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  • Reports: CBS keeps Romo for $17M annually
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    CBS has agreed to a historic long-term deal with color analyst Tony Romo worth about $17 million annually, according to multiple reports on Friday evening.

    • Jim Nantz, Romo's play-by-play partner at CBS, acknowledged the agreement, telling The Athletic, "I am ecstatic times 10."

      The exact length of the deal has not been reported, but the New York Post reports it runs "significantly more than five years." That would be well beyond the end of CBS's current agreement with the NFL, which runs through 2022.

      The highest annual salary for a broadcaster before Romo's new deal was believed to be $8 million for John Madden in the early 2000s.

      According to the Post, CBS had reason to believe that ESPN would bid at least $20 million per year for Romo, who was able to become a broadcasting free agent in March.

      The Post also reported that ESPN, with Romo no longer an option, will try to reshape its Monday Night Football booth by making another pitch to Peyton Manning, who has thus far resisted overtures to go into broadcasting.

      Romo, 39, joined CBS after retiring from the Dallas Cowboys in April of 2017, immediately teaming with Nantz and drawing praise for his ability to predict plays before they happen.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bucs QB Winston underwent knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston not only underwent LASIK eye surgery this offseason, he also needed a torn meniscus repaired, NFL Network reported Friday.

    • It's not clear when the knee procedure was done on Winston, who last season became the first player in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in a season.

      JP Peterson, the host of a Tampa Bay-area radio show, apparently was the first person to report the news of both surgeries on Feb. 11.

      "Jameis has had LASIK surgery," Peterson said. "He's finally gotten LASIK surgery and he had a torn meniscus repaired in his knee that he was playing with for a few games."

      NFL Network reported Friday the torn meniscus needed to be trimmed. Winston, who late in the season was on Tampa Bay injury reports with a knee injury, also had a hairline fracture in his throwing thumb. He still managed to start every game during the regular season.

      Winston led the NFL in passing yards (5,109), attempts (626) and interceptions (30) and set a career high with 33 touchdown passes in 16 games in 2019.

      He was intercepted at least once in 12 games for the Buccaneers (7-9) -- including five times by the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, and four times by the New Orleans Saints in Week 11 and Houston Texans in Week 16.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Patriots WR Sanu to undergo ankle surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    New England Patriots receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to undergo ankle surgery, ESPN reported Friday.

    • Sanu, 30, suffered a high ankle sprain during a mid-November game and the injury hasn't healed, according to the report.

      Sanu had just 26 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown in eight games with the Patriots after being acquired from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round draft pick on Oct. 22.

      He caught 10 passes for 81 yards and one score against the Baltimore Ravens in his second game for New England on Nov. 3. But he injured the ankle two weeks later and his production dropped.

      After missing a game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sanu had six total receptions for 40 yards over the next three games and continued to provide limited production the rest of the campaign.

      He also had just one catch for 11 yards in the AFC wild-card round loss against the Tennessee Titans.

      Sanu had 33 catches for 313 yards and one score in seven games for Atlanta prior to the trade. His season totals of 59 catches for 520 yards and two touchdowns were a dropoff from his 2018 stats with the Falcons: 66 for 838 and four scores.

      Overall, Sanu has 403 receptions for 4,507 yards and 26 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2012-15), Falcons (2016-19) and Patriots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broncos won't bring back Gotsis
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    The Denver Broncos won't try to re-sign defensive lineman Adam Gotsis, allowing him to hit free agency, according to Denver reporter Mike Klis.

    • Gotsis, a second-round pick in 2016, played in nine games last season before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury with two weeks left in the season.

      He had ACL surgery in December.

      Gotsis, 27, had played in every game over his first three seasons before his knee injury.

      In 57 career games (28 starts) Gotsis has 109 tackles, 5.0 sacks and 13 passes defensed.

      Born in Melbourne, Australia, Gotsis came to the U.S. to play football at Georgia Tech in 2012, playing for the Yellow Jackets through 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals to host 2020 regular-season game in Mexico City
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    Arizona will play one of its eight regular-season games in 2020 in Mexico City, with the Cardinals to learn next month the date and opponent for the NFL International Series contest.

    • The Cardinals played in the first NFL game in Mexico City in 2005.

