Cowboys sign kicker Greg Zuerlein to compete with Kai Forbath
The Dallas Cowboys have apparently learned their lesson after waiting too long to release struggling kicker Brett Maher and ruining their season in 2019.They will take two veteran kickers to training camp in 2020.The team signed former Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million, per sources.The 32-year old kicker will compete against Kai Forbath, who signed a one-year, $1.18 million deal to return to the Cowboys.Forbath replaced Maher, who missed a league-high 10 field goals, for the last three games in 2020 and was a perfect 10 of 10 on field goals and 10 of...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit would be 'shocked' if there are college football or NFL games this fall
While sports have been postponed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the status of the upcoming NFL and college football seasons this fall has been a looming question mark.Although games are still four months away, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said he doesn’t think football should be played as scheduled.“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football,” Herbstreit said in an ESPN Radio interview, per TMZ. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.”“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months fr...
2020 NFL mock draft: Four-round projections
I began this mock draft in 2012 (for the 2013 NFL draft) and one of the first things I decided was I wouldn’t do trades.There are just too many variables and I’m already projecting so much. I make up for it by discussing the possibility within the analysis of each pick.Still, there’s a deal brewing that has been obvious for a while. It appears, by all accounts, Tua Tagovailoa is well on his way to receiving a clean bill of health. This means the Dolphins or Chargers will almost certainly have to trade up to secure the Crimson Tide signal-caller.The first two picks are locked in at this point b...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Eagles' Howie Roseman explains his WR thinking, and defends 'elephant in the room' Alshon Jeffery
Nearly a month away from the NFL entry draft, April 23-25, we already know the Eagles are taking a wide receiver in the first round.Theoretically, general manager Howie Roseman could shock the world and send Philly talk-radio into outrage orbit by drafting a cornerback or something else 21st overall, and waiting till later on a wideout, but that possibility has dwindled to almost nothing over the last two weeks.The Eagles haven’t signed a receiver in free agency, they didn’t trade for DeAndre Hopkins or Stefon Diggs, and there is no one left on the free-agent board who seems likely to make a s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dave Hyde: New Dolphin Byron Jones talks the way you want a star to talk
The revealing part was hearing Byron Jones answer questions the way a star should. There’s no telling how this decision to pair up the two richest cornerbacks in football will work for the Miami Dolphins. It sounds strategically great. It makes a lot of sense in March.But that’s heavy money to sink into one position and, to be blunt, neither Jones nor Xavien Howard have won anything beyond big contracts. A lot will depend on how they work in tandem, what they allow the rest of the defense to do and if following New England coach Bill Belichick’s model of investing in the secondary first works ...
Dan Wiederer: With outside skepticism swirling, Jimmy Graham is eager to prove Bears' belief in him will be worth every penny
CHICAGO — Jimmy Graham remains full of confidence. Full of energy and promises too. The 33-year-old tight end, once one of the most menacing matchup nightmares in the NFL but now a long-in-the-tooth journeyman, firmly believes 2020 will be a reawakening year for himself and the Bears.That came across loud and clear Thursday afternoon. During a 25-minute conference call on the day his free-agent deal with the Bears officially was announced, Graham spoke candidly and with great conviction.A sampling of his proclamations:“I’m still fast. I still have the ability to make big plays.”“(In the Bears)...
Scott Fowler: The Panthers aren't built to win, but Teddy Bridgewater has no tolerance for defeat
Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t plan on the Carolina Panthers tanking in 2020.The team’s new starting quarterback did a video teleconference call with about 40 media members Thursday, and during the call I asked him how he would describe himself as a QB.“I’m a winner,” Bridgewater said. “Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve won, and I take pride in that. … I don’t have to go into details about my playing (style) or things like that. I’m just going to tell you, right now, that I’m a winner.”And he has been. Bridgewater is 22-12 in NFL regular-season games he has started, a winning percentage of 64.7.Cam Newton...
The Charlotte Observer
Will renewed talks, new offer lead to record deal between Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott?
Barring a special circumstance, free agency is pretty much over for the Dallas Cowboys, per a source.In addition to re-signing several of their own free agents, led by receiver Amari Cooper’s five-year, $100 million deal, the team has added three new starters in defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, nose tackle Dontari Poe and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix while shoring up depth with tight end Blake Bell and cornerback Maurice Canady.So the Cowboys have now turned their attention back to the biggest focus of the offseason: signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a contract extension.Per a source, the Cowboys ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kelly: Dolphins need to maximize early-round selections in NFL draft
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Doing the research required for a 2020 NFL mock draft taught me that there are about five teams who will likely trade down from the early teens, and the Miami Dolphins might need to move up to secure one of the top four offensive tackles, which should be a must to continue the offseason rebuild of the offensive line.Also, the top-shelf talent in the draft dips a bit in the late teens, and early 20's. Therefore, I wouldn’t mind trading the No. 26 pick if it produced a coveted player (Trent Williams or Jonathan Allen), and/or more Day 2 picks.Securing Tua Tagovailoa shoul...
Mike Bianchi: Bobby Bowden: Not even World War II shut down our nation like coronavirus
ORLANDO, Fla. — Bobby Bowden remembers the day World War II began more than 80 years ago.He was 9 years old and with his mother, father and sister on leisurely drive home after spending a few days at a family friend’s cabin on the nearby Warrior River.As they drove through Hueytown, Ala., on their way back home to Birmingham on that fateful day in 1939, some kid was hawking newspapers along the street.“Extra, extra, read all about it! Germany invades Poland! Extra! Extra!”Isn’t it frightening that Bowden, the legendary Florida State football coach, has lived through so much in his 90 years on ...