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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team standard draft

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There are times in a draft when a player falls in your lap and it's a no-brainer decision to select him. You might not like that player, but value is value so why not gamble?

It happened in this 12-team standard mock draft to a few owners. It's likely going to happen to you as well, so be prepared.

For me, it happened in Round 3. I started my team with Eddie Lacy at No. 5 overall and then Brandon Marshall in Round 2 at No. 20. In Round 3, I was prepared to take Rob Gronkowski or Julius Thomas, Antonio Brown or Randall Cobb or Drew Brees, who were all still on the board when Round 2 ended.

Instead, Arian Foster continued to fall. While I consider Foster a bust candidate this season, and he has plenty of issues with last year's back injury, his retirement talk and his recent hamstring woes, it was an easy selection at No. 29 overall. By comparison, his Average Draft Position on CBSSports.com is No. 21.

Now, clearly Foster is on the decline, and he's not worth drafting in Round 1. But if he plays 10-plus games at anything close to his level prior to the back injury, then this pick is larceny. And I made sure to handcuff him with Jonathan Grimes in Round 11.

Some other owners had similar situations with players they couldn't pass up. Adam Aizer took Drew Brees one spot in front of me in Round 3 at No. 28 overall. We realize quarterbacks fall in our mock drafts, so this was an easy decision, even though he didn't plan on a quarterback in that spot when the draft started. (Aizer made sure to boast about his pick on our podcast saying he's going to win because "I have Drew Brees!").

Dave Richard didn't love the available players in Round 6, but he's a Vernon Davis fan. So he drafted Davis at No. 63 overall, which is 14 spots better than his ADP at No. 49.

Dave also had the reverse scenario happen to him a couple of times when players he was hoping to get went off the board before he picked. In Round 2, it was Giovani Bernard one spot in front of him at No. 14, and he ended up with Julio Jones. In Round 3, he wanted Toby Gerhart, Andre Ellington or Matthew Stafford at No. 34. All three went right before him and he settled for Ryan Mathews.

You have to be prepared. No matter what plan you have for your draft, things will happen to alter your strategy, and in some cases that could lead to a very good roster. Just ask Aizer.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed 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, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Writer
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
7. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
8. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
9. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
10. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Eric Johnston, Senior Designer, Fantasy Sports