      "Two years ago when the NFL awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona and State Farm Stadium, we understood the requirement of hosting an international game before 2023," Cardinals chairman and president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "We are thrilled to learn that this game will take place at Estadio Azteca where we received such an enthusiastic reception in 2005. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to an incredible experience."

      All opponents have been determined for the NFL's 32 teams. The candidates to play the Cardinals in Mexico are the NFC West rivals -- Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams -- in addition to the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

      The Cardinals beat the 49ers, 31-14, in front of a then-NFL record crowd of 103,467 in 2005.

      --Field Level Media

  • Franchise tag brings Chiefs DT Jones 'mix of emotions'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 28, 2020

    Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones did his best to play Mr. Brightside when he learned the franchise tag was imminent on Thursday.

    • "The beautiful thing about the franchise tag -- that it can go one of two ways," Jones said via Fox Sports. "The team can either long-term you to have you for the future, or they can trade you. Either way, I'll get paid benefits."

      Jones and the Chiefs are planning to negotiate toward a long-term contract agreement, but the only guarantee once the prohibitive marker is used will be Jones' 2020 salary. Based on numbers expected to change if the CBA extension is ratified before the March 12 franchise deadline, Jones will make at least $16 million next season. The highest-paid defensive players in the NFL are in the same ballpark, but with the upside of long-term guarantees and a signing bonus.

      "It's like a mix of emotions, because you figure after four years, (doing) everything the right way -- within the team way -- you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for the team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded," Jones said. "So when you're hit with a franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they're not valuing you -- that they're not valuing what you can bring to the table. Or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together."

      The Chiefs are limited in their mobility beneath the existing salary cap. But moves are expected to free up space, including restructuring wide receiver Sammy Watkins' deal, to address pressing moves that include the contract of running back Damien Williams.

      Jones had 15.5 sacks in 2018 and formed a dynamic defensive line duo with Frank Clark -- tagged by the Seattle Seahawks last March and traded to the Chiefs -- last season. Clark signed a five-year, $104 million deal with the Chiefs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ruggs misses Ross' 40 record, still makes history
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III came up came up five-hundredths of a second short of John Ross' record in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday, though his time was still the fastest in the field.

    • Ruggs, who reportedly ran in the 4.25-second range for NFL scouts in March, was pegged as the top contender to usurp Ross, who posted 4.22 seconds in 2017. On Thursday night, Ruggs officially clocked a 4.27, the fastest time of any wideout.

      Ruggs' first run was timed at 4.28 on NFL Network's broadcast, but it was officially revealed to be 4.27. He ran 4.31 in his second run.

      Despite falling short of Ross, Ruggs made history when adding in his vertical leap. According to NFL Media's research department, Ruggs' 42-inch vertical is the highest of any player with a sub-4.30 40-yard dash since combine data was officially tracked in 2003.

      Ruggs, who did his jumps before his run, was unable to continue his on-field workout after the 40 due to a quad injury. He was shown with ice on his quad afterward, though he told NFL Network he expects to be ready to run routes at his pro day.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Redskins T Williams wants new deal or trade
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    After reportedly mending fences with Trent Williams earlier in February, the Washington Redskins aren't certain what the future holds in their relationship with the offensive tackle.

    • The stalwart left tackle either wants a trade or a new contract worked out with the Redskins, according to NFL Network on Thursday.

      On Feb. 11, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the icy relationship between Williams and the Redskins was "thawing a little bit," and that the lineman had called back new head coach Ron Rivera and had "a very positive" conversation.

      Now Rapoport and NFL's Network's Mike Garafolo, citing sources, are reporting that Williams, due $12.5 million in 2020 in the final year of five-year, $68 million extension signed in 2016, wants to move on if a deal can't be worked out.

      Williams, 31, sat out all of 2019 over concerns with the team's medical staff and his contract. He said last October he had "no trust" with the organization, specifically then-team president Bruce Allen and the athletic trainers, who failed to diagnose a cancerous tumor on Williams' head that required surgery to remove last offseason.

      Williams eventually reported to the team to ensure his contract did not toll, but he was placed on the non-football injury list and did not play, with the team reportedly electing not to pay his salary.

