NFL teams have never been shy about moving around. The Rams began in Cleveland, moved to Los Angeles, uprooted for Saint Louis, and then ducked back to Los Angeles in favor of a stadium that will cost more than the GDP of 35 nations. The Cardinals played second fiddle in Chicago through their first four decades, moved to Missouri for a while, and now bounce around the Phoenix metropolitan area every so often. Even entrenched teams have been subject to temporary rehoming. The Bills have played all of their 60 seasons in Buffalo, but they’ve also experimented with home games north of the border in Toronto. The Jaguars have been in Jacksonville since 1995, but are an annual fixture in the league’s International Series in London. New markets get tested every fall. In the past 25 years, Baltimore, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Houston all welcomed NFL franchises within city limits. So which cultural center will join them? A cross-Atlantic market in Great … [Read more...] about Which city should be the next to host an NFL franchise?
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By Matt Young Updated 1:51 pm CST, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 PHOTOS: The highs and lows of Johnny Manziel's football career Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) loses control of the ball during the half of a Canadian Football League game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) Browse through the photos above to relive some of the highs and lows of Johnny Manziel's career ... less PHOTOS: The highs and lows of Johnny Manziel's football career Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) loses control of the ball during the half of a Canadian Football League game against the Ottawa ... more Photo: Justin Tang, Associated Press Photo: Justin Tang, Associated Press Image 1 of / 59 Caption Close … [Read more...] about Johnny Manziel kicked out of the Canadian Football League
Getty Images The slap-in-the-face Robert Kraft solicitation story is three days old, and if police in south Florida prove their case against the Patriots owner, I believe he’ll be suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell. Without any new weekend news on the case, I’ll lead this week with the official start of draft season. The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville two months from tonight. The first day of the week-long NFL Scouting Combine is Tuesday in Indianapolis. So it’s a good time for college-football know-nothings like me to start the learning process on the new names that will be household names in the pro football world by late April. This is not setting up to be a dramatic year in the draft, or in the run-up to the draft, except for one thing: where Kyler Murray goes. The undersized (5-9 7/8, Oklahoma says) quarterback set college football on fire last fall and could go anywhere from the first overall pick (Arizona) to fourth (Oakland) to … [Read more...] about FMIA: The Combine Names to Know and How NFL Might Handle Kraft
Vinnie Iyer @vinnieiyer Updated at 2:18 p.m. ET Updated at 2:18 p.m. ET Joe Montana made his famous reference to Canadian actor John Candy while leading the 49ers to their comeback win over the Bengals in Super Bowl 23. Thirty years later, in the week before Super Bowl 53, Montana was charged with tracking down his biggest NFL fans in Canada. The Hall of Fame quarterback was busy in chilly Toronto, surprising those fans with the gift of tablets fully loaded with NFL Game Pass on DAZN so they could watch every single NFL game, anywhere, any time, from any era — including all four of Montana's Super Bowl victories with the 49ers. Along the way, Montana was surprised himself by the reaction and reception he got North of the Border, all these years later. "The passion for the NFL here is even greater than I even expected," Montana told Sporting News. "It was good to … [Read more...] about Joe Montana talks DAZN Canada team-up, his legacy, Tom Brady
Core special-teamer and backup linebacker Deon Lacey signed a one-year contract Thursday to return to the Buffalo Bills. Lacey, 28, led the Bills in special-teams snaps each of the past two seasons and has played in all 16 games each of the past two years. He was due to be an exclusive-rights free agent. Lacey ranked third on the Bills in special teams tackles with six, behind Siran Neal (eight) and Lafayette Pitts (seven). Pitts was re-signed by the Bills last week. He was second to Lacey in special-teams snaps. Lacey played 299 snaps, 69 percent of the special-teams plays. In 2017, he played 285 snaps, or 65 percent of the kicking plays. On defense, Lacey only played 14 snaps in 2018. Speed is his asset. He ran between 4.45 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash in 2013 coming out of Division II West Alabama. Lacey spent three seasons in the Canadian Football League before making the NFL. … [Read more...] about Bills re-sign special-teams snaps leader Deon Lacey