- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
New York Giants rookie safety Landon Collins wore No. 26 in college to honor the late Sean Taylor, who wore the number during his career at the University of Miami. Collins, who has called Taylor his idol, wants to keep honoring the former safety as he begins NFL career.
The Giants and Collins announced Tuesday on Twitter that Collins has changed his number to 21, the number Taylor wore during his NFL career with the Washington Redskins.
In honor of his role model, the late Sean Taylor, Safety Landon Collins has changed his jersey from No. 27 to No. 21 pic.twitter.com/h12yv7Awzq
To allow Collins to wear No. 21, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie switched his jersey number from No. 21 to No. 41.
- Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Here's your weekly Aaron Hernandez legal update:
Lawyers for the former New England Patriots star turned convicted murderer have filed four motions asking that their client's guilty verdict be overturned because of, essentially, "a juror's exposure to extraneous matters," according to a report from FOX25 News in Boston.
In other words, they're alleging a juror found out about something he or she shouldn't have, which isn't too farfetched given the widespread media coverage of the trial.
Jurors were not sequestered during the two-plus-month-long trial. And while Judge E. Susan Garsh asked them at the end of each day of testimony to avoid consuming coverage of the trial, 12 people adhering to that directive seems like a tall order considering one could have happened upon news simply by mistake.
Exactly what a juror may have been exposed to is unclear, as the documents filed by Hernandez's lawyers are sealed from the public.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Cam Newton's contract is historic. Now the Carolina Panthers will hope his play jumps to historic levels.
Newton not only got a mega-deal from the Panthers, it's one of the biggest the NFL has ever seen. Newton will make $67.6 million in the first three years of his five-year, $103.8 million deal, according to multiple reports. The deal became official on Tuesday.
That would be the largest payout over the first three years of a deal in NFL history, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said. USA Today's Tom Pelissero said Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held the record at $65 million. The deal includes $60 million in guarantees for injuries, according to reports.
Newton is very talented and his production has been severely underrated throughout his career, but that's still a heck of a payout based on what Newton has done so far. And it must make the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks a little nervous.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Jameis Winston's days at Florida State University are not completely behind him.
Erica Kinsman, a former FSU student who alleged in 2013 that Winston raped her, is suing Winston for false imprisonment, assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Recently, Winston filed a countersuit, alleging defamation and interference with business relationships arising out of Kinsman's initial lawsuit.
Now, Kinsman's attorneys have moved to dismiss Winston's defamation lawsuit and strike that lawsuit's opening statement.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Either the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson have truly mended all fences or they were at least able to put on a really happy face on Tuesday.
Peterson reported to OTA practices on Tuesday, after staying away during an acrimonious time. Peterson missed almost all of last year while dealing with a legal situation that stemmed from his young son suffering injuries when Peterson hit him with a switch. There were many reports that Peterson wasn't all that happy with the organization. You wouldn't have known that on Tuesday, when he and coach Mike Zimmer gave their news conferences.
"I love this kid. I really do," Zimmer said. "I wouldn’t fly down to Houston to see him if he wasn’t important to me and to my program and our coaches and the rest of the football team."
Peterson said that all of his teammates reacted with hugs and jokes when they saw him. He was asked why he reported now, and he said it was because he "just wanted to." He said it felt like family when he came back.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Unsurprisingly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal.
Goodell officially informed the NFLPA of his decision Tuesday, confirming his decision to personally preside over the hearing regarding the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game deflate-gate suspension.
"Our Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that ‘at his discretion,’ the Commissioner may serve as hearing officer in ‘any appeal’ involving conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football. I will exercise that discretion to hear Mr. Brady’s appeal,” Goodell’s letter reads, via NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
The Washington Redskins' plight isn't going to be unusual for many NFL teams going forward, it's just that the Redskins had one of the biggest stadiums in the league.
That stadium is getting smaller, as far as capacity goes. The Redskins have removed thousands of seats from FedEx Field, the third time in five years the team has removed a large number of seats, according to the Washington Post. The Post said seats were gone from the top eight rows of the upper deck during an open house for fans hoping to buy season tickets, and the team said it would reveal full details of the stadium reshaping plan later. Although the team says it has sold out every home game for the past 47 seasons, attendance in the 85,000-seat stadium never topped 81,000 last season, the Post said. The attendance average was 77,964 as the team went 4-12. The team is hoping downsizing will help the fan experience.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
When San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick appeared at his retirement news conference, it was shocking. He looked like he was half the size he was for his last NFL game.
Not quite. But he lost 85 pounds in less than five months. That, of course, prompted speculation on how someone could quit the NFL and look like a new person in less than a half of a year.
Hardwick talked about the weight loss in a great story by Emily Kaplan of The MMQB, but the story has to begin with the weight gain. To maintain a body of about 300 pounds to play in the middle of an NFL offensive line, Hardwick's eating habits were mind-blowing. Here's what he told Kaplan he consumed every day:
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns made 9-year-old Dylan Sutcliffe’s dream come true.
Dylan, who was diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), a rare genetic disorder, told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that his dream was to play for the Browns. That became a reality as he signed a one-day contract on Tuesday morning.
VIDEO: Browns welcome new signing Dylan Sutcliffe to the team facility in Berea. pic.twitter.com/qYMUfkdhgb
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
It should probably go without saying that if you're not healthy enough to participate in NFL offseason practices, it's not the best idea to go all out in a charity dodgeball tournament.
It shouldn't comes as a surprise that the San Diego Chargers weren't happy to see rookie linebacker Denzel Perryman, who has been sitting out practices with a hamstring injury, getting crazy during the Fox Sports San Diego Dodgeball Tournament along with many other Chargers.
The difference between Perryman and his teammates at the dodgeball tournament is that his teammates are healthy enough to participate in their day jobs.