The NFL Network will replay the first Super Bowl ever played on Friday, January 15. The original network tapes of the broadcast were lost, and the NFL has re-created footage over several months in order to be able to build a broadcast to share. The broadcast will show the first Super Bowl game in its entirety, carefully re-constructed from piecemeal footage, with modern enhancements to color and audio. The original audio from the NBC broadcast has been found and will be layered over the film.
Connolly retires from the NFL.
It’s important to me to leave the game healthy. I’m able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing ten years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players.
Patriots kicker Gostkowski signs a four-year $17.2 million contract and becomes the highest-paid kicker in the League.
Thomas joins the league as a line judge after working as a college official for over seven years.
As punishment for piping crowd noise into home games, the Falcons are fined $350,000 and forfeit a 2016, fifth-round draft pick. The Falcons will not appeal the punishment.
What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business. Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.
The NFL suspends Farmer for the first four games of the 2015 season for sending texts to personnel during games, which violates the NFL’s electronic device policy. The Browns are also fined $250,000. NFL:
There was no evidence in the NFL’s review that Browns ownership or any other team executives had knowledge of the prohibited conduct. Once the violation was discovered, Browns management implemented new processes to ensure future compliance.
I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions. Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build, and as a leader, I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to Jimmy Haslam, [coach] Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am, and I will certainly be better from this situation.
Dixon is arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence to his person after he was pulled over and for traffic violations while he was riding a motor scooter. Dixon was going down the middle of the road between the northbound and southbound lanes and swerved in front of a vehicle. Officers said he was belligerent and antagonistic. Dixon was released on $1,000 bail.
You’re seriously going to give me a ticket for that? I’m making a U-turn!..You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal!
Speaking at the Dallas Holocaust Museum Upstander Speaker series, Sam claims he is not the only gay player in the NFL. He says that other gay NFL players have reached out to him.
I am not the only gay person in the NFL. I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL…Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’s gay NFL players. There’s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.
The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I’m just saying there’s some famous people, and I’m not the only one.
The Jets file a tampering charge against the Patriots after Kraft made the following comment about Revis:
I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him.
The owners of 32 NFL teams discuss changes the extra point rule in 2015-2016 season. Among the possibilities are moving the line of scrimmage back for PAT kicks; placing the ball on the 1½-yard line for a two-point conversion; eliminating the PAT kicks entirely, requiring teams to run a play from scrimmage; and allowing the defense to score, as in college football, if the ball is turned over on a two-point try. The committee will develop alternatives and be ready for a potential vote in two months in San Francisco. Chairman McKay:
There’s a clear movement to wanting to change and change it this year.
The NFL adjusts the rule defining a catch. Rather than simply make a “football move,” a receiver must establish himself as a runner in the field of play, having control of the ball and both feet in bounds.
Once you go down that path, it becomes more subjective. What is, what isn’t a football move. We’re not talking about a lot of plays over the course of the five seasons since the Calvin Johnson play. This allows us to consistently officiate the rule.
NFL owners vote to suspend the NFL’s local TV blackout policy for the 2015 season. After the season, the NFL will reassess the move. During the 2014 regular season, there weren’t any local blackouts. There were only two blackouts during the 2013 season.
Walden’s ex-girlfriend, Palmer, slashes Walden in the arm with a knife. Walden calls 911 after wrestling his gun away from Palmer, who was also armed with a baseball bat. Before fleeing, Palmer struck Walden’s female companion in the arm with the bat, breaking the woman’s arm. As Walden was trying to get the woman to the hospital, Palmer reappeared and slashed him in the arm with a knife before fleeing again. Walden did not suffer any major damage in the attack.
Only hours after his arrest, Pierce is cut by the Ravens. Pierce told arresting officer:
Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.
Pierce is the third Ravens player to be cut from the team after being arrested during this offseason.
After failing a field sobriety test, Pierce is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He is the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason.
