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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team, three WRs

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Stop me if you've heard this before: The NFL is a passing league. Of course you have. And it's true.

With that in mind, why not do a Fantasy league where passing is emphasized? There are plenty of ways to make that happen, including increasing the scoring for quarterbacks, two-quarterback leagues or a standard lineup with three receivers. The latter is what we have here, and this is a fun format because receiver is so deep this season.

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I have no problem starting my team with Steve Smith and Demaryius Thomas as my top two receivers, and both are ranked in the Top 12 at their respective position. Based on Average Draft Position, I can get Smith in Round 4 and Thomas in Round 5, which is a steal. You're also able to get guys like DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Steve Johnson and Dwayne Bowe in Round 6 or later.

There's no need to reach for receivers, even in this format, unless you really want Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Julio Jones. There's a lack of talent at running back, so the suggestion here is to load up with rushers and then target receivers beginning in Round 3 or 4.

An example of going running back heavy is Nando Di Fino, who started his team with Darren McFadden, Steven Jackson and Jamaal Charles. He took his first receiver in Round 4, which was Smith, and still got Reggie Wayne and Bowe. His only flaw was passing on quarterback and settling for Andrew Luck in Round 11, but he started his team with solid players.

On the other hand, we had Mike Freeman, who ignored running back until Round 5 with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. His first four picks were Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker and Antonio Gates. His risk was taking Tony Romo in Round 5 instead of another running back like Isaac Redman, Jonathan Stewart or Peyton Hillis based on who was available.

I like the start for both teams, but I would prefer what Di Fino did because of the overall talent on his roster. You can see how the rest of the draft came out and judge for yourself. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Luke Longmuir -- a randomly-selected reader -- was chosen on Twitter to mock with us. This is something we plan to do going forward, so be on the lookout for your chance to draft with us.

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Our draft order is as follows:

