The shield of the $10 billion league has been severely dented and just about completely demolished. The worst eight weeks in NFL history have rocked the foundation of the league, starting in Roger Goodell’s spacious corner office at 345 Park Ave. and stretching to the flawed decision-makers in Minnesota and Carolina. Goodell first went soft on Ray Rice, a woman beater. The Vikings looked incompetent handling Adrian Peterson, an indicted child abuser. The Panthers were negligent in their discipline of Greg Hardy, convicted of domestic violence. The NFL has always prided itself on being held to a higher standard, but it has failed miserably in these last eight weeks, shaken the public confidence in the country’s most popular sport and just about forced billion-dollar sponsors — the lifeline of the league along with the network television contracts and PSLs — to run away and invest in beach volleyball or bowling. … [Read more...] about Vikings brass fumbling Adrian Peterson situation just latest embarrassment for Roger Goodell, still in hiding
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It probably won’t be remembered as a landmark moment in legal history, but it is still worth noting that the Minnesota Vikings not only discovered due process across the second weekend of the National Football League season, they embraced it. So Adrian Peterson, indicted for criminal neglect because of the way he disciplined his son, accused of taking a switch to a 4-year-old child, was deactivated from the Vikings’ 30-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, and reactivated on Monday, and will play this Sunday. Once more you wonder who is running the National Football League right now, because Roger Goodell sure isn’t. Here is the way things look right now: Adrian Peterson is active in the NFL and its commissioner isn’t, even as it is reported that Peterson might have abused another 4-year-old son, with another woman. And if the Vikings and the NFL don’t know about this latest news on Peterson, why don’t they? The Vikings look as phony here as the … [Read more...] about As phony Vikings welcome Adrian Peterson back, NFL commissioner Goodell plays Roger Dodger
For players who have received the franchise tag destination from their respective team, the window is closing to hammer out a long-term deal.Here's everything you need to know ahead of the deadline.Date: Monday, July 17Time: 4 p.m. ET Franchise tag playersKirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins - The first quarterback to receive the designation in consecutive years, Cousins would earn $23.94 million if he plays out the season on the tag. Not reaching a long-term deal would set up a potentially massive showdown in 2018. If not tagged a third time for an estimated $34 million, Cousins would likely to be in line to be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in recent history. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - After averaging a league-best 157 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Bell would earn $12.12 million this season if he remains tagged, putting him well ahead of his peers at running back for pay in 2017. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off groin surgery and … [Read more...] about 2017 NFL franchise tag deadline for long-term deals: Date, time, players, latest news
Tommy Zbikowski, a safety with the Baltimore Ravens, is better off than many NFL players during the current labor unrest. He's not sitting around waiting for the latest news on the lockout, wondering when he'll be back in pads. Instead, Zbikowski is hitting the pads - in a Chicago gym, preparing for his second professional boxing match in three weeks. Zbikowski (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a first-round KO over Richard Bryant on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga show in Las Vegas last week, and will step into the ring again on the undercard of the featherweight title bout between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jorge Solis in Atlantic City on March 26. He doesn't have an opponent yet, but that's not unusual for four-round prospects. However, Zbikowski says he isn't viewing his boxing career as a pastime or a way to pick up a little extra cash during a work stoppage. "I want to be taken serious," the 193-pound Zbikowski said by phone from his home in Arlington Heights, Ill. "The … [Read more...] about Tom Zbikowski, the Baltimore Ravens safety, shifts focus to boxing career during NFL labor unrest
The first round of the NFL draft is April 30, so every Thursday until then, the Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel will predict the Top 10. Here’s the latest installment: 1. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State What, the early-March, pre-free agency meeting with Winston didn’t convince you? Bucs owner Joel Glazer’s comments about being “comfortable” with Winston should. RELATED: QBs DREW BREES AND PHILIP RIVERS COULD BE AVAILABLE 2. Titans: Leonard Williams, DT, USC Could San Diego jump up here? The Bolts are working out Marcus Mariota, after all, and Philip Rivers still has no extension. But if Tennessee keeps this pick, Williams is its best option. 3. Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida West Virginia WR Kevin White is a nice fit, but with free agency winding down, the Jags have filled all their needs except for pass rusher. 4. Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft: Marcus Mariota could go No. 6, but not necessarily to the Jets
