February 2014


Ben McAdoo plans to mix and match what he learned with the Green Bay Packers with parts of the Kevin Gilbride's playbook in coming up with a new offense for the New York Giants. Speaking with media on Thursday for the first time since being appointed as the Giants' offensive coordinator last month, McAdoo sounded similar to coach Tom Coughlin in stressing the importance of playing smart, tough and error-free football. The 36-year-old former Packers quarterback coach didn't lay out much of his offense, in large part because the Giants (7-9) have so many question marks heading into next season. Green Bay's offense was third in the league in yards a game (400.3) and tied for eighth in scoring (26.1 points).
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the spending spree began. That’s when NFL free agency officially started. Teams have their wallets ready, with the salary cap increasing past $130 million, and hundreds of free agents available to drop millions on. Every team hopes that pass rusher or wide receiver they just dropped eight figures on will be the one to push them to the playoffs. There’s a little something for everyone this year, between instant impact stars and fine young bargains at almost all positions. Here’s the ranking of every significant defensive and special teams free agent (you can find the offensive free agents here ) who teams will be clamoring to sign in hopes of building a winner for 2014:
At 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the spending spree begins. That’s when NFL free agency officially opens. Teams have their wallets ready, with the salary cap increasing past $130 million, and hundreds of free agents available to drop millions on. Every team hopes that pass rusher or wide receiver they just dropped eight figures on will be the one to push them to the playoffs. There’s a little something for everyone this year, between instant stars and fine young bargains at almost all positions. Here’s the ranking of every significant offensive free agent (you can find the defensive free agents here ) who teams will be clamoring to sign in hopes of building a winner for 2014:
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
Each day from now until March 7, the day before teams can talk to agents for free agents, Geoff Mosher and Reuben Frank will profile some of the NFLs top impending free agents and project their likelihood of signing with the Eagles. Nicks comes off his worst season as a pro. His career has spiraled downward since posting 2,224 yards and 18 touchdowns on 155 catches from 2010-2011, numbers that suggested that Nicks, a first-round pick in 2009 (29th overall), was earmarked for stardom. For his career, Nicks has 311 receptions, 4,622 yards, 27 touchdowns and an average of 66 yards per game.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have re-signed safety Derrick Martin and center Taylor Boggs to one-year contracts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete in the United States four major pro leagues on Sunday, playing 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls in the Nets' 108-102 victory of the Lakers.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Central Florida's Blake Bortles took advantage of the spotlight provided with the other high profile quarterbacks opting not to compete at the Scouting Combine, impressing with his poise, accuracy and arm strength during passing drills Sunday. His stellar throwing session could help vault him into the No. 1 overall pick held by the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, the workouts weren't as impressive for some other high profile players, including Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, who was officially clocked at 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins provided some quantitative evidence of his explosiveness, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at 6-feet-1, 211 pounds.
MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for the Miami Heat on Sunday against Chicago will be a game-time decision.
Responding to a published report, the San Francisco 49ers denied a deal was in place to trade head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns last month. The Browns issued a statement that didn't deny the ProFootballTalk.com report Friday that a deal was in place to send Harbaugh to Cleveland for multiple draft picks, but Harbaugh opted not to leave San Francisco. "The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored several options," the Browns said in the statement. "That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we're excited about his future with the club."

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