      Allen and the training staff have since departed as part of a restructuring that included the hiring of Rivera, formerly the Carolina Panthers head coach.

      The nine-year veteran had been selected for seven consecutive Pro Bowls before 2019, although he has not played in all 16 games in a season since 2013.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Florida's Jefferson, LSU's Moss need foot surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson and LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss will each reportedly require foot surgery after both had fractures discovered during their respective medical exams at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

    • Multiple outlets reported Thursday that Van Jefferson and Moss each have Jones fractures -- a break in the fifth metatarsal -- in their right foot, and both were unaware of the injury. The timeline for recovery from surgery is generally pegged at 6-8 weeks, but it can take longer in some scenarios.

      According to ESPN, Jefferson will have his procedure next week with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., while Moss is also expected to have surgery next week. Both are unlikely to work out for teams before the draft in late April.

      Coincidentally, both players are sons of former NFL wideouts.

      Jefferson is the son of former NFL receiver and current New York Jets receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. Moss is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss.

      The 23-year-old Jefferson played two seasons with the Gators after spending his first two seasons at Ole Miss. He caught 49 passes for 657 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2019. His four-year totals included 175 catches for 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns.

      During workouts for the Senior Bowl, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jefferson was projected as a second- or third-round pick in April's NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Todd McShay.

      A 21-year-old who surprised some when he declared as a redshirt junior, Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. Originally at NC State in 2016, Moss transferred to LSU and sat out 2017, then missed all of 2018 with a left foot injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFLPA's Smith expects CBA to pass
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Executive director DeMaurice Smith expects the NFL Players Association to accept the proposal from league owners to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement in a union-wide vote expected soon.

    • Smith and NFLPA president Eric Winston have said they believe the new labor agreement will be approved by the union with all active players eligible to vote via email to ratify a deal Winston said he has spent "300 days" negotiating with owners. Major changes - including 17 games in the regular season starting in 2021 and big raises for players earning the minimum -- are part of the proposal, which was amended during a four-hour meeting between the NFL and NFLPA executive committee on Tuesday night.

      "Man, democracy is messy," Smith said before addressing agents at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "And when you urge players to become part of a union, when you decide instead of having sort of a bubble that excludes people, that you want people not only to become involved in your union but become reps in the union, to take leadership roles in your union, how could you ever take a position that you have some sort of adverse effect if they express their feelings, right? Can you imagine a role where you go through this whole thing and nobody cared?"

      Attorneys for both sides are working to refine wording in the proposal before making it available to the player populace.

      While Smith preached progress, including removal of commissioner Roger Goodell as judge, jury and executioner in off-field conduct matters, several prominent veterans took the opposite position.

      Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt all used social media to air grievances or issues with the proposal. Each said they would be voting "no" to the CBA.

      "For a player that doesn't want 17 (games) under any reason, those players will vote their conscience," Smith said.

      If ratified, the CBA also calls for the preseason to be reduced to three games from four starting next season.

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Ohio State DE Young wants to go No. 1
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State defensive end Chase Young might not be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he believes he's the best prospect in this class.

    • "I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," Young said Thursday in the Indiana Convention Center at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think I showed it on my tape. Every game, I think I showed it. I definitely think I put my best foot forward this year, I grinded hard. Two of my biggest things are hard work and dedication and I'm going to bring those two to the NFL with me."

      LSU quarterback Joe Burrow -- an Ohio State transfer -- is the popular projection at No. 1 to the Cincinnati Bengals.

      Young is the top defensive player in the draft in Field Level Media's rankings and the opinion is almost universal in the draft community. Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn joked that Young doesn't even need a pro day, his body of work is more than evident in his three years and 30.5 sacks at Ohio State, including 16.5 sacks last season.

      There will be no proving ground in Indianapolis when defensive ends work out at Lucas Oil Stadium. Young instead will hold his athletic feats for a pro day in Columbus on March 25.

      "I'm not trying to compete to be a combine player. I need to be a football player. Just know when I step on that field Day 1, I'll be ready," Young said.

      Young is projected to be the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Barring a trade, that move would reunite him with quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was selected by the Washington Redskins with the No. 15 pick overall in the 2019 draft. Young is a Redskins fan, having played at DeMatha High School in Maryland.

