The New York Giants want in on this Seattle Seahawks cornerback thing. They have signed Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond, who helped form the league's best secondaries this season en route to a Super Bowl title. Thurmond took visits to the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, indicating he was looking for a bigger role elsewhere. [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ] He'll find that with the Giants, who also have bolstered their secondary with the signing of safety Quintin Demps, whose biggest role might be as a kick returner. The Giants might not be done, either. They still will meet with free-agent corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC is taking a New York, New York double dip, having already met with the crosstown Jets for a visit. If the Giants were to sign Rodgers-Cromartie, they'd suddenly turn a dearth into serious depth at corner, with Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride also in the fold. They have allowed Terrell Thomas, who gamely played 16 games a year ago following two lost seasons to ACL injuries, shop himself around in free agency. Aaron Ross also is unsigned and will not be back by all indications.   - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
COMMENTARY | In one of the more surprising and shocking trades of recent memory, the Indianapolis Colts made a blockbuster trade by acquiring Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft, for a 2014 first-round draft pick. The Colts acquired him just days before their Week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, a team facing an early season turning point game after their blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. ...
Week 3 continues, and the NFL schedule for Sept. 22 features a reunion for coach Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck as the Indianapolis Colts travel to the San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford while Luck was a student.
Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were fined by the NFL on Friday as a result of hits over the weekend. Goldson drew a $30,000 fine for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area" during the second quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. Goldson was penalized for committing a personal foul after hitting Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. Matthews was fined $15,000 for his late hit against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ...
The New York Giants were willing to part ways with running back Brandon Jacobs because the team believed it had better options this season. However, after Andre Brown fractured his leg in the preseason finale and David Wilson fumbled twice in Week 1, New York had a change of heart. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Jacobs, who was a free agent, worked out with New York today and re-signed with the team, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. He reportedly signed a one-year deal (terms of Jacobs’ contract were not disclosed). To make room for Jacobs, New York placed defensive end Adewale Ojomo on waivers. Here is what Graziano had to say about the signing: The source also said one of the reasons the Giants decided to sign Jacobs was his familiarity with their offense, particularly their pass-protection schemes. That's an area in which Wilson struggled last year and again Sunday night. The Giants believe Jacobs can help mentor Wilson in that and other areas, as well as possibly spell him on passing downs and maybe at the goal line. Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005 to 2011. He won two Super Bowl titles before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Jacobs was suspended by the team before he was eventually released. He remained unsigned until today. Overall, Jacobs has rushed for 4,856 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
(Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
Sept 9 (Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
(Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16 teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) ahead of the 2013 National Football League (NFL) season: - - ATLANTA FALCONS Head coach: Mike Smith 2012 record: 13-3 (Won the NFC South after starting the season 8-0 before losing 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers in second round of the playoffs) Blessed with a well-oiled passing attack effectively orchestrated by quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have high hopes of going deeper into the postseason after acquiring three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson in March. ...
Sept 2 (Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16 teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) ahead of the 2013 National Football League (NFL) season: - - ATLANTA FALCONS Head coach: Mike Smith 2012 record: 13-3 (Won the NFC South after starting the season 8-0 before losing 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers in second round of the playoffs) Blessed with a well-oiled passing attack effectively orchestrated by quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have high hopes of going deeper into the postseason after acquiring three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson in March. ...
Aug 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Defensive tackle Kevin Williams appears to have escaped major injury from a low block against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, but his Minnesota Vikings teammates remain upset with 49ers guard Joe Looney. The NFL reviewed the play and deemed the block legal, which further upset Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. "He had a perfect opportunity to hit him in the chest, but he intentionally went to his knee," Allen told ESPN. ...

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