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More Robert Griffin III-Cowboys Speculation Sunday, January 31, 2016 | Time: 12:50 PT |  Reported by the Dallas Morning News
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Hall of Famer Troy Aikman told that he believes either Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel or Griffin will be Tony Romo's backup in 2016. Baylor coach Art Briles, who coached Griffin in college, said Thursday he could see the former Heisman Trophy winner fitting in with the Cowboys. "You could have a dream. That would probably be making it come true," Briles said from Senior Bowl practices. "That would be a great place for him. It's a great organization; being back in Texas and with the Cowboys and having a chance to get in there under Romo for three years. Not that they need to sell tickets, but it wouldn't hurt ticket sales."
Diehards Line: The Cowboys need a backup after quarterbacks Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore combined to go 1-11 in 2015 while starting in place of Romo. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has raved about Manziel and Griffin at different points in their career. He wanted to draft Manziel in the first round in 2014 but went with offensive guard Zack Martin after some convincing in the draft room.'s Todd Archer believes Dallas would be the worst place for Manziel to play because of all of the trappings in the city for the Aggie legend. Plus, he’s not shown he’s worth the trouble with his play on the field. Of the two, Archer believes Griffin is more likely to be a Cowboy, but he doesn't see that happening either. There are those in the organization who don’t know if he fits the scheme or if his body will allow him to be as effective as he was as a rookie. But if we want to throw out a veteran free agent name, Archer thinks Colt McCoy might be a name to watch.
Owner Not Sure Geno Smith Is Franchise QB Material; But Not Ready To Give Up On Him Sunday, January 31, 2016 | Time: 12:49 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Jets owner Woody Johnson believes Smith has the tools. But can Smith still be a franchise quarterback? "I mean, that's up to the eye of the beholder," Johnson said. "But he has all the skills. It is a question of what his desire is. And from what the coaches told me and from what I have seen myself, I think he has matured a lot. And he is working on his game and he knows he's a professional and he has the ability if he sticks with it."
Diehards Line:Smith entered camp as the starter but suffered a broken jaw when he was punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali in the locker room early in training camp. “I kind of agreed with everything that has been said by the coach (Todd Bowles),” Johnson said when asked about the altercation. “It is one of the things that you never want to have, that kind of violence in a locker room. I think we dealt with it. Todd’s instincts were correct. He got rid of the player immediately and addressed that.” Ryan Fitzpatrick became the starter and led the Jets to a 10-6 season, and the team would like to bring him back on a new deal. Smith played in one game this season, spelling Fitzpatrick after the starter got injured in Oakland. Smith went 27-for-42 for 265 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one interception in a 34-20 loss to the Raiders.
Police Used A Helicopter To Search For Johnny Manziel Following Incident Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 1:33 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Via Mark David Smith of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth police have issued a statement indicating that a helicopter was used to search for Manziel following whatever it was that happened between him and a female on Saturday morning.
Diehards Line: The report indicates that a “possible assault” occurred, but that the potential victim (who referred to Manziel as her ex-boyfriend) was not cooperative. The helicopter search apparently resulted from Manziel’s ex-girlfriend’s concerns for his well-being and an inability to locate him through “cell phone numbers associated with him.” Although no arrest was made, it’s another alarming example of possible misbehavior from a guy who continues to make one bad decision after another. As PFT suggests, while the Browns surely hope that they can trade him to another team, at some point the only responsible thing to do will be to cut him.
Chris Ivory Not Sure The Jets Can Afford To Keep Him Around Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 1:32 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Ivory has been around long enough to understand the business side of football. The 27-year-old, playing in his first Pro Bowl, is doing his best to soak up the atmosphere in Hawaii this week. But after the trip is over, the waiting game begins. He is a free agent in just a few weeks. "I'm not sure what's going to happen," Ivory said on Friday. "I would like to stay in New York if we reach an agreement. But I know the cap space they're working with and everything and the other guys they have to get signed or want to get signed back. But if it doesn't work out, I'm just looking forward to continuing my career elsewhere if it happens to go that way."
Diehards Line: Ivory said he had conversations with Jets officials before departing, but continued to emphasize the team's allocation of funds. Regardless of the cap number for 2016, the Jets will likely be in the bottom third of the NFL in terms of space. "I was able to speak with them," Ivory said. "They want to bring me back but like I said, I think it's about the cap space. That's going to be the biggest factor as to whether I'm back or not." Ivory earned his trip to Hawaii after a career-high 247 carries for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. Ivory has never averaged fewer than four yards per carry in a season and is still among the league leaders in broken tackles. There were plenty of teams this year that suffered due to a lack of experienced downhill rushers, so Ivory shouldn't find himself waiting by the phone if the Jets end up balking.
Police Respond To Altercation Between Johnny Manziel, Girlfriend; No Arrests Made Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 11:16 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Fort Worth Police responded early Saturday to what they called "an altercation" between Manziel and his girlfriend. A police spokesman told Omar Villafranca of CBS News that Manziel was not arrested and that a report on the incident has not been completed.
Diehards Line: Manziel, for now, is employed by the Browns. As PFT's Zac Jackson reminded readers, Manziel and then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley also dealt with police in Northeast Ohio following an October argument that started on the highway and extended back near Manziel’s suburban home. It’s not clear if Crowley is the woman involved in this incident, but she lives in the Fort Worth area. Crowley told police Manziel had pressed her head against a window during their October incident but later tweeted “it was just an argument.” The NFL investigated and decided not to discipline Manziel. New HC Hue Jackson has said he’s yet to speak with Manziel and that the team has made no decision on his future. Incidents like this -- even without an arrest -- are likely to help the Browns make their decision.
