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[February 15, 2019]
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler
Murray likely will be one of the most talked about -- and divisive
-- prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, mixing electric Heisman-winning
talent in a package that is usually considered too short by league
Murray, who was listed as 5-foot-10 by Oklahoma, will get an
official measurement when he attends the NFL Scouting Combine in
Indianapolis later this month.
Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio
on Thursday, relayed what he tells scouts about how Murray's height
would affect his playmaking in the NFL.
"Oh, I think it's just talking about how we used him and how between
having Baker (Mayfield) and Kyler here, (there wasn't) a scenario
where we said, ‘Well, we're not going to run this play or not going
to run that play or not going to protect this or that because these
guys are 5-10 and 6-foot instead of 6-4,'" Riley said. "I mean, it's
just never come into the equation with us, and we do quite a bit
with those guys."
--NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he already has his dream job and
hasn't "given any thought" to inquiries from NFL owners about
ESPN reported that Silver has been approached by several NFL owners
and a number of Fortune 500 companies during his five-year run with
"I'll just say I have not given it any thought," Silver told ESPN.
"I feel very fortunate to be in this position. As a longtime fan, as
a longtime league employee, the opportunity to become the
commissioner of this league was beyond anything I even ever dreamed
of as a kid."
--The New Orleans Saints intend to block Cincinnati from
interviewing secondary coach Aaron Glenn for the Bengals' vacant
defensive coordinator position, NFL Network reported.
The news of the Saints' plans came hours after ESPN reported the
Bengals had interest in Glenn for their opening. ESPN's report came
shortly after Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham rebuffed
Grantham met twice with Bengals officials this week, according to
reports, but the Gators announced Thursday that Grantham is staying,
receiving a one-year contract extension and a raise to $1.8 million
--San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon will become a free
agent after the team declined his option for 2019, NFL Network
Garcon spent two seasons in San Francisco but played only 16 total
games due to injuries and ended up on injured reserve each season.
He turns 33 in August.
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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws against the
Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter of the 2018 Orange
Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium.
Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The 49ers will save just over $1 million against the cap, with $7.2
million of Garcon's $8.275 million salary remaining as dead money.
--The agent for Louisiana Tech pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson said
disinviting his client from this month's combine sends the wrong
message to players who make mistakes and try to make amends.
Ferguson, a potential first-round pick in April's NFL draft, was
convicted of misdemeanor simple battery following an incident at a
McDonald's during his freshman year at Louisiana Tech. According to
a statement Thursday from his agent, Safarrah Lawson, Ferguson
received a deferred judgment and a $189 fine.
"Since that day Jaylon has been a fine and upstanding student
athlete that personifies the things we are trying to teach our young
people today," Lawson wrote. .".. As opposed to penalizing and
vilifying the future players of the league, we would hope the league
would allow Jaylon and other similarly situated players the
opportunity to prove to potential employers that they are
remorseful, and have learned from their mistakes, accepted
responsibility, want to be good role models and are better people
now for it."
--Five assistant coaches were announced as additions to the staff of
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, including former NFL
defensive lineman Brentson Buckner.
He was named defensive line coach, and the Raiders also introduced
Taver Johnson as an assistant defensive backs coach, John Morton as
a senior offensive assistant, A.J. Neibel as head strength and
conditioning coach, and Kirby Wilson as running backs coach.
Buckner, a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in
1994, spent last season in the same role for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers. He also has coached with the Arizona Cardinals and was a
coaching intern with the Steelers.
--Field Level Media
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