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  • Reports: Dolphins acquire TE Julius Thomas from Jaguars

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    A couple of days ago, reports began to circulate that the Miami Dolphins would be releasing offensive tackle Branden Albert. But as happens in situations like this, another team stepped forward, interested in acquiring Albert rather than take its chances via the waiver wire.

    Oddly enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dolphins haven’t yet agreed on a deal to send Albert to northern Florida – but their discussions have yielded a different trade: Jacksonville is sending tight end Julius Thomas, a big free-agent signing in 2015, to the Dolphins. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports Miami will send a late-round pick in this year’s draft to Jacksonville in the deal.

    The move is not official until March 9, the first day of the new league year.

    The trade means Thomas will be reunited with Adam Gase. Gase, now the Dolphins head coach, was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013-14, the only two years Thomas was a Pro Bowler. Over those two seasons, Thomas recorded 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns.

  • Emmanuel Sanders' wife says in divorce case that he skipped a Broncos practice to party

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    The gloves are off in the divorce case between Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife, and she might even get him in trouble at his job.

    According to TMZ, among the claims by Gabriella Sanders is that her husband told the Broncos he had to skip practice last November to be in Houston for the birth of his child, but it “was a a lie so he could go out partying.”

    Sanders’ wife also claimed he committed adultery with numerous women and spent “thousands upon thousands of dollars on girlfriends” including buying one a car, according to TMZ. Gabriella Sanders filed for divorce last October, TMZ said.

    The Broncos are unlikely to care what Sanders spends his money on, or even if he’s getting a divorce. But they might have a question or two for him about that practice he missed.

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  • Jared Odrick keeps a sense of humor about release from Jaguars with funny picture

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    It can’t be fun to get fired from a job that pays $6.5 million a year, especially a few weeks before a $2 million bonus kicks in, but Jared Odrick didn’t let it bother him.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars cut the veteran defensive end on Monday. He signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015 and like many NFL deals, it kind of ran its course. The Jaguars could save $8.5 million on the cap by cutting Odrick, so they did.

    That’s one way to ruin a vacation to Cabarete Beach in the Dominican Republic, which is where Odrick said he was when he got the call that he was cut. But he posted this smiling picture of himself getting the news to Instagram with the caption, “This is me getting released by the @Jaguars.”

    This is me getting released by the @Jaguars

    A post shared by Jared Odrick (@maxbaer75) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:17am PST

    Doesn’t look like he’s too depressed about it.

    Until then, he’ll probably keep enjoying his tropical trip.

    More Jaguars news from Yahoo

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  • Jake Plummer hoping interactive tool will be Rosetta Stone of football X's and O's

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer is involved with a project that can help make the sometimes complicated language of football more easily understood.

    According to, Plummer is involved with ReadyList PRO — a resource that he thinks could be the Rosetta Stone of football terminology.

    “There had to be a better way to digest a four-inch playbook,” Plummer told the site.

    The software can be used on almost any device — phone, tablet, laptop, etc. — and can work as acts as both an interactive football playbook and a coaching tool to test players’ understanding of plays. Practice and game film can be uploaded onto the cloud-based software and studied anywhere away from the team facility.

    Although they have not built up a client list that includes NFL teams yet, that’s the goal for Plummer and Friehauf. And if it proves to be useful in testing, it might not be long before that happens.

  • Redskins free agent-to-be hints he could be open to playing elsewhere next season

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    We try not to read into nebulous social media posts too much this time of year because, well, they can be a little misleading. But it’s hard not to read what Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wrote on Instagram and wonder what he meant.


    A post shared by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Feb 20, 2017 at 5:29am PST

    Garcon, coming off a big season, is set to hit free agency in a few weeks. The Redskins have a lot of pending free agents and likely can’t or won’t keep them all. He might be turning 31 during training camp, but Garcon caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards last season and surely still has some very good value to some team out there.