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Madden Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2 Brinson LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
3 Tobin Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4 Aizer Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5 Eisenberg Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6 Polito Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
7 Towers Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
8 Hartstein Montee Ball, RB, DEN
9 Melchior DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
10 Richard Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
11 White Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12 Johnston Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Johnston Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
14 White Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
15 Richard Julio Jones, WR, ATL
16 Melchior Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
17 Hartstein A.J. Green, WR, CIN
18 Towers Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
19 Polito Zac Stacy, RB, STL
20 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
21 Aizer Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
22 Tobin Doug Martin, RB, TB
23 Brinson Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
24 Madden Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Madden Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
26 Brinson Randall Cobb, WR, GB
27 Tobin Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
28 Aizer Drew Brees, QB, NO
29 Eisenberg Arian Foster, RB, HOU
30 Polito Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
31 Towers Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
32 Hartstein Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
33 Melchior Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
34 Richard Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
35 White Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
36 Johnston Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Johnston Joique Bell, RB, DET
38 White Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
39 Richard Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
40 Melchior Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
41 Hartstein Keenan Allen, WR, SD
42 Towers C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
43 Polito Reggie Bush, RB, DET
44 Eisenberg Shane Vereen, RB, NE
45 Aizer Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
46 Tobin Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
47 Brinson Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
48 Madden Roddy White, WR, ATL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Madden Golden Tate, WR, DET
50 Brinson Frank Gore, RB, SF
51 Tobin Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
52 Aizer Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
53 Eisenberg Wes Welker, WR, DEN
54 Polito Ray Rice, RB, BAL
55 Towers Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
56 Hartstein Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
57 Melchior DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
58 Richard Ben Tate, RB, CLE
59 White Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
60 Johnston Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Johnston Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
62 White Julian Edelman, WR, NE
63 Richard Vernon Davis, TE, SF
64 Melchior Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
65 Hartstein Andrew Luck, QB, IND
66 Towers Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
67 Polito Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
68 Eisenberg Trent Richardson, RB, IND
69 Aizer Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
70 Tobin Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
71 Brinson Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
72 Madden Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Madden Terrance West, RB, CLE
74 Brinson Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
75 Tobin Andre Williams, RB, NYG
76 Aizer Marques Colston, WR, NO
77 Eisenberg T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
78 Polito Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
79 Towers Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
80 Hartstein Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
81 Melchior Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
82 Richard Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
83 White Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
84 Johnston Nick Foles, QB, PHI
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Johnston Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
86 White Tony Romo, QB, DAL
87 Richard Tom Brady, QB, NE
88 Melchior Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
89 Hartstein Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
90 Towers Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
91 Polito Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
92 Eisenberg Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
93 Aizer Jason Witten, TE, DAL
94 Tobin Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
95 Brinson Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
96 Madden Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Madden Knile Davis, RB, KC
98 Brinson Mark Ingram, RB, NO
99 Tobin Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
100 Aizer James White, RB, NE
101 Eisenberg Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
102 Polito Mike Evans, WR, TB
103 Towers Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
104 Hartstein Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
105 Melchior Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
106 Richard Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
107 White Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
108 Johnston Heath Miller, TE, PIT
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Johnston Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
110 White Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
111 Richard Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
112 Melchior Seahawks DST
113 Hartstein Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
114 Towers DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
115 Polito Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
116 Eisenberg Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
117 Aizer Kenny Stills, WR, NO
118 Tobin Christine Michael, RB, SEA
119 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
120 Madden Danny Amendola, WR, NE
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Madden Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
122 Brinson Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
123 Tobin Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
124 Aizer LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
125 Eisenberg Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU
126 Polito Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
127 Towers Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
128 Hartstein Ladarius Green, TE, SD
129 Melchior Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
130 Richard Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
131 White Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
132 Johnston Cardinals DST
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Johnston Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
134 White Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
135 Richard Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
136 Melchior Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
137 Hartstein Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
138 Towers Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
139 Polito Panthers DST
140 Eisenberg Rams DST
141 Aizer James Starks, RB, GB
142 Tobin Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
143 Brinson Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
144 Madden Tavon Austin, WR, STL
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Madden Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
146 Brinson Patriots DST
147 Tobin 49ers DST
148 Aizer Eric Ebron, TE, DET
149 Eisenberg Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
150 Polito Tre Mason, RB, STL
151 Towers Rod Streater, WR, OAK
152 Hartstein Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
153 Melchior Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
154 Richard Bobby Rainey, RB, TB
155 White Antonio Gates, TE, SD
156 Johnston Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Johnston Bryce Brown, RB, BUF
158 White Steelers DST
159 Richard Broncos DST
160 Melchior Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
161 Hartstein Bengals DST
162 Towers Chiefs DST
163 Polito DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
164 Eisenberg Kenny Britt, WR, STL
165 Aizer Buccaneers DST
166 Tobin Philip Rivers, QB, SD
167 Brinson Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
168 Madden Ravens DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Madden Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
170 Brinson Phil Dawson, K, SF
171 Tobin Matt Prater, K, DEN
172 Aizer Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
173 Eisenberg Justin Tucker, K, BAL
174 Polito Dan Bailey, K, DAL
175 Towers Mason Crosby, K, GB
176 Hartstein Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
177 Melchior Matt Bryant, K, ATL
178 Richard Shayne Graham, K, NO
179 White Robbie Gould, K, CHI
180 Johnston Nick Novak, K, SD
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.9 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3.4 Drew Brees, QB, NO
4.9 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
5.4 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.9 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
7.4 Marques Colston, WR, NO
8.9 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
9.4 James White, RB, NE
10.9 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
11.4 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
12.9 James Starks, RB, GB
13.4 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
14.9 Buccaneers DST
15.4 Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.11 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
3.2 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
4.11 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
5.2 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.11 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
7.2 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
8.11 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
9.2 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.11 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
11.2 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
12.11 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
13.2 Patriots DST
14.11 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
15.2 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
2.8 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
3.5 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
4.8 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
5.5 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
6.8 Trent Richardson, RB, IND
7.5 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
8.8 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
9.5 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.8 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
11.5 Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU
12.8 Rams DST
13.5 Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
14.8 Kenny Britt, WR, STL
15.5 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
2.5 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.8 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
4.5 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
5.8 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.5 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
7.8 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
8.5 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
9.8 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
10.5 Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
11.8 Ladarius Green, TE, SD
12.5 Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
13.8 Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
14.5 Bengals DST
15.8 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Eric Johnston
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
2.1 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.12 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
4.1 Joique Bell, RB, DET
5.12 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
6.1 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
7.12 Nick Foles, QB, PHI
8.1 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
9.12 Heath Miller, TE, PIT
10.1 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
11.12 Cardinals DST
12.1 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
13.12 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
14.1 Bryce Brown, RB, BUF
15.12 Nick Novak, K, SD
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.12 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.1 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.12 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.1 Golden Tate, WR, DET
6.12 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
7.1 Terrance West, RB, CLE
8.12 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
9.1 Knile Davis, RB, KC
10.12 Danny Amendola, WR, NE
11.1 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
12.12 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
13.1 Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
14.12 Ravens DST
15.1 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.4 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
4.4 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
5.9 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
6.4 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.9 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
8.4 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
9.9 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
10.4 Seahawks DST
11.9 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
12.4 Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
13.9 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
14.4 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
15.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.7 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
3.6 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
4.7 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
5.6 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
6.7 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.6 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
8.7 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
9.6 Mike Evans, WR, TB
10.7 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
11.6 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
12.7 Panthers DST
13.6 Tre Mason, RB, STL
14.7 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
15.6 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
2.3 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.10 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
4.3 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
5.10 Ben Tate, RB, CLE
6.3 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.10 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
8.3 Tom Brady, QB, NE
9.10 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
10.3 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
11.10 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
12.3 Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
13.10 Bobby Rainey, RB, TB
14.3 Broncos DST
15.10 Shayne Graham, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.10 Doug Martin, RB, TB
3.3 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
4.10 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
5.3 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
6.10 Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
7.3 Andre Williams, RB, NYG
8.10 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
9.3 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
10.10 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
11.3 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
12.10 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
13.3 49ers DST
14.10 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
15.3 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.6 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
3.7 Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
4.6 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5.7 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.6 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
7.7 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
8.6 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
9.7 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
10.6 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
11.7 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
12.6 Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
13.7 Rod Streater, WR, OAK
14.6 Chiefs DST
15.7 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.2 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
3.11 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.2 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
5.11 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
6.2 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
7.11 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
8.2 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
9.11 Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
10.2 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
11.11 Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
12.2 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
13.11 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
14.2 Steelers DST
15.11 Robbie Gould, K, CHI

