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  • NFL notebook: Brown, Steelers decide to part ways
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    After meeting with team president Art Rooney II on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown announced on Twitter that both sides have decided to part ways.

    • "Had a great meeting with Mr. Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I'll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin," Brown tweeted.

      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and vice president Omar Kahn joined the meeting.

      "Everyone agreed the trade will be for the best," a source told Schefter.

      --All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is still mulling over whether to retire or return to the New England Patriots for a 10th NFL season, Rosenhaus said.

      "He's thinking it through, he's giving it a lot of thought," the agent said on ESPN's "NFL Live," adding, "I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks."

      NFL Network's Mike Giardi tweeted Tuesday afternoon that "Gronkowski told multiple teammates/associates that he wanted to win another ring in the first few days following the Super Bowl."

      --The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to apply the franchise tag to linebacker Dee Ford, according to multiple reports.

      The franchise tag period opened and will run until March 5. The linebacker tag for 2019 is expected to be $15.78 million, according to ProFootballTalk.

      In the 2018 regular season, Ford played in 16 games and recorded career highs in sacks (13), tackles (55), tackles for loss (13) and QB hits (29). The 27-year-old told WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday that he wouldn't object to playing under the franchise tag while a longer deal is worked out between the sides.

      --The New York Jets are not picking up the options on three defensive players, the team officially announced.

      Defensive tackle Mike Pennel, safety Terrence Brooks and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will become free agents.

      The Jets had a deadline of Tuesday to pay a $1 million bonus to Pennel, 27, who signed a three-year contract last March. Had the team paid the bonus, the final two years of the contract would have been activated.

      --New York Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will interview Thursday for the Cincinnati Bengals' vacant defensive coordinator position, according to multiple reports.

      New Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Anarumo, 52, worked together on the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff from 2012-15. Anarumo was interim defensive coordinator with the Dolphins in 2015 but otherwise he only has coached defensive backs during his seven seasons in the NFL.

      He spent more than 20 years in college coaching prior to moving to the NFL.

      --Tight end Scott Simonson re-signed with the Giants, the team announced.

      The 26-year-old played in 16 games (four starts) in 2018 and caught nine passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in his first season with the Giants.

      Simonson, who attended Assumption College, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He then spent two seasons with Carolina before spending the 2017 season on injured reserve with a back injury.

      --The Arizona Cardinals signed former Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay to a one-year contract.

      The Bills released Clay last week, with the eight-year veteran heading into the final year of a five-year $38 million contract. His deal with Arizona is worth up to $3.25 million, including a $350,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      --The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a three-year extension with offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo, the team announced.

      Sambrailo, 26, started the last four games of the 2018 season for Atlanta, playing both left guard and right tackle. His contract was set to expire next month. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars hired 31-year NFL coaching veteran Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant, the team announced.

      Capers, who was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator from 1999-2000, most recently served as the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator from 2009-17.

      Capers, 68, has been the head coach of two NFL expansion teams -- the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and Houston Texans (2002-05). He was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in 1996.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Chiefs LB Ford to get franchise tag
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to apply the franchise tag to linebacker Dee Ford, according to multiple reports.

    • The franchise tag period opened Tuesday and will run until March 5. The linebacker tag for 2019 is expected to be $15.78 million, according to ProFootballTalk.

      Kansas City selected Ford with the No. 23 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 2018 regular season, he played in 16 games and recorded career highs in sacks (13), tackles (55), tackles for loss (13) and QB hits (29).

      Ford, 27, told WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday that he wouldn't object to playing under the franchise tag while a longer deal is worked out between the two sides.

      "I wouldn't mind it," Ford said. "We're working toward removing the franchise tag in the future. A long-term deal is more suitable, especially (since) this is a 100-percent-guaranteed-injury industry. So we want to move toward that soon, but no one's tripping about a franchise tag."

      General manager Brett Veach has been clear about the team's intentions to keep Ford, whether through a long-term deal or the tag.

      --Field Level Media

  • Buccaneers sign former Cardinals RB Ellington
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Andre Ellington has signed with Tampa Bay, where the former Arizona Cardinals running back will rejoin new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.

    • Like Arians, Ellington was out of the NFL in 2018.

      Ellington rushed for 1,750 yards and 10 touchdowns in 61 games while playing for Arians from 2013-17. He also caught 145 passes for 1,296 yards and three TDs during that span.

      Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not immediately available.

      Ellington, who turned 30 this month, was waived by the Cardinals midway through the 2017 campaign and claimed by the Houston Texans. He played in four games for Houston, totaling only 11 touches.

      Ellington was Arizona's sixth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gronkowski retirement decision due soon
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is still mulling over whether to retire or return to the New England Patriots for a 10th NFL season, his agent Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday.

    • "He's thinking it through, he's giving it a lot of thought," Rosenhaus said on ESPN's "NFL Live," adding, "I imagine a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks."

      NFL Network's Mike Giardi tweeted Tuesday afternoon that "Gronkowski told multiple teammates/associates that he wanted to win another ring in the first few days following the Super Bowl."

      Gronkowski's decision will affect the Patriots' offseason moves. The NFL Scouting Combine begins late this month in Indianapolis, and the Patriots will need to know soon whether they are looking for an NFL-ready starting tight end or one who could back up Gronkowski.

      Free agency begins March 13, and the NFL draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

      Gronkowski has one year left on his contract and is due to earn $9 million in 2019. He turns 30 in May.

      Injuries have limited Gronkowski through the years, and he's played in just 115 games since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2010. He has 521 career receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets allow 3 defenders to become free agents
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    The New York Jets are not picking up the options on three defensive players, the team officially announced Tuesday.

    • Defensive tackle Mike Pennel, safety Terrence Brooks and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will become free agents.

      The Jets had a deadline of Tuesday to pay a $1 million bonus to Pennel, 27, who signed a three-year contract last March. Had the team paid the bonus, the final two years of the contract would have been activated.

      Pennel, an Arizona State product, played three seasons with Green Bay before joining the Jets in 2017. He played 32 games (10 starts) and made 62 tackles over two seasons with New York.

      Brooks, who turns 27 next month, saw limited action in the secondary but was a stalwart on special teams for the Jets. Had he remained on the roster, Brooks would have had a $2.1 million salary cap hit for New York.

      Brooks, a third-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2014, played two seasons with the Ravens, followed by one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and two with the Jets.

      Pierre-Louis, 27, played in nine games last season, recording seven tackles and one forced fumble. He missed the 2018 season opener when he was suspended for violating the NFL's policy against substances of abuse, and he landed on injured reserve ahead of the season finale due to a shoulder ailment.

      A fourth-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2014, Pierre-Louis played 34 games (one start) for Seattle before appearing in 14 games as a reserve for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He has 91 career tackles and one sack.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bengals to interview Giants' Anarumo for DC job
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    New York Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will interview Thursday for the Cincinnati Bengals' vacant defensive coordinator position, according to multiple reports.

    • New Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Anarumo, 52, worked together on the Miami Dolphins coaching staff from 2012-15. Anarumo was interim defensive coordinator with the Dolphins in 2015, but otherwise he only has coached defensive backs during his seven seasons in the NFL.

      He spent more than 20 years in college coaching prior to moving to the NFL.

      College defensive coordinators Jeff Hafley (Ohio State) and Todd Grantham (Florida) both turned down the opportunity. The New Orleans Saints wouldn't allow their defensive backs coach, Aaron Glenn, to interview. Veteran NFL head coaches and coordinators Dom Capers, Jack Del Rio and Vance Joseph were considered but weren't believed to be a good fit for the job.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals sign veteran TE Clay to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    The Arizona Cardinals signed former Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

    • The Bills released Clay last week, with the eight-year veteran heading into the final year of a five-year $38 million contract.

      His deal with Arizona is worth up to $3.25 million, including a $350,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      Clay, 30, had a career-low 184 yards on 21 receptions with no touchdowns in 13 games (12 starts) with Buffalo last season.

      In 112 career games with the Miami Dolphins (2011-14) and Bills (2015-18), Clay has 339 catches for 3,631 yards and 23 touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons sign OL Sambrailo to three-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a three-year extension with offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Sambrailo, 26, started the last four games of the 2018 season for Atlanta, playing both left guard and right tackle.

      His contract was set to expire next month. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      "We are excited to bring Ty back as a part of our brotherhood," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "His versatility has proven to be one of his many strengths. We look forward to him being a valuable piece of the offensive line."

      Originally a second-round pick by Denver in 2015, the Broncos traded the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Sambrailo to the Falcons prior to the 2017 season.

