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  • Bills reunite with former CB Gaines on 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 25, 2019

    The Buffalo Bills bolstered their cornerback depth with a familiar face by signing E.J. Gaines to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Per the Houston Chronicle, the deal will pay Gaines $3.6 million for the 2019 season.

      Gaines, 27, spent the 2017 season in Buffalo after being dealt that summer from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade involving wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Gaines was a full-time starter at cornerback, although he missed five games because of injury that season.

      The four-year veteran signed with the Browns in March 2018, but only played six games (two starts) with one interception -- eventually being placed on injured reserve after having a pair of concussions in a three-week span.

      Gaines has been a starter for most of his NFL career (43 games, 38 starts, four interceptions), but health has been an issue. He has missed games in every year since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft by the Rams, and was forced to sit out the entire 2015 season because of a Lisfranc injury suffered during training camp that year.

      The Bills are coming off a strong season by their defense, which finished second in the league in total defense (294.1 total yards allowed per game) and best in the NFL against the pass (179.2 pass ypg allowed).

      Gaines joins new free-agent addition Kevin Johnson, formerly of the Houston Texans, in the secondary in a Buffalo offseason dominated by signings on offense -- with the team adding four offensive linemen (center Mitch Morse, guard Spencer Long, tackles Ty Nsekhe and LaAdrian Waddle) and a quartet of skill position players (running back Frank Gore, plus wide receivers Cole Beasley, John Brown and Andre Roberts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Gronk's agent: Return possible if Brady asks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 25, 2019

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, but his agent isn't convinced we've seen the last of him.

    • Agent Drew Rosenhaus, speaking on ESPN's Get Up! on Monday, suggested the league's most dominant tight end might come back for a few games if he was asked by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

      "If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let's just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.' I wouldn't be shocked if he came back to play a few games," Rosenhaus said.

      Gronkowski, who turns 30 in May, has battled injuries to his back and knee and missed 29 games in his career. He openly pondered retirement last offseason, but he returned for another campaign.

      Before Super Bowl LIII this year, he said he would make a decision about his future a few weeks after the big game. He also discussed the physical wear and tear he endures throughout the season, as a 6-foot-6, 268-pounder who takes big hits as a receiver, regularly blocks defensive linemen and often plays through injury.

      Brady, who has thrown twice as many touchdowns to Gronkowski (78) as any other player (Randy Moss, 39) in his career, commented on the tight end's Instagram post, writing, "Love u man!! The [GOAT]!! Couldn't be a better person or teammate!!!!"

      Over the last several years, Gronkowski has steadily added experience in other fields, making a WWE appearance in 2017 and taking roles in various movies. Many reports have said the tight end has his eyes on an acting career in Hollywood, while some expect him to go into wrestling.

      A three-time Super Bowl champion, four-time First Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games from 2010-18. Despite playing just nine seasons, he ranks ninth in NFL history among tight ends in receiving yards and tied for third in receiving TDs.

      No player at any position caught more touchdowns than Gronkowski during his NFL tenure, and only LeSean McCoy equaled his 80 total touchdowns.

      Gronkowski added 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 postseason contests, all top marks among tight ends all-time. Only Jerry Rice (22) has caught more scores in playoff history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Dolphins DE Quinn visiting Saints Monday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 25, 2019

    Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn will visit the New Orleans Saints on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday evening.

    • Quinn remains under contract with the Dolphins, but the team has reportedly given him permission to visit other teams while Miami tries to arrange a trade. Quinn visited the Dallas Cowboys last week, but a deal has yet to materialize.

      The Dolphins are reportedly willing to pay part of Quinn's 2019 salary to help facilitate a deal, which would likely increase the compensation they would receive, as they did in trading Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans last week.

      Quinn, who turns 29 in May, has a $12.9 million cap figure for 2019, the final year of his deal. The Dolphins acquired him from the Los Angeles Rams last offseason for a fourth-round pick and a swap of sixth-rounders, and he posted 6.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits while playing in all 16 games for Miami.

      A two-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro, Quinn hasn't topped 8.5 sacks or 15 QB hits in a season since posting 10.5 and 20, respectively in 2014. He had career highs of 19 sacks and 34 QB hits in 2013.

