Will NFL players accept 17-game season, expanded playoffs?
The NFL’s proposed changes, including a 17-game regular season and expanded playoff system, could be voted on by NFL player representatives on Tuesday. But if the player reps listen to the 49ers’ Richard Sherman, they’ll just say no to the league’s new CBA offer.Sherman is among the 11 players on the NFL Players Association’s executive council who have rejected the changes in the owners’ offer in a 6-5 vote, with the addition of a 17th game being one of the major sticking points. However, that council’s vote serves only as a recommendation to the players and their reps.There was hope the playe...
The Mercury News
Bears release Prince Amukamara and Taylor Gabriel, clearing $13.5 million in salary-cap space
CHICAGO — The Bears will head to the scouting combine in Indianapolis next week in search of a starting cornerback and a vertical threat on offense.The Bears on Friday released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, who started 42 games for them over the last three seasons, and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. By making the moves now, the Bears allow the players to get a head start on finding new employment.Amukamara, 30, was due to earn a $9 million base salary this year, and the move clears $9 million in salary-cap space. He will count as $1 million in dead money against the 2020 cap.Amukamara su...
Draft high or trade lower? The 49ers have decisions to make before the NFL draft.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers key decision-makers are less than a week from their annual trip to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and find themselves in a drastically different position than 12 months ago.Last February, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were coming off a 4-12 season after losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo early in the year to an ACL tear. They went to Indy with the draft’s No. 2 overall pick, with a strong likelihood they would land a prominent defensive prospect while the Arizona Cardinals were poised to take quarterback Kyler Murray with the ...
The Sacramento Bee
Charles McDonald: Expanding the NFL playoffs to 14 teams would dilute a system that isn't broken
NEW YORK — On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL owners proposed to expand the playoffs to seven teams in each conference as a part of a new collective bargaining agreement. It isn’t official yet, but the change would result in only one team receiving a first-round bye.What a heinously awful idea.The truth of the matter is that there are barely enough quality teams to fill out the current 12-team bracket that exists. Outside of rare exceptions like this past season and the Giants’ second Super Bowl win against the Patriots in 2012, the sixth-seeded teams rarely win playoff g...
New York Daily News
Brother of Bears legend is charged with Chicago cop, 8 others in offshore sports gambling ring
CHICAGO — The brother of Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher was among 10 people charged in a federal indictment Thursday alleging they ran an offshore sports gambling ring that raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of Chicago-area gamblers.Casey Urlacher, 40, who is the mayor of the tiny village of Mettawa in Lake County, was charged with conspiracy and running an illegal gambling business. He is accused of acting as an agent for the gambling ring, recruiting bettors in exchange for a cut of their eventual losses.Also acting as an agent was Nicholas Stella, 42, a veteran Chicago police o...
Jalen Hurts plans to work out only as a quarterback at combine
ATLANTA — Former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who trained in Norcross, Ga., for the NFL scouting combine, plans to work out only as a quarterback and not as a running back or wide receiver.The NFL scouting combine is set to start Sunday and run through March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.“He wants to show people that he’s a quarterback,” said Chip Smith, of Chip Smith Performance Systems, who has trained more than 2,000 athletes for the combine over the past 32 years. “That’s the big thing. There is talk about other positions and that kind of stuff. … He’s a great ath...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become free agent
Thanks to a widely-expected move from defensive end Everson Griffen, the Vikings acquired some relief for their tenuous cap situation heading into the new league year next month. Their time with the fourth-leading pass rusher in team history, though, could be at its end.Griffen, according to a league source, has exercised the option to void the final three years of his deal, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. The Vikings gave Griffen the option when they renegotiated his contract before the 2019 season, provided he played at least 57% of their defensive snaps and posted ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ex-Cowboy running back Darren McFadden sentenced to three days in jail in DWI case
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will have to report to jail to serve three days in connection with a driving while intoxicated arrest in McKinney last year.McFadden, who rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, was arrested shortly after midnight on Jan. 21, 2019, after falling asleep in the drive-thru lane of a Whataburger in the 9000 block of W. University Drive in McKinney.Police said they were alerted to the situation by Whataburger employees.McFadden’s sentence was handed down on Friday.McFadden received one day credit for time served and will have to...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dolphins, quarterbacks and NFL combine: Tagovailoa's hip evaluation and top of draft order loom large
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Joe Burrow knows he has the leverage as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Tua Tagovailoa has the standout talent — and the medical issue. Justin Herbert may have the highest ceiling, but his accuracy and leadership skills raise concerns.And the Miami Dolphins, who own the fifth pick in April’s draft, are looking to find a way to land one of these three rising quarterbacks to take their extensive franchise rebuild to another level.The Dolphins will make some progress toward that effort during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week. But the rumor...
The NFL is proposing expanded playoffs and a longer season. Here's how it affects the Seahawks.
The Seahawks playing the Rams in Brazil? CenturyLink Field hosting a playoff game in February?Both are among things that theoretically could happen if all of the items proposed by the NFL as part of a new collective bargaining agreement with league players are approved.A half-dozen or so reports broke late Wednesday afternoon about what is included in proposals by the league to the players.Those include a 17-game regular season, expanding the playoffs to include seven teams in each conference (instead of the current six) and having only the No. 1 seed in each conference get a bye instead of th...
The Seattle Times