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  • Packers WR Cobb (ankle) in walking boot
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 25, 2018

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb could miss part of training camp with a right ankle injury.

    • Cobb was wearing a boot on his right foot at a golf outing over the weekend.

      NFL Network reported Monday the eight-year veteran is expected to be ready for Week 1 and might only be limited for a portion of training camp, which begins next month.

      The Packers are counting on Cobb to be the No. 2 receiver behind Davante Adams. Jordy Nelson was released in the offseason and the Packers signed tight end Jimmy Graham.

      Cobb, 27, was on the field during minicamp and organized team activities. It is uncertain when the injury occurred.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL supplemental draft scheduled for July 11
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 25, 2018

    Teams were informed Monday by the NFL that the 2018 supplemental draft would be held July 11.

    • The draft takes place via digital communication, with teams using a bid system by round, and surrendering their corresponding pick in that round in next year's draft if they hold the highest bid.

      Recent supplemental draft picks include Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

      The top available prospects include Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal and cornerback Adonis Alexander, who applied for the supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible by Virginia Tech.

      The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Beal was widely regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and could be the highest player selected in the supplemental draft since Gordon (second round).

      Beal played in 32 games over three seasons for Western Michigan, recording 92 tackles and a pair of interceptions, but coming last year when he also had 10 passes defensed, forced a pair of fumbles and had 2.0 tackles for loss.

      Forty-three players have been selected since the supplemental draft began in 1977.

      There are three tiers or groups of teams bidding for players and not all teams enter bids. Teams with six or fewer wins have a weighted advantage and the 12 teams that participated in the 2018 postseason, ending with Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, have the least likely chance of placing a winning bid.

      --Field Level Media

  • Edelman's PED appeal reportedly scheduled for Monday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 25, 2018

    The NFL will hear Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension on Monday, ESPN reported Sunday night.

    • News broke June 7 that the New England Patriots wide receiver was to be punished for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances. Albert Breer of The MMQB subsequently reported that Edelman's positive test was for an "unrecognizable substance."

      According to ESPN, Edelman's appeal will focus on two fronts: the identity of the substance for which he is being suspended, and alleged mishandling of his drug sample during the testing process.

      The day after word of Edelman's suspension spread, the 32-year-old veteran apologized on Instagram for the positive test. He wrote, "I don't know what happened" and that he has taken "many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened."

      CBS Boston pointed out that at least three NFL suspensions for PEDs have been overturned in recent years: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in 2012, (improperly collected urine sample), New York Giants running back Andre Brown in 2012 (use of prescription Adderall) and Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown in 2016 (tainted meat in Mexico).

      Edelman sat out all of the 2017 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a preseason contest. He returned to the field during the Patriots' mandatory minicamp in early June after previously attending voluntary organized team activities.

      A four-game ban would cost Edelman approximately $471,000 of his $2 million base salary this year. He would miss games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins before being eligible to rejoin the team on Oct. 1.

      In nine NFL seasons, Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals WR Green 'comfortable with' contract
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said he does not have any issues with his current contract, despite showing some support for draft classmate Julio Jones as the Atlanta Falcons wideout holds out for a new deal.

    • TMZ published a video on Friday in which Green was asked about Jones' holdout and desire for a new contract.

      "He gotta do what he gotta do, man," Green said of Jones. "NFL stands for 'Not For Long,' so gotta get it while it lasts."

      Despite supporting Jones' position, Green -- who turns 30 next month -- does not appear to feel any urgency to address his own contract situation.

      "I signed a deal and I'm comfortable with the deal and I just live with it," Green told The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday. "After that's up, we go back to the board. I don't really get caught up in what's the money like because I signed my deal and it was the highest paid at that point. It's going to always go up. So you can't keep up with that.

      "...At the end of the day I just want to play football. I got my contract. I'm set for life. Now I can just go out there and play."

      Green and Jones have always been linked since going fourth and sixth, respectively in the 2011 draft, and both quickly emerged as NFL stars. After Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million extension in August of 2015, Green eclipsed him two weeks later with a four-year, $60 million extension to claim the NFL's highest annual average ($15 million) among wideouts.

      Jones held out from the Falcons' workouts this offseason while seeking a tweak to his deal, which now ranks eighth at the position with a $14.25 million average but still has three years remaining.