      In four NFL seasons, he has played in 44 games with 13 starts. In two seasons with Atlanta, he has only been penalized three times -- including zero flags for holding.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers split: Brown, Rooney agree to part ways
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    After meeting with team president Art Rooney II on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown announced on Twitter that both sides have decided to part ways.

    • "Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I'll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin," Brown tweeted.

      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and vice president Omar Kahn joined the meeting.

      "Everyone agreed the trade will be for the best," a source told Schefter.

      Brown also posted an Instagram video directed at NFL teams interested in acquiring his services, saying he won't play without guaranteed money.

      "If your squad out there want to win and your squad want a hungry wide receiver who's the best in the whole world, someone hit my phone," Brown said into his phone camera while working out on an elliptical trainer. "Tell them I ain't doing no unguarantees. I ain't even gonna play myself no more for this NFL, you heard."

      Brown, 30, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. Pittsburgh can avoid payment by releasing or trading the seven-time Pro Bowl selection before that date.

      He has three years remaining on a five-year, $72.7 million contract extension that he signed before the 2017 season.

      Brown has requested a trade, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Steelers have not granted his agent permission to speak with other teams. All business will run through Colbert on Steelers terms, according to NFL Network.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants re-sign TE Simonson
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Tight end Scott Simonson has re-signed with the New York Giants, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The 26-year-old played in 16 games (four starts) in 2018 and caught nine passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in his first season with the Giants.

      Simonson, who attended Assumption College, signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He then spent two seasons with Carolina before spending the 2017 on injured reserve with a back injury.

      The deal is for one year, according to NJ.com. Terms were not announced.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars hire Capers as senior defensive assistant
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired 31-year NFL coaching veteran Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Capers, who was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator from 1999-2000, most recently served as the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator from 2009-17.

      "Dom Capers is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game today, and he has been for many years," head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. "His defenses have long been among the most effective and productive in the NFL. He has career experiences and accomplishments that will benefit our coaches and our players. He adds a unique perspective and veteran presence that will be valuable assets to immediately help us."

      Capers, 68, has been the head coach of two NFL expansion teams -- the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and Houston Texans (2002-05). He was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in 1996.

      He also has been the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94) and Miami Dolphins (2006-07). The Packers made the playoffs in each of his first eight seasons on coach Mike McCarthy's staff, highlighted by a win in Super Bowl XLV.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oklahoma QB Murray undecided on combine drills
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray hears his name in the mix as a first-round draft pick.

    • On the heels of turning down a pro baseball career, the Heisman Trophy winner has not decided what his level of participation will be at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine held next week in Indianapolis.

      Murray is scheduled to be available to media along with 300-plus prospects invited to the event, but past top quarterbacks have not always participated in the testing or on-field events. He would submit to drug and medical testing -- as do all prospects -- and face-to-face interviews with NFL teams held in the evening.

      Perhaps the biggest test Murray faces is scrutiny over his height.

      With comparisons to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson -- at 5-foot-11, Wilson was a third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin -- and other players shorter than the NFL QB prototype casting a shadow, Murray said Monday night at the Davey O'Brien Award banquet that he's taking the pre-draft talk as a positive.

      "I've been a 5-10 (QB) projected in the first (round), I mean, that's crazy to me, the fact that I'm already projected that high," Murray said. "I'm not over 6-foot. I haven't seen that since I've been alive.

      "I'm never the biggest guy on the football field. That's not the way I think, 'I'm the smallest guy on the field, I have to go out there and do this and do that.' I just go out there and play."

      Murray, 21, said the last time he was timed in the 40-yard dash he ran a 4.3, and that was two years ago.

      Last February, then-Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield -- the No. 1 pick last April of the Cleveland Browns -- participated in throwing drills. He and Buffalo Bills first-round pick Josh Allen topped 60 mph on the Lucas Oil Stadium velocity gun, the only two in that elite class to put up the stellar spin rate.

      Murray's arm, according to Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, could match or exceed Mayfield's in a velocity test.

      Riley, who coached the quarterbacks in successive seasons, said height will be no more of a challenge in the NFL for Murray than it was for Mayfield. Mayfield measured 6-0 5/8 in Indianapolis last year.

      Former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, who opted out of on-field testing in Indy, measured at 6-foot and ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at his pro day.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Cowboys, DE Lawrence hope to avoid tag
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys could put the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence beginning Tuesday, but they apparently do not want to be forced into using that option.

    • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that the Cowboys hope to reach agreement with Lawrence on a long-term contract extension before the March 5 deadline for franchise tags.

      The Cowboys tagged Lawrence last season, and he made $17.1 million. This year, under the franchise tag, he would earn $20.5 million. But Lawrence, 26, has been clear in his desire not play under the tag for a second straight year.

      The Star-Telegram reported he is seeking a multiyear deal worth upward of that $20.5 million tag amount. The report added that if he does not receive an extension, Lawrence likely will skip the offseason program, minicamps and perhaps training camp and some regular-season games. He also could delay the shoulder surgery he needs.

      --The Cowboys have elected to decline wide receiver Terrance Williams' option for 2019, which will make Williams a free agent in March, multiple outlets reported.

      The Dallas Morning News also reported that the Cowboys are not expected to try to retain defensive tackle David Irving, who is a free agent after playing in just two games for Dallas last season.

      Irving has been suspended at the start of each of the last two seasons for violation of the NFL's substance-abuse and performance-enhancing-drug policies.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised contract options on defensive end Calais Campbell, linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive back Cody Davis, keeping the trio in the fold through 2019.

      The Jaguars also declined their option on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who indicated in a Twitter post last month that he appreciated his time in Jacksonville and was moving on to the "next chapter."

      Campbell, 32, has 25 sacks over the past two seasons with the Jaguars, including 10.5 this past season when he started in all 16 games. He joined Jacksonville on a four-year, $60 million contract in March 2017 and will make $12 million in 2019.

      --Quarterback Joe Flacco has passed his physical with the Denver Broncos, Sports Illustrated reported.

      That means Denver's trade for Flacco, who has spent his entire 11-year career with Baltimore, can be completed when the new league year starts on March 13.

      Denver is set to send a fourth-round draft pick to the Ravens.

      --Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown underwent surgery for a Lisfranc injury in January and will be sidelined for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      Brown, who is projected by most analysts as a first-round pick, also will be sidelined for his Pro Day but is expected to be ready for training camp, according to the report.

      The 5-foot-10, 168-pound Brown -- whom many believe is the fastest player in the 2019 class -- caught 132 passes for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games over two seasons for the Sooners, averaging 18.3 yards per reception.

      --Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen was not injured in a car crash in Los Angeles last weekend, even showing that he had a good sense of humor about the entire incident.

      The accident happened Saturday, according to a post on the Cardinals team website. Rosen posted two photos of his damaged Tesla to his Instagram account, writing "I'm okay" in one post.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars pick up options of DE Campbell, two others
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised contract options on defensive end Calais Campbell, linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive back Cody Davis, keeping the trio in the fold through 2019, the team announced Monday.

    • The Jaguars did not announce an option on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who indicated in a Twitter post last week that he appreciated his time in Jacksonville and was moving on to the "next chapter."

      Campbell, 32, has 25 sacks over the past two seasons with the Jaguars, including 10.5 this past season when he started in all 16 games. Over 11 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and Jaguars, the former second-round draft pick in 2008 out of Miami (Fla.) has 81.5 sacks over 170 games (152 starts). He has been named to the Pro Bowl four times, including each of the last two seasons.

      Campbell signed a four-year $60 million contract in March of 2017. He will make $12 million in the upcoming season.

      McCray, 28, had one sack and nine combined tackles over 13 games. In five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Jaguars, the undrafted free agent has 43 combined tackles and four sacks over 63 games but has yet to start.

      McCray signed a two-year, $4.75 million contract in March of last year, with a $750,000 bonus if his option is activated. He has an additional $1.5 million available in bonuses in 2019.

      Davis, 29, had 10 combined tackles over 16 games this past season with the Jaguars, but did not start a game. Over six seasons with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and Jaguars he has 53 combined tackles and two interceptions over 81 games (five starts).

      Davis signed a two-year $2.5 million contract, with a $1 million signing bonus, in March of last year, with a $750,000 bonus if his option is activated. He also has additional $1.35 million available in bonuses in 2019.

      Seferian-Jenkins, 26, had 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown over five games this past season for the Jaguars, missing time after surgery because of a core-muscle injury. Over six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Jaguars, he has 116 catches for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns.

