A reunion with returner/receiver Ted Ginn is one of the more obvious potential moves the Carolina Panthers could make this offseason. He may instead opt for a homecoming.
A source close to Ginn confirmed what many have speculated since he was released by the Cardinals on Monday – the Panthers are interested and have contacted him. But the source also said that Ginn wants to land in his hometown of Cleveland, and the Browns’ interest is mutual.
The Ginns have been one of the first families of football in Cleveland for more than a decade. Ted Ginn, Sr. built Glenville High School into a powerhouse, coaching a handful of future Ohio State stars like his son, 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and this year’s national title-winning quarterback Cardale Jones.
Hawk ranks No. 1 in franchise history with 1,118 tackles
The Green Bay Packers have released LBA.J. Hawk. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Thompson said. “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.”
“I spent nine great years in Green Bay. I had awesome teammates and coaches and a great medical staff and equipment staff. Many of them have become my closest friends. We won a ton of games, as well as a Super Bowl, and I loved everything about playing for one of the greatest franchises in all of sports,” Hawk said. “The fans in Green Bay are incredible. Between playing at Lambeau Field as well as seeing them on the road, they always supported us. I am looking forward to my next opportunity in the NFL, but I’ll always cherish my years as a Green Bay Packer.”
Hawk was selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 5 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In nine seasons with Green Bay, he appeared in a 142 of a possible 144 regular-season games, starting 136 of them. Hawk ranks No. 1 in franchise history (since 1975) with 1,118 tackles, having surpassed John Anderson (1,020 from 1978-89) for the team mark in the 2013 regular-season finale. He recorded 100-plus tackles in seven of his nine years in the NFL, including in four consecutive seasons (2006-08, 2010-13).
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti expressed pessimism about retaining Torrey Smith two weeks before the start of free agency.
With the Ravens only having just over $5 million in cap space for the upcoming season, team owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome face tough decisions regarding the teams’ top free agents, led by Torrey Smith.
While the Ravens would like to keep Smith, it appears Bisciotti is willing to move on from the 26-year-old.
"There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens" press conference. "Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on."
The Ravens reportedly offered Smith a five-year, $35 million offer with $19 million guaranteed, but he declined.
“I don’t like to stand up here and say I’m rooting against the guy [in getting a big payday], but we’ve got to find a number,” Bisciotti said. “And some of the numbers that are thrown out there, quite frankly, we can’t match."
Albert Breer of NFL Media writes that while other prospects such as Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Alabama WR Amari Cooper may garner more attention in the coming days, no prospect has more on the line than Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
According to Breer, no receiver offers as much in terms of physically gifts, as Green-Beckham is listed at 6-foot-6, 225.
“He’s one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen,” said the scout. “He’s special. He’s gigantic, he has tremendous body control, balance, he runs like a deer and can leap out of the gym and high-point the ball. He’s special. It’s impressive. If not for all that stuff, he’d be the best receiver to come out since Calvin Johnson.”
However, there are plenty of concerns with a player like Green-Beckham.
He was arrested on possession of marijuana charges during his freshman year at Missouri, only to be busted again, but this time with a pound of marijuana.
Then, just three months later, Green-Beckham forced his way into Missouri student’s apartment and pushed her down a set of stairs.
According to Breer, three NFL teams have information that he failed multiple drug tests during his time in Columbia, which led to his dismissal from the team.
“He’s very immature,” said one of Breer’s sources. “People like him as a guy, but you cannot defend the off-field incidents.”
In two years at Missouri, Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.