Report: Titans S Bernard Pollard wants to be released
Pollard submitted his request to general manager Ruston Webster at the end of the regular season, per the report. He is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and wants to play in 2015, but said on The Tennessean's Bernard Pollard Show earlier this month that he was unsure of his future with the Titans.
"I am not getting any younger, so I want to win, I really do. I want to win,'' Pollard said. "Looking at how things took place this year, looking at where (the Titans) need to be for next year, that is a tough, tough question, and I don't even know if they can give me the answer. I have one year on my deal, but it is going to take some time."
Pollard has been out of his walking boot for a month and is making progress in rehab. He suffered his Achilles injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve.
Patriots fairly healthy heading into Super Bowl Sunday
All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center
The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.
Seahawks unveil final injury report in preparation for Super Bowl
Chancellor was a late addition to the injury report, when he fell on the next-to-last play of practice and missed the last play. He was not limping on his way off. All other players were full participants in practice Friday.
The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs against New England.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to avoid surgery on shoulder
"I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery," Graham told SiriusXM radio. "I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year."
Graham, who had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, fought off the injury for most of the season. He was still unsure about having surgery before the Pro Bowl last week.
"It was something that really needed some rest and unfortunately it wasn’t able to get that during the season," he said. "It happened early and then you have about 10 straight weeks of trying to make it to the game. Now after having about three or four weeks and last week kind of testing it at the Pro Bowl, it feels great."
Packers release special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum
"I would like to thank Shawn for all of his contributions over the past nine years," McCarthy said. "He was a positive contributor to our success, including helping us win Super Bowl XLV. We wish Shawn, Michelle and their family the best moving forward."
The Packers ranked 22nd in special teams in 2014, according to footballoutsiders.com. Special teams was also part of the collapse in the NFC Championship game when tight end Brandon Bostick fumbled an onside kick attempt and the Seahawks recovered as a part of their fourth quarter comeback.
Former Bears LB Urlacher talks about dislike for former GM Emery
While Urlacher has dropped hints to varying degrees about the failed negotiations, he finally opened up Friday about the topic in an interview on WSCR-AM.
"I just didn’t get along -- I didn’t like the way he handled my situation or other situations around there with players," Urlacher said of Emery, who was fired in December. "I didn’t like the way he acted sometimes. I just didn’t feel comfortable being in the building when he was around.
"I’m a huge fan of the McCaskeys. I’ve always said that, never quit saying that. I’m going to keep saying it. But there was one guy that I had a problem with, and he happened to be the guy that was everyone’s boss."
Urlacher, who spent his entire 13-year career with the Bears, went on to further explain how he hoped the contract negotiations went down and where he feels Emery came up short.
"If he came to me and said, ‘Hey man, look, we don’t think you’re the same.’ Which, I wasn’t the same player. After my knee got hurt, I was a little bit slower and older. I agree. But I still wanted to play. I feel like I could have still played. With another year of rehab on my knee, I probably could have played one or two more years," he said, per the Chicago Tribune.
"If he had said, ‘Hey man, you’re not the same player. You know that. We know that. But we still want you here. You’re a good leader. Blah, blah, blah. You’re a team guy, this, that. But we can’t pay you more than this. But we want you here. Can you do it?’
"Hell yeah, I can do it. If you handle it like that, 100 percent I can do it, you know? But the way it was handled -- 'This is the offer, take it over leave it. You have til tonight to decide. If you don’t want it, we’ll get somebody else. And then we’re going to tweet it out right when you say no.' It’s over with now. I’m happy I’m retired."
Vikings' Greg Jennings: We all want Adrian Peterson back
"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player -- face of that team -- for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."
In November, Peterson was suspended by the league without pay for the rest of the season, making him ineligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May. He is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million.
It's unclear at this point if Jennings has talked to Zygi and Mark Wilf about the Peterson situation. What is clear is that the team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.
Eagles' Maclin believes contract will take care of itself
"I'm excited about what the future holds," Maclin said on Friday. "Once again, both sides have made it known what we want to do. I think it will take care of itself."
He could be franchise tagged if a deal is not signed. The tag number for wide receivers is yet to be determined.
Maclin had 85 catches in 2014 for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in Philadelphia.
Bears sign LB DeDe Lattimore to two-year contract extension
Jaguars' Khan 'very optimistic' about WR Blackmon being reinstated
"I think he's paid his dues and I think he's got his life together," Khan said, per The Florida Times-Union.
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