NFL Recent Player News
|2/5/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel's agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend. Meanwhile, his father fears for his son's safety. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying "with deep regret" he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month. Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel's family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him. Manziel's father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into rehab.
|2/4/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs.
Analysis: Fort Worth police released a report Thursday that provided the first details of the altercation Saturday night between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. Manziel is being investigated for a possible assault on Crowley. She told police he was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends at the Zaza Hotel in Dallas. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear before they drove back to her Fort Worth apartment. The Browns plan to release the bust.
|2/3/2016||Antonio Smith, Den, DE|
|Smith plans to play in Super Bowl 50 despite learning of his father's death on Wednesday.
Analysis: A Broncos team spokesman told the Associated Press that Smith has no plans to leave the team. The 12-year veteran will be appearing in his second Super Bowl, having previously been part of the Arizona Cardinals' 2008 NFC champion team.
|2/2/2016||Mario Edwards Jr., Oak, DE|
|The Raiders are still seeking answers about the significant neck injury that sidelined Edwards in the final month of the season.
Analysis: Edwards got hurt Dec. 20 against Green Bay and missed the final two games. The Raiders have not divulged any specifics about the injury other than calling it "significant." After Edwards got hurt, doctors discovered another issue that Edwards probably had been dealing with since he was young. They now need to determine what steps to take to make sure he stays healthy.
|2/2/2016||Vinny Curry, Phi, DE|
|Curry and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract.
Analysis: Curry was a second-round pick in 2012 and has 16 1/2 sacks in four seasons. He's expected to start for the first time in his career now that Jim Schwartz is the new defensive coordinator and the Eagles are switching back to a 4-3 defense. Curry had a career-high nine sacks in 2014.
|2/2/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel's actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for months.
Analysis: The conduct by the 23-year-old player - rampant partying, two domestic incidents and a general lack of commitment - have been a major problem almost from the day Cleveland drafted the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner in the first round two years ago. Last weekend, Manziel was involved in a disturbance with his ex-girlfriend in Dallas that is being investigated by police and the NFL.
|2/1/2016||Darren Fells, Ari, TE|
|The Cardinals have re-signed Fells to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 281-pound tight end appeared in 14 games last season, 12 as a starter. He had career highs of 21 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
|2/1/2016||Justin Tuck, Oak, DE|
|Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Tuck announced his decision Monday and says he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.
Analysis: Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. Tuck was an All Pro in 2008 when he had 12 sacks. He finishes his career with 66 1/2 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 147 career games. Tuck missed the final 11 games this season with a torn pectoral muscle.
|2/1/2016||Joseph Randle, Dal, RB|
|Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle has been arrested in Texas after it was determined he was wanted for speeding. Irving police spokesman James McLellan says 24-year-old Randle was arrested early Monday. McLellan says police were called to a home after a woman said her daughter's ex-boyfriend was ringing their doorbell at 3 a.m.
Analysis: Upon arrival, police ran a standard warrant check and discovered Randle was wanted on a speeding ticket warrant in the nearby suburb of Coppell. He was taken into custody and released from jail after $359 bond was posted. McLellan didn't know of an attorney for Randle. Randle has had a string of run-ins with the law, beginning with a 2014 shoplifting arrest. The Cowboys released him last fall.
|1/31/2016||Russell Wilson, Sea, QB|
|Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
Analysis: The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions at Aloha Stadium. He threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score.
|1/31/2016||Calvin Johnson, Det, WR|
|The Lions are still giving Johnson time to ponder his future. The team issued a statement Sunday, saying it stands by its previous statement that supported Johnson, after ESPN reported that the superstar receiver told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources.
Analysis: Johnson declined to say last season if he would restructure his contract, which calls for him to count $24 million against the salary cap in 2016. If the 30-year chooses to retire, he will walk away from the game despite having the physical ability to play more, just as Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders did. Sanders was 30 in 1998, his 10th and final season with the Lions.
|1/31/2016||Ryan Clady, Den, T|
|Clady tells The Associated Press he'd be willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Denver Broncos.
Analysis: Clady sat out the 2015 season after tearing his left ACL in May and is missing a Super Bowl for the second time. Two years ago, he was out with a foot injury. Clady says he hasn't been approached about redoing his deal, but "I'm sure that'll come after the season."
|1/30/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Police in Texas are investigating allegations that Manziel was involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
Analysis: Fort Worth police issued a statement saying officers went to an apartment complex at around 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a possible assault. The officers didn't find the person who called, but they spoke to a 23-year-old woman who said she was "involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend" earlier that night in Dallas. Sgt. Steve Enright later identified him as Manziel. In their statement, police did not indicate who may have assaulted whom.
|1/30/2016||Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB|
|Rodgers underwent a knee procedure shortly after the Packers' Jan. 16 loss to Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs, according to an ESPN.com report.
Analysis: Rodgers withdrew from Saturday's Pro Bowl later that week while citing an unspecified injury. According to the report, the surgery was a minor scope that shouldn't affect the star quarterback's participation in minicamp.
|1/29/2016||Travis Kelce, KC, TE|
|A person familiar with the situation says Kelce has signed a $46 million, five-year extension with the Chiefs that includes $20.5 million guaranteed.
Analysis: Kelce, a former third-round draft pick of the Chiefs, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end has started 27 of the 33 games he's played over three seasons, catching 139 passes for 1,737 yards and 10 touchdowns.
|1/27/2016||Brent Celek, Phi, TE|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a three-year contract with tight end Brent Celek.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Celek has spent his entire career in Philadelphia after being selected with a fifth-round pick in 2007. He agreed to restructure a contract that had one year remaining. Celek has 371 catches for 4,713 yards and 30 touchdowns in 143 regular-season games.
|1/26/2016||Peyton Manning, Den, QB|
|The NFL says it is conducting a comprehensive review of allegations that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house. There's no timetable to complete the investigation, but it's not expected before the Denver plays Carolina in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
Analysis: Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting that Manning's wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the league. Manning, then with the Colts, was rehabbing from shoulder surgeries. The intern, Charles Sly, has since recanted his story. Manning angrily denied using performance-enhancing substances and called the report "complete garbage."
|1/26/2016||Adam Jones, Cin, CB|
|Jones was added to the Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday for the first time in his nine-year career. Jones was a seventh-alternate for the Pro Bowl and replaces Patrick Peterson of Arizona.
Analysis: Jones moved into an outside cornerback spot and had one of his best seasons, getting three interceptions and a sack.
|1/25/2016||Carson Palmer, Ari, QB|
|Palmer completed 23 of 40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in the Cardinals' 49-15 loss at Carolina in the NFC championship game Sunday.
Analysis: Palmer was atrocious in two playoff games, throwing six interceptions compared to four touchdowns. He completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 584 yards with a 67.1 passer rating in the postseason.
|1/25/2016||Owen Daniels, Den, TE|
|Daniels had a pair of touchdowns on his only receptions in the Broncos' 20-18 win over New England in the AFC title game Sunday.
Analysis: Daniels had 33 yards in the game after totaling 25 on three catches over the last two.
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