NYC lawsuit alleging Favre sent racy texts settled (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 May 2013 15:27:21 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by two massage therapists who sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre over claims he sent racy text messages has been settled, a lawyer for the women said Friday.
Richard Seymour would give Falcons a boost where they need it (National Football Post)
(Fri, 24 May 2013 08:01:03 PDT)
33-year-old would help defensive line
Team Report - ARIZONA CARDINALS (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 23 May 2013 16:53:02 PDT)
Arians disappointed in offense
Team Report - TENNESSEE TITANS (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 23 May 2013 16:48:39 PDT)
Morgan looking forward to help from inside
Titans' Morgan welcomes reinforcements (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 23 May 2013 13:07:19 PDT)
NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan appears to be thankful that the team has not yet added a pass rushing specialist, despite flirtations with former Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham.
NFL Roundup: Super Bowl L awarded to Bay Area (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 16:20:30 PDT)
Super Bowl L will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., in February 2016 at Levi's Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Team Report - ATLANTA FALCONS (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 14:44:04 PDT)
Falcons find linebacker prospects after draft
Team Report - MIAMI DOLPHINS (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 14:44:04 PDT)
Tannehill gets in work with new receivers
Falcons sign TE Toilolo (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 14:40:28 PDT)
Tight end Levine Toilolo, a fourth-round pick out of Stanford, signd with the Atlanta Falcons. Terms were not disclosed.
Falcons reach deal with rookie TE Levine Toilolo (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 14:17:17 PDT)
The Falcons have come to terms with with rookie tight end Levine Toilolo, the club said on Tuesday. A fourth-round selection from Stanford, Toilolo is likely to fill a complementary role in the Atlanta offense as a rookie. He caught 24 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 for the Cardinal. The return of…
NFL lends Falcons $200 million for new stadium (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 09:16:14 PDT)
The 32 NFL team owners voted today to lend the Falcons $200 million for their new stadium in Atlanta. “Today’s approval by the NFL team owners is an important milestone in moving the new stadium project forward,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “We are pleased with the outcome of today’s vote, and…
Falcons get $200 million loan for new stadium (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 08:30:29 PDT)
The Falcons will soon have a new home, after NFL owners approved a $200 million loan
Champs Until Dethroned: Are the San Francisco 49ers the Best in the NFC? (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 08:25:00 PDT)
Last season, the Baltimore Ravens ended the NFC's three-game winning streak in the Super Bowl with a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Against the odds (National Football Post)
(Tue, 21 May 2013 02:32:09 PDT)
The 49ers will be a popular Super Bowl pick in 2013. But supporters should take note of a few key factors working against the team.
It was a busy weekend in Las Vegas (National Football Post)
(Mon, 20 May 2013 02:32:07 PDT)
2013 NFL season win totals surface at Cantor and LVH, along with Games of the Year lines.
NFL roundup: Gronkowski may need back surgery too (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 17 May 2013 16:30:57 PDT)
The health status of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski seems to be getting more complicated by the day.
Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin suspended 4 games (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 May 2013 16:26:16 PDT)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Falcons sign DEs Goodman, Maponga, 2 more picks (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 May 2013 14:16:47 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed four NFL draft picks, including defensive ends Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.
Goodman among four Falcons rookies to sign (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 17 May 2013 13:40:39 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons signed four draft picks: defensive end Malliciah Goodman, defensive end Stansly Maponga, safety Kemal Ishmael and safety Zeke Motta. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The pressure index (National Football Post)
(Fri, 17 May 2013 02:32:06 PDT)
While the expectations vary for each, these 12 teams have the most to lose in 2013.