      Green's contract has two years left, and his combined base salaries for 2018 and 2019 total about $22.5 million compared to Jones' $23 million over the same span. Green's annual average fell to sixth among wideouts this offseason as Jarvis Landry ($15.1 million), Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Mike Evans ($16.5 million) passed him with new extensions.

      Antonio Brown is the league's highest-paid receiver at $17 million annually.

      Seven years into their careers, Green has been slightly more consistent than Jones, earning Pro Bowl nods in each season while missing a total of 10 games. Jones has been more productive on a per-game basis (95.3 receiving yards per game to 80.5) but has missed 17 contests while scoring 14 fewer touchdowns (57 to 43).

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Hall of Famer Kelly out of hospital
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly was released from the hospital a day after undergoing a scheduled follow-up procedure Thursday in New York City in his ongoing recovery from oral cancer surgery in March.

    • Head and neck surgeon Mark Urken at Mount Sinai West said in a statement Friday that the procedure went well. The operation intended to help rebuild the upper portion of Kelly's jaw ahead of a scheduled procedure in September, when he is set to have permanent dentures added.

      Kelly's wife, Jill, posted on Instagram after Thursday's procedure, saying her husband was "still in a lot of pain, but everything went well. Thank GOD! No teeth yet, but 5 implants were inserted into the new bone in Jim's upper jaw."

      Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 -- a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly's upper jaw was entirely reconstructed. He has not been able to eat solid food since.

      --The San Francisco 49ers announced that they signed guard Laken Tomlinson to a three-year extension through the 2021 season.

      The deal is worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network. Last month, the 49ers declined Tomlinson's fifth-year option worth $9.625 million as the two sides continued toward reaching a deal.

      Tomlinson, 26, started 15 games for the 49ers last season after being acquired 10 months ago from the Detroit Lions. He was the 28th overall selection by the Lions in the 2015 draft and started 24 of 32 games played before being traded to San Francisco.

      --Gene Steratore has retired as an NFL referee and informed the league of his decision, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron.

      Steratore spent 12 years as an NFL referee -- 15 overall in the league -- and his final game was Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Riveron announced Steratore's decision on his Twitter account.

      The 55-year-old Steratore is the fourth NFL referee to retire this season. Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette and Terry McAulay are the others.

      --Field Level Media

  • Super Bowl LII referee Steratore retires
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    Gene Steratore has retired as an NFL referee and informed the league of his decision on Friday, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron.

    • Steratore spent 12 years as an NFL referee -- 15 overall in the league -- and his final game was Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

      Riveron announced Steratore's decision on his Twitter account.

      "Gene Steratore, 15-year veteran official, informed me today that he is retiring from the @NFL. Steratore entered the league in 2003, was promoted to referee in 2006, & worked 12 playoff games, ending his career at Super Bowl LII. We wish Gene all the best!"

      The 55-year-old Steratore is the fourth NFL referee to retire this season. Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette and Terry McAulay are the others.

      Steratore was involved in a controversial situation last season due to using an index card to measure whether or not the Dallas Cowboys converted a first down in a game against the Oakland Raiders. The NFL later said he didn't violate any rules but advised referees not to use such cards in the future.

      He was also the referee in games in which there were controversies over whether or not Calvin Johnson (2010 Detroit Lions) or Dez Bryant (2014 playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys) caught passes. Both were ruled incomplete -- decisions that helped lead to the recent catch rule changes.

      Steratore also serves as an NCAA basketball referee. It wasn't immediately known if he is continuing those duties.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame QB Kelly out of hospital after oral procedure
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly was released from the hospital a day after undergoing a scheduled follow-up procedure Thursday in New York City in his ongoing recovery from oral cancer surgery in March.

    • Head and neck surgeon Mark Urken at Mount Sinai West said in a statement Friday that the procedure went well, in a statement released by the hospital on Friday. The procedure intended to help rebuild the upper portion of his jaw ahead of a scheduled procedure in September when he is scheduled to have permanent dentures added.

      Kelly's wife, Jill, posted on Instagram after Thursday's procedure, saying:

      "Never stop holding hands. In sickness and in health. Out of surgery and in recovery. Still in a lot of pain, but everything went well. Thank GOD! No teeth yet, but 5 implants were inserted into the new bone in Jim's upper jaw. More technical than I can explain... What matters most is what's happening in this picture. Never take it for granted! Glory to God!"

      Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 -- a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly's upper jaw was entirely reconstructed. He has not been able to eat solid food since.

      Kelly is scheduled to be recognized at the ESPY Awards but is uncertain whether he can attend the ceremony.

      "As people out there know, when you have cancer, you never know what tomorrow holds," he said earlier this month. "When I was diagnosed for the first time, it scared you. The second time, even more and going into the third time, I don't even worry anymore. It is what it is."

      Since 2007, the V Foundation has presented the award to "a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination."

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers sign G Tomlinson to three-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    The San Francisco 49ers announced Friday that they signed guard Laken Tomlinson to a three-year extension through the 2021 season.

    • The deal is worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.

      Tomlinson, 26, started 15 games for the 49ers last season after being acquired 10 months ago from the Detroit Lions.

      "Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year's season opener," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. "This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp."

      Last month, the 49ers declined Tomlinson's fifth-year option worth $9.625 million as the two sides continued toward reaching a deal.

      Tomlinson was the 28th overall selection by the Lions in the 2015 draft and started 24 of 32 games played before being traded to San Francisco.

      --Field Level Media

  • Riley named coach of AAF's San Antonio franchise
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Former NFL head coach Mike Riley was introduced Thursday to lead the new San Antonio franchise in the Alliance of American Football.

    • The franchise also tabbed former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston as its general manager.

      Riley, who coached the San Diego Chargers and had college stints at Oregon State and Nebraska, has a previous tie with San Antonio. He coached the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991-92.

      "I'm really excited about Alliance San Antonio," Riley said at a press conference. "... Spring football, I believe in it. We did it here, I've been part of it here before."

      San Antonio's addition gives the league eight franchises for its inaugural season. The others are Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Diego.

      Play is set to start in February with a 10-week season.

      Riley, who turns 65 next month, was part of the Oregon State staff prior to accepting the San Antonio position. He was fired as Nebraska's coach after last season after going 19-19 in three seasons.

      Riley went 14-34 with the Chargers from 1999-2001. He went 93-80 in two head coaching stints at Oregon State, the first from 1997-98 and the second from 2003-14.

      Riley said he and his family have returned to San Antonio annually since the WLAF stint ended.

      Johnston, nicknamed "Moose," was a two-time Pro Bowl selection during 11 seasons with the Cowboys (1989-99). He became a broadcaster after his playing career ended.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets WR Anderson receives probation for reckless driving
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson received six months probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in South Florida, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

    • Anderson settled all the charges from two arrests that occurred over an eight-plus month span. He faced four felony charges from arrests at a music festival in Miami in May 2017 and from a traffic stop in Sunrise, Fla., in January but all were dismissed.

      The final settled charge was part of the January incident.

      Following the January arrest, he originally faced nine charges, including multiple felonies, after allegedly driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone, running two red lights and threatening to sexually assault the wife of the officer who pulled him over, according to the police report.

      The felony reckless driving charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor in early April. All other charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

      The musical festival arrest occurred on Miami Beach after Anderson was allegedly "fighting with security" and pushing a police officer. Prosecutors later determined there was insufficient evidence.

      Anderson still faces possible discipline from the NFL. His attorney, Ed O'Donnell, feels no action should be taken by the league.

      "Naturally, we hope the league will see it for what it is and not impose any suspension on him, considering the actions the court took -- and the state took," O'Donnell told ESPN. "He's a good citizen and I hope it doesn't impact in any way, shape or form on his professional career -- and it shouldn't."

      Anderson told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't expect to receive punishment from the NFL. He also said he is maturing and striving to not be involved in such situations in the future.

      "I'm doing everything in my power to avoid all those situations, because that's not me," Anderson said. "That's not the place for me. I'm an NFL football player, so I'm doing everything in my power to avoid anything to even get me close to those type of situations."

      Anderson, who turned 25 last month, caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He had 42 receptions for 587 yards and two scores as a rookie in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos sign first-rounder Chubb to rookie deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    First-round pick Bradley Chubb signed a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

    • Chubb's contract is expected to be worth $27.5 million, including an $18.1 million signing bonus, based on the NFL rookie contract slotting system.

      Chubb's agent revealed the signing via Twitter, later confirmed by the Broncos.

      Chubb had 25 career sacks at North Carolina State and was considered the top defensive player in the 2018 draft. The Broncos selected Chubb with the fifth overall pick, and the rookie impressed during minicamp, when Shane Ray was sidelined with a wrist injury.

