NFL Notes: Draft, Cowboys, Falcons, Jets, Steelers


  • Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun says he’s returning to school next year. (Matt Charboneau)


  • ESPN’s Chris Mortensen points out that the Falcons previously offered their head-coaching job to Jason Garrett, who will be free agent when Dallas season ends.
  • Mortensen adds that multiple Cowboys assistant coaches will be free agents in the coming weeks as well.


  • Jason La Canfora mentions that there has been a great deal of talk in league circles that Rex Ryan has had the most interest from the Falcons.
  • According to La Canfora, many are surprised to hear that he’s taking the Bills’ job.
  • La Canfora reports that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was “very much” interested in hiring Ryan.
  • La Canfora considered the Bills position to be the least attractive as they have no quarterback or first-round pick.


  • Chris Mortensen reports that the Jets have voiced concerns to the NFL regarding Seahawks DC Dan Quinn being represented by new Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum.


  • According to Ian Rapoport, the belief is that Steelers DC Dick LeBeau wanted to go out with veterans like CB Ike Taylor and S Troy Polamalu, who are not expected to be back next year.
  • Rapoport reports that LeBeau’s announcement caught the Steelers by surprise.
  • Pittsburgh will promote LBs coach Keith Butler to defensive coordinator.

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