Giants sign tight end Morgan Newton, waive two (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 16 May 2013 22:53:47 PDT)
The New York Giants made a change at the tight end position on Thursday. The Giants signed former Kentucky quarterback-turned-tight end Morgan Newton after having him in for a tryout during the team’s rookie mini-camp last week. Newton replaces former Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer, who signed with the team last week. Palmer and…
Dimitroff on Matt Ryan contract talks “We will get this done.” (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 16 May 2013 20:05:49 PDT)
With Joe Flacco getting a new contract completed with the Baltimore Ravens early this offseason, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan became next in line on the list of young quarterbacks looking to cash in with a big second contract. Ryan is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming season but it’s unlikely…
Falcons come to terms with rookie S Kemal Ishmael (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 16 May 2013 15:38:48 PDT)
The Falcons have come to terms with UCF safety Kemal Ishmael, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday. One of the Falcons’ three seventh-round picks, the 5-foot-11, 206-pound Ishmael would most likely figure as a backup behind starters William Moore and Thomas Decoud should he make the final roster. As a senior at UCF…
The comeback kids (National Football Post)
(Thu, 16 May 2013 02:32:06 PDT)
Ten players we expect to bounce back big during the 2013 fantasy season.
2013 Offensive Line Rankings (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 15 May 2013 11:53:00 PDT)
Evan Silva ranks the NFL's offensive lines 1-32.
Packers are ready to welcome Brett Favre back into the family (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 15 May 2013 09:54:55 PDT)
Before you run screaming into the streets, we should make clear that this headline is not meant to infer that Brett Favre is trying to un-retire again. No, it's simply that after years of bad feelings and unnecessary drama, the Green Bay Packers are ready to make nice with Brett Favre in an official way.
During the team's recent Tailgate Tour, an opportunity for fans to interact with players in an informal setting, Packers president Mark Murphy said that it's time to welcome Favre back into the fold as one of the team's all-time great players.
“I think each year it’s lessened a little bit,” Murphy said on Tuesday about the questions regarding Favre. “My first year was 2008, so we actually thought we might see Brett along the tour.”
Of course (and we'll keep this summary mercifully short), 2008 was Favre's first year away from Green Bay since 1992, when then-general manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons that February for his future quarterback. Safe to say, that was a fairly one-sided deal. Favre threw for 61,655 yards and 442 touchdowns in 16 seasons for the Pack, but he was traded to the New York Jets in August, 2008 -- a few months after he retired, unretired, asked current general manager Ted Thompson to return to the team, and was rebuffed. After one iffy year with the Jets, Favre played two more seasons with the Minnesota Vikings -- a brilliant one in 2009, and an injury-plagued finale in 2010, before he finally hung 'em up for good in 2011.
There were bad feelings on both sides, and between Favre and successor Aaron Rodgers for a time, but the appearance by Favre and Rodgers on stage together at the 2013 NFL Honors show during Super Bowl week seemed to indicate that there had been some patching up along the way. Their dialogue in the show was pretty funny :
Rodgers: We’re here to present the award for best comeback player.
Favre: You know Aaron, everyone loves it when a great player makes a comeback.
Rodgers: (smirking) Yeah, well, not always. Some people wish great players would just retire and stay retired.
Favre: Good to see you, too, Aaron.
Rodgers: You too, man.
(Handshake, followed by awkward, possibly scripted quasi-hug)
Rodgers: That was awkward.
Peyton Manning, who won that award, riffed right off the Favre-Rodgers meeting.
New Minnesota Vikings stadium design is indeed a new stadium design (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 14 May 2013 13:54:26 PDT)
The Minnesota Vikings have unveiled prospective images of their new stadium , and, in the spirit of similarly asymmetrical and eye-snagging designs like the new Atlanta Falcons design , it's pretty darn striking.
Designed by HKS Sports and Entertainment, the stadium will seat 65,000, and can seat as much as 73,000 for a Super Bowl (which, of course, is always the goal). Since a retractable roof was too expensive, the stadium will have a clear roof to let in some of that sweet, sweet natural sunlight.
The venue will be configurable for all sorts of events, including concerts, baseball and NCAA basketball, just in case. And there promises to be a manicured plaza that will give Vikings fans something pretty to stare at if Christian Ponder throws the team out of the postseason.
The stadium's shape made us feel something ... something we hadn't felt in a long, long time. But it took the fine folks at Kissing Suzy Kolber to nail it:
The Vikings hope to start work on the giant immobile Sandcrawler this fall.
Former NFL player: Boxing is safer than football
(Tue, 14 May 2013 08:23:48 PDT)
To extend his athletic career, former defensive end Ray Edwards has chosen boxing over the NFL.