      The contract includes a standard fifth-year team option.

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime NFL ref McAulay retires
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Longtime NFL referee Terry McAulay announced his retirement Thursday.

    • Shawn Smith was named his replacement after three seasons as an umpire.

      McAulay is the third referee to retire this offseason, joining Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli. Triplette is reportedly set to join ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, while Hochuli will continue to serve as a consultant for the league's officiating department.

      McAulay, a 20-year NFL officiating veteran, worked three Super Bowls during his tenure, his last Super Bowl XLVIII.

      He served as the American Athletic Conference's coordinator of football officiating since 2008, when it was the Big East, before his departure from the role in March.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bucs QB Winston faces 3-game suspension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston reportedly will be suspended for a violation of the NFL's personal-conduct policy at the conclusion of an ongoing league investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016.

    • ESPN's Adam Schefter cited league sources saying Winston would be banned for the first three games of the 2018 season. Such a punishment would cost the quarterback $124,000 of his $705,000 base salary, per Schefter. Next year, Winston is due for a raise to $20.9 million.

      ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron first reported "Winston's camp" anticipates a suspension to arise from the league's probe of the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.

      Part of the reason for the punishment, per the report, is Winston failed to report the allegation to the NFL as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

      Also per the CBA, Winston has the right to appeal any punishment.

      In March, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started three games and went 2-1 last season. Fitzpatrick was in the lineup after Winston injured his shoulder at New Orleans.

      Fitzpatrick finished with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in 2017.

      Tampa Bay opens the season against the Saints in New Orleans before hosting the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and then facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium.

      Last year, Winston completed 63.8 percent for 3,504 yards with 19 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015 out of Florida State, Winston has an 18-27 record as a starter in his three NFL seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame QB Kelly undergoes another surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent a scheduled follow-up surgery in New York on Thursday.

    • Kelly's wife Jill posted a pre-op photo of Kelly via Instagram with the accompanying message:

      "Back in the Big Apple for more surgery today. Another step forward in the healing process. If all goes well, we will be back home by the weekend. Other than God's Grace and a whole lot of praying... I don't know how he does it.

      "Like Hunter's life, Jim's struggles are a constant reminder that this life is not the end of the story. God's plans are eternal. And He's just getting started. We have so much to look forward to! There is immeasurably more waiting... P.S. Thank you for praying!"

      Kelly was originally diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. He has undergone multiple treatments and surgeries in the years since, with the cancer recurring twice, most recently in March. He underwent surgery March 28 -- a procedure that lasted 12 hours in which Kelly's upper jaw was entirely reconstructed.

      Kelly said before his golf outing that during this operation, doctors will continue reconstructing the upper portion of his mouth.

      Kelly is scheduled to be recognized at the ESPY Awards but is uncertain whether he can attend the ceremony.

      "As people out there know, when you have cancer, you never know what tomorrow holds," he said earlier this month. "When I was diagnosed for the first time, it scared you. The second time, even more and going into the third time, I don't even worry anymore. It is what it is."

      Since 2007, the V Foundation has presented the award to "a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination."

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Whaley lands gig with NFLPA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.

    • The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

      "I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."

      Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football. Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.

      --Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras.

      The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.

      Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.

      --A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced.

      A fifth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017, Johnson didn't see the field in the regular season with Cleveland, spending his entire rookie campaign on injured reserve with a sprained medial collateral ligament and meniscus damage in his knee.

      To make room for Johnson on the 90-man roster, the Texans waived tackle Kendall Calhoun, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati.

      --The Denver Broncos' home -- formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- will temporarily be called Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the team announced.

      The district that operates the taxpayer-built stadium approved a proposal for the temporary name while the franchise continues to seek a new naming-rights partner. Sports Authority, the previous sponsor, declared bankruptcy in 2016, but its name remained on stadium for nearly two years until signs were taken down in January.

      The team's first home -- where the franchise played for its first 41 seasons -- was called Mile High Stadium from 1968 until its demolition in 2002.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Retired Triplette joins ESPN as MNF rules analyst
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Recently retired NFL referee Jeff Triplette is joining ESPN to be the new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, according to a report from Football Zebras on Wednesday.

    • The report adds that the NFL specifically steered ESPN to hire Triplette, who was one of two of the league's referees to retire after the 2017 season, along with Ed Hochuli.