    The Redskins’ most important free-agent decision is what to do with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He was franchised last season and would be due more than $24 million this season if he’s tagged again. After that, wide recevier DeSean Jackson also is sure to command a lot of attention and is expected to test the market. Could the Redskins allow both Jackson and Garcon walk? That would feel like a large risk to take with so few reliable option after them.

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  • Darrelle Revis' attorneys believe TMZ video shows their client is innocent

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    TMZ released a video over the weekendof two unconscious men, saying it was video of the aftermath of the altercation that led to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis being charged with four feloniesin Pittsburgh.

    The video seems to be a positive for Revis’ lawyers though, because they believe it helps them show their client is innocent.

    The voice on the video – it’s a short clip, and whoever is speaking is not shown – brags about knocking both men out and he tells someone, “Shut up before I knock your [expletive] out next.” Revis’ lawyers claim the voice isn’t of the Jets cornerback.

    Just because someone is bragging about doing something doesn’t mean he did it, and the lawyers will have to prove that the voice on the video doesn’t belong to Revis. But this is clearly going to be a big part of their defense, based on the statement.

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  • Juror candidate in Aaron Hernandez double murder case thought Hernandez was involved in deflate-gate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    If you only casually follow the New England Patriots in the Boston area, you can get your stories mixed up.

    Like, thinking former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was involved in deflate-gate.

    A juror candidate in Hernandez’s double murder case drew a chuckle when she said she didn’t know much about the Hernandez case but remembered her co-workers discussing his involvement in deflate-gate, according to the Boston Globe. Deflate-gate, an overblown controversy about the Patriots perhaps deflating footballs, happened a year-and-a-half after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder.

    “Deflate-gate has nothing to do with this case at all,” Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said, according to the Globe.

    The Globe said Hernandez and his lawyers got a laugh over the mix-up. The woman was excused from jury duty.

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  • Trent Richardson arrested in Alabama on a domestic violence charge

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Trent Richardson’s football career is all but over, and now he’s having problems off the field too.

    Richardson, the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns who was later traded to the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in Hoover, Ala. on Thursday on a domestic violence charge according to

    According to’s report, two calls were placed to authorities when yelling was heard from a hotel room. Officers found Richardson and a female in the room, and officers determined they had been arguing earlier in the night. Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told that at some point the argument allegedly got physical and the female suffered scratches and bruises to her faces. said Richardson was arrested “without incident” and charged with third-degree domestic violence and was booked in Hoover City Jail with a bond of $1,000.

    Richardson hasn’t played a regular-season game since 2014 and it’s very hard to believe he will again, especially after his recent legal trouble.

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  • Michael Floyd pleads guilty to extreme DUI in Arizona, sentenced to 120 days in jail

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Former first-round draft pick Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI in an Arizona court on Thursday.

    As a result, Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail, fined over $5,000 and commanded to do 30 hours of community service, according to Jonathan Roy of Phoenix’s Fox 10. Floyd will spend 24 days in the Maricopa County jail, and the remaining time in home confinement. The other six charges he was facing were dropped.

    Under Arizona law, individuals with a blood-alcohol level over .20 are charged with “super-extreme DUI”, which carries a minimum 45-day jail sentence for first-time offenders.

    Floyd, who is set to become a free agent next month, is almost certainly also facing suspension from the NFL for his guilty plea.

  • An Indoor Football League team has given fans control, including play-calling, via mobile app

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    One reason fantasy football is so popular is it turns the NFL into something more than a spectator sport. You scout players, draft them, pick your lineup – while you have practically no control over your favorite NFL team winning or losing, your fantasy team’s fortunes are entirely in your hands.

    That’s what makes the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles of the Indoor Football League an interesting experiment. The New York Times wrote a feature on the team, which has given a lot of control to the fans.

    According to The Times, fans helped pick the coach using the team’s mobile app after interviews were taped or streamed online. Fans pick the uniforms, an extra concession item and warm-up music. Fans helped decide who would make the roster. And fans pick the plays during the game, voting on the mobile app.

    More NFL news from Yahoo

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