      The Saints lost defensive end Alex Okafor to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, though they still have All-Pro Cameron Jordan and 2018 first-round pick Marcus Davenport, for whom New Orleans gave up its 2019 first-rounder in a trade.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants owner Mara: 'Reluctant' to approve Beckham trade
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 25, 2019

    New York Giants co-owner John Mara admitted Sunday that he was reluctant to sign off on the decision to trade wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns earlier this month.

    • "I will tell you that it was a reluctant approval on my part because I happen to like Odell very much," Mara said from the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix, his first public comments since the trade. "I recognize the unique talent that he has. It is not easy to trade that player to another team.

      "I understand also that we have a lot of holes that we need to fill. If we make the right decisions with the [first-round] pick and the [third-round] pick, we obviously like [safety] Jabrill Peppers a lot, which filled a need for us. I ultimately gave my 50 percent share of the approval."

      The Browns sent the Giants their first-round pick (17th overall), a third-rounder and Peppers, who was drafted 25th overall in 2017, in return for Beckham. General manager Dave Gettleman told reporters last week that it was an offer he "couldn't refuse," despite his previous statement that the team did not sign Beckham to an extension only to trade him.

      With a player of Beckham's prominence -- and less than a year removed from making him the NFL's highest-paid wideout -- the deal had to be approved by Mara and fellow co-owner Steve Tisch.

      As Mara and Tisch recounted at a joint news conference Sunday, Gettleman called both men to relay news of the offer, and both had to think about it before ultimately deciding to go through with a deal.

      "This was not a decision that was made quickly, without a lot of thought and a lot of conversation discussing with both Dave and [head coach Pat Shurmur] and the impact, what it would mean to the club," Tisch said. "It is a tough decision. One of the toughest we have had to make in a long time. Many, many years."

      "It was not easy, that's why it took this long," Mara added. "It took a long time to come to grips with the fact that we were moving him to another team. I just didn't think that was going to happen all winter. I think what we are getting in return will make us better if we make the right decisions."

      Mara also acknowledged that Beckham's personality and tendency to make headlines for things not directly related to football played a small part in the decision.

      "I had conversations with him about it, but it was never to the point where we said to Dave that he had to get rid of him," Mara said. "It never reached that point. Was it a factor in the final decision? Yes, it is a factor. The thing about him, though, is that it never -- he is a good guy. He did good things with us."

      Both owners wished Beckham well in Cleveland, but Mara admitted it will be difficult watching the former Giants first-round pick in another uniform.

      "It is not going to be easy, I am not going to lie to you," Mara said. "It won't be easy. He is a great player and I hope he has a great career with the Browns. It makes it a little bit easier that he is not in our conference."

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Patriots TE Gronkowski announces retirement
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, ending one of the league's most dominant and colorful careers after nine seasons.

    • "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today," wrote Gronkowski, who turns 30 in May.

      Quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown twice as many touchdowns to Gronkowski (78) as any other player (Randy Moss, 39) in his career, commented on the tight end's Instagram post, writing, "Love u man!! The (GOAT)!! Couldn't be a better person or teammate!!!!"

      Gronkowski -- who has battled serious injuries to his back and knee and missed 29 games in his career -- openly pondered retirement last offseason. A three-time Super Bowl champion, four-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games from 2010-18.

      --The Pittsburgh Steelers' contract talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are "still ongoing," general manager Kevin Colbert told the NFL Network.

      "This is probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it's significant," Colbert said.

      Roethlisberger, 37, is entering the final season of the $87.4 million deal he signed in March 2015. He is due a base salary of $12 million in 2019. In his 15th season as Pittsburgh's starter, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 as he led the league in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129).

      --If first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury knows who his Arizona Cardinals will select next month with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, he isn't letting on. In an interview with NFL Media this weekend, Kingsbury said the team hasn't made a decision.

      "I think everything's on the table," he said. "When you have that first pick, you've gotta turn over every stone and look at every scenario that's out there, and so we're definitely doing that."