1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
6. Luke Longmuir, Twitter follower
7. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
8. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
9. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
11. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
12. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Dave Richard Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Nathan Zegura Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Mike Freeman Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
4 Jamey Eisenberg LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
5 Will Brinson Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
6 Luke Longmuir Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
7 Jeff Tobin Tom Brady, QB, NE
8 J. Darin Darst Drew Brees, QB, NO
9 Nando Di Fino Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
10 Aleese Kopf Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
11 Peter Madden DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
12 Adam Aizer Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Adam Aizer Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
14 Peter Madden Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
15 Aleese Kopf Julio Jones, WR, ATL
16 Nando Di Fino Steven Jackson, RB, STL
17 J. Darin Darst Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
18 Jeff Tobin Matt Forte, RB, CHI
19 Luke Longmuir Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
20 Will Brinson A.J. Green, WR, CIN
21 Jamey Eisenberg Cam Newton, QB, CAR
22 Mike Freeman Greg Jennings, WR, GB
23 Nathan Zegura Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
24 Dave Richard Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Dave Richard Michael Turner, RB, ATL
26 Nathan Zegura Roddy White, WR, ATL
27 Mike Freeman Wes Welker, WR, NE
28 Jamey Eisenberg Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
29 Will Brinson Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
30 Luke Longmuir Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
31 Jeff Tobin Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
32 J. Darin Darst Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
33 Nando Di Fino Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
34 Aleese Kopf Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
35 Peter Madden Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
36 Adam Aizer Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Adam Aizer Darren Sproles, RB, NO
38 Peter Madden Doug Martin, RB, TB
39 Aleese Kopf Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
40 Nando Di Fino Steve Smith, WR, CAR
41 J. Darin Darst Marques Colston, WR, NO
42 Jeff Tobin Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
43 Luke Longmuir Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
44 Will Brinson Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
45 Jamey Eisenberg Miles Austin, WR, DAL
46 Mike Freeman Antonio Gates, TE, SD
47 Nathan Zegura Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
48 Dave Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Dave Richard Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
50 Nathan Zegura Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
51 Mike Freeman BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
52 Jamey Eisenberg DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
53 Will Brinson Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
54 Luke Longmuir Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
55 Jeff Tobin Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
56 J. Darin Darst Frank Gore, RB, SF
57 Nando Di Fino Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
58 Aleese Kopf Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
59 Peter Madden Michael Vick, QB, PHI
60 Adam Aizer Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Adam Aizer Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
62 Peter Madden Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
63 Aleese Kopf Kevin Smith, RB, DET
64 Nando Di Fino Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
65 J. Darin Darst Eric Decker, WR, DEN
66 Jeff Tobin Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
67 Luke Longmuir Donald Brown, RB, IND
68 Will Brinson Vernon Davis, TE, SF
69 Jamey Eisenberg Robert Meachem, WR, SD
70 Mike Freeman Tony Romo, QB, DAL
71 Nathan Zegura Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
72 Dave Richard Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Dave Richard Titus Young, WR, DET
74 Nathan Zegura Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
75 Mike Freeman Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
76 Jamey Eisenberg Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
77 Will Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
78 Luke Longmuir Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
79 Jeff Tobin Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
80 J. Darin Darst Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
81 Nando Di Fino Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
82 Aleese Kopf Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
83 Peter Madden Nate Washington, WR, TEN
84 Adam Aizer Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Adam Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
86 Peter Madden Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
87 Aleese Kopf Greg Little, WR, CLE
88 Nando Di Fino Mark Ingram, RB, NO
89 J. Darin Darst Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
90 Jeff Tobin Michael Bush, RB, CHI
91 Luke Longmuir Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
92 Will Brinson DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
93 Jamey Eisenberg Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
94 Mike Freeman Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
95 Nathan Zegura Jason Witten, TE, DAL
96 Dave Richard C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Dave Richard Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
98 Nathan Zegura Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
99 Mike Freeman LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
100 Jamey Eisenberg Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
101 Will Brinson Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
102 Luke Longmuir Roy Helu, RB, WAS
103 Jeff Tobin Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
104 J. Darin Darst Ben Tate, RB, HOU
105 Nando Di Fino Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
106 Aleese Kopf Evan Royster, RB, WAS
107 Peter Madden Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
108 Adam Aizer Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Adam Aizer Ronnie Brown, RB, SD
110 Peter Madden Randy Moss, WR, SF
111 Aleese Kopf Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
112 Nando Di Fino Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
113 J. Darin Darst Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
114 Jeff Tobin Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
115 Luke Longmuir Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
116 Will Brinson Cedric Benson, RB, GB
117 Jamey Eisenberg Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
118 Mike Freeman Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
119 Nathan Zegura Austin Collie, WR, IND
120 Dave Richard Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Dave Richard Danny Amendola, WR, STL
122 Nathan Zegura David Wilson, RB, NYG
123 Mike Freeman Brent Celek, TE, PHI
124 Jamey Eisenberg Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
125 Will Brinson Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
126 Luke Longmuir Felix Jones, RB, DAL
127 Jeff Tobin Fred Davis, TE, WAS
128 J. Darin Darst Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
129 Nando Di Fino Andrew Luck, QB, IND
130 Aleese Kopf Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
131 Peter Madden Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
132 Adam Aizer Randall Cobb, WR, GB
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Adam Aizer Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
134 Peter Madden Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
135 Aleese Kopf Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
136 Nando Di Fino Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
137 J. Darin Darst Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
138 Jeff Tobin Steve Smith, WR, STL
139 Luke Longmuir Brian Quick, WR, STL
140 Will Brinson Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
141 Jamey Eisenberg Mike Williams, WR, TB
142 Mike Freeman Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
143 Nathan Zegura Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
144 Dave Richard Nate Burleson, WR, DET
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Dave Richard Shane Vereen, RB, NE
146 Nathan Zegura Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
147 Mike Freeman Santana Moss, WR, WAS
148 Jamey Eisenberg 49ers DST
149 Will Brinson Eagles DST
150 Luke Longmuir James Starks, RB, GB
151 Jeff Tobin Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
152 J. Darin Darst Chris Rainey, RB, PIT
153 Nando Di Fino Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE
154 Aleese Kopf Alex Green, RB, GB
155 Peter Madden Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
156 Adam Aizer David Nelson, WR, BUF
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Adam Aizer Texans DST
158 Peter Madden Steelers DST
159 Aleese Kopf Ravens DST
160 Nando Di Fino Giants DST
161 J. Darin Darst Bears DST
162 Jeff Tobin Jets DST
163 Luke Longmuir David Akers, K, SF
164 Will Brinson Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
165 Jamey Eisenberg Josh Freeman, QB, TB
166 Mike Freeman Mason Crosby, K, GB
167 Nathan Zegura Patriots DST
168 Dave Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
169 Dave Richard Packers DST
170 Nathan Zegura Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
171 Mike Freeman Lions DST
172 Jamey Eisenberg Garrett Hartley, K, NO
173 Will Brinson Alex Henery, K, PHI
174 Luke Longmuir Bills DST
175 Jeff Tobin Randy Bullock, K, HOU
176 J. Darin Darst Dan Bailey, K, DAL
177 Nando Di Fino Jason Hanson, K, DET
178 Aleese Kopf Matt Bryant, K, ATL
179 Peter Madden Nate Kaeding, K, SD
180 Adam Aizer Matt Prater, K, DEN
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
2.1 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
3.12 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.1 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.12 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
6.1 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.12 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
8.1 Lance Moore, WR, NO
9.12 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.1 Ronnie Brown, RB, SD
11.12 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
12.1 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
13.12 David Nelson, WR, BUF
14.1 Texans DST
15.12 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.3 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.10 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.3 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.10 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.3 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
7.10 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
8.3 Greg Little, WR, CLE
9.10 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
10.3 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
11.10 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.3 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
13.10 Alex Green, RB, GB
14.3 Ravens DST
15.10 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
3.1 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
4.12 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
5.1 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
6.12 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.1 Titus Young, WR, DET
8.12 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.1 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
10.12 Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
11.1 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
12.12 Nate Burleson, WR, DET
13.1 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
14.12 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.1 Packers DST
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.5 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.8 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
4.5 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.8 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.5 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.8 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
8.5 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
9.8 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
10.5 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
11.8 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
12.5 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
13.8 Chris Rainey, RB, PIT
14.5 Bears DST
15.8 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.9 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3.4 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
4.9 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
5.4 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
6.9 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
7.4 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
8.9 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.4 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
10.9 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
11.4 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
12.9 Mike Williams, WR, TB
13.4 49ers DST
14.9 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
15.4 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.6 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.7 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
4.6 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
5.7 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
6.6 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.7 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.6 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
9.7 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
10.6 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
11.7 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
12.6 Steve Smith, WR, STL
13.7 Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
14.6 Jets DST
15.7 Randy Bullock, K, HOU
Luke Longmuir
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.7 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.6 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
4.7 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.6 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
6.7 Donald Brown, RB, IND
7.6 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
8.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
9.6 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
10.7 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
11.6 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.7 Brian Quick, WR, STL
13.6 James Starks, RB, GB
14.7 David Akers, K, SF
15.6 Bills DST
Mike Freeman
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.10 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
3.3 Wes Welker, WR, NE
4.10 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
5.3 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.10 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
7.3 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
8.10 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
9.3 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.10 Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
11.3 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
12.10 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
13.3 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
14.10 Mason Crosby, K, GB
15.3 Lions DST
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.4 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
3.9 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
4.4 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.9 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
6.4 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
7.9 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
8.4 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
9.9 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
10.4 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
11.9 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
12.4 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
13.9 Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE
14.4 Giants DST
15.9 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
3.2 Roddy White, WR, ATL
4.11 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5.2 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.11 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
7.2 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.11 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
9.2 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10.11 Austin Collie, WR, IND
11.2 David Wilson, RB, NYG
12.11 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
13.2 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
14.11 Patriots DST
15.2 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.2 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.11 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.2 Doug Martin, RB, TB
5.11 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
6.2 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
7.11 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
8.2 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.11 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
10.2 Randy Moss, WR, SF
11.11 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
12.2 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
13.11 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
14.2 Steelers DST
15.11 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.8 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.5 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.8 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
5.5 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
6.8 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.5 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
8.8 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.5 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
10.8 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
11.5 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
12.8 Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
13.5 Eagles DST
14.8 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
15.5 Alex Henery, K, PHI