On RB Bernard Pierce: "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously." | http://t.co/2nj03oeluW
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 18, 2015
The Browns sign Williams to a three-year deal. Financial terms are not disclosed. Williams joins a Browns secondary that had three of its members named to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
It’s going to be awesome. I’ll be glad to join those guys and help those guys with whatever they need. I see where these guys are going and I think I can help them go to where they want to go. They had a great defense last year with a lot of young guys on the team. I’m a veteran guy and I hope I can take them to another level.
Fresh start. Cleveland it's time to RISE UP! This is our year! RT if you know me and @joehaden23 are about to lock up the AFC North!
— Tramon Williams (@HighRizer38) March 17, 2015
Borland is retiring due to concerns about the long-term effects stemming from repetitive head trauma. He says he made his decision after talking it over with family members, concussion researchers, friends and teammates, and after studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.
I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health. From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk…I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait ’til you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long, healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise…I just thought to myself, ‘What am I doing? Is this how I’m going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I’ve learned and know about the dangers?’
The Panthers sign Coleman to a two-year contract worth $2.8 million with a $600,000 signing bonus. Coleman:
Being familiar with Sean and watching this defense, I wanted to be able to help this team build into something special and make a run. They’ve done great the last two years getting into the playoffs, but the great thing is they’re not satisfied with just getting there. I want to be a piece to help this team go and be something special.
Kurt gives us a versatile safety who can play both spots. He’s athletic, he’s intelligent, and will understand the system, having worked with Sean before…He’s a very consistent player and also adds special-teams ability. That is something we’ve talked about improving upon and we’ve made some moves this offseason looking for guys that can help us on special teams.
The Raiders release Schaub after one year with the team. Schaub threw ten passes for the Raiders, and two of those were intercepted. By the end of the season, he was the holder on kicks. By releasing Schaub, whom they paid $8 million last season, they save themselves $5.5 million in salary-cap room.
Richardson files a grievance against the Colts for voiding the $3.184 million he would have made during the 2015 season. Because Richardson was suspended for two games the day before the AFC Championship, language in Richardson’s contract allowed the Colts to not pay the final year of Richardson’s rookie contract.
The Redskins sign Culliver to a four-year, $32 million deal. Culliver’s coverage grade for the 2014 season ranked fifth-best among cornerbacks. He allowed one catch per 13.3 coverage snaps, which ranks him sixth among cornerbacks.
The Cowboys sign McFadden to a two-year, $5.85 million deal that includes a $200,000 bonus. In seven seasons, he has run for 4,247 yards on 1,038 carries and 25 touchdowns; he has also caught 211 passes for 1,769 yards and five touchdowns.
The Jaguars release Bryant two days before he was to be paid a $500,000 roster bonus. In his only season playing for the Jaguars, Bryant started 16 games, where he had 22 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
The Jets re-sign Colon to a one-year deal worth $870,000.
I am so happy to be back wearing the Green&White. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my family.
A federal jury orders the NFL to pay about $76,000 to some of the seven fans who sued over the seating issue at the 2011 Super Bowl. The jury says the NFL breached its contract with some ticket holders, but the NFL did not commit fraud. The plaintiffs complained that they had tickets to the game, but they either ended up without seats or they had seats with obstructed views. Hours before kickoff, around 1,250 temporary seats were declared unsafe, forcing about 850 ticket holders to move to new seats and 400 others to standing-room areas. The NFL says it fully compensated these displaced attendees.
The Bears sign Rolle to a three-year, $11.25 million deal. $5 million is guaranteed.
It’s official…. Today was a long, painful, and exhausting day! But in the end we both get what we want…… A Team that wants to win and a player that would give them everything he got to win! Thank you to the Chicago Organization for making this day possible once again.
