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Report: Arrest Warrant Imminent For LeSean McCoy Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Time: 8:54 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCoy hasn't been arrested yet in the wake of a reported altercation that sent a pair of off-duty police officers to the hospital. That could change, soon. Mark Schwarz of ESPN reports that arrest warrants are "imminent" in the case.
Diehards Line:Citing an unnamed official in the Philadelphia police department, Schwarz says McCoy was “definitely involved,” and that arrest warrants could surface in the next 24-48 hours. The delay results from the high-profile nature of the case, and the involvement of police officers. Both have broken ribs, and one has an orbital fracture. Although they weren’t on duty and didn’t identify themselves as police officers, the system tends to operate a little more zealously when police officers are the victims of criminal conduct. So McCoy and the Bills could soon be facing a major distraction this offseason.
The Eagles Release WR Riley Cooper Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 9:21 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Eagles announced the release of Cooper on Monday.
Diehards Line:Cooper was due to make $4.5 million in 2016. He’d signed a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $8 million prior to the 2014 season. He’ll still count for $2.4 million against the cap in 2016. Cooper caught 21 passses and two for touchdowns last season after having caught 102 passes and scored 11 touchdowns over the 2013-14 seasons. With those declining numbers, Chip Kelly gone and the Eagles having drafted Nelson Algholor in the first round last year, the move is not surprising.
LeSean McCoy Accused Of Assaulting Off-Duty Police Officers Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 9:49 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: McCoy is accused of assaulting two off-duty police officers early Sunday morning, ABC-6 in Philadelphia reported Monday.
Diehards Line:The report says both officers were hospitalized after the incident that occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia’s Old City district. The report said neither McCoy nor a friend who was also involved were arrested. An investigation is ongoing. ... Stay tuned.
Archie Thinks Peyton Manning Is Done... In Denver Monday, February 8, 2016 | Time: 12:25 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: It's unclear whether Manning, who wasn't ready to make an announcement one way or the other after Sunday night's Super Bowl 50 win, will play in 2016. To his father, it's very clear that Peyton won't play for the Broncos in 2016. "I think Peyton's done in Denver," Archie Manning told Jeff Darlington of NFL Media. "He may be done everywhere. So that's my — you know what? I don't stick my nose in it, so I don't know that. I don't know that. But that's my guess."
Diehards Line:Remember, the Rams reportedly are interested in Manning, and they’d surely let him run the offense however he wants. But as PFT notes, we’ll find out Peyton’s plans soon enough. For now, there’s a clear piece of evidence to support the idea that, even if Peyton plays again, he’ll never play another game as a member of the Broncos.
Marshawn Lynch Apparently Announces Retirement On Twitter Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 9:14 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Lynch appears to have announced his retirement from the NFL via his verified Twitter account during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's Super Bowl.
Diehards Line:With Seahawks GM John Schneider among those expecting Lynch to call it a career, the RB's tweet Sunday showing a picture of a pair of shoes hanging from telephone line with a “peace” emoji, there's reason to believe this is indeed his confirmation that he's done. In fact, as suggested, with could be as much of an official announcement as we’d ever expect to see from him. ... We'll be following up.
Cam Newton Named NFL MVP, Offensive Player Of The Year Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 1:23 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Early in Saturday night's NFL Honors, Newton was named the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. That wasn't the only award he wound up taking home before the night was out. As widely expected, Newton was also named the winner of the Most Valuable Player award.
Diehards Line:Newton’s regular season — voting was done before the playoffs — included 35 passing touchdowns despite losing top receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season due to a torn ACL, 10 rushing touchdowns and, of course, 15 wins in 16 tries as the Panthers raced to the top record in the league. While the Panthers got strong seasons from many players, everything on offense flowed through Newton and his play, which included just one inteception over the final eight games of the season, lifted the team well beyond most people’s expectations. Newton was not a unanimous choice as Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote, but he was an overwhelming one.
Todd Gurley Named 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 1:19 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Gurley was named 2015 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Diehards Line:Gurley played in 13 games last fall and rushed for 1,106 yards, the NFL’s third-highest total. He had 566 yards in his first four games, the most by any rookie in the Super Bowl era, and that’s made more impressive by the fact his debut was delayed because his final college season ended with Gurley suffering a torn ACL in Nov. 2014. Gurley is just 21.
J.J. Watt Named AP Defensive Player Of The Year... Again Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 1:16 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award won't be going to a new home this year. Watt was the winner of the prize a year ago and was named the winner again in 2015.
Diehards Line:It’s the third time Watt has been so honored in his five-year NFL career. Watt led the NFL in sacks with 17.5 during a regular season that ended with the Texans winning the AFC South title. He now has 74.5 sacks for his career. Watt added 50 quarterback hits, 29 tackles for losses, eight passes defensed, 76 overall tackles and three forced fumbles during the season.
Marcus Peters Named AP Defensive Rookie Of The Year Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 1:11 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Peters was named 2015 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.
Diehards Line:The honor going to Peters is not a surprise. He tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns for a Chiefs team that won 10 straight games to finish the regular season. Peters also had 26 pass breakups, 60 tackles and a forced fumble.
Rivera Named AP NFL Coach Of The Year Sunday, February 7, 2016 | Time: 1:05 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Panthers HC Ron Rivera has been named the winner of the 2015 Associated Press NFL Head Coach of the Year award at Saturday night's NFL Honors ceremony in San Francisco.
Diehards Line:It’s the second time in three years that Rivera has won the prize, although it looked like his career might be heading in another direction when the Panthers started the 2014 season with a 3-8-1 record. The Panthers have gone 22-2 since then, however, and a win on Sunday would mean that Rivera won Super Bowls as both a player (the 1985 Bears) and coach on teams that lost just one game on their way to the title. Rivera had 36.5 votes from the 50 voters. Chiefs coach Andy Reid finished second with six nods and Texans coach Bill O’Brien tied Vikings coach Mike Zimmer for third with two votes apiece. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Patriots coach Bill Belichick also received votes.