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  • Patriots owner Kraft: 'I am truly sorry'
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Saturday that expressed his remorse following charges of solicitation of prostitution.

    • The statement represented the first comments made by Kraft since he was charged last month for allegedly receiving sex acts at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. He has pleaded not guilty, and on Friday, his attorney said they intended to vehemently fight the charges as well as the release of two tapes that purportedly show Kraft receiving services at the spa.

      "In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks," Kraft's statement read. "To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

      "I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.

      "Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years."

      Kraft's wife, Myra, died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 68, shortly after their 48th anniversary.

      Kraft and 24 other men were charged as part of a law-enforcement operation to stop human trafficking in South Florida.

      William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday evening that read:

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it.

      "The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      Kraft and the other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine.

      Sources close to Kraft earlier this week said he wouldn't accept that deal, according to multiple reports.

      The statement from Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire businessman who also owns the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, continued:

      "As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect."

      Kraft is expected to be in Florida next Friday for his next court hearing.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per season on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

    • According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

      The league's highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

      Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

      --The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

      William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      --The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported.

      Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury. He also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, Kalil started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

      Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson -- who missed all but one game in 2018 -- earlier this offseason.

      --The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett by April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

      Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in January.

      --The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley.

      The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr. Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring.

      Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles.

      --The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold. The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

      Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

      --Former Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray visited the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple reports.

      Ray, who had eight sacks in 2016 but has battled injuries the last two years, would move from linebacker to defensive end if he joins the Colts. Indianapolis reportedly added pass rusher Justin Houston on Thursday.

      --The Buffalo Bills signed former Seahawks safety Maurice Alexander and former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who is making the transition to be a blocking tight end.

      Buffalo also reportedly visited with former Titans guard Quinton Spain and former Seahawks defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

      --The Lions agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, multiple media outlets reported. Detroit also officially re-signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.

      --Wide receiver Cody Latimer officially re-signed with the New York Giants.

      --The Cleveland Browns signed free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.

      --The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed fullback Anthony Sherman, per multiple reports.

      --The Bengals signed former Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, ESPN reported.

      --The Texans re-signed special teamer Joe Webb III, who also serves as a backup wide receiver and quarterback.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle Matt Kalil on a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported Friday

    • Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.

      A first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, Kalil also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, he has started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

      Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson -- who missed all but one game in 2018 with a broken ankle -- earlier this offseason.

      Incumbent left tackle Julien Davenport allowed 8.75 sacks and committed 12 penalties last season, according to STATS LLC. Martinas Rankin, a 2018 third-round pick, allowed 5.5 sacks in four starts at tackle before being benched. Kendall Lamm, who started 13 games at right tackle, signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency last week.

      Kalil allowed 7.5 sacks and committed seven penalties in 2017 with the Panthers. He has allowed 39.25 sacks while committing 32 penalties in 82 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

    • William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday evening. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it.

      "The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      Kraft and 24 other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine, according to the New York Times.

      Instead, Kraft is prepared to fight the charges.

      William Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., said he expected surveillance video of Kraft's alleged illegal activities to be released before long.

      "I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released," Snyder said during an interview with CNBC.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley on Friday, the team announced.

    • The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr.

      Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring. It was his second consecutive year getting cut after one year with a new team, as the Chicago Bears released him last March after adding him on a three-year, $45 million deal in 2017.

      Glennon saw action in two games for Arizona, going 15 of 21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. He went 1-3 as a starter for Chicago in 2017, throwing for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

      A former third-round pick out of N.C. State by the Buccaneers, Glennon has a career passer rating of 84.0, with 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 27 games (22 starts).

      Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles. A former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, he spent his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a reserve, before earning a starting job with the Giants.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per year on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

    • According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

      The league's highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

      Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on a five-year extension he signed in August 2015. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

      Jones had 113 receptions for an NFL-high 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, with all three figures marking his best since 2015. He earned his fifth straight Pro Bowl nod and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.

      --Field Level Media

  • 'Pacman' Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Free agent defensive back Adam "Pacman" Jones reportedly has agreed to spend 10 days in jail under the terms of a plea deal rather than go to trial to face charges against him following an incident at an Indiana casino.

    • The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday night that Jones accepted the plea deal, which is conditional upon acceptance by a judge.