      Triplette will replace Gerry Austin, who had served a MNF's rules analyst since 2012. Austin, an NFL official from 1982-2007, was hired last week by former MNF color analyst and current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to be a consultant for the team.

      Triplette will be working alongside a new trio of play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, booth analyst and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and field analyst Booger McFarland, who played nine NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. Lisa Salters is the lone holdover from the on-camera team as the on-field reporter.

      A veteran of the U.S. Army, Triplette entered the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.

      The news that Triplette was set to retire broke one day after his final game, a wild-card playoff contest between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs that included several controversial calls. The decision to retire was reportedly unrelated to the game.

      Triplette's most infamous moment in the NFL took place during his first season in charge in 1999, when he threw a penalty flag that struck Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Orlando Brown in the eye. The sequence left Brown partially blind, and Triplette apologized for inadvertently hitting him with the flag.

      Side judge Alex Kemp was promoted to replace Triplette. Shawn Hochuli, Ed Hochuli's son and previously a back judge, filled the league's other open referee position for 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos' home temporarily renamed 'Broncos Stadium at Mile High'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The Denver Broncos' home -- formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- will temporarily be called Broncos Stadium at Mile High, the team announced on Wednesday.

    • The district that operates the taxpayer-built stadium approved a proposal for the temporary name, while the franchise continues to seek a new naming-rights partner. Sports Authority, the previous sponsor, declared bankruptcy in 2016, but its name remained on stadium for nearly two years until signs were taken down in January.

      Sports Authority signed a 25-year agreement with the team worth $6 million per year in 2011. The building was called Invesco Field at Mile High for the previous 10 years since it opened in 2001.

      The team's first home -- where the franchise played for its first 41 seasons -- was called Mile High Stadium from 1968 until its demolition in 2002.

      Broncos chief commercial officer Mac Freeman said in a statement the team remains "completely focused on securing a long-term naming rights partner."

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Bills GM Whaley lands job with NFLPA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.

    • The job primarily will focus on the evaluation and selection of pro prospects for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

      "I'm grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said in a press release. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I'm thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience."

      Tony Softli resigned from the position to become the scouting director for the Alliance of American Football.

      Whaley, 45, had been working for tech firm Impellia since his dismissal from Buffalo in April 2017.

      During the last four of his seven seasons with the Bills, Whaley held the GM title. The club went 6-10, 9-7, 8-8 and 7-9 before he was succeeded by Brandon Beane.

      Whaley was the Pittsburgh Steelers' pro scouting coordinator from 1999-2009.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texans claim OT Johnson off waivers from Browns
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    A day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was claimed by Houston, the Texans announced on Wednesday.

    • A fifth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017, Johnson didn't see the field in the regular season with Cleveland, spending his entire rookie campaign on injured reserve with a sprained medial collateral ligament and meniscus damage in his knee.

      Johnson, 22, did play in all four preseason games last year, starting two.

      The Browns waived him on Tuesday to make room for Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 who flamed out with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and was waived midseason last year by the Detroit Lions.

      Houston has one of the league's least proven tackle situations. After starting four games as a rookie, 2017 fourth-round pick Julien Davenport is penciled in at left tackle, and free agent signee Seantrel Henderson -- who has started one game since 2015 -- is expected to man the right side. The Texans also drafted Martinas Rankin in the third round of April's draft, but some have projected him to move to guard or center.

      To make room for Johnson on the 90-man roster, the Texans waived tackle Kendall Calhoun, an undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The NFL announced this week that it will hold the Pro Bowl in Orlando for a third straight season.

    • The league held a third-year option for its annual all-star event.

      The Jan. 27, 2019 game will be held at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 27 and televised on ESPN. The same stadium has averaged 56,000 attendees for the past two Pro Bowls.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has 559 career field goals and needs just seven more to become the NFL's career leader, but if he has his way, he'll be around long enough to put a lot of distance between his mark and Morten Andersen's 565.

    • Vinatieri, 45, is beginning his 13th season in Indianapolis, a career in itself for some players, though he spent 10 seasons before that kicking for the New England Patriots. He has been in five Super Bowls, winning four.

      So why stop now?

      "I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago," Vinatieri told the Colts' website. "I'm not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way.

      "I guess I'll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up."

