Former Rams safety T.J. McDonald suspended 8 games

T.J. McDonald is one of the best free agents still on the market and his impending suspension is likely why. T.J. McDonald hasn’t generated much interest as a free agent since the Los Angeles Rams allowed his contract to expire and it could be because of an eight-game suspension he was handed, according to Field Yates of ESPN. McDonald, 26, started 53 games over four seasons with the Rams after he was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. While Yates doesn’t specify why McDonald was suspended, it’s likely due to a driving under the influence arrest in May 2016. In January, McDonald pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol. The young safety didn’t become a free agent until after accepting the misdemeanor charge and his impending suspension is likely the reason for the lack of interest in McDonald. On the field, McDonald is likely a player who can upgrade an NFL secondary. He was emerging as a hard-hitting force at strong safety for the Rams, but will now miss the first half of the 2017 season and is another slip-up away from an even more severe punishment. However, now that the news of his suspension has been released, teams may be more inclined to go after th

NFL Draft 2017: Which player do mock drafts project each team to pick?

Rounding up and compiling mock drafts to predict the 2017 NFL Draft. Now that the 2016 NFL season is over, all eyes turn to the 2017 offseason. The big event is the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The Cleveland Browns are at the top of the draft order following their 1-15 season, but they also have the No. 12 selection thanks to a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. While there’s still time for players to climb up or slide down boards, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is the consensus favorite to be Cleveland’s No. 1 pick. By surveying as many mock drafts as possible, we can get a good idea of the directions experts expect most teams to go. A few notes: This will be updated consistently until draft day. Players selected less than five percent of the time fall in the "others" category. Mock drafts that include trades are not included. With a lot of similar colors, I know some of the slices can be hard to tell apart (sorry, Raiders fans). Hover over or click on the chart and it'll show the numbers and name for each individual slice. It also can be read like a clock with the names on the right representing the slices clockwise around the chart. All the mock drafts used are liste

Raiders are asking Oakland season ticket holders for $100 to save a seat in Vegas

Placing a deposit is nothing new for a season ticket holder. Asking for $100 to have the privilege of following a team to a new city? That’s a little different. via Oakland Raiders Raiders fans got a curious offer from the team that allows them to spend $100 now to ensure they have a spot in Las Vegas when the team’s new stadium is finally completed. It might seem like a neat offer, except for the fact, you know — current season ticket holders live in California and all. The knife has already been driven into the hearts of die-hard fans, and this is just twisting it even more. The request to save a seat is accompanied by a hype video showing off the stadium’s new spot in Vegas, which boasts an impressive glass room, minutes from the Vegas strip and games inside that look like they were lifted out of Madden 2001. So, Raiders season ticket holders: Rush now to get your spot in a stadium that isn’t built yet for an undetermined date so you can watch your favorite team in a new city. You’d think the team might be a little more understanding of how much this is hurting fans, but nope. (h/t The Mercury News)

Chase Daniel, not content with being the Eagles’ backup, signs with the Saints

Daniel asked for his release to pursue a starting role with New Orleans, but Drew Brees isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Chase Daniel, one year removed from signing a three-year, $21 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, is officially moving on to his next team. The longtime backup inked a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Daniel was expected to compete with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez for Philadelphia’s starting role last year, but the franchise took a sharp right turn from that quarterback platoon last April by trading for the No. 2 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. While the move temporarily drained the team’s supply of picks, it also brought Rookie of the Year contender Carson Wentz into the fold. But bringing in Wentz closed the door on Daniel’s chance to start. The Eagles traded away Bradford and Sanchez, leaving the veteran to serve as a backup and mentor to the first-year player. When the North Dakota State product got off to a hot start, it became clear Daniel would have few opportunities to make an impact in Philadelphia. Those chances won’t get much better in New Orleans, unless Drew Brees falls to injury. At the owners’ meeting, Sean Payton said, “I