      Jones was arrested in February at the Rising Star Casino after he was accused of cheating at a table game. He was accused of nine felony and five misdemeanor charges, which included threatening to kill an Indiana Gaming Commission officer.

      Also among the charges were felony counts of intimidation and cheating at gambling.

      Under the agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all charges other than felony cheating at gambling and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, according to the Enquirer. He agreed to abstain from alcohol for 18 months and also during that time to not own a firearm without permission from a probation officer.

      Jones, 35, has a history of arrests and has been plagued by legal issues throughout his career. The NFL suspended him for the 2007 season following a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club that left a man paralyzed. A member of Jones' entourage was identified as the shooter.

      The Tennessee Titans selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. He spent the 2009 season in the Canadian Football League.

      The Broncos signed him before the 2018 season and released him after he played in seven games.

      He has 17 career interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers QB Newton swore off sex for March
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows that sacrifice is a key to success.

    • With that in mind, the 29-year-old quarterback is really pushing himself in that department this offseason as he recovers from his recent shoulder surgery.

      In January, he decided to give up betting for the entire year.

      For the month of February, he went vegan.

      For March, Newton says he's sworn off sex for the entire month.

      Newton explained his thinking during a guest spot on "The Late, Late Show with James Corden" on Wednesday night.

      "It makes my mind stronger," Newton said. "So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I'm mentally stronger."

      Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder after battling discomfort over the second half of the 2018 season before eventually being shut down with two games remaining.

      Newton is expected to be ready well in time for the start of the 2019 regular season.

      Newton passed for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season. Carolina started strong at 6-2 but collapsed with seven straight losses and ended up at 7-9.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns sign OL Witzmann
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Cleveland Browns continue to stay busy this offseason, signing free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann on Friday.

    • Witzmann, 28, started seven games at right guard for the Chicago Bears last season, his fourth in the league.

      A South Dakota State product, Witzmann entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2014, and he spent the 2016-17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, making 13 starts during his tenure there.

      He provides some offensive line depth to the Browns, who traded guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants.

      The Browns also have signed free agents Kendall Lamm, a right tackle, and Eric Kush, who plays guard/center, in their bid to shore up the line.

      General manager John Dorsey previously signed both Witzmann and Kush when he was with the Chiefs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants re-sign WR Latimer
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Wide receiver Cody Latimer re-signed with the New York Giants.

    • Latimer, a second-round draft pick of the Broncos who spent his first four seasons in Denver, played in six games with the Giants in 2018. He was hampered by injuries and spent two months on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.

      Latimer stood out in the regular-season finale against Dallas with a 21-yard touchdown reception and four catches for 72 yards.

      He has 46 career receptions in five seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams match offer on RB Brown
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, the team announced Friday.

    • Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

      The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

      Brown's 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers to release S Burnett
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

      Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

      Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

      The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

      After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL owners to weigh replay for pass interference
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The NFL Competition Committee will introduce 16 potential rule revisions for the 2019 season, including two that could lead to a modification of the use of replay.

    • The league shared its report Thursday with the public in advance of the annual league meeting, which begins Sunday in Phoenix.

      One proposal under consideration would implement a one-year trial to expand the use of instant replay to fouls for pass interference as well as to automatically review scoring plays and turnovers that are negated by a penalties along with any extra-point or two-point attempt.

      Additionally, the league owners will weigh a second proposal for a one-year trial that would allow review of penalties for roughing the passer and contact against a defenseless player.

      The call to make pass-interference penalties -- and non-calls -- reviewable arose after the NFC Championship Game in January, when Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams wasn't called for pass interference on a play that league officials later admitted should have been a penalty. As a result, the Rams were able to stop a New Orleans Saints' touchdown drive, and the Rams won the game in overtime to earn a berth to Super Bowl LIII.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Colts reportedly sign LB Houston
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

    • Houston registered 78 1/2 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18, including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.

      The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.

      Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16).

      --Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.

      The settlement was announced last month, but financial terms were withheld due to a confidentiality agreement.

      Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers, he filed a grievance against the league seven months later. Reid, the former 49ers safety who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 by kneeling in protest during the national anthem, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018, and the grievances were later combined into a joint case.

      --The Ravens have reached a two-year agreement to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Baltimore, pending the results of a physical. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year will continue his role as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson. Griffin played in three games for the Ravens in 2018 and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.

      --The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this summer in Hawaii.

      The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It will be the second preseason game for both teams and the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.