      "Me and Dwayne talk all the time," Young said. "I've known Dwayne since high school. He definitely loves the organization, and obviously he wants me to come play with him."

      Young said he has the same skills that compelled teams to make Joey and Nick Bosa first-round picks. Nick Bosa was selected No. 2 by the San Francisco 49ers last year and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Joey Bosa was the third overall pick in the 2016 to the then-San Diego Chargers. He has 40.0 sacks in his first four NFL seasons.

      "The toolbox that they brought from college to the NFL, it works," Young said. "I've been looking at them, always looking at Nick because he's my big bro. I see what he's doing in the league, he's obviously doing outstanding."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Report: Giants join potential Brady suitors
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    The New York Giants have expressed interest in pursuing Tom Brady, NFL Network reported Thursday.

    • The Giants join the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders as potential suitors for the soon-to-be free agent quarterback if he does not re-sign with the New England Patriots.

      New York drafted Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019. The rookie completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts (3-9 record) after replacing veteran Eli Manning.

      But first-year head coach Joe Judge would not commit to Jones as his starter earlier this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

      Judge has a relationship with Brady, having spent the last eight seasons on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England. And the Giants have deep pockets, with a reported $74 million in cap space available.

      Brady, 42, who lost to the Giants twice in the Super Bowl, passed for 4,057 yards, 24 TDs and eight picks in his 20th season with the Patriots in 2019.

      The three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl champion ranks No. 2 all-time in passing yards (74,571) and touchdown passes (541).

      --Field Level Media

  • Franchise tag window opens, Chiefs DT Jones reportedly first
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The window is open for NFL teams to use the franchise designation to retain impending free agents.

    • Atop the list of potential tag candidates are Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, who was reportedly informed Thursday he'll get the tag.

      Teams have until March 12 to apply the player-restrictive tag, which brings the team refusal rights to the free agency process. For example, if Prescott is tagged, he would be guaranteed the average of the top-five player salaries at his position for the 2020 season. If he receives a contract offer sheet from another team on the non-exclusive tag, the Cowboys could match the offer and retain Prescott or allow him to leave, accepting multiple first-round picks in return as compensation.

      Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the team is building around Prescott and wants to keep wide receivers Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb, who are also free agents. That's going to take a hyper-creative accountant and likely require Prescott to relent on salary demands reportedly approaching $40 million per season.

      Prescott doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The Cowboys are negotiating with his representatives this week in Indianapolis with an eye toward a new deal before the league year begins next month.

      Cincinnati is also publicly saying Green won't be getting out of town easily. Head coach Zac Taylor and president of player personnel Duke Tobin said Tuesday that Green is a priority, and all means possible would be used to make sure he stays with the Bengals.

      Green said the franchise tag "is not the best thing," but added he wouldn't turn down $18 million guaranteed. Green turns 32 before the start of the 2020 season.

      Franchise tag values are not yet official as the looming CBA extension could impact one-year contract tenders. Franchise tags must be utilized by 4 p.m. ET on March 12. A negotiating window toward a long-term contract with tagged players remains open until 4 p.m. ET on July 15.

      Denver Broncos president of football operations John Elway said during the NFL Scouting Combine that the franchise tag is in play for safety Justin Simmons.

      "I'd like to get a deal done with him before that, but we'll see. Yeah, if we don't get something done, we'll use the tag," Elway said.

      The tag game is also a realistic option in Jacksonville, where defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is reportedly requesting a long-term deal worth $22 million per season.

      The 24-year-old posted his fourth straight season with at least eight sacks in 2019.

      Jones is viewed as a candidate for a tag-and-trade, the kind of deal the Chiefs pulled to land Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks last year, depending on his salary demands.

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Redskins, Rivera willing to gamble at No. 2
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Rivera could live up to his "Riverboat Ron" nickname and emerge as a wildcard in the 2020 NFL Draft, his first with the Washington Redskins.

    • Despite drafting Dwayne Haskins 15th overall in 2019, an overhauled Redskins' management team plans to closely study all available options with the No. 2 overall pick. That includes LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, players scheduled to interview with the Redskins. Washington also has an appointment with Ohio State defensive end Chase Young among its 45 "formal" interviews in Indy.