      Vinatieri rejoined the Colts on a one-year, $3,625,000 contract in February. He hit 27 of his 35 field goals attempted last season.

      Vinatieri has 808 extra points to go with his 559 field goals. His 2,487 career points are good for second all time, also behind Andersen, who finished with 2,544.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ravens sign first-rounder Hurst, completing 12-man class
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with first-round tight end Hayden Hurst on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports, putting all 12 of the team's 2018 draft picks under contract.

    • The deal, like those for all first-round picks, comes with a fifth-year team option for 2022. Terms have not been reported, but the deal should be worth around $10.4 million over the first four years, with a signing bonus around $5.7 million, based on his draft slot.

      The Ravens took Hurst with the 25th overall pick in April's draft after trading down twice, first from No. 16 to No. 22 and then to No. 25. They later traded back into the first round at No. 32 to draft quarterback Lamar Jackson.

      Hurst, who turns 25 in August, spent two years as a minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system, having joined them on a $400,000 signing bonus after being drafted in the 17th round in 2012.

      He then played football for three years at South Carolina and garnered first-team All-SEC honors in 2017 before declaring for the 2018 draft.

      Hurst was the first tight end off the board in April. The Ravens later took Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, the fourth off the board at the position, in Round 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns sign former No. 2 overall pick Robinson
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson signed with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

    • Adding Robinson gives Cleveland some insurance following the suspension of right tackle Donald Stephenson.

      Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Robinson replaced offensive lineman Rod Johnson, who was waived, on the 90-man training camp roster.

      Robinson, 25, has played guard and tackle since he was selected second in the 2014 draft by the Rams. He has 48 career starts in 52 games.

      Cleveland released Johnson without getting him on the field.

      A fifth-round pick in 2017, he missed the entirety of his rookie season with a knee injury.

      Robinson ended last season on injured reserve following six starts in six games with the Detroit Lions, who acquired the 330-pounder via trade from the Rams prior to the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Vikings to honor late coach Green
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Late Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, who died of a heart attack at age 67 in July of 2016, will be inducted into the team's ring of honor in September.

    • Green, head coach of the Vikings from 1992-2001, was 101-70 (including playoffs) and won Sports Illustrated and Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1998 as the conductor of one of the best offenses in league history. The Vikings established an NFL record that season with 556 points -- 34.8 per game. The 2013 Denver Broncos now hold the record for points in a season (606), after eclipsing the 2007 New England Patriots.

      "Dennis Green's impact on the Minnesota Vikings, and really the entire NFL, is still felt to this day," Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in a statement Monday. "In addition to being widely regarded as one of the NFL's top coaches, Denny was also known as a great mentor and leader by all who had the fortune of being in his presence. We're extremely honored to forever memorialize Denny and his family in the Vikings Ring of Honor and we're looking forward to the induction in September."

      Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, notified Green's wife Marie of the upcoming honor at team headquarters. The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Vikings' game against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 23.

      --Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore signed a four-year contract, including the standard fifth-year team option that comes with all first-round draft choices.

      Moore was the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after setting a Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions, to go with 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

      Financial terms were not immediately available. Based on last year's 24th overall pick, Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, Moore's four-year pact is worth at least $10.5 million with a signing bonus of about $6 million.

      --Cincinnati Bengals rookie center and first-round pick Billy Price tweeted that he has received full medical clearance for training camp.

      Price was limited in mandatory minicamp last week after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during the bench press drill at the scouting combine on March 1.

      Despite the injury, Price was the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft and landed a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option covering the 2022 season. The four-year deal is worth nearly $12 million.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers sign first-round WR Moore
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore signed a four-year contract on Monday, including the standard fifth-year team option granted all first-round draft choices.

    • Moore was the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after setting a Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions.

      Financial terms were not immediately available.

      Based on the previous year's 24th overall pick, Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, Moore's four-year pact is worth at least $10.5 million with a signing bonus of about $6 million.

      Moore had 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

      The Panthers traded their previous No. 1 wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, to the Buffalo Bills last October. Moore adds a speed and playmaking option to the depth chart. Devin Funchess, a tall receiver with average speed, became the top outside option for the Panthers last season.

      While tight end Greg Olsen is still in the mix for quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers expect to be better at the receiver position. They acquired veteran vertical threat Torrey Smith from the Philadelphia Eagles and believe 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel is ready to contribute.

      --Field Level Media