      --Restricted free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, reportedly rejecting offers from the Chiefs and other teams, per NFL Network.

      A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, the 27-year-old Dennard has played in 68 games (19 starts) and registered 227 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks.

      --Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported.

      Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He had 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.

      --Defensive end Vinny Curry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing to a deal after playing one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Curry, 30, was released by the Bucs in March in a move that cleared $8 million in 2019 cap space. He won a Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and adds depth to a defensive line that has lost Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.

      --New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season. His cap hit is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.

      A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86 catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.

      --The Arizona Cardinals reached a two-year deal with defensive lineman Darius Philon, the NFL Network reported. The deal is worth $10 million -- $12 million with incentives -- with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.

      Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13. He recorded four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams and Cowboys to play preseason game in Hawaii
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this summer in Hawaii, the teams announced on Thursday.

    • The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

      It will be the second preseason game for both teams and the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.

      The game is a rematch of last season's divisional round playoff. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 30-22 en route to Super Bowl LIII.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Colts sign LB Houston to 2-year, $24M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

    • Houston registered 78.5 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18, including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.

      The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.

      Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16).

      Whether Houston lines up at linebacker or moves to defensive end, the 6-foot-3, 258-pound veteran should improve an Indianapolis defense that tied for 19th in the NFL with 39 sacks last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens reach 2-year agreement with QB Griffin
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Ravens reached a two-year agreement Thursday to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Baltimore, the team announced.

    • Pending the results of a physical, the 29-year-old veteran will continue his role as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson.

      Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Griffin earned $1.1 million in his first season with Baltimore in 2018.

      Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, played in three games for the Ravens and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.

      Griffin won a Heisman Trophy at Baylor and was the No. 2 overall pick by Washington in the 2012 NFL Draft.

      In three seasons with the Redskins (2012-14) and one with the Cleveland Browns (2016), he passed for 8,983 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,670 yards and 10 scores.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Kaepernick, Reid to share less than $10M in settlement
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million, minus attorneys' fees, in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    • The settlement between the league and the players was announced last month, but financial terms were not announced due to a confidentiality agreement.

      The Journal said Thursday it was unknown how Kaepernick and Reid would split the settlement.

      Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers, he filed the grievance in the league seven months later.

      In the 2016 preseason, Kaepernick began sitting on the bench during the playing of the national anthem in protest for what he saw as racial injustice against minorities, then decided to kneel instead after speaking with an Army veteran.

      He hasn't found a new job, and he contended in his grievance that the 32 NFL teams "colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States."

      A number of owners, executives, coaches and other figures had been deposed as part of the grievance, and a motion by the NFL to have the grievance dismissed was denied in August.

      Defensive back Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 with the 49ers by kneeling during the anthem, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018. The two grievances were combined into a joint case, but it's unclear when that occurred.

      Reid became a free agent in March 2018 and remained unsigned until mid-September, when the Carolina Panthers brought him in after an injury to safety Da'Norris Searcy. With his one-year deal expiring after the season, Reid signed a three-year extension for a reported $22 million with Carolina this offseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals re-sign CB Dennard
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

    • Dennard, an unrestricted free agent, opted to return to the Bengals over other offers, including one from the Kansas City Chiefs, per NFL Network. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

      A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, Dennard has 19 regular-season starts, including nine in 2018.

      The 27-year-old rejoins a cornerback room comprised of first-round picks led by Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Cards sign DT Philon to two-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Arizona Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with free agent defensive lineman Darius Philon, the NFL Network reported Thursday.

    • The deal is worth $10 million -- $12 million with incentives -- with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.

      The 6-foot-1, 300-pound tackle was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13, recording four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

      --Field Level Media

  • Saints WR Meredith agrees to $2.1M pay cut
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season.

    • Meredith's new base salary is $1.3 million, down from the $3.4 million deal he signed last year. But his cap hit is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.

      A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86 catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Saints near deal with TE Cook
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported Thursday.

    • Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans.

      The Saints had a hole at tight end with Benjamin Watson opting for retirement. Last spring, the Saints made a run at free agent Jimmy Graham, but he landed in Green Bay.

      Cook had 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.

      He has 39-plus catches in seven of the past eight seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles bring back DE Curry
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Defensive end Vinny Curry returned to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, agreeing to a deal following one season away from the team.

