Linebacker Aaron Curry, who has had a motley career since the Seattle Seahawks made him the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, tweeted Friday that he signed with the New York Giants.
As part of a rebuild that starts from the studs and will eventually work its way up to the roof, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in great (some would say desperate) need of help in their pass defense. Last year's team ranked 29th in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics against the pass, and the Jags lost their two primary cornerbacks -- Aaron Ross and Derek Cox -- to the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers, respectively. To shore up the gaps, the Jags selected no fewer than five defensive backs in the draft -- two safeties and three cornerbacks. Now, new head coach Gus Bradley has taken a page from his days as the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator and brought 10-year veteran Marcus Trufant on board. At this point in his career, Trufant is most likely more attuned to a slot cornerback role (he played all but eight of his 2012 snaps there), though if Bradley wants to play more off-zone coverage than there was in Seattle, Trufant might play a bit outside. Most likely, Trufant will be in charge of helping Bradley teach the kids his system. “I just finished my 10th year, so I’m able to bring some wisdom to the table,” Marcus told the team's official website . “At the same time, I’m here to compete, to try to help the team wherever I can. "It’s a great fit. A lot of the language, a lot of the scheme, a lot of the stuff that I dealt with with Gus for four years, there’s a lot of carryover. I should be able to guide some of the younger players along, but at the same time, I’m trying to get better myself." More interestingly, if Trufant makes the roster, it keeps the family dream alive for three Trufant siblings to play in the NFL at the same time. There's Marcus, who was with the Seahawks from his first-round selection in the 2003 draft. There's Isaiah, who's been with the New York Jets since 2010 as an undrafted free agent. And there's Desmond, the former Washington standout who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 22th overall pick. Desmond should start pretty quickly, while Isaiah and Marcus have more nebulous futures. There have been five sibling trios to play in the NFL at the same time throughout the league's history, but the Trufants would be the first trio of cornerbacks.
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has received permission to visit and undergo a physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Buccaneers being able to meet with Revis and check out his surgically-repaired left knee could expedite a long-anticipated trade between the two clubs. The Jets likely would not allow Revis to meet with the Buccaneers, or any other team, if a deal were not within reach. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports a trade between the Jets and the Buccaneers has been agreed to , and the Buccaneers and Revis have agreed to a basic contract. According to Cole, a deal could be finalized tonight or on Monday. [Also: Deadline passes with no offers for Giants WR Victor Cruz ] Any deal this year involving Revis was likely happen before the first-round of the 2013 NFL draft begins on Thursday. Recent reports have the Jets looking for a 2013 first-round pick out of the deal with the Buccaneers, who would then look to sign Revis to a long-term contract that could average in the $14-16 million per season range. The Buccaneers ranked 32nd in pass defense last season and adding Revis, who is arguably the league's top cornerback, figures to dramatically improve their secondary. Meanwhile, the Jets would have two picks in the Top 15 (No. 9 and No. 13) in the 2013 draft, which would allow first-year GM John Idzik to begin re-tooling the Jets into a playoff-caliber team, much in the same way that Idzik's former team, the Seattle Seahawks, did with two first-round picks (No. 6 and No. 14, used on Russell Okung and Earl Thomas) in 2010 NFL draft, the first draft under the John Schneider and Pete Carroll.
Monday is April 15, which is Tax Day in the United States, Patriot's Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the day that 21 of the 32 teams in the National Football League begin their offseason workout programs. Along with the eight teams that hired a new head coach this offseason, who began their programs on April 1 or April 2, offseason programs are officially underway in 29 NFL training facilities. The three teams who have to begin their offseason program — the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans — are scheduled to do so on April 22. Teams gathering on Monday for the first time this offseason are the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. These 21 teams are entering "Phase One" of the program, a two-week period that is limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. The only coaches allowed on-field contact with the players are full- and part-time strength and conditioning coaches, and head coaches and position coaches are not even allowed to observe the workouts, which are limited to "dead ball" activities. Quarterbacks can throw to uncovered receivers and no helmets are allowed to be worn. Participation is voluntary, but attendance is usually very high as there are workout bonuses at stake. Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady is not expected to report to the team's Dove Valley headquarters, reports Mike Klis of the Denver Post. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Newtork, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is also not expected to show . Neither absence is considered a surprise as Clady and Byrd are the two remaining unsigned franchise players. According to salary data obtained by Shutdown Corner, active NFL contracts contain over $46 million in workout bonuses, including 192 players scheduled to earn at least $100,000 by satisfactorily participating in a high percentage of his team's offseason program.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's path towards an All-Pro nod in 2012 was nearly derailed by a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Sherman fought the suspension and won, as his claims that there were irregularities in the testing process overturned his ban and kept him in the Seahawks' lineup. Sherman's positive test result was reportedly linked to Adderall, a stimulant that contains amphetamine. At the time of his suspension, Sherman denied reports that he claimed to have accidentally drank from a cup containing a crushed Adderall pill. Following a day working with elementary school students in Surrey, British Columbia on Tuesday, Sherman told the Vancouver Sun that Adderall use is so prevalent in the NFL, the league should remove it from the list of banned substances. “About half the league takes it and the league has to allow it," Sherman said of Adderall use in the NFL. "The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn’t do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn’t do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don’t believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you’re not much of a player." If Adderall use is as widespread as Sherman says it is, there would certainly be a larger number of performance-enhancing drug suspensions. All we can really say with any level of certitude is that half of the starting cornerbacks on the 2012 Seattle Seahawks took Adderall, either knowingly or unknowingly, at some point during 2012 as Brandon Browner, a 2011 Pro Bowler, chose not to fight the NFL over his four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. [ Jason Cole: Still no smoking gun in ex-player's concussion lawsuits ]
Last week, a report surfaced that had the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers nearing a long-term extension that would make the Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player the highest-paid player in NFL history . On Monday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the two sides are approaching a resolution on a new deal and currently are $2 million per season apart . According to Rapoport, the Packers' current offer averages more than $21 million per season, which would be a nice increase over the $20.1 million average per year (APY) that Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco received from the Baltimore Ravens in a contract signed on March 4, 2013. A $2 million gap suggests that Rodgers, who has passed for 21,332 yards with 170 touchdowns and just 46 interceptions in his first five seasons as a full-time starter in the NFL, is seeking a deal in the $23 million per year range, which would make his contract a bit harder for upcoming quarterback extensions to leap-frog in the APY rankings. Quarterbacks who are expected to receive long-term extensions in the near future include Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, whose willingness to restructure their contracts have resulted in exorbitant cap charges in upcoming seasons. Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears are entering the final years of their current contracts and will likely receive long-term deals this offseason. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers will be eligible for extensions following the 2013 season, while the Seattle Seahawks can start to pay Russell Wilson what he's worth following the 2014 season. Rodgers is represented by David Dunn of Athletes First, who does not represent any of the other eight quarterbacks listed above and may be inclined to play hardball. That group is represented by Tom Condon (Manning, Stafford and Ryan), James "Bus" Cook (Cutler, Newton and Wilson), Ryan and Bruce Tollner (Roethlisberger) and Scott Smith (Kaepernick).
The Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens will have four additional picks in the 2013 NFL Draft as the National Football League awarded 32 compensatory selections to 16 teams on Monday. Since the compensatory picks were first awarded in 1994, the Ravens have received the most selections (37). After losing linebacker Curtis Lofton, wide receiver Eric Weems and defensive backs Kelvin Hayden and James Sanders, the Falcons gained picks at the end of the fourth (No. 133) and seventh (No. 243, No. 244 and No. 249) rounds. The Ravens lost guard Ben Grubbs, linebacker Jarret Johnson, defensive linemen Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney and safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura. Baltimore picked up additional picks in the fourth (No. 130), fifth (No. 168), sixth (No. 203) and seventh (No. 247) rounds. Three teams - the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans - gained choices in the Top 100 of what is expected to be a very deep draft. The Texans will now have the No. 95 overall pick, the Chiefs the No. 96 pick and the Titans will have the No. 97 pick. [Also: Tennessee Titans release Matt Hasselbeck, agree to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick ] The Titans and San Francisco 49ers were each awarded three compensatory picks. The Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Texas and Chiefs were awarded two picks, with the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers receiving one compensatory selection.
March 11 (The Sports Xchange) - A flurry of activity on Monday was highlighted by two major trades involving high-profile wide receivers. The San Francisco 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, and the Minnesota Vikings sent Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN reported the Vikings will receive a first-round pick in this year's draft. The trades do not become official until Tuesday. Boldin goes from a team coached by John Harbaugh to one coached by Harbaugh's brother Jim. ...
Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers next week, according to ESPN.
After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks. 2012 record : 11-5 What went wrong : An 11-5 season and coming within 30 seconds of appearing in the NFC championship game results in a fairly short list of complaints entering the 2013 offseason. If there was a gripe, it was that it took a few games before the Seahawks unleashed third-round quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks had an ineffective passing game for the first five weeks of the regular season and Wilson had more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (five). Second-year receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle's top receiver in 2011, had just 29 receptions for 366 yards on the season. Tight end Zach Miller, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract after the 2011 lockout, caught just 38 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Another issue was a defense that built to stop the run allowed 122.9 yards per game on the ground over the final 10 regular season games before allowing 271 rushing yards in two postseason games. Defensive end Chris Clemons, who had 11.5 sacks in the regular season, suffered a torn ACL in the playoff win over the Washington Redskins and may not be 100 percent by the time the 2013 season begins. What went right : According to Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics, the Seahawks finished first in team efficiency , placing among the top four teams in offense, defense and special teams DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average). The biggest story out of Seattle was the rapid development of Wilson, the No. 75 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft who won the starting job in training camp and became a Rookie of the Year candidate. Wilson passed for over 3,100 with 26 touchdowns, tying Peyton Manning's single-season record for a rookie. Wilson also added 489 yards and four touchdowns, including three rushing touchdowns in the first half of a 50-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Marshawn Lynch earned Pro Bowl honors by running for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns, barreling over defenders like a player seeking a $30 million extension and not a player who had signed one in the offseason. The Seahawks ranked third in Football Outsiders' "Adjusted Line Yards" and placed two players – left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger – in the Pro Bowl. The Seahawks also got a solid season out of Golden Tate, who had 45 receptions, 688 yards and tied for the team lead with seven touchdowns. The Seahawks' were fourth in yards allowed per game and were the league's No. 1-ranked scoring defense. In a sign that "The Kid's Are Alright", Seattle's leader in tackles was second-round middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had 139, including a team-high nine for a loss, an impressive total for a player who logged 84.83 percent of the defensive snaps. 2012 first-round pick Bruce Irvin was second on the team with eight sacks in limited (43.41 percent playing-time) action. Second-year cornerback Richard Sherman had eight interceptions and the All-Pro emerged as one of the top corners in the league. Coaching/front office changes : The Seahawks lost defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who is now the head coach the Jacksonville Jaguars. Replacing Bradley is Dan Quinn, the Seahawks' former defensive line coach who spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. The Seahawks' front office saw the departure of vice president of football administration John Idzik, who was named the New York Jets' general manager. Estimated 2013 cap space : $16.371 million

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