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Report: Rams among teams interested in trade for Eagles' Foles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:02 am ET) Teams are beginning to show interest in Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, as reports are surfacing Philadelphia is unsure of what to do with the third-year quarterback, per NJ.com. A source said the Rams have interest in Foles should the Eagles choose to trade him this offseason. 

The Titans and Texans have also been mentioned as teams that would have interest in Foles, if he hits the trade market.

It's still unclear if the Eagles would be willing to move Foles. NJ.com reported last week the Eagles, who have the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, are considering making a run at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the draft. 

"From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy,'' a source said. "It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.

"Can it happen? I don't know. But they're going to try."

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly recruited Mariota to Oregon and coached him for two years.

"Obviously, [with] my relationship with coach Kelly, it'd be a lot of fun to be a part of that offense and be a part of that team," Mariota said when asked about a potential reunion with Kelly.

Foles is 15-9 as a starter in the NFL, but he has yet to play a full season. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 6,753 yards, 46 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.


Colts' Luck on new contract: 'There's nothing there right now'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:01 am ET) An ESPN report surfaced last week stating the Colts were working on making quarterback Andrew Luck the highest-paid player in the NFL. When asked about the subject at the Pro Bowl, Luck seemed surprise when he heard the news.

"There's nothing there right now," Luck said, per The Indianapolis Star. "I didn't think about it all during the season and it's only been a few days since it ended. I haven't thought about it. I will have conversations with my agent just because you have to prepare, but I'm not sure where that report came from."

Luck has two years remaining on the $22 million deal he signed as a rookie in 2012. It includes a team option for 2016, which must be exercised later this year.

Luck just completed his third season in the NFL. He has been to the Pro Bowl every year he's been in the NFL. He's gone 11-5 in every season as an NFL starter. He threw for a career-best 40 touchdowns in 2014 and led Indianapolis to the AFC title game this season.


Seahawks' Sherman disappointed he won't receive gifts from Pro Bowl
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) In case you missed Sunday's Pro Bowl, Team Irvin knocked off Team Carter, 32-28, thanks to a second-half rally, which included touchdown catches by Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham.

While many Pro Bowl players that made the original roster were absent from the game due to injuries, Pro Bowl players from the Patriots and Seahawks also did not play due to preparations for next Sunday's Super Bowl.

One player who seemed upset about missing the Pro Bowl was Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. However, it was for a reason you probably wouldn't suspect.

“Only thing I’m disappointed in is they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb,” Sherman said, per The Boston Globe. “The NFL is the only league that punishes the players who actually make the All-Star game by not giving them their gifts. It’s supposed to be watches and some other stuff, but we don’t get them so I couldn’t tell you.”


Patriots' Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'My feelings got hurt'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:33 am ET) If you have been out of the loop for the last week, then you might be unaware the Patriots have been under a lot of scrutiny since the AFC title game due to improperly inflated footballs used against the Colts. The media hoopla has transformed the controversy into what we know as Deflategate.

If you haven't been out of the loop, then you are well aware of the nonstop coverage it has received the last week and despite the Patriots pleas for it to go away, it just won't.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with the backlash from Deflategate, and he found himself talking about the subject again Monday morning during an interview with WEEI.

“It’s all speculation,” Brady said. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that. Honestly, I’m not interested in trying to find out right now, because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

One topic Brady didn't have a problem addressing was the speculation coach Bill Belichick threw him under the bus during a press conference on Thursday. But Brady came to the defense of Belichick, who has won three Super Bowls as the Patriots coach.

“I’ve never once felt that we’re not on the same page,” Brady said. “He’s a great coach. He’s the only coach I’ve ever played for; he’s the only coach I’d ever want to play for. There’s a lot of people over the years that have criticized him, but I’d say there’s not one player who’s ever played for him who’s not had an unbelievable amount of respect for him and how he prepares and his diligence and his preparation."


Giants' Odell Beckham says he played with hamstring tears
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said he played all season with two tears in his hamstrings, according to the New York Daily News.

Beckham took part in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but admitted he's still not fully healed. Beckham said the injuries prevented him from getting to that "last gear that I wanted to have." He added that the injuries really bothered him against the Eagles and Colts. Beckham said he was "stumbling" and falling over during those games. He added that he's not sure whether he'll ever be 100 percent again.

The rookie had a tremendous season, hauling in 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


Patriots' Tom Brady meeting with NFL after Super Bowl 49
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't expect to meet with the NFL until after Super Bowl XLIX, according to NFL.com.

The Patriots have been in the headlines all week due to Deflategate, and it appears the situation won't be resolved until after the season. "I believe they're going to do [a meeting] after the season," Brady said. "So we'll deal with it after this game. I think everybody is locked in, ready to go for the Super Bowl." Both Brady and coach Bill Belichick have held separate press conferences during the week to deny the team's involvement in deflating their footballs. 

The Patriots are subject to punishment from the NFL if the league finds any wrongdoing during the investigation. 


Earl Thomas on bad shoulder: 'I'll still play fearless'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, could remain limited in practice this week ahead of the Super Bowl, reports the Seattle Times. But he said he won't be thinking about the injury against the Patriots.

"When I come alive nothing is limited,’’ he said. “I’ll still play fearless, throw my body around, and let whatever happens, happens.’’

Thomas did allow that he might have to rely more on his teammates.

“My mindset is I have an opportunity to really trust my teammates,’’ he said. “This is the first game I’m going to have to trust them because of my injury. So I really, really, really trust my teammates, and that’s what I’m banking on, my teammates doing what they need to do and I need to come through myself.’’

It's unclear if Thomas will need offseason surgery.

The Seahawks are 1-point underdogs after opening as 2.5-point favorites.


Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck pondering retirement
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told ESPN.com he's not sure if he'll retire or return for a 17th season. Hasselbeck, 39, appeared in four games this season and played well, posting a 102.6 passer rating.

He's set to hit unrestricted free agency.


Colts expected to part ways with center A.Q. Shipley
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Colts center A.Q. Shipley is headed for unrestricted free agency, and the team is expected to let him go, reports ESPN.com. 

"Shipley went from starting in Week 1 to losing his starting job, to being inactive, to being the third-string center," the report said. "All without any explanation from coach Chuck Pagano or anybody in the front office."

Shipley, 28, has played in 45 career games, starting 19.


Report: Dolphins aim to re-sign TE Charles Clay
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Dolphins have privately indicated they want to re-sign impending free agent tight end Charles Clay and will make him an offer in coming weeks, reports the Miami Herald. Clay caught 58 passes for 605 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games this season.

Miami also is high on Clay's backup, Dion Sims, who's signed through 2016, the paper said.


 
 
 
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