Posted April 17, 2014

The SI 64, No. 16: Safety Calvin Pryor

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2014 NFL draft top 64 prospects: No. 16: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Calvin Pryor has all the tools to be a top-tier defender. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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 19-17 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. Now, our top 16 players in the 2014 class each will be highlighted in individual posts, and we’ll get that rolling with the best pure safety in the 2014 draft — and quite possibly the best pass defender overall. Continue Reading

Posted April 17, 2014

Montreal Alouettes sign former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson

 Chad Johnson signs deal with Montreal Alouettes of CFL

Chad Johnson last played with the Dolphins during the 2012 preseason. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

The last time we saw Chad Johnson on a professional football field was back in 2012 when he was embarrassingly released by the Miami Dolphins during their stint on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

It was a swift fall from grace for Johnson, 36, who just a few seasons earlier was representing the Cincinnati Bengals in the Pro Bowl. Johnson has since been determined to return to the gridiron and has apparently done so as the man formerly known as Chad Ochocinco has signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Posted April 17, 2014

Oakland Raiders want to trade Terrelle Pryor before offseason program begins

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Terrelle Pryor shook away the specter of past failures with a win over the Chargers. (Tony Avelar/AP)

In 13 games last season, Terrelle Pryor completed 156 of 272 passes for 1,798 yards and seven TDs. (Tony Avelar/AP)

One thing seems to be clear regarding Terrelle Pryor. His future with the Oakland Raiders is all but over as it’s being reported that the Raiders want to trade the former Ohio State quarterback before their offseason workout program begins on Tuesday morning, April 22.

Pryor has spent parts of three seasons with the Raiders with the hope that he would follow in the footsteps of more famous ‘speed’ Raiders like Bo Jackson and Cliff Branch. Instead, the final draft pick in the tenure of former owner Al Davis, Pryor has struggled to fulfill expectations since being taken in the 2011 Supplement Draft. Continue Reading

Posted April 17, 2014

Houston Texans looking to trade No. 1 pick in 2014 NFL draft?

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Houston Texans looking to trade No. 1 pick in 2014 NFL draft?

The Houston Texans hold the first pick on each day of the NFL draft. (Aaron M. Sprecher/Icon SMI)

The Houston Texans can’t possibly trade the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, can they? Seems a little odd to think they’d make such a move, but there’s a “chance” of it happening according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

While there are a lot of obvious benefits associated with having the top overall pick in any draft, there’s also a lot of pressure especially for a team like the Texans who have a multitude of needs.

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Posted April 17, 2014

DeSean Jackson reportedly owes Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000

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DeSean Jackson owes Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000, per report

DeSean Jackson signed a three-year, $24M deal with the Redskins earlier this offseason. (Stefano Paltera/AP)

After being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver DeSean Jackson received a big pay day from the Washington Redskins — a three-year, $24 million contract with $16 million guaranteed. Unfortunately for Jackson, he may need to set aside some of that money in order to pay back to former agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Jackson fired Rosenhaus last spring in favor of signing with Joel Segal, which led to a grievance against Jackson from the NFL Players Association.

Now, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Arbitrator Roger Kaplan has ruled that Jackson owes Rosenhaus $516,415 in back loans and fees.

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