USA Today report.

    • Per the report, Warner has had multiple conversations with ESPN about the position and is on a narrowing list of top candidates.

      A member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class, Warner has appeared on NFL Network since 2010, shortly after he retired from the Arizona Cardinals. He has served primarily as a studio analyst, though he called select games during the 2010 season and a pair of contests with NBC's Mike Tirico on Thursday Night Football in 2017.

      A few other big-name quarterbacks appear to be out of contention for the job. ESPN's top choice, Peyton Manning, reportedly passed on the position. The New York Post reported Wednesday that Brett Favre auditioned but was "not great" and has been told he is no longer in consideration. Favre tweeted Tuesday night that he was intrigued by the opportunity but is not sure he wants to pursue a broadcasting career at the moment.

      Others who have reportedly been discussed are current ESPN studio analysts Rex Ryan and Matt Hasselbeck, former NFL defensive tackle Anthony "Booger" McFarland and recently retired offensive lineman Joe Thomas.

      Thomas has spoken openly on his podcast, The Thomahawk Show, about his auditions with Fox for their opening on the new Thursday night package and for the vacant ESPN job. He said he did his dry run at ESPN with play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, who is expected to take over for Sean McDonough after the latter moved back to college football.

      Fox reportedly plans to have Joe Buck and Troy Aikman pull double duty and fill the TNF role in addition to their weekly Sunday game.

      --Field Level Media