The first round of the NFL draft is April 30, so every Thursday until then, the Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel will predict the Top 10. Here's the latest installment: 1. Tampa Bay Bucs - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State This one's been telegraphed for months and it's not changing now. Winston's the best QB in this draft, maybe the best since Andrew Luck, and the Bucs need a QB. 2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon Mariota will go here, but it won't be the Titans, who still harbor some belief in Zach Mettenberger. Watch Tennessee trade down (Chargers?) and work on filling their many holes. If Tennessee stays put? Expect them to grab Leonard Williams. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC The Jags spent free agency positioning themselves to go best-available, so no, they won't pass on the draft's most complete defender. 4. Oakland Raiders - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Newly signed … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft: With Marcus Mariota likely off the board, look for Jets to go after pass rusher Dante Fowler
The first round of the NFL draft is April 30, so every Thursday until then, the Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel will predict the Top 10. Here's the latest installment: 1. Tampa Bay Bucs: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State There's increasing sentiment that Marcus Mariota - not Winston - is the best QB prospect. But Tampa's studied Wilson extensively throughout this whole process. There's a reason for that. 2. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon This is the pick, but may not be the team. The Jets, Chargers, Eagles and Saints could all be fits for Mariota, and one squad will give the Titans a bounty to take a QB with plenty of raw skill. RELATED: NFL DRAFT '15: TODD GURLEY LOOKS TO RUSH INTO 1ST ROUND 3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC Florida DE Dante Fowler is a better fit, but everything Jacksonville did in free agency seemed designed to take the best available talent at No. 3. That's Williams. Easily. 4. Oakland … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota will go 1-2; could Jets trade down for an offensive lineman?
There are no sure things in the first round of the NFL draft. And it's been hard not to notice that over the last decade. The last 10 years of the NFL draft have seen teams employ increasingly high-tech toys (Gyroscopes on shirts! Psych tests! Twitter!) for predraft analysis, but despite all that wizardry, the draft remains a wildly inexact science, starting from that very first, oh-so-scrutinized first round. With that in mind, and with the 2015 NFL draft just days away, the News is taking a position-by-position look at the last 10 years of first-round drafts. Today, we look at wide receivers: There was a time when receivers in the NFL draft were far from sure things, when many believed the position was challenging to learn and players couldn't burst onto the scene. Not anymore. Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. led a trio of 1,000-yard rookie receivers and five 800-yard receiving rooks. And they were just the latest examples of a position that's suddenly flush with NFL-ready … [Read more...] about NFL Draft 2015: Ten best wide receivers taken in the first round over the last decade
The first round of the NFL draft is April 30, so every Thursday until then, the Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel will predict the Top 10. Here's the latest installment: 1. Tampa Bay BucsJameis Winston, QB, Florida State Yeah, yeah, Marcus Mariota was in for a visit, too. But his Oregon Pro Day workout was best described as "uneven." That won't pass Winston, whose on-field tools are now drawing comparisons to . . . yes, Andrew Luck. 2. Tennessee TitansLeonard Williams, DT, USC The Titans had a heavy contingent at Mariota's workout, but there's still word out of Tennessee that the team believes in Zach Mettenberger. This is suddenly prime trade-up territory for whoever wants Mariota, but if the Titans stick here, they'll take the draft's best overall prospect. 3. Jacksonville JaguarsKevin White, WR, West Virginia Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler could be in play here, but Gus Bradley spent free agency loading … [Read more...] about NFL Mock Draft 2015: Have latest free agency moves changed Marcus Mariota’s stock?
One of the NFL draft’s top prospects must prove that he’s past an off-field issue that’s returned to haunt him. And no, we’re not talking about Jameis Winston. In an interview with NFL.com, Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, a revelation that very well could move the talented pass-rusher down to slide down draft boards in five weeks. Gregory insisted that he’s “not some dumb jock pothead,” although he understands that not everyone will believe that. “I knew what I had coming up (the Combine), and I still made that mistake,” he told NFL.com. “That was dumb. “I want people to understand I’m not some dumb jock pothead,” he added. “I’m not. I’m intelligent. I love the people who help me, I love my family, I love my support group. I love football. I love winning. And I don’t want to be labeled as some … [Read more...] about Ex-Nebraska DE Randy Gregory says he tested positive for pot at NFL scouting combine