      Seferian-Jenkins would have made $4 million in base salary for 2019 if the team picked up his option. The Jaguars will save $4.75 million hit against the cap by declining the option.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Cowboys to decline option on WR Williams
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys have elected to take a pass on wide receiver Terrance Williams and declined his 2019 contract option, a move that will make the speedy play maker a free agent in March, multiple outlets reported Monday.

    • Williams played in just three September games in 2018 because of a foot injury and a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was reduced to two catches for 18 yards.

      In six seasons, all with the Cowboys, the 29-year-old Williams has 232 receptions for 3,377 yards and 20 touchdowns. The former third-round draft pick in 2013 out of Baylor caught a career-best 53 passes in 2017, while his 840 yards in 2015 were his most in any one year.

      In 2012 at Baylor, Williams led the nation with 1,832 receiving yards. His 97 receptions that season were 11th best in the nation.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Flacco passes physical, trade to Denver on track
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    Quarterback Joe Flacco has passed his physical with the Denver Broncos, Sports Illustrated reported Monday.

    • That means Denver's trade for Flacco, who has spent his entire 11-year career with Baltimore, can be completed when the new league year starts on March 13.

      Denver is set to send a fourth-round draft pick to Baltimore.

      Flacco, 34, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and was the Ravens' starter from 2008 until a hip injury he suffered last season. Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson took over for Flacco in Week 9 and didn't relinquish the starting role.

      In his career, Flacco has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 38,245 yards and 212 touchdowns. A Delaware product, he was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

      In March 2016, he signed a three-year, $66.4 million contract extension that runs through the 2021 season. That will need to be re-worked, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Ravens must carry Flacco's $26.5 million cap hit until June 1, per the NFL Network.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals QB Rosen not hurt in weekend car crash
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen was not injured in a car crash in Los Angeles this past weekend, even showing that he had a good sense of humor about the entire incident.

    • The accident happened Saturday, according to a post on the Cardinals team website. Rosen posted two photos of his damaged Tesla to his verified Instagram account @josh3rosen, including one that was arranged to where the damage to the right rear door appears as if it was caused by a super-hero style punch. He even remarks on his pretend super-hero strength saying: "Dude, I'm telling you the NFL doesn't test for this stuff"

      In his initial post, he showed the damaged car, writing "I'm okay ... but ..." The post ends with an emoji of a sad face that has a tear coming out of one eye.

      During his rookie season in 2018, the 22-year-old Rosen went through long stretches of struggles for an overmatched Cardinals team that went 3-13. He did not take over as the starter until Arizona's fourth game of the season, but all three of the team's victories did come with the UCLA product at the helm.

      Rosen, a No. 10 overall selection in the first round of the 2018 draft, passed for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He was sacked 45 times in the 14 games he appeared under center, an average of 3.2 per game. The sack total was seventh most in the NFL.

      In a positive sign, veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald must have seen enough promising developments from his first-year QB to already announce that he will come back for a 16th NFL season in 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Cowboys hope to avoid Lawrence franchise tag
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys could put the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence beginning Tuesday, but they apparently do not want to be forced into using that option.

    • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that the Cowboys hope to reach agreement with Lawrence on a long-term contract extension before the March 5 deadline for franchise tags.

      The Cowboys tagged Lawrence last season and he made $17.1 million. This year, under the franchise tag, he would earn $20.5 million.

      But much like Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, who was tagged two years in a row, Lawrence, 26, has been clear in his desire not play under the franchise tag.

      The Star-Telegram reported he is seeking a multi-year deal worth upward of that $20.5 million tag amount. The report added that if he does not receive an extension, he likely will skip the offseason program, minicamps, and perhaps training camp and some regular season games. He also could delay shoulder surgery he needs.

      The past two seasons, Lawrence has a combined 25 sacks, 49 quarterback hits and 122 combined tackles. The Cowboys selected the Boise State product in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Sooners WR Brown to miss Combine following foot surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 18, 2019

    Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown underwent surgery for a LisFranc injury in January and will be sidelined for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • Brown, who is projected by most analysts as a first-round pick, also will be sidelined for his Pro Day but is expected to be ready for training camp, according to the report.