      One frequently mentioned possibility is that the Cardinals -- who selected quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in 2018 -- will choose Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winner from Oklahoma and trade Rosen. Arizona finished an NFL-worst 3-13 last season.

      --Two-time 1,000-yard receiver Jeremy Maclin announced his retirement, making the announcement at his wife's baby shower.

      Philadelphia's first-round pick (19th overall) in 2009, Maclin played five seasons with the Eagles (2009-12, 2014), two with the Kansas City Chiefs (2015-16) and spent last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

      Maclin, 30, sat out the 2013 season after tearing his ACL in training camp. He caught 85 passes for a career-high 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2014 and then rejoined former Philadelphia coach Andy Reid in Kansas City, catching 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight scores in 2015.

      --New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been sued by the owners of the New Jersey home he rented, contending the value has fallen by 30 percent since a man's body was found there.

      In court documents filed last week, the owners said they are seeking $700,000 in damages, according to NorthJersey.com.

      The body of music producer Roosevelt Rene was found in the basement of the home last June. Jenkins' brother, William Jenkins, was charged with aggravated manslaughter and other charges related to Rene's death.

      --Former New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell has ended his short NFL career, he announced.

      Speaking at an event at his alma mater, Georgia, Mitchell told attendees he was moving on to a "new chapter" of his life.

      The oft-injured Mitchell was waived by the Patriots before the 2018 season and spent the year out of the league. He was continuing to battle a knee issue after missing all but one preseason game in 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots TE Gronkowski announces retirement
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, ending one of the league's most dominant and colorful careers after nine seasons.

    • "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today," he wrote.

      Gronkowski, who turns 30 in May, thanked the Patriots organization, teammates and fans in the lengthy post.

      "Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now it's time to move forward," he wrote. "... Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of what's next."

      Quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown twice as many touchdowns to Gronkowski (78) as any other player (Randy Moss, 39) in his career, commented on the tight end's Instagram post, writing, "Love u man!! The [GOAT]!! Couldn't be a better person or teammate!!!!"

      Bill Belichick, whose 19-year tenure as Patriots coach encompassed Gronkowski's career, said in statement issued by the team that it has been "a pleasure and a privilege" to coach Gronkowski.

      "Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play," Belichick said.

      Gronkowski -- who has battled serious injuries to his back and knee and missed 29 games in his career -- openly pondered retirement last offseason, but he returned for another campaign.

      Before Super Bowl LIII this year, he said he would make a decision about his future a few weeks after the big game. He also discussed the physical wear and tear he endures throughout the season, as a 6-foot-6, 268-pounder who takes big hits as a receiver, regularly blocks defensive linemen and often plays through injury.

      "I'm not going to lie and sit here and say every week is the best," Gronkowski said. "Not at all. You go up. You go down. You can take some serious hits. Try to imagine getting hit all the time and trying to be where you want to be every day in life. It's tough. It's difficult."

      Over the last several years, Gronkowski has steadily added experience in other fields, making a WWE appearance in 2017 and taking roles in various movies. Many reports have said the tight end has his eyes on an acting career in Hollywood, while some expect him to go into wrestling.

      "His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten," Belichick said.

      Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement that he looks forward to honoring Gronkowski "in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer."

      "As great of a player as he was, he is an even better person and ambassador of the game," Kraft said. "Throughout his career, he made countless appearances in the community and there was no better remedy for hospital patients than a visit from Gronk."

      A three-time Super Bowl champion, four-time First Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games from 2010-18. Despite playing just nine seasons, he ranks ninth in NFL history among tight ends in receiving yards and tied for third in receiving TDs.

      No player at any position caught more touchdowns than Gronkowski during his NFL tenure, and only LeSean McCoy equaled his 80 total touchdowns.

      Gronkowski added 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 postseason contests, all top marks among tight ends all-time. Only Jerry Rice (22) has caught more scores in playoff history.

      "From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships," Belichick said. "His elite combination of size, skill, intelligence, toughness and ability to perform in pressure situations set him apart."

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Maclin announces retirement
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Two-time 1,000-yard receiver Jeremy Maclin announced his retirement Sunday.

    • Maclin, 30, made the announcement at his wife's baby shower.

