February 2017


It’s getting very hard for teams to add a veteran pass rusher, and free agency hasn’t even started yet. The Los Angeles Chargers reportedly have locked down Ingram with the tag, and the two sides will have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. Monday saw a slew of pressure defenders hit with the tag: the New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul, the Carolina Panthers’ Kawann Short, and the Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones, with more likely to come before Wednesday, which is the final day for franchise and transition tags to be applied.
Running back Le'Veon Bell's path to free agency was blocked by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Bell was given the exclusive franchise tag, which will guarantee a salary of $12.2 million in 2017 unless the two sides agree to a long-term deal. - - The New York Giants placed the non-exclusive franchise tag of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Giants have told defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul that he will be made a franchise player. The league source with direct knowledge of the move spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants had not announced the decision. The Giants have to designate Pierre-Paul a franchise player by 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been on a one-year contract with the New York Giants for two straight seasons, and he won’t be happy about getting the franchise tag this year. The Giants have franchise-tagged Pierre-Paul for a second time, according to numerous reports. The first time they did it was 2015, but Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident on July 4.
Brady Gustafson sits in a conference room at Test Football Academy and breaks down film with former NFL quarterback Scott Brunner. How did Matt Ryan make that throw to Julio Jones? What defensive coverage did Tom Brady see on this touchdown pass?
When the NFL announced its compensatory picks on Friday, it also closed the book on the New York Giants illegally using walkie talkies during a win over the Dallas Cowboys last season. The Giants dropped 10 spots in the fourth round, from pick No. 130 to pick No. 140. By that point in the fourth round, it’s quite possible whoever the Giants wanted at 130 will still be on the board at 140.
The NFL has announced the 32 compensatory draft picks the league has issued to 16 teams that suffered a net loss in free agency a year ago. The picks range from the third to the seventh rounds of the 2017 NFL, and the secret formula used to determine which teams receive the picks is based on the dollar amount and talent of free agents who left teams that signed fewer free agents then they lost a year ago. In the past, teams that received compensatory picks had to use the selections themselves.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Long snapper Zak DeOssie will be back with the New York Giants for an 11th season.
Time is running out for Adrian Peterson and the Vikings to work out a way for the venerable running back to stay in Minnesota. General manager Rick Spielman sounded Thursday a little like he was eulogizing the franchise's all-time leading rusher. ''In my mind, regardless of whether Adrian is here or not here next year because of whatever happens, he will always be a Minnesota Viking,'' Spielman said.
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man has been sentenced to five years behind bars for defrauding more than a dozen people out of $116,550 in a New York Giants seat license scam.

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