- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
When safety LaRon Landry was suspended last year for a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, everyone did a collective eye roll. Landry, who is freakishly muscular, has long been suspected of having some chemical help.
Just stunned that LaRon Landry got clipped for PEDs. Stunned I tell you. pic.twitter.com/e0NVMG7AjU
Landry's NFL future is in serious doubt now. He was released by the Colts this offseason, and although there should still be a market for a 30-year-old run-supporting safety with Landry's ability, there's less of a market for that safety if he has to sit for 10 games. Landry served a four-game PED suspension last year.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Presumably, Marshawn Lynch is returning to the NFL because he's hoping to participate in another Super Bowl media day.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported he will return to the Seattle Seahawks, and with a new contract as well. That's fantastic news for the back-to-back NFC champions.
He isn't reaching Brett Favre levels, but you can probably expect there to be some question about Lynch possibly retiring every offseason until he actually does it. There's good reason. Lynch is as violent a runner as the NFL has ever seen, he'll turn 29 before next season and he's already dealing with a bad back. But the type of money that Lynch will make in 2015 is a powerful force. Yahoo's Rand Getlin saidit could be between $11 and $12 million in the first year, and running backs just don't get those types of deals anymore.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
In a two-play sequence during a playoff game at the Dallas Cowboys last season, Ndamukong Suh offered a glimpse of what he can do for a defense.
Suh, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle who will be highly coveted in free agency, plays the run and the pass with what I call methodical and relentless explosion. He’s not a quick-twitch player like a Gerald McCoy. He is very powerful. And he can control the inside of an opposing offense.
Here’s what Suh did on back-to-back plays, and keep in mind he was going against center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin, who were Pro Bowlers last season.
First and 10
Suh’s tackle numbers aren’t huge but if you watch the film you know what a big difference he makes. He was the reason DeMarco Murray was stopped for no loss on this run.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
David Harris of the New York Jets looked like the top inside linebacker in this year's free-agency class, and you can be pretty sure that Buffalo Bills and their new coach Rex Ryan were ready to pounce.
Ryan won't get the chance to reunite with Harris. The Jets re-signed him just a few days before free agency starts.
Harris got a three-year, $21.5 million deal with $15 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Like running back, inside linebackers have been devalued a bit in recent years, but Harris earned that deal.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's as-yet-untraded episode, we have:
• A breakdown of the current free agent market, one of the best in a long while (0:15 mark)
• Could anybody sign Ray Rice? (7:45 mark)
• What teams have the most to lose in free agency? (20:52 mark)
• How are Denver fans feeling about Peyton Manning? The answer might surprise you! (25:03 mark)
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
The Chicago Bears have not wasted time moving Brandon Marshall.
According to reports — first from Bear Report's Aaron Lemming, then from ESPN's Adam Schefter — Marshall will be traded to the New York Jets, pending a physical.
Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.
Other reports indicate that the Bears will receive a fifth-round draft pick in return.
The early word is the #Jets traded a 5th round pick for veteran WR Brandon Marshall, per source. Not official until a physical though
The trade can become official when the league year starts on Monday.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
It's the end of another era.
In this day an age it's not surprising that a player such as Reggie Wayne won't spend his entire career with the same team, but the news that the Colts are letting Wayne play elsewhere next season still resonates.
Sad day in Colts Nation http://t.co/O77qnpnwEW
The @Colts announce that they will not be re-signing Reggie Wayne (an unrestricted free agent), who will turn 37 years old in November.
On Thursday, the New England Patriots opted not to pick up Vince Wilfork's contract. Later in the day, Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement. And yet another fixture from the 2000s, Wayne won't be back with the only team he knows.
Wayne ranks second to Marvin Harrison in Colts history in both receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345) and receiving touchdowns (82). Assuming Wayne doesn't retire — he turns 37 this year — he is the NFL's active leader in receptions and yards and third behind Antonio Gates and Larry Fitzgerald in receiving touchdowns.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner has compiled information from teams, watched college tape and gathered our notes from the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine to assemble our top 50 overall prospects available in the 2015 NFL draft.
We'll roll our list out 10 players at a time this week, counting backward from 50 (along with those who just missed the cut). Please note: These are the best players available — and not where we think the prospects will be drafted.
11. Louisville WR DeVante Parker 6-3, 209
Missed part of the 2014 season with a broken bone in his foot but came back like gangbusters, hardly showing rust in catching 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in only six games. Carved up an FSU secondary that includes two high picks at cornerback this year and a future star in Jalen Ramsey, catching eight passes for 214 yards. Parker is not a blazer but is excellent after the catch, has exceptional hands and can play above the rim with his height and his 33-inch arms. Although the injury cost him a step and he sometimes has to gear up to top speed, Parker is an extremely natural and graceful receiver who will make plays in almost any kind of passing game.
NFL comparison: Roddy White
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Michael Sam's immediate future may be on the dance floor, as the aspiring NFL player will appear in the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." But according to one sports book, Michael Sam has a better chance at being in the league again than becoming the next Fred Astaire.
According to gaming website Bovada.lv, Sam is currently at 9-to-1 odds to win the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," which includes the likes of Nastia Liukin (a 3-to-1 favorite), Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle. But Shutdown Corner was curious if Sam's chance at a foxtrot title might be as good as any chance he might have of doing a sack dance in the NFL.
The answer, according to the good people at Bovada, is that the NFL's first openly gay player has a better chance of playing in the league and being on a 53-man roster than winning the reality show. That is reflected in Bovada's 6-to-1 line that he will be on an NFL roster for the season opener.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The NFL's 2011 rushing champ, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, decided to hang up his cleats on Thursday.
The sixth-leading active NFL rusher (with 8,167 yards) made the announcement via Twitter, just a few weeks prior to his 30th birthday.
All good things come to an end!!! pic.twitter.com/zl6EJQ5SAE
The mighty-might back had a unique frame, built like a vending machine at 5-foot-6 and 209 pounds, and he had blazing speed that allowed him to be one of the best players in Jacksonville Jaguars history. But after that 2011 season, in which he rushed for 1,606 yards on 343 carries, Jones-Drew fell off precipitously.
In his final two seasons after that with the Jaguars, and his 2014 season with the Oakland Raiders, Jones-Drew combined for 1,313 rush yards on 363 carries over 33 games during which injuries took their toll. Although the man who drafted Jones-Drew, Jack Del Rio, took over the Raiders' head coaching job, JDR and MJD were not meant to have a second act.