March 12, 2013 |
A DAY BEFORE Tuesday's start of free agency, two of the NFL's top wide receivers were traded. Baltimore sent Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, and Minnesota shipped Percy Harvin to Seattle. The 49ers acquired Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title, must pass a physical to complete the deal. Boldin, 32, had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Meanwhile, Harvin, 24, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall.
March 2, 2013
The NFL salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012, an NFL Players Association official familiar with negotiations over the figure told the Associated Press on Thursday. The increase, which is larger than some in the NFL had anticipated, is a result of greater-than-expected revenues last season - primarily from NFL Properties - and a jump in projected league revenues, according to the official. The league and the union work together to establish a cap number, based on parameters established under their collective bargaining agreement.
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 20, 2013
The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's agent plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP. Joe Linta will be in Indianapolis at the NFL's scouting combine for the first negotiations since August. After the team and Flacco couldn't agree on an extension or a new deal last summer, Flacco played out the final year of his rookie contract - and struck it big. He led the Ravens to the AFC North title, then to playoff victories over Indianapolis, Denver, and New England before beating San Francisco in the Super Bowl.
February 9, 2013
Teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game to lift the Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Miller, who won't turn 20 until March, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 1 minute, 29 seconds in and then pushed their advantage to 3-1 in the second period with a rare power-play goal for the club. Elsewhere: Sidney Crosby extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists, and the Penguins pounded the lifeless Capitals, 5-2. . . . Ilya Kovalchuk broke a tie with a shorthanded goal late in the second period, and the Devils won their third straight game with a 4-2 home victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning.
February 7, 2013
VETERAN Kimmo Timonen may be close to signing a 1-year contract extension with the Flyers, but no deal has been completed, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. "We have had talks, but no deal is in place," Holmgren said in a text message, confirming the discussions with Chicago-based agent Bill Zito. Multiple reports pegged Timonen's extension at $6 million, which would make him the 16th-highest paid defenseman in the NHL at age 38. That's an interesting figure, since Timonen has been slowed by injuries over the years and the salary cap will shrink by $5.9 million to $64.3 million.
January 31, 2013 |
The Eagles have longer than the three days following the Super Bowl to decide if they want to keep Michael Vick without having to pay a guaranteed $3 million. The Eagles quarterback is due to receive that amount on Feb. 6, but the team is likely to buy time until the start of free agency on March 11 because of a provision in Vick's contract. The Eagles would owe him the money only if no one else picked him up or if someone signed him for less than $3 million, according to an NFL source.
January 17, 2013
Howie Roseman got what he wanted. In Chip Kelly, the Eagles general manager will have a copilot who will stay on his side of the cockpit. There had been reports long before the Eagles hired the Oregon coach that Kelly wanted full authority on football matters. Not so. When he showed up for his interviews with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills earlier this month, Kelly made it clear from the get-go that he didn't want final say on personnel matters, a source familiar with his thinking said.
January 8, 2013 |
At 5:30 Sunday morning, Flyers winger Scott Hartnell texted the good news to his teammates. "Deal done, boys. " When Jody Shelley read Hartnell's text that the NHL's 113-day labor dispute had ended, he did a double take. "I didn't know whether to believe him," Shelley, the Flyers' enforcer, said Sunday afternoon. "I was like, 'Yeah, right.' And then I did a little research on Twitter, and it was blowing up. " Hartnell wasn't fibbing. The NHL and the players' union reached a tentative agreement at around 5 a.m. on a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, putting an end to a work stoppage that lasted almost four months.