NFL Free Agency officially begins at 8pm UK time on Wednesday March 17 and this is a deadline day in reverse, if you will. Teams come racing out of the blocks to ratify deals that can actually be negotiated and agreed with out-of-contract players from 4pm UK time on Monday March 15. The opening of free agency also marks the start of the new NFL league year and means trades can also start to occur. That will see the formalising of previously-agreed deals that saw the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams swap quarterbacks with Matthew Stafford heading to California and Jared Goff moving to Michigan. Carson Wentz will also officially be unveiled as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts after being traded away from the Philadelphia Eagles. It is sure to be a fascinating week or so across the NFL with the headlines coming fast and furious as big-name players will be on the move, via free agency or trade. The Landscape While free agency always creates a media frenzy, this is … [Read more...] about NFL free agency: 10 names to watch and quarterbacks on the move
The free agent market could prove volatile with more than a third of last year’s Cup playoff drivers entering the final season of their contract and a group of Xfinity drivers positioned to move to NASCAR’s premier series. Among those entering the final year of their contract are 2012 champion Brad Keselowski , 2004 champion Kurt Busch , 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. , three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin , and 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman , as well as 2020 playoff drivers Alex Bowman and Matt DiBenedetto , among others. Keselowski’s contract with Team Penske was to have expired after last season, but he signed a one-year extension through this year . After finishing second in points and winning four races last season, he’ll again face a decision on his future. He turns 37 two days before the Daytona 500. “It’s not fun,” Keselowski told NBC Sports. “I think probably the biggest thing is you try to not let it be a distraction to your team. You … [Read more...] about Friday 5: Will free-agent frenzy define 2021 Cup season?
Another member of Tennessee’s former coaching staff has landed a new job in college football. Former defensive analyst Jeremiah Wilson has reportedly accepted an on-field position with a MAC program. According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com , Wilson will be joining the Zips as the team’s defensive backs coach. At Tennessee, Wilson spent two years in the role of defensive quality control analyst. Prior to that, he worked as a cornerbacks coach for UT-Chattanooga. Wilson and former Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt had a pre-existing relationship before he worked for Tennessee. While Pruitt was the defensive coordinator for Florida State’s national championship team, Wilson worked for him in an off-field role. Since being hired by Tennessee, new head coach Josh Heupel has been busy making some defensive staff hires of his own. That includes defensive coordinator Tim Banks . When asked about what scheme Banks would run in Knoxville , Heupel said that they would be … [Read more...] about Former Tennessee assistant lands job with MAC program
Alistair Kirkwood will step down as managing director of NFL UK on March 31, concluding a two-decade NFL career in which the league has become an established part of the British sporting landscape. Kirkwood joined the league in 2000 and has played a pivotal role in bringing 28 regular-season NFL games to London, achieving a multi-fold increase in the sport's fan base and television viewership, and building the NFL's commercial portfolio and community profile. "In many ways, this has been a labour of love," said Kirkwood, who originally joined the NFL in a dual role of overseeing the league's business in the UK and as head of strategy for the NFL Europe League. "I feel blessed to have worked on something that I feel so passionate about for such a lengthy period." As head of the NFL's UK office, Kirkwood has overseen all commercial and business operations, including the staging of London Games, which began with a single game at Wembley Stadium in 2007. There have now been 28 … [Read more...] about Alistair Kirkwood ends two decades at NFL with legacy of London games, record viewing figures and fan growth
Penn State turned heads in the college football world Friday morning with a firing of offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca after just one year and hiring Mike Yurcich from Texas. For a closer look at the move by head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions, the Lions247 Penn State Podcast with Lions247.com editor Sean Fitz had 247Sports national college football writer Chris Hummer on Friday afternoon's show . " Kirk Ciarrocca — I know it didn't go particularly well this year for Penn State, but I would argue he was the biggest coordinator (hire) of last offseason," Hummer said . "I thought he would make a pretty immediate impact there. Obviously, with the pandemic and everything else, I kind of thought he would get a second year, maybe right the ship in his system a little bit more, with his personnel after dipping into the transfer portal a little bit like Penn State did. "But James Franklin — I guess you've got to give him credit. He made a … [Read more...] about What former Texas OC Mike Yurcich brings to Penn State