      The 5-foot-10, 168-pound Brown caught 132 passes for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games over two seasons for the Sooners, averaging 18.3 yards per reception. The Hollywood, Fla., native left Oklahoma after catching 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

      Brown suffered the injury in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 1 and played through it in the Sooners' Orange Bowl loss. He underwent surgery on Jan. 8 and all 32 NFL teams were notified about the injury and Brown's status on Friday, according to Schefter's report.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lawrence will 'tell the truth' about PEDs at combine
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence said he knows just what he will tell executives at the NFL Scouting Combine who ask about his positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, which kept him out of the College Football Playoff.

    • "Just tell the truth," Lawrence, a Clemson product, told the Post and Courier. "That's all I can do. It was heartbreaking when I heard about it, but it's just life. You've got to be tested sometimes just to bring out your character, and that's how I'm going about it."

      What he can't tell them is how the drug, ostarine, found its way into his body.

      "I do want to know how it got in my system and where it came from," said Lawrence, one of three Tigers to test positive. "But right now, they are still doing their research to see where exactly it came from, and they don't know where right now."

      Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said recently that the school could have given the substance to the players, perhaps through supplements mislabeled by the manufacturer.

      A school investigation is continuing.

      Lawrence, tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella were banned from the Cotton Bowl and Clemson's win in the national championship game after the positive test for ostarine. They also were suspended for the 2019 season.

      Lawrence, a projected first-round pick, has entered the NFL draft. The others have eligibility remaining, and Clemson has appealed their suspensions.

      Even though he is off to the NFL, Lawrence said he feels for Galloway and Giella.

      "I talk to them a couple of days out of the week, just to make sure they are doing all right, keeping their heads up and grinding," Lawrence said. "You never know what might come out of this, so they have to keep being themselves, because I know they didn't intentionally take anything, either. That's not the kind of guys they are, and I talk to them just to keep their spirits up."

      The scouting combine is scheduled for Feb. 26 to March 4 in Indianapolis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Raiders GM McKenzie joins Dolphins' front office
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Former Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has landed with the Miami Dolphins as a senior personnel executive in their front office, according to multiple reports.

    • Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, who was named head of football operations on New Year's Eve, is expected to lean on McKenzie and new assistant general manager Marvin Allen for the upcoming draft.

      McKenzie and Allen, who has 25 years' experience in scouting for NFL teams, were instrumental in helping their previous teams build through the draft.

      Coming off a 7-9 season, the Dolphins have eight picks this year, including the 13th overall.

      McKenzie was fired in early December, ending a run that began in 2012 and saw him earn Executive of the Year honors in 2016.

      The NFL's career development advisory panel had recommended him as a potential top candidate for any general manager position that came open.

      McKenzie, 55, clashed with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden over the direction of the team, leading to his ouster in Oakland.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kaepernick's lawyer predicts NFL return
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Now that Colin Kaepernick has settled his collusion grievances with the NFL, the next step is getting him back in the league, his lawyer said Saturday night.

    • Attorney Mark Geragos told CNN that Kaepernick "absolutely wants to play" and made a pretty bold prediction about when that might happen.

      "I think you're going to see ... within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?" Geragos asked, per ESPN. "Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if Bob Kraft makes a move."

      Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, is among the founders of an organization launched last month to seek criminal justice reform.

      The settlement of the grievance filed by Kaepernick and Eric Reid was announced in a joint statement released by their attorneys and the league on Friday.

      "For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement reads. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

      According to Yahoo Sports, the final hearing in the players' joint collusion case against the NFL was scheduled for later this month. Yahoo added that sources previously said Kaepernick would only withdraw his grievance for a lucrative settlement.

      The NFL Players Association released a statement supporting the resolution.

      "Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases," the statement reads. "We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them.

      "We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

      Kaepernick filed his grievance in October 2017, alleging collusion by NFL owners to keep him out of the league, as he remained unsigned as a free agent through the fall after opting out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers that spring. A number of owners, executives, coaches and other figures have been deposed as part of the grievance, and a motion by the NFL to have the grievance dismissed was denied in August.

      Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 with the 49ers by kneeling during the national anthem in protest, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018. It appears the two grievances were combined into a joint case, but it's unclear when that occurred.

      Reid became a free agent in March 2018 and remained unsigned until mid-September, when the Carolina Panthers brought him in after an injury to safety Da'Norris Searcy. With his one-year deal expiring after the season, Reid signed a three-year extension for a reported $22 million with Carolina last week.