      "We are looking at everything," Rivera said. "Everything is possible. Everything is an option. Everything we do, we're going to decide as a group, and we'll go from there."

      Haskins, 22, was 2-5 in seven starts as a rookie with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

      Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden and replaced its core decision-makers in the front office, ostensibly handing the keys to Rivera for on- and off-field decisions going forward.

      Burrow and Young are regarded as the top two players in the draft, but floating interest in a quarterback could be nothing more than fishing for trade offers.

      Rivera said he's still getting to know what the team has in Haskins.

      "I think we have a very good, young player," Rivera said. "The more we break down, the more we learn about him, I think it puts us in a pretty good spot. I am excited about him. One thing that I have seen is his commitment. He's been around a lot. When I make my rounds during the day, and I'll walk by the weight room, there he is. I walk by the locker room, there he is. That to me is a sign of a young man that is learning he needs to be around."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Ex-QB Boykin gets 3-year sentence for assault
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Ex-Seattle Seahawks and TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday as a result of a plea deal related to an assault of his then-girlfriend, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    • Boykin was sentenced in Fort Worth, Texas, for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and tampering with a witness. Boykin also was given 180 days in Tarrant County Jail following guilty pleas on two unrelated misdemeanor theft charges.

      Boykin's attorney, Brian Eppes, said, according to the Star-Telegram, "Trevone was not treated any differently than anyone else in Tarrant County and he ultimately took responsibility for his actions."

      Regarding a possible resumption of the 26-year-old's football career, Eppes said, "Trevone is happy to get through this part of his life. He's young. I wouldn't close the door on anything."

      Allenna Bangs, chief of the Intimate Partner Violence team at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, said, according to the newspaper, "Mr. Boykin has failed to take responsibility for any of his assaultive and criminal behavior up until this point.

      "The victim in this case sustained a long-standing relationship of abuse by Mr. Boykin and, along with our office, feels his prison sentence is vindication for what she endured and the consequences he was able to avoid in the past because of his ability on the football field."

      Shabrika Bailey had told WFAA-TV in Dallas that Boykin broke her jaw in two places and choked her until she passed out during a March 2018 incident at her home in Mansfield, Texas.

      Shortly after Bailey went public, Boykin was released by the Seattle Seahawks.

      Boykin was a star at TCU from 2012-15 before a brief NFL career that saw him play five games for the Seahawks in 2016. He also spent time on Seattle's practice squad in 2017.

      He was arrested in June 2018 on charges of aggravated assault of a family member with a weapon, tampering with a witness in a family violence case and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

      Boykin has been arrested at least three other times, including two days before the Alamo Bowl following the 2015 season when he playing for TCU. In that incident, law enforcement said he punched a police officer in a San Antonio bar.

      In that case, he wound up pleading no contest and receiving one year of deferred adjudication probation.

      Boykin threw for TCU program records of 10,728 career yards and 86 touchdowns, and he set a single-season mark of 3,901 passing yards in 2014. He averaged more than 300 yards passing in his final two seasons at TCU, and he also ran for 2,049 career yards with 27 rushing touchdowns.

      For the Seahawks in 2016, Boykin completed 13 of 18 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Former S Glasgow dies of stomach cancer at 62
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Former NFL safety Nesby Glasgow died after a battle with stomach cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 62.

    • Glasgow was reportedly diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2018.

      Glasgow played 14 NFL seasons, including nine with the Colts (1979-87) and five with the Seattle Seahawks (1988-92). Glasgow played four seasons for the Baltimore Colts before the franchise moved to Indianapolis.

      Ten of his 15 career interceptions came during his time in Baltimore. Glasgow also was the team's main kickoff and punt returner during his first two NFL seasons.

      "Rest in peace, Nesby Glasgow," Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "Nesby was our starting safety for nine seasons, including the '87 division champ team. He also scouted for us. Nesby was a good man, and our hearts and prayers go out to his family."

      Glasgow started 114 of 128 games played for the Colts. With Seattle, he had three interceptions in 77 games (31 starts).

      The Seahawks expressed their condolences on Twitter:

      "The Seahawks family is deeply saddened by the passing of legend Nesby Glasgow. Nesby was a champion in the community and he will be missed by many."