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Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:25 pm ET) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will begin his probation on Wednesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson will begin community service, and will undergo counseling to determine whether he has a drug problem. Peterson will report to a probation officer once a month in order to take a drug test. The strict drug testing stems from an Oct. 8 pre-trail urinalysis. Peterson admitted to "smoking a little weed," though the results from the test were never disclosed. 

Probation officials will also determine whether Peterson needs to attend parenting classes. 

Per his plea agreement, Peterson was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He's required to perform at least 16 hours per month, which would allow him to complete to program prior to training camp.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million. The team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension. 


Austin Collie signs with CFL's BC Lions
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:35 pm ET) Free-agent receiver Austin Collie has signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Thursday.

"I’m excited to be joining the Lions and very much look forward to playing in the CFL," said Collie. "The wide-open play of the Canadian game and the passion of fans across the league is going to be a lot of fun to experience."

Collie played four seasons with the Colts and one with the Patriots. In his last NFL action, he caught four passes for 57 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.


Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: 'I don't want to take less money'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reiterated Thursday that while he'd be willing to restructure his contract if asked, he would not accept a pay cut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."

McCoy, who is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, turned in his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years in 2014, finishing with 1,319 rushing yards on 312 carries and 155 receiving yards on a career-low 28 receptions. All five of his touchdowns came on the ground.


Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:01 pm ET) When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015, Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team would look at every available option, reports The Buffalo News.

"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."

The Bills have former first-round pick EJ Manuel on their roster, but Ryan said he would not commit to Manuel as his starting quarterback at this time.

"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.


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 in domestic violence case, gets probation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(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 head-butted 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.”


 
 
 
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