Will Antonio Brown Be Looking For More Money Again This Year? Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 12:52 PT |  Reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Steelers want to keep halfback Le'Veon Bell beyond the end of his contract in 2016, but won't rush an extension. The same holds true for Brown, who received a $2 million advance last season on his 2016 salary and has two years left on his contract. There is speculation Brown might seek more money again this year. "Obviously we've had a number of players over the years we've had to make contract adjustments with," team president Art Rooney said II said this week. "We try to be cautious how we do that. We'll just have to address that as the offseason goes on."
Diehards Line:Brown is a two-time All-Pro who tied for the league lead in receptions (136) and was second in receiving yards (1,834) in 2015. With 265 catches for 3,532 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons, one could easily make an argument that Brown is at the top of the list when it comes to NFL receivers. From a fantasy football perspective, he's clearly at the top of the PPR heap -- for many the No. 1 pick overall. Let's all hope that money doesn't come between Brown and a full offseason of work.
Buccaneers Want Vincent Jackson To Return For 2016 Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 12:48 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Andrew Hayes-Stoker was fired and Todd Monken was hired to replace him as Tampa Bay's WRs coach and new HC Dirk Koetter's OC. The Bucs are expecting Monken to make Mike Evans a sure-handed receiver, continue to develop young receivers Adam Humphries, Kenny Bell and Donteea Dye, and squeeze another productive year out of Jackson. That's right. can report that the 33-year old Jackson will be back in red and pewter in 2016 – and at his full salary.
Diehards Line:While Jackson had his least productive season in five years with 33 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns in 2015, he missed six full games and parts of two others with a knee injury. When he was in the starting lineup, the Bucs were 4-4 last year. Without Jackson, the Bucs were 2-6, including 0-4 down the stretch when Tampa Bay’s point production fell to 17.75 points per game. In games in which Jackson played the Bucs averaged 22.3 points per game. In games without him, Tampa Bay averaged just 19.6 points per game. The Bucs have concluded that Jackson’s experience and skill set definitely still have a value in Koetter’s offense. Bottom line? Jackson was missed last season, and he’ll get one more year in Tampa Bay to see if he can help get the Bucs in the playoffs.
Steelers Hope Martavis Bryant Learns From Last Year's Suspension Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 12:46 PT |  Reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Facts: Asked about Bryant, who was suspended the first four games of 2015 because of marijuana use, team president Art Rooney II hopes the situation was a wakeup call about what to do off the field: "Martavis is a player who has tremendous ability and potential, and we just have to continue to work with him to make sure he takes care of his business off the field and puts himself in a position to be as great a player that he can be. … We hope the experience he had earlier this season will have an impact on him."
Diehards Line:Bryant missed the first four games of the season while serving the suspension, but finished with 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns. He was Pittsburgh's most dangerous weapon in the playoffs, finishing with four catches for 183 yards and a spectacular touchdown to go with three carries for 84 yards. He capably filled the No. 1 receiver role when Antonio Brown went down with a concussion in the final minute of Pittsburgh's wild-card win over the Bengals. Bryant has big-play ability but as QB Ben Roethlisberger recently suggested, the young WR must develop into a more consistent player. "I'm already talking to him about the offseason, what he needs to do to take that next step," Roethlisberger said. "I told him, 'this offseason, you need to become the best in the world.'" Staying out of trouble will be a step in that process.
GM: No Decision On Roddy White's Future3 In Atlanta Yet Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Time: 12:44 PT |  Reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... GM Thomas Dimitroff has not made a decision on releasing or retaining White, the franchise's all-time leading receiver who had a dramatic statistical drop off last season. "Roddy is still under contract here," Dimitroff said. "We haven't made final decisions on anyone as far as moving on from people or moving on from people or re-doing contracts right at this moment."
Diehards Line: HC Dan Quinn suggested earlier this week that White could be useful in helping new WRs coach Raheem Morris make the transition from defense to offense. White, 34, who has two years remaining on his contract, caught 43 passes last season. He averaged 88.2 catches per season over the previous eight seasons. He has a salary cap number of $6.2 million, but is set to receive a base salary of $3 million. White’s not interested in renegotiating his contract and wants to play for the team when the new Stadium opens for the 2017 season. If White is cut,'s D. Orlando Ledbetter believes he’d likely be snapped up quickly by Carolina, Tampa Bay or Tennessee.
Aaron Rodgers Had His Knee Scoped After Loss To Cardinals Friday, January 29, 2016 | Time: 10:22 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night. One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "clean-up of an old injury." Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."
Diehards Line: As notes, it's unclear when Rodgers' knee became an issue this past season, but he was hit on his left knee by Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah on Nov. 15. After the game Rodgers described the hit as "a little low" and said he was sore. The following week, the Packers listed Rodgers on the injury report, but for his shoulder, not the knee. It was the only week that Rodgers was listed with an injury. He played in all but 10 of the Packers' offensive snaps this past season and did not miss any practice time because of the knee. ESPN went on to suggest the injury could help explain, at least in part, why Rodgers' production dropped in 2015. He set career lows for completion percentage (60.7), passing yards per game (238.8) and yards per attempt (6.7). ... Barring a setback in his recovery, Rodgers is likely to be ready to participate when the Packers begin their offseason program in April.