Posted April 15, 2014

San Francisco 49ers sign wide receiver Brandon Lloyd

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San Francisco 49ers sign wide receiver Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd has played with six different teams in his 10-year NFL career. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Early last week, there were some reports swirling that the San Francisco 49ers were in discussions with veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The reports came after the 49ers missed out on the likes of DeSean Jackson, Golden Tate and Hakeem Nicks early in free agency, and it appears their quest to add another wideout left them desperate and banging on Lloyd’s door.

Tuesday afternoon, the team officially announced that they have agreed to a one-year contract with the 32-year-old wide receiver, who spent 2013 out of the NFL despite posting respectable numbers the year before. Continue Reading

Posted April 15, 2014

2014 NFL free agency: Matt Flynn reportedly to re-sign with Packers

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2014 NFL free agency: Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers reach deal

Matt Flynn (center) landed back with the Packers after being cut by two other teams during the 2013 season. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Free agent quarterback Matt Flynn will remain with the Green Bay Packers next season, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Flynn began the 2013 campaign with the Oakland Raiders but was released by the team in October and signed by the Buffalo Bills, who also cut Flynn after only one month on the team. Continue Reading

Posted April 15, 2014

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Dennard, Gilbert pace diverse cornerback class

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2014 NFL draft position rankings: Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert lead deep cornerback class

Justin Gilbert (left) boosted his draft stock with an impressive combine. (J.P. Wilson/Icon SMI)

How unusual a draft might this be for the cornerback position? For starters, there may not be a CB taken in the top 10 … but a half-dozen or so prospects still could wind up as Round 1 selections.

The cornerback spot is well-stocked this year, deeper than it is overloaded with elite talent. There are a wide variety of players, too, from those fitting the Richard Sherman bill as tall, imposing defenders to slighter, more versatile options. Below, we break down the top 10 corners, as we see it. Continue Reading

Posted April 15, 2014

Donald Trump says he would ‘love’ to buy Bills, keep the team in Buffalo

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Donald Trump would 'love' to buy Buffalo Bills, keep team in place

Donald Trump has expressed a desire to purchase the Bills and keep them in Buffalo. (Richard Drew/AP)

Since the passing of longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, the NFL world has been wondering what the next step will be with the ownership of the team. One man who is emerging as a potential buyer is well-known billionaire Donald Trump.

Trump told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News Monday that his interest in buying the Buffalo Bills – and keeping the team in Buffalo – is legitimate and serious.

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Posted April 15, 2014

The SI 64, Nos. 24-20: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kelvin Benjamin, Odell Beckham Jr. and more

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SI 64 Nos. 24-20: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kelvin Benjamin, Odell Beckham Jr. and more

Odell Beckham Jr. (center) could turn out to be the draft’s most valuable speed threat. (Tyler Kaufman/Icon SMI)

With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that, as well. And to that end, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke have assembled their own definitive Big Board, consisting of the players they feel deserve to be selected in the first two rounds.

The SI 64 — which recently covered prospects 29-25 and can be found in its entirety here – uses tape study to define the best prospects in this class and why they’re slotted as such. Our list has now reached some of its top prospects — those first-round picks who can make immediate impacts. Among those players at the edge of the top 20? Two unique receivers, one special safety, and two players dealing with possible position changes.  Continue Reading