Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the NFL met with Johnny Manziel’s family and his ex-girlfriend and her family during the traffic incident investigation. According to Rapoport, the league expects to speak with them again.
- Rich Cimini of ESPN believes the Jets should consider the idea of signing Maniel if they lose Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn made it clear that they want to add speed at linebacker this offseason.
“We certainly want to find ways to see our speed and tackling at linebacker (improve),” Quinn said.
With this in mind, Vaughn McClure of ESPN takes a look at some options the Falcons could consider in this year’s draft.
Among them are: Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, LSU’s Deion Jones, Kentucky’s Josh Forrest, Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, UCLA’s Myles Jack and Ohio State’s Darron Lee.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked what he thought about Raiders owner Mark Davis’ decision to stay in Oakland for the 2016 season and the team’s future.
On Mark Davis’ announcement to play in Oakland for the 2016 season and the future of the Raiders:
“[A]s you know we’re trying to keep our teams where they are. Any relocation is painful and I’ve said that” Goodell said during an interview with Rich Eisen. “We lost the St. Louis market this year and while the Rams are going home, it’s still a painful process. Fortunately, Dean Spanos made a similar announcement last week and said he’s going to play in 2016 in San Diego and seek a long-term stadium solution for the Chargers and the San Diego community. I spoke to Mark Davis yesterday and he indicated he had a similar view – that he wanted to play the 2016 season in Oakland and wants to get a long-term solution in the Bay Area, in the Oakland market. For us, this is a positive thing, a positive thing for our fans. We just have to work to try to get those long-term stadium solutions so that teams can continue to be successful in those markets. They’re great markets.”
Vikings RT Phil Loadholt is working his way back from a torn Achilles’ tendon that ended his season, but he’s still optimistic that he will be ready to participate in offseason workouts this spring.
“It was great to see them have such a great year,” Loadholt said, via the Star-Tribune. “Obviously, I wish they were still playing. But it was great to see the guys do good for sure. It’s hard watching the games anyway when you’re not playing in them. But it made it a little better, the fact that they were winning.”
Matt Vensel mentions that there’s still a chance that the Vikings could release Loadholt, as they would free up $6 million in cap space.