The Eagles trade Foles to the Rams in exchange for Bradford. From the Eagles, the Rams also get a couple of draft picks: a 2015 fourth-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. The Eagles receive St. Louis’s 2015 fifth-round draft pick. Depending on how much Bradford plays, the Eagles may also pick up a conditional 2016 pick: if Bradford plays less than fifty percent, the Eagles will get a fourth-round pick; if he does not play at all, it becomes a third-rounder; if Bradford takes more than fifty percent of snaps, the Eagles will not receive the pick.
The Jets sign Revis to a five-year deal worth $70 million. The money is guaranteed during the first two years: $16 million and $17 million, respectively. In 2017, $6 million of Revis’s $17 million salary is guaranteed. The deal came about after the Patriots declined to exercise Revis’s $20 million option for 2015.
I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I’m coming home.
The Giants announce that Coughlin has agreed to a one-year extension of his contract. This deal was done because the Giants have a policy of not letting their coaches operate with only one year left on their contracts.
The Texans trade Fitzpatrick to the Jets for a conditional seventh-round draft pick that can become a sixth-round pick depending on how much playing time Fitzpatrick gets with the Jets.
After eight seasons with the 49ers, Willis retires from the NFL.
In my head, I’m already a Hall of Famer. I am leaving this with closure, saying that I am happy today, more happy today than I was the day I was drafted. That says something to me…I have no regrets. I’ve had the most amazing eight years of football of my life. I am so humbled to have had this opportunity. I’ve been so humbled to have played this game…I would love nothing more than to be able to lace up them cleats and not worry, ‘Are my feet going to be all right today just to practice so I don’t look old at 30?’
Hudson signs five-year, $44.5 million contract with the Raiders. The deal makes Hudson the NFL’s highest-paid center.
McCourty re-signs with the Patriots. The deal is for five years and $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed.
I’m blessed to say we had other teams that were interested, but I said all along that I knew in my heart that I wanted to be back in New England. But I also knew the business side of football, and I had to do what I had to do. I’m back, but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t possibilities over the last two days that I was going to be somewhere else. I’m happy it all worked out.
In a blog post, Smith announces that he will not be playing for the Ravens in 2015.
Although I may no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens, at heart, I will always be a Raven. What we accomplished together is timeless…This isn’t a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I’m on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later…I literally dreamed of playing for the Baltimore Ravens, not just because it is a great organization with an amazing fan base, but because of the foundation of the team and the principles that the men who run it stand by and for.
The Chargers sign Jones to a two-year deal worth up to $5.5 million. Although he dropped five passes and muffed two punts last season, he ranked in the top ten in both kickoff and punt returns.
Jacoby Jones’ new 2-year deal with the #Chargers is worth up to $5.5M, source says.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2015
During the offseason, the NFL will consider tweaking its timing and testing drills at the scouting combine. The NFL has used a standard set of drills at its scouting combine for several decades. The NFL’s Matt Birk:
That’s a project we’ll be working on this offseason. Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it’s only 20 yards. We can actually see that in-game: How far are these guys running? What are the real or improved measures of importance and value as it relates to evaluating players and whether or not they should be drafted in the first round or the sixth round? We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that’s how it’s always been done.
New Orleans Saints coach Payton:
I think we’re in the midst of seeing some of these measurables change. I know we are. We’re going to look at position-specific and be willing to start with a certain year and build from that point forward. There’s been a ton of studies being done now on your bone length as it pertains to your chances of playing a receiver position, chances of playing a defensive back position. How is your chassis basically made up of? Now when you’re actually putting it to movements other than a cone drill, I think that’s in the long term going to show up in a player evaluation. I think you’ll gradually see position-specific change where it won’t be just one whole new set of drills. It will gradually phase itself in as we know more and more what we’re looking for for an offensive lineman, compared to a running back.
The team accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donates money to the local Denver ALS office. The players that accept the challenge are: Peyton Manning, Demarcus Ware, and Von Miller.
Manning accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Abby and Steve Ross, who has ALS. Abby:
I just think it’s so great, that through his challenge that people are starting to realize how horrible ALS is.
It’s important to beat this disease
Steve, I’m doing this for you.