      Glasgow was a college star at Washington prior to his NFL career. He helped the Huskies win the Pac-8 title in 1977 and capped off his college career with an interception with 32 seconds left to preserve a 27-20 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

      Glasgow was an eighth-round pick by the Colts in the 1979 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State RB Dobbins considering 40 with ankle, hamstring problems
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is considering running the 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday despite multiple injuries.

    • Dobbins isn't fully recovered from an ankle injury and also has been fighting a hamstring strain.

      "I'm still working through it," Dobbins said. "If I'm not 100 percent, then I don't want to go out there and not be 100 percent and not show my full potential.

      "It depends. We'll see."

      Dobbins, who had 174 yards in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson while playing through the injury, said he wouldn't make a final call on his workout until Friday. He estimated his hamstring was at least 90-percent healthy and is two months removed from the high ankle sprain.

      Dobbins ran for 2,003 yards with 21 rushing TDs in 2019 and compared his game to Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

      "He's built a lot like me. Maybe a little taller," Dobbins said. "But he's definitely a tough runner, and he can do anything."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Giants cut LBs Ogletree, Martin
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    Linebacker Alec Ogletree was released by the New York Giants on Wednesday. The move was expected after the team captain shifted into a limited role in 2019.

    • Ogletree was due $10 million in 2020. Releasing him saves the Giants $8.5 million against the salary cap.

      Ogletree was acquired prior to the 2018 season from the Los Angeles Rams for two draft picks and totaled 173 tackles in two seasons, but the 28-year-old became limited in coverage last season. He made an immediate impact with five interceptions and 93 tackles in his first season with the Giants.

      Linebacker Kareem Martin also was released on Wednesday. The 28-year-old played only five games last season due to a knee injury. In 2018, Martin posted a career-best 48 tackles in his first season with the Giants.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys, McCarthy embracing new look
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike McCarthy said he felt overwhelmingly blessed to walk back into the NFL Scouting Combine as an NFL head coach after a year away from the game.

    • "Thankful for the break," the first-year coach of the Dallas Cowboys said Wednesday. "Thankful to be back."

      McCarthy said the new job in Dallas is more similar to his old gig with the Green Bay Packers than most might think. Both have a family-first atmosphere and a rich NFL tradition.

      Owner Jerry Jones brings the same urgency to get to the Super Bowl that McCarthy experienced in Green Bay, but there are a lot of boxes to check in the offseason for the Cowboys. That includes resolutions with two top free agents, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, as well as with defensive end Robert Quinn and linebacker Sean Lee while managing a tight cap situation.

      As the front office evaluates the best way to keep Prescott, McCarthy said he's advancing his study of player performance and specifically looking at bending his system to fit Prescott's strengths.

      "I think the obvious thing that jumps out with Dak is the big-play ability," McCarthy, 56, said. "His ability to make throws from the pocket -- so impressed with the number of plays he made in the pocket -- and go downfield. I'm just excited to put this new offense together and get to work with him."

      McCarthy described the defensive overhaul as a "wholesale change," and said he expects Dallas to be ahead of the game offensively relative to the rebuild on the other side of the ball.

      With 13 seasons as coach of the Green Bay Packers -- and eight straight playoff seasons -- it might take some time to adjust to McCarthy in his new colors. He's liking the fit of the Star.

      "It's been a smooth change," McCarthy said Wednesday. "It's great to jump back into it. We like the blue."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Reich backs QB Brissett as 'the guy' for Colts
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Head coach Frank Reich endorsed Jacoby Brissett days after owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard openly contemplated upgrading at quarterback.

    • "He's our guy," Reich said. "Jacoby knows he has to earn everything. Chris and I are talking all the time, how do we improve the team. Every player on the team is evaluated. Every person on the team is evaluated. ... Like Mr. Irsay said the other day, with the quarterback, if there is a road to travel down that decision will involve (all three) of us."

      Brissett is entering the final year of a two-year, $30 million deal he signed when Andrew Luck abruptly retired in August 2019. Brissett started out strong, but the Colts finished 7-9 with losses in seven of the final nine games.

      "We've got to win our division. The AFC South is a very strong division," Reich said. "As far as expectations, our biggest focus is the process. The lockerroom. The culture."

      Irsay hinted Sunday during a press conference that Luck might be leaving the door open to return.

