Kirk Cousins’ next team among buzz dominating NFL combine rumor mill

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Kirk Cousins' next team among buzz dominating NFL combine rumor mill Jones: Kirk Cousins' next destination was among the major topics of conversation. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Jones, USA TODAY Sports Published 5:34 p.m. ET March 4, 2018 CLOSE USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell breaks down what he saw from the top quarterback prospects Saturday at the NFL scouting combine. USA TODAY Sports CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL scouting combine will conclude with Monday’s defensive backs workouts. But the work continues for the league's teams. The franchise tag deadline looms Tuesday, and free agency begins next week. Meanwhile, personnel departments will continue draft evaluations, cross-referencing findings from Indianapolis with reports obtained during the college season and subsequent film study. The time spent at the combine serves as more than just an evaluation period for draft prospects. As club decision makers convene, a good deal of scuttlebutt is generated both about incoming players and the comings-and-goings of veterans. Here are some of the key takeaways from the last few days (and nights) on the Indy scene. More: Florida State's Derwin James to Cowboys fans: 'I feel like they gotta trade up' to get me More: For NFL's rookie head coaches, and Jon Gruden, setting priorities is the first challenge More: Quarterbacks show off arms Saturday at NFL scouting combine — for what it's worth More: Khalil Mack plus Von Miller? That's what N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb hopes to be Free Continue Reading

NFL Trade Rumors: Marcus Peters, Jarvis Landry, Trevor Siemian In Latest Speculation

Significant trades aren’t exactly commonplace in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any major deals this offseason. A few big names that aren’t set to hit free agency could be moved before the start of the 2018 season. No team has been involved in more offseason rumors than the Denver Broncos. Whether it’s trying to sign Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum to be their starting quarterback or potentially dealing veterans like Emmanuel Sanders and Aqib Talib to create salary cap space, the Broncos could be very active over the next few weeks. One thing appears to be certain as far as Denver goes: they’ll have a new starting quarterback next year. The Trevor Siemian Experiment has proven to be a failed one. The signal caller was unable to get the Broncos to the playoffs in two years as the successor to Peyton Manning. With Paxton Lynch still under contract, Denver could trade Siemian to a team that needs a reliable backup, or even someone to compete for the starting quarterback job. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport believes the Broncos could get a fifth-round or sixth-round draft pick in exchange for Siemian. Despite throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in 2017, Siemian has a winning record as a starter over the last two years. As Combine conversations loom, one QB who will be discussed is Trevor Siemian. The #Broncos QB is expected to be available via trade, as the team will address the QB position aggressively in FA & the draft. Could be Paxton Lynch, then 2 other new QBs in Denver. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2018 There doesn’t seem to be much dispute regarding Siemian’s future in Denver. That’s not the case for the Kansas City Chiefs and Marcus Peters, who may or may not be headed for a breakup, depending on whom you ask. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wondered Sunday whether the cornerback would be available this offseason. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora Continue Reading

NFL Trade Rumors: Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos Could Deal Perennial Pro Bowlers

There hasn’t been much NFL news since it was reported that the Washington Redskins would trade for Alex Smith and move on from Kirk Cousins, but this could just be the calm before the storm. A couple of star players that have spent their careers with just one team might be headed elsewhere when free agency officially begins in March. If the latest trade rumors are any indication, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos could both deal perennial Pro Bowl players that were keys to their recent Super Bowl runs. Both teams had disappointing 2017 campaigns and missed the playoffs. Seattle failed to reach the playoffs after a stretch of five years in which they won at least one postseason game. The “Legion of Boom” was plagued by injuries, and it might not be long before the unit is broken up. Safety Earl Thomas indicated that he has his eyes on joining the Dallas Cowboys when he becomes a free agent in 2019. There were rumors a year ago that the Cowboys and Seahawks might complete a trade that involved cornerback Richard Sherman, and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has reported that Seattle would entertain offers for the veteran this offseason. It might be harder to deal Sherman this time around, considering his season ended with a ruptured Achilles in November. He has a cap hit of $13.2 million for the 2018 season before becoming a free agent next year. Sherman made the Pro Bowl every season from 2013-2016. Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks tackles wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images The same kind of uncertainty that surrounds Seattle’s vaunted secondary can be used to describe Denver’s wide receiving corps. NFL general managers believe Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are available in potential trades, according to La Canfora. Few pairs of teammates have been as productive as the Continue Reading