    • Curry played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

      Curry, 30, was released by the Buccaneers in March in a cap-savings move. Tampa shaved $8 million off of its 2019 cap in the transaction.

      Curry won the Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and helps add depth to a defensive line that subtracted Michael Bennett (via trade to the New England Patriots) and Haloti Ngata (retirement).

      Curry had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2018, his only season with Tampa Bay, after winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles.

      Curry turns 31 on June 30. He spent the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia, where he produced 22 quarterback sacks.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Kraft reportedly wants to block alleged video release
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seeking to suppress video evidence that authorities assert support the solicitation of prostitution charges filed against him, ESPN reported Wednesday.

    • Per the report, a motion was filed Wednesday by Kraft's attorneys with intentions to make sure the video, which he said has been described as "graphic and damning," never is released. The report calls the motion a "warning shot" to prosecutors that Kraft's team will challenge that police had probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.

      The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial, along with other stipulations. CNN reported Wednesday Kraft will reject the offer.

      Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.

      --Much of the New York Giants' top brass -- including head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara -- took Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to dinner Tuesday night, then studied his on-field drills at the Buckeyes' Pro Day the following day.

      Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network summed up the action: "Strong workout for Haskins. Improved foot quickness, excellent anticipation and pace on the ball."

      Haskins could be the choice if New York is ready to try to draft the replacement for Eli Manning with the No. 6 overall pick, but there could be competition as other quarterback-needy teams assess their draft positions. Haskins said he would soon meet with the Oakland Raiders (who hold the No. 4 pick), the Denver Broncos (No. 10), the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and the Washington Redskins (No. 15).

      --Also in Columbus, potential No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa did not participate in on-field drills after performing well in drill work at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

      He said he had meetings scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the No. 2 pick, and the Giants. He also interviewed with all the top teams at the combine, including Arizona, which picks first. Bosa had 29 tackles for loss, including 17.5 sacks, in 29 career games for the Buckeyes.

      --Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle that "more surgeries (are) on the way, most likely," while the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo cited a source in saying that Baldwin will meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in early April about a potential sports hernia.

      Baldwin, 30, missed two games in September with a knee injury and a shoulder problem arose later in the campaign. He had surgeries to address both issues this offseason.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two women as assistant coaches, making them the first full-time female coaches in team history and making the Bucs the first NFL team with two female coaches on staff. Maral Javadifar will take on the role as assistant strength and conditioning coach as Lori Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach.

      --Quarterback Trevor Siemian has agreed to a reported one-year deal worth $2 million with the New York Jets. Siemian spent all of last season on Minnesota's active roster, although he did not play as Kirk Cousins' backup after the Vikings acquired him in a trade with Denver last March. Siemian, 27, started 24 games for the Broncos over the 2016 and '17 seasons, passing for 5,686 yards and 30 touchdowns against 24 interceptions.

      --The Minnesota Vikings, in search of help at offensive guard, announced the signing of Josh Kline, who was released last week by the Tennessee Titans. The deal is for three years and $15.75 million, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ... The Chicago Bears re-signed punter Patrick O'Donnell and backup quarterback Tyler Bray.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buccaneers add two women to coaching staff
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two women as full-time coaches Wednesday.

    • Maral Javadifar will take on the role as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line coach, making them the first full-time female coaches in Buccaneers history and making the team the first in the NFL with two female coaches on staff.

      "I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said in a team statement. "Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity.

      "The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.

      "I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I've seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral's background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program."

      Javadifar most recently worked as a physical therapist at Avant Physical Therapy in Seattle, after completing her sports physical therapy residency at Virginia Commonwealth University last August.

      Javadifar played basketball at Pace University in New York City. A native of Queens, N.Y., she earned a degree in molecular biology from Pace, before getting a doctor of physical therapy degree from New York Medical College.

      Locust was working as the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football during the league's inaugural season this year.

      In 2018, Locust served as a defensive coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during the team's training camp and, from 2017-18, worked as a defensive line/linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.

      Locust worked as an assistant coach from 2010-18 at her high school alma mater, Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, Pa. She also was an assistant coach with the Central Penn Piranha, a semi-professional team in Harrisburg from 2013-16, the DMV Elite semi-pro team from 2016-18 and the Keystone Assault of the Women's Football Alliance from 2017-18.

      Locust began her coaching career following four years as a player in women's semi-pro football. She attended Temple University.

      --Field Level Media