      Reich said on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine he talks to Luck regularly and believes the door is closed, locked and the keys are gone.

      "I don't sense anything into that. He's retired," Reich said. "I knew a couple of days before everyone else. No inkling. I think everyone knows Andrew is wired a little bit different. In that respect, not a surprise."

      One of many quarterback doors that might open is in Jacksonville. On Tuesday, general manager Dave Caldwell said the Jaguars are open to having Gardner Minshew or Nick Foles as their starter. Foles is in the second year of a four-year, $88 million contract. Minshew is entering his second season in the NFL and head coach Doug Marrone said the team still needs to "see more."

      "Nick Foles is a proven commodity, he has a lot of football left," Reich said. "There's something unique about him as a competitor. He's a fierce competitor."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Chiefs fighting to keep DT Jones
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Defensive tackle Chris Jones might be the best defensive player available in free agency in March. The Chiefs are fighting desperately to prevent the 25-year-old menace from leaving Kansas City.

    • Jones was a 2016 second-round pick and had 20 quarterback hits and 9.0 sacks in 13 games this past season.

      "It's certainly a priority for us," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think the tandem of Chris Jones and Frank Clark is something any team would want. We're going to work hard to see if we can get that done."

      Today isn't necessarily the issue for the Chiefs. But in the big picture, planning for tomorrow includes a new contract for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Speculation about Mahomes' value includes estimates for a record-shattering deal worth more than $40 million per year.

      Chiefs president Clark Hunt said in February a deal with Mahomes would be an eventual priority, but it could come after the 2020 season. The other pressing deals for the current offseason include wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who will bring a $21 million cap hit this season. The Chiefs haven't decided on whether to pick up options on running back Damien Williams and linebacker Damien Wilson.

      The queue begins with Jones.

      "I understand the business and how it goes," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of keeping Jones. "I'd like to keep everybody together. That's not always possible. But sure, if he's here, he's a good football player. Why wouldn't I want him here?"

      Using the franchise tag to keep Jones while listening to offers -- as the Seahawks did with Clark in 2019 -- could also help Kansas City's current and future outlook.

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • Report: Alabama QB Tagovailoa gets 'positive' medical review
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa received positive feedback from NFL team doctors who conducted his hours-long medical exam at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    • According to NFL Network, Tagovailoa will continue rehab toward the goal the national title-winning quarterback stated on Tuesday during his press conference -- to be fully cleared on March 9 by the surgeon who operated on his dislocated hip.

      Tagovailoa said he arrived for his medical work at the combine at 10 a.m. on Monday. He didn't return to the players hotel until 7:49 p.m., with interviews starting at 8 p.m.

      Doctors poked, prodded, bent and X-rayed Tagovailoa from every angle to gauge his recovery from known injuries -- a fractured hand, ankle surgery and, most recently, hip surgery.

      Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Tuesday that Cincinnati, which owns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, would not overlook Tagovailoa's injury history but also couldn't ignore his impressive body of work at Alabama, where he finished with a 22-2 record as a starter. The Bengals met with Tagovailoa on Monday night.

      "Really impressive individual," Taylor said. "State champion in high school, won a college championship of course. The guy has been a champion on every level."

      Tagovailoa will not participate in on-field workouts in Indianapolis on Thursday with the quarterback class. He still has time, however, to show he belongs in the conversation with LSU's Joe Burrow, Oregon's Justin Herbert, Georgia's Jake Fromm and Washington's Jacob Eason in what is regarded as a very good crop of quarterbacks.

      He measured officially in Indianapolis at 6-0, 217 pounds with 9 7/8-inch hands.

      April 9 is the scheduled personal pro day for Tagovailoa, when he said he plans to "do everything" teams want to see from him -- run the 40-yard dash, throw from the pocket, throw on the move, get measured in the broad jump.

      Tagovailoa said he enters the NFL wanting to be on the field now, but would warmly embrace the opportunity to learn from an established starter. It's the path he took behind Jalen Hurts at Alabama.

      "As a competitor, I want to be able to play," Tagovailoa said Tuesday. "You look at the guys that are great and able to play and they've been mentored by (established) quarterbacks."