NFL Trade Rumors: Denver Broncos Could Deal Star Amid Kirk Cousins Pursuit

Expect the Denver Broncos to make some big changes in the 2018 NFL offseason. That could include trading away players that have been among the team’s best in recent years. Aqib Talib is one of the NFL stars that’s been at the center of rumors in 2018. Denver is expected to entertain trades for the cornerback, according to in Denver, because of a total cap hit of $20 million over the next two seasons. He’s entering year No.5 of a six-year deal that’s worth $57 million. Talib turns 32 years old Tuesday, though he’s still considered to be among the best players at his position. He was named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2017, playing 15 games for the NFL’s No.3 defense. With one interception last season, Talib recorded fewer than three picks for the first time since 2012. Denver ranked fourth against the pass in 2017. Talib was named First-Team All-Pro in 2016 when a dominant defense led the Broncos to a Super Bowl championship. This isn’t the first time that there’s been speculation Denver might trade Talib. Just prior to the start of the 2016 season, ESPN reported that Talib could be had at the right price. Broncos general manager John Elway denied the report. Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after being ejected for fighting with Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Nov. 26, 2017 in Oakland, California. Photo: Robert Reiners/Getty Images There’s also been speculation that Emmanuel Sanders could be dealt. The wide receiver is in his 30s, as well, and he’s got a cap hit of nearly $24 million over the next two seasons. After making the Pro Bowl in 2016, Sanders’ production was nearly cut in half with 47 catches for 555 yards. Denver is believed to be one of the frontrunners in the race to sign Kirk Cousins, though they can’t offer the quarterback the same kind of money that teams like the Continue Reading

LeBron and D-Wade got a good laugh out of Cavs trade rumor joke

With all the trade rumors going around about the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Starters' J.E. Skeets decided to crack a joke, saying the team is looking to trade for retired NBA legends plus fictional movie characters Jesus Shuttlesworth and Air Bud.Two Cavs stars really enjoyed the joke.Dwyane Wade tweeted out a bunch of laughing emojis.LeBron James also laughed and added that Skeets forgot about Teen Wolf.This is definitely who the Cavs need.Anyway, now James can go back to dancing and enjoying Drake's new songs. MORE: The internet's consensus 2018 NFL mock draft: The first round according to six NFL experts Breaking down how LeBron James can break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring record NFL announces Patriots-Vikings Super Bowl matchup on Facebook Naomi Osaka was delightfully humble after beating Australian player in front of her home crowd See Jordyn Wieber's powerful testimony at former USA Gymnastics doctor's sentencing Continue Reading

Dale Jr. calls Kemba Walker trade rumors ‘disrespectful’

The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly open to trading Kemba Walker, and the news of that surprised everyone from Hornets fans to the point guard himself.North Carolina native Dale Earnhardt Jr. wasn't happy to hear this trade rumor either, and the newly retired NASCAR driver made a simple and compelling argument against trading Walker, who has spent his whole seven-year career in Charlotte.Earnhardt said trading Walker would be a "huge mistake" and described it as "disrespectful" to consider trading away the team's best player.Walker was caught off guard by the trade rumor as well and said he'd be "pretty upset" if it actually happened."I'm here right now. I've put my heart and soul into this team, into this city, and that's what I'm going to do until everything is over." Read more about the rumors at USA TODAY Sports. MORE: The internet's consensus 2018 NFL mock draft: The first round according to six NFL experts NFL announces Patriots-Vikings Super Bowl matchup on Facebook Sean Payton had awesome reply to Minnesota store giving him a sofa to watch playoffs Terrell Owens torches Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in Twitter rant Tonga's shirtless flag bearer just qualified for the Winter Olympics Continue Reading

Giants stand pat at NFL trade deadline, don’t get Chargers safety Eric Weddle

So much for all that Eric Weddle talk. The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and the Giants, as expected, stood pat. There had been talk of the club acquiring safety Eric Weddle from the Chargers, and there were rumors that Bears outside linebacker Willie Young, a pass rusher, could head to East Rutherford. But neither move happened. Weddle stayed put in San Diego, and there was little indication that the Giants made it deep into trade talks with the Chargers. Weddle, 30 and coming off an All-Pro 2014, is in the final year of his deal, so had the Giants advanced in the trade process, they would almost certainly have wanted to gauge their chances of signing him long-term. RELATED: ON NFL TRADE DEADLINE DAY, LOOKING BACK AT BIG MOVES It all leaves the Giants right where they started, with a defense that's surrendering a league-worst 427.5 total yards per game, coming off a Sunday loss to the Saints in it allowed an embarrassing 608 total yards. The club must now pin its hopes of defensive improvement on internal reinforcements returning from injury. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) hasn't been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay and cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral) is set to return to practice Wednesday. Amukamara could return on Sunday as well, although that could also be a longshot after he missed the last three weeks. And linebacker Jon Beason, who sat out Sunday with ankle and knee woes, continues to work his way back. But there will be no other major pieces added to this Giants defense this season. Continue Reading

