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2013 NFL Preseason Schedule

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2013 NFL Preseason Schedule
Week 1
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 4 8 p.m. Miami / Dallas
Aug. 8 7:30 p.m. Baltimore / Tampa Bay
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Atlanta
8 p.m. St. Louis / Cleveland
8 p.m. Washington / Tennessee
9 p.m. Denver / San Francisco
10 p.m. Seattle / San Diego
Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. New York Jets / Detroit
7:30 p.m. New England / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Miami / Jacksonville
8 p.m. Chicago / Carolina
8 p.m. Houston / Minnesota
8 p.m. Kansas City / New Orleans
8 p.m. Arizona / Green Bay
10 p.m. Dallas / Oakland
Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / Pittsburgh
Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. Buffalo / Indianapolis

Week 2
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 15 7 p.m. Carolina / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Atlanta / Baltimore
7:30 p.m. Detroit / Cleveland
8 p.m. San Diego / Chicago
Aug. 16 7 p.m. Minnesota / Buffalo
8 p.m. San Francisco / Kansas City
8 p.m. Tampa Bay / New England
8 p.m. Oakland / New Orleans
Aug. 17 4:30 p.m. Dallas / Arizona
7 p.m. Tennessee / Cincinnati
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / New York Jets
8 p.m. Green Bay / St. Louis
8 p.m. Miami / Houston
10 p.m. Denver / Seattle
Aug. 18 7 p.m. Indianapolis / New York Giants
Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh / Washington

Week 3
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. New England / Detroit
8 p.m. Carolina / Baltimore
Aug. 23 8 p.m. Seattle / Green Bay
10 p.m. Chicago / Oakland
Aug. 24 7 p.m. New York Jets / New York Giants
4:30 p.m. Buffalo / Washington
7 p.m. Cleveland / Indianapolis
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay / Miami
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia / Jacksonville
7:30 p.m. Kansas City / Pittsburgh
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Dallas
8 p.m. St. Louis / Denver
8 p.m. Atlanta / Tennessee
10 p.m. San Diego / Arizona
Aug. 25 4 p.m. New Orleans / Houston
8 p.m. Minnesota / San Francisco

Week 4
Date Time (ET) Away Home

Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / New England
7 p.m. Detroit / Buffalo
7 p.m. Indianapolis / Cincinnati
7 p.m. Philadelphia / New York Jets
7:30 p.m. New Orleans / Miami
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / Atlanta
7:30 p.m. Washington / Tampa Bay
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh / Carolina
8 p.m. Cleveland / Chicago
8 p.m. Houston / Dallas
8 p.m. Green Bay / Kansas City
8 p.m. Baltimore / St. Louis
8 p.m. Tennessee / Minnesota
9 p.m. Arizona / Denver
10 p.m. San Francisco / San Diego
10 p.m. Oakland / Seattle

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

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NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10

The NFL announced this week that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 in New York at Radio City Music Hall. They moved the event back three weeks from its traditional late April time frame in the ever expanding NFL calendar.

The NFL has spoken with the NFLPA about changing the overall football schedule in the future, though the only date change will be related to the NFL Draft this year. The NFL Scouting Combine will continue to take place in Indianapolis from February 19-25, 2014. The new NFL year begins March 11th with the Free Agency and trading period.

The NFL will continue to hold several regional combines on various dates from January 24th through February 16th with a probably Super combine in early April. They have made no decisions regarding dates for the NFL Draft 2015 and beyond. They will look at a number of alternatives including holding the draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities. Some NFL clubs want the event to move to different cities annually, though that will be discussed in the future as there will be no significant changes in the dates of any other off-season event next year.

NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks

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NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks

The NFL announced this week from the 2013 NFL owners meetings that the league awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 different clubs. These picks are given to teams losing more or better compensatory free agents than they acquires in the previous year.

The Falcons and Ravens received the most compensatory picks, with four each, while the Texans, Chiefs and Titans each received the highest-possible pick, with a third-round selection each. The Texans, who lost Jason Allen, Mike Brisiel, Joel Dressen and Mario Williams (while gaining Bradie James and Donnie Jones) were awarded the highest selection of all teams, netting the 95th-overall pick (33rd pick in the third round).

Since 1994, no one has more compensatory picks awarded than the Ravens with 37, for those fans freaking out about Baltimore's free-agent exodus. (The Packers are next with 31.) And this year, once again, Mr. Irrelevant will be chosen by the Colts, who hold the final pick in the NFL Draft.

Compensatory picks cannot be traded and must be used by receiving club.

Compensatory picks
Round / Teams / Pick in Round / Overall Selection

3rd Round
Texans - 33-95
Chiefs - 34-96
Titans - 35-97

4th Round
Ravens - 33-130
49ers - 34-131
Lions - 35-132
Falcons - 36-133

5th Round
Dolphins - 33-166
Packers - 34-167
Ravens - 35-168

6th Round
Texans - 33-201
Titans - 34-202
Ravens - 35-203
Chiefs - 36-204
Raiders - 37-205
Steelers - 38-206

7th Round
Eagles - 33-239
Bengals - 34-240
Seahawks - 35-241
Seahawks - 36-242
Falcons - 37-243
Falcons - 38-244
Lions - 39-245
49ers - 40-246
Ravens - 41-247
Titans - 42-248
Falcons - 43-249
Dolphins - 44-250
Bengals - 45-251
49ers - 46-252
Giants - 47-253
Colts - 48-254

NFL Free Agency 2013 - Top 100 Players

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NFL Free Agency 2013 - Top 100 Players

Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’
No Franchise Players listed

Photo - WR Mike Wallace - Steelers

Rank / Player / Team / Pos. / Age
1 Jake Long - MIA - OT - 26
2 Dashon Goldson - SF - S - 28
3 Mike Wallace - PIT - WR - 27
4 Paul Kruger - BAL - LB - 27
5 Cliff Avril - DET - DE - 26
6 Sebastian Vollmer - NE - OT - 28
7 Andy Levitre - MIA - OT - 28
8 Greg Jennings - GB - WR - 29
9 Jared Cook - TEN - TE - 26
10 Jermon Bushrod - NO OT - 29
11 Glover Quin - HOU - S - 27
12 Dannell Ellerbe - BAL - LB - 27
13 Andre Smith - CIN - OT - 26
14 Steven Jackson - STL RB - 30
15 Sean Smith - MIA - CB - 26
16 Brent Grimes - ATL - CB - 30
17 Louis Delmas - DET - S - 26
18 Connor Barwin - HOU - LB - 26
19 Michael Bennett - TB - DE - 27
20 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI - CB - 27
21 Tony Gonzalez - ATL - TE - 37
22 Chris Houston - DET - CB - 28
23 Danny Amendola - STL - WR - 27
24 Gosder Cherilus - DET - OT - 29
25 Wes Welker - NE - WR - 32
26 Aqib Talib - TB - CB - 27
27 Louis Vasquez - SD - G - 26
28 Reggie Bush - MIA - RB - 28
29 Phil Loadholt - MIN - OT - 27
30 Philip Wheeler - OAK - LB - 28
31 Eric Winston - KC - OT - 29
32 Keenan Lewis - PIT CB - 27
33 Dustin Keller - NYJ - TE - 28
34 Cary Williams - BAL - CB - 28
35 Fred Davis - WAS - TE - 27
36 Sam Baker - ATL - OT - 28
37 Ed Reed - BAL - S - 34
38 Dwight Freeney - IND - DE - 33
39 Daryl Smith - JAX - LB - 31
40 Antwan Barnes - SD - LB - 28
41 Sedrick Ellis - NO - DT - 28
42 Derek Cox - JAC - CB - 26
43 Martellus Bennett - NYG - TE - 26
44 Charles Woodson - GB - S - 36
45 Ricky Jean-Francois - SF - DT - 26
46 LaRon Landry - NYJ - S - 28
47 James Harrison - PIT - LB - 34
48 Kenny Phillips - NYG - S - 26
49 Mike DeVito - NYJ - DE - 29
50 Osi Umenyiora - NYG - DE - 31
51 Israel Idonije - CHI - DE - 32
52 Delanie Walker - SF - TE - 29
53 Desmond Bryant - OAK - DT - 27
54 Rashard Mendenhall - PIT - RB - 26
55 Jason Jones - SEA - DT - 27
56 Chris Gamble - CAR - CB - 29
57 Brandon Moore - NYJ - G - 33
58 Chris Canty - NYG - DT - 30
59 Brad Jones - GB - LB - 27
60 Jerome Simpson - MIN - WR - 27
61 Chris Clemons - MIA - S - 27
62 John Abraham - ATL - DE - 35
63 Brandon Myers - OAK - TE - 27
64 Manny Lawson - SF - LB - 28
65 Brandon Gibson - STL - WR - 26
66 Erin Henderson - MIN - LB - 27
67 Greg Toler - ARI - CB - 28
68 Richard Seymour - OAK - DT - 33
69 Adrian Wilson - ARI - S - 33
70 Brian Urlacher - CHI - LB - 35
71 Bradley Fletcher - STL - CB - 27
72 Glenn Dorsey - KC - DE - 28
73 DeAngelo Hall - WAS - CB - 29
74 Victor Butler - DAL - LB - 26
75 Peyton Hillis - CLE - RB - 27
76 Antoine Cason - SD - CB - 27
77 Terrance Knighton - JAX - DT - 27
78 Rey Maualuga - CIN - LB - 26
79 Jason Campbell - CHI - QB - 31
80 Shaun Phillips - SD - LB - 32
81 Felix Jones - DAL - RB - 25
82 Adam Jones - CIN - CB - 29
83 Donald Thomas - NE - G - 27
84 Mike Jenkins - DAL - CB - 27
85 Matt Shaughnessy - OAK - DE - 26
86 Patrick Chung - NE - S - 25
87 Sen'Derrick Marks - TEN - DT - 26
88 Rashad Johnson - ARI - S - 27
89 Shonn Greene - NYJ - RB - 28
90 Anthony Fasano - MIA - TE - 29
91 Danny Woodhead - NE - RB - 27
92 Vance Walker - ATL - DT - 26
93 Calvin Pace - NYJ - LB - 31
94 Julian Edelman - NE - WR - 27 -
95 Isaac Sopoaga - SF - DT - 31
96 Michael Boley - NYG - LB - 31
97 Mike Goodson - CAR - RB - 25 -
98 Roy Miller - TB - DT - 26
99 Tracy Porter - NO - CB - 26 -
100 Josh Cribbs - CLE - WR - 29

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

NFL Teams Place Eight Players with Franchise Tags

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NFL Teams Place 8 Players with Franchise Tags

The National Football League announced on Monday that just eight players received the franchise tag from their respective clubs in 2013. Monday was the deadline for clubs to use either their franchise or transitional tags on players whose contracts expired. It was down from recent years that included an NFL-record 21 players receiving the franchise tag in 2012. This followed the 2011 offseason when 13 players received the franchise tag.

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

The Eight Franchise Players (Value of one-year tender):
Buffalo Bills - Safety Jairus Byrd - $6.916 million
Chicago Bears - Defensive tackle Henry Melton - $8.45 million
Cincinnati Bengals - Defensive end Michael Johnson - $11.175 million
Dallas Cowboys - Linebacker/DE Anthony Spencer - $10.627 million (120% his 2012 tender)
Denver Broncos - Offensive tackle Ryan Clady - $9.828 million
Indianapolis Colts - Punter Pat McAfee - $2.977 million
Kansas City Chiefs - Offensive tackle Branden Albert - $9.828 million
Miami Dolphins - Defensive tackle Randy Starks - $8.45 million

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive tag. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

NFL teams had until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags. The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position. Seven of the nine players who played out the 2012 season under the franchise tag now have a clear path towards the free agent market.

The New England Patriots did not use a franchise tag on any of their potential free agents, which means wide receiver Wes Welker could test the market on March 12. The Patriots also elected to not use the tag on offensive tackle Sebastien Vollmer or cornerback Aqib Talib.

The Detroit Lions opted to not use a second tag on defensive end Cliff Avril, which would have cost the Lions $12.726 million in 2013, and the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did not use a second tag on Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.

Other players franchised in 2012 who were not tagged this year were Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent and Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson. Davis, Grimes and Nugent finished the 2012 season on injured reserve.

The Baltimore Ravens avoided the use of the franchise tag by re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco, the top unrestricted free agent this offseason to a six year $120.8 million contract that included over $50 million in guaranteed money. The Chiefs avoided a second franchise tag for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe by re-signing the 2007 first-round pick to a five year extension.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

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NFL 2013 Salary Cap - Franchise/ Transitional Tags

NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –
Free Agency - March 12th thru July
Trading Period - March 12th thru mid October

The salary cap figures list Franchise non-exclusive and transition tags. Non-exclusive players must be tendered a one-year deal no less than the listed amount for their position, which is determined by the average of the top five salaries at their position. With the non-exclusive tag, the current team has the right to match any offer or get two 1st round choices in return. An exclusive Franchise tag ties him to his current team at a higher but undetermined price for one season. Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.

Photo – WR Percy Harvin - Vikings

NFL teams have until Monday March 4th to designate either franchise or transitional tags.
The transition tag is created by averaging the top 10 salaries at one position.

Draft Insiders.com March Free Agency 2013 Newsletter will have extensive NFL Free Agency scouting information – Available next Week

Franchise Tag by Position
QB: $14.896.M
RB: $8.219M
WR: $10.537M
TE: $6.066M
OL: $9.828M
DT: $8.45M
DE: $11.175M
LB: $9.619M
CB: $10.854M
S: $6.916M
K/P: $2.977M

Transition Tag by Position
QB: $13.068M
RB $6.97M
WR: $8.867M
TE: $5.194M
OL: $8.709M
DT: $ 7.039
DE: $9.151M
LB: $8.358M
CB: $9.095M
S: $6.002M
K/P: $2.7M

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

Viking's Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

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NFL Pro Bowl Rosters
Here is the roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl. The game will be played a week before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in Honolulu. (* Denotes starter.)

Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

Photo - RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings

NFC OFFENSE

Quarterbacks
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay*
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin III, Washington

Running Backs
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota*
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore, San Francisco

Fullback
Jerome Felton, Minnesota*

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson, Detroit*
Brandon Marshall, Chicago*
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants

Tight Ends
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta*
Jason Witten, Dallas

Tackles
Joe Staley, San Francisco*
Russell Okung, Seattle*
Trent Williams, Washington

Guards
Mike Iupati, San Francisco*
Jahri Evans, New Orleans*
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants

Centers
Max Unger, Seattle*
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

NFC DEFENSE

Defensive Ends
Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants*
Julius Peppers, Chicago*
Jared Allen, Minnesota

Interior linemen
Justin Smith, San Francisco*
Henry Melton, Chicago*
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay

Outside Linebackers
Aldon Smith, San Francisco*
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas*
Clay Matthews, Green Bay

Inside/Middle linebackers
Patrick Willis, San Francisco*
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

Cornerbacks
Charles Tillman, Chicago*
Tim Jennings, Chicago*
Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Free Safeties
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco*
Earl Thomas, Seattle

Strong safety
Donte Whitner, San Francisco*

NFC SPECIALISTS
Punter
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

Place-kicker
Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Kick returner
Leon Washington, Seattle

Special-teamer
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

For AFC Pro Bowl Roster Go to Next Page

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