      "I'm retiring from the NFL," he said. "I'm done."

      Philadelphia's first-round pick (19th overall) in 2009, Maclin played five seasons with the Eagles (2009-12, 2014), two with the Kansas City Chiefs (2015-16) and spent last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

      Maclin sat out the 2013 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.

      He caught 85 passes for a career-high 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2014 and then rejoined former Philadelphia coach Andy Reid in Kansas City, catching 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight scores in 2015.

      Maclin played in 12 games and tallied 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 with the Ravens, who released him earlier this month.

      In 114 career games, he caught 514 passes for 6,835 yards and 49 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers GM says Roethlisberger talks 'ongoing'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers' contract talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are "still ongoing," general manager Kevin Colbert told the NFL Network on Sunday.

    • "This is probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it's significant," Colbert said.

      Roethlisberger, 37, is entering the final season of the $87.4 million deal he signed in March 2015. He is due a base salary of $12 million in 2019.

      In his 15th season as Pittsburgh's starter, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 as he led the league and set career highs in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) and tossed a career-high 34 touchdown passes. The Steelers missed the playoffs, however, at 9-6-1.

      The Steelers' first-round pick (11th overall) in 2004, Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection. In NFL history, he ranks sixth in passing yards (56,194) and seventh in touchdown passes (363).

      "We feel comfortable knowing Ben is our quarterback and our leader," Colbert said.

      Before the start of last season, Roethlisberger said he believed he could play another three to five years.

      --Field Level Media

  • Homeowners sue Giants CB Jenkins for $700,000
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been sued by the owners of the New Jersey home he rented, contending the value has fallen by 30 percent since a man's body was found there.

    • In court documents filed last week, the owners said they are seeking $700,000 in damages, according to NorthJersey.com.

      The body of music producer Roosevelt Rene was found in the basement of the home last June. Jenkins' brother, William Jenkins, was charged with aggravated manslaughter and other charges related to Rene's death.

      William Jenkins and Rene both lived with the cornerback in the home in Fair Lawn, N.J., and the property owners, identified in the lawsuit as S.R. and N.R. Tummalapenta, also contend Janoris Jenkins broke the terms of the lease by allowing others to reside there.

      "Setting aside the utterly tragic incident that occurred in June of last year," said attorney Jonathan Swichar, who represents the Tummalapentas, "Mr. Jenkins and the additional, non-occupant tenants and visitors have caused considerable reputational and physical damage to the property, in addition to emotional pain for the Tummalapentas -- who one day hoped to pass this home to their children."

      Janoris Jenkins signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract in 2016 with the Giants.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kingsbury on No. 1 pick: 'Everything's on the table'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    If first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury knows who his Arizona Cardinals will select next month with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, he isn't letting on.

    • In an interview with NFL Media this weekend, Kingsbury said the team hasn't made a decision.

      "I think everything's on the table," he said. "When you have that first pick, you've gotta turn over every stone and look at every scenario that's out there, and so we're definitely doing that."

      One frequently mentioned possibility is that the Cardinals - who selected quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in 2018 - will choose Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winner from Oklahoma and trade Rosen.

      But Arizona, which finished an NFL-worst 3-13 last season, has a number of needs on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals scored a league-low 225 points while surrendering 425.

      "We haven't (decided)," Kingsbury said. "We haven't. We're a long ways from that. You know, coaches on the road, scouts from the road, private workouts, pro days. And we won't even discuss until next week and try to fill our board and go from there."

      The Cardinals' brass met with Murray in Oklahoma last week. At the same time, Kingsbury said he is high on Rosen, calling him a "tremendous talent."

      A former QB himself, Kingsbury said he has communicated that opinion to Rosen and also talked about the draft.

      "Yeah, I've talked to Josh and he understands it's a business and what all goes with the first pick and what's going on," Kingsbury said.

      Trading the pick isn't out of the question. The Oakland Raiders are said to be high on Murray, and they have the No. 4, 24 and 27 picks in the first round - giving them some arsenal to swap with the Cardinals

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Patriots WR Mitchell retires at 25
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Former New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell has ended his short NFL career, he announced over the weekend.