2017 NFL mock draft: Cincinnati Bengals get game-changer in Leonard Fournette

The LSU running back fits a need for Cincinnati. On the surface, you might think the Cincinnati Bengals have a decent running game. They finished 13th in the NFL last season and theoretically lead rusher Jeremy Hill is in the prime of his career as a running back. But if you look closer, he had nine games of less than 50 yards rushing and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. The team also lost backup Rex Burkhead in free agency. Most point to a wide receiver and pass rusher as key needs for the Bengals, but running back is just as great of an issue. Jason Marcum of Cincy Jungle is up in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft to find a solution to that problem. 9. Bengals: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Marcum: If the Bengals just stay true to their board and take the best player available, there’s certainly a good chance Fournette is the top guy at that spot. The concern is that running back just isn’t a highly valued position anymore, and even an elite back isn’t necessarily worthy of a top-10 pick. But Fournette is the exception, as he’s definitely someone who will give the Bengals an instant upgrade at a position with big question marks this year. That's what you want to do when you're drafting in the top 10, so

NFL draft 2017: Pro day live results and highlights as top prospects work out

The NCAA’s top prospect get one last chance to impress NFL scouts. Live updates March 29 Brad Kaaya impressed scouts with his accuracy Wednesday, helping boost the stock of teammates like potential first round pick David Njoku in the process. Dalvin Cook put together a solid workout at Florida State’s Pro Day...but was it good enough to convince the Jaguars to take him with the No. 4 overall pick? March 28 Perspective on D'Onta Foreman's 4.45 40 at 237 lbs today: Using combine data since 2003, no RB weighing 232+ has ever run that fast.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 28, 2017 Former Texas Longhorn D’Onta Foreman made his case to be a first-round tailback after running his 40-yard dashes in the mid-4.4 range. That would be impressive for a defensive back, let alone a 234-pound runner. Teez Tabor’s draft stock just. keeps. sliding. Not making this up, Gators CB Jalen Tabor just ran 4.77 in the 40. Third-rounder?— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) March 28, 2017 March 27 Houston defensive back Brandon Wilson may have run his way to a mid-round selection. His 4.36 40-yard dash time would have been tied for fifth-best at the Combine. March 24 David Webb said "double digit" teams told him he's a first-round tale

Dan Quinn turned to Steve Kerr, Terry Francona for advice after Falcons’ Super Bowl loss

Quinn relied on the experience of guys who had been there to help lead his team through the aftermath of Super Bowl 51. Dan Quinn went into the coaches’ breakfast at the NFL owners’ meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., knowing he would field plenty of questions about the Falcons’ blown lead in Super Bowl 51. That experience hasn’t been far from Quinn’s mind, especially a day after 3-28, when people used the date to make endless jokes on the internet about the Falcons’ blown 25-point lead. Quinn revealed that he got support from two coaches who know something about guiding their teams through excruciating choke jobs: Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Indians skipper Terry Francona. The Warriors started a trend when they blew a 3-1 lead The Warriors become a meme after giving away a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s NBA Finals. “The people who I’ve reached out to, a guy like Steve Kerr, who had called and said ‘Hey man, I recognize, we were up 3-1,’” Quinn said on Wednesday. Kerr and Quinn’s relationship dates back to 2013. The two met through their former agent, Mike Tannenbaum, and Kerr spent time at Seattle Seahawks training camp before his first season at Golden State. Quinn said

Kyle Shanahan is searching for the 49ers' franchise QB, but there might not be one in the 2017 NFL Draft

The new coach of the 49ers wants to find a quarterback who will “live and die football.” And he’s not sure yet if the 2017 draft class has one. PHOENIX — The San Francisco 49ers need to find a franchise quarterback. It might not happen this offseason or even in 2018, but Kyle Shanahan knows that, at some point, the team needs to find the building block it can’t rebuild without. Brian Hoyer, 31, and Matt Barkley, 26, are the only two quarterbacks on the 49ers’ roster and neither of them fits the bill. It’s entirely possible, if not likely, that Hoyer will be the team’s starter in 2017, but all eyes will be on the NFL draft. With the No. 2 pick, San Francisco will essentially have its choice of every player in the class not named Myles Garrett. “It feels good to be in a situation where we do have the second pick of the draft. It’s one that I hope to not be in again, but it’s nice coming in and having a lot of options,” Shanahan said at the NFL’s annual meeting Wednesday. “We want to do whatever gives us the best chance as an organization and that could be anything. We could trade and grab more people, and if not, we’re going to get a good player with the second pick in the draft, and regardl