Jags owner Shad Khan: Justin Blackmon paid his dues

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Justin Blackmon‘s future remains uncertain, but the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars let it be known he won’t be turned away if and when he returns.

“Absolutely,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan replied Friday when asked if he would welcome back the suspended wide receiver, per the Florida Times-Union. “As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him.” Continue reading

Bruce Arians wants Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald to stay

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Larry Fitzgerald faces quite the career decision this offseason.

The wide receiver is scheduled to make $15 million in base salary and occupy $23.6 million of the Cardinals‘ 2015 salary, a figure that the team cannot reasonably stomach. In order to salvage their financial roster capabilities, Arizona wants Fitzgerald to restructure his contract so that he can remain a Cardinal.

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Eric Decker pitches Jets to Demaryius Thomas

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Eric Decker‘s first season in New York wasn’t pretty, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to improve things.

The Jets‘ wide receiver recently spent a few days in Arizona shooting a commercial for Courtyard by Marriott, and during the downtime between takes, gave his best sales pitch to former teammate Demaryius Thomas, an upcoming unrestricted free agent. Continue reading

Kam Chancellor (knee) injured in Seahawks practice

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The Legion of Boom might need a name change to Legion of Bruised.

Seattle safety Kam Chancellor is the latest defensive back to need the attention of trainers after he went down on the second-to-last play of practice on Friday. The hard-hitting captain of the defense was helped up, missed the final play of practice and was seen leaving with his left knee wrapped, per the Pro Football Writers of America practice pool report. Continue reading

Wade Phillips joins Broncos as defensive coordinator

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Wade Phillips is back in the NFL.

The Broncos have agreed to terms with Phillips, who will join Denver as defensive coordinator, the team announced. Phillips first told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport of the news, adding that he is “excited about it.”

After spending the 2014 season out of football, the former head coach of the Cowboys, Bills and Broncos returns to Denver under recently hired head coach Gary Kubiak. Phillips last served as defensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Houston Texans in 2013. Continue reading

Bill Belichick: Pete Carroll made me a better coach

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Bill Belichick has long been known as a man of few words.

That alone made Tuesday’s Media Day performance a rarity. The coach who commonly mumbles and grumbles his way through weekly news conferences donned a hint of a smile while approaching his podium inside US Airways Center in Phoenix, serving as a hint that he would be a bit more expansive on a wide array of subjects, including his favorite type of stuffed animal.

But when asked about Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the Super Bowl-winning czar of the Patriots was effusive in his comments on his relationship with his counterpart in Super Bowl XLIX. Continue reading

Raheem Morris verbally accepts job with Falcons

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Although the Atlanta Falcons don’t officially have their coach, the rest of the staff appears to be coming together.

NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported Monday, per two sources apprised of the Falcons‘ decision-making, that Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris has verbally accepted the position of assistant head coach with the Falcons. Morris will run the pass defense in Atlanta. Continue reading

Jordy Nelson: Packers ‘absolutely’ let one get away

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Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson spent the last week enjoying the sun and fanfare that comes with the annual convergence of the NFL’s top players.

He wishes his time in Arizona was just beginning.

Nelson’s Green Bay Packers will spend the week of Super Bowl XLIX back in Wisconsin, relaxing after the end of a season that saw them come one game shy of the game’s biggest stage. It was a crushing defeat, a game lost in the unlikeliest of ways, and it isn’t something Nelson has been quick to forget. Continue reading