    • Speaking at an event at his alma mater, Georgia, Mitchell told attendees he was moving on to a "new chapter" of his life.

      The oft-injured Mitchell was waived by the Patriots before the 2018 season and spent the year out of the league. He was continuing to battle a knee issue after missing all but one preseason game in 2017.

      A fourth-round pick from Georgia in 2016, Mitchell carried injury concerns from college after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the Bulldogs' 2013 season.

      Through two years in the NFL, the 26-year-old played in 14 games (six starts), all in 2016, catching 32 passes for 401 yards and four scores. He added six grabs for 70 yards in the team's Super Bowl LI victory that postseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys sign S Iloka to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal on Saturday, the team announced.

    • Iloka played with the Minnesota Vikings last season. He visited with the Cowboys on Friday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately available.

      Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, was a five-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut last preseason and signing with the Vikings.

      A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012, Iloka has appeared in 99 games (79 starts) and registered 362 tackles, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles. He has played both safety positions but primarily plays closer to the line of scrimmage.

      The Cowboys had previously hosted safeties Clayton Geathers, who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Eric Berry, who remains unsigned after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas also had interest in Earl Thomas, who joined the Baltimore Ravens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots owner Kraft: 'I am truly sorry'
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft issued a statement Saturday that expressed his remorse following charges of solicitation of prostitution.

    • The statement represented the first comments made by Kraft since he was charged last month for allegedly receiving sex acts at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. He has pleaded not guilty, and on Friday, his attorney said they intended to vehemently fight the charges as well as the release of two tapes that purportedly show Kraft receiving services at the spa.

      "In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks," Kraft's statement read. "To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

      "I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.

      "Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years."

      Kraft's wife, Myra, died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 68, shortly after their 48th anniversary.

      Kraft and 24 other men were charged as part of a law-enforcement operation to stop human trafficking in South Florida.

      William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday evening that read:

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it.

      "The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      Kraft and the other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine.

      Sources close to Kraft earlier this week said he wouldn't accept that deal, according to multiple reports.

      The statement from Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire businessman who also owns the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, continued:

      "As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect."

      Kraft is expected to be in Florida next Friday for his next court hearing.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Falcons, Jones close to extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per season on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

    • According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

      The league's highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

      Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

      --The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

      William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      --The Houston Texans signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported.

      Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury. He also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, Kalil started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

      Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson -- who missed all but one game in 2018 -- earlier this offseason.

      --The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett by April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

      Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in January.

      --The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley.

      The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr. Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring.

      Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles.

      --The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold. The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

      Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

      --Former Broncos first-round pick Shane Ray visited the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple reports.

      Ray, who had eight sacks in 2016 but has battled injuries the last two years, would move from linebacker to defensive end if he joins the Colts. Indianapolis reportedly added pass rusher Justin Houston on Thursday.

      --The Buffalo Bills signed former Seahawks safety Maurice Alexander and former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who is making the transition to be a blocking tight end.

      Buffalo also reportedly visited with former Titans guard Quinton Spain and former Seahawks defensive back Neiko Thorpe.

      --The Lions agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, multiple media outlets reported. Detroit also officially re-signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.

      --Wide receiver Cody Latimer officially re-signed with the New York Giants.

      --The Cleveland Browns signed free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann.

      --The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed fullback Anthony Sherman, per multiple reports.

      --The Bengals signed former Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, ESPN reported.

      --The Texans re-signed special teamer Joe Webb III, who also serves as a backup wide receiver and quarterback.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Texans add ex-Panthers OT Kalil
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Houston Texans agreed with offensive tackle Matt Kalil on a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported Friday

    • Kalil, 29, was released by the Carolina Panthers last week in a salary-cutting move after he missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.

      A first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, Kalil also missed 14 games to injury in 2016, but in his other five NFL seasons, he has started all 80 possible games at left tackle.

      Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last season, easily most in the NFL and equaling the fifth-highest total in NFL history. The Texans re-signed right tackle Seantrel Henderson -- who missed all but one game in 2018 with a broken ankle -- earlier this offseason.