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • NFLPA to vote on CBA after four-hour meeting
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL player representatives passed an owner-approved proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement early Wednesday morning, sending the proposal to the full players union for a vote that could create labor peace for 10 years.

    • Because the 32-member NFLPA representative council voted to move the proposed CBA for ratification, only a simple majority of the union must approve to set the deal into motion. The vote in favor of sending the proposal to the players association was 17-14 with one abstention. The executive committee had voted down a similar proposal, 6-5, on Friday.

      Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who signed a four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019, said Wednesday morning he would vote no to the latest proposal.

      "The @NBA & @MLB are doing it right. Players come first. ALL @NFL players deserve the same. WE should not rush the next 10 YEARS for Today's satisfaction. I VOTE NO."

      It is not yet known when the full vote of the players union will take place. Broncos player rep Brandon McManus estimated an email vote could take at least one week.

      A four-hour meeting between the NFL and NFLPA took place Tuesday night here at the site of the NFL Scouting Combine. The union reps met for several more hours before the vote.

      NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined comment out of "respect for the process."

      With a vote pending, the NFL and NFLPA are planning meetings with attorneys this week to decide how the offseason might be impacted. It's possible free agency could be delayed.

      Players now are set to vote for a CBA that calls for a 17-game regular season, starting in 2021, along with a reduction of the four-game preseason. All teams would have more roster spots, and players would receive a higher percentage of revenue in addition to upgraded pensions for former players.

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

  • NFLPA sends CBA to full membership for vote
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    The NFL's labor negotiations moved closer to a resolution one way or another in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

    • The NFL Players Association announced that it is sending the proposed collective bargaining agreement to its entire membership for a vote. The news was revealed in a one-sentence press release issued at 1:43 a.m. ET.

      On Friday, the NFLPA's player representatives tabled a vote on the owners' proposal after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 against recommending the deal.

      More than 50 percent of the NFLPA membership must vote in favor of the CBA for it to be approved.

      The current CBA took effect in 2011 and is set to expire following the 2020 season. If ratified by the players, the new CBA reportedly could be instituted in time for the new league year, which begins March 18.

      According to multiple media reports, the owners' proposal expands the postseason field from six teams per conference to seven teams per conference, which could occur as soon as the 2020 season.

      In a change that would happen no sooner than 2021, the regular season would increase from 16 games to 17 games, with the preseason sliced from four games to three games.

      Other reported points of note include an increased revenue share for players, increased spending minimums for clubs, adjustments to the league's drug policy regarding marijuana, an altered on-field discipline fine schedule, and increased benefits for ex-players.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams to meet with Gurley, no timeline on Ramsey deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS -- In order to get cornerback Jalen Ramsey what he wants, the Los Angeles Rams might have to dig into the pockets of Todd Gurley.

    • General manager Les Snead didn't directly make that connection on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, but the accounting is clear for a team with four players scheduled to count more than $15 million against the 2020 salary cap. Quarterback Jared Goff checks in at a whopping $36 million.

      The Rams are "working through" what a plan for Gurley could look like next season, coach Sean McVay said Tuesday.

      "You want to be consistent, but I think certain guys, just understanding the workload that their specific position entails or what is the best way to have a long-term solution for getting through the entire season," McVay said. "We've been consistent with that with Todd Gurley from when I first got here.

      "I think it was just something that was talked about more because he missed a couple games toward the latter half of the '18 season, but those are things that you want to be able to be specific with each player while still being consistent in the big picture, and those are things that as we get closer to those dates, we'll discuss a little bit more."

      The Rams have already paid a steep price for Ramsey. They landed the 25-year-old All-Pro cornerback in October via trade with the Jaguars. Jacksonville received two first-round picks and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

      Snead said there is no hard timeline or deadline on the Ramsey negotiations. Further spreading Goff's new deal and juggling bonus structures could create more than $15 million in cap space for next season.

      "We'd definitely like to have Jalen helping the Rams for more than just the 2020 season," Snead said.

      Gurley has a cap hit of $17.25 million in 2020, the first season of a four-year, $57 million extension signed in July 2018.

      Gurley is scheduled to meet with the Rams before the two sides decide what's next. Trading Gurley would create a $12.6 million salary-cap hit while saving the team $4.65 million overall.

      --By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media