On NFL trade deadline day, a look back at some of the biggest moves

The NFL trade deadline has long been synonymous with disappointment. Big names are almost always tossed around, but they rarely get moved. The 2015 deadline has proved similar — cited players like Matt Forte, Jay Cutler and Calvin Johnson as possible trade bait — but we'll have to wait until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to see if any rumors become reality. Unlike the deadlines in other sports, which occur later in the season and allow teams to bolster their rosters for playoff runs, prior to the 2012 season it was decided that the NFL deadline would be placed on the first Tuesday following Week 8. That change three years ago pushed the deadline two weeks later in the season, but it has yet to make any significant impact on blockbuster deals. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. Still, there have been exceptions to the rule, with franchises like the Patriots and the Cowboys proving more aggressive at the deadline. The list is sparse compared to the three other major professional sports, but here are some of the biggest NFL trade deadline deals. Herschel Walker traded to the Vikings (1989) It was a risky move to ship off the team's best offensive player, but head coach Jimmy Johnson saw a window of opportunity during his Dallas team's downward spiral. At 0-5, the Cowboys were going nowhere, so Johnson unloaded Walker's contract on the Vikings along with some draft picks and received five veteran players and eight new draft picks from Minnesota. Eighteen players (including draft picks) were involved in the transaction. In the short term, it was a good investment for the Vikings, as Walker helped them into the playoffs in 1989 by carrying for 669 yards and scoring five touchdowns in 11 games. They missed the postseason the next two years and Walker's productivity dropped, so they sent him off and the blockbuster deal ended rather disappointingly — at least for Continue Reading

Hakeem Nicks trade rumors swirl but Giants say they are far from done

Don't start planning for the 2014 NFL draft. Don’t start benching vets for youngsters. And whatever you do, Jerry Reese, don’t trade Hakeem Nicks. Because while many fans — and maybe even some in the Giants front office — seem ready to move on to 2014, the Giants’ proud veterans are still playing in 2013. They refuse to believe their winless club, a Super Bowl champion just two years ago, might consider a sell-off. “Why would we trade anyone?” safety Antrel Rolle defiantly asked Monday. “I think that’s the least of our worries right now. I think we just need to focus on getting better as a football team. This season’s not over yet.” Despite Rolle’s confidence, several teams reportedly are trying to pick through the 0-6 Giants’ wreckage. The Oct. 29 trade deadline is two weeks away, and there’s increasing speculation that Nicks, in the last year of his contract, could be on his way out. Nicks acknowledged that he’s heard the rumors and that “business is business,” but he stressed that “I’m a Giant and that’s the only thing I can focus on right now. “I’m a Giant, and I love playing for the Giants,” he said. “I haven’t been getting any whiff of anything like that (trade talk). I’m a Giant right now, and I’m going to enjoy it, and we’ve got to start winning games.” Nicks added that he doesn’t believe anyone is asking out of the Giants: “I don’t think we’ve got any quitters in this locker room.” There’s been no indication the Giants are exploring a Nicks deal, either, but the rumors do make sense. The team does have an heir to Nicks’ spot in promising second-year man Rueben Randle, and, with holes at so many other positions, Reese may not be able to afford Nicks, who could seek a deal even larger than the five-year, $43-million pact Continue Reading

Peyton Manning trade rumor to Texans reported by Denver radio host completely false: Broncos

Peyton Manning a Houston Texan? Depending on who you listen to, it nearly happened. RELATED: ROB GRONKOWSKI HASN'T SPENT ANY OF HIS NFL MONEY Late Tuesday evening, Benjamin Allbright, a radio guy in Denver, tweeted that more than one source told him the Broncos had tried to trade Manning to the Texans this offseason. But the Broncos quickly responded, with PR man Patrick Smyth firing back at Allbright, “Here’s one for the record — The speculation is false and your report is inaccurate.” Tom Condon, Manning’s agent later told Pro Football Talk, “Neither the Texans, the Broncos, or Peyton Manning ever talked to me about a trade anywhere.” Allbright originally said he had “two unrelated official sources on this, would be hilariously oddly coordinated lie, if what they were telling me was untrue.” Later in the night, Allbright reported the alleged trade talks took place before Manning restructured his deal for 2015, which featured a no-trade clause. He also tweeted, “Should always question information, even from me. I welcome it. I go about my job honestly.” Continue Reading