      Incumbent left tackle Julien Davenport allowed 8.75 sacks and committed 12 penalties last season, according to STATS LLC. Martinas Rankin, a 2018 third-round pick, allowed 5.5 sacks in four starts at tackle before being benched. Kendall Lamm, who started 13 games at right tackle, signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency last week.

      Kalil allowed 7.5 sacks and committed seven penalties in 2017 with the Panthers. He has allowed 39.25 sacks while committing 32 penalties in 82 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Patriots owner Kraft fights back against charges
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.

    • William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday evening. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.

      "There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it.

      "The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."

      Kraft and 24 other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine, according to the New York Times.

      Instead, Kraft is prepared to fight the charges.

      William Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., said he expected surveillance video of Kraft's alleged illegal activities to be released before long.

      "I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released," Snyder said during an interview with CNBC.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raiders sign QB Glennon, S Riley
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Curtis Riley on Friday, the team announced.

    • The Raiders released AJ McCarron last week, creating a need for a backup quarterback behind Derek Carr.

      Glennon, 29, was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month after joining the team on a two-year, $8 million deal last spring. It was his second consecutive year getting cut after one year with a new team, as the Chicago Bears released him last March after adding him on a three-year, $45 million deal in 2017.

      Glennon saw action in two games for Arizona, going 15 of 21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. He went 1-3 as a starter for Chicago in 2017, throwing for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.

      A former third-round pick out of N.C. State by the Buccaneers, Glennon has a career passer rating of 84.0, with 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 27 games (22 starts).

      Riley, 26, started all 16 games for the New York Giants in 2018, nabbing four interceptions and totaling 75 tackles. A former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, he spent his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a reserve, before earning a starting job with the Giants.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Falcons, WR Jones closing in on extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones are closing in on an extension that would pay him $20 million per year on a four- or five-year deal, Bleacher Report reported Friday.

    • According to the report, Jones is expected to get around $50 million-$60 million in new guarantees, though the deal is not done yet.

      The league's highest-paid wideout, recent Cleveland Browns addition Odell Beckham Jr., averages $18 million annually with an additional $1 million per season available via incentives. He got $41 million fully guaranteed at signing and $65 million in injury guarantees.

      Jones, 30, has two years and $21 million remaining on a five-year extension he signed in August 2015. He stayed away from the Falcons throughout the 2018 offseason while seeking further contract guarantees. The team responded by turning $4.4 million of his future salary into a signing bonus while reportedly promising to redo the deal after the 2018 season, a rare concession for a player with multiple years remaining on his deal.

      Jones had 113 receptions for an NFL-high 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, with all three figures marking his best since 2015. He earned his fifth straight Pro Bowl nod and played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.

      --Field Level Media

  • 'Pacman' Jones agrees to plea deal in casino arrest
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Free agent defensive back Adam "Pacman" Jones reportedly has agreed to spend 10 days in jail under the terms of a plea deal rather than go to trial to face charges against him following an incident at an Indiana casino.

    • The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday night that Jones accepted the plea deal, which is conditional upon acceptance by a judge.

      Jones was arrested in February at the Rising Star Casino after he was accused of cheating at a table game. He was accused of nine felony and five misdemeanor charges, which included threatening to kill an Indiana Gaming Commission officer.

      Also among the charges were felony counts of intimidation and cheating at gambling.

      Under the agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all charges other than felony cheating at gambling and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, according to the Enquirer. He agreed to abstain from alcohol for 18 months and also during that time to not own a firearm without permission from a probation officer.

      Jones, 35, has a history of arrests and has been plagued by legal issues throughout his career. The NFL suspended him for the 2007 season following a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club that left a man paralyzed. A member of Jones' entourage was identified as the shooter.

      The Tennessee Titans selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. He spent the 2009 season in the Canadian Football League.

      The Broncos signed him before the 2018 season and released him after he played in seven games.

      He has 17 career interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers QB Newton swore off sex for March
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows that sacrifice is a key to success.

    • With that in mind, the 29-year-old quarterback is really pushing himself in that department this offseason as he recovers from his recent shoulder surgery.