      The 31-year-old Kaepernick remains unsigned, having not played a game since the 2016 regular-season finale. He led the 49ers to a Super Bowl XLVII appearance after the 2012 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Tebow gave advice to QB Murray
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Deciding between an NFL or MLB career might have been difficult, but Kyler Murray found one pro athlete with a common bond, as well as a Heisman Trophy, who could give him some major league advice.

    • Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who is a college football analyst for ESPN and baseball minor league outfielder, interviewed Murray during the football season.

      "Kyler, I think he's a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him," Tebow told reporters Saturday after arriving at the New York Mets' spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he's been really good at lately and dominating in.

      "When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you're passionate about. Don't do it for your agents or your friends, and sometimes necessarily not even your family."

      Earlier this week, Murray said he was "firmly and fully committing my life to being an NFL quarterback."

      --Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas came away with minor injuries after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a rollover crash near downtown Denver, multiple reports indicated.

      A female passenger reportedly suffered serious injuries in the crash, while another male passenger also suffered minor injuries.

      According to a police news release, officers responded to the 1200 block of Auraria Parkway at approximately 12:20 a.m. Thomas, 31, reportedly lost control of the car and it came to rest on a median. All three passengers were transported to a local hospital.

      --Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown didn't hold back when a Twitter user asked him about the differences he has with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, saying the two lack "mutual respect."

      "No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can't say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It's a dirty game within a game. #truth"

      On Tuesday, Brown used Twitter to announce his time in Pittsburgh was done. "Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years ... time to move on and forward," Brown tweeted with the hashtag #NewDemands.

      --Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in south Florida late Friday, according to multiple reports.

      He posted bond and was released from Miami-Dade County jail.

      Police said the charges stemmed from an argument he had with a couple at his condominium complex over his car blocking the entrance to the parking garage, the Miami Herald reported.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tebow gave QB Murray advice about pro decision
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Deciding between an NFL or MLB career might have been difficult, but Kyler Murray found one pro athlete with a common bond, as well as a Heisman Trophy, who could give him some major league advice.

    • Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who is a college football analyst for ESPN and baseball minor league outfielder, interviewed Murray during the football season.

      "Kyler, I think he's a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him," Tebow told reporters Saturday after arriving at the New York Mets' spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he's been really good at lately and dominating in.

      "When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you're passionate about. Don't do it for your agents or your friends, and sometimes necessarily not even your family."

      Tebow, who won his Heisman at Florida, knows the struggles involved in choosing between two sports.

      Before finishing his junior season at Oklahoma, Murray agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that included a $4.66 million signing bonus. But on Monday he announced on social media that he was switching his allegiance to the NFL.

      Murray stated: "Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life to being an NFL quarterback. Football has been my love and my passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships."

      According to published reports, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he received last year after the A's made him the No. 9 overall pick in last June's MLB draft. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million due March 1. Also an outfielder, he was invited to spring training by the A's.

      Despite his lack of size (5-foot-10, 195 pounds), Murray is expected by numerous pundits to go in the first round of the NFL draft, which begins April 25.

      At Oklahoma, Murray guided the Sooners to a 12-2 record, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and a No. 4 final ranking. The redshirt junior passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 scores. He led the nation in total yards, points responsible for, yards per pass attempt and yards per completion.

      Aside from the Heisman, Murray's lengthy list of honors include the Manning Award, Davey O'Brien Award, AP Player of the Year, USA Today Player of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

      "Do it for what's on your heart, and don't let other people define you," Tebow said he told Murray. "You're going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that's going to tell you what they think, but what's most important is following your heart and your passion. Hopefully, he did that."

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Broncos WR Thomas injured in car crash
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas came away with minor injuries early Saturday morning after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a rollover crash near downtown Denver, multiple reports indicated.

    • A female passenger reportedly suffered serious injuries in the crash, while another male passenger also came away with minor injuries.

      According to a police news release, officers responded to the 1200 block of Auraria Parkway at approximately 12:20 a.m. The location is two blocks from the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets.

      Thomas, 31, reportedly lost control of the car and it came to rest on a median. All three passengers were transported to a local hospital.

      The Denver Post reported that no charges or arrests have been made in the incident. Initial indications from police are that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the crash.

      Thomas, a first-round draft pick in 2010 out of Georgia Tech, was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday. He had 665 receptions over 125 games for the Broncos from 2010-18, for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns. He was traded to the Texans midway through last season, catching 23 passes for 275 yards and two TDs.

      --Field Level Media