The Bengals’ Adam "Pacman" Jones may be the first NFL player since 2000 whose criminal prosecution is delayed until after the league decides on a punishment. "What the NFL does is completely irrelevant to what happens in the criminal justice system," attorney Mike Allen said.
Matt Ryan is rightfully being hailed for leading the Atlanta Falcons into the Super Bowl. The quarterback has been marvelous all season, especially in two playoff victories.Four months ago, however, Ryan was considered far from being the player that many now considered the favorite to be named this season’s NFL’s MVP.
The two reasons the Bengals shouldn’t blow it all up checked into radio row here Thursday at the Super Bowl. Wide receiver A.J. Green is working for Snickers and quarterback Andy Dalton is waving the hometown banner for Houston, but they’re both looking longingly at how Julio Jones and Matt Ryan have led the Falcons into Sunday’s (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) big game against the Patriots.
A.J. Green and Andy Dalton weaved their way through Radio Row at the Super Bowl with maybe the most under-the-radar run of any superstar combo to embrace the junket of hundreds of media outlets inside the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Bengals will be trying to fill a few holes on offense and defense. Here’s a mock draft to examine what players would have the most impact. Whether you like it or not, the Super Bowl is around the corner. Also, the upcoming draft season that comes with it is almost here. Once the draft season starts, it includes the combine, workouts, interviews, and of course… mock drafts. The Bengals, after a losing season, have the 9th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft which they can use to upgrade the roster for sure.
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Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell signed a one-year exclusive-rights contract Thursday, which will keep him with the team for the 2017 season. James Palmer of NFL Network and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported the news. The Steelers had the option to extend Boswell and exclusive-rights tender because he had accrued two or fewer years of NFL service.
Former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan admitted that walking into Mike Pettine's office after the 2014 season and asking out of his three-year contract after only one year was one of the toughest things he's ever had to do.
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith is taking his boisterous nature into broadcasting, joining NFL Network on a multiyear deal. "I was blessed to have a long and productive playing career on the field, but now it's time to turn my attention to the business of covering the game, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining the team at NFL Network," Smith said in a statement Thursday. "As the only network with a 100 percent focus on the sport I love, I was drawn to NFL Network and look forward to joining a team made up of many legends of the game."
Johnny Manziel spent an hour-and-a-half with fans Thursday signing autographs in a suburban Houston sports memorabilia store. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, in only his second ever public autograph appearance, seemed to enjoy meeting with the public, who turned out in impressive numbers.
A little more than a year ago, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shuffled up to the podium on the Wednesday before Super Bowl 50, fielded a question that was some variation of "What does it mean to you to be playing in the Super Bowl?" sighed a deep, deep sigh, and said:
In case you missed it Pat McAfee quit the NFL to go to Barstool Sports Live on Comedy Central last night! Tune in for the last show this week Tonight at Midnight!
ou may not have heard, but there's a rather important football game this weekend. In fact, some have gone so far as to call it "Super." On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will lock horns in Houston for the 51st iteration of the biggest spectacle in sports. For the upstart Falcons, it's an opportunity to lift the Lombardi Trophy for the first time as the champions of the National Football League.