- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Talent excuses most actions in the NFL, but at some point teams reach their tipping point.
Judging by the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami's latest report on linebacker Aldon Smith, the 49ers have passed that line. They're fed up. And, as such, Smith is "probably" not going to play with the 49ers in 2014, Kawakami reported after speaking to team sources. Kawakami said the top of the organization, including owner Jed York and the York family, general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh, are all embarrassed over Smith's arrest on Sunday for causing a scene at Los Angeles International Airport and allegedly saying he had a bomb.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom.
His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier.
Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on Click2Houston.com.
That's how the running back, a second-round pick of the Seahawks last year, ended up at Anahuac High School getting down in a pink shirt that matched Kirkwood's dress.
"I'm just here for Taylor," Michael told Click2Houston.com. "It's a blessing. Like I said, she's a beautiful kid. I'm very proud of her."
It isn't too unusual for a high school senior to go to prom with a football player, it's just rare that the player is already in the NFL. Good for Michael. It definitely gives Kirkwood a pretty cool story about her high school prom to tell for years to come.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Brandon Lloyd is back in the NFL. The extent of his return has not been determined.
Lloyd signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to the team. He was not on an NFL regular season roster last season, but will try to resurrect his career in San Francisco, the team that originally drafted him 11 years ago.
New England released Lloyd last April after he recorded 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. Lloyd had several teams interested in him, but decided to pursue an acting career.He appeared in one movieand has decided to pursue football again.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Leading up to the NFL draft on May 8-10, Shutdown Corner will examine some of the most interesting prospects in the class, breaking down their strengths and weaknesses.
Khalil Mack Linebacker-defensive end Buffalo 6-foot-3, 251 pounds 2013 stats: 100 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 10 passes defended, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries 40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
The good: How did such a lightly recruited player become such a coveted NFL prospect? It certainly adds mystery to him heading into May 8. Mack redshirted his first year in college and then spent most of the next four college seasons living in opponents' backfields. He racked up 18 sacks and 56.5 tackles in his first three seasons with the Bulls, earning all-MAC mention as a sophomore and junior. Mack then kicked off his senior season with a life-changing performance in the opener at Ohio State, with nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Many rumors flew around about why the Philadelphia Eagles cut receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a big season in the prime of his career. During most of that time, even after Washington signed Jackson, it was hard to find a former Eagles teammate that publicly defended him.
But as more was written ripping Jackson, quoting unnamed Eagles sources, a couple of Eagles went on the record to say that some of the claims weren't true.
CBS Philly had an explosive story last week that stated, through some of his former teammates and other team sources, that Jackson was a malcontent and cussed out coach Chip Kelly in front of the team. Running back LeSean McCoy told Philadelphia media, including CSN Philly, that he never saw that happen.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
The NFL has this promotion thing down pat, and if Warren Buffett can engineer a billion-dollar bracket challenge, then by golly, the St. Louis Rams can have a pretty good consolation giveaway.
Anyone who can correctly guess, game for game, what the St. Louis Rams' schedule will look like can win $100,000. Again: Fans are being asked to predict the team's schedule for money. What a brilliant idea that underscores fans' hunger for all things NFL.
The Buffalo Bills have their own version of a schedule contest. If a fan can nail every game perfectly, he or she will win tickets for life. The most correct entries this year will earn 2014 season tickets.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The New York Jets should have a simple goal on Tuesday – do not let Chris Johnson leave without a signed contract.
After days of speculation, Johnson is currently visiting the Jets’ facility, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson was recently spotted in New York, but this is his first official visit with the Jets since the Tennessee Titans released him nearly two weeks ago.
Former Titans RB Chris Johnson is visiting the Jets right now, per team sources who spotted him in the teams' training facility.
If Johnson signs, he would join Jets running back Chris Ivory, who struggles to stay healthy, in New York’s backfield. Johnson could be paired with Michael Vick, who will battle against Geno Smith during training camp to determine the starting quarterback this season.
Johnson was slated to make $8 million with Tennessee this season, but will likely receive much less this year. He is no longer in the conversation with Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson as the NFL’s top running back. Instead, Johnson is viewed as an above average runner who teams are not willing to overpay.
However, that was not always the case.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The Donald is not going away.
The billionaire celebrity Donald Trump, who is now famous for being famous, is hoping to add another feather to his peacock-like cap. He has stated his interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, and now he is reiterating his said interest in buying the team.
More interestingly, per the Buffalo News, Trump says he wants to keep the team in Buffalo. Or so he says.
“I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told The News on Monday from his office in Manhattan. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”
Most people believe that Trump would buy the team so as to move it to Los Angeles, or perhaps sister Bills city Toronto. But he's trying to quash that notion for now with the idea that it could hurt his chances to purchase the team if public sentiment as any seat at this table.
Trump uses sound logic: He curries favor with the locals by explaining the team's rich tradition and the local ties to the team. But then he can't help but return to personal interest on the matter.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Every NFL team should have more than enough information on Jadeveon Clowney at this point.
He played three seasons at South Carolina, where he went from being one of the most highly touted recruits in the last decade to a bonafide star at defensive end. He worked out at the scouting combine. He had a pro day.
If, after all that, you still needed a private workout to figure out if Clowney is any good, you're probably borderline incompetent as a front office. And Clowney was correct when he put an end to the dog and pony show, telling teams he was no longer holding private workouts for the draft, according to MMQB.com.
One NFL general manager "took exception" to this, according to MMQB.com.
“I’d want the guy who’s going to be coaching him to put him through some of our drills, and see how he responds," the unnamed GM told the site.
- Anwar S. Richardson at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s offseason publicity train left the station when his logo was recently revealed. For those who want to catch up, Adidas has a sneaker just for you.
The “Adidas RG3” cleat is the newest addition to Griffin’s marketing brand. His signature cleat is in Adidas’ “carmoflauge” color, which is a unique (to say the least) spin on camouflage, and cost $150. Nobody can say the sneaker is boring, considering it resembles a QR code you'd scan with your phone.