- Rand Getlin at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Though the Kansas City Chiefs and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston have engaged in discussions on a long-term deal for nearly a year, the two sides remain "worlds apart," multiple sources familiar with the negotiations told Yahoo Sports.
It appears likely that Houston, who is in the final year of his contract, will either enter free agency or be given the franchise tag, according to multiple sources.
Given how well Houston has played this season, the Chiefs' failure to extend him is likely to prove costly if they intend on keeping him in Kansas City. Houston – who leads the league in sacks (10) through seven games – is on pace to have a career year while anchoring a Kansas City defense that ranks third in total defense and first in passing yards allowed per game. If his production remains consistent through the end of the season, Houston has a chance to join an elite group of pass rushers, who include Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas and Michael Strahan, in the 20-plus sack club.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTNY Jets at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Rand Getlin at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
Free-agent quarterback Terrelle Pryor worked out with the New York Giants on Tuesday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Since getting cut by the Seattle Seahawks in late August, Pryor has also worked out with the Cleveland Browns (last week) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in September).
The workouts have been purely as a quarterback, as the athletic Ohio State product is insistent on sticking with his primary position.
The Giants, who are in their bye week, also reportedly worked out running back Felix Jones.
- Rand Getlin at Yahoo Sports29 days ago
Chicago will be the host city for the 2015 NFL draft, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.
The three-day event, which will begin on April 30, is moving from New York, a site the league has used since 1965.
Los Angeles was the other finalist to host next year's event.
The league is expected to formally announce the draft's site at the fall meetings in New York next week, NFL.com reported.
The Chicago Bears' official Twitter account tweeted:
2015 NFL Draft will be held in Chicago next April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
Twelve cities were in the running to host the draft after the league failed to secure New York's Radio City Music Hall for the dates it wanted.
The New York Jets signed fullback John "The Terminator" Conner to a one-year deal, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Conner is expected to replace Tommy Bohanon, who broke his clavicle in Sunday's defeat to the Detroit Lions, an injury that head coach Rex Ryan called "major."
Conner is no stranger to the Jets, earning fame as a favorite of Ryan's during the team's run on the HBO series "Hard Knocks" in 2010. This marks Conner's third stint with the Jets in his four-year career. He played for them in his first two seasons in the league, and three games with New York in 2012.
Conner played his 2013 season with the New York Giants and was among the last cuts for the team in August.
Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek are among five athletes who were awarded more than $7.5 million following an arbitration against SunTrust Bank, according to legal documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
The group, which included former Eagles A.J. Feeley and Kevin Curtis and former Olympic soccer player Heather Mitts, who is married to Feeley, was asking for roughly $8 million in alleged investment losses from the bank, its employees and affiliates. They were part of a larger group of nine players who sought in excess of $17.4 million in total.
"We were always confident in the legal process," said the players' attorney, Andrew Smith of Philadelphia-based law firm, SmithBridge LLP. "We believed that justice would prevail and we're certainly pleased with this result."Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTPhiladelphia at HoustonPreview Game
Billionaire oil tycoon Terry Pegula officially divested his interest in Five Star Athlete Management, a prominent sports agency he purchased in 2011, clearing the way for he and his wife, Kim, to complete their purchase of the Buffalo Bills for an NFL record $1.4 billion.
After the league finance committee unanimously approved the purchase agreement between the Pegulas and the Bills, the divesting move was the last formal step necessary for the Pegulas to complete their deal without complication. NFL owners will vote to approve the sale of the team at league meetings in October.
As owner of Five Star, which is currently headed by veteran agent Todd France, the firm represented over 50 NFL players including Pro Bowlers Vernon Davis, Demaryius Thomas and Aqib Talib. France has retaken full ownership and control of the firm, a source familiar with the transaction indicated.
The St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn signed a four-year contract extension on Saturday that was widely reported to be worth $66 million, including $41.2 million guaranteed, but the actual value of Quinn's guarantee is far less than that, according to contract analysis conducted by Yahoo Sports. In fact, Quinn's extension fully guarantees him only $15.7 million at the time of signing.
Initially reported figures for NFL contracts are rarely "fully guaranteed." Instead, those numbers generally include partial guarantees, which can misrepresent the amount of money a player actually stands to make. For instance, J.J. Watt was reported to have received $51.8 million guaranteed from the Houston Texans, when the actual fully guaranteed number at the time of signing was $30.8 million, according to Yahoo Sports' contract analysis.
Star defensive end Robert Quinn and the St. Louis Rams are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
There is optimism in Quinn's camp that a deal can get done before Week 3, the source said. Quinn is believed to be targeting a deal that would pay him in the $15 million per season range on a four- to six-year extension.
Quinn, a first-round draft pick in 2011, led the Rams with a career-high 19 sacks last season. He also forced seven fumbles in a Pro Bowl season that saw only one man, Indianapolis' Robert Mathis, have more sacks than him.
As a No. 14 overall pick, the University of North Carolina product was one of 11 defensive linemen in the 2011 first-round draft class. Selected ahead of him were Buffalo's Marcell Dareus, Houston's J.J. Watt and Detroit's Nick Fairley.
Watt recently set the market for star defensive linemen after signing a reported $100 million deal that included a $51.87 million signing bonus, a record deal for a defensive player.
The Rams picked up the fifth-year option on Quinn's current deal in August. He's scheduled to make about $3 million this season and about $6.9 million in 2015.Sun, Nov 21:05 PM PSTSt. Louis at San FranciscoPreview Game
NFL players approved the terms of a new drug policy agreement with the league on Friday, a change that could result in the lifting of suspensions for Dallas Cowboys starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Denver Broncos wideout Wes Welker, perhaps in time for them to play Sunday.
Among the policy changes, which include blood testing for human-growth hormone, a positive test for amphetamines in the offseason will no longer fall under the performance-enhancement drugs category. Instead, a positive test for amphetamines in the offseason will drop into the substance-abuse policy, and first-time offenders aren't subject to game suspensions. The new policy will more than double the threshold for what would constitute a positive test for marijuana.
The league has yet to formally approve the changes, and there appear to be hurdles left, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
NFL says no agreement yet on drug policy. Still "unresolved issues." One may be reinstatement of players for this weekend. One proceduralSun, Nov 21:25 PM PSTDenver at New EnglandPreview Game
The Kansas City Chiefs will sign cornerback Jamell Fleming off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Fleming played in eight games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, but got cut in August and landed with the Ravens.
Fleming was a third-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 and started three games during his rookie season, but was released the following year.Sun, Nov 25:30 PM PSTBaltimore at PittsburghPreview Game