      In January, he decided to give up betting for the entire year.

      For the month of February, he went vegan.

      For March, Newton says he's sworn off sex for the entire month.

      Newton explained his thinking during a guest spot on "The Late, Late Show with James Corden" on Wednesday night.

      "It makes my mind stronger," Newton said. "So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I'm mentally stronger."

      Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder after battling discomfort over the second half of the 2018 season before eventually being shut down with two games remaining.

      Newton is expected to be ready well in time for the start of the 2019 regular season.

      Newton passed for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last season. Carolina started strong at 6-2 but collapsed with seven straight losses and ended up at 7-9.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns sign OL Witzmann
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Cleveland Browns continue to stay busy this offseason, signing free agent offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann on Friday.

    • Witzmann, 28, started seven games at right guard for the Chicago Bears last season, his fourth in the league.

      A South Dakota State product, Witzmann entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2014, and he spent the 2016-17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, making 13 starts during his tenure there.

      He provides some offensive line depth to the Browns, who traded guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants.

      The Browns also have signed free agents Kendall Lamm, a right tackle, and Eric Kush, who plays guard/center, in their bid to shore up the line.

      General manager John Dorsey previously signed both Witzmann and Kush when he was with the Chiefs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants re-sign WR Latimer
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Wide receiver Cody Latimer re-signed with the New York Giants.

    • Latimer, a second-round draft pick of the Broncos who spent his first four seasons in Denver, played in six games with the Giants in 2018. He was hampered by injuries and spent two months on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.

      Latimer stood out in the regular-season finale against Dallas with a 21-yard touchdown reception and four catches for 72 yards.

      He has 46 career receptions in five seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams match offer on RB Brown
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Los Angeles Rams matched an offer by the Detroit Lions to keep running back Malcolm Brown in the fold, the team announced Friday.

    • Brown, 25, has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons in a backup role to Todd Gurley, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

      The two-year deal gives Brown a $100,000 signing bonus and is worth $3.3 million total, with $1 million guaranteed.

      Brown's 2018 season ended in Week 13, when he suffered a clavicle injury against the Detroit Lions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers to release S Burnett
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will release safety Morgan Burnett on April 1, his agent, Kevin Conner, told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • Burnett asked the team in January to release him before free agency.

      Burnett indicated he wants to join a team that will use him in a pure safety role, after playing what he believes was out of position at dime linebacker in Pittsburgh, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported at the time.

      Burnett, 30, joined the Steelers on a three-year, $14.4 million deal as a free agent last March, but he started just two of 11 games in 2018 as the third safety. Sean Davis primarily played free safety, with rookie first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds taking the strong safety spot and Burnett playing in sub packages, logging 55.7 percent of the defensive snaps.

      The Steelers reportedly told Burnett that the delay in releasing him is due to accounting issues. Burnett is set to count just under $6.5 million against the cap in 2019. His release would save Pittsburgh about $3.6 million in cap space, while bringing a $2.8 million dead-money hit.

      After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Burnett registered 30 tackles and six passes defensed in his first season with the Steelers in 2018. In 113 career games (104 starts), he has 747 tackles, 50 passes defensed and nine interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL owners to weigh replay for pass interference
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The NFL Competition Committee will introduce 16 potential rule revisions for the 2019 season, including two that could lead to a modification of the use of replay.

    • The league shared its report Thursday with the public in advance of the annual league meeting, which begins Sunday in Phoenix.

      One proposal under consideration would implement a one-year trial to expand the use of instant replay to fouls for pass interference as well as to automatically review scoring plays and turnovers that are negated by a penalties along with any extra-point or two-point attempt.

      Additionally, the league owners will weigh a second proposal for a one-year trial that would allow review of penalties for roughing the passer and contact against a defenseless player.

      The call to make pass-interference penalties -- and non-calls -- reviewable arose after the NFC Championship Game in January, when Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams wasn't called for pass interference on a play that league officials later admitted should have been a penalty. As a result, the Rams were able to stop a New Orleans Saints' touchdown drive, and the Rams won the game in overtime to earn a berth to Super Bowl LIII.

      --Field Level Media