Shane Ray expects Broncos to exercise the 2019 option on his contract

Although Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team has not decided whether to exercise its 2019 option on Shane Ray‘s contract, Ray expects Denver to pick it up. “I’m not concerned,” the linebacker said, via Vicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I love being a Bronco. John’s got a lot of things to deal with, [more]

Jay Feely says prom photo with handgun was a joke

Former NFL kicker and CBS broadcaster Jay Feely created a stir on social media by posting a photo of his daughter, her prom date, Feely, and one very specific other thing. The thing was a handgun, and the caption was this, via ESPN.com: “Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom [more]

Shaun Smith’s pre-game routine included two blunts

Former NFL defensive lineman Shaun Smith previously has declared that he smoked marijuana before games. He has now specific an amount. Via the Kansas City Star, Smith said in a Bleacher Report video that he “had a little ritual: Smoke two blunts before every game.” For players not in the drug-testing program, there’s no risk [more]

Report: Raiders to exercise Amari Cooper’s option

When Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was asked last week if the Raiders are going to exercise their option on wide receiver Amari Cooper‘s contract for the 2019 season, he didn’t commit to any course of action. While Cooper is coming off a mediocre season, it would come as a surprise if the Raiders were [more]

Report: Bashaud Breeland not expected back in Washington

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland agreed to a three-year deal with the Panthers early in free agency, but never got a chance to sign it. The Panthers backed out of the deal due to a failed physical. Breeland suffered a cut on his foot that was bad enough to require a skin graft to repair it and [more]

Giants may look to trade Ereck Flowers

Three years ago, the Giants used the ninth overall pick in the draft on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. This year, they might take any draft pick they could get for him. Flowers has not participated in the Giants’ offseason workouts, which is not a great way to endear himself to new G.M. Dave Gettleman and [more]

Inaccuracy talk bugs Josh Allen

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has enjoyed the draft process. Well, most of it. During a recent visit with PFT Live, Allen admitted that the amount of time that people have to talk about the draft on TV, radio, the Internet, etc. can become a little tiring. So I asked him what about the ongoing chatter [more]

Jaguars haven’t made a decision yet on Dante Fowler’s option

The Jaguars have done pretty well in the draft in recent years, but the jury is still out on the third overall pick from three years ago. And so the Jaguars admit they’ve yet to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract. At a Friday pre-draft press conference, [more]

Cowboys expected to pick up Byron Jones’ 2019 option

The Cowboys are changing Byron Jones‘ position this year and it looks like they hope to have him at cornerback for at least the next two seasons. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cowboys are expected to exercise their option on Jones’ contract for the 2019 season. Teams must decide on the fifth-year [more]

Sunday morning one-liners

Said Bills coach Sean McDermott of his offensive line, “These guys are stepping up and that’s what you want to see. They understand what’s at stake; they understand there’s an opportunity for them to step up and increase their leadership influence.” How tough is the Dolphins schedule? The Patriots have a chance to restock their [more]

Greg Hardy to get a fight in the UFC

Greg Hardy has been shunned by the NFL, but he’s not done competing as a professional athlete. Hardy, who has beaten three overmatched opponents in amateur mixed martial arts fights, will have his next fight in MMA’s major league, the UFC. Hardy will fight as part of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June [more]

Tanking talk leads to heated baseball debate

In the NBA, teams tank to get better draft position. In baseball, tanking has more to do with saving money, and in turn making money. As a result, tales of baseball tanking typically don’t land on the PFT radar screen, since NFL teams would (do) tank not to save money but to enhance draft standing. This [more]

Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

No college has produced more than five first overall picks in the NFL draft. But if the Browns take Sam Darnold first overall on Thursday night, he’ll be the sixth No. 1 pick from USC. Southern Cal is one of three schools to have five first overall draft picks. The others, Auburn and Notre Dame, [more]

Amnesty International gives Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award

Colin Kaepernick knew that taking a stand would negatively impact his football career. He did it anyway. On Saturday, Amnesty International recognized his sacrifice by giving him the Ambassador of Conscience Award. “Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the [more]

Alleged victim in Reuben Foster case could be planning to refuse to cooperate

Most domestic violence cases ultimately hinge on the willingness of the alleged victim to cooperate. In the case involving 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, some are speculating that the alleged victim will not be cooperating. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the alleged victim in Foster’s case has hired a lawyer. The lawyer, Stephanie [more]

Some TNF games scheduled for FOX could end up on FS1

The NFL changed Thursday Night Football from a cable-only operation to a part-cable-only, part-broadcast-simulcast package in order to reach a larger audience (and to make more money) with its late-week prime-time game. For the next five years, there’s a chance that some of those broadcast simulcasts will end up being cable simulcasts. John Ourand of [more]

Gronk: I won’t be at Patriots’ workouts, I’ve got dirt biking to work on

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t planning to show up for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, and he isn’t shy about explaining why: Right now his focus is dirt bikes. Gronk was at Gillette Stadium today not for the Patriots but for a Supercross Foxboro event, and when asked what he’s been up to recently, [more]

Saturday one-liners

The Dolphins will go 8-8 or 2-14, depending on how the predictions from ESPN are interpreted. Despite retirements and a trade, the Bills still have some offensive linemen left. A look at the most memorable calls from the late Gil Santos, who worked 743 games over 36 seasons for the Patriots. The Jets like their [more]

Huge week coming for PFT Live, PFT PM

It’s draft week, which means there will be plenty of news, analysis, etc. right here at ProFootballTalk.com. Including our first (and only) mock draft of the year. It’s also a huge week for the official PFT radio/TV show and podcast, with a cornucopia of first-round prospects. The guest list for either or both shows includes [more]

Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell lavish praise on Lamar Jackson

The Jaguars signed Blake Bortles to a three-year contract. Which leaves the door open for the drafting of a quarterback this year or next year. Which makes anything the team says about this year’s crop of quarterbacks even more intriguing. Especially when most teams never say much of anything about any incoming player. “I think [more]

NFL has no comment on Eli Manning’s pending fraud trial

With Giants quarterback Eli Manning facing a fraud trial in New Jersey Superior Court, he apparently doesn’t have a problem in the Court of Roger Goodell. Yet. The NFL had declined comment regarding whether the latest development in the memorabilia fraud case against Manning and the Giants pulls the situation within the Personal Conduct Policy [more]

Colts remain high on Jacoby Brissett, have turned down trades

Early in the offseason, the Colts turned down two trade offers for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. And although they insist Andrew Luck will be healthy and ready to start this season, they remain committed to keeping Brissett on the roster as well. Colts G.M. Chris Ballard heaped praise on Brissett and said he’s the perfect backup [more]

Jets pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

Unsurprisingly, the Jets won’t be letting defensive lineman Leonard Williams leave any time soon. The Jets announced on Saturday morning that they have picked up the fifth-year option on Williams’ contract. Williams was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and he’s developed into a quality starter who hasn’t missed a game. So [more]

Reggie McKenzie says he and Jon Gruden are on the same page in the draft

Who’s really calling the shots in the Raiders’ draft room, General Manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Jon Gruden? McKenzie says he doesn’t see it ever coming to a head. McKenzie told reporters Friday that after three months of working with Gruden, he’s confident that the two of them are close enough in the way they [more]

Alabama heading for a 10th straight draft with a first-round pick

On Thursday night, Alabama has four players who are likely to go in the first round of the NFL draft: safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, linebacker Rashaan Evans and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. When Roger Goodell calls one of those names, it will mark 10 straight years with an Alabama player in the [more]