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Offseason Extra: Our first draft of 2013

Senior Fantasy Writer
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As the NFL has evolved into a year-round competition, so too has studying for Fantasy Football drafts.

League play has ended, champions have been crowned and our minds have already moved forward to 2013. When it comes to mock drafts, it's never too early.

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What's the point of doing mock drafts now? Free agency is months away as is the NFL Draft, so the landscape is sure to change and players will move up and down our rankings. But the concepts we'll share with you when it comes to drafting are formed now. Draft Day trends will be found and scarcity among positions will materialize. The sooner you learn about them, the better you'll be prepared for your real drafts seven and eight months from now. Plus, it's fun to draft.

With that in mind, we rounded up 12 people to draft as if we were running a real Fantasy Football league. The scoring system is standard (six points for all touchdowns, no PPR, one point for every 10 yards rushing/receiving and 25 yards passing) and the draft runs 15 rounds. We feature a starting lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker, a DST and a Flex (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots.

And as we'll always do, we encourage you to share your thoughts on this draft via our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page. Remember, it's good to get out there and discuss this stuff now so that you're prepared when the picks really count.

Our draft order is as follows:
1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
6. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
7. Brent Stover, Fantasy Football Today Host
8. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
11. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
12. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson said he hasn't had the opportunity to meet with new coach Rex Ryan, but that didn't stop him from expressing his excitement about the new coaching regime in Buffalo.

"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."

The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.

"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that. 

"Players, the way we found out is we got a generic text from him, saying that he was moving on and he had chosen to opt out of his contract." 


Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:42 pm ET) If defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lions, then he will become a free agent March 10 and there will be plenty of teams interested in the Pro Bowl lineman. 

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck indicated if Suh wanted to sign with Oakland, then he would be welcomed in Raider Nation.

"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders."

It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.

"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."


Nick Foles: 'I plan on being in Philly' in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) There has been a lot of talk about quarterback Nick Foles' future with the Eagles, especially since Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly's former pupil at Oregon -- Marcus Mariota -- will be part of this year's draft class.

On Thursday, Foles addressed the rumors and stated he is expecting to be back on the Eagles' roster in 2015.

"Yeah you hear about it," Foles said in between doing paid appearances at Super Bowl XLIX, per NJ.com. "You are going to hear about it every single year. That's just part of it. The main word is 'rumor.' You can't put too much into it....I plan on being in Philly.

"I only listen to (head coach) Chip Kelly. That's what is most important. He is the one that will make the decision. Right now all I am going to do is work because I plan on being back in Philadelphia and playing with my team. That's all I ever thought. So that is what I plan on doing and I'm not looking at it any other way."

Foles added he hasn't talked with Kelly since the end of the season.

"We haven't talked a lot. He has a lot going on," Foles said. "This time of year you really just get away from everything. He is busy looking at the draft, doing all that. I saw he is more of the decision maker. Haven't really talked to him too much, but I'm sure I'll hear from him soon."


Dwyer pleads guilty, receives probation in domestic violence case
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(1:38 pm ET) Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded guilty Thursday in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court to a single count of disorderly conduct pertaining to his domestic violence case, according to The Arizona Republic.

Dwyer was sentenced to 18 months of probation and community service following the plea, according to a court spokesman.

The 25-year-old Dwyer was arrested Sept. 17 for a July 21 incident in which he allegedly headbutted his wife in the face and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances and bit his lip, according to reports taken at the time.

Dwyer's wife told police she reported the incident in September because she feared for their child's safety after seeing reports of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's arrest on child-abuse charges.

The Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football injury list after his September arrest. He did not play again during the 2014 season.


Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: 'I certainly hope he comes back'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:21 pm ET) While the football world anxiously awaits official word from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his playing status for the 2015 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and longtime Manning rival -- said Thursday he hopes the five-time NFL MVP will continue his career.

"What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said Thursday, per NFL.com. "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

Archie Manning, Peyton's father, told NFL Network on Thursday that his son hasn't made a decision yet.

"Well, Peyton evaluates things; he's pretty good at that," he said. "I can't tell him what to do, and he hasn't told me what he's going to do. But I do know that he's really giving a lot of things a lot of thought. He's thinking about where he is physically, he wants to see how he can do this some more, trying to get over an injury."

Archie added starting over with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will not be an issue for Peyton, if he decides to return next season.

"Yeah, but he loves Gary. He likes Gary," Archie Manning said. "He liked John Fox. He liked Adam Gase. All those things, I think, are considered with. But my deal is he's always made good decisions; he's pretty thorough. He's going to evaluate a lot of things, and I think he'll make a good decision."


RG3: 'I could've sat out the rest of last year' after hurting ankle
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) During a radio interview Wednesday night, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III indicated the dislocated ankle he suffered in Week 2 against the Jaguars hindered him the rest of the season. He missed six games due to the injury.

“I had never suffered an ankle injury of that severity before, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Griffin said, per The Washington Times. “It just became more and more tough the more games that we lost, because you know how hard your guys work, and you want to get out there and help them win games.

“I could’ve sat out the rest of last year, with how bad the ankle was, but I felt like I could play, and I wanted to get out there and play with my guys and help them win games. And that didn’t happen when I got back out there. Then coach made a decision [to bench me]. That was an unfortunate decision, and something we all had to go with because that was coach’s choice.”

Griffin will be entering the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2015. The Redskins have until May 3 to decide if they want to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract for 2016. 

Griffin added his focus this offseason will simply be on getting healthy.

“Last year, I wasn’t healthy, and it sucked,” Griffin told ESPN 980. “There’s no other way to say it other than that. When you dislocate your ankle in the second week of the season, when you and your team had big things in mind. So I guess it’s just getting healthy, getting a mental break, getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward from this year so we can go out there and win games.”


DeMarco on free agency: 'At end of day it's about winning a Super Bowl'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday talking about his thought process heading into free agency. Murray obviously said all the right things about wanting to return to Dallas, and hoping the team can sign him and Dez Bryant, who will also be a free agent, to long-term contracts.

However, Murray was also very forthcoming about the notion of playing for another NFL team.

“Yeah. I understand the business aspect of it,” he said, per The Dallas Morning News. “There’s no hard feelings if we can’t reach a deal together. But hopefully we can and we’ll see what happens.”

Murray, who rushed for a career-best 1,845 yards in 2014, will likely sign the most-lucrative contract of his career this offseason. But he added money won't be the only factor in who he signs with.

“I don’t think about [the one big contract], I’m thinking about winning a Super Bowl,” Murray said. “What’s best for me to win a Super Bowl and win one now. At the end of the day, the money is irrelevant to some degree. But you definitely want to get what you’re worth and things like that.

“At the end of the day it’s about winning a Super Bowl.”


Patriots QB Tom Brady expects to be 100 percent by Super Bowl
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been dealing with a cold for about a week, said Thursday he is feeling "pretty good." Brady is still expecting to be OK for the Super Bowl.

"I've been through it plenty of times," Brady said of having a cold, per NFL Network. "But I'm glad it happened early in the week. I expect to be 100 percent by Sunday."

Brady is 3-2 in five Super Bowl appearances. He has completed 127 of 197 passes for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has a 93.8 quarterback rating and hasn't had lower than a 86.2 quarterback rating in five Super Bowl starts.

As of Thursday, the Patriots remain 1-point favorites for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell on injury: 'The knee is close to 100 percent'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell missed Pittsburgh's playoff game against the Ravens and the Pro Bowl because he suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December.

It's been about a month since Bell suffered the injury, but he said he has been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell told NFL Network on Wednesday night. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Bell had a monster year in 2014, rushing for a career-best 1,361 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and finished with 11 total touchdowns (eight rushing).


RG3 on Deflategate: 'I didn't know the ball had to be a certain weight'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET)
As Deflategate pushes into Day 11 on Thursday, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the latest in the long list of current or former professional football players to weigh in on underinflated footballs being used in the AFC Champhionship Game. Although, his take on the issue might be a first.

“I didn't even know that the ball had to be a certain weight,” Griffin told Chris Russell in an interview on ESPN 980 on Wednesday night, per CSNWashington.com. “I know they pump up the balls and they get inspected before every game. But I wasn't aware that the ball had to be at a certain limit, or higher, which is interesting. I think it’s very interesting.”

While Griffin said he was unaware of the rules, he added he does pay attention to how he can grip the football before each game. If the football doesn't meet Griffin's standards, he said he tosses it aside.

“I think it could be something that we look at going into the future about how much we pump up the ball,” Griffin said. “But at the same time, for me, going this far in my career, all we worry about is, can we grip the ball? Not how much air is in it.

“I just think it's really funny,” Griffin added with a chuckle, “especially when you don't specify that you're talking about footballs. …I think I said balls seven times already.”


 
 
 
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