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Mon @ 12:07 am – Mehta has updated the details on Revis’ contract: four years, $46 million, with $32 million guaranteed.

Sun @ 11:56 pm – According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis will make $46 million over the first four years of his deal.

11:47 pm – Glazer has chimed back in with a note on Revis’ new deal: the seven years included in the agreement can be voided easily after just four seasons, making it possible for Revis to hit free agency before he turns 30.

11:43 pm – Breathe easy Jets fans. Your long nightmare is finally over.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed on a seven year contract extension tonight and Revis will be back with the team very soon. ESPN”s Adam Schefter first broke the story and has indicated that Revis’ new contract will be a franchise record, but won’t top the NFL record.

We’ll definitely have more on this as it comes out, but for now suffice it to say that New York head coach Rex Ryan has a lot more pull with Revis then most thought, and his meeting over the weekend at Revis’ home in Florida paid off in a very big way.

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Sun @ 4:20 pm – According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the exact compensation is Hillis, a 2011 sixth round pick, and a 2012 late round selection.

4:05 pm – The Browns continuing saga at the quarterback position took yet another turn this afternoon, with the departure of quarterback Brady Quinn for what he hopes will be greener pastures out west.

According to FoxSports’ Jay Glazer, the Broncos have acquired Quinn in exchange for running back Peyton Hillis and two conditional draft picks.

This story is breaking as I write this, and as such we’ll be updating this post throughout the afternoon when more information becomes available.

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6.05 pm – In his press conference earlier today, Haley stated pretty clearly that the Chiefs are not one of the six to have contacted Weis about a possible job as offensive coordinator (H/T to Arrowhead Pride).

While this doesn’t rule out a possible marriage between Weis and KC in the future, it does make things a bit more interesting as the Chiefs were definitely one of the most promising suitors. As always, we’ll keep you posted.

1:45 pm – This isn’t exactly an NFL story per se, but seeing as it has major ramifications for teams in need of a new offensive coordinator, I wanted to get a head start on the discussion.

Fox Sports is reporting that Charlie Weis has indeed been fired as the head coach of the storied program, and will not coach his team in a bowl game should the Irish be invited to one. Notre Dame officials have not yet made any public statements with regard to Weis and the team, but a source inside the coaching staff has confirmed the reports.

It’s likely that Weis will return to the NFL, possibly as an offensive coordinator, where he achieved a tremendous amount of success during his tenure in New England under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Weis has said that as many as six different teams have contacted him in regards to a coordinator position, but which six is not known at this point.

Some of the more plausible teams interested in obtaining Weis’ service would Kansas City, Cleveland, and possibly Tampa Bay. Weis has definite connections with both the Browns and Chiefs, although his experience in New England as current Browns head coach Eric Mangini’s boss may hinder a deal there.

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1:10 pmJohn Eligon and Joseph Berger of the New York Times posted district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau’s initial reaction to the indictment in their recap of today’s events. Morgenthau publicly lobbied for the indictment to be consistent with similar cases and not to be relaxed due to Burress’ celebrity status.

Here’s what Morgenthau had to say:

“The case required a more protracted investigation than does a typical weapons possessions case, given the number of witnesses and the need to investigate events both before and after the shooting,” the Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, said in a statement. “The case was treated like any similar case against any other defendant. Ultimately, the grand jury did what it thought was fair.”

1:00 pm – According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN, Giants LB Antonio Pierce has been cleared of any potential charges, as the grand jury decided not to include him in the indictment.

12:55 pm - Adam Schefter is reporting (via Twitter) that former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress has been indicted by the grand jury in New York City on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree.

This is a developing story and we’ll have more as it breaks, but for now, suffice it to say that Burress’ short-term future in the NFL is no more. Prison time and an extended suspension from the league are most likely to occur, given these charges and likely conviction.

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Favre stands by retirement decision

The hurricane of rumors and other assorted misinformation spiraling around the globe over the past few months has come to an end. Brett Favre is staying put in Mississippi… for now.

According to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Favre informed Vikings head coach Brad Childress of his decision earlier today, citing the “daily grind both mentally and physically” as his reasoning behind not coming out of retirement.

Obviously, this has major ramifications for Minnesota as they now are forced to go back to both Sage Rosenfels and Tavarris Jackson with their hat in the hand so to speak. Their focus on getting Favre to play out another season for the Vikings has to leave both to wonder just how much faith the team actually has in their ability to lead.

Neither player has shown themselves to be capable of being a lock down starter in the league, however one will have to take on that role this season for the Vikings, who by all accounts are poised to take a giant leap into the thick of the Super Bowl discussion this year.

We’ll have more as it breaks, but for now, count me in among the crowd of disbelievers. This was a match seemingly made in heaven, but as in life, not all comes to pass as it would seem it should.

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The Sports Network proudly presents our first ever network-wide live NFL Draft chat.

That’s right; NFL bloggers from all 32 team sites will be checking in to discuss the 2009 NFL Draft and all the news and rumors that go along with it. If you want knowledgeable, real-time commentary on the entire draft, then this chat is for you. Thanks for joining us, and keep the comments and questions coming (but clean and respectful, please).

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According to ESPN’s Tim Graham, the Buffalo Bills have apparently agreed on a deal with Philadelphia that would send Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters to the Eagles in exchange for three high value draft picks.

The deal has yet to have been confirmed by either team, but Graham’s source indicated that the Bills reached the agreement late last night and the deal is simply awaiting a physical in Philly by Peters to be completed.

The parameters of the deal are still a bit sketchy at the moment but for now it seems that the Eagles are getting Peters in return for their second pick in round one this year (#28 overall), a fourth round this year, and a conditional pick next year. Philadelphia will be doing their best to sign Peters to a long term extension as well, ending his prolonged hold out and shoring up a major area of need along their offensive line in the process.

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T.O. gets KO’d in Big D

The signs were all pointing towards something big happening soon in Dallas, but when the news finally broke, it was still shocking nonetheless.

Terrell Owens is finished as a Cowboy.

According to multiple sources, Dallas made the decision to axe Owens late yesterday evening, moving on from their relatively brief relationship with the enigmatic and controversial wide receiver.

The Cowboys made it very clear that their number one priority this off-season was to eliminate the voices of dissent from their locker room, so as to foster a greater team-based culture, and Owens apparently fell outside of that goal. Dallas will lose one of their top performers on offense as a result, but should enjoy a much greater level of comraderie this season without Owens’ consistent acrimony on and off the field.

It will be interesting to see where Owens ends up playing, given that his talent is clearly still on par with the best receivers in the league right now. Many have speculated that Oakland would be a natural landing place for T.O. but Denver and the New York Jets could also make a play for his services.

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Bucs wrap up deal with Ward

9:05 pm: The signing of Ward was confirmed by Adam Schefter.

8:50 pm: Despite having a boatload of cash to spend, Tampa Bay had been unable to land any of the big fish this off-season, settling instead for a trade to acquire TE Kellen Winslow, who’s better known for his tantrums off the field, than his play on it.

All that ended tonight, after the Bucs struck a deal with RB Derrick Ward, paying him $17 million over the next four seasons. Pro Football Talk was the first to report the deal.

Ward will come to a Tampa Bay squad that has been beset by injuries at the running back position over the past few seasons, watching while a former top draft pick in Cadillac Williams suffered back to back devestating knee injuries.

Ward was considering offers from Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and his former team, the New York Giants.

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9:50 am: ESPN is now reporting that the charge against Marshall has been dismissed. It could play a factor in how many games Marshall we’ll be suspended, but given commissioner Roger Goodell’s hard line stance on off the field issues, I suspect he’ll get at least four games if not more.

12:45 am: According to an ESPN News report, Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall was arrested late Sunday night in Atlanta, GA and charged with disorderly conduct.

Marshall was booked into the Atlanta City Jail, and while details are still blurred at the moment, the Pro Bowl receiver was apparently involved in an altercation of sorts, leading to his arrest. Marshall is currently free on a $300 bond.

It’s likely that this incident could prove to be a costly one for Marshall, as the commissioner’s office is sure to take a look, and possibly hand down a suspension for multiple games next season. Marshall sat out the Broncos first match last year after his initial suspension was reduced to one game.

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Kitna lands in Dallas

4:15 pm: Quick update… is reporting that Dallas sent CB Anthony Henry to Detroit in exchange for Kitna. This is a nice deal for both teams, as Henry gets an opportunity to start fresh with the Lions, while the Cowboys now have a proven backup for Romo next season.

2:30 pm: According to Adam Schefter (, the Lions have traded QB Jon Kitna to the Cowboys. The compensation for the trade has not yet been determined, although it’s doubtful that it will end up being anything more than a low round pick this year or a conditional pick in next season’s draft.

It’s not exactly an earth shattering move, but it could prove to be an intelligent one by the Cowboys, as Kitna will bring a good amount of experience to the table QB Tony Romo is injured at some point this season.

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Chiefs get Cassel from the Pats

12:45 pm: Peter King (Sports Illustrated) is reporting that the Chiefs traded their 2nd round pick (#34 overall) to the Patriots in return for Cassel and Vrabel.

If this is true, the Chiefs will be hailed as the winner in this deal. A second round pick is nice, but getting an established QB coming off a tremendous season, along with a top notch veteran to lead their defense is just as good, if not better.

12:20 pm: One day after they made a surprising move to obtain LB Mike Vrabel from the Patriots, the Chiefs have once again found a willing partner in New England, trading for QB Matt Cassel.

The news was first reported by Adam Schefter ( No details have yet emerged as to the compensation the Patriots will receive in return.

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