February 27, 2013
Manti Te'o's first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned Monday in Indianapolis. The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal. " Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern. " The workout came more than a month after Te'o's highly publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax.
June 2, 2005 |
Coming off a season-ending chest injury, Michael Strahan wasn't supposed to be doing much on the opening day of the New York Giants' minicamp yesterday. "Limited" was the word the team used to describe his status. Strahan didn't act that way, though. The defensive end hugged guard Jason Whittle early in the morning workout and wrapped up punter Jeff Feagles later on. "I feel great," Strahan, 33, said between practices. "I am having no trouble, nothing hurts. I'm in one piece.
December 18, 2003 |
Jim Fassel saved the New York Giants the embarrassment of having to fire him by ending speculation about his future. Fassel convinced management yesterday to go public with his firing 2 weeks early. In return, Fassel will be allowed to end his 7-year tenure by coaching the Giants (4-10) in the final two games. "This has been a bad season. It's been a very disappointing season," said Fassel, who got teary-eyed discussing his time in New York in which he led the team to three playoffs and the 2001 Super Bowl.
March 1, 2013 |
THE DALLAS COWBOYS have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware , Jason Witten and Miles Austin , to save salary-cap space. Meanwhile, it also was reported Thursday that the NFL's salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012. Dallas, which was penalized $5 million off its cap in both 2012 and '13, needed to scramble to free up space. By restructuring the deals of star linebacker Ware, tight end Witten, wide receiver Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and center Ryan Cook , the Cowboys wiped out the $20 million they were projected to be over the cap this year.
February 9, 2012 |
"We have the greatest, most loyal fans in the world. " - N.Y. Giants owner John Mara. "Our fans are obviously the best in the world. " - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "Redskins fans are the greatest fans in the world. " - Washington owner Daniel Snyder. "We do have the best fans in the world. " - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Super Bowl XLVI had been over a mere III or IV minutes when the gratuitous glorifications began.
August 2, 2007 |
The New York Giants are not going to renegotiate Michael Strahan's $4 million contract to persuade the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end to stop mulling retirement and play this season. "I don't want to get into negotiating in the media," co-owner John Mara said yesterday as Strahan's holdout entered its sixth day. "He is under contract and I think you all know what our position is on that. I don't want to make any statements on that. " In his gut, Mara said he feels the 35-year-old Strahan would eventually decide to play, but he said the team was prepared to move on without him. Veteran defensive end Simeon Rice took a physical for the Giants in New York yesterday and met with coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese here after practice.
May 20, 2011 |
New York Giants co-owner John Mara is warning that the players' strategy in the labor impasse, if successful, would lead to NFL chaos. Mara wrote an essay that was posted yesterday on NFL.com and Giants.com in which he pointed to no salary caps or minimums and perhaps no draft. "The likely changes would be great for NFLPA lawyers, but not for players, teams, or, most importantly, fans," Mara wrote. "For example, there could be no leaguewide minimum player salaries, with many players making less than they do today, or no minimum team player costs, with many clubs cutting payrolls the way some teams do in other sports.
March 28, 2012 |
The Super Bowl champion Giants will kick off the season at home against Dallas on Sept. 5 in a nationally televised Wednesday night game. The league moved the game to a Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The last NFL game played on a Wednesday was in 1948. Parcells to Saints? With a season-long suspension set to begin Sunday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton is checking to see if mentor Bill Parcells would run the team while he serves his penalty for allowing a Saints assistant coach and players to operate a crunch-for-cash bounty system.
May 9, 2013 |
After a hiring cycle that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called disappointing, the NFL hosted a career development symposium Tuesday at Penn's Wharton School. Eight new head coaches and seven new general managers were hired this offseason, but none of them was a minority candidate. In March, Goodell identified the symposium as way to improve the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 and requires a minority candidate to be interviewed in a head-coaching search. The rule was upgraded in 2007 to include searches for general managers.
November 10, 2011 |
Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett was fined $5,000 by the league on Wednesday for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night's 30-24 win over the Eagles. Bennett, who was playing for the first time since Week 2 after a chest injury, said he probably won't wear the shoes against Detroit on Sunday. "They say they will double the fine, so it would be 10 grand," Bennett said. "And I don't think my wife would like that. " Bennett was